Thursday, October 14, 2021

THE SAND POUNDER: - Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII by M. J. Evans

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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Sand Pounder - Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII by M. J. Evans
Category: Young Adult Fiction (Ages 13-17)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Dancing Horse Press, 284 pages
Release date:  September 2021
Format available for review:  Print softback, ebook (mobi file for Kindle), PDF
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: October 4 to October 22, 2021
Content Rating:  Rated G - Completely clean

“The Sand Pounder is one of those rare historical novels with a charm that appeals to both young and old readers.” - Vincent Dublado for Readers’ Favorite 

“M.J. Evans does an excellent job of winding the era's history and the lesser-known job of the Sand Pounders into a realistic story of a mature teen's determination to make a difference in her world.” - Diane Donovan for Midwest Book Review

“A gripping YA historical novel packed full of twists, turns and memorable characters. Highly recommended!” - The Wishing Shelf Book Review (UK)

Book Description:

Fearing an invasion by German and Japanese forces during World War II, the U.S. Coast Guard enlisted horsemen to patrol the beaches along the east and west coasts. The unit was called "The Sand Pounders" and they rode their horses up and down the beaches from 1942 to 1944.

In Tillamook, Oregon, a young equestrian decided to join them. There was only one problem...they were only accepting men. That didn't slow her down.

​"The Sand Pounder" is a Young Adult historical fiction set during World War II. 
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Meet the Author:

Award-Winning, Best-Selling author, M.J. Evans grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and graduated from Oregon State University. She spent five years teaching junior high and high school students before retiring to raise her five children. She is a life-long equestrian and enjoys competing in Dressage and riding in the beautiful Colorado Mountains.

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My Review
THE SAND POUNDER: - Love and Drama on Horseback in WWII by M. J. Evans was a pretty great read. While the story, plot, and setting where very different the overall feel reminded me a bit of the Disney Mulan movie. However, I have to say that I ended up liking this book more than the Disney story and it would make a marvelous movie! 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

THE KEEPERS by Joy Lynn Goddard

 THE KEEPERS by Joy Lynn Goddard


Book Details:

Book Title:  The Keepers by Joy Lynn Goddard
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  379 pages
Genre:  A Family Saga crisscrossing Mystery, Romance and Suspense genres. (Upmarket fiction)
Publisher:  Joy Lynn Goddard
Release date:   June 2021
Tour dates: October 12 to October 25, 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M: Author's Note: Children's mental health is a growing concern in today's schools. Often kids suffer in silence because of the stigma attached to their mental health needs. Mental health organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association work hard to change this mindset. It can't come soon enough. As a teacher, I worked with troubled teens and saw firsthand the devastating effects of their silence. With this in mind, I began writing The Keepers, for if I could help just one "Alexandre" find his voice, my efforts would be well worth it. There are a couple of mature scenes and a few sentences here and there of bad language reflective of the events in a life of a character coming-of-age.
Book Description:

Despite struggling to raise a troubled teenage son on her own, Beth Marshall has no intention of selling her beloved vineyard and moving to the city where her ex-boyfriend awaits with open arms. She has strong ties to the land, where she is happy living with her granddad and aunt in the old farmhouse, so when she gets an offer to sell her property, she turns it down. Meanwhile, a writer recovering from a shattering past moves into the guest house, tugging at her heart. She's not going anywhere.

But after her granddad discovers a dead body in their shed, Beth fights jail time. She can't imagine a worse nightmare until she gets a call in the middle of the night with shocking news about her son!
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AUTHOR JOY LYNN GODDARD
Meet the Authors:

Joy Lynn Goddard teamed up with husband Daniel Pike to write contemporary adult fiction. Their first and second novels, Moonshadow and The Keepers, have global appeal and won Canada Book Awards. Besides novels, they wrote Buyers, Liars, Sellers and Yellers, a collection of humorous short stories about the real estate industry. Although she is well known for her young adult and junior fiction—starting with the award-winning Daredevils and including Hello, my name is Emily, Charlie's Song, Jazz, When Pigs Fly, and Mrs. Maloney's Garden—her adult novels are quickly attracting attention. Each book involves romance, mystery, and suspense genres.

Joy and Dan divide their time between Guelph and Belleville, Ontario, where they spend time with family when not working on their next book.

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ZITHER! by Jeffrey Hanlon

 ZITHER! by Jeffrey Hanlon

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Book Details:
Book Title:  ZITHER! by Jeffrey Hanlon
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 350 pages
GenreMystery, Humor
Publisher:  Zither Studios
Release Date: April 20, 2021

Tour dates: September 27 to October 15
Content Rating:  G.

