Thursday, April 30, 2020

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Kingdom Above the Cloud by Maggie Platt

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Kingdom Above the Cloud
(Tales from Adia #1)
By Maggie Platt
YA Fantasy, Christian, Allegory
Paperback & ebook, 239 Pages
April 17th 2020 by Ambassador International

What if the nine Fruit of the Spirit and the Seven Deadly Sins were locked in a battle for control?

Abandoned as infants, Tovi and her twin brother were raised by an eclectic tribe of warm, kind people in a treehouse village in the valley. After her brother's sudden disappearance Tovi questions her life and her faith in an invisible King. Ignoring her best friend Silas' advice, she decides to search for her brother in the kingdom on top of the mountain.

Above the cloud, the Council of Masters receives their orders. Tovi and her brother are the objectives. King Damien has a plan and Tovi is the key. The Council of Masters want her, but will she remain unscathed?

Amidst the glamour of the kingdom above the cloud Tovi is torn between her own dark desires and unanswered questions. It starts with a snake and a crown. When the ring is complete, will her life be over?

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As the early dawn haze ran away from the light and the birds began to wake, Tovi Tivka sprinted along a familiar ridge never pausing to consider the danger should she fall. Her breezy yellow dress billowed in her wake, as did the long waves of her dark blue hair. She was petite in every way, short and wiry. She had an angular nose, a stubborn chin, and dark brown eyes with one small purple star on the edge of her left iris. To her left was dense forest. To her right, a cliff that fell to boulders far below. Under her tough, bare feet was the hard-beaten path she had run every morning for the last six months. 
Tovi lived in the land of Adia, a peaceful village nestled in a lush valley. Adians worked hard but didn’t know it, spending their days doing what they lovedbuilding or gathering or anything that was both pleasant and occupying. They delighted in their sweat, blisters, and long days in the sun. 
They lived in a sprawling network of tree-top cottages. Instead of inviting others to their homes, they would say, “Come to my tree.” Each little house had a thatched roof and open windows. Some had half doors, but the purpose was to keep small children in rather than to keep others out. Their community buildings were built in the same fashion, only much larger. “Main Street” was a cluster of trees so dense that it was hard to know which limbs belonged to which trees. Everywhere you looked there were bridges, rope ladders, and swinging vines connecting the general store, doctor’s office, cafe, meeting house, and so much more.
Adians lived in plenty and had a bountiful trading system. There was always enough of everything for everyone, and they all knew and loved the satisfied feeling of being tired at the end of a full and lively day. 
The people of Adia were happy. At least most of them were.
About the Author

Maggie Platt is a writer, traveler, cancer survivor, and dreamer. Her greatest joys are being Auntie M to her amazing nieces and nephew and sitting with students and friends over cups of coffee and deep conversations. She works at her alma mater, Anderson University, and she lives in a cozy little cottage nearby where students come to sit on her couch just to laugh, cry, and talk about life.

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Blog Tour: The Joy of Falling by Lindsay Harrel

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Book:  The Joy of Falling
Author: Lindsay Harrel
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: April 14, 2020

Eva and Angela must learn to live again. One step at a time.

It has been fifteen months since Eva and Angela lost their thrill-seeking husbands in a scuba diving accident. Both women are trying to navigate their way through the grief, but neither one is making much progress. Angela is barely making ends meet, angry at her husband for leaving her to raise three children on her own. Meanwhile, Eva is stuck, unable to move forward after losing the love of her life and her source of inspiration.

But then Eva gets a life-changing phone call. Before Brent and Wes died, they had signed up for a race of a lifetime—an ultra-marathon in beautiful New Zealand. Eva begs Angela to run the race with her in their husbands’ place, and Angela finally agrees, hoping to finally understand her husband’s choices.

Training is exhausting, and the race is even more demanding. Their journey grows more complicated by the presence of two men—Marc is Brent’s best friend who is running the race with Eva and Angela, and Simon King is a writer who is covering their inspiring story. With every step, Eva and Angela must ask themselves questions that they haven’t had the courage to ask before. As the women literally put one foot in front of the other, they wonder: Is it possible to find their way forward in hope?

