Book spotlight: Tribal Affair by Matt Dallmann

Book Details:

Book Title:  Tribal Affair by Matt Dallmann
Category:  YA Fiction,   277 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:   Matt Dallmann
Release date:  July 2017
Format available for review:  print & ebook (mobi, PDF, gifted Kindle copy)
Will ship print books to:  Internationally
Tour dates: Oct 9 to 27, 2017
Content Rating: G (No bad language or sex)

Book Description:

​Dahlia, a centuries old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.

Matt Dallmann

Meet the author:

​Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters. ​

Connect with the author: Website 

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Oct 9 –   Blooming with Books – review / giveaway
Oct 9 –   Writers and Authors – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 10 – Bookworm for Kids – review / giveaway
Oct 10 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Oct 11 – Library of Clean Reads – review  / giveaway
Oct 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 13 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review
Oct 14 – Musings Over Nothing – review / author interview / giveaway
Oct 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Oct 18 – Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway
Oct 20 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 24 – The Autistic Gamer – review
Oct 25 – Pause for Tales – review
Oct 25 – Adventures Thru Wonderland – review / guest post / giveaway
Oct 26 – JBronder Book Reviews – review
Oct 26 – Jorie Loves A Story – book spotlight / guest post
Oct 27 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review
Oct 27 – The Book Drealms – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 27 – Hadassah’s Review – review
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Book spotlight: The Love Fool: A Rome-antic Comedy by Lorenzo Petruzziello

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Love Fool: A Rome-antic Comedy by Lorenzo Petruzziello
Category:  Adult Fiction,  314 pages
Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Publisher:   Quill (Inkshares)
Release date:  March 13, 2018
Tour dates: Aug 6 to 24, 2018
Content Rating: PG

Book Description:

Set in Rome. Follow the whirlwind antics of a publicist as he struggles to manage his first TV chef client, his new life, and an unexpected visit from his ex-girlfriend.

Alex recently moved to Italy for an opportunity at a PR firm in Rome. His first client is the beautiful Danish chef Pernille Bjørn, a popular model, TV personality, and cookbook author just entering the booming televised cooking show market in Italy.

Alex’s single-minded career focus is soon thwarted by Emily, an ex-girlfriend he hasn’t heard from in almost a decade.

​Italy’s modern culture and enchanting sights set the backdrop to this Rome-antic comedy.

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Lorenzo Petruzziello

Meet the Author:

Lorenzo Petruzziello holds an MBA in global marketing from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. His background includes publicity and marketing for many of public television’s popular cooking and travel shows. He lives in Massachusetts focusing on his writing. THE LOVE FOOL is his first novel.

Connect with Lorenzo: Website ~ Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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​Aug 6   – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 6   – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 6   – Books, Dreams, Life – book spotlight
Aug 7   – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 7   – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 8   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 8   – Books for Books – book spotlight
Aug 9   – Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 9   – Essentially Italian – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 9   – fundinmental – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 10 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 10 – Adventurous Jessy – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 13 – Between the Shelves – book spotlight / author interview
Aug 13 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 14 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 14 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 15 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 17 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 20 – meirem_in_booksland – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 20 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 21 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 22 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 24 – What Emma Read Next – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

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Book spotlight: On the Fault by Ronald J. Wichers

Book Details:

Book Title:  On the Fault by Ronald J. Wichers
Category:  Adult Fiction,  474 pages
Genre:   Fictionalized biography
Publisher:  Outskirts Press
Release date:  March 13, 2018
Tour dates: July 2 to 27, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13

Book Description:

“The heart of the planet is broken and the world is bleeding. We come out of the broken-hearted earth and try to mend it.”

True grit mixes with true wit in this tragic, yet strangely triumphant tale of how much one man can lose. Following the Vietnam War, life proves bittersweet as Joe Hearns learns that sometimes finding happiness means changing the definition.

For Joe Hearns the horrors of combat give way to those of daily life upon return to the States; a life burdened by an odd curse that seems to hover over the heads of anyone who fought in that otherwise magical land. He discovers that courage takes on a whole new meaning when coping with a world moving at a different pace – the pace of friendship and love. But, in the end, this proves the way out from under the curse of the war no one wanted.

When it comes to this soldier’s story the word fearless comes to mind.

