Monday, March 1, 2021

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Save the Date by Ellen Fannon

 

Join us for this tour from Mar 1 to Mar 19, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title: Save the Date by Ellen Fannan
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +),  329 pages
Genre:  Fiction Romance
PublisherForget Me Not Romances, an imprint of Winged Publications
Release date:   October 2020
Content Rating:  G.

Book Description:

What if you were given the chance to rekindle the flame with your first love? What happened to all those girls who were mean to you in school? Should Hannah Jensen take the chance of attending her high school reunion to find out?

Hannah hasn’t been back to her hometown in more than twenty years. Now, a widow, raising a teenaged daughter, she has the opportunity to go home for her twenty-fifth high school reunion. The invitation to the reunion stirs up a lot of old memories at the same time she is dealing with loneliness, the challenges of single-parenting a teenager, people who want to “set her up” with eligible men, her own insecurities, and her eccentric family.

The story interweaves the present with scenes from Hannah’s past and her fantasy of “happily ever after” with her high school boyfriend in a humorous and entertaining manner. Her feelings from being “shunned” by the cool kids resurface as she reflects back on her time as a teenager. There are several roadblocks on Hannah’s journey from a teenager through her present. The growing pains and amusing situations in which she finds herself are ones to which we all can relate. As she walks the path of self-discovery, she also discovers the most important life lesson of all–her relationship to God.

Buy the Book:
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Meet the Author:

Award-winning author Ellen Fannon is a practicing veterinarian, former missionary, and church pianist/organist. She originated and wrote the Pet Peeves column for the Northwest Florida Daily News before taking a two-year assignment with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. She and her retired Air Force pilot-turned-pastor husband have been foster parents to more than 40 children, and the adoptive parents of two sons. Her first novel, "Other People’s Children," is a humorous account of the life of a foster parent. She is a regular contributing author for One Christian Voice, and her stories have been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series as well as Lifeway’s Open Windows devotional booklets, among many other publications. Her third novel about a veterinarian entitled "Don’t Bite the Doctor" will be released in 2021. She lives in Valparaiso, Florida, with her husband, sons, and assorted pets.

connect with author:  website ~ facebook ~ pinterest

Tour Schedule:

Mar 1 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight . giveaway
Mar 1 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 2 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 3 - Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 3 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 4 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 4 - Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 5 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 8 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 9 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 9 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Mar 10 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 10 - Sadie's Spotlight - book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 11 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 12 – From the TBR Pile – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – books spotlight / giveaway
Mar 16 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 16 - Books for Books – book spotlight
Mar 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 18 – Kam's Place – book spotlight / author interview
Mar 19 – BookishKelly2020 – book spotlight
 

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the ALLERGIC by Megan Wagner Lloyd & Michelle Mee Nutter Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: ALLERGIC

Author: Megan Wagner Lloyd & Michelle Mee Nutter

Pub. Date: March 2, 2021

Publisher: Graphix

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 240

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

A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel featuring a girl with severe allergies who just wants to find the perfect pet!

At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with getting ready for a new baby, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie loves animals and thinks a new puppy to call her own is the answer, but when she goes to select one on her birthday, she breaks out in hives and rashes. She's severely allergic to anything with fur!

Can Maggie outsmart her allergies and find the perfect pet? With illustrations by Michelle Mee Nutter, Megan Wagner Lloyd uses inspiration from her own experiences with allergies to tell a heartfelt story of family, friendship, and finding a place to belong.

 Praise for ALLERGIC:

“Maggie’s inventiveness as she overcomes these trials is showcased through Lloyd’s captivating narrative and Nutter’s bright and dynamic illustrations. The story provides insight into the lives of those with allergies and the accommodations needed to avoid serious episodes … A heartachingly enjoyable tale of resilience.” — KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

 

Readers will root for this realistic and relatable fifth grader, who’s capable of kindness well as envy and self-doubt. Lloyd folds in information about allergy tests, anaphylaxis, EpiPens, and other facts that Maggie and her friend Sebastian, who also has allergies, recite to each other. Layouts rely on three to four large panels per page, creating a smooth visual flow; Nutter’s muted, uncluttered art has a cozy feel … Maggie makes new pals here—she’ll find even more friends in elementary and middle school libraries, where readers will easily identify with her trials and accomplishments.” – SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

 

“A fun and entertaining story.” — BLEEDING COOL

 

“The perfect graphic novel for kids of all ages.” — FROLIC

 

Allergic is the sweetest story you’ll read all year. A touching chronicle of a young girl’s severe allergies woven into a meaningful journey of friendship, family, and self-discovery.” — Terri Libenson, New York Times bestselling author of Invisible Emmie

 

My Review: 

Allergic is a wonderful book for younger readers. It was a delight to read with some good lessons to learn. I loved Maggie right the start. The illustrations helped follow the story perfectly and made it easily to hold my attention. I enjoyed every single page.

