Monday, November 29, 2021

Fabyan Place by Peter Angus

 

 



Join Us for this Tour:  November 22nd to December 3rd
Book Details:

Book Title:  Fabyan Place: Two WWII GIs Fight to Survive and Overcome Racial Strife as POWS by Peter Angus
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 350 pages
Genre:  Historical Fiction 
Publisher:  Dottenfritz Press 
Release date:   August 2021
Content Rating:  PG13 + M: Some use of the “F” word, some swearing, bigoted pejorative vernacular common in the 1940s, treatment attributed to Nazi captors in both a POW and Death Camp and one antagonist suicide.

Fabyan Place is a book that stays with you. A callow young man goes to war and confronts his prejudice, forming an unlikely friendship in a POW camp with another soldier. They each know a secret about the other that could be a death sentence. Deeply researched with fascinating details and unforgettable characters, moving and thought-provoking, the story rises to a ferocious finish that will take your breath away.” — Kay Williams, co-author, The Matryoshka Murders and Butcher of Dreams

“Enthusiasts of this genre will be impressed by the book’s authenticity. The author has a deep knowledge of the Second World War and offers many historical insights and details that I was not aware of.” — David Aretha, editor, World War II Chronicle and The Holocaust Chronicle

Book Description:

Should racism prevent you fighting for your country?
Does bigotry still live even after a war has ended?
Must standing at the gates of hell in a POW camp forever change a man?
 
Memories of his internment as a prisoner echo as a young war veteran returns to his family and an enigmatic visitor arrives unannounced on Christmas morning.

The guest brings memories of the war, the horrors of the camps and the life-altering changes in his own psyche as his family prepares for their annual feast.

Fabyan Place is an engrossing suspenseful historical fiction novel about two mixed race young men from urban New Jersey and rural Georgia whose experiences clash in a Nazi concentration camp.


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MY REVIEW
Fabyan Place is a little different story that most I read. The author takes readers on a journey to WWII and what POW's faced in this horrific war. And the journey continues after they return home to their families and what takes place upon their return. Not knowing anyone who faced this war, I learned a lot about individuals who did face so much, more than a lot of people realize. And added to the war issues, the author takes a different take on the issues of racism during that Era.

The story follows Sonny and John and their difficult issues being a different race. I enjoyed these two characters and was intrigues by their stories. The author does an amazing job describing each scene with such detail, I found myself not wanting to put this book down. The storyline flows so smoothly making it easy to read and follow. Though I will say the content of the book makes it difficult to read at times. This is a book that anyone enjoying WWII stories would enjoy. I trust you will check out this intriguing story to read for yourself.

A special thanks you to iRead Book Tours and the author for providing a copy of this book for me to read and review. The opinions in this review are mine only. 



And now read this Interview with author Peter Angus (peter.angus.author@gmail.com


How did you do research for your book? 

Fabyan Place is a WWII historical fiction novel, a timeframe in I’ve been very interested in since my Dad was a veteran in the artillery and told me about his time fighting the Germans. I wrote Fabyan Place because one holiday season a few years back I remembered my grandmother told me when I was ten or eleven years old about her son, (mom’s brother and my uncle) and his capture by the German’s during the Battle of the Bulge.  As the memories started trickling back, I wrote an outline based on the information I remembered and started to flesh out the story from there.  Obviously, I wrote fiction to fill in the gaps, but I did internet research to find out the feasibility of my created facts including such things as geography, weather etc.  I also took a deep dive into everything via published diaries, from the treatment of captives to their living conditions and combining that with what my grandma told me. 

There are quite a few books out there about WWII....What makes yours different? 

There are a few things that make it very different.  There are many books out there in the genre, but very few cover the almost banal but brutal existence of POWs from a fictional standpoint.  Many folks are aware of stories of the fictional and highly unrealistic Stalag 17 and the TV show Hogan’s Heroes,  where POWs pull the wool over their captors’ eyes or detailing their clever escapes, but many times they fail to give a realistic portrayal which you get from the very non-fiction diaries that were written by released prisoners after the war, and I read several of them.  I incorporated many of the stories I read from the diaries into Fabyan Place. 

