Book spotlight: The High Court by Chris Ledbetter

Book Details:

Book Title:  The High Court by Chris Ledbetter
Category:  YA Fiction, 290 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Month 9 Books
Release date:  October 16, 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF, gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: April 1 to 30, 2019
Content Rating: PG (some profanity (damn, ass), no f-bombs, some kissing, no sex scenes, some violence, nothing gory or graphic)

Book Description:

High atop Mount Olympus, dawn breaks on a new academic term. Normalcy has returned to campus following a harrowing expedition into The Underworld to rescue kidnapped students by Zeus and his fellow Olympians. Now, as they prepare to testify in The High Court, Hyperion will be tried for the attack on Crete and death of Anytos. Kronos will stand trial for the murder of Mount Olympus Prep’s Headmaster Ouranos.

As the trials draw near, Mount Olympus Prep students and faculty are besieged repeatedly by a race of gargantuan stone and earth giants. Under heavy assault, the Olympians are forced to flee to the volcanic island of Limnos to regroup. Meanwhile, a toxic poison Zeus has carried with him since a prior fight with a dragoness, creeps toward his brain.

In a race against time and beasts, Zeus and his friends must find a way to survive not only the toxin ravaging Zeus’ body, but also the giants who grow stronger after every attack, and somehow make it to the The High Court alive.

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The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Sky Throne by Chris Ledbetter
Category:  YA Fiction,  300 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:   Month 9 Books
Release date:  April 18, 2017
Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF, gifted Kindle copies)
Will send print books to: USA (only 8 available)

​Content Rating: PG + M (No f-wordsbut there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as “damn”, “hell” and “Oh God!”, some depictions of violence. No drug use or underage drinking. Some semi-mature themes – suggestion of sexual misconduct by certain characters, but not the actual performing of it.)

Book Description:

Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.

When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.

Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.

Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus’s quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.

On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.


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Chris Ledbetter

Meet the Author:

​Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited. His first full-length novel, Drawnearned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USA TODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult series. It includes, thus far, The Sky Throne and The High Court.

He’s a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. He now writes and lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

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

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

April 1 – Working Mommy Journal – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 1 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post
April 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 2 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 3 – A Fountain of Books – review of The Sky Throne / author interview
April 3 – Bound 4 Escape – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 4 – A Fountain of Books – review of The High Court
April 4 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
April 5 – That Bookish Princess – review of The Sky Throne / guest post / giveaway
April 5 – A Madison Mom – review of The Sky Throne / giveaway
April 8 – The Autistic Gamer – review of The High Court
April 8 – Crossroad Reviews – review of The Sky Throne / giveaway
April 9 – Crossroad Reviews – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 9 – Truly Trendy – review of The Sky Throne
April 10 – That Bookish Princess – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 10 – Life as Leels – review of The High Court
April 11 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 11 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – review of The High Court
April 12 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
April 12 – A Madison Mom – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 15 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
April 15 – Adventures Thru Wonderland – review of The High Court / interview/ giveaway
April 16 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of The High Court / guest post / giveaway
April 16 – Truly Trendy – review of The High Court
April 17 – Bookworm for Kids – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 17 – Library of Clean Reads – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 18 – Christine’s Book Corner – book spotlight 
April 18 – Books for Books – review of The High Court
April 19 – Nighttime Reading Center – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 23 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 24 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views –  review of The High Court
April 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 25 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book spotlight / giveaway
April 26 – FUONLYKNEW – review of The Sky Throne / giveaway
April 29 – FUONLYKNEW – review of The High Court / giveaway
April 30 – Dab of Darkness Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

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Book spotlight: Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving by Jason Torchinsky

Book Details:
Book Title:  Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving by Jason Torchinsky
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 207 pages
Genre: Automobile Technology, Car enthusiasts
Publisher:  Apollo Publishers
Release date:  May 7, 2019
Tour dates: May 6 to 24, 2019
Content Rating:  PG (this book is accessible to everyone)

Book Description:

From the witty senior editor of Jalopnik, Gizmodo Media’s acclaimed website devoted to cars, technology, and more, comes a revealing, savvy, and humorous look at self-driving cars.

