03 November 2018

Book for Fans of Arthurian Legends (Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello)

Do you love the Arthurian legend?

Do you have a reluctant reader in your life?

Are you a huge fan of middle-grade fiction? 

Well, if you said yes to any of those things then you need to check out the book Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello. Here's a bit about the book (courtesy of the author) -

His one desire...To be a knight.
His future queen...At times reckless.
Best friends…Bound by Friendship and Loyalty.

When their adventure turns deadly & dangerous, Guinevere & Cedwyn find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle. Not only are they in danger, but so are the kids of Cadbury Castle. Renegades—foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess—steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves. Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more  danger. As the plan quickly unravels, Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality.

Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate sacrifice?

Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is available as an ebook or in print at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

What I Thought

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! First, I am a young adult and middle-grade fiction fan and love being exposed to new books in these areas. I think I've become a huge fan because I've been particularly stressed out in my personal life the last couple of years and as a result, I gravitate to books for these age groups. 

Anyways, Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is part of author Cheryl Carpinello's Tales and Legends for reluctant readers. I can tell immediately it's for the reluctant reader because it's fast moving and captures your attention immediately. 

Also, it's so obvious in this book that the author loves the Arthurian legends. She captures this time period so perfectly. This truly made me want to learn more about it and read even more books about this legend (which I know little about!). The plot kept my attention and I really got attached to these characters.

And I have to say the ending really makes me want to read the next book. It was so awesome to see Cedwyn and Guinevere mature and grow as characters. I thought that was well done.

Anyways, I encourage you to pick up this book! It was a fantastic read. While this is book two in a series but I never missed out on what happened before.

Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is available as an ebook or in print at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

By the way, this book is part of the WOW! Women on Writing tour. If you want to read and review amazing books like these, send me an email at [npyles86] at gmail dot com. If you are an author and are interested in WOW's blog tours, send me an email to that same address.

 I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

29 October 2018

Interview with Author Patrick Canning, Author of 'The Colonel and the Bee'

I am so excited to feature Patrick Canning on my blog today. He'll be sharing his experience writing his book The Colonel and the Bee, the hot air balloon ride he did for research, and his writing process. Before you read the interview, here's a bit about the book:

Beatrix, a spirited but abused acrobat in a traveling circus, seeks more than her prison-like employment offers. More than anything, she wants to know her place in the world of the halcyon 19th century, a time when the last dark corners of the map were being sketched out and travel still possessed a kind of magic. 
One night in Switzerland, the mysterious Colonel James Bacchus attends Beatrix’s show. This larger-than-life English gentleman, reputed to have a voracious appetite for female conquests, is most notable for traveling the world in a four-story hot air balloon called The Ox.
Beatrix flees that night to join the Colonel, and the two of them make a narrow escape—Beatrix from her abusive ringleader, the Colonel from a freshly-made cuckold. Beatrix, feeling the Colonel may have the answers to her problems, pledges to help him catch the criminal he seeks in exchange for passage on his magnificent balloon. 
The criminal seeks a precious figurine, The Blue Star Sphinx, but he’s not alone. The Sphinx’s immense value has also drawn the attention of the world’s most deadly treasure hunters. A murder in Antwerp begins a path of mystery that leads all the way to the most isolated island on Earth.

Me: Thank you for joining me today! Tell me about your book The Colonel and the Bee. 

Patrick: I see it as a coming of age story (something like Jane Eyre) planted into a Jules Verne-type adventure.

Me: That sounds amazing. What inspired this novel? 

Patrick: At some point I just started thinking about an idea where people travel around in a hot air balloon, get into adventures, and help solve problems of people they meet. I wanted escapist entertainment that was still smart and had some soul. 

Me: Oh I love the idea of people of people traveling around in hot air balloons! What was your process in writing it? 

Patrick: My process is to keep a file/document where any and all related story ideas go: dialogue, setting, theme, research, images, anything. Once that gets substantial enough and a narrative comes into focus, I make an outline. All that accumulated data gets translated into some kind of chronological story. Then comes a break-neck first draft without stopping for revisions along the way. I try to take a little bit of time away from the story to keep an objective eye, then revise as many times as sanity allows, including valuable feedback from beta readers and editors.

Me: I really love your writing process! So tell us about the research you did for this book. And I couldn't help but notice your blog post here that talked about that hot air balloon ride you took! Tell us about how that influenced your book.

Patrick: Yes! The hot air balloon ride was amazing. I would say things like that help with little details like things the balloon operator said or sensations I might not have expected to have (aside from take-off and landing, hot air balloons are incredibly steady). I did some additional research on the early days of aeronautics (including ballooning), lots of plants and flowers (given the Colonel’s hobby), and Victorian vocabulary, including some phrases that the reader will probably only understand in context. That unusual vocabulary seems to be the most divisive element for readers so far.

Me: I love the fact that you had such incredible in-person experiences to enhance the vibe of this book! Also, I love the circus setting that starts out this book and the era the novel resides in (the 19th century). What drew you to this time period and setting?

Patrick: The Age of Exploration had technically ended the century before, but that was more about colonialization and countries fighting over new territory. In some ways the 19th century had the entire globe mapped out, but the ink was still wet, and there was still plenty to explore. I thought a hot air balloon was a good technological fit, and the Victorian speech could match the playful spirit of the story.

Me: It sure does add to the story! Who do you hope reads this book and what are you hoping they take away from it?

Patrick: Anyone that needs a refuge or wants to travel but can’t at the time might find the book interesting. I hope people are drawn in by the novelty of the story, but leave with something more valuable, whatever that may be to them personally.

Me: Do you have any peculiar writing behavior that you'd like to tell us about?

Patrick: Not really, I try to keep the whole process as non-exotic as possible so it’s easy to get down to business. Coffee and/or tea are usually involved. Characters in the book argue over which is better but I love both.

Me: Oh coffee for sure! Now, last, but certainly, not least, if this book was made into a movie, what 5 songs do you imagine you would hear throughout the film? 

Patrick: This might be a lame answer, but given the time period I don’t think any modern tracks would fit! Some kind of classical score would probably do the trick, as long as it was whimsical and thrilling and awesome.

Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me! For anyone who is intrigued by Patrick's book, be sure to purchase it on Amazon.com or add it to your GoodReads list. 

About Patrick Canning

Patrick Canning was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Illinois, and now lives in California with his dog, Hank. He is primarily focused on turning coffee into words, words into money, money back into coffee. Visit his website at PatrickCanningBooks.com.

