Friday, June 14, 2024

Movie Review and Giveaway: Jesus: A Deaf Missions

 


The long-awaited, first feature film about
Jesus in American Sign Language is finally here!

The best part of it all is that it’s Deaf led production and cast. 

Be among the first to experience the first full-length feature film about Jesus entirely in ASL! 

68 out of 70 million deaf people are waiting to encounter  Jesus.
We are ready to make Him seen ... would you join us? 

Spread the word, share this around the world! 

Buy tickets today to see JESUS: a Deaf Missions film in theaters starting June 20th! 


Synopsis: 

God’s story is unstoppable when it is in the heart language of a people  group. JESUS: a Deaf Missions film, uses Deaf actors to bring the story of Jesus to  life from a Deaf perspective for a Deaf audience. 


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My Review:

As a mother of a child who has hearing issues, I was excited to have the opportunity to see Jesus: a Deaf Missions film with him. I unfortunately have not yet learned a lot of ASL and appreciated that the film provided sub titles for someone like me. While watching, I loved the quiet music playing all throughout. It was peaceful and tranquil while seeing the beautiful story of Jesus and his followers. I enjoyed every single minute of it. 

I am giving Jesus: a Deaf Missions film a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for viewers who are from the deaf and hard of hearing community. I would love to see more inspiring films from Deaf Missions in the future.

I received an early screener link to watch Jesus: a Deaf Missions film from Deaf Missions, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.    


Disclosure:

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

Giveaway: 

$10 Amazon Gift Card

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Book Tour and Giveaway: R by Eli Wellington

 



Book Details:

​Book TitleR: A NOVEL by Eli Wellington
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  340 pages
Genre: Dystopian , Science Fiction
Publisher:  Dystopian Publishing
Release date:  April 2024
Content RatingPG-13 + M to R. The book includes violence, sex, white supremacy, adult language
Book Description:

From the author of The Compound, this gripping dystopian novel explores the delicate lines between truth and propaganda. As the president focuses all efforts on securing his position of power, employing tactics that blur the lines between lawful governance and autocracy, a variety of individuals must confront their own beliefs, biases, and fears. R is a riveting exploration of the American psyche, examining the themes of racism, white supremacy, and the steadfast quest for power.

Each character, rooting in their own beliefs and experiences, provides a unique lens examining the fabric of America. As misinformation and conspiracy theories flood the internet colliding with legitimate news sources, the characters' paths intersect in unexpected ways, challenging their convictions. R isn't just a story; it's a wake-up call to the resilience of the human spirit, with a mirror reflecting our highest hopes and deepest fears.

​As the clock counts down to the election, the question remains: can democracy survive the storm, or will it crumble under the weight of its ideals betrayed?
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Meet the Author:

R is Eli Wellington's second novel. The author believes that fiction provides the perfect platform to make social commentary on the world around us and is influenced by authors such as George Orwell, Ayn Rand, and Arthur Koestler. Eli writes on an island in Greece.
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R: A NOVEL Book Tour Giveaway



My Review: 

R is my first introduction to the novels written by Eli Wellington. I thought it was a pretty good novel to read. I am not a huge fan of science fiction but after reading the blurb to this one, I was intrigued and wanted to go outside my comfort zone and give it a try. I found it interesting how it has a futuristic theme but yet somewhat mirrors current events. I did find that the plot was thought provoking at times. I was often wondering what is real and what is not. It is not one of those books that could be easily to predict. I never knew what to expect from scene to scene. There were a few chapters that were somewhat slower paced than I would like. I did myself a little confused as to what was going on but once I was able to catch on again, I wanted continue on.

I am giving the novel R three and a half stars. I believe fans of the genres of dystopian, fantasy, and science fiction would enjoy reading it and not want to miss it. To me, it is definitely worth a read. I would be interested in more releases from Eli Wellington in the future to see where their imagination will take their readers to next. 

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

Review and Giveaway: The Chronicles of Arax Series by Benjamin Sanford








Book Details:

Book Title: Of War and Heroes (The Chronicles of Arax, Book One) by Benjamin Sanford
Category: Adult Fiction 18 yrs +, 392 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Stenox Publishing
Release date: August, 2023
Format available for review: print-softback / USA and Canada), ebook (EPUB, PDF).
Tour dates: June 10 to July 2, 2024
Content Rating: PG-13: There are some battle scenes between humans and gargoyles utilizing mostly swords. Very light romantic scenes just kissing) with little description. Minimal swearing. I am mostly giving it a PG 13 rating due to the battle scenes.