Self-driving cars sound fantastical and futuristic and yet they’ll soon be on every street in America. Whether it’s Tesla’s Autopilot, Google’s Waymo, Mercedes’s Distronic, or Uber’s 24,000 modified Volvos, companies across industries and throughout the world are developing autonomous cars. Even Apple, not to be outdone, is rumored to be creating its own technology too.

In Robot, Take the Wheel, Jason Torchinsky explores the state of the automotive industry. Through wit and wisdom, he explains why autonomous cars are being made and what the future of automated cars is. Torchinsky encourages us to consider autonomous cars as an entirely new machine, something beyond cars as we understand them today. He considers how we’ll get along with these robots that will take over our cars’ jobs, what they will look like, what sorts of jobs they may do, what we can expect of them, how they should act, ethically, how we can have fun with them, and how we can make sure there’s still a place for those of us who love to drive with manual or automatic transmission.

This unique and highly readable volume is brimming with industry insider information and destined to be a conversation starter. It’s a must-have for car lovers, technology geeks, and everyone who wants to know what’s on the road ahead.

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About the Author:

JASON TORCHINSKY is senior editor of Jalopnik, a website devoted to news and opinions about all things automotive. As a writer and artist, he is known for his articles, artworks, talks, and videos about cars, technology, and culture. He has raced cars, wrecked cars, and driven possibly one of the most dangerous cars ever made with the King of Cars on the Emmy-winning Jay Leno’s Garage. He lives in North Carolina.

Connect with the author: Twitter

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Book spotlight: Free Pizza by G.C. McRae

Book Details:

Book Title:  Free Pizza by G.C. McRae
Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction, 360 pages
Genre:  Humorous Fiction
Publisher:  MacDonald Warne Media
Release date:  May 1, 2019
Format available for review:  print & ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: May 1 to 17, 2019
Content Rating: PG (No sex or drugs, just mild expletives such as “hell” and “damn”.)

Book Description:

Brian McSpadden is always hungry. Does he have a disease? Worms? Does it have something to do with his being adopted? He spends his days at his crazy friend Danny’s house, hoping for snacks, but nothing seems to fill the void.

​Then Brian receives a mysterious birthday card that says, Free Pizza. He soon discovers the card has nothing to do with food and everything to do with the big questions in his life: where did I come from, why did my mother give me up and is there anyone out there who will like me the way I am?
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G.C. McRae

Meet the Author:  

​G.C. McRae is the bestselling author of two young adult novels, three illustrated children’s books and a collection of original fairy tales. His writing is fall-down funny, even when the theme is darker than a coal-miner’s cough. McRae reads to anybody at any time, in person or online, for free, which probably explains why he meets so many people and sells so many books.

In his latest work, Free Pizza, McRae spins the highly emotional themes from his decidedly unfunny childhood into a brilliantly comic yarn. After being given up for adoption by his teenage mom back when single girls were forced to hide unplanned pregnancies, his adoptive parents didn’t exactly keep him under the stairs but, well, let’s just say, there were spiders.

A lot has changed since then. McRae’s own children have now grown and he runs a small farm with his wife, who is herself an award-winning writer.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR:   Website ~  Facebook  ~ Twitter  ~  LibraryThing


BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

May 1 – Working Mommy Journal – review
May 1 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
May 2 – 100 Pages A Day – review / giveaway
May 2 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
May 3 – Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / giveaway
May 3 – Life as Leels – review
May 6 – Ginger Mom & Company – review
May 6 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 7 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review / giveaway
May 8 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
May 8 – Words And Peace – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
May 9 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
May 9 – StoreyBook Reviews – review
May 10 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
May 10 – bookmyopia – review
May 13 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review
May 13 – Truly Trendy – review
May 14 – Books for Books – review
May 15 – A Fountain of Books – review / interview / giveaway
May 15 – FUONLYKNEW – review / giveaway
May 16 – Sahar’s Blog – review
May 17 – Books Direct – review / guest post / giveaway
May 17 – KC Beanie Boos Collection – review / giveaway

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Made in Italy by Laura Morelli

Book Details:

Book Title:  Made in Italy by Laura Morelli
Category: Adult Non-fiction, 161 pages
Genre:  Travel, History, Art
Publisher:  Authentic Arts Publishing
Release date: Jan, 2019
Tour dates: Feb 11 to March 8, 2019
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

​Richly painted maiolica ceramics from Tuscany. Supple Florentine leather. The cameos of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Parmigiano-Reggiano, the king of cheeses. Jaw-dropping glass from the island of Murano.

