Wednesday, December 11, 2019

JEANNE by Sylvia Hornback

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Book Title Jeanne: A Journey from abandonment and abuse to forgiveness and truth by Sylvia Hornback
Category:  Adult
Fiction (18+)
Genre Historical Fiction
Publisher Briggs and Schuster
Release date:   November 1, 2019
Tour dates: December 2 to December 20, 2019
Content Rating: PG -
There are less than five cuss words plus adult themes of parental neglect.


Don't miss the latest novel by award winning author of The Mallard Conspiracy!

"A well written cativating story with realistic settings that create a true to life picture of the 1940 time period."

"A revealing focus of neglect and abuse between a self centered mother and coming of age daughter who tugs at your heart!!"

"One almost expects Jeanne to step out of the pages into your life at any time."


"Truly, a book that you DO NOT want to put down!"

SYNOPSIS of Jeanne: At dawn on a sweltering summer day scrabbling sounds alerted Jeanne of the intruder downstairs. The pull chain rattled against the light bulb in the kitchen. Instantly a sliver of yellow light raced up the stairs and into her bedroom. Someone was moving about inside the house, and had even been bold enough to turn on a light. It wasn’t the first time she’d awakened to the sounds of this intruder.

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Sylvia Hornback received her Doctorate of Education Administration from Texas A&M University. She is the current Chair of the Board of Directors for ENERGY Worldnet, Inc., and served as an educator, principal and school superintendent for over two decades. Among her many accolades, she was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School Principal by the U.S. Secretary of Education. For the past ten years, she has served as a Bible study teacher at First United Methodist Church near her home in Decatur, Texas. Her first novel, The Mallard Conspiracy, was published last year.

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Wild Sky by Lexi Rees

Wild Sky

After delivering the pearl, Finn and Aria thought life would return to normal.
But with the survival of the clans still in peril, they must continue their quest.
Can they find the next relic before the forces of evil?
Not everyone is who they appear to be
And time is running out ...

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Thanks so much for inviting me onto your blog today to chat about characters. When I visit schools to do an assembly, I always include some character work - I love showing the pupils how a character builds up in layers to become as distinctive, real and individual as the instantly recognisable Greg Heffley (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) or Matilda (Roald Dahl). Inevitably, they then ask about my characters. Is it like being a parent when I shouldn’t have favourites?  I fully admit I love writing Pippin - she is totally unpredictable and regularly writes herself into and out of scenes as she fancies, no matter how hard I plan for her! She actually changed name and gender while I was drafting book one, Eternal Seas.
Character Profile

1.     Name: Pippin

2.     Age: 9

3.     Birthday: 17 August (star sign: Leo)

4.     General physical description: Long, tangled dark hair. She’s a bit of a tomboy and not bothered about her appearance - her socks are usually mismatched and often have holes in them.

5.     Hometown: She’s a bit cagey about her past! She was rescued from Sir Waldred when Finn and Aria were in New London and has become a core part of the crew of their boat, The Alcina.

6.     Best friend. Her cat, Hobnob. Named after the best chocolate biscuit in the world. Controversial author statement alert!

7.     Attitude toward school: She’s very bright and loves science but didn’t have much formal schooling while she was a prisoner. Now, she is home-schooled with Finn and Aria.

8.     Grades: Who knows! Nobody has ever given her an exam.

9.     Favourite pastimes: Gymnastics and dance.

10.  Favourite food: Noodles. Preferably spicy.

11.  Dress style: Quirky. She has her own unique style.

12.  Strongest positive personality trait: Self-sufficiency and lateral thinking.

13.  Strongest negative personality trait: Impulsive.

14.  Consideration for others: She’s been left to fend for herself for a long time so is enjoying being part of a team.

15.  Philosophy of life: “No worries!” I guess if she’d seen the Lion King she’d say “Hakuna matata.” I actually didn’t realise this was a Swahili phrase - I thought it was just made up for the film.

