Review for “Crossing The Line”

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I was excited to have an opportunity to read and review “crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares as part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour.

My Review:
The premise of this book – a paranormal mystery – intrigued me and as I read it, I was quickly drawn into the unfolding story.
The book is told in alternating chapters – Rebecca in the present, and Laura – a spirit who gives us flashbacks to her former life and interacts with Rebecca’s wor4ld.
From the beginning, when Rebecca and her two friends use an Ouija board to get questions answered, through the gradual discovery of what really happened to Laura and Katie, you are caught in a very compelling story.
All of the characters have unique voices and we get a close look into their lives, their problems, their concerns.
Valladares has created an afterlife, with the Academy, that is imaginative yet fascinating. How wonderful for our world if we could be so helped.

The other part of this story important is the focus on the damage rumours and bullying can do to so many and the ramifications it can have. The comparison of Laura’s and Rebecca’s lives forces one to see just how challenging it is for young people to navigate relationships, depression, fear, bullying, hate. Love and friendships can save lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

 

Publication Information

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Laura, who died thirty years ago, enlists the help of a tenacious high school reporter named Rebecca, who is very much alive. Rebecca, although skeptical and conflicted by her supposed encounters with a spirit, determines to learn the truth about Laura’s tragic death. As the clues unravel and their worlds collide, Rebecca finds herself at a dangerous crossroads.

Laura, now pulled back into everything she left behind when she died – her old high school and memories of her life and death—has been in training for this exact moment. And nothing means more to her than succeeding at her assignment.

It is her one chance to make sure that what happened to her does not happen to anyone else, and especially not to her new friend, Rebecca.

Paperback:  300  pages

Genre:  Fiction / Young Adult Novel
Publisher:    WiDO (March 2018)
ISBN-13:    978-1-937178-99-4

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079ZZD4VR/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_NlfLAbVNHMYR3/?tag=wowwomenonwri-20

 

About the Author

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Ellen Wolfson Valladares is an award-winning writer/author, workshop facilitator, community volunteer, and mother. A native Floridian, she grew up in St. Petersburg and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. She has worked as an editor, public relations professional, and freelance writer. Her first book, a children’s novel entitled Jonathan’s Journey to Mount Miapu, received several awards, including a Mom’s Choice Gold Award and the 2009 Coalition of Visionary Resources Visionary Awards Book of the Year award. She also has a meditation CD, entitled “Healing and Manifestation with the Archangels.”
Today, Valladares continues to work as a freelance writer. She also enjoys coaching high school students working on their college essays and helping other writers realize their dreams. She has been married to her husband, Manny, for 30 years and they have two sons, Gabriel and Michael, two dogs, Flash and Chili Pepper, and a crazy cat named Zelda. They live in Weston, Fla.

Find Ellen Online:

Website: http://www.ellenvalladares.com

Twitter: @ValladaresEllen

FB: @EllenValladares444 (link: https://fb.me/EllenValladares444)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023698.Ellen_Wolfson_Valladares 

 

The blog tour continues here:

Monday, April 16th   @ The Muffin

Join us at the Muffin for an author interview and book giveaway for the fictional young adult novel by Ellen Valladares,  Crossing the Line.

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

 Tuesday, April 17th @ World of My Imagination

Nicole Pyles reads and reviews “Crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares. This is a fun young adult novel that readers will be sure to delight in!

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, April 18th  @  Beverley Baird

Beverley Baird reviews “Crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares. Readers won’t want to miss this fast paced young adult novel!

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

Thursday, April 19th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey

Ellen Valladares pens today’s guest post at Kathleen Pooler’s Memoir Writer’s Journey. Don’t miss this great post titled “Your Writer’s Purpose — how creating your purpose/vision can keep you on target” and learn more about Valladares latest novel “Crossing the Line”.

 https://krpooler.com/

Thursday, April 19th @ Write Like Crazy

Mary Jo reads Ellen Valladares “Crossing the Line” and shares her thoughts with readers at Write Like Crazy.

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 Friday, April 20th @ BookWorm

Anjanette Potter delights readers at Bookworm with her review of the YA Novel “Crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares.

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

Saturday, April 21st @ Spark the Wizard

Brandi at Spark the Wizard shares her thoughts in a review of Ellen Valladares novel “Crossing the Line”.

 http://sparkthewizarduprising.com/

 Monday, April 23rd  @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen

Wisconsin entrepreneur and school teacher reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out more about the YA Novel “Crossing the Line”.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

Tuesday, April 24th   @ Finished Pages

Today, at Finished Pages, readers have an opportunity to learn more about “Crossing the Line”the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. Don’t miss Renee’s review of this YA Novel!

http://finishedpages.com/

 

Wednesday, April 25th  @ Reviews by Deb

Deborah Blanchard shares her thoughts after reading “Crossing the Line” by accomplished author and journalist Ellen Valladares.

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

 

Thursday, April 26th @ Digging with the Worms

Eric Trant reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. See what Eric thinks of “Crossing the Line” and find out more about this great book and accomplished author.

http://diggingwiththeworms.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 26th @ Phy Tallic

Phy reviews the delightful YA Novel “Crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares.

https://phytallic.wordpress.com/

 

 Friday, April 27th @ Write Happy

Today at Write Happy, Cathy Brown will be interviewing Ellen Valladares about her latest novel“Crossing the Line”. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this YA Novel  as well as hear some tips from the accomplished journalist and author Ellen Valladares.

https://www.writehappy.net/blog

 

Monday, April 30th @ Ellen Valladares

Crystal J. Casavant-Otto from WOW! Women on Writing reviews “Crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares and shares her thoughts with readers at Valladares blog.

http://ellenvalladares.com/ellens-blog/

 

Tuesday, May 1st @ I Just Want to Finish My…

Brittany shares her thoughts after reading “Crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares. Don’t miss this insightful blog stop for this delightful Young Adult Novel!

http://www.ijustwannafinishmy.com/

Wednesday, May 2nd @ Hott Books

Don’t miss today’s guest post at Hott Books! Distinguished author Ellen Valladares shares her post titled: ‘The Inspiration Behind Crossing the Line’. You’ll want to learn more about this delightful YA Novel!

 http://www.hottbooks.com/

  Friday, May 4th @ Frasers Fun House

Melanie at Frasers Fun House reviews “Crossing the Line” by Ellen Valladares.

 https://frasersfunhouse.com/

 Monday, May 7th @ Word Nerd Media

Elizabeth at Word Nerd reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. You won’t want to miss a minute of this captivating YA Novel “Crossing the Line”.

https://www.wordnerdmedia.com/

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Book Review: Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62 by B. Lynn Goodwin

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I am very pleased to be part of the WOW – Women on Writing Blog tour for B. Lynn Goodwin’s book Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62.