MADE IN ITALY takes you on a complete tour of the dazzling artisanal legacy of Italy, uncovering off-the-beaten-path destinations and one-of-a-kind, hidden workshops where everything from leather bags to gilded frames are turned out completely by hand, piece by piece.

This book includes instructions for getting a free copy of the companion guide, ARTISANS OF ITALY, with complete, continually updated listings of Laura’s personally recommended shops and artisans across Italy.

Laura Morelli, art historian and trusted guide in the world of cultural travel and authentic shopping, leads you behind the tourist traps to discover some of Italy’s most traditional arts.

Laura holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and shares how, what, and where to buy; hints on recognizing quality and authenticity; and tips for bringing home the artisanal treasures of Italy in your suitcase.


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Laura Morelli

Meet the Author:

LAURA MORELLI holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University, has taught college students in the U.S. and in Italy, and currently produces art history lessons for TED-Ed. She authored a column for National Geographic Traveler called “The Genuine Article” and has contributed pieces about art and authentic travel to CNN Radio, The Frommers Travel Show, and in USA TODAY, Departures, and other media.

Laura is the author of the Authentic Arts guidebook series that includes the popular book Made in Italy. Her fiction brings the stories of art history to life. Her debut novel, The Gondola Maker, won an IPPY for Best Historical Fiction and a Benjamin Franklin Award.

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

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR SCHEDULE:

Feb 11   – Library of Clean Reads – tour kick-off / giveaway
Feb 12   – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 13   – eBook Addicts – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 14   – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 15   – 30-something Travel – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 18  – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 19   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 20   – Fantastic Feathers – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 21   – Essentially Italian – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 22   – Amy’s Booket List – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 25   – Splashes Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 26   – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 27   – Seaside Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 28   – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
March 4 – Celticlady’s Reviews –  book spotlight / giveaway
March 5 – Monica Cesarato – book spotlight / giveaway
March 6 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
March 7 – Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / giveaway
March 8 – Books for Books – book spotlight

Book spotlight: From An-Other Land by Tanushree Ghosh

Book Details:

Book Title:  From An-Other Land by Tanushree Ghosh
Category:  Adult Fiction, 224 pages
Genre:  Short Stories, Immigrant Stories, Literary
Publisher:  Readomania Publishing
Release date:  December 4, 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (PDF, gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: March 18 to April 5, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (It has mature themes in the backdrop in some stories, but doesn’t have explicit language or description)

Book Description:

Never has been the conversation on immigration more pertinent than now, post 2016 US elections. From cancellation of refugee protection and zero tolerance to undercurrent crackdown on H visas to the border wall – the resurgence of nationalism is hitting the globalized population head-on.

But what is immigration today? A question of life or death – fleeing of persecution? A compulsion? Or a mere pursuance of privilege? And what is the US today? A land of opportunities? Or a quagmire impossible to comprehend, inherently racist and selfish?

From An-Other Land dives deep into immigration today for the diaspora and its many facets with characters who seek to define themselves in an intercultural setting that is less and less sure of itself. A reality check and a guide for anyone who wants to understand the modern-day US.

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Tanushree Ghosh

Meet the Author:

Tanushree Ghosh works in Tech and has a Doctorate in Chemistry from the Cornell University. She is also a social activist and writer. Her blog posts, op-eds, poems, and stories are in effort to provoke thoughts, especially towards issues concerning women and social justice.

She is a contributor (past and present) to several popular e-zines (incl. The Huffington Post US, The Logical Indian, Youth Ki Awaaz, Tribune India, Women’s Web, and Cafe Dissensus). Her literary resume includes poems and stories featured in national and international magazines (Words Pauses and Noises, UK; TUCK, Glimmer Train Honorable mention) as well as inclusion in seven anthologies such as Defiant Dreams (Oprah 2016 reading list placeholder) and The Best Asian Short Stories 2017 (published out of Singapore by Kitaab). Her first single author book, From An-Other Land is on immigration.

