Sale Event: Here, Home, Hope and In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda (12/18/2014 – 1/12/2015), plus, Book Review by LAWonder10!
Adult Books / December 31, 2014

  This is a Book Tour and Sale Event for Here, Home, Hope and In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda! This tour is presented by Here, Home, Hope and In the Mirror by award-winning author Kaira Rouda are both on sale for a limited time! *National Indie Excellence Book Award for Chick-Lit (2011), Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Award Nominee for Mainsteam/Literary Fiction (2011), USA Best Book Awards for Fiction: Chick Lit/Women’s Lit (2011) Goodreads Synopsis: Kelly Mills Johnson becomes restless in her thirty-ninth year. An appetite for more forces her to take stock of her middling middle-American existence and her neighbors’ seemingly perfect lives. Her marriage to a successful attorney has settled into a comfortable routine, and being the mother of two adorable sons has been rewarding. But Kelly’s own passions lie wasted. She eyes with envy the lives of her two best friends, Kathryn and Charlotte, both beautiful, successful businesswomen who seem to have it all. Kelly takes charge of her life, devising a midlife makeover plan. MY REVIEW: I liked the book being divided into three separate portions. It separated the different fazes Kelly went through. This is a very good drama of a few close friends. This book primarily…

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue: Book Three of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series by Iain Reading – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books / December 30, 2014

Kitty Hawk continues on a world tour. Although she feels awkward at first, she agrees to stay with a friend’s family. Unknowingly, she has become an international celebrity. Her picture and Tour Mission is in many magazines and newspapers from all over the world! Part of her mission is to discover new traditions, foods and beliefs of other countries. Iceland is a country rich in tradition. In excavation, there are often problems with the elves, trolls and hidden people. Are any of them real? There are mediators to negotiate with them! Kitty gets caught in the middle of a shocking situation. There are some unexpected twists and action. There is so much valuable history included in each Kitty Hawk story including past and present volcanic action, plus, Icelandic pools. All can benefit from reading this series. However, it does contain profanity and crude language so many will avoid reading them for that reason. The flow of the story isn’t always smooth, either. My review of this book offers a Four Stars rating. *I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review, of which I have given. PLEASE PURCHASE THIS BOOK FROM AMAZON HERE. [raw] [/raw]

The Final Ginny West series ‘Being West is Best’ Book Blast! Book Review by LAWonder10
Children's Books , Young Adult Books / December 30, 2014

This has been the best series since Trixie Beldon! (For all of you younger ones…look it up!) This final book in this first series of Four was the best yet! I certainly hope Monique Bucheger has more in this continuing series. This review Blast is presented by What an entertaining series this has been! Besing West is Best is Book 4 in the Ginny West series…I certainly hope they continue. Most youth (girls especially) will love them all! Monique Bucheger has an unique talent of adding the right amount of humor and adventure to make this drama complete. Still, the reader never gets enough and wants to discover more, with this family saga. In this final book of the four, much of the concerns, mishaps, and drama of the other books are brought together in this conclusion. In previous books, the only problem I have had with them was the conversations with the two twelve year old girls seemed quite a bit younger than the age represented. With this book, the conversations of the 12-yeaer -old youths were “right on the mark”. The introduction of a surprise situation was easily predicted but still remains very interesting. Perfect for ages 8…

Another exciting Cover Reveal & International Giveaway!
Young Adult Books / December 30, 2014

Check out the cover reveal for the first book in Emily Wibberley‘s YA Fantasy series hosted by Itching for Books. Continue below for the awesome cover and enter the international giveaway. Series: The Last Oracle #1 Release date: February 15th 2015 Publisher: Wibbs Ink SYNOPSIS VIA GOODREADS: Most people would give anything to see the future. Fifteen-year-old Clio would give anything to be blind to it. —– Fifteen-year-old Clio has spent her entire life serving her mother, the Oracle of Sheehan, and she’s hated every moment of it. She wants nothing to do with a life of servitude to the heartless deities and their bloody errands.   But when her mother and sisters are murdered by the King’s advisor, Mannix, Clio is left alone and heir to a power she never wanted and doesn’t understand. On the run from Mannix, Clio must race to the very place where Oracles are absolutely forbidden. If she’s found out, she will be sacrificed atop the pyramid of Morek.    Her survival depends on Riece, an enemy warrior whose parents were murdered by an Oracle. Despite the growing feelings between them, Clio knows that if he finds out what she really is, he won’t…

