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Friday, June 24, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway - Hair Calamities and Hot Cash Author: Gail Pallotta On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 


About the Book

Book: Hair Calamities and Hot Cash

Author: Gail Pallotta

Genre: Christian Fiction

Release date: 2018


What happens when a New York stockbroker crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s North Carolina beauty shop … on the same day the young widow’s defective hair products are causing wild hairdos? Soon, Eve finds herself helping the handsome stranger hunt the thieves who stole his clients cash…and hot on the trail of two of the FBI’s most-wanted criminals!

Romance blossoms amid danger, suspense and Eve’s hair-brained plan to get back the money.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Award-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A 2013 Grace Awards finalist, she’s a Reader’s Favorite 2017 Book Award winner and a TopShelf 2020 Book Awards Finalist. She’s published six books, poems, short stories and several hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums.

 

More from Gail

Even mysterious events and robbery can’t stop the fun, laughs and romance that follow after New York stock broker Philip Wells crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s beauty shop.

 

Hair Calamities and Hot Cash is a contemporary romance with mystery and comical scenes about a New Yorker and a lonely, young widow in the North Carolina Mountains who fall for each other amid a crisis, danger and suspense.

 

The story behind Hair Calamities and Hot Cash began many years ago in a small town at the foothills of the North Carolina Mountains, where my mother ran a beauty shop.

 

Her salon doubled as a meeting place where customers who knew each other discussed how to make the latest recipe, what to do about world affairs and everything in between, including family relations, births, deaths and weddings. Clients planned showers, graduation parties and get-togethers for new neighbors while hair flew.

 

Mostly townspeople showed up, and the spirit of the community overflowed. The residents had disagreements, but they didn’t abhor those who thought differently from them. They had close friends, acquaintances, people they tolerated and those they kept at a distance. As in most small environments, they gossiped and could be nosey. However, when someone grieved for a loved one, suffered from an illness or any other crisis, prayers went up and casseroles went out no matter whether the person was a best friend or someone held at a distance. They all were God’s children.

 

The walls of Mother’s beauty shop echoed the spirit of the community, and I wanted to bring it back.  I set the mystery, romance and shenanigans in the Western North Carolina Mountains. Many years ago, a friend my father knew in college came to visit us, and we drove him to the mountains. He said, “I’ve traveled the world over, and I’ve never seen a place any prettier than these hills.”  I wanted to share the awe-inspiring scenery. I believe we need those peaceful surroundings and the sense of community now more than when I wrote the book.

My Thoughts

Hair Calamities and Hot Cash is a comical Christian Fiction book that is written by  Gail Pallotta. I have read  this author before, so I was excited when this came across my to be read pile. Phillip makes a crazy entrance into the town of Triville. He crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s beauty shop. Eve is in the middle of doing a client's hair, and having her products delivered when it all happens. 

Phillip was in town to meet with a client, Eve doing hair - when they suddenly find themselves a team trying to hunt the thieves who stole Phillip's clients cash and why Eve's hair products are giving everyone wacky hairdos. 

I enjoyed this book. I liked the adventure that Phillip and Eve are on. They seem to be on constant lookout to see "who dun it". The book made me smile at all the wild antics that happen. 

The characters are well written, the story line intriguing. I enjoyed this book. 

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

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 22

Book Looks by Lisa, June 22

For Him and My Family, June 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 24

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 25

Texas Book-aholic, June 26

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 27

Inklings and notions, June 28

deb’s Book Review, June 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 30

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, July 1 (Author Interview)

Simple Harvest Reads, July 1 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Guild Master, July 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 3

A Baker’s Perspective, July 4 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 5

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Gail is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of the book!!

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/1f459/hair-calamities-and-hot-cash-celebration-tour-giveaway

Book Review and Giveaway - Finding Love in San Antonio Authors: Miralee Ferrell & Kimberly Rose Johnson On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 


About the Book

Book: Finding Love in San Antonio

Authors: Miralee Ferrell & Kimberly Rose Johnson

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release date: June 1, 2022


For TV chef Adela Romero, the lights of LA have lost their luster. The grief of her husband’s death three years ago still hangs heavy over her and her daughter, Fabi.

When Adela hears her mother-in-law’s Mexican diner is struggling, she decides to return to San Antonio and try to make a fresh start—though she can’t leave the media attention entirely behind.

Local food critic David Agraponte has a history with Adela. A history he’d like to rekindle. When he interviews Adela, sparks fly—both good and bad. In Adela’s struggle to put her past behind her, she’s tentative about a new relationship, but David hopes she’ll stay at Romero’s long enough to give him a chance.

Sandra always dreamed of managing Romero’s one day, but her chances of proving herself to her aunt are slim with her famous TV-chef cousin taking all the attention. Can’t her aunt see that Adela’s just passing through on her way to her next big gig? Still, as much as she resents it, Sandra may need Adela’s help if there is going to be a Romero’s left for her to manage.