I give Allergic five stars. I highly recommend it for readers who are between the ages of eight and twelve years, who love to read graphic novels. I thought it was a great read for my nine year old to read. He loved it. 

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

 

About Megan: 

MEGAN WAGNER LLOYD is the author of several picture books, including Paper Mice, Building Books, Finding Wild, and A Fort-Building Time. She lives in the Washington DC area. Visit her online at meganwagnerlloyd.com.

 

Website | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

 





About Michelle: 

MICHELLE MEE NUTTER graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, 3x3 Illustration, Creative Quarterly, and more. Michelle lives in Boston. Visit her online at michellemee.com.

 

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads 

 

 

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of ALLERGIC, US Only.


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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

2/11/2021

For The Love Of Kidlit

Excerpt

2/12/2021

Beagles and Books

Review

2/13/2021

She Just Loves Books

Review

 

Week Two:

2/14/2021

Westveil Publishing

Review

2/15/2021

Adventures Of A Travelers Wife

Review

2/16/2021

Nerdophiles

Review

2/17/2021

Pick a good book

Review

2/18/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

2/19/2021

Twirling Book Princess

Excerpt

2/20/2021

Not In Jersey

Review

 

Week Three:

2/21/2021

BookHounds YA

Review

2/22/2021

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt

2/23/2021

Little Red Reads

Review

2/24/2021

A Dream Within A Dream

Excerpt

2/25/2021

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

2/26/2021

Jazzy Book Reviews

Review

2/27/2021

Midnightbooklover

Review

 

Week Four:

2/28/2021

Hurn Publications

Excerpt

3/1/2021

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

3/2/2021

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Review

 

CATCH MEGAN WAGNER LLOYD AND MICHELLE MEE NUTTER ON THE VIRTUAL ALLERGIC TOUR! Click on the photos for the Bookstore Events pages.

 


March 2, 2021 5:00 pm (PST) Launch event hosted by Green Apple Books In conversation with Raina Telgemeier (GUTS)

 


March 4, 2021 7:00 pm (EST) Hosted by An Unlikely Story In conversation with Jeff Kinney (DIARY OF A WIMPY KID)

 


March 10, 2021 4:00 pm (PST) Hosted by The Reading Bug In conversation with Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright (TWINS)


Blog Tour and Giveaway: Delia and the Drifter by Melody Carlson

About the Book

Book:  Delia and the Drifter

Author: Melody Carlson

Genre: Historical Romance (Western)

Release date: February 15, 2021

An arranged marriage to save the family from ruin?

Delia Blackstone knows what her mother is up to—she intends to marry her off to an older man who is all fortune and no future. And Delia’s having none of it.

When a mysterious visitor appears on the family doorstep and offers an opportunity for Delia to travel from Pennsylvania to Colorado, Delia knows it is time for her to strike out on her own and discover a new life. Along the way she encounters a handsome drifter who captures her heart. But is he interested in trading his exciting life of adventure for love?

Two murders, a missing will, and a number of puzzling relationships are enough to unsettle anyone—even smart, capable Delia. Who can she trust? And can she trust her heart in matters of love?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) 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

I love historical stories about women. Particularly ones in the American frontier and old west. Probably because I grew up hearing pioneer stories from my grandparents, whose parents arrived in covered wagons. But contributions made by pioneering females is often overshadowed by their male counterparts. That’s why I enjoy researching and telling these fictional yet reality-based stories of women who lived and loved and did their part to settle the frontier. To me they are the unsung heroes of the West.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, February 24

lakesidelivingsite, February 24

For Him and My Family, February 24

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 25

Blogging With Carol, February 25

She Lives To Read, February 26

Texas Book-aholic, February 26

Pause for Tales, February 26

Inklings and notions, February 27

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, February 27

deb’s Book Review, February 28

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 28

CarpeDiem, February 28

Betti Mace, March 1

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 1

Artistic Nobody, March 2 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, March 2

Simple Harvest Reads, March 2 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 3

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 3

Older & Smarter?, March 4

Connie’s History Classroom, March 4

Christian Bookaholic, March 5

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 5

Sara Jane Jacobs, March 5

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 6

Labor Not in Vain, March 6

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 7

Connect in Fiction, March 7

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 8

Splashes of Joy, March 8

Hallie Reads, March 8

Batya’s Bits, March 9

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, March 9

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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

Delia and the Drifter is the first installment from Melody Carlson’s series, Westward to Home. I thought it was a good read. I love reading arranged marriage stories. I thought this one was quite a satisfying tale. It was so sweet and delightful to read. I enjoyed getting to know Delia. The tale has a lot I like to read in a book. Which includes: mystery, suspense, action, danger, adventure and romance. I did not want to put it down until I was finished. It is not a long book and it took no time to read. So good. 

