Thursday, June 10, 2021

Welcome to author Anna Hamilton

 Hello, Anna, welcome, and congratulations on the release of your book. 



 

GENRE: Drama/Family/Sweet Romance/Dementia

 

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 BLURB:

 

Boy is a story about a few weeks in the lives of Hugh and Betty Roberts, an elderly couple living alone on a family farm in Iowa.  They are buried deep in grief over the loss of their only child and struggling to hang on to  the only life they have ever known when dementia sneaks in.  An unusual visitor brings a welcome distraction and reprieve just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Join this couple and other unforgettable characters as they prepare to share in a memorable and much needed Thanksgiving gathering at the old couple's farm. What transpires is credited to friendship, love and the relentless power of hope. Directly or indirectly we are reminded of what really matters on this brief walk we call Life.

 

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Excerpt:

 

On both sides of the driveway there were fields of corn, now harvested.  Even in the wind you could hear the pheasants running through the few stalks that remained.  The distant fence lines stood like loyal soldiers waiting for the day they could come home.  The air smelled wet and of dirt, the smell one becomes addicted to after having lived off the land.

 

As they walked the long driveway arm in arm, Hugh got a whiff of his childhood.  All around him he smelled the seventy-eight years of his life.  He turned to look at his wife who still clung to the small box and wondered whether she too could smell the years in the wind.

 

The rain looked like it was still miles away, however the wind was always strong and present.  In Iowa, the wind is never far away, always sneaking around, reminding you of how pointless it was to comb your hair or wear a cap.

 

By the time they had reached the mailbox it had started to sprinkle.  Hugh let go of Betty's arm long enough to retrieve the mail and shove it inside of his flannel shirt, when a gust of wind swept by them, taking with it the lid from the box.  Across the field and into the next it tumbled, until being captured by the loyal soldiers.

 

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Writing to Heal

 

I wrote Boy purely to heal myself from what had been the saddest period of my life and also to send a message on the importance of being present with the ones that need us the most—our elders. I first self-published Boy, which at the time was enough for me. Now it is being traditionally published by an independent publishing house: Between the Lines Publishing. I feel that the message I am trying to relay in this story is important and I wanted it “out there” for that reason. What I found is that the message hasn’t been getting out there fast enough, based on the number of people who are touched by both Alzheimer’s and Dementia. It seems to be an epidemic and getting ahead of it is vital, even if that just means with knowledge that will help a caregiver and family member cope. When I was desperate for information during my father’s illness, I didn't seem to find the information I was looking for. Due to my deep sadness and helplessness, I was looking for something that did not exist—which was a solution, a way to make everything better—and during the process of “being present” with my father I found it the hard way.  It was all about going into his world, no matter how mixed up it seemed. Trying to pull someone back into our world when they have partially left it, sets one up for defeat because it is impossible. The best part is having a reader “get” the message I am putting out there. Having them tell me how they relate to this part or that part of the story is rewarding and the entire goal of whatever I write about.

  

AUTHOR Bio and Links:


 

Anna Hamilton (1958- present) was born in Des Moines Iowa. She lives in Northern Minnesota along the Canadian border where she owns and operates a small restaurant in the village of Grand Marais. During the slower winter months she writes, preferring fiction over non-fiction. "Fiction" she says, "is much easier to create because you can be on the outside of a story looking in, rather than on the inside, fighting your way out." Hence her first novel 'Boy'.

 

When she is not working or writing, her time is spent mentoring children in need and advocates on behalf of both children and the elderly. She and her sister Sarah are currently working towards building 'affordable' housing for their community. Part of the proceeds from her first novel 'Boy' will be dedicated to help finance that project.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Anna-Hamilton/e/B0799QDH3W

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100067350947195

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AnnaHughBetty

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7436469.Anna_Hamilton

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: 

 

Anna Hamilton will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, in addition to the gift card, the author will offer a prize to a second winner: a store coupon from Between the Lines Publishing/Liminal Press (half price print book or free ebook).