Book Description:

​What defines a hero? Are heroes born, or created?

For Terin Caleph, living on his family’s farm in the Torry realm, the complexities of wars and heroes have never crossed his radar. He spends his days tending to the lush fields, and his evenings with his loving parents. But all that changes when, nearing his 18th birthday, he has been hand-chosen to work as a scribe for a Torry ambassador, and an old friend of his father’s.

Before leaving for this new life, his father gifts Terin with an ancient, luminous sword and instructs him to keep it close at all times. Terin can’t possibly fathom why he would need such a magnificent weapon, and yet he soon discovers that life outside his family’s farm is nothing like he could have imagined, and the sword will soon come in handy.

Gargoyles are threatening the kingdoms of Arax, emboldened by their alliance with Tyro and his army of humans. Together, they intend to overthrow the rest of the humans. The future of Arax looks grim as gargoyle attacks become more fierce and frequent, pulling resources from the central cities and separating the human armies.

Terin must band together with a motley crew of renegades that include an esteemed Torry warrior and a thuggish group of “Earthers” who shipwrecked on his planet. Together they find themselves in the midst of the fight against Tyro and his gargoyle empire. With his father’s mysterious sword at his side guiding him, and the fate of the human world resting on the outcome of this war, Terin begins to question the real reason he was called to be a royal scribe.

Will Terin’s heroic attempts to thwart the gargoyles prevail, or will the kingdoms of Arax fall to their vicious attacks?

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Book Details:

Book Title: The Siege of Corell (The Chronicles of Arax, Book Two) by Benjamin Sanford
Category: Adult Fiction 18 yrs +, 610 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Stenox Publishing
Release date: August, 2023
Format available for review: print-softback / USA and Canada), ebook (EPUB, PDF).
Tour dates: June 10 to July 2, 2024
Content Rating: PG-13: There are some battle scenes between humans and gargoyles utilizing mostly swords. Very light romantic scenes just kissing) with little description. Minimal swearing. I am mostly giving it a PG 13 rating due to the battle scenes.


Book Description:

​“The enemy is at the gates, and we must unite against them.”

Tyro’s forces are growing stronger by the day, as is his wrath against Terin and his friends. Now in possession of Terin’s mysterious necklace, Tyro sets his sights on the Torry realm leaving nothing but destruction in his wake.

Separated from the rest of his friends, Terin desperately attempts to get back to his native land, stopping only to assist the raging battles in the Yatin Empire and Corell. With each passing fight he is learning to follow the direction of his father’s ancient sword–its full powers yet to be revealed to him.

Meanwhile, Cronus has escaped the lairs of Fera with some help from his friends and now they must navigate the treacherous lands of the Benotrist realm to return to the Stenox in hopes of reuniting with the rest of their crew and stopping Tyro once and for all.

But with Tyro’s fury spreading all across Arax like wildfire, will the kingdoms of Arax ban together to fight this common enemy, or be destroyed by their own hatred toward one another?

​Will Terin finally unlock the secrets of the ancient weapon that is guiding his journey and discover his true origin, or will his destiny be too heavy a burden to bear?


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Meet the Author:


Benjamin Sanford grew up in Western New York. He spent almost twenty years as an air marshal, traveling across the United States and many parts of the world, meeting people from a broad range of cultures and backgrounds. It was from these thousands of interactions that he drew inspiration for the characters in The Chronicles of Arax series.

He currently resides in Maryland with his family.

​Connect with the author: website ~ goodreads


Giveaway: 

Enter to win author-signed copies of Of War and Heroes and The Siege of Corell (Chronicles of Arax Books One and Book Two) (ends July 3)




My Reviews:

Of War and Heroes is the first book from new to me author, Benjamin Sanford's series, The Chronicles of Arax. I am not a huge fan of fantasy or magical novels but do like to go outside my comfort zone and try something new. The cover of this one had me intrigued and wanted to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised and thought it was a good read. It was nice to leave this stressful world and be taken into a new one of Arax. The plot was interesting and the characters were unforgettable. The bonds and friendships formed all throughout made me feel as though I was part of their story. There was a lot going on within the pages of this tale with lots of adventures, action, battles, and danger. I liked there were a few lessons to learn. Even though the novel is over four hundred pages long, I did not want to let the characters go.

