Thursday, February 25, 2021

Blog Tour: Lemur and Her Magical Pets by Nesrine Sleiman

 

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

Book Details:

Book TitleLEMAR AND HER MAGICAL PETS by Nesrine Sleiman
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 30 pages
GenreFiction Pets General
PublisherSelf-Published
Release date:   September 25, 2020
Tour dates: Feb 22 to Mar 5, 2021
Content Rating:  This children's book is rated G.

Book Description:

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

Buy the Book:
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Meet the Author:

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

connect with the authors:  website ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:

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

 


Blog Tour and Giveaway: Rebel Daughter by Lori Banov Kaufmann


I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the REBEL DAUGHTER by Lori Banov Kaufmann Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: REBEL DAUGHTER

Author: Lori Banov Kaufmann

Pub. Date: February 9, 2021

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 400

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, AudibleB&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBDBookshop.org

A young woman survives the unthinkable in this tale of family, love, and resilience, set against the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE.

Esther dreams of so much more than the marriage her parents have arranged to a prosperous silversmith. Always curious and eager to explore, she must accept the burden of being the dutiful daughter. Yet she is torn between her family responsibilities and her own desires; she longs for the handsome Jacob, even though he treats her like a child, and is confused by her attraction to the Roman freedman Tiberius, a man who should be her sworn enemy.

Meanwhile, the growing turmoil threatens to tear apart not only her beloved city, Jerusalem, but also her own family. As the streets turn into a bloody battleground between rebels and Romans, Esther’s journey becomes one of survival. She remains fiercely devoted to her family, and braves famine, siege, and slavery to protect those she loves.

This emotional and impassioned saga, based on real characters and meticulous research, seamlessly blends the fascinating story of the Jewish people with a timeless protagonist determined to take charge of her own life against all odds.

Based on an incredible true story!

AUTHOR NOTE AND HISTORICAL OVERVIEW:

Additional back matter includes an Author Note, which gives historical context and explains author’s inspiration for the book. Included as well is an historical overview by an eminent scholar of the period.

CHARACTER DRIVEN HISTORICAL FICTION:

Fans of THE RED TENT and THE DOVEKEEPERS will appreciate this incredibly detailed and accurate depiction of historical events, woven within a richly told and emotionally complex story of growth.

STRONG EMPOWERED FEMALE HEROINE: 

Despite the constraints of society and the savagery of war, Esther is an independent thinker exploring her identity and her faith—and showing unimaginable strength in the face of trauma.

HISTORY BROUGHT TO LIFE:

The destruction of the Temple in 70 CE by the Romans is a crucial part of the Jewish story, but it’s often lost amid more well known historical legends. The depiction of Esther’s faith is realistic and moving to a modern audience.

FAITH: 

The role of faith and family obligation is explored in depth. 

The story will resonate with people who love Biblical history, Israel and stories about faith, courage and family bonds.

REVIEWS:

“Esther’s remarkable, mysterious, and meticulously researched story is one that demands to be told.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The writing is clear, smooth, and accessible. An engaging story for historical fiction fans.”—School Library Journal

"Riveting!" Allegra Goodman, author The Cookbook Collector

Selected by the Junior Library Guild


My Review: 

Rebel Daughter is my first introduction to the talents of Lori Banov Kaufmann and it definitely will not be the last. It was a great read for me. I loved the author’s vision of how Esther lived. The details were so vivid, I felt as though I was transported back in time. I could not put the book down.

Rebel Daughter is getting a very well deserved five plus stars from me. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy reading young adult historical fiction. I thought it was a great read and will be excited to read more by Lori Banov Kaufmann in the future. 

I received Rebel Daughter from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 


Book Trailer:


Q&A

1.Which writer has had the greatest influence on you?

My grandmother. Although she was never published, she always wrote short stories and essays.  Her passion for books and reverence for the written word had a tremendous influence on me.

2. Advice?

Even though I always dreamed of becoming an author, I never found a way to fit it into my already bursting-at-the-seams life with 4 kids and a busy career. Finding thirty minutes of "quiet time" to write seemed about as realistic as running a marathon.

At the age of 50, I figured it was either now or never. It took me another ten years to finish so I'm hardly the best person to ask for advice!  I wrote in those stolen moments between work and family, carpools and laundry. But the thing is - those stolen moments eventually add up. 

I see myself more as a cautionary tale than an inspiration! ! But I suppose, if I can do it, you can too. It's never too late. 

So my advice? START!!  

And my next piece of advice?  Don't give up, finish! Some writers sprint to the finish line and some (like me) hobble. But if you keep going, you'll eventually get there.


3. Favorite childhood books

The Phantom Tollbooth

The Happy Hollisters - a mystery series for children.  We used to get two every month in the mail (remember what that is?)  and my brother and I used to fight over who got to read them first. I also remember pouring over the biographies in the children's section of the library. I don't remember any of the books but I still feel the distinctive ink and paper smell of that neighborhood library and the blast of cold air from the noisy air conditioner.

