WOW Book Review: Looking West by Albert Nasib Badre

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Albert Nasib Badre’s moving memoir “Looking West”, which I read and am now reviewing.
(Please note: I received an advance copy to read and review.)

My Review:

At age 14, Nasib Badre began a new life in America, leaving behind his life in Beirut, Lebanon. Badre writes in great detail about his daily life in Beirut, describing his large family get-togethers, school, home and shopping. It is quite a different life to what he finds in America.
Badre must adjust to a new language and new experiences, first in Albany, N.Y, and then Iowa. Not only did Badre have to adjust to new customs, new people, new places, he had to adjust to a new name. People had difficulty saying Nasib, so his mother added Albert to his name when they arrived in the U.S.
Badre shares his hardships and his triumphs as he masters English, makes friends, learns new skills, attends college and becomes successful.
It is a candid look at the differing lifestyles of Lebanon and the U.S. and the challenges immigrants face when arriving in a new land.
I di not know there was such a clash between the Protestant and Catholic faiths in Lebanon. I appreciated learning about the history of Lebanon and the religious struggle there.
I enjoyed this memoir very much and learned a great deal. It is definitely a book to read – especially in this time when immigrants face such terrible challenges now.
Nasib faced down great challenges to become a successful American citizen and in the process, made his dreams come true.

One quote from the book is a stark reminder of how we should be treating everyone:
“If we help the poorest and more disadvantaged move forward and improve their quality of life, then our entire society will be elevated as well.”

 

About the Book

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In 1960, the Badre family emigrates from Beirut, Lebanon to the United States, a dream come true for fourteen-year-old Nasib.

Nasib struggles to assimilate as a teen in Albany, New York. With limited English skills, he attempts to learn new customs, make friends, and adapt to a different culture. In Beirut, the Badre family was well-known and socially privileged. In America, they are unknown nobodies. Nasib adopts his father’s name “Albert,” and to further Americanize his name, young Albert becomes “Al.”

Despite the many frustrations and difficulties, Al’s ultimate goal is to become a successful American. The new anonymity actually inspires the young man. Excited by the opportunities available to him in his new country, he determines to make a potent contribution to society.

As he strives to adapt, Al reads voraciously, becoming increasingly interested in religion and philosophy. Books become his “American friends,” and reading soon prompts him to ask deep theological questions about his family’s Lebanese Protestant roots, his mother’s conversion to Catholicism, and the contrast between the Protestant and Catholic faiths. This ultimately leads to his Catholic conversion.

Al’s search for meaning in life leads him to social activism among New York City’s poorest. And, in time, to graduate studies, where his desire is to improve the human condition through information technology.

Al Badre– like many other American immigrants–works his way through hardship to achieve a meaningful place in his adopted nation.

 

  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: WidO Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07N6LR52T
  • ISBN: 9781947966130

Amazon Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Looking-West-Journey-Lebanese-American-Immigrant-ebook/dp/B07N6LR52T/?tag=wowwomenonwri-20

 

About the Author:  

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Albert Nasib Badre is an American author born in Beirut Lebanon. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1960 at the age of fourteen. His family made Albany, N.Y. their first home in America where he attended a private Catholic high school through his Junior year. After three years in Albany, the family moved to Iowa City, Iowa, when his father accepted a professor position at the University of Iowa. He finished his senior year at Iowa City High School, then went on to the University of Iowa where he got a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies.  After college, he spent a year as a social worker in New York City. Deciding social work was not for him, he went on to pursue graduate studies at the University of Michigan where he got his Ph.D. in 1973.

He spent the next thirty years at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and today he’s Professor Emeritus of Computing. During his tenure at Georgia Tech, he was an international consultant specializing in designing technology to enhance the human experience.  Dr. Badre was an early pioneer in the field of human-centric design, with some thirty years of experience in human-computer interaction, learning technologies, and human-centric e-learning. His background combines expertise in the empirical methodologies of the behavioral sciences and the design approaches of the computing sciences.

​Dr. Badre authored numerous technical papers, is co-editor of the book Directions in Human Computer Interaction, and the author of the book, Shaping Web Usability: Interaction Design in Context, which was adopted in several dozen courses worldwide. His memoirs, Looking West, is the story of his coming of age immigration to America and subsequent conversion to the Catholic Church.

​Today, Dr. Badre and his wife live in Providence, R.I., near his son and family, where he leads a very active volunteer life, in service to the community.

 

Find Albert Online:

Goodreads:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/197752.Albert_N_Badre

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/anbadre

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

Website: https://www.badremusings.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12819942

 

———-Blog Tour Dates

Launch Day – April 8th

Albert Nasib Badre launches his tour of “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant” with an interview and giveaway at the Muffin!

