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Monday, January 30, 2023

5 Stars for "It Gets Easier!...And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers" by Claudine Wolk as part of her WOW! Women on Writing Audio Blog Tour

 



If you are a mom or know a mom, or have a mom, you will want to add Claudine Wolk's audiobook It Gets Easier!...And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers by Claudine Wolk to your reading list. I'm so excited to be part of this audiobook tour!

I'll tell you more in my 5 star review -  But first, here's a bit about the book:

Every new mom learns pretty quickly how difficult new motherhood is but also that nobody tells the truth about it. Author and narrator Claudine Wolk learned the same lesson after her son was born but decided to speak the truth about motherhood with humorous insight and reality-based suggestions. A few crucial tips can make motherhood a bit more controllable and a lot more enjoyable.

Publisher: AMACOM
ISBN-10: 978-0840711151
ISBN-13: 0840711151
Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins

Purchase a copy of the audiobook on Libro.fmAudible or Audiobooks.com. You can also add the book to your reading list on GoodReads.com.

About the Author, Claudine Wolk


Claudine Wolk is a writer, radio talk show host, podcast host, and book marketing consultant. Her first book, It Gets Easier and Other Lies We Tell New Mothers has affectionately become “the perfect baby shower gift.” Claudine is working on her second non-fiction book aimed at helping writers who want to publish and market a book in the same fun, practical way as her first book. Claudine lives with her husband, Joe, in Bucks County, PA and has three grown children and a baby grandson. More at www.ClaudineWolk.com

Other places you can find the author online:

Stories and Strategies for Woman Podcast: https://storiesandstrategiesforwomen.buzzsprout.com

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

"It Gets Easier" is a fun, practical guide to becoming a Mom from the perspective of Claudine Wolk who is a columnist, blogger, speaker and mother of three. Her  book is an easy read/listen with fun stories and examples from her own experiences and those of people she has interviewed. Wolk's charm and wit shine through and though the book is helpful, it doesn't feel preachy like a self help book. (there's a difference between helpful and self help if you ask me)

Throughout the book, the reader is reminded that there is no single right way to raise a child. Mothers are empowered to choose their own path and yet but learning about other families and their experiences you get a sense of community. This isn't a crunchy mama guide to breastfeeding and cloth diapers, although it's not all about formula and disposable nappies either. All options are explained and the reader is empowered to do what works best for them. Whether you have children, are having children, wish you were having children, or know someone having children, there's something for you in "It Gets Easier". 

From the beginning of "It Gets Easier" by Claudine Wolk, all the way to the end, I felt at ease. This guide to becoming a mom felt much like having coffee with my friends at our local moms club. In both cases, our lives are different, our choices potentially opposite, and our stories nothing alike - yet we have a common goal of surviving motherhood with our sanity intact. A breastfeeding mama could sit next to a formula feeding mama and engage one another finding the similarities in our situations while also respecting the differences. The physical moms club meeting shared the same warm fuzzy feeling I felt with "It Gets Easier" - I love the idea sharing in both scenarios! 

This was a wonderful audio book and I can honestly say I also purchased the written copy looking forward to reading the stories again! Nicely done Claudine! and thank you to WOW! Women on Writing for including us in this audiobook blog tour! 



It Gets Easier! ... And Other Lies We Tell Mothers by Claudine Wolk - Audiobook Blog Tour

---- Blog Tour Calendar

January 16th @ The Muffin
Join us at WOW! as we celebrate the launch of Claudine Wolk's audiobook version of It Gets Easier!...And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers.

January 16th @ Just Katherine
Join Katherine as she reviews the audiobook version of It Gets Easier!....And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers.

January 17th @ Liberate and Lather
Join Angela as she reviews the audiobook version of  It Gets Easier!....And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers.

January 19th @ Jill Sheets Blog
Join Jill as she interviews the author about her book It Gets Easier!....And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers.

January 20th @ The Mommies Review
Join Glenda as she reviews It Gets Easier!....And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers. You'll also have the chance to win a copy of the book too!

January 20th @ Ellen Blogs
Visit Ellen's blog and read Claudine's guest post about going from self-published to traditionally published. It can be done!

January 21st World of My Imagination
Nicole features Claudine Wolk on her weekly featured three things on a Saturday night. She also gives away a copy of the audiobook It Gets Easier!....And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers.

January 22nd @ Just Katherine
Join Katherine again as she shares a guest post by Claudine Wolk about the eight lies we tell new mothers.

January 25th @ Chapter Break
Join Julie's blog as she features a spotlight of the audiobook It Gets Easier!....And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers. 

January 26th @ A Storybook world
Deirdra shares a guest post by Claudine Wolk about the five mom mantras that will keep you sane.

January 27th @ What Is That Book About
Join Michelle as she reviews the audiobook It Gets Easier!....And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers. 