‘I Know My Dad Loves Me’ by Scott A. Williams – Book Review by LAWonder10

This is a book needing more attention by parents as well as children! It is difficult to know which genre it truly belongs in. Children 8 through 16 would benefit from reading it, since this is a problem among many youth, but most particularly, boys. Yet, this is a book fathers should especially read. I personally know of many fathers who have a difficult time expressing love, particularly to their sons. It can be very confusing and emotionally damaging to a young man. The writing may seem slightly juvenile for older boys or fathers – which makes it perfect for younger boys. The message is clear and strong, so adults and older boys, please overlook it. It will be worth it! A boy is a child. ALL children need to feel secure in each parent’s love. Affection does not make anyone weak, – just the opposite – it makes individuals feel secure and strong! This was simply, yet, well-written. The book cover and title are a perfect fit. The emotions and situations are portrayed well. My review of this book offers a Four and a Half Stars rating. *This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review,…

‘Simply West of Heaven’ (A Ginny West Adventure) – by Monique Bucheger – Book Review by LAWonder10
Children's Books , Young Adult Books / December 24, 2014

The Ginny West Saga continues in this episode of her many adventures. This series is an ongoing drama but is so well written, it is not boring. I find myself eagerly looking forward to what is in each new paragraph. It is sure to delight most children ages 8 to 14! In this episode stress between the Twins – Ginny and Toran – increases. Tillie, uncharacteristically, “blows up”. She impatiently awaits further development in her Mom’s and Ginny’s Dad’s relationship. Do you remember the BIG secret that has kept Ginny’s Mom’s journals from the “Twins”? It is a shocking secret! Oh! Remember Uncle Jake? He is also a recipient of an answer to a shocking secret! Where is his sense of humor, now? Join in with all the new developments in Simply West of Heaven…Here’s a hint, the Title fits the story. As always, this episode ends well, yet, leads the reader anxious to read the next one. The only problem I had with the book..the series… is the conversations of the girls often sound more like a 9 or 10 year old and not as 12 year olds would converse and respond to situations. It is still a great…

Theresa A. Campbell’s God Has Spoken Book Blast & Giveaway!(Ends 01/02/2015)
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / December 23, 2014

This sounds like a book I would really “dig”! Book Title: God Has Spoken  Author: Theresa A. Campbell  Genre: Christian Fiction Paperback: 288 pages  Publisher: Urban Books (November 25, 2014)  ISBN-10:1601626819           ISBN-13: 978-1601626813 HOW HARD IS IT TO FORGIVE? After finding the biological mother who abandoned her as a baby, learning the identity of her birth father and her biological brother, Dupree is left distraught and betrayed. Like a volcano about to erupt, she vows to have nothing to do with her newly discovered family–so help her God! However, if Dupree’s mother, Tiny, has anything to say about it, Dupree won’t be able to keep that vow. How does a former teenaged runaway become a wealthy, sophisticated business executive? Tiny’s quest for happiness and independence in Kingston, Jamaica, has taken her on a life-altering journey through hell. After a vicious attack and a serious sickness that leaves her fighting for her life in the hospital, Tiny prays for death . . . but then God speaks. Will she listen to His voice? What exactly is He saying?   ~EXCERPT~ Mama Pearl tiptoed slowly toward the old cars, her steps hesitant but determined. The first few cars she looked into were…

Book Blast and Giveaway of ‘Unbound Hearts’! (Giveaway ends 12/24/2014)
Adult Books / December 21, 2014

Welcome to This tour is presented by Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours Genre: Interracial Christian Romance Author: Michelle Lindo-Rice Unbound Hearts (Able to Love Book 2) Would you hire the person responsible for your losing both your legs? Before he lost both his limbs, Jasper Orion was on his way to being voted Most Valuable Player in the National Football League. A man of faith, his faith in God remains unshaken and he starts his own business. With God’s leading Jasper decides to hire Charmaine Evans, the woman responsible for his demise. But, unexpectedly, Jasper develops feelings for his newest employee. He longs to hold her in his arms. Wheelchair bound, will Jasper’s love for Charmaine motivate him to walk again? A backslidden Christian, Charmaine Evans’ ambitions left her broke, unemployed and a social pariah. Guilt-ridden, she returned home to Port Charlotte, FL to lick her wounds. To Charmaine’s surprise, Jasper not only offers her forgiveness but also a job when no one else would. Charmaine marvels at Jasper’s faith while grappling with her own. Bound by her past, will Charmaine learn to accept God’s plan for her heart and her life? Trailer:  ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Lindo-Rice enjoys…

PERFECT TIMING! ANOTHER BLOG HOP! Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop! (12/21/ – 12/31/2014)