My Review

Lynn Goodwin’s book Never Too Late is the perfect book for this week of romance.
Goodwin writes so honestly and draws us into her story so well, that we feel as if we are sitting together over coffee, sharing our life stories.

Having remarried at age 50, I do know that it is never too late to find love.

Goodwin describes in much detail and honesty how she met Richard through Craiglist, through their early dates, their engagement and onto their marriage. She gives us an intimate look at her fears about their differences. She knows how independent she is and wonders often about Richard’s controlling ways. She recognizes and appreciates his good qualities but hesitates giving control of her life, of her money, of her independence.

All couples must compromise when they join their lives. For Goodwin, being alone for 62 years, was a much greater challenge. I thoroughly enjoined following their love story, their challenges and how they overcame them and how they made their romance work.

“We were a couple of good-hearted, imperfect, youngish seniors, partnering up.”
They each had their own motto that served them well throughout:
Richard: “The secret to marriage is to have no secrets.”
Lynn: “Pick your battles.”

I highly recommend this book. It is an honest, realistic examination of meeting someone and falling in love. It really is never too late.

 

About the Author

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B. Lynn Goodwin is the owner of Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com. She’s written You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers (Tate Publishing) and Talent (Eternal Press). Talent was short-listed for a Literary Lightbox Awardand won a bronze medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and was a finalist for a Sarton Women’s Book Award.

Her manuscript, Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62was published by Koehler Press on December 20, 2017. Goodwin’s work has appeared in Voices of CaregiversHip MamaDramatics MagazineInspire Me TodayThe SunGood Housekeeping.comPurple Clover.com and elsewhere. She is a reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network, and she is a manuscript coach at Writer Advice. She always has time to write guest blog posts and answer questions. She loves working one on one, trouble-shooting, and helping writers find what works.

She can be found online at:

Website: http://www.writeradvice.com/

Blog: https://blynngoodwin.com/blog-page/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lgood67334

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

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Lgood67334/

 

About the Book

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How does a 62-year-old woman who’s never been married find happiness with a two-time widower seeking his third wife on . . . Craigslist!?

Does she throw caution to the wind and relinquish her freedom, or should she take a crash course in compromises?

Author B. Lynn Goodwin tells all and more in Never Too Late. How she was attracted to Richard’s clear expectations, his honesty, and his incredible openness. She’d never met anyone like him. Would she recognize love if it knocked on her heart? And could an educated woman be happy moving into a blue-collar world?

Whether you’ve been single forever, are trapped in an unhappy marriage, or you’re simply curious, you’ll find secrets to a happy marriage in Never Too Late.

Paperback: 222 Pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Koehler Books (December 20, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1633936082
ISBN-13: 978-1633936089

Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62 is available for print and eBook at AmazonBarnes & Noble and IndieBound.

Be sure to check at WOW – Women on Writing for chances to win Lynn’s book and all the stops on the blog tour.

 

(To be transparent, I did receive an advance copy)

 

Gambling on Granola by Fiona Maria Simon – A WOW Blog Tour

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I am very pleased to be part of the WOW – Women on Writing Blog tour for Fiona Maria Simon’s book Gambling on Granola

My Review

A single mom, despondent after her divorce and missing time with her daughter, Fiona Simon knew she needed to make a change. Hearing a voice tell her to sell her granola resulted in a journey of discovery, of hard work, of creativity, of complexity and stress.
Simon’s granola had been widely praised by family and friends and she decided to gamble on creating a business to make and sell it.
Her story is one of perseverance and lessons learned as she developed and grew her granola company “Fiona’s Granola”. It would provide for her and her daughter as well as allow her to preserve what she prized dearly – time with her daughter and the ability to make people happy.
Simon’s book provides a detailed roadmap of one woman’s quest to build a company and succeed. She shares her triumphs, as well as her mistakes, and the many lessons she learned along the way.
Sprinkled throughout the book are numerous quotes, many of which appeared on her granola boxes. Two of her own quotes touched a chord with me:
“Our duty is to share our gifts – it’s why we were given them. Through sharing, the gift comes alive.”
She wrote the book to inspire others – “To go for their dreams, jump off that cliff, and trust there is a net that will open. The brave souls who take that leap of faith have a chance to spring higher than they can possibly imagine.”

I enjoyed following Simon’s journey and learning about the challenges and rewards of creating a business. Gambling on Granola was well worth the read.

(Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in return for reviewing it)

 

 

UNEXPECTED GIFTS ON THE PATH OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  About the Book:

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In Gambling on Granola: Unexpected Gifts on the Path of Entrepreneurship, Simon shares a tale that is uplifting and inspiring but also raw and honest. This is a business memoir but also a love story―the love for her daughter, of a journey in uncharted waters, of the products and company she created, and of the continued challenge to follow her dream.
We see her growth and healing over fifteen years, as mistakes, weaknesses, and naiveté, evolve into resilience, resolve, and inspiration. For Fiona, it started out as all new businesses do―with an idea. But her world quickly became more complex as she established her company, developed new product lines, forged personal relationships in a competitive environment, grew her business, and held onto her deepest values―all while raising her daughter, Natalie, as a single mom.

Praise:

“Fiona’s story is both personal and transformative. She lays bare the hopes and anxieties, challenges, betrayals and lessons learned in creating her own business. From the mountaintops of a solar observatory where she was raised, to the struggles and triumphs, her story is like a path of granola crumbs leading the reader to understand how to succeed at any enterprise.”
– Jeff Kline, M.A. Ed., Chairman, Hispanic Communications Network, Washington, DC.

“Fiona Simon is an engaging storyteller and her narrative moves right along. It should inspire and motivate anyone who needs to remember the importance of persistence, belief in oneself, and vision in pursuing a goal. Her granola is good and so is her book.”
– Bob McCormick, Publisher, Editor, Author

Paperback: 200 pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Terra Nova Books (January 1, 2018)
ISBN-10: 1938288920
ISBN-13: 978-1938288920

About the Author:
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Fiona Maria Simon is a former journalist, travel writer, editor, and communications director of the Boulder, Colorado, Chamber of Commerce. She is passionate about developing healthy food products, writing, traveling the world, and inspiring and empowering others with her story. Lured by the adventures of entrepreneurship, she launched her own organic granola company and led it to success despite having no business background and simultaneously juggling the demands of being a single mom. Her book is a story of challenges, hardships, and triumphs, both personal and professional.