I am giving Of War and Heroes four and a half stars. I have no doubt fans of fantasy fiction will greatly enjoy reading it. I am curious to see what the next installment involves and what Benjamin Sanford has in store for his characters from his The Chronicles of Arax series, The Siege of Corell.

I received a paperback copy of Benjamin Sanford's Of War and Heroes from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.



The Siege of Corell is the second installment the talented author, Benjamin Sanford's series, The Chronicles of Arax. After reading the first book, Of War and Heroes, I could not wait to get my eyes and hands on the follow up and seeing how it would continue. I was far from being disappointed. I thought this continuation was even more exciting than the first. It was great to take a journey back to Arax to see where the characters will go now. I was once again sucked into this tale of action, danger, adventure, and magic. There was no way of predicting of what would occur from scene to scene. The book size is intimidating with over seven hundred pages but I had no problem finding time to have it fully read with in a week. I was entertained with these characters and spending time in their world.

I am giving The Siege of Corell a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who love to read books that are fantastical and of magic. I feel fully invested in this series and have to see where the imagination of Benjamin Sanford has in store for his fans from his The Chronicles of Arax series with the third installment, The Battle of Yatin.

I received a paperback copy of Benjamin Sanford's The Siege of Corell from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Kent and Katcha: Espionage, Spycraft, Romance by Larry and Rosemary Mild

Kent and Katcha by Rosemary and Larry Mild
Kent and Katcha: Espionage, Spycraft, Romance by Larry and Rosemary Mild 
Publisher: Magic Island Literary Works (March 28, 2024) 
Category: Spy, Thriller, and Romance 
Tour Dates May 13-June 21, 2024 
ISBN: 979-8986386409 
Available in Print and ebook, 
248 pages 
Kent and Katcha

Description Kent and Katcha by Larry and Rosemary Mild

Larry and Rosemary breach deep cover to bring you a novel of high intrigue drawn from Larry’s former association with secret operatives and their spook agencies. The year is 1992. The Soviet Union has collapsed, but danger persists. Young Kent Brukner, a freshly trained American spy, arrives in Moscow for a high-risk mission: to infiltrate and compromise a Russian Federation Army facility. Under an alias, in a military uniform, he plies his skills—unprepared for the brutal confrontations and irrational consequences. Kent meets the innocent and passionate Katcha, daughter of a British expatriate and a Russian dissident. Together the lovers embark on a nearly impossible journey, beginning in the foothills of the Ural Mountains. Stalked by the evil Major Dmitri Federov, they must escape from St. Petersburg to Helsinki, Finland, or face life in a Russian prison.

Praise for Larry and Rosemary Mild

Cry 'Ohana: Winner of the Readers Favorite, 2011 Award "I was hooked from the very first page. The chapters are short but there is plenty of suspense, intrigue, blackmail and betrayal. The characters are very easy to connect with. The descriptions of Hawaii are excellent. Adventure and suspense make this a book you won't want to miss."-Readers Favorite, for Cry 'Ohana “The beautiful setting, engaging characters, and lively plot combine to bring readers a story that is literally difficult to put down. The novel deftly moves between the characters and their stories concluding with a satisfying finish. It is an engaging story of tragedy, hope, and unconditional love."- Mystery Books Site, Reviewed by Edie Dykeman, BellaOnline's Mystery Books Editor, for Cry 'Ohana “Shame can tear families apart, and murder can obliterate them. Cry Ohana: Adventure and Suspense in Hawaii tells the story of a Hawaiian family who through a string of tragedies finds their family torn apart. But when they need to find justice, the family struggles to reunite. A story of family and reunion for the betterment of it all, and dedicated to Hawaiian culture, Cry Ohana is a choice pick, highly recommended.”- Midwest Book Review Reviews for On the Rails “I enjoyed this story and felt like it was well researched in regard to the Depression, the different government work programs, and what it was like to live in the mid-30s. Life was very different then compared to today. The story does not gloss over the dangers of her adventures. She did encounter some men who wanted only one thing. Others tried to rob her of what little she had in her possession.”-Leslie, Storeybook Reviews “This book has everything you could ask for, non-stop adventure, some history lessons, villains and most importantly, highly likeable characters, who have to overcome every imaginable obstacle.”-Denise, Amazon “Excellent character development. I adored Bertie. She had such an amazing personality. She was a fighter for sure. She wasn’t afraid to go for what she wanted, even if it meant... pretending to be a man. And fight, she did. She had to fight her way through every situation she came to. Don’t let the sweet and fun of this book fool you. There is plenty of action. Having taken place in 1936, this book has lots of great historical aspect to it, which I love! I highly recommend this for anybody who would like something a little bit different. I would definitely read more by this great writing duo!”-Wendy, Wall To Wall Books “I enjoyed reading On the Rails by the talented co-authors, Larry and Rosemary Mild. I liked going back in time to the Great Depression era and meeting Bertie. I loved her character and getting to know her. She was intriguing and I was fascinated by her story. I would love to read more like this from the writing team Larry and Rosemary Mild in the future.”-Amy, Locks, Hooks, and Books “A book that not only brings some laughter, but packs an emotional punch. I was pleasantly surprised by the high caliber of the writing in this novel! The writers did a lot of research, and it was employed well throughout the book. This is a great read and one that I highly recommend!”-Bee, BookPleasures.com