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Ronald J. Wichers

Meet the Author:

​Ronald J. Wichers was born in Lake Ronkonkoma New York in 1947. He attended Catholic School until 1965, studied History and literature at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas until being drafted into the United States Army in 1970. He was assigned to a rifle company in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and, after sustaining severe wounds in a gun battle, including the loss of his left am, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and the Bronze Star Medal.

He later studied theology full time at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California. He has published several short stories about the Vietnam war. The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart is his fifth novel.

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

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR SCHEDULE:

July 2 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
July 3 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
July 4 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 5 – Declarations of a Fangirl – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 9 –   Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / author interview
July 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
July 11 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 12 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 13 – Books for Books – book spotlight
July 16 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
July 17 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
July 18 – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / giveaway
July 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 20 – The Nerdy World Blog – book spotlight
July 23 – The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight / giveaway
July 24 – My Reading Journeys – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 25 – Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 26 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway
July 27 – Adventurous Jessy – book spotlight / giveaway

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Book spotlight: The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid (Revised Edition) by Sandi Smith

Book Details:

Book Title:  The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid (Revised Edition)
Author: Sandi Smith
Illustrator: Kathy Lee
Category:  Children’s Fiction,  126 pages
Genre:   Children’s Chapter Book, Animals, Bugs & Spiders
Publisher:  Mindstir Media
Release date:  January 3, 2017
Tour dates: June 18 to July 13, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Harold! There goes that spider! See, he is running on the floor! That spider has to go. He cannot live here anymore!!! Oh, no! Beth looks very, very angry. What has A.R. Achnid done now? Well, before A.R. got into big trouble with Beth, he had a lot of wonderful adventures.

There are ten different adventures in this book. There is the time he went to the circus and rode on a balloon, and then had some shoo fly pie. Another day, A.R. and Rex (a Great Dane, who is A.R.’s best friend) decided to walk all the way into town, and they had such a wonderful time. Then, A.R. and his family went to New York City for the biggest craft fair ever (which was for spiders only), plus many, many other adventures.

Unfortunately, in the tenth story, A.R.’s current living situation is going to need an adjustment. Something changes in the lives of Harold and Beth (the humans) that will make things very difficult for A.R. Come along with A.R. for some fun, and find out what small bundle will cause problems for A.R. and his family.

As A.R. says, “Spiders rule!”

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Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.

​Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.

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

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR SCHEDULE:

June 18 – Words And Peace – book spotlight / giveaway
June 18 – Reading Authors – book spotlight / giveaway
June 19 – Blooming with Books – book spotlight / giveaway
June 20 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
June 21 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 22 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
June 25 – Writers and Authors – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 26 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 27 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 28 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
June 29 – This and That Book Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 2     – The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight / giveaway
July 3     – Rea-View All About It – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 4     – Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 5     – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / giveaway
July 6     – Rockin’ Book Reviews –  book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 9     – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – book spotlight / giveaway
July 10   – Vithyas Blog – book spotlight
July 11   – Bookworm for Kids – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 12   – JBronder Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 13   – Cover2CoverBlog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

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Book review: The Mystery of the Missing Mask (a Maple Harbour Adventure) by M.A. Wilson

  • Title and author:  The Mystery of the Missing Mask by M.A. Wilson
  • Publisher:  Rainy Bay Press
  • Date of publication:  November 16, 2017
  • Pages:  158
  • Genre:  children’s fiction / action & adventure

DESCRIPTION:

Ryan and Kendra have returned to Maple Harbour on the British Columbia coast to visit their cousins Claire and Nathan. But the sleepy little town has been rocked by the news that a valuable Indigenous mask has been stolen, only days after it arrived at the local museum! While museum officials and the police search for answers, the four children and their new friend Tyler stumble upon a series of exciting clues. As they enjoy their summer holidays, not everything is what it seems. Join the four friends on another unforgettable summer of adventure!

Buy the book:   Amazon    Indigo-Chapters

Meet the author:  Michael Wilson lives with his family in Gibsons, British Columbia. The Mystery of the Missing Mask is his second book for children. His first book, Adventure on Whalebone Island, was shortlisted for the BC Reader’s Choice Children’s Book Award and the Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Award. When not writing, he likes to sail his Flying Junior in the waters of Howe Sound.

Connect with the author:   Website   

REVIEW:  

I had so much fun reading about Ryan and Kendra’s adventure on Whalebone Island that I decided to follow them on their next trip back to the BC coast the following year.