Find Fiona Online:

Website: http://www.fionamariasimon.com 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gambling-Granola-Unexpected-Gifts-Entrepreneurship/dp/1938288920/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1494595882&sr=1-1&keywords=books+about+entrepreneurship

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34552773-gambling-on-granola?from_search=true 

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FionaMSimon

WOW Blog Tour

Check here to see the rest of the tour:

Monday January 15th @ WOW! Women on Writing
Interview & Giveaway
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

Tuesday, January 16th @ Create Write Now 
Fiona M. Simon is today’s guest author at Mari McCarthy’s Create Write Now Blog – don’t miss this intriguing guest post titled ” Emotional Detachment From My Business After the Sale” and learn more about Simon and her book “Gamblingon Granola
http://www.createwritenow.com/

Wednesday, January 17th @ Beverley A. Baird
Beverley A. Baird reads and reviews Fiona M. Simon’s “Gambling with Granola” and shares her thoughts on this inspirational memoir.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

Thursday, January 18th @ CMash Loves to Read
Today’s guest blogger at CMash Loves to Read is none other than Fiona M. Simon. Hear from her on the topic of “The similarities between raising a child and growing a company.” and learn more about her memoir “Gambling on Granola”.
http://cmashlovestoread.com/

Friday, January 19th @ Bring on Lemons
Today’s guest blogger at Bring on Lemons is Fiona Maria Simon sharing her thoughts about “Stress and Family Relationships” – don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Fiona and find out more about her memoir “Gambling onGranola”.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Monday, January 22nd @ Lisa Haselton
Lisa Haselton interviews Fiona M. Simon about her motivational memoir “Gambling on Granola
http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, January 23rd @ Margo Dill
Fiona M. Simon visits the blog of fellow author and single mom Margo Dill. Hear from Fiona on the topic of: “Fun and creative ways I got Natalie (my daughter) involved with my business.” and learn more about Fiona’s memoir “Gamblingon Granola
http://margoldill.com/

Wednesday, January 24th  @ Grow a Creative Biz
Cheri Larson reviews “Gambling on Granola” by Fiona M. Simon and shares her thoughts with readers at Grow a Creative Biz. This is sure to be a great conversation – don’t miss an opportunity to learn from these smart women!
http://www.growacreativebiz.com/

Thursday, January 25th @ Writers Pay it Forward
“Struggling with Focus” is today’s topic at Writers Pay it Forward as Fiona Maria Simon pens today’s guest post and discusses her book “Gambling on Granola“.
https://writerspayitforward.com/

Tuesday, January 30th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples
Fiona M. Simon writes an intriguing guest post at Choices today. She talks about how there is no “being done” with her book – how she has birthed an entity that will sprout wings and fly off to adventures yet to be known! Don’t miss this post and opportunity to learn about her book “Gambling on Granola
http://madelinesharples.com/

Thursday, February 1st @ Women of Wonder
Ginny at Women of Wonder reviews “Gambling on Granola” by Fiona M. Simon and shares her thoughts with readers. Don’t miss this exciting blog stop!
https://womenofwondercircle.com/

 

“Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind” by Jennifer A. Payne: A Book Review

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I am very pleased to be part of the WOW – Women on Writing Blog tour for Jennifer A. Payne’s book of poetry  Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind.

 

My Review:

Jennifer Payne has written 73 poems that “ask the reader to deeply consider the effects of our actions and how they influence everything else in the universe.”

Included in her collection are several short stories, photographs as well as vintage photos. But it is the series of photographs of discarded flossers that provides the title for her exploration of just what our legacy is.

Many of the photos provided inspiration for the poems – from the turtle, frog to flowers, suck, even a snake skin.

She explores the seasons and their impact on us as well as nature.

Two poems in particular had me rereading several times and moved me. In just a few words, Payne captures so much:

In “Losing My Religion”  we have the images of a bully most days and then so pious on Sunday. And then of a priest who locks his door to her.

In “The Promise of More”, the promise of a new store and the ability to buy more “Thingies”, really has us look at our own excessive consumption of more and more and more.

I was struck many times by so many brief, but powerful lines that hit like a sledgehammer – to make us think, reflect and explore our place in the world.

Lines like: “Salvation, like love, is random.”

      “Am I flirting with echoes?”

   “…the candidate who preaches God from his bully pulpit”

 

 These are definitely poems to ponder, with words and images to reflect on. Payne gives us poetry that moves us, challenges our perceptions and inspires us to look deeper into our place in the world and what our legacy can or should be.

Evidence of Flossing is well worth the read – and one you will revisit over and over again.

 

 

Book Summary:

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Would God floss? Do spiders sing? Can you see the Universe in your reflection? Find the answers to these questions in more in this new book by Connecticut writer Jen Payne. Her poems in EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING: WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND investigate the human condition and its folly, the beauty of our natural world, and the possibility of divine connection. 80 original and vintage photographs include a series of discarded dental flossers that inspired the book’s title.

ALA Notable Book author Dale Carlson calls the book “a brilliantly incisive commentary on our simultaneous human sense of beauty and waste and loss.”

EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING speaks to the common heart that beats in you and in me, in the woods and on the streets, across oceans and around this planet. It asks us all to consider the effects of our actions and how they influence everything else in the Universe.

 

Paperback: 180 Pages

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: Three Chairs Publishing (October 1, 2017)

ISBN-10: 0990565114

ISBN-13: 978-0990565116

 

Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind is available in print on Amazon.

 

About the Author:

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Jen Payne is inspired by those life moments that move us most — love and loss, joy and disappointment, milestones and turning points. Her writing serves as witness to these in the form of poetry, creative non-fiction, flash fiction and essay. When she is not exploring our connections with one another, she enjoys writing about our relationships with nature, creativity, and mindfulness, and how these offer the clearest path to finding balance in our frenetic, spinning world.

Very often, her writing is accompanied by her own photography and artwork. As both a graphic designer and writer, Jen believes that partnering visuals and words layers the intentions of her work, and makes the communication more palpable.

In 2014, she published LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, a collection of essays, poems and original photography. Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind is her second book.

Jen is the owner of Three Chairs Publishing and Words by Jen, a graphic design and creative services company founded in 1993, based in Branford, Connecticut. She is a member of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance, the Connecticut Poetry Society, Guilford Arts Center, the Guilford Poets Guild, and the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Installations of her poetry were featured in Inauguration Nation an exhibition at Kehler Liddell Gallery in New Haven (2017), and Shuffle & Shake at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven (2016). Her writing has been published by The Aurorean, Six Sentences, the Story Circle Network, WOW! Women on Writing, and The Perch, a publication by the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health.

You can read more of her writing on her blog Random Acts of Writing, http://www.randomactsofwriting.net.

 

Jennifer can also be found online at:

Website: https://3chairspublishing.com/

Blog: https://randomactsofwriting.wordpress.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThreeChairsPub

 

 

Be sure to visit the others taking part in this blogging event for Jennifer Payne.

———-Blog Tour Dates


November 27th @ The Muffin

Interview and giveaway.

