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Monday, May 14, 2018

Elizabeth Hansen gives "Crossing the Line" by Ellen Valladares 5 out of 5 stars!

About the Book:

Laura, who died thirty years ago, enlists the help of a tenacious high school reporter named Rebecca, who is very much alive. Rebecca, although skeptical and conflicted by her supposed encounters with a spirit, determines to learn the truth about Laura’s tragic death. As the clues unravel and their worlds collide, Rebecca finds herself at a dangerous crossroads.

Laura, now pulled back into everything she left behind when she died—her old high school and memories of her life and death—has been in training for this exact moment. And nothing means more to her than succeeding at her assignment.

It is her one chance to make sure that what happened to her does not happen to anyone else, and especially not to her new friend, Rebecca.

Paperback: 296 pages
Genre: Fiction/Young Adult Novel
Publisher: WiDO (March 2018)
ISBN-10: 1937178994
ISBN-13: 978-1937178994

Crossing the Line is available for purchase in print and as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.



About the Author:

Ellen Wolfson Valladares is an award-winning writer/author, workshop facilitator, community volunteer, and mother. A native Floridian, she grew up in St. Petersburg and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. She has worked as an editor, public relations professional, and freelance writer. Her first book, a children’s novel entitled Jonathan's Journey to Mount Miapu, received several awards, including a Mom’s Choice Gold Award and the 2009 Coalition of Visionary Resources Visionary Awards Book of the Year award. She also has a meditation CD, entitled “Healing and Manifestation with the Archangels.”
Today, Valladares continues to work as a freelance writer. She also enjoys coaching high school students working on their college essays and helping other writers realize their dreams. She has been married to her husband, Manny, for 30 years and they have two sons, Gabriel and Michael, two dogs, Flash and Chili Pepper, and a crazy cat named Zelda. They live in Weston, Fla.

Find Ellen Online:

Website: http://www.ellenvalladares.com

Twitter: @ValladaresEllen

FB: @EllenValladares444

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023698.Ellen_Wolfson_Valladares




-----Book Review by Elizabeth Hansen

I loved reading Crossing the Line. Ellen Wolfson Valladares drew me in from the first words, “Focus, Laura, focus.”

The book has an eerie chill from those starting words. Not a bad chill. The exciting chill of things to be uncovered, mysteries to be understood. And while it is eerie, it has a heart and soul. It is like The Lovely Bones, like that, but more modern. While The Lovely Bones is only told by the murdered Susie Salmon, Crossing the Line is told with the flair and voices of 2 beautifully developed main characters. It is very intriguing. I’ve always loved a book with unsolved murders, ghosts, and mysteries intermingled. This book includes all of that, and more!!!

I give it 5/5 for being such a good, and easy read. I hope to read more books by Ellen Wolfson Valladares.





5 out of 5...told with flair!







*****ABOUT TODAY'S REVIEWER*****

Elizabeth Hansen is 15 years old, and a freshman in high school. She loves to write stories and read. She also rides horses, figure skates, sews, embroiders, and bikes for fun. When she graduates from high school, she plans to study abroad in Germany, for the language, and Ireland for the ancient culture and mythology. She wants to become an author, writing adventure, and dabbling in manga.

WOW! Blog Tour - Book Review of David Myles Robinson's "The Pinochet Plot"

About the Book...

Successful San Francisco attorney Will Muñoz has heard of the brutal former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, of course, but it's not until he receives his mother's suicide letter that he has any inkling Pinochet may have had his father, Chilean writer Ricardo Muñoz, assassinated thirty years earlier.

Her suspicions spur Will on to a quest to discover the truth about his father's death–and about the psychological forces that have driven his mother to her fatal decision. His journey takes him deep into unexpected darkness linking his current step-father, the CIA, drug-experimentation programs, and a conspiracy of domestic terrorism. The Pinochet Plot is not just a story of a man seeking inner peace; it is also a story of sinister history doomed to repeat itself.

Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Terra Nova Books (May 1, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1938288203
ISBN-13: 978-1938288203

The Pinochet Plot  is available for purchase in print and as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

About the Author:

David Myles Robinson grew up in Pasadena, CA. He holds degrees from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco School of Law. After practicing law for thirty-eight years in Honolulu, Hawaii, he retired with his wife, former Honolulu judge Marcia Waldorf, to Taos, NM. Robinson is the author of three previous novels: legal thrillers Tropical Lies and Tropical Judgments, and Unplayable Lie, a golf-related suspense novel.

Find David Online:

Website: www.davidmylesrobinson.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38825244-the-pinochet-plot

Twitter: @DMRobinsonWrite

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidMylesRobinson/


-----Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

Let me start by saying I knew very little about Augusto Pinochet and his military dictatorship in Chile from 1973 until 1990. For this, I am embarrassed. I am also quite thankful for David Myles Robinson's book The Pinochet Plot because  it caused me to do some homework to find out more about the background of the book and this time period. I enjoyed the book, but due to my lack of knowledge and my need to know more, it was a slow read for me. I needed to know for myself the facts that were intricately woven into this work of literary fiction. (that's just me)

I enjoyed the writing style of The Pinochet Plot and thought Robinson did a very nice job overall (which is why I'm giving a 5 star rating). Great plot, great character depiction, and intelligent writing style. A book I'd read again as well as recommend to others.


Tuesday, May 15th @ Bella Donnas Books with Dawn Thomas
Dawn Thomas reviews The Pinochet Plot for readers at Bella Donnas Books.
http://belladonnasbooks.com/

Friday, May 18th @ World of My Imagination
Nicole Pyles reviews The Pinochet Plot by David Myles Robinson
http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

Friday, May 18th @ To Write or Not to Write
Sreevarsha Sreejith reviews The Pinochet Plot.  Don't miss this opportunity to hear from Sreevarsha and visit To Write or Not to Write.
http://sreevarshasreejith.blogspot.co.at/

Tuesday, May 22nd @ Lisa Haselton
Lisa Haselton interviews David Myles Robinson about his latest mystery The Pinochet Plot.
http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

Monday, May 28th @ Coffee with Lacey
Lacey reviews the latest thriller by David Myles Robinson - readers will be at the edge of their seat with The Pinochet Plot.
http://www.coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, May 29th @ Writings By Renee
Fellow author Renee Sanchez reviews the latest novel by David Myles Robinson. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about The Pinochet Plot.
https://www.writingsbyrenee.com/blog

Wednesday, May 30th @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Contino
Bring on Lemons welcomes guest blogger Cathy Contino as she reviews The Pinochet Plot - the latest best selling novel by David Myles Robinson.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Thursday, May 31st @ Choices with Madeline Sharples
Fellow author Madeline Sharples reviews David Myles Robinson's latest novel The Pinochet Plot.
http://madelinesharples.com/

Keep up with the latest stops by following WOW! on twitter @WOWBlogTour.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

WOW! Blog Tour - Book Review of "The Vines We Planted"

Thank you WOW! Women on Writing for including us as a blog stop on the book blog tour of Joanell Serra's The Vines We Planted- it truly is a pleasure!

Today's reviewer is Tara Forst and here's a little bit about Tara:

Tara Forst lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their young son. Tara owns her own business: Worn Forever - dedicated to helping mamas with babywearing and attachment parenting.


5 Star Review:

I really enjoyed The Vines We Planted. The author did a great job keeping me interested. I loved the setting as much as the characters and plot!

Joanell Serra covered so many themes in this book (adoption, love, marriage, and more). There’s something in here for every reader at any walk of life. The writing was never boring and it was a book I think most people will devour in a day or two. Even as a busy mom, I devoured this book and would recommend to others.


About the Book:  
In the heart of the California wine country, secrets seem to grow on the vines that Uriel Macon’s family have tended for generations.

Uriel, the winery’s young widower, steers clear of complicated relationships. He prefers the lonely comfort of his vineyard and his horses, until he is reminded of his love affair with Amanda Scanlon; a relationship that ended when she abruptly left the country years ago under a cloud of mystery.

