WOW! Women on Writing Blog Tour for “My MacArthur” by Cindy Fazzi

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for My MacArthur by Cindy Fazzi, which I read and am now reviewing.
(Please note: I received an advance copy to read and review.)

 

My Review:

1930 Philippines was a US colony and major General Douglas MacArthur was one of the most powerful men there. He was a divorced 50 year old man and the youngest four star general. He became obsessed with a 16 year old Filipino woman, Isabel Cooper, an actress. He brought her to US when he became the Chief of Staff in Washington months after the met.

Cindy Fazzi took these basic historical facts and crafted an historical novel about their love affair and their years together and apart.

The novel is well researched. We gain an insight into life in 1930 Manilla as well as Washington DC of the 30s and 40s.

The characters of Isabel and the General are well developed, and intriguing. I found the novel a fascinating read, on that had me wishing that we really knew more about the strong, independent Isabel.

History rewards the powerful, but this young Filipino woman has been relegated to just a footnote in the history books. Cindy Fazzi has definitely brought her to life and shed light on what she endured.

I highly recommend this book. Thanks Cindy!

 

About the Author:

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Cindy Fazzi is a Filipino-American writer and former Associated Press reporter. She has worked as a journalist in the Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States. My MacArthur, published by Sand Hill Review Press, is her literary debut. She writes romance novels under the pen name Vina Arno. Her first romance book, In His Corner, was published by Lyrical Press in 2015. Her second romance novel, Finder Keeper of My Heart, was published by Painted Hearts Publishing in 2018. Her short stories have been published in Snake Nation Review, Copperfield Review, and SN Review.

You can find Cindy at:

Author Website: https://www.cindyfazzi.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CindyFazzi

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cindyfazzi/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cindy-Fazzi-779654065440439/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/862157.Cindy_Fazzi

GooglePlus: https://plus.google.com/+CindyFazzi/about

 

About the Book:

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The year is 1930. The place: Manila. Douglas MacArthur is the most powerful man in the Philippines, a United States colony. He’s fifty years old, divorced, and he falls in love at first sight with a ravishing young Filipino woman. He writes her a love note on the spot. Her name is Isabel Rosario Cooper, an aspiring movie actress. One glance at his note and she thinks of him as my MacArthur.

MacArthur pursues his romantic obsession even though he’s breaking numerous taboos. She reciprocates his affection because he could open doors for her financially struggling family. That MacArthur happens to be handsome compensates for the fact that he’s as old as her father.

When MacArthur is appointed the U.S. Army chief of staff, he becomes the youngest four-star general and one of America’s most powerful men. Out of hubris, he takes Isabel with him to America without marrying her.

Amid the backdrop of the Great Depression, MacArthur and Isabel’s relationship persists like “a perilous voyage on turbulent waters,” as she describes it. In 1934, after four years of relationship, MacArthur leaves Isabel for fear of a political scandal.

The general goes on to become the iconic hero of World War II, liberating the Philippines and rebuilding Japan. Isabel drifts in Los Angeles unable to muster the courage to return to Manila.

Print Length: 285 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Sand Hill Review Press
ISBN-10: 1937818969
ISBN-13: 978-1937818968
ASIN: B07HR4W8BP

My MacArthur is now available to purchase on Amazon.com as an e-book and printBarnes and Noble, and IndieBound.

 

— Blog Tour Dates – Be sure to check out all the stops

November 5th @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Stop by Women on Writing’s blog and read an interview with the author Cindy Fazzi and enter to win a copy of the book My MacArthur.

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

November 6th @ Coffee with Lacey

Get your coffee and stop by Lacey’s blog where she share her thoughts on the book My MacArthur.

http://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com/

November 7th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Stop by Beverley’s blog and find out what she thought about Cindy Fazzi’s book My MacArthur. This book is sure to entice historical fiction readers everywhere!

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

November 8th @ The Frugalista Mom

Stop by Rozelyn’s blog and catch her thoughts on the historical fiction book My MacArthur.

https://thefrugalistamom.com/

November 9th @ The Frozen Mind

Grab a blanket and stop by the blog The Frozen Mind and read their thoughts on the incredible historical fiction book My MacArthur.

https://thefrozenmind.com/

November 11th @ Bring on Lemons

If life hands you lemons, read a book! Come by Crystal’s blog Bring on Lemons and find out what she had to say about the book My MacArthur.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

November 13th @ Mommy Daze: Say What??

