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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Greenbeard the Pirate Pig by Andrea Torrey Balsara On Tour with Silver Dagger Tours

 




Greenbeard the Pirate Pig
by Andrea Torrey Balsara
Genre: Children's Adventure

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Ahoy, my Piggywinkles! Sail with GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG as he sails the Seven Seas in search of ADVENTURE! With his ratty first mate, Snug Rumkin, Greenbeard sets sail on THE GOLDEN LETTUCE, determined to become a proper pirate!


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Andrea Torrey Balsara is a Canadian children’s author and illustrator who writes and illustrates for ages 3 and up. She is involved with children’s empowerment, and works to create stories that not only make children laugh, but makes them think. Her latest illustrated book, GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG , is a whimsical adventure about a guinea pig with a dream.


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MY THOUGHTS

Greenbeard the Pirate Pig by Andrea Torrey Balsara is a  Children's Adventure book. I read this book with my 9 and 7 year old sons and we all enjoyed it. This book is geared toward baby - 7 years old. It is beautifully illustrated. The message of the book is that if you work hard, stay on track, stay determined you will accomplish a lot. Greenbeard the Pirate Pig is a guinea pig that is a farmer. He loves lettuce and the lettuce turns his pig beard green. On day while he was outside he got a whiff of some fresh sea air. It's then he decides he wants to be a pirate. He packs up his veggies, shines his boots and even finds a carrot to use as a sword. He is able to secure a small ship for exchange for a song. He meets a rat named Smug Rumkin. Smug is a fun character - they were complete opposites and it was so fun to see their interaction. The book has catchy songs that my boys enjoyed singing. This is a good one to add to your bedtime routine. 

I received a copy of this book through Silver Dagger Blogging Program - all thoughts are my own. 


Sunday, February 28, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Torch Author: R.J. Anderson On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 


About the Book

Book:  Torch

Author: R.J. Anderson

Genre: Christian YA Fantasy

Release date: February 9, 2021


How do you fight fire without fire?

When a freak storm uncovers the entrance to a mysterious underground chamber, Ivy and Martin expect to find treasure. But what they discover is even more valuable: a barrow full of sleeping spriggans, magically preserved for centuries. With the vengeful piskey queen Betony determined to capture Ivy and her followers, the secret hideaway could be key to both their peoples’ survival.

But the piskeys and spriggans are ancient enemies, and when Ivy tries to make peace her own followers threaten to turn against her. Plagued by treachery, betrayal and desertion on every side, Ivy must find a way to unite the magical folk of Cornwall–or doom herself, Martin and everyone she loves to death at Betony’s hand.

Yet without the legendary fire-wielding power that marks a true piskey queen, can Ivy convince her people to believe?

 

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About the Author


Born in Uganda to missionary parents, R.J. (Rebecca Joan) Anderson is a women’s Bible teacher, a wife and mother of three, and a bestselling fantasy author for older children and teens. Her debut novel Knife has sold more than 120,000 copies worldwide, while her other books have been shortlisted for the Nebula Award, the Christy Award, and the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Science Fiction. Rebecca lives with her family in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

 

More from R. J.

What does it take to be a good leader?
Looking at some of the religious, social and political leaders around us, it seems like a confident attitude, dramatic flair, and the ability to make stirring speeches are the keys to success. But is that the kind of leadership people really need, or is it only what we’ve grown used to?
Ivy, the heroine of my book Torch, never wanted to become a leader, or expected anyone to follow her. After being exiled from her underground home by her proud Aunt Betony, she’s been struggling to make sense of her own life, never mind anyone else’s. But when a ragtag band of old friends and former neighbours turn up on Ivy’s doorstep looking for a new home, she has no choice but to help her fellow Cornish piskeys as best she can.
What Ivy soon finds, however, is that her people’s hopes and expectations for her are much bigger than any she had for herself. They want a queen strong enough to defeat Betony and free their people — but how can Ivy stand up to her aunt’s ruthless tactics and magical fire-wielding powers, when she’s just a slight teenager with barely any magic at all?
As I wrote this book, the last in my Flight and Flame trilogy about Ivy of the Delve, I wanted to explore the difference between the popular idea of a great leader, and the humble servant leadership taught and exemplified by Christ. Unlike Betony, who has become so obsessed with her own power and reputation that she’s blind to her people’s suffering, Ivy only wants to help and encourage her fellow piskeys and keep them safe from harm. She’s willing to sacrifice her own comfort, put aside her own feelings, and do whatever it takes to make sure her followers survive. And though she makes some mistakes and faces some painful challenges along the way, she never forgets that her goal isn’t personal fame or glory, but the good of everyone around her.
Ivy’s personal journey also reflects some of my own recent experiences of caregiving, which can seem like an impossible task when the needs of our loved ones grow greater than our own strength and wisdom can bear. She has to learn, as I did, that the only solution is to ask for help and be willing to let others do it their own way, instead of trying to control everything ourselves.
Torch is the last book of the epic adventure that began with Swift and continued in Nomad, taking Ivy from the depths of obscurity to heights she never imagined, and from a life of loneliness to a love sweeter — and stranger — than she ever dreamed she’d find. It’s a story that’s close to my heart, and I hope it will find a place in yours and your family’s as well!
— R.J. Anderson