When Amanda returns to Sonoma because of a family crisis, she tries to mend the broken relationships she left behind. In addition, she seeks the truth about her parents’ complicated history and her own parentage.

But Amanda’s unveiling of the past has devastating consequences. In the midst of California’s beautiful Sonoma Valley, the Scanlon family struggles to overcome harsh realities with dignity and grace.

Both Amanda and Uriel stretch to take care of their families, which are facing immigration issues, marital crises, and loss. While navigating these challenges, the couple must decide if they trust themselves to love again, or to finally let each other go.

A Sonoma local, author Joanell Serra’s debut novel is captivating, poignant, and uplifting, demonstrating how seeds planted long ago continue to grow. Sometimes into a strangling weed, sometimes offering a bountiful harvest.

Paperback: 288 pages
Genre: Fiction/Literature
Publisher: WiDO (May 8th 2018)
ISBN-10: 1947966022
ISBN-13: 978-1947966024

The Vines We Planted is available for purchase in print and as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound.



About the Author:

Joanell Serra, MFT lives with her growing children, husband and dogs in the lovely Sonoma Valley.

After years of publishing short stories, essays and plays, The Vines We Planted is her debut novel. She can be found polishing her second novel at a coffee shop, sipping a perfect Cabernet in a Sonoma winery or at her website: www.JoanellSerraAuthor.com.

Find Joanell Online:

https://www.facebook.com/Joanellserrauthor/

https://www.instagram.com/joanellserraauthor/

http://joanellserraauthor.com/author-blog/



---------- Upcoming Blog Tour Dates

Monday, April 30th @ The Muffin
Author Interview & Giveaway!
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

Tuesday, May 1st @ Word Nerd
Elizabeth at Word Nerd reviews The Vines We Planted by Joanell Serra and interviews this popular author about her latest work!
https://www.wordnerdmedia.com/

Wednesday, May 2nd @ World of My Imagination
Nicole reviews Joanell Serra's The Vines We Planted for readers at World of My Imagination. Don't miss the opportunity to find out more about this fast paced novel! http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

Thursday, May 3rd @ Phytallic
Don't miss today's review of The Vines We Planted by Joanell Serra. Readers at Phytallic will be delighted and intrigued!
https://phytallic.wordpress.com/

Friday, May 4th @ Write Happy
Catherine Brown shares her review of The Vines We Planted with readers at Write Happy. You won't want to miss this opportunity to learn more about author Joanell Serra and her latest work!
https://www.writehappy.net/

Saturday, May 5th @ The Muffin
Crystal Otto reviews The Vines We Planted by Joanell Serra.
http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

Monday, May 7th @ Beverley Baird
Beverley Baird reviews Joanell Serra's latest work The Vines We Planted and shares her thoughts with readers at Beverley A Baird.
https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, May 8th @ Lisa Haselton
Lisa Haselton interviews Joanell Serra about her writing and her latest novel The Vines We Planted. Don't miss today's informative and encouraging author interview! http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, May 9th @ The Constant Story
Fellow author David Berner reviews The Vines We Planted by Joanell Serra. Readers at The Constant Story will delight in learning about this beautifully written novel published by Wido Publishing. http://davidwberner.blogspot.com/

Thursday, May 10th @ Coffee with Lacey
Readers at Coffee With Lacey learn more about the beautiful The Vines We Planted as Lacey reviews Joanell Serra's latest novel.
http://www.coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com/

Monday, May 14th @ Choices
Joanell Serra is today's guest blogger at Choices. Her article about Mental health is one you won't want to miss. Learn about this and find out about Serra's novel The Vines We Planted.
http://madelinesharples.com/

Tuesday, May 15th @ Ellen Valladares
Fellow author Ellen Valladares shares her thoughts after reading Joanell Serra's The Vines We Planted.
https://ellenvalladares.com/ellens-blog/

Thursday, May 24th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey
Joanell Serra pens today's guest post with Kathleen Pooler - don't miss Serra's insight about mother/daughter relationships and find out more about her new book The Vines We Planted.
https://krpooler.com/

Friday, May 25th @ BookWorm
Anjanette Potter reviews Joanell Serra's The Vines We Planted and shares her thoughts with readers at BookWorm!
https://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

WOW! Blog Tour - Book Review of "The Pinochet Plot"

Thank you WOW! Women on Writing for including us as a blog stop on the book blog tour of David Myles Robinson's The Pinochet Plot - it truly is a pleasure!

