Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Setpoint Diet by Jonathan Bailor

Book Details:

Book Title: The Setpoint Diet by Jonathan Bailor
Category: Self-help/ Weight Management, 311 pages
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction
Publisher: Hachette Books
Release date: December 2018
Tour dates: June 17 to July 12, 2019
Content Rating: PG+M

Book Description:

Join the 27,000 people who have achieved dramatic and long-term weight loss with The Setpoint Diet, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Calorie Myth.

Your body fights to keep you within a range of about 15 pounds--also known as your "setpoint weight." New research reveals that you can lower your setpoint and end that battle for good by focusing on the quality of calories you eat, not the quantity. With The Setpoint Diet, you will reprogram your body with a 21-day plan to rev up your metabolism, eliminate inflammation, heal your hormones, repair your gut, and get your body working like that of a naturally thin person--permanently.

The Setpoint Diet is a lower-carb menu that focuses on specific anti-inflammatory whole foods, including tons of produce, nutritious proteins, and therapeutic fats. Its creator, Jonathan Bailor, founded SANESolution, a weight loss company that has reached millions of people. Proven to help you lose weight naturally and maintain it, The Setpoint Diet is your new blueprint for healthy living.

About the Author:

JONATHAN BAILOR pioneered the field of wellness engineering and is the founder and CEO of one of the world’s fastest-growing permanent weight loss and diabesity treatment companies, SANESolution. He authored the New York Times best-seller The Calorie Myth, has registered over 26 patents, has spoken at Fortune 100 companies and TED conferences for over a decade and served as a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, where he helped to create Nike Kinect Training and Xbox Fitness. His work has been endorsed and implemented by top doctors from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, and UCLA. A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of DePauw University, Bailor lives outside Seattle with his wife, Angela, and daughter Aavia.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: Play to Live by Brian VanDongen

Book Details:

Book Title: Play to Live: Life Skills and Joy Through the Natural Talent to Play by Brian VanDongen
Category: Self-help/ Inner Child; creativity, 119 pages
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction (18+)
Publisher: BVDPlays
Release date: April 30, 2019
Tour dates: June 17 to July 5, 2019
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Play To Live: Life Skills and Joy Through The Natural Talent To Play by author Brian VanDongen takes you back to your childhood to remind you about what being a child is all about. Playing! We all have those fond childhood memories of growing up playing with our friends in social settings. Developing social skills and learning how to handle friendships and relationships.

What we didn't realize at the time was that those skills we learned for the building blocks which lay the foundation for the rest of our lives. What are our children learning right now? How are they playing now and what part are we playing in how our children interact with the world around them.

For many children, their idea of play and playing now consists of talking to friends online and playing with electronic devices, staying safe indoors, and not venturing further than their own small safe world which we have created.

Inside Play To Live you'll discover:
  • Understanding what it means to play.
  • Where play has gone and what has changed?
  • How playing inside the box promotes the simplicity of play.
  • Why risky play is not the same as dangerous play. Are we too overprotective?
  • That climbing up the slide is just as important as sliding down.
  • Getting muddy outside and rediscovering nature is imperative.
  • That play is serious business and so much more.
Inside Play To Live: Life Skills and Joy Through The Natural Talent To Play you'll read about case studies and reports followed by tips, tricks, and information to help you. If you would like to rediscover what it means to play, then grab a copy of Play To Live right now!

To follow the tour, please visit Brian VanDongen's page on iRead Book Tours.

​​Meet the author:  ​

Brian is a life-long "parks and rec kid." Now, he is a parks and recreation professional.

Brian has created, designed, and implemented transformational recreational programming for thousands of residents. ​ Through his work as a park and recreation professional, Brian helps people play and find their natural talent to play.

He believes everyone has that talent, but it is sometimes hard to find or even suppressed in today's society. ​ Fortunately, play at its most basic level is easy, fun, healthy, and desirable. That playful talent just needs to be unleashed.

Brian has helped thousands of people find their natural talent to play and become happier and healthier people through the power of play.

