Monday, April 15, 2024

Book Tour and Giveaway: The Heaven Spot (A Novel) by Mary Frances Hill


Book Details:

​Book Title:  The Heaven Spot (A Novel) by Mary Frances Hill
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  296 pages
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
PublisherMary Frances Hill
Release date:  February 2024
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M:
The story is about a recovering opioid addict (previously a soccer mom from Virginia) who travels to Florida to solve her estranged daughter's (a runaway's) murder and to learn about the life her daughter was leading.
  1. There are curse words. The F-word is used once.
  2. There are no sex scenes, but the mom discovers that her daughter was sexually fluid and in relationships with a woman and an older man. (separately/not a throuple)
  3. There is no graphic violence.
  4. The novel does deal with mature themes like addiction, suicide, and adultery as well as grief, guilt, the power of friendship, and forgiveness. However, given the protagonist's addiction issues, it can be a bit raw at times.
Book Description:

The Heaven Spot is a modern-day mystery set in Palm Beach, Florida, that depicts opioid addict Maggie Robert’s desperate attempt to come to terms with her estranged daughter, Lilly’s, murder.

When divorcée Maggie Roberts stumbles into her Virginia bookstore for the last time to close up shop, she expects the morning to be rough. The business failure is hers alone. She took all those opioids. She relapsed. She vows to stay clean and regroup. But as she packs up her books, two cops appear and inform her that her estranged daughter, Lilly, has died in West Palm Beach.

Heartbroken, Maggie heads to Florida to find out why Lilly passed and how she lived. But when she arrives in the Sunshine State, she barely recognizes the young woman in the morgue.

​Maggie doubts she’ll ever forgive herself for her past mistakes with Lilly but believes that if she remains local, she can push the detective to focus on Lilly’s case and learn about her daughter. But as she connects the dots, Maggie wonders the unthinkable—could she have played a part in Lilly’s death while relapsing and blackout-high? Can she live with herself if she did?
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Meet the Author:

Mary Frances Hill was born in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. The daughter of a music professor and an elementary school teacher, Mary obtained a master's degree in counseling psychology and worked as a therapist before raising two children. Though Mary currently lives in Southern California with her Russian Blue and Scottish Straight cats, her Pyredoodle puppy, her golfer husband, and her adult son and daughter, she spent many happy vacations at her house on Palm Beach Island—the setting of her most recent novel, The Heaven Spot. Mary is an avid dog walker and home renovator and loves binge-watching true crime documentaries and mysteries. Mary’s debut novel, The Worm Man, was published in 2022.

Connect with the author:   Website  ~  Goodreads 

Enter the Giveaway:

THE HEAVEN SPOT (a novel) Book Tour Giveaway

My Review: 

The Heaven Spot is the first book I have had the pleasure in reading from the talented author, Mary Frances Hill. After finishing this one, it will not be the last. The tale starts off in my hometown and I thought the author did a fantastic job describing the area. I was instantly intrigued by this mystery of who done it. I never knew what direction Maggie was gong from scene to scene. Her determination and courage was admirable. I wanted to continue in finding out what happened to Lilly and who she became before her death. There was quite a twist that I could not have imagined. Maggie, herself, along the way had to face her own demons and questioning about events and if she is responsible for what Lilly went through. I thought it was a fascinating and thrilling book to read that I could not put down until I discovered the secrets are revealed and mystery is solved.

I am giving The Heaven Spot a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers and fans of well written suspense filled and psychological thrillers. I would love to read more novels from Mary Frances Hill to be released for years to come. I am interested in seeing where else she takes her characters to next. She has earned herself a new fan. 

I received a paperback copy of Mary Frances Hill's The Heaven Spot from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Movie Review and Giveaway: The Hopeful

Buy tickets today to see The Hopeful in theaters ONLY on April 17 & 18th!

Moms, buy tickets today to see this inspiring film with your family in theaters soon!


The Hopeful is the true story of a community whose lives were transformed as they learn what it means to truly wait for Jesus. This sweeping drama, set in 19th century New England, invites audiences of all ages to imagine how hope can change the world.

