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Friday, September 23, 2022

Audiobook Review and Giveaway -Night Songs Author: Jennifer Sienes Narrator: Christa DelSorbo On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 




About the Book

Book: Night Songs

Author: Jennifer Sienes

Narrator: Christa DelSorbo

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: June, 2022


What’s a girl to do when her life sounds ripped from the lyrics of a country music song?

Charlotte Van Cleave’s hissy-fit reaction to her husband’s infidelity sours her world like a pot of boiled chitlins. She’s left with no husband, no job, and no home—well, besides the dilapidated farmhouse inherited from her nana.

But Charlie learned early that southern girls dig deep when things go sideways. She’d climbed out of the mire when her missionary parents were killed in Congo, endured two late-term miscarriages, and survived the death of her nana and papaw. Too poor to paint and too proud to whitewash, Charlie follows a new path with her interior design skills.

Derek Daniels spent his life serving his country until a helicopter accident ended his military career. Now back home on the family farm, he’s stuck between his philandering brother, Nicky, and the only girl he’s ever loved—sweet Charlie Van Cleave. Unwilling to cross a line, he vows to keep his feelings to himself. Easier said than done when Charlie discovers a mystery surrounding her parents’ death and asks him to help investigate.

What’ll Charlie and Derek have to do to turn those lyrics into a country hit?

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Jennifer Sienes holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in education, but discovered life-experience is the best teacher. She loves Jesus, romance and writing—and puts it altogether in inspirational contemporary fiction. Her daughter’s TBI and brother’s suicide inspired two of her three novels. Although fiction writing is her real love, she’s had several non-fiction pieces published in anthologies—two in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has two grown children and one very spoiled Maltese. California born and raised, she recently took a step of faith with her real-life hero and relocated to Tennessee.

 

 

About the Narrator


Speaking Life into Story

Queen of the one-eyebrow quirk, Christa DelSorbo auditioned for the role of Tarzan’s mom and has the photos to prove she ended up as the only cast member in a literal cast. These days, they keep her stuck in a box with a ball on a stick and only feed her when she reads another chapter of another fabulous book. She loves every minute. Or so they tell her. *eyebrow slowly raises *

 

More from Christa

My Thoughts

Night Songs is book one in the Bedford County series that is written by Jennifer Sienes. The author has released so many amazing books the past few years that I was super excited to read this one. Her characters are always realistic, flawed and not cookie cut. 

Charlie is such a sweet well written character. She literally loses everything. Her marriage, her home, job, etc. It really is like the author describes, straight from a country song. She also has walked through a lot in her life. Her parents were missionaries and they were killed in the Congo, and as you read they touch on the circumstances surrounding that. She also grew up around Derrick and Nicky and seems to have ended up with the wrong brother. Growing up she spent a lot of time with her neighbors. Derrick tries to show her the way to Jesus, but Charlie is very angry and hurt and will have to let go of that to move forward. 

Let's talk about the narrator, Christa. I have been so lucky and blessed to listen to several books that she has narrated. She has such a voice for reading. I could listen to her read all day. Her voice is always so calming. Her  voice has great power and control. She elevated it when needed to draw attention quickly. I just love listening to her read. 

The book is well written. The story is unique, the characters are flawed. The Biblical message of forgiveness and letting go is woven in nicely. I enjoyed this story. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read and listen to a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own. 


Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 23

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 24

Texas Book-aholic, September 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 26

An Author’s Take, September 27

Inklings and notions, September 28

deb’s Book Review, September 29 (Spotlight)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 1

Simple Harvest Reads, October 2 (Guest Review from Anne Rightler)

Sodbuster Living, October 3

For Him and My Family, October 4

Hallie Reads, October 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 6

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a code for the audiobook!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/21aa9/night-songs-audiobook-celebration-tour-giveaway

t Songs Kick-Off Package

About the Book

Book: Night Songs

Author: Jennifer Sienes

Narrator: Christa DelSorbo

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: June, 2022


What’s a girl to do when her life sounds ripped from the lyrics of a country music song?

Charlotte Van Cleave’s hissy-fit reaction to her husband’s infidelity sours her world like a pot of boiled chitlins. She’s left with no husband, no job, and no home—well, besides the dilapidated farmhouse inherited from her nana.

But Charlie learned early that southern girls dig deep when things go sideways. She’d climbed out of the mire when her missionary parents were killed in Congo, endured two late-term miscarriages, and survived the death of her nana and papaw. Too poor to paint and too proud to whitewash, Charlie follows a new path with her interior design skills.

Derek Daniels spent his life serving his country until a helicopter accident ended his military career. Now back home on the family farm, he’s stuck between his philandering brother, Nicky, and the only girl he’s ever loved—sweet Charlie Van Cleave. Unwilling to cross a line, he vows to keep his feelings to himself. Easier said than done when Charlie discovers a mystery surrounding her parents’ death and asks him to help investigate.

What’ll Charlie and Derek have to do to turn those lyrics into a country hit?