Connect with the author: Website ~  Facebook ~  Twitter ~ Instagram

Guest Post


Obviously, play is an important topic to me. After all, I did write a book about play, its importance, and how to live a more playful lifestyle.

When my book was an Amazon #1 New Release for a week after its launch day in late April, I realized that play is an important topic to many other people as well.

While everyone can benefit from living a playful lifestyle and facilitating play for others, this list of people hold a crucial and valuable role in the promotion of play for children.

  • Parks and Recreation Professionals: The gatekeepers of play for the community. By having passionate parks and recreational professionals serve municipalities, play in the communities will thrive through facilities and varied and diverse recreational programming.
  • Teachers: The gatekeepers of play in school. Play in school should be more than just recess. Play can help self-initiated learning, problem solving skills, and independent thinking. By incorporating play into the classroom, children become eager to learn. Moreover, physically activity children generally perform better on tests.
  • Youth Sport Coaches: The gatekeepers of play in sport. At young ages, youth sports participation should represent play more than high-level, high-competition sports. By incorporating playfulness into practice, children are more likely to return to play the next season. Young children are still learning how their bodies move, and active play helps gain those physical literacy skills. In addition, with some creativity, drills can be reimagined with playful elements to keep them interesting and exciting.
  • Librarians: The gatekeepers of play in literacy. By encouraging reading and having fun activities to go with the books, children can gain an appreciation for reading. Also, libraries can offer playful programming which can help children gain more than just literacy skills at the library.
  • Parents: The gatekeepers of play at home. By providing play opportunities for their children, parents can help their child develop social skills, emotional skills, cognitive skills, and physical literacy skills while reducing anxiety and stress.

This list certainly is not inclusive of everyone who needs to be a gatekeeper of play. Ideally, everyone is. Play is a vitally important aspect of everyone’s life, and we all need to partake in and support play.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Book Blast and Giveaway: Lacewood by Jessica James

Lacewood by Jessica James

Publication Date: June 18, 2019
Patriot Press
eBook; 348 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Sometimes love is just too powerful for one lifetime… Part love story, part ghost story, Lacewood is a timeless novel about trusting in fate, letting go of the past, and believing in things that can’t be seen. MOVING TO A SMALL TOWN in Virginia is a big change for New York socialite Katie McCain. But when she stumbles across an abandoned 200-year-old mansion, she’s enthralled by the enduring beauty of the neglected estate—and captivated by the haunting portrait of a woman in mourning. Purchasing the property on a whim, Katie attempts to fit in with the colorful characters in the town of New Hope, while trying to unravel the mystery of the “widow of Lacewood.” As she pieces together the previous owner’s heartrending story, Katie uncovers secrets the house has held for centuries, and discovers the key to coming to terms with her own sense of loss. The past and present converge when hometown hero Will Durham returns and begins his own healing process by helping the “city girl” restore the place that holds so many memories. As the mystic web of destiny is woven, a love story that might have been lost forever is exposed, and a destiny that has been waiting in the shadows for centuries is fulfilled. Rich in emotion and poignant in its telling, Lacewood is an unforgettable story about love and loss, roots and belonging…and spirits of the past that refuse to be quieted. A haunting story from award-winning author Jessica James that connects the past with the present—and the present with eternity.

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About the Author

Jessica James is an award-winning author of suspense, historical fiction, and military fiction ranging from the Revolutionary War to modern day. Her highly acclaimed Civil War novel Shades of Gray won numerous national literary awards, and is often compared to Gone with the Wind. By weaving the principles of courage, devotion, duty, and dedication into each book, James attempts to honor the unsung heroes of the American military--past and present--and to convey the magnitude of their sacrifice and service. Her novels appeal to both men and women and are featured in library collections all over the United States including Harvard and the U.S. Naval Academy. James resides in Gettysburg, Pa., and is a member of the Military Writers Society of America, NINC, Sisters in Crime, and the Romance Writers of America. She is a two-time winner of the John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction, and was featured in the book 50 Authors You Should Be Reading, published in 2010. Sign up for her free newsletter at and ask for a free copy of From the Heart: Civil War Love Letters and Stories. You can also find Jessica on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Book Blast Schedule

