Thursday, 25 February 2021

52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, Vol. II by Mariëlle S. Smith


52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, Vol. II by Mariëlle S. Smith



‘With this book by your side, anything feels possible.’ Jacqueline Brown

Tired of not having a sustainable writing practice? You, too, can get out of your own way and become the writer you’re meant to be!

52 Weeks of Writing

makes you plan, track, reflect on, and improve your progress and goals for an entire year;

helps you unravel the truth about why you aren’t where you want to be;

and keeps you writing through weekly thought-provoking quotes and prompts.

With this second volume of the 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, writing coach and writer Mariëlle S. Smith brings you the same successful strategies to craft the perfect writing practice as she did in the first journal. The only difference? Fifty-three different writing quotes and prompts and a brand-new look!

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Author Interview
When did you start writing?
I’m not sure, actually! I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. Whether it was drawing little cartoons about our cats , coming up with little poems and stories or writing short articles for the elementary school newspaper my mother helped printing. More than once, I was said to have a rather active imagination. I couldn’t fathom how that was a bad thing, but it was clear my teachers and parents didn’t appreciate it as much. I was quite happy with it then and I’m even more grateful now.

At what age did you take yourself seriously as a writer?
Once I realised I was making money with my writing every single day. Even if it was only a few cents. Now, this is when I started calling myself a writer. Before that, I would have answered ‘I write’ when people asked me what I did. Focusing on the activity made it sound a lot less scary. But that I started calling myself a writer doesn’t mean I’m taking myself entirely seriously yet. I still have moments in which that mean little voice goes ‘Who are you to call yourself...?’ I once thought that imposter syndrome would become less present as I made more money off writing. Because earning money means validation and that’s what soothes imposter syndrome, right? Turns out it doesn’t . Not in my case, anyway. It might actually have become worse... Now I think about it, it getting worse might have to do with my reluctance to embrace the next ‘phase’. Yes, I’m a writer, I’ve come to terms with that and I don’t mind introducing myself like one , but a lot of my friends now consider me a successful writer because I’m selling so many books. That’s not a label I’m ready to take on yet, ‘successful writer’. Although maybe I am, depending on your definition of success.

How long did it take you to write your first book?
I’m still working on my first book! The young adult fantasy trilogy I’m currently writing I started about twenty years ago. Of course, I haven’t been writing it for twenty years. It kept disappearing in drawers for months or even years at a time. The last time I picked it up again, which was January 2020, I hadn’t touched it for eighteen months. The first book I published, which was a lesbian romance I co - authored, took just over a year from the first brainstorm to hitting publish. Part of that had to do with me going through a divorce at the time and being given the legal advice to postpone publishing until the divorce was final, just to save myself a lot of paperwork . So, we waited. My first non - fiction book , a tarot challenge that has become rather popular, took me just under five months from that first spark of inspiration to hitting the publishing button.

What was your last book about?
The last book I published was another one of my tarot books. It’s the first in a new series about the creative journey and I’ll be publishing an instalment every eight weeks. Each instalment deals with a specific card in the tarot , each of which speaks to a specific step in our creative journeys . It helps you understand how that theme plays out for you on each of the seven main chakra levels. The second instalment is coming out tomorrow. First on Amazon, and the other platforms will follow soon after. I’m really excited about that. What are you working on right now? A few things. I’m already working on the third instalment of the series I just mentioned and I just had a new idea for a tarot challenge. I put it on the backburner for now, but I don’t think it’ll stay there long. I’m also revising the first book in that YA fantasy series I’ve been writing since ever, and I’m already working on the third volume of 52 Weeks of Writing . It’s going to be blue!

What do you struggle with most as a writer? 
Not boredom! Truly, I can’t remember the last time I was bored... Prioritising projects is my biggest struggle. I’m always involved in multiple projects and collaborations and my fiction work is always the first to suffer. That’s partly why I’ve been working on it this long. I love both my non - fiction and fiction, but since the non - fiction is what’s paying the bills, it automatically end s up higher on my to - do list. I have to be very vigilant about that, and that’s why I now create a weekly goal for my fiction writing, no matter how small, that I put in my own copy of 52 Weeks of Writing . If I don’t, I’ll forget about it. I don’t need t hat fantasy series done tomorrow, but the last time I pulled it out of my drawer, I swore I’d never put it away for that long ever again. So, now I’m working on it, slowly but surely. Which always beats not working on it at all. 

Meet the author   


Mariëlle S. Smith is a coach for writers and other creatives, an editor, and a writer. Early 2019, she moved to Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, where she organises private writer’s retreats, is inspired 24/7, and feeds more stray cats than she can count.