Want to know what this mom had to say about the book? Stop by Ashley’s blog and read her thoughts on the historical fiction book My MacArthur.

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

November 16th @ Amanda’s Diaries

Find out what Amanda had to say about Cindy Fazzi’s historical fiction book My MacArthur in her review today.

https://amandadiaries.com/

November 16th @ Chapters Through Life

Stop by Danielle’s blog where she spotlight’s Cindy Fazzi’s book My MacArthur.

https://chaptersthroughlife.blogspot.com/

November 19th @ Madeline Sharples Blog

Be sure to catch today’s post over at Madeline’s blog author Cindy Fazzi shares her tips for writing fiction about a famous person.

http://madelinesharples.com/

November 20th @ Let Us Talk of Many Things

Visit today’s blog where you can catch Cindy Fazzi’s post on overcoming prejudices against romance writers.

https://ofhistoryandkings.blogspot.com/

November 21st @ Mam’s Rants and Reviews

Stop by Shan’s blog where she shares her thoughts on the historical fiction book My MacArthur.

https://shanelliswilliams.com/

November 25th @ The World of My Imagination

Catch Nicole’s review of the book My MacArthur and find out what she had to say about this fantastic book.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

November 26th @ Break Even Books

Stop by the Break Even Books blog and read Cindy Fazzi’s article on the pros and cons of using a pen name.

https://breakevenbooks.com/

November 28th @ Charmed Book Haven Reviews

Visit Cayce’s blog and check out her thoughts on the book My MacArthur by Cindy Fazzi.

https://charmedbookhavenreviews.wordpress.com/

November 29th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey

Start your journey today at Kathleen’s blog Memoir Writer’s Journey where author Cindy Fazzi talks about the challenges of writing different genres.

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November 30th @ Joyful Antidotes Blog

Want a joyful way to start your day? Stop by Joy’s blog where she reviews the incredible historical fiction book My MacArthur.

https://joyfulantidotes.com/

November 30th @ The Uncorked Librarian

Make sure you stop by Christine’s blog and read what she thinks about the book My MacArthur.

https://theuncorkedlibrarian.com

December 1st @ Charmed Book Haven Reviews

Visit Cacye’s blog again and read her interview with author Cindy Fazzi.

https://charmedbookhavenreviews.wordpress.com/

December 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Start your morning out right by reading Anthony Avina’s review of the book My MacArthur.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

December 2rd @ 2 Turn the Page Book Reviews

Visit Renee’s blog when she reviews Cindy Fazzi’s book My MacArthur and interviews the author.

https://2turnthepagebookreviews.blogspot.com/

 

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Thankful for Books Reading Challenge

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Today is Day 3 of this November challenge and the theme for the day is “DNF”.

 

 

There are very few books that I do not finish, at least the ones that I make it past 5 or 6 chapters. I may start a book, but if it does not capture my attention after the first 3 or 4 pages, I put it aside.

I have to be in a certain frame of mind to read a book. I may get a number from the library for example, but only read a handful.

There are several books on my shelves that I have started but did not finish – I hope to return to them and finish them at a later date.

Thankful For Books Reading Challenge

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It is Day 2 of the “Thankful for Books Reading Challenge” hosted by “I Am a Reader”

The topic for today is “Classics”

Classics mean different things to different people. Are they books written before 1900, or so well written we all should read them?

Read here for Thought Co.’s take on classic literature

Read here for 40 books we should all read.and why

 

There are at least four classics that I am determined to read (finally!) this month:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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As you can see by the bookmarks, I have started all of them, but some other book always seems to catch my attention and I read it.

But, as I said, I am determined to finally read them this month.

Thankful for Books Reading Challenge

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I discovered an interesting writing/reading challenge today and plan to participate. It ties in nicely with NaNoWriMo and there are even prizes!

Each day there is a different prompt posted and then to be shared at “I Am a Reader

Today the focus is on goals

My main goal for November is to catch up on 2 of my reading challenges so I will be reading more for “52 Books in 52 Weeks” and the Popsugar Goodreads Challenges. I need to read at least 5 for each this month. I am determined to finish both of these challenges before the end of the year!
I also plan to continue to read more books from my overflowing TBR shelves.

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I plan to take part in 2 new challenges this month:
Nonfiction November and Read Margaret Atwood. I hope to read several books for each.