What I love about this series is that the stories are good, clean reads with a lot of excitement thrown in.  The children portrayed in this series are polite, hardworking and curious.  In this book, one of the characters is confronted with a moral issue about returning stolen property even though the owner treated her badly.   The young reader will also learn a bit about geography, marine biology, history, anthropology, sailing and learning to work together with others on projects.

Aunt Jennie is a great cook, just reading about what she cooks for the family every day makes me want to hang out with them!

A great vacation read that every kid should have tucked into their backpack!

Book spotlight: The Boy Who Dreamt of Fire Trucks by Alvita Mack

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Boy Who Dreamt of Fire Trucks by Alvita Mack
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  26 pages
Genre:  Children’s Books, Cars, Trains & Things That Go, Cars & Trucks
Publisher:  Mindstir Media
Release date:  September 26, 2016
Tour dates: May 28 to June 22, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

This story is about a little boy who is fascinated by fire trucks. Throughout his early life, he has dreams about the adventures at the station and the exciting life of a firefighter. The little boy holds his dreams close until one day they become a reality.

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Alvita Mack

Meet the Author:

​Alvita is a lover of writing, a teacher, and most importantly, a mom. Writing has always provided a creative outlet for which she finds sensible solutions. Having a son with developmental delays was very challenging for her. However, she used books and original stories to help him overcome the obstacles he faced at an early age. Alvita believes that the imagination is truly a key that unlocks the doors to an endless journey.

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

BOOK SPOTLIGHT BOOK TOUR:

May 28 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
May 29 – Words And Peace – book spotlight / giveaway
May 30 – Rockin’ Book Reviews –  book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 31 – Blooming with Books – book spotlight / giveaway
June 1 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
June 4 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 5 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
June 6 – Books Direct – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 7 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – book spotlight / guest post
June 8 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 11 – Bookworm for Kids – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 12 – This and That Book Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 13 – Cheryl’s Book Nook  – book spotlight / giveaway
June 14 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway
June 14 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 15 – Vithyas blog – book spotlight / author interview
June 15 – The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight / giveaway
June 18 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – book spotlight
June 19 – KC Beanie Boos Collection – book spotlight / giveaway
June 20 – Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / giveaway
June 21 – Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest – book spotlight / guest post
June 22 – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / giveaway

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Book spotlight: Buckaroo Buckeye: A Little Nut with Big Dreams by Kristin Anderson Cetone

Book Details:

Book Title:  Buckaroo Buckeye: A Little Nut with Big Dreams
Author: Kristin Anderson Cetone
Illustrator: Nadia Komorova
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  36 pages
Genre:  Friendship, Social Skills & School Life, Bullies, Growing Up & Facts of Life
Publisher:  KLAC Enterprises, LLC
Release date:  September 1, 2012
Tour dates: May 21 to June 15, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Winner of the Mom’s Choice Silver and OneBookAZ Awards!

There’s a new cowboy in town! Hit the trail with Buckaroo Buckeye, a lovable little nut who falls from his tree in Ohio, as he dodges the bumps and bullies along the way in a magical journey to find his true place in the world.

Created by Reading Specialist Kristin Cetone, Buckaroo Buckeye teaches children 4-8 to: • Learn to ignore bullies
• Improve their self-esteem
• Connect with reading
• “Dream, Believe and Achieve” no matter their size!

Your child will be inspired by Buckaroo’s determination in this touching story with unforgettable characters illustrated by Nadia Komorova. Get yours today!

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Buckaroo Buckeye grew out of author Kristin Anderson Cetone’s imagination and joy of reading.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, she traveled many miles before putting down roots in the Arizona desert. Influenced by family, education, life experiences, and a desire to teach others, Mrs. Cetone discovered her purpose—just like Buckaroo Buckeye did.

Her true calling and passion is writing and helping others become successful readers. She created Buckaroo to encourage children to believe in themselves and follow their dreams while dodging the bumps and bullies along the way. Reading will help guide the way. Being a Reading Specialist, she has also created Nuts About Reading™ an informal, supplemental, online reading service. She shares her insights and suggestions to help parents strengthen their children’s reading process and become successful readers.

Her joy now is to inspire and help kids to find the Buckaroo Buckeye in themselves.

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

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR SCHEDULE:

May 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 22 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
May 23 – Words and Peace – book spotlight / giveaway
May 24 – Brooke Blogs – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 25 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 28 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
May 29 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
May 30 – Books Direct – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 31 – Writers and Authors – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 1 – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 4 – This and That Book Blog – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 5 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
June 6 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 7 – Books are love – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 8 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – book spotlight / giveaway
June 11 – Nighttime Reading Center – book spotlight / giveaway
June 12 – The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight / giveaway
June 13 – The Book Girl – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 13 – JBronder Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 15 – Bookworm for Kids – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 15 – KC Beanie Boos Collection – book spotlight / giveaway

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Book review: Dear Mrs. Bird by A. J. Pearce

  • Title and author:  Dear Mrs. Bird by A. J. Pearce
  • Publisher:  Scribner
  • Date of publication:  July 3, 2018
  • Pages:  288
  • Genre:  historical fiction

DESCRIPTION:

A charming, irresistible debut novel set in London during World War II about an adventurous young woman who becomes a secret advice columnist—a warm, funny, and enormously moving story for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Lilac Girls.

London 1940, bombs are falling. Emmy Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent seem suddenly achievable. But the job turns out to be typist to the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down.

Mrs Bird is very clear: Any letters containing Unpleasantness—must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant letters from women who are lonely, may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men and found themselves in trouble, or who can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write letters back to the women of all ages who have spilled out their troubles.

Prepare to fall head over heels with Emmy and her best friend, Bunty, who are spirited and gutsy, even in the face of events that bring a terrible blow. As the bombs continue to fall, the irrepressible Emmy keeps writing, and readers are transformed by AJ Pearce’s hilarious, heartwarming, and enormously moving tale of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and ordinary people in extraordinary times.

Buy the book:    Amazon    Indigo/Chapters   Barnes & Noble

MEET THE AUTHOR:   AJ Pearce grew up in Hampshire and studied at the University of Sussex. A chance discovery of a 1939 women’s magazine became the inspiration for her ever-growing collection and her first novel Dear Mrs Bird. She now lives and writes in the south of England.

Connect with the author:   Facebook    Twitter    Website    Goodreads

 

REVIEW:

A delightful and witty piece of historical fiction which will have you both laughing and crying. Emmy is an aspiring girl war correspondent who leaves her job as a secretary at a law firm to work for a newspaper. Her dreams are dashed when she discovers that she is merely a typist for Mrs. Bird, an overbearing and imperious ladies columnist writer who brooks no “unpleasantness” in her column. As Emmy reads the letters sent into the paper, she feels impelled to respond to these heartfelt requests. But she hadn’t counted on the consequences her actions would eventually bring. Funny, poignant and touching, this novel will soon become one of your favourites.

If you enjoyed reading “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” then you will fall in love with “Dear Mrs. Bird”. I would love to see a sequel to this story.

 

 

 

Book review: All the Way to Italy by Flavia Brunetti

Book Details:

Book Title:  All the Way to Italy: A modern tale of homecoming through generations past
Author: Flavia Brunetti
Category:  Adult Fiction,  222 pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction (can fit into YA Fiction as well)
Publisher:  Ali Ribelli Edizioni
Release date:  April 21, 2018
Format available for review: ebook (mobi, ePub and PDF)
Tour dates: April 23 to May 18, 2018
Content Rating: PG for the occasional use of “for God’s sake” and a few religious references (though very mild). No violence, no swear words, and no sex scenes.

Book Description:

Until her dad died, Little considered herself a Californian. Now, thanks to half a letter, a symbol she can’t quite remember, and writer’s block, she finds herself back in Italy, the country of her birth. In a headlong rush to return to her beloved San Francisco, Little will travel throughout Italy, enlisting the help of the aunt who raised her, friends old and new, and the country itself, in her search for the answers she needs.

This is the powerful story of those in search of a balance between wanderlust and the necessity to come home, a reminder that although we may be fragments, we are never a lost cause.

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Meet the Author:

Born just outside of Rome, Flavia Brunetti grew up bouncing back and forth between Italy and California, eventually moving back to the Eternal City and confirming her lifelong commitment to real gelato. Flavia holds a Master of Arts degree in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from John Cabot University. Today she travels the world working for an international humanitarian organization and spends her free time writing and wandering around her beloved Roma in constant search of bookstores and the perfect espresso. You can find her city blog on Rome at whichwaytorome.com and her portfolio of published writing at flaviinrome.com.