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Tuesday, 23 February 2021

A Rendezvous To Remember by Terry Marshall & Ann Garretson Marshall + #Giveaway


Join us for this tour from Feb 9 to Mar 1, 2021!

Book Details:

Book TitleA Rendezvous to Remember: A Memoir of Joy and Heartache at the Dawn of the Sixties by Terry Marshall, Ann Garretson Marshall
CategoryAdult Non-Fiction (18 +), 378 pages
GenreMemoir, Romance
PublisherSandra Jonas Publishing
Release date:   Feb 2021
Tour dates: Feb 9 to Mar 1, 2021
Content Rating:  R. This memoir contains mature themes, explicit sex scenes, one f-word, and occasional profanity.

Book Description:

In June 1964, Ann Garretson skips her college commencement to tour Europe with Lieutenant Jack Sigg, a tank commander on the German-Czech border, with the hope of returning as his fiancée. A month into their rendezvous, her best friend, Terry, proposes marriage—by mail—throwing all their lives into turmoil.
 
Jack offers the military life Ann grew up with. Terry, a conscientious objector, will leave for the Peace Corps at the end of the summer—unless the draft board intervenes and sends him to jail. Her dilemma: she loves them both. Caught between the old mores and winds of change, Ann must make an agonizing choice. 
 
In alternating voices, A Rendezvous to Remember presents firsthand accounts by the two who eventually married, enriched by letters from the rival, whose path led him elsewhere. Provocative and delightfully uncensored, this coming-of-age memoir, anchored in the tumult of the sixties, is a tribute to the enduring power of love and family.

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Meet the Authors:

Terry Marshall and Ann Garretson Marshall taught English in the Philippines as Peace Corps volunteers and later served as Peace Corps country co-directors in the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, and Tuvalu. Back in the States, they worked side by side as community organizers and activists in Colorado. Terry went on to write fiction and nonfiction works on discrimination, poverty, rural development, and intercultural conflict. Ann has thirty years of experience as a writer, editor, and community-government go-between for issues related to nuclear and hazardous waste cleanup. Always seeking adventure, Terry and Ann have traveled to forty-three countries. They live in Las Vegas, Nevada.

connect with the authors:  website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram

Tour Schedule:

Feb 9 –
Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 9 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 10 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 11 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 12 – Splashes of Joy – books spotlight / giveaway
Feb 12 - Laura's Interests – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 15 – Read and Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 16 – Lisa's Everyday Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 17 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 17 - Sadie's Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 18 – Pine Enshrined Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 19 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 19 – Books for Books – book spotlight / author interview
Feb 22 - Kam's Place - book spotlight / author interview
Feb 22 - Bookish Ramblings - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 22 - Book World Reviews - book spotlight

Feb 23 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 24 - Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 24 – I'm All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 25 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 25 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Feb 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 1 - High Society Book Club & Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 1 - BookishKelly2020 – book spotlight

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Saturday, 20 February 2021

Top Ten Bookish #MothersDay Gifts on Etsy

It's Mother's Day here in the UK on the 14th March and, to help prepare, I've curated this post of my Top Ten favourite bookish Etsy gift ideas. I hope you spot the perfect gift for your Mum!

Click the item titles or pics to visit each item's Etsy shop page. All links are affiliate links.


by Elegant Fancies

by Mij Moj Design

by Book And Tea Box Store

by Kayes Krafts GB

by Made At Walters Barn

by Whirling World

by Literary Bouquets

by Papercut Buttons HK

by Tondehearts


Etsy crafters are so talented!
If you loved browsing my favourite finds, make sure to also take a look at Etsy's own Mother's Day Editors' Picks Page

Friday, 19 February 2021

Stop Stress Fast by Gregory Landsman + #Giveaway + #FreeBook



Join us for this tour from Feb 1 to Feb 19, 2021!

Book Details:
Book TitleSTOP STRESS FAST : 12 Quick, Proven Stress Relief Techniques to Help You Feel Good Everyday by Gregory Landsman
CategoryAdult Non-Fiction (18 yrs +),  110 pages
Genre: Stress Management Self Help; Happiness Self Help; Self Help
PublisherHill of Content Publishing
Release date:   June 2020
Content RatingG.

 



Stop Stress Fast is a highly digestible, real world guide that brings tangible benefits to the reader very quickly. It helps us understand the science behind the approach, and it reads so easily that anyone could pick it up and within a few minutes be well on the way to implementing a number of practical and effective stress management tools.” - Psychiatrist Dr Doug Blomeley

Book Description:

STRESS MANAGEMENT TO SUPPORT MINDFULNESS

Best selling author and wellness educator Gregory Landsman shares his quick, simple and proven method to STOP STRESS FAST and re-boot your energy.