Reading Round-Up for October

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Here we are once again at the end of the month already and Hallowe’en at that!
Time once again to share what I have been reading this past month. This past month the total read was 29, with the following breakdown:
Fantasy/scifi –1
Picture books – 8
Romance – 14
Women’s Fiction – 4
MG – 2
Magic Realism – 2
(Ebooks – 9)
(Diverse books – 1)
(TBR books -0)
For the Reading Challenges I participate in, I’ve read these books:

Beyond the Bookends.
The theme for October was to read a book about books or reading.
I read The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I chose this month was “witch”.
The book I read was The Scot, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Annette Blair

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “New or old”.
I read several books published this year:
Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock
Dark Sentinel by Christine Feehan
Dune Drive by Mariah Stewart

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I read from only 1 category this past month:
A book with Food on the cover:
The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
I read 3 more books for this challenge:
#10 – A book about grief: The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg
#12- A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist – George by Alex Gino
#29 – A book about Hallowe’en – Hallowe’en at the Graff by Jayne Sinclair

Favourite Books Read This Month
This was another good month for reading – so many books I rated 5 at Goodreads.
The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg
Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock
Dark Sentinel by Christine Feehan
Dune Drive by Mariah Stewart
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
Whisper of Love by Melanie Shawn
Glitter on the Web by Ginger Voight
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (MG)

November Goals
My main goal for November is to catch up on 2 challenges so I will be reading more for “52 Books in 52 Weeks” and the Popsugar Goodreads Challenges. I also plan to continue to read more books on my TBR pile.
Two challenges for November are:
Nonfiction November and Read Margaret Atwood. I hope to read several for each.

I am linking with the following:

Monthly Review  at Book Date

Month in Review 6

Best of the Bunch

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Monthly Round-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction

WOW! Writing on Writing Blog Tour for “The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe” by Mary Maurice

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Mary Maurice’s mystery The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe, which I read and am now reviewing.
(Please note: I received an advance copy to read and review.)

The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe is a fascinating, psychological mystery. The novel is written in the form of letter between Jack and Susan. Jack has arrived in Santa Fe to meet Susan, to help her write a suicide letter, which is what Jack does for a living.
Through July we only have Jack’s letters to Susan and along with Jack, we wonder where she is and what she wants. We learn about Jack’s mother’s suicide and the deaths of several other people. The letters seem very intimate and we get a glimpse into his private thoughts.

As the number of letters builds from Jack, we can see his turmoil increase. Finally, letters arrive from Susan in August, although never as many as Jack’s. The questions we have keep adding up and we wonder what the truth is, what is real. The mystery keeps us involved until the very end.

If you enjoy mysteries, with a touch of a psychological thriller, you’ll certainly enjoy this novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and do recommend you read it.

About the Book

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Susan Jordan awakens at her Santa Fe apartment, cloudy and disoriented. Her clothing is unfamiliar. Where has she been? Her nose crinkles as she smells his scent. Jack’s back! Rubber filled legs brace against the stone cold tile floor as she reaches for the pile of mail haplessly setting on the table. Dozens of letters! Jack Monroe never stops. Susan wishes he would just leave, take his advice and go back to Detroit. He’s gaining to much control! He’s taking over!

You can buy it here.

About the Author

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Mary Maurice wrote her first poem when she was in the ninth grade, and hasn’t stopped writing since. Catching the fire at an early age, she continues to dedicate her time to the craft.Ms. Maurice has completed several novels of fiction and poetry, and has performed readings in distinct cities around the country. She presently resides in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Connect with Mary online:

Website: http://www.marymaurice.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marymauriceauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MMauriceAuthor

Here are all the stops of the WOW! book tour to check outmore about the book and the author:

Monday September 17th @ WOW! Women on Writing

Interview & Giveaway!

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

Tuesday, September 18th @ World of My Imagination

Nicole reviews The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe for readers at World of My Imagination. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about Mary Maurice’s latest work!

https://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 20th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples

Mary Maurice writes an intriguing guest post at Choices today. She talks about ” “. Don’t miss this post and opportunity to learn about The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe.

http://madelinesharples.com/

Friday, September 21st @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto

Crystal reviews The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe as readers of Bring on Lemons learn more about this latest page turner by Mary Maurice!