About Larry and Rosemary MildKent and Katcha by Rosemary and Larry Mild

Award winning authors Larry and Rosemary coauthor mystery, suspense, and fantasy novels and short stories: The Paco and Molly Mysteries; The Dan and Rivka Sherman Mysteries; 2 Hawaii suspense/thrillers; a sci-fi novella; a historical novel (new); and four collections of short stories. They are members of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the National League of American Pen Women, and Hawaii Fiction Writers. Making their home in Honolulu, Hawaii, in a condo overlooking the Pacific Ocean, they relish time with their daughter and grandchildren. Rosemary’s popular personal essays include her new book IN MY NEXT LIFE I’LL GET IT RIGHT. She is a former assistant editor of Harper’s Magazine.. Website: https://www.magicile.com

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Giveaway Kent and Katcha by Larry and Rosemary Mild

This giveaway is for 3 print or ebook copies. Print is open to the U.S. only. ebook is open worldwide. This giveaway ends on June 27, 2024 midnight, pacific time. Entries accepted via Rafflecopter only. a Rafflecopter giveaway

My Review

Kent and Katcha: Espionage, Spycraft, Romance is another great book by the talented co authors, Larry and Rosemary Mild. I enjoyed this story that was full of suspense, mystery, danger, and action. I loved getting to know the main characters, Kent and Katcha. I never could predict would happen between the two from scene to scene. I was intrigued and engaged with their story from start to finish. 

I am giving Kent and Katcha: Espionage, Spycraft, Romance by Larry and Rosemary Mild  five stars. I believe fans of historical mystery will not want to miss out on it. I would love to read more like this from the writing team Larry and Rosemary Mild in the future.

I received a paperback copy of of Mild and Mild's Kent and Katcha: Espionage, Spycraft, Romance 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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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Review: Still Needs Work by Ellen Barker



Book Details:

​Book Title:  Still Needs Work by Ellen Barker
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  286 pages
Genre: Literary Novel
PublisherShe Writes Press
Release date:  June 2024
Tour dates: June 11 to June 28, 2024
Content Rating:   PG-13 +M:  Moderately bad language, mostly in the opening pages, but no F-word or truly crude language. No sex, some violence (a mugging with no serious injury).
Book Description:

Marianne gets the call while attending a conference in San Francisco: laid off, department dissolved. Two days later, she's back home in the dicey Kansas City neighborhood she moved to after a reversal of fortune two years ago. Her house and her life still need work, and now she needs a job, too.

Marianne tries all the usual routes to re-employment, but a middle-aged woman has little job cred in the tech world, no matter how skilled she is. A contract job at a Chicago startup morphs through two acquisitions in eight weeks. And then she is mugged in her own neighborhood, which frightens her enough to considers a permanent move.

​An irreverent look at the alien denizens of the tech world, the fraught business of mergers and acquisitions, and the parallel universe of job openings, Still Needs Work is a contemporary story of the working world wrapped around a very human story of one person, her dog, and her community.