William Miller’s faith is in ruins. After miraculously surviving a fierce battle in the War of 1812, Miller questions why God spared him. His search for wisdom leads to an astonishing prophesy — the world is going to end. The Hopeful unfolds as a story of a man burdened with the knowledge of Christ’s return. Miller’s message resonates with some—even as it is scorned by others. When a young woman named Ellen Harmon listens to one of his sermons she is transformed. And through her witness the message begins to take flight. The preaching grows beyond prophecy and develops into a more holistic vision for how Christians should live and worship. We see blossoming the seeds of a new global movement of faith —the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Hopeful is the true story of a community whose lives were transformed as they learn what it means to truly wait for Jesus. This sweeping drama, set in 19th century New England, invites audiences of all ages to imagine how hope can change the world.


My Review:

The Hopeful is one of the most encouraging and faith filled movies I have seen in a long time. This story of inspiration is based on a true story set during the nineteenth century in New England in America. It is a beautiful tale that offers viewers the beauty of hope, prayer, and faith. The drama shows how one received the wisdom and knowledge on the true meaning of the return of Jesus. I really enjoyed watching how it all unfolded for the characters. The actors made a wonderful performance to bring this story to life.

I am giving The Hopeful a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for viewers who enjoy watching clean, heartwarming, inspirational, and historical dramas. 

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


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


$10 Amazon Gift Card

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

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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Night Falls on Predicament Avenue by Jaime Jo Wright

About the Book

Book: Night Falls on Predicament Avenue

Author: Jaime Jo Wright

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release Date: April 9, 2024

In 1910, Effie James is living a dream for two. Her younger sister is harboring a secret that has left timid Effie determined to fulfill her daring sister’s grand plan of seeking out adventure in their small Iowa town. When a British gentleman arrives, disrupting their peace with efforts to find the wife many claim lived her final days at the now abandoned house at 322 Predicament Avenue, Effie is thrust into intrigue she couldn’t have prepared for. But what she finds inside will forever link her to the scandal staining the house’s walls and to a woman whose secrets promise a curse.

A century later, Norah Richman is living out her late-twin’s dream of running their great aunt’s bed-and-breakfast on Predicament Avenue–a place Norah believes nothing good can come out of after her sister’s abduction and murder thirteen years ago. Her first guest is a crime historian and podcaster, and Norah resolves to stay far away from the charming and enigmatic man–until another guest is found dead. As they dig deeper, something sinister unfurls that will reveal an ominous unknown far greater than the possibility of death itself.


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About the Author

Jaime Jo, the coffee-fueled and cat-fancier extraordinaire, has entwined her life with the legendary Captain Hook, residing serenely in Wisconsin’s rural woodlands.

Her literary vocation involves penning Gothic tales, a baffling change from that of Austenites, with a preference to the master of dark, Edgar Allan Poe.





More from Jaime Jo

True crime did NOT just become popular in this century! Scour the old newspapers for a full and detailed telling of the latest crime. That’s how I got the idea for Night Falls on Predicament Avenue! Yes! I read an old newspaper article from the late 1800’s in which they described in quite delectable detail, the crime scene of a murder in a house with questionable history. That being said, it’s also important to note, that forensics DID just recently become popular in the last 50-100 years. In the 1800’s, if you were murdered, it was common for your neighbor to tour and trample over your crime scene out of curiosity and/or the hope they might be of service in solving the crime. More likely than not, they were merely wanna-be podcast listeners of true crime shows simply born too early for that technological advancement.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 10

Devoted To Hope, April 10

By The Book, April 11

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 11

Inspired by Fiction, April 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 12

Texas Book-aholic, April 13

Blossoms and Blessings, April 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 14

Blogging With Carol, April 14

Betti Mace, April 15

JESUS in the EVERYDAY, April 15

Live. Love. Read., April 16

For Him and My Family, April 16

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, April 17 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, April 17

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 18

Holly’s Book Corner, April 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 19

Boondock Ramblings, April 19

Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 20

Sylvan Musings, April 20

Bigreadersite , April 21

Back Porch Reads, April 21

Lily’s Corner, April 22

Simple Harvest Reads, April 22 (Guest Review from Mindy)

Becca Hope: Book Obsessed, April 23

Denise L. Barela, April 23

The Lofty Pages, April 23


To celebrate her tour, Jaime Jo is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 gift card to Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, MI and an autographed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

My Review

I was excited to have the opportunity to get my hands on Jaime Jo Wright's newest book, Night Falls on Predicament Avenue. Oh my goodness, I enjoyed single scene in this tale. It was full of action, history, adventure, mystery, suspense, and danger. It is one of those stories, that makes readers not want to put down until it has been read in one sitting.