My Thoughts

Torch By: R.J. Anderson is a Christian YA Fantasy book. This is also book 3 in the Flight and Flame series. I have read the other books in the series. I would strongly advise that you do so that you can get a feel for the whole story. You can see my review for book one: Here. You can see my review for book two: HERE. I have enjoyed the journey that this series has taken us. I have read this entire series with my 9 year old son. We both have enjoyed it. He reads at a 7th grade level and had no problem following along. 

In this story we are back following Ivy and Martin. Ivy has gone through so much with being banished, her people turning against her. Martin and Ivy have learned a lot while being exiled. She is a strong character. She is patient. She really wanted to be back in the good graces of her people, and she was thrown through the ringer trying to make that happen. Honestly, if I had to be in Ivy's place I probably would have just gone off myself and stopped fighting so hard. Her character has grown so much since  book 1. 

I have stated in the past that this is not a genre that I read normally. However, I am grateful to have been a part of all three tours for this series. This book is perfect for kids 9 and up. It opens up good conversations. I know that this series has blessed myself and my 9 year old son. He is sad to see the series end. We hope that the author releases new books this year and next!

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

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, February 27

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 28

Woven by Words, February 28

Through the Fire Blogs, March 1

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 2

Worthy2Read, March 2

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 3

For the Love of Literature, March 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 4

Inklings and notions, March 5

For Him and My Family, March 6

The Book Chic Blog, March 6

deb’s Book Review, March 7

Sodbusterliving, March 8

Sara Jane Jacobs, March 8

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, March 9

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, March 10

Artistic Nobody, March 10 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 11

Blogging With Carol, March 12

Mia Reads, March 12

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, R.J. is giving away the grand prize package of a signed bookplate, bookmarks, notecards, and a copy of either SWIFT, NOMAD or TORCH!! (winner’s choice)

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/1089c/torch-celebration-tour-giveaway


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Abducted in Alaska by Darlene L. Turner - On tour with JustRead Publicity Tours

 Abducted in Alaska JustRead Blog Tour




Welcome to the Blog Tour for the Abducted in Alaska by Darlene L. Turner, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Abducted in Alaska

Author: Darlene L. Turner

Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense

Release Date: March 1, 2021

Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Protecting a child…

could cost them their lives.

Saving a boy who has escaped his captors puts Canadian border patrol officer Hannah Morgan right into the path of a ruthless child-smuggling ring. Now with help from police constable Layke Jackson, she must keep the child safe. But can they rescue the other abducted children and bring down the gang…all while protecting a little boy and keeping themselves alive?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Darlene L. Turner’s love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message.

Darlene won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense twice and an ACFW Genesis award. She’s represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. Her debut book, Border Breach, released in April 2020 with Love Inspired Suspense. She has two books releasing in 2021: Abducted in Alaska (March) and Lethal Cover-Up (August).

Darlene met her husband Jeff at the turtle races in Ontario, Canada. She loves flavored coffee and plaid shirts. You can connect with Darlene on her website where there’s suspense beyond borders.

CONNECT WITH DARLENE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram




My Thoughts
Abducted in Alaska by Darlene L. Turner is part of the Love Inspired Suspense line. This book will grab your attention on page one and keep it through out the entire book. This is the first book that I have read by this author - and it will not be my last. In this book we see Canadian Border Patrol agent Hannah Morgan. She is able to save a boy from his captors - however she finds herself right in the middle of a child smuggling ring. When she grabs the boy who is wandering alone shots start ringing out immediately. Her boss, Layke Jackson opens the door when he hears the shots. He has been trying to derail the smuggling ring for awhile. While he has taken an oath with the police constable, he also has a personal reason for wanting to stop it. His nephew has been stolen. Hannah and Layke work closely together to bust the ring wide open.There is so much going on throughout the book you will not want it to end.