The bite sized chapters will reveal:
• The ground breaking GL DE-STRESS & AGE LESS™ Breathing Technique that everyone can use to Stop Stress Fast (sometimes in less than 2 minutes).
• The secrets to lowering stress levels everyday with foods that support you to look younger and healthier at the same time.
• The 5-Day GL DE-STRESS & AGE LESS™ diet.
• How to counteract the wrinkle causing hormone and look younger and more vital.


EXCERPT FROM STOP STRESS FAST (Introduction)

In my thirties I looked ten years older than my age and was close to a breakdown from stress, overwork and unresolved emotional issues. Most of the time I didn’t know what was wrong with my life. I didn’t know why it wasn’t running smoothly and had no idea how to fix all the things that were going on and going wrong.


One minute I was happy, the next minute I was sad and my ability to make decisions was clouded with doubt. The stress that I felt on a daily basis was impacting on the quality of my relationship, my business, my health and state of mind.


Instead of dealing with the cause of my stress, I built my life around managing the stress and unhappiness I felt, and doing what was required to keep everything moving.


I felt disillusioned and ashamed for letting these emotions get the better of me and angry for not being able to manage my own expectations. To cope with the stress of a difficult day I would ‘self-medicate’ with lifestyle elements; a few more coffees to get through the day; too many sweet or greasy snacks to cheer me up; and one too many glasses of wine to relax - none of which would have been a problem if I had only indulged occasionally; but stress had a way of turning my indulgent treats into an everyday occurrence.


I felt overwhelmed and exhausted. The days were long and the nights were even longer, and when I did fall asleep I would wake up short of breath with my heart pounding.


I got to the point where I dreaded going to bed and would spend my days feeling weary with my mind in a fog. I looked broken and started to gain weight; so misery was now sitting on my face and my bones. Fatigue and heart palpitations became my new ‘normal’, but I ignored the symptoms and told myself it would all be worth it.


My feelings of personal success and self-worth were based on my business success and so I pushed myself harder and internalised my worrying.


I wanted to be the best I could be, but I had been fighting years of stress and toxic lifestyle behaviours. I experienced low motivation and low moods, but I kept pretending that nothing was wrong and whenever it felt like I was at breaking point I told myself to ‘get over it’. That worked for a while, until one night at two in the morning the stress that I thought I was keeping under control, took control over me. My heart was beating wildly and my breathing became shorter and shorter. With long pauses between breaths I began to panic and wondered if each breath would be my last.


No matter what I did, I couldn’t modulate my breathing and was just desperately gasping for air. My wife rushed me to the hospital where I found myself in emergency hooked up to an oxygen tank for hours, while they performed all sorts of tests.


The doctor told me it was an anxiety attack, but regardless of what they called it, I knew that the stress I had refused to deal with had finally caught up with me.


Never before had I given much thought to the act of breathing, after all we do it all day without having to think about it; but after this incident I found myself feeling extremely grateful for each new breath I took.


Even after this episode, my stress and anxiety levels were still high, as my business used every last bit of energy I had in me. Everything in my world seemed to be challenging me to find another way to live and so faced with collapse from exhaustion, I finally had to decide whether wealth or my health was to be my priority. It didn’t feel like an easy decision as I had worked so hard to get to where I was, but in reality I didn’t have a choice if I wanted to live a long and happy life; so I made the commitment to de-stress my life.


I was searching for a deeper understanding of who I was and the life I had created and this took me to India.


I stayed in India for three months, spending whole weeks at a time practising meditation and conscious breathing for thirteen hours a day. The program would start at 4.30am in the morning and finish at 10.00pm in the evening, with short breaks for water, fruit and watery porridge flavoured with garlic!


As we meditated we were told to breathe deeply and consciously, while sitting completely still in one position for the entire day – no talking, no eye contact and no hand gestures. There was certainly nothing ‘airy fairy’ about this course. It felt like a mental, physical and emotional boot camp.


So when I wasn’t fighting an itch that I wasn’t allowed to scratch, my body ached, my muscles cramped and my joints locked. By the end of the night, as I walked back to my sleeping quarters, my legs shook uncontrollably from the pain.


Everything changes when you have no distractions; you remember things and feel things that you have long forgotten about or put aside. In the silence all of the suppressed unhappiness, stress and emotional baggage that I had been running from in my life crashed into me.