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About the Author

Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at

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Blog Stops

Remembrancy, April 19
Genesis 5020, April 20
Splashes of Joy, April 20
Older & Smarter?, April 22
Hookmeinabook, April 24
Hallie Reads, April 26
CarpeDiem, April 27
Stories By Gina, April 28
The Becca Files, April 29

My Review: 

I adored Lindsay Harrel’s newest release, The Joy of Falling. It is by far my favorite I have read by her to date. It is so very good. The characters, Eva and Angela, are realistic that made me feel as though I was part of the story. It was great watching how they grew throughout the book. They went through so much and they deserved to learn so much about themselves and the life lessons we should all learn out. I loved the story of overcoming grief, having faith and continuing hope. 

I am giving The Joy of Falling a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy a clean and inspiring read. It is most definitely not one to miss. I can not wait to find out what the next release by Lindsay Harrel will be about in the future. I look forward to it. 

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Night is Done by Sheila Myers

The Night is Done by Sheila Myers

Publication Date: August 11, 2017
eBook & Paperback; 260 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: Durant Family Saga, Book Three
William and Ella Durant, heirs to a bygone fortune, are recounting the events that led to the Durant family downfall during the Gilded Age. In 1931 William returns to visit the estate he once possessed in the Adirondacks to speak with the current owner, copper magnate Harold Hochschild, who is writing a history of the region and wants to include a biography of William. Simultaneously, Ella is visiting with an old family friend and former lover, Poultney Bigelow, journalist with Harpers Magazine, who talks her into telling her own story. William recounts the height of his glory, after his father’s death in 1885 when he takes control of the Adirondack railroad assets, travels the world in his yacht and dines with future kings. However, his fortune takes a turn during the Financial Panic of 1893 and amid accusations of adultery and cruelty. Ella’s tale begins when she returned from living abroad to launch a lawsuit against her brother for her fair share of the Durant inheritance. The court provides a stage for the siblings to tear each other’s reputation apart: William for his devious business practices and failure to steward the Durant land holdings, and Ella for her unconventional lifestyle. Based on actual events, and historic figures, The Night is Done is a tale about the life-altering power of revenge, greed and passion.

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"Myers writes with skill and has chosen well in deeply researching the Durant saga, which remarkably parallels Greek tragedy. It's a truly engrossing story, and Myers does it justice." - Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) "Myers satisfyingly concludes her historical trilogy set in the Gilded Age by presenting the detailed downfall of ruthless real estate mogul William West Durant; his exasperated wife, Janet; and his estranged sister, Ella. In 1931, the penniless Durant recounts his tragic life. After inheriting his father's vast wealth and interest in the Adirondack Railroad, William immediately begins to make bad investments. He squanders money on yachts, panders to princes, and builds mansions he can't afford to run, all while hiding assets from Ella. She sues him for her rightful inheritance and tries to overcome discrimination to become a novelist. Meanwhile, Janet, verbally abused and infantilized by William, begins an affair with her doctor. Myers expertly depicts a precarious era soaked in vicious gossip, stained reputations, and ostentatiousness. Readers will enjoy the historical details that bring this Gilded Age soap opera to life." - Publishers Weekly "While the covers of Myers's trilogy are done in subdued pastels, the pages inside flash with forbidden romance and a family torn apart by greed." - Betsy Keepes, The Adirondack Explorer "The trilogy of the Durant family is capped by the fascinating final volume, The Night is Done. In a vein of nostalgia, the story ends in William West Durant's last years and closes out a saga of tragic proportions as the vast Durant wealth and privilege is reduced to impoverished circumstances." - Harvey H. Kaiser, author, Great Camps of the Adirondacks "The builders of the first "Great Camps," the Durant family defined the Adirondack experience during the Gilded Age. Sheila Myer's trilogy of novels chronicling their saga combines great historical research with compelling writing. The Night is Done is the capstone novel of the saga and takes the story to the end of the Durant fortune where bankruptcy and retribution dominate the family's relations. The book is a great read for those interested in American history or the Durants." - Garet D. Livermore, Exec Director, Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks

About the Author

Sheila Myers is a Professor in Upstate New York and an award-winning author of four novels. When she's not teaching, she spends her spare time writing and enjoying the outdoors. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Adirondack Life Magazine, History News Network, Crossing Genres, and Women Writers Women's Books blog.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 20 

  Thursday, April 23 
Feature at I'm Into Books 

  Monday, April 27 

  Wednesday, April 29 

  Friday, May 1 

  Monday, May 4 
Interview at Passages to the Past 

  Wednesday, May 6 
Review at Books and Zebras


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away 6 signed copies of The Night is Done! To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on May 6th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Paperback giveaway is open to the US & UK only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be 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.

My Review: 

The Night is Done is the third installment from Sheila Myers series, Durant Family Saga. I found it to be interesting that it was based on a true story. The author obviously did her research to bring to life. I was entertained from start to finish. 

I am giving The Night is Done four stars. I would love to read the other books from the Durant Family Saga to find out what had happened prior to this one. I will be looking for more by Sheila Myers in the future. 

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

Blog Tour and Giveaway: A Child Lost by Michelle Cox

Join Us For This Tour from April 14 to May 11, 2020


Series Title A CHILD LOST (A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel #5) by Michelle Cox
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+)
Genre Historical Mystery
Publisher She Writes Press
Release dates:   April 2020
Content Rating: R:
My book is rated R for 2 sex scenes that are somewhat explicit but which are tastefully done. There is periodic swearing (not excessive), but no violence.


A spiritualist, an insane asylum, a lost little girl . . .

When Clive, anxious to distract a depressed Henrietta, begs Sergeant Frank Davis for a case, he is assigned to investigating a seemingly boring affair: a spiritualist woman operating in an abandoned schoolhouse on the edge of town who is suspected of robbing people of their valuables. What begins as an open and shut case becomes more complicated, however, when Henrietta―much to Clive’s dismay―begins to believe the spiritualist's strange ramblings.

Meanwhile, Elsie begs Clive and Henrietta to help her and the object of her budding love, Gunther, locate the whereabouts of one Liesel Klinkhammer, the German woman Gunther has traveled to America to find and the mother of the little girl, Anna, whom he has brought along with him. The search leads them to Dunning Asylum, where they discover some terrible truths about Liesel. When the child, Anna, is herself mistakenly admitted to the asylum after an epileptic fit, Clive and Henrietta return to Dunning to retrieve her. This time, however, Henrietta begins to suspect that something darker may be happening. When Clive doesn’t believe her, she decides to take matters into her own hands . . . with horrifying results.


Michelle Cox is the author of the multiple award-winning Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as "Novel Notes of Local Lore," a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago's forgotten residents. She suspects she may have once lived in the 1930s and, having yet to discover a handy time machine lying around, has resorted to writing about the era as a way of getting herself back there. Coincidentally, her books have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and many others, so she might be on to something. Unbeknownst to most, Michelle hoards board games she doesn't have time to play and is, not surprisingly, addicted to period dramas and big band music. Also marmalade.

Connect with the Author:
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April 14 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
April 15 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
April 16 – It’s All About the Book – book review
April 17 – Laura's Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
Apr 17 - Books,Dreams,Life – book spotlight / guest post
April 20 – Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway
April 20 - I'm All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
April 21 – T's Stuff – book review / author interview / giveaway
April 21 - eBook Addicts - book spotlight / giveaway
April 22 – Books and Zebras – book review
April 22 - Olio by Marilyn – book review / author interview / giveaway
April 22 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book review / giveaway
April 23 – Sahar's Blog – book review
April 24 – The World As I See It – book review
April 24 - Just Another Reader - book review
April 27 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
April 27 - The avid reader - book spotlight
April 28 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
April 28 – michellemengsbookblog – book review
April 29 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
April 29 - A Madison Mom - book review / giveaway
April 29 - Mowgli with a book - book review
April 30 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 1 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 3 - Jessica Belmont – book review
May 4 - Gwendalyn’s Books – book review / giveaway
May 4 - Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
May 4 - Books, Tea, Healthy Me - book review / author interview / giveaway
May 5 - Falling Into A Good Book - book review / giveaway
May 6 - Leels Loves Books - book review / giveaway
May 6 - Down the Rabbit Hole - book review / guest post / giveaway
May 7 - Karma Readz - book review / author interview / giveaway


