Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"Adri's Big Dream" by Sarah Woodard

REVIEW and EXCERPT
Adri's Big Dream
by Sarah Woodard

Adri's Big Dream by Sarah Woodard


Author Sarah Woodard stops by today to share an excerpt from her debut children's book, Adri's Big Dream. You can also read my review.

Description
In this touching folktale, Adri, a rock, follows her dream to become a plant. She faces many challenges and hardships along the way. Will she make her dream come true? Go on this journey with Adri to find out.

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Excerpt
[Want more? Click below to watch the author read the book.]


Praise for the Book
"Cute story inspiring all to dream the impossible dream. Looking forward to reading this book to my grandchildren but I must admit I really enjoyed the story for myself. The illustrations are adorable and help draw you into the story." ~ Susan Reed
"A wonderfully whimsical book with deep messages for children of all ages. Adri gives us hope that anything is possible when you live through the heart." ~ Alethea in NH
"This is a terrific book with a wonderful moral for kids - hang on to your dreams, eventually good things will happen." ~ Amazon Customer
"This book is very well thought out. It is very simple wisdom about everyone's desires and challenges, learning and letting go. Good for all ages." ~ Nancy White
"A lovely, well written story for kids and adults alike! Be who you really want to be! Love it!!!" ~ Leah Donahue

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
Adri is a little rock with a big dream. Deep down, she knows she's meant to be a plant, but how can she make that happen?
In this book we go on an adventure with Adri to find out if her dream comes true. Along the way, we learn educational facts about plants and get a lesson in patience, perseverance, and belief. The magical, whimsical illustrations by Carlos López give cute little Adri a big personality to go with her big dream.
Delightful!

About the Author
Sarah Woodard
Sarah Woodard is a writer and shaman. She hopes to inspire children and adults to reach for their dreams through her writing. Sarah is a freelance writer for a variety of businesses and publications, fulfilling a life-long dream to be a writer. She lives in Nashua, New Hampshire, with her cats. When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys hiking, crafts and putting her personal touch on her home.









12 Days of Clean Romance - Day 9 featuring Heather B. Moore

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12 Days of Clean Romance - Day 9
featuring Heather B. Moore

12 Days of Clean Romance - Day 9 featuring Heather B. Moore

For Day 9 of our 12 Days of Clean Romance, we're featuring author Heather B. Moore and her Falling series of novellas, consisting of Falling for Sydney, Falling for Maria, and Falling for June.


This promotion is hosted by Kathy from I Am A Reader and features 12 of her favorite authors, whose books you can trust to be clean, fun, and 100% worth reading!


Falling for Sydney



Description
Sydney has been the perfect friend, the perfect daughter, and Rian checks off on her perfect fiancé list. But when Sydney notices a strange truck parked in her fiancé’s parking spot, she’s in for the surprise of her life. Not only is Rian not who she thought he was, but his brother Jake is about to turn her life upside down.

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Falling for Maria
by Heather B. Moore



Description
At twenty-six, Maria is holding out for the perfect man to share the rest of her life with. Josh seems to be that man, but after months of dating, their relationship is at a stand-still. Maria plans to nudge Josh forward, but when the company she works for is bought out, her new boss Walker seems determined to change Maria’s idea of the perfect man.

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Falling for June
by Heather B. Moore



Description
Once a year, June Dawson goes on vacation with her best friends from high school. When she arrives in Maui, she realizes she’s the odd-woman out. With Sydney engaged, and Maria nearly so, June wonders if anyone will ever fall for her. Then June meets Lance, their gorgeous next door bungalow neighbor at the Maui resort, and she’s definitely charmed. But after her recent breakup, June refuses to fall for gorgeous, or charming, again.

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About the Author
Heather B. Moore
Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H. B. Moore. She writes women’s fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah. Heather is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.




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Giveaway
Enter the blast-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash.