There was so much unresolved pain in my life and sitting with my own thoughts I could feel how I had repressed my feelings, pushing them deep into my body so that all I generally felt on a daily basis was a sense of numbness. For the first time I understood why a feeling of inner peace eluded me and why I felt depressed, anxious and unhappy. It is a bizarre feeling sitting in silence waiting for nothing other than your next deep breath. I started to feel how stress had burdened my mind and body and made me look worn out, defeated and tired. Listening to the subtle changes in my breath helped me understand how my body responded to my thoughts and how this set off stress reactions in my body.


When I thought about something stressful, my breath would shorten and I would feel anxiety take over my whole body. But in this environment there was no option to suppress my thoughts and feelings and keep moving. I had nowhere to run, no business meetings to distract me and no lifestyle self-medicating opportunities; it was just me sitting alone in one position with my thoughts and feelings for hours every day.


As awful as this sounds, (and it was), it was the turning point that allowed me to listen to where the stress was coming from and start to heal the parts of me that were pained.


Acknowledging and listening to my feelings went a long way to releasing the built up stress in my body; but what astounded me was that at the end of this meditation program I could see that it had literally taken years off my face within days. I felt like I had discovered the fountain of youth! The stress had left my face and I looked like a younger, fresher version of myself; but beyond that I felt more calm and peaceful than I could ever remember.


The old saying that life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it, was ringing true. I believed I was no longer a victim to my thoughts and emotions and no longer needed to follow them down the well-worn path to the pit of depression.


The transformation I experienced felt like it had reignited my life force. While there was no single ‘silver bullet’ solution to lowering my stress levels, the realisation that I could take back control of my life from the stress I had lived with for so long was like a light going on in my head. The deep breathing and meditation were transformational. I now had some tools that I could use to help me feel better and cope with situations in a calmer way. My quality of life was changing internally and that was showing up in the way I felt and my overall health.


Prior to going to India I was suffering from built up internal stress as well as the additional physical stress caused by over-indulgence with the wrong foods; too much sugar and way too much alcohol. So I knew that when I returned to my real life and its every day stresses that if I wanted a different result, I needed to change the way I managed the internal stress and my use of lifestyle indulgences for short term relief.


I also had to find a way to stop stress fast and not let it build up, if I was going to find a way to live a better life.


My quality of life and my health depended on my making real and lasting changes, so my aim was to create a lifestyle that would allow me to maintain a high level of energy, feel peaceful in myself and look as healthy and vital as I could.


I needed a daily approach that ensured my stress levels remained low and I could enjoy my life, instead of just struggling to get through it.


While I had started to make many changes, one of the most important issues I needed to conquer was my diet, and address the way I either chose to nurture or ‘torture’ my body as a means of managing daily stress!


I had worked as a chef years before while I waited for my career in fashion to take off, so cooking good food was never an issue – it was what I chose to snack on, binge on and overindulge in that had become a problem. Real change is rarely without challenge and I would have loved someone to provide me with a formula or a roadmap on how to move forward, but I kept going until over time I discovered and adapted my own de-stress techniques to support my health and lower my stress levels. This formula consists of three elements:


1. DEEP BREATHING


2. STRESS-REDUCING VITAMIN FOODS


3. RELAXATION PRACTICE


For me this has become a life-long practice that I continue to use daily to raise my energy, look after my body and manage the stress that comes with day-to-day living. It is the source of energy that allows me to do the things I want to do, to maintain calm in the face of stressful situations and to live peacefully with myself and others. For over twenty years I have shared my expertise with organisations and people across the global community; supporting them to de-stress and age less; and to look and feel their best.


It has inspired me to share and write books on how to maintain younger looking skin naturally and to create the television program, FACE LIFTING FOOD and the FACE LIFTING FOOD APP; which shows people how to keep skin healthy and younger looking with vitamin rich power foods, while lowering their stress levels naturally. The TV show is now shown in more than 25 countries worldwide and also used in Universities throughout the USA and Canada as the go-to educative resource on how to sustain healthy, vital looking skin without invasive practises or chemicals.


On reflection, what worked for me was a willingness to change a few small behaviours and repeat them regularly, until one day I literally woke up and realised that I wasn’t as stressed or as pained, and that into the bargain I looked healthier, younger and felt like I was operating day-to-day with more energy and mental clarity. I have come to believe that we can’t hide from stress, but regardless of the situation that is causing us to experience ongoing stress, there are ways that we can deal with it. I freed myself from years of suffering from chronic stress, so I know from lived experience that it is possible to learn to live more joyfully and fully.