 

4. Favorite book

An impossible question! There are so many outstanding books and incredible writers working today.

 

5.Favorite movies

I love movies that take me back in time to exciting historical events, shown through the eyes of someone there. Movies like Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, and Exodus to name a few.

 

6. Becoming a writer

Like most avid readers, I've always had romantic notions of being a writer. Struck by the muse, writing into the wee hours of the night and all that.....Being a writer always seemed more like a fantasy than a realistic career path. 

So I never actually decided to become e a writer. I did decide, though, to write this particular 2,000 year-old- love story. When I heard about the gravestone of Claudia Aster (on whose life Rebel Daughter is based), I was intrigued. I wanted to know more and slowly - very, very slowly since it took me 10 years! - I wrote her story. It still feels slightly pretentious to call myself a writer but maybe when I see the published book, I'll feel like I earned the title!

 

8. Where do you write?

My corner desk in the attic, surrounded by piles of books, bills, recipes and other unruly papers that refuse to be tamed.

 

9. Book character most like me

Even though I love to read about (and identify with) bold, adventurous heroines who change the world, I'm probably most like Elizabeth Strout's grumpy Olive Kitteridge or Agatha Christie's stubborn old Miss Marple.

 

10. Music

Any classic Rock or old Country Music. When I'm sure my kids are at a safe distance away (like in a foreign country), I've been known to crank up the Dolly Parton and dance around the living room!

 

11. drink

Green tea with fresh mint if I'm feeling like being nice to myself and instant decaf coffee if not

 

12. Guilty pleasure book

I never feel guilty about the books I’ve read, only about the ones I haven’t. 

 

13.REBEL DAUGHTER takes us back in history to 70 CE,  a tumultuous time for the Jewish community in Jerusalem. What inspired you to write about this particular period of time? 

I didn’t set out to write about this period. I fell into it by accident! I was inspired to write Esther’s story after learning about the discovery of her two-thousand year-old gravestone, an exciting and important archaeological find. It was the mystery behind the stone that drew me in and made me want to know more. Who was she? How did a girl from Jerusalem become a Roman woman buried in Italy?

And from there, I began to research the time period. I was stunned that I knew so little about one of the most formative eras in human history. It is a fascinating period that has many parallels with our world today, especially the civil discord and religious fanaticism.


14.You tell the story of Esther, the daughter of a priest. Esther is brave, bold, and unafraid in spite of the challenges she faces as a young woman, including an impending marriage to a man she does not love.  Did you face any challenges in creating a character that was historically accurate yet infused with the ability to see beyond what was expected of her?  

Yes! That’s a great question because of course girls in the first-century didn’t have the freedom we’re used to today. Sexism was not only alive and well, it was considered necessary for the proper functioning of society. And I was absolutely committed to writing a book that was historically accurate. I felt an obligation not only to the real historical people whose story I was telling, but also to my readers.

So the challenge was how to portray a bright, curious young woman who lived thousands of years ago. For example, Esther had a thirst for knowledge, an innate human trait. She wouldn’t have gone to school, of course, but scholars have determined that there were women who were literate in first-century Jerusalem. So she probably learned to read and write at home. And in Esther’s case, from her father. I had to show how Esther navigated the very real gender barriers of the time.


15.You explore the daily life in Jerusalem in great detail – from chores and religious practices to the struggles between the Jews and the Romans. Can you share a bit about your research process?

I wouldn’t call it a “process”! It was more like an obsession. I had a sense of obligation to portray the time and setting as accurately as possible and a fanatic attention to detail. I read literally hundreds of books, dissertations and conference proceedings. I also worked closely with the leading historians of this era. Luckily, I live in Israel and had access to the artifacts at the Israel Museum, the archaeological sites all over the country, and the world-class scholars at Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University. My “process” is why this book took me 10 years to write! In retrospect, I realize that I went completely overboard with the research but it truly was a labor of love.


16. What were some interesting facts you discovered that did not make it into the book?

How much time do you have? There are so many! My first draft of the book was over 1000 pages because of all the “interesting facts”. My editor insisted that I couldn’t describe everything – how face cream was made from sheep fat or bread baked in clay ovens.


17.What do you hope readers take away from REBEL DAUGHTER?

I hope readers are taken away! I want them to have the feeling of going back in time. I want them to enjoy the trip. That’s my main hope. And if the experience makes them see our own world in a new light, then that’s a bonus.

 

About Lori Banov Kaufmann: 

As soon as she learned of the discovery of the first-century tombstone that inspired Rebel Daughter, Lori Banov Kaufmann wanted to know more. She was captivated by the ancient love story the stone revealed and resolved to bring it back to life.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Lori was a strategy consultant for high-tech companies. She has an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She lives in Israel with her husband and four adult children.

 

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will win a finished copy of REBEL DAUGHTER & Swag, International.