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

 

Tuesday, November 28th @ Words, Crazy Words

Tara Meissner reviews “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind” by fellow author Jennifer A. Payne. Don’t miss Meissner’s insight into this lovely book of poetry and more.

http://wordscrazywords.blogspot.com/

 

Wednesday, November 29th @ Lauren Scharhag

Today’s guest blogger at Lauren Scharhag is Jennifer A. Payne with a post titled: “The Importance of Retreat” learn more about Payne’s thoughts on down time and going off the grid as well as her latest poetry book “The Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind”.

http://laurenscharhag.blogspot.com/

 

Monday, December 4th @ Words, Crazy Words

Jennifer A. Payne pens today’s guest post at Words, Crazy Words – the blog of fellow author Tara Meissner. You won’t want to miss Payne’s insight when it comes to “Blogging as a Creative Tool”!

http://wordscrazywords.blogspot.com/

 

Tuesday, December 5th @ World of My Imagination

Nicole Pyles will be posting a review of Jennifer Payne’s book, “Evidence of Flossing” over at her blog.

theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com.

 

Wednesday, December 6th @ Create Write Now

Mari McCarthy at Create Write Now welcomes fellow author Jennifer A. Payne as today’s guest blogger with an insightful post titled: “Everything is Connected”. Learn about this as well as Payne’s latest poetry book “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind”.

http://www.createwritenow.com/

 

Thursday, December 7th @ Beverley A. Baird

Beverley Baird reviews the lovely new poetry book “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind” by Jennifer A. Payne.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

Thursday, December 7th @ Writers Pay it Forward

“The Bravery of Storytelling” is the title of today’s guest post at Writers Pay it Forward – you won’t want to miss this intriguing topic and opportunity to hear from Jennifer A. Payne about storytelling as well as her latest poetry book “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind”

https://writerspayitforward.com/

 

Friday, December 8th @ BookWorm

Anjanette Potter reviews “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind” by Jennifer A. Payne and also takes a few moments to interview Payne about her latest poetry book and more!

https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

 

Monday, December 11th @ CMash Loves to Read

Today’s author at CMash Loves to Read is the one and only Jennifer A. Payne and her latest book “The Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind”. Don’t miss today’s opportunity to hear from Jennifer with her guest post titled: “Finding Inspiration”

http://cmashlovestoread.blogspot.com/

 

Tuesday, December 12th @ Linda Appleman Shapiro

Linda Appleman Shapiro reviews Jennifer Payne’s latest poetry book “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind”. Don’t miss this insightful blog stop.

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

 

Tuesday, December 12th @ The Constant Story

Fellow author David W. Berner reviews the latest work of Jennifer A. Payne – learn more about Payne’s beautiful poetry book “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind”.

http://davidwberner.blogspot.com/

 

Wednesday, December 13th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples

“Exploring Mindfulness” is the title of today’s guest post at Madeline Sharples Blog, Choices. Today’s guest author is none other than Jennifer A. Payne. Find out more about her topic, her writing, and her latest poetry book “The Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind”!

Exploring Mindfulness

 

Thursday, December 14th @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto

Crystal Casavant-Otto reviews “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind” as part of author Jennifer A. Payne’s WOW! Women on Writing book blog tour for her latest poetry book.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

Friday, December 15th @ Lisa Haselton’s Reviews & Interviews

Jennifer Payne is interviewed by Lisa Haselton; find out more about Jennifer’s latest poetry book “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind”.

http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

 

Monday, December 18th @ Elaine Drennon Little

Fellow author Elaine Drennon Little reviews “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind” by Jennifer A. Payne.

https://elainedrennonlittle.wordpress.com/

 

Monday, December 18th @ The Writer Site

Luanne Castle reviews “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind” by Jennifer Payne. Don’t miss Luanne’s insight into this beautiful poetry book.

https://writersite.org/

 

Tuesday, December 19th @ Life is Full of Sweet Spots

Mary O’Connor reviews Jennifer Payne’s latest poetry book “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind”. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this lovely book!

https://mary-oconnor.com/

 

Wednesday, December 20th @ Depth of A Woman

Stop by Depth of A Woman to read Joss Burnell’s review of Jennifer A. Payne’s Poetry Book “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind”.

https://authorjossburnel.com/

 

 

Thursday, December 21st @ Spirituality Without Borders

Jennifer Payne and her lovely poetry book “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind” is the topic today at Spirituality Without Borders. Read Rita’s review of this lovely book and find out more about the lovely author behind it!

www.spiritualitywithoutborders.WordPress.com

 

Friday, December 22nd @ Writing on the Rim

Stop by Writing on the Rim and hear from Juliana Lightle about her thoughts after reading “Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind” by Jennifer A. Payne. Don’t miss this insightful review!

https://julianalightle.com/

 

Disclosure: I received a gifted copy of Jen’s book. Thank you Jen!

 

Burtrum Lee by Mary Maurice – A Book Review

I am very pleased to be part of the WOW – Women on Writing Blog tour for Mary Maurice’s book Burtrum Lee

My Review:

Burtrum Lee by Mary Maurice is an interesting blend of history, medical breakthroughs and mystery.

The novel alternates between 1960 and 2004 Santa Fe, as we gradually learn about the mystery of Burtrum Lee Connor’s birth.

We meet a variety of characters – from Lee, who wonders what is missing in her life, to her grandmother Claire, one of the few who knows the whole truth to Katie, Dr. Stone and Calvin Kramer, all who want Lee for their own reasons.

Mary Maurice keeps us guessing right to the end.
Who is Lee? Who is Megan? How will they learn the truth? What is the truth? Why has it been hidden?

Read and try and solve the mysteries.

 

Publication Info:

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Coated with a life of lies and deceit, Burtrum Lee Conner is sick to her stomach. Dozens of times throughout her life the feeling of not being who she is has tormented her. But she kept it to herself, believing that maybe it’s just a chemical imbalance of some kind considering she is one of the first artificially-inseminated babies of the 1960s. Now, there’s more though, something much deeper, much more maniacal than she could have ever imagined. She’s not the first test tube baby at all, but the first…

Burtrum Lee Conner, born into a world of scientific mystery, discovers that the life she’s been leading for the past forty years, is the wrong one. Her parents, Jed and Jane Conner, stealing her as an infant, brought Lee up as their own. Even her devoted grandmother, Clair Conner, kept this secret close to her chest until they were found out. And now, Lee Conner’s biological mother, Katie Lee, wants her back, but not before the diabolical Dr. Stone has his say.

Paperback: 219 pages

Genre: Scientific Mystery

Publisher: Silver Leaf Books LLC (August 28, 2017)

ASIN: B07576YGKS

Burtrum Lee is available in ebook and in print on Amazon and Goodreads 

 

About the Author: Mary Maurice    mary-m-10_orig

When I was a child growing up in the Detroit area, I thought I wanted to be a painter, and then as a teenager the idea of being a musician intrigued me, then as a young adult, I realized that I’m a writer.

After attending Western Michigan University for two party filled years, I decided to leave academia and explore the real world to learn what life is truly about. For fifteen years I’ve traveled the country working in restaurants, writing and doing readings wherever I was welcome.