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 24th @ Cathy Stucker’s Selling Books

Don’t miss today’s interview with Mary Maurice and learn more about her latest book The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe.

https://www.sellingbooks.com/

Tuesday, September 25th @ Words from the Heart with Rev. Linda Neas

Linda reviews The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe for readers at Words from the Heart!

https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, September 26th @ Bring on Lemons with Michelle DelPonte

Wisconsin mother Michelle DelPonte reviews The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe for readers at Bring on Lemons – will this be a lemon or some tasty lemonade?

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 27th @ A Day in the Life of Mom

Ashley Bass reviews Mary Maurice’s latest page turner, The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe. Don’t miss her insight and thoughts on this exciting new book!

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

Monday, October 1st @ Strength 4 Spouses

Stop by Wendi Huskin’s blog Strength 4 Spouses where she shares her thoughts about Mary Maurice’s The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe.

http://www.strength4spouses.blog

Tuesday, October 2nd @ Coffee with Lacey

Lacey reads and reviews the unusual and intriguing new novel by Mary Maurice – you won’t want to miss her thoughts about The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe.

https://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com/

Tuesday,October 9th @ Beverley A. Baird

Beverley A. Baird reads and reviews Mary Maurice’s latest work, The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe and shares her thoughts on this page turning novel!

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

October 12th @ Author Anthony Avina

Fellow author Anthony Avina reviews The Suicide Letters of Jack Monroe by Mary Maurice!

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

September Reading Summary

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Here we are – the last day of September already and time once again to share what I have been reading this past month. Fall has begun and cooler weather is here.
This past month the total read was 33, with the following breakdown:
Fantasy/scifi –8
Picture books – 5
Romance – 13
Women’s Fiction – 2
Crime/Mystery -1
Memoir – 1
MG – 2
Nordic Noir – 1
Magic Realism – 1
(Ebooks – 12)
(Diverse books – 2)
(TBR books -0)

For the Reading Challenges I participate in, I’ve read these books:
Beyond the Bookends.
The theme for September was to read a book from a new genre.

I read The Bat by Jo Nesbo

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I chose this month was “fall”.

The book I read was Falling for My Best Friend by Hazel Kelly

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Cozy mystery and horror”.

I read New Corpse in Town by Lucy Quinn.

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I read from only 1 category this past month:
A book that makes you laugh out loud. I read The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely

Swords and Stars Reading Challenge.
I read from 1 category: #17 – Read a diverse SFF book. I read Vaant by Lyla Nash and Juno Wells.

Writers Write Book Reading Challenge
I read:
#3 Bestseller from genre you never read- The Bat by Jo Nesbo (Nordic Noir)
#14 Recommended memoir – Hourglass by Dani Shapiro

Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge
I read a book recommended by someone with great taste:

Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
I read 4 more books for this challenge:
#5 Nordic Noir – The Bat by Jo Nesbo
#24 Book with weather element in the title – Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis
#37 Book you meant to read in 2017 – Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
#38 Book with an ugly cover – Ghost by Jason Reynolds (wonderful book tho!)

Memoir Reading
#9 – Memoir written by a woman – Hourglass by Dani Shapiro

Favourite Books Read This Month
My absolute favourite this month was Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This was a good month for reading – so many books I rated 5 at Goodreads as well.

Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis
Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis
The Girl From Summerhill by Deveraux
Hourglass by Dani Shapiro
The Bat by Jo Nesbo
The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
Where We Found Home by Susan Mallery

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

I also read a number of wonderful picture books:
We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
Pocket Full of Colors by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville
Desmond and the Very Mean Word by Desmond Tutu
She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton

October Goals
My main goal for October is to continue to read  books on my TBR pile – a must!
I also plan to read more memoirs and read more in the Maas fantasy series and in the Nesbo Nordic noir series. So enjoyed the first books.
I need to catch up on 2 challenges so I will be reading more for “52 Books in 52 Weeks” and the Popsugar Goodreads Challenges.
I am also committing to reading all 100 best reads from the “Great American Read”. I have already read 37 of the books. My pick for best read: To Kill a Mockingbird. This will take me into 2019 for sure!

 

I am linking with the following:

 

Monthly Review  

Month in Review 6

Best of the Bunch

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Monthly Round-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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Top Ten Tuesday – Fall TBR List

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It has been a while since I took part in “Top Ten Tuesday”, but this week’s topic is an important one. I find when I list books I plan to read it makes me more accountable.

