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/ 
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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

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

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Much Ado About Persuasion by Barbara Cornthwaite

About the Book

Book: Much Ado About Persuasion

Author: Barbara Cornthwaite

Genre: Historical/Jane Austen Retelling

Release date: May 3, 2022

Some duel with swords, others with ships. In love, however, they duel with hearts.

When Sir Walter Elliot, secret admirer of the Navy, invites officers to visit his estate, what could be more natural than for his two daughters to find themselves in love?

Elizabeth Elliot’s legendary, bitter pride clashes with Admiral Baldwin’s stubborn conceit until any hope of a match seems impossible. They say love conquers all, but does it?

All looks hopeful for Anne Elliot and the dashing Captain Wentworth, but when a cousin steps in and sets evil plans into motion, is their love enough to withstand the storm, or is it best to let the captain sail that ship… alone?

Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing meets Jane Austen’s Persuasion in this story about trust, disappointment, and disguises.

 

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About the Author

Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her six children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.

More from Barbara

I discovered Jane Austen in college when I was required to read Pride and Prejudice. This was in the dark ages before the famous adaptations, and I knew nothing about the storyline. In fact, I expected it to be depressing, probably because the title sounded similar to War and Peace. It was a delightful surprise to be charmed by the novel, and I went on to read all Austen’s other books on my own. Each of them have a special place in my heart. I love Emma so much that I wrote a two-book parallel novel for it (the George Knightley, Esquire series). I also have novellas based on Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma in the A Very Austen anthologies. This book, however, is the first thing I’ve written based on Persuasion.

Shakespeare I met in high school, and furthered my acquaintance with him in college. Much Ado About Nothing is, I think, my favorite of his plays (although there are several close contenders for the top spot). His grasp of character is unmatched, and his language, even after five hundred years, is striking.

Mixing the stories of these two authors has been great fun, and redeeming a couple of characters who didn’t learn anything from their mistakes in the original stories gives my version a spiritual twist. I hope you enjoy it!

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 17

Texas Book-aholic, June 18

Miriam Jacob, June 18

A Reader’s Brain, June 19

Britt Reads Fiction, June 20

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 20

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions , June 21

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 22

For Him and My Family, June 22

Inklings and notions, June 23

deb’s Book Review, June 24

Of Blades and Thorns, June 24

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 25

Connie’s History Classroom, June 26

Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen, June 26

She Lives To Read, June 27

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 28

Sylvan Musings, June 28

Labor Not in Vain, June 29

Back Porch Reads, June 30

Melissa’s Bookshelf, June 30

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Barbara is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 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/1eff5/much-ado-about-persuasion-celebration-tour-giveaway


My Review

I have had the pleasure of reading Barbara Cornthwaite’s mysteries and was excited to have the opportunity to read her newest historical fiction, Much Ado About Persuasion. I thought it was a pretty good read. It was fun traveling back in time and taking this adventure with the characters. There were a few humorous scenes that kept me wanting to keep reading. A good, sweet and entertaining story that puts a spin to the tales from Shakespeare (Much Ado About Nothing) and Jane Austen (Persuasion).

I am giving Much Ado About Persuasion four stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading clean historical romance. I would be interested in reading more books by Barbara Cornthwaite in the future. 

I received a digital copy of Much Ado About Persuasion from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Evita and Me by Erika Rummel

Evita and Me by Erika Rummel
Evita and Me by Erika Rummel 
 Publisher: DX Varos Publishing (May 24, 2022) 
Category: Historical Fiction, Crime, Women’s Literature 
Tour Dates June 21-July 22, 2022 
ISBN: 978-1955065320 
Available in Print and ebook, 
384 pages 
  Evita and Me

Description Evita and Me by Erika Rummel

Evita Peron’s jewels are missing. Only three people know that they are in a vault in the Swiss Alps; Evita’s corrupt and brutal brother Juan, her bodyguard Pierre, and a teenaged girl Mona, her newest protegee. What happens if two of them team up? Like Eva herself, Mona comes from a broken family and has to make her own way. Perhaps that's why the two women feel close. Evita is at the pinnacle of success but already in the grip of a fatal illness. We see her life through the eyes of Mona and Pierre, two people she trusts -- and who betray her in the end. Or can theft and murder be justified? A story of love, adventure, and murder.

Praise For Erika Rummel

“This is a fast paced page turner. A suspenseful, thrilling roller coaster ride with lots of twisty, loopy sections. Head Games is an apt title for this enthralling read. “- Joy Renee, Joy Story “Identity’s a big theme in this work, so if you’ve ever felt you were someone other than yourself, if you thought you might like to try living in someone else’s skin, if you’ve wondered whether your friends and loved ones were not exactly who they claimed to be, then this psychological labyrinth might just be your winding road to a good read”.- Carole Giangrande, Words to Go “This was a book that grabbed me from the start. It’s a period in history that offered much to the world but also had some of man’s darkest moments. Due to that it does provide rich material for a novelist and Ms. Rummel does an excellent job of taking her reader on a dangerous journey through the twists and turns of what many faced during the time. The characters are well developed and defined. The scenes are well described and I found myself feeling like I was actually walking the streets with the characters of the book.”-Patty, Books Cooks Looks “To live during such tumultuous times would be horrible. You would have to be careful of every word that came out of your mouth. That might be easy when you are alert, but what about when you are so tired that you can’t even think? This book made me thankful that I was born in America in the 20th century. Any fan of riveting historical fiction will get lost in this book from page one.”-Lisa, Lisa’s Writopia

Excerpt

[The mystery of Evita’s missing jewels explained – as told by her bodyguard Pierre.]

The road ends at a metal-studded entrance carved right into the mountainside. The wind feels barbed when we get out of the car, as if the season had changed overnight, and we had skipped the spring and summer.

We walk through the door, which has opened at our approach - some technical alert and response. Inside the mountain, there is a reception area with another steel door at the far side, flanked by a pair of guards. They are armed with machine guns. A gentleman in a pinstriped gray suit receives us with a deferential bow. He seems out of place in this mafioso setting, a banker gone astray. He should be sitting behind a large, polished desk in an office in Zurich. His cheeks are the kind of rosy that doesn’t tan. His neck bulges a little above the immaculate white shirt collar. He isn’t fat, but substantial, a man with a good digestion and easy conscience. 

He introduces himself: Reinhard Behrle. We shake hands.  He asks us to sign our names in what looks like a guestbook, except that we also have to ink our thumbs and provide a fingerprint beside our names… 

When we are done, Behrle smiles amiably. 

“This way,” he says and leads on past the guards, through a narrow door along a passage carved into the rock. The air is stale. Wall sconce with caged bulbs cast a yellow light on the concrete floor. A pipe runs along the wall. I can hear water trickling through it – that and our footsteps are the only sound. Duarte and I each carry one of the steel boxes. His breath is a little labored. We pass through another door guarded by men with machine guns and come to a round steel portal looking like the door of a giant washing machine. Behrle spins the wheel mounted on the portal, using the bulk of his body to shield his exact movements from our eyes. The guards step forward and help him pull open the door. Behrle waves us through. The room inside looks like what you would expect to find in the back of a bank. It is brightly lit, has a tiled floor, white walls, and a row of safe deposit boxes of all sizes sunk into the wall. 

Duarte and I place our load on a long counter in the middle of the room. All four of us stand close, watching Duarte open the chest containing the jewelry. The guards with the machine guns have taken up position at each end of the counter. Duarte takes out a fresh pack of cigarettes, but there is no ashtray, and Behrle says apologetically: “May I ask you not to smoke, Mr. Duarte. The air circulation here is limited.”

Duarte puts the cigarettes back into his pocket. His mouth is crimped shut because he is not used to taking orders.

“Perhaps you could lift out the trays,” Behrle says, “and I will check off each item.” He has placed a list on the counter and taken out an elegant black and gold pen.

Duarte opens the first box and hesitates. “The trays are out of order,” he says and looks at each of us in turn. “Number 2 is on top.”

Mona cranes her neck and says: “They are numbered?”

“Yes,” Behrle says and points his pen at a small number stenciled in the corner of the top tray. “We will begin with Tray 2 then,” he says and starts reading from his list: “One amethyst and diamond necklace set in gold, matching bracelet and earrings.” 

He looks at the items and checks them off. Duarte lifts out the next tray. When he comes to the fourth tray, we see that it is empty. It’s the tray numbered “1”. 

Behrle, who has started reading the description, comes to a stop.

“The necklace is missing,” Duarte says, as if we couldn’t see it for ourselves and needed an interpreter. 

No one says anything.

“Perhaps Evita decided to keep it back?” Duarte says slowly and gives Mona a questioning look. 

“Don’t look at me,” she says. “How would I know?” 

“She did say something about giving jewelry to the shrine of the Virgen del Pilar in Saragossa,” Duarte says. He keeps looking at Mona and me. 

“Alright,” he says at last. “I’ll talk to Evita when we get back. We don’t have time to deal with this now. We need to get back to the airport. So let’s just strike that one from the list.”

Behrle draws a thick line through the item on the list. We all initial the erasure and continue with the count. 

“Everything else seems to be in order,” Behrle says after we have inspected both boxes. Behrle signs the list to acknowledge the receipt of the jewels. We countersign. A clause at the bottom of the page says that this is merely to certify the quantity, not the quality of the items. Then Behrle opens one of the safe deposit boxes in the wall. He carries the key around his waist, secured to a metal belt by a long chain. He reaches for it as if for a concealed weapon. 

Duarte places the two boxes in the safe. Behrle locks up with his key, then hands us each a tiny key, and directs us to take turns applying them to the lock. 

Duarte looks up in surprise. 

“Three keys?” he says. “My sister put me in charge of the boxes.” 

“These are my instructions,” Behrle says. 

Duarte wrinkles his brow. “Let’s get it over with, then,” he says.

We put our keys to the lock, first Duarte, then Mona, then I. 

“The safe will have to be unlocked in the same sequence,” Behrle explains. 

I look at Duarte’s scowling face. He will go after those keys, I think. He will kill to get at them, and I may be first in line.   

Evita and Me by Erika RummelAbout Erika Rummel

Award winning author, Erika Rummel is the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books and seven novels. Her seventh novel, ‘Evita and Me’ is being published on May 24, 2022. She won the Random House Creative Writing Award (2011) for a chapter from ‘The Effects of Isolation on the Brain’ and The Colorado Independent Publishers' Association’ Award for Best Historical Novel, in 2018. She is the recipient of a Getty Fellowship and the Killam Award. Erika grew up in Vienna, emigrated to Canada and obtained a PhD from the University of Toronto. She taught at Wilfrid Laurier and U of Toronto. She divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles and has lived in Argentina, Romania, and Bulgaria. Erika’s Website: http://www.erikarummel.com/ Erika’s Blog: http://rummelsincrediblestories.blogspot.ca/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/historycracks

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My Review

I have had the pleasure of reading books by Erika Rummel in the past. I was excited to have the opportunity to read her newest novel Evita and Me. I did not know much about Evita before reading this but have found myself wanting to know more. The author definitely did her research and it was intriguing how she was able to mix historical fiction and her imagination to make a fabulous story. I enjoyed seeing Evita and those around her come to life. I thought it was great. 

I am giving Evita and Me a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy reading historical fiction based on real historical figures. I will definitely be looking and hoping for more new releases from Erika Rummel for years to come. 

I received a paperback copy of Evita and Me 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: Shadows in the Aftermath by Marianne Scott

 


Join us for this tour from June 6 to July 1, 2022!

Book Details:

​Book TitleFinding Ruby Draker by Marianne Scott
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  330 pages
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Publisher:  Friesen Press
Release date:  Original January 2016. Relaunch March 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 +M. Occasional Profanity
 
Book Description:

Kathleen Jones has lived a protected and typical suburban life, nothing unexpected in her carefully controlled and planned existence. She’s about to complete her college degree and is ready to start a successful career but after completing her last exam she comes home to find her world has been turned upside down. Her home has been torched and her parents and little brother killed.

If that’s not bad enough, she is kidnapped and drugged unconscious by strangers posing as a police officers. When she awakes she discovers that everything has changed – her face, her name, and everything she believed to be true.

But things get worse. Hardly recovered from surgery, she is whisked away under the cover of darkness as more men storm the clinic with guns. It seems that the men who abducted her are not her greatest threat. Now on a private charter on its way to Nice, France, her abductors are calling her Ruby – Ruby Draker!

Finding Ruby Draker is a novel about knowing yourself, accepting change, embracing danger, and taking risks. You never know what life is going to throw at you.
 
 
Also Available for Your Spy Thriller Enjoyment! Marianne Scott's New Release!
Book Details:

​Book Title:  Shadows in the Aftermath by Marianne Scott
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  330 pages
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Publisher:  Friesen Press
Release date:  June 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 +M. Occasional Profanity
 
Book Description:

Ruby Draker has found new strength and is ready to move on after Felix Szabo devastated the Draker estate in Nice, France. Three Drakers are dead leaving Ruby in grief and with thoughts of revenge. The Drakers are a family built of survivors; each rescued from Felix Szabo, a psychopath, who sought to murder his former agents at the CIA whom he believed betrayed him. The Drakers’ sole mission is to stop Szabo from adding more victims to his list, and although he also perished during the invasion, his legacy continues to haunt them. When the Drakers learn that Robert Draker, presumed dead since the shoot-out at Robert’s farmhouse, may be alive and at a rehab clinic in Portland, Maine, the Drakers know it could be a setup, but they have no choice but to try to find him and bring Robert home.

​Shocked that Robert may be alive, the family head from France to America to find him. It’s only when they arrive in the west that they realize finding Robert won’t be as easy as they thought. Szabo has found a way to terrorize the Draker family, even after death. His outstanding debt with a Corsican crime family means the Drakers must now find and deliver a shipment of plutonium, which will likely be used by terrorists to create a nuclear bomb, to get Robert back. As Ruby struggles with the decision to save her brother or North America, she must also evade the CIA, who are trying to stop the Drakers from delivering the plutonium.
 
 
Meet the Author:

Marianne Scott is the Canadian author of four mystery thrillers and is currently finishing an edit on her fourth novel, a murder mystery. She has a BA and a Diploma in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, CA. She studied creative writing through Conestoga College and Humber College. She enjoys writing workshops such as those offered by Brian Henry, publisher of the blog, Quick Brown Fox, and One Lit Place, a writers’ hub by creator/editor Jenna Kalinsky. She has an author’s website and blog is the president of The Cambridge Writers’ Collective and is a member of the Guelph Genre Writers. In September of 2018, she completed a fourth-year course in Writing Fiction at the University of Guelph under the expert teaching of Lawrence Hill. Her novels, Finding Ruby Draker and Shadows in the Aftermath are self-published. She is actively seeking representation to break into the traditional publishing world with her third and fourth novels.  

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

Tour Schedule:

June 6 – Mystery Review Crew – book spotlight of FINDING RUBY DRAKER / author interview / giveaway
June 6 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review of FINDING RUBY DRAKER / guest post / giveaway
June 7 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book series spotlight / giveaway
June 7 - She Just Loves Books – book review of FINDING RUBY DRAKER / giveaway
June 8 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of FINDING RUBY DRAKER / guest post / giveaway
June 8 - @booking.with.janelle – book review of FINDING RUBY DRAKER
June 9 – Celticlady's Reviews – book series spotlight / giveaway
June 9 - Kam's Place – book review of FINDING RUBY DRAKER
June 10 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of FINDING RUBY DRAKER / giveaway
June 13 – My Fictional Oasis – book review of FINDING RUBY DRAKER / giveaway
June 14 – Literary Flits – book review of FINDING RUBY DRAKER / giveaway
June 14 - Amy's Booket List – book review of FINDING RUBY DRAKER / giveaway
June 15 – Novels Alive – book review of FINDING RUBY DRAKER
June 15 – Novels Alive – book series spotlight / giveaway
June 16 – Bigreadersite – book review of FINDING RUBY DRAKER / giveaway
June 16 - The Momma Spot – book review of FINDING RUBY DRAKER / giveaway
June 17 – Novels Alive – book review of SHADOWS IN THE AFTERMATH
June 20 - Kam's Place – book review of SHADOWS IN THE AFTERMATH
June 21 – Mystery Review Crew – book spotlight of SHADOWS IN THE AFTERMATH / guest post / giveaway
June 21 – fundinmental – book series spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 22 – Literary Flits – book review of SHADOWS IN THE AFTERMATH / giveaway
June 22- Amy's Booket List – book review of SHADOWS IN THE AFTERMATH / giveaway
June 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of FINDING RUBY DRAKER / giveaway
June 23 – My Fictional Oasis – book review of SHADOWS IN THE AFTERMATH / giveaway
June 24 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of SHADOWS IN THE AFTERMATH / giveaway
June 24 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of SHADOWS IN THE AFTERMATH / giveaway
June 27 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of SHADOWS IN THE AFTERMATH / author interview / giveaway
June 28 –The Page Ladies – book review of SHADOWS IN THE AFTERMATH
June 28 - She Just Loves Books – book review of SHADOWS IN THE AFTERMATH / giveaway
June 29 - @booking.with.janelle – book review of SHADOWS IN THE AFTERMATH
June 30 – StoreyBook Reviews – book review of FINDING RUBY DRAKER / giveaway
June 30 - The Momma Spot – book review of SHADOWS IN THE AFTERMATH / giveaway
July 1 – Bigreadersite – book review of SHADOWS IN THE AFTERMATH / giveaway
July 1 - Books for BooksBook Series Spotlight
 