Next, one of the story’s main protagonists is in the Quartermaster Corps.  Most fictional stories about WWII involve epic battles and life and death situations in combat, but there are none that I could find that highlighted the work done by the majority of the soldiers worldwide -   supplying the fighting soldiers whatever they needed in the war zone.  Feedback I have received has been very favorable for this viewpoint 

Finally, I give a different historical perspective on the life of the African American soldiers during the War.  Most stories of their participation is usually only touched upon if they are mentioned at all and most people have imagined them (mostly from movies or stories) as being cooks, orderlies or band members.  Nearly 80% of the African Americans were in the service (non-combat) forces.  In addition to the African American fighters that I highlight in the book,  there were the backbone rear-echelon companies and battalions supplying the war effort. At the height of the war, Quartermasters were providing over 70,000 different supply items and more than 24 million meals each day. When it was over, they had recovered and buried nearly a quarter of a million Soldiers in temporary cemeteries around the world.

What genre do you write and why? 

Historical fiction is my topic of choice.  I do it for several reasons, but primarily I started to become interested in this genre in grammar school with a series called ‘We Were There’ that my sixth-grade teacher handed me when I couldn’t decide what books to read.  She knew that I was very interested in the war, and the series told the story of some fictional experience, like Pearl Harbor or the Boston Tea Party, and it gave a fictional human story against the historical backdrop.  It was a great learning tool for me as a youngster!





 

Meet the Author:

Pete Angus spent his early years in New York City and environs. From there it was working and living in Vienna, Belgrade, Warsaw, Moscow, and Paris before settling in his current base, London. Fabyan Place, his first novel, is drawn from his own recollections and his extensive study of WWII military history. Pete has caught the writing bug and is currently working on a new mystery series featuring a military CID officer investigating unusual crimes in the 1940s.

Connect with the Author:  Author's Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:

Nov 22 – Connie’s History Classroom – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 22 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book review / giveaway
Nov 23 - Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 26 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
Nov 26 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 - Books for Books – book review
Nov 29 – @twilight_reader – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 - Books are a Blessing – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 30 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 3 – The World As I See It – book review / author interview / giveaway
 
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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Gallant: The Call of the Trail by Claire Eckard

 

 



Join Us for this Tour:  November 22nd to December 10th
 
Book Details:

Book Title Gallant: The Call of the Trail by Claire Eckard
Category:  Young Adult Fiction (Ages 13-17), 300 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Mill City Press
Release DateSeptember 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13 : It’s a saga about love, relationships, personal growth and adventure, set against a backdrop of endurance racing. A strong middle grader/pre-teen could read it.
 
Book Description:

A gripping journey of a young girl and a foal who are raised together in The Valley of Hearts Delight. Gallant and Gracie have a special bond, rarely seen between a human and a horse. Separated by a bad accident when Gallant is five, each gets a second chance of happiness pursuing the long-distance sport of endurance riding, neither knowing they are leading parallel lives. Will Fate bring them together again? Gallant’s arch nemesis, The Almighty Flash, threatens to destroy all that Gallant has worked for. His misguided ambition and greed, developed at the hands of an abusive owner, has created a darkness in his soul that turns to blind fury when his endurance career is threatened.
 
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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

Gallant: The Call of the Trail by Claire Eckard is about Gracie and her horse Gallant. The two grew up together but was separated due to an awful accident. It's so sweet that later the two were reunited and we follow their journey. 

