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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Song of Atlantis by Brian Power (Review and Giveaway!)

Although labelled a fantasy novel, Song of Atlantis is also historical, sci-fi and somewhat of a thriller. Enter to win a copy!

Book Details:

Book Title: Song of Atlantis by Brian Power
Category: Adult Fiction, 322 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Brian J Power
Release date: December 2014
Tour dates: May 13 - 24, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (No explicit sex scene or excessive profanity)

Book Description:

A shocking discovery leads one scientist down a dangerous path in Brian Power’s compelling debut novel, Song of Atlantis.

When Amon Goro, the master architect of Atlantis, discovers a way to harness the earth’s forces into an infinite source of clean energy, it seems destined to change civilization as we know it.

But 4,500 years later, Atlantis exploration team leader Palen Golendar is brutally captured by a Native American tribe in modern-day South Dakota—derailing any hope Atlantis held of utilizing its energy secrets.

Eight thousand years in the future, Native American anthropologist Gordon Tallbear and his team of highly skilled researchers stumble across a connection between the recent discovery of Golendar’s remains and an intricate cavern system deep in the mountains of Antarctica…a connection that finally reveals the Atlantean secret of perpetual energy.

While Tallbear and his team plan to recreate the energy source that will change the world, a wealthy group with deep ties to carbon-based fuel producers decides this newfound energy source must be destroyed—and they will stop at nothing to assassinate the researchers in order to bury what they know.

Can Tallbear’s newfound knowledge survive?

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Although labelled a fantasy novel, Song of Atlantis is also historical, sci-fi and somewhat of a thriller. It has three timelines, beginning its story 12 500 years ago in Atlantis, then 8000 years ago in North America and finally present day America where most of the story takes place. The story had a slow start for me, but it became clearer as I progressed into the book. This was very much a "good versus evil" story, with strong elements of native American spirituality versus Satanism.

I must applaud the author on his imagination and the story's clever and intelligent plot. It was complex and well thought out. Fans of the legend of Atlantis will enjoy the portrayal of this technologically advanced civilization and their hidden world in the mountains of Antarctica. The story, however, was bogged down by writing that told the story rather than showed it. At time I felt like I was reading a history book or a journalistic account rather than a fantasy fiction novel. Professional developmental editing would have helped to make this novel exciting and better paced.

I liked the main characters, particularly Gordon Tallbear. He propelled the story forward. The bad guys, especially Tilcotan made my skin crawl. The ending was good and bittersweet. Love always conquers.

To read reviews, please visit Brian Power's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author: 

​Brian Power is an educator who has taught at both the high school and college levels. He earned a BS degree in English and Secondary Education, and an MA in International Relations. A retired corporate consultant and trainer, he is also a retired Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel who served for 24 years on both active duty and in the reserves. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife. SONG OF ATLANTIS is his first book.

​For more information, please visit his Website.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Song of Songs: A Novel of the Queen of Sheba by Marc Graham (Review)

I have always been fascinated by the Biblical account of the Queen of Sheba. If you like historical fiction set in the ancient world, this one is a good one.

Book Details:

Book Title: Song of Songs: A Novel of the Queen of Sheba by Marc Graham
Category: Adult Fiction, 400 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Blank Slate Press
Release date: April 16, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There are rape scenes and violent war scenes)

Book Description:

Lift the veil of legend for the untold story of Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, and Bathsheba, wife, and mother of Israel’s first kings.

When Makeda, the slave-born daughter of the chieftain of Saba, comes of age, she wins her freedom and inherits her father’s titles along with a crumbling earthwork dam that threatens her people’s survival. When she learns of a great stone temple being built in a land far to the north, Makeda leads a caravan to the capital of Yisrael to learn how to build a permanent dam and secure her people’s prosperity.

On her arrival, Makeda discovers that her half-sister Bilkis (also known as Bathsheba) who was thought to have died in a long-ago flash flood, not only survived, but has become Queen of Yisrael. Not content with her own wealth, Bilkis intends to claim the riches of Saba for herself by forcing Makeda to marry her son. But Bilkis’s designs are threatened by the growing attraction between Makeda and Yetzer abi-Huram, master builder of Urusalim’s famed temple. Will Bilkis’s plan succeed or will Makeda and Yetzer outsmart her and find happiness far from her plots and intrigue?

