Monday, May 31, 2021

The Girl in the Gold Dress ~ Book Blog Tour & Giveaway!


Book Details:
 
Book TitleThe Girl in the Gold Dress by Christine Paik
GenreChildren's Fiction (Ages 6-10),  34 pages
Categories: Children's Social Themes, Children's Picture Book | Family Multi-Generational
PublisherImagilore Publishing
Release date:  April 23, 2021
Content Rating
G.
 
Book Description:
 
Hannah's Korean name literally means "Gold Dress," so why doesn't she want to be seen wearing her gold hanbok dress?

10-year-old Hannah is facing a big performance for her school's talent show. The trouble is, she's ashamed of her dress, the dance, even the music - they're too different, too Korean! What if everyone makes fun of her? Will Hannah be brave enough to perform, or will she run off stage like she did at rehearsal? First, she must learn about the gold dress she's wearing and its mysterious connection to her name and her family's past in Korea: starting with a desperate escape from war and a secret wish hidden for decades in an envelope. Can Hannah make that wish finally come true?

In this touching children's story that spans four generations, a Korean American girl overcomes her embarrassment of her heritage to step forward with pride and share her culture with others.
 
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Meet the Author:
 
Christine still remembers the butterflies in the pit of her stomach as she performed traditional Korean fan dances as a 12-year-old growing up in Southern California. She never dreamed that over 30 years later, she would be channeling her inner fan dancer to write Hannah’s story. Christine is a second generation Korean American wife and mother of two, living in San Diego.

Christine loves telling stories for a living, which started with a 15-year career in TV news and continues today in public relations. She is the winner of six news Emmys and multiple PR awards. Christine was always an avid reader, but wished there were more Asian American book characters she could relate to (besides Claudia Kishi from The Babysitter’s Club). So she decided to create her own! Christine also enjoys singing karaoke, photography, and baking. 

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May 24 – 
Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
May 24 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
May 24 - @booking.with.janelle – book spotlight
May 25 –Books Tea Healthy Me – book spotlight / giveaway
May 25 - Cheryl's Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
May 26 – The Bespectacled Mother – book spotlight
May 26 - Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / giveaway
May 26 - Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
May 27 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
May 27 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway
May 27 - The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book spotlight / giveaway
May 28 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
May 28 - Laura's Interests – book spotlight / giveaway
May 28 - Locks, Hooks and Books - book spotlight / giveaway
May 31 - Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
June 1 – A Mama's Corner of the world – book spotlight / giveaway
June 2 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
June 3 – @twilight_reader – book spotlight
June 4 – Bookish Trisha – book spotlight / giveaway
June 7 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / giveaway
June 8 – Writer with Wanderlust – book spotlight / giveaway
June 9 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway
June 10 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
June 11 – Books for Books – book spotlight


 

Friday, May 28, 2021

The Ninth Session ~ Audio Book Blog Tour & Review!


THE NINTH SESSION
Written and Narrated
by Deborah Serani

Length: 6 hours and 52 minutes
Publisher: TouchPoint Press
Released: April 16, 2021 
Sub-Genre: Suspense

An edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller that brings a unique mix of psychotherapy and sign language and Coda culture. Just when you think you have it figured out, think again! Dr. Alicia Reese takes on a new patient. Lucas Ferro suffers with crippling anxiety, and as sessions progress, he begins to share the reasons why he's struggling. As Ferro's narrative becomes more menacing, Reese finds herself wedged between the cold hard frame of professional ethics and the integrity of personal truth. And, finally, when Ferro reveals his secrets, Reese learns how far she's willing to go, and how much she's willing to risk and willing to lose to do the right thing.

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HALL WAYS REVIEW: Audio book review: Because I always go there, I’m going to start by saying I love the cover of The Ninth Session because it pairs so nicely with a psychological-themed story, and both the cover and premise are attention-grabbing. Also, because time for even reading with my ears is so hard to come by these days, I love that this audio book has a running time of under seven hours (less than 200 pages in print). Before I even read a word, I already loved three things about the book.

Happily, the book lovin’ continued as I listened to The Ninth Session unfold. Reading/listening is akin to unpeeling an onion, layer by layer, but finding out that the core could be rotten. Main character Alicia is a psychologist, and author Deborah Serani uses the vehicle of Alicia’s therapy notes for readers to not only get a great summary of events with patient Lucas Ferro, but we get real insight and connection to Alicia. We are hearing her thoughts, reflections, and feelings fresh off the sessions with Luke, but Alicia integrates her patient observations and ones of herself. It’s clinical, but it’s fascinating.

Readers may be impatient with the humdrum details, but these are important because they underscore Alicia’s humdrum life. I kept looking at how much time was left in the story because I knew something was coming and then BAM! It does. The pace and plot escalate quickly from humdrum to HOLY COW level.