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Author Ellen Barker
Meet the Author:

Ellen Barker grew up in Kansas City during a period of demographic upheaval, and she returns there in her novels. She has a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Washington University in Saint Louis, where she developed a passion for how cities work, and don’t. She began her career as an urban planner, then spend many years working for large consulting firms, first as a writer-editor and later managing large data systems, jobs rich in corporate drama, large and small. She is the author of East of Troost, which introduced readers to the neighborhood where Still Needs Work takes place. She now lives in Los Altos, California, with her husband and their German shepherd, Boris, who is the inspiration for the dog in this novel.

connect with the author: website facebook instagram X/Twitter ~ bookbub ~  goodreads

My Review:

Still Needs Work: A Novel is a fabulous introduction to Ellen Barker's writing. I loved getting to know the relatable character, Marianne and her best friends sidekick canine. It seemed as though she was constantly dodging crisis after crisis. I admired her determination in finding herself and at how she handled everything that is thrown at her. No matter what, she continued to be resilient. The twists and turns of her current life made me feel a connection with her and understood what she was going through. Even though there were some seriousness of some the issues, there was still room for humor. I could not help to crack a smile or even feel a giggle bubble up. I thought it was a beautiful, well written, and feel good story. I loved every single page and had no problem reading it in one sitting.I am giving Still Needs Work: A Novel a very well deserved five plus stars. I believe fans of women's fiction with a side of humor will not want to pass up on this one. I do not think it should be missed. I would love to read more from Ellen Barker in the future to see what other novels she has in store for her readers and fans. She has earned herself a new fan right here. 
I received a paperback copy of Ellen Barker's Still Needs Work: A Novel 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: HopeFULL: Your 30-Day Devotional to Discover Biblical Hope by Marta E Greenman and Maureen H Maldonado



About the Book


Book: 
HopeFULL: Your 30-Day Devotional to Discover Biblical Hope

Authors: Marta E Greenman and Maureen H Maldonado

Genre: Devotional

Release date: November 27, 2023

God can turn despair into hope even in a world that seems to be falling apart. He instilled hope in David, Esther, the Children of Israel, Paul, and the twelve apostles, and He can instill hope inside you. God is the giver of hope; we just need to find His prescription for hope in His Word. This 30-Day Devotional gives an in-depth look at Scripture and Biblical Hope. Join us today. 

Learn:

• From various Biblical figures, how hope can be found in a turbulent world.

• The different Hebrew and Greek meanings of hope in Scripture.

• How to apply God’s strategies for living a HopeFULL life.

Read Old Testament and New Testament accounts of Biblical hope along with personal stories of how God has worked in the lives of His children around the world. Thoughtful reflection question provides a jumping off point for personal or group study.

 

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About the Authors

Marta E Greenman – Marta left corporate America in 1998 to become a staff missionary with a church planting organization known today as e3Partners where she led American churches in planting new ones with international church partners. During this period, Marta spent much of her time in the field on evangelism and discipleship traveling to Columbia, Mexico, Moldova, Peru, Romania, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. She also had the privilege of leading women’s conferences in biblical training.

Marta began teaching Inductive Bible Study at her home church in 1997 where she taught faithfully for fifteen years. Debbie Stuart, a Women’s Ministry Director, said, “Marta Greenman is a master teacher weaving biblical principles, personal stories and clear application with every lesson. She walks in Truth and loves the Word and has dedicated her life to teaching that Truth to women.”

After seven years on the mission field in Romania, Marta began to write Bible study curriculum. Her first study, Bound To Be Free, was published in 2011. May 2011, Marta founded Words of Grace & Truth, a ministry devoted to teaching God’s Word to the nations and teaching others to do the same, through the curriculum God birthed through her teaching ministry. Since then, Leaders, Nations and God and ACTs420NOW have been published. Today she continues to write a series of twelve 30-day devotionals with co-author Maureen H. Maldonado. Their first is entitled FearLESS: God is calling you to be fearless and to FearLESS, second LoveMORE: Your 30-Day Devotional to learn to love like Jesus, third is HopeFULL: Your 30-Day Devotional to Discover Biblical Hope.

Marta’s added GraceAndTruthRadio.World (GTRW), a global radio outreach to the world with God’s message of grace and truth. You can hear her show, Under God with co-host Maureen Maldonado, on GTRW, Monday’s at 3:00pm CST. The passion of her ministry, regardless of the nation she may be in, is teaching God’s Word and equipping others to teach. She is a gifted teacher, speaker and expositor of God’s Word.



Maureen H. Maldonado – Maureen is the second of seven children. Growing up in a home where worldly wealth was a foreign concept, she always felt treasured by her parents and knew she was rich in love. Maureen married young and raised two amazing daughters. Her grandchildren are a blessing beyond anything she could imagine. Recently, she was able to add two granddaughters-in-love who add joy to the mix; and the best yet, God has blessed her with a great-granddaughter!

