Connect Five

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In the past week I have completed two more “Connect Fives”. This challenge has definitely become my favourite reading challenge. As I read a book, I try to find a connection that I can link to other books. Often, I do a search of a theme to see what books would work. (Goodreads is good for this – check their lists).
Then I check at the library to see if any of these books are available – and most times I am lucky. I also check through my Kindle books – and usually find some there as well.
Then I get to read these books, many of which I might not have read otherwise.

Connection 1: Books by Patricia Briggs
Her Mercy Thompson paranormal series had been recommended on many different reading/book sites. I finally decided to read at least one. Just to see what the fuss or the hype was about.
Well, I was hooked and now I have devoured 10 books and am on my eleventh. The next in the series (book 12- although not sure if it will be the last) won’t be out til next year (!)
The series highlights walker Mercy Thompson, a coyote shapeshifter raised by werewolves. Each book focuses on a myth or legend, with lots of twists and turns. Mercy sides with honour, loyalty, love, friendships, bravery and draw many to her side – from werewolves, especially the Alpha Adam. Vampires, fae and others. They fight hate, revenge, dishonour, lies, death.

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Moon Called (Book 1)
(Blood Bound – BK. 2 – but am using for my next connect 5)
Iron Kissed (Book 3)
Bone Crossed (Book 4)
Silver Borne (Book 5)
River Marked (Book 6)

Connection 2: Alliterative Titles
This was a fun one and it wasn’t until I had read a couple of books that I realized the connection. (The last book was Book 2 of Patricia Briggs’ series.) So this connection included: 1 classic, 3 romances and 1 paranormal

 

Decoy Date by Mira Lyn Kelly

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Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

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Sweet Suzie Sweet by Katie Graykowski

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Deja Date by Susan Hatler

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How to Research Secondary Sources by Rina Z. Neiman (Part of her WOW Blog Tour)

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As part of the blog tour for Rina Z. Neiman’s historical novrel Born Under Fire. Rina has agreed to share with us 5 top ways to research secondary sources. Welcome Rina!

 

5 TOP WAYS TO RESEARCH SECONDARY SOURCES  by Rina Z. Neiman

My novel, Born Under Fire, takes place from 1934-1949 under the British Mandate of Palestine. When I took on writing an historical novel, I knew that secondary sources would be a large part of my research.

Here are my top 5 ways to research secondary sources:

  1. Museums are a wonderful resource for research and inspiration. Seeing an outfit from a certain time period and being able to examine the details, from buttonholes to hair pins, will give your historical fiction believability.

2.  Academic books can give you a better understanding of the forces that led a historical events. . Many of these books are prohibitively expensive so use your local library’s inter-library loan system to find and check out books from academic institutions.

3. Movies and historical documentaries give a sense of what it was like at the time. Search for films not only about the time period, but of the time period.

4. Newsreels with narration give a sense of what public perception was about a particular event of the day. YouTube is a great source for many historic newsreels.

5. Newspaper reports about an event are the best way to learn about an event when it happened. Archives are accessible via the internet or your local library.

For a full list of resources and links I used for my novel, VISIT HERE. 

 

 

Thank you Rina for your wonderful insights into researching secondary sources.

Be sure to check out Rina’s book and the other posts on  the WOW book tour.

 

About the Author

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Rina Z. Neiman is a writer, event producer and public relations professional. Born Under Fire is based on the true story of her mother, Shulamit Dubno Neiman, a Sabra, a musician and one of the first generation of modern-day Israelis. Rina lives in Marin County, California with her husband and son. This is her first novel.

You may find out more about the author and her book by visiting the website https://www.bornunderfire.com/. Also, you may find her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

About the Book

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Born Under Fire is an historical novel that tells the story of a girl coming of age and her drive to excel despite the devastating effects of long-term war. Born in Jerusalem under British rule in 1928, Shula grows up in a world in turmoil as Hitler rises to power and nations enter into war. Amid a landscape of ancient stone ruins next to modern Bauhaus architecture, and desert scrub ending at newly verdant farmlands, Shula grows into her independence as the State of Israel is born. Based on historical documents and events, Born Under Fire is also about the context surrounding the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the horrors and dangers of growing up in a conflict zone. Shula battles grief and depression due to the shattering events affecting her, her family, and the entire world. Despite this struggle, her resilient spirit enables her to reach great heights as a concert pianist..

Print Length: 258 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN-13: 978-1986349147

ISBN-10: 1986349144

Born Under Fire is now available to purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Thrift Books.

 

— Blog Tour Dates

May 20th @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin! So, grab your coffee and join us today as we celebrate the launch of Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire. Read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.

