Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop ! {Ends 11/15/22}

Oct 31, 2022 | 5 comments

Thank you for presenting this Giveaway opportunity.

For this stop, a Children’s, a Young Adult AND an Adult physical book for ONE Lucky U.S./Can. Winner! (Outside of the U.S./Can. regions, an ecopy will be provided)

The first book is an Adult/YA book donated by the award-winning author and poet Eleanor Lerman and by Pacific & Court Publicity. It is titled,  ‘The Game Café: Stories of New York City in Covid Time’ by Eleanor Lerman.

The book is a collection of nine short stories focusing on people who live in New York City—or are traveling there—in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Book Details:

The Game Café: Stories of New York City in Covid Time by Eleanor Lerma

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mayapple Press (December 5, 2022)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 160 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1952781132
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1952781131

Book Description:

The nine stories in The Game Café focus on people who live in New York City—or are traveling there—in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. These men and women include a security guard; a mother with a far-away daughter; a ham radio operator; two strangers playing a board game in a café; a woman driving from Los Angeles to Manhattan who makes a stop at a famous corner in Winslow, Arizona; an unemployed airport worker who has an unexpected reconciliation with his brother; and others. While the stories are primarily set in New York, they are also meant to explore how living in modern-day urban environments in the U.S. unalterably shapes the fate of people going through difficult times.

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 Mayapple Press ~ (Pre-orde) Amazon

Meet the Author:

Eleanor Lerman is the author of numerous award-winning collections of poetry, short stories and novels. She is a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for poetry and the New York Foundation for the Arts for fiction. She has also received the John W. Campbell Award for the Best Book of Science Fiction. Her most recent novel, Watkins Glen (Mayapple Press, 2021), received an Independent Press award, among others.

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The Second book is a Young Adult book, one that most adults will enjoy as well. It is the first in Dana Claire’s newest series.

Dana is a relatively new author who is an Award-Winning author, producing two very captivating series of different genres, that are very well written and unique.

I am excited about this new series! Dana is generously donating her new book.

Book Details:

War of the Sea by Dana Claire


Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 14, 2022

Book Description:

His powers could save the ocean. Her vendetta could sink a kingdom.

Captain Elouise Farrington, the youngest pirate on the Caviar Sea, seeks revenge on her father’s killer. But when her oddly hypnotic foe proposes a pact to kill the Siren Queen and end the War of the Sea’s bloodshed, she must make a choice. Put aside her long-brewing retribution or act the underhanded pirate and use the alliance to claim the life of the man who destroyed her family?

Captain Rylander Bordeaux, the revered royal navy captain of the Isle of Cava, has one mission—kill the Siren Queen and end the War of the Sea. The ocean is the only place Rylander calls home, but to bring peace to his beloved waves, he must defeat his past so he can reshape the future. His greatest hope is Captain Elouise, who calls to him like no siren song ever has. Too bad she’s almost as bloodthirsty as the fanged heart-eaters themselves. She promises to lend her all-female crew to his war on the sirens, but can he trust a brigand—especially one who wants him dead—to uphold her end of the bargain? Or will she be his undoing?

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Meet the Author:

Dana Claire is an award-winning author whose stories explore identity, fate, and destiny at the crossroads of romance and adventure. But her writing career didn’t begin when she published her first book, The Connection, in 2020. It started when she was a young girl when her mother, an elementary school teacher, inspired her to create imaginary worlds between the pages.

Dana’s love of romantic tension, the supernatural and non-stop action has elicited very positive feedback from many readers, as their online reviews reveal her flair for spine-tingling action and unforgettable characters. But it’s not just readers who love her; literary critics have also taken note, and Dana was given the Children’s Moonbeam award for The Connection in 2021.

Dana is now sharing her stories through speaking events and book signings, introducing more readers to the worlds she created.

And though she is living her dream as a published author, she has bigger dreams of sharing her stories through other mediums: film and television. But for now, she is satisfied with seeing her name on the spine of a book, creating worlds that combine love, science fiction, the paranormal, magic, and adventure, and fulfilling what her well-read, compassionate, patient, and selfless mother would have dreamed of doing with her: writing books, telling stories, and changing the world, one reader at a time

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The Third book is a wonderful Elementary Age/Middle-Grade Book! It is a powerful, historical fiction story. This book was graciously donated by the Author and by Book & Wine Lovers Marketing.

Book Details:

The Heart of Bakers and Artists by Antoinette Truglio Martin

ISBN-13: 9781637771778
Publisher: Red Penguin Books
Publication date: 08/17/2021
Pages: 198

Age Range: 7 – 12 Years

Book Description:

It is 1911, and nine-year-old Lily, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants loves to sing and wants to, has to, prove she is not a little kid. She and her large family are crammed into a three-room flat in New York City’s Lower East Side. Everyone must do their share to help out. Big sister Betta sews home piece work and bossy Margaret bakes discounted Daily Bread at Goldberg’s bakery for the Taglia family. Lily wants to do more than dry dishes, keep little sister Gigi out from underfoot, and not make her sisters or Mama crazy with her singing. When Mrs. Goldberg, the baker’s wife, notices Lily’s height and recognizes her artist’s heart, she invites Lily to learn how to bake Daily Bread with Margaret. Lily is thrilled to have a big kid job in the magical bakery basement where Mrs. Goldberg dances and gives away sweet Knot Surprises. Mama thinks this is a good arrangement too. Now Margaret can quit school to work in a factory for a wage. But Margaret likes school and wants to be somebody. Besides, she says Lily is just a little kid, and there’s more to baking Daily Bread than height and an artist’s heart. Mama stands firm and Lily tags a long with Margaret only to learn that being a big kid is fraught with bullies, disasters, and treacherous streets to cross by herself.

Previously titled Daily Bread

First Place Winner of the Purple Dragonfly Book Award

“The Heart of Bakers and Artists ~ Daily Bread is a humbling experience as you read through the chapters and gain a relationship with the characters. It embraces child labor, the hardships immigrant families endured during a time spoken very little about. I couldn’t put the book down and am hoping for a sequel.” Daily Bread is brilliant.

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Meet the Author:

WhooHoo! The Hearts of Bakers and Artists (previously titled Daily Bread) is Purple Dragonfly Book Award first place winner in the Children’s Historical Fiction category AND Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Gold place winner in PreTeen Historical Fiction! The sequel, The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers is now out in the world!
Antoinette Truglio Martin is a speech therapist and special education teacher by training but really wants to be a writer when she grows up. She has been collecting and writing stories forever. Over the years Antoinette had been a regular columnist in local periodicals and had several essays featured in newsletters and literary reviews.
Antoinette’s popular children’s picture book, Famous Seaweed Soup was published in 1993 (Albert Whitman Co.). Antoinette’s memoir, Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer (She Writes Press 2017), chronicles her first year battling breast cancer as a wimpy patient.
Becoming America’s Stories (Red Penguin Books) a Middle-Grade Historical Fiction series, debut in 2020. The award-winning first book, The Heart of Bakers and Artists, takes place in 1911 and follows nine-year-old Lily Taglia, an American-born child of Sicilian immigrants, coming of age in a crowded New York City three-room Lower East Side tenement. The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers picks up where The Heart of Bakers and Artists leaves off. Lily, her family and friends reach for their dreams as new Americans.
Antoinette proudly holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook/Southampton University (2016). Be sure to stop by her website and blog, Stories Served Around The Table at, to read about past and present family adventures, book happenings, and musings.

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Giveaway Details:

One Lucky Winner will receive a Print copy of ALL THREE BOOKS! (If outside the U.S./Can. areas, a print copy will be given.)

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