When Adela gets a TV offer that’s sure to shoot her career to the stars, her choice may hold more than just her future in the balance. Can David and Adela find a way to save Romero’s and hold onto their own dreams, or will Adela’s opportunity push them apart?

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Authors


Miralee Ferrell is an award-winning, best-selling author of 27 books. Her novel, Runaway Romance, released in January 2018 on UP TV, and subsequently on Hallmark on Demand, and From the Heart, aired in 2020 on Hallmark. Finding Love in Bridal Veil, Oregon, aired September of 2021, and Finding Love in San Antonio will air sometime in 2022.

Miralee is the owner and founder of Mountain Brook Ink, a traditional publisher with over 100 titles, a large number them being award-winners. She lives in the Pacific N.W. with her husband, two cats, sixteen chickens, and one very spoiled little dog. Miralee loves horseback riding and hiking with her married daughter.

While Miralee has spoken in a number of venues, she doesn’t see herself as a speaker as much as an encourager. She loves helping writers find ways to succeed, improve, and learn to believe in themselves, whether by teaching a class, leaving positive comments in an edit or critique, or speaking to groups about her writing journey and how the Lord might minister to them.

Website: http://www.miraleeferrell.com

 


Award winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and spent most of her life in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance and romantic mystery and suspense with a heart.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

You can sign up for Kimberly’s newsletter via her website at: https://kimberlyrjohnson.com/

 

 

More from Kimberly

Kimberly Rose Johnson here. I’m excited to share my story behind the writing of Finding Love In San Antonio. Last year Miralee Ferrell approached me about a project she was working on. She wanted me to write the story of a secondary character into a book she was adapting from a movie, and bonus, I was given license to choose the character. She sent me the script and my imagination took off. What fun!

I knew right away which character’s story I wanted to write. So many ideas of who this woman was behind the scenes filled my mind. I chose Sandra, the heroin’s cousin by marriage. Sandra was sassy in the script and somewhat negative toward Adela. As a positive person who tries to see the bright side in every situation, this bothered me about her, so I had to create a strong reason why she would be this way. In the final cut of the movie, I don’t think Sandra came across nearly as negative as she did in the version of the screenplay I originally saw, so I think along with the backstory I gave her and the fact that I toned Sandra down worked well.

Before this book neither Miralee or I had never co-written a book before,, but I must say, I enjoyed it! I had written a story within a story for one of my own books in the past, so I basically did the same thing for this one. We are both so pleased with the outcome that we are going to do it again.

We hope you enjoy seeing the fleshed out version of the movie in our book!

My Thoughts

Finding Love in San Antonio is a contemporary romance that is written by  Miralee Ferrell & Kimberly Rose Johnson. I enjoyed seeing these two authors write together. I felt their styles complemented each other. 

In this story we meet TV chef Adela Romero. She has been living in LA and the publicity has lost it's appeal. She has been a widow for a few years now, and it still deeply affects her and her daughter. She moves back to San Antonio when she hears that her mother in law's Mexican diner is struggling. She wants a fresh start away from the media. She is interviewed by local food critic David Agraponte. They have a history and David wants to revisit the spark they had. 

There are a lot of characters and voices in this story. The story also visits the topic of family conflict and those just trying to find their place in lives. While there are a lot of characters, you don't feel overwhelmed with all that is going on. The writing flows nicely and I enjoyed the description of scenery. I have never been to San Antonio, but after reading this book I feel that I need to go and visit. 

The book is well written. I loved the storyline focusing on multiple characters. The talk of food made me hungry. 

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

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, June 16

Texas Book-aholic, June 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 18

For Him and My Family, June 19

deb’s Book Review, June 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 21

Tell Tale Book Reviews, June 22 (Author Interview)

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, June 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 23

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

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 25

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 26

Inklings and notions, June 27

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, June 28 (Author Interview)

The Sacred Line, June 28

Blossoms and Blessings, June 29

Giveaway

To celebrate their book, Miralee and Kimberly are giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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/1eff4/finding-love-in-san-antonio-celebration-tour-giveaway

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Audiobook Review and Giveaway - Finding a Memory Author: Chautona Havig Narrator: Christa DelSorbo ON Tour with Celebrate Lit

 

About the Book

Book: Finding a Memory

Author: Chautona Havig

Narrator: Christa DelSorbo

GenreChristian Women’s Fiction

Release date: February, 2022


He loved her then. Will she love him now?

When Mallory Barrows finds an old diary in a box of books, the story she finds within sends her on the hunt for the owner–and maybe more.

Theirs is a story ripped from a country song. A wedding, a former love presumed dead, her new love stepping aside. And over forty years later, their story is one few remember.

With Mallory determined to find the people in the pages of that diary, one couple is offered the second chance of a lifetime.

This “second-chance / seasoned romance” novel introduces the next island in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Using story to connect readers with the Master Storyteller.