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27 October 2018

3 Suggestion on a Saturday Night

Can you believe that October is almost over soon? And with October 31st looming, that means Halloween is almost here! What do you have planned on Halloween? Trick or treating? Watching scary movies? A costume contest? I would love to know!

By the way, if you are in need of a one of kind, never been seen before costume, you must consider the Air Dancers® Inflatable Tube Man Costume. It's a costume version of those business Air Dancers you see in front of businesses. I love it! So a special shout out to them as they are sponsoring this post. Check out their website and purchase your costume.

So, here are my three suggestions on a Saturday night.

Saturday Night Book Suggestion: Recently I purchased a book by Wendy Webb and it was only because of a book I read by her a few years ago. So, my suggestion is The Vanishing by Wendy Webb. Read my review of it on my blog.

Saturday Night Movie Suggestion: If you love crime thrillers than this TV movie epic may be up your alley. It was released several years ago and is about three generations of police chiefs all trying to catch a serial killer. It's a miniseries called "Chiefs." Check it out on IMDB. You'll love it!

Saturday Night YouTube Suggestion: Are you into watching movie clips? Well, if you are I have an amazing list to share with you. This is a YouTube list of Academy Award Winning Moments that I put together. Have you see any on this list? Check it out!

Again, special thank you to Air Dancers® Inflatable Tube Man Costume. Check out their website and get their one of a kind costume just in time for Halloween.

This post has been sponsored and I have received compensation from the sponsor.

13 October 2018

A Life Lesson from a Dream

Last night, I had a dream that I was in a bike race.

Photo via Pixabay Creative Commons

In my dream, my fellow racers and I had reached this small town which was filled with people. Here, we were supposed to take a break. Families and supporters were there to greet the racers. But instead of taking a break, I pushed on in the race. However, before I could venture off into the next leg of the race, I opened up this piece of paper that contained the rules. One of the rules said you weren't allowed to continue the race while everyone was taking a break.

The dream faded into something else, but what I took from the dream was that I often have a hard time letting go. I don't give myself enough time to truly have a break. It's something I am dealing with even more so now that I don't have a job.  Or maybe, it's something I have become far more aware of.

We need time to reflect and to give our spirit time to restore and rest. As a Christian, I try to at least honor Sunday as my day of rest, but even then I find myself working on little projects here and there. Never really resting. Always doing.

So, this dream was a lesson to me that it's time I give myself more of a break. It's important to let go sometimes of constantly doing. Don't be in such a hurry that you miss an opportunity to rest.

When was the last time you let yourself take a break? 

29 September 2018

3 Suggestions on a Saturday Night

This week sure flew by! I thought I'd share the quote from HealthyPlace.com since it's been a tough week for a lot of people. I have been seeing a lot of women share their own #MeToo moments lately and that is incredibly brave.

So hopefully this Saturday night you can relax with loved ones and enjoy one of my suggestions!

1) My Saturday Night Reading Suggestion: I just finished book four Diamond of Darkhold from the Book of Ember series. What an incredible series this was and I'm so sad to see this end! So my suggestion tonight is to read City of Ember. It's a middle-grade series, but I'm a kid at heart and would recommend this for any adult or middle-grade reader. What a rewarding, heart-warming story that is filled with adventure, excitement and profound lessons along the way.

2) My Saturday Night Movie Suggestion: The movie I recommend this week is Frequency. It's with Dennis Quaid and he's so great in this movie. It's a mix of drama, time travel, and a mystery. As you can probably tell from the types of books I really enjoy reading, I'm into the time travel theme, so if you love that theme like me, you ought to watch this movie. Check it out on IMDB!

3) My Saturday Night Music Suggestion: Instead of one song, I thought I'd share with you the playlist I love to use when I'm writing. The songs don't have words, which allow me really to get lost in my thoughts. I hope you enjoy it!

I'd love to know your movie, book and music suggestions for tonight!

24 September 2018

Wrongful Death by R.D. Meyer [A Review]

I love when a blogger I follow has a book published and I get the chance to review it! I've been following R.D. Meyer for years and I recently got the chance to review his book Wrongful Death. One thing is for sure, he is a powerful writer. Each time I've read his work, whether or not it was my taste of fiction, his writing is recognizably excellent. Here's a bit about the book Wrongful Death.

About the Book (Courtesy of the Author):

Things were going great for high school senior Christian Gettis. He’d been accepted to his college of choice(The University of North Carolina), had a girlfriend that adored him(even if she wasn’t as, um, affectionate as he might have wished), and he had a circle of friends that helped him get into the trouble teenagers seem to get into(like supergluing the seats at graduation to await unsuspecting spectators). His parents could be a pain, but he handled them with a mix of teenage snark and feigned indifference. All in all, life couldn’t have been much better.
Then death got in the way.
Run off the road by a reckless driver, Christian finds himself alone, his plans for life torn apart by someone who didn’t even bother to stop to see if he was alright. His sole friend is now a mysterious guide calling himself Alexander and telling Christian that the only way to move past the veil and properly into the afterlife is to avenge himself on the person who killed him. Christian accepts this with all the grace most teenagers in his position would, which is to say that he hates it.
With Alexander’s help, he quickly locates the woman he believes to be at the heart of his accident and starts exploring his new abilities. Over time, he learns how to affect the physical world, albeit in limited ways, and gradually makes the woman’s life hell. He knocks over items in the kitchen, makes facial impressions on the windows, and gets inside her head to create nightmares. However, as Christian does the things ghosts are famous for doing, he gets trickles of new information that make him question if he’s doing the right thing, or even if he’s haunting the right person…
What I Thought:

This was a unique experience for a ghost story. Usually with a ghost story, you experience the person being haunted, not following along through the ghost doing the haunting. Yet, Christian doesn't read like a standard ghost. He's very much who he is when he was alive, yet very angry and confused with everything that happened to him. It's a chilling read in a different way, because I tend to feel bad for the woman he's troubling. It was fascinating though to see Christian taunt her and then when everything falls apart, that's when the story really captivated me. This is an excellent book for someone looking for a different kind of ghost story. This took me by total surprise and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Like I said when I first started this book too, the writing is excellent. R.D. Meyer does a great job in describing settings and scenes and the elements surrounding each of the characters (both dead and alive).

Purchase your copy on Amazon today! 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This post contains affiliate links for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link.