January 30th @ Michelle Cornish' blog
Join Michelle as she features a guest post by Claudine Wolk about message, hook, and audience: the starting point to successfully market your book.

January 31st @ Bring on Lemons
Crystal rewards us with her review of It Gets Easier!....And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers.

February 1st @ World of My Imagination
Nicole features Michelle's guest review of It Gets Easier!...And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers.

February 3rd @ Knotty Needle
Visit Judy's blog for her insights about It Gets Easier!...And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers.

February 3rd @ Lady Unemployed
Visit Nicole's blog and read Claudine's guest post about how to get started on a voice acting career.

February 5th @ Strength 4 Spouses
Join Wendi as she reviews It Gets Easier!....And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers. You also have the chance to win a copy of the audiobook!

February 5th @ Celticlady's Reviews
Join Kathleen's blog as she spotlights It Gets Easier!....And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers.

February 6th @ Celticlady's Reviews
Visit Kathleen's blog again as she features a guest post by Claudine Wolk featuring uncensored advice for new mothers.

February 7th @ Strength 4 Spouses
Visit Wendi's blog again as features Claudine's guest post about power shifts in your relationship with your partner and how to get it back.

February 10th @ Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
Read an interview with Claudine Wolk at Lisa Haselton's blog.

February 11th @ Rockin Book Reviews
Join Lu Ann as she features a guest post by Claudine about reasonably cost-effective ways to promote your book. She'll also be giving away a copy of the audiobook as well!

February 13th @ Bookshine and Readbows
Join Steph's blog for her insightful reviews of It Gets Easier!...And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers.

February 15th @ Word Magic
Fiona shares a guest post from Claudine about where to start with book marketing.

February 15th @ Amy's Booket List
Join Amy for her review of It Gets Easier!...And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers. You'll also have the chance to win a copy of the book too!



Tuesday, December 13, 2022

5 Stars for "A Wingman for Christmas" by Barbara Barth - a review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto as part of the WOW! Women on Writing book blog tour

 

With the holiday season around the corner, a cozy Christmas read is just what we need to get into the spirit of the season! Author Barbara Barth has just released her novella A Wingman for Christmas and it's a must-read for Christmas!

A bit about her novel:

The annual Sweet Water, Georgia, Christmas parade is nearing but relationships are fractured on Wild Rose Lane. Antique dealer Cheryl Calloway's holiday spirit has tanked. It's been a horrible year with her divorce, her ex marrying younger and perkier Miriam across the street, and Mama moving into Cheryl's Victorian cottage with her Amazon parrot right before Thanksgiving. A party girl in her eighties, Mama smokes up a storm, likes her nightly vodka, has a hankering for men, and now a wingman named Nigel. If that isn't enough, the Historical Society wants Cheryl to clean up all the projects on her porch waiting to go to Spivey's Antique Mall for their Christmas Open House. Her desire to work her booth is as dead as her marriage. Miriam, President of the Historical Society, chastises her, "If it ain't pretty don't put it on the porch." Then there's Alice, her strange neighbor with the six-foot fluorescent light bulb cross nailed to the huge Magnolia tree in the middle of her rose garden. Alice watches all the neighbors too closely. Just when Cheryl thinks things can't get worse, an incident shakes her to the core, and a mystery follows revealing family secrets long forgotten. Cheryl wants to believe in miracles and love again, and Dr. James may just be the man of her dreams as he helps her and Mama sort things out.

Filled with quirky characters, mystery, family secrets, and sweet love, all set in a hot Georgia small town.

Publisher: Gilbert Street Press
ISBN-10: 0983171599
ISBN-13: 978-0983171599
ASIN: B0BJ9CWHGT
Print length: 198 pages

Purchase a copy of the book on Amazon. You can also add it to your GoodReads reading list.

About the Author, Barbara Barth

Barbara Barth turned to writing and adopting dogs to heal after her husband died fourteen years ago. Known as ‘Writer With Dogs’, Barth currently lives with four Chihuahuas in a charming town forty miles outside of Atlanta. She is Literary Arts Chair at a small art center where she promotes writing activities, author events, book launches, and hosts an online group Walton Writers. Inspired by the wonderful artists around her, Barth started painting and has won several awards with her whimsical art. Her books are available on Amazon. Visit her Instagram page Barbara Barth Studio. You can also check out her website.
---- Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

Let me start by saying I would absolutely love A Wingman for Christmas anytime of year - although it's especially lovely at Christmas! This is such a busy time of year for all of us and I absolutely loved finding myself on Wild Rose Lane learning all about the many characters. I related to so many aspects of this book and since I live in chilly Wisconsin I sure appreciated the warmth of characters as well as the warm weather setting. Barth is a talented author and her fun, animal loving personality shines through page after page! I give A Wingman for Christmas 5 stars and will be gifting a copy to my mother and teenage daughter this Christmas! 

 


---- Blog Tour Calendar

November 28th @ WOW! Women on Writing
Join us at our blog The Muffin to celebrate the launch of A Wingman for Christmas. We're interviewing the author and giving away a copy of her book to one lucky reader.