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

 

May 21st @ Karen Brown Tyson Blog

Make sure you stop by Karen’s blog today where you can read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about how to manage time and distractions during the book writing process. If you are writing a book – or thinking about writing one – this one is a post you don’t want to miss!

https://karenbrowntyson.com/blog/

May 22nd @ Coffee with Lacey

Grab some coffee and visit Lacey’s blog today where you can read her review about Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.

https://coffeewithlacey.com/

May 23rd @ Coffee with Lacey

Stop by Lacey’s blog again where you can read the author Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about why researching primary sources is so effective.

https://coffeewithlacey.com/

May 23rd @ Bri’s Book Nook

Looking for a new book? Make sure to stop by Bri’s Book Nook and find out why you need to add Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire to your reading list.

https://brisbooknook.com/

May 24th @ One Sister’s Journey

Today is a can’t miss review by Lisa over at One Sister’s Journey blog. She’s sharing her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://www.lisambuske.com/

May 26th @ Reading Whale

You won’t want to miss today’s stop at the blog Reading Whale where you can read this Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about when you can finally start writing your book after all that research.

https://readingwhale.com/

May 27th @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf

Fill your bookshelf with good books! Stop by Veronica’s blog and read author Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about writing biographical fiction and when to dramatize real events.

https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogspot.com/

May 28th @ Helen Hollick’s World of Books

Join Helen Hollick’s Tuesday Talk over at her blog and read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about how videos can reinforce your historical novel.

https://www.helenhollick.net/

May 28th @ Book Collab Blog

Make sure you stop by Morgan’s blog Book Collab where you can find out what she has to say about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://morganbray15.wixsite.com/mysite

May 29th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

If you love historical fiction, make sure you visit Anthony Avina’s blog today where he features author Rina Z. Neiman’s blog post about how she researched her historical fiction novel Born Under Fire. You won’t want to miss this!

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

May 31st @ Jess Reading Blog

Are you interested in writing history for young adults? If you are, you will absolutely want to visit Jess’ blog today where author Rina Z. Neiman talks about writing history for young adults and what grabs them and what loses them.

https://jessbookishlife.wordpress.com/

June 1st @ The World of My Imagination

Come by Nicole’s blog today where you can read her review of Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire and enter to win a copy of the book.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

June 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Can’t resist a good book? Visit author Anthony Avina’s blog today when he reviews Rina Z. Neiman’s incredible historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

June 3rd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Looking for your next great read? Make sure you stop by Bev’s blog today and catch her opinion on this fascinating historical fiction novel Born Under Fire.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

June 4th @ Amanda Diaries

Today’s stop is at Amanda’s blog where you can read what she thinks about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire. 

https://amandalsanders1989.wordpress.com/

June 5th @ The Frugalista Mom

Visit Rozelyn’s blog today where you can not only read her review of Born Under Fire but also enter to win a copy of the book!

https://thefrugalistamom.com/

June 7th @ Bookworm Blog

Feeling bookish today? Make sure you stop by Anjanette’s Bookworm blog where you can read her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s powerful historical fiction book Born Under Fire plus read an interview with the author.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

June 8th @ Jessica’s Reading Room

Today’s tour stop is a fantastic guest post written by author Rina Z. Neiman about how to make stories interactive. A must-read for all the writers out there!

http://jessicasreadingroom.com/

June 9th @ Jess Bookish Life

Need a new book in your life? Stop by Jess’ blog today where she shares her opinion about the historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://jessbookishlife.wordpress.com/

June 10th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Are you doing research for your novel? Make sure you visit Bev’s blog today where author Rina Z. Neiman is talking about top 5 ways to research secondary sources.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

June 12th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Get to know author Rina Z. Neiman at today’s stop over at author Anthony Avina’s blog where he interviews the author.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

June 14th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog today and read a guest post by the author who talks about making your story interactive and why adding music is so effective.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

June 15th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog at Strength 4 Spouses where you can read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about the importance of writing during deployment.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

June 17th @ 12 Books

Visit Louise’s blog over at 12 Books and find out her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.

http://www.12books.co.uk/

June 21st @ Choices Blog

Interviewing someone for your book? Make sure you visit Madeline Sharples’ blog today where Rina Z. Neiman talks about how to conduct interviews with people who are (and who are not) willing to talk with you.

http://madelinesharples.com/

June 23rd @ Strength 4 Spouses Blog

Need a new book? Make sure you stop by Wendi’s blog where she reviews Born Under Fire by Rina Z. Neiman.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

 

WOW -Women on Writing Blogging Tour for Papa’s Shoes by Madeline Sharples

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Madeline Sharples’ Papa’s Shoes, which I read and am now reviewing.
(Please note: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.)

 

My Review:

So often, history does not give us insight into the lives of ordinary people, especially of immigrants who start a new life in a new country.

Yet in Madeline Sharples’ historical novel Papa’s Shoes we get so much detail of the lives of Ira Schuman and his family, from their leaving Poland to their settling in Illinois and making a life there. We learn of their heartaches,  their conflicts, their triumphs, the ups and downs of their marriage.