April 11th @ World of My Imagination with Nicole Pyles

Nicole Pyles shares her review of “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant” with readers at World of My Imagination. Don’t miss a chance to learn more about this heroic memoir.

https://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

 

April 12th @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto

Crystal Otto shares a 5 star review or the touching and empowering memoir “Looking West” by Albert Nasib Badre.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

April 15th @ Selling Books with Cathy Stucker

Cathy Stucker interview Albert Nasib Badre about his empowering memoir “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant”. Readers at Selling Books are looking forward to learning more about this touching journey.

https://www.sellingbooks.com/

 

April 16th @ To Write or Not to Write with Sreevarsha Sreejith 

Sreevarsha Sreejith reviews “Looking West” by Albert Nasib Badre. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Sreevarsha and visit To Write or Not to Write.
http://sreevarshasreejith.blogspot.com/

 

April 16th @ Lisa Haselton Reviews and Interview

Don’t miss today’s empowering and honest interview between Lisa Haselton and Albert Nasib Badre – you will want to learn more about “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant” in this touching memoir.

http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

 

April 17th @ Linda Appleman Shapiro

Well known book reviewer and fellow memoirist Linda Appleman Shapiro reviews “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant” by Albert Nasib Badre.

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

 

April 19th @ Memoir Revolution with Jerry Waxler

Jerry Waxler thoroughly enjoyed reader “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant” by Albert Nasib Badre and shares his thoughts with readers at Memoir Revolution. Don’t miss this insightful review of Badre’s touching memoir.

https://memorywritersnetwork.com/blog/

 

April 22nd @ Author Anthony Avina

Author Anthony Avina delights readers at his blog as he reviews the moving memoir “Looking West” by Albert Nasib Badre.

https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

 

April 23rd @ Beverley A. Baird

Beverley A. Baird reviews the memoir “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant” by Albert Nasib Badre.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

April 26th @ Breakeven Books

Today’s author spotlight at Breakeven Books is none other than memoirist and immigrant Albert Nasib Badre with his touching story “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant”. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this inspirational coming of age memoir.

https://breakevenbooks.com/

 

April 30th @ Choices by Madeline Sharples

Today’s guest post titled “The Backstory: Letters, Photos, and Conversations” is penned by Albert Nasib Badre. Don’t miss this great post and opportunity to learn about Badre’s memoir “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant”

http://madelinesharples.com/

 

May 7th @ Bring on Lemons with Karen Levy

Israeli-American author Karen Levy reviews “Looking West; The Journey of a Lebanese-American Immigrant” by Albert Nasib Badre.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

Finding Your Idea -Guest Post by Linda Kane

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I am very pleased to host Linda Kane today, whose thriller Black Madonna is a on a blog tour with Wow- Women On Writing.

Linda is writing about finding the idea for your book and offers advice for all writers.

Welcome Linda.

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 Finding the Idea
Things that you’re interested in, will interest your reader. So ask yourself, what am I interested in? This question should be your jumping-off point. You’ll hear the advice to “write what you know.” Yet what draws forth our best energy and talent is often the desire to learn more about things we don’t know.

The first step in finding the idea for your novel is to discover your world.

My book, The Black Madonna A Pope’s Deadly Obsession came from my desire to know more about the lost documents found by sheepherders written by Jesus’ apostles. It helped me figure out who my characters would be, where the action would take place, and what would go on in that setting.

Your choice should always be informed by your interests, so immerse yourself in books, television, movies, and anything else that inspires you. This will help you to create the building blocks for your novel.

Trust your own tastes. You’re going to be working with these ideas for a long time, so choose things that interests you enough to sustain you.

Finding the core idea for your novel, is essentially what your book is about. In this question, you are establishing the main ‘idea’ . It is the biggest, most essential promise that you’re making to your reader and should always reflect the story’s highest stakes. You promise your reader by the end of the novel will (as in Black Madonna) will Luci find the lost codex written by Jesus?

Your sole dramatic question depends on understanding the motivations of your hero and villain.

 

Be sure to check out all the stops of the tour for more writing advice from Linda and reviews and contests.

Blog Tour Dates

April 1st @ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Come by today and celebrate the launch of Linda Lee Kane’s book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obession. Read an interview with the author and also enter to win a copy of the book.
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

April 2nd @ Break Even Books
Make sure you visit Erik’s blog today where you can catch Linda Lee Kane’s blog post about heroes and villains.
https://breakevenbooks.com/

April 3rd @ Words from the Heart
Rev. Linda Neas will be reviewing Linda Lee Kane’s book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession. 
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

April 5th @ Words from the Heart
Stop by Rev. Linda Neas blog where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s blog post about heroes and villains.
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

April 8th @ Jennifer’s Deals
Visit Jennifer’s blog where you can read her review of Linda Lee Kane’s exciting historical mystery book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://www.jennifers-deals2.com/

April 10th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Stop by Bev’s blog today where you can read her thoughts about Linda Lee Kane’s historical mystery Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

April 11th @ Oh for the Hook of a Book
Visit Erin’s blog today where she shares her opinion about Linda Lee Kane’s exciting book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://hookofabook.wordpress.com/

April 12th @ Bookworm Blog
Stop by Anjanette’s bookworm blog where you can read author Linda Lee Kane’s post about creating suspense. Plus, be sure to check out the interview with the author as well!
http://bookworm66.wordpress.com

April 13th @ Chapters Through Life
Visit Danielle’s blog where you can read her interview with author Linda Lee Kane and hear more about this interesting writer!
https://chaptersthroughlife.blogspot.com/