Enter here: 


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Welcome to authors Nancy Fraser and Peggy Jaeger

 Hello, welcome, and congratulations on the release of your books!


Making Christmas

by Nancy Fraser

 

Santa Baby

By Peggy Jaeger

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GENRE: Holiday Romance (Vintage)

 

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BLURB:

 

Prequel Joint Blurb:

 

Welcome to our 1980’s Dickens Christmas stories!

 

Two sweet vintage romances set in the New England town of Dickens where small town charm is on full, holiday display.

 

Both stories are prequels to stories found in last year’s holiday anthology, Christmas Comes to Dickens. Beginning October 18th, the Ladies of Dickens will release six brand-new, full-length Dickens holiday romances (one per week) to celebrate the season.

 

In the meantime, we hope you’ll enjoy Making Christmas by Author Nancy Fraser and Santa Baby by Author Peggy Jaeger. Both are guaranteed to whet your holiday appetites for what’s to come!

 

 


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Making Christmas by Nancy Fraser 


 

 

A 1980s Vintage Romance ...

 

It’s been five years since William Barrett returned to Dickens to take over as CEO of Wil-Bar Toys. He’s spent these past years helping build Wil-Bar into a leader in creative, handmade toys. His work ethic and drive has left him little time for a personal life. Or, perhaps he’s still pining for the one who got away.

 

Catherine Gates moved away from Dickens six years earlier. Now a staff reporter for a woman’s magazine, she’s returning to Dickens to do a story on Wil-Bar Toys new production methods and get the scoop on their upcoming holiday line.

 

When Will and Cat meet up again for the first time in years, it’s as if they’ve never been apart. Rekindling their friendship, and attraction, becomes more important than Cat’s article, or even the secrecy of the new toy lines.

 

Can these two childhood friends make up for lost time and pursue the romance they missed out on years earlier? Or, will Cat’s story expose too much and put them at odds with one another?


Santa Baby by Peggy Jaeger

 


Individual Book Blurb:

 

It’s Christmas Eve morning in the tiny New England town of Dickens.

 

Santa’s arrival is imminent, and a hint of snow is in the air.

 

Amy Dorrit is just about to open her popular diner for the breakfast rush when she discovers an abandoned baby on her back doorstep.

 

Amy knows she should call the authorities and turn the infant over to them, but she just can’t. Thoughts of her own abandonment as a baby flood through her and she wants to keep the little one out of the hands of the authorities until the mother – hopefully –returns.

 

But will the mom come back? And if she doesn’t, what is Amy prepared to do about the baby who has, already, claimed her heart?

 

 

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Excerpt:

 

Making Christmas by Nancy Fraser

 

September 1985

Wil-Bar Toy Factory

 

“Isn’t it a bit early for Christmas carols?” William asked, motioning skyward where the factory speakers were blaring a string of both classical and modern holiday songs. “If we don’t vary it every once-in-awhile, I’m going to end up ripping the wires out of the ceiling.”

 

His father shot him a pained look. “Is it ever too early for Christmas music in a toy factory where we spend every working hour up until the beginning of December getting ready for the rush?” Waving his hand dismissively overhead, Wilfred Barrett added, “Besides, it keeps the production line moving like clockwork.”

 

“How’s the new head of design working out? What’s his name? Gibson?” Will asked.

 

“Ted Gibson. He’s got some great ideas for sure. Including inviting that magazine editor to send someone to write an article on our new state-of-the-art assembly line.”

 

“Somehow I don’t picture an article in a woman’s magazine doing justice to the mechanics involved in creating toys like our latest designs.”

 

Giving a shrug, Wilfred admitted, “It can’t hurt. Besides, it’s women who do most of the buying, especially for the children. If the article can convince these mothers that our toys are safe and won’t come apart with one day of rough play, then it’s as much as we can hope for, I suppose.” Pushing aside the ledger in front of him, he added, “I’d like you to be the one to give them the tour.”