While living in Minneapolis during my twenties, I was fortunate enough to be tutored by Dr. Jonis Agee, who was at the time head of the creative writing department at St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul. Her lessons were imprinted in me for all of these years, and have influenced my writing ever since.

My adventures landed me in San Diego, Chicago, San Francisco, and Oregon, finally leading me to the Land of Enchantment where I’ve resided since 1994. Living in Santa Fe, and the beauty and isolation that surrounds me, has inspire my creative muse in ways that no other place has. While still working in the hospitality industry, my passion for the craft of writing has never been stronger. And I know with each sentence I write, and every paragraph I compose, my ultimate goal is to find the perfect word.

Find Mary Online:

Website: http://www.marymaurice.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MMauriceAuthor

The WOW Blog Tour – check out these other stops:

Monday November 13th @ WOW! Women on Writing

Interview & Giveaway

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

Tuesday, November 14th @ Create Write Now

Mary Maurice is today’s guest author at Mari McCarthy’s Create Write Now Blog – don’t miss this intriguing guest post titled “Moving Beyond Writer’s Block ” and learn more about Maurice’s scientific mystery “Burtrum Lee”

http://www.createwritenow.com/

Wednesday, November 15th @ Beverley A. Baird

Beverley A. Baird reads and reviews Mary Maurice’s scientific mystery “Burtrum Lee” and shares her thoughts on this page turning novel!

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

Thursday, November 16th @ CMash Loves to Read

Today’s guest blogger at CMash Loves to Read is none other than Mary Maurice. Hear from her on the topic of “Finding My Muse.” and learn more about her scientific mystery “Burtrum Lee”.

http://cmashlovestoread.com/

Friday, November 17th @ Bring on Lemons

Crystal Otto reviews Mary Maurice’s Scientific Mystery “Burtrum Lee”!  – don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Mary Maurice and find out more about this page turning novel “Burtrum Lee”.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Monday, November 20th @ Lisa Haselton

Lisa Haselton interviews Mary Maurice about her scientific mystery “Burtrum Lee”.

http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 21st @ Margo Dill

Mary Maurice visits the blog of fellow author Margo Dill. Hear from Mary on the topic of: “What’s So Hard About Being Nice?” and learn more about Mary’s scientific mystery “Burtrum Lee”.

http://margoldill.com/

Wednesday, November 22nd @ World of My Imagination

Nicole Pyles reviews “Burtrum Lee” – the Scientific Mystery by Mary Maurice.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

Thursday, November 23rd @ Writers Pay it Forward

“Who Left the Skunk on the Side of the Road” is today’s topic at Writers Pay it Forward as Mary Maurice pens today’s guest post and discusses her book “Burtrum Lee – A Scientific Mystery”.

https://writerspayitforward.com/


Tuesday, November 28th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples

Mary Maurice writes an intriguing guest post at Choices today. She talks about “Keeping Readers Engaged”. Don’t miss this post and opportunity to learn about “Burtrum Lee – A Scientific Mystery”.

http://madelinesharples.com/


Thursday, November 30th @ Women of Wonder

Ginny at Women of Wonder reviews “Burtrum Lee – A Scientific Mystery” by Mary Maurice and shares her thoughts with readers. Don’t miss this exciting blog stop!

https://womenofwondercircle.com/

Claudette Sutton’s Biography – “Farewell, Aleppo” – a Review

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I am very pleased to be part of the WOW – Women on Writing Blog tour for Claudette Sutton’s biography Farewelln Aleppo: My Father, My People and their Long Journey Home.

 

My Review:

Claudette Sutton shares her father’s story in her book Farewell, Aleppo – from his early years in Aleppo, Syria, to his move in 1940 to Shanghai and then ultimately to New York in 1947.
But Sutton gives us so much more. There is such rich detail about her father’s early life in Aleppo, about the war years in Shanghai and ultimately, about the history of Jews throughout the Middle East.
Sutton spent years interviewing her father and others in a quest to understand her father and his story, which he had asked her to tell. As she said, it
“launched myriad questions in my mind about identity, family, and culture: what remains, what evolves, and what is left behind.”

I was fortunate to receive a copy of Sutton’s book. I hoped to learn more about the conflict and issues in Aleppo that have led to the present bloodshed in Syria today.
Well, I got this and so much more. It was fascinating to see how well Sutton’s father Mike was able to adapt no matter where he landed or how challenging it was, and at so young an age.
There were so many interesting photos of people and places throughout the book that gave a glimpse of what Aleppo and Shanghai were like in the 30’s and 40’s.
I was stunned to learn that in 1948 there were over 30,000 Jews living in three Syrian cities (including Aleppo) but by 2003, there were less than one hundred in the whole of Syria.
Yet, as Syrian Jews left the Middle East, whether by choice or were expelled, they did not leave their culture behind. As Sutton states, the “tendency of Jews throughout history has been to carry their identity with them and not have it identified by place.”

This was an intriguing biography and one rich in history, one I encourage everyone to read.

Publication Info

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Paperback: 180 Pages

Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Terra Nova Books (October 1, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1938288408

ISBN-13: 978-1938288401

Amazon Link: click here

The Jews of Aleppo, Syria, had been part of the city’s fabric for more than two thousand years, in good times and bad, through conquerors and kings. But in the middle years of the twentieth century, all that changed.

To Selim Sutton, a merchant with centuries of roots in the Syrian soil, the dangers of rising anti-Semitism made clear that his family must find a new home. With several young children and no prospect of securing visas to the United States, he devised a savvy plan for getting his family out: “exporting” his sons. In December 1940, he told the two oldest, Meïr and Saleh, that arrangements had been made for their transit to Shanghai, where they would work in an uncle’s export business. China, he hoped, would provide a short-term safe harbor and a steppingstone to America.

But the world intervened for the young men, now renamed Mike and Sal by their Uncle Joe. Sal became ill with tuberculosis soon after arriving and was sent back to Aleppo alone. And the war that soon would engulf every inhabited land loomed closer each day. Joe, Syrian-born but a naturalized American citizen, barely escaped on the last ship to sail for the U.S. before Pearl Harbor was bombed and the Japanese seized Shanghai. Mike was alone, a teen-ager in an occupied city, across the world from his family, with only his mettle to rely on as he strived to survive personally and economically in the face of increasing deprivation.

Farewell, Aleppo is the story—told by his daughter—of the journey that would ultimately take him from the insular Jewish community of Aleppo to the solitary task of building a new life in America. It is both her father’s tale that journalist Claudette Sutton describes and also the harrowing experiences of the family members he left behind in Syria, forced to smuggle themselves out of the country after it closed its borders to Jewish emigration.