April 15th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Visit Bev’s blog again where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s guest post about finding the idea.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

April 16th @ Amanda Diaries
Visit Amanda’s blog where she reviews the exciting historical fiction book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession by Linda Lee Kane.
https://amandalsanders1989.wordpress.com

April 19th @ Bookworm Blog
Stop by Anjanette’s bookworm blog where you can read her thoughts about Linda Lee Kane’s book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
http://bookworm66.wordpress.com

April 19th @ Jill Sheet’s Blog
Make sure you stop by Jill’s blog today where author Linda Lee Kane talks about finding the idea.
https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/

April 20th @ Madeline Sharples’ Blog
Stop by Madeline’s blog where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s blog post about life as a writer.
http://madelinesharples.com/

April 21st @ Coffee with Lacey
Grab some coffee and visit Lacey’s blog where you can read her review of Linda Lee Kane’s exciting thriller, Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://coffeewithlacey.com/

April 22nd @ Cassandra’s Writing World
Visit Cassandra’s blog where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s guest post on research.
https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/

April 23rd @ Joyful Antidotes
Come by Joy’s blog today and find out her thoughts on Linda Lee Kane’s exciting book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://joyfulantidotes.com/

April 24th @ Bring on Lemons
Stop by Crystal’s blog today where you can read her review of this exciting historical fiction book, Black Madonna.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

April 25th @ To Write or Not to Write
Visit Sreevarsha’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Linda Lee Kane’s exciting thriller Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://sreevarshasreejith.blogspot.com/

April 26th @ To Write or Not to Write
Make sure you stop by Sreevarsha’s blog again where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s fascinating blog post about the anatomy of a thriller.
https://sreevarshasreejith.blogspot.com/

April 27th @ A Day in the Life of Mom
Visit Ashley’s blog and check out what she has to say about Linda Lee Kane’s exciting historical mystery Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

May 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog
Be sure to stop by Anthony’s blog today where you can read his opinion about Linda Lee Kane’s exciting historical mystery Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

May 4th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog
May the 4th be with you on this day! Be sure to visit Anthony’s blog again where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s guest post on the anatomy of a thriller as well as an interview with this incredible author.
https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

May 6th @ Cassandra’s Writing World
Visit Cassandra’s blog again where you can read her review of Linda Lee Kane’s book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession. Plus you can also enter to win a copy of the book!
https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/

 

WOW Book Tour of “Black Madonna” by Linda Lee Kane

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Black Madonna: The Pope’s Deadly Obsession by Linda Lee Kane, which I read and am now reviewing.

(Please note: I received an advance copy to read and review.)

My Review
Linda Lee Kane has crafted an historic thriller based on the history of the Cathars, a religious sect in the 12th and 13th centuries France and also of the early tarot cards. Both fact and fiction have been blended to create a fascinating dual timeline story: present day Luci de Foix and 12 the century Esclamonde, thru her diary.

The religion and history of the Cathars is highlighted and makes for an interesting backdrop for Luci, as she tries to discover truths and the codex of Jesus.

There are many factions wanting what she is seeking, but who is she to trust? Where is the codex and the treasures? As Luci follows the clues from the tarot cards she finds, we are drawn onto the mystery and intrigue.

At times very violent (but the history of the early church was violent), it nonetheless is an interesting read.

Be sure to check the back for Kane’s reveal of more detailed information about the tarot cards as well as what was fact or fiction in each section of the book.

 

 Book/Information

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Luci de Foix was nine when her parents were killed in a car accident. But was it an accident? Unbeknownst to Luci, a group known as The Order, under the protection of the Pope, has been watching her family for many years, waiting for the day that a diarywritten in the thirteenth century would be delivered to her family-a journal that contains a key to a lost codex-and they would do anything to get it. Early one morning, when Luci is twenty-nine, a bloodied young man delivers a book, claiming it’s from her lategrandparents.
Plagued by panic attacks that have left her crippled, Luci struggles to overcome her fears, avenge the death of their family, and search for the lost codex. But who can she trust? Everyone seems intent on betraying her, even the gorgeous, enigmatic Max, a man with secrets of his own.

Print Length: 210 Pages
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publisher: Dark Rose Press
ISBN-13: 978-1941851586
ISBN-10: 1941851584
ASIN: B07KJR5WBH

 

About the Author

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Linda Lee Kane is an author of fantasies, thrillers, and contemporary fiction works. She is the author of Death on the VineChilled to the Bones and an upcoming re-release of the The Black Madonna ‘A Popes Deadly Obsession’. She lives with her husband, two dogs,  and seven horses in California.  “Whether I am writing for adults or children, the war between my days and nights is reflected in my books. Although the tendency to acknowledge the light and dark sides of life is often disguised in my work, it’s always there, lurking just out of sight.”

You can find Linda at her website: https://www.lindaleekane.com/

You may also follow her on Twitter at @llkane2152.

You may also follow her on Amazon and GoodReads.