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My Review: 

A Child Lost is the fifth installment from the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series. It is my first book I have read from this series and my first introduction to books written by Michelle Cox. Even though this one is part of a series, I believe it can be read as stand alone. Although, I would love to know what happened in the previous books. I very much enjoyed this story. The author did a great job describing the setting and detailing vividly the historical era. It was full of adventure, action, mystery and suspense. I could not figure out or predict what was going to happen from page to page. I was fully engaged with this tale and wanted to know what Henrietta or Clive would do next. Henrietta was my favorite character and felt a connection to her from the start. I only intended to read just one chapter before bed. But I could not help but to keep reading and wound up staying up late until I finished the whole book.

I am giving A Child Lost four and a half stars. I would love to catch up on the first four books from the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series to find out what had happened prior to this one. I will be looking for more by this author in the near future. This one was a great read. It is most definitely not one to be missed. I recommend it for readers who enjoy a well written suspense filled novels. 

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Bury Him by Captain Doug Chamberlain

Join us for this tour from April 13 to May 1, 2020!
Book Details:

Book Title:  Bury Him: A Memoir of the Viet Nam War by Captain Doug Chamberlain
Category:  Non-Fiction (18 +),  348 pages
Genre:  Memoir, Biographies of the Marines
Publisher:  Love the West Publications LLC
Release date:   November 2019
Content Rating:  PG + M: Some scenes of the war, no bad language, no sex.

“...His book recounts his agonized response to a direct order to 'bury' the remains of a fallen Marine in Vietnam...”
—John E. Brown, III
Past president of JBU, and former AR State Senator

Book Description:

In this frank, engaging memoir, Captain Chamberlain chronicles the missions, personal courage and sacrifice of the Marines he was privileged to command; painfully recalls the unspeakable order he and his Marines were forced to obey; and the cover-up which followed. Nearly four decades later, Captain Chamberlain makes right what was wrong; brings closure to the family of a fallen and abandoned warrior; and attempts to put to rest the guilt which plagued his military career and life. Unlike most books on the Viet Nam War, this book is written at a tactical level by a Marine Company Commander who was there.

Meet the Author:

Doug Chamberlain, the grandson of homesteaders in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska, grew up with the "country values" instilled in him in the rural environment of a very small community. Even though there were only 10 students in his high school graduating class, several of his classmates pursued careers, public service, and military service that took them to various locations around the world. His rural values and the foundational reinforcement of those values at the University of Wyoming and John Brown University proved to be tested in their entirety when he became a Marine Infantry Officer in the Viet Nam War. His life changing experiences in that war proved to haunt him during his search to solve a mystery that spanned 50 years...and Bury Him details the sordid facts and the horrible truth that had eluded him.

Connect with the author:    website ~ facebook

Tour Schedule:

Apr 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Apr 13 - Adventurous Jessy – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 14 – T's Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 14 - Books,Dreams,Life  - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Apr 15 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Apr 15 - Over Coffee Conversations – book review / guest post / giveaway
Apr 16 – Books and Zebras – book review / giveaway
Apr 17 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Apr 20 – Svetlana's reads and views – book review
Apr 21 – @momfluenster – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 22 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 22 - Olio By Marilyn – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 23 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Apr 23 - Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Apr 24 –fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 27 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Apr 27 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / giveaway
Apr 28 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 29 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 29 - Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 30 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
May 1 – The avid Reader – book spotlight / giveaway

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My Review: 

Bury Him: A Memoir of the Viet Nam War by Captain Doug Chamberlain was an interesting read. I enjoyed reading about the Captain’s life and his time serving in the Vietnam War. It is not an easy book to read. I had to put it down from time to time to think about what I had just read. It was kind of difficult to get through sometimes. The reason being the book dealt with some of the heavy issues within the pages. It deals with quite a bit of some events that I could never understand or imagine. Only those who lived through it would be able to know what the Captain had gone through during that time. He did not hold back and I admire how he was able to describe how he felt and what it was like.