This week the topic is:

Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR

I have a lot of books on my list, many to help me finish reading challenges I am participating in. The top ten, though, are the following:

The Court of Thorns & Roses series by Sarah J. Maas I just finished the first book and LOVED it. I plan to read the whole series. What a fantastical story and wonderful characters.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Glass Houses by Louise Penny (especially as the next book is out soon!)

George by Alex Gino

Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (I know, I know – it has been on my TBR forever!)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (same as this!)

Night by Elie Wiesel

Camino Island by John Grisham

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

It’s Never Too late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron I read her book The Artist’s Way a long time ago, and now that I am retired, this one begs to be read and acted upon.

 

What do you plan to read this fall. Check here to see what others plan to read this fall.

 

 

 

WOW! Women on Writing Blog Tour for”The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper” by Fiona Ingram

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Fiona Ingram’s middle grade novel The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper, which I read and am now reviewing.
(I received an advance copy to read and review.)

My Review

From page 1 I was pulled into this action-packed adventure story about three young people who are on the search for the third stone of power.

Even though this is the third book in this middle grade series “The Chronicles of the Stone”, it was very easy to follow the story. There were references to the past adventures, ensuring the reader had needed knowledge, but also making the reader eager to read the other books.
The three youngsters, Adam, Justin and Kim, are believable and interesting. There is quite a dynamic amongst them and they work well together. The other characters in the novel are intriguing – from the villains Dr. Khalid (who has figured in the other novels) and the Smoking Mirror to Tukum and his grandfather Kotz.
Ingram has given us a well-researched book, offering us a fascinating insight into the history of the Mayans and Aztecs. There are many engaging stories told about the Maya and Aztec gods. There is a guide at the end of the novel to further inform readers about this intriguing time in history and about the uncontacted tribes of the jungle.

There is much to offer in Fiona Ingram’s book – interesting characters, adventure, history, and twisting plot. It was a most enjoyable read.
I highly recommend The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper – it was a fun read, a book filled with adventure and fascinating history.

 

Book Summary

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A plane crash! Lost in the jungle! Hunted by their old enemy, will Adam, Justin, and Kim survive long enough to find the Third Stone of Power? With only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, the kids make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the lost city of stone gods, where the Stone of Power might be located. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task. Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

Print Length: 318 Pages

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Adventure

Publisher: Bublish, Incorporated (November 2017)

ISBN: 978-1946229465

The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper is available to purchase on Amazon.com. 

 

About the Author

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Fiona Ingram is a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, she was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked her new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with her mother and two young nephews. They had a great time and she thought she’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, she had changed careers. She has now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in her middle grade adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book,

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! She also teaches online novel writing for aspiring authors and she finds that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds her enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. She loves doing research for her book series. Fiona loves animals and has written two animal rescue stories. She has two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.

You can find Fiona at –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/secretofthesacredscarab/

Website: www.chroniclesofthestone.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FionaRobyn

Author Site: http://www.FionaIngram.com

Blog: http://fionaingramauthor.blogspot.com

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2868182.Fiona_Ingram

Be sure to check out all the stops on the Blog Tour

— Blog Tour Dates


@ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning with coffee than a muffin? Grab your cup of morning brew and join us today when we celebrate the launch of Fiona Ingram’s book, The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.  You can read our interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

August 14th @ Write Like Crazy

Make sure you stop by Mary Jo’s blog Write Like Crazy where Fiona Ingram talks about why your child doesn’t like reading and how to fix this.

http://www.writelikecrazy.com

August 15th @ Girl Zombie Authors

Come by Christine’s blog where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on writing about different places for kids.

https://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com/

August 16th @ Jessica Samuel’s Blog

Come by Jessica’s blog today where Fiona Ingram talks about how to transform your non-reader into a reader.

https://jessicasamuelsauthor.com/

August 19th @ Madeline Sharples’ Blog

Stop by Madeline’s blog today where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts with young writers on writing and creating characters.

http://madelinesharples.com/

August 20th @ Mari’s #JournalingPower Blog

Stop by Mari’s blog where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on developing characters that children will relate to.

https://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog

August 20th @ Bairn’s Bard

Stop by Rebecca’s blog Bairn’s Bard today where you can read a post by Fiona Ingram’s daughter and also you can read about Rebecca’s thoughts on the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://bairnsbard.wordpress.com/

