Looking to the Stars from Old Algiers and Other Long Stories Short by Jan Risher

Book Details:

Book Title: Looking to the Stars from Old Algiers and Other Long Stories Short
Author: Jan Risher
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction,  312 pages
Genre:  Memoir/collection of essays that create a narrative
Publisher:  Sans Souci Press, imprint of University of Louisiana Press
Release date:   Oct 9, 2018
Format available for review:  print and ebook (ePUB, PDF)
Willing to send print books to: USA & Canada
Tour dates:  Dec 3 to 14, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Jan Risher took the long way to get from Mississippi to Louisiana with stops in between in Slovakia, Mexica, China, Burkina Faso and more than 40 other countries. Since moving to Louisiana, she has been a Sunday columnist for The Daily Advertiser and has written a column every single Sunday since 2002.

Looking to the Stars from Old Algiers and Other Long Stories Short is the collection of columns written over 15 years. Arranged in chronological order, the collection creates a narrative of one woman’s aim to build her family, build up her community and weave the stories and lessons learned from the past into the present.

From her family’s move to Louisiana, adoption of a daughter from China, covering Hurricane Katrina, travels near and far, author Jan Risher attempts, sometimes failing and sometimes succeeding, to do her small part to make the world a better place.

Jan Risher

Meet the Author:

Jan Risher is an award-winning journalist and investigative reporter. She was managing editor of The Times of Acadiana. Before and after her time as a full-time journalist, she was an English teacher. She has taught English near and far, in its most basic and most lyrical forms. She continues her career as a freelance writer and now owns Shift Key, a content marketing and public relations firm. She, her husband and their two daughters have made their home on the banks of the Vermilion River.

Connect with Jan:   Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram

REVIEW:
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Partly memoir, partly newspaper column articles, this was a delightful read from the onset.  Jan Risher has a way of putting you at ease as you read the accounts of her travels and family life.  She has a way of making even the mundane interesting.  I bookmarked several pages that I wanted to read again.
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The book is divided into short segments chronicling moments from her family life as well as her work as a journalist.    I especially enjoyed the columns when she talks about raising her daughters, from the adoption of a little girl (Piper)  from China and the challenges and realities she faced when she was covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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I would have loved to have had a paper copy of this book to keep and read over again (as opposed to a digital copy).
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Book spotlight: Seven Steps to Heal Your Thyroid: A Proven Plan to Increase Energy, Elevate Mood & Optimize Weight by Dr. Meghna Thacker

Book Details:

Book Title:  Seven Steps to Heal Your Thyroid: A Proven Plan to Increase Energy, Elevate Mood & Optimize Weight by Dr. Meghna Thacker
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction,  164 pages
Genre:  Health and Wellness
Publisher: Self-published
Release date:  November 15, 2018
Tour dates: Nov 19 to 30, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

If you are someone who has low energy and has to push yourself to get through your day or suffer from mood swings that may alternate between depression and bursts of anger, or has a difficult time losing weight after trying all the diets and exercise programs out there, then this book is for you.

The Seven Steps to Heal Your Thyroid gives you a Step by Step approach to get to the root cause of your thyroid problem and helps to find the solution along the way. The first step begins with introducing you to how your Thyroid Gland works and which hormones does it produce and what influences its function. In step two, you will learn about the different naturopathic treatments to heal your thyroid problem. Step three will address the important role of our gut and how conditions like leaky gut are related to autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Step four addresses the Environmental influences on the thyroid. In Step five you will understand why it is important to keep all the hormones balanced, not just the thyroid. Step six addresses the important aspect of stress and emotional health and its affect on the thyroid function and last but not least, Step Seven brings it all together by treating the person as a Whole. Finding the balance in Trinity of Life- Mind, Body & Spirit.

I have written this book from both my personal struggle with this condition which went un-diagnosed for years and my clinical experience treating patients for more than a decade. I hope that you find it helpful.

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Dr. Meghna Thacker

Meet the Author:

Dr Thacker is a compassionate healer and has a passion to help people with thyroid disease, drawn from her personal struggles with this condition. She has created a protocol, Seven Steps to Heal Your Thyroid for everyone to feel like themselves again while increasing their energy, elevating their mood and optimizing their weight. She is a licensed Naturopathic Physician in the State of Arizona.

She graduated from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine from Tempe, AZ in 2007 upon completion of her Bachelors in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery from Mumbai, India in 2002.

She has worked at Sottopelle for more than a decade and learned the pellet therapy from the pioneer, Dr. Gino Tutera himself. Her focus in practice is balancing hormones in women and treating thyroid disorders, naturally.