I am giving Bury Him: A Memoir of the Viet Nam War four and a half stars. I recommend it. Especially, to readers who are veterans or know someone who endured such struggles and tragedies of war. I really believe it should be read be read by all because it was an important time in American History. I will be passing the copy I received for this review on to my step father, who is a Vietnam Veteran. I know he will be reluctant to open the pages at first, but will be glad he did once he starts reading it.

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

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Lighten Your Mental Load by Amy Thornton

Join us for this tour from April 13 to May 1, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Lighten Your Mental Load by Amy Thornton
Category:  Adult non-fiction,  129 pages
Genre:  Self-Help
Publisher:  Tell-Tale Publishing
Release date:   January, 2020
Tour dates: Apr 13 to May 1, 2020
Content Rating:  PG: The author uses occasional mild swear words in the book.

Book Description:

Mental labor, or the mental load, involves the many — and extremely varied — tasks that are involved in managing a household and/or workplace. This topic has exploded over the past couple of years, especially for women. As stated in an October 2017 Washington Post article, “The constant stress of trying to stay organized — and to remember to execute so many tasks every single day — is affecting women's relationships with their spouses, children, friends, and colleagues. They are experiencing mental, emotional, and physical fatigue trying to stay on top of it all.”

Lighten Your Mental Load shares real stories of what this load is like for both men and women across the globe and how it originated. It offers practical advice on how to lighten this burden through technology and other methods in the following areas:
• Home
• Shopping and Meals
• Marriage/Partners
• Children
• Pets
• Transportation
• Career
• Birthdays, Celebrations, Holidays, and Vacations
• Volunteering, Church Activities, and Hobbies
• Caregiving
• Retirement

Finally, the book discusses ways to not add to the mental load of others and how we can more evenly distribute the mental labor between both sexes for future generations.

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Meet the Author:  

Amy Thornton Shankland, GPC, has been battling the mental load for over 29 years. She is a former Dale Carnegie instructor, has been a grant professional for 18 years, is a columnist for the Hamilton County Reporter in Central Indiana, and a wife and mother. She also published Joy to You and Me (At Work!) in 2018 through Tell-Tale Publishing.

Connect with the Author:  website ~ facebook ~ twitter

Guest Post:

What advice would you give budding writers?

I will share my top two favorite pieces of advice to budding writers – one, never give up. Two, always keep working to improve your writing!

I’ve been writing stories since I was eight and books since I was 12. I’ve entered countless writing contests, sent dozens of query letters, and approached numerous agents. I didn’t get to work with a “real” publisher until 2017. I haven’t reached my goal of being a full-time author yet and I’m turning 50 this year. 

But I simply won’t give up. Writing is my passion. I know it takes determination, grit, practice, and time to become a full-time, wildly successful author. I may not reach my goal until I’m 80, but I know I’ll make it!

Second, always work on improving your writing. I cringe when I see what I wrote 15 years ago. I’m glad I’ve slowly gotten better. Sign up for those writing workshops, listen to the podcasts, do all you can to be the best writer possible. One resource I highly recommend is Good Grammar is the Life of the Party, a new book by my friend Curtis Honeycutt. I’m on his publicity team and enjoyed my advance copy. You can orders your starting in May on Amazon.