Maureen has a master’s degree in education from California State University and spent her career as a teacher, vice-principal, and principal in elementary education. Maureen never planned to leave California or the education system, but God had other plans.

After Maureen’s husband was transferred to Arizona in 2006, then to Texas in 2011, she spent several years teaching ‘Just Moved,’ a Christian-based ministry program developed by Susan Miller for women moving homes because of life changes (https://justmoved.org). God used her teaching education and experience as a training ground to begin preparing for Him.

Involved in Bible studies in California, Arizona, and Texas, Maureen grew exponentially in her faith and love of God and His Word. The culmination of these experiences led her to co-host the radio program ‘Under God’ on GraceAndTruthRadio.World, where God’s Word is taught to the nations.

Today, Maureen is using her new-to-her method of studying the Bible and her long-applied teaching methods to teach the next generation of believers. Her prayer is for others to gain as much insight into God’s transformational Word as she has received. She describes it as “opening the shades and letting in all the sunlight on a gloomy day.” Maureen feels honored and humbled to be a part of Words of Grace & Truth and asks others to join in prayer for this needed ministry, the church, our country, and our world. LoveMORE is the second devotional Maureen has co-authored with Marta. Their first devotional was FearLESS: God is calling you to be fearless and to fear less.

Maureen and her husband, Raymond, reside in Texas, where they have transplanted almost their entire family from California.

More from Marta and Maureen

HopeFULL is the third in a series of twelve 30-Day devotionals covering various topics. With titles like FearLESS, LoveMORE and HopeFULL you will discover what God’s Word has to say on each topic. Each book has 4 components, First, 30 Devotionals on the chosen subject. Second, Reflection questions. Third, each book delves into the original language of Hebrew and Greek to help discover what God is trying to communicate to us. Finally, each book has stories, to help illustrate how God still works today.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 31

Inspired by Fiction, June 1

Artistic Nobody, June 2 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 3

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 4 (Author Interview)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, June 5

Its Mama Safe, June 6

Guild Master, June 7 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, June 8

Cover Lover Book Review, June 9

A Reader’s Brain, June 10 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, June 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 11

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 12

Blossoms and Blessings, June 13 (Author Interview)

Giveaway



To celebrate their tour, Marta and Maureen are giving away the grand prize of a $50 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.

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My Review

I loved reading the HopeFULL: Your 30-Day Devotional to Discover Biblical Hope by Marta E. Greenman and Maureen Maldonado. Each day are about 3-4 pages and include: colorful pictures and graphics, scripture, commentary, and a catergory called Reflection for the reader to answer questions on the lines provided. All throughout there are sections called My Story, where the authors tell about themselves and their own experiences in life. The book is a bigger size and perfect for those who need larger print. 

I am giving HopeFULL: Your 30-Day Devotional to Discover Biblical Hope five stars. I highly recommend it for readers who love devotionals for those who are searching for hope in their lives. 

I received a soft cover copy of Greenman and Maldonado's HopeFULL: Your 30-Day Devotional to Discover Biblical Hope from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Murphy Murphy and the Case of the Commission on Cliches by Keith Hirshland


Murphy Murphy and the Case of the Commission on Cliches

Murphy Murphy and the Case of the Commission on Cliches by Keith Hirshland 
Publisher: Beacon Publishing Group (October 6, 2023) 
Category: Mystery 
Tour dates: May 29-June 28, 2024 
ISBN: 978-1961504035 
Available in Print and ebook, 
356 pages 
Murphy Murphy and the Case of the Commission on Cliches

Description Murphy Murphy and the Case of the Commission on Cliches by Keith Hirshland

When we last left Murphy Murphy, the Department of Redundancy Department detective had just solved a mystery that revolved around the popular rock band, Serious Crisis. That success made headlines and sent Murphy's world spinning. Acclaim followed in the form of TV network interviews, a book deal, and ultimately a call from Hollywood. Now, back in Los Angeles our intrepid detective goes from movie set consultant to crime solving detective with one, out of the blue, phone call. The Commission on Cliches is in crisis and only Murphy Murphy can solve the case. Murder, mayhem, and a motive as old as the hills ensue as redundancies and cliches abound. Can Murphy crack the case? Only time will tell.