Tuesday, June 18 To Read, Or Not to Read Book Reviews from Canada Chicks, Rogues and Scandals Wednesday, June 19 A Book Geek Jorie Loves a Story Thursday, June 20 CelticLady's Reviews What Is That Book About Friday, June 21 A Darn Good Read Just One More Chapter Saturday, June 22 The Book Junkie Reads Sunday, June 23 So Many Books, So Little Time Monday, June 24 Passages to the Past Tuesday, June 25 Locks, Hooks and Books Books In Their Natural Habitat Wednesday, June 26 Maiden of the Pages Historical Fiction with Spirit Thursday, June 27 Coffee and Ink 100 Pages a Day Friday, June 28 The Lit Bitch Let Them Read Books


During the Blog Tour, we will be giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on June 28th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open to US only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen. Lacewood

Monday, June 24, 2019

Audiobook Blog Tour and Giveaway: Painting of Sorrow by Virginia Winters

Audiobook Blog Tour: Painting of Sorrow by Virginia Winters

Painting of Sorrow by Virginia Winters

Author: Virginia Winters

Narrator: Virginia Ferguson

Length: 7 hours and 36 minutes

Publisher: Virginia Winters

Released: Apr. 18, 2019

Genre: Contemporary Fiction


The painting and the woman, both hiding in plain sight. And a killer who targets both. Sarah Downing, an art conservator hiding in witness protection, identifies a lost masterpiece by Caravaggio. History says it burned in WWII Berlin, but here it is, on her easel. Someone betrays Sarah - an agent, a friend? Soon she is fighting to save the painting and herself. What Sarah does next sends her from Kingston to Italy to rural Ontario in her desperate attempt to survive, save the Caravaggio and rebuild her life. By the author of the exciting suspense series, Dangerous Journeys.
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Virginia Winters is a writer and retired paediatrician who lives in Lindsay, Ontario. She was born in Arnprior, Ontario and educated at Queen's University. Her first novel, Murderous Roots, was published by Cambridge Books, an imprint of Write Words Inc, of Cambridge, Maryland, 2008. Four more novels in the Dangerous Journeys series followed: The Facepainter Murders, 2009 No Motive for Murder, 2012 The Child on the Terrace, 2015 The Jewelled Egg Murders, 2017 The Ice Storm Murders is planned for summer 2019 Painting of Sorrow, the first book in a new series, A Deadly Art Mystery, appeared in 2018. A Superior Crime and other stories, was published in 2018 as well. She also writes short stories which have been published by various on-line and print publications. The latest, Rain, was published in Tales of the Mysterious, an anthology from Red Tuque Books, 2015. A short story, The Accounting, was published in Criminoil, Dark Stories from the Wood Buffalo from Carrick Publishing. She is a member of the Canadian Author's Association, The Writer's Community of Durham Region, Writers Union of Canada
Narrator Bio
I work mostly on stage, soap operas, commercials, audio books, teaching English, English as a Second Language, Drama to high school students. For two decades, I lived in Sydney, working as a professional actor and teacher and since 2001 have mainly taught high school and attended Terence McGovern’s Actor’s Studio Workshop in San Francisco where I began recording audio books with using an American and English accent.

Q&A with Author Virginia Winters
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • No, I wasn’t thinking about audiobooks at all until a friend and I were talking and she mentioned how much she liked listening on her car radio as she commuted. She’s read all of mine and suggested I try it out.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • I worked with ACX, looking for an experienced narrator who was an actor and could give life to my characters.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process?
    • I worked very closely with the narrator. She recorded chapter by chapter and I corrected as we went along.
  • Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • As she is an American based in Australia and my characters range from American to British to Canadian to Italian, some of the words were unfamiliar to her so I did give a few pointers about pronunciation.
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • The plot revolves around a mystery concerning the loss of many artworks in a fire in Berlin in the closing days of WWII. Although there is no suggestion in historical accounts that the paintings were stolen, not burned,I imagined that one had survived and ended up on my character’s easel for conservation.
  • What kind of books do you write?
    • Women's Crime Fiction and Suspense with a bit of romance