The exciting part is that we all have access to some of the most effective tools to deal with and reduce stress naturally, and in the process age less.


Many of these techniques are designed to stop stress fast and can be practised where ever you are, so you reduce the immediate onset of stressful thoughts and feelings. Others require a daily approach to set you up for the long term benefits of living your best life free from chronic stress.


To de-stress and age less we have to work with the mind and the body and the best way to do this is to practise daily de-stress techniques. Please keep in mind that this book is not a replacement for getting help in the form of counselling or seeing a psychologist or medical professional if you are experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety or depression. Nor is it a total life solution to managing stress. It is a compilation of techniques that helped me to reduce my own stress levels, feel calmer on a daily basis and look healthier.


So if at any time you feel as though you need support or just want to talk to someone, make sure you reach out and get the help you need. There are services in most countries that operate 24/7 with amazing, compassionate people at the end of the phone ready to listen. (Please note: if you are being treated for any symptoms of extreme stress please consult with your physician before undertaking the GL De-Stress & Age Less method.) I wish you only the best on your journey to live peacefully and with joy in the midst of life’s challenges!


With that in mind the best advice I can offer is to breathe deeply, eat well and live happily!


Gregory Landsman


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Check Out The Entire 10 Years Younger Series:

The complete solution to PREMATURE AGING. The simple, effective, science-based methods in these three books give everyone the opportunity to achieve younger, healthier looking skin at any age…for next to nothing!
  • Get your skin back on track after the holidays with the most powerful anti-aging ingredients found in everyday foods.
  • Fulfill a new years resolution to look your best self at every age with simple effective methods to achieve younger, healthier looking skin that will take years off the face.
  • Spend some time nurturing yourself and take years off your face for next to nothing.
  • This new year get the same results as expensive cremes without having to leave your kitchen.

Each book stands alone, focusing on a different method to achieving younger looking skin i.e. Face Value - DIY topical treatments; Face Fitness - facial exercise; and Face Food - anti-aging foods). Together they represent the ultimate guide to younger, healthier and more vital looking skin at any age.

 “With knowledge and know how we can counteract and prevent premature aging, as small changes make a big difference to the way we age over time.”
Gregory Landsman

To receive a free copy of Gregory’s e-book, STOP SKIN AGING PREMATURELY, which includes a list of the most powerful cortisol lowering foods go to: https://gregorylandsman.com/

Meet the Author:

Gregory Landsman is one of the most noted global beauty and wellness experts in the world, a best selling author of nine books, and a TV host who specializes in using food to take years off the face naturally.

Having worked in the beauty industry for 30+ years Gregory believes that how we age is 100% controllable. His natural methods are used globally by models, shown in universities and recommended by doctors. The key to his success can be found in his authentic approach to delivering science-based and accessible solutions to reduce stress (de-stress) and look younger (age less) at any age.

His latest book, Stop Stress Fast, reveals how to use the power of stress reducing foods and your own breath to lower stress quickly and naturally, while removing the aging impacts of stress from the face. Often referred to as ‘The Beauty Advisor’, Gregory’s books and global TV program Face Lifting Food show viewers how to create quick skin-boosting meals and powerful skin treatments using everyday foods to achieve younger, healthier looking skin at any age.


Gregory is a strong voice for inclusion. His book, Faith Lifting Prayers is a celebration of humanity and captures his journey of extremes; from Apartheid South Africa to working at the height of the fashion industry, and his fundamental discovery that regardless of what we do, how we look cannot be separated from how we feel. This is why all of his books, even those about looking younger, all feature his own quotes and philosophy about the importance of feeling good in our skin. 
 
His book A Lifetime of BEAUTY also shares messages for early teens and middle years about embracing our differences and our individuality; finding happiness; and standing strong in a world that often judges us for the way we look. This book is endorsed for inclusion in the education system.

connect with the author:  website ~ podcast ~ goodreads

 
Tour Schedule:

Feb 1 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 2 –Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / book excerpt / giveaway
Feb 3 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 4 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 8 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / book excerpt / giveaway
Feb 9 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 9 - Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 10 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / book excerpt / giveaway
Feb 16 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 19 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
 

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Thursday, 18 February 2021

Battle Of The Bullies by Fenyx Blue + #Giveaway


Join us for this tour from Feb 1 to Feb 19, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Battle of the Bullies by Fenyx Blue
CategoryYA Fiction (Ages 13-17),  301 pages
Genre:  Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
PublisherWisdom Works, LLC.
Release date:   October 29, 2020
Content Rating:  G. There are not any explicit sex scenes or any excessive use of bad language

Book Description:

Ebony, Eris, and Emani Robertson have been through so much more than most high school freshman. When they were younger, they survived a school shooting that killed their friends and left their oldest sister unable to speak. After giving home-schooling a try, they enroll in a promising new academy, hoping for the best. The Robertsons soon discover, however, that their new classmates are anything but kind. A mysterious group of bullies known as the Dimes rules the hallways and spreads fear everywhere they go. All three sisters end up being targets of the gang and have to find a way to defend themselves. The triplets couldn't be more different, but their loyalty to each other and to their school never fails. Along with a diverse group of friends, the Robertsons do everything they can to uncover their identity of the Dimes and restore order to the school. As if their lives weren't complicated enough, they also get sucked in to a much bigger game-discovering who was responsible for the attack on their old school. Can they bring down the Dimes and bring the murderer to justice, all while trying to make it through ninth grade? 

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Meet the Author:

BLUE: Bold, Loving, Unapologetic, and Evolving are words to describe Fenyx Blue. Ms. Blue is an author, Youtuber (FENYX BLUE INK), speaker, ministry leader, mentor, instructional coach and her school district’s former “Those Who Excel” Teacher of the Year. Ms. Blue is a soldier in the Blue Fenyx movement encouraging every phoenix in the world to rise up. Blue’s mission is to inspire, motivate and educate. Blue speaks to audiences about their purpose and power and works to coach other authors through their journey to become published. Her novels are tools for teachers while being candy for students. Fenyx Blue has penned four books in her poetic collection in which she shares true life tales and lessons: Her first Young Adult novel entitled Who Failed Johnny? (Book 1 of The Triplet Trilogy), second YA novel Battle of the Bullies, a Children’s book called Worth the Weight: A Rare Gem, and a Poetry Book by the name of The Blue Ink Movement. With the help of her extended family and friends network, her self-published books will touch many lives this year.

connect with the author:  website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:

Feb 1   - Living in a Bookworld - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 1   - Sadie's Spotlight - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 2   - Rockin' Book Reviews - book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 3   - Books, Tea, Healthy Me - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 3   - All Booked Up Reviews - book review
Feb 4   - She Just Loves Books - book review / giveaway
Feb 5   - Literary Flits - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 8   - Splashes of Joy - book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 9   - I'm All About Books - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 9 - Windows to Worlds - book review
Feb 10 - FUONLYKNEW - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 11 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 12 - Lisa's Reading - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 15 - Locks, Hooks and Books - book review / giveaway
Feb 16 - The Phantom Paragrapher - book review
​Feb 16 - Cheryl's Book Nook - book review / giveaway
Feb 16 - High Society Book Club & Reviews - book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 17 - Jazzy Book Reviews - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 18 - Stephanie Jane - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 19 - My Fictional Oasis - book review
Feb 19 - Writer with Wanderlust - book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 19 - Reading Authors Network - book review / giveaway



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Wednesday, 17 February 2021

The Amazing Adventures of Jimmy Crikey by Wallace E. Briggs + #Giveaway

Join us for this tour from Feb 1 to Feb 19, 2021!

Book Details:
 
Book TitleTHE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF JIMMY CRIKEY: Worlds Beneath And Above The Stars by Wallace E. Briggs
CategoryMiddle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  302 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
PublisherIndependent
Release date:   June 2020
Content RatingG.

Book Description:

Do you want to know a secret? Beneath the very ground on which you walk and beyond the stars above your head, are more worlds than you could ever dream of. There are monsters. Be afraid. Magic, wielded by witches and sorcerers. Epic adventures in worlds far across the ocean. And fearsome weapons which threaten to destroy everything.

Jimmy Crikey is a brave soul who faces some pretty scary challenges. Solving mysteries and averting mayhem, his incredible courage allows him to free up his abilities to shine and rise above every challenge in his path, on his way to discoveringwhy he looks so very strange. With a bright red mop of unruly hair, big blue eyes, a small snub nose, pointed ears and enormous feet, poor Jimmy is ridiculed by the neighborhood children and runs away in search of a world where he fits in. Following a midnight flight through the forest, he stumbles into a lost, underground world called Roombelow and magic, adventure, danger and excitement await. From the little lady who lives at the bottom of a well, a starship that wants to take him home, trolls, little people, traders and diamonite stealers to water sprites, witches, helpful dolphins, and interplanetary warfare, Jimmy learns the biggest lessons of his life.

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Meet the Author:

My formative years were experienced in and around Durham City. Married in 1964 to a girl I first met at the age of eleven, Pat and I spent many happy years in the North East before employment almost took us off to emigrate to Jo'berg, South Africa but plans were changed in the final weeks and instead the company moved me to Sussex.