22 September 2018

3 Suggestions on a Saturday Night

The last time I did this type of post seemed to be a great hit for me! How are you doing this fine Saturday night in September? I love this time of year as the seasons change and the weather grows colder. Fantastic for sleeping in and enjoy warm drinks. The fall leaves are coming in and cloudy days are becoming the norm. Anyways, my latest update to life is that I recently lost my job. So, I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things and gather together a routine. What's new in your life?

So, here we have today three suggestions on a Saturday night. Last time I did this, I did a movie, a book and a song. Maybe I'll do the same again!

1)  My Saturday Night Reading Suggestion: Is it cheating to have more than one suggestion? So, I'll suggest a book I was asked to review along with a book I'm reading on my own. The first is The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain (just reviewed last week!. You will LOVE it if you love anything related to time travel. The other one is a favorite of mine called And Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris. That one is about a marketing company going under and it's hilarious and touching all at the same time.

2) My Saturday Night Movie Suggestion: If you are open to something a little weird tonight, try out the show part of the TV series Hammer House of Mystery called, "Child's Play." I won't give anything away but it's weird and entertaining. And you can even watch it on YouTube:

3) My Saturday Night Music Suggestion: "Bring on the Rain" by Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw. I feel like that's appropriate lately. My faith in God has helped me in this very difficult time I've been in and songs like these just convey the peace I have in my heart.

I'd love to know any of your book, movie or music suggestions. Let me know in the comments!

21 September 2018

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain [A Book Review]

I couldn't wait to tell you the book The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamblerain. The unfortunate thing is it's almost impossible to tell you about without giving something away. So, how do I describe this book?

Set in the 60s, we first meet Caroline Sears in a physical rehab facility taking on her very first patient, Hunter. He's a little unusual to say the least, and him knowing the lyrics to a brand new Beatles song no one ever heard before is only the beginning. We skip ahead a bit and now Hunter is married to Caroline's sister, Patty. Caroline is lives with them following the loss of her husband, who died in the Vietnam war. She's pregnant and what makes it all worse is that she finds out her baby has heart problems that could be fatal. She could lose her child. What can she do? Well, Hunter proposes a solution. One that Caroline can't even wrap her head around. For the sake of her own child though, she's willing to try anything.

This book was an unbelievable experience. I thought at first it would be something kind of light hearted and maybe a bit sad and maybe a great summer read. Oh, how I was wrong. This book grips you and doesn't let you go. I loved Caroline's determination to help her child and her bravery. The depiction of how Caroline manages to help her child was so well done and believable. The whole time I'm wondering to myself, "Wow, will she help her child? Will this work??" I confess that I stayed up until 2 am on Saturday reading this book! THAT is how much of a gripping read this is!

As for the setting, I loved the setting of the 60s and the beach layout of where Caroline lives with her sister and brother-in-law. I also loved New York too and all the people that surround Caroline in her journey to help her child.

If you loved the Time Traveler's Wife (and even saying THAT is giving too much away) than you should read this book. Be sure to find out where you can purchase this book for yourself by visiting this link here.

I received the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

18 September 2018

The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe by Mary Maurice [A Review]

I love this time of year. It's the time when seasons change, the air gets a bit cooler, and the fall leaves start to come in. It's a bit different for me this year because I was let go of my job last Monday. One week later and I'm still surprised I'm not venturing out the door. Luckily, I was able to read a great book over the weekend and I can't wait to tell you about it. It's called The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe by Mary Maurice.

Here's a bit about the book:
Susan Jordan awakens at her Santa Fe apartment, cloudy and disoriented. Her clothing is unfamiliar. Where has she been? Her nose crinkles as she smells his scent. Jack's back! Rubber filled legs brace against the stone cold tile floor as she reaches for the pile of mail haplessly setting on the table. Dozens of letters! Jack Monroe never stops. Susan wishes he would just leave, take his advice and go back to Detroit. He's gaining to much control! He's taking over!

What I Thought: 

The book is written in the form of letters being written back and forth between Jack Monroe and Susan Jordan. Jack provides descriptive details of his journey to the Santa Fe area as well sticking with his mission to help Susan. This book is an incredible journey into the human mind and tormented psyche. I thought this book was incredibly written and a fascinating experience as well. I'm very much into books written in the form of letters and what's revealed ever so slowly in the book makes it an even richer and more intriguing experience.

This was an incredibly satisfying and interesting read. I highly recommend if you are looking for something a bit different to add to your reading list. It really gives you an inside look into the struggles of mental illness. It's a subject close to my heart too.

Be sure to purchase your own copy of The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe by visiting this link. 

Visit the WOW! Women on Writing launch day post to follow along the rest of the tour. Let me know if you'd like to be added to the tour as a late participant as well! If you want to join in other WOW! Blog Tours, send me an email to nicole[at]wow-womenonwriting.com.

About the Author: 

Mary Maurice wrote her first poem when she was in the ninth grade, and hasn't stopped writing since. Catching the fire at an early age, she continues to dedicate her time to the craft.Ms. Maurice has completed several novels of fiction and poetry, and has performed readings in distinct cities around the country. She presently resides in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Connect with Mary online:

Website: www.marymaurice.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marymauriceauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MMauriceAuthor

I received a copy of the book in exchange of my honest review. This post contains an affiliate link for which I receive small compensation if you purchase through my link.

14 September 2018

An Excellent Book if You (or Your Kids) Love Adventures!

I am so excited to be part of this incredible book tour with author Fiona Ingram. The book I'll be chatting about today is called The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper. Here's a bit about the book:

A plane crash! Lost in the jungle! Hunted by their old enemy, will Adam, Justin, and Kim survive long enough to find the Third Stone of Power? With only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, the kids make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the lost city of stone gods, where the Stone of Power might be located. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task. Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper is now available to purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.\

What I Thought:

This is a middle grade fiction book, but I can tell you right now how much I enjoyed this book. It's book three of a series, but it didn't hold me back from enjoying it at all. Along the way, the characters help out in referencing events of the past to give you some background (without overdoing it, of course). So, I wasn't lost at all.

The setting of the book was incredibly vivid. You can just sense the thick jungle that surrounded the three adventurers - Adam, Justin, and Kim. I was so excited - yet scared - every step of the way! It's like I couldn't read this book fast enough. I was so eager to find out what happened next. 

As far as the characterization, each character was unique and vivid to me. They each had such unique personalities. I felt so bonded to them and their journey along the way.