 

— Blog Tour Dates

April 1st @ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Come by today and celebrate the launch of Linda Lee Kane’s book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obession. Read an interview with the author and also enter to win a copy of the book.
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

April 2nd @ Break Even Books
Make sure you visit Erik’s blog today where you can catch Linda Lee Kane’s blog post about heroes and villains.
https://breakevenbooks.com/

April 3rd @ Words from the Heart
Rev. Linda Neas will be reviewing Linda Lee Kane’s book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession. 
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

April 5th @ Words from the Heart
Stop by Rev. Linda Neas blog where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s blog post about heroes and villains.
https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

April 8th @ Jennifer’s Deals
Visit Jennifer’s blog where you can read her review of Linda Lee Kane’s exciting historical mystery book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://www.jennifers-deals2.com/

April 10th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Stop by Bev’s blog today where you can read her thoughts about Linda Lee Kane’s historical mystery Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

April 11th @ Oh for the Hook of a Book
Visit Erin’s blog today where she shares her opinion about Linda Lee Kane’s exciting book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://hookofabook.wordpress.com/

April 12th @ Bookworm Blog
Stop by Anjanette’s bookworm blog where you can read author Linda Lee Kane’s post about creating suspense. Plus, be sure to check out the interview with the author as well!
http://bookworm66.wordpress.com

April 13th @ Chapters Through Life
Visit Danielle’s blog where you can read her interview with author Linda Lee Kane and hear more about this interesting writer!
https://chaptersthroughlife.blogspot.com/

April 15th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Visit Bev’s blog again where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s guest post about finding the idea.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

April 16th @ Amanda Diaries
Visit Amanda’s blog where she reviews the exciting historical fiction book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession by Linda Lee Kane.
https://amandalsanders1989.wordpress.com

April 19th @ Bookworm Blog
Stop by Anjanette’s bookworm blog where you can read her thoughts about Linda Lee Kane’s book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
http://bookworm66.wordpress.com

April 19th @ Jill Sheet’s Blog
Make sure you stop by Jill’s blog today where author Linda Lee Kane talks about finding the idea.
https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/

April 20th @ Madeline Sharples’ Blog
Stop by Madeline’s blog where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s blog post about life as a writer.
http://madelinesharples.com/

April 21st @ Coffee with Lacey
Grab some coffee and visit Lacey’s blog where you can read her review of Linda Lee Kane’s exciting thriller, Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://coffeewithlacey.com/

April 22nd @ Cassandra’s Writing World
Visit Cassandra’s blog where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s guest post on research.
https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/

April 23rd @ Joyful Antidotes
Come by Joy’s blog today and find out her thoughts on Linda Lee Kane’s exciting book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://joyfulantidotes.com/

April 24th @ Bring on Lemons
Stop by Crystal’s blog today where you can read her review of this exciting historical fiction book, Black Madonna.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

April 25th @ To Write or Not to Write
Visit Sreevarsha’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Linda Lee Kane’s exciting thriller Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://sreevarshasreejith.blogspot.com/

April 26th @ To Write or Not to Write
Make sure you stop by Sreevarsha’s blog again where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s fascinating blog post about the anatomy of a thriller.
https://sreevarshasreejith.blogspot.com/

April 27th @ A Day in the Life of Mom
Visit Ashley’s blog and check out what she has to say about Linda Lee Kane’s exciting historical mystery Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

May 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog
Be sure to stop by Anthony’s blog today where you can read his opinion about Linda Lee Kane’s exciting historical mystery Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession.
https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

May 4th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog
May the 4th be with you on this day! Be sure to visit Anthony’s blog again where you can read Linda Lee Kane’s guest post on the anatomy of a thriller as well as an interview with this incredible author.
https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

May 6th @ Cassandra’s Writing World
Visit Cassandra’s blog again where you can read her review of Linda Lee Kane’s book Black Madonna: A Pope’s Deadly Obsession. Plus you can also enter to win a copy of the book!
https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/

 

Understanding Middle-grade Characters. Blog post by Author Anna Levine

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As part of the WOW! Women on Writing blog tour for Anna Levine’s wonderful picture book All Eyes on Alexandra, I am pleased to welcome Anna, as she shares her thoughts on writing middle-grade characters.

 

Why’ happens next? Understanding middle-grade characters.

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The other day I was frustrated with the progress of my novel. I called up a friend and was explaining the plot when she stopped me and said, “Anna, you keep telling me what happens next and not why.”
Her comment gave me pause and made me think about how oftentimes we get so focused on developing the plot, caught up in building a sequence of events, that we forget that things happen for a reason, and those reasons are what give depth to character motivation.
Sense of self, family relationships between parents/caregivers/siblings and relatives, peer pressures and academic achievement all effect or are the ‘whys’ which can explain the ‘what’ that happens in a novel. How a child resolves problems with any or all of the above issues will show the reader what kind of person he or she is.
So while pace is important in a middle-grade novel, middle-grade readers are looking to see how the characters deal with issues they find themselves facing.

 

Thanks so much Anna. I am sure writers will appreciate your insights.

Be sure to check out the other stops on Anna’s blogging tour:

Blog Tour Dates


December 3rd @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Make sure you visit WOW’s blog today and read an interview with the author and enter for a chance to win a copy of the book All Eyes on Alexandra.

muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

December 5th @ Cassandra’s Writing World

Visit Cassandra’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Anna Levine’s picture book All Eyes on Alexandra.

