iRead Book Tour: Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green by Nancy Carlisle with Giveaway

 

Join Us for This Tour from Aug 15 to Sep 2, 2022
 
Book Details:
Book Title:  Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green: A Story of Cleaning Up the Ocean by Nancy Carlisle
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  34 pages
Genre:  Juvenile fiction/science & nature/environment
Publisher:  Sage Green Press
Release date:   March, 2022
Content Rating:  G. There is nothing even close to PG or R in this book, it is totally G
 

“Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green gives children the hope of making a difference. Washed Ashore is honored to have our work highlighted.” — Angela Hazeltine Pozzi, Founder of Washed Ashore

 
“A simple, relevant, and informative read that gives kids a positive
outlook on what can be done to reduce our impact on the ocean.”
— Taylor Lane, Creator of the Cigarette Surfboard
 

 
 
Book Description:

A young girl loves the tide pools that she sees on her runs by the ocean, but one day notices garbage amongst the colorful creatures she finds there. Along the beach she meets conservationists cleaning up the beach who educate her about the dangers that trash pose to ocean life. She decides to help also.

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In Nancy Carlisle’s Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green, we meet Violet, a young woman whose favorite colors are purple and green. The seas she adores are full of these hues. Violet enjoys running, especially near the ocean. We observe the same things she does as she runs, including the lovely anemones, starfish and harmful unsightly trash.

The structure of the book is dual. The narrative relates Violet’s experiences, while on almost every page, Carlisle provides details about marine life, the effects of plastic on the ocean, recycling and the urgency of preserving our ecosystem.

As a plus, Nancy Carlisle is the illustrator, too. Her drawings are beautiful and ingenious, drawing you into the story, beginning with the cover’s delightfully wonderful coloring.

In addition to asking many questions about plastics and how they harm the poor turtles and sea jellies, my two-year-old granddaughter made running comments about the drawings. She thoroughly enjoyed the story. The book’s target audience is 3-7-year-olds, but the sidebars, by contrast, seemed to be aimed at older youngsters, broadening its appeal.

Carlisle calls attention to a much-needed conversation about how we can protect our oceans in a clear-cut, comprehensive and understandable approach that incorporates a variety of resources.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from iRead Book Tours. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

Meet the Author:

Nancy Carlisle is an author and illustrator who writes hopeful books for kids that interweave facts and fiction about the environment and global responsibility. During her 38-year career as a sustainable architect and researcher, her focus was on the environment. She led work nationally
and internationally on sustainable and energy efficient buildings and communities and won awards for collaboratively designing award-winning sustainable buildings, a laboratory campus, and improving the energy efficiency of U.S. laboratories. Since retiring, Nancy has worked as a volunteer teaching English as a Second Language and mentors first generation college students. She is a strong advocate against plastic waste not only because it pollutes our oceans and water but also because it contributes CO2 to our atmosphere.

 

​Nancy enjoys the outdoors and international travel. She is a member of the Society of Children’s
Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Environmental Journalists. She studies botanical illustrating and French language.

connect with the author: website

Tour Schedule:

Aug 15 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 16 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – Booking.with.janelle – book review / author interview
Aug 17 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 – Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway
Aug 22 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 23 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Aug 23 – My Reading Getaway – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 24 – FUONLYKNEW – book review / giveaway
​Aug 24 – Triquetra Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 25 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review / giveaway
Aug 26 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Aug 26 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 30 – Kam’s Place – book review
Aug 30 – Captive Dreams Window – book review / giveaway
Aug 30 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 31 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 1 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Sep 1 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 2 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway

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The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine by Joe Fisher on Tour with iRead Book Tours Includes Giveaway

Join Us for This Book Series Tour:  Aug 22 to Sep 9, 2022
 

Book Series Details:

Book Series Title: The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine by Joe Fisher, Rusty Goes to Water World by Joe Fisher
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 4-8)
Genre:  Children’s Fiction
Publisher:  Angler Publishing
Release date:   May 2017,  August 2021
Content Rating:  G for children.