To lose one child is devastating – to lose three is unbearable. This was a difficult section for me. Yet, they survived and even thrived in their new country.

I would highly recommend this book.

 

About the Book:

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Papa’s Shoes, a work of fiction about immigration with a feminist and historical bent. At 99,968 words, Papa’s Shoes is a stand-alone novel with series potential.

Ira Schuman is determined to move his family out of their Polish shtetl to the hope and opportunities he’s heard about in America. But along the way he faces the death of three of his four sons, a wife who does not have the same aspirations as his, and the birth of a daughter, Ava, conceived to make up for the loss of his boys. Ava grows up to be smart, beautiful, and very independent.

Besides having a feisty relationship with her overly-protective mother, Ava falls for the college man who directs her high school senior class play. With the news that she wants to marry a non-Jewish man, Ira realizes that his plan to assimilate in the new world has backfired. Should the young couple marry, he must decide whether to banish his daughter from his family or welcome them with open arms. Even though he won’t attend their wedding, he makes her a pair a wedding shoes. In his mind, the shoes are simply a gift, not a peace offering.

· Print Length: 286 pages

· Publisher: Aberdeen Bay (April 27, 2019)

· Publication Date: April 27, 2019

· ASIN: B07R7MQ6CM

 

 

 

About the Author:

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Madeline also co-authored Blue-Collar Women: Trailblazing Women Take on Men-Only Jobs (New Horizon Press, 1994), co-edited the poetry anthology, The Great American Poetry Show, Volumes 1, 2 and 3, and wrote the poems for two photography books, The Emerging Goddess and Intimacy (Paul Blieden, photographer). Her poems have also appeared online and in print magazines, e.g., in the 2016 Porter Gulch Review, Yellow Chair’s In the Words of Womyn 2016 anthology, Story Circle Network’s journals and anthologies, the Best of Poetry Salon 2013-2018, and the Vine Leaves Literary Journal: a Collection of Vignettes from Across the Globe, 2017. And her articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, Naturally Savvy, Aging Bodies, PsychAlive, Story Circle Network’s HerStories and One Woman’s Day blogs, and the Memoir Network blog. One of Madeline’s essays has also appeared in the My Gutsy Story Anthology by Sonia Marsh.

Madeline also co-edited Volumes 1 and 2 of The Great American Poetry Show, a poetry anthology, and wrote the poems for two books of photography, The Emerging Goddess and. Besides having many poems published in print and online magazines, writes regularly for Naturally Savvy, and occasionally for PsychAlive, Open to Hope,and Journeys Through Grief and The Huffington Post.

Find Madeline Online:

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———-Blog Tour Dates

Launch Day – June 3rd

Madeline Sharples launches her tour of “Papa’s Shoes” with an insightful interview and giveaway at the Muffin!

(I have your interview)

June 4th @ Coffee with Lacey

The lovely Lacey reviews “Papa’s Shoes” by Madeline Sharples and shares her review with readers at Coffee with Lacey. This is a blog stop and review readers won’t want to miss!

https://coffeewithlacey.com/

June 5th @ Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews

Lisa Haselton interviews well known author and memoirist Madeline Sharples about her latest novel “Papa’s Shoes” – the story of a Polish shoemaker and his family as they settle in America. This insightful interview is one you won’t want to miss!

http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

June 6th @ Beverley A. Baird

Beverley A. Baird shares her thoughts after reading the touching story of a Polish shoemaker and his family as they settle in America – “Papa’s Shoes” by Madeline Sharples is a book that is sure to please readers!

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

June 7th @ Linda Neas

Today’s guest author at Words from the Heart with Linda Neas is none other than well-known author and memoirist Madeline Sharples. Today, her guest post is titled “How I reinvented myself from a technical writer and editor to a creative writer – and at my

age.” Heart from Madeline and learn more about her latest novel “Papa’s Shoes”!

https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

June 12th @ Linda Neas

Last week, readers at Words from the Heart with Linda Neas read a guest post penned by Author Madeline Sharples and today, Linda will share her review of Madeline’s latest novel “Papa’s Shoes”. This is a blog stop you won’t want to bypass!

https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

June 18th @ Selling Books with Cathy Stucker

Cathy Stucker interviews Madeline Sharples at Selling Books. Readers will flock to learn more about Sharples and her latest novel “Papa’s Shoes”.

https://www.sellingbooks.com/

June 26th @ Linda Appleman Shapiro

Fellow author and memoirist Linda Appleman Shapiro shares her review of “Papa’s Shoes” by Madeline Sharples. Don’t miss Linda’s insight into this touching story of one Polish shoemaker and his family as they move to America!

http://applemanshapiro.com/category/book-reviews/

June 27th @ World of My Imagination

Nicole Pyles reviews the latest best selling novel “Papa’s Shoes” by Madeline Sharples – readers will delight to hear what Nicole thinks of this crowd pleasing story of one Polish shoemaker and his family!