   This wonderful Hop is presented by Bookhounds & by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. I AM SURE ALL OF YOU KNOW BY NOW HOW MUCH I LOVE BLOG HOPS! I HAVE THREE BOOKS BY VERY TALENTED AUTHORS TO GIVEAWAY… 1 ADULT, 1 YA, & 1 CHILDREN’S ALL TO BE WON BY ONE US/CAN WINNER (PHYSICAL COPY) AND 1 INTERNATIONAL WINNER (E-COPY)  ! Congrats to the Winners Winner of US/Can is Judy G & Int’l. ADULT (Clean):  Once Again by Deborah Heal Goodreads SYNOPSIS:  FROM PROFESSOR RANDALL’S NOTEBOOK… FIELD RESEARCH SITES: Columbia and Waterloo, Monroe County, Illinois. GOALS: Discover where Fort Piggot was located on the Kaskaskia Trail, while staying clear of attractive, single colleagues (ie. Brett!) so as not to commit career suicide, while also keeping the “rewinding time” program secret, so Uncle Sam doesn’t turn into Big Brother! Merrideth Randall’s day job is teaching history at McKendree College. But after hours she turns to her first love, historical research. And she has a tool other historians can only dream of—a computer program that rewinds time! Merrideth makes a virtual visit to the 1780s, hoping to be the first to locate Fort Piggot. Along the way, she…

Danette J. Hansen ‘Coincidence’ Book Blitz & GIVEAWAY (ends 12/21/2014)!
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / December 18, 2014

This looks like another great YA Book! I am hoping to read/review it soon.  Check out the promo event for Danette J. Hansen’s historical mystery debut, Coincidence. The blitz is hosted by Itching for Books. Release Date: November 20, 2014 Publisher: Silverlined Press Genre: World War II Historical-genealogy Mystery Synopsis via Goodreads: The lamp tumbled to the floor.  “No!” I threw my arms out to try to catch it, but I was too late.  Glancing back at the mess on the floor, I noticed a strange doily was tucked inside the lip of the vase lid. I pulled it out gently. Ribbon, on a doily?  The left corner was burned, and the thin ribbon was sewed on one side. I held the bumpy fabric in my hands. How odd. Why would anyone stuff this in the lid of a vase? Annaliese VanLuyk soon discovers there’s more than a hidden doily dating to World War II in this old Dutch house. It also contains a family mystery and she’s the only one who can solve it. Unfortunately this isn’t how her time in Netherlands is supposed to be spent. She’s here to be involved in the Plant Research Program at Wageningen…

A Ginny West Adventure: Trouble Blows West by Monique Bucheger – Book Review by LAWonder10
Children's Books , Young Adult Books / December 18, 2014

  THIS IS THE SECOND BOOK IN THE DELIGHTFUL CHILDREN/YA SERIES OF GINNIE WEST ADVENTURES WITH THE BLITZ PRESENTED BY There is never a dull moment in Ginny West’s Adventures! In this episode of the saga, Ginny and her twin, Toran, have sibling problems, Ginny gets into more trouble. The Bully, Pierce, is “out to get” her and Toran. The final chapters places a “new light” on her hopeless situation. The story was awesome but the last page ended abrupt and slightly weak. For this reason, my review offers a Four and a Half Stars rating. The Characters are very well portrayed and capture the reader’s heart. There are several diverse but very realistic individuals. The comic book illustrations help the reader with additional visualization. I feel children 8 to 14nwould truly enjoy this series.The Title is a clever “play” on words and the book cover is bright, colorful and eye-catching. *I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review, of which I have given. PLEASE PURCHASE THIS BOOK FROM AMAZON HERE! [raw] [/raw]

Join us on tour for ‘Corporate Cowboy’ by Stuart Anderson, My Review, plus, My Interview & The Giveaway (ends 1/2/2015)!
Adult Books / December 18, 2014

    I am pleased to be a part of this Tour;  Corporate Cowboy: How Maverick Entrepreneur Stuart Anderson built Black Angus, the Number 1 Restaurant Chain of the 1980s. You will learn much from Stuart’s 40 years of experience in Creating The Black Angus Restaurant chain which was voted # 1 in the Nation for Five Years in a row! Learn from valuable advise and tips! He also includes memorabilia & some special recipes. This Tour and Giveaway for Three Lucky Winners is presented by… Book Synopsis: Restaurant Management: First Hand Lessons from the King of Steak Houses Black Angus Beef Chain Founder shares business tips, food recipes and personal memoir Stuart Anderson had led a fascinating life for the past 90 years. He built Black Angus, America’s #1 restaurant chain of the 1980s, and ranched on a 26,000 acre spread where he raised cattle. His circle of friends has included Hollywood stars and corporate bigwigs. You’ll discover his personal history is a lot like the man – larger than life! Anyone seeking to go into the restaurant business or moving into a food industry management position will benefit from the lessons offered in this book as Stuart Anderson…

Your child will surely enjoy this ‘Fearless Joe Dearborne’ by Lisa Whitney Mitchell Book Review Blitz!
Children's Books , Young Adult Books / December 18, 2014