  • What makes your writing stand out from the crowd?
    • I weave my plots around places I have visited. The imaginary landscape of my first two books contains elements from my childhood home, and the third, Bermuda, where some of my family lives. One of my books, The Child on the Terrace is set in Spain. Painting of Sorrow includes scenes set in Kingston, Ontario where I went to medical school, Paris, Venice and the Ottawa Valley area of Ontario where I grew up.

 What is the hardest part of writing - for you?
    • Getting the words right. Who said that? Hemingway? But that's the hardest.

What advice would you have for other writers?
    • Practice the craft every day. Read widely within and outside your genre. If you want to make an audiobook, study the options, and prepare to work closely with the narrator.

  • What's your next step?
    • I’m finishing book 6 in my Dangerous Journeys series and working on marketing the audiobook of Painting of Sorrow. Next on the list is Book 2 of my Deadly Arts series.
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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Review: All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


When Annie Jacobson's brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know.

In Mike's absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. As they work toward healing and pray fervently for Mike's safety overseas, letter by letter the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.

Author Susie Finkbeiner invites you into the Jacobson family's home and hearts during a time in which the chaos of the outside world touched their small community in ways they never imagined.

My Review: 

All Manner of Things is the newest release by Susie Finkbeiner. I have read one other book by her in the past. I really enjoyed that book and this one is no different. I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster with Annie’s and her family’s story. I enjoyed getting to know every one of them.

I give All Manner of Things a well deserved five plus stars. I can not wait to read more by this author in the future. I highly recommend this one to readers who enjoy clean, inspirational historical fiction.

Great read!

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

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Review: A Reluctant Belle by Beth White

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


With the Civil War over, Mississippi Belle Joelle Daughtry wants to establish a school to teach freed slaves. But she might have to form an alliance with her childhood nemesis and reveal her deepest secret to make changes in her worldand her heart.

My Review: 

Reluctant Belle is the second installment from Beth White’s fabulous series, Daughtry House. I loved the first book, A Rebel Heart, and this one does not disappoint. I enjoyed Joelle’s story, especially when she was with Schuyler. They were fun together with their constant bickering.

I give Reluctant Belle a well deserved five plus stars. I can not wait to read the third book in the Daughtry House series. I highly recommend this one to readers who enjoy clean, inspirational historical fiction.

Great read!

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Review: With Winter's First Frost by Kelly Irvin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


From bestselling author Kelly Irvin comes the fourth and final book in the compelling Every Amish Season series.

Will the long, cold winter prove to be Laura and Zechariah's season of renewed purpose and love sweetened with age?

Laura Kauffman has been a widow for eight years--since her husband of forty-five years passed away in his sleep on Christmas Eve. She tries to keep herself busy with her nine children, fifty-two grandchildren, and twenty-eight great-grandchildren. But she can't stop wondering: What does God expect her to do with her days now? Has her usefulness been expended? Why leave her to carry on alone? Those are questions she can't answer until a friend suffers complications during childbirth and needs someone to help care for her newborn twins and three older children. The twins' great-grandfather, Zechariah Stutzman, a widower himself, seems to need some upkeep as well. Suddenly, Laura has her hands full, and the long winter days don't seem so long.

Zechariah suffers from Parkinson's disease. When his wife died of breast cancer two years earlier, his children insisted he live with one of his grandsons and their growing family because of his disease's progression. He's not allowed to drive, chop wood, or build fires. He feels he has outlived his usefulness. Then Laura comes along and seems determined to change that.

Both Laura and Zechariah must seek God's will to find the purpose for this season in their lives. They have to be willing to trust and to accept that second chances for romantic love are possible--even probable--when they give control of their lives to God.