August 21st @ Cover2Cover Blog

Stop by Steph’s Cover2Cover where you can read Fiona Ingram’s blog post about choosing books for your kids.

http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/

August 22nd @ Look to the Western Sky

Come by Margo Dill’s blog Look to the Western Sky where Fiona Ingram writes about her experiences fostering (and later adopting) an illiterate African child who is now a lovely young woman who loves reading.

http://margoldill.com/

August 22nd @ A New Look on Books

Come by Rae’s blog where Fiona Ingram writes about the joy of writing for children.

https://anewlookonbooks.com/

August 26th @ Writing for Children with Karen Cioffi

Come by Karen’s blog where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on how to encourage your kids to start writing.

http://karencioffiwritingforchildren.com/

August 27th @ Mommy Daze: Say What??

Stop by Ashley’s blog where Fiona Ingram talks about helping kids read better with homeschooling. A must read as school is about to start!

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

August 27th @ Rebecca Whitman’s Blog

Come by Rebecca’s blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about using computers to improve reading skills.

https://rebeccawhitman.wordpress.com

August 28th @ Jennifer’s Deals

Stop by Jennifer’s blog where she shares what she her thoughts about Fiona Ingram’s incredible middle grade adventure book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://www.jennifers-deals2.com/

August 30th @ Story Teller Alley

Visit Veronica’s blog and check out her thoughts on the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

http://storytelleralley.com/blog

August 31st @ Mommy Daze: Say What??

Make sure you stop by Ashley’s blog again where she shares her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

August 31st @ Rebecca Whitman’s Blog

Stop by Rebecca’s blog again where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about writing a children series.

https://rebeccawhitman.wordpress.com/

September 1st @ Cathy C. Hall’s Blog

Visit Cathy’s blog today where Fiona Ingram shares the top ten things you never knew about Mexico!

https://c-c-hall.com/

September 2nd @ Break Even Books

Come by Erik’s blog Break Even Books where Fiona Ingram talks about how to make your books both enjoyable and educational.

https://breakevenbooks.com/

September 3rd @ Beverly A. Baird’s Blog

Join us over at Beverly A. Barid’s blog where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on developing a children’s series.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

September 4th @ Cathy C. Hall’s Blog

Make sure to come by Cathy’s blog again where she shares her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://c-c-hall.com/

September 5th @ Jill Sheet’s Blog

Come by Jill’s blog today where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on writing for children.

https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/

September 5th @ Ali’s Bookshelf

Stop by Ali’s blog where Fiona Ingram talks about whether books can help children cope with life.

http://alisbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com

September 7th @ Beverly A. Baird’s Blog

Join us at Beverly’s blog again for her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s adventurous book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

September 7th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog

Stop by Anthony’s Blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about why a book series is so good for non-readers.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

September 9th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog

Make sure to check out Anthony’s blog again where you can read his thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

September 10th @ Misadventures with Andi

Come by Andi’s blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about why children love reading about other countries and cultures.

https://misadventureswithandi.com/

September 10th @ Whitman’s Academics

Stop by Rebecca’s blog where Fiona Ingram’s talks about turning a non-reader into a reader.

https://whitmansacademics.wordpress.com/

September 12th@ Coffee with Lacey

Stop by Lacey’s blog where she reviews Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

September 13th @ Coffee With Lacey

Be sure to stop by again when Lacey interviews author Fiona Ingram and chats about her newest book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

September 14th @ World of My Imagination

Come by Nicole’s blog where she shares her opinion about Fiona Ingram’s middle grade fiction book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

September 15th @ Story Teller Alley

Stop by Veronica’s blog Story Teller Alley to read Fiona Ingram’s post on how she came about to write the series The Chronicles of the Stone. 

http://storytelleralley.com/blog

 

How to Write a Children’s Book Series by Fiona Ingram

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As part of the blog tour for Fiona Ingram’s middle grade novel The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper, Fiona has agreed to share with us how she developed a children’s book series. Welcome Fiona!

How to Develop a Children’s Series by Fiona Ingram

Developing a children’s series is both rewarding and taxing for the author, and possibly gratefully welcomed by parents whose children suddenly discover a hero they can relate to and whose actions keep them riveted. Isn’t it wonderful when a child begs, nay, commands its parents to go out and buy the next in a favorite series because they ‘absolutely must know’ what is going to happen next. There are many children’s series currently on the market and perhaps many adults are reading them as well as their children. Developing a children’s series is not an exact science and not a guaranteed road to writing success.