https://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

June 28th @ Deal Sharing Aunt / Vicki Brinius

Vicky Brinius reviews “Papa’s Shoes” by Madeline Sharples. Find out how she feels after reading this touching story of one Polish shoemaker and his family as they settle in America.

http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/

July 2nd @Author Anthony Avina

Fellow author Anthony Avina reviews “Papa’s Shoes” by Madeline Sharples – this is a touching story of one Polish shoemaker and his family as they settled in America.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

July 2nd @ Amanda Sanders

Amanda of Amanda Diaries reviews Madeline Sharples latest novel “Papa’s Shoes” – read Amanda’s review and add this lovely story to your TBR pile today!

https://amandadiaries.com/

July 4th @ Author Anthony Avina

Readers at Anthony Avina’s blog will delight with today’s guest post and author interview with Madeline Sharples – learn more about her and her latest work!

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

July 5th @ Lisa Buske

Lisa Buske shares her review of “Papa’s Shoes” – the latest novel by Madeline Sharples and a touching story of one Polish shoemaker and his family as they settle in America.

https://www.lisambuske.com/

August 12th @ Kathleen Pooler’s Memoir Writer’s Journey

Readers and writers alike will want to stop by Memoir Writer’s Journey to hear from Kathleen Pooler and friend / fellow author Madeline Sharples as they discuss Madeline’s latest book “Papa’s Shoes”.

https://krpooler.com/

WOW- Women on Writing Blog Tour for”Born Under Fire” by Rina Z. Neiman

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Rina Z. Neiman’s Born Under Fire, which I read and am now reviewing.
(Please note: I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.)

My Review:
Born Under Fire by Rina Z. Neiman, details the birth of Israel through the eyes of Shula, a young Sabra, during the years 1934 to 1949, as she grows from child to you woman.  Neiman has based this historical novel on her own mother’s life.
We see Shula’s family and their home life, their struggles, life in and around Tel Aviv. We see the war years, the tensions with the British and the Arabs and the creation of the state of Israel.
So much of Israel’s struggle for nationhood is shown in history books. Yet through Shula we get a much more personal glimpse, as if we were with her.
I would highly recommend this novel. It was both moving and informative, history come alive.

About the Book

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Book Summary

Born Under Fire is an historical novel that tells the story of a girl coming of age and her drive to excel despite the devastating effects of long-term war. Born in Jerusalem under British rule in 1928, Shula grows up in a world in turmoil as Hitler rises to power and nations enter into war. Amid a landscape of ancient stone ruins next to modern Bauhaus architecture, and desert scrub ending at newly verdant farmlands, Shula grows into her independence as the State of Israel is born. Based on historical documents and events, Born Under Fire is also about the context surrounding the founding of the State of Israel, as well as the horrors and dangers of growing up in a conflict zone. Shula battles grief and depression due to the shattering events affecting her, her family, and the entire world. Despite this struggle, her resilient spirit enables her to reach great heights as a concert pianist..

Print Length: 258 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN-13: 978-1986349147

ISBN-10: 1986349144

Born Under Fire is now available to purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Thrift Books.

 

About the Author

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Rina Z. Neiman is a writer, event producer and public relations professional. Born Under Fire is based on the true story of her mother, Shulamit Dubno Neiman, a Sabra, a musician and one of the first generation of modern-day Israelis. Rina lives in Marin County, California with her husband and son. This is her first novel.

You may find out more about the author and her book by visiting the website https://www.bornunderfire.com/. Also, you may find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

— Blog Tour Dates

May 20th @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin! So, grab your coffee and join us today as we celebrate the launch of Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire. Read an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.

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

 

May 21st @ Karen Brown Tyson Blog

Make sure you stop by Karen’s blog today where you can read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about how to manage time and distractions during the book writing process. If you are writing a book – or thinking about writing one – this one is a post you don’t want to miss!

https://karenbrowntyson.com/blog/

May 22nd @ Coffee with Lacey

Grab some coffee and visit Lacey’s blog today where you can read her review about Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.

https://coffeewithlacey.com/

May 23rd @ Coffee with Lacey

Stop by Lacey’s blog again where you can read the author Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about why researching primary sources is so effective.

https://coffeewithlacey.com/

May 23rd @ Bri’s Book Nook

Looking for a new book? Make sure to stop by Bri’s Book Nook and find out why you need to add Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire to your reading list.

https://brisbooknook.com/

May 24th @ One Sister’s Journey

Today is a can’t miss review by Lisa over at One Sister’s Journey blog. She’s sharing her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://www.lisambuske.com/

May 26th @ Reading Whale

You won’t want to miss today’s stop at the blog Reading Whale where you can read this Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about when you can finally start writing your book after all that research.

https://readingwhale.com/

May 27th @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf

Fill your bookshelf with good books! Stop by Veronica’s blog and read author Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about writing biographical fiction and when to dramatize real events.

https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogspot.com/

May 28th @ Helen Hollick’s World of Books

Join Helen Hollick’s Tuesday Talk over at her blog and read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about how videos can reinforce your historical novel.

https://www.helenhollick.net/

May 28th @ Book Collab Blog

Make sure you stop by Morgan’s blog Book Collab where you can find out what she has to say about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://morganbray15.wixsite.com/mysite

May 29th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

If you love historical fiction, make sure you visit Anthony Avina’s blog today where he features author Rina Z. Neiman’s blog post about how she researched her historical fiction novel Born Under Fire. You won’t want to miss this!