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

 

December 5th @ Break Even Books

Visit Erik’s blog where you can read Anna Levine’s guest post about how to jog your inspiration.

https://breakevenbooks.com/

 

December 7th @ Coffee with Lacey

Grab some coffee and visit Lacey’s blog where you can read her review of Anna Levine’s picture book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com


December 8th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Visit Anthony Avina’s blog today where he joins in the fun of celebrating and shares information about Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

 

December 8th @ Christy’s Cozy Corners

Visit Christy’s blog and cozy up while you read her review of Anna Levine’s picture book All Eyes on Alexandra.

https://christyscozycorners.com/

 

December 9th @ Coffee with Lacey

Visit Lacey’s blog again where you can read Anna Levine’s guest post about designing your ideal writing spot.

http://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

 

December 9th @ Christy’s Cozy Corner

Visit Christy’s blog where you can read Anna Levine’s blog post about how she decided to use crane’s in her story.

https://christyscozycorners.com/
December 10th @ Thoughts in Progress

Visit Pamela’s blog where you can read Anna Levine’s guest post about how authors use anthropomorphic animals.

http://masoncanyon.blogspot.com/

 

December 11th @ Read. Write. Sparkle. Coffee.

Make sure you visit Jeanie’s blog today and read her thoughts about Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://www.readwritesparklecoffee.com/
December 12th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog

Visit Anthony Avina’s blog where he interviews Anna Levine, author of All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

 

December 13th @ Read. Write. Sparkle. Coffee.

Make sure you visit Jeanie’s blog today and read Anna Levine’s guest post about building a theme day around a picture book.

http://www.readwritesparklecoffee.com/

 

December 13th @ Oh for the Hook of a Book

Visit Erin’s blog where she shares her thoughts on Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

www.hookofabook.wordpress.com

 

December 15th @ A Storybook World

Visit Deirdra’s blog where she features Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra in a spotlight post.

http://www.astorybookworld.com/

 

December 17th @ World of My Imagination

Stop by Nicole’s blog today where you can read her review of Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

 

December 19th @ Cassandra’s Writing World

Visit Cassandra’s blog again where you can read Anna Levine’s blog post about naming your characters.

https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com

 

December 19th @ Linda’s Blog

Make sure you visit Linda’s blog today where you can read her thoughts about Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

https://www.lindaleekane.com/blog

 

December 20th @ Word Magic: All About Books 

Visit Fiona’s blog where you can read her review of Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://fionaingramauthor.blogspot.com/

 

December 21st @ Bring on Lemons

Make sure you grab some lemonade and stop by Crystal’s blog today where she reviews Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

December 27th @ Linda’s Blog

Visit Linda’s blog again where you can read her interview with author Anna Levine.

https://www.lindaleekane.com/blog


December 28th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Visit Beverley’s blog today you can read her review of Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/
December 31st @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog and read Anna Levine’s guest post on learning about families and different cultures.

https://strength4spouses.blog/
January 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Visit author Anthony Avina’s blog where he shares his thoughts about Anna Levine’s picture book All Eyes on Alexandra. 

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

 

January 3rd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Visit Beverley’s blog again where you can read Anna Levine’s blog post about getting into the head of your middle-grade characters.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

January 4th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Visit author Anthony Avina’s blog again where you can read Anna Levine’s blog post about using fiction to write non-fiction.

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

 

January 7th @ Strength 4 Spouses Blog

Visit Wendi’s blog again where you can read her thoughts about the book All Eyes on Alexandra by Anna Levine.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

WOW! Women on Writing Blog Tour for “Eyes on Alexandra” by Anna Levine

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Eyes on Alexandra by Anna Levine and Chiara Pasqualotto,   which I read and am now reviewing.
(Please note: I received an advance copy to read and review.)

My Review

Eyes on Alexandra is a lovely picture book, written by Anna Levine, with beautiful illustrations by Chiara Pasqualotto.

I was captivated by the story of the crane migration to Israel on several levels.

Growing up in Canada, I knew about the bird migration here and loved watching birds head south for warmer climates each fall. I still watch Canada geese fly overhead in their V formations.

I love cranes and had followed the work of  Bill Lishman who lived near us. His “Operation Migration” was a huge success in saving the endangered whooping crane.

This story educated me as I had never imagined the millions of birds that flock to Israel on their migration to Africa. As we follow the cranes on their migration, we get to see many details of the trip as well, especially of Israel.

The story itself provides a glimpse into family dynamics. Alexandra definitely dances to a different drummer. Her family watched over her and were often exasperated by her. But they finally come to recognize her strengths. It is a gentle lesson in accepting each other and valuing those differences.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am anxious to share it with my granddaughter. I highly recommend it.

 

(Check back on January 3rd as Anna Levine’ shares her  thoughts about getting into the head of your middle-grade characters.)

 

Book summary

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In All Eyes on Alexandra, young Alexandra Crane is terrible at following her family in their flying Vee. She can’t help it that the world is so full of interesting distracting sights! When it’s time for the Cranes to migrate to Israel’s Hula Valley for the winter, Alexandra is excited but her family is worried. Will Alexandra stay with the group, and what happens if a dangerous situation should arise? Might Alexandra—and the rest of the flock—discover that a bad follower can sometimes make a great leader?