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I have always been fascinated by the Biblical account of the Queen of Sheba who traveled to Jerusalem to meet King Solomon. She had heard of his achievements and his great wisdom and wanted to see it with her own eyes. She arrived with an impressive entourage with camels carrying balsam oil and great quantities of gold and precious stones. The account states that she spoke to King Solomon about everything that was close to her heart and she tested him with perplexing questions, all of which he easily answered her.

So when I had the opportunity to read Song of Songs, I was very interested. The story is told alternately from the perspectives of three characters: Makeda (Queen of Sheba), told in the first person, Yetzer (master builder of the temple), told in the second person, and Bilkis (Bathsheba), also told in the second person. The story follows the lives of all three from childhood into adulthood until they merge and clash in the last third of the novel.

The author does such an impressive job of creating and developing these three characters who drive the story just by their personalities alone. The secondary characters were excellent too. I loved Makeda's story the most. She was smart, resourceful, a natural true leader, wise and good from a young age. I wish that Makeda and Yetzer would have met sooner in the book. I feel some of Yetzer's story could have been trimmed (the spiritual testing part was long) and more spent on the latter part of his story. Bilkis was formidable and knew how to look out for her own interests at any cost.

Although this book was based on Biblical accounts, they do not follow the accounts closely and are inaccurate, so if you enjoy books based on Bible people, this is not Christian fiction. As a matter of fact, the author puts a twist on most of the accounts having to do with these characters and he makes use of his creative license to mold them into different characters altogether.

I also loved the Mesopotamian setting that the author brought to life. I could easily picture the desert lands, the temples, the back-breaking work of the stonemasons and the ancient gods they worshipped. The author built an epic story of three very different characters who rise from nothing to greatness, all in their own ways.

Song of Songs is historical fiction that leaves the reader satiated. It's well-written and plunges the reader into a world filled with political intrigue and ancient religious practices. It fills the reader with a myriad of emotions. Marc Graham is definitely an author to watch out for, a true storyteller, and I will look for more of his books to read.

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Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

About the Author

Marc Graham studied mechanical engineering at Rice University in Texas, but has been writing since his first attempt at science fiction penned when he was ten. From there, he graduated to knock-off political thrillers, all safely locked away to protect the public, before settling on historical fiction. His first novel, Of Ashes and Dust, was published in March 2017.

He has won numerous writing contests including, the National Writers Assocation Manuscript Contest (Of Ashes and Dust), the Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest – Historical (Of Ashes and Dust, Song of Songs), and the Colorado Gold Writing Contest – Mainstream (Prince of the West, coming from Blank Slate Press in Fall 2019).

He lives in Colorado on the front range of the Rocky Mountains, and in addition to writing, he is an actor, narrator, speaker, story coach, shamanic practitioner, and whisky afficianado (Macallan 18, one ice cube). When not on stage or studio, in a pub, or bound to his computer, he can be found hiking with his wife and their Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Free Pizza by G.C. McRae

Even though my kids are grown now and I no longer read middle grade books, once in a while I get the itch to do so. Free Pizza was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed it immensely. Check out my review and then enter to win a copy.

Book Details:

Book Title: Free Pizza by G.C. McRae
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction, 360 pages
Genre: Humorous Fiction
Publisher: MacDonald Warne Media
Release date: May 1, 2019
Tour dates: May 1 to 17, 2019
Content Rating: PG (No sex or drugs, just mild expletives such as "hell" and "damn".)

Book Description:

Brian McSpadden is always hungry. Does he have a disease? Worms? Does it have something to do with his being adopted? He spends his days at his crazy friend Danny’s house, hoping for snacks, but nothing seems to fill the void.

​Then Brian receives a mysterious birthday card that says, Free Pizza. He soon discovers the card has nothing to do with food and everything to do with the big questions in his life: where did I come from, why did my mother give me up and is there anyone out there who will like me the way I am?

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Even though my kids are grown now and I no longer read middle grade books, once in a while I get the itch to do so. Free Pizza was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed it immensely. The title is catchy too and has a double meaning.

Twelve-year-old Brian is an adopted child. When he gets the chance to meet his birth mother, he is nervous and very excited. It's summer and Brian is bored and always hungry. He is a growing boy and his mother is stingy with food (my Italian motherly instincts kicked in immediately and I felt frustrated every time he was hungry! I wanted to invite the kid over for lasagna.) Brian hangs around with his friend Danny and what an adventure that summer turns out to be. There was never a boring moment in this novel.