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

May 31st @ Jess Reading Blog

Are you interested in writing history for young adults? If you are, you will absolutely want to visit Jess’ blog today where author Rina Z. Neiman talks about writing history for young adults and what grabs them and what loses them.

https://jessbookishlife.wordpress.com/

June 1st @ The World of My Imagination

Come by Nicole’s blog today where you can read her review of Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire and enter to win a copy of the book.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

June 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Can’t resist a good book? Visit author Anthony Avina’s blog today when he reviews Rina Z. Neiman’s incredible historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

June 3rd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Looking for your next great read? Make sure you stop by Bev’s blog today and catch her opinion on this fascinating historical fiction novel Born Under Fire.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

June 4th @ Amanda Diaries

Today’s stop is at Amanda’s blog where you can read what she thinks about Rina Z. Neiman’s historical fiction book Born Under Fire. 

https://amandalsanders1989.wordpress.com/

June 5th @ The Frugalista Mom

Visit Rozelyn’s blog today where you can not only read her review of Born Under Fire but also enter to win a copy of the book!

https://thefrugalistamom.com/

June 7th @ Bookworm Blog

Feeling bookish today? Make sure you stop by Anjanette’s Bookworm blog where you can read her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s powerful historical fiction book Born Under Fire plus read an interview with the author.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

June 8th @ Jessica’s Reading Room

Today’s tour stop is a fantastic guest post written by author Rina Z. Neiman about how to make stories interactive. A must-read for all the writers out there!

http://jessicasreadingroom.com/

June 9th @ Jess Bookish Life

Need a new book in your life? Stop by Jess’ blog today where she shares her opinion about the historical fiction book Born Under Fire.

https://jessbookishlife.wordpress.com/

June 10th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Are you doing research for your novel? Make sure you visit Bev’s blog today where author Rina Z. Neiman is talking about top 5 ways to research secondary sources.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

June 12th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Get to know author Rina Z. Neiman at today’s stop over at author Anthony Avina’s blog where he interviews the author.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

June 14th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog today and read a guest post by the author who talks about making your story interactive and why adding music is so effective.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

June 15th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog at Strength 4 Spouses where you can read Rina Z. Neiman’s guest post about the importance of writing during deployment.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

June 17th @ 12 Books

Visit Louise’s blog over at 12 Books and find out her thoughts about Rina Z. Neiman’s book Born Under Fire.

http://www.12books.co.uk/

June 21st @ Choices Blog

Interviewing someone for your book? Make sure you visit Madeline Sharples’ blog today where Rina Z. Neiman talks about how to conduct interviews with people who are (and who are not) willing to talk with you.

http://madelinesharples.com/

June 23rd @ Strength 4 Spouses Blog

Need a new book? Make sure you stop by Wendi’s blog where she reviews Born Under Fire by Rina Z. Neiman.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

May Reading Summary

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May READING SUMMARY

Our flowers have definitely started to bloom. And June is soon here.
It’s that time to share what I have been reading this past month. I did not have as much variety in my reading this past month, not even reading any picture books. The total read for may was 24 books) with the following breakdown:

Fantasy –4
Historical – 1

Romance –10
Women’s Fiction – 3
Classics – 1
YA – 1
Memoir -1
Mystery –1
Inspirational – 2

Diverse books – 2

I decided this year to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves, an e-book, bought /gifted or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 16
TBR books –2
e-books – 4
Charity reads – 1 (= $2 donated to St. Vincent De Paul)

Books won – 1

 

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I had planned as well to do a separate post for my Jane Austen Reading Challenge, but for now, I will post it here:
I finally (!) read Persuasion.

I also read these Austen :

The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

 

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
13. Book published posthumously: Persuasion by Jane Austen
38. Book based on a true story: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

Adv. 6: Book with unusual Chapters:  Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

 52 Books in 52 Weeks
31. Book everyone’s talking about: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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

Unforgettable You by Brenda Novak

Tangled Up in You by Samantha Chase

 Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “One sitting reads”.

A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson

Save the Date by Susan Hatler

Diversify Your Reading
The genre was history and biography

How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

  Just One More Pa(i)ge

The theme was Asian pacific Heritage Month

How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

Connect Five
I will now be posting a separate post on any Connect Five books I read each month. My latest:  “List” in the title can be found here.