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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

2/1/2021

Nay's Pink Bookshelf

Review

2/2/2021

FyreKatz Blog

Review

2/3/2021

onemused

Review

2/4/2021

Westveil Publishing

Excerpt

2/5/2021

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

2/6/2021

Fire and Ice

Review


Week Two:

2/7/2021

A Dream Within A Dream

Excerpt

2/8/2021

Hurn Publications

Excerpt

2/9/2021

Books and Zebras @jypsylynn

Review

2/10/2021

Not In Jersey

Review

2/11/2021

@emmesbooks

Review

2/12/2021

Books A-Brewin'

Excerpt

2/13/2021

Pop Reads Reviews

Excerpt


Week Three:

2/14/2021

ChristenKrumm

Review

2/15/2021

Jenguerdy

Review

2/16/2021

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

2/17/2021

Cover to Cover Reviews

Review

2/18/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

2/19/2021

Down The Rabbit Hole

Review

2/20/2021

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

 

Week Four:

2/21/2021

Adventures Of A Travelers Wife

Review

2/22/2021

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt

2/23/2021

@bookshelfmomma

Review

2/24/2021

Thepagesinbetween

Review

2/25/2021

Momfluenster

Spotlight

2/26/2021

Nerdophiles

Review


Blog Tour and Giveaway: I Survived the Nazi Invasion by Lauren Tarshis

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the I SURVIVED THE NAZI INVASION, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: I SURVIVED THE NAZI INVASION, 1944 (I Survived #9)

Author: Lauren Tarshis

Pub. Date: February 2, 2021

Publisher:  Scholastic Inc.

Formats: Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 112

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, AudibleB&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBDBookshop.org

One of the darkest periods in history... 

In a Jewish ghetto, Max Rosen and his sister Zena struggle to live after their father is taken away by the Nazis. With barely enough food to survive, the siblings make a daring escape from Nazi soldiers into the nearby forest.

Max and Zena are brought to a safe camp by Jewish resistance fighters. But soon, bombs are falling all around them. Can Max and Zena survive the fallout of the Nazi invasion? 

With art by Álvaro Sarraseca and text adapted by Georgia Ball, Lauren Tarshis' beloved and acclaimed I Survived series takes on vivid new life in this explosive graphic novel edition. Publishing in simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions, the book also includes nonfiction back matter with historical photos and facts about World War II and the Holocaust.

 

 

My Review: 

I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 is a perfect fit for the I Survived. It gives younger readers a glimpse of what it was like being a Jew during the World War II Europe. These are events that should never be forgotten. I loved the bravery of the characters, Max and Zena. Such an important and educational story to read. 

I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 is getting a very well deserved five plus stars from me. I highly recommend it for readers who are seven to twelve years old. 

I received I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 

 

About Lauren Tarshis: 

LAUREN TARSHISNew York Times bestselling I Survived series (which has over 34 million copies in print!) tells stories of young people and their resilience and strength in the midst of unimaginable disasters and times of turmoil. Lauren has brought her signature warmth and exhaustive research to topics such as the battle of D-Day, the American Revolution, Hurricane Katrina, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and other world events. She lives in Connecticut with her family, and can be found online at laurentarshis.com.

 

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GEORGIA BALL is an author and comic writer who has been lucky enough to work on most of her favorite childhood characters. She's written stories for Strawberry Shortcake, Frozen, Care Bears, Transformers, Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony, and many other popular brands. She's the author of two historical fiction graphic novels for Osprey Publishing, and she adapted Lauren Tarshis' I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 and I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 into graphic novels for Scholastic. When she isn't writing words, she writes code as a front-end developer for mobile advertising. Georgia is also the author of two webcomics, Follipops and Scooter and Ferret on Webtoon. She lives with her husband, her daughter, two cats, and a dog in Washington State. For more information about her recent work, visit GeorgiaBallAuthor.com.

 

ÁLVARO SARRASECA has worked as a magazine cartoonist and graphic novel artist. He has contributed artwork to franchises such as Dragon Age, Jurassic World, and Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty and Veronica, among others. He lives in Madrid, Spain, and can be found online at alvarosarraseca.daportfolio.com.

 

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of I SURVIVED THE NAZI INVASION, 1944, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

2/6/2021

A Dream Within A Dream

Excerpt

Week Two:

2/7/2021

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

2/8/2021

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

2/9/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

2/10/2021

Westveil Publishing

Review

2/11/2021

She Just Loves Books

Review

2/12/2021

The Bookwyrm's Den

Review

2/13/2021

Nerdophiles

Review


Week Three:

2/14/2021

Adventures Of A Travelers Wife

Review

2/15/2021

Hurn Publications

Excerpt

2/16/2021

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Review

2/17/2021

Not In Jersey

Review

2/18/2021

Jazzy Book Reviews

Review

2/19/2021

Little Red Reads

Review

2/20/2021

Books and Zebras @jypsylynn

Review


Week Four:

2/21/2021

@bookshelfmomma

Review

2/22/2021

michellemengsbookblog

Review

2/23/2021

ChristenKrumm

Review

2/24/2021

Crazykidjournal

Review

2/25/2021

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review