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)
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
Title and author: How the Movies Were Invented by Gerald Ewing
Publisher: Rapaco Kids Publishing
Date of publication: May 20th, 2018
Pages: 20 pages
Genre: Children’s books / inventions
Did you know that motion pictures began thanks to a bet about horse racing that a billionaire named Leland Stanford and his friend made? Does the horse take off the ground all four legs when galloping? But how could people from the end of the 19th century actually find out the truth if the horse ran so fast? The answer was simple – photography!
That’s what we would say today. But back then, in 1872, photography was very primitive and quite slow. With a few years of experiments, the bet finally was solved! And as a side effect, we have moving pictures that are called movies today.
Written for children 7-12 years old, the book is also great for young and old who are curious about inventions, and in this case, “a clever invention without any doubt.”
I loved this informative yet entertaining children’s book. The author relates how movies were inadvertently invented because of a bet between two gentlemen at a horse race. The book is written solely in rhyme and is beautifully illustrated. The pictures were interesting and even made me smile! This book would be ideal for ages 6+.
There is a silhouette of a running horse on the bottom corner of the pages which would appear to move when the book is flipped.
I didn’t see an illustrator’s name so the author must have both written and illustrated the book.
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
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
Title and author: The Mystery of the Missing Mask by M.A. Wilson
Publisher: Rainy Bay Press
Date of publication: November 16, 2017
Genre: children’s fiction / action & adventure
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!
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.