Connect with Flavia: Website ~ Blog on Rome ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

REVIEW:

Although not strictly a “coming of age” story, All the Way to Italy  brings us on a young woman’s emotional journey to determine where her roots really lie.  She was brought to California by her aunt when she was very young as her parents’ relationship suddenly fell apart.   Little loves her life in California but after her father’s death she returns to find answers to what really happened to her family before her flight to California.  Feeling lost and uprooted, with her love for her present home struggling with her love all things Italian, she travels around the country looking for clues that will help her decide where she feels the most connected.

If you love all things Italian, history, food and travel, you will enjoy this emotional and touching family drama.

 

Book review: Sass, Smarts, and Stilettos: How Italian Women Make the Ordinary Extraordinary by Gabriella Contestabile

Book Details:

Book Title:  Sass, Smarts, and Stilettos: How Italian Women Make the Ordinary Extraordinary by Gabriella Contestabile
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction,  201  pages
Genre: Travel / Arts / Fashion / Self-help
Publisher:  Sumisura Publications
Release date:  November 2017
Format available for review: print & ebook (PDF)
Will send print books out: internationally
Tour dates: April 23 to May 11, 2018
Content Rating: G (No violence. No swear words. No sex scenes.)

Book Description:

Ah, that inimitable Italian style. It’s embedded in an Italian woman’s DNA. Fashion doesn’t define her. She defines herself. She knows an extraordinary life is not about status, money, or achievement. The only mastery it requires is one her heritage has given her, the irrepressible passion to make art of life itself.

Ask an Italian woman where she gets her sense of style and she will tell you it’s not about labels. It’s tethered to humble roots; humanity, community, conscious consumerism, and a profound appreciation for art in all its forms.

Sass, Smarts and Stilettos takes the reader on a journey from the humble hill towns of Abruzzo to the revered fashion capitals of Milan and Rome, into the artisan workshops of Florence, and the humanistic business practices of Luisa Spagnoli, Brunello Cuccinelli, and Alberta Ferretti, from the emergence of Italy’s fashion industry after WWII, to slow food and sustainable fashion initiatives taking root around the world.

Life lessons echo in the words of the author’s mother and grandmother, in the voices of Italian film divas, designers, tastemakers, writers, and artisans across generations, from the first Sala Bianca in Florence to the game changing design ethic of Franca Sozzani, Miuccia Prada, and Donatella Versace.

Learn how to live fully within your own philosophy of living. Say good-bye to mindless consumerism, emotional clutter, and others’ expectations. Create a personal style that fits like a custom blazer by Ferrè and enchants like the colors of a Sicilian sunset. Then go on to craft an extraordinary and empowering life made-to-measure for you alone.

Gabriella Contestabile

Meet the Author:

Gabriella Contestabile is the author of the novel, The Artisan’s Star, and owner of Su Misura (Made to Measure) Journeys; a boutique travel concept for the female traveler who relishes off-the-beaten-track adventures that celebrate the Italian way of life.

​The book/travel initiative has its roots in her pre-writer life as a foreign language teacher, later as Executive Director and Vice President of International Training in a number of global companies (including Estee Lauder, Shiseido, and Prada Beauty) where she would create immersive and unconventional learning experiences in unique settings around the world.

One of her favorite pastimes, wherever she is in the world, is to scout out the best, and most ‘Italian’ espresso in the hood. It requires multiple tastings, but that’s the idea. Gabriella was born in Italy, and raised in Ottawa and New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, her mother, and a furry Shih Tzu named Oreo.

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REVIEW:
This little book is a delightful combination of memoir, fashion history and practical advice about how to live your life to the fullest and most stylish.  I loved every little chapter – each beginning with a catchy quote.  This book will gently motivate you to be a better you – happier and more fulfilled.
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Here are a few of the tidbits  from the book that I love: (both from the book and cited quotes)
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It’s not about the label.  It’s about the art.
Don’t over-purchase.  When you have less, what you own is precious.
Bad food is never an option.
Travel is the enemy of prejudice, bigotry and small mindedness.
Age is the prison women make for themselves.
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Fashion history has been a passion of mine for many years so I enjoyed the chapters outlining the history of Italian fashion.  I would google the different designers and pour over examples of the clothing they designed.
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All this good advice had me re-think the way I was living, from the food I eat to the clothes I wear.  Of course, I’m not Italian but I am willing to adapt my lifestyle to be more mindful of the way I live and dress. Everyone keeps telling me to get a Vespa … one day who knows?
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