Books in the Series:

Today’s Highlight The Adventures of Rusty The Forgotten Fire Engine

My Review

The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine is a charmingly sweet story. Rusty was once known as “Reddy, the ready Fire Engine.” But one day, Reddy was no longer so red. In fact, he was quite rusty! From then on he was mocked and teased for being old and no longer useful.

The story of Rusty helps teach children that usefulness is not lost and does not disappear because of being “old and out of shape,” as it were.

The illustrations by Jaye Boswell are bright, whimsical and appealing, adding plenty of engagement for youngsters.

My two-year-old granddaughter enjoyed the story immensely. The winsome prose drew her immediately into the story. The adorable illustrations led to many questions and exclamations. We broke the story into two nighttime adventures because she was so enthralled with it!

The target market is ages 4-8, however, I think both younger and older children will enjoy the story, too.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from iRead Book Tours. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

Book Details:

Book TitleRusty the Forgotten Fire Engine (The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine) by Joe Fisher
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 4-8), 32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Fiction
Publisher:  Angler Publishing
Release date: May 2017
Content Rating:  G for children 

Book Description:

When the Mayor Himself decides the town of Someport-by-the-Sea needs a new

fire engine the Fire Chief picks a shiny, bright red one that has all the latest tools needed to put out fires. The new fire engine becomes the joy of the children in town and the pride of the fireman and townspeople alike.

But after many years the fire engine becomes old and worn until everyone begins to laugh and call it Rusty. Sad and forlorn Rusty is ignored and forgotten. Then during the 4th of July parade in a summer like no other Rusty saves the day in a most surprising and unusual way.

Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine tells the story of a fire engine and the fireman and boy who love him. It is a lighthearted and multi-layered story, richly told, that will appeal to children and adults alike.

Whimsical illustrations create an air of fantasy, drawing children into Rusty’s world while stimulating their imaginations as they follow Rusty’s journey from hero to outcast and back again.

​The surprise ending brings the tale to a heart-warming and satisfying conclusion that reveals all things
have hidden value that is waiting to be released. Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine is a classic story of love, loss, transformation and redemption.

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Meet the Author:

After successful careers in market research and public health consulting, Joe now writes fulltime from his home base in Sanibel Island, Florida.
Like his career, his writing is wide ranging from academic books to works for the trade including:

  • Killer Among Us: Public Reactions to Serial Murder,  
  • The Next Breath: New Life After Near Death 
  • His work has earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Library Journal, The Miami Herald and the New England Journal of Medicine among others.

Recently, Joe jumped to the world of children’s picture books with the series The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine:

  • Book 1 – Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine
  • Book 2 – Rusty Goes to Water World

A third book in the series, Rusty and Calliope, is in development.
In addition, a fourth children’s book, Ospreys in the Outfield: A Sanibel Story will be available in the fall 2022.

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ goodreads

Q&A with Joe Fisher

What kind of research did you do for this book, if any? 

This is a better question directed to my illustrator partner Jaye Boswell. I don’t do any research per se just let my imagination run wild. Jaye on the other hand has to take real things like a fire engine or calliope and make it come to life. So she samples pictures and representations on the internet and then translates the machines and people into her own whimsical style. As a person whose art talent ended with stick figures I admire how she creates characters from anthropomorphized machines and quirky human figures. I’ve told a story but Jaye creates a demimonde.

Do you travel to schools doing book readings of Rusty?

Yes Jaye and I welcome opportunities to go to schools and libraries, wherever children congregate, to read our books. But practically we can only go to schools that are in a reasonable distance. So we have created several ways we can reach out to schools and libraries at a distance. First we put the books into a PowerPoint format so a teacher can read the book to their students. We also send a free book when we send a teacher or school the PowerPoint Presentation so they have all the materials to do the reading and use it over and over again. As a follow on to that we are working on a zoom option where Jaye and I can do remote readings.

