Crossing the Barrier Book Tour & Giveaway! (ends 9/10/16)

This is an outstanding book for YA Reading. Be sure to read the information below and enter the Goodreads Giveaway with the link below for your chances to WIN your own copy! (However, beware there are a few words of profanity.) About Book 1: Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis Genre: Upper YA Coming of Age Contemporary Romance with a touch of Paranormal Published on March 22nd, 2016 Published by BMJ Chanapi Press Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29107100-crossing-the-barrier Amazon sell link: https://goo.gl/5azdxT *Crossing the Barrier will be FREE on Amazon from September 1st through September 5th over Labor Day weekend! Go pick up your copy TODAY: High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head. Lily Morgan can feel everyone’s emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day Malakai runs into her. Now she must try to maintain her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai. Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily’s…

Renata F. Barcelos ‘Myself in Blue’ Blog Tour & Giveaway & Last Day to Buy This Book for $1.99 on Amazon! – Book Review by LAWonder10

  This is an amazing book! I think you will  totally enjoy it. It is uniquely captivating!  Presented by Shane Morgan at IFB Tours BOOK DESCRIPTION: Romance, redemption, and psychedelic rock in 1989. Sunday Morning is nineteen and recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma. She finds it fair: a deathly cancer to pay for her sins. The fourth of five daughters, Sunday could never overcome the jealousy she felt for her sisters, especially the youngest and her Rett Syndrome with all the attention she required. She knows her resentment and rebellion as a wayward teen brought tragedy to her family, but never learned exactly the extent. Self-exiled in Brazil living a hard life of penitence for five years, she finally feels it’s possible to come back and try to mend things. Scott Goodwin writes bestseller biographies and always dreamed of writing about his idol, Grandma’s Eye’s vocalist, Iris Morning. The singer and her husband, Douglas Oshiro, have been reclusive since 1984, when their famous psychedelic rock band announced a surprising halt. Scott is thrilled when Iris finally agrees to let him write the book and even more so when she explains why. She hopes the bio will help finding her daughter Sunday…

‘A is for Abstinance’ Book Blast and My Personal Book Review! – LAWonder10. Check in next week for my Interview with Kelly!

Welcome to this great ‘A is for Abstinence’ Book Blast & Giveaway Open until June 16th, presented by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer book Blog and Tour presenter!   A is for Abstinence is a SEQUEL and is meant to be read after ‘V is for Virgin’. If you haven’t read V and would like a copy, you can purchase it here or through Amazon, B & N or on author’s website. A is also more of a NA/Adult contemporary than YA. The characters have grown from the first book and are older now, and the book was written with a more mature audience in mind. It’s still PG-13 (Kelly does not write steamy sex scenes) but it’s not as squeaky clean as her YA stuff either. Keep that in mind if you’re a sensitive reader or thinking about passing it to your teenage daughters. {Taken from Kelly Oram’s post to me} SYNOPSIS: Six-time Grammy Award-winning musician Kyle Hamilton has it all—money, fame, talent, good looks, and a job he loves. His only regret in life: walking away from a certain notorious virgin because he was too prideful, stubborn, and even afraid to give her the…

Light, Delightful Reading…’Special Delivery’ by Traci Hohenstein – Book Review by LAWonder10

This was a delightful story of a Female OB/GYN who was resigned to staying single and content in a comfortable partnership with her father who was retired. She came home from a short vacation only to discover her father had interviewed and hired another doctor specializing in infertility. At first, she found it very difficult to accept until she slowly became better acquainted with the new partner. This is light reading. There was drama, romance and light humor. There was some harsh language but not severe profanity. The story-line had a steady flow to it and there were several points that would enhance book club discussion. This was very well-written. The title and book cover fits the story in a humorous way. The characters seem real and the background scenes described in away that is easily visualized. My review of this book offers it a Five Stars rating.

‘Switchback’ by Clair M. Poulson – Book Review by LAWonder10

Private Investigator, Rocky Revada, takes on a missing horse case which ends up to be a deadly one…the most deadly he had ever encountered. A fast-paced story which includes not only a lot of action but also a little romance.  Former acquaintances, Glen and Sharise Grisley, interrupts Rocky’s much needed vacation wish urgent pleas to save  their ranch from ruination by finding their stolen horses. After much debate he gave into the delicate pleadings of a beautiful woman he once cared for. Soon he discovered it wasn’t simply theft but murder as well…a murder which led to other threats- including his own possible demise . The plot is slightly stretched out, yet through Clair Poulson’s talents, the reader’s interest is always kept alive. The characters seem real and the background scenes are clear. It is especially entertaining for Christians and others who do not approve of bad language and sexual situations. Totally “clean”! The title is okay but not totally fitting to the “meat” of the tale. The book cover fits the title well and is eye-catching but not totally. The voice of Jason Tatom was effective in reading the book on CD. His narrative talent in  made it sound…

‘Mirror Image’ by Clair M. Poulson – Book Review by LAWonder10

  A very young woman felt she was finally safe – fleeing with a handsome man from the frightening, abusive situation she endured with her cruel father and brother. They were married in Las Vegas and she was now protectively pregnant with their child.  While traveling on a highway in Utah, one snowy night, something dark rushed onto the highway and stopped. Unable to stop the vehicle in time, it skidded into the object then all went black. When she awoke, she was alone with strange people in a hospital and her husband was never seen.  She was in severe pain and was rushed to the labor room where twin boys were delivered by C-Section…Twin boys she would never see, never hold. When seven years old, Rafe witnessed his adoptive mother get murdered at a robbery of their local bank. Although for years following he suffered frequent nightmares, he lived a productive life on a ranch and riding in rodeos where he gained fame. Greg was a dynamic basketball player in High School, and gained much public attention. Lyndsay had a crush on him but their lifestyles were very different. She one day noticed in a newspaper Greg’s picture on…