The picture Sutton paints is both a poignant narrative of individual lives and the broader canvas of a people’s survival over millennia, in their native land and far away, through the strength of their faith and their communities. Multiple threads come richly together as she observes their world from inside and outside the fold, shares an important and nearly forgotten epoch of Jewish history, and explores universal questions of identity, family, and culture.

 

About The Author:

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It’s no coincidence that family is the central focus of both Farewell, Aleppo and the work that has been the driving force of its author’s professional life.

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins in the close-knit community of Syrian Jews all were part of Claudette Sutton’s childhood in suburban Maryland, along with her parents and siblings. Years later, as a young mother in Santa Fe, it seemed only natural to think of creating a similar kind of close support for families in her new hometown by means of her journalism training and experience.

Thus began what is now Tumbleweeds, an award-winning local publication that for over twenty years has been expanding its role in serving the city’s families. As the quarterly newspaper has grown, so have its scope and community contributions, mixing news, commentary, personal writing, advice, and activity guides—all reflecting Claudette’s vision of a community resource to help her neighbors face the challenges of parenting.

Claudette’s eloquent writing, the other great strength she combines with the paper’s wide-ranging utility, has been a door to the world for her since she was a teen-ager. As a reporter, she realized early, “You can learn about everything”—a much more appealing option after high school than the enforced specialization of college.

After three years writing for the Montgomery County Sentinel in Maryland, Claudette moved to New York, where she earned a bachelor’s degree from the New School for Social Research. Living in proximity to another side of her extensive family, she built a deeper understanding of the Jewish exodus from Syria that has formed the backdrop for the story she tells so movingly in Farewell, Aleppo.

The narrative chronicles her father’s youth, his odyssey across oceans and continents, and the new life he made in America. But as Claudette talked with him and researched more deeply, she saw also the essential elements of the larger tale. What began as one man’s story grew into a portrait of the history that made his journey necessary, and of how a vibrant people have preserved their community and culture through the thousands of years from biblical times to today.
Find Claudette Online:

https://youtu.be/5uIs82lSdds

 

Website: www.claudettesutton.com

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FarewellAleppo

 

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

 

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/claudette0589/farewell-aleppo-the-book/

 

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Claudettesutton

 

Be sure to check the other blogs which are part of the tour.

———-Blog Tour Dates

Monday, October 23rd @ The Muffin
Stop by for an interview and book giveaway!

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

 

 Tuesday, October 24th @ Bring on Lemons with Julie Assel Thomas

Fellow author Julie Assel Thomas shares her thoughts after reading “Farewell, Aleppo” by Claudette Sutton. Don’t miss this engaging and enlightening book blog stop!

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

Wednesday, October 25th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples
Madeline Sharples reads and reviews “Farewell, Aleppo” by Claudette Sutton and shares her insight and thoughts with readers at Choices.

http://madelinesharples.com/

 

 Thursday, October 26th @ Jerry Waxler

Readers of Jerry Waxler’s memoir blog will enjoy reading Jerry’s deep thoughts as he reviews “Farewell, Aleppo” by Claudette Sutton.

https://www.jerrywaxler.com/

 

 

Friday, October 27th @ Beverley A. Baird
Beverley Baird reviews and shares her thoughts after reading the moving story “Farewell, Aleppo” by Claudette Sutton. Don’t miss this book blog stop. https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

 Monday, October 30th @ CMash Loves to Read

Today’s guest blogger at CMash Loves to Read is none other than Claudette E. Sutton. Hear from her on the topic of ”         ” and learn more about her book “Farewell, Aleppo”.

http://cmashlovestoread.blogspot.com/

 

Friday, November 3rd @ Janese Dixon

Don’t miss today’s author spotlight at Janese Dixon’s blog – the author is none other than Claudette E. Sutton. Readers can learn more about Sutton and her beautifully written tale: “Farewell, Aleppo; My Father, My People, and Their Long Journey Home.”

http://www.janesedixon.com/blog

 

 Wednesday, November 8th @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto

Crystal J. Casavant-Otto reviews “Farewell, Aleppo” by Claudette Sutton. Crystal was very moved by this story and can’t wait to share her thoughts with readers.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

 Thursday, November 9th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey with Kathleen Pooler

Kathleen Pooler of Memoir Writer’s Journey shares her deep thoughts after reading and reviewing “Farewell, Aleppo” by Claudette Sutton.

https://krpooler.com/

 

 Friday, November 10th @ Linda Appleman Shapiro

Linda Appleman Shapiro reviews Claudette Suttons “Farewell, Aleppo” and shares her insight and thoughts with readers at her blog!

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

 

 

Larry Kilham and the Book Blog Tour for his book “The Digital Rabbit Hole”

Larry Kilham and the Book Blog Tour for his book “The Digital Rabbit Hole”

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I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to read Larry’s book and share my review., and to be part of his book  blog tour.

As I read Larry Kilham’s book “The Digital Rabbit Hole”, I was struck with just how pervasive the digital world has become. If we let it, it will suck us all down its digital rabbit hole.
Kilham’s book is organized in three parts:
Part 1: The New World of the Knowosphere
Part 2: What we Learn and How to Think in the Age of Google
Part 3: Escape from the Rabbit Hole
Each part builds on the other, giving us detailed information about this new world, both its benefits as well as its very negative aspects. We are becoming one world electronically, but there is less respect for experienced-based knowledge. Too often people believe what is on the web, without questioning or investigating what they are seeing.
The rapid rise of the use of smartphones has led to addicts who can’t seem to disconnect. Who hasn’t seen people who cannot be separated from their smartphones?
“Children and adults must develop the habits of exploration, creativity and life-long learning. In addition, they must develop a sense of truth as an intellectual discipline, and never lose sight of pursuing it.” (pg. 100)
Kilham stresses the need to step back, to “recapture our minds”, to see the internet as a tool, a resource – not the “all-knowing expert.”
Reading Larry Kilham’s book was definitely an eye-opener. I personally do not use a smartphone, but I have a pc and tablet and am (slightly) addicted to Twitter. This book really does explain the Trump phenomenon and the rise of “fake news” – how so many could have been drawn into his brand of politics, how he got elected. One quote said it all:
“A major problem … in an active democracy is whether people lose interest in the truth or even how to find it. If information satisfies their mind by confirming what they generally think about issues, or just makes them feel good, why take the time and effort to see if there is deception, misinformation or misunderstanding involved.” (pg. 96/97)

I would highly recommend Larry Kilham’s book. The more knowledge we have of what it means to live in this Knowosphere and how we can overcome its negative aspects, the better prepared we will be to move forward in the future. And, Larry Kilham gives us this knowledge and tools to succeed.

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Larry Kilham’s The Digital Rabbit Hole 

Will digital media sweep us into a new era of prosperity? What new advances in entertainment, culture, education, and knowledge can we expect? Will we get stuck in Cyberland only to be saved by digital detox?