Let add it is our policy to send free books to children’s hospitals. For more about school readings and hospital book gifts, please see JoeFisherBooks.com

Any merchandise coming out soon? A plush fire-engine perhaps? Or kids water bottle with Rusty coming soon?

Not yet but we have given it some thought. Our feeling is that the Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine provide a good platform for toys such as the machines, Rusty Calliope, Snowplow, etc, the people like Fireman Jim, the Mayor Himself, Mr. Spritz the manager of Rusty’s Water World and the environment like Water World with all its rides and attractions. Please contact me through JoeFisherBooks.com if any of your audience is interested in this idea.

Do you have other projects you are working on?

Of course my illustrator partner Jaye Boswell and I are working on the next book in the Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine, Rusty and Calliope.

In addition, I have another illustrated children’s book coming out this fall, titled Ospreys in the Outfield: A Sanibel Story. This time I partnered with a gifted young wildlife illustrator May Jernigan.

The book tells the story of two Ospreys, Ophelia and Oliver, who want nothing more than to find a quiet place to build a nest and raise a family. After some false starts they think they have found a perfect spot, in the lights that surround the ball field next to Sanibel School. Perfect until Little League season opens and disturbs their tranquil place. What happens next proves it takes a village and the Golden Rule to play baseball when there are Ospreys in the Outfield.

For more information about this and other books please check JoeFisherBooks.com

When you are not writing, what other hats do you wear? What do you do for fun?

I am an inveterate traveler so much of my non-writing time is spent planning and arranging my next trip. Many of these expeditions can take on a life of their own – trekking in the Himalayas, hiking in remote and inhospitable areas of the Congo or scuba diving in the Solomon Islands.

For fun, I collect things, like butterflies or seashells and I am addicted to ebay auctions.

Tour Schedule:
 

Aug 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / guest post / giveaway

Aug 22 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Aug 22 – Faith and Books – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Aug 23 – Book Zone Reviews – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Aug 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Aug 24 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Aug 24 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Aug 25 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Aug 25 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Aug 26 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / guest post / giveaway
Aug 26 – icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Aug 29 – Captive Dreams Window – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / author interview / giveaway
Aug 29 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / guest post / giveaway
Aug 29 – Faith and Books – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Aug 30 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Aug 31 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / author interview / giveaway
Aug 31 – Book Zone Reviews – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Aug 31 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Sep 1 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / author interview / giveaway
Sep 1 – Splashes of Joy – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Sep 1 – Captive Dreams Window – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Sep 2 – Reading is My Passion – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / guest post / giveaway
Sep 2 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Sep 2 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Sep 5 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / author interview / giveaway
Sep 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / guest post / giveaway
Sep 6 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Sep 6 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Sep 7 – Pause for Tales – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Sep 7 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Sep 7 = Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Sep 8 – Pause for Tales – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Sep 8 – Reading is My Passion – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Sep 8 – Splashes of Joy – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Sep 9 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Sep 9 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of RUSTY GOES TO THE WATER WORLD / giveaway

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To Win a Prince by Toni Shiloh

Publisher’s Summary

As a fashion aficionado and best friend of the queen of the African island country Oloro Ilé, Iris Blakely dreams of using her talent to start a business to help citizens in impoverished areas. But when she discovers that Ekon Diallo will be her business consultant, the battle between her desires and reality begins.

Ekon Diallo has lost everything: his princely title, his material possessions, his friends, and the respect of his countrymen. To pay for his actions against Oloro Ilé, he’s forced to assist the charismatic Iris Blakely–but he can’t allow his heart to distract him from regaining his status.

As Iris strives to get her business off the ground while keeping her heart intact, will her dreams of happily ever after survive the challenges she faces?

I was so excited to read To Win a Prince, by Tony Shiloh, since this book is about Iris Blakely, Brielle Adebayo’s best friend (from In Search of a Prince – my review).