There are two things I loved about this book. The first is that the characters were very well developed and jumped off the page, and I mean all of them. They came across as real, flawed and distinct, making them memorable. The author skilfully portrayed them through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy. The second thing I loved is that there is a gamma of emotions that runs through this book. We get to laugh, cringe, and have our heart strings pulled throughout the story as Brian goes through a very emotional time in his life. Also, the author does not leave out the parents as a lot of MG books do. Instead this book is very much about family life: the good, the bad and the ugly. I loved the ending of this story.

G.C. McRae understands life with kids and does not shy away from laying it all bare and tackling serious issues. He's a talented Canadian author whose writing reminds me of the craziness of that of Robert Munsch's. I look forward to reading more of his works, and hopefully soon!

To read reviews, please visit G.C. McRae's page on iRead Book Tours.

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​G.C. McRae is the bestselling author of two young adult novels, three illustrated children's books and a collection of original fairy tales. His writing is fall-down funny, even when the theme is darker than a coal miner's cough. McRae reads to anybody at any time, in person or online, for free, which probably explains why he meets so many people and sells so many books.

In his latest work, Free Pizza, McRae spins the highly emotional themes from his decidedly unfunny childhood into a brilliantly comic yarn. After being given up for adoption by his teenage mom back when single girls were forced to hide unplanned pregnancies, his adoptive parents didn’t exactly keep him under the stairs but, well, let's just say, there were spiders.

A lot has changed since then. McRae’s own children have now grown and he runs a small farm with his wife, who is herself an award-winning writer.

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are You Reading? May 13 Edition

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Bonjour les amis! So yes, I've been missing in action the last few months, mainly because I'm working two jobs (one of which is for the French sector of southern Quebec so I'm speaking and writing French daily.) I'm also helping with the caregiving of my mother-in-law who has Alzheimer's so my schedule is full to bursting. But Spring is here and I've resumed biking and that keeps me balanced. Hope you're all doing well and reading good books, of course!

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An Amazon Charts, USA Today, and Washington Post bestseller!

From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream.

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation.

​Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.

I can't wait to read this one! It will be on tour with iRead Book Tours in June and July. If you wish to review it, just click on the title's link and it will take you to the book's info page where you can sign up.


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

The High Court by Chris Ledbetter (Review)

If you like YA action-packed novels and Greek mythology, this is a fun series to get into.

Book Details:

Book Title: The High Court by Chris Ledbetter
Category: YA Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Release date: October 16, 2018
Tour dates: April 1 to 30, 2019
Content Rating: PG (some profanity (damn, ass), no f-bombs, some kissing, no sex scenes, some violence, nothing gory or graphic)

Book Description:

High atop Mount Olympus, dawn breaks on a new academic term. Normalcy has returned to campus following a harrowing expedition into The Underworld to rescue kidnapped students by Zeus and his fellow Olympians. Now, as they prepare to testify in The High Court, Hyperion will be tried for the attack on Crete and death of Anytos. Kronos will stand trial for the murder of Mount Olympus Prep’s Headmaster Ouranos.

As the trials draw near, Mount Olympus Prep students and faculty are besieged repeatedly by a race of gargantuan stone and earth giants. Under heavy assault, the Olympians are forced to flee to the volcanic island of Limnos to regroup. Meanwhile, a toxic poison Zeus has carried with him since a prior fight with a dragoness, creeps toward his brain.

In a race against time and beasts, Zeus and his friends must find a way to survive not only the toxin ravaging Zeus’ body, but also the giants who grow stronger after every attack and somehow make it to The High Court alive.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

A few years ago I read The Sky Throne which is the first book in this series and I enjoyed it. The Sky Throne is based on Greek mythology, a  modern YA rendition of a young Zeus and his adventures as he attends Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia and discovers who he is. The High Court is the second book and a continuation of that story. It's not a stand-alone novel.

So The High Court pretty much continues right from where The Sky Throne left off.  I wished I had read The Sky Throne closer to this reading as there is little backstory and I struggled to remember certain details. So if you're just discovering this series, I strongly suggest you read them back to back. The writing style is the same and the characters stay true to their personalities, with Zeus as hot-tempered and likable as ever. Once again, I loved that the characters are flawed and need to continue growing as the story progresses.