  This was a humorously entertaining novel for children ages 8 – 14. This Review Tour is presented by… SYNOPSIS :Some might say he’s courageous, while others would say he’s daring, maybe even a little crazy. But when Joe Dearborne risked his life and ran into a burning building to save a puppy, the local newspaper referred to him as “fearless”—and that’s a pretty big title for a sixth-grader to live up to. Plus, Joe already has plenty else to worry about. After other daring feats in the past, Joe promised his father he wouldn’t do anything dangerous again, and, alas, he’s just broken that promise. But whatever trouble he expects to get into with his father, and despite the dangers he’s triumphed over in the past, nothing could prepare Joe for what he’s about to encounter when a cold, bitterness creeps into his home. A mysterious and peculiar woman named Mrs. Chill has just been hired to care for Joe while his father is away on business. In no time, however, Joe discovers that she’s up to more than cooking and cleaning, and she has plans to destroy his family. Joe’s effort to save them results in perilous, sometimes…

What a Fun-looking Children’s Book! “A Moat is Not a Goat” Book Blast & Giveaway (ending 12/30/2014)!
Children's Books / December 17, 2014

About the Book Title: A Moat is Not a Goat: Poems for Clever Little Girls * Author: Elsa Takaoka * Illustrator: Fanny Liem * Publication Date: November 27, 2014 * Publisher: Independent * Pages: 32 * Recommended Age: 4 to 8 Summary (Amazon): This is a collection on 16 beautifully illustrated poems about sweet and charming everyday experiences, especially written for little girls. This book will teach, inspire and empower little precocious lassies, opening their hearts and minds to the delightful world of imagination. Amazon (Paperback) * Amazon (eBook) * Goodreads *** FREE DOWNLOAD OF PAPER DOLLS! *** You can download three adorable pdfs of paper dolls created by illustrator Fanny Liem based on A Moat is Not a Goat. Just click on the thumbnail below to take you to the author’s site! The Buzz About the Book “A Moat is not a Goat – Poems for Clever Little Girls” follows Elsa’s interesting writing style of letting the reader have loads of fun, solving fiendish clues and reading aloud rhymes that trip off the tongue with ease.” ~ Read it Daddy! “Each story is told as a poem and takes the reader on a magical journey through a pony car…

LIFE: Sentiments and Realities & THROUGH THE FIRE Blog Tour, Review, Interview & GIVEAWAY (Ends 12/26/2014) !
Adult Books / December 14, 2014

 This Author, Chris Uyi, offers some profound , non-denominational insights all individuals would benefit from. Book Synopsis: LIFE: Sentiments & Realities “Reality is burdensome to the undisciplined mind and so people avoid it by constantly seeking fun and distractions, albeit living confusedly. In adult life, we must train our minds to be watchful, thoughtful and resolute. We cannot alter what is, nor shape ­people and events to our liking; putting much effort into that is a sure path to frustration. Rather, we must set our minds to ­reconcile our actions to what is, rather than what we expect things to be.” Instructive judgement, practical counsel, eternal truths and unconventional tactics to attain a fulfilled and happy life is what the author of the book, LIFE: Sentiments & Realities, offers the reader. In this book, Chris shares his insightful, combative, tough-minded and pragmatic thoughts on some basic life issues, encouraging the reader to choose a realistic rather than sentimental approach to life and, in so doing, achieve a robust, successful and happy life. Through the Fire Uncontrolled desires, passions and sorrows constitute the world of darkness where the fire burns; and in the presence of darkness, people stumble and fall. But…

Kitty Hawk and The Hunt For Hemingway’s Gift by Iaian Reading – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books / December 13, 2014

Once again the reader benefits from Author, Iain Reading’s vast geographical and other historical  knowledge and experiences! In this intriguing book of the Kitty Hawk series, we are taken through Canada into the US and Florida Keys. Many interesting tidbits of information is offered about each of the “stops” Kitty makes. When she reaches the Florida Keys, her parents join her then gifts her a three day stay in an upper class motel before they return to Canada. Her first adventure is after visiting the Home of Ernest Hemingway Tour. Then she continues on to Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas – just past the Florida Keys. Along with discovering the history of these wonderful new places, she experiences an even graver adventure that could be life-threatening! This is written quite well with slight humor. It was written primarily for YA but I feel the profanity and other strong language is inappropriate for that age level. The Book Cover and Title depict the story well and are eye-catching. The characters are quite well defined except for the “bad guys” who seem too mild of a disposition for the roles they play. This is the  first of an 18-month trip Kitty…

Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend” Book Blast !
Children's Books , Young Adult Books / December 13, 2014

