Wednesday, December 8, 2021



Inside the Book

No Good About Goodbye

Author: CT Liotta
Publisher: Rot Gut Pulp
Pages: 308
Genre: YA/Coming of Age/LGBT/Adventure


Fifteen-year-old Ian Racalmuto’s life is in ruins after an embassy raid in Algiers. His mother, a vodka-drunk spy, is dead. His brother, a diplomat, has vanished. And, he’s lost a cremation urn containing a smartphone that could destroy the world.

Forced to live with his cantankerous grandfather in Philadelphia, Ian has seven days to find his brother and secure the phone—all while adjusting to life in a troubled urban school and dodging assassins sent to kill him.

Ian finds an ally in William Xiang, an undocumented immigrant grappling with poverty, a strict family, and abusive classmates. They make a formidable team, but when Ian’s feelings toward Will grow, bombs, bullets and crazed bounty hunters don’t hold a candle to his fear of his friend finding out. Will it wreck their relationship, roll up their mission, and derail a heist they’ve planned at the State Department?

Like a dime store pulp adventure of the past, No Good About Goodbye is an incautious, funny, coming-of-age tale for mature teens and adult readers. 308p.


“So many treats are in store for the discerning reader of CT Liotta’s brilliant YA novel NO GOOD ABOUT GOODBYE. There’s a diverse array of multi-racial/cultural characters, organized criminals with complex political goals underway, and keystone-cop humor/blunders often sparking from the evergreen enchantment of a push-pull romance between two young people, neither of whom have yet decided to identify as ‘gay.’ Rich with often realistically crude boy lingo, NO GOOD ABOUT GOODBYE is an utterly charming teenage LGBTQ falling-in-love adventure while simultaneously rocking an international crime storyline.” – C.S. Holmes, IndieReader

★★★★★ “Sharply observed and sarcastic as hell, CT Liotta’s debut is the gay teenage spy thriller we have long needed.” -Matt Harry, author of Superkid and Sorcery for Beginners.

★★★★★ I found this YA spy novel to be an utter delight! Fast-paced and witty, we traverse the globe with Ian, who just lost his mother and is charged with stopping a war with China. All the while he’s 15, enrolled in a High School from hell in Philadelphia and struggling with his identity. The author offers his own particular take on the importance of friendship and found family. He also very cleverly features different viewpoints, so the reading experience never feels stale. Honestly, I did not know what to expect going into this story – I however finished it converted into a fan! – Thomas S., Netgalley



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CT Liotta


CT Liotta was born and raised in West Virginia before moving to Ohio for college, where he majored in Biology. He now uses Philadelphia as his base of operations. You can find him backpacking all over the world.

Liotta takes interest in writing, travel, personal finance, and sociology. He likes vintage airlines and aircraft, politics, news, foreign affairs, ’40s pulp and film noir. He doesn’t fear math or science, and is always up for Indian food. His favorite candy bar used to be Snickers, but lately it’s been 3 Musketeers. He isn’t sure why.

He is author of Relic of the Damned!Death in the City of Dreams and Treason on the Barbary Coast!

No Good About Goodbye is his latest book.

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My Review

NO GOOD ABOUT GOODBYE by CT Liotta was a 308 page  YA/Coming of Age/LGBT/Adventure that made for an explosive read. At first I thought I would find the book too young for me, but I quickly found that the age of the characters did not take away from my enjoyment of the story in the least. This is one of those rare young adult books that can be truly enjoyed by both young adults and adults!

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Three May Keep a Secret: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Richard T. Ryan

 THREE MAY KEEP A SECRET: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Richard T. Ryan

THREE MAY KEEP A SECRET: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Richard T. Ryan

Book Details:
Book Title:  Three May Keep a Secret: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Richard T. Ryan
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 264 pages
Publisher:  MX Publishing
Release Date: November 29, 2021

Tour dates: November 29 to December 17
Content Rating:  G.
Book Description:

When a meeting with a client goes disastrously wrong, Sherlock Holmes soon finds himself involved in a case of murder with two dead bodies and too few clues.

From some clear pieces of glass and a raven's feather, the Great Detective must divine exactly who the client was and what prompted him to seek assistance at 221B. Fortunately, Holmes has a number of experts upon whom he can rely as well as his own vast store of esoteric knowledge.

Treading a twisted path, Holmes soon finds himself matching wits with an unseen criminal, who appears to be the equal of the late Professor Moriarty. At the same time, he is tasked with sparing the monarchy any possible embarrassment that may stem from the investigation.

It's a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that finds Holmes and Watson attending underground auctions, using rare and priceless artifacts as bait and holding a late night vigil in anticipation of deterring a theft, all the while trying to understand how a priceless antiquity fits into their investigation.
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Author Richard T.  Ryan
Meet the Author:

A lifelong Sherlockian, Richard T. Ryan is the author of “The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure” and “The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure,” both from MX Publishing.

“The Druid of Death” is his third Holmes tale. Among his other credits are “The Official Sherlock Holmes Trivia Book," a book on Agatha Christie trivia and the well-received murder mystery “Deadly Relations” that has been produced twice off-Broadway.