The author introduces new characters to the already large cast of characters, and initially it was hard to keep them all straight but eventually as the plot unfolds, it became easier to keep track. Including a character list at the beginning of the book would have been helpful since each character also has a nickname and these are used interchangeably with their full names throughout the story.

There is the usual rivalry among the students, and the author creates great action adventure scenes that are so well described they come alive. But it's the court case, of course, that racks things up. Once again the teens worked together, each with their own distinct character traits and abilities, with some comical one-liners and joviality among the young heroes.

The High Court has a satisfying ending but leaves room for more to come. If you like YA action-packed novels and Greek mythology, this is a fun series to get into.

To read reviews, please visit Chris Ledbetter's page of iRead Book Tours.

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Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited. His first full-length novel, Drawn earned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USA TODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult series. It includes, thus far, The Sky Throne and The High Court.

He's a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. He now writes and lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

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Drone Strike: An Anthony Provati Thriller by Joe Giordano (Review)

Today, I'm featuring Joe Giordano's latest release, the second book in the Anthony Provati Thriller series. 

Book Details:

Book Title: Drone Strike: An Anthony Provati Thriller by Joe Giordano
Category: Adult Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Release date: April 15, 2019
Format available for review: ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Tour dates: April 15 to 26, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (for graphic violent terrorist scenes, no sex, no f-words.)

Book Description:

Karim’s family is killed by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, collateral damage. The Islamic State in the Levant exploits his rage, recruiting him for a terrorist attack on the U.S., and only Anthony Provati can stop him. Drone Strike takes you on a fast-paced adventure across the Mediterranean, into Mexico, finally arriving in the States. Drone Strike explores the psychological realities that seduce Karim to commit an act of terror, includes a love story between Moslem Karim and Miriam, a Christian woman he defends in Turkey and highlights the plight of Middle Eastern and Central American refugees.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

This is the third book I read by author Joe Giordano and the second in the Anthony Provati Thriller series. As in his previous books, Giordano's writing is bold and intelligent, with well developed characters both for the protagonist as well as the antagonist. In Appointment with ISIL we get to meet Anthony Provati, an American Italian with a Mafioso uncle in a thrilling story with mobsters jumping off the page at every turn.

In Drone Strike, the story takes on a different atmosphere with Karim's story starting in Iraq taking up most of the plot with Anthony coming in much later in the story. Although Karim is training to be a terrorist, we get to see the human side to him, the heartbreaking pain of losing his family to a drone strike by the Americans, his kindness toward Miriam, a woman who also suffered terrible losses, and his skewed vision of justice perpetrated by an organisation that brainwashes its members.

The fact that Giordano can bring the reader to sympathize with the innocent victims caught up in the evil plots of men who live to kill in the name of God is a testament to his skill as a writer. I did find the brutal killings and rape of the women (not explicit) at the hands of sadistic men very hard to read so if you are a sensitive reader, take this into consideration.

Unlike the first book in the series, this one felt much more serious and ultimately it was a sad story, with an ending that left me with questions about what would happen next. Of course, this makes me believe there could be another book in the series coming up. The Italian connection was also not as strong in this book with few scenes connected to the Mafia. I did enjoy the different settings in a variety of Mediterranean countries and it's clear the author has first-hand experience with the cultures and was able to translate this beautifully in the novel.

If you are a fan of fast-paced thrillers with unforgettable characters and a believable plot, you won't be disappointed with this series.

To read reviews, please follow Joe Giordano's page on Italy Book Tours.

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As a former International Executive Vice President of 3M, Joe Giordano’s experience included running a business in the Middle East out of Athens, Greece. Born in New York, he’s had first-hand experience with the cultures and most of the locations in Drone Strike.

Joe's stories have appeared in more than one hundred magazines including The Saturday Evening Post and Shenandoah. His novels, Birds of Passage: An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story (2015) and Appointment with ISIL: An Anthony Provati Thriller (2017) were published by Harvard Square Editions. Read the first chapters and sign up for his blog at

Joe was among one hundred Italian-American authors honored by Barnes & Noble Chairman Len Riggio to march in the 2017 Manhattan, Columbus Day Parade.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Robot, Take the Wheel by Jason Torchinsky (Book Spotlight & Giveaway!)

Today I'm featuring a book that explores the topic of self-driving cars. I haven't read it yet but it's written in a savvy humourous way and I think this would make a perfect gift for my hubby. Check it out and then enter the giveaway to win a copy!