Most of all, the writing on this was so well done. Fiona is a fantastic writer and has an excellent way of weaving you into the story and not letting you go. I can't wait to read the next book and highly recommend it!

Want to read books like this one and be part of WOW! Blog Tours? Be sure to send me an email to nicole[at]wow-womenonwriting[dot]com.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

05 September 2018

Now Seeking Book Bloggers: Upcoming Women on Writing Blog Tours

Hi everyone!

As some of you may know, I'm part of the WOW! Women on Writing team and I'm putting together a couple of new blog tours! I'd love for you to participate so, let me know if any of these below catch your eye by leaving a comment with your email so I can reach out to you OR best of all, send ME an email expressing your interest at nicole [at] wow-womenonwriting [dot] com.

Book: Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend, Book Two

Perfect For: Middle Grade Readers (and anyone young at heart); People who are a fan of Arthurian legends; adventure readers!

Tour Starts: October 15th and runs through November 19th

Seeking: Reviews, Guest Posts, Interviews

About the Book: When their adventure turns deadly & dangerous, Guinevere & Cedwyn find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle.

Not only are they in danger, but so are the kids of Cadbury Castle.

Renegades – foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess – steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves. Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more danger.

As the plan quickly unravels, Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality.

Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate sacrifice?

Check out this incredible review of the book on Readers' Favorite and read a preview on Amazon.

Book: My MacArthur

Perfect for: people who love history, and non traditional romances (without the happily ever ending); Historical/Biographical book readers.

Tour Starts: November 5th and runs through December 3rd

Seeking: Reviews, Guest Posts, Interviews

About the Book: 

The year is 1930. The place: Manila. Douglas MacArthur is the most powerful man in the Philippines, a United States colony. He’s fifty years old, divorced, and he falls in love at first sight with a ravishing young Filipino woman. He writes her a love note on the spot. Her name is Isabel Rosario Cooper, an aspiring movie actress. One glance at his note and she thinks of him as "my MacArthur."

MacArthur pursues his romantic obsession even though he’s breaking numerous taboos. She reciprocates his affection because he could open doors for her financially struggling family. When MacArthur is appointed the U.S. Army chief of staff, he becomes the youngest four-star general and one of America’s most powerful men.

Out of hubris, he takes Isabel with him to America without marrying her. Amid the backdrop of the Great Depression, their relationship lasts until 1934. After four years of relationship, MacArthur leaves Isabel for fear of a political scandal. The general goes on to become the iconic hero of World War II, liberating the Philippines and rebuilding Japan, while Isabel drifts in Los Angeles unable to muster the courage to return to Manila.

Read more about the book here on the author's website.

Remember, if any of these catch your eye, the best way to let me know you are interested is to leave a comment with your email OR send me an email to nicole [at] wow-womenonwriting.com. 

11 August 2018

3 Suggestions on a Saturday Night

We made it to the weekend! In Portland, we have suffered through a terrible heat wave for the second week in a row. I'm very grateful though that we have made it to the weekend because this also means we have a break from the heat wave. It's actually raining right now! I thought a fun feature on my blog would be three suggestions on a Saturday night. Most of these are actual things I experienced this week, so hopefully something will catch your eye!

Alright, here we go:

1) My Saturday Night Reading Suggestion: The Fat Lady's Low, Sad Song by Brian Kaufman. I'm taking more of a chance on Indie reads lately and this one took me by total surprise. I'm not a baseball person at all or even really a sports person, but if you are interested in a book that talks about team camaraderie, good humor, and great characterization, you should read this book. It took me by total surprise and I'm so glad I read it (check out my review here).

2) My Saturday Night Movie Suggestion: Vertigo (1958). Are you a Hitchcock fan at all? I watched this recently and it took me by total surprise at how good it was. I took a Hitchcock class in college and many classes were spent watching Hitchcock movies, which was really cool. If you aren't really into old movies, I'd say give this one a shot. It really makes you think and the ending itself is a conversation piece.

3) My Saturday Night Song Suggestion: I have a radio app and while I don't think to listen to the radio, I have been lately and caught a song that I really liked. The song is called Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man and wow it was so good! I think this makes a fantastic gym song and the singer has an unusual voice. Give it a listen:

So tell me your reading suggestion, movie suggestion, or a song you just found recently that you want to recommend. Have a great weekend everyone! 

06 August 2018

5 Thoughts on a Monday Morning

photo credit: Wouter de Bruijn Sunrise on a cold morning via photopin (license)

Monday Monday, oh what a day. Anyone else unbelievably sick of the summer? I swear my personal writing and creative self takes a huge step back when it comes to the heat. So, I came across a list of journaling prompts and thought I would use them as inspiration to blog again. I decided to just pick the ones that jumped out at me and write five thoughts about the question. You can check out the prompts I'm going off of here. So, here's one that I wanted to write - what are five things you do every day without fail?

1) Talk to God.

I can't remember a day ever going by when I wasn't talking to God in some way throughout my day. Some conversations in prayer are more casual than others, but most of all, I pray on a regular basis and spend time with the Lord at least a little bit each day.

2) Drink coffee.

There's very few things I commit to each day without fail and coffee is one of them. I'm recently trying San Francisco Bay blend coffee and that has proven to be a much better cup of coffee in the morning lately.

3) Check my email.

I'd love to be the kind that can unplug but in all honesty, I don't all that often! I at least check my email everyday. Have you been using the new Gmail design? The one feature I love about it is the "snooze" email feature. It's like my own little reminder that pops up!

4) Spend time with family.

This is a big one and is very important to me. Family time matters a lot and a day doesn't go by where we aren't connecting with each other in some way.

5) Reading.

I am currently reading a book that I'm reviewing for someone as well as Plague by Michael Grant. It's book four in the Gone series, although in all honesty I'm not that into it. I feel semi-exhausted with the state of matters in the book and I may end up choosing something else. I also read scripture regularly and of course news articles. So, reading in general is always something I'm doing!

Okay, your turn. What are five things you do everyday without fail? 

31 July 2018

A Touching Memoir: Rose Colored Glasses by JoAnn Simon [Book Review]

Is anyone else shocked this summer is going by so fast? As we all venture off towards the beaches and outdoors this summer, spending time with our loved ones, and enjoying the summer days while they last, every now and then a small little moment will happen that changes the course of our life forever. For author JoAnn Simon, a tick bite changed the course of hers. 