DON’T YOU LOVE THE TALES ABOUT KING ARTHUR AND THE ROUND TABLE, CAMELOT, AND ABOUT LADY GUINEVERE? THIS SOUNDS LIKE A VERY GOOD TALE! Presented by     About the Book Title: Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend * Author: Cheryl Carpinello * Publication Date: March 30, 2009 * Publisher: Outskirts Press * Pages: 122 * Recommended Age: 7+ Summary (Amazon): At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England’s history. She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted–all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage. For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits? However, the wizard Merlyn–her teacher and friend–knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is…

On the Anniversary of th Sandy Hook Elementary Shhoting, This is a Very Worthy Cause Plus a Great Book!
Children's Books / December 12, 2014

Rhonda Paglia, Children’s Author’s story dedicated to victims of#SandyHook book #profits 4 #scholarship #kindness…http://ln.is/blogspot.com/RSwhE … FOR MY REVIEW AND LAST YEARS INTERVIEW, PLEASE CHECK ARCHIVES FOR DECEMBER OF 2013 Children’s author dedicated book to victims of Sandy Hook rhondapaglia.blogspot.com The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission is a sweet, gentle story that is dedicated to the children and teachers of Sandy Hook.  The story was given to me during my prayers for the victims.  I donate ALL PROFITS to the …

‘The Faithful’ by S.M. Freedman Blog Tour & Review by LAWonder10.
Adult Books / December 12, 2014

  Welcome to this Blog Tour for an Adult Book presented by World Virtual Book Tours. Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist. THE FAITHFUL by SM FREEDMAN Synopsis For Agent Josh Metcalf, memories are ghosts. They are blood-soaked backpacks and the smell of strawberry Chap Stick. Josh is haunted by a little girl who went missing his first summer on the force. Decades later his search has become an obsession, and he’s pinned the photos of hundreds of missing children to his wall of tears. All the children had psychic abilities. All the cases went cold — with no witnesses, no useful tips, and no children ever recovered. Until a woman gets injured trying to stop an abduction, and Josh comes face to face with his personal ghost. For Rowan Wilson, a meteorite hunter for NASA’s Spaceguard program, memories are lies. The childhood she thought she knew has been erased, leaving a black hole in its place. New recollections are flaring to life: men dressed like priests, a ranch in the mountains, mind control, and rape. Each new memory draws her closer to one of the other missing children, Sumner Macey; and to I Fidele, the underground organization for whom kidnapping…

YOU’VE GOT IT!…ANOTHER BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY! (12/11/ – 12/18/2014) International Giveaway!

   This was a Tough One! There are so many Wonderful Authors with so many  super neat books! I picked one from each category of my Blog of some of the best books I have read this year. There will be e-copies sent to One International winner AND physical copies sent to One U.S./Can. winner! The US/Can winner – I am grateful to the wonderful presenters of this Blog Hop… (CONGRATS TO WINNERS…RJ INTERNATIONAL E-COPIES & CHANDA US/CAN PHYSICAL COPIES!) Gift of the Desert Dog by Robert Hunton SYNOPSIS via Goodreads A twelve year-old Tohono O’odham boy and his grandfather embark on a hazardous journey across Arizona’s borderland desert to the summit of legendary Baboquivari Peak to seek the spirits of their ancestors. Treacherous mountain passes, ruthless drug smugglers, and the mystery of ancient petroglyphs prove the ultimate test of their dedication to one another on a quest to the place where I’itoi, the first O’odham, walked Mother Earth. For My Review: http://www.rockinbookreviews.com/2014/02/25/the-gift-of-the-desert-dog-by-robert-l-hunton-book-review-by-lawonder10/ Robert L. Hunton – …is the author of novels of mystery and adventure for young readers, including the Borderlands Trilogy—Gift of the Desert Dog (2010),Secrets of the Medicine Pouch (2012), and Coyote-meeter’s Abyss (2013). Hunton’s career as a…

‘Deadly Ruse’ by E. Michael Helms Blog Tour, Review & GIVEAWAY! (ends 12/23/14) – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books / December 10, 2014

If you like a good mystery and “dry-humor” you will like this book! This tour is presented by Fire & Ice Book Tours! Genres: Mystery, Fiction Blurb: Mac’s girlfriend, Kate Bell, thinks she’s seen a ghost. Wes Harrison, Kate’s former boyfriend, supposedly perished twelve years ago in a boating accident. But now she swears a man she spotted in a crowded theater lobby is Wes. Mac has his doubts–it was only a fleeting glimpse. But to calm her shattered nerves, he starts making inquiries. A clue leads him from his home in St. George, Florida, to a Texas orphanage. There he uncovers startling information that turns both his and Kate’s world upside-down. Diamond smuggling, sex, deceit, and murder are just part of the twisted tale that emerges from Kate’s earlier life. Using wit, grit, and the ingrained military training of a former Marine, Mac starts to fit the pieces of this scrambled puzzle together. Further clues point to the Palmetto Royale Casino and Resort near St. George. He and Kate discover that the casino is a front for big drug deals. When they barely escape a murder attempt, Mac knows he’s on the right track. But he better play his…

