MORE GIVEAWAYS! Freedom to Read Hop! [ends 7/15/17]

July 1, 2017

I am so excited to be a part pf another Blog Hop Giveaway! I love this theme! At a time when individual Freedoms are being threatened, I cannot think of a better reminder! Thank you BoohHounds, for hosting this! CONGRATS TO Leela for Winning the U.S./Can and to Brooke for Winning the International Prizes!

There are Three Amazing Authors who have donated a book, each, to this Giveaway. Though it isn’t required, If you Win, reviews posted on the medias would be a tremendous “Thank you” to these authors!

The first is an Adult non-fiction.

  Memoirs From The Road To Everywhere Vol I: The Road To Rock n Roll by Sabastian Jaymes

“…reads like a good road movie.”
Author Sebastian Jaymes relates the story of his personal journey from childhood to fulfilling his lifelong yearning to “see the world on someone else’s dime.”
The story of his early life takes the reader through many changes of scene and situation. Born the eldest of seven siblings in a large loving family, he begins the journey through childhood with an immigrant Grandmother’s arrival in America by way of an arranged marriage, brokered by the local “Godfather.” It is a childhood filled with pleasant family memories growing up “where the suburbs end and the ountryside begins.”
In early adolescence the situation changes traumatically.  He is forced to Leaving Catholic School to face harsher realities in the public school system. There he encounters the first in a lifetime of bullies, as well as the racial divide of the early 1960’s Civil Rights era.
A not so special teacher in Jr High School, a darker individual, casts a negative light on he and his family’s life. But in those years he also encounters two very special African American teachers, positive role models. It is by their inspiration that he blossoms. He also finds and cultivates passion and imagination through close friendships with likeminded individuals.
He attends “High School Hell” in an inner city high school in an urban setting. It is a “prison movie” in a school fraught with serious dangers and mistrust by teachers, students, and hired handlers alike. When High School ends abruptly he enters the workforce as a factory laborer. “It feels like a life sentence.” There he confronts the fact that he may die a bitter man in mundane sameness, never fulfilling a lifelong ambition to see the world.
Undergoing a mental and spiritual rebirth, and through a twist of fate, his best friend becomes a famous Rock Star and generously points him toward the freedom he has always craved, leading to his first job as a Rock n Roll “equipment manager” for two top name bands at the dawn of the Rock n Roll Touring Industry. (“We weren’t even called roadies then.”)
Flying high through the 1960’s and early 70’s counterculture, he pays his dues with an up and coming band on a full-ti. lt rides through the bush league that ends in tragedy.
Then he lands in Los Angeles and his journey around the world continues from the top levels of the overall entertainment industry.
Vol I is just the beginning of a young mans lifetime journey from a loving family on a path through the suburbs and the inner city school system, through Rock n Roll, the Entertainment industry, then onward and upward on a Road To Everywhere.

Amazon Author page

About the Author:

Sebastian Jaymes grew up on the
“North Coast of America” on the Great Lakes, near Lake Erie.
As a live show producer he has put together shows on exotic islands, in Castles, Archaeological ruins, and other exotic and sometimes dangerous locales in Europe, Asia,
Japan, Russia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Alaska, and elsewhere around the world.
At a very early age Jaymes decided he wanted to see the world, and did so first as a boy by exploring his home region. In the 1960’s, at the age of nineteen, through a twist of fate, he was able to realize that goal as a roadie, then tour manager for two hit rock n roll bands that toured the U.S. “We weren’t even called Roadies then. In those days we were called equipment managers.”
In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s Jaymes worked with an up and coming regional band that took him on a wild ride through the latter days of the 60’s counter culture.
Finally achieving his goal of settling in California in the early 1970’s, he found himself working in the mainstream of the Los Angeles entertainment industry, at first as a touring roadie, tour manager, or a PA on network TV variety shows, then as a production manager. He moved on to tour management of various celebrity artists, touring the world over and realizing his childhood dream to “see the world on someone else’s dime.” (“My Memoir: Memoirs From The Road To Everywhere Vol I The Road To Rock n Roll is about growing up on the North Coast, yearning to see the world, and how I got my first job in entertainment as an “equipment manager” for a hit rock n roll band.”)
Switching gears again, for the next fifteen years he hired out as a Freelance producer or Technical director of large corporate events and shows of all kinds in many exotic locales around the world. (“I wanted to work and continue traveling internationally, so in between producing assignments I took on freelance projects as a technical director or production manager for corporate, TV, and live shows of all kinds all over the world”)
As freelance opportunities all but dried up in the economic slowdown of 2008 he began a ten-year relationship with USO as a production manager for Celebrity Entertainment events and shows of all kinds at military bases and in combat zones around the world.
He has a passion for Archaeology and has visited ruins on his own dime around the world.
Jaymes currently lives in Southern California, writes books and screenplays, and is often part of a USO team that puts together entertainment events for military families around the world.
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Book Two is an exciting YA novel by Michele Drier! {Published May 18th 2017 }

