Book review: Velvalee Dickinson: The “Doll Woman” Spy by Barbara Casey

Book Details: Book Title:  Velvalee Dickinson: The “Doll Woman” Spy by Barbara Casey
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction, 184 pages
Genre:  True Crime / Historical / Biography
Publisher:  Strategic Media Books
Release date:  April 2019
Format available for review:  print, ebook (PDF, gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: May 27 to June 7, 2019
Content Rating: PG – Velvalee Dickinson is appropriate for all ages.

Book Description:

Velvalee Dickinson was born in Sacramento, California, graduated from Stanford University, married three times, and then in the early 1930s moved to New York City where she eventually opened her own exclusive doll shop on the prestigious Madison Avenue. It was there that she built her reputation as an expert in rare, antique, and foreign dolls. She traveled extensively around the country lecturing and exhibiting her dolls while building a wealthy clientele that included Hollywood stars, members of high society, politicians, and other collectors.

​When medical bills started to accumulate because of her husband’s poor health and business started to fail with the onset of World War II, she accepted the role as a spy for the Imperial Japanese Government. By hiding coded messages in her correspondence about dolls, she was able to pass on to her Japanese contacts critical military information about the US warships. After surveilling Velvalee for over a year, the FBI arrested her and charged her with espionage and violation of censorship laws. She became the first American woman to face the death penalty on charges of spying for a wartime enemy.

Velvalee Dickinson: The “Doll Woman” Spy is a carefully researched glimpse into the “Doll Woman’s” life as a collector of dolls, and as the highest paid American woman who spied for the Imperial Japanese Government during World War II.

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Barbara Casey

Meet the Author:  

Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. Her nonfiction book, Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave, is under contract for a major film. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency.

Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. In 2018 Barbara received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and Top Professional Award for her extensive experience and notable accomplishments in the field of publishing and other areas. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband, and three pets who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix; Reese, a black cat; and Earl Gray, a gray cat and Reese’s best friend.

Connect with the author:  Website

REVIEW: Barbara Casey has provided a glimpse into the bizarre and complicated life of Velvalee Dickinson. It was fascinating to learn how a tiny, university-educated woman could prove to be such a threat to the American government and its citizens.

The book is purely biographical in nature and in chronological order. The author includes several pages of photographs that lend credibility and interest to what could have been a dry dissertation. However this was definitely not the case as I could not put the book down. One determines from the onset that Velvalee is a survivor. However, her moral compass was somewhat askew as she had no qualms about pinning blame onto innocent parties, including her dying and mentally impaired husband.

This well-researched, gripping account is easily read in a couple of hours.

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May 27 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
May 28 – Readers Cozy Corner – review / giveaway
May 28 – My Devotional Thoughts – review / giveaway
May 29 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
May 30 – Literary Flits – review / giveaway
May 31 – #redhead.with.book – review / giveaway
June 3 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
June 3 – Ani’s Books – review / author interview / giveaway
June 4 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
June 4 – Books for Books – review
June 5 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / author interview / giveaway
June 6 – Readers’ Muse – review / guest post / giveaway
June 7 – Just Reviews – review

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Book spotlight: Burton Blake by Robert Tucker

Book Details:

Book Title:  Burton Blake by Robert Tucker
Category:  Adult Fiction, 518 pages
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Tell-Tale Publishing Group LLC / Wise Words Publishing
Release date:  1/06/2019
Format available for review:  print, ebook (PDF, mobi and ePub)
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: May 27 to June 28, 2019
Content Rating: G (Depictions of violence are minimal. No bad language, religious expletives, sex scenes, drug use or underage drinking.)

Book Description:  

In this sequel to the well-received The Revolutionist, the American journey of three generations locks the neophyte company president, Burton Blake, in a vicious struggle with corporate intrigue, financial greed, and social corruption. Born to a taxi dancer at the beginning of the Second World War, Burton’s father, Elias Blake, never knows his natural father, who is killed in the South Pacific. He is raised by his mother and stepfather from her second marriage who makes his fortune during the post war real estate boom of the 50’s. Their untimely death by his business partner leaves the boy Elias in the guardianship of his mother’s best friend and her marine vet husband who introduces him to the macho culture of guns and hunting.

Elias’s youth is influenced by the adult world’s drive for personal material gain. Over the next decades, he expands his parents’ original real estate empire into the diversified multi-divisional, multi-national corporation that he leaves to his son, Burton. Upon his forced return from traveling and working with oppressed third world people, Burton learns increasingly more about the true nature of his deceased father as he undertakes the challenges of leading the company in a new direction.