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours, and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

 

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

Finding a Memory is written by the mega talented Chautona Havig. This is book 19 in the Independence Island series. The series is written by several amazing authors. While they are part of a series, each book can be a stand alone. However, I have enjoyed the series so much and if you like contempary romance, you will too. 

This one is is up there on my favorite Independence Island series books. Mallory Barrows finds an old diary in a box of books. She starts to read and she realizes she needs to find the owner or family of the diary. Benjamin, Mallory's friend helps in the quest to find the owner of the diary. I love the second chance love story and the reminder of forgiveness in this story. Patti has now aged and lives with the pain and regret of her life choices. Her character broke my heart. Francis, has recently lost his wife and and now has been reliving the past . He has begun to wonder if his one true love got away. 

This is a well written amazing book. This is one that will stick with me for a long time. The characters are well written, you can feel their emotions coming off the page. Kudos Chautona, this was an amazing book. 

As for the narration, I can listen to Christa Del Sorbo speak all day. Her voice is calming and flows nicely. I love the way she read this book. She has a gift of speech. I hope to hear more from her in the future. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program, all thoughts are my own.


Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 14

Texas Book-aholic, June 15

Inklings and notions, June 16

By the Book, June 17

For Him and My Family, June 18

deb’s Book Review, June 19 (Spotlight)

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 20

The Sacred Line, June 21

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 22

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, June 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 24

SodbusterLiving, June 25

Mary Hake, June 26

Simple Harvest Reads, June 27 (Spotlight)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Christa 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/1ec2b/finding-a-memory-audiobook-celebration-tour-giveaway

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway - THE ELEGANT EMU (a Harmony Adventure) by Karen M. Bobos Hosted by IRead Book Tours

 

THE ELEGANT EMU (A Harmony Adventure) by Karen M. Bobos
THE ELEGANT EMU (A Harmony Adventure) by Karen M. Bobos

Join us for this tour from June 14 to July 8, 2022!

Book Details:

Book Title:  THE ELEGANT EMU (a Harmony Adventure) by Karen M. Bobos
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  40 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book, Fairy Tale
Publisher:  Bobos Babes, Ltd.
Release date:   June 2022
Format available for review:  print-softback (USA), print-hardback (USA), ebook (pdf)
Tour dates: June 14 to July 8, 2022
Content Rating:  G for everyone. 
Book Description:

The magical sisters are enrolled in an etiquette class when their manners are not fit for the king and queen of the enchanted land of Harmony. Can Elizabeth the Emu help the royal sisters?

In the beautiful and peaceful land of Harmony, three magical sisters, the Bobos Babes, uproot the kingdom's tranquility with some not-so-polite actions -nose-picking, belching, and other noisy...expulsions. Their parents, the King and Queen, enroll the sisters in the elegant Elizabeth the Emu's etiquette class where they learn manners and other ways to self-improve like being on time, politeness, and proper personal hygiene.

​Elizabeth the Emu explains to Angel Scarlet, Princess Daphne, and Fairy Cora that having proper etiquette is more than good manners, it's about being kind and courteous. And for the sisters? Well, let's just say that they will be needing more than one lesson from Elizabeth the Emu's etiquette class.
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Author Karen M. Bobos
Meet the Author:

Karen M. Bobos is the multi-award-winning author of the Adventures in Harmony series, which was created in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. While living in a city of unrest, her family left Chicago to stay with her mother in Northwest Indiana for several months. She and her husband were determined to keep life filled with wonder and magic for their three daughters, Scarlett (6), Daphne (5), and Cora (3). The Adventures in Harmony series was created to entertain her daughters during their stay at Gigi’s home and is filled with characters from the sisters’ world. Everyone deserves to escape to a land filled with love and adventure where creatures co-exist and happiness awaits.​

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

My Thoughts
The Elegant Emu is a children's picture book that is written by Karen M. Bobos. It is part of the Adventures in Harmony series. This book is well written and beautifully illustrated. We see three little girls who are not behaving well. Their parents, The King and Queen enroll them in Elizabeth the Emu's etiquette class. The sisters seem to have no manners at all. Once they are there Elizabeth the Emu realizes it will be a lot of work to get them straightened out. It's there they learn the importance of hand washing, excusing ourselves if we have bodily functions, chewing with our mouths closed, and not to pick our nose. I thought the way it was presented was cute and easy for young readers to understand. 
Thank you to the author, publisher and IRead book tours for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own. 
Tour Schedule:

June 14 –Faith And Books – book review / giveaway
June 14 -Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 15 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 16 –Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
June 16 –fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
June 16 -Kam's Place – book review
June 17 – icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
June 20 – Bizwings Blog – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 20 - Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 21 - Library Lady's Kid Lit – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 22 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
June 23 – Older & Smarter? – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 24 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
June 28 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 29 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
June 30 – My Reading Getaway – book review / giveaway
July 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
July 6 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
July 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
July 7 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
July 8 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

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