November 30th @ Author Anthony Avina's Blog
Join Anthony as he reviews A Wingman for Christmas. A perfect novella for the holiday season!

December 1st @ Deborah-Zenha Adams
Visit Deborah's blog where she shares a guest post by author Barbara Barth about how many editors you really need.

December 3rd @ Pages and Paws
Kristine shares her review of the charming holiday novella A Wingman for Christmas.

December 5th @ One Writer's Journey
Join Sue as she reviews A Wingman for Christmas by Barbara Barth.
December 6th @ Michelle Cornish's Blog
Join Michelle as she reviews A Wingman for Christmas. A must-read novella for the holiday season!

December 7th @ The Frugalista Mom
Rochie shares her review of A Wingman for Christmas and gives away a copy of the book to one lucky reader.

December 8th @ Knotty Needle
Visit Judy's blog as she features a guest post by Barbara Barth about starting a writing group.

December 9th @ A Storybook World
Visit Deirdra's blog for a spotlight on A Wingman for Christmas by Barbara Barth.

December 10th @ Michelle Cornish's Blog
Visit Michelle's site as she features author Barbara Barth's guest post on encouraging others to write.

December 12th @ Storeybook Review
Leslie shares her thoughts about this fun novella A Wingman for Christmas by Barbara Barth.

December 13th @ Bring on Lemons
Join Crystal as she shares this fun holiday novella A Wingman for Christmas.
https://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

December 14th @ Beverley A. Baird's Blog
Visit Beverley's blog as she reviews A Wingman for Christmas by Barbara Barth.

December 14th @ Avonna Loves Genres
Join Avonna as she reviews A Wingman for Christmas by Barbara Barth.

December 15th @ One Writer' Journey
Visit Sue's blog where she features a guest post by Barbara Barth about finding inspiration around you.

December 15th @ Knotty Needle
Visit Judy's blog again as she shares her thoughts about Barbara Barth's fun holiday read A Wingman for Christmas.

December 16th @ Beverley A. Baird's Blog
Join Beverley as she features a guest post by author Barbara Barth about writing fiction versus memoir.

December 18th @ Life According to Jamie
Jamie will be reviewing a fun novella for the holiday season: A Wingman for Christmas. 

December 19th @ Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
Join Lisa as she interviews author Barbara Barth about her book A Wingman for Christmas.

December 20th @ Word Magic
Visit Fiona's blog as she features a guest post by Barbara Barth about researching your topic as well as your time frame.

December 21st @ World of My Imagination
Visit Nicole's blog as she reviews A Wingman for Christmas.


 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Sign Up TODAY for "Ghost With Two Hearts" by Michael R. French - a WOW! Women on Writing Book Blog Tour launching December 12th 2022!

 I am thrilled to invite you to a Blog Tour with my dear friend and talented author Michael R. French! 


December 12th 2022
WOW! Women on Writing
Launches
An Amazing Book Blog Tour
for
GHOST WITH TWO HEARTS
by
Michael R. French




 



Categories:  Magic, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Love Story 


Sign-Up Today using this google form:  


About the Author, Michael R. French:

National best selling author Michael French is a graduate of Stanford University and Northwestern University. He is a businessman and author who divides his time between Santa Barbara, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is an avid mountain trekker, likes to visit developing countries, and with his wife, Patricia, started a 501(c) 3, Dollars4Schools, to support public school teachers in Santa Fe.

He has published twenty four books, including fiction, young adult fiction, biographies, and art criticism. His novel, Abingdon's, was a bestseller and a Literary Guild Alternate Selection. His young adult novel, Pursuit, was awarded the California Young Reader Medal.

The Reconstruction of Wilson Ryder was released January 2013.

Mountains beyond Mountains was released April 2013.

Once Upon A Lie was published on March 15, 2016.

The Beginner's Guide to Winning an Election, a YA/crossover novel, published in  2019


and now...

"Ghost with Two Hearts"


 

#ghostwithtwohearts


The Blog Tour will begin on December 12th and last until the end of January 2023 (how fitting that Ghost with Two Hearts spans two calendar years)! You can participate by reviewing the book,  spotlighting the book, choosing a guest post written by the author, or interviewing the author.

 
Physical copies available in the U.S.  or PDF available for all! (digital copies available NOW, physical copies will become available after 12/1)

I'd love to have you for this Blog Tour!
Questions? Send me an email: crystaljotto@gmail.com or call/text: 920-645-7529


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        Summary of Ghost With Two Hearts        

          

        Approaching  30,  Adrian,  a  talented  software  engineer,  takes  stock  of  his  wealth and  accolades—and  also how unhappy he is.  He doesn’t make friends easily, boycotts social media,  and was recently bloodied in a divorce he didn’t want.   He finds no common purpose in a country  marred by political vitriol, distrust, and inequality. