Friday, January 24, 2020

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Broken Promises by Melody Carlson


About the Book


Book:  Broken Promises
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre:  Middle Grade
Release Date: December 15, 2019

A school play sounds like fun…for some.

As she settles into life in the middle school of her new hometown, Zoey agrees to audition for the school play to encourage Louisa. Isn’t that what a BFF does? But she’s none too sure it’ll actually be fun—especially when she’s cast as a dog! Louisa really does need her support though when some of the older girls get upset at a sixth grader landing the lead role. Zoey does her best to be supportive and finally begins to feel really at home with her grandparents and at school.

Until someone pulls the plug on all her dreams.



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About the Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.  

More from Melody

For many tweens, middle school is a jungle of insecurities, mean girls, and disappointments. As usual I gave Zoey plenty to deal with. Including a BFF with high expectations and an absentee mom who still hasn’t grown up. Even though some people let her down, Zoey keeps plugging along, even playing Sandy the dog in the school play. And through her struggles she changes and matures — kind of like real life.

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Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Broken Promises and the classic Annie movie (DVD or digital download, winner’s choice)!!
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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Review

Melody Carlson has once again written a relatable book for young readers. Broken Promises is the third book from her Being Zoey series. My daughter and I loved reading the first two books of the series and this does not disappoint. It was great catching up with Zoey and her friends. This time around Zoey gets in the middle of drama at her school. She learns some important life lessons of what is important, how to have faith, and how turn to God.

Broken Promises would get one hundred stars if I could. Young readers would love this book, as well as, the rest of the series. Parents will find these books to be a great inspirational influence on their children. I highly recommend them, especially for readers middle school aged girls. My ten year old daughter loves it and hopes there will be more books in the Being Zoey series in the near future.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Audiobook Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Jersey by James Rosenberg

Audiobook Tour: The Jersey by James Rosenberg

Author: James Rosenberg

Narrator: Brian Avers

Length: 8 hours 44 minutes

Publisher: Allie H Publishing

Released: Nov. 21, 2019

Genre: Family Drama


 
Dan West wonders which is more important to him: Helping his long-time friend win back his business after being accused of stealing money from the company, or coaching his 11-year-old son’s soccer team trying to win an improbable championship. Money and prestige don’t motivate Dan. Rather, family, work and coaching soccer are the underpinnings of his life. He revels in the simple joys like hanging out with his wife Jill, mentoring a young lawyer at his firm, and watching the boys connect on three passes before drilling the ball into the back of the net. Dan always knew to keep it steady - not to get too high or he might get knocked off his perch. And he did, until he and the boys’ soccer team achieved unimagined success. Before he can grasp how good he has it, tragedy rips a hole in his family. James Rosenberg, author of the bestseller Legal Reserves, strikes a new chord in his exploration of what makes a life and how to put it back together after it is shattered. The Jersey is a beautifully written, profoundly touching, and relatable story of love, loss, and the redemptive power of a group of motivated 11-year-old kids.

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SONY DSC[/caption] James Rosenberg is a 3rd generation trial attorney with plenty of stories to tell. Inspired not only by the courtroom stories his father and grandfather used to tell him when he was a child, but also by the wild adventures he’s encountered through his own experience as a lawyer. James is fascinated by the intricate, interpersonal dynamics of every trial he’s endured. Whether it’s the raw emotion on display in court, the tension in the air that builds until someone wins, or the impact that a case’s decision has on the parties involved, James is always paying attention and keeping tabs on what’s happening. In his debut novel, “Legal Reserves”, James flexes his creative muscle outside of the courtroom to share his stories, with a fictional twist, through the eyes of archetypes he knows well. His second novel, “The Jersey,” explores the relationships a family-centric lawyer has with his wife and eleven year old son. A native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, James has been a trial attorney in Pittsburgh for almost 30 years. He started writing legal thrillers as a stress reducer and finds this creative outlet to be a fun and meaningful diversion from his day job. When he’s not trying cases, he’s either dreaming up his next book idea, spending time with his wife and three kids, or both.
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Narrator Bio

  
Brian Avers is a dynamic stage & screen actor, with numerous appearances on Broadway, television & film - and prolific creative - having written, directed & produced new works including indie comedy The Weekend, podcast The Buckeye Brothers, and a series of audiobooks releasing through winter, 2019. An active screenwriter, voice artist & proud mentor for aspiring actors, Brian and his family split time between Brooklyn & Los Angeles.
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James F Rosenberg has written a beautiful story with The Jersey. I have to admit, I was not sure what to expect with this one. When I was about a third of the way through, I realized I just could not stop listening to the audio version of it. The combination of the author’s writing and the superb performance of Brian Avers’s narration, brought on numerous emotions from me. I found parts of it that just warmed my heart and others that just tore me to pieces and had to grab the tissues. What a wonderful read. 

I highly recommend The Jersey for all readers. I loved it and would have given it one hundred stars if I could. 

I received the audio version of this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by James Rosenberg. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. 

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Blog Tour: Deconstructing Anxiety: The Journey from Fear to Fulfillment by Todd E Pressman, PhD



Book Details:
Book Title: DECONSTRUCTING ANXIETY The Journey from Fear to Fulfillment by Todd E. Pressman, PhD
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+) (336 pages)
Genre:  Self-Help/How To
Publisher:  Rowman & Littlefield
Release date:  January 2020
Tour dates: Jan 13 to Feb 7, 2020
Content Rating: PG

Book Description:
In Deconstructing Anxiety, Pressman provides a new and comprehensive understanding of fear's subtlest mechanisms. In this model, anxiety is understood as the wellspring at the source of all problems. Tapping into this source therefore holds the clues not only for how to escape fear, but how to release the very causes of suffering, paving the way to a profound sense of peace and satisfaction in life.
With strategically developed exercises, this book offers a unique, integrative approach to healing and growth, based on an understanding of how the psyche organizes itself around anxiety. It provides insights into the architecture of anxiety, introducing the dynamics of the “core fear” (one's fundamental interpretation of danger in the world) and “chief defense” (the primary strategy for protecting oneself from threat). The anxious personality is then built upon this foundation, creating a “three dimensional, multi-sensory hologram” within which one can feel trapped and helpless.
Replete with processes that bring the theoretical background into technicolor, Deconstructing Anxiety provides a clear roadmap to resolving this human dilemma, paving the way to an ultimate and transcendent freedom. Therapists and laypeople alike will find this book essential in helping design a life of meaning, purpose and enduring fulfillment.

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About the Author:
TODD E. PRESSMAN, Ph.D., is a psychologist dedicated to helping people design lives of fulfillment. He is the founder and director of Logos Wellness Center and Pressman and Associates Life Counseling Center. An international speaker and seminar leader, he has presented at the Omega Institute, the New York Open Center, and numerous professional conferences, including the prestigious Council Grove Conference, sponsored by the Menninger Foundation. He has written dozens of articles, educational programs, and two highly acclaimed books, Radical Joy: Awakening Your Potential for True Fulfillment and The Bicycle Repair Shop: A True Story of Recovery from Multiple Personality Disorder. He earned his doctorate in psychology from the Saybrook Institute and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, has studied under renowned leaders in the Consciousness movement and Gestalt therapy, and has traveled around the world to study the great Wisdom traditions, from Zen Buddhism to fire-walking ceremonies, providing a cross-cultural perspective of the extraordinary capacities of the mind and spirit. He makes his home in Philadelphia.
Connect with the author:   Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram
 
Tour Schedule:

Jan 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight
Jan 13 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
Jan 13 - To Thine Own Shelf – book spotlight
Jan 13 - Reading Authors Network – book spotlight
Jan 13 - From the TBR Pile - book spotlight / guest post
Jan 14 – b for bookreview – book spotlight / author interview
Jan 14 - Everyday Gyaan – book spotlight / author interview
Jan 15 – The Clipped Nightingale – book spotlight / author interview
Jan 16 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book spotlight
Jan 20 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Jan 21 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight
Jan 22 – eBook Addicts – book spotlight
Jan 23 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight
Jan 23 - Bookmark and fork – book spotlight / guest post
Jan 24 – Laura's Interests - book spotlight / guest post
Jan 28 – Tabi Thoughts – book spotlight / author interview
Jan 29 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / author interview
Jan 30 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Feb 3 – Celticlady's Reviews – book spotlight
Fab 4 – Literary Flits – book spotlight
Feb 5 – I Love A Good Book – book spotlight
Feb 6 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post



 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Book Tour and Giveaway: The Matchmaker's Rogue by Regina Scott

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The Matchmaker's Rogue
(Grace-by-the-Sea #1)
By Regina Scott
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 272 Pages
January 8th 2020

Grace-by-the-Sea: Where romance and adventure come home.

Polished Jesslyn Chance has one of the most enviable positions in the little Regency coastal village of Grace-by-the-Sea. She is the hostess of the spa, arranging introductions and entertainments and playing matchmaker to the ladies and gentlemen who come to take the waters, promenade through the shops, and dance at the assembly. But when a rogue returns from her past, Jess finds herself suddenly at sea.

Always an adventurer, Larkin Denby left Grace-by-the-Sea to right the wrongful death of his father. Now he’s back on a mission: to identify the mysterious Lord of the Smugglers who allegedly sails from Grace Cove and takes England’s secrets to France. But Grace-by-the-Sea is the perfect little spa town, run by the still oh-so-perfect Jesslyn Chance. When the village’s future is threatened, Jess must work with Lark to solve the mystery and protect the town’s own. In doing so, the matchmaker of Grace-by-the-Sea may just find that the best match for her is the rogue who stole her heart years ago.

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About the Author

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t sell her first novel until she learned a bit more about writing. Since her first book was published, her stories have traveled the globe, with translations in many languages including Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese. She now has more than forty-five published works of warm, witty romance.

She loves everything about England, so it was only a matter of time before she started her own village. Where more perfect than the gorgeous Dorset Coast? She can imagine herself sailing along the chalk cliffs, racing her horse across the Downs, dancing at the assembly, and even drinking the spa waters. She drank the waters in Bath, after all!

Regina Scott and her husband of 30 years reside in the Puget Sound area of Washington State on the way to Mt. Rainier. She has dressed as a Regency dandy, learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, and sailed on a tall ship, all in the name of research, of course. Learn more about her at her website.


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Review

The Matchmaker’s Rogue is the start of the new series by Regina Scott Grace by the Sea. I love Regina’s writing and this one is probably among one of my favorites I have read by her to date. I loved this sweet and delightful regency era story. Jesslyn and Larkin were great characters to get to know. There are some scenes that did make me giggle and smile, especially from the aunt. There is a little bit of suspense that kept me wondering what was going to be on the next page. 

I am giving The Matchmaker’s Rogue five plus stars. I can not wait to see what happens next in the Grace by the Sea series. 

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

Review Tour and Giveaway: The Matchmaker Club by Kayley Wood

The Matchmaker Club
by Kayley Wood

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GENRE: Romantic Comedy/Chick lit

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BLURB:

How do you loosen up a rigid, brooding billionaire with a broken heart? Nothing a game of Spin the Bottle, a skinny dipping dare, and poison ivy couldn't fix!

This feel-good rom-com is quickly becoming another fan favorite in the hilarious and sweet Club Series.

"I couldn’t put the book down. The story was great." - Jillian – 5 Stars

"OH THE FEELS! A great read!" - littleboodamommy - 5 Stars

"If you like heartwarming romantic comedies then you’ll definitely enjoy this book!" - Amanda Beaumont - 5 Stars

"There are several moments that will leave you giggling, and even more that will leave you sighing in content. You cannot go wrong when you click a book in this series." -Des - 5 Stars

Hilarious. Sweet. Sassy.