As much as the novella-length book is perfect for my reading needs right now, I would have liked more fleshed-out characters, some fine-tuning on plot, and a bit more out of the ending. But don’t get me wrong: The Ninth Session is a really satisfying story as it is. I just want more!

If you’re paying attention to loose threads, you might figure out a major component of the big reveal – but there’s no way you’ll predict the details of it. WOW! The Ninth Session has some unexpected and delicious twists. I absolutely recommend it and look forward to this author’s next book.

ABOUT THE NARRATION: The author narrates her book, and she does it admirably. While there aren’t truly distinct voices (she uses different pitches to voice the characters, though), there is never any confusion between characters due to the writing in the dialogue scenes. I really enjoyed the sound effects added in the scratching of pen on paper as Alicia is taking notes in her office. I did bump up the listening speed to 1.5x, but Serano’s pacing is steady, her diction clear. And the quality of the recording was excellent. Without hesitation, I would listen to her narrate another book.

Thank you to the author and Audiobookworm Promotions for providing me an audio code in exchange for my honest review – the only kind I give.

    I received this audio book as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Deborah Serani. The gifting of this audio book did not affect my opinion of it. 
Deborah Serani is an award-winning author, writing about psychological topics in many genres. She is a psychologist in practice over 30 years and a senior professor at Adelphi University. Dr. Serani has worked as a technical advisor for the NBC television show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - where a recurring character, Judge D. Serani, was named for her.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Gingerbread Kisses ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Excerpt & Giveaway!

GINGERBREAD KISSES
Hot in Magnolia Book 4
By Minette Lauren

Publication Date: April 30th, 2021
Pages: 275
Categories: Sexy Romance

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Hollywood actress Ginger Lynn Harding is broke, unemployed, and stuck in the glaring spotlight of a sex-tape scandal thanks to her lousy ex-boyfriend. Changing her coveted ginger-colored hair to brown, Ginger heads to small-town Magnolia, Texas, where she plans to hide out and wait tables at the Cupcake Diner and Dive.

As a Magnolia constable and possible candidate for mayor, Roland Karr prides himself on protecting the community. When he nabs a Lauren Bacall look-alike for speeding, Roland is surprised that he lets the sassy beauty off the hook, but he can’t help it. She looks like she could use a break.

As Ginger settles into life in Magnolia, she can't stop thinking about the handsome and debonair cop, but can she risk losing her heart when she's lost everything else? 




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EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER ONE OF

GINGERBREAD KISSES

BY MINETTE LAUREN

Ginger Lynn Harding pressed the accelerator and opened the sunroof of the sporty red car. The guy at the rental counter hadn’t recognized her as the star of Seducing Saturn, but he said he wanted to give her a free upgrade because of her perfect smile. She didn’t have a lot to smile about, and she sure didn’t feel glamorous any more since coloring her golden copper hair a dull chestnut brown. Her symmetrical features and bright green eyes were still the trademarks of Dallas Derringer, but her new look felt drab. She missed her signature flame-colored hair that her mother named her for, but she didn’t miss the name on her birth certificate. It sounded too much like a porn star. It was unfortunate that some Olympic ice-skating chick back in the ‘90s had also attached scandal to the name. So, for now, she preferred to go simply by Ginger.

Smiling as she took the curves of the winding backroads that led to Magnolia, Ginger turned up the jazzy Christmas music and let her hair down. It was only shoulder length now since she had cut off a good twelve inches after she was fired from the set. Seducing Saturn was axed after season two, and it was all because of her. She cringed at the memory of the director’s harsh words. He’d actually called her a “stupid bitch” in front of everyone. And though his disrespect humiliated her and pissed her off, she felt like one. Why had she ever trusted her ex-boyfriend, Kirk McNeil, who had gotten her into this mess? He was a loser and a jerk, and even though she dumped him over a year ago, he was still haunting her like the evil demon he’d played in Seducing Saturn’s pilot episode.

Ginger blew out a sigh, trying to let go of her thoughts, but images of Kirk and the video that leaked to the media wouldn’t release her. Thoughts of what could have been, should have been, and “what ifs” made her miss the turn.

“In a quarter of a mile, make a U-turn,” the navigation app nagged.

Ginger tapped her phone, trying to silence it. “Maybe I wanted to take the scenic route,” she complained out loud. Great, now she was talking to herself. It wouldn’t be the first sign of her losing it. She’d been having a bad month. First, she lost her acting career, then her new condo. Plus, she had to sell her car for less than she owed to get out of the payments, which left her flat broke.

It was nice of her cousin, Cecilia, to suggest a place to hide out until things cooled off and the media forgot about the scandal. She really couldn’t face any more rag-magazine reporters sitting on her doorstep and asking questions she didn’t want to hear, let alone answer.