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Jennifer Sienes holds a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in education, but discovered life-experience is the best teacher. She loves Jesus, romance and writing—and puts it altogether in inspirational contemporary fiction. Her daughter’s TBI and brother’s suicide inspired two of her three novels. Although fiction writing is her real love, she’s had several non-fiction pieces published in anthologies—two in Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has two grown children and one very spoiled Maltese. California born and raised, she recently took a step of faith with her real-life hero and relocated to Tennessee.

 

 

About the Narrator


Speaking Life into Story

Queen of the one-eyebrow quirk, Christa DelSorbo auditioned for the role of Tarzan’s mom and has the photos to prove she ended up as the only cast member in a literal cast. These days, they keep her stuck in a box with a ball on a stick and only feed her when she reads another chapter of another fabulous book. She loves every minute. Or so they tell her. *eyebrow slowly raises *

 

More from Christa

My Thoughts

Night Songs is book one in the Bedford County series that is written by Jennifer Sienes. The author has released so many amazing books the past few years that I was super excited to read this one. Her characters are always realistic, flawed and not cookie cut. 

Charlie is such a sweet well written character. She literally loses everything. Her marriage, her home, job, etc. It really is like the author describes, straight from a country song. She also has walked through a lot in her life. Her parents were missionaries and they were killed in the Congo, and as you read they touch on the circumstances surrounding that. She also grew up around Derrick and Nicky and seems to have ended up with the wrong brother. Growing up she spent a lot of time with her neighbors. Derrick tries to show her the way to Jesus, but Charlie is very angry and hurt and will have to let go of that to move forward. 

Let's talk about the narrator, Christa. I have been so lucky and blessed to listen to several books that she has narrated. She has such a voice for reading. I could listen to her read all day. Her voice is always so calming. Her  voice has great power and control. She elevated it when needed to draw attention quickly. I just love listening to her read. 

The book is well written. The story is unique, the characters are flawed. The Biblical message of forgiveness and letting go is woven in nicely. I enjoyed this story. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read and listen to a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own. 


Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 23

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 24

Texas Book-aholic, September 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 26

An Author’s Take, September 27

Inklings and notions, September 28

deb’s Book Review, September 29 (Spotlight)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 1

Simple Harvest Reads, October 2 (Guest Review from Anne Rightler)

Sodbuster Living, October 3

For Him and My Family, October 4

Hallie Reads, October 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 6

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a code for the audiobook!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/21aa9/night-songs-audiobook-celebration-tour-giveaway

Book Review and Giveaway - His Small Town Dream by Tara Randel, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

His Small Town Dream JustRead Blog + Review Tour


 Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for His Small Town Dream by Tara Randel, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK


His Small Town Dream

Title: His Small Town Dream

Series: The Golden Matchmakers Club #3

Author: Tara Randel

Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming

Release Date: August 23, 2022

Genre: Contemporary Romance (Sweet/Clean)

This city girl…

Could be his perfect match!

Adam Wright is ready to stop nursing his broken heart and give in to his family’s matchmaking. He knows lively marketing exec Carrie Mitchell wants to return to New York, but he’s showing her all small-town Golden has to offer…including himself. When his ex-fiancĂ©e arrives, it could scare Carrie away, or it may be a chance to heal past hurts…and share his small-town dream with her!

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound | BookBub


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tara Randel

Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author. Family values, a bit of mystery and, of course, love and romance, are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. She writes for multiple genres, including romance, mystery and Women’s fiction.

Connect with Tara by visiting tararandel.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


My Thoughts


.His Small Town Dream is written by Tara Randel. This is book three in the Golden Matchmakers Club series. This book can be read as a stand alone - for I have not read the other books in the series and I had no issues following along. I enjoyed the characters in this story. I felt that they were well written and realistic.

Adam used to be a financial executive, but has returned to his hometown of Golden, Georiga. He has been running the family adventure business. He enjoyed his hometown and appreciates all that it has to offer. Carrie Mitchell grew up in New York City and has been staying with her college friend after a break up. She takes a job in the local Chamber of Commerce.

Adam and Carrie start to get to know each other while waiting in coffee. Adam compliments how she has been handling her job. I loved seeing their neighborly conversation turn into something deeper as the story developed. Both had some hurts and baggage from their pasts they had to deal with. Adam did not want to see Golden turn into a tourist attraction, while Carrie wants to bring some new things to the town. They had to work together to heal and move forward.

Thank you to the author, publisher and JustRead Publicity Tours for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own.

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive an autographed print copy of Stealing Her Best Friend’s Heart and Her Christmastime Family, a festive fall mug and towel, and a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

(1) additional winner will receive a $10 Amazon e-Gift Card.