Book Details:

Book Title: Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving by Jason Torchinsky
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 207 pages
Genre: Automobile Technology, Car enthusiasts
Publisher: Apollo Publishers
Release date: May 7, 2019
Tour dates: May 6 to 24, 2019
Content Rating: PG (this book is accessible to everyone)

Book Description:

From the witty senior editor of Jalopnik, Gizmodo Media’s acclaimed website devoted to cars, technology, and more, comes a revealing, savvy, and humorous look at self-driving cars.

Self-driving cars sound fantastical and futuristic and yet they’ll soon be on every street in America. Whether it’s Tesla’s Autopilot, Google’s Waymo, Mercedes’s Distronic, or Uber’s 24,000 modified Volvos, companies across industries and throughout the world are developing autonomous cars. Even Apple, not to be outdone, is rumored to be creating its own technology too.

In Robot, Take the Wheel, Jason Torchinsky explores the state of the automotive industry. Through wit and wisdom, he explains why autonomous cars are being made and what the future of automated cars is. Torchinsky encourages us to consider autonomous cars as an entirely new machine, something beyond cars as we understand them today. He considers how we’ll get along with these robots that will take over our cars' jobs, what they will look like, what sorts of jobs they may do, what we can expect of them, how they should act, ethically, how we can have fun with them, and how we can make sure there’s still a place for those of us who love to drive with manual or automatic transmission.

This unique and highly readable volume is brimming with industry insider information and destined to be a conversation starter. It’s a must-have for car lovers, technology geeks, and everyone who wants to know what’s on the road ahead.

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JASON TORCHINSKY is senior editor of Jalopnik, a website devoted to news and opinions about all things automotive. As a writer and artist, he is known for his articles, artworks, talks, and videos about cars, technology, and culture. He has raced cars, wrecked cars, and driven possibly one of the most dangerous cars ever made with the King of Cars on the Emmy-winning Jay Leno’s Garage. He lives in North Carolina.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story by David Crow (Book Spotlight and Giveaway!)

Today I'm kicking off the tour for this memoir that I'm interested in reading. I'm always attracted to stories of the human spirit that rises above adversity, but I sometimes need to find the courage to read heartbreaking true stories. Check it out. Then scroll down to enter to win a copy!

Book Details:

Book Title: The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story by David Crow
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 344 pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Sandra Jonas Publishing House
Release date: May 7, 2019
Tour dates: May 6 to 17, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + Mature subject matter of abusive parenting. No explicit pornographic sex or excessive profanity.

Book Description:

Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his three siblings idolized their dad. Tall, strong, smart, and brave, the self-taught Cherokee regaled his family with stories of his World War II feats. But as time passed, David discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies—even murder.

A shrewd con artist with a genius IQ, Thurston intimidated David with beatings to coerce him into doing his criminal bidding. David’s mom, too mentally ill to care for her children, couldn’t protect him. One day, Thurston packed up the house and took the kids, leaving her with nothing. Soon he remarried, and David learned that his stepmother was just as vicious and abusive as his father.

Through sheer determination, and with the help of a few angels along the way, David managed to get into college and achieve professional success. When he finally found the courage to stop helping his father with his criminal activities, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that would force him into a showdown with Thurston Crow. With lives at stake, including his own, David would have only twenty-four hours to outsmart his father—the brilliant, psychotic man who bragged that the three years he spent in the notorious San Quentin State Prison had been the easiest time of his life.

The Pale-Faced Lie is a searing, raw, palpable memoir that reminds us what an important role our parents play in our lives. Most of all, it’s an inspirational story about the power of forgiveness and the ability of the human spirit to rise above adversity, no matter the cost.

Praise for The Pale-Faced Lie:

“[Crow] has considerable wisdom to impart, and an unexpected ending that will linger in memory. I promise that you've never read a book quite like this one."

—Jeff Guinn, New York Times bestselling author

“…A memoir of an extraordinary life that is lifted by extraordinary storytelling….It is emotionally engaging, consistently entertaining, and nearly impossible to put down.”
​—James Anderson, author of The Never-Open Desert Diner and Lullaby Road

“Heartbreaking and gut-wrenchingly honest. Anyone with a troubled childhood should read The Pale-Faced Lie. David Crow’s book is proof that hope rises from the ashes.”
—Chris Enss, New York Times best-selling author

To read reviews, please visit David Crow's page on iRead Book Tours.

