Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Movie Review and Giveaway: The Shift

 


From Angel Studios (The Chosen, Sound of Freedom) comes
The Shift! Get your tickets to see this movie in theaters starting 12/1!

Featuring Sean Astin (The Goonies, Rudy, The Lord of the Rings),
Neal McDonough (Band of Brothers), and Elizabeth Tabish (The Chosen),
THE SHIFT is a movie you and your friends won’t want to miss!

You can help pay for other people's tickets to come to the film at

After a tense encounter with a mysterious stranger with
otherworldly powers, a man is banished to a tyrannical, parallel
Earth where he fights to get back to the woman he loves.


Synopsis: 

In The Shift, a dystopian drama and sci-fi thriller, one man is faced with infinite worlds and impossible choices. When Kevin Garner meets a nefarious adversary known as The Benefactor and refuses his offer of wealth and power, he must escape an alternate totalitarian reality. With survival on the line, Kevin fights to make it back to the world he knows and the woman he loves.

Buy tickets today to see The Shift in theaters starting December 1st!





My Review:

I have to admit that I am not a huge science fiction or dystopian type movies, but chose to give The Shift to see what it was all about. I thought the film was fantastic. After watching it, I realized that I made an excellent choice. This drama had a lot going on: good vs evil, grief, loss, and putting others first. I believe many viewers will find themselves in Kevin. He lost everything he known and had to fight back and keep faith to find what is important and finding himself again. 

I am giving The Shift a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for viewers who love watching dystopian drama and sci-fi thriller films. 

I received an early screener link to watch The Shift from Angel Studios, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 


Disclosure:

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



Giveaway: 

2 FREE tickets to see THE SHIFT in theaters!

Leave a more than two word completed sentence telling me who you will be watching The Shift with. Don’t forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. Winner’s name will be drawn on December 1, 2023.


Giveaway Rules:   

Giveaway is limited to US winners only.        

Two word comments will be deleted and will not be entered into the giveaway.

Chosen winner/s will be contacted by email to verify information needed to give to the appropriate channels to get the prize to you. 

Winner/s MUST reply to this email within 24 hours

If no response, a new winner’s name will be drawn and you forfeit the prize.

Locks, Hooks and Books is NOT responsible for lack of response from the chosen winner. 

Winners from previous Momentum campaigns within 90 days will be disqualified. 

Please note: Locks, Hooks and Books is NOT responsible in sending the prize. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Book Tour and Giveaway: The Dolphin Dentist: No Sharks Allowed by Cheryl DaVeiga


 

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Dolphin Dentist: No Sharks Allowed by Cheryl DaVeiga 
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  44 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Waterhole Productions LLC
Release date:   November, 2023
Content Rating:  G. This children's book is for everyone.
Book Description:

COMING SOON! A “Fin-tastic” adventure Like No Other!

Fearless Flossy, a mighty great white shark, has a secret—she’s terrified of going to the dentist.  Dr. Dribble, the big-hearted dolphin dentist, has a jaw-dropping fear of his own, and a strict “No Sharks Allowed” policy.  When Fearless Flossy makes an unannounced visit to Dr. Dribble’s office, it’s the start of an underwater adventure like no other!  This ‘fin-tastic’ story is must-read for kids and parents alike. Young readers will be immersed in a tale of courage, compassion, and conquering fear, while giggling and cheering for these unlikely friends along the way.

Dive in with a big Biff Bam Booza smile.
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Meet the Author:

Cheryl DaVeiga is an award-winning children’s book author and singer/songwriter residing in New Jersey. After a career in business, Cheryl’s passion for music caught up with her, and she began writing and recording children’s songs as her alter ego, CADi Grace. She then moved on to adult songs, including an ASCAP award-winning veteran’s anthem, the featured song for the State of Alabama Bicentennial Celebration, the theme song to the philanthropic Where Angels Play Foundation, and a NJ Arts' pick for top NJ summer songs. She’s also written songs for artists on critically acclaimed albums.

You can find her books and animated sing-along song videos on her website for kids and kid-lovers-- BiffBamBooza.com. 
 
Biff Bam Booza books have received numerous awards and acclaim, including Mom’s Choice Gold, Purple Dragonfly, Eric Hoffer, and Literary Titan book awards, a Readers’ Favorite 5-star rating, and a Kirkus Review Magazine feature.
 
Cheryl lives in Tucson, Arizona, and spends summers in her native New Jersey.  

connect with the authors:  website ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ twitter ~ bookbub ~ goodreads

Enter the Giveaway:

THE DOLPHIN DENTIST: NO SHARKS ALLOWED Book Tour Giveaway




My Review: 

The Dolphin Dentist: No Sharks Allowed is a fun and entertaining children’s book by Cheryl DaVeiga.  I thought this was a delightful and “fin” tastic tale to read. I like the lessons to be learned in this book. These lessons include: facing fears and having the courage while doing so, being kind to those who are different from you, and how to make new friends. They are ones that so many readers – young and old – could new from. I enjoyed taking the under the sea adventure and journey along with the characters. There were many scenes that made me giggle and I continued to have a smile on my face until the end. Such a sweet little story. I loved it. 