This is such a good story for young girls to read. I plan to gift this to my niece who loves to read. Gallant is the most precious horse, and I love the inaction between Gallant and Gracie. Eckard does such a good job describing Gallant's personality and I love the scenes with the horse and little girl. This story is so much fun exiting to read. Not only will Young girls love this one, adults will too. I encourage you to check out this book if you have a tween or teen girl in your family. This book would make a fantastic  Christmas gift, and a lasting one that your child can read over and over. 

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.



 

Meet the Author:

Award winning Author Claire Eckard combines her love of writing with her passion for animals to create memorable children's books that are fun to read, but also include valuable life's lessons. Claire grew up in England and moved to Hawaii in her early twenties where she married her husband of thirty-four years. Together they raised two sons, Mitchell and Matthew. Claire is inspired by her two Granddaughters Mila and Ella, as well as the beautiful backdrop of the Arizona mountains where she lives. Claire has a farm full of animals, and has spent many years as a board member and volunteer of her local animal shelter.
 
connect with the author:  website ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads
 
Tour Schedule:

Nov 22 –
Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 22 - Westviel Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 23 – Books are a Blessing – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 - I'm All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 24 - Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 24 - Kam's Place – book spotlight
Nov 26 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 26 - Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 29 - The Page Ladies Book Club – book review
Nov 30 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – Bigreadersite – book review
Dec 2 – @twilight_reader – book review
Dec 3 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 6 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 7 – Captive Dreams Window – book review
Dec 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 8 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 - 
My Reading Journeys  - book review / giveaway
Dec 10 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 10 - Books for Books – book spotlight

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

MIA AND THE HUMMINGBIRD by Nancy Carlisle

 

Join Us for This Tour from November 17 to November 30, 2021

Book Details:

Book Title:  MIA AND THE HUMMINGBIRD by Nancy Carlisle

Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 4-9),  34 pages

Genre:  Juvenile fiction/social themes or animals/birds

Publisher:  Sage Green Press

Release date:   March, 2021

Tour dates: November 17 to November 30, 2021

Content Rating:  G. There is nothing that even comes close to PG.

Book Description:

“An inspirational story! The juxtaposition of the hummingbird's struggle with Mia's struggles is unique and I feel that kids will be able to relate to it." - Reader in a 5-Star Review

Mia and the Hummingbird is the story of a young girl who immigrates to a new country and learns to accept a new life.She sees the hummingbird building her nest for her babies and thinks that she and the bird are similar as they learn to adapt to their new homes. Mia and the Hummingbird includes information about environmental and social reasons for immigration, the struggle to adapt to a new home and information about hummingbirds.

Included is a glossary about these issues, a bibliography, and references.

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Meet the Author:

Nancy Carlisle is an author, illustrator and retired architect and manager. She writes hopeful books for kids that interweave facts and fiction about the environment and global responsibility.

During her 38 year career, as an architect and researcher, her focus was on the environment. She led work nationally and internationally on sustainable and energy efficient buildings and communities and won awards for collaboratively designing award-winning sustainable buildings, a laboratory campus, and as part of a team to develop a program to improve the energy efficiency of laboratories in the U.S.

connect with the author: website

 

Tour Schedule:

Nov 17 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 17 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 17 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 18 – Chit Chat with Charity – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 18 - Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 18 - I'm Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 18 - Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 19 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 22 –Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 23 – Laura's Interests – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 24 – Reading is My Passion – book spotlight

Nov 26 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 26 - Books for Books – book spotlight

Nov 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 29 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight

Nov 29 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 30 – My Journey Back the Journey Back – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 30 - Kam's Place – book spotlight

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Giveaway & Tour Dumplings Mean Family by Jennifer Shaw 

 

Join Us for This Tour from November 15 to November 30

Book Details:

Book TitleDumplings Mean Family by Jennifer Shaw 

Category Children's Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages

Genre: Children's Picture Book

Publisher:  This Side Up LLC

Release Date: May 2021

Tour dates: November 15 to November 30

Content Rating:  G.