And, keep reading! I’ve been inspired by so many other authors and learned from them. You’ll be a better writer simply by reading often.
 Tour Schedule:

April 13 - Working Mommy Journal - book spotlight / giveaway
April 13 - Over Coffee Conversations – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 13 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
April 14 - Reading Authors Network – book spotlight / giveaway
April 14 - A Mama's Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
April 15 - Karma Readz – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 15 -100 Pages A Day - book spotlight / giveaway
April 16 - Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
April 17 - Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 17 - T's Stuff - book spotlight / giveaway
April 20 - Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
April 20 - Books for Books - book spotlight
April 21 - Laura's Interests – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 22 - The avid reader – book spotlight / giveaway
April 22 -Pickagoodbook - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 23 - Mowgli with a book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 24 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 24 - eBook Addicts – book spotlight / giveaway
April 27 - DZA's Blog (at ) - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 28 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 28 - Olio by Marilyn - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 29 - Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 29 - Divas With A Purpose - book spotlight / author interview
April 30 - Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 30 - Sefina Hawke's Books - book spotlight
May 1 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
May 1 - Seaside Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
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Monday, April 27, 2020

Grand Finale and Giveaway: Land of Twilight Trilogy by Charmayne Hafen

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you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Author Interview

What inspired you to write the Land of Twilight Trilogy?

I am a child of divorce and know how difficult it can be to navigate the issues that accompany divorce. I also know that my faith in Jesus is what brought me through severely difficult times in my childhood. It is for these two reasons that I wrote this trilogy. I want kids to know they are not alone and that they have an ever-present Help to rely on and rest in.

Locks, Hooks and Books - Excerpt from Journey to Twilight

Moving to Phoenix, Arizona felt like the worst thing that could happen to Lorna. Leaving her home and friends in California was the hardest thing she’d ever done in her life.

"This story has some fun mythical characters and Twilight is an interesting place. I like the friendship that built between Sam and Lorna. I really like the illustrations. They are awesome. . . . The characters are well-developed and it's easy to feel their emotions. . . . I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a great adventure."

Hearts & Scribbles - Excerpt from Journey to Twilight

Lorna looked down and saw that the ground was as blue as a sky on a clear day. She grabbed a clump of grass and dirt. It felt like grass and dirt, but the color was all wrong. And the sky? The sky was green like the color of summer grass. Looking at the sky was a lot like looking at the world through a green glass bottle.

Remembrancy - Excerpt from Return to Twilight

Jenny turned her attention to a pack of six chocolate doughnuts sitting on the shelf in front of them. Flicking her hair from her face, she stared back at Lorna. “I dare you to put those doughnuts in your bag and walk out.”

Lorna frowned. “What do you mean…without paying?”

Splashes of Joy - Excerpt from Return to Twilight

Lorna sighed. Warm tears slid down the sides of her face. She felt lonelier than she had ever felt in her entire life. Sam knew she’d mistreated him. He was no longer her friend, and now Jenny was ignoring her, too. Ally hadn’t written or called her in over a month. She was probably loving her new town and school. She’d probably long forgotten Lorna wasting away in Phoenix. She had no one.

Wishful Endings - Excerpt from Return to Twilight

Lorna wiped her eyes with her free hand and smiled at her grandmother. “You can’t always be with me, grandma. I haven’t seen you for so long!”

Grandma Nila smiled and shook her head. “I’m not talking about me, Lorna Loon, although I will be with you as much as I can. I’m talking about the Savior. He is always with you, not just in places like this.”

Christy's Cozy Corners - Excerpt from Trouble in Twilight

Stealing a quick, concerned glance at Sam, Lorna asked, “What are you talking about, Trix? What is the Whatever?” Lorna made quote marks with her fingers.

“The Land of Twilight is dying. The Whatever has taken over and Twilight is dying!”

"It was so good from the first moment Lorna is introduced to Sam being introduced. I loved every moment of it. Ms. Hafen did a great job of spinning this tale. I am giving this novel five stars and recommend it to any parents that think that their child would love this book."

Hallie Reads - Excerpt from Trouble in Twilight

“What did you mean when you said that the Whatever is invisible to those who have no faith? Faith for what?” Lorna hung on to this question as if it where the last one she would ever get to ask. She couldn’t get it out of her mind.

"Each book is filled with lively characters that boys and girls will be able to relate to, they also go through many of these situations that our youth today are going through . . . Truly inspirational books for young kids today! I would highly recommend this whole series!"

Reading Is My SuperPower from Trouble in Twilight

“That’s Socrates! Oh my gosh! I can’t believe this.” Lorna was more excited than she’d been in days. Things were getting good. Would a mystery be revealed in the darkness?