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​David Crow spent his early years on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona and New Mexico. Through grit, resilience, and a thirst for learning, he managed to escape his abusive childhood, graduate from college, and build a successful lobbyist business in Washington. Today, David is a sought-after speaker, giving talks to various businesses and trade organizations around the world.

Throughout the years, he has mentored over 200 college interns, performed pro bono service for the charitable organization Save the Children, and participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. An advocate for women, he will donate 10 percent of his book royalties to Barrett House, a homeless shelter for women in Albuquerque. David and his wife, Patty, live in the suburbs of DC.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Winter Frost by Lauren Carr (Tour Kick-off and Giveaway!)

I'm so excited to be kicking off yet another fabulous tour for one of my favorite authors as she releases the second book in her latest new series! Watch out for my review of this book and another later this month. In the meantime, check it out and enter to win a $50 Amazon GC.

Book Details:

Book Title: Winter Frost (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery Book 2) by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Cozy
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: January 28, 2019
Tour dates: May 1 - June 28, 2019
Content Rating: PG (It's a murder mystery and there is mild violence. Very mild swearing no F-bombs. No on-stage sex scenes.)

Book Description:

It all started with a chance encounter in the city with Blair, his late wife.

Chris Matheson and the Geezer Squad, working under the guise of a book club, dig into the events surrounding his late wife’s supposed death halfway around the globe. A state department employee shoots himself in the back three times. A CIA operative goes missing. A woman is targeted by an international assassin three years after being declared dead in a terrorist attack overseas.

Nothing is as it seems.

In his most personal cold case, Chris fights to uncover why the state department told him that Blair, the mother of his children, had been killed when she was alive. What had she uncovered that has made her a target? Who terrified her so much that she had gone into hiding and why are they now after him?

To read reviews, please visit Lauren Carr's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author:
​Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

​Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

HIIT Your Limit by Dr. Len Kravitz (Review and Giveaway!)

I was super excited to get my hands on this book. If you need motivation to get exercising, this book will get you there. Check out my review and then enter to win a copy!

Book Details:

Book Title: HIIT Your Limit: High-Intensity Interval Training For Fat Loss, Cardio, and Full Body Health by Dr. Len Kravitz
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 208 pages
Genre: Fitness and Wellness
Publisher: Apollo Publisher
Release date: October 19, 2018
Tour dates: April 15 to 26, 2019
Content Rating: G (The book is a workout manual. It contains no graphic language or images.)

Book Description:

Get lean, build muscle, and stay healthy in only ten minutes a day! A Fitness Hall of Fame inductee and world-famous exercise scientist explains the #1 new fitness trend and how to get and keep the body you’ve always wanted.

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is an extraordinarily effective form of training that mixes high- and low-impact activities during periods ranging from seconds to eight minutes. In HIIT Your Limit, Dr. Len Kravitz, who has been inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame and been an internationally-renowned exercise scientist for the past thirty-six years, and sold nearly 100,0000 copies of his last fitness book, explains what HIIT is, how it effects your entire body (externally and internally), gives 50 workouts and a guaranteed plan to whip you into shape fast, and presents a wealth of nutritional and other advice to further its impact.

HIIT was recently rated the #1 new fitness trend by the American College of Sports Medicine and is the key to staying fit for celebrities like David Beckham, Britney Spears, Hugh Jackman, and Scarlett Johansson. In addition to fat loss, it’s been proven to have major health benefits on blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol. Through this groundbreaking volume you’ll learn why, and see how to get fit quick, and have a fun and a truly sustainable exercise program, no expensive personal trainer required.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I was super excited to get my hands on this book. I have seen how exercise has made a difference in my life, and I too believe as Dr. Len Kravitz says, "exercise is just good medicine". My best friend who is also a kinesiologist introduced me to HIIT (high-intensity interval training) a few years ago. She is my workout buddy and has helped me make exercise an important part of my life. When I told her I was reading Dr. Len Kravitz's new book she said she has heard him speak at conferences and he is brilliant.

The book is divided into four sections. The first one is all about exercise, and in particular HIIT. The second section is about weight loss strategies, the third part includes the workouts and the fourth part has 100 ways (great tips) on how to cut calories in your daily life. I found this book stimulating, motivating and easy to use. I felt like Dr. Len Kravitz was talking directly to me in his conversational manner. He backed up his information with lots of research and studies but not so much that it overtook the text. The layout of the book makes it user-friendly with information presented in bite-size portions through subtitles and bullet forms.