The author did a great job in writing a suspenseful story. My heart was pounding throughout the entire book. She also did a great job in creating a real feeling love story with Hannah and Layke. She also seems to know a lot about the Canadian Border patrol. I felt like I learned a lot about it.


I received a copy of this book through the JustRead Publicity Tours, all thoughts are my own.







TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a prize package including a Bible study book, swag, and a $25 Amazon gift card!



Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight February 23, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 2, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Book Review and Giveaway - Catching Hope Author: Kathy Cassel On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 



About the Book

Book:  Catching Hope

Author: Kathy Cassel

Genre: Young Adult, action/suspense

Release date: February 1, 2021


Catching Hope—a pursuit fraught with danger.

Newly adopted Lexi Michaels is taking her first real vacation as she, twin brother Levi, adoptive brother Chad, and new cousin Jen head to Haiti where their dad, a pediatrician, will be volunteering in an island clinic. But who is the man who displays such hatred for the Michaels when they arrive at their resort? Is an attempted burglary as random as it appears? Will Jen ever accept the newcomers to the family? When the four teens set out to explore Haiti’s sights and history on their own, an unexpected encounter and natural disaster plunge them into adventure and danger. With their very survival at stake, can the four teens work together or will Lexi’s dream of a “forever family” end in tragedy?

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Kathy Cassel lives in the Florida panhandle with her husband and four of their eight children, five of whom are adopted. She is a motorcycle rider, scuba diver, and loves spending time with her family. Her debut novel, Freerunner, was published by Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. in 2019.

 

 

More from Kathy

My Experience with Haiti

Prior to the 2010 catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that caused immense damage to the country of Haiti, many people would not have been able to tell you that Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniola just a two hour flight from Miami.

I knew where it was because our family had adopted a child from Haiti in 1997. At the time the earthquake took place, my husband and I were in the process of adopting twins from a different orphanage in Port au Prince Haiti. It had been over three years and our adoption was not yet complete. During those three years I visited the twins at the orphanage five times. Other family members went with me on some of those trips, and at one point, all of our children still living at home went to visit the orphanage.

This was an eye opening experience for my family. In fact, I volunteered us to do the daily wash. That meant hand washing clothes and sheets for 135 orphans using large metal tubs and harsh soap, then rinsing the clothes in other tubs before hand wringing them and hanging them on clotheslines. Once home, my children no longer complained about unloading the dryer!

Cooking was done in large pots over open fires and mainly consisted of rice and beans, or red sauce over rice. The cooks originally prepared the food in a wooden shack, but more than once one of them would get so hot she’d pass out, so an outdoor area was set up for food preparation.

After the earthquake, there was a mountain of paperwork to be done to get refugee status for children in the orphanages who had families waiting for them. Finally the children were brought to the United States, although some of the orphans went to other countries too, to be united with their forever families. Sadly, many were held in the airport for days before being released. For our family, the long wait was over January 25, 2010. Now our family is complete with three birth children and five adopted children, three of whom are from Haiti.

Some of the places mentioned in the book resemble real places in Haiti, although they have been fictionalized. I hope you will not only read Catching Hope, but will also take time to learn more about the country of Haiti.

My Thoughts

Catching Hope By: Kathy Cassel is a Young Adult Suspense book. This is the first book that I have read by this author and it will not be the last. While this is geared toward a young adult audience, the book kept my attention. In this book we meet Lexi Michaels. She has been newly adopted and is finally starting to feel like she has a family. She is on her first vacation. They are in Haiti. Her adoptive father is a pediatrician and he volunteers at a clinic there. What she did not count on is someone so set on destroying the Michaels family. Who could want to hurt them? This book sent me on an adreneline filled adventure that left me trying to uncover clues. The author has done a great job dealing with some unique characters. You don't get to read about adoptive families very much. I also like that they included volunteer work at an island clinic. This book is geared toward young adult - but can also be enjoyed by adults. 