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Journey to Twilight
(Land of Twilight Trilogy #1)
By Charmayne Hafen
Middle Grade Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 113 Pages
November 1st 2019 by Capture Books

Sam and Lorna’s bike challenge becomes far more than a neighborhood race in this action-adventure fantasy for intermediate grades.

Riding over a cairn at sunset, Lorna surfaces in Twilight, where she is given three impossible tasks to complete before her heart's desire is granted.

Story Line: Avid sixth-grade mountain biker, Lorna Wilson, moves to Crestwood, Arizona, after her parents' divorce. Unpacking, Lorna seeks a way to fit into the new crowd when a girl named Ally knocks on her front door.

Splashing in the pool at Ally’s house, Lorna learns about the bike challenge created by a scar-faced neighborhood legend, Samuel Black. She hears herself boasting that she can take on Samuel Black in his own race and win. Lorna's words quickly come back to bite her.

Although none of the kids will root for the new girl, an ancient cairn opens to the Land of Twilight giving Lorna an opportunity to win anything her heart desires.

Illustrations are by award-winning artist, Brianna Osaseri.

Thematic: Time travel ages 9-12; action-adventure; Female protagonist survives parents' divorce; confidence and friendship; conflict opens to opportunity; Celtic; Jamaican; Multi-racial; coming of age fantasy for pre-teens with some paranormal, magical or mystical places and events. Intermediate grades. Book 1 in a series.

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Return to Twilight
(Land of Twilight Trilogy #2)
By Charmayne Hafen
Middle Grade Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 142 Pages
January 21st 2020 by Capture Books

In this second book of the Land of Twilight Trilogy, seventh-grade Lorna struggles with the meaning of friend like, how to be one, how to choose one, and how to keep one.

Lorna rejects her dad, deceives her mom, and turns her back on the ethereal Land of Twilight. She even turns on her best friend, Sam, in favor of gaining the attention of a new girl in the neighborhood, Jenny. Lorna sheds her own social norms, stealing and hiding as she pretends to enjoy her second year in challenging Crestwood, Arizona.

It has to be Sam's turn to do what true friends do.

An exciting read for readers ages 9-13 who enjoy Celtic mythology, magic, and busting the dust of the Arizona desert with your best friend.

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Trouble to Twilight
(Land of Twilight Trilogy #3)
By Charmayne Hafen
Middle Grade Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 129 Pages
April 1st 2020 by Capture Books

How can the most colorful world in the universe turn hapless and gray?! That's what mystifies both Sam and Lorna.

Trix falls from the Land of Twilight, showing up at the discarded camper shell in the Arizona desert where Sam and Lorna are making their secret plans.

Trix and Melvin focus on the Land of Realtime because the lives of both Lorna and Sam have interwoven with the Land of Twilight. How can the four unravel themselves?

A tragic accident forces Sam to again realize that life can change suddenly. Now he and Lorna must rethink what in life is most important to them.

History, philosophy, and faith enter the scene through interdimensional time travel. The Land of Twilight Trilogy is filled with adventure and supernatural elements for readers ages 9-12. With its relatable characters and fast-moving plot, Sam and Lorna discover their priorities. As Sam faces unbearable consequences, he learns the bonds of true friendship and personal truth are real.

Readers are given not only an interesting story filled with allegorical elements about the meaning of faith, but are also challenged to think about their own ideas of reality and meaning.

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About the Author

Charmayne Hafen has been writing since she was nine years old when she kept a private journal documenting love and loss in her fourth-grade class. In 2016, she published her first book, The Land Of Twilight, which was selected as a winner in the category of Juvenile Fiction in the Winter 2017 NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Using knowledge and skills acquired from her MA in counseling, Charmayne wrote The Land Of Twilight series to help kids navigate the sometimes difficult waters of divorce. Her love of Celtic mythology also influenced the book. The first book in the series has been republished under a new title called Journey To Twilight which will be available November 1, 2019. There will be two more books in the series coming out early [2020].

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