• Sometimes an author will start out with an idea, and try to stretch the story over several books, but to no avail. They discover that when a story is done … it’s done! On the other hand, an author may find that the story takes off and grows into something that spills over the last two words (“The End”) and shapes itself into another and then another and then another book, before winding down to a great final climax. Yet another scenario is when the author creates a set of characters that have several adventures, each one clearly contained with a storyline. The characters have a particular history or set of circumstances to retain the familiarity for readers who keep coming back for more action.

• Can a writer tell if the story has the potential for a series? The plot will evolve naturally if the characters are appealing, and if their personal growth and development hold readers’ attention. Again, appealing characters are not worth anything if the action and conflict are not compelling. There must be a perfect marriage between plot and characters to sustain the strength of a series.

• So why do children love an exciting series? A gifted author will be able to create characters that readers can relate to, and either love or hate. The readers get to know the characters well as the action evolves and, as each book comes out, can explore something new about their heroes.

• Characters become friends to the avid young reader, who shares in the hopes, dreams and choices the characters make. Readers are amazingly loyal to their favorite characters, even though they may often disagree with the characters’ choices. A good writer can explore these further, enabling readers to begin to make their own choices, especially in a moral dilemma or emotional conflict. Parents who make the time to read with their children, or who are interested in their children’s book choices, will be able to discuss these issues further. It’s a great way of dealing with ‘sticky’ issues because the discussion is less focused on the child and more on a fictional character. It may be easier for a child to express an opinion if discussing a topic via a character’s choices.

• Sensible advice: There are many good reasons why a first-time author should NOT start out with a series. But wait a moment, I hear you ask, aren’t you marketing your own books in a series. Yes, although I hadn’t planned on that initially. I thought I’d create lots of exciting, unrelated adventures for my heroes. But just after the halfway mark in Book One, things changed and the mythology behind the story grew and grew into almost a story on its own. It was then I surrendered and said to the characters, “Okay, you win, it’s a series.” Whereupon they all burst into mad cheering, especially the ones who made it into Book Two.

Perhaps writers shouldn’t set out to ‘create’ a series but rather let an original good story develop, allowing the characters and plot potential to determine the result.

Thank you Fiona for your wonderful insights into writing a children’s series.

Be sure to check out Fiona’s book and the other son the WOW book tour.

About the Book

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A plane crash! Lost in the jungle! Hunted by their old enemy, will Adam, Justin, and Kim survive long enough to find the Third Stone of Power? With only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, the kids make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the lost city of stone gods, where the Stone of Power might be located. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task. Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

Print Length: 318 Pages

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Adventure

Publisher: Bublish, Incorporated (November 2017)

ISBN: 978-1946229465

The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper is available to purchase on Amazon.com. 

About the Author

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Fiona Ingram is a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, she was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked her new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with her mother and two young nephews. They had a great time and she thought she’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, she had changed careers. She has now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in her middle grade adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book,

The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! She also teaches online novel writing for aspiring authors and she finds that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds her enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. She loves doing research for her book series. Fiona loves animals and has written two animal rescue stories. She has two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.

You can find Fiona at –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/secretofthesacredscarab/

Website: www.chroniclesofthestone.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/FionaRobyn

Author Site: http://www.FionaIngram.com

Blog: http://fionaingramauthor.blogspot.com

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2868182.Fiona_Ingram

— Blog Tour Dates


 @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning with coffee than a muffin? Grab your cup of morning brew and join us today when we celebrate the launch of Fiona Ingram’s book, The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.  You can read our interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

August 14th @ Write Like Crazy

Make sure you stop by Mary Jo’s blog Write Like Crazy where Fiona Ingram talks about why your child doesn’t like reading and how to fix this.

http://www.writelikecrazy.com

August 15th @ Girl Zombie Authors

Come by Christine’s blog where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on writing about different places for kids.

https://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com/

August 16th @ Jessica Samuel’s Blog

Come by Jessica’s blog today where Fiona Ingram talks about how to transform your non-reader into a reader.

https://jessicasamuelsauthor.com/

August 19th @ Madeline Sharples’ Blog

Stop by Madeline’s blog today where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts with young writers on writing and creating characters.