"A zany rollicking mystery adventure as compelling as it is hilarious." Independent Book Review

"Hanlon’s humor shines bright and will leave fans of such madness wanting more." ~ Publisher's Weekly
Nominated for the prestigious Audie Award, Best Fiction 2021

Book Description:
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​A nutty religious cult rustles a herd of prime gazebos (huh??) and it’s up to bumbling P.I. Mars Candiotti to rescue them. Wannabe author Mars chronicles his quest in Jeffrey Hanlon's rom-com mystery Zither.

Guided by his magically prescient IHOP waitress, Mars strives to mitigate the shocking global consequences of the gazebo heist, even though he has no idea what the word mitigate means.

As Zither swallows its own tale, Mars finds it increasingly tricky to distinguish between real people and his rambunctious fictional characters. Zither becomes the romper room where his reality meets fantasy - and get frisky with each other.

Mars’ international odyssey leads to an explosive conclusion in Panama. Teevees around the world tune in to watch live coverage of “Carnage in the Canal”.

And amid the lunatic havoc that is Zither there is (of course!) an epic love story as Mars meets Marian, the brainy librarian he had dreamt of. Marian says his books are "slapstick existentialism with subjective reality couched in parable". (This is news to Mars). But is Marian real, or just another illusion in Zither World?

And in Mars’ klutzy (yet endearing) courtship of the enchanting Marian will he ever muster the nerve to ask her for a date???​
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AUTHOR JEFFREY HANLON
MEET THE AUTHOR:

I was born in a Southern California beach town.


My family moved to Northwest Oregon when I was 7. Or maybe when I was 8.

Had we stayed in the Beach Boys town, and knowing myself as I do now, I suspect I would have grown long hair, started a rock band, and been heavily into drugs. The rock band would probably have been pretty good. The rest of it, not so much. I’d likely have joined the ranks of those like Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin.

We moved to a mountaintop. The last five miles to get there were gravel. The final two miles were steep and to the end of the road.

That’s where we lived: the end of the road, 22 miles to the nearest town.

Our closest neighbor, about a mile down the road, was a hermit who lived in a shack. He had a goat. About once a month the goat would visit us. Then the hermit would show up to retrieve his goat. I think the goat liked us better than the hermit, which is why the goat kept showing up. Goats are funny animals. I think they aspire to be house pets.

And speaking of animals, we had cats. Lots and lots of cats. Because we were remote and at the end of the road, unkind people – and ‘unkind’ is the kindest description I can use here – would dump their unwanted cats on or near our property. The cats would find our house. We gave them Fancy Feast and our love, and in turn they loved us.

My childhood friends didn’t visit too often. That was at least partly because when they did show up my father would say something like this: “Great! We have a job that could use an extra hand. Won’t take more than five minutes.” Well, that five minutes usually turned into an hour or two – volunteer labor! – and that friend would seldom visit again.

So my favorite childhood playmate was a 2000 pound Hereford bull, a big boy with horns spanning three feet. I’d go out in the pasture and the bull would strike a pose not unlike what you’ve seen in the movies where the bull was ready to charge, head down, eyeing me. But he wasn’t going to charge me. He just wanted his forehead scratched. And so I would scratch his forehead. He liked that, shaking his head every so often to show his approval. Then we’d elevate to a game that the bull might have called ‘Let’s see how far we can toss this little kid!’ and I’d place my right hip against his massive head and he’d toss me into the air like a sack of flour. Over and over, farther and farther, higher and higher. I could have done that for hours – I can fly! – but after a few tosses the bull would grow bored with the game and wander off. Probably to chase some cute heifers.

The nearest library was 30 miles away, and we ventured there often. It was a majestic old building, and the Grand Room had books on all four walls with reading chairs in the center. But that was not where I wanted to be. I figured all those books were popular books or books I was supposed to read. I wanted something different, so I would enter the room with a small sign that said ‘Stacks’. It was row after narrow row after row of books, floor to ceiling, dimly lit, dusty. It was like entering a cave. Filled with treasures!
It was in those Stacks that I discovered the likes of Kerouac and Heller and Huxley and Fowles and Steinbeck and Ellison and Bradbury and Hemingway and many many others.

As Stephen King said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

And those, each in their own way, was the inspiration for the first book I wrote at the age of eight or nine: ‘Pond Scum’.

It was illustrated.
 
Jeffrey currently lives at an undisclosed location on the shores of the Caribbean where he spends his days is shorts and sandals making up stories.

He has a pet goat.