Celia had run into a couple of issues herself. A few years back, she’d done some creative accounting with the taxes for a women’s league she ran. Ginger hadn’t asked her any questions because it was none of her business, and Ginger liked that Celia did the same don’t-ask-don’t-tell routine for her. Celia had invited her to hide out in Dallas at her parents’ home, but there was no way she could face Uncle Todd and Aunt Brenda with all her baggage. The Lockwood side of the family was uber-wealthy, and her mother’s brother was a stickler for social standards and propriety. Besides, it would be impossible to stay under the radar in the circles Celia ran in. People might recognize Ginger and talk about her embarrassing past. Maybe she should amend that to embarrassing present, since she couldn’t seem to put it behind her. When she mentioned her concerns, Celia said she knew just the place. And now here Ginger was, stuck in Magnolia, Texas. It looked like the middle of nowhere, but the map showed it was just northwest of Houston. Perfect. She didn’t know a soul here, and hopefully, no one would recognize her because of her new look.

Her cousin Hank lived in The Heights, but he was a pompous ass. She hoped she didn’t have to fall back on that branch of her father’s family for help.

“Continue straight for one mile, then….” She punched at her phone again, trying to shut off the volume. Red and blue lights flashed in her rearview mirror.

“Great, just great,” Ginger complained as she pulled over.

Grabbing her driver’s license from the Hertz envelope where she’d left it when picking up the car, she rolled down the window and waited for the officer to approach.

Annoyed by the five-minute wait and the blistering heat rolling into the vehicle, she tapped her hands on the wheel. Without as much as a hello, she stared straight ahead as she handed him the packet with her license visible on top.

The officer cleared his throat. “Ma’am, are you aware why I stopped you?”

Ginger tried to bite her tongue. She wanted to get this over with but being pulled over on top of everything else she’d been through was the straw that broke the camel’s back. “Driving too fast in a one-horse town?” She craned her head to the side and arched a brow, though she realized he couldn’t see her snarky wit through the dark-colored Tiffany sunglasses.

“Ma’am, can you step out of the vehicle?”

Oh shit. She forgot she was in Texas. This guy was probably riding on a testosterone high and didn’t like sass coming from a lady. Of course, this irked her, too. She could say what she wanted. This was a free country, and besides going five miles over the speed limit, she hadn’t done anything wrong.

“Officer, I object. I didn’t do anything to have to get out of the car. Should we call the station to report this to your superior? I don’t think I feel safe with you breathing down my neck and telling me what to do. Just give me the ticket, and let’s get this over with.” Ginger reached for her cellphone in the console.

That earned her a sharp, “Hands up where I can see them. Slowly remove yourself from the vehicle.”




Minette Lauren is an award-winning author who loves animals and writes humorous romance in a small Texas town. 



 



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 First place: Signed copies of the Hot in Magnolia series books (prequel included) + $25 Amazon gift card
Second place: Signed copies of all four books in the series
Third place: Signed copy of Gingerbread Kisses

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5/25/21

Excerpt

Hall Ways Blog

5/25/21

Character Spotlight

Forgotten Winds

5/26/21

Review

StoreyBook Reviews

5/26/21

BONUS Promo

LSBBT Blog

5/27/21

Review

Julia Picks 1

5/28/21

Character Interview

That's What She's Reading

5/28/21

Review

Reading by Moonlight

5/29/21

Excerpt

All the Ups and Downs

5/30/21

Bonus Scene

Chapter Break Book Blog

5/31/21

Review

It's Not All Gravy

6/1/21

Author Interview

The Clueless Gent

6/1/21

Review

Carpe Diem Chronicles

6/2/21

Sneak Peek

The Page Unbound

6/2/21

Review

Jennie Reads

6/3/21

Review

Book Fidelity

6/3/21

Review

Missus Gonzo



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Monday, May 24, 2021

Cerebral Palsy: A Story: Finding the Calm After the Storm ~ Book Blog Tour Guest Post & Giveaway!

CEREBRAL PALSY: A STORY
Finding the Calm After the Storm
by Ilana Estelle


Genre: Adult Non-Fiction
Category: memoir
Publisher: RedDoor Press
Pages: 288 pages
Release date: Feb 1, 2020
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Born the second of premature twins, Ilana knew she was different from a young age, but for all the wrong reasons. Part memoir, part motivational guide, this is Ilana's open and honest journey, from an angry confused child, knowing something was wrong, but not knowing what, to the 'real' her - a courageous woman using her experiences and lessons to create inspiring messages about mental and physical health, positivity, resilience and change. 

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Guest Post:
"What I hoped for in writing my book" 
by Ilana Estelle

I know what I deal with now and understand my disability. Without the book I could never have had that.  

Initially, I never thought about my book in that way. I wanted and needed to know what was wrong with me and for me to be able to piece my symptoms together for the first time. I knew I struggled with certain elements of a disability. Having completed the book now, I have come face to face with my disability for the first time, and that feels good. I also have closure. Without the book and with my blog, I could never have achieved that either.

So overall, writing the book has been a cathartic experience, it has brought a knowing and understanding where I previously had none. It has empowered me to want to do better and be better. I would like my readers to take away the overriding message of positivity and that we very much have the tools to change our lives where we think it is necessary.


More About Ilana Estelle:

Living with cerebral palsy is enormously difficult. But what if you never knew you had it? This is the incredible story of Ilana Estelle. Born the second of premature twins, an hour apart, from a young age Ilana knew she was different, but for all the wrong reasons. 

A child of the '60s, Ilana experienced first-hand the way that disability was: so often brushed under the carpet, not spoken about. Her constant physical and mental struggles made her feel isolated, alone, frustrated, and misunderstood… and it took 46 years for her to find out why. Part memoir, part motivational guide, Cerebral Palsy: A Story: Finding the Calm After The Storm is Ilana’s open and honest journey from an angry, confused child -- knowing something was wrong, not knowing what was wrong, what her disability was, or that there was a diagnosis -- to the real her: a courageous woman using her experiences and lessons to create inspiring messages about mental and physical health, positivity, resilience and change.

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Cerebral Palsy: 'A Story' Finding the Calm After the Storm Book Tour Giveaway

 

Tour Schedule:

May 17 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
May 17 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
May 17 - Working Mommy Journal - book spotlight
May 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 18 - Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 18 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 19 – Man of la Book - A Bookish Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
May 20 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 21 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 24 – My Journey Back – book spotlight / giveaway
May 24 - Hall Ways Blog - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 25 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 26 - She Just Loves Books – book spotlight / giveaway
May 27 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
May 28 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
May 31 – Leels Loves Books – book spotlight
Jun 1 – Book World Reviews – book spotlight
Jun 1 - Books for Books – book spotlight
Jun 2 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jun 3 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jun 4 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / giveaway


 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

A Witch's Brew ~ Lone Star Book Blog Tours Bonus Promo & Giveaway!

A WITCH'S BREW

Conquest of the Veil Book III

By Michael Scott Clifton

Publisher: Book Liftoff
Publication Date: April 14th, 2021

Pages: 318 Pages
Categories:

Sword & Sorcery / Magical Realism / Fantasy / Paranormal


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Intent on defeating the Dark Queen and destroying the Veil, Prince Tal and Alexandria arrive at Markingham to discover a city on the verge of collapse, its people starving, and children vanishing without a trace. Hopes of launching attacks from the city against the Dark Queen evaporate. To make matters worse, the tiny breach in the Veil allows only a trickle of soldiers and supplies to pass through. 

Before the city’s defenses can be restored, the Baleful, a vast army composed of melded humans and animals led by a giant centaur, sweeps across the land like locusts, leaving nothing behind. 

In the midst of turmoil and conflict, the love between Tal and Alex reaches white-hot intensity. But the leader of a ragtag militia group wants Tal for herself and will do anything to get him…even strike a bargain with a child-killing witch for a potion to make her irresistible. 

But every witch’s brew comes with a price. 

 

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Multi Award-Winning Author Michael Scott Clifton, a longtime public educator, currently lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas with his wife, Melanie. An avid gardener, reader, and movie junkie, his books contain facets of all the genres he enjoys—action, adventure, magic, fantasy, and romance. His fantasy novels, The Janus Witch, The Open Portal (Book I in the Conquest of the Veil series), and Escape from Wheel (Book II), all received 5-Star reviews from the prestigious Readers Favorite Book Reviews. The Open Portal has also been honored with a Feathered Quill Book Finalist Award. In addition, Edison Jones and the Anti-Grav Elevator earned a 2021 Feathered Quill Book Award Bronze Medal in the Teen Readers category. Two of his short stories have won Gold Medals, with Edges of Gray winning the Texas Authors Contest, and The End Game, winning the Northeast Texas Writer’s Organization Contest. Professional credits include articles published in the Texas Study of Secondary Education Magazine

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Grand Prize:
 Signed copies of all three books in the Conquest of the Veil series
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nd & 3rd Winners: eBooks of A Witch’s Brew. 
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5/18/21

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5/18/21

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5/19/21

Review

Missus Gonzo

5/19/21

BONUS Promo

Hall Ways Blog

5/20/21

Review

Book Fidelity

5/21/21

Review

Reading by Moonlight

5/22/21

Review

Bibliotica

5/23/21

Review

The Clueless Gent

5/24/21

Review

The Page Unbound

5/25/21

Review

Sybrina's Book Blog

5/26/21

Review

Forgotten Winds

5/27/21

Review

Chapter Break Book Blog

5/27/21

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