Enter the Giveaway:
 

FINDING RUBY DRAKER/SHADOWS IN THE AFTERMATH Book Tour Giveaway

 


 

My Review: 

I had the pleasure of reading Marianne Scott’s Finding Ruby Draker and was excited to have the opportunity to catch up with the Draker family in Shadows in the Aftermath. Though I really enjoyed reading Finding Ruby Draker, I enjoyed this one so much more. The author has once again written a book that kept me engaged and wanting to see how it would all play out in the end. There were some twists that I never saw coming and I had to keep reading to find out what would happen with the characters next. There was no way I was able to predict the following scenes. At times, I felt like my head was spinning and never knowing which way the tale was going to go. I loved immersing myself in this story and feel as though I was right there. It was a fun and exciting adventure to take from one end of the world to the other. I thought it was a great way to spend my afternoons and sitting on the balcony after a day at the beach.

I will be giving Shadows in the Aftermath  a well deserved five plus stars. I believe readers who enjoy reading thrilling mystery and suspense filled novels. I look for more books like this by Marianne Scott in the future. I hope there will be another Ruby Draker novel to come, as well.


I received a paperback copy of Shadows in the Aftermath 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: Hair Calamities and Hot Cash by Gail Pallotta

About the Book

Book: Hair Calamities and Hot Cash

Author: Gail Pallotta

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release date: 2018

What happens when a New York stockbroker crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s North Carolina beauty shop … on the same day the young widow’s defective hair products are causing wild hairdos? Soon, Eve finds herself helping the handsome stranger hunt the thieves who stole his clients cash…and hot on the trail of two of the FBI’s most-wanted criminals!

Romance blossoms amid danger, suspense and Eve’s hair-brained plan to get back the money.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A 2013 Grace Awards finalist, she’s a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner and a TopShelf 2020 Book Awards Finalist. She’s published six books, poems, short stories and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums.

 

More from Gail

Even mysterious events and robbery can’t stop the fun, laughs and romance that follow after New York stock broker Philip Wells crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s beauty shop.

 

Hair Calamities and Hot Cash is a contemporary romance with mystery and comical scenes about a New Yorker and a lonely, young widow in the North Carolina Mountains who fall for each other amid a crisis, danger and suspense.

 

The story behind Hair Calamities and Hot Cash began many years ago in a small town at the foothills of the North Carolina Mountains, where my mother ran a beauty shop.

 

Her salon doubled as a meeting place where customers who knew each other discussed how to make the latest recipe, what to do about world affairs and everything in between, including family relations, births, deaths and weddings. Clients planned showers, graduation parties and get-togethers for new neighbors while hair flew.

 

Mostly townspeople showed up, and the spirit of the community overflowed. The residents had disagreements, but they didn’t abhor those who thought differently from them. They had close friends, acquaintances, people they tolerated and those they kept at a distance. As in most small environments, they gossiped and could be nosey. However, when someone grieved for a loved one, suffered from an illness or any other crisis, prayers went up and casseroles went out no matter whether the person was a best friend or someone held at a distance. They all were God’s children.

 

The walls of Mother’s beauty shop echoed the spirit of the community, and I wanted to bring it back.  I set the mystery, romance and shenanigans in the Western North Carolina Mountains. Many years ago, a friend my father knew in college came to visit us, and we drove him to the mountains. He said, “I’ve traveled the world over, and I’ve never seen a place any prettier than these hills.”  I wanted to share the awe-inspiring scenery. I believe we need those peaceful surroundings and the sense of community now more than when I wrote the book.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 22

Book Looks by Lisa, June 22

For Him and My Family, June 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 24

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 25

Texas Book-aholic, June 26

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 27

Inklings and notions, June 28

deb’s Book Review, June 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 30

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, July 1 (Author Interview)

Simple Harvest Reads, July 1 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Guild Master, July 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 3

A Baker’s Perspective, July 4 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 5

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Gail is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift card and 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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My Review

Hair Calamities And Hot Cash is a fun and entertaining read by Gail Pallotta. I enjoyed reading the wild and hilarious antics that happens throughout while trying to figure out the “who done it?”. I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next with Eve and Philip. They were a delight as a team to solve the mystery together. I found it to be was a good way to spend a cool and rainy day. 

Hair Calamities And Hot Cash will be getting four stars from me. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading clean cozy mysteries. I would be interested more like this by Gail Pallotta in the future. 

I received a digital copy of Hair Calamities And Hot Cash from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.