After more than twenty years in Sussex, then Hampshire, employment was again responsible for the move to beautiful rural Lancashire. Jimmy Crikey was born one rainy day, many years ago, during a family holiday in Great Yarmouth, to entertain my son and his new found friends for an hour or so. The story expanded over the following wet afternoons in the cramped confines of a beach tent, and more and more adventures were required to keep the children entertained. Many years later I decided to commit to the written word.

Now retired I look forward to sharing The Amazing Adventures of Jimmy Crikey with a wider audience. These began as several short, twenty minute duration, stories but after an encouraging review from a major Publisher I brought them together in this offering and hope they will bring a sense of wonder and enjoyment to another generation.


connect with the author:  website
 
Tour Schedule:

Feb 1 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 1 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 2 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 3 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 10 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 11 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Feb 12 –Splashes of Joy  - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 15 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 16 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 17 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 18 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 19 - Laura's Interests – book spotlight / giveaway
 

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Friday, 12 February 2021

The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola by Melissa Muldoon + #Giveaway



Join us for this tour from Feb 1 to Feb 26, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title: The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola - the most famous woman you've never heard of by Melissa Muldoon
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 345 pages
Genre Historical Fiction, General Fiction
Publisher Matta Press
Release date December 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. includes mature themes (suicide, adultery, sexual relations, murder)
 
Book Description:

Set in the sixteenth-century, The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola tells the story of a woman’s passion for painting and adventure. In a world where women painters had little to no acknowledgment, she was singled out by Michelangelo and Vasari who recognized and praised her talent. Gaining the Milanese elite’s acclaim, she went on to become court painter to Spanish King Philip II and taught his queen to paint.

One can’t live such an extraordinary life without having stories to tell, and tell them Sofonisba does to Sir Anthony Van Dyke, who comes to visit her toward the end of her life. During their meeting, she agrees to reveal her secrets but first challenges the younger painter to find the one lie hidden in her tale. In a saga filled with intrigue, jealousy, buried treasure, unrequited love, espionage, and murder, Sofonisba’s story is played out against the backdrop of Italy, Spain, and Sicily. Throughout her life, she encounters talented artists, authoritative dukes, mad princes, religious kings, spying queens, vivacious viscounts, and dashing sea captains—even a Barbary pirate. But of all the people who fell in love with Sofonisba, only one captured her heart. The painter may have many secrets but the truth of her life is crystal clear from the beginning.

Always a strong, passionate woman with a dream, she was an intelligent artist who knew her self-worth and in the end, as Michelangelo had done for her, Sofonisba passed her brush to a new generation.

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Book Details:

Book Title: Eternally Artemisia—some loves, like some women, are timeless by Melissa Muldoon
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 305 pages
Genre Historical Fiction, General Fiction
Publisher Matta Press
Release date March 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. includes mature themes (suicide, adultery, sexual relations, murder)

 

Book Description:

They say some loves travel through time and are fated to meet over and over again. For Maddie, an art therapist, who wrestles with the “peculiar feeling” she has lived previous lives and is being called to Italy by voices that have left imprints on her soul, this idea is intriguing. Despite her best efforts, however, proof of this has always eluded her. That is, until one illuminating summer in Italy when Maddie’s previous existences start to bleed through into her current reality.

When she is introduced to the Crociani family—a noble clan with ties to the seventeenth-century Medici court that boasts of ancestors with colorful pasts—she finally meets the loves of her life. One is a romantic love, and another is a special kind of passion that only women share, strong amongst those who have suffered greatly yet have triumphed despite it. As Maddie's relationship develops with Artemisia Gentileschi—an artist who in a time when it was unheard of to denounce a man for the crime of rape, did just that—Maddie discovers a kindred spirit and a role model, and just what women are capable of when united together.

In a journey that arcs back to biblical days and moves forward in time, Maddie encounters artists, dukes, designers, and movie stars as well as baser and ignoble men. With Artemisia never far from her side, she proves that when we dare to take control of our lives and find the “thing” we are most passionate about, we are limitless and can touch the stars.

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Book Details:

Book Title: Waking Isabella—because beauty can't sleep forever by Melissa Muldoon
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 271 pages
Genre Historical Fiction, General Fiction
Publisher Matta Press
Release date November 2018
Format available for review:  ebook (mobi for Kindle, epub), and audiobook (audible download
Tour dates:  Feb 1 to Feb 26, 2021
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. includes mature themes (suicide, adultery, sexual relations, murder)

 

 

Book Description:

Waking Isabella is a story about uncovering hidden beauty that, over time, has been lost, erased, or suppressed. It also weaves together several love stories as well as a few mysteries.

