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Friday, November 26, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway- The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle

 


Book Details:


Book Title:  The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle
Category:  Children's Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 38 pages
Genre:  Children's Book
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:   September 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-hardback USA, e-book (PDF)
Tour dates: November 26 to December 17
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.
***** 2021 Family Choice Award Winner *****
Book Description:

During the day, the Miller family’s Christmas tree stands tall in their living room, sparkling with lights and ornaments. Little does the family know that their Christmas tree is anything but ordinary. Each evening, the magic of Christmas brings their tree to life—much to the delight of Hannah and William Miller. Follow along as Hannah and William experience the magic of Christmas in a whole new way.
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Author Kristin Sponaugle
Meet the Author:

Kristin Sponaugle was born in Butler, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Duquesne University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies. Kristin had always dreamed of becoming an author, and made that dream a reality with her two published children’s books, The Princess Puppy and The Living Christmas Tree. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cross-stitching, and playing with her Maltese dog, Rosie. Kristin lives with her husband, daughter, and Rosie, and resides wherever the Air Force sends them.

Connect with the Author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram

Author Interview 


 

1. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

It’s so hard to pick just one! I love attending the Christmas Eve service at my church with my family. After the service is over, we drive around town looking at Christmas lights. 

 

2. Did you include any personal touches in your book, The Living Christmas Tree?

I actually have quite a few! The majority of the ornaments are based on real ornaments that hung on my childhood Christmas tree. The Nativity scene under the tree is also based off of the Nativity scene I grew up with. But most importantly, the main character, Hannah, is named after my daughter!

 

3. What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Just keep writing and reading! Write down any ideas you have – a character description you like, a storyline, a title, anything! I also recommend reading as it will keep your imagination going and expose you to different writing styles and genres. 

 

4. There are a lot of Christmas books out there. What makes The Living Christmas Tree stand out?

The Living Christmas Tree differs from the rest because it brings the focus to a different part of Christmas – the tree itself. Our Christmas trees often twinkle brightly in the background of holiday stories, but rarely takes the center stage. I also think it has a magical twist with the ornaments coming to life at night, encouraging the reader to see the beauty of our smallest decorations.  

 

5. When are you releasing another book?

That’s a good question! I published my first two children’s books, The Princess Puppy and The Living Christmas Tree, less than a year apart, so it’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I have a few ideas in mind that I’m really excited about, so hopefully those will get published in the near future!


My Thoughts: 

The Living Christmas Tree is written by Kristin Sponaugle. The book is geared toward children ages 3-7. My sons and I read this book together right before Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season. My sons are 10 and 8. My 8 year old was able to read this independently with no issues. He plans to take the book to school to share with his classmates. He said that he hopes to see our Christmas tree and ornaments come to life when he sneaks down the stairs. 
The book is well written and aimed for younger kids. This is a great story to read this holiday season. The story brings out the magic of Christmas. Especially through the eyes of children. We will be donating this book to my 8 year old sons classroom since he enjoyed it so much. The illustrations are beautiful and the characters engaging. 
I received a copy of this book through the IRead book tours blogging program, all thoughts are my own. 


Tour Schedule:

Nov 26 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 26 - The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 - Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 29 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Nov 29 -
 My Bookish Bliss - book review / giveaway
Nov 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 30 - Triquetra Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / spotlight
Dec 1 - Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – @twilight_reader – book review
Dec 2 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Dec 3 -
 Rockin' Book Reviews - book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 3 – Books for Books – book review
Dec 6 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 6 – Kam's Place – book review
Dec 7 - icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Dec 8 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – All Booked Up Reviews – Instagram – book review
Dec 9 - Older & Smarter? – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 10 – Sandra's Book Club – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Captive Dreams Window – book review
Dec 14 - She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 - The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 16 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Dec 16 - I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 17 – Cover To Cover CafĂ© – book review

Enter the Giveaway:

BOOK TOUR: DR. MARSHA AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING HOT DOGS AND MARSHMALLOWS by Rachel B. Wellner, M.D. Hosted by IRead

 

BOOK TOUR: DR. MARSHA AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING HOT DOGS AND MARSHMALLOWS by Rachel B. Wellner, M.D.






 Book Details:

​Book Title Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by
​Rachel B. Wellner

Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 42 pages
Genre: Educational Fiction
Publisher: Richter Publishing
Release Date: May 2021
Formats Available for Review: print- Softback (internationally), e-book (EPUB)
Tour dates: November 15 to December 6
Content Rating:  G - (No Profanity, no nudity, no sexual content, no adult themes)
Book Description:

Doctor Marsha is a series created to entertain children at the preschool through grade school level relying on educational content. The main character, Marsha, will introduce kids to exciting challenges in basic health education as the series explores the world, vanquishing health problems. It is my hope that the characters will stimulate young minds by introducing them to a positive, professional figure that embodies the spirit of cultural competence, creativity, and adventure.