It is an indisputable fact that Reed women are not marriage material.

The great-granddaughter of a famous burlesque dancer, the granddaughter of an ex-hippie, and the daughter of an eccentric artist, Taylor quickly learns the heartbreaking lesson of her family curse after her first love ends in rejection.

Apparently, Reed women are not girlfriend material either.

Nestled in a small town in Maine, Cedar Gardens is the worn-down estate which the Reed women call home. But there’s one catch: It doesn’t belong to them. Almost seventy years ago, Mortimer J. Freeman bought the place for his long-lost love, Marlena Reed. Now, his great-grandson—and heir to billions—Lucas Freeman is in town with an agenda: to quietly reclaim the estate and Mortimer’s old love letters to Marlena while avoiding a family scandal. But Taylor’s grandmother has another plan: to play matchmaker with Taylor and Lucas before all three Reed women are kicked out of the only home they have ever known.

The problem? Taylor can’t stand the brooding billionaire, who doesn’t understand the gravity of a triple dog dare or the fun of blowing bubbles in your milk. Responsibility, reliability, and routine are Lucas’s mantra. That is, until the fiery Taylor schemes up a hilarious to-do list to break him out of his habitual shell and, in the process, turns his world upside down.

But falling in love wasn’t part of any of their plans.

Does Cedar Gardens have enough magic to bring Taylor and Lucas together, or will the Reed family curse win out in the end?

THE MATCHMAKER CLUB is the heartwarming, yet hilarious third installment in the Club Series. A New Adult Romantic Comedy full of lol moments, lovable characters, strong female bonds, and gives all the feels!

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EXCERPT

It is an indisputable fact that Reed women are not marriage material.

My great-grandmother, Marlena Reed, loved once, but he left our small town to build an empire and married a woman more “suitable” for someone of his stature. Heartbroken, Marlena took off to fulfill her dream of becoming a stage actress at the age of nineteen but instead became a famous burlesque dancer in the 1930s. She was arrested eight times for indecent exposure, even though she never showed any nudity. With large feather fans—inspired by the great Sally Rand—Marlena only gave the illusion of nudity.

My great-grandmother never wanted children, but things happen, and at the age of thirty-one, she gave birth to Hattie, my grandmother, who then got pregnant at Woodstock at the age of twenty-two with my mother, Sara. A year later, she got pregnant in San Francisco with my aunt, Elaine.

All the fathers of my family’s children are unknown.

What I know of my own father is that he was an artist in the south of France who went by the name of Jean-Michel. My mother had met him at an artist retreat in Tuscany, where they’d engaged in a lovers’ tryst that had lasted one week. She’d never asked for his last name or an address—no way to contact him.

And that’s how I became a Reed, like my mother and her mother before her.

Being from a small town, you can only imagine the rumors surrounding us. Some are polite enough, some think we’ve killed our male heirs, and some believe we’re actual witches.

As for love? I learned early on, during my high school years, that boys wanted me for one of two reasons: to brag that they had survived death or to piss off their parents.

Apparently, Reed women aren’t girlfriend material either.

This is my one curse.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kayley has three simple rules in life:

1. Surround yourself with some incredible, kick-ass women you call friends.
2. Don't worry about failure or mistakes. It's how you respond to them that makes all the difference.
3. An appletini is never complete without two cherries.

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GIVEAWAY

Kayley Wood will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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January 15: Travel the Ages
January 22: Evie's Book Reviews
January 22: Sandra's Book Club
January 29: The Reading Addict
January 29: Enchanting Reviews
February 5: Fabulous and Brunette








My Review

I love love love The Matchmaker Club by Kayley Wood. Even though it is the third installment from The Club series, I believe it can be read as a stand alone. I have not read the previous books and did not feel as though lost. However, I would love to read them in the near future to find out what happened. This story was so much fun and it had me laughing out loud throughout. It was such a delight to read. 

I am giving The Matchmaker Club a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it. 

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.







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