Besides her work, she loves to spend time with her husband and two boys. She loves dancing and outdoor activities like ATV riding.

She believes that Life is about finding Balance in this Trinity- Body, Mind & Soul

Life is simple. Life can be simple again.

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Nov 19 – Rainy Day Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 20 – Everyday Gyaan – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 20 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 21 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 21 – Seaside Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 22 – Reading is My Passion – book spotlight
Nov 22 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 26 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 26 – Books, Dreams, Life – book spotlight
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Book review: Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic

  • Title and author:  Journeys of a Lifetime, Second Edition: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips by National Geographic, George Stone
  • Publisher:  National Geographic
  • Date published:  October 23, 2018
  • Pages:  416
  • Genre:  Travel, reference, pictorial, guidebook

DESCRIPTION:  

Featuring 120 new destinations, this best-selling inspirational travel guide reveals 500 celebrated and lesser-known destinations around the globe, from ocean cruises in Antarctica to horse treks in the Andes. Completely revised and updated for its 10th anniversary.

Compiled from the favorite trips of National Geographic’s legendary travel writers, this fully updated, 10th anniversary edition of Journeys of a Lifetime spans the globe to highlight the best of the world’s most celebrated and lesser-known sojourns. Offering a diverse array of possibilities, every continent and possible form of transport is covered, illustrated with glorious color photographs. With 16 new pages; new destinations like Cartegena, Colombia; and updated information throughout, this timely new edition is the perfect resource for travelers who crave adventurous trips–from trekking the heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to mountain biking in Transylvania–and those searching for more specific experiences (the world’s top small cruises, hot new museums around the world, secrets for following in the footsteps of film and TV heroes, and more). Each chapter features stunning photography, full-color maps, and practical tips, including how to get there, when to visit, and how to make the most of your journey.

Informative and inspiring, this luxurious volume is a lifelong resource that readers will treasure for years to come.

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REVIEW:  This six pound reference book is a veritable guide to pretty much anyplace you want to explore and how you want to do it.  Not everyone travels the same way or wants to do the same thing so this book breaks down trips and destinations into sections that will appeal to different travelers.

Each page highlights a destination with a brief (not exhaustive) summary, advice about when to go, how long, when to plan, inside information and a list of websites to visit for more information.  There is also a small map with tidbits of information on the side panel.  Naturally, photographs fill the book.

Here are a few examples of different types of trips:

Are you a foodie?  Chapter 6 teases you with different foodie tours

Kentucky Bourbon Trail (page 249)

Blue Mountain Coffee (page 254

Thailand Cuisine Tour (page 259)

Love trains?  Chapter 3 provides information for the train lover – whether luxurious or spartan.

Mexico, EL Chepe (page 113)

Vietnam, The Reunification Express (page 119)

India, The Palace on wheels (page 125)

Intrepid Hiker?  Chapter 4 – Put on your hiking books and follow some of these trails (both city and wilderness trips)!

Vermont, the Appalachian Trail (149)

Utah, Paria Canyon (153)

Hawai’i, The Kalalau Trail (page 157)

As a world traveler and photographer, I’ve been to many of the places I read about in the book.  Because there are so many destinations featured in this guide, there isn’t really a lot of information per subject.  That’s where you have fun doing your own research!  I’ve already tagged a few pages of destinations I would like to visit!

I highly recommend this guide for any intrepid (or non-intrepid) explorer who wants to explore places both far flung or closer to home.

 
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Book spotlight: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr

Book Details:

Book Title: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr
Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3)
Category:  Adult fiction, 322 pages
Genre:  Murder Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  May 31, 2018
Format available for review:  print, ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF) & Audible download
Willing to send print books to: USA and Canada
Tour dates:  Oct 8 to Nov 2, 2018
Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

Book Description:

Perfection can be a fatal endeavor.

Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night. The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and business.

When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.

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Lauren Carr

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.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram

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Oct 8   – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
Oct 8   – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review
Oct 8   – To Read is a Great Adventure – review / author interview
Oct 8   – TFaulc Book Reviews – book spotlight
Oct 9   – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 9   – Kristin’s Novel Cafe – audiobook review
Oct 10 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review / giveaway
Oct 10 – The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 11 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 11 – Seaside Book Nook – audiobook review / giveaway
Oct 12 – fundinmental – review / giveaway
Oct 12 – Read and Review – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 15 – The World As I See It – audiobook review / giveaway
Oct 15 – Laura’s Interests – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 16 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review
Oct 16 – Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 17 – Dab of Darkness Book Reviews – audiobook review / giveaway
Oct 18 – Books for Books – review
Oct 18 – Truly Trendy – review
Oct 19 – Stormy Vixen’s Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 19 – Two Points of Interest – review / giveaway
Oct 22 – T’s Stuff – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 22 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – audiobook review / giveaway
Oct 23 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – audiobook review / giveaway
Oct 24 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 24 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 25 – Writers and Authors – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 26 – Pause for Tales – review / guest post
Oct 26 – Nighttime Reading Center – review / giveaway
Oct 29 – Olio by Marilyn – review / giveaway
Oct 30 – JBronder Book Reviews – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 30 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
Oct 31 – My Reading Journeys – review / giveaway
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Book spotlight: Mantis Force: Retribution (Marium Kahnet Book 1) by R.J. Amezcua