I had the chance to read Rose Colored Glasses by JoAnn Simon this weekend and it captured my heart. 

About the Book:

Dear Tom, 

I'm back on Anna Maria Island... missing you.
But walking down these beautiful beaches reminds me of us and makesme feel a little less far away from you. And that encourages me as I am writing our story.Hopefully this will help other people who are feeling our pain too.I love and miss you every day, darling.Love, Me
From the fateful tick bite on Block Island to central nervous system failure, to healing my grief and loss, I stayed afloat, upbeat, and connected to Tom through devotion, true love, and by donning my own special pair of rose-colored glasses.

When he first saw me, Tom said that he would spend the rest of his life with me. To my surprise, he actually did. He was the love of my life. We shared a story that felt like a dream. Every moment was an adventure... and then Tom became ill.As his mysterious symptoms persisted we were hurtled through a maze of fear, tests, doubts and sorrow. But while doctors toyed with diagnoses- Lyme disease, ALS- we filled each day with joy, hope, good food, wine, music and travel.Even when death came to crush our storybook romance, we found that the human spirit is greater than the frailties of the body, greater than suffering and grief.

What I Thought

I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book, because I am not normally a fan of nonfiction. However, it wasn't long before this book captured my heart. JoAnn's journey with her husband, Tom, to fight the disease and figure out what was happening was intense, emotional, and an incredible roller coaster. It was a journey through heartbreak, loss, but most of all, love. The love that JoAnn and Tom shared shown brightly in this book. I felt like I really got to know them both. 

I read this over the course of just a couple of days and I couldn't put it down. And I couldn't help but tear up at the end. One of the most moving parts to me was when JoAnn finally had to say goodbye to Tom. This book is a lesson in love that conquers all, recovering from incredible grief, and also what it means to be the advocate of a loved one not doing well. I think anyone should read this book who has either lost a loved one or is in the midst of helping a loved one go through a ravaging disease. JoAnn's strength and determination is inspiring. 

About the Author

Jo Ann Simon, a corporate executive, is a lifelong nutmegger, living in various locations in the Nutmeg state of Connecticut. She is a constant traveler, exploring the world including her favorite country, Italy. When she is not traveling, Jo Ann loves spending time with her family, friends and her seven grandchildren. Her day job running a company, painting fine art, gardening and writing fill in the blanks of her life. Palm trees are essential in her personal landscape with beaches to match.

Find JoAnn Online:
Website: https://www.joann-simon.com/
Blog: https://forgetmenotjosi.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ForgetMeNotJoSi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joannsimonauthorpage/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jo-ann-simon-27626518/
Instagram: forgetmenotjosi

Be sure to get a copy of this book via Amazon. If you want to read great books like these, be sure to send me an email at nicole [at] wow-womenonwriting [dot] com. This book is part of the WOW! Women on Writing blog tours and we would love for you to take part in the next tour.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This post also contains affiliate links for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link.

12 July 2018

Lies by T. M. Logan [Book Review]

Anyone else dealing with a heat wave? Well, nothing helps me survive a heat wave more than an air conditioned room and a really good book. I had the chance to review the book Lies by T.M. Logan over this July heat wave and I can't wait to tell you about it.

Here's a little bit about Lies (summer courtesy of Net Galley):

What if you have the perfect life, the perfect wife and the perfect child—and then, in one shattering moment, you discover nothing is as it seems? It’s the evening drive home from work, a route Joe Lynch has taken a hundred times with his young son. But when he unexpectedly sees his wife’s car ahead of them, he decides to follow her—and ends up witnessing her secret rendezvous with another man. The encounter will tear two families apart and leave an innocent man set up to take the fall for a murder. Joe finds himself in the sights of a ruthless killer determined to destroy everything he treasures. He will do whatever it takes to protect his family, but as the net tightens around him, his life begins to fall apart. Soon, Joe is in a life or death struggle with a cunning opponent who is always one step ahead. Lies poses the question: Can we ever really trust those closest to us? Lies by T.M. Logan is an unputdownable thriller in which each chapter changes the meaning of what came before, keeping the reader guessing until the jaw-dropping finale.

What I Thought: 

This was an incredible thriller. First of all, I absolutely loved the little boy in the book, William. The author described William so well and he became such a vivid and important character to me as much as the father, Joe. When Joe discovers where his wife is going and sees her with another man, my first instinct on this was that this was going to be the standard 'couple's life falling apart due to an affair' type of book. It was so much more than that. The second that Joe finds his wife with another man is just one piece in an enormous puzzle that Joe has to figure out.

Truly, this book will grab you and not let go. Right when Joe thinks he is helping his situation, he makes it worse. And I absolutely didn't see any of it coming. It didn't once make me roll my eyes and think that it was predictable. I tend to read a lot on my bus ride home and I just couldn't wait to read this one.

Oddly, and maybe not surprisingly, I didn't like Mel. Despite everything she did in the book, I feel like there should've been aspects of her that was likable. I didn't trust her at all. I thought she was incredibly phony most times and seemed set out to make the situation worse. Of course, considering what unfolds, maybe that was intentional. Some part of me felt like it was characterization flaw. I wanted to find something deep within her and there wasn't a whole lot that I saw.

Overall, if you like thrillers and reading at the edge of your seat, you must read this book. You will not be disappointed.

Pre-order your copy today on Amazon.com! It's available to purchase on September 11th.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This post also contains affiliate links for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link.

23 May 2018

A Book to Read if You Are On a Spiritual Journey [Catch a Dream by Wendy Brown-Baez]

Over the past couple of years, I've gotten closer to my faith in God. I grew up going to church and even attended a Christian elementary school, but it wasn't until recently that I took my faith more seriously. This has been such a transforming experience for me and it's been such a tremendous walk with God over the last couple of years. Which is unusual because it's also been tremendously difficult in my personal life. Anyways, so when I had the chance to read Wendy Brown-Baez book "Catch a Dream" which discusses her own spiritual journey, I couldn't wait to read it.