16.  Most important thing to know about character: What secrets lie in her past?

17.  Will readers like this character, and why? Absolutely! She’s a feisty, funny, fierce young lady.


To complete the picture, I thought you might like to see this illustration of Pippin doing a science experiment in a borrowed lab coat and holding a set of security access passes that she “liberated” from their careless owners. My son drew this sketch.

Author Bio –
Lexi Rees writes action packed adventures for children. The first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award.
She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children, and as well as an active programme of school visits and other events, she has published a Creative Writing Skills workbook, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities. 
In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Grasshopper Eye And The Lost Vial

Title: Grasshopper Eye and the Lost Vial
Author: Michelle Jester
Publisher: Yellow Duckie Press
Pages: 36

Genre: Children (Juvenile>general, Juvenile>social issues> feelings and emotions)
When the villagers first noticed that each of them had one item missing from their homes, they set out on a journey that ends with them finding something far more valuable than things. Go with Grasshopper Eye on a journey through friendships, feeling, and fitting in.


Book Excerpt:
Grasshopper Eye lived in a village deep in the forest. He made small vials that villagers could put their sad tears in.

He felt that letting sad tears fall down your face or wiping them away was a huge waste of something that took so much pain to make.

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  While very brief, this book has an important subject matter. It is about expressing emotion and not making others feel left out.

Grasshopper Eye has a wonderful talent. He makes vials to catch tears. He makes each one special for every resident of the village. Find out what happens when the vials go missing.
Discover how the residents respond when the vials are found.
I can see this book leading to discussion both on individuality and inclusion.

Michelle Jester is the author of several novels that fall into the Coming of Age, New Adult contemporary romance, Social Issues, Women’s Lit categories. Michelle’s titles, published through RopeSwing Press, include The Funeral Flower, Love, Cutter, and Two Thousand Lines (due out November 21, 2019.) In addition, Michelle is releasing a children’s book, Grasshopper Eye and the Lost Vial, through Yellow Duckie Press on the same day as Two Thousand Lines. It is featured in the contemporary novel, however is a stand-alone publications for a younger audience.
Michelle also writes several professional and personal blogs, contributes articles for independent publications, and is the Editor-in-chief for Modern Grace magazine. In addition, she is a Media and Publishing consultant, photographer, and graphic designer.
In 2007, she received the Louisiana Distinguished Civilian Service Medal for her work with military and their families. She has served as Public Relations manager and volunteer to non-profit organizations geared toward helping Veterans of war and their families. Michelle is a self proclaimed hopeless romantic who lives in Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and a retired Army Master Sergeant. Together they have a son, daughter, and daughter-in-law.





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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage by Rosie Green

Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage
When Jess Thornton’s dad was lost at sea, the family coped in different ways, alone in their grief. 

Now, her mum seems to be going off the rails and her sister, Isla, who moved to France, is now back and determined to get their old family home on the market. But the last thing Jess wants this Christmas is for renovations to start on the house. It’s sure to stir up all sorts of memories she’s desperate to avoid. And to make things worse, Isla appears to have hired the most obnoxious builder in the world to do the work. Jess could ignore the fact that women seem to be putty in his hands. But what she finds harder to ignore is the frisson she gets every time she squeezes past him in the mess that is now their beloved old home! Can the family finally start talking and find a way to move on from the past this Christmas?

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This does make for a wonderful holiday read, running from early autumn through Christmas. It is a story about family, love, friendship and so much more. Sweetness and romance are offset by tragedy and loss. Sisters who care about each other but are so very different and who, along with their mother, are grieving each in her own way.
Trying to move forward is difficult. Remembering the past can be painful.

Loss and love and possibility are all aspects of this special novel.
Jess doesn't expect her successful big sister home for the holidays. Their father disappeared several years ago and their Mum is in a new relationship. She, Jess, had a disappointing relationship, and wonders if she will ever feel ready for another. Then to find her sister has decided to demolish their childhood home without even asking her about it! So many emotional ups and downs.
What is up with Mum? Has she lost her sense of reality? She keeps dashing off after strangers.
This book will tug your heart strings and keep you on your toes.