Iris is a staunch and steadfast friend to Brielle, queen of Oloro Ile, a fictional African island. Anyone would value and appreciate having Iris as their friend, too. She has a strong desire to assist Oloro Ile’s female population to escape abject poverty. To accomplish her goal, she puts her fashion sense to the task and starts a business.

Ekon Diallo’s assignment to finish his community service by working as a business consultant at Iris’s fledgling commercial enterprise leaves her feeling more than a little overwhelmed, and for good reason.

Shiloh has a gift of exquisitely expressing the island’s richness and beauty as well as the kindness and forgiving nature of the characters. She does it in a way that piques your interest and your desire to take a trip there in order to see and experience all she details. This story is a wonderful romance, sprinkled with dashes of humor, religion, and realism.

Despite being a sequel, To Win a Prince can be read independently and is easy to follow along.

I received an advanced review copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own and I am voluntarily leaving this review.

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Spotlight on Hunter’s Rose by Carole Brown on Tour with Celebrate Lit-Includes Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Hunter’s Rose

Editor: Carole Brown

Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense

Release date: August, 2022

It’s the late 1800s, and Hunter Carson has married the woman of his dreams and settled on the land he bought. He’s never known God or even much about him. But his tender heart can be touched. His wife—the beautiful and exotic Mexican Rosita DeSantis, is totally in love with him—but something is wrong. Just days after their marriage, why is she crying and touchy? Has she fallen out of love with him already? Or is there something far more serious going on with her?

Rosita’s past is haunting her emotionally. She adores her new husband, but she’ll do anything to keep him from knowing what happened in Mexico before she fled the country. And not because she doesn’t trust him, but she’s worried for his life. Her loving family in Mexico came to accept God into their lives through the ministry of a missionary. But can she hold onto her beliefs through the trials and tests she’ll face when Carlos De Leon insists on forcing her to marry him?

After all, the Mexican Lord—Carlos De Leon—cares nothing for God or any man. His only desire is to obtain what he wants and when. He has a plan and will do anything to accomplish it.

And Rosita will do anything to keep him from succeeding.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of thirteen full-length, best selling and award winning books (with a novella in an anthology), she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. She has found that the traveling and ministering has served her well in writing her novels. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

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Characters that Walk Off the Page

One of my favorite things when writing a new book, is to create the characters. When I wrote the first book in this series, there were quite a few comments about Hunter and Maria, the cook. Readers wanted to read a book about Hunter—Hunter’s personal story. It was a nice affirmation because I’d already decided that the second book would be about Hunter, his love life and the trouble that created the tension in the book.

Hunter is a fun character. With his father murdered while Hunter was just a child, he very well could have been abandoned to fate. Only another young person’s intervention saved Hunter. He grew up to be a man that was both strong and trustworthy. He’s a bit quick-on-the-trigger (as the saying goes) but he’s also smart, loyal, not a bit stuck on himself, and overwhelmed that a beautiful Mexican girl like Rosita DeSantis could fall in love with him. He has the determination to protect her and the ability to give her pretty much anything she wants—without seeming pompous.

Rosita came from a rich, loving family who adored her, and as an only child was entitled to the family inheritance. Having to abandon that life, she was determined to pursue a different life style even when enduring hardship and fear. Nevertheless, she is a sweet, friendly and a loyal friend to those around her. She knows her own mind, yet is not pushy or obnoxious in her efforts, whether it be love or in scorning the man who insists he wants her back. Rosita is both smart and a real lady.

Carlos De Leon, the villain, on the other hand, is one of those persons who has everything: money, prestige, excellent features and education. Yet he lacks the character to realize that it’s not always possible to have everything you desire. Determined to have what he wants and when, he is not afraid to sacrifice the people who he deems is hindering his quest.

And then, there are the secondary characters: those who support and somehow create interest, not only in themselves but in keeping a reader’s interest in how and when the main characters will respond to them.