 
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Monday, October 11, 2021

Culture Ignited: 5 Disciplines for Adaptive Leadership by Jason Richmond with Jeanne Kerr and Malcolm J. Nicholl

 

CULTURE IGNITED by Jason Richmond
CULTURE IGNITED by Jason Richmond

Book Title:  Culture Ignited: 5 Disciplines for Adaptive Leadership by Jason Richmond with Jeanne Kerr and Malcolm J. Nicholl
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  124 pages
Genre:  Business
Publisher:  Ideal Outcomes
Release date:   October, 2021
Tour dates: October 4 to October 22, 2021
Content Rating:  G.
Book Description:

The 5 Disciplines for Adaptive Leadership Every Executive Must Know

Corporate leaders need to be prepared for any crisis and have a plan in place to act quickly, decisively, and empathetically. In Culture Ignited: 5 Disciplines for Adaptive Leadership, culture change strategist Jason Richmond and coauthors Jeanne Kerr and Malcolm J. Nicholl reveal how companies whose leaders ignite their culture are able to weather any storm and get ahead of the competition.

Based on hands-on experience helping senior corporate executives navigate the turbulence of the 2020-2021 pandemic, the authors distill their findings into five key disciplines.

They share how to:
  • Inspire and communicate a shared purpose
  • Build trust and authenticity
  • Hone your performance management skills
  • Develop your talent
  • Create belonging through diversity and inclusion.

The authors also explore how a crisis can be turned into opportunity and how to lead an organization in overcoming challenges never taught in business school.
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Author Jason RichmondJason Richmond
Meet the Authors:

Jason Richmond is an authoritative culture change strategist whose work over the past twenty-plus years has helped companies build strong, sustained revenue growth by empowering their employees and developing energizing office cultures. As President/CEO and Chief Culture Officer for Ideal Outcomes, Inc., he has worked closely with established Fortune 100 companies to create Leadership Development Journeys, and he has guided numerous start-ups on the path to become noted industry leaders. He has also provided thought leadership and innovative consulting services to a wide range of midsize companies.

Author Jeanne KerrJeanne Kerr


Jeanne Kerr
 is the Director of Organizational Development and Culture Consulting for Ideal Outcomes, Inc. She also has been a Senior Faculty Partner with the Human Capital Institute since 2012. With over twenty years of organizational development and talent management strategy in a variety of industries, her expertise includes culture strategy, strategic workforce planning, leadership development, team building, and assessment solutions.

Author Malcolm J. NichollMalcolm J. Nicholl

Malcolm J. Nicholl 
is a former award-winning international journalist whose career includes a two-year stint as Belfast Bureau Chief for London’s Daily Mirror. He has authored or coauthored seven books published in nine languages by international giants such as Random House, Bantam Doubleday Dell, Ballantine Books, and St. Martin's Press and ghostwritten more than thirty books.

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Tour Schedule:
Oct 4 – Working Mommy Journal –  book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 4 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 4 - Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 5 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 6 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 7 – Pick A Good Book – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 8 – Westviel Publishing – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 12 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Oct 13 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 14 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 15 – Kam's Place – book spotlight

Oct 18 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 20 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 21 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / giveaway

Oct 22 – Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway

Thursday, October 7, 2021

WHAT’S NOT TRUE

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Join Us for This Tour from September 15 to October 12!
Book Details:

Book Title:  What's Not True by Valerie Taylor
Category: Adult Fiction 18+ 
Genre: Women's Fiction, Chick Lit
Publisher:  She Writes Press, 321 pages
Release date:  August 2021
Format available for review:  Print softback, ebook (Gifted Kindle, mobi file - Kindle, EPUB, PDF)
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: September 15 to October 12, 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M What's Not True has several sex scenes and some bad language.

What’s Not True…is an enthralling, character-driven story that will appeal irresistibly to fans of women’s fiction…Taylor’s prose is crystalline…she does not waste words, rather using them to create a tense, nerve-shredder that offers full entertainment to readers.” — Readers’ Favorite 5-star review

Book Description:

With her court date set for her divorce and her plans with the younger man in the rearview mirror, Kassie O’Callaghan shifts attention to reviving her stalled career. But things get complicated when she unexpectedly rendezvous with her former lover in Paris. After a chance meeting there with a colleague and a stroll along Pont Neuf, Kassie receives two compelling proposals. Can she accept them both?

But Kassie’s decision process screeches to a halt when her soon-to-be ex-husband has a heart attack, forcing her to fly home to Boston. There, she confronts his conniving and deceitful fiancée—a woman who wants not just a ring on her finger but everything that belongs to Kassie. In the ensuing battle to protect what’s legally and rightfully hers, Kassie discovers that sometimes it’s what’s not true that can set you free.