Favourite Books Read This Month
Once again, this was an excellent month for reading books that I rated a number of books a 5 at Goodreads.

Sweep by Jonathan Auxier

Lavender Blue by Donna Kaufman

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle

The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

Tangled Up in You by Samantha Chase

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

The Secret Letters of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S, Sharma

The book that moved me the most, was most disturbing but so informative was:

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How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee – a book about the “comfort women”, held against their will by the Japanese troops during WWII. So powerful!

 

June Goals
I hope to read more MG and YA novels this month as well as reading more books on my TBR shelves.

I plan to take part in 2 more challenges, which are running for the summer months only:

Summer Reading Challenge 2019 at the Messy Middle (Jun. 1 – Aug. 16)

2019 Summer reading Challenge at Early Bird Books  (May 27-Sept. 2)

There is another challenge as well, that runs from July 1- Oct. 31)

Book Challenge by Erin

 

I am linking with the following:

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Monthly Wrap-up (At Feed Your Fiction Addiction)

 

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Best of the Bunch (at a Cocoon of Books)

 

Monthly Review

 

 

 

 

WOW! Women on Writing Review: “Bloody Coffee” by Michelle Dim-Pierre

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Michelle Dim–St. Pierre’s book Bloody Coffee, which I read and am now reviewing.
(Please note: I received a free advance copy in exchange for my honest review.)

My Review:

I have not read Book 1 of Dim-St. Pierre’s “Pinnacle” series but I was quickly drawn into this tale full of secrets, distrust, lies and even betrayal.

Leigh is an interesting character, hurt by the lies her mother has told her all her life, but determined to find out the truth.

We meet many different people, both in New York and Israel, where the action takes place. We travel with Leigh as she goes to Israel several times, the country where her mother was born. We get to see glimpses of life in Jerusalem as well. We definitely learn about the legal system in Israel, which Leigh must maneuver through.

The anger and distrust leigh has for her mother drives her to continue the search, even when others try to discourage her.  There is even a budding romance.

The ending leaves us wondering – what will Leigh do now – about Sloan, Dankner and even her mother?

I enjoyed this book and the mystery Leigh is trying to solve. I’d like to read book 3 next to see the conclusion to this suspenseful novel.

 

 

About the Book:

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A complex, suspenseful, and engrossing tale of doubts, trust, budding romance, and two bullets.

Eighteen-year-old Leigh arrives at a Tel Aviv hospital, seeking information about her probable father, Dr. Sloan, who had a cardiac arrest right after they met for the first time. As she stands next to her father’s bed and watches him, her past, present and future collide. Despite the advice of those around her, Leigh decides to face the challenges of the legal system in Israel. She obtains a court order for a paternity test and confronts Sloan. During her quest to find the truth about her biological father, Leigh is exposed to violent religious intolerance, faces life in a country where church and state are not separate, and meets the man who may be her first true love. Will she change her view of the world she thought she knew? Will she forgive her mother? Will a gunshot change her attitude towards her probable father? And, what will she say to Steve, the only father she ever really had?

· Paperback: 332 pages

· Publisher: Mountain Abor Press; 1st edition (April 22, 2019)

· ISBN-10: 163183522X

· ISBN-13: 978-1631835223

 

About the Author:  

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Michelle Dim-St. Pierre was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where she spent more than half of her life before relocating to the United States.

She lived through four wars and served in the Israel Defense Forces for two years. Unlike her first year of service in an armored division in the Golan Heights, she served her second year serving in the medical corps where she interacted directly with the injured soldiers of the Peace of Galilee war and their families. This interaction, along with the exposure to the hospital atmosphere, fascinated Michelle and further touched her heart.  She went on to get a BS degree in Nursing in Tel-Aviv, and practiced internationally for 32 years in various positions in the surgical field and quickly advanced into health care administration. During her career she worked in the Operating Room, Recovery Room, and CCU—along with many other duties.

Writing was Michelle’s outlet at first, but it soon became her passion. Now, she is a full-time writer. Her international background, along with her military and nursing experience is always at the tip of her pen. Her first novel, Pinnacle Lust, started the Pinnacle trilogy and won the Beach Book Festival in the Romance category, as well as received several honorable mentions in other book contests. It was published to rave reviews.

Michelle is a world traveler who enjoys cooking epicurean food and creating original recipes. She currently splits her time between Florida and Georgia, where she is at work on her next two books.

Find Michelle Online:

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13199731.Michelle_Dim_St_Pierre

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25048045-pinnacle-

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Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MichelleDimStPierre/

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-dim-st-pierre-

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Website(s):

www.MichelleDimStPierre.com

www.PinnacleLust.com

www.BloodyCoffeeBook.com

Buy the Book:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/163183522X?ref=myi_title_dp

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bloody-coffee-michelle-dim-st-pierre/1131320894?ean=2940161424711

Apple Store: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1461500705

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bloody-coffee

Publisher: https://www.shop.booklogix.com/Bloody-Coffee-Hardcover-20881-HC.htm

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Launch Day – May 13th

Michelle Dim-St. Pierre launches her tour of “Bloody Coffee” with an interview and giveaway at the Muffin!