Although I exercise regularly and I have goals (mostly in my head) I paid close attention to the author's ten steps to succeed in an exercise program and the exercise mistakes to avoid. My motivation for exercising is not only to keep my ideal weight but to stay healthy and alert, to live well and to prevent illness. I enjoyed reading all four sections and learned many things. The HIIT workouts are very detailed and you can incorporate them easily into any workout you are already doing. I do HIIT training mainly while biking.

I'm also hooked on the author's slogan, "For every 30, get your 3." For those of us who live sedentary lives because we work in front of a computer, we need to make time to move more. So for every 30 minutes you sit, get at least 3 minutes of movement. It's so do-able!

This book is excellent for both a newbie exerciser (or someone who needs motivation to exercise) to the regular exerciser who wants to take it up a notch. I am determined to keep using HIIT exercises and now have Dr. Len Kravitz's help to do so. Highly recommended!

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About the Author:

Dr. Len Kravitz has thirty-six years of experience as a researcher, writer, and speaker on fitness, and is the coordinator of exercise science at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Anybody’s Guide to Total Fitness (now in its eleventh edition with nearly 100,000 copies sold), and Essentials of Eccentric Training; has published more than 300 articles in dozens of health and fitness publications; and regularly travels the country as a speaker on fitness and health. Among other awards, he was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame. Dr. Kravitz lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Writer Get Noticed! by Colleen M. Story (Review and Giveaway!)

This is the third book I read by Colleen M. Story...and once again, she's written a winner. If you're a writer, you should check this latest release. You can also enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card!

Book Details:

Book Title: Writer Get Noticed! A Strengths-Based Approach to Creating a Standout Author Platform by Colleen M. Story
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 310 pages
Genre: Non-fiction Writing/Publishing
Publisher: Midchannel Press
Release date: March 2019
Tour dates: April 8 to 19, 2019
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Stop feeling invisible and start attracting the attention you deserve!

Have you been writing for years, but feel like no one notices? Have you published your stories, only to gain a handful of readers? Do your marketing efforts feel like shouting into a void?

Veteran writer and motivational coach Colleen M. Story helps you break the spell of invisibility to reveal the author platform that will finally draw readers your way.

There are more books out there than ever before, and readers have many other things vying for their attention. A writer can feel like a needle in a haystack, and throwing money at the problem rarely helps. What does work is creating a platform that stands out, but in a sea of a million platforms, how is one to do that?

Writer Get Noticed! takes a new approach, dispelling the notion that fixing your writing flaws and expanding your social media reach will get you the readers you deserve. Instead, discover a myriad of strengths you didn’t know you had, then use them to find your author theme, power up your platform, and create a new author business blueprint, all while gaining insight into what sets you apart as a writer and creative artist.

Writers need readers to achieve their highest potential. Find your way to stand out, and let it lead you to the writing career that fulfills all your expectations and more.

In this motivational and inspiring book, you’ll learn:
  • Why simply improving your writing skills won’t take you where you want to go.
  • How discovering your strengths makes you a more effective writer and entrepreneur.
  • What you really want from writing and why that matters.
  • How to use the three-brain decision-making system to build a more successful author platform.
  • What truly motivates you and how to use that to propel yourself forward.
  • How to use the “find your author theme formula” to write a theme that fits your creative style.
  • How imposter syndrome can stall your progress, and how to overcome it.
  • Why risk-taking is critical to writing success, and how to make better decisions about the risks you take.
When you find the treasure that’s been inside you all along, don’t be surprised if it opens new doors you never thought possible.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

A few years back, I read Colleen M. Story's fiction novel Loreena's Gift, which I loved and then her first non-fiction book Overwhelmed Writer Rescue, a resource book for writers and creative artists. Colleen is the kind of author who knows how to take all of her life experience in the writer and health field and combine it to produce books that are honest and make you see things from a realistic, and very unique way.

In Writer Get Noticed! Colleen helps you to be the best writer according to the strengths you have, and the best part is that she helps you to discover those strengths. No two writers are alike, so it makes perfect sense that creating the author platform customized to your strengths is the way to go. So how does she do this? Through exercises of self-reflection. Some of these exercises are easy, but many of them are hard because they really make you dig deep down, opening up your eyes to the hard, but not impossible, dream of getting noticed as a writer.