Based on the true story of Israel’s annual crane migration.

Print Length: 32 Pages

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Publisher: Kar-Ben Pub

ISBN-10: 1512444391

ISBN-13: 978-1512444391

All Eyes on Alexandra is available to purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target and Thrift Books.

 

About the Author, Anna Levine

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Anna Levine is an award-winning children’s book author. Like Alexandra Crane, the character in her latest picture book, she loves to explore new worlds. Born in Canada, Anna has lived in the US and Europe. She now lives in Israel, where she writes and teaches.

You can find Anna Levine online at —

Author website: http://www.annalevine.org/

Twitter: @LevineAnna

Instagram: @booksfromanna

 

About the Illustrator, Chiara Pasqualotto,

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Chiara Pasqualotto was born in Padua, in northern Italy, currently teaches illustration and drawing classes to children and adults, in particular in Padua during the summer at the Scuola Internazionale di Comics and in Rome. Since 2008 she’s been living in Rome and working with illustration professionally: her first picture book, Mine, All Mine! was published in 2009 by Boxer Books (UK), since then she published with Oxford University Press, Giunti, Terranuova and some American publishers (Paraclete Press, Tyndale, LearningAZ, Kar-Ben Publisher).

You can find Chiara Pasqualotto online at –

Artist website – https://romeartweek.com/en/artists/?id=1495&ida=1004

Blog: http://chiarapasqualotto.blogspot.com/

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

 

Be sure to check out all these tour stops:

Blog Tour Dates

December 3rd @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Make sure you visit WOW’s blog today and read an interview with the author and enter for a chance to win a copy of the book All Eyes on Alexandra.

muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

December 5th @ Cassandra’s Writing World

Visit Cassandra’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Anna Levine’s picture book All Eyes on Alexandra.

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

December 5th @ Break Even Books

Visit Erik’s blog where you can read Anna Levine’s guest post about how to jog your inspiration.

https://breakevenbooks.com/

December 7th @ Coffee with Lacey

Grab some coffee and visit Lacey’s blog where you can read her review of Anna Levine’s picture book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

December 8th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Visit Anthony Avina’s blog today where he joins in the fun of celebrating and shares information about Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

December 8th @ Christy’s Cozy Corners

Visit Christy’s blog and cozy up while you read her review of Anna Levine’s picture book All Eyes on Alexandra.

https://christyscozycorners.com/

December 9th @ Coffee with Lacey

Visit Lacey’s blog again where you can read Anna Levine’s guest post about designing your ideal writing spot.

http://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

December 9th @ Christy’s Cozy Corner

Visit Christy’s blog where you can read Anna Levine’s blog post about how she decided to use crane’s in her story.

https://christyscozycorners.com/

December 10th @ Thoughts in Progress

Visit Pamela’s blog where you can read Anna Levine’s guest post about how authors use anthropomorphic animals.

http://masoncanyon.blogspot.com/

December 11th @ Read. Write. Sparkle. Coffee.

Make sure you visit Jeanie’s blog today and read her thoughts about Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://www.readwritesparklecoffee.com/

December 12th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog

Visit Anthony Avina’s blog where he interviews Anna Levine, author of All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

December 13th @ Read. Write. Sparkle. Coffee.

Make sure you visit Jeanie’s blog today and read Anna Levine’s guest post about building a theme day around a picture book.

http://www.readwritesparklecoffee.com/

December 13th @ Oh for the Hook of a Book

Visit Erin’s blog where she shares her thoughts on Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://www.hookofabook.wordpress.com

December 15th @ A Storybook World

Visit Deirdra’s blog where she features Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra in a spotlight post.

http://www.astorybookworld.com/

December 17th @ World of My Imagination

Stop by Nicole’s blog today where you can read her review of Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

December 19th @ Cassandra’s Writing World

Visit Cassandra’s blog again where you can read Anna Levine’s blog post about naming your characters.

https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com

December 19th @ Linda’s Blog

Make sure you visit Linda’s blog today where you can read her thoughts about Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

https://www.lindaleekane.com/blog

December 20th @ Word Magic: All About Books

Visit Fiona’s blog where you can read her review of Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://fionaingramauthor.blogspot.com/

December 21st @ Bring on Lemons

Make sure you grab some lemonade and stop by Crystal’s blog today where she reviews Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

December 27th @ Linda’s Blog

Visit Linda’s blog again where you can read her interview with author Anna Levine.

https://www.lindaleekane.com/blog

December 28th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Visit Beverley’s blog today you can read her review of Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

December 31st @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog and read Anna Levine’s guest post on learning about families and different cultures.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

January 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Visit author Anthony Avina’s blog where he shares his thoughts about Anna Levine’s picture book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

January 3rd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Visit Beverley’s blog again where you can read Anna Levine’s blog post about getting into the head of your middle-grade characters.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

January 4th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Visit author Anthony Avina’s blog again where you can read Anna Levine’s blog post about using fiction to write non-fiction.