‘Windswept Hearts’ by Robynn Gabel – Book Review by LAWonder10

Can one believe this is a first novel of an author?  It is very hard to believe but it is true! In Windswept Hearts, Anna Sanchez has experienced a bittersweet year. She left the city to go to “settle things” in the country Where her maternal grandparents had lived  and raised her mother. Now it was up to her to set things in order before she began her new job in the city. While deciding what she should do,a couple of men ca,e into the scene but not really a love triangle, just competition. Although the story was somewhat predictable, it was written very well and had enough twists and adventure to captivate the reader’s attention…Each chapter left one eager to leap into the next! This was a good example of life – with its dangers, grief, heartaches, schemes, adventure, trials, joys, fears, and changes. The title reinforcement is made clear a couple of times in the tale so is a good fit. The book cover emphasizes the key points and is eye-catching as well. It is safe for parents to allow their YA to read. My review of this novel gives it a Five Stars rating. This book was…

‘Short, Sweet & Sassy:Romantic Short Stories’ by Carrie Padgett – Book Review by LAWonder10

If you want light, romantic stories you can read in a very short period of time, this is the book for you! However, this is difficult for me to rate because there a 16 short stories, some better than others. A few are quite “cheesy” and not very feasible, but most are very good and will lighten one’s mood. It is a perfect book for Valentine’s Day or to give to someone who is discouraged. It is definitely a “Chick lit”. It is “cleanly” written for even the younger YA ages. The tales are about chance meetings and romantic beginnings.  It can offer hope to some where love feels lost to them. For the most part, the accounts are very well written and clever. My review of this novella gives a Four and a Half Stars rating I was sent this novella for an honest review, of which I have given. PURCHASE THIS FROM AMAZON HERE. [raw][/raw]   My Thoughts: It is fun sometimes while waiting in line or for an appointment to have a light novella to read stories which only take 5 to 10 minutes to read, to pass the time. This would also be a great gift…

‘The Colony’ by Cami Checketts – Book Review by LAWonder10

Once again, Cami Checketts has created  an exciting mystery/romance novel, delighting YA and Adults with her usual style of intrigue. Brinlee Trapper fled her home town, leaving past mistakes behind. She settles in to a secluded community in the mountains. She is determined to start  a new life with her young son. What she thought would be an uninterrupted time with her son soon takes an unexpected twist.  The last thing she wants is another an in her life! Will anything or anyone change her mind? She soon is confronted in new situations with her protective neighbor, Lance, across the street and Jed, who is equally appealing. Both men have their secrets. Will she be able to trust either one or continue, as she had planned, as a single parent. There is action, adventure, intrigue, suspense and romance in this fun, fast moving novel. The characters feel very real and the scenery is depicted well. The reader can almost smell the mountain air and foliage. I feel the book cover lacks in portraying the true story line, although, it is colorful and eye-catching. I, also, felt for a period of time the story seemed to drag slightly with repetition. I, therefore, cannot…

‘Every Hill and Mountain’ by Deborah Heal – Book Review by LAWonder10

‘Every Hill and Mountain’ is a fast-paced drama which is partially Contemporary and partially Fantasy/Historical Fiction. It is the last of Deborah Heal’s exciting trilogy. This final book mostly is centered on Abby, John, Kate, and Ryan and their efforts in discovering Kate’s missing ancestor to complete het “Family Tree”.  It is presently very lopsided.  Will she be able to find her missing ancestor? She has two clues. If these clues do not culminate, she will have to leave that side of the tree asa mystery. They experience unique and intriguing instances. This escapade will either draw them closer together or may prove to be disastrous to their friendships. I enjoyed this novel as much as the other two.  However, I felt there could be a better title to fit the storyline. The book cover, also, could have been more creative. The character development was very well done. The description of the surrounding area “brought it to life”.  The ending was OK but felt slightly incomplete. It was clean, well-written, fast paced, and a quite fun adventure. The few things remiss were minor. This review of Deborah’s final book of the series offers a Four and a half Stars rating….

‘Time and Again’ by Deborah Heal – Book Review by LAWonder10

 Time and Again’ by Deborah Heal is an unparalleled story of Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Historical fiction all into on one extraordinary tale! Abby decides to do some volunteer summer tutoring for a student during her summer break. It will give her some good experience – and perhaps a recommendation – after she completes her final year earning teaching degree at the university.  Is Abby “in over her head” with this experience? Eleven year old Merridith and her mother move away from her father and his new girlfriend, her friends and her school, after her parents divorce.  Meredith is angry  and feels defeated. She resents it all!  She will not make it easy for her mother or new tutor.  Maybe her dad will come and get her and take her back. She has more than  one problem that drives people away from her. Will she do anything about it? These are the two key people in the first book of this intriguing trilogy. Other characters are introduced but the challenge begins with these two individuals. Who is in the computer room during each night when everyone should be in bed? Deborah Heal has successfully created a unique story that YA and…