Nora, an assistant researcher, is a catalyst for resolving the puzzle of a painting that has been missing for decades. Set in Arezzo, a small Tuscan town, the plot unfolds against the backdrop of the city’s antique trade and the fanfare and pageantry of its medieval jousting festival.

While filming a documentary about Isabella de’ Medici—the Renaissance princess who was murdered by her husband—Nora begins to connect with the lives of two remarkable women from the past. Unraveling the stories of Isabella, the daughter of a fifteenth-century Tuscan duke, and Margherita, a young girl trying to survive the war in Nazi-occupied Italy, Nora begins to question the choices that have shaped her own life up to this point. As she does, hidden beauty is awakened deep inside of her, and she discovers the keys to her creativity and happiness. It is a story of love and deceit, forgeries and masterpieces—all held together by the allure and intrigue of a beautiful Tuscan ghost.

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B&N ~  Bookshop ~ BookBub
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Meet the Author:

Melissa Muldoon is the author of four novels set in Italy: Dreaming Sophia, Waking Isabella, Eternally Artemisia, and The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola. All four books tell the stories of women and their journeys of self-discovery to find love, uncover hidden truths, and follow their destinies to shape a better future for themselves.

Melissa is also the author of the Studentessa Matta website, where she promotes the study of Italian language and culture through her dual-language blog written in Italian and English (studentessamatta.com). Studentessa Matta means the “crazy linguist” and has grown to include a podcast, Tutti Matti per l’Italiano and the Studentessa Matta, YouTube channel, Facebook page and Instagram feed. Melissa also created Matta Italian Language Immersion Programs, which she co-leads with Italian schools in Italy to learn Italian in Italy.

Through her website, she also offers the opportunities to live and study in Italy through Homestay programs. Melissa has a B.A. in fine arts, art history, and European history from Knox College, a liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, as well as a master’s degree in art history from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has also studied painting and art history in Florence. She is an artist, designer, and illustrated the cover art for all four of her books. Melissa is the managing director of Matta Press

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Tour Schedule:

Feb 1 - The Pen and Muse Book Reviews - spotlight of all 3 books / giveaway
Feb 1 - Sefina Hawke's Books - spotlight of all 3 books
Feb 2 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 2 - Books for Books - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 3 - Working Mommy Journal - review of Isabella / giveaway
Feb 3 - Books for Books - review of Isabella
​Feb 4 - I'm All About Books - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 - History from a Woman’s Perspective - review of Sofonisba 
Feb 8 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Sofonisba / author interview / giveaway
Feb 8 - Literary Flits - review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 9 - History from a Woman’s Perspective - review of Artemisia
Feb 10 - Sadie's Spotlight - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 10 - Gwendalyn’s Books - review of Sofonisba / author interview / giveaway
Feb 11 - History from a Woman’s Perspective - review of Isabella
Feb 11 - Books for Books - review of Artemisia
Feb 12 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 12 - Stephanie Jane - spotlight of all 3 books / giveaway
Feb 15 - Elizabeth McKenna - Author Blog - book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 16 - Deborah-Zenha Adams - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 16 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Sofonisba / guest post / giveaway
Feb 17 - Gwendalyn’s Books - review of Isabella
Feb 17 - Locks, Hooks and Books - review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 17 - Splashes of Joy - spotlight of all 3 books / author interview / giveaway
Feb 18 - Locks, Hooks and Books - review of Isabella / giveaway
Feb 18 - Books and Zebras @jypsylynn - review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 19 - Locks, Hooks and Books - review of Artemisia / giveaway
Feb 19 - 30-something Travel - review of Sofonisba / guest post / giveaway
Feb 19 - Books Lattes & Tiaras - review of Sofonisba
Feb 22 - Books Lattes & Tiaras - review of Isabella
Feb 22 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Isabella / giveaway
Feb 23 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Artemisia / giveaway
Feb 23 - Jazzy Book Reviews - spotlight of all 3 books / giveaway
Feb 24 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Sofonisba / giveaway
Feb 25 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Artemisia / giveaway
Feb 26 - High Society Book Club & Reviews - review of Sofonisba + spotlight previous books / guest post / giveaway
Feb 26 - 30-something Travel - review of Isabella / giveaway
Feb 26 - Books Lattes & Tiaras - review of Artemisia


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Win a print or an audio copy of The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola. (3 winners). Open to the USA only until the 5th March. 

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