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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - The Adventures of Mollie & Ollie: Moving Day by Sally Beale On tour with Iread book tours

 



THE ADVENTURES OF MOLLY & OLLIE: Moving Day by Sally Beale
THE ADVENTURES OF MOLLIE & OLLIE by Sally Beale
Join us for this tour from May 10 to May 21, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Adventures of Mollie & Ollie: Moving Day by Sally Beale
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   March, 2021
Format available for review:  print-hardback (USA), pdf
Tour dates: May 10 to May 21, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.
Book Description:

Every child experiences change in their life. Moving can be difficult, but in this Mom’s Choice award-winning book, when eight-year-old Molly Day meets a new friend, a magical owl named Oliver Winston Howell III, her move to a new house in a new town becomes easier than she expected. Be on the lookout for Molly and Ollie’s next adventure!
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Photo by Adrienne Reich Photography
Meet the Author:

The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day was inspired by Beale’s own experiences as a young child. Her father’s occupation required that her family move across the country every two years. Beale’s childhood was filled with adventures that captured her imagination in each new home. She continued her passion for adventure while raising her two daughters and working as a costume designer for local theaters. Now she is channeling her sense of fun and her youthful spirit into her children’s stories. Beale is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day, a Mom’s Choice Award winner, is the first book in the Molly & Ollie series.

connect with the author: website ~ instagram ~ goodreads
My Thoughts:
This book was perfect for my 8 and 9 year old. We just bought a new house - and moved into it. This book is well written and geared toward kids ages 3-7. It breaks down moving and the adventures of moving in a way that children will understand. The book deals with the changes that go along with moving and how to process those emotions. We loved the magical owl - Oliver was a huge hit with the kids. 
This book is a great present for anyone that may be moving and making these changes. It will help them understand and process what they are going through. It's well written and beautifully illustrated. 
I received a copy of this book through the IRead book tours - all thoughts are my own. 

The Adventures of Moving

My adventures in life began when my family started moving around the US. By the time I was grown and married, I had lived in eight states. 

I was born in a small town in West Virginia. When I was 3, there was a short move to Ohio, where my Dad started his career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Then it was back home to West Virginia. But with a change in circumstances comes challenges. For my Dad to continue his career, we would have to move again…and again.

First down to Prattville, Alabama when I was eight. Then 2 years later, across the country to Long Beach, California. Another 2 years, it was back across the country to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. I loved the Fort Walton beaches. Then 2 ½ years later, halfway through my freshman year, we moved to Indiana in January…to the cold weather…without winter coats. My mom was not happy about that. After settling there, 2 ½ years later, right before my senior year of high school, we were off to Hyattsville, Maryland, right outside DC. Two days after I graduated from high school, we took off for McNeil Island, Washington. It was a real island with a boat that took us back and forth to the mainland.

My life has been filled with move after move. And with each move, I realized that not everything was different. Since we always rented houses, we never knew what color the bedroom walls would be. So, my bedspread and curtains were always white. I still had my books and jigsaw puzzles. In school, the common thread was playing the flute in the bands. But also, each new place had opportunities to experience something new, something different, something unexpected. I could never have conceived living on an island! I had a great childhood and can’t imagine growing up any other way!

The first book in The Adventures of Molly & Ollie series is about moving and getting settled. Still to come are Molly & Ollie’s new adventures every day!


Tour Schedule:

May 10 –
 Reading is My Passion – book review / author interview
May 10 - Pick a good book – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 10 - Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
May 11 –A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
May 11 -Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 12 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 13 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
May 13 -Icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
May 14 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 14 - Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 17 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
May 17 - My Journey Back – book review / giveaway
May 18 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
May 18 - Laura's Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 18 - Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
May 19 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 19 - The Bespectacled Mother – book review / author interview
May 19 - Booking With Janelle - book review / author interview / giveaway
May 20 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 20 - Lisa's Reading – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 21 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 21 - I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Book Review - Does Grandma Remember Me? by Evita Sherman On Tour with Iread book tours

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway Providence Author: Jennifer Sienes On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 


About the Book

Book:  Providence

Author: Jennifer Sienes

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: April 13, 2021


How can she forgive a man she isn’t sure she ever knew?

Melissa Bainbridge doesn’t have time to grieve. She has three kids to feed, bills stacked high enough to crush her, and guilt–oh so much guilt.