 

“Why me? Let Gibson do it. After all, it was his idea. Or, you do it—it’s your company, after all. I’d much rather keep my focus on these sales and shipping projections.”

 

“You’re the new face of Wil-Bar Toys, son. The younger—what’s the term—hip version of a toymaker. Not that I don’t still love it, but these young mothers would much rather see your picture accompanying the article than mine.”

 

“Ted’s young too. And, if the women crowding around the watercooler are to be believed, quite a catch.”

 

His father leaned back in his chair, a sure sign the discussion was coming to an end, his decision made. “The magazine is sending one of their staff writers to do the interview. She’ll be here day-after-tomorrow.”

 

Will turned toward the door to his father’s office. “I feel the flu coming on,” he groused. “I may have to call in sick.”

 

 “You might be a grown man, but I’m sure your mother would love to have you home all day long,” his dad quickly pointed out, a grin lighting his face. “She can stuff you with chicken noodle soup and fuss over you to her heart’s content.”

 

“You can be downright mean when you want to be, Pops” Will said, chuckling. “No doubt, you’d suggest she read to me too.”

 

Santa Baby by Peggy Jaeger

 

Excerpt:

 

As she moved through the breezeway connecting the diner to her apartment, Amy heard a mewling sound at the back alley door. Her cook, Willie, often left scraps out for strays, especially in winter, and sometimes when she took the trash out at the end of the day, Amy would find a mamma cat searching for something to feed her kittens.

 

Amy opened the door, expecting to see a hungry animal looking for a handout, and got the shock of the century when she found a baby carrier, complete with a crying infant nestled in it. 

 

She gasped, her head flicking right, then left, to find the person responsible for leaving a baby out in the frigid night air. 

 

“Hello? Is anyone here?”

 

The still sleeping and silent town surrounded her as shoe impressions in the fresh snow indicated the baby hadn’t been there for long. 

 

The infant’s howl echoed in the quiet.

 

“Oh, you poor thing. Let’s get you out of the cold.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


 

NANCY FRASER—Jumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.

 

Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

 

Nancy has published over forty books in full-length, novella, and short format. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

 

Website: www.nancyfraser.ca 

Facebook: http://facebook.com/nancyfraserauthor

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/nfraserauthor

Bookbub: http://bookbub.com/profile/nancy-fraser

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Nancy-Fraser/e/B004AOL61Y/ 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7206382.Nancy_Fraser

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3gC68iMStwKCr4v_S6fMIA 

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Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!

 

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

 

When she’s not writing Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.

 

As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go "What??!"

 

Website & Blog: http://peggyjaeger.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peggy-Jaeger-Author/825914814095072

Twitter: https://twitter.com/peggy_jaeger

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13478796.Peggy_Jaeger

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/peggy-jaeger

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDR8RRIlssIyS0FYZWeGqsg/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peggyjaeger_author/

Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/peggyjaeger/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/peggy-jaeger-296ab878/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00T8E5LN0

Authors database: https://authorsdb.com/community/15814-peggy-jaeger

Triberr: https://triberr.com/tribe/strong-women--loving-men

 

 

Universal Purchase Links:

 

Making Christmas  https://books2read.com/MakeXMas

Santa Baby  https://books2read.com/u/3R8lVG

 

Apple:  https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1566764279 

B&N (Nook):  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/making-christmas-nancy-fraser/1139435151

Kobo:  https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/making-christmas-3 

 

Other Links:

 

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/making-christmas-a-dickens-holiday-romance-prequel-by-nancy-fraser

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57984424-making-christmas 

 

Making Christmas Trailer:

 

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/PzzY7komw-I

 

 

Making Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle Link:  https://bit.ly/33wkGqI

 

Santa Baby Trailer Link:  https://youtu.be/8_MbnzNIlrg

 

 

Santa Baby Jigsaw Puzzle Link:  https://bit.ly/2RaZBzj

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Nancy Fraser & Peggy Jaeger will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Review of It Happened on Thunder Road

 Hello, I was give a complimentary copy of It Happened on Thunder Road in exchange for an honest review.

