Thursday, July 28, 2022

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Butterfly Love from Above by Melissa Stuart

Join Us for This Tour:  July 11 to July 29, 2022
Book Details:

Book Title: BUTTERFLY LOVE FROM ABOVE by Melissa Stuart
Category:  Children's Fictions (ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children's Book
PublisherPerformance Publishing Group
Release date:   April, 2022
Content Rating:  G - Suitable for everyone.  

Book Description:

This is the heartwarming story of one little girl’s journey through grief. After losing her best friend—a butterfly named Twinkle—Star must search to rediscover her sunshine. The loss of Twinkle has kept Star under a dark cloud for some time, but her journey towards betterment will touch the hearts of all readers! Star is amazed to discover that she can reclaim her own sunshine by helping others who are also stuck under a dark cloud of their own! And she’ll realize that her light is even brighter than before! Star’s love for Twinkle—and her pony, Luna—will show readers the beauty, joy, and healing power that animals can bring to our lives! Her journey will remind us that there is something beautiful to see when we take a moment to “always look up!”

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Melissa Stuart lives in Los Angeles, California with her family, their English Mastiff, Gucci, and their pony, Luna! Melissa and her husband stay busy traveling all over the country with their boys’ hockey teams. She loves being a Hockey Mom and watching her boys chase their dream of following in their dad’s footsteps to play in the NHL! Her happy place is with her little girl, Stella, at the barn surrounded by horses and their precious Luna. Sun Valley, Idaho is her family’s favorite summer getaway destination. When they’re there, Melissa feels most inspired to write sitting by the river, surrounded by mountains and nature! Her dream of becoming a published author for the first time came true in early 2021, as she shared her story “Find Your Sunshine” in a book co-written by 10 other inspiring authors—all of whom were sharing stories about shining their light and becoming difference makers in the world! Melissa hopes this story will inspire children to always look up. She wishes to teach them that true joy comes when we shine our own light and show kindness to others. That’s the secret to finding our sunshine!

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram 

Where is your favorite travel spot?

My favorite travel spot is Sun Valley, Idaho, and the Big Island in Hawaii.

Do you have another profession besides writing?

I was in the Fitness Industry for15 years and was about open my own spin studio. But those plans were derailed when after a day of horseback riding my back ruptured, leading to multiple spinal surgeries over the next two years. I was devastated that my plans had come to a halt, but also so thankful that I could pursue a new dream to become an author and write this story!

What made you write a book about butterflies and horses? 

After my grandma passed away, yellow butterflies always seemed to appear when I was horseback riding. After my surgeries I was no longer able to ride, but my little girl caught the horse bug and I noticed yellow butterflies would also appear when she would ride! It was such a comfort and brought peace to my heart during the hardest time in my life. That is how I came up with the title of my book Butterfly Love From Above

What is your writing schedule?

I tried to spend an hour each morning while my kids were at school. That was the only time I felt I could focus without any distractions. After school sports and activities took up most afternoons and evenings. I always felt too tired and not motivated. Mornings, I was always fired up and ready to write.

Which was the hardest character to write? The easiest?

The hardest character to write was Twinkle the butterfly, because for me she represents my grandmother who had recently passed. So, every time the book has Twinkle say “Always  look up little Star, I’m right here,” it makes me get emotional and smile at the same time. The easiest to write was Luna the pony because her character didn’t have any lines to say in the book. It was her very presence in the book that brought the little girl and the other kids such joy! I wanted to capture the beauty and healing horses can bring, and I feel this book does just that!

Tour Schedule:

July 11 – She Just Loves Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 11 –
Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
July 11 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
July 12 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 13 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
July 14 –  The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / author interview / guest post / giveaway
July 15 –
 Kam's Place – book review / guest post
July 18 – Faith and Books – book review / giveaway
July 19 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
July 20 - Lamon Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway 
July 21 – Library Lady's Kid Lit – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 21 – Bizwings Blog – book review / author interview / giveaway
July 22 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
July 25 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 26 –
 Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 27 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / guest post / giveaway
July 28 – Locks, Hooks and Books
– book review / author interview / giveaway
July 29 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
Enter the Giveaway:



My Review: 

Butterfly Love from Above is a sweet and heartwarming story about a little girl, Star, who is grieving the loss of her beloved best friend and butterfly, Twinkle. Little Star has to learn how to deal with life without her friend she dearly loved and misses so much. As she moves forward, she learns and discovers joy again by helping others. I really liked this tale and admired Star’s courage in turning to those who are, also, dealing with their own hard times. I loved reading how she was able to find happiness by bringing it for those who are needing it, as well. A beautifully written book to read. It may be mainly for readers between the ages of four and eight, but many, young and old alike, will enjoy it too. I loved it. 

Butterfly Love from Above is beautifully illustrated by the talented artist, Kate Solenova. I thought the pictures were a perfect addition to the story. They are so colorful and bright that helps little ones to follow along with the words. 

I am giving Butterfly Love from Above five stars. It would make a great gift for young readers who are grieving a loss. I would love to read more books about Star and other life lessons she learns in the future. 

I received a soft cover copy of Butterfly Love from Above from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

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