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

January 7th @ Strength 4 Spouses Blog

Visit Wendi’s blog again where you can read her thoughts about the book All Eyes on Alexandra by Anna Levine.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

WOW! Women of Writing Book Review for “Time to Refresh” by Karen Brown Tyson

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Time to Refresh by Karen Brown Tyson, which I read and am now reviewing.
(Please note: I received an advance copy to read and review.)

My Review

Time to Refresh by Karen Brown Tyson is a 21 Day devotional that was written as a result of being laid off from a position Karen loved. As she struggled to make sense of it, she came to God for understanding.
Time to Refresh has clear guidelines that allow us to take a daily journey with God as you recover your balance and focus.
We all face challenges in our lives and this devotional can help you face those challenges or timeouts.
Each day begins with a note from Karen, with her thoughts and prayers. She quotes bible verses and uses the stories in them to provide “Timeout Takeaways”. She then uses the G.L.O.W. Method to further delve into one’s relationship with God.
I have been sidelined the past two years, as I have put my husband’s health issues front and centre, thus putting my writing and art on the back burner.
I decided to not only read Karen’s book, but follow the advice each day, with journaling, prayer and reading scripture. Listing what I was grateful for each day was a wonderful way to start the day. I felt a renewed connection with God, one I had pushed back the last few years.
This is a very practical, but powerful book, one where Karen is with us along on this journey to find a new path, as we emerge from our own timeout.
Time to Refresh certainly will transform you. Thank you Karen for your very special book.

 

About the Author

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For the past 25 years, Karen Brown Tyson worked for Fortune 500 companies in the fast food, pharmaceutical, and telecommunication industries. Today, Karen is the founder of Constant Communicators, a lifestyle business that helps people improve their business writing skills. Time to Refresh: A 21-Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined was released in August 2018. Karen lives in North Carolina with her husband and son.

You can find Karen at –

Personal Websitehttp://www.karenbrowntyson.com

Blog

Twitter

Facebook  

 

About the Book:

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What happens when some part of your life comes to a screeching halt?

Time to Refresh: A 21- Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined, highlights Karen Brown Tyson’s journey through the Bible following one of three layoffs in her life.

Watch how God leads one woman on a 21-day journey through the Bible and teaches her how to G.L.O.W.— gratitude, listen, observe and witness.

Print Length: 68 pages

Genre: Nonfiction, Self-Help

Publisher: Constant Communicators

ISBN: 978-0692170489

Time to Refresh is available to purchase on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

 

 

Be sure to check all the stops along the Blog tour:

— Blog Tour Dates


November 26th @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Grab your coffee and stop by the Muffin blog where you can read an interview with author Karen Brown Tyson and enter to win a copy of her book Time to Refresh.

muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com

 

November 29th @ Bookworm Blog

Be sure to stop by Anjanette’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s guest post on managing career, home, and ministry.

bookworm66.wordpress.com

 

November 29th @ The Frugalista Mom

Visit Rozelyn’s blog where you can read her review of Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://thefrugalistamom.com/

 

November 30th @ Amateur Twin Mom

Visit Jonelle’s blog to read what she has to say about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

https://www.amateurtwinmom.com

 

December 3rd @ Beverley A Baird Blog

Visit Beverley’s blog where Karen Brown Tyson talks about how to improve your writing life.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

December 5th @ Break Even Books

Stop by Erik’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about how to build your personal brand.

https://breakevenbooks.com/

 

December 5th @  Jill Sheets Blog

Stop by Jill’s blog today where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about how to improve your writing life.

https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/

 

December 6th @ Beverley A Baird Blog

Visit Beverley’s blog again where she shares her thoughts about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh. 

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

December 7th @ Bookworm Blog

Visit Anjanette’s blog again where she interviews author Karen Brown Tyson about her book Time to Refresh.

bookworm66.wordpress.com

 

December 8th @ A Storybook World

Visit Deirdra’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about fearless writing.

http://www.astorybookworld.com/

 

December 9th @ Reducing Overload

Stop by Peggy’s blog to read author Karen Brown Tyson’s post about journaling and stress management.

http://reducingoverload.com/

 

December 13th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey

Visit Kathleen’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about fearless writing.

https://krpooler.com/

 

December 13th @ M.C. Walker’s Blog

Visit M.C. Walker’s blog where she interviews author Karen Brown Tyson about her and her book Time to Refresh.

https://seeminoltawrite.com/

 

December 14th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about having faith during difficult times.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

December 15th @ Jessica’s Reading Room

Visit Jessica’s blog where you can read her thoughts on Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://jessicasreadingroom.com

 

December 16th @ 12 Books

Visit Louise’s blog where she shares her opinion on Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

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

 

December 18th @ Look to the Western Sky

Visit Margo’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about parenting.

https://www.margoldill.com/

 

December 20th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog again where you can read her opinion about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

 

December 20th @ The Faerie Review

Visit Lily Shadowlyn’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about journaling.

http://www.thefaeriereview.com/

 

December 21st @ The World of My Imagination

Visit Nicole’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

 

December 23rd @ Look to the Western Sky

Be sure to stop by Margo’s blog again where you find out what she had to say about Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

https://www.margoldill.com/

 

December 23rd @ Coffee with Lacey

Visit Lacey’s blog where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about journaling.

http://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

 

December 24th @ Coffee with Lacey

Stop by Lacey’s blog again where she reviews Karen Brown Tyson’s book Time to Refresh.

http://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

 

December 27th @ The Frugalista Mom

Be sure to visit Rozelyn’s blog again where you can read Karen Brown Tyson’s blog post about change management.

http://thefrugalistamom.com/

 

WOW! Women On Writing Blog Tour for David Myles Robinson’s “Son of Saigon”

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I am honoured to be part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour for Son of Saigon by David Myles Robinson, which I read and am now reviewing.
(Please note: I received an advance copy to read and review.)