Could it be the downright good-looking Jackson, who is quiet and withdrawn, has a story? His support of Hunter, the tell-tell signs of his education, and the absence of any real knowledge of his past encourage the reader to imagine who he really is.

Then there’s Gabrielle Autumn Mayfair, a quiet, rather shy girl who is more of a follower than a leader—until it comes to a man who catches her attention. Her friends worry that she may get hurt, but Gabrielle is more persistent than either of her best friends realize. This blondish-redhead has an endurance that may prove favorable—or it might end in a tragic heartache.

Sully, Old Peete, Nicolas, Susie and Maria—characters that flavor the reading and add some laughter, tension and mixed feelings about their possible hindrance or helpfulness.

Characters—one of the best and most fun parts of a book. I hope you readers will get to know the characters in Hunter’s Rose and love (or hate) them as much as I did when creating the story.

Blog Stops

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, August 20 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 20

Texas Book-aholic, August 21

Inklings and notions, August 22

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 23

For Him and My Family, August 24

By The Book, August 25 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, August 25

Betti Mace, August 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 27

Connie’s History Classroom, August 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 29

Tell Tale Book Reviews, August 30 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 31

Pause for Tales, September 1

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, September 2 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Carole 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.

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Book, Chapter, & Vows by Chautona Havig Celebrate Lit Tour and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Book, Chapter, & Vows

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: July 26, 2022

Falling in love with Benjamin wasn’t in the plan, but Mallory finds she’s all but lost her head and her heart after two and a half years of banter, memories, and now shared books.

But when her ex-fiancé (does it count if it was just for a few hours?) shows up right in the middle of a writing project with Benjamin, the guy manages to ruin her happiness… again.

Benjamin has been keeping one tiny part of him back from Mallory–just the one thing that’ll repel her for good.
So when the ex-boyfriend-slash-fiancé shows up, and things look serious again, he takes a giant step back and prays he can keep his heart intact in the process.

They’re clearly meant for each other. God obviously has a plan. So what’s it going to take for Mallory and Benjamin to work things out and get those vows made?

This Breakers Head novel is Chautona Havig’s final book in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

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I am always so excited to read Chautona Havig’s books, and I was especially excited to read Book, Chapter, & Vows. It was almost cruel and unusual punishment to have to wait through all the other great books in the Independence Islands series to learn Mallory Barrows “happily ever after.” But, I will say, the storyline more than made up for the wait.

Havig has a wonderful way with words; her apothegms are always accurate and really enhance the narrative. “If the primary love of your life isn’t Jesus, you’ll fail the one you vow to love until death” struck a chord with me since it succinctly captures the reality of marriage.

Mallory has always been near and dear to my heart. She had the moxie to begin something I would love to do on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, start a mobile book and coffee shop. But, alas sadly, I have always been constrained by my age, health, the need to provide for a family, a lack of resources and time, as well as a deep-seated fear of failing.

There were so many questions about characters, (one in particular), that were answered along with a mystery surrounding Mallory’s boyfriend, Benjamin Hornigold.

I am so sad that this is Chautona Havig’s final book for this engaging and delightful series.

I received this book from Celebrate Lit. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author of Aggie and Past Forward series, Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

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It Happened AGAIN!

I remember the first book I had trouble finishing. Beneath the Cloak. It was the last book of the Wynnewood series, and I was dying to reveal the big secret that had been a big part of the story line. I spent hours writing very few words. Someone asked if I had writer’s block, but I didn’t. I knew every word I wanted to put on that page, but I kept procrastinating.

For weeks. We’re talking long, agonizing weeks.

Finally, I realized a significant part of why I hadn’t finished was because I didn’t want to. I didn’t want the series to end. Say goodbye to beloved characters? Agony, okay? I wanted to spend the rest of my life in Wynnewood seeing what happened with all the characters and all the things that would happen.

I just wanted to write a bunch of other books, too. What can I say? It’s a thing.