http://madelinesharples.com/

August 20th @ Mari’s #JournalingPower Blog

Stop by Mari’s blog where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on developing characters that children will relate to.

https://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog

August 20th @ Bairn’s Bard

Stop by Rebecca’s blog Bairn’s Bard today where you can read a post by Fiona Ingram’s daughter and also you can read about Rebecca’s thoughts on the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://bairnsbard.wordpress.com/

August 21st @ Cover2Cover Blog

Stop by Steph’s Cover2Cover where you can read Fiona Ingram’s blog post about choosing books for your kids.

http://cover2coverblog.blogspot.com/

August 22nd @ Look to the Western Sky

Come by Margo Dill’s blog Look to the Western Sky where Fiona Ingram writes about her experiences fostering (and later adopting) an illiterate African child who is now a lovely young woman who loves reading.

http://margoldill.com/

August 22nd @ A New Look on Books

Come by Rae’s blog where Fiona Ingram writes about the joy of writing for children.

https://anewlookonbooks.com/

August 26th @ Writing for Children with Karen Cioffi

Come by Karen’s blog where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on how to encourage your kids to start writing.

http://karencioffiwritingforchildren.com/

August 27th @ Mommy Daze: Say What??

Stop by Ashley’s blog where Fiona Ingram talks about helping kids read better with homeschooling. A must read as school is about to start!

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

August 27th @ Rebecca Whitman’s Blog

Come by Rebecca’s blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about using computers to improve reading skills.

https://rebeccawhitman.wordpress.com

August 28th @ Jennifer’s Deals

Stop by Jennifer’s blog where she shares what she her thoughts about Fiona Ingram’s incredible middle grade adventure book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://www.jennifers-deals2.com/

August 30th @ Story Teller Alley

Visit Veronica’s blog and check out her thoughts on the book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

http://storytelleralley.com/blog

August 31st @ Mommy Daze: Say What??

Make sure you stop by Ashley’s blog again where she shares her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

August 31st @ Rebecca Whitman’s Blog

Stop by Rebecca’s blog again where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about writing a children series.

https://rebeccawhitman.wordpress.com/

September 1st @ Cathy C. Hall’s Blog

Visit Cathy’s blog today where Fiona Ingram shares the top ten things you never knew about Mexico!

https://c-c-hall.com/

September 2nd @ Break Even Books

Come by Erik’s blog Break Even Books where Fiona Ingram talks about how to make your books both enjoyable and educational.

https://breakevenbooks.com/

September 3rd @ Beverly A. Baird’s Blog

Join us over at Beverly A. Barid’s blog where author Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on developing a children’s series.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

September 4th @ Cathy C. Hall’s Blog

Make sure to come by Cathy’s blog again where she shares her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://c-c-hall.com/

September 5th @ Jill Sheet’s Blog

Come by Jill’s blog today where Fiona Ingram shares her thoughts on writing for children.

https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/

September 5th @ Ali’s Bookshelf

Stop by Ali’s blog where Fiona Ingram talks about whether books can help children cope with life.

http://alisbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com

September 7th @ Beverly A. Baird’s Blog

Join us at Beverly’s blog again for her thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s adventurous book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

September 7th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog

Stop by Anthony’s Blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about why a book series is so good for non-readers.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

September 9th @ Anthony Avina’s Blog

Make sure to check out Anthony’s blog again where you can read his thoughts on Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

September 10th @ Misadventures with Andi

Come by Andi’s blog where you can read Fiona Ingram’s post about why children love reading about other countries and cultures.

https://misadventureswithandi.com/

September 10th @ Whitman’s Academics

Stop by Rebecca’s blog where Fiona Ingram’s talks about turning a non-reader into a reader.

https://whitmansacademics.wordpress.com/

September 12th@ Coffee with Lacey

Stop by Lacey’s blog where she reviews Fiona Ingram’s book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

September 13th @ Coffee With Lacey

Be sure to stop by again when Lacey interviews author Fiona Ingram and chats about her newest book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

September 14th @ World of My Imagination

Come by Nicole’s blog where she shares her opinion about Fiona Ingram’s middle grade fiction book The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

September 15th @ Story Teller Alley

Stop by Veronica’s blog Story Teller Alley to read Fiona Ingram’s post on how she came about to write the series The Chronicles of the Stone. 

http://storytelleralley.com/blog