His Small Town Dream JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight September 19, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 26, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Gift card open internationally. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

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Book Review - Snowbound with the Rancher Author: Kit Hawthorne

 

About the Book







Book: Snowbound with the Rancher 

Author: Kit Hawthorne

Genre: Harlequin Heartwarming 

Release date: September 27, 2022


About the Author




Kit Hawthorne makes her home in south central Texas on her husband’s ancestral farm, where seven generations of his family have lived, worked, and loved. When not writing, she can be found reading, drawing, sewing, quilting, reupholstering furniture, playing Irish pennywhistle, refinishing old wood, cooking huge amounts of food for the pressure canner, or wrangling various dogs, cats, goats, and people.
Find out more at her website: HERE

My Thoughts

 Snowbound with the Rancher is written by Kit Hawthorne. This book is part of the Truly Texas series. I have not read the other books in the series, and had no issues following along. This is part of the Harlequin Heartwarming series - where you know you will have clean, wholesome romance to read. 

Dirk Hager has had ranching in his blood for a long time. He is not thrilled when a developer builds a bunch of houses close to his land. He is not a fan of the city slickers. Macy Reinalda has moved into one of these houses and is looking for a fresh start. One day she is sitting outside her home watching the bonfire and burning the last memories of her failed relationship when Dirk shows up and puts the fire out. He is worried about the possibility of a wildfire. 

Macy is shocked when he comes over and squelches her fire. She starts to dig a little deeper about what Dirk had told her and realizes he is right. However, she is frustrated that he was so rude about it. Then a huge snowstorm rolls into Texas and traps the two together. Can they survive without killing each other?

I believe this is the first book that I have read by this author. She writes her stories well. The characters are well developed. I loved the tension between Dirk and Macy in the beginning. He was/is very set in his ways. He thinks that the old school cowboy way is the way to go and does not believe that city folk have any rights or respect to the Texas land. Macy, I loved her. She left a bad engagement and was trying to find peace and serenity. Her dog, Gunnar was adorable and made me laugh. 

Thank you to the author for allowing me to read a copy of this book -- all thoughts are my own. 




Thursday, September 22, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway -Squashed Written and Illustrated by Meaghan Tosi Hosted by Children's Book Review

 


About the Book


Squashed by Meghan Tosi: Book Cover




Squashed

Written and Illustrated by Meaghan Tosi

Based on a Story by Thomas Tosi

Ages 6-12 | 80 Pages

Publisher: Dooney Press | ISBN-13: 9781954782051



Publisher’s Book Summary: Aah! Dude! It moved!

Can the mysterious shuddering pumpkin the three kids found in the forest be alive? They’re going to find out when they lift it from its resting place and carry it home. But what happens if someone or something comes looking for it?

This evocative graphic novel is spooky yet ultimately gentle and charming. It presents a tale of unfounded fear of those who are different and the similarities we all share. Told in richly stylized full-color artwork from illustrator Meaghan Tosi whose previous work Kirkus Reviews praised as delightful.

Buy the Book
Meaghan Tosi: Author-Illustrator Headshot
About the Author-Illustrator

MEAGHAN TOSI, was born and raised in New Hampshire, earned a BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design, and illustrated this book and the middle-grade novel “Six Thousand Doughnuts” alongside author Thomas Tosi. She is also the author/illustrator of “Dweedy: The Imagined Adventures of My Deceased Cat.” She now lives with her partner Daniel and many plants in Portland, Oregon for the art scene, extraordinary hikes, and many neighborhood cats.

For more information, visit dooneypress.com.

Thanks for following along with us on the Squashed: A Graphic Novel awareness tour, sponsored by Meaghan Tosi, based on a story by Thomas Tosi.


My Thoughts


Squashed is written and Illustrated by Meaghan Tosi. I read this with my 9 and 11 year old sons. They are at the age where they really enjoy graphic novels. The book is beautifully illustrated. I also love the story behind it. The author took her dad's home movies and created this wonderful story. 

My Boys loved the story because as siblings they also have sibling rivalry. Someone is always trying to one up the other. So when a game of keep away with little sister's teddy bear goes wrong - the older brother sees a very interesting looking pumpkin. It's guarded by a trio of scarecrows. We then follow the siblings on a fun adventure that is perfect for the fall season. While this is geared toward readers 6-12 I feel that it can be enjoyed by everyone. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Children's Book Review for allowing me to read a copy of this story -- all thoughts are my own. 


 


Squashed Virtual Book Tour Dates

Wednesday, September 7, 2022
The Children’s Book Review
A book review of Squashed
Thursday, September 8, 2022
Life Is What It’s Called

A book review of Squashed
Friday, September 9, 2022
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
A book review of Squashed
Monday, September 12, 2022
The Review Wire

An interview with Meaghan and Thomas Tosi
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
icefairy’s Treasure Chest
A book review of Squashed
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Lisa’s Reading
A book review of Squashed
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Shooting Stars Mag
An interview with Meaghan and Thomas Tosi
Friday, September 16, 2022
Writer with Wanderlust
A book review of Squashed
Monday, September 19, 2022
The Fairview Review
A book review of Squashed
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk
A book review of Squashed
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
The Momma Spot
A book review of Squashed
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Because I Said So
A book review of Squashed
Friday, September 23, 2022
Me Two Books

Squashed book activity
Monday, September 26, 2022
J.R.s Book Reviews
A book review of Squashed

Squashed Book Giveaway



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