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

"The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul" by Cindy McElroy

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul
by Cindy McElroy

The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul by Cindy McElroy

The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul by Cindy McElroy is currently on tour with YA Bound Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


Description
Meet Sadie MacPhearson. She’s seventeen and lives in a ritzy, artsy beach town called Mariposa Beach, California. Blond, bootylicious and beautiful - she’s a main chick of the Pop Crowd: the most flawless looking, smartest, trendiest, richest, fabulous group of party animals at Mariposa Beach High School. She wants one thing, to keep her secret but it’s always lingering above her head. When the administrators want to assess her for a learning disability, she coats inhibitions and fears with alcohol, which, in turn, causes serious damage in her life, mostly her chameleon soul.
After struggling to blend in, senior year, Sadie finds herself without her dear grandmother, with disgusted parents, three hundred and sixty mandatory volunteer hours and AA meetings, no driver’s license or Jeep, zero friends, and cognitively low classes. Feeling like success is not an option with her learning disability, she sits behind building C next to an overweight, military loving, book nerd Jay Felix on the first day of senior year. He pushes her to be her best self. But even at her best, can Sadie overcome her learning disability, her struggles with alcohol and graduate from high school at the cutthroat Mariposa Beach High School or will the lure of the Pop Crowd take her down?

Excerpt
"I start the engine to my Jeep and skid past them. I crank up the volume to The Rolling Stones favorites, knocking over a half-drank Java in the meantime, bobbing in and out of the cars on Pacific Coast Highway under the dark sky. It's exceptionally dark tonight. I search for the stars....I look behind me to see if my friends are chasing me...."
"Screw them!" I scream. "They are not my friends."
I feel a wave of nausea, which for some reason forces my foot on the gas pedal.....
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
"I loved it! Great writing, relatable characters and a smart plot. Cindy McElroy is one to watch!" ~ Jane H.
"Amazing book, with a great story. I couldn’t put it down!" ~ Jen
"I related to this book very much having a teenage daughter myself. The book was wonderful and brought tears to my eyes. It made me even more thankful for my daughter. I recommend this to all moms and daughters!" ~ Gabe Rodriguez
"Good eye opener for teenager girls on how to be treated by friends and boys. How to pick up yourself and dust yourself off after life happens. And, how to love yourself for who you truly are." ~ Amazon Customer
"Excellent story. Good for young girls. Trendy. Funny." ~ Amazon Customer

About the Author
Cindy McElroy
Cindy McElroy is a young adult novel writer. The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul is her first book. She’s the wife of a firefighter, and the mother of three children and a Rhodesian Ridgeback, but she’s also been a special education teacher, a camp counselor, and police decoy. She does her best writing when she’s beach camping, or her kids are asleep or at school. If she’s not writing or with her family, she’s reading, doing yoga, water skiing, snowboarding or SUP boarding near her home in Ventura County, California. Cindy loves to write humorous yet emotional novels about young adults experiencing young adult things.

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win one of seven signed copies of TheTeenager with a Chameleon Soul by Cindy McElroy plus a $5 Starbuck gift card OR one of seven signed copies of The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul by Cindy McElroy plus a box of candy.



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12 Days of Clean Romance - Day 8 featuring Sheralyn Pratt

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
12 Days of Clean Romance - Day 8
featuring Sheralyn Pratt

12 Days of Clean Romance - Day 8 featuring Sheralyn Pratt

For Day 8 of our 12 Days of Clean Romance, we're featuring author Sheralyn Pratt. This promotion is hosted by Kathy from I Am A Reader and features 12 of her favorite authors, whose books you can trust to be clean, fun, and 100% worth reading!


Pimpernel: Royal Ball
by Sheralyn Pratt



Description
One man, one night, one dance, and one question ... none of which Claire Ramsey sees coming.
She thinks the night is a test - a call to rise above her insecurities and step more fully into her skills. It’s been a year since she learned about the Pimpernel and fell in love with the man of so many masks. Jack’s world is full of high stakes and big players, and Claire wants in.
To her frustration, Jack is dragging his feet on letting her all the way into both his heart and his work. The risk is too high, he says. But Claire is ready to prove him wrong. She’s ready to go all-in.
What Claire doesn’t know is that Jack is no lone wolf, and the world he is shielding her from is much bigger than she has ever imagined.
But one man, one night, one dance, and one question will change all of that in a way Claire never saw coming.
Sequel to the award-winning novel, Pimpernel (FREE to 15 December).