Author Bio
Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by 'the baddies'.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all - unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie's brand new series of novellas is centered around life in a village cafe.
The latest, 'Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe', is out now.

Watch out for 'A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe', which will be published Christmas 2019.

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Death By Library (Pismawallops PTA Mysteries)
by Rebecca M. Douglass

 Death by Library

Cozy Mystery 4th in Series 
Independently Published (December 6, 2019 
Number of Pages — ~280 

The library can save your life… can it kill you, too? JJ has a new job at the library, which ought to make her happy. But with all those books to shelve, the PTA to run, and a 16-year-old son to raise, there’s never enough time to spend with her sweetheart, police chief Ron Karlson. That’s especially true with Thanksgiving on the horizon and her mother coming to visit, not to mention the PTA’s Holiday Bazaar looming ahead. When things turn deadly in the library stacks, JJ needs some answers fast, before she loses her job—or her life. She’s determined to learn everything about the victim, and for once the library doesn’t hold all the answers. JJ and Kitty may have to face the ultimate peril: a visit to Mrs. Halsey, the oldest—and crankiest—person on the island.

About Rebecca M. Douglass

After a lifetime of reading, and a decade or more of slinging books at the library and herding cats with the PTA, Rebecca began to turn her experiences into books of her own, publishing her first in 2012. That failed to quiet the voices in her head, but seemed to entertain a number of readers, so she wrote some more, which generated still more voices. Despite the unlimited distractions provided by raising sons to the point of leaving home (and preparing to move without forwarding address if necessary to retain that empty nest), not to mention the mountains that keep calling (very hard to resist the urging of something the size of the Sierra Nevada), she has managed to pen a total of 9 books so far.
For those who enjoy murder and mayhem with a sense of humor, Rebecca’s Pismawallops PTA mysteries (Death By Ice Cream and Death By Trombone, Death By Adverb, and Death By Library) provide insights into what PTA moms are really like. If you prefer tall tales and even less of a grip on reality, visit Skunk Corners in The Ninja Librarian and the sequels Return to Skunk Corners and The Problem of Peggy. For those who’ve always thought that fantasy was a bit too high-minded, a stumble through rescues and escapes with Halitor the Hero, possibly the most hapless hero to ever run in fear from any and all fair maidens, should set you straight.
Why does Rebecca write so many different kinds of books (there’s even an alphabet picture book in the mix!)? We could argue that it’s because she has a rich lifetime of experience that requires expression in—squirrel!

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Saturday, December 7, 2019


Southern Harm: A Southern B&B Mystery by Caroline Fardig

 Southern Harm

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Publisher: Alibi (November 12, 2019) 
Print Length: 263 pages

A little Southern charm never killed anybody—until now—in an enchanting cozy mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Southern Discomfort and the Java Jive novels.
After solving a murder at a local restaurant, Quinn Bellandini just wants to get back to her comfortable life running her grandfather’s B&B in Savannah, Georgia, with her sister, Delilah. But those plans get buried when Quinn and her new boyfriend, Tucker Heyward, dig up an old skeleton while doing some landscaping in his aunt Lela’s backyard. Before long, Lela becomes the prime suspect in the thirty-three-year-old unsolved murder of a high school homecoming queen.
Tucker is devastated. But Quinn’s conscience won’t let her risk an elderly woman spending her twilight years in jail for a crime she didn’t commit. And Delilah, bored by the quiet B&B biz, has been itching to do some more investigating of her own.
Soon they’re questioning a growing list of suspects, from nosy neighbors and snooty Savannah socialites to mild-mannered teachers and old high-school friends of the victim—including Quinn and Delilah’s own parents. But no one is safe from a killer who’s totally old school.