The Digital Rabbit Hole reveals that we are becoming captive in the digital universe. The portals are smartphones and the world is the Internet. We immerse ourselves in social media; we learn through packaged feel-good information; and we will leave the hard work to robots and AI. The book details digital media and discusses smartphone addiction problems. It proposes solutions to stimulate creativity and education and to recapture our humanity.

Paperback: 144 Pages
Genre: Social Science/Non Fiction
Publisher: FutureBooks.info; 1 edition (January 1, 2016)
ASIN: B01A3MTVBS

The Digital Rabbit Hole is available in print on Amazon.

About the Author:
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Larry Kilham has traveled extensively overseas for over twenty years. He worked in several large international companies and started and sold two high-tech ventures. He received a B.S. in engineering from the University of Colorado and an M.S. in management from MIT. Larry has written books about creativity and invention, artificial intelligence and digital media, travel overseas, and three novels with an AI theme. Currently, he is writing a novel about free will.

Larry can be found online at:

Website: www.larrykilham.net 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Larry-Kilham/e/B003UPNVNK/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4352387.Larry_Kilham

 

———-Blog Tour Dates (Be sure to check the other blog stops – and chances to enter the giveaway)

Monday July 10th (today) @ WOW! Women on Writing
Interview & Giveaway
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

Tuesday July 11th @ CMash Reads 
Cheryl Masciarelli reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole”. Don’t miss her insightful review and this opportunity to learn more about Kilham and his many published works.
http://cmashlovestoread.com/

Wednesday July 12th @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen
Educator, Business Owner, and Mother Cathy Hansen reads and reviews “The Digital Rabbit Hole” by Larry Kilham. Read her thoughts today!
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Thursday July 13th @ Linda Appleman Shapiro

Author and Psychologist Linda Appleman Shapiro shares her thoughts and insight after reading and reviewing “The Digital Rabbit Hole” by Larry Kilham.
http://applemanshapiro.com/category/book-reviews/

Friday July 14th @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto
Avid reader and reviewer (and social media lover) Crystal J. Casavant-Otto reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares her thoughts about how social media has changed our lives.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Monday July 17th @ Beverley Baird
Writer, Reader, and Book Enthusiast Beverley A Baird reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares her experiences with her readers.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

Tuesday July 18th @ Bring on Lemons with Troy Pflum
Midwestern father and avid reader Troy Pflum reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares his ideas and afterthoughts with readers at Bring on Lemons.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Wednesday July 19th @ Constant Story
Fellow author David Berner reads and reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole”.
http://davidwberner.blogspot.com/

Thursday July 20th @ Book Santa Fe
Reader and book enthusiast Tange Dudt reviews Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole” and shares her thoughts with readers at Book Santa Fe.
http://www.booksantafe.info/

Friday July 21st @ Eric Trant
Fellow author Eric Trant shares his thoughts after reading and reviewing “The Digital Rabbit Hole” by Larry Kilham.
http://diggingwiththeworms.blogspot.com/

Sunday July 23rd @ Hott Books
Today’s author spotlight at Hott Books is none other than Larry Kilham. Find out more about this accomplished author and “The Digital Rabbit Hole”
http://www.hottbooks.com/

Monday July 24th @ Lisa Haselton Reviews and Interviews 
Lisa Haselton interviews Larry Kilham about “The Digital Rabbit Hole”
http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

Tuesday July 25th Bring on Lemons with Tess Fallier
Tess Fallier is today’s guest blogger with a review and insight into Larry Kilham’s “The Digital Rabbit Hole”. Don’t miss this blog stop!
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

WOW! Blog Tour – “Sugarland”

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Once again, I am joining the WOW! Women on Writing blog tour – this time for Martha Conway’s Sugarland.

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Martha Conway has crafted an intriguing historical mystery, based on the jazz scene during the Roaring Twenties.
The lives of three women, Eva, Lena and Chickie, intersect because of the death of Lena’s brother Rudy. As Eva and Lena seek to discover who killed Rudy, we get a glimpse of what life was like in the 1920’s, especially in the jazz clubs.
We learn about musicians and mobsters, and Prohibition and bribery. We also get a close look at how Eva, a jazz pianist, captured the feel of jazz and how she created her music.

Martha has done much research to give an authentic look at this troubling era in America’s past. It was a fascinating read, one I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

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Sugarland

 In 1921, two women, a black jazz pianist named Eve and a white nurse named Lena, join forces after a drive-by shooting nearly kills them. Eve is looking for her missing stepsister, and Lena wants to find out who murdered her brother, a petty bootlegger killed in the shooting.

Sugarland  recently received a Reader’s Favorite Book  Award.

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Hardcover: 314 pages (also available in paperback and e-book)

Noontime Books: June 1, 2016

ISBN: 978-0991618552

 

Meet the Author:     Martha Conway

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Martha Conway’s debut novel 12 Bliss Street (St. Martin’s Minotaur) was nominated for an Edgar Award while Thieving Forest won an Independent Publishers Book Award, the Laramie Award, a Reader’s Choice Award and the 2014 North American Book Award in Historical Fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, The Quarterly, Folio, Puerto del Sol, Carolina Quarterly, and other publications.

She graduated from Vassar College and received her master’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She has reviewed fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Review of Books, and The Iowa Review. The recipient of a California Arts Council fellowship in Creative Writing, she has taught at UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford University’s Online Writers’ Studio.

 

Other Books by Martha Conway

  • 12 Bliss Street
  • Thieving Forest

Find out more about Sugarland by visiting online:

Website  http://marthaconway.com/

Blog  http://marthaconway.com/blog/

Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/martha.conway.52

Twitter  https://twitter.com/marthamconway

This book is available at Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0991618556 /?tag=wowwomenonwri-20

as well as at your local independent bookstore.

 

 

WOW! review of “Journaling Power”

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Once again, I am joining the WOW! Women on Writing blog tour – this time for Mari L. McCarthy’s Journaling Power.

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As I read Mari L. McCarthy’s book Journaling Power, I was reminded over and over again of the power of journaling.
Several years ago I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and on and off over the next few years I attempted Morning Papers. It felt good to unload negative thoughts but I was never consistent with the writing.
Mari makes a very strong case to journal daily and to bring our thoughts, feelings and ideas to the page. She offers scientific studies that prove the positive benefit of regular journaling.
Chapters 1 to 6 look at personal journaling – “seeing it very much as an individual journey towards health and wholeness.”
Each chapter begins with a personal story by Mari, detailing how she used therapeutic journaling to tackle her MS, help her with goals and move forward.
Then she offers “Journaling Power Tips” and several prompts and exercises.
Having read the book once, I have started to reread slowly and work through the exercise. I hope they will help with my own health issues, my weight and my writing. Using Journaling Power as my guide, I plan to set new goals and tame the Inner Critic once and for all and creating the “happy, healthy life that I want”.
I highly recommend Mari’s book.