Today's reviewer is Michelle DelPonte and here's a little bit about Michelle:

Michelle DelPonte is a busy mom and health care worker. Her two sons are the focus of her life and she works diligently to raise awareness about autism in the community. She loves reading, anything to do with history and geocaching just to name a few of her many hobbies. Michelle, her husband Ben and their two sons Sebastian and Asher live in Manitowoc, WI on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan where they enjoy walking and biking on the Mariner’s Trail and spending time at the Library.


5 Star Review:

Part history, part soul searching journey, and part thriller, The Pinochet Plot is a page turner! I’m a history buff which means I was particularly drawn to this book, but even those who aren’t familiar with Chile’s history can enjoy and learn a bit from David Myles Robinson’s fluid writing.


About the Book: 


Successful San Francisco attorney Will Muñoz has heard of the brutal former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, of course, but it's not until he receives his mother's suicide letter that he has any inkling Pinochet may have had his father, Chilean writer Ricardo Muñoz, assassinated thirty years earlier.

Her suspicions spur Will on to a quest to discover the truth about his father's death–and about the psychological forces that have driven his mother to her fatal decision. His journey takes him deep into unexpected darkness linking his current step-father, the CIA, drug-experimentation programs, and a conspiracy of domestic terrorism. The Pinochet Plot is not just a story of a man seeking inner peace; it is also a story of sinister history doomed to repeat itself.

Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Terra Nova Books (May 1, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1938288203
ISBN-13: 978-1938288203

The Pinochet Plot is available for purchase in print and as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

About the Author:

David Myles Robinson grew up in Pasadena, CA. He holds degrees from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco School of Law. After practicing law for thirty-eight years in Honolulu, Hawaii, he retired with his wife, former Honolulu judge Marcia Waldorf, to Taos, NM. Robinson is the author of three previous novels: legal thrillers Tropical Lies and Tropical Judgments, and Unplayable Lie, a golf-related suspense novel.

Find David Online:

Website: www.davidmylesrobinson.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38825244-the-pinochet-plot

Twitter: @DMRobinsonWrite

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidMylesRobinson/




----------Future Blog Tour Dates

Monday, May 14th @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal J. Casavant-Otto
Crystal from WOW! shares her thoughts about the thrilling new novel by David Myles Robinson. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about The Pinochet Plot.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, May 15th @ Bella Donnas Books with Dawn Thomas
Dawn Thomas reviews The Pinochet Plot for readers at Bella Donnas Books.
http://belladonnasbooks.com/

Friday, May 18th @ World of My Imagination
Nicole Pyles reviews The Pinochet Plot by David Myles Robinson
http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com/

Friday, May 18th @ To Write or Not to Write
Sreevarsha Sreejith reviews The Pinochet Plot. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from Sreevarsha and visit To Write or Not to Write.
http://sreevarshasreejith.blogspot.co.at/

Tuesday, May 22nd @ Lisa Haselton
Lisa Haselton interviews David Myles Robinson about his latest mystery The Pinochet Plot.
http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/

Monday, May 28th @ Coffee with Lacey
Lacey reviews the latest thriller by David Myles Robinson - readers will be at the edge of their seat with The Pinochet Plot.
http://www.coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, May 29th @ Writings By Renee
Fellow author Renee Sanchez reviews the latest novel by David Myles Robinson. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about The Pinochet Plot.
https://www.writingsbyrenee.com/blog

Wednesday, May 30th @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Contino
Bring on Lemons welcomes guest blogger Cathy Contino as she reviews The Pinochet Plot - the latest best selling novel by David Myles Robinson.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Thursday, May 31st @ Choices with Madeline Sharples
Fellow author Madeline Sharples reviews David Myles Robinson's latest novel The Pinochet Plot.
http://madelinesharples.com/

Keep up with the latest stops by following us on twitter @WOWBlogTour.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Book Review of Renee Antonia's I'm not OKAY

Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

Let me begin by saying thank you to Nicole at WOW! Women on Writing for the opportunity of participating in this book blog tour.