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Meet the Author:

Dr. Rachel Wellner is a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, most recently the Assistant Professor of surgery at the Monteflore-Einstein Center for Care. She has also been Director of Breast Services at NYEE/Continuum Cancer Center, Pascal Valley Hospital, and Palisades General Hospital. Dr. Wellner graduated Magna Cum Lauda and Phi Betta Kappa from Dartmouth College, earned her medical degree from the University of Connecticut and her Master's degree in Public Health from Columbia University. She pursued her surgical training at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and worked to establish a clinical rotation in an underserved region of The Dominican Republic. She completed Society of Surgical Oncology-accredited breast oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California. She has been featured as a guest expert on several local and national news networks, including WPLX 11, Fox and Friends, and CNN.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook 

My Thoughts 

Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by Rachel B. Wellner. This is aimed toward children who are 3-7. I chose to read 42 page book with my 8 and 10 year old sons. We enjoyed the characters and story line. 
The author brought some great educational information in a fun way to kids. Dr. Marsha who is a kangaroo. She travels the world and gives medical advice. Dr. Marsha goes to try and find out who has upset the little children by stealing the hot dogs and marshmallows. While on the case, Dr. Marsha teaches the citizens of Washington D.C. healthier ways to eat and celebrate holidays. 
The book is well written and contains beautiful pictures throughout. It was easy enough to read that my 8 year old had no problems reading it out loud. He took the book to school to share with his classmates. He said that they all loved it. The teacher told him it was a good lesson and reminder to eat foods that are good for you. 

I received a copy of this book through IRead book tours. All thoughts are my own. 



Tour Schedule:

Nov 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 15 - Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post /giveaway
Nov 15 - Splashes of Joy – book review /guest post /giveaway
Nov 15 -Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 16 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 – The Page Ladies – book review
Nov 18 –icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Nov 18 - Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Nov 19 – Kam's Place – book review
Nov 19 - Fantastic feathers – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 –Writer with Wanderlust – book spotlight/ guest post / giveaway
Nov 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review/giveaway
Nov 23 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
Nov 29 – @twilight_reader – book review
Nov 29 - Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Nov 30 - Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 - I'd Rather Be At The Beach – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 2 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Dec 3 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 - Reading is My Passion – book review
Dec 6 - Books for Books – book review
Enter the Giveaway:

Book Review and Giveaway- Popper and Friends Popper Finds a New Home by IL Ritchie

 Book Details:


Book Title:  Popper and Friends: Popper Finds a New Home by IL Ritchie
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher Mascot
Release date:  December 2021
Format available for review:  Print- hardback, ebook (pdf)
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: November 26 to December 17, 2021
Content Rating:  Rated G. Suitable for everyone
Book Description:

Popper is a sweet little woodpecker who is trying to find a new home. Now that he is grown, it’s time for him to leave the nest and find a home of his own. The first book in the Popper and Friends series, follow along as Popper explores different options and gets helpful advice from his friends.
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Author IL Ritchie
Meet the Author:

A California native, IL Ritchie lives in San Francisco, where he is creating new adventures for Popper and his friends.

connect with the author: goodreads

Author Interview 

What inspired you to write Popper Finds a New Home?

Growing up, my dad would talk about a woodpecker in our neighborhood that would peck a metal pole.  He would joke that the woodpecker was giving itself an awful headache.  I used to think that maybe the woodpecker was communicating with its friends by banging its beak into that metal pole.  At some point I thought that the woodpecker was looking for somewhere to burrow because it needed a new home, and that is how I came up with the idea for the story.

 

What do you hope children will get out of this story?

I believe that it is really important for everyone to have a strong social network between family and friends.  I hope children recognize that it is helpful to ask people they know for advice/help.  We can all learn a lot from those that are closest to us in our lives.

 

Do you plan to make Popper a series?

Yes, I plan to write more stories about Popper and his friends.  I have some more ideas about stories where Popper is going to seek advice/help from his social network.  Plus, now that Popper has a new home, he needs to host parties for his family and friends!! 

 

Do you have a favorite character in the story?

The illustration of Filbert (the squirrel) is my favorite.  The illustrator that I worked with, Yulia, did an amazing job!  But,Filbert makes me smile every time I see his chubby cheeks and the acorn tucked under his arm….

 

 

My Thoughts 


POPPER & FRIENDSPOPPER FINDS A NEW HOME by IL Ritchie is a cute children’s picture book that is geared toward ages 3-7. I read this with my 8 and 10 year old sons and we enjoyed it. 

Popper is a cute woodpecker who is growing and doesn’t fit in his bed anymore. He has to leave his parents home. He leaves and searches through the surrounding area to see if he could find a suitable home. He checks in with his friends to see if it is something he can use. Popper finds that his friends homes do not work for him. He does find the perfect home.  

We loved the illustrations in this story. It really brought the story to life. The writing flows nicely. This would make a great gift to someone this holiday season. 

I received a copy of this book through IRead book tours. All thoughts are my own. 