Though a standalone novel, What’s Not True is the sequel to What’s Not Said (September 15, 2020).

WHAT’S NOT TRUE eBook Sale – only $1.99!!
Beginning September 15 and ending September 23,
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My Review
 WHAT’S NOT TRUE had me again closely following Kassie O’Callaghan as fate pulled her back to Boston. I really liked Kassie O’Callaghan in this book with her determination to be free and I felt for her with the drama of another woman trying to take everything that belonged to Kassie. I could not read the book fast enough to find out Kassie's fate.






WHAT'S NOT SAID by Valerie Taylor



Book Details:

Book Title:  What's Not Said by Valerie Taylor
Category: Adult Fiction 18+ 
Genre: Women's Fiction, Chick Lit
Publisher:  She Writes Press, 300 pages
Release date:  September 2020
Format available for review: ebook (Gifted Kindle, mobi file - Kindle, EPUB, PDF)
Tour dates: September 15 to October 12, 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M:  has several sex scenes and some bad language.


2021 International Book Awards Finalist in Fiction: Women’s Fiction
2020 Canadian Book Club Awards Finalist in Fiction
Chosen as an August 2021 Pulpwood Queens Book Club selection
Featured by the international NoMo Book Club in May 2021


“Taylor’s dialogue is snappy and contemporary . . . A witty and often amusing marriage drama.”
Kirkus Reviews

Book Description:

What’s Not Said is a story about Kassie O’Callaghan, a middle-aged woman on a mission to divorce her emotionally abusive husband and start a new life with a younger man she met while on a solo vacation in Venice. When she learns her husband has chronic kidney disease, her plans collapse until she pokes around his pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of his deceits.

Then again, Kassie is no angel. The separate lives they lead collide head-on into a tangled web of sex, lies, and DNA. As she helps her husband find an organ donor, Kassie uncovers a secret, forcing her to decide whose life to save: her husband’s or her own.


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Meet the Author:

Valerie Taylor was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. She earned a B.S. Marketing degree and an MBA from Sacred Heart University, as well as a graduate certificate in health care administration from Simmons University (formerly Simmons College). She had a thirty-year career in the financial services industry as a marketer and writer. Valerie is a published book reviewer with BookTrib.com; and a member of Westport Writers’ Workshop, Independent Book Publishers Association, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She enjoys practicing tai chi and being an expert sports spectator.

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SPIRITUALITY, HEALING, AND ME by Ilana Estelle

 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

LOST AND FOUND by Ronald L. Ruiz

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Book Details:
Book Title:  Lost and Found by Ronald L. Ruiz
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 292 pages
Genre:  Literary
Publisher:  Embajadoras Press
Release date:  June 2021
Formats available for review: ebook (mobi for kindle, PDF)
Tour dates: September 20 to October 8
Content Rating:  R - Includes f-words and profanities throughout, one sex scene
Book Description: 
When community leaders began to doubt Abel Mendoza, the law practice he had spent years building began to crumble. It was the 1960s and there was but a handful of Mexican lawyers in California. Abel had worked tirelessly to earn respect in the courts, avoiding any semblance of a personal life to achieve his goals. Now, his personal and professional lives had collided and he found himself being rejected by the community that had previously supported and admired him. His fears of inadequacy kindled, Abel began to question who he really was, what he did, and where he belonged. A desire to avoid these questions and the people who had provoked them sent this small-town lawyer on a trip to escape not only his community but his own self-doubts, and into a relationship that changed his life completely.
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Meet the Author:

​Ronald L. Ruiz is the author of a memoir and six previous novels. His novel Giuseppe Rocco (1998) received the national literary prize, 1998 Premio Aztlán Award, and his novel Life Long (2017) was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017. His work has been compared to Richard Wright’s Native Son (Publisher’s Weekly, featured review) and his writing described as “frighteningly real” (New York Newsday). Ron was born and raised in Fresno, California, and educated at St. Mary’s College, University of California, Berkeley Law, and University of San Francisco School of Law. Ron practiced law for over 30 years in California, as a Deputy District Attorney, criminal defense attorney, and Deputy Public Defender. He was appointed to the California Agriculture Labor Relations Board by Governor Jerry Brown in 1974, and later served as the District Attorney of Santa Cruz County, California. Ron retired from criminal law and continues to write every day.

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My Review
 LOST AND FOUND by Ronald L. Ruiz was a well written adult literacy fiction book. I enjoyed following Abel Mendoza on his journey of self-discovery. I really felt for him as his life began to crumble around him.  I liked how he went on a trip to escape and ended up in a relationship.