It Happened on Thunder Road

by Susan Antony

 

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GENRE: YA Fantasy

 

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BLURB:

 

When Emmy Russo returns to high school in Moncks Corner, South Carolina after summer break, she discovers some changes. First: Mom has a boyfriend. Second: the cute new student, Charlie Fields, is a Rockabilly greaser with a gang who obeys his every command. Third: attractive Keir Harper wants to be more than just her best friend. And fourth: a perplexed Emmy soon finds herself drawn to two extremely different boys. How do you choose between sweet and smoldering?

 

Then tragedy strikes on desolate Thunder Road. Strange things start happening, with Emmy in the middle of it all. Intent on finding the truth, she must fight for her heart, her life, maybe even her soul. Because someone wants to possess all of Emmy. And they will be together, no matter what the cost. For eternity.

 

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Excerpt:

 

Twenty-five feet ahead stood a bald cypress anchored in the lake by a heavy dome-shaped root system. Its narrow trunk stretched up toward the sky. The top branches were spindly and covered in a smattering of green leaves. Gray moss hung from the lower limbs and blew like tattered dishrags in the wind. I removed my shoes and dipped my toes in the water. 

 

Keir stripped off his shirt, revealing his lean but muscular torso, smooth except for a scanty dark blondish-brown hair below his belly button. He knelt and dug inside his backpack and placed two bottles of water in the sand. Then he pulled out a towel, and my bikini fell out. 

 

“Why don’t you put it on?”

 

My head ricocheted from side to side. “Where?” 

 

He pointed at a nest of trees that lined the shore. “Over there.”

 

My pulse raced. “Someone might see me.” 

 

“There’s no one out here but us.”

 

I stared at him wide-eyed while my feet grew roots deeper than the bald cypress in the lake.

 

“Give me a second.”

 

He disappeared under one of the tree limbs and strategically draped the towels around the shrubbery. Seconds later, he returned with a smirk. 

 

“Not even the squirrels will see you now.” 

 

I clutched my bikini to my chest, unstuck my feet, and ducked behind the towels, my composure but a fragile shell around me. Peeking over the top of the makeshift dressing room, I spread the bushes a bit. Keir had turned his back.

 

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Review:

This is a fast-paced, unpredictable story with romance to round it out. Emmy comes from out of town to stay with her mother in a small town. She has a best friend there, Keir, a nice, attractive guy, but the things about to happen to Emmy will have her questioning herself often. Charlie is Keir’s charismatic, bad-boy brother who takes notice of Emmy. The problem is that Keir also has feelings for her. To complicate this, she has feelings for Keir and develops them for Charlie.

 

Charlie lives a rebellious life, and risk follows him around, along with a gang of friends. Emmy cannot help but to get pulled into his activities. He does have charm, after all. When Charlie comes up with a hair-brained plan to achieve a goal that has gotten all the previous attempters killed, Emmy tries to stop him. What happens is shocking. At this point, readers will keep those pages turning. How is Emmy going to cope with what has happened? 

 

She turns to her best friend, Keir. When he starts acting weird, the action continues to pick up intensity. The stakes get even higher. Things are working against her, and time is running out.

 

The underlying premise of the story is quite clever, and there are plenty of surprises to keep things very interesting. The relationships are well-written, and the characters are multi-faceted. 

 

This is a novel I would happily recommend and will look out for other books by this author.

 


 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:


 

Susan Antony is an IT by day, hip-shaker and writer by night, artist whenever possible, and an

internet addict. She lives in the sunny south with her teenage son and two Cairn Terriers. Cherokee Summer placed first in the Missouri Romance Writers of America "Gateway to the Best" contest, was a 2019 OKRWA finalist, was a 2020 Author Shout Recommended Read, took 1st in the 2020 Write Touch Readers Award, and took the bronze metal in the 2020 Readers Favorite Contest.