‘Secret Sisters Club (Ginny West Adventure series)’ by Monique Bucheger – Book Review by LAWonder10
Children's Books , Young Adult Books / December 9, 2014

What a Fun series! This is a delightful series written with young girls in mind, yet it is family oriented enough boys could enjoy it as well. It is a good book for family reading.  This easy chapter book is perfect for ages 6 -14.  The illustration throughout the book – by Mikey Brooks – are similar to the front cover, with a “comic book” appearance.  The story line is somewhat predictable yet effectively written to entertain that age group. Ginny is best friends with Tillie. Ginny’s mother died in a riding accident and Tillie’s dad left her and her mother when she was a young toddler. They devised a plan to try ro get their parents together so they can become real sisters. It seems to be working when Ginnie suddenly sees complications from this union. Is this what she really wants? Ginnie’s twin brother, Toran, soon becomes involved in the complications, as well. This is a well-written story many young girls will be able to relate to and even some boys! It is very entertaining and I am anxious to star book two of the series. In reviewing this book,  I feel this merits a Four and a…

Meow If It’s Murder Blog Tour, Giveaway, & Excerpt! (ends 12/29/14)
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / December 9, 2014

Whether you love cats or not, you are sure to love this fun, clean Mystery! Blog Tour – December 8th to 16th Meow If It’s Murder by L.C. LoTempio Nora Charles doesn’t believe in fate, even if she is a crime reporter who shares a name with a character from The Thin Man. In fact, she’s moving back to Cruz, California, to have a quieter life. But after finding an online magazine eager for material, and a stray cat named Nick with a talent for detection, Nora’s not just reporting crimes again. She’s uncovering them… Back in her hometown, Nora reconnects with old friends and makes some new ones, like Nick, the charming feline who seems determined to be her cat. But not everything about Cruz is friendly. Writing for a local online magazine, Nora investigates the curious death of socialite Lola Grainger. Though it was deemed an accident, Nora suspects foul play. And it seems that her cat does too. Apparently, Nick used to belong to a P.I. who disappeared while investigating Lola Grainger’s death. The coincidence is spooky, but not as spooky as the clues Nick spells out for her with Scrabble letters—clues that lead her down an…

Did You Read ‘Rising From the Shadow of the Sun’ Review? Now is my Interview with the Author, Ronny de Jong!
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / December 6, 2014

  This weekend is the Anniversary of the devastating bombing of Pearl Harbor. Now, I am honored to have an actual Survivor of  a Concentration Camp in the Dutch East Indies to do this Interview with! I hope you read my review of Rising From the Shadow of the Sun  last Monday- 12/01/14′- -i f not, be sure to “check it out”! http://www.rockinbookreviews.com/2014/11/29/war-devastation-in-honor-of-those-serving-in-times-of-war-i-am-dedicating-the-week-1201-to-12062014-to-them/ Author Ronny de Jong was a young child during her camp experience. She, however, has her mothers dairy and keen memory of those years . Her mother passed away at about 101 years old after the publishing of Ronny’s book. 1. You obviously remember little of your life before the Japanese Invasion.What do you remember about that time if anything? What was life like for your family before then? In Surabaya before the War, we were a happy family in a small world. We lived in a rental home with a front lawn and we had servants to do the cooking, cleaning and laundry – that’s how it was in the tropics. My father had a motorcycle which he took to the Naval Base every day. When he came home, I had his full attention. He carved…

PERFECT! Just in Time for the Commemoration of The Bombing of Pearl Harbor! ‘John Bloom and the Victory Garden’ Book Blast & Giveaway!(Ends 1/3/’15)
Children's Books , Young Adult Books / December 6, 2014

  This looks like a great book and is appropriate for this week’s commemoration of the Anniversary of Pearl Harbor….Very patriotic. This wonderful Tour is presented by the awesome Mother, daughter and Son Book Tour Group! About the Book Title: John Bloom and the Garden of Victory | Author: Leigh Shearin | Publication Date: October 27, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 195 | Recommended Ages: 9+ Book Summary: John Bloom and the Victory Garden is the rollicking tale of 3 boys at the dawn of America’s involvement in WWII. John Bloom, and his best friends Joe and Chewie live, play, and get into adventures in 1940’s era Appleside, NJ. Because children are generally joyful and tend to put more importance on the goings-on of their own worlds than those of grown-ups, the events of the war are woven into the boy’s daily lives. Along the way, a bitter and cynical old man is drawn into their hijinks, and contributes his own joy to the lives of these 3. Chapter One invites the reader to join John and his friends in Appleside, NJ on the afternoon of December 6th, 1941. Through newspaper headlines and radio bulletins, the boys learn about…