I'm not OKAY is a story that needed telling and Renee Antonia did a lovely job of pulling me in as a reader. It's safe to say those who have experienced anxiety (in youth or otherwise) will find the character of Alejandra to be well written and easy to relate with. Similarly, Alejandra's feelings are laid out so well that even someone who has no personal experience with anxiety or mental health issues will feel empathy as the story unfolds.

The author herself admitted in her interview with WOW! that she wishes she had hired someone to help edit I'm not OKAY and with that said, I found that the typos and such didn't take away from the story. I commend Renee Antonia for her bravery in telling this story as well as for self-publishing as a 20 year old. I appreciate the opportunity to read this book and I think it is a beneficial read for teens to adults in all walks of life.



About the Book:

When she wakes up in the morning, the first thing that goes through Alejandra's head is whether or not she will be forced into another anxiety inducing situation. The struggles of being a young adult living with an anxiety ridden brain becomes too much for Alejandra to deal with. So, with the help of her friends, she forces herself out of the bubble her anxiety has placed her in. She learns to conquer the fears she once thought would destroy her and learns to rely on herself more than she ever has.

Print Length: 203 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: BookBaby (June 24, 2017)
ISBN-13: 9781483598062

I'm Not Okay is available as an eBook at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and Apple iTunes

 

About the Author

Renee Antonia grew up in the Los Angeles area with four siblings and two wonderful parents. Having such a strong support system enabled her to decide who and what she wanted to be. However, this question haunted her for years, because she couldn't quite pinpoint what exactly she saw herself doing for the rest of her life. She began to read a lot, hoping to find inspiration between the pages of a book. It was at this time that  she realized one thing. She loved sharing, reading, and writing. Renee decided that she wanted to be a writer, and since that day, she has taken any steps necessary to achieve that goal.

You can find Renee Antonia at:

Website: www.writingsbyrenee.com

Instagram: Instagram.com/renee_antonia_

Pinterest: Pinterest.com/writingsbyrenee

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16771475.Renee_Antonia 


 Upcoming Blog Tour Dates


April 26th @ Madeline Sharples Blog
Renee Antonia will be a guest writer today at Madeline Sharples' blog and will be talking about mental health, a very timely and important subject.
http://madelinesharples.com/

April 27th @ Lori's Reading Corner
Plant yourself into your reading corner while you read Lori's blog, where you'll have a chance to read another guest post by Renee Antonia.
www.lorisreadingcorner.com

April 28th @ Bookworm Blog
If you can't get enough books, come by Anjanette's bookworm blog to find out Renee Antonia's thoughts on mental health.
http://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

April 29th @ The Page Turner
Kayla over at her blog The Page Turner will be hosting Renee Antonia, who will be sharing her thoughts on short stories.
http://www.thepageturner.org/blog

April 30th @ The Nerdy Bookcase
Come by Molly's blog The Nerdy Bookcase to read her thoughts on Renee Antonia's book I'm Not Okay. 
https://thenerdybookcase.blogspot.com/

May 1st @ Mari's #WriteON!Journaling Blog
Make sure you visit Mari's blog where you can read another guest post by Renee Antonia on the poignant subject of mental health.
http://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog

May 2nd @ Coffee with Lacey
Drink coffee and read Lacey's blog today where you can catch Renee Antonia's thoughts on the books she is currently reading. You can also find out what Lacey had to say about Renee Antonia’s book, I’m Not Okay.
http://www.coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com/