Here's more about the book -

A woman’s healing journey begins in a country embroiled in relentless turmoil. In Israel, the first Intifada has just begun. Palestinian frustration for a homeland erupts in strikes, demonstrations and suicide bombings and Israel responds with tear gas, arrests, and house demolitions. Lily Ambrosia and Rainbow Dove arrive in Haifa with their children on a pilgrimage to sow seeds of peace. Lily’s fascination with Jewish culture inspires her to dream she can plant roots in the Holy Land. She falls in love with the land itself, with its people, and with Levi, a charming enigma, dangerous but irresistible. Eventually she is fully immersed in Israeli life, earning her way as a nanny, hanging out in cafes with friends, and attending Yom Kippur in the synagogue. Her son rebels against the lifestyle she has chosen and war with Syria looms on the horizon. Will she be able to stay? What does she have to give up and what will she be able to keep?

Catch a Dream is available in print and as an ebook on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and IndieBound

What I Thought -

This took me by total surprise. I wasn't sure that I would like it or enjoy it as much as I did. Wendy did a FANTASTIC job of vividly describing the details of Israel and what it was like. I felt like I was there (did you know this book was based on a memoir? Read the Women on Writing interview to learn more about the author!). And I was just really connected to whether or not the main character would decide to do after she met this love of her life. I was so connected to her journey and what she would decide to do when things started to move in an unexpected direction. I felt the emotions right along with her. 

Anyways, if you are on a spiritual journey of your own, or love to Travel, go on this journey with Wendy and read her book Catch a Dream. I know you will love it and you will be glad you read it. I definitely was!

Find more about the tour by visiting this link here. You can enter to win a copy of the book this week (giveaway ends Sunday, 5/27) and you can also find out more about the author and where else she will be on the tour.

Want to read books like this one? Send me an email to nicole@wow-womenonwriting.com with your blog link and I'll make sure to let you know about upcoming tours.

Have a book you want promoted? Send me an email to nicole@wow-womenonwriting.com and I'll send you information about what WOW! has to offer.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

18 May 2018

A Book to Read if You Love a Good Thriller [The Pinochet Plot]

As I write this, it's raining outside and I love rain in May. It's warm and everything is just so green and lush. What a beautiful time of year! So, thanks to WOW! Blog Tours (with WOW! Women on Writing) I had the chance to review a really good book called The Pinochet Plot. Here's a little bit about the book -

Successful San Francisco attorney Will Muñoz has heard of the brutal former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, of course, but it's not until he receives his mother's suicide letter that he has any inkling Pinochet may have had his father, Chilean writer Ricardo Muñoz, assassinated thirty years earlier.

Her suspicions spur Will on to a quest to discover the truth about his father's death–and about the psychological forces that have driven his mother to her fatal decision. His journey takes him deep into unexpected darkness linking his current step-father, the CIA, drug-experimentation programs, and a conspiracy of domestic terrorism. The Pinochet Plot is not just a story of a man seeking inner peace; it is also a story of sinister history doomed to repeat itself.

What I Thought:

I really enjoyed this thriller! I'm not usually one for political thrillers as this one sometimes felt, but I thought this was captivating and well done. It was written in first person, which gave me close insight to the main character. I liked the main character a lot and enjoyed the details used to describe his childhood, family and the surroundings. The author did an EXCELLENT job of being detailed about everything the character was experiencing and it was such a richly told book. The book also takes you through some very real history which was very interesting! Admittedly, some did go over my head, especially with the CIA angle, but it was a book where I just had to see what happened! I oddly didn't like the female character, Cheryl, in the book. Yet I did like how Will's mom was portrayed and his memories of her and how she was during his youth.

Anyways this book was fantastic and a definite must read!

Visit this Amazon link to purchase a copy of the book.  

Here's also a bit about the author and where you can find him -\

David Myles Robinson grew up in Pasadena, CA. He holds degrees from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco School of Law. After practicing law for thirty-eight years in Honolulu, Hawaii, he retired with his wife, former Honolulu judge Marcia Waldorf, to Taos, NM. Robinson is the author of three previous novels: legal thrillers Tropical Lies and Tropical Judgments, and Unplayable Lie, a golf-related suspense novel.

Find David Online:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38825244-the-pinochet-plot

David Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DMRobinsonWrite

David Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidMylesRobinson/

David Website: www.davidmylesrobinson.com

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Also if you want to join in with WOW! Blog Tours and find incredible books to read like this, send me an email at nicole@wow-womenonwriting.com and I'll let you know about which incredible books are available to read next!

09 May 2018

On Writing Dreams, Reality & Life

I ran into a metaphor for life while cleaning out my closet yesterday. While sorting out an old jewelry box,  I came across a clump of tangled necklaces that I attempted to unravel. One necklace came out nicely, the other two were twisted together and knotted so much I had to leave it. Part of the reason I left it, was because of what the necklace reminded me of. Take a look for yourself -

That word  - dream - that dangles from the end of a dainty little necklace is now twisted and tied up with a beady, chunky, necklace thanks to my neglect. Isn't that life though? I find as time goes by that unless you pay attention to and take care of a dream, especially one you've held onto for years, that it can end up looking messy and unsalvageable, a bit like this necklace.

In the midst of a stressful time period, I've managed to keep writing. What is the "dream" now though? Is it the same as when I was a kid? Of course not. The dream has always been to write and get published, but seeing that dream at 31 is far different from how I saw that dream at 10. Working with authors with WOW to promote their book as well as reading and reviewing books for authors through this blog have both taught me that publishing a book is only step one. It takes more than a good story to get readers. I've read and reviewed many books that didn't get on the bestsellers list and also deserved far more attention than they got.

So, my dream has gotten a bit tangled due to reality as well as the messy qualities of life. It's hard not to let that happen. To untangle the dream from reality and life is work, much like it will take work to untangle that necklace. With patience and determination and an unfailing ability to never quit, I can untangle the dream.

That necklace now sits in a prominent place in my room. Not because it's such a beautiful clump of cheap jewelry, but because it represents something that needed reminding. Don't let go of the dream, but don't neglect it either.

06 May 2018

Loose Ends By Caroline Taylor [A Book Review]

 As spring slowly inches it's way closer to summer, I had the chance to read a good thriller about two characters trying to figure out the truth while running from danger.

Here's a bit about the book (courtesy of the publisher):

In the midst of Bicentennial celebrations, Carson Mahoney narrowly escapes a home invasion that reduces her house to rubble. In a West Virginia commune, her sister Cam kills the commune leader. Now both sisters must flee. Already a suspect in her secretive husband’s murder, Carson fears the police will suspect her of arson and put her in jail. It happened before, back when the two sisters were teenagers, imprisoned in a foreign country. It cannot happen again. But running away is also not an option. Cam needs to find the innocent whose life she has saved. Carson must find the thugs who destroyed her home and her livelihood. All too soon, the sisters learn how impossible it is to hide and how difficult it is to trust those who offer help. Will they survive long enough to clear their names? Caroline Taylor has written a tightly woven thriller full of female empowerment and bravery, with strong women seeking justice and formidable opponents in their way. With twists and turns, jolting from the present to the past, readers will be holding their breath until the very end.