I wish I could give Night Falls on Predicament Avenue more than five stars. I highly recommend it for fans who love to read dual timeline novels that includes mystery and suspense. As always, I will be on the lookout for more releases from Jaime Jo Wright in the future. 

I received a paperback copy of Jaime Jo Wright's Night Falls on Predicament Avenue from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 

Friday, April 12, 2024

Spotlight: Spillage by Michael Gross


 Debut Novel by Michael Gross Takes Damn Yankees to New Level in Devilishly Fun Throwback to 70s New York

“Faustian comedy of 1970s New York, the counterculture, and the Yankees... rich in wicked humor... a crackerjack novel of love and self-discovery.”

- Publishers Weekly BookLife Editor’s Pick

(New York, NY, March 28, 2024) -- Michael Gross's rollicking debut novel Spillage, a fantastical love story featuring rookie pitching phenom and would-be NY-savior Nick "The Swan" Spillage, launches today as the real-life Yankees begin their 2024 baseball season. 

Spillage is a wild play on the Faustian musical Damn Yankees, a rock and roll romance and a wickedly comic throwback to the chaos of New York City’s darkest days. The novel has won early critical acclaim with reviewers praising its originality, authenticity, charm, humor, prose style, characters, and plot.  

  • "Wildly creative... Gross provides such a juicy, unusual plot that readers will be riveted."
    - Kirkus Reviews

  • "A raucous rendition of '70s New York... intriguing and unique... unforgettable."
    - Independent Book Review

  • "An infectiously entertaining comic novel, charming and delightfully confusing."
    - Indie Reader "IR Approved"

  • "A must-read for anyone seeking an immersive literary experience rooted in the heart of one of America's most iconic cities."
    - BookView Review "Five Stars"

Set in 1976, the novel takes place when the Big Apple is in sorry shape.  Besieged on all sides, the city has become a graffiti-coated, garbage-filled, crime-ridden cauldron teetering on the edge of total collapse.  Adding to New York’s towering woes, a revolutionary group called the Satanic Vanguard has kidnapped the mayor, set fire to Coney Island, and threatened further mayhem. All that Gotham has to hope for are its resurgent Yankees, who’ve come back from the dead to reach the World Series by riding the arm of their rookie pitching phenom Nick Spillage. But Satan and his Vanguard plan to snuff that hope out too. They’ve targeted a young, rock-and-roll loving East Village couple to help with their diabolic scheme. That leads to the Faustian bargain at the center of the story. 

The novel is nearly 50 years in the making. Seventy-two-year-old debut novelist Gross began writing Spillage the year the story takes place and returned to the manuscript decades later with more mature eyes after a successful career as CEO of a leading strategic communications firm. As Indie Reader put it, “One of the strengths of the book is the verisimilitude of its setting, New York (especially the East Village), captured as a time capsule of on-the-spot reportage rather than retrospective imagination. The period detail is impeccable, the mise-on-scene utterly convincing.”  

According to BookView, “Gross expertly weaves together elements of 1960s counterculture, political commentary, and romance to create a gritty yet poetic portrayal of New York City. With engaging dialogue and vibrant descriptions, the novel is both an ode to the city’s resilience and a powerful exploration of redemption.”

Spillage is now available for purchase at Amazon. For more information about the story and author, please visit

About the Book

Title: Spillage

Author: Michael Gross

Release Date: March 28, 2024

Publisher: Raab & Co. 

Price $9.99 (Kindle Edition)


Price: $14.99 (Paperback)

ISBN: 979-8865879305

Pages: 290

Amazon link

About the Author

Michael Gross began writing Spillage in 1976, while working as managing editor of Fiction magazine, teaching, and earning his MFA at New York’s City College. Gross holds a BA from Trinity College and an MBA from New York University and received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. In 1978, he embarked on a forty-five-year career in crisis communications, culminating in his serving as CEO of Finsbury (now FGS Global). He is married with three children and three grandchildren and divides his time between Brooklyn and Fire Island, New York. To learn more, please follow him on Facebook @michaeljongross, Instagram @michaeljongross and X @spillageauthor.

Author website

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Rip Tide by Lisa T Bergren

About the Book


Book: Rip Tide

Author: Lisa T. Bergren

Genre: Romantic Fantasy

Release Date: March 20, 2024

The trap is set and time is slipping away.

After narrowly escaping arrest, Luciana Betarrini hurtles back to medieval Italy. Once there, she and her brother, Domenico, must decide how far they’ll go to be part of the family, and if they’re willing to risk their lives to hunt down an assassin.

Meanwhile, Lady Tiliani Forelli’s family has disappeared in enemy territory. Fearing for their lives—and secretly hoping to cross paths with the Fiorentini she loves—Tiliani goes to Firenze intent on either rescue or seeing justice done. Yet a trap is closing around them all.

Together, the Grecos and Betarrinis must find the Forellis’ nemesis and force him to confess to his role in the murders. They assume he has slipped into the serpentine streets of Firenze to evade them. But will they find him in time to save the Forellis?


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About the Author

Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over sixty books spanning a variety of genres, from children’s picture books to women’s historical fiction to supernatural suspense and time travel. She lives with her husband and three gradually-flying-from-the-nest young adult children






More from Lisa

Part of what makes RIP TIDE unique is that one of the heroines (and her love interest) both have a passion for hunting for medicinal plants in the woods…which made for a sweet setting for some swoony scenes! A sweet friend sent me Brother Cadfael’s Herb Garden: An Illustrated Companion to Medieval Plants and Their Uses by Talbot and Whiteman, and it was an invaluable resource!

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Here are a few herbs that were utilized in the Middle Ages—and you might find in one of my Oceans of Time novels:

#1: Betony: “Medieval herbalists highly valued the healing properties of betony, considering it a cure-all for all disorders, including migraine, indigestion and nervous complaints. The herb was also used for staunching bleeding and healing wounds, sores, ulcers and boils.” (P68, Brother Cadfael’s Herb Garden)

#2: Bryony: “Although poisonous, bryony has been valued medicinally since ancient times. Internally, in small doses, the root was taken as a purgative, and for rheumatism, sciatica and chest complaints. Externally, it was used to treat leprosy, old sores, gangrene and other skin ailments.” (P79, Brother Cadfael’s Herb Garden)

Blog Stops

Artistic Nobody, April 9 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, April 10

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, April 11 (Author Interview)

Wishful Endings, April 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 12

Tell Tale Book Reviews, April 13 (Author Interview)

Blogging With Carol, April 14

Blossoms and Blessings, April 15 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 16

Fiction Book Lover, April 17 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, April 18

Guild Master, April 19 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 19

Simple Harvest Reads, April 20 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

A Reader’s Brain, April 21 (Author Interview)

The Lofty Pages, April 22


To celebrate her tour, Lisa is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

My Review

After reading the first book from Lisa Tawn Bergren's Oceans of Time series, Estuary, I had to get my hands on the second installment, Rip Tide. It was great catching up with the characters. I was far from being disappointed. This book was full of adventure, action, and suspense. I never knew what could possibly happen from scene to scene. I thought it was great and loved every single page. Another favorite read of the year.

I give Rip Tide five stars. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy reading clean time travel, science fiction and romance. I will be eagerly awaiting the next installment from the Oceans of Time series to find out where Lisa Tawn Bergren takes these characters to next. 

I received Lisa Tawn Bergren's Rip Tide from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Audiobook and Book Series Tour and Giveaway: Falling for a Bossy Cowboy by Karen Baney


Join Us for This Tour from Mar 26 to Apr 22, 2024

​Book Details:

Book TitleFalling for a Bossy Cowboy (Vargas Ranch Book 3) by Karen Baney
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 204 pages
GenreContemporary Christian Western Romance
Publisher:  Desert Life Media
Release date:  Mar 26, 2024
Content Rating PG + M. My book deals with a main character overcoming his sexually immoral past. He is in active recovery and God's grace and strength shine through his story line. Written tastefully with character showing true remorse for his past actions. There are NO cursing or graphic descriptions of any kind.
Book Description:

She’s famous and nearing the end of her career. He’s blunt, bossy, and downright annoying. Will these two find the perfect balance between truth and love?

Sports fanatic Derin Vargas steps down from his position as foreman of Vargas Ranch to run the family’s new sports complex. Uncomfortable in his new role, he compensates by being bossy. When a famous pro-tennis player stays at the resort to rehab after surgery, Derin points out her shortcomings no one else will.

Pro-tennis player Madison Moore heads to a remote sports complex on Vargas Guest Ranch & Resort to finish rehabbing after shoulder surgery. As she fears the death of her pro career, the bossy cowboy manager gets under her skin.

​Will Derin soften his rough edges to win over the beautiful tennis player? Will Madison listen to the hard truth about her future while opening her heart to love?
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