I am giving Delia and the Drifter four and a half stars. I look forward to reading the next book in the Westward to Home series, Miranda and the Miner. I recommend this one for readers who enjoy clean western and historical fiction. 

I received Delia and the Drifter from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Alabama Days by Daphne Self

About the Book

Book:  Alabama Days

Author: Daphne Self

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: June 16, 2020

How could a loving God hurt so many people?

Paramedic Scott Wilson believes he can chase death away, but his spirit is shattered when people he loves are taken from him. As a paramedic, Scott sees every day the pain that people suffer, and he wants no part of a God that would allow bad things to happen to good people. As a result, he hides behind his work and addiction to ease the pain within his soul.

But once newspaper reporter Angela Mabry and her son, Max, move into town, Scott can’t help but notice the feisty redhead. Angela is determined to uncover the town’s seedy underbelly and reveal the strange coincidences of so many car accidents at one location.

When a prominent city official dies in a car wreck, Scott and Angela find themselves tangled in intrigue and deception. Together they search for the truth and discover that not all is what it seems.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Daphne Self, formerly published under the name D.M. Webb, resides in Iowa. As a Mississippian transplant, she spends her days in the Midwest state writing, editing, reading, antiquing, and planning adventures with her husband and sons. She pursues her dream as an editor and author with one goal in mind: To Glorify His Name. Daphne is also an avid reader who devours books in many genres.

More from Daphne

Why Did I Write What I Wrote?

One question that is always asked of me: “How did you come up with your book?”

Well, it is simple and complex. Like the helix shape of a DNA strand that holds four proteins in an infinite combination, my ideas are a lot like that. My first book, Mississippi Nights, started off as a book from my childhood. I wrote One Big Happy Family when I was about 16. It was buried and put aside for so many, many years. And after the line-of-duty death of my husband in 2005, the idea of resurrecting that novel percolated for some time. Finally in 2010, I took the story, revamped it, and drew from life to create a story about the prodigal son who returns home to family. It wasn’t just his story, but a story about his brother, a family friend, and a little girl. Mississippi Nights brought to life the story of alcoholism and how a person can fall into that addiction.

After that book was published, I started thinking: “What if someone saw death, hurt, and sorrow on a daily basis? What if that person didn’t have Jesus to lean upon? What would he do?”

And that’s how Alabama Days was born. While Mississippi Nights dealt with alcoholism, Alabama Days dealt with drug abuse, and in this case, prescription drug abuse.

Yet it was much deeper than that. What if the person was a really good guy? He was likable, generous, loving, yet he lacked that one relationship that would bring him peace. If he were someone who did what was right, no matter what, what would happen if he committed a wrong act only to find that his wrong act saved the life of another?

I had so many ethnical questions thrown at my characters. How would a Christian and a non-Christian react to certain circumstances. Because life isn’t always clear-cut, yet the Bible is, I wanted to show the messiness of being human.

We know that as Christians, we all fall short. We all sin at times. The difference is that when we sin, we know we can receive forgiveness and “Go and sin no more.” But how would a person who ran from God think? How would I react if I were like him?

Writers play around with what-ifs. We see the many facets of humanity. And that’s how our stories are born. And why we write what we do. For me, I want to show the many sides of human nature and behaviour and show that in all things, Jesus is the answer. Jesus is there for us all.

So, why do I write what I do? To bring glory to His Name and hope that through my words, people will come (or return) to Christ.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, February 17

lakesidelivingsite, February 17

Among the Reads, February 18

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, February 19

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 19

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 21

Older & Smarter?, February 22

Sara Jane Jacobs, February 22

Betti Mace, February 23

Texas Book-aholic, February 24

Blogging With Carol, February 24

Inklings and notions, February 25

For Him and My Family, February 26

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 26

deb’s Book Review, February 27

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 28

Pause for Tales, February 28

Artistic Nobody, March 1 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 2

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Daphne is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Mississippi Nights, a copy of Alabama Days, a floral mug, a leather Is. 40:31 bookmark, 2 mini notebooks, and a Paramedic Prayer keyring with velvet pouch!!

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: 

Alabama Days is my first introduction to Daphne Self’s books. It will not be the last. I thought this love to read a well written mystery, suspense, action, danger, adventure and romance. The story is slightly predictable but still so very good to read. It, also, highlights on some real life issues that many readers would be able to connect with and relate to. I enjoyed getting to know Angela and Scott. I thought they had great chemistry right from the start. I was entertained from start to finish.

Alabama Days is getting four stars from me. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading romantic suspense. I look forward to reading more from A Southern Saga and Daphne Self. This one is definitely worth a read and should not be missed. I liked it.

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