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 

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

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: Signs in the Rearview Mirror: Leaving a Toxic Relationship Behind by Kelly Smith

Book Details:

Book Title:  Signs in the Rearview Mirror: Leaving a Toxic Relationship Behind
Author: Kelly Smith
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction,  214 pages
Genre:  Self-help, Relationships
Publisher:  Sunny Day Publishing
Release date:  April 2018
Tour dates: June 18 to July 7, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (This book contains real life violence, but also meant for young people who are old enough to date)

Book Description:

What kind of person ends up in toxic relationship? And why does she stay? This searingly honest novel answers both those questions head on. Coming-out of a failing marriage, Kelly turns to Gabe out of fear offing alone. Her gradual slide into danger is at once terrifying and inevitable, and the steps she takes to get out of it will both inspire and offer help.

Meet the Author:

Boston born and raised, Kelly now makes her home in Austin with her three sons and one amazing Giant Schnauzer Bullseye. Kelly has written for the Huffington Post, blogs at Thoughts Becoming Words, and hosts a podcast Let’s Get Wicked Deep.

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR:

​June 18 – The Book Girl – book spotlight / author interview
June 19 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – book spotlight / guest post
June 20 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 25 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 26 – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / giveaway
June 27 – The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight / giveaway
June 28 – This and That Book Blog –  book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 2     – 100 Pages a Day – book spotlight / giveaway
July 3     – Books for Books – book spotlight
July 4     – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
July 5     – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – book spotlight / giveaway
July 6     – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / 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 spotlight: The Last Dance by Lonna Enox

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Last Dance by Lonna Enox
Category:  Adult Fiction, 226 pages
Genre:  Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women Sleuths
Publisher:  Lonna Enox Publications
Release date:  June 24, 2016
Tour dates: June 18 to July 13, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M

Book Description:

Saddle Gap, a quiet little town in southwestern New Mexico, seems the perfect place for Sorrel Janes to start her life over. But within a few days she finds herself entangled in two murders, the object of harassment, and the number one suspect of a murder. Will her past terrors destroy her future dreams? Amid the evolving conflicts, she resolves to reconstruct her new life and find happiness. Detective Chris Reed is equally resolved to solve the murders as well as Sorrels secrets. Neither of them suspect where the steps of this dance will lead, but they are too stubborn to sit this one out.

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​Lonna Enox is a former high school and college English instructor. She grew up on a ranch in New Mexico, where she learned to love critters, reading, and “wide open” spaces. She is a wife, mom, and grandmother, as well as the proud owner of 4 rescue pets–3 cats and a dog. Aside from an early stint as a newspaper reporter, she also spent 10 years as a freelance magazine writer. She is happiest exploring a wildlife refuge, cuddling little ones and critters, or snuggled up reading a good mystery.

Lonna is a professional writer with over 250 printed articles in a variety of national and regional magazines. She has written in several genres and The Last Dance is her debut mystery.

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

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR SCHEDULE:

June 18 – The Book Girl – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 19 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
June 20 – Elizabeth McKenna Romance Author – book spotlight / giveaway
June 21 – 411 on Books, Authors, and Publishing News – bk spotlight / int / giveaway
June 22 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
June 25 – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / giveaway
June 26 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 27 – Laura’s Interests – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 28 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
July 2 –  Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 3 – Truly Trendy – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 4 – Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 5 – Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / giveaway
July 5 – Poetry Hub – book spotlight / giveaway
July 6 – The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight / giveaway
July 9 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway
July 10 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
July 12 – Rocksprings Crafts – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 13 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – book spotlight / giveaway

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Book spotlight: Poppy (The Montgomery Sisters, Book 2) by Kat Flannery

Book Details:

Book Title:  Poppy (The Montgomery Sisters, Book 2) by Kat Flannery
Category:  Adult Fiction,  170 pages
Genre:   Historical western romance
Publisher: Picco Press
Release date:  May 18, 2018
Tour dates: May 28 to June 15, 2018
Content Rating: PG

Book Description:

Poppy Montgomery has always been good with a gun and could fight her way out of anything. Tough as nails and a sharp shooter, her beauty deceives the outlaws she’s after.

Hot on the trail of the Clemmons gang, a group of outlaws who rob trains and killed an innocent woman and child a few months before, she is determined to make them pay for the sin’s they’ve committed by bringing them to justice.

Pinkerton, Noah Shaw is investigating a ring of stage robberies and knows the Clemmons gang is behind them. Told to track down the infamous redheaded bounty hunter, Noah gets more than he bargained for when he arrests Poppy for assault.

Handcuffed together the pair must work together to stop the robberies, and figure out who is behind them. But what happens when love interferes and thrusts Poppy into discovering emotions she never knew existed? Will she choose the solitude she’s always known, or Noah’s sweet embrace?

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Meet the Author:

Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing.

A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. Kat enjoys teaching writing classes and giving back to other aspiring authors. She volunteers her time at the local library facilitating their writing group. She’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career

Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been an Amazon Top 100 Paid bestseller. LAKOTA HONOR and BLOOD CURSE (Branded Trilogy) are Kat’s two award-winning novels and HAZARDOUS UNIONS is Kat’s first novella. Kat is currently hard at work on her next series, THE MONTGOMERY SISTERS.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook 

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR:

May 28 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
May 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 28 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / author interview
May 29 – Elizabeth McKenna Romance Author – book spotlight / giveaway
May 29 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 30 – My Reading Journeys – book spotlight / giveaway
May 31 – The Book Drealms – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 31 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
June 1  – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / giveaway
June 4  – Jorie Loves A Story – book spotlight / author interview
June 5  – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 6  – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
June 7  – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / giveaway
June 8  – Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 8  – Don’t Judge, Read – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 11 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
June 12 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – book spotlight
June 13 – Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 14 – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / giveaway
June 15 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
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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: 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.

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

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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