So, as I dove into writing the book I’ve been dying to write since I penned the opening scene of Christmas on Breakers Point, you’d think I’d have been prepared for the inevitable. I mean, it’s happened with several other series since that first time, so… yeah. All ready to combat the problem, right? Not hardly.

To be fair, I was also coming off being very sick, my mother being even sicker, so being crazy behind on everything. I mean, that had a lot to do with it taking so long to get going on it. But once I did, I’d type like crazy and then ignore it for a day or two before the story demanded more telling.

Then, just as I neared the big scene of Book, Chapter, & Vows… I went nuts on doing everything but finishing that book. No joke. I did. Sigh. Again, you think I’d learn.

After much soul searching and even more wailing at God about the cruelty of it all (I was in a dramatic mood, okay?), the solution came to me. Okay, God smacked me upside the head with a 2×4 of memories on how I solved every other, “don’t wanna finish this series” crisis.

See, way back with Wynnewood, the only thing that got me to the finish line was a promise I made to myself. “It doesn’t have to end here. You can write more if you want to. There’s nothing to say you can do ‘Wynnewood, the Later Years’ or something like that.”

Just that one promise to myself that I didn’t have to say goodbye was all it took for me to get back on that trusty old Toshiba laptop and pound out those last few chapters.

And here I was again, not ready to say goodbye to a series—to these islands that feel so crazy real to me. I didn’t want to say goodbye to the characters and their quirky ways. Would you?

Now… you’re going to laugh at me. Go ahead. I mean, I did. See here’s the deal. I didn’t have to make that promise to myself again. “What?” you say? “What do you mean?”

Yeah. I don’t have to say goodbye to the characters or the islands. Why? Because we have another island series coming, the Suamalie Islands, and Mallory is going to visit those islands.

If that isn’t enough for me, I have another series all planned for the Independence Islands, too! Yeah. That. I mean, what was I not thinking?

As soon as I thought of that, I was able to get in there, get the last few scenes written and pass it off to the fabulous Christy for her editorial magic. As for me, I think I’m going to go play around just a little bit with one of the Josie Parker Mysteries. I mean, why not?

Blog Stops

An Author’s Take, August 9

Lots of Helpers, August 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 10

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, August 11

The Sacred Line, August 11

She Lives To Read, August 12

Texas Book-aholic, August 13

Splashes of Joy, August 13

Inklings and notions, August 14

lakesidelivingsite, August 15

For Him and My Family, August 15

LIbrary Lady’s Kid Lit, August 16

deb’s Book Review, August 17

Blogging With Carol, August 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 18

Sodbuster Living, August 18

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 19

Simple Harvest Reads, August 19 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 21

Sylvan Musings, August 21

Blossoms and Blessings, August 22

Miriam Jacob, August 22

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/20712/book-chapter-vows-celebration-tour-giveaway

A Match to Call Ours by Merrillee Whren on Tour with Celebrate Lit includes Giveaway (Spotlight)

About the Book

Book: A Match to Call Ours

Author: Merrillee Whren

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Release date: January 21, 2020

Brittany Gorman needs a job, but nanny to six-year-old twin girls isn’t exactly what she’s looking for. Their single father, Parker Watson, isn’t sure hiring Brittany is the right move, but he’s desperate for help.

Soon Brittany is charming the twins and their father as well. But Parker still clings to the bitterness of his past, a past that has made him a recluse on his isolated Montana ranch, distanced him from God, and kept him from finding love.

Can Brittany’s prayers and two little matchmakers soften Parker’s heart and help him find love with his perfect Montana match?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Merrillee Whren is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author who writes inspirational romance. She is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award for best inspirational romance manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America. She has also been the recipient of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty- plus years, and has two grown daughters. She has lived in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Chicago and Florida but now makes her home in the Arizona desert. She spends her free time playing tennis or walking while she does the plotting for her novels. Please visit her Website and signup for her newsletter and connect with her on Facebook.