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

May 14th @ Jill Sheets

Jill Sheets hosts Michelle Dim-St. Pierre with a guest post about Michelle’s writing process. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about “Bloody Coffee” and this successful author!

https://jillsheets.blogspot.com

May 16th @ BreakEven Books

Today’s author spotlight at BreakEven books is Michelle Dim-St. Pierre with her latest bestselling novel “Bloody Coffee” – a psychological thriller!

https://breakevenbooks.com/

May 17th @ Reviews by Deb

Deb Blanchard reviews “Bloody Coffee” by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre and shares her thoughts with friends on Facebook and Goodreads!

https://www.facebook.com/Reviews-by-Deb-1737715249887520/

May 20th @ Coffee with Lacey

Lacey delights her readers with her review of “Bloody Coffee” – this is thrilling novel readers can’t get enough of – find out more about Lacey’s thoughts and Michelle Dim-St. Pierre’s book by stopping at Coffee with Lacey today!

https://coffeewithlacey.com/

May 21st @ Amanda Diaries

Amanda L. Sanders offers her review of “Bloody Coffee”. Readers will delight in learning more about this fast-paced mystery!

https://amandadiaries.com/

May 22nd @ The Muffin

Crystal Otto from WOW! Women on Writing couldn’t put down “Bloody Coffee” by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre and she can’t wait to tell readers of the Muffin about this absolute must read thriller! Today is Michelle’s birthday – will Crystal give her a 5 Star Present? Stop by to find out!

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

May 24th @ Author Anthony Avina

Fellow author Anthony Avina gives a raving review after reading Michelle Dim-St. Pierre’s thrilling mystery “Bloody Coffee” – readers won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear Anthony’s insight into this must read novel!

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

May 27th @ Beverley A. Baird

Michelle Dim-St. Pierre has done it again with another best seller – this time it’s a mystery/thriller called “Bloody Coffee” and Beverley A. Baird can’t wait to tell readers all about it in her review! This is a complex and suspenseful mystery readers will be excited to get their hands on!

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

May 28th @ Deal Sharing Aunt

Vicki, the Deal Sharing Aunt, shares her thoughts after reading the latest novel by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre. Readers won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn more about “Bloody Coffee”!

http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/

May 29th @ Margo Dill

Editor and Author Margo Dill couldn’t wait to read “Bloody Coffee” by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre. Stop by her blog today and read her review about this thrilling new release!

https://editor-911.com/articles

May 30th @ Sreevarsha  Sreejith

“Bloody Coffee” by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre travels all the way to France today as Sreevarsha Sreejith reviews this mystery and shares her thoughts with readers at her book blog!

https://sreejithsreevarsha.wordpress.com/

June 3rd @ World of My Imagination

Nicole Pyles couldn’t put down this 5 star read – let’s hear her review of “Bloody Coffee” by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre. Readers will delight as they put this mystery/thriller on their TBRPile!

https://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

June 5th @ Bring on Lemons with Tara Forst

Wisconsin business woman and mother, Tara Forst is a friend of WOW! and is excited to talk about her thoughts after reading “Bloody Coffee” by Michelle Dim-St. Pierre. Don’t miss this review and giveaway!

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

June 6th @ Cassandra’s Writing World

Stop by Cassandra’s Writing World to hear more about Michelle Dim-St. Pierre and her latest best seller “Bloody Coffee” as Cassandra shares her review with readers!

http://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/

June 7th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples

The author spotlight at Choices today is Michelle Dim-St. Pierre with her latest bestselling thriller “Bloody Coffee” – readers won’t want to miss an opportunity to learn more about this fabulous novel!

http://madelinesharples.com/

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Can you read a series in a Month? Challenge

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When I saw this challenge hosted at “Because Reading is Better than Real Life” , I wasn’t sure if I would be able to read a series this month as I had a number of books I wanted to finish/read.

But when I picked up a book at a thrift shop by Jennifer Armentrout and read it, I knew I had to read the whole series.

This paranormal YA series intrigued me with its take on demons, angels and gargoyles. Sounds strange but was actually a fun read. Loved the imagination behind the writing.

Dark Elements Series

White Hot Kiss                Stone Cold Touch        Every Last Breath

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Slice of Life Tuesday

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Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”

 

I was checking blog posts from favourite bloggers tonight when I came across Joanne Goddard’s of “A Cup of Jo“.

She asked the question: What makes you come alive?

It really stopped me short and made me think.

She included Mary Oliver’s famous words (words really to live by!)

Instructions for living a life.

               Pay attention.

               Be astonished.

               Tell about it.