 You can read this as a stand alone but it is a great series so don*t miss the previous and next ones.  I feel it is jest getting started and continues to get better. Quirky characters, solid mystery and dangerous situations are lightened up a bit with few mishaps.
When raised as a southern belle, even a rabble~rouser finds time to mind her manners.
Back stabbing relationships, gossip and grudges all have their time and place.
So do Good Cop/Bad Cop practices.  The whole family has trouble in this book!
So good I don*t want to give anything way.

About the Author

CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series.
Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the “Best Books of 2015” by Suspense Magazine.
She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up.
Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Christmas at the Château by Lorraine Wilson

Christmas at the Château

A Christmas she’ll remember forever…

Poppy is looking forward to spending her first Christmas in France at her boyfriend, Leo’s, Château. And as the snow falls softly around the dramatic castle, Poppy can’t think of anything more magical.
There are new traditions to discover, a cosy Christmas market to explore and best of all, a promise of secret treasure hunt from gorgeous Leo. Only family pressure and uncertainty about her future in France can threaten to cast a shadow over the holiday.

When the treasure hunt takes an unexpected turn Poppy knows for sure this is one Christmas she’ll remember forever.

It is rare for me to give 5 stars to such a very brief book. This one is heart warming.
Not only will it put you into a holiday mood but it is sweeter than Christmas peppermint candy.
I caught on quite quickly but never lost interest in how things would unfold.
It might surprise you.

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Lorraine Wilson writes flirty, feel-good fiction for One More Chapter - a Harper Collins imprint - and is unashamedly fond of happy endings. She loves hearing from readers and feels incredibly grateful to be doing the job she always dreamt of.

She splits her time between the South of France and Cambridgeshire and is usually either writing or reading while being sat on, walked over or barked at by one of her growing band of rescue dogs.

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Bookmarked for Murder (Mystery Bookshop) by V.M. Burns

 Bookmarked for Murder

Cozy Mystery 5th in Series 
Kensington (November 26, 2019) 
Paperback: 256 pages 
ISBN-10: 1496718313 
ISBN-13: 978-1496718310 
Digital ASIN: B07P9MR138 

Amateur sleuth Samantha Washington’s shopping trip to Chicago takes a deadly detour when a man is murdered on her bus . . .
After some post-Christmas retail therapy in the Windy City, mystery bookshop owner and historical whodunit novelist Sam Washington is returning home to North Harbor, Michigan, on a chartered bus. With Nana Jo and her gal pals Irma, Dorothy, and Ruby Mae from Shady Acres Retirement Village along for the ride, it's a lively trip. But one passenger is not so lively—a gentleman Irma befriended is found dead in his seat after an unscheduled stop. The ladies immediately shift gears to find out who punched his ticket, while Sam slips into the driver's seat to make sure Nana Jo and her crew steer clear of fatal conclusions . . .

 The Shady Acres Retirement Village residents are on the road but trouble follows.
A four day shopping and sightseeing trip to the Windy City ends up deadly when an extra passenger or two jump on the bus for a ride back home to Michigan.
When the victim turns out to be someone of importance and it seems the murderer must be someone who was on the bus, Murder Mystery bookstore owner Sam Washington is convinced she must identify the killer. The murder took place outside of their home jurisdiction, so Sam's usual conspirators in crime solving are not directly involved, meaning Sam and her Nana Jo have less access to information discovered by official sources. Will this slow them down or make them craftier than usual in their pursuit for justice?

Once again I am equally interested and invested in the historical mystery Samantha herself is writing.
I look forward to those segments in each of the books in this series.

Characters you feel as close to as your own best friends, with probably more laughs than you expect in a murder scenario, this is a series to add to the top of your must enjoy list.

About V.M. Burns

V.M. Burns was born in Northwestern Indiana and spent many years in Southwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. She is a lover of dogs, British historic cozies, and scones with clotted cream. After many years in the Midwest, she went in search of milder winters and currently lives in Eastern Tennessee with her poodles. Her debut novel, The Plot is Murder was nominated for a 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Valerie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime. Readers can learn more by visiting her website at

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