 

It Happened on Thunder Road placed 1st in The Southeastern Writers Association 2020 Contest.

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SusanAntonyCS 

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/susanantonyauthor/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SusanAntonyCS

Pininterest: https://www.pinterest.com/susanantonycs 

Tumbler: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/susanantony 

Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@susanantony1

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Susan Antony will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Review of Patroosh, the Cheeky Pelican

 Hello, I was given a copy of the children's book, Patroosh, the Cheeky Pelican, by Renée James,

in exchange for an honest review. 

BLURB:

 

Patroosh is a cheeky pelican who always wants more. He'll even take the food right out of your hand, or flap his big wings until you drop it in the sand. But after an unexpected event, and a random act of kindness, this pelican's life is about to change forever.

 











Excerpt:

 

There’s a town called Yamba where the Clarence River meets the sea. It’s in New South Wales, Australia, and it’s a great place to be. There are beaches, boats, and fish galore. It’s home to a very cheeky pelican, who always wants more. You’ll know if you meet him; his name is Patroosh. He’ll even take food right out of your hand, or flap his big wings until you drop it in the sand.



Review: 

Set in a little town called Yamba, in Australia, cute illustrations that are a bit humorous bring this children’s tale to life. A rhyming story gives it a hypnotic intonation. Sounds are emphasized, and this will surely inspire a giggle or two from children.

 

Patroosh runs into a bit of trouble. Can he find his way out of this dangerous situation? His facial expressions are memorable as he attempts to save himself. His acquaintances are not helping him. Why not? Readers see their selfishness.

 

According to the context of the story, I think a wrong homophone was used: “Patroosh peaked…” unless the author meant something different. It certainly brings to mind a different picture, depending on the word meant here. 

 

Meanwhile, Seamus, an adorable bird, comes to Patroosh’s rescue, but can such a little bird be of much help? A lesson or two is presented here and told in an impactful way. These lessons are interwoven perfectly with each other.

 

The phrasing, of course, is in accordance with the place the story is set, with Australian or British terminology, as is to be expected. Children are likely to enjoy the illustrations and the adventures of the two main characters. This would be a good story for an adult to read to younger children or for little ones to sound out and learn new words while being entertained with a meaningful adventure.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


 

Renée James comes from a background in communications and the commercial television industry. She has worked on a variety of creative projects both nationally and internationally

She loves nothing more than spending time with family and friends, which includes their much-loved dog. She is passionate about travel, beach days, and, of course, story-time. Her children are the bee's knees as they're constant reminders to be present, and always make time to play.

 

CONNECT WITH Renée James

 

WEBSITE: http://www.reneejamesbooks.com/ 

 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/reneejamesbooks/ 

 

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/reneejamesbooks/ 

 

 

PURCHASE LINKS PATROOSH, THE CHEEKY PELICAN            

 

AMAZON.COM

https://amazon.com/dp/0228843561

 

AMAZON.COM.AU

https://amazon.com.au/dp/0228843561

 

AMAZON.CA

https://amazon.ca/dp/0228843561


KINDLE

https://amazon.com/dp/B08YHWBXYR

 

BARNES & NOBLE

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/patroosh-the-cheeky-pelican-ren-e-james/1139008278

 

BOOK DEPOSITORY

https://www.bookdepository.com/Patroosh-the-Cheeky-Pelican-Renee-James/9780228843566

 

 

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: 

 

Renée James will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f37


Please follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: https://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2021/04/review-tour-patroosh-cheeky-pelican-by.html 





Welcome to author Anna Hamilton

 Hello, Anna, welcome, and congratulations on the release of your book.    GENRE : Drama/Family/Sweet Romance/Dementia   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~   BLU...