 

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Book Description:

Telly Award -winning artist Jennifer Shaw's new children's book, “Dumplings Mean Family,” is told from her son Ethan’s perspective as he shares what it was like to join their family after his adoption.

“When Ethan and his siblings are adopted from China to the United States, everything seems so strange and different. Their new American family doesn't even know how to make Chinese food! The children are worried. Will they ever get to eat their favorite meals again? For Ethan's family, embracing two cultures means learning to fold and pinch their way to dumplings that taste like home.”

Truly a family project, Jennifer’s oldest daughter, Rinnah, served as illustrator for this heartwarming book celebrating the truth that families can be strong and united when they commit to loving each other for who they truly are. As Ethan says, “We may be different in some ways, but we are one family!”

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Dumplings Mean Family

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I encourage you to read this beautiful Guest Post from the Author about their Adoption Journey 

God has taught our family a lot of valuable lessons during our adoption journey. We were in China with Noah, and he was having a really, really hard day. He was losing everything he knew. He began realizing that we didn't speak Chinese and he was going to have to leave with us. He didn't know us or trust us yet, and he was homesick. And so he was really acting out, and it honestly got very difficult. At the same time, I was realizing that my family was changing permanently, and I had no idea how any of it was going to work out. I was panicking. It's pretty terrifying to go halfway across the world and have people hand you a nine-year-old, sassy boy you can't communicate with who has a life-threatening health condition and say, "well, there you go! Take him home, good luck!" 

I had a moment where I was looking at Noah walking away from me while yelling things at me in Chinese (I'm probably glad I didn't understand him then!) and had the thought, "Hey, I didn't have to do any of this! My life was pretty good, and I didn't need to work so hard for a year and come all this way and spend all this money and then have this child be so mean to us! I didn't have to do it!"  I was instantly struck by Philippians 2. It was like God spoke right into my brain and said, "Oh, so you've never been a sassy jerk in your life?  I didn't have to come either, you know. But I came for you. And I came for him too." It was just an instant reset. Because I realized that I really am nothing, and yet somehow God loved me that much and came anyway. It felt like a great covering of God's love over me, even though He was actually telling me to get over myself.  Our lives are not our own. When we follow Christ, we are to be His people in the world, and that means giving up control. Saying yes to something means saying no to something else. There are many things I would like to do that I can't right now because we have so many kids at home, but I know this is where God has me now. I want to be where He wants me because that is

where both true adventure and true contentment lie.

This has been the hardest thing we've ever done, and there were days I honestly didn't know if we would get through.  But we did because of God's strength. So many people think if something is hard, it means they've made a mistake or gone the wrong way, but that's just not true. Sometimes God calls you to hard things. Hard doesn't equal bad. Sometimes hard just means hard. But He is also reliable and will give you what you need to do what He's called you to do.

Meet the Author:

Jennifer Shaw is a Telly Award-winning singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and five-time Top 40 Billboard artist. Her work has been featured by Focus on the Family, Insight for Living, Family Life Today, Compassion International, Autism Speaks, and many more. Her book, “Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith and My Song,” has brought national attention to the issue of Sensory Processing Disorder. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, six busy kids, and two crazy dogs.

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

 

Tour Schedule:

Nov 15 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 15 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Nov 16 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / spotlight

Nov 17 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 18 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 19 – Triquetra Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 22 – Kam's Place – book spotlight

Nov 23 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Nov 23 - Captive Dreams Window - book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 24 - Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 26 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Nov 26 - Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 29 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 29 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

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Monday, November 15, 2021

Spotlight Tour Finding My Sunshine Shannon Leith McGuire.