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The Revolutionist by Robert Tucker

​Book Details:

Book Title:  The Revolutionist by Robert Tucker
Category:  Adult Fiction, 649 pages
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Tell-Tale Publishing Group LLC / Wise Words Publishing
Release date:  12/03/2017
Format available for review:  print, ebook (gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: May 27 to June 28, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (This book does not contain any gratuitous violence. Any depicted violence is relevant to the historical period, as are scenes of white slave prostitution, sexual and physical abuse, and one of an abortion mill. They are written with sensitivity as to time and place and with appropriate literary language.)

Book Description:

Two different families escape from the political tyranny of their respective homelands, the Josephsons from Sweden and Matias and Kurt Bauman, brothers from Germany and Austria Hungary, with the aid of a Viennese opera diva, Sophie Augusta Rose, and Jean Guenoc, a former Jesuit priest, family friend and protector and partisan of the French underground. Their journey brings them to America in the throes of the industrial revolution during the 1890s and early 1900s.

Ingrid and Olaf Josephson settle on a small wheat farm in North Central Minnesota to raise their children, Newt and Julie. Among the Jewish entrepreneurs forced to leave Germany and Austria-Hungary, Matias and Kurt Bauman re-establish their transportation company in Chicago, Illinois. In search of a secret list of insurgent social democrats, the bounty hunter assassin, Luther Baggot, tracks his victims to the American heartland. Following the murder of their mother and father, Newt, Julie, and their friends, Aaron and Beth Peet, hide from the killer in a Northern Minnesota logging camp. Believing the children have taken possession of the list, Luther tracks them down and they are forced to flee again, this time to Chicago where a different world opens up to them as they are thrust into the turmoil and violence of an urban society and economy careening into the new century.

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Robert Tucker

Meet the Author:  
Robert is published by Tell-Tale Publishing Group LLC / Wise Words Publishing under a multi-book contract. The author of four previous earlier novels, Robert infuses his books with unique dynamic stories and characters that portray social and cultural conflicts of their time. His career encompasses many years as a business consultant that have given him access to a wide range of organizations and an appreciation for people in all areas of society. His life experience is reflected in the literary quality of his work. Born and raised in the Middle-West, he has traveled throughout the United States and abroad.

Now retired, he resides with his wife in Southern California where he devotes full-time to writing. Robert is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Masters Degree in Communications at the University of California, Los Angeles where he received the Samuel Goldwyn and Donald Davis Literary Awards.

An affinity for family and the astute observation of generational interaction pervade his novels. His works are literary and genre upmarket fiction that address the nature and importance of personal integrity.

Connect with the author:   Website  ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

May 27 – Working Mommy Journal – review of The Revolutionist
May 28 – #www.redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
May 29 – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight / giveaway
May 29 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post
May 30 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review pf The Revolutionist / guest post / giveaway
May 30 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of The Revolutionist / giveaway
June 3 – Working Mommy Journal – review of Burton Blake
June 4 – Jayne’s Books – review of The Revolutionist
June 5 – Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / giveaway
June 5 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of The Revolutionist / giveaway
June 10 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review of The Revolutionist
June 11 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review of Burton Blake / giveaway
June 12 – My Devotional Thoughts – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review of Burton Blake / giveaway
June 14 – Jayne’s Books – review of Burton Blake
June 17 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
June 18 – Haddie’s Haven – review of The Revolutionist / giveaway
June 18 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
June 19 – Library of Clean Reads – review of The Revolutionist / giveaway
June 20 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review of Burton Blake
June 21 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of The Revolutionist / giveaway
June 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
June 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review of ​Burton Blake / giveaway
June 26 – Library of Clean Reads – review of The Burton Blake/ giveaway
June 27 – Haddie’s Haven – review of The Burton Blake / giveaway
June 28 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review of Burton Blake / giveaway

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Book review: Song of Atlantis by Brian Power

Book Details:

Book Title:  Song of Atlantis by Brian Power
Category:  Adult Fiction, 322 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Brian J Power
Release date:  December 2014
Format available for review:  print
Will send print books out:  USA & Canada
Tour dates: May 13 – 24, 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M (No explicit sex scene or excessive profanity)

Book Description:

A shocking discovery leads one scientist down a dangerous path in Brian Power’s compelling debut novel, Song of Atlantis.

When Amon Goro, master architect of Atlantis, discovers a way to harness the earth’s forces into an infinite source of clean energy, it seems destined to change civilization as we know it.

But 4,500 years later, Atlantis exploration team leader Palen Golendar is brutally captured by a Native American tribe in modern-day South Dakota—derailing any hope Atlantis held of utilizing its energy secrets.

Eight thousand years in the future, Native American anthropologist Gordon Tallbear and his team of highly skilled researchers stumble across a connection between the recent discovery of Golendar’s remains and an intricate cavern system deep in the mountains of Antarctica…a connection that finally reveals the Atlantean secret of perpetual energy.

While Tallbear and his team plan to recreate the energy source that will change the world, a wealthy group with deep ties to carbon-based fuel producers decides this newfound energy source must be destroyed—and they will stop at nothing to assassinate the researchers in order to bury what they know.

Can Tallbear’s newfound knowledge survive?

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Brian Power

Meet the Author:  

​Brian Power is an educator who has taught at both the high school and college levels. He earned a BS degree in English and Secondary Education, and an MA in International Relations. A retired corporate consultant and trainer, he is also a retired Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel who served for 24 years on both active duty and in the reserves. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife. SONG OF ATLANTIS is his first book.

​For more information, please visit his Website.


BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

May 13 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
May 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – review / author interview / giveaway
May 15 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
May 16 – #redhead.with.book – review / giveaway
May 17 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
May 20 – Books for Books – review
May 21 – A Fountain of Books – review / author interview / giveaway
May 22 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
May 23 – JBronder Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway
May 24 – Readers Muse – review / guest post

REVIEW:

Song of Atlantis will blow your mind! The author has an incredible imagination and has done massive amounts of research to bring us an incredibly detailed, entertaining and fascinating account of what the Atlanteans may have been like.

The author was able to successfully integrate the past and present using alternating chapters – slowly leading us to the links that would complete the story.

I was fascinated by the discoveries in Antarctica – the author used detailed and imaginative word pictures that seemed so realistic.

I really did enjoy the characters in the book, although Joanna and Tallbear were a bit too perfect (yeah, yeah, I’ll have to write my own book) (see page 322) but this really didn’t detract from the sophisticated storyline. The evil guys were pretty scary (reader beware).

Very similar to a Clive Cussler novel, anyone who loves to read action and adventure will not be able to put this book down.

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Book spotlight: What We Do for Love by Anne Pfeffer

Book Details:

Book Title:  What We Do for Love by Anne Pfeffer
Category:  Adult Fiction, 227 pages
Genre:  Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Bold Print Press
Release date:  May 21, 2019
Format available for review:  print, ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: May 20 to June 14, 2019
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M (My book has a few instances of the F-word and Sh— and one somewhat explicit sex scene)

Book Description:

“If Lorelai Gilmore of Gilmore Girls was dropped into a thriller, it might resemble this appealing novel.” –Kirkus Reviews

Thirty-eight year old Nicole Adams has given up on finding love. Instead, the single mother focuses on the things she cherishes most—her sixteen-year old son Justin, her friends, and her art. When she convinces a prominent Los Angeles museum to feature a piece of her work, a large-scale installation, she thinks her life has finally turned a corner. Then Justin brings a girl, Daniela, home to live with them. Daniela’s angry parents have thrown her out of the house, because she’s pregnant with Justin’s child.

​Shattered, Nicole takes Daniela in and, in so doing, is drawn into the inner circle of Daniela’s family—a frightening world of deceit and violence. Nicole struggles to keep life going as normal. Forced to deal with people she doesn’t trust or like, fearful for the future of both her son and the grandchild they’re expecting, Nicole wonders if she can do what she tells Justin to do: always have faith in yourself and do the right thing. ​

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Anne Pfeffer

Meet the Author:  

Award-winning novelist Anne Pfeffer grew up in Phoenix, Arizona reading prodigiously and riding horses. After working in Chicago and New York, she escaped back to the land of sunshine in Los Angeles.

​She has worked in banking and as a pro bono attorney, representing abandoned children in adoption and guardianship proceedings. Anne has a daughter living in New York and is the author of four books in the YA/New Adult genres.

Connect with the author:  Website ~ Twitter


BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

May 20  – Rocksprings Crafts – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 20  – The Pen & Muse Book Reviews – book spotlight
May 21  – Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 22  – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / giveaway
May 23  – A Fountain of Books – review / author interview
May 24  – Working Mommy Journal – review
​May 27  – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
May 28  – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
May 29  – Southern Today Gone Tomorrow – review
May 30  – FUONLYKNEW – review / giveaway
May 31  – NorthernMSW: Book Reviews and Advocacy – review / giveaway
May 31  – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway
June 3   – eBook Addicts – review / giveaway
June 4   – Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / giveaway
June 4   – The Hufflepuff Nerdette – review / author interview / giveaway
June 5   – StoreyBook Reviews – review / giveaway
June 6   – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review / giveaway
June 7   – Books for Books – review
June 10 – A Wondrous Bookshelf – review
June 11 – Amy’s Booket List – review / guest post
June 12 – Peaceful Pastime – review
June 13 – Fur Everywhere – review / giveaway
June 14 – Adventurous Jessy – review / giveaway

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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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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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BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

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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