Book Details for Retribution:

Book Title: Mantis Force: Retribution (Marium Kahnet Book 1) by R.J. Amezcua
Category:  Adult Fiction, 150 pages
Genre:  Sci-Fi, with elements of fantasy
Publisher:  Quentorex Studios
Release date:  April 11, 2017
Format available for review:  ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 1 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (No explicit sex scenes or bad language)

Book Description for Retribution:

In a war-torn galaxy, Jazrene Vallo, the supreme spiritual leader of the Marium Kahnet, is close to fulfilling her divine destiny: refashion the Order as a beacon of light. But her plans for the sisterhood to become the official ambassadors of peace are compromised when she is forced to send mercenaries to capture rogue elements of the sisterhood seeking revenge against those responsible for murdering their families. Failure to capture them will bring an irreversible blemish upon the sisterhood. Unbeknownst to her, it may be too late to stop them.

After fifteen years of methodical planning and burrowing into the highly classified Leviathan project, the cadre of vengeful sisters are ready to execute their mission. Their goal: to destroy the Stadageos, vast military testing and bio-engineering bases where the twisted machinations of fallen creation formed the ungodly fierce races of Leviathans. Their failure will release death and destruction on a scale not experienced since the fall of creation. But even if they succeed, not all of them will survive.

Book Details for Decimation:

Book Title: Mantis Force: Decimation (Marium Kahnet Book 2) by R.J. Amezcua
Category:  Adult Fiction, 200 pages
Genre:  Sci-Fi, with elements of fantasy
Publisher:  Quentorex Studios
Release date:  October 18, 2017
Format available for review:  ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 1 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (No explicit sex scenes or bad language)

Book Description for Decimation:

Led by Victoria and Balese, the rogue sisters of the Marium Kahnet have successfully completed their life-long quest for revenge against the sorcerer’s guild. Now a new mission has begun, one of survival, as their enemies seek their lives with a vengeance. As planned, the sisters who managed to survive the destruction of the testing facilities have joined their adopted family’s nefarious criminal organizations, plotting to escape with detailed plans of the Leviathan project to justify their actions to their home world of Ramah. But they are unaware they are being hunted by elite mercenaries hired by the sisterhood.

Book Details for Rebirth:

Book Title: Mantis Force: Rebirth (Marium Kahnet Book 3) by R.J. Amezcua
Category:  Adult Fiction, 260 pages
Genre:  Sci-Fi, with elements of fantasy
Publisher:  Quentorex Studios
Release date:  May 31, 2018
Format available for review:  ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 1 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (No explicit sex scenes or bad language)

Book Description for Rebirth:

It is a day of prophecy and celebration when Jazrene Vallo accomplishes her ordained task to refashion the Marium Kahnet, and witnesses them finally becoming representatives in the Grand Assembly of the Mantis Alliance. But the victory is soiled by reports of a faction of wayward sisters joining a necromancer Order, the Saurcine.

​The rebels plan to bring forth the Krevomax, the seed of the Tisrad Dragon, to defeat the Mantis Alliance. To combat this new evil threat, in Jazrene Vallo’s last act as supreme leader, she activates the sisterhood’s elite warriors, the Criss Lumbra. Their mission: destroy the spawn of the Tisrad Dragon. Should they fail, it will mean the end of the sisterhood and all peace in the universe.

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Meet the Author:

​R. J. Amezcua was born and raised in Silicon Valley, and is happily married to Sheryl. As a young boy, one of his favorite TV shows was Lost in Space. Being an entrepreneur and visionary by nature, he has begun his journey as an author and writer. Using his love for science fiction, he created the epic saga “Mantis Force,” which encompasses a vast universe.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Oct 1   – Library of Clean Reads – tour kickoff / trilogy spotlight / giveaway
Oct 1   – Bound 4 Escape – review of Retribution / giveaway
Oct 2   – Viviana MacKade – trilogy spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 3   – The Autistic Gamer – review of Retribution / giveaway
Oct 4   – Olio by Marilyn – review of Retribution / author interview / giveaway
Oct 5   – Stormy Vixen’s Book Reviews – trilogy spotlight / giveaway
Oct 8   – Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – trilogy spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 9   – Library of Clean Reads – review of Retribution / giveaway
Oct 10 – T’s Stuff – trilogy spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 11 – Declarations of a Fangirl – trilogy spotlight / giveaway
Oct 12 – The Autistic Gamer – review of Decimation / giveaway
Oct 15 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Decimation / giveaway
Oct 16 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Decimation / giveaway
Oct 17 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of Retribution / giveaway
Oct 18 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Decimation / giveaway
Oct 19 – Books for Books – trilogy spotlight
Oct 22 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of Decimation / giveaway
Oct 23 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Rebirth / giveaway
Oct 24 – #redhead.with.book – trilogy spotlight / giveaway
Oct 25 – The Autistic Gamer – review of Rebirth / giveaway
Oct 26 – Olio by Marilyn – review of Rebirth / giveaway
Oct 29 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Rebirth / giveaway
Oct 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of Rebirth / giveaway
Oct 31 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – trilogy spotlight / guest post / giveaway

 

Book Spotlight: Don’t Write a Crappy Book by James M. Ranson

Book Details:

Book Title:  Don’t Write a Crappy Book by James M. Ranson
Category:  Adult Non- Fiction, 210 pages
Genre:  Business, Authorpreneurship
Publisher:  Master Wordsmith Media, in association with Thanet House Books
Release date:  Oct 1, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 8 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: PG for occasional mild swearing (hell and damn, mostly, one instance of “shitty”)

Book Description:

A great book can launch your business into the stratosphere. Unfortunately, most self-published business books rank somewhere between “meh” and “flaming pile of crap.” But your book doesn’t have to suck!

In “Don’t Write a Crappy Book,” editor and entrepreneur James Ranson unpacks the most common–and toxic–mistakes that first-time nonfiction authors make. Peppered with wisdom from a panel of industry experts, this book debunks the dangerous myths that can torpedo your text and offers clear, practical guidance for writing a book you’re proud of. This is the resource for the aspiring authorpreneur who wants to write and publish a book with minimum hassle and maximum results.

This book will teach you:

– How a self-published book can make or break your business (and the THREE factors that determine which it does)
– The biggest blind spots no one tells authors about (and how to look for them BEFORE it’s too late)
– How to write a first book that will get positive reviews on Amazon (and why that’s a better goal than becoming a bestseller)
– When writing a business book is the right move for you (and when you should NEVER write one)
– How to self-publish on Amazon to actually get good results for your business (a lot of it happens before you even start writing!)
– What NOT to do when you’re looking for an editor (and how to find a great one)
– Why trying to write and publish a book in 90 days or less is a recipe for disaster (and why no one tells you that!)
– How to avoid do-overs, sunk costs, and other self-publishing headaches (and how to get out of them if they sneak up on you)

Stay out of the crap pile! Discover the secrets to creating a highly valuable book that will expand your influence and grow your business for years to come. ​

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James Ranson

Meet the Author:

​James Ranson, The Master Wordsmith(TM), is a Wall-Street-Journal-bestselling editor, ghostwriter and book coach who has helped over 200 consultants, coaches, speakers and other thought leaders create high-quality books. Clients of his have gone on to sell thousands of books, receive book deals from publishing houses, and be featured in regional and national media outlets. In addition to his own clients, James is a writer and book doctor for Thanet House Books, and is on recommended professional lists for Scribe Media(formerly Book in a Box), My Word Publishing, BrightFlame Books and Authors Unite. His second book, Don’t Write A Crappy Book!, will be published on October 1, 2018. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, James lives in Atlanta, GA, with his fiancée and a very needy cat.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter Facebook

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Book Spotlight: Alycat and the Friendship Friday by Alysson Foti Bourque

Book Details:

Book Title:  Alycat and the Friendship Friday by Alysson Foti Bourque
Illustrated by: Chiara Civati
Category:  Children’s Fiction, 32 pages
Genre:  Picture Book, Friendship
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:  Oct 23, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 27, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

It’s finally Friday, and Alycat is excited to go on a field trip with her friends. But when she doesn’t have anyone to sit with on the bus, Alycat feels left out. Can she use her creativity and imagination to help everyone feel included?

​Alycat and the Friendship Friday 
will teach readers that making new friends isn’t as scary as you might think.