More from Merrillee

One of my writing goals is to set at least one book in every state in which I have lived. So far I have written books set in Washington State, Texas, Florida, South Dakota, Georgia, Ohio, Montana, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. I still have to write books set in Illinois and Arizona to complete my goal. Just for fun I’ve gone astray and have written a couple of Christmas novellas set in Maryland, where my older daughter lives. I’m currently working on the third book in that series.

A Match to Call Ours is my Montana book. I lived there when I was a little girl. We lived near Billings from the time I was four until I was ten, when we moved to South Dakota. So as you can imagine my memories are vague, but I’ve visited Montana numerous times as an adult.

Brittany Gorman, the heroine of the book, is originally from Washington State, and if you read my Pinecrest series, you first meet her as a teenager in Second Chance Gift. I have three teenagers in that series, and I wanted to write their adult stories. Brittany’s story comes first, followed by Max’s story, then Amanda’s story in the Front Porch Promises series. The characters take the reader from Montana to Massachusetts, then Tennessee, where the series includes Amanda’s younger sister, Kelsey.

In A Match to Call Ours the hero’s twin daughters are based on my memories of my fourth grade friend Rose. She belonged to the Crow Tribe and had long dark braids just like the twins in the story. I remember the snowstorms and having fun in the snow, sledding, and making snowballs. I got to put those memories to use in the story.

Because I’m what they call an organic writer, I don’t plot my stories. I start writing and see how things unfold. I’m always thankful that somehow God brings everything together when I write a book.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 17

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 18

Inklings and notions, August 19

lakesidelivingsite, August 20

Vicky Sluiter, August 20

deb’s Book Review, August 21

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 22

For Him and My Family, August 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 24

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 26

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 27

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, August 28

Cats in the Cradle Blog, August 28

Pause for Tales, August 29

Spoken from the Heart, August 30

Giveaway

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

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/20e0c/a-match-to-call-ours-celebration-tour-giveaway

Gold Rush Bride Caroline by Linda Shenton Matchett on Tour with Celebrate Lit (Spotlight), with Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Gold Rush Bride Caroline

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: July 21, 2022

She thinks he’s high-handed and out for her gold. He thinks she’s difficult and money-hungry. Will they discover that love is the true treasure?

Scarred in a childhood accident, Caroline Vogel has yet to find a man willing to marry her, so she heads to the Pike’s Peak goldfields to pan enough ore to become a woman of means. When she and the handsome assistant trail boss hit it off, she begins to hope her future may not be spent alone. Then she catches wind of dark secrets from the man’s past, and she’s not sure what or who to believe.

Orphaned as a teenager, Oliver Llewellyn stole to survive, then used his skills for the army during the war. Nowadays, he applies his knowledge to catch dangerous thieves for the Pinkerton Agency, so guarding a young woman during a wagon train journey should be easy. But he didn’t count on the fact she’d angered a man bent on revenge. He also didn’t count on losing his heart.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.

More from Linda

Dear Readers,

Have you ever heard the quote about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that says, “Sure he was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did, backwards…and in high heels?” Originally seen in a 1982 Frank and Ernest comic strip, the line has been used by many people from comedians to politicians.

A slight twist on the statement can be made about women in the centuries before modern attire allowed them to wear slacks…they did everything men did, but in floor-length skirts (to say nothing of when they had to wear corsets!). A few examples include cooking over an open hearth, hauling water before the invention of pumps and indoor plumbing, farm work such as milking cows or gardening, and riding a horse.

One of my favorite aspects about writing is developing the characters, especially the female protagonists. Mine are typically…well, untypical. The gals in my books are war correspondents, mechanics, spies, doctors, pilots, and midwives, just to name a few. While thinking about what to write next, I stumbled on an article about female prospectors, and I knew I had my story. The few images I found confirmed my suspicion. These women prospected alongside the men,  swirling their pans of silt hour after hour…all while wearing a dress.