When her husband’s death is  ruled a suicide, her financial stability and identity die with the man she now wonders if she ever knew.  How could he choose to leave them like this?  How could she have lived with him for 15 years and not known of his fragile mental health?

A journey of discovery reveals more questions than answers until Melissa finally faces her fears and tries to understand the mind of the man she thought she knew and never did.

The journey from despair to hope leads Melissa beyond grief and into the light of forgiveness in Providence.

 

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.

 

More from Jennifer

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a novelist. In my na├»ve mind, it was a romantic endeavor that would take little effort on my part. Growing up, I wrote stories my sisters raved over, and later, stories my kids raved over. I don’t have to tell you, they were an easy audience to please. Still, life happened somewhere in the midst of it all, and I gave up that childish endeavor and became a teacher instead. It might not have been my absolute dream job, but it was second-best, and I figured the pay would be much better.

 

It wasn’t until years later, when my husband encouraged me to step away from teaching for a year to try my hand at writing. I was thrilled. A whole year to explore my potential as a novelist. The only problem was, I didn’t know what to write about. Over the next several months, I spent more time working in the yard and repainting the interior of the house then I did at my computer. That blank screen was just too daunting.

 

Then I lost my childhood hero and best friend to suicide. Michael was my Almost-Irish-Twin. I say almost, because I was born three weeks too late to make it official. He and I spent most of our childhood attached at the hip. I don’t know if I hung out with Mike because I was a tomboy, or if I was a tomboy because I hung out with Mike. I taught him the alphabet and how to tie his shoes (it’s true—most girls do advance faster than boys) and he taught me how to catch frogs and fish.

 

We got into all kinds of escapades together, which I’m sure caused Mom more than a few gray hairs. Mike was a prankster. He had the idea we should pepper his bedroom carpet so Mom would sneeze every time she vacuumed. Our house backed up to a cattle ranch, and he found a bucket and stool and talked me into milking the cows with him. The only problem was, they were steer. He even shared the box of chocolate Ex-Lax with me that he found in our parents’ medicine cabinet. Fortunately for me, his idea of sharing was, “One for you; two for me.” Mom couldn’t get us to the hospital fast enough to have our stomachs pumped.

 

I was asked by my sister-in-law to speak at Mike’s funeral. I looked out into a church filled with his family and friends. He was a member of Biker’s for Christ, and there were more than a few members dressed in leather. He’d been on a mission trip to Thailand only a couple years before, and he taught others how to evangelize. It was our childhood antics I shared with the attendees, because I wanted them to know the hilarious, loving, prankster that Mike was before his mind had been taken over with bipolar disorder. And when I stepped away from the podium, I clearly heard the Lord whisper to my heart, “This is your story.”

 

To this day, I still have the Bible he gave me—the first one I ever owned—with an inscription in it to encourage me to not give up during my own season of heartache. He was there through my daughter’s near-fatal accident and resultant coma and traumatic brain injury. He was there when my first husband of almost 23 years walked out for reasons that made no sense. He was there to remind me that God loved me, even when it felt like my life was falling apart—especially when it felt like it was falling apart.

 

It was exceedingly difficult to lose my big brother, but it was made even more difficult when a woman in my Bible study told me he was going to hell. “Suicide is the unforgivable sin, you know,” she said as I sat with nine other ladies around a friend’s kitchen table. She was misinformed. The only unforgivable sin is the blaspheming of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31). But I wondered how many other people were misinformed, as well.

 

Although Providence is Book 3 in my Apple Hill series, I actually wrote it first. The first draft was dark and gloomy, because that’s how I was feeling while grieving the loss of Mike. But as my faith has grown, so has the hope I have in Jesus Christ. I know that God doesn’t waste even one of our tears. When we suffer a loss, it’s His plan and purpose to use it for our good and His glory. I rewrote the novel twice before it spoke that truth loud and clear.

 

Providence is a story inspired by my brother’s death. And although it is not about Mike, I instilled the character of Trevor with woodworking talent, just like Mike had. The children are not my niece and nephews, but their descriptions and ages, at the time of Mike’s death, were inspired by them. My prayer is that everyone who reads this book will feel the hope and joy we have in our Lord, even when our circumstances tell us different.

My Thoughts

Providence, the third book in Jennifer Sienes' Apple Hill series. I have not read the other books in the Apple Hill series, and I did not have a hard time following along. I enjoyed this book very much. We are introduced to Melissa and her deceased husband Trevor. Trevor works a lot of long hours and Melissa feels like a single parent a lot of the time. Trevor does not come home one night. This book does deal with the topic of suicide - but the author handles it with grace and tact. The aftermath of Trevor's decisions is what Melissa has to overcome. How will she pay bills? How will she be enough for the children? Will she be able to find a job. 

Duncan, Trevor's boss will try and step in and try and help Melissa. He tries to help with the kids and assisting Melissa in finding a job.  However, there are so many questions that surround Trevor's death. I love how the author wrote in a powerful message of Jesus and how he forgave us - and how they know they need to forgive wrongs of others that may have attributed to Trevor's death. 

This is a quick and easy read - I was able to read it one rainy weekend afternoon. You will be lost in the story as soon as you start and will want to keep reading. Well written characters, intriguing story line - heartbreaking emotional moments. All woven together to craft this amazing story. This is a newer author to me - I have only read one other book by her - but I love the way she writes. 

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

Blog Stops

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, May 3

lakesidelivingsite, May 3

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, May 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 6

Reviewingbooksplusmore, May 6

Texas Book-aholic, May 7

Inklings and notions, May 8

For Him and My Family, May 9

Mary Hake, May 9

deb’s Book Review, May 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 11

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 12

Rebecca Tews, May 13

Genesis 5020, May 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 14

Sodbuster Living, May 15

Reflections From My Bookshelves, May 15

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 16

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card & a 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/10b62/providence-celebration-tour-giveaway


Monday, May 10, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - To Save A King Author: Rachel Hauck On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 


About the Book

Book:  To Save A King

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre: Christian Royal Romance

Release date: May 8, 2021


A modern-day fairytale of rescue and hope from NYT bestselling author Rachel Hauck

Growing up in small town Hearts Bend, Tennessee, Gemma Stone had big dreams. So she headed to Hollywood to make her mark in the world.

But dreams have a way of becoming nightmares. When she returns home twelve years later, she’s limping through life and harboring a dark secret.

Running a rescue ranch and raising her friends’ orphaned daughter is her sole mission now. All the while she’s well aware these defenseless ones are also rescuing her.

HRH Crown Prince John has learned a royal title cannot shield him from heartbreak. He had the perfect life as heir to the revered House of Blue, the royal dynasty of Lauchtenland, and married the love of his life. Then tragedy changed everything. Is there any way to be saved from a life of grief?

When he finds himself in Hearts Bend on a mission for his mother, Queen Catherine, he catches up with a good friend–country music great Buck Mathews. He has no intention of joining the 4th of July fun until he’s cajoled into a three-legged race with the beautiful Gemma Stone.

The disastrous race leads to a quick friendship. They are easy and comfortable around one another because love is absolutely not an option.

John desperately wants to hold onto the memories of his wife while Gemma refuses to trust her heart to any man. Even a prince.

When trouble in Lauchtenland calls the prince home, he realizes how much Gemma has rescued him. Saved him and restored his hope for his role as future king.

For Gemma, falling in love with the prince must be quenched. If it weren’t for her past, she’d give him her heart in a second. How could she risk bringing her shame to the House of Blue and the world stage?

However, she’s not the only one who can rescue and heal the wound. If she saved Prince John, why can’t he save her? And when he tries, will she have the courage to say yes to the best role of her life?

“Another compelling royal story by the master of princely tales!”  Susan May Warren, USA Today bestselling, RITA award-winning novelist

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner. Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie. Three more of her titles are under film contract.

Rachel was awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A retired member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Executive Board, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

In the real world, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

 

More from Rachel

One of the biggest challenges in a series is keeping the reader interested. Even more of a challenge is writing in a trope like royals.

I never set out to write a second royal series. With five stories in the Royal Wedding Series, I thought I’d explored the topic to my satisfactions.

Yet when readers asked for more, and when I found myself in a season to produce my own stories, another royal series seemed like the perfect fit.

But can I be honest? Really honest? Come close. I’ll tell you a secret. Closer…

Royals can be a bit boring. At least to write. You laugh but I’m serious.

What do we really know of their day to day lives? They attend national functions, patron charities, represent the nation on walkabouts around the world. They are ambassadors with no real political agenda. They champion causes.

But what exactly do they do with their days? What are the inner workings of palace life? What are the real expectations? Do they call the queen “her majesty” when talking among themselves? When talking to her? Are they as formal as it seems on television?

Yet royals are the most documented people in history. So there is a lot to glean from when I make up my worlds.

But at the end of it all, they key for me in writing royal characters is to make them real, everyday people. The prince is the kind of chap you want to chat with over tea. The heroine is the sort of girl you’d love to see become a princess. Maybe even see a bit of yourself in her.

In To Save A King, Crown Prince John is trying to emerge for a year of grief. Gemma Stone is desperate to escape her past.

Gemma’s story has some what of an edge to it. In her attempt to achieve her goals, she walked a path she never thought she’d walk when she was a girl growing up in Hearts Bend, Tennessee. And it proved her undoing.

While we may have never faced a past like Gemma’s, we can all relate to personal betrayal of our values from gossip to immorality. I hope Gemma’s story reminds us the nearness of love and forgiveness.

On a lighter side, I recently learned British society has moved away from chap and bloke, replacing it with the American term “guy.” Isn’t that funny. Louise Lee, my narrator, said it was funny to read those words in To Love A Prince since there were more her parents’ generation. Ah, the signs of a more global society.

Well, I didn’t care if they have gone out of style for young people. I used them anyway. I like them. Maybe we should adopt “chap” and “bloke” over here. What do you say, guys?

I hope you enjoy To Save A King, book two in the True Blue Royal series and find your heart cheering on broken, wounded characters to a happily ever after worthy of a prince and princess.

My Thoughts

 To Save A King by Rachel Hauck is a wonderful story. I am a huge fan of this author and I was very thankful to be able to read this book. Gemma and John both carry deep wounds. John's we find out a bit before Gemma - but they both have a hard time letting the walls down and opening their heart. 

Gemma, she is such a good support for everyone else.... except her self. She came back from Hollywood licking her wounds. Gemma takes on some new projects including taking in an orphaned teen and throwing her self into work. She  is running a rescue ranch and navigating her new life.  Crown Prince John, is still grieving over the loss of his wife. However, when he is talked into coming to Hearts Bend, Tennessee - he does not count on finding peace his soul so desperately needed. Gemma and John become quick friends when they are paired together for a three legged race.  The author has wrote their emotions to feel so raw - you can feel them coming off the pages. The author has written such a story - where you will be laughing, and then you will have your hand over your mouth. 

Well written characters, realistic story line and a summer must read. The author's writing flows nicely and you will find yourself lost in the story from the first few pages. 

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, May 8

Godly Book Reviews, May 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 8

Britt Reads Fiction, May 9

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 9

Blogging With Carol, May 9

Worthy2Read, May 9

For Him and My Family, May 10

Genesis 5020, May 10

The Book Chic Blog, May 10

CarpeDiem, May 10

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 11

Hebrews 12 Endurance, May 11

Splashes of Joy, May 11

Cultivating Us, May 11

Texas Book-aholic, May 12

Just Writing, May 12

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, May 12

Kayem Reads, May 12

Blossoms and Blessings, May 13

Betti Mace, May 13

Inklings and notions, May 13

deb’s Book Review, May 14

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, May 14

Inside the Wong Mind, May 14

Moments, May 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 15

Rachael’s Inkwell, May 15

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 15

Connect in Fiction, May 15

The Christian Fiction Girl, May 16

Kathleen’s Blog, May 16

Remembrancy, May 16

Mary Hake, May 16

Where Faith and Books Meet, May 17

She Lives To Read, May 17

Wishful Endings, May 17

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, May 18

Back Porch Reads, May 18

All-of-a-kind Mom, May 18

Livin’ Lit, May 18

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, May 19

Simple Harvest Reads, May 19 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Bizwings Blog, May 19

Mamma Loves Books, May 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 20

By The Book, May 20

The Sacred Line, May 20

Daysong Reflections, May 20

Through the fire blogs, May 21

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 21

Artistic Nobody, May 21 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize of a Kindle Fire!!
*May be different than one pictured.

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/10bb0/to-save-a-king-celebration-tour-giveaway