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Alysson Foti Bourque

Meet the Author:

​Alysson Foti Bourque earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center. After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. She enjoys public speaking opportunities at schools, conferences, and festivals nationwide. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves. Currently, she resides in Sunset, Louisiana with her husband and two children.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR:

Oct 1   – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 1   – KC Beanie Boos Collection – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 1   – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 1   – Rockin’ Book Reviews –  book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 2   – Locks, Hooks and Books –  book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 3   – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 4   – Words And Peace – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 5   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 8   – A Holland Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 9   – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 10 – Truly Trendy – book spotlight / author interview
Oct 11 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 12 – The Avid Reader – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 15 – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 16 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 16 – Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 17 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 18 – fundinmental – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 19 – JBronder Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 22 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 23 – The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 24 – Writers and Authors – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
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Oct 26 – Bookworm for Kids – book spotlight / giveaway
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Book spotlight: Joy to You and Me (at Work!) by Amy Thornton

Book Details:

Book Title:  Joy to You and Me (at Work!) by Amy Thornton
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 179 pages
Genre:  Self-help, Business
Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group, LLC
Release date:  June 5, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 19, 2018
Content Rating: PG (This book is for ages 16+, so there is the occasional “damn”, “hell”, and “ass” thrown in as far as language, but nothing worse than that.)

Book Description:

Are you one of the 48% of employees worldwide who don’t like their jobs? Do you feel constantly stressed at the office? Or maybe you’re just feeling “blah” about your job and want to bring some life back into your workplace. If you talk to anyone about their careers or jobs these days, most of the time you won’t hear positive stories or excitement. You’ll probably hear words like “busy”, “stressed”, “exhausting”, and “mind-numbing.” And with the good old 40 hour workweek becoming a distant memory for many of us, this reality is just plain sad.

Joy to You and Me (At Work!) helps turn these situations around by giving the reader easy tips they can implement quickly to start making a positive difference in the workplace. Being joyful isn’t just a “fluffy-cutesy-nice” thing to do each day – it actually increases productivity and is good for any company or organization. The book helps anyone learn how to:

– Be a more joyful person
– Bring joy to co-workers
– Bring joy to customers
– Bring joy to networking

This fun, easy-to-read guide shows people of all ages and personalities how to make a difference immediately to make not only themselves happier, but to spread that happiness throughout the workplace – and beyond!

By sharing stories from the author’s 25+ years of making a joyful difference in the workplace and examples from truly kick-ass companies, Joy to You and Me (At Work!) is a life changing, fun read for anyone who wants to improve their work life.

Amy Thornton

Meet the Author:

Amy Thornton Shankland, GPC, has been bringing joy to her workplaces for over 25 years thanks to her innate enthusiasm. She is a former Dale Carnegie instructor, has been a grant professional for 17 years, is a former columnist for the Noblesville Daily Times, and is a current board member of Noblesville Main Street.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Book spotlight: A Life By Design (The Italian Family Series) by Lucy Appadoo

Book Details:

Book Title:  A Life By Design (The Italian Family Series) by Lucy Appadoo
Category:  Adult Fiction,  211 pages
Genre: 20th Century Historical Romance, coming of age story set in Milan, Italy
Publisher:  Self-published
Release date:  Aug 24, 2018
Format available for review: ebook (mobi, PDF, ePub)
Tour dates: Sept 24 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M

Book Description:

When 20-year-old Elena Allegro leaves the Italian village of Laurino to study Fashion Design in Milan, she’s certain her dreams are about to come true. Despite her father’s warnings that risk comes with her newfound freedom, she loves her studies and develops a love interest with Francesco, the handsome young entrepreneur who offers her a part-time job in a Milan clothing store.

It seems like an idyllic situation—until a stalker targets Elena, tormenting her with mind games and threatening her safety. In the face of escalating danger to herself and to Francesco, Elena must fight for her freedom, her love, and her survival.

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Meet the Author:

Lucy is an author of romantic suspense, historical fiction/coming of age, short story thrillers, and non-fiction books. She is also a Registered Counsellor/Wellness Coach, and works as a Rehabilitation Counsellor for the Australian Government.

Lucy enjoys reading romantic suspense, romance, thrillers, crime novels, family/historical drama, and sagas. She has enjoyed travelling to exotic places such as Madrid, Mauritius, and Italy, and draws on these experiences in her creative writing.

Lucy’s favourite authors include Kendra Elliot, Christiane Heggan, Theresa Ragan, Tara Moss, Nicholas Sparks, Adriana Trigiani, Erica Spindler, and James Patterson (to name a few).

Lucy’s interests include meditation, exercising, journal writing, reading fiction and nonfiction texts about writing, coaching, and counselling, ongoing professional development, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and socialising with friends and family.

Connect with the Author:  Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Sept 25 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
Sept 26 – FLY HIGH! – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
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