Excerpt
Claire was not alone.
There was a man in the room—a dark-haired man with unreal green eyes and a suit that looked ready for a fashion shoot. The intruder was fit and tall, with a trimmed beard that looked like it had been shaped with laser precision.
Do. Not. Scream. (Again.) Do not freak. Coherency is your only bargaining chip, and only one of you works here.
For the first time that day, Claire wasn’t arguing with her instincts.
“How did you get in here?” she accused.
“Someone left the door open.”
Oh. Yeah. That would be her. She opened the floor. And left it open.
Whoops.
But that still didn’t explain what this man was doing in Margot’s office wearing the most refined suit she’d ever seen. Part of Claire felt reassured that if this man was an assassin, it would be a tidy affair. He wouldn’t want to get blood on his clothes.
“Who are you?” she asked, trying to get a sense for exactly how much trouble she was in.
“I’m the boss’s son.”
That made no sense. “Margot is the boss.”
He seemed to weigh her answer. “Depends on how you look at it. If you’re talking about the business, yes. That’s Margot’s. But if we’re talking about what brought you here tonight, then Jack works for my father. His line has served ours faithfully for many years. We like Jack.”
Wait. What? Claire knew Ren’s family had served Margot’s for generations, but she’d always thought that more as a bodyguard thing. Jack wasn’t a bodyguard. He was a problem-solver for the elite. When people growing into their power started doing things that threatened the safety of civilians, Jack was brought in to—
Something clicked in Claire’s brain.
It wasn’t like her to be the last one to catch on to something, but everything Claire had seen in the past year fit very nicely into this man’s claim. When a job came in, Jack and Margot did it. They didn’t argue over its merit or vet the client. They solved the problem.
Because someone asked—allegedly, this guy’s father.
So either this man was an assassin sent to kill her, or the boss’s son had just caught her red-handed. Whatever the case, running away and pretending this never happened didn’t seem to be an option.
Stand your ground, instinct whispered.
“You need to make a choice before you speak again, Claire,” the green-eyed man said. “You must decide if you’ve just been caught where you ought not to be, or if you’re exactly where you want to be.”
Um, both felt like traps the way he said them.

Praise for the Book
"Another wild ride reinforcing the fact that Sheralyn holds a top spot on my list of favorite authors. Royal Ball was not at all what I was expecting and yet somehow it managed to meet all my expectations. Go figure. I have no clue how Sheralyn always manages to twist and turn things around taking me to places I wasn't expecting, while somehow leaving me totally satisfied by the end her books. The cover of Royal Ball might suggest to your mind that it's a fluffy romance. It's not. There is romance in it but it's more of an action/adventure/mystery mix with a little romance. I'm fascinated by how complex the world of the Pimpernel is and am amazed at Sheralyn's ability to weave together story-lines in such a seamless fashion." ~ Kathy Habel
"Sheralyn Pratt is a master at her craft! She had me all wrapped up like a pretzel reading this! This book is incredibly clever. The metaphors, the mind games, the puzzles... she had my head spinning, trying to keep up with it all! I love the characters that make an appearance in this newest book. The description she uses is visual imagery at its best. No need to skip over any boring details (there aren’t any). At times it can get a little confusing but stick with it! All will be revealed (almost) in due time and it does make more sense after a while. She only reveals a tiny bit at once so the reader feels they are figuring things out at the same pace as the characters. I loved, loved, loved, loved this book! Can’t highlight it enough." ~ Autism Mom
"I think that Pratt could write just about any genre and I would enjoy it! She makes me think (don't worry, it's not work!) and her characters are well developed and engaging. Pimpernel: Royal Ball is no exception to the rule. This is truly an adventure with new twists added to what we know about Jack (aka the Pimpernel), Margot and Kali and their world." ~ Christine Jensen

About the Author
Sheralyn was born at an early age, with 10 fingers and 10 toes. She is proud to report that she currently retains all 20 digits. Described by one reviewer as "the bomb dot com" (url already claimed ... bummer), Sheralyn has been a karate instructor, musical theater performer, a beach bum, freelance writer, nomadic traveler, and, yes, a private investigator. At the moment she enjoys working with and training her dog to give the poor thing breaks from sitting and Sheralyn’s feet with the unbearable task of watching someone write a book.
Really, and you thought your job was bad!
Sheralyn currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, although as people who know her can attest to, that is subject to change at any time.

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