My Review: 

With Winter's First Frost is the fourth installment from Kelly Irvin’s series, Every Amish Season. I enjoyed this book. I loved how the author used real to life characters with real to life issues for this story. I found it to be quite relatable for many readers. Laura and Zechariah are two characters that are not forgettable.

I am giving With Winter’s First Frost five plus stars. I recommend this book, as well as, the others in the series. 

I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion. 

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Review: She Walks in Love by MaryLu Tyndall

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


She must protect the Spear of Destiny at all costs
He must bring the lady safely home
But the powers of darkness chasing them have other ideas 

Lady Cristiana D'Clere, the new protector of the Spear, is on the run from the steward of her estate, who has kept her drugged for years. All she ever wanted was to be safe, marry well, and raise a bevy of wee ones. Instead, she is far from home, chased by men intent on killing her and stealing the Spear of Christ for its incredible powers. 

Sir Jarin the Just has never forgotten the woman who stirred his heart like no other. Determined to find and restore her to her proper place as Lady of Luxley Castle, he sets out on a journey fraught with more dangers than he ever could have foreseen. The biggest danger is to his heart, for he has vowed to remain unfettered and never surrender his freedom to a woman. 

Though the Spear protects the couple along their journey, Cristiana must learn to trust the One whose blood stains the relic, while Jarin must learn to rely on powers far above his own knightly skills. For the dark magic that is chasing them may take all the powers of heaven to defeat. 

My Review: 

She Walks in Love is the second installment from MaryLu Tyndall’s series, Protectors of the Spear. I enjoyed the first book, She Walks in Power, but enjoyed this one so much more. I absolutely loved Cristiana right from the start. She is such a powerful, courageous and admirable young woman. The journey she takes is full of adventure and action.

I am giving She Walks in Love five stars. I am looking forward to a third addition to the Protectors of the Spear series. I highly recommend this one.

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BookBlast and Giveaway: Lacewood by Jessica James

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Jessica James will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Thrust together by chance. Bound together by destiny. A disillusioned socialite and a special operations veteran find a way to save a small town while healing themselves. A haunting read about the journey to restore an abandoned 200-year-old mansion and the secrets it reveals about a long-lost love.

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Will watched Katie move easily around the kitchen, as if she’d lived in this house for years, not mere weeks. As usual, her long blond hair was braided in a single pigtail—but there was no ball cap today. She seemed somehow elegant and refined despite the blue jeans and tank top.

She turned and held a mug toward him. “Here you go.”

Without thinking, Will reached out and touched a tendril of hair that had come loose and lay spiraled near her cheek. “You have paint in your hair.”

She stood perfectly still, her deep brown—almost black—eyes gazing into his with an expression he couldn’t quite read. Slowly, she reached up and ran her fingers through the strands in an effort to remove the hardened glob. “I probably look a mess.”

Will knew he should make a comment, but he didn’t know what it should be. Yes, she looked a mess—but he had a feeling her interpretation of the word didn’t correspond with his. Even though her expensive jeans were marred with paint, and her white tank top was streaked with what might be walnut wood stain, she exuded the type of beauty that could both daze and haunt.

“Do you take sugar or cream?”

It took Will a moment to realize she was speaking to him. She nodded toward the mug that had somehow been transferred into his hand.

About the Author:
Jessica James believes in honor, duty, and true love—and that’s what she writes about in her award-winning novels that span the ages from the Revolutionary War to modern day.

She is a two-time winner of the John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction, and has won more than a dozen other literary awards, including a Readers' Favorite International Book Award and a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. Her novels have been used in schools and are available in hundreds of libraries including Harvard and the U.S. Naval Academy.

James is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

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My Review

Lacewood: A Novel of Time and Place is my first introduction to Jessica James and her books. After reading this one, it will not be the last. I enjoyed Katie's story and how she solving the mystery of the past. I was not sure about her at first but she quickly grew on me and I could not put the book down. 

I loved Lacewood: A Novel of Time and Place and I am giving it a well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it.

Fabulous read!

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