He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in medieval literature. To this day, he remains a die-hard fan of the Fighting Irish.

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humble courier


Inside the Book

The Humble Courier

Author: J.T. Maicke
Publisher: Dreaming Big Publications
Pages: 321
Genre: Historical Fiction


Father Hartmann Bottger, a Benedictine monk and priest, has confronted bullies his entire life, including pompous clerics, local thugs, and callous and corrupt French Army occupation authorities in the German Rhineland. But Father Hartmann faces his greatest challenges with the rise to power of the Nazi Party and the brutality of the dreaded Gestapo, which threaten the rights of the Church as well as the lives and spiritual beliefs of Father Harti and the members of his small village parish.

The Humble Courier takes place in Germany during the turbulent years from the end of the Great War to the beginning of World War II. It is the story of a German soldier who believes he has been called to the Roman Catholic priesthood and tasked with fighting evil and protecting the weak from the strong. Although Father Hartmann initially employs passive resistance to fulfill what he perceives to be his mission, he comes to the conclusion that more aggressive—even violent—means are necessary to confront the awesome power of the SS and the Gestapo. Employing unlikely allies and extraordinary methods, Father Hartmann sets out to take the fight to his enemies, justifying his actions with St. Augustine’s proverb “Punishment is justice for the unjust.”



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A self-described Germanophile, J.T. Maicke writes historical novels that take place in Germany or among German-American communities in the Midwest. The study of German history, geography, language, culture, and cuisine has been one of his life-long passions. He has spent several years living and working in Central Europe and has explored many of the locations mentioned in his stories. Maicke is a great fan of historical fiction and his favorite authors include Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, George MacDonald Fraser, Umberto Eco, Robert Harris, and Morris West. He was educated by Benedictine monks and nuns in the Midwest and several of his stories have a Roman Catholic theme.

The Humble Courier is his latest book.

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My Review

THE HUMBLE COURIER was a good historical fiction read. Father Hartmann Bottger, a Benedictine monk and priest, made for a great main character. I liked his background as a man who confronts bullies and how the played a role in his decision to be a man who believes in St. Augustine’s proverb “Punishment is justice for the unjust.”

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by ​Rachel B. Wellner



Book Details:

​Book Title:  Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by
​Rachel B. Wellner

Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 42 pages
Genre: Educational Fiction
Publisher: Richter Publishing
Release DateMay 2021
Formats Available for Review: print- Softback (internationally), e-book (EPUB)
Tour dates: November 15 to December 5
Content Rating:  G - (No Profanity, no nudity, no sexual content, no adult themes)
Book Description:

Doctor Marsha is a series created to entertain children at the preschool through gradeschool level relying on educational content. Th main character, Marsha, will introduce kids to exciting challenges in basic health education as the explores the world vanquihing health problems. It is my hope that the characters will stimulate young minds by introducing them to a positive, professional figure that embodies the spirit of cultural competence, creativity and adventure.
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Meet the Author:

Dr. Rachel Wellner is a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, most recently the Assistant Professor of surgery at the Monteflore-Einstein Center for Care. She has also been Director of Breast Services at NYEE/Continuum Cancer Center, Pascal Valley Hospital, and Palisades General Hospital. Dr. Wellner graduated Magna Cum Lauda and Phi Betta Kappa from Dartmouth College, earned her medical degree from the University of Connecticut and her Master's degree in Public Health from Columbia University. She pursued her surgical training at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and worked to establish a clinical rotation in an underserved region of The Dominican Republic. She completed Society of Surgical Oncology-accredited breast oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California. She has been featured as a guest expert on several local and national news networks, including WPLX 11, Fox and Friends, and CNN.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook 
My Review
Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by Rachel B. Wellner was a very cute kids book with adorable pictures. The story line was easy to follow for young readers/listeners.  The book also served to make the readers/listeners think and engage with the content.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle


Book Details:

Book Title:  The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle
Category:  Children's Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 38 pages
Genre:  Children's Book
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:   September 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-hardback USA, e-book (PDF)
Tour dates: November 26 to December 17
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.
***** 2021 Family Choice Award Winner *****
Book Description:

During the day, the Miller family’s Christmas tree stands tall in their living room, sparkling with lights and ornaments. Little does the family know that their Christmas tree is anything but ordinary. Each evening, the magic of Christmas brings their tree to life—much to the delight of Hannah and William Miller. Follow along as Hannah and William experience the magic of Christmas in a whole new way.
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Author Kristin Sponaugle
Meet the Author:

Kristin Sponaugle was born in Butler, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Duquesne University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies. Kristin had always dreamed of becoming an author, and made that dream a reality with her two published children’s books, The Princess Puppy and The Living Christmas Tree. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cross-stitching, and playing with her Maltese dog, Rosie. Kristin lives with her husband, daughter, and Rosie, and resides wherever the Air Force sends them.
My Review
The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle was a super cute kids book that is perfect for the holiday season. The pictures are vibrant and the word choice perfect for kids. The best part though was that the story was not just a remake of a classic story, but instead something totally new!