Blurb:

Getting what you wish for can bring unintended circumstances. Jennifer in New York and Matt in San Francisco worry that they’re losing their memories. Jennifer from an earlier trauma and Matt while watching his father succumb to Alzheimer’s. After finding a new medical technology designed to help people with cognitive disorders, they independently track down a grey-market supply, but when they meet each other they find unknown terrors.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michele Drier was born in Santa Cruz and is a fifth generation Californian. She’s lived and worked all over the state, calling both Southern and Northern California home.  During her career in journalism—as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers—she won awards for producing investigative series.
She is the president of Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime, and the co-chair of Bouchercon 2020.
Her Amy Hobbes Newspaper Mysteries are Edited for Death, (called “Riveting and much recommended” by the Midwest Book Review), Labeled for Death and Delta for Death, and a stand-alone thriller, Ashes of Memories, published in 2017.
Her paranormal romance series, The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles, was the best paranormal vampire series of 2014 from the Paranormal Romance Guild. The series is SNAP: The World Unfolds, SNAP: New Talent, Plague: A Love Story, Danube: A Tale of Murder, SNAP: Love for Blood, SNAP: Happily Ever After?, SNAP: White Nights,  SNAP: All That Jazz, and SNAP: I, Vampire.
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The Third (but certainly not the least!) is a new Children’s book by prominent Children’s Author, Joan Holub!

Tool School by Joan Holub , James Dean (Contributor)

Hardcover, 32 pages

Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Scholastic Press

ISBN: 0545685206 (ISBN13: 9780545685207)
Get ready young builders to twist and turn with laughter!

Join a hammer, screwdriver, tape measure, saw, and pair of pliers on their first day of school. Together, they make puzzles and play games, but when it’s time to build something it’s suddenly every tool for itself. Working alone, each tool soon realizes that to make something great all need to cooperate!

Young childre

Get ready young builders to twist and turn with laughter!

Join a hammer, screwdriver, tape measure, saw, and pair of pliers on their first day of school. Together, they make puzzles and play games, but when it’s time to build something it’s suddenly every tool for itself. Working alone, each tool soon realizes that to make something great all need to cooperate!

Young children will love the irresistible bold artwork and fun rhyming text as they learn that a little teamwork can make a big difference. Tool School introduces some of the most basic household tools, and cool tips explain how to s

uccessfully use them with the help of a grown-up!
Amazon Author Page

About Author:

Joan Holub has been a graphic designer, book designer, illustrator. Her books star characters like tools, goddessgirls, poodles, or even a red pencil, in stories about friendship, cooperation, bravery, and other universally important things:
* TOOL SCHOOL, (2017) a picture book illus by James Dean, creator of Pete the Cat
* MIGHTY DADS, a NY Times bestselling picture book illus by James Dean
* LITTLE RED WRITING, a picture book illus by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet. Guess who the wolf is! 3 starred reviews + 4 notable lists
* GODDESS GIRLS series – a middle school spin on Greek Mythology for ages 8-12, co-written with Suzanne Williams
* THIS LITTLE PRESIDENT; THIS LITTLE EXPLORER a fun nonfiction board book series
* ZERO THE HERO, a picture book illus by NY Times bestselling Tom Lichtenheld
* SHAMPOODLE will finally get a sequel in 2017 titled VAMPOODLE
* Lots of Who Was titles including WHO WAS BABE RUTH?
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14 Comments

  • danielle hammelef July 2, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I value the freedom to choose my religious beliefs most.

  • Tina M July 2, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    The freedom of speech.. 🙂 Happy 4th.

    • LAWonder10 July 6, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Thanks, Tina for your comments and support!
      Lu Ann

  • Vicki Wurgler July 3, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I appreciate the freedom of speech we have in the US.

    • LAWonder10 July 6, 2017 at 8:14 am

      I do, too! I only pray we don’t abuse that right by crude words and actions.
      Thank you.
      Lu Ann

  • Kelly mcgrew July 4, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    I appreciate the freedom to vote as a woman of this great nation. Happy Independence Day!

  • Judy Cox July 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I appreciate the freedom to pray, speak, and read what I want!!!!

  • Edye July 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    The freedom to read my bible!

  • Brooke Pratt July 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Freedom of Speech is the most important freedom we have. Thank you for doing a giveaway.

  • Jeanna Massman July 11, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I really appreciate the freedom to choose my own religion.

  • Linda Kish July 15, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Free speech

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