I continued to dig and was delighted to find journals and diaries of these stalwart women who either followed their husbands, brothers, or fathers to the gold field or actually set out on their own. The first book in the series, Gold Rush Bride Hannah takes in northern Georgia during the rush of 1829 when more than one million dollars of gold was unearthed.

Today’s tour book, Gold Rush Bride Caroline, is about Hannah’s daughter and takes place during the 1859 Pike’s Peak Gold Rush in Colorado. I hope you enjoy Caroline’s story.

Blessings,

Linda Shenton Matchett

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 13

Texas Book-aholic, August 14

Inklings and notions, August 15

For Him and My Family, August 16

Tell Tale Book Reviews, August 17 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, August 17

Bizwings Blog, August 18

deb’s Book Review, August 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 20

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 21

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, August 22 (Author Interview)

Book Looks by Lisa, August 22

Betti Mace, August 23

Connie’s History Classroom, August 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 25

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 26

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Visa Gift Card and signed 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.

https://promosimple.com/ps/20a89/gold-rush-bride-caroline-celebration-tour-giveaway

Summertime with Snowman Paul by Yossi Lapid and Illustrated by Joanna Pasek

Publisher’s Summary

Can a Snowman have fun in the Summertime?

Sure, Paul is a snowman – but should that preclude him from having fun with his best friend all year long (including the Summer)?

Snowman Paul doesn’t think so, but hot summer days do pose some obvious problems for a snowman.

Snowman Paul is ready to give up when his best friend (Dan) comes up with a brilliant idea that saves the day.

Funny and stunningly illustrated with full-page watercolors, this tale will delight children and parents alike. It is ideal for beginner readers, and it will make bedtime fun for toddlers, preschoolers, and even older kids. It makes a great gift, and it belongs in any children’s books library.

There are fifteen books in the Snowman Paul series, the latest of which is Summertime with Snowman Paul, by Yossi Lapid.

Snowman Paul is a congenial snowman who gets along with everyone and enjoys a variety of experiences. However, he is stymied when it comes to summer. How can a snowman survive the oppressive, stifling heat of summer?

Paul’s issues with summer, as opposed to winter, spring, and fall, are vividly illustrated in the novel. Additionally, there are suggestions that other characters are taunting and harassing Paul for seeking to engage in entertaining and adventurous summertime activities.

The rhymes are original, inventive and endearing in a way that will undoubtedly captivate and charm the youngest of child audiences.

Children and adults will be enchanted and entranced by illustrator Joanna Pasek’s delightful, colorful and fascinating drawings. It will definitely capture the minds of young readers and spark their imaginations.

The plot takes a new and enjoyable turn of events as Paul’s heat aversion is remedied with a skillfully devised technique, a diligent endeavor and an industrious undertaking.

My 2-year-old granddaughter found the narrative to be interesting and followed it with ease. She empathized with Paul’s frustration with the summer’s heat, especially because she too hadn’t been able to play outside because of it. She was upset and also expressed her outrage, claiming that teasing “was not kind!” She loved the story so much that she requested to hear it several times over the course of a few days. Little bit delights in the Snowman Paul stories and this one is her favorite, at least until the next one comes out!

The book is good for beginning readers and recommended for children between the ages of 3 and 7. I feel younger kids would enjoy it too, as evidenced by my granddaughter’s enjoyment.

The children—and perhaps even the adults—will be pleased by the gift that is given at the end of the book.

I received an advance review copy for free from BookSirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

About the Author

Yossi Lapid was born in a small town in Romania where toy stores were absent, but stories and snowmen were abundant. In 2016, he launched an award-winning children’s book series titled “Snowman Paul”. In July 2019, he launched a new book series titled “Yara’s Rainforest” which teaches children that all living things on our beautiful planet depend on one another. Lapid holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has three children and lives with his wife Susan and a little dog named Sasha in New Mexico.

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