 

FINDING MY SUNSHINE by Shannon Leith McGuire
FINDING MY SUNSHINE by Shannon Leith McGuire

Join us for this tour from Nov 15 to Dec 3, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Finding My Sunshine (A Memoir)
Author:  Shannon Leith McGuire.
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 198 pages
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:  Sunshine Street Press
Release date:  March 2021
Tour dates:  Nov 15 to Dec 3, 2021
Content Rating:  PG+M for bad language, anger, and suicidal thoughts, clinical depression, and assault

Book Description:

"What if that someone was you?" Shannon had been so quick to blame others for her anger. She knew she was drowning in darkness and pain; being born with a learning disability made her feel defeated by life. She tried drinking heavily in order to quiet the demons. After being kicked out of college, Shannon took a leap of faith and started working in a nursing home. That's when her angels appeared and the miracle began. The insight and wisdom she gained from those elderly new friends led her on an inspiring journey of discovery and self-acceptance. Each of us has our own path. Some of us just need angels to help us find it. This is her story.

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Now stay tuned for an Author Interview with

Shannon Leith McGuire, author of FINDING MY SUNSHINE

In your book you wrote how disappointed you were when you found out you had Poly Cystic Ovary disease and that you had always wanted to have 4 boys. Did you ever think of adopting?

Yes, I did. However, I knew for some time I could not take care of myself. How was I going to be able to take care of children?  I was not put together yet, and it took many years for me to feel like I was able to care for myself. I did not have the money to work with a fertility specialist. It was something I had to come to terms with and accept. It was not in God’s plans for me to become an actual mom.  So, I am a mom to my rescue dog, Darby.  

What is your pet peeve?

One thing I learned from my time in counseling with Tom is to be truthful.  I found that if you are honest in the beginning, everything really will turn out okay. There is no reason to lie.  Lies start a domino effect and people get hurt. Sometimes you cannot take back what was lied about. Saying “I am sorry” after a lie is owning up to the action, and it changes everything. I learned you only are as strong as your word.  

There are many memoirs out there about people’s lives. What makes yours so special? 

 Like so many other memoirs, mine is about finding myself and finding a balance. I write about how I was trying to survive; I had darkness all around me. Counseling helped me shine the light on the darkness, and really helped me own up to my insecurities, anger, and hatred of myself. I realized I never was a victim of life.  I just needed help; I denied myself for many years. My hope is my book will help others get help earlier and live their best life and not wait so long to get it like I did. I hope others learn that mistakes are not a life sentence, and you can get better. But first you must admit you need help. That is the first step. I hope I make it easier for people who are struggling to find their way and let them know it is okay. And, let them know their lives can be SO much better. 

Tell us more about your rescue dog, Darby.

Pit bulls have such a bad rap. I have learned a lot about the breed from watching Pitbull’s and Paroles and reading up on them on my own. We wanted to help.  We were on a web site, Pet Finder, and we saw her.  She looked like she had road rash on her right shoulder, and scars all over her face, but she was still smiling. We made an appointment to go meet her, and she was lovely.  She had healed stab wounds all over her body and her tongue needed to be surgically put back together. She was found when police did a raid on where she was living.  Jimmy’s Angels rescue center took her in, cared for her, and brought her back to life. We fell in love with her. They came out and did a home check. She has been with us for a little over a year now. She is living proof what a little bit of love can do to change someone’s world.  She goes everywhere with me.  (And she snores louder then my husband.)

Tell us more about your favorite resident. What drew you to her or him? 

I have so many favorite people I have taken care of over the years. But I guess the 2 that I truly bonded with were Betty Ann and Phyllis. I talk about them in my book. I guess because they were once broken also, and both shared it with me.  They shared with me their stories and how they got through the tough times and struggled with addiction (alcohol) as well.  I guess what drew me to them was the rawness of how they were.  They too had one-night stands, got drunk at parties, lived by the seat of their pants, did what they needed to do to get by.  They helped me realize mistakes are not life sentences. It is just life.  They helped me stop taking things so seriously and being so hard on myself. 