She has held different leadership roles in non-profits (ASHA and AID India) and is the founder and director of Her Rights (www.herrights.website), a 501(3) c non-profit committed to furthering the cause of gender equality. She is often an invited speaker or panelist for both corporate and non-profit endeavors.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

March 18 – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
March 18 – Christine’s Book Corner – book spotlight
March 18 – Adventurous Jessy – book spotlight / giveaway 
March 19 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
March 19 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway 
March 20 – ebook addicts – book spotlight / giveaway
March 20 – Fantastic Feathers – book spotlight
March 21 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight
March 22 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – review
March 25 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review
March 26 – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
March 27 – Amy’s Booket List – review / guest post / giveaway
March 28 – Sahar’s Blog – review
March 29 – Almost a Reader – review
April 1      – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
April 2      – A Madison Mom – review / giveaway
April 3      – Literary Flits – review / giveaway
April 4      – Teddy Rose Book Reviews Plus – review / giveaway
April 5      – Books for Books – review

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Book spotlight: Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy by Martin D. Kelly

Book Details:

Book Title:  Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy by Martin D. Kelly
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 410 pages
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:  Strategic Media Books
Release date:  August 2018
Format available for review:  print & ebook (gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: Jan 14 to 25, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (One sex scene but humorous rather than explicit; some 4-letter words)

Book Description:

Not until Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy does a memoir exist by one of the principal Watergate saboteurs-provocateurs that exposes the full extent of the insalubrious side of politics and negative campaigning. And that is not all: After Watergate, Kelly became a corporate security consultant that provided undercover agents for client companies to spy on their employees. Kelly also specialized in eavesdropping detection, which took him around the world searching for clandestine listening devices for clients such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, Ferdinand Marcos, the Miami Dolphins, Eastern Airlines and even suspected drug dealers. He secretly provided debugging training for entities such as IBM, Revlon, the U.S. Navy and dozens of others.

During President Nixon’s second term when the Watergate scandal erupted, Kelly teamed with Donald Segretti in a wild series of underhanded capers that created havoc in the Democratic presidential primaries. Kelly and Segretti turned a fundraising dinner for front-runner Senator Ed Muskie at the Washington Hilton into absolute chaos; hired a University of Miami coed to strip naked and parade before Muskie’s hotel; released two mice and a bird that threw a Muskie press conference into total confusion; organized fake luncheons, fake press releases, and other unscrupulous acts. The aim of the Nixon White House and Committee to Reelect the President was for the dirty tricksters to sow discontent among the Democratic primary candidates so they would blame each other for the dirty tricks, making it more difficult for them to unite in the general election against Nixon. The author was one of only three witnesses who testified specifically about dirty tricks before the Senate Watergate Committee.

Initial chapters reveal how dirty tricks were covertly planned and executed, how Kelly dealt with special prosecutors, investigators, Karl Rove, Watergate Judge John Sirica, the FBI, an inebriated Senator Ted Kennedy, the seven U.S. Senators on the Senate Watergate Committee, Bernstein and Woodward, Lesley Stahl and others in the media. Mid chapters expose inside secrets on successful tactics for public-office seekers or those climbing the rough-and-tumble steps of internal party politics.

In final chapters, Kelly unveils the widespread corporate spying that is going on in America to this day, with amazing examples from his security consulting career as a covert industrial undercover agent and secret mystery shopper who spied on all levels of employees. Kelly also fully discloses his role as a polygraph examiner and interrogator with hilarious anecdotes as well as how polygraph can be beaten. Even more controversial examples are revealed from Kelly’s specialized international work as a detector of clandestine listening devices, complete with the tools and tricks of the trade.

With an intriguing yet amusing style, Kelly names names and holds back nothing in Dirty Trickster, Corporate Spy.