SPOTLIGHT Tour & GIVEAWAY (ending on 12/19/2014) for THE METABOLISM SOLUTION!
Adult Books / December 5, 2014

  WOW! MY INTERNET WENT OUT BUT IT IS UP AGAIN! ‘THE METABOLISM SOLUTION’ SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT BOOK AND ONE THAT I NEED! I JUST GOT MY COPY TODAY AND AFTER SKIMMING THROUGH IT, I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO READ AND REVIEW IT FOR THIS TOUR presented by THE OUTSTANDING IREAD BOOK TOURS!   Book Synopsis: Are you ready to lose 1 pound a day? Have you tried every weight loss plan under the sun? Don’t give up in frustration; The Metabolism Solution will make it faster and easier. What makes The Metabolism Solution different? It will teach you how to safely harness the power of your metabolism to lose weight and melt belly fat fast. You will learn the right way to work out to boost your metabolism with the best part being seeing results the first day after your first 30-minute workout. You will learn how to address your weight loss and fitness issues from the inside out, allowing you to focus on what created the weight gain in the beginning and how to correct those issues. Do you love delicious food? You’ll adore Lisa Lynn’s 100 irresistibly delicious fat blasting recipes. The Metabolism Solution is the…

‘Love in the House of War’ by Al M. Scott – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books / December 5, 2014

Welcome! Although this is a book of fiction, the author is the same whose memoirs – Stone in a Sling – I reviewed earlier this year (5 Stars rating)  http://www.rockinbookreviews.com/2014/05/08/a-true-story-of-stone-in-a-sling-a-soldiers-journey-by-major-ret-scott-a-meehan-book-review-by-lawonder10-join-me-in-two-days-for-my-interview-with-this-incredible-individual/ …and also had an interesting Interview with him. http://www.rockinbookreviews.com/2014/05/09/interview-with-stone-in-a-sling-author-major-scott-a-meehan-join-me-in-learning-more-of-this-awe-inspiring-man/ Now he has created a new series of which the first book was very enjoyable. The beginning of the book was a little awkward (as many setting up a foundation are) but it ended with a “bang”! The Special Forces quickly responded after 9/11. Ron, a Green Beret, was only one of the team members. He was one of two asked to assist a local Afghanistan doctor. Later the doctor approached the group to please rescue his daughter, a nurse, the Taliban had taken away. In rescue attempts, the team got separated and Ron was left alone to aid the young woman who in turn was an aid to him as well, during which time strong emotions developed. The rest of the story contains amazing twists! As, stated, the first part of the book felt a little awkward while the author set up the foundation for the series. The last part really captured the reader’s interest and was very emotional. My…

Isabella Babysits Baxter Book Blitz & Review Tour! Fun book!
Children's Books / December 5, 2014

   This is a fun book for parents/educators to read to children or for early readers, themselves! I appreciate this tour opportunity presented by Beware of what you ask of children! This is a cute, comical book of a mother doing all she can to maintain her finesse by asking her child to babysit Baxter so she can complete her tasks. Join Isabella’s adventures in her efforts to “babysit” Baxter. It is catastrophically humorous but ends well. However, the ending did not quite fit with reality. The book and comically well-done illustrations were both done by the author, Melissa Perry Moraja. It is a colorful, fun book your child will enjoy. I recommend it for children ages 2 to 8. I offer a Four Stars review for this book. *I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review, of which I have given. PLEASE PURCHASE THIS BOOK FROM AMAZON HERE! [raw] [/raw]

Debut Author Giveaway Hop! Introducing is a Great New Children’s Author and her New Book!
Adult Books , Children's Books / December 4, 2014

I DO LOVE GIVEAWAY HOPS! I FIND THIS YEAR THERE AREN’T THAT MANY DEBUT AUTHORS! HOWEVER, I DISCOVERED A NEW CHILDREN’S AUTHOR AND HER FIRST WONDERFUL BOOK! I THANK BOOKHOUNDS & I AM A READER NOT A WRITER FOR THIS HOP OPPORTUNITY! CONGRATS TO DENISE B. THE WINNER!  WALLY THE WARM-WEATHER PENGUIN by STEPHANIE M. WARD Goodreads’ Synopsis: Wally is an Emperor Penguin from Antarctica who isn’t exactly like the other penguins. Wally is always cold. So, he takes a journey to the Galapagos Islands in search of warm weather and discovers an amazing world of tap-dancing crabs, racing hundred-year-old tortoises and diving birds with bright blue feet. Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin is a delightful rhyming board book for children aged 1 – 4. Children will love the bright and colorful illustrations of the unique wildlife in the Galapagos Islands while the simple, rhyming text brings these curious animals to life. Come along with Wally and visit this very special place! MY REVIEW: This is a fun,  wonderfully rhyming tale of Wally. It reminds me of a few of my friends and family members who now live in cold weather country and want to go where it is warm!  What…