SOL is just that – telling about something we have paid attention to.

Joanne’s shared a list of things that brought her joy and encouraged us to do the same – to list the things that make us feel, or come alive.

 

Here’s my list:

*Hearing my granddaughter laugh

Seeing her discover something new

Hugs and kisses

Snuggling on the couch

Talking with my husband, kids and grandkids

Looking at pictures of family & friends on Instagram & Facebook

Making art

Walking along the beach with water lapping my feet, looking for shells

Playing cards with friends

Getting lost in a good book

Hearing my favourite music

Being caught up ion a mesmerizing stage play

Beautiful flowers

Seeing a beautiful sunset, in an array of colours

 

There are so many things to notice, relish, to enjoy – that fill you with joy. You just have to keep your eyes open!

Connect 5

 

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Looking through my reading journal the past couple of months looking for book connections, i realized i had finally read 5 books published in 2019. And, they were so good as well.

Suddenly Mine by Samantha Chase

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A romance novel by one of my favourite authors about new beginnings.

 

The Cliff House by Rae Anne Thayne

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Women’s fiction with a story of two sisters, the aunt that raised them and a secret. Well told!

 

Unforgettable You by Brenda Novak

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This is the 5 novel in the Silver Springs series – a story about family, loss and second chances.

 

Lavender Blue by Donna Kauffman

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Two grieving people and a chance to find love.

 

99 Per Cent Mine by Sally Thorne

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What happens when the forbidden crush is free and you decide to stay put?

 

Connect 5 is a most enjoyable reading challenge. The fun is in the hunt – how can you connect five books?  Check here to take part.

April Reading Summary

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There were snow flurries yesterday! I will certainly glad the strange weather of April is past and flowers will begin to bloom.
It’s that time to share what I have been reading this past month. I was pleased that I had had more variety in my reading this past month. The total read for April was 32 books) with the following breakdown:

Fantasy –0
SciFi – 0
Paranormal – 2
Romance – 4
Historical romance – 1
Women’s Fiction – 6
Classics – 0
Non-Fiction –0
Picture Books – 7
YA – 2
MG – 0
Magical Realism – 1
Time travel – 3
Memoir -2
Poetry – 1
Mystery –2
Graphic novel – 1

Diverse books – 1

decided this year to record in more detail where the books originated – from the library, on my TBR shelves, an e-book, bought /gifted or a charity read (Bought from a charity store). Here’s the breakdown
Library reads – 19
TBR books –1
e-books – 11
Charity reads – 1 (= $2 donated to St. Vincent De Paul)

 

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I had planned as well to do a separate post for my Jane Austen Reading Challenge, but for now, I will post it here:
Confession time – Once again I did not read an actual Jane Austen novel. I did read an enjoyable novel inspired by Jane Austen: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laura Viera Rigler
I definitely plan to read Persuasion next month and other JA inspired books.

Here are the books read for my favourite challenges:
Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (Through Goodreads)
30. Book featuring Amateur Detective: Gone with the Ghost by Erin McCarthy
31. Book about a family: The Cliff House by RaeAnne Thayne
32. Written by author from Asia, Africa or SA: Looking West by Albert Nasib Badre
34. Includes a wedding: Save the Date by Morgan Matson

52 Books in 52 Weeks
6. Set in Southern U.S.A.: Sweet Suzie Sweet by Katie Graykowski
12.Graphic novel: Secret Path by Gord Downie
21.Title that starts with a “J”: Joy Runs Deeper by Bronia and Joseph Beker
32. A Wester: Philomena: Unwanted Bride by Misty Shae
40.Character who is an Immigrant: Looking West by Albert Nasib Badre
44. Author Who uses a pseudonym: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

Beyond the Bookends.
The theme for April was “read a book about the Holocaust”:
Joy Runs Deeper by Bronia and Joseph Beker

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key words I chose this month were “Time” and “All”
Maybe This Time by Susan B. James
The All You Can Dream Buffet by Barbara O’Neal

Monthly Motif
The theme this month was “Crack the Case”.
Gone with the Ghost by Erin McCarthy

Diversify Your Reading
The genre was graphic novels:

Secret Path by Gord Downie

Connect Five
I will now be posting a separate post on any Connect Five books I read each month. My latest:  “List” in the title can be found here.
Favourite Books Read This Month
Once again, this was an excellent month for reading books that I rated a number of books a 5 at Goodreads.
The Cliff House by RaeAnne Thayne
Secret Path by Gord Downie
Save the Date by Morgan Matson
Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
The All You Can Dream Buffet and The Garden of Happy Endings by Barbara O’Neal
The Dog Year by Ann Garvin
The Honeymooner by Melanie Summers
Grave Intentions by Lori Sjoberg
Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones

May Goals
I hope to once again make a dent in my huge pile of TBR books. (Many of the charity books become my TBR books anyway)
I am linking with the following:

 

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Best of the Bunch

 

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