Essentially, a writer needs to be a business person whether they like it or not and Colleen talks about this aspect. I loved the anecdotes and experiences from other writers that Colleen included in the book, making this also an inspiring read. It's clear that Colleen is a motivational speaker because this book is actually a workbook too, and she guides you step-by-step with an easy to read, motivating writing style that feels like she's right there with you. I suggest getting the paperback copy so that you can write your thoughts right in the book because that's how it's designed.

No matter what kind of writer you are, whether an author, journalist, or blogger you can definitely benefit from the advice that Colleen dispenses in this down-to-earth but motivational resource book. Highly recommended for all writers who want to demystify the "author platform" concept and get to work creating one that rocks for them.

To read reviews, please visit Colleen M. Story's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author:

Colleen M. Story is on a mission to inspire people from all walks of life to overcome modern-day challenges and find creative fulfillment. Her latest release, "Writer Get Noticed!," is a strengths-based guide to help writers break the spell of invisibility and discover unique author platforms that will draw readers their way. Her prior nonfiction release, "Overwhelmed Writer Rescue," was named Solo Medalist in the New Apple Book Awards, Book by Book Publicity’s Best Writing/Publishing Book, and first place in the 2018 Reader Views Literary Awards.

With over 20 years as a professional in the creative industry, Colleen has authored thousands of articles for publications like “Healthline” and “Women's Health;” worked with high-profile clients like Gerber Baby Products and Kellogg's; and ghostwritten books on back pain, nutrition, and cancer recovery. Her literary novel, Loreena’s Gift, was a Foreword Reviews' INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner, an Idaho Author Awards first place winner, and New Apple Solo Medalist winner, among others.

Colleen frequently serves as a workshop leader and motivational speaker, where she helps attendees remove mental and emotional blocks and tap into their unique creative powers.

Find more at her motivational sites, Writing and Wellness and Writer CEO, on her author website, or follow her on Twitter.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Moon Games by Shelly Frome (Review and Giveaway!)

Moon Games is a cozy mystery that takes place in the North Carolina town of Black Mountain. Check it out and enter to win a copy.

Book Details:

Title: Moon Games by Shelly Frome
Category: Adult Fiction, 264 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Milford House Press
Release date: August 4, 2018
Tour dates: Mar 15 to April 30, 2019
Content: PG-13 + M for some mild language and mature content matter

Book Description: 

At the outset, Miranda Davis has nothing much going for her. The tourists are long gone by October in the quaint Carolina town of Black Mountain, her realty business is at a standstill, and her weekend stint managing the local tavern offers little to pull her out of the doldrums. When prominent church lady Cloris Raintree offers a stipend to look into the whereabouts of a missing coed, Miranda, along with her partner Harry (an unemployed features writer) agree.

But then it all backfires. A burly figure shambles down a mountain slope with a semi-conscious girl draped over his shoulder. Miranda’s attempts to uncover Cloris Raintree’s true motives become near impossible. The local police keep stonewalling and Harry is of little help.

Tarot cards left on Cloris’ doorstep only exacerbate the situation. Growing more desperate over the captive girl’s fate, Miranda comes across a link to a cold case of arson and murder. With the advent of the dark of the moon, she is summoned to “Tower Time” as this twisty tale continues to unravel.

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My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Moon Games is a cozy mystery that takes place in the North Carolina town of Black Mountain. The setting of mountain ridges, foggy moonlit autumn nights, and a damp chilly Halloween season along with a colorful cast of bumbling characters makes this book interesting. I must admit though, I was confused and scratching my head a lot of the time, wondering if I had missed something as I read along.

I didn't get the sense that I "knew" any of the characters. I was always trying to figure them out. I'm not sure if this was intentional on the author's part and part of the mystery or if I just had to be patient as I tried to figure things out. Things became clearer as I got deeper into the book, but this was a complex mystery nonetheless and it was a slow start for me. Miranda was an unlikely but likable hero, although I thought she acted older than her thirty-six years.

If you like murder mysteries in a small town setting with scatter-brained and sometime humorous characters trying to figure things out, you might enjoy this one.

To read more reviews, please visit Shelly Frome's page on Virtual Author's Book Tours.

About the Author:

Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, and a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also the film columnist for Southern Writers Magazine and writes monthly profiles for Gannett Media. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, The Twinning Murders, Tinseltown Riff, and Murder Run. Among his works of nonfiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina. 

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

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