 

Journaling Power: How to Create the Happy, Healthy Life You Want to Live

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About the Book:

Journaling Power teaches you how to put the ultimate self-healing tool right at your fingertips–journaling. Through Mari L. McCarthy’s moving personal story, you’ll discover how pen-to-paper journaling leads to self-growth and life-changing transformation. You’ll also learn that numerous medical studies prove journaling literally unleashes a healing agent that empowers your life in ways you’ve never imagined.

About the Author:

Mari L. McCarthy is The Journaling Power Guide and founder of CreateWriteNow.com. Her blog (http://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog) provides journaling for personal transformation and healthy living ideas, information and inspiration for keeping a daily pen-to-page Journaling for the Health of It™ Practice. You can also download the FREE e-book, How to use Your Journal to Cure Writer’s Block Now(http://www.createwritenow.com/download-free-writers-block-tips). More life-changing e-books (http://www.createwritenow.com/journaling-ebooks) can be found in Mari’s Personal Transformation Journaling Library and in CreateWriteNow’s store(http://store.createwritenow.com/).

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ndtMtUfs5s

Purchase Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Journaling-Power-Create-Happy-Healthy/dp/1988071216//?tag=wowwomenonwri-20

Review of “My Name is Wonder” by Ronald Capman

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I am again honoured to review a new book by Ronald Chapman as part of the WOW! Women of Writing blog tour. This one, “My Name is Wonder” is a tale of adventure that offers much truth.

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Little Wonder, a young goat, is made fun of and feels shame. Yet as he learns under Oren and the MC, a wily crow, he comes to find his place in the Presence. His path takes him far away from his farm and he meets many interesting characters along the way. Many offer much to his growing wisdom.

Oren is his first teacher and through him, Wonder learns to be still and listen, to seek the answers inside himself.

“Let your inner voice be your one, true guide. Learn to trust it and it will never fail you.”

Wonder leaves on a journey to the mountains with MC the crow. He meets otters, rams and a bear that enlighten him further. At the top of the mountain, he realizes here is no end to his path.

Other adventures await him and although he is discouraged, he rises above that.  As MC tells him: “Now is now. Inside is truth. Breathe. Listen. Feel.”

He learns to be present, even in the darkness. That his path is always there and that they can only limit his body.”

I found so many wise words from the different teachers – from Oren, to MC to Espy. So many words to ponder and take into my own life. Ideas of being present in the moment, of listening deeply, of caring for others.I found Wonder’s acceptance near the end inspiring, as he states: “Since I am here, I might as well be present.” And he finds new ways to explore and grow.

Ron Chapman’s book is a powerful allegory, one that needs to be read and then read again to absorb its wisdom.

 

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Book Summary: My Name is Wonder is a tale of adventure that will have you thinking from the first page until well after you’ve closed the book. This beautifully written novel chronicles the transcendent adventures of a little goat with big dreams. Join Wonder and his wisecracking guide, the mysterious crow Mac Craack, on a journey through the scenic landscapes of the American Southwest and into the heart of a mindful presence. Along the way, you’ll meet an unforgettable cast of creatures, each with an important lesson to teach.

Paperback: 202 Pages
Genre: Fiction/Spirituality
Publisher: Terra Nova Books (September 1, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1938288785
ISBN-13: 978-1938288784

My Name is Wonder is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

 

About the Author:

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Ronald Chapman is owner of an international speaking and consulting company, Magnetic North LLC. In addition to international accreditation as a speaker and national awards for radio commentary, he is the author of two novels, My Name is Wonder (Terra Nova Publishing, 2016) and A Killer’s Grace (Terra Nova Publishing, 2016 and 2012), two works of non-fiction, Seeing True: Ninety Contemplations in Ninety Days(Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2008) and What a Wonderful World: Seeing Through New Eyes (Page Free Publishing, 2004) and the producer of three audio sets, Seeing True: The Way of Spirit (Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2016, 2005), Breathing, Releasing and Breaking Through: Practices for Seeing True (Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2015), and Seeing True – The Way of Success in Leadership (Magnetic North Audio, 2005). Ron provides a wide array of social media content atwww.SeeingTrue.com, content for people in substance abuse recovery at www.ProgressiveRecovery.org, and other content from his master site, www.RonaldChapman.com. He holds a Masters in Social Welfare from The University at Albany (New York.) Prior to his relocation to Atlanta, Georgia in 2008, he was a long-time resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Ronald can also be found online at:

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1338592.Ronald_Chapman

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/seeingtrue/

 

———-Blog Tour Dates

Monday, September 26th @ The Muffin
Stop by for an interview and book giveaway!
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

Tuesday, September 27th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples
Madeline Sharples showcases “My Name is Wonder” by Ronald Chapman on her blog, Choices.
http://madelinesharples.com/

Wednesday, September 28th @ Selling Books with Cathy Stucker
Join Ronald Chapman as today’s guest author at Selling Books with Cathy Stucker. Find out more about Chapman’s topic: How wonder is not in the world, but in how we see, and thus the perspective we bring, and about his latest book “My Name is Wonder”
http://www.sellingbooks.com/

Thursday, September 29th @ Beverley A. Baird
Beverly A Baird reviews “My Name is Wonder” by Ronald Chapman. Find out what Beverley has to say about this moving tale.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

Friday, September 30th @ Linda Loves Chocolate
Linda Juul shares her thoughts after reading “My Name is Wonder” by Ronald Chapman. You won’t want to miss this insightful review.
http://lindaloveschocolate.blogspot.com/

Monday, October 3rd @ Book Santa Fe
Elizabeth Seratt reviews Ronald Chapman’s ” My Name is Wonder ”
http://www.booksantafe.info/blog

Wednesday, October 5th @ The Muffin
Crystal Otto from WOW! reviews “My Name is Wonder” by Ronald Chapman. Don’t miss this 5 star review of an intriguing and enlightening novel.
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

Thursday, October 6th @ Renee’s Pages with Tange Dudt
Tange Dudt reviews “My Name is Wonder” by Ronald Chapman; find out what she had to say after reading this insightful and moving novel.
http://reneespages.blogspot.com/

Friday, October 7th @ Monika Josan
Ronald Chapman’s “My Name is Wonder” will be featured on Monika Josan | a life path today and readers can hear Monika’s thoughts as she reviews this delightful novel.
http://monikajosan.com/

Monday, October 10th @ Bring on Lemons with Alison Taylor
Educator and mom of four Alison Taylor reviews “My Name is Wonder” by Ronald Chapman. Alison offers her ideas and insight about this enlightening and beautifully written novel.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 11th @ Bring on Lemons with Penny Harrison
Wisconsin business woman and mompreneur Penny Harrison shares her thoughts and feelings after reading “My Name is Wonder” by Ronald Chapman – don’t miss this insightful blog stop.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com