The Dolphin Dentist: No Sharks Allowed is beautifully illustrated by the talented Luis Peres. The pictures follow along the story perfectly. I believe they are a great addition to it. I thought they are helpful to keep the youngest of readers’ attention throughout the book. I can imagine their laughter as they see each page. 

I am giving The Dolphin Dentist: No Sharks Allowed a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who are between the ages of three and eight, particularly ones that love reading about the creatures of the sea.

I received a copy of Cheryl DaVeiga’s The Dolphin Dentist: No Sharks Allowed from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 

Monday, November 27, 2023

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Bladestay by Jackie Johnson

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BLADESTAY by Jackie Johnson Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: BLADESTAY

Author: Jackie Johnson

Pub. Date: November 28, 2023

Publisher: CamCat Books

Formats:  Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 304

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/BLADESTAY 

Be Careful Who You Root For

When a violent, decades-long feud between two powerful men comes to a head in the small settlement of Bladestay, Colorado, cunning resident Theo Creed must use her wits to stay alive. Disguising herself as a young boy, seventeen-year-old Theo bluffs her way into the inner circle of August Gaines, the magnetic leader of the ruthless gang that has descended on her town. But the deeper Theo gets into the con, the more she starts to question her loyalties. Complicating her subterfuge is a mysterious outlaw whose small moments of kindness contradict the blood he has on his hands, making Theo wonder who, exactly, is conning who. To save her town, Theo must parse fa├žade from reality and choose between the barefaced malevolence she’s infiltrated and an evil she didn’t know lurked at home.

 

My Review: 

Bladestay is my first introduction to the writings from the talented author, Jackie Johnson. I thought this was a pretty good read. I enjoyed getting to know Theodora. I admired her bravery and courage. Her story was full of action, adventure, and history. I was fascinated from the start and could not put it down until I read the very last page. I loved it. 

I am giving Bladestay a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy reading historical fiction with strong female lead characters. I would be interested in reading more like this from Jackie Johnson in the future. I believe this one should not be missed and definitely worth a read.

I received a digital copy of Jackie Johnson's Bladestay from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 

 

 

About Jackie Johnson:

Jackie Johnson is a San Diego born poet and novelist. Her background as a journalist, BA in history, and education in armed defense gives her a uniquely authentic voice within the historical genre. She’s been riding horses for over twenty years and had her own real-life cowboy love story when she fell in love with and married a horse trainer. Together, they established a ranch in Southern California where she spends her days writing, riding, and chasing after their dreams, their two children, four horses, six cats, and two dogs. Bladestay is her first novel.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 



Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of BLADESTAY, US Only.

Ends December 19th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/20/2023

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Spotlight Post/IG Post

11/21/2023

Writer of Wrongs

Guest Post

11/22/2023

Two Chicks on Books

Guest Post/IG Post

11/23/2023

YA Books Central

Interview/IG Post

11/24/2023

A Backwards Story

Guest Post

11/25/2023

Rockstar Book Tours

Excerpt

Week Two:

11/26/2023

Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post

11/27/2023

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

11/28/2023

Country Mamas With Kids

Review/IG Post

11/29/2023

A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic/TikTok Post

11/30/2023

Kim's Book Reviews and Writing Aha's

Review/IG Post

12/1/2023

The Litt Librarian

Review/IG Post

12/2/2023

Callisto’s calling

IG Review

Week Three:

12/3/2023

@dreaminginpages

IG Review

12/4/2023

jlreadstoperpetuity

IG Review/TikTok Post

12/5/2023

@evergirl200

IG Review

12/6/2023

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Review

12/7/2023

The Momma Spot

Review

12/8/2023

Confessions of the Perfect Mom

Review/IG Post

12/9/2023

@enjoyingbooksagain

IG Review

Week Four:

12/10/2023

Lifestyle of Me

Review

12/11/2023

@froggyreadteach

IG Review

12/12/2023

One More Exclamation

Review/IG Post/LFL Drop Pic

12/13/2023

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Review/IG Post

12/14/2023

Jaime_of_gryffindor

IG Review

12/15/2023

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post


Book Blast and Giveaway: Legacy of Evil by James Peyton



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will award a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

A banished detective. A body drained of blood. Mexico’s vampires are all too human.

After graduating from Harvard, Artemas Salcido is determined to transform Mexico’s justice system and joins the federal police. He begins solving crimes committed by the rich and powerful and is banished to the village of Bustamante.

On a college field trip to Bustamante’s nearby caverns, the daughter of a US senator is brutally murdered. The FBI, the international media, and a Mexican hit squad tasked with making the problem go away descend on the village. When Mexico’s attorney general tells Artemas his career depends on his cooperation, Artemas realizes his life is at stake.