Martin D. Kelly

Meet the Author:

Martin D. “Doug” Kelly is a successful author and freelance writer who resides in Clearwater, Florida. A rising Republican activist in college, his role in Watergate dashed any political ambitions. He thereafter engaged in a security-consulting career that included spying on the workforces of corporate America, during which time he also become renowned internationally as a locator of clandestine listening devices. When not fishing and playing golf, Kelly contributes travel- and outdoors-related articles for a variety of publications and co-hosts a weekly syndicated radio talk show. ​

Connect with Martin:  Twitter 

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Jan 14 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
Jan 14 – Bookriot – review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 15 – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight
Jan 15 – Books for Books – review
Jan 16 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 17 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
Jan 18 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
Jan 21 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / giveaway
Jan 21 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – review
Jan 22 – Olio By Marilyn – review / author interview
Jan 23 – Just Reviews – review
Jan 24 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 25 – Christine’s Book Corner – review / giveaway

 

Book spotlight: Trials and Trails by Jim Halverson

Book Details:

Book Title:  Trials and Trails by Jim Halverson
Category:  Adult Fiction,  276 pages
Genre:  Western, Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Gail Force Publishing
Release date:  January 2019
Tour dates: March 4 to 29, 2019
Content Rating: PG (The only “bad” word is the phrase “shit for brains” and it is used a single time. No sex scenes. The author says he wrote a book “that President Obama could read to his daughters.”)

Book Description:

With a past of slavery and compliance, LeRoy has learned to pick his battles carefully. Johnny B, a quick-tempered Sioux, is still learning to control his anger. When dangerous circumstances bond them together, the pair learn to navigate Reconstruction Era America and all its prejudices. They save an innocent man from hanging, reunite two old friends, assist in an honorable death for an elder Indian, and discover their worth as they steadily assimilate self-respect into their lives.

From Jim Halverson’s debut novel comes a tale of adventure, purpose, and the pursuit of self-actualization. Cowboys and psychology ride hand in hand, traveling a journey from living life on the edge to finding a place of belonging, joy, vulnerability, and distinction. Through trials along their trails, LeRoy and Johnny B transform people they meet, brand the world a better place, and reap the benefits.

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Jim Halverson

Meet the Author:

Jim Halverson grew up in the rural, gold-mining town of Mokelumne Hill, CA and received his MBA from Golden Gate University. He spent part of his life on a ranch and is an avid student of psychology. He recognizes the struggles of all men and women seeking equality and respect. Jim and his wife, Gail, spend their time traveling from their small farm in Forestville, CA.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

March 4   – Working Mommy Journal  – review / giveaway
March 5   – Literary Flits – review / giveaway
March 6   – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post
March 6   – Books for Books – review
March 6   – The Book Girl – review / giveaway
March 7   – JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder – book spotlight / guest post
March 7   – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review
March 8   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
March 11 – Fountain of Books – review / author interview / giveaway
March 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway 
March 12 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
March 13 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
March 14 – Two Girls and a Book – review
March 15 – The Legal Duchess – review / giveaway
March 18 – Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / giveaway
March 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review / giveaway
March 20 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / giveaway
March 21 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
March 22 – Nighttime Reading Center – review / giveaway
March 25 – Read and Review – book spotlight
March 25 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – review
March 26 – Truly Trendy – review
March 27 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
March 28 – My Devotional Thoughts – book spotlight / author interview
March 29 – Christine’s Book Corner – review

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Book spotlight: Accessible Fine Dining – The Art of Creating Exciting Food in Your Everyday Kitchen by Noam Kostucki, with Chef Quentin Villers

Book Details:

Book Title:  Accessible Fine Dining – The Art of Creating Exciting Food in Your Everyday Kitchen by Noam Kostucki, with Chef Quentin Villers
Category: Adult Non-fiction ,  128 pages
Genre:  Creative Cookbook / Fine Dining
Publisher:  Amazon
Release date: Dec 10, 2018
Tour dates: Jan 7 to 31, 2019
Content Rating: G

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Book Description:

​Six months after opening my first restaurant, one of my dishes was selected as “25 dishes to travel around the world”, featuring me next to culinary legend Heston Blumenthal.

Exciting and healthy food doesn’t have to be complicated, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Over the years, I have seen some of the most exciting dishes come from the simplest kitchens and the most modest ingredients. The purpose of this book is to focus our attention away from the distractions of fancy kitchen equipment and luxury produce and instead focus our attention towards ingenuity in the kitchen and culinary innovation.