Praise Murphy Murphy and the Case of the Commission on Cliches by Keith Hirshland

“Murphy Murphy and the Case of the Commision on Cliches by Keith Hirshland is another grand adventure for fans of this detective. Filled with intrigue and humor, readers get the best mystery from this talented writer. If you love mystery, music, and drama then this is for you! Think of Pink Panther and Anthony Horowitz's novels had a baby...this book would be it. It keeps you glued into the story wondering what's next. The suspense of what the characters will do or say is the key that keeps me coming back for more. Keith Hirshland is also gifted in not only wonderful characterization but also in dialogue. Just like the key word in the title of this read, readers will find popular cliches inside that will make them laugh. Detective Murphy Murphy will win me over every time. Quirky, clever, and hilarious Murphy Murphy and the Case of the Commision on Cliches is a must read for all.”- Danielle Urban

Praise For Murphy Murphy and the Case of Serious Crisis

“There's a lot of humor around Murphy. He's kind of a stumble bum but he is endearing and dedicated. Finds layers or clues to unravel and the mysteries twist and turn keeping you turning the pages.”-Sherry,My Reading Journeys “For me, the combination of the two elements—mystery and persiflage of the American vernacular—was greater that the sum total of its individual parts, and made it an enjoyable read. In other words: if the title intrigued you, you'll enjoy the book. Delightfully quirky.- Stephan Stuecklin, Amazon “This book reminded me of some of the great detective stories, like Agatha's Christie's novels starring the great, quirky sleuth 'Poirot.' Keith Hirshland has written in that same vein—a compelling, funny, slightly eccentric detective for the ages. I would love to read more of Murphy's cases and more from the zany characters of his world.”-Amy C., Locks, Hooks, and Books “This girl, who is used to reading good grammar, is driving herself crazy reading the wordplay or in this case, "the redundancies." clever humor and keen sense, I laughed out loud at the humor! I loved the characters too from the detective, to the bands, to the people Murphy Murphy interviewed. The author did a good job of making all of them have some quirkiness to them that just added to the book.”- Michelle, Reading Authors Network “Murphy Murphy’s reaction to redundant phrases being used all around him had me laughing. Keith Hirshland is a fantastic storyteller. I thought I figured out who had stolen the band’s items and what had happened to the missing band member, but I was so wrong. The well-developed characters and his ability to weave a story together had me fooled.”-Lisa’s Writopia


Enjoy an Excerpt

READING THE TEA LEAVES


Murphy found the office in much the same condition as he remembered it. While his recall was still pretty good, part of him wished he had taken a few pictures the last time he was inside. A couple of questions immediately bubbled up. Was the desk this clean before? Was that coffee cup here the last time? Wasn’t there a briefcase in here and if there was where is it now? But as far as the detective could detect there were no signs that A-OK hadn’t planned on coming back. Murphy moved around the desk and started opening drawers. 

“Hey, hey hey,” Lauren piped up. “What do you think you’re doing? Murphy ignored her and kept going.

“I’m looking for anything that might give me some idea of who might want Katterwomp dead,” he looked up at her, “and why.” 

“Coolio,” she said, “can I help?” Murphy reached into his pocket and pulled out a pair of latex gloves. 

“Better put these on,” he said tossing them her way. 

“Why? You’re not wearing any.” She asked, catching them.

 “I’ve been in here before,” he answered. “You haven’t. My prints are already all over the place.” He went back to testing drawers and doors. Most opened easily revealing files, shelves with books, trinkets, pens and pencils, and mementos. One concealed several decanters and half a dozen crystal glasses. Murphy pulled the top off one of the decanters filled with a deep red liquid. 

“Wine?” Lauren asked. 

“Port, more specifically,” Murphy answered after a sniff, “and an expensive one at that.” 

“This one is locked,” the guard announced after trying to open another cabinet. 

“Interesting,” Murphy said after trying it himself. “Do you see any keys?” he asked going back to the desk to look. 

“No keys,” Lauren said after a couple minute search. 

“I guess I’ll have to come back,” Murphy said with a shrug. 

“After getting a search warrant?” “

Yeah, after that. Of course,” Murphy said wishing he’d brought his lock pick set. 


“Hello Karen,” McCarron answered his phone. 

“Scott,” she replied, “I think I may have something.” 

“Already?” The detective was impressed. “Something is a lot more than I’ve been able to get.” 

“Gotta take advantage when the baby naps.” 

“What did you find?” 

“Money, money, money,” she sang. 

“I was hoping for some information not an ABBA song,” McCarron ribbed his partner. 

“Very good McCarron,” she shot back. 

“Hey, I saw Mama Mia!” They both laughed. “Tell me about the money.” 

“It looks like our victim transferred slightly more than $220,000 from an account belonging to the Commission on Cliches to a personal account under the Name of Adalindis Orval Katterwomp.” 

“Payment for services rendered or expense reimbursements?” Scott played devil’s advocate. 

“Neither would be my guess.” 

“Why is that?” 

“Because there are other transactions earmarked for both of those things already. These transfers were in addition to those.” 

“Interesting.” 

“And it gets better,” Free was on a roll. 

“How so?” 

“The transfers are in dozens of increments. Never more than $9,500 at a time.” 

“Keep it under the radar,” McCarron said more to himself than Free. 

“Completely,” she acknowledged, “if you ask me he’s been planning to use this money for something specific.” 

“And planning it for a while,” McCarron finished the sentence. 

“Great minds think alike,” she said. 

“Nice work Karen,” he complimented his partner. “Can’t wait to get you back.” He heard a baby cry. 

“Somebody’s hungry. Gotta go,” she said. “I’ll send over everything I have.” 


Murphy Murphy had Do It Up Brown wait in the driveway as he ran up to his room in Laurance’s house to grab his pick set. He walked right past the giant nose sitting on the couch watching television. 

“Hey Murph,” Matthew called out as the detective passed, “what’s the rush?” 

“Holy hell!” Murphy screamed. “What in the world?!?” he stared at his actor friend. “You scared the crap out of me.” He kept staring. “Is that? Are you? A nose?” he asked dumbfounded. 

“As a matter of fact, I am.” 

“Why?” 

“Because there are times when you can’t pick your jobs. Get it? Besides I’m hard at work, you know, nose to the grindstone and all.” 

“Very funny,” Murphy wasn’t amused. “Seriously, why are you wearing a nose costume?” 

“Doing a commercial for Stop the Sniffles Sterile Saline Mist,” he said. “Available at a fine drug store near you.” 

“Impressive,” Murphy lied, “but why are you still in character” he used air finger quotes, “at home?” 

“Union lunch break. I’m back at it in ninety minutes and it takes two hours plus to get in and out of this booger.” Laurance looked at his friend or at least Murphy thought he was being looked at. “What time you got?” Murphy started to look at his watch. “Never mind,” the actor said, “studio driver should be here any minute to take me back.” 

“Sometimes I wonder if you ever wonder if being an actor is worth it,” Murphy said shaking his head. 

“The answer is plain as the nose on your face Murph,” Laurance answered, “the money is nothing to sneeze at. By the way how’s the case going?” the actor asked through his left nostril. 

“Something about the whole thing stinks,” Murphy said. 

“Good one,” Laurance complimented his friend for playing along. “Tell you what, why don’t we have dinner together tonight. I’ll invite Mitchy over and you can talk us through the case. You might think something’s important and we’ll convince you that it snot.” 

“You are not funny,” Murphy said with a shake of his head. “But that’s not a terrible idea.”

©Keith Hirshland


About Keith HirshlandKeith Hirshland

Award winning author, Keith Hirshland is an Emmy Award–winning sports television producer with more than three decades of experience producing shows that aired on ESPN and ESPN2. Among the first forty people to be hired by the Golf Channel in 1994. Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In: Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat is a memoir about his experiences in the television industry. It was recognized as Book talk Radio Clubs Memoir of the Year. Big Flies, his first mystery novel, was published in 2016 and is the recipient of the New Apple Awards “Solo Medalist Award. His fourth book was Murphy Murphy and the Case of Serious Crisis, published by Beacon Publishing Group in 2020. Murphy Murphy was named Book talk Radio Club Book of the Year. Murphy Murphy and the Case of the Commission on Cliches is his sixth book. ​Hirshland lives in Colorado with his wife, Sarah, and their two dogs. Website: https://www.keithhirshland.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/khhauthor Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KeithHirshlandAuthor/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/khhauthor/?hl=en

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My Review

Murphy Murphy and the Case of the Commission on Cliches is another fun tale written by Keith Hirshland. I enjoyed getting to know the detective Murphy Murphy and seeing where his investigative skills would take me on this journey. It was delight to set out with him to see what case has to be solved. I could not help but to laugh in some of the scenes. A great and entertaining story. 

I am giving Murphy Murphy and the Case of the Commission on Cliches five stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading mysteries. I would be interesting in more releases with Murphy Murphy from Keith Hirshland in the near future.

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