What I Thought:

This book was a great thriller! I enjoyed both characters Carson and her sister Cam, and I just had to continue reading to see what happens. Things really start out with a bang in this book and you are taken right into the heart of the troubles. I enjoyed the character Carson especially and thought that Cam was sort of a mystery. The dynamics of their lives and the danger they found themselves in was interesting and captivating. Definitely a book worth reading!

About the Author

Caroline Taylor is the author of two mystery novels, “What Are Friends For?” and “Jewelry from a Grave,” one nonfiction book, “Publishing the Nonprofit Annual Report: Tips, Traps, and Tricks of the Trade,” and numerous short stories and essays, which are featured on her website at www.carolinestories.com. A collection of short stories, titled “Enough: Thirty Stories of Fielding Live’s Little Curve Balls,” is forthcoming from Literary Wanderlust in April 2018. A longtime resident of Washington, DC, she now lives in North Carolina.

Purchase a copy of this book on Amazon now.

This post contains an affiliate link for which I will receive small compensation if you purchase through my link. 

02 May 2018

The Vines We Planted by Joanell Serra [Book Review]

Two things I really enjoy - wine and books. So, why not read a book that has a winery setting? Kind of amazing, if you ask me! As the seasons change from rain and clouds to shining sun back to clouds again, I had the pleasure of reading The Vines We Planted by Joanell Serra. 

Before we get into what I thought, here's a little bit about the book:

"In the heart of the California wine country, secrets seem to grow on the vines that Uriel Macon’s family have tended for generations. Uriel, the winery’s young widower, steers clear of complicated relationships. He prefers the lonely comfort of his vineyard and his horses, until he is reminded of his love affair with Amanda Scanlon; a relationship that ended when she abruptly left the country years ago under a cloud of mystery.

When Amanda returns to Sonoma because of a family crisis, she tries to mend the broken relationships she left behind. In addition, she seeks the truth about her parents’ complicated history and her own parentage.  But Amanda’s unveiling of the past has devastating consequences. In the midst of California’s beautiful Sonoma Valley, the Scanlon family struggles to overcome harsh realities with dignity and grace.

Both Amanda and Uriel stretch to take care of their families, which are facing immigration issues, marital crises, and loss. While navigating these challenges, the couple must decide if they trust themselves to love again, or to finally let each other go.

A Sonoma local, author Joanell Serra’s debut novel is captivating, poignant, and uplifting, demonstrating how seeds planted long ago continue to grow. Sometimes into a strangling weed, sometimes offering a bountiful harvest."

What I Thought

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. First of all, I enjoyed the setting. The writer really knew how to take me right into the heart of the winery and the country setting. I felt like I was there, I loved it! I appreciated the romance in the book and really rooted for the characters along the way. The characters were well written and the pace of the book really kept me going. I couldn't wait to see what happened. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend this to anyone who loves a blend of drama, romance and a strong family core throughout the book.

Be sure to pick up your copy by visiting this page at Amazon.com. 

Meet the Author

Joanell Serra, MFT lives with her growing children, husband and dogs in the lovely Sonoma Valley. After years of publishing short stories, essays and plays, The Vines We Planted is her debut novel. She can be found polishing her second novel at a coffee shop, sipping a perfect Cabernet in a Sonoma winery or at her website:www.JoanellSerraAuthor.com.

Find Joanell Online:





I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.  This book is part of a WOW! Women on Writing blog tour! Interested in being part of a book tour or promoting your book with WOW? Send me an email to nicole [at] wow-womenonwriting [dot] com.

24 April 2018

I'm Not Okay by Renee Antonia [Book Review]

 I'm excited to be part of the latest blog tour with WOW! Women on Writing with this new author Renee Antonia. The book is called I'm Not Okay and I think it's an incredibly important book for our time. Before I get into what I thought about the book, here's a bit more about it:

When she wakes up in the morning, the first thing that goes through Alejandra's head is whether or not she will be forced into another anxiety inducing situation. The struggles of being a young adult living with an anxiety ridden brain becomes too much for Alejandra to deal with. So, with the help of her friends, she forces herself out of the bubble her anxiety has placed her in. She learns to conquer the fears she once thought would destroy her and learns to rely on herself more than she ever has.

Print Length: 203 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: BookBaby (June 24, 2017)
ISBN-13: 9781483598062

I'm Not Okay is available as an eBook at Amazon.comBarnes and Noble,  and Apple iTunes

What I Thought:

I deal with anxiety issues occasionally myself and I thought the author did a fantastic job of describing how it feels. The character also deals with some really deep issues surrounding her anxiety and other mental health problems. And it's a very realistic look into how someone feels dealing with these issues. 

The way the book addresses the issues of mental health was very well done. Alejandra also dealt with some major family issues that led to even greater problems and that conflict was portrayed very well. I was upset, when the character was upset. And this was a major point to conquer for the character. How could she tell her family exactly what she was going through? Would they understand? That's the question the author helps answer. 

One thing that I did notice in the book are occasional spelling and grammar issues in some spots, but it certainly didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. And to me, doesn't take away from the important message of the book.

So be sure you check this one and follow the author along her journey by visiting her social media links mentioned below. I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeve!

 About the Author

Renee Antonia grew up in the Los Angeles area with four siblings and two wonderful parents. Having such a strong support system enabled her to decide who and what she wanted to be. However, this question haunted her for years, because she couldn't quite pinpoint what exactly she saw herself doing for the rest of her life. She began to read a lot, hoping to find inspiration between the pages of a book. It was at this time that  she realized one thing. She loved sharing, reading, and writing. Renee decided that she wanted to be a writer, and since that day, she has taken any steps necessary to achieve that goal.

You can find Renee Antonia at:

This is part of the WOW! Women on Writing book tour. I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. Be sure to check out WOW!'s blog The Muffin to check out other stops on the tour.

17 April 2018

A Book to Read If You Love Young Adult Paranormal Books [Book Review]

 I love when a book takes me by surprise! I tend to read the most during my hour commute home. Lately, it's been especially nice for reading because of the chilly and rainy weather which really makes me want to stay inside.