 

My Review

From the opening pages of David Myles Robinson’s novel “Son of Saigon”, through all the twists and turns throughout, we are drawn into this intriguing, suspenseful story.
When we meet Hank Reagan, a 70 year old widower, he is contemplating his death. But then his long-ago love Mai, returns and seeks his help to find the son he never knew about.
The interaction between Hank and his friend Norm are comic at times as they take this buddy search journey to find hank’s 40 year old son.
Robinson touches on so many issues – from death of a spouse, racism, politics, and even depression. He takes us back to the fall of Saigon, to different communities in the U.S.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel – it was quite un-put-downable. I appreciated the complexity of the plot, the interplay amongst the main characters and all the interesting characters met along the journey, but especially the mystery and suspense.
A must read!

 

About the Author

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David Myles Robinson grew up in Pasadena, CA. He holds degrees from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco School of Law. After practicing law for thirty-eight years in Honolulu, Hawaii, he retired with his wife, former Honolulu judge Marcia Waldorf, to Taos, NM. Robinson is the author of three previous novels: legal thrillers Tropical Lies and Tropical Judgments, and Unplayable Lie, a golf-related suspense novel.

Find David Online:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38825244-the-pinochet-plot

David Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DMRobinsonWrite

David Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidMylesRobinson/

David Website: www.davidmylesrobinson.com

 

Book Info

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Hank and Norm were living the good life: two friends with plenty of money, homes in a lovely California retirement town, and no problems except for the boredom that felt almost fatal. Then Mai came into the picture, the love of Hank’s life during his CIA days in Saigon, desperately needing his help to save the son he’d never known he had. Boredom was over, as Hank and Norm hit the road, following the few clues Mai could give them in search of a man who desperately wants not to be found. What they find is a slew of lies and hidden truths, strange characters, improbable danger that has them fighting to survive, and the happy lesson that their lives are far from over.

 

Publisher: Terra Nova Books (June 1, 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1948749009

ISBN-13: 978-1948749008

Amazon Link:

 

Be sure to check out these ——-–Blog Tour Dates

 
Monday, November 12th @ The Muffin

Author Interview & Giveaway

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

Tuesday, November 13th @ Cathy Stucker’s Selling Books

Cathy Stucker interviews retired lawyer and successful author David Myles Robinson about his latest novel Son of Saigon.

https://www.sellingbooks.com/

Wednesday, November 14th @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto

Crystal Otto shares her thoughts on the latest novel by David Myles Robinson – is it a lemon or sweet lemonade? Readers can’t wait to find out!

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 20th @ Coffee with Lacey

Lacey reviews Son of Saigon by David Myles Robinson and shares her thoughts with readers at Coffee with Lacey. Don’t miss an opportunity to learn more about this page turning novel!

https://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, November 21st @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen

Wisconsin educator, mother, and business owner Cathy Hansen collaborates with her teenage daughter as they review and discuss the latest novel by David Myles Robinson. See what these ladies have to say aboutSon of Saigon.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 22nd @ Lisa Haselton

Lisa Haselton interviews David Myles Robinson about his latest work – Son of Saigon.

http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

Friday, November 23rd @ Author Anthony Avina

Fellow author Anthony Avina pens his fascinating review of David Myles Robinson’s latest novel Son ofSaigon.

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com 

Tuesday, November 27th @ Beverley A. Baird

Beverley A Baird reviews Son of Saigon by David Myles Robinson. Readers won’t want to miss an opportunity to learn more about this interesting novel.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

 Tuesday, December 4th @ World of My Imagination

Nicole Pyles delights readers at World of My Imagination as she reviews the latest page turner by David Myles Robinson. You won’t want to miss Nicole’s thoughts about Son of Saigon

https://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, December 5th  @ Bella Donna’s Books with Dawn Thomas

Dawn Thomas reads and reviews the latest novel by David Myles Robinson – stop by Bella Donna’s Books to learn more about Son ofSaigon.

http://belladonnasbooks.com/

Thursday, December 6th  @ Choices with Madeline Sharples

Fellow author Madeline Sharples reviews Son of Saigon by David Myles Robinson. Don’t miss her thoughts about this latest novel.

http://madelinesharples.com/

Friday, December 7th @ To Write or Not to Write

Sreevarsha Sreejith reviews Son of Saigon .Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Sreevarsha and visit To Write or Not to Write.

 http://sreevarshasreejith.blogspot.co.at/

 

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.

https://krpooler.com/

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/

 

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

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

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@ 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