Shannon Leith McGuire

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Meet the Author:

Shannon was raised in a small town in Eastern Montana, where you leave your car keys in the ignition and your front door unlocked all the time. The kind of place where sunsets and sunrises can be seen for miles on the horizon. Where the spring crickets and frogs resting in the irrigation ditches helped transition the days into a calm resting night. Where the winters can get so cold, air can freeze.

It was only after she was academically suspended by the college she was attending, that she became a Certified Nurses Aide (CNA). She did her training in Billings, Montana and it was there she learned how to take care of others and bonded with the geriatric population.

For over five years, Shannon worked in the same nursing home where she received her training. The work was hard, but it grounded her and helped her find balance in what had become a deeply unbalanced life. It was not until she was a CNA, at one of the hospitals that she had a dream-three nights in a row-that she was going to become a nurse.

She currently resides in Tampa, Florida, where you may hear her laughing with her husband of over 10 years,  scuba diving in the ocean, taking walks with their rescued pit-bull dog- Darby, or dancing together to life's music.

connect with the author: websiteTour Schedule:
Nov 15 - Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 15 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 15 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 15 - Kam's Place – book spotlight / author interview 
Nov 16 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 16 - fundinmental - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 17 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 19 – I'm All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Nov 24 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Nov 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 29 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 - @books_and_bagels – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 - StoreyBook Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Nov 30 –Cheryl's Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 - @soph_life.pages - book spotlight
Dec 1 – Pick a Good Book - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 2 - Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Letters to Jacob: Grieving the Loss of a Child by Maria Hopfgarten

 

Join Us for This Tour:  November 8th to November 29th

Book Details:

Book Title:  Letters to Jacob: Grieving the Loss of a Child by Maria Hopfgarten

Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 138 pages

Genre: Self-Help / Grief and Bereavement

Publisher: Amazon

Release Date: July 2021

Content Rating:  G - (It's general content, no sex at all)

 Book Description:

"If you have lost a child, you know you're weathering the largest storm life can bring you. I hope that my words of loss, tears, punches, smiles, friendships, and renewed happiness can give you a sense of not being along on this journey."

Maria Hopfgarten's son Jacob was born on January 31, 2006. He was the most perfect baby boy she had ever seen. But Jacob had devastating health issues, culminating in a diagnosis of mitochondrial disease, a fatal condition.

In the ten short years of Jacob's life, Maria found strength in blogging about Jacob's life. Her raw, honest posts from the year after Jacob's passing have been gathered into this book along with Maria's tips for parents coping with their own grief after losing a child.

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MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I can't even pretend to imagine what it is like to loose a child, though I know many people who have gone through this horrific time in their like. I have a lot of respect for author Maria Hopfgarten for sharing her story with the world. I am sure many will find peace and hope in reading Letters to Jacob. I like that Hopfgarten doesn't dwell on the negative things but cherishes every special moment she had with her son. This is not an easy book to read. The heartbreak, the raw heart wrenching emotions, the grief, so much grief. But in the middle of it all there was the joy, the love and devotion to their precious boy. This is one memoir that you don't want to miss reading. For yourself, or for someone you know. Letters to Jacob: Grieving the Loss of a Child by Maria Hopfgarten would be a really nice book to gift to someone you know who is grieving the loss if a child. I encourage you to read this special book about Jacob and the wonderful ten years of life he had with his family. There is no way someone can heard this precious book and not be affected by it in some way. This one is Five Stars for me. 

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

SPECIAL GUEST POST

BY Maria Hopfgarten 

Moments of Joy

In Letters to Jacob, you will follow me the year after I lost my son to mitochondrial disease. It’s a raw personal story about love and loss and how you take a step at a time forward after weathering the largest storm life can offer you. I am also giving practical advice on how to cope with grief or supporting someone experiencing grief.