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

Blog Stops

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

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 26

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 27

For the Love of Literature, February 28 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, March 1

Inklings and notions, March 2

For Him and My Family, March 3

Wishful Endings, March 4 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, March 4

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 5

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, March 6

Artistic Nobody, March 7 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 8

deb’s Book Review, March 9

Simple Harvest Reads, March 10 (Author Interview)

Lots of Helpers, March 10

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away the grand prize of a $40 Books-A-Million 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/1089e/catching-hope-celebration-tour-giveaway


Monday, February 22, 2021

Book review and Giveaway - The Rubber Band Author: Christy Hoss On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 


About the Book

Book:  The Rubber Band

Author: Christy Hoss

Genre: Middle Grade

Release date: July 31, 2020


THE RUBBER BAND What do Roadkill Rocky, Bossy Becca, and Pinhead Eddie have in common? Nothing. A rag-tag bunch of elementary school kids come together to form a rock and roll band and enter the Sun Valley talent contest. Will they be strong enough to overcome prejudice and see the dream of winning through, or will an unforeseen medical emergency break the bond of the band?

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Christy caught the writing bug in second grade after winning a prize for a five-page story about her dog, Noodles. Mrs. Olson told her she was destined to be a writer and that dream never left her thoughts. After teaching elementary school for fifteen years, Christy fulfilled her childhood dream with her debut novel, The Rubber Band. She substitute teaches to support her writing career, deriving writing inspiration from the students and situations she encounters.

At age twenty-five, she was diagnosed with type-one diabetes but refuses to let it limit her. Her diabetic alert dog, Aiden, has saved her life uncountable times and will appear in future installments of The Rubber Band. Christy lives by this equation: Living + diabetes = LIVE-abetes.

Christy is a freelance editor and writes children’s Bible stories for Focus on the Family ClubHouse magazine and has written articles for Guideposts. She is a featured speaker for conferences, retreats and special events.

Christy lives in Northern California with Kevin, the love of her life. They have three grown children.

 

More from Christy

Noodles is the reason I am a writer. Noodles was my childhood dog’s name. I loved her oodles and oodles. She was a dachshund, not a poodle. I often drew her in my doodles. (Can you tell I’m an elementary school teacher?) A few short years ago, when I was in second grade, I entered a class writing contest. My story was five sentences long but won first place. The teacher told me I was destined to be a writer. That encouragement never left me. I grew up in the small town of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and always loved writing in school, especially fiction. I wrote stories for my friends and for myself to create situations I could only dream of. As an adult, I moved to California, determined to live for God. He led me back to college where I fell in love with writing again. I won a state-wide award for my feature article in the JC’s newspaper, confirming my heart’s desire. Fast forward through marriage, kids, and a teaching job—my friends begged me to write about a recurring night dream I had, which was like watching the ending of a suspense thriller movie. Through writing conferences, critique groups and late nights, I wrote Palms of Death by starting at the end and working my way backwards. After rewriting it several times, I self-published it in 2018. At my first major writers’ conference, the Lord undeniably called me to write. So, the real reason I write is not because of Noodles, but because I want to always be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and wholeheartedly follow His direction. That’s my story, just a bit of the whole kit and caboodle.

My Thoughts

The Rubber Band by Christy Hoss is a middle grade fiction book. I read this book with my 9 year old son and we both enjoyed it very much. This is the first book that I have read by this author. First, we loved the nicknames of the band members. My 9 year old son wanted to be called Pinhead after reading this book....The main focus of this book is  teaching kids about working together and sharing a dream. It also teaches kids about teaching others about respecting each other. This lesson is important because of the cast of characters she has created. The author introduces a lot of "issues" or situations that kids may face. In this book we see a bully. A bully that has been lost to the foster care system. We see a bossy rich kid. We also see a character that has some health issues. I love that this book opened up some conversations with my son and I. He has been bullied. He knows of some classmates that have been removed from their home. I love that this hodge podge of kids form a band. This book is geared toward 2-5th grade. My son is in 4th grade and he reads at a 7th grade level. He had no issues following along. We laughed a lot during this book. We talked alot. He wanted to share this book with a few of his friends so it has moved on to another home. 
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program. All thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, February 19

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, February 20

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, February 21 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 21

Texas Book-aholic, February 22

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

Tell Tale Book Reviews, February 24 (Author Interview)

Sara Jane Jacobs, February 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 26

Wishful Endings, February 27 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, February 27

Inklings and notions, February 28

deb’s Book Review, March 1

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 3

Artistic Nobody, March 4 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Christy is giving away the grand prize of $25 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/10869/the-rubber-band-celebration-tour-giveaway