Tour Schedule:

Nov 26 –
 Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 - Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 29 - Rockin' Book Tours – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 29 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Nov 30 - Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 2 – icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 7 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 7 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 8 – Sandra's Book Club – book review
Dec 8 - @twilight_reader – book review
Dec 9 – Captive Dreams Window – book review / giveaway
Dec 10 – Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Kam's Place – book review
Dec 15 – The Page Ladies – book review
Dec 15 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
Dec 16 – I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 17 - Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Enter the Giveaway:

Monday, November 22, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - Unintended Detour Author: D.L. Wood on Tour with Celebrate Lit

 

About the Book

Book: Unintended Detour

Author: D.L. Wood

Genre: Christian Suspense/Romantic Suspense

Release date: October 21, 2021


A hundred-year-old secret might be the cause of and the key to solving a murder.

Jack and Chloe Bartholomew just wanted a romantic second honeymoon in the beautiful Hudson River Valley at the legendary hotel his family recently acquired. However, instead of spa treatments and horseback rides through the snow, things are all wrong at the Stonehall Estate Resort. 

First, she learns of months of unexplained mishaps.

And now murder.

It soon becomes clear someone wants the resort to fail and will stop at nothing to make that happen. The question is…why?

In an effort to help the family business, Chloe picks up where the hotel’s last historical curator left off. But things quickly grow dangerous as her research uncovers truths hidden for decades—clues related not only to the mysteries sparked by a young girl’s death in 1931, but also those haunting the estate today. Soon Chloe is caught in a deadly race to expose the mansion’s secrets before more innocents become victims of the malevolent force behind it all.

Will Chloe bring the long-lost truth to light in time, or will she be the next to fall prey to the dark scheme, costing her everything, including her life?

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author


D.L. Wood is a USA TODAY bestselling author who writes thrilling suspense laced with romance and faith. Her books have won multiple awards (2016 Illumination Book Awards Gold Medal for best Christian Fiction Ebook; 2019 Illumination Book Awards Gold Medal for best General Christian Fiction) and her novel Unintended Target was selected as the May 2019 American Christian Fiction Writers Book Club book. She is an Amazon bestselling author of Christian Mystery & Suspense and millions of pages of her books have been read through Kindle Unlimited.

D.L. writes CleanCaptivatingFiction™- fiction that entertains and uplifts. In her novels she tries to give readers the same thing that she wants: a “can’t-put-it-down-stay-up-till-3am” character-driven story, full of heart, believability and adrenaline.

D.L. lives in North Alabama, where, if she’s not writing, you’ll probably catch her curled up with a cup of Earl Grey (light milk, one sugar) and her Westies – Frodo and Dobby – bingeing on the latest BBC mystery series. You can stay apprised of D.L.’s releases and promotions (including free and discounted books) by subscribing to her newsletter on her website at dlwoodonline.com.

 

More from D.L. Wood

I love stories. I’ve always loved them. Stories carry you away, make you think, take you on suspense-filled rides and introduce you to characters that you love so much you want to meet them in real life. I’m such a voracious reader that at the age of nine, my eye doctor told me if I didn’t start reading with more light, I’d need glasses way too early. Can you relate?

 

I guess that’s why I became a writer—to be part of the amazing adventure that is storytelling.

 

And let’s face it. Right now, most of us wouldn’t mind an amazing adventure.

 

In my Unintended Series of suspense novels, you’ll visit sizzling Caribbean beaches, Tennessee in golden autumn, and a snow-blanketed Hudson River Valley with a cup of hot cocoa in hand. You’ll go with characters that are believable—flawed, brave and hopeful—in the face of danger. Of course, there’s always romance in the mix and touches of faith, leaving you encouraged as well as entertained.

 

It’s what I’d want to read, so I wrote it for you.

I’m beyond thrilled that the third book in the series is releasing. Frankly, I wanted to see what happened to Chloe, Jack, and Riley as much as my readers did!

 

I hope you enjoy reading Unintended Detour as much as I enjoyed writing it—and that you have an amazing adventure along the way.

My Thoughts

Unintended Detour is written by D.L. Wood. This is book three in the Unintended series. This is the first book that I have read by this author. I have not read the other books in the series. This book can be read as a stand alone - but I would like to go back and read the other two books so I can get to see the characters from the beginning. 

This is a suspense book with a historical twist. I was drawn in immediately. I love the way the author intertwined a 100 year old mystery and present day - and it all ties with a hotel that Jack's family recently acquired. The Stonehall Estate opens the book in 1930. There is a robbery that goes bad and a treasure that goes missing - and has never been found. The author brings you  back to present day where Jack and Chloe are experiencing a lot of weird things going down. There is a lot of trying to connect the dots, a lot of action and suspense. 

The characters are well written - I will go back and read the first two so I can see the characters from the beginning. The story line is intriguing and unique. I enjoyed the first book by this author. 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, November 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 12

lakesidelivingsite, November 13

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 14

Texas Book-aholic, November 15

An Author’s Take, November 15

Inklings and notions, November 16

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 17 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, November 17

deb’s Book Review, November 18

Daysong Reflections, November 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 20

Blogging With Carol, November 20

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 21

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 22

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

Mary Hake, November 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 24

Pause for Tales, November 25

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, D.L. is giving away a $40 Amazon gift card and a signed 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/133ab/unintended-detour-celebration-tour-giveaway