May 3rd @ Write  Like Crazy
Today's blog post will want to make you read like crazy when you catch Renee Antonia's thoughts on short stories over at Mary Jo's blog.
writelikecrazy.com

May 4th @ Phytallic Blog
May the 4th be with you today when you visit Phytallic's blog and read her opinion on the book I'm Not Okay. 
https://phytallic.wordpress.com/

May 5th @ Bookworm Blog
Can't get enough books? Well come by Anjanette's blog today when she shares her thoughts on the book I'm Not Okay and interviews the author Renee Antonia.
http://bookworm66.wordpress.com/

May 6th @ Slightly Off the Mark
Stop by Mark Hunter's blog to find out Renee Antonia's thoughts on writing while working full time. Also, Mark interviews the author to tell us more about this incredible writer.
markrhunter.blogspot.com

May 7th @ A New Look on Books
Take a new look today when you stop by Rae's blog A New Look on Books when author Renee Antonia shares her thoughts on short stories.
http://anewlookonbooks.com/

May 8th @ The Page Turner
Kayla over at her blog The Page Turner will be sharing her thoughts on Renee Antonia’s book I’m Not Okay.
http://www.thepageturner.org/blog

May 10th @ Write Like Crazy
You'll want to read today's post over at Mary's blog Write Like Crazy when she shares her thoughts on Renee Antonia's moving young adult fiction book, I'm Not Okay. You can also enter to win a copy of the book too!
writelikecrazy.com

May 11th @ The Faerie Review
Come by Lily's blog at The Faerie Review to find out her thoughts on Renee Antonia's book, I'm Not Okay. 
http://www.thefaeriereview.com/

May 12th @ The Faerie Review
Stop by The Faerie Review again when blogger Lily interviews Renee Antonia about her book. See what this young adult fiction author had to say!
http://www.thefaeriereview.com/

May 18th @ Strength4Spouses
Renee Antonia will be over at Wendi's blog Strength4Spouses and will discuss mental health. Maybe this will give you strength to talk about this subject with those closest to you.
https://strength4spouses.blog/

May 21st @ Strength 4 Spouses
The last stop on the tour is over at Wendi's blog Strength4Spouses when she shares her thoughts on Renee Antonia's book I'm Not Okay. 
https://strength4spouses.blog/

Keep up with more stops on this tour on Twitter @WOWBlogTour




Monday, April 23, 2018

WOW! Book Blog Tour - Cathy Hansen Reviews "Crossing the Line" by Ellen Valladares

About the Book:

Laura, who died thirty years ago, enlists the help of a tenacious high school reporter named Rebecca, who is very much alive. Rebecca, although skeptical and conflicted by her supposed encounters with a spirit, determines to learn the truth about Laura’s tragic death. As the clues unravel and their worlds collide, Rebecca finds herself at a dangerous crossroads.

Laura, now pulled back into everything she left behind when she died—her old high school and memories of her life and death—has been in training for this exact moment. And nothing means more to her than succeeding at her assignment.

It is her one chance to make sure that what happened to her does not happen to anyone else, and especially not to her new friend, Rebecca.

Paperback: 296 pages
Genre: Fiction/Young Adult Novel
Publisher: WiDO (March 2018)
ISBN-10: 1937178994
ISBN-13: 978-1937178994

Crossing the Line is available for purchase in print and as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.



About the Author:

Ellen Wolfson Valladares is an award-winning writer/author, workshop facilitator, community volunteer, and mother. A native Floridian, she grew up in St. Petersburg and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. She has worked as an editor, public relations professional, and freelance writer. Her first book, a children’s novel entitled Jonathan's Journey to Mount Miapu, received several awards, including a Mom’s Choice Gold Award and the 2009 Coalition of Visionary Resources Visionary Awards Book of the Year award. She also has a meditation CD, entitled “Healing and Manifestation with the Archangels.”
Today, Valladares continues to work as a freelance writer. She also enjoys coaching high school students working on their college essays and helping other writers realize their dreams. She has been married to her husband, Manny, for 30 years and they have two sons, Gabriel and Michael, two dogs, Flash and Chili Pepper, and a crazy cat named Zelda. They live in Weston, Fla.