The one thing that still leaves me five years after losing my son are the simple moments of joy we had together. Jacob never uttered a word or sat on his own, but the boy sure knew how to enjoy life’s daily moments. In many ways, being Jacob’s mom was the simplest and most gratifying job there is. Giving Jacob a bath was always a moment of joy. He loved bath time, and the ritual following the bath. I always gave him a massage as I was smothering him in body lotion. I knew his tense spots. The smell of cleanliness and pureness filled the room. I always carefully picked his outfit of the day and loved dressing Jacob in matching shirt and pants and fun cozy socks. I then brushed his thick hair, and in between care I always found time for cuddles and kisses. This was one of those times when Jacob often vocalized from the top of his lungs because he was simply happy and relaxed. After bath time was done, it was time for him to eat breakfast and he often took a nap after he finished his food. How I loved that morning routine. 

Today, I often think back on those simple but beautiful moments I got to share with my son. It gave me a lot of meaning. It stops me in my busy tracks to ensure I smell a flower, take in the scenery around me, and truly stay in the moment of a conversation, or take a long breathe as I am sipping my coffee in the morning. It’s all simple ways to feel joy.

Meet the Author:

Maria Hopfgarten began her blog Moments with Jacob in 2009, writing about Jacob’s life with mitochondrial disease. She had followers around the globe. Maria continued to write blog posts to Jacob after he passed in 2016 to make sense of the loss of her son. Jacob was 10 years old. She has now turned part of the blog into the book “Letters to Jacob,” sharing her raw, honest first-hand experience on grieving the loss of a child.

Maria is the President of the non-profit Miracles for Mito and has been supporting families living with mitochondrial disease for over a decade. She has also been an active Parent Partner at Children’s Hospital Colorado and has been a Parent voice for many chronically ill children. Maria also sits on the Patient Safety Committee of the Board at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Originally from Sweden and with a degree in Journalism from Stockholm University, Maria lives with her husband Joakim, daughter Sarah, and rescue dog Max in Colorado. Her favorite thing to do is to share a good cup of coffee or glass of wine with a friend. Maria loves the outdoor and is always up for a bike ride or hike.

Connect with the Author:  Website ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

 

Tour Schedule:

Nov 8 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway

Nov 8 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

  1. Nov 9 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway

Nov 10 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Nov 12 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Nov 15 –Gold Dust Editing & Book Reviews - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Nov 16 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway

Nov 17 - Kam's Place – book review

Nov 18 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Nov 19 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 23 – @twilight_reader – book review

Nov 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway

Nov 26 – Books for Books – book review

Nov 29 - Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Thrive: The Facilitator’s Guide to Radically Inclusive Meetings by Dr. Mark Smutny

 

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Thrive: The Facilitator’s Guide to Radically Inclusive Meetings by Dr. Mark Smutny Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  262 pages Genre:  Business Communication / Meetings & Presentations Publisher:  Emerald Lake Books Release date:   October 26, 2021 Content Rating:  G. This is a business book. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAiHMukJvh4]
Book Description: Imagine meetings where everyone is heard and all people matter. Picture organizations that embrace all voices and are committed to justice, equity and opportunity. Imagine businesses, nonprofits and the public sector creatively engaging people in thousands of ways—seeking their best ideas, empowering the silenced, and building communities where all are treated with dignity and respect. That’s what Thrive seeks to create. Each chapter contains practical insights and accessible stories that transform meetings from dull to dynamic. You will learn how to:
  • capitalize on diversity's strengths.
  • keep meetings task-oriented and collegial.
  • facilitate effectively in polarized or conflicted settings.
Thrive includes chapters on privilege and power, multilingual and virtual meetings, and full inclusion of people with disabilities. Whether you are a skilled practitioner or new to leadership, Thrive will teach you techniques for facilitating more effective, inclusive and energizing meetings.
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Every Meeting Inclusive, Engaging and Energetic