As other grisly murders occur, Artemas’s investigation uncovers an ancient blood cult connected to a powerful financial cabal that stretches from mediaeval Europe to Mexico's most influential politicians and businessmen. When he disputes his violent colleagues’ bogus solution to the crime, Artemas is marked for death.

Can Artemas’s determination to bring fairness to Mexico’s justice system prevail against the overwhelming power of his government—or will it prove fatal …?


Read an Excerpt

Then it struck him. He, Artemas Salcido, illegitimate son of a former governor, Harvard graduate, and member of the federal police force, might have the only copy of the list containing both the group’s membership and its members’ individual holdings! If so, he possessed a weapon more powerful than he had thought. And he was in even more danger than he’d imagined. The trick would be to figure out how best to use the information and stay alive in the process.

About the Author:
Award-winning author James Peyton’s intriguing settings and memorable characters in his thrillers come from his years of international work and travel. The first two editions of his four-part thriller Artemas Salcido series are now available on Amazon; Legacy of Evil and Terror Crossing, to be followed by La Buchona and Not For Sale. Peyton’s stand-alone adventure thriller, The Royal Fifth, was released in 2022. James has had five acclaimed books published on Mexican cooking, history, and culture. Peyton's writing reflects a depth of understanding and a unique perspective that sets his work apart.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/216986.James_W_Peyton
http://www.jameswpeyton.com/

Buy the book for only $0.99.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Evil-James-Peyton-ebook/dp/B0CMK71YNM

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Saturday, November 25, 2023

Movie Review and Giveaway: My Christmas Hero




Synopsis: 

In My Christmas Hero, US Army reservist and orthopedic physician, Nicole Ramsey (Bure) is dedicated to serving military service members and their families at the Joint Military Base in Lacey, Washington, home of I Corps and the 62nd Airlift Wing. This Christmas, with the help of many dedicated heroes, Dr. Ramsey is on a mission to honor a special fallen soldier and bring much needed healing to her own family.
 

Watch My Christmas Hero on Great American Family starting
November 24th & Great American Pure Flix starting December 1st!

Website: LINK



My Review:

I thought My Christmas Hero to be a fun and entertaining Christmas time romance. I have always adored Candace Cameron Bure and was excited that she was one of the main performers in this movie. Of course, she does not disappoint. The movie was a delight to watch that brought on a lot of smiles and warmed my heart. A beautiful story of love, hope and faith. I loved it and am looking forward to watching it again closer to Christmas. 

I am giving My Christmas Hero a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for viewers who love to watch clean and heartwarming Holiday Romantic movies. 

I received an early screener link to watch My Christmas Hero from Great American Pure Flix but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.


Disclosure:

Many thanks to Great American Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.


Giveaway: 

3-month subscription to Great American Pure Flix 


Leave a more than two word completed sentence telling me who will be watching My Christmas Hero with. Don’t forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

Winner’s name will be drawn on December 4, 2023.



Giveaway Rules:   


Giveaway is limited to US winners only.        

Two word comments will be deleted and will not be entered into the giveaway.

Winners will have to reply to email that is sent to you to let you know you have won within 24 hours.
If no response, a new winner’s name will be drawn and you forfeit the prize.

Winners from previous Momentum campaigns within 90 days and those who have won a Great American PureFlix subscription in the last 6 months, will be disqualified. 

Review: Forever Lovely, A Regency Time Travel Romance by Linore Rose Burkard


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Blurb: 

When Miss Margaret Andrews travels to the future to find her missing sister, she never expected to find true love. In 1819 England, Margaret is a bluestocking with dreams of becoming an inventress, but when the Tallit, a magical time-travel shawl, goes awry she finds herself stranded in 21st Century Manhattan. At a Jane Austen conference, she meets Stewart Russell, a grad student studying early British female writers. Stewart is immediately taken with Margaret and her effortless use of the speech and manners of Jane's day—until she claims to be FROM Jane's day! Worse, due to a mix-up, he is a wanted man and the clock is ticking. Margaret must find a way to get them both back to 1819—before the unthinkable happens.

If you enjoyed the time-travel romance of Outlander, then you'll love Margret and Stewart's story in Forever Lovely. Buy now before the price changes!



My Review: 

Forever Lovely, A Regency Time-Travel Romance is the second book from Linore Rose Burkard’s Forever in Time series. I have not had the chance to read the first book Forever, Lately yet. I believe each one can be read as a stand alone. I thought Forever Lovely to be a wonderfully sweet romance. I adored reading Stewart and Margaret’s story. It was entertaining to see two people from two different centuries come together. I loved it.

I give Forever Lovely, A Regency Time-Travel Romance five stars. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy reading historical romance and time travel books. I would love to go back and read the first installment from the Forever in Time series to see what happened previously.

I received a digital copy of Linore Rose Burkard’s Forever Lovely, A Regency Time-Travel Romance from the author, but was not required to write a review, nor a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.


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