Anyways, I had the chance to review the book Crossing the Line by Ellen Wolfson Valladares as part of the WOW! Women on Writing Blog Tour (by the way, if you are interested in taking part in future blog tours send me an email at nicole@wow-womenonwriting.com; better yet, if you want your book in a blog tour, email me about that too!)

So, before I tell you what I thought, here's a little bit about the book:

Laura, who died thirty years ago, enlists the help of a tenacious high school reporter named Rebecca, who is very much alive. Rebecca, although skeptical and conflicted by her supposed encounters with a spirit, determines to learn the truth about Laura’s tragic death. As the clues unravel and their worlds collide, Rebecca finds herself at a dangerous crossroads.
Laura, now pulled back into everything she left behind when she died – her old high school and memories of her life and death—has been in training for this exact moment. And nothing means more to her than succeeding at her assignment.
It is her one chance to make sure that what happened to her does not happen to anyone else, and especially not to her new friend, Rebecca.

Paperback: 300 pages
Genre: Fiction / Young Adult Novel
Publisher: WiDO (March 2018)
ISBN-13: 978-1-937178-99-4

What I Thought

Like I said earlier in this post, this book took me by total surprise! I read it over this past weekend and it captivated me right away. I couldn't put the book down. It's one of those books that I would love to see as a series as well.

I loved the main characters in the book, especially Laura and Rebecca's relationship. They both represented similar personalities but also very different. Each chapter gave deeper insight to the character's journey and this was so well done. The paranormal aspect was also well written! It wasn't overdone or "too much" which I appreciated.

While this book dealt with paranormal and the "other side" it also really portrayed how much harm can come from gossip, mean girl tactics, and bullying. It really shows you how much you can do by just reaching out and being a friend to someone. I think it's a fantastic book for teens and adults to read and I think you will enjoy it. 

Purchase a copy of the book now at Amazon.com!

About the Author:
Ellen Wolfson Valladares is an award-winning writer/author, workshop facilitator, community volunteer, and mother. A native Floridian, she grew up in St. Petersburg and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. She has worked as an editor, public relations professional, and freelance writer. Her first book, a children’s novel entitled Jonathan's Journey to Mount Miapu, received several awards, including a Mom’s Choice Gold Award and the 2009 Coalition of Visionary Resources Visionary Awards Book of the Year award. She also has a meditation CD, entitled “Healing and Manifestation with the Archangels.”
Today, Valladares continues to work as a freelance writer. She also enjoys coaching high school students working on their college essays and helping other writers realize their dreams. She has been married to her husband, Manny, for 30 years and they have two sons, Gabriel and Michael, two dogs, Flash and Chili Pepper, and a crazy cat named Zelda. They live in Weston, Fla.
Find Ellen Online:

Website: http://www.ellenvalladares.com

Twitter: @ValladaresEllen

FB: @EllenValladares444 (link: https://fb.me/EllenValladares444)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023698.Ellen_Wolfson_Valladares

Make sure to check out all the stops on the tour by visiting the links below! Visit the Muffin (first link to win a copy of the book!).

----------Blog Tour Dates

Monday, April 16th @ The Muffin

Join us at the Muffin for an author interview and book giveaway for the fictional young adult novel by Ellen Valladares, Crossing the Line.


Tuesday, April 17th @ World of My Imagination

Nicole Pyles reads and reviews “Crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares. This is a fun young adult novel that readers will be sure to delight in!


Wednesday, April 18th @ Beverley Baird

Beverley Baird reviews "Crossing the Line" by Ellen Valladares. Readers won't want to miss this fast paced young adult novel!


Thursday, April 19th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey

Ellen Valladares pens today's guest post at Kathleen Pooler's Memoir Writer's Journey. Don't miss this great post titled "Your Writer's Purpose -- how creating your purpose/vision can keep you on target" and learn more about Valladares latest novel "Crossing the Line".


Thursday, April 19th @ Write Like Crazy

Mary Jo reads Ellen Valladares "Crossing the Line" and shares her thoughts with readers at Write Like Crazy.


Friday, April 20th @ BookWorm

Anjanette Potter delights readers at Bookworm with her review of the YA Novel "Crossingthe Line" by Ellen Valladares.


Saturday, April 21st @ Spark the Wizard

Brandi at Spark the Wizard shares her thoughts in a review of Ellen Valladares novel"Crossing the Line".


Monday, April 23rd @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen

Wisconsin entrepreneur and school teacher reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. Don't miss this opportunity to find out more about the YA Novel "Crossing the Line".


Tuesday, April 24th @ Finished Pages

Today, at Finished Pages, readers have an opportunity to learn more about "Crossing theLine" the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. Don't miss Renee's review of this YA Novel!


Wednesday, April 25th @ Reviews by Deb

Deborah Blanchard shares her thoughts after reading "Crossing the Line" by accomplished author and journalist Ellen Valladares.


Thursday, April 26th @ Digging with the Worms

Eric Trant reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. See what Eric thinks of "Crossingthe Line" and find out more about this great book and accomplished author.


Thursday, April 26th @ Phy Tallic

Phy reviews the delightful YA Novel "Crossing the Line" by Ellen Valladares.


Friday, April 27th @ Write Happy

Today at Write Happy, Cathy Brown will be interviewing Ellen Valladares about her latest novel "Crossing the Line". Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about this YA Novel as well as hear some tips from the accomplished journalist and author Ellen Valladares.


Monday, April 30th @ Ellen Valladares

Crystal J. Casavant-Otto from WOW! Women on Writing reviews "Crossing the Line" by Ellen Valladares and shares her thoughts with readers at Valladares blog.


Tuesday, May 1st @ I Just Want to Finish My…

Brittany shares her thoughts after reading "Crossing the Line" by Ellen Valladares. Don't miss this insightful blog stop for this delightful Young Adult Novel!


Wednesday, May 2nd @ Hott Books

Don't miss today's guest post at Hott Books! Distinguished author Ellen Valladares shares her post titled: 'The Inspiration Behind Crossing the Line'. You'll want to learn more about this delightful YA Novel!


Friday, May 4th @ Frasers Fun House

Melanie at Frasers Fun House reviews "Crossing the Line" by Ellen Valladares.


Monday, May 7th @ Word Nerd Media

Elizabeth at Word Nerd reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. You won't want to miss a minute of this captivating YA Novel "Crossing the Line".

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