Mark Smutny Thrive: The Facilitator’s Guide to Radically Inclusive Meetings, 2nd ed.  mark.smutny@civicreinventions.com  https://civicreinventions.com  626-676-0287  What made you write about inclusive meetings?  I wrote Thrive because I’ve sat in zillions of meetings and in many of them been bored out of my mind. A few people dominated while most remained silent. I wanted to share insights accumulated over a lifetime about how to facilitate meetings marked by energy, creativity, and the engagement of everyone. There are many books out there about diversity and inclusion, what makes yours different? Books on diversity, equity and inclusion have mushroomed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and other racial justice initiatives. Most address topics such as how to recognize unconscious bias, stereotypes and system racism. Others describe how to have honest conversations about difficult topics in polarized times. My unique focus is on inclusive meetings—the landscape in which we live a good portion of our organizational lives.  You are a White, straight, privileged man. What makes you think you can be an expert on diversity and inclusion? I am not an expert on diversity and inclusion, especially when it concerns race. I am still learning be more empathic. I do have a passionate commitment to social justice. I am an expert on how to design an lead meetings that are fun, productive and inclusive. Who are you writing for? I want to help young and midcareer nonprofit leaders who spend a huge portion of their lives in meetings. My hope is to introduce them to principles and practices that transform meetings from dull to  dynamic and inclusive.  Do you have another profession besides writing? I am an Independent Professional Consultant. My consulting business, Civic Reinventions, helps nonprofit by facilitating their strategic plans with an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. I also facilitate annual planning retreats. I am developing a series of webinars on inclusive meeting practices that will launch in 2022. I am also a Presbyterian minister.  What is your next wring project? I am hip deep in researching and writing a book on inclusive leadership practices for nonprofit leaders.   How do you recharge? I have two, high energy Brittany Spaniel dogs that must get aggressive, off-leash exercise every day. I tether then to my mountain bike and off we go like Huskies pulling a sled in Alaska. The neighborhood children see us tootling along at 15 miles per hour and call out “I love your dogs!” The exercise clears my brain and I get a big dose of joy in my heart. 
Meet the Author:
Dr. Mark Smutny is a professional facilitator, consultant, speaker, author and founder of Civic Reinventions, Inc. He is known for helping organizations uncover the wisdom hidden in their diversity, build cohesion, and achieve their goals. He draws upon decades of work planning and leading retreats, facilitating meetings, and working with nonprofits and businesses. He teaches and writes on the arts of inclusive facilitation and inclusive leadership skills. He has worked in the fields of homeless services, affordable housing, transportation services for special needs populations, business and resident associations, faith-based groups, and public/private partnerships dedicated to strengthening civic engagement. Mark received his Master of Divinity degree from the Harvard Divinity School, one of the most religiously diverse theological institutions in the world. His doctorate focused on organizational revitalization in multicultural settings. He is a Program Associate with the Kaleidoscope Institute, an agency that equips leaders to communicate effectively across cultures, ethnicities and race. When not working, Mark and his wife, Barbara Anderson, enjoy the Cascades, cooking, gardening, exercising their dogs, and playing with their granddaughters. You can learn more about Mark Smutny and Civic Reinventions, Inc., professional facilitation services, consulting, coaching and training at civicreinventions.com or by sending Mark an email. connect with the author:website ~ email ~ goodreads
Tour Schedule: Nov 1 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway Nov 1 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway Nov 1 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway Nov 2 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway Nov 3 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway Nov 4 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway Nov 5 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway Nov 8 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway Nov 8 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway Nov 9 - Kam's Place – book spotlight / author interview Nov 10 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway Nov 10 - Laura's Interests – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway Nov 12 – She Just Loves Books – book spotlight Nov 15 – @twilight_reader – book spotlight Nov 16 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway Nov 16 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight Nov 17 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway Nov 17 - Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway Nov 18 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight /giveaway Nov 18 - Books for Books – book spotlight Nov 19 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
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Fabyan Place by Peter Angus

    Join Us for this Tour:  November 22nd to December 3rd Book Details: Book Title :  Fabyan Place: Two WWII GIs Fight to Surv...