For some strange reason, cooking is taught in books as a series of mechanical steps to follow and repeat with precision. I see cooking as a creative art like painting or playing music: it is the freedom of expression that is most interesting to me. When we create from an artistic perspective, we give birth to something new and potentially magical.

The purpose of this book is not to teach you specific recipes, because the ingredients you will find in your local organic food market will likely not be the same as the ones we see here. Nor is the purpose to show you how to imitate us.The purpose of this book is to guide you into thinking about your dishes in a way that elevates them to a fine dining level, from ingredients which are easily accessible to you. Naturally, you will find a few recipes, but most importantly you will find a new way to look at food.

We will share how we think about food shopping, searching for unusual ingredients, the combinations of flavors, techniques, textures, nutritional value, and of course, plating. The purpose of this book is to guide you to become a more exciting, creative and adventurous version of yourself in the kitchen. What separates a craft from an art form is the story behind it; cooking is a craft, while fine dining is an art form.

If you want to create fine dining dishes, start to focus your attention on the different stories a dish can tell. Some stories can be told through your cooking, and others are told through words. Taking the time to present your dishes before people eat is crucial to creating anticipation for the food they will eat.

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Noam Kostucki

Meet the Authors:

Noam Kostucki

MY NAME IS NOAM KOSTUCKI AND I CREATE SPACES FOR MAGIC TO HAPPEN.
I was an awkward child, so I changed school 5 times. I spent most of my life trying to please others, and be the kind of person I believed everyone else wanted me to be. I wasn’t happy and I struggled to get what I want. Everything changed when I started changing.

I spent the last 12 years creating the life I dream of. I’ve had the privilege to be homeless twice, and to speak at Harvard about entrepreneurship. I have grown to be myself more fearlessly than ever before. I am now surrounded by people I love, and who love me.

I traveled over 40 countries, and I’ve helped over 25,000 people create magic. For example Patryk Wezowski who raised $500,000 in 8 weeks and Esther Perel who gave the 30th most viewed TED talk. Some less public successes include a blind eyed student who experienced his blind eye for the first time and a journalist who left an abusive relationship.

As a university drop out, I was surprised when my first book (personal branding) became required reading at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, as well as receiving the UK Business Speaker of the Year runner up award, and a honorary degree in Business from Hofstra University. As an artist, I was honored to exhibit my photography at the European Union’s Innovation Conference.

My most recent venture is HiR Fine Dining, a jungle culinary adventure. I create a discovery menu of 7 plates per person for groups of up to 12 people. HiR Fine Dining became #1 fine dining on TripAdvisor in Tamarindo within the first month. Within 6 months one of my plates was selected out of 40,000 restaurants by OpenTable as one of “25 dishes to travel around the world for”. I was invited to speak at Chateau 1525, Costa Rica’s most reputable cooking school and our guest chefs include a blind chef who traveled all the way the United Kingdom.


Quentin Villers

Quentin Villers

Quentin has been cooking in restaurant since the age of 18. He helped his brother build a restaurant for which they received a Michelin Star. Quentin moved to Costa Rica to consult for hotels and restaurants. He managed 3 of the 4 restaurants at Hotel Nayara in La Fortuna, for which he lead a team of over 20 people to be selected to enter Relais & Chateaux, a prestigious network of unique luxury hotels with exquisite cuisine. Quentin is a regular guest chef at HiR Fine Dining and consults for a number of fine dining restaurants in Costa Rica.

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​Jan 7   – Literary Flits – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 7   – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 7   – found in words – book spotlight
Jan 8   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 8   – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 9   – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 9   – Seaside Book Nook – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 10 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 11 – Amy’s Booket List – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 14 – Cat’s Corner – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 14 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 16 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 17 – Words And Peace – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 18 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 21 – Books Direct – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 21 – Lukten av trykksverte – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 22 – A Holland Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 23 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 24 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 25 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 28 – Bound 2 Escape – bok spotlight / giveaway
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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 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
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
Nov 27 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 28 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
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Book spotlight: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr

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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
Nov 1  – books are love – review / author interview
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Nov 2  – Rocksprings Crafts – review / author interview / giveaway

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