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Letters to Jacob: Grieving the Loss of a Child by Maria Hopfgarten


Join Us for This Tour:  November 8th to November 29th
Book Details:

​Book Title:  Letters to Jacob: Grieving the Loss of a Child by Maria Hopfgarten
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 138 pages
Genre: Self-Help / Grief and Bereavement
Publisher: Amazon
Release Date: July 2021
Formats Available for Review: print- softback (USA and Canada), e-book (Gifted Kindle, mobi, ePub, PDF)

Tour dates: November 8 to November 29
Content Rating:  G - (It's general content, no sex at all)
Book Description:

"If you have lost a child, you know you're weathering the largest storm life can bring you. I hope that my words of loss, tears, punches, smiles, friendships, and renewed happiness can give you a sense of not being along on this journey."

Maria Hopfgarten's son Jacob was born on January 31, 2006. He was the most perfect baby boy she had ever seen. But Jacob had devastating health issues, culminating in a diagnosis of mitochondrial disease, a fatal condition.

In the ten short years of Jacob's life, Maria found strength in blogging about Jacob's life. Her raw, honest posts from the year after Jacob's passing have been gathered into this book along with Maria's tips for parents coping with their own grief after losing a child.

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Meet the Author:
Maria Hopfgarten began her blog Moments with Jacob in 2009, writing about Jacob’s life with mitochondrial disease. She had followers around the globe. Maria continued to write blog posts to Jacob after he passed in 2016 to make sense of the loss of her son. Jacob was 10 years old. She has now turned part of the blog into the book “Letters to Jacob,” sharing her raw, honest first-hand experience on grieving the loss of a child.

Maria is the President of the non-profit Miracles for Mito and has been supporting families living with mitochondrial disease for over a decade. She has also been an active Parent Partner at Children’s Hospital Colorado and has been a Parent voice for many chronically ill children. Maria also sits on the Patient Safety Committee of the Board at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Originally from Sweden and with a degree in Journalism from Stockholm University, Maria lives with her husband Joakim, daughter Sarah, and rescue dog Max in Colorado. Her favorite thing to do is to share a good cup of coffee or glass of wine with a friend. Maria loves the outdoor and is always up for a bike ride or hike.

Connect with the Author:  Website ~ Facebook ~ Instagram
Tour Schedule:

Nov 8 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Nov 9 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 10 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 12 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 16 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 - Kam's Place – book review
Nov 18 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 19 –Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 22 -Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 22 –Gold Dust Editing & Book Reviews - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 23 –@twilight_reader – book review
Nov 24 –Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 -Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
TBD – Books for Books – book review
My Review
Letters to Jacob: Grieving the Loss of a Child by Maria Hopfgarten was a very well written Adult Non-Fiction (18+) Self-Help / Grief and Bereavement book.  As a psychology graduate I found this book to be both accurate and useful. The book itself was at times hard to read as I felt like I could feel sympathetic grief, yet it gave me a true understanding of what a parent who has lost a child goes through. I would recommend this to anyone who losses a child as it is filled with valuable self-help from someone who has also experienced such a loss.
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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Fabyan Place: Two WWII GIs fight to survive and overcome racial strife as POWs by Peter Angus


Book Details:

Book Title:  Fabyan Place: Two WWII GIs Fight to Survive and Overcome Racial Strife as POWS by Peter Angus
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 350 pages
Genre:  Historical Fiction 
Publisher:  Dottenfritz Press 
Release date:   August 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-softback (internationally), e-book (mobi for Kindle, epub, and pdf)
Tour dates: November 22 to December 3
Content Rating:  PG13 + M: Some use of the “F” word, some swearing, bigoted pejorative vernacular common in the 1940s, treatment attributed to Nazi captors in both a POW and Death Camp and one antagonist suicide.

Book Description:
Echoes of his WWII concentration camp incarceration resound as Sonny, a young war veteran, returns home to his family holiday celebration. There, on Christmas morning, an enigmatic visitor arrives unannounced. Sonny’s guest triggers memories of the war, horrors of the camp, and life-altering changes in his psyche as his relatives prepare for their annual feast.

Fabyan Place is the gripping tale of a mixed-race young man from Newark, New Jersey, Sonny, and his wartime encounter with John, a light-skinned Negro from rural Georgia. Their disparate military affiliations and ethnic identities tangle in a Nazi concentration camp.

But only one of them will survive the war psychologically alive, to struggle with a reprehensible bigotry remaining in the world that rises from the battle’s ashes. Which one is living on borrowed time, and which one survives to face his own shameful and ingrained prejudice?

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Pete Angus spent his early years in New York City and environs. From there it was working and living in Vienna, Belgrade, Warsaw, Moscow, and Paris before settling in his current base, London. Fabyan Place, his first novel, is drawn from his own recollections and his extensive study of WWII military history. Pete has caught the writing bug and is currently working on a new mystery series featuring a military CID officer investigating unusual crimes in the 1940s.

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My Review
Fabyan Place: Two WWII GIs fight to survive and overcome racial strife as POWs by Peter Angus was quite the Historical Fiction book and a credit to the genre. The author did a simply amazing job in staying true to the time period while weaving his own fictional story into it. The story was emotionally draining at times with the negative emotions it embodied, yet that just made it feel so real.