Liesl’s Ocean Rescue Book Tour, My Review, and GIVEAWAY (ends 12/19/2014)!
Children's Books / December 4, 2014

  How Very Fitting to Participate in this Tour and Review this Book on the Anniversary Week of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor! I thank LIESL’S OCEAN RESCUE by BARBARA KRASNER Book Synopsis: Lisel’s Ocean Rescue by noted children’s author Barbara Krasner, recounts the story of Liesl Joseph, a 10-year-old girl aboard the ill-fated MS St. Louis. On May 13, 1939, together with her parents and 900 other Jewish refugees they left Germany on the MS. St Louis attempting to seek temporary asylum in Cuba. MY REVIEW: On this week’s anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, this is a very fitting story! This story takes place before US involvement. It is based ob actual happenings. Stories like these parents/educators need to read to the children and implement them in a child’s curriculum because most present day history books excludes most of this information. The story is well written and illustrates how even a child can assist in difficult times and situations. The black and white sketches were done very well by illustrator, Avi Katz Note: In the authors note’s, a very controversial comment is made which parents may not want their children reading without discussion. I…

Emissary Blog Tour & My Review!
Adult Books / December 3, 2014

  Welcome to this Tour of Emissary and of My Review of it!              Presented by WorldWind Virtual Book Tours.  EMISSARY by CHRIS ROGERS Synopsis “Rogers writes with confidence and authority about everything from African politics to Houston police procedure to Mexican drug gangs. There’s plenty of action, and the book is populated with interesting characters from political figures to tattoo artists. Check this one out when you’re looking for a real slam-bang change of pace.” -Bill Crider, author of the Dan Rhodes mystery series On a desperate mission to save his entire race from extinction, Emissary Ruell travels to Earth equipped with his two most powerful bargaining currencies — health and longevity — hoping to convince the most powerful leader in the free world that collaboration can save both of their civilizations. Having no way to communicate directly with humans, Ruell must inhabit President Addison Hale’s body to carry out his mission. He quickly discovers, however, that humans are more complex and volatile than anticipated. Only after admitting defeat does he encounter Kirk Longshadow, and ordinary cop who might be Ruell’s last chance. MY REVIEW: At the very beginning of this story, I was reminded of ‘The Host’ by Stephanie…

Attention! Christmas in Snow Valley authors. A $25 G.C. or your choice of one of the author’s books!
Adult Books , Young Adult Books / December 3, 2014

The Christmas in Snow Valley authors are doing a fun giveaway just in time for Christmas. Seven different winners: $25 gift card or the reader’s choice of an ebook internationally or print book in U.S. of one of the authors other books – Cindy Roland Anderson, Jeanette Lewis, Taylor Hart, Kimberley Montpetit, Lucy McConnell, or Cami Checketts. Enter through the Rafflecopter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway Christmas in Snow Valley Amazon * iTunes * B&N * Smashwords * Kobo Snow Valley, Montana, is a small community with the tradition of doing Christmas big. Festivities begin with tree lighting in the town square the day after Thanksgiving and continue until the culminating romantic Christmas Ball. From the Polar Express to a Winter Carnival, there’s something for every wonder-filled  child—and every couple who’s in love—or about to be. An Unexpected Kiss by Cindy Roland Anderson Lucy Phillips doesn’t want to spend her Christmas vacation dodging her ex-boyfriend, so when he turns up at the airport to give her a ride home, Lucy panics and asks a complete stranger to kiss her. Although the kiss is incredible, Lucy never expects to see the guy again. Is it bad luck or destiny when Lucy comes down…

OOPS! I messed up! I appologize to ALL for this mistake! I wrote on My Calendar to Post ON Monday instead of Having it posted BY Monday! LITTLE THINGS LONG REMEMBERED BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY!
Adult Books / December 1, 2014

  This book should be a MUST for all parents! I invite you to read the information below and decide for yourself! This Tour is presented by the awesome   Little things Long Remembered: Making your Children feel Special Every Day by Susan Newman, PhD Book Synopsis: As digital devices take over family life in subtle and seductive ways, what will happen to child development and family bonding when children spend more time with screens than they do at school or with their parents? Life swirls at a hectic pace in most families today. That reality places a high premium on finding family time. Little Things Long Remembered: Making Your Children Feel Special Every Day, is updated for today’s digitally driven and time-strapped families, offering hundreds of easy ways to create treasured childhood rituals that your children will look back on fondly. The book hinges on 10 Cardinal Rules designed to help parents let go of work or social obligations and commit to spending time with their children. Rules include: At home, focus as much as possible on your kids. Put away electronic devices so you can really ‘be’ with them Choose activities you like; children can tell when you…