Find Ellen Online:

Website: http://www.ellenvalladares.com

Twitter: @ValladaresEllen

FB: @EllenValladares444

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023698.Ellen_Wolfson_Valladares




-----Book Review by Cathy Hansen


Crossing the Line, by Ellen Wolfson Valladares, was everything I’d hoped for: A suspenseful page-turner that made me wonder what was around the next bend. Mystery and drama. Characters that pulled me in to the point I couldn’t put it down, and when I had to put it down, I couldn’t wait to pick it back up and join these characters back where I left them. Unexpected twists and turns, connections that made me gasp when I understood newly revealed details. Characters I thought about for days after finishing the book.

Valladares brilliantly pulls the reader in with teenage Laura discovering her own death, back in 1983, then shifts back and forth between Laura and Rebecca, a teen much like Laura, living in 2013. Laura the spirit attends an ‘academy’ in the spirit world where she has been assigned her first client: Rebecca, a teen growing up in her own home town. Laura must make contact with Rebecca, watch out for her, and get Rebecca to trust her and listen to her, all while not knowing exactly what her end task will be. She must also do all of this without becoming emotional or ‘crossing the line.’ into the physical world.

Remaining emotionally detached proves difficult for Laura, as connections to her own past keep popping up as she works with Rebecca. By the time a second client, Teresa, is added to her caseload, Laura, Rebecca, and Teresa are all in real danger, and Laura starts to understand why she was selected for the case. Crossing the Line is full of suspense and excitement to the very end.





I would give this book to a friend to read...





----------Upcoming Blog Tour Dates




Tuesday, April 24th @ Finished Pages
Today, at Finished Pages, readers have an opportunity to learn more about Crossing the Line the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. Don't miss Renee's review of this YA Novel!
http://finishedpages.com/


Thursday, April 26th @ Digging with the Worms
Eric Trant reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. See what Eric thinks of Crossing the Line and find out more about this great book and accomplished author.
http://diggingwiththeworms.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 26th @ Phy Tallic
Phy reviews the delightful YA Novel Crossing the Line by Ellen Valladares.
https://phytallic.wordpress.com/

Friday, April 27th @ Write Happy
Today at Write Happy, Catherine Brown will be interviewing Ellen Valladares about her latest novel Crossing the Line. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about this YA Novel as well as hear some tips from the accomplished journalist and author Ellen Valladares.
https://www.writehappy.net/blog

Monday, April 30th @ Ellen Valladares
Crystal J. Casavant-Otto from WOW! Women on Writing reviews Crossing the Line by Ellen Valladares and shares her thoughts with readers at Valladares blog.
http://ellenvalladares.com/ellens-blog/

Tuesday, May 1st @ I Just Want to Finish My…
Brittany shares her thoughts after reading Crossing the Line by Ellen Valladares. Don't miss this insightful blog stop for this delightful Young Adult Novel!
http://www.ijustwannafinishmy.com/

Wednesday, May 2nd @ Hott Books
Don't miss today's guest post at Hott Books! Distinguished author Ellen Valladares shares her post titled: 'The Inspiration Behind Crossing the Line'. You'll want to learn more about this delightful YA Novel!
http://www.hottbooks.com/

Friday, May 4th @ Frasers Fun House
Melanie at Frasers Fun House reviews Crossing the Line by Ellen Valladares.
https://frasersfunhouse.com/

Monday, May 7th @ Word Nerd Media
Elizabeth at Word Nerd reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. You won't want to miss a minute of this captivating YA Novel Crossing the Line.
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Friday, May 11th @ BookWorm
Anjanette Potter delights readers at Bookworm with her review of the YA Novel Crossing the Line by Ellen Valladares.
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*****ABOUT TODAY'S REVIEWER*****


Cathy Hansen is a wife, mom, teacher, independent
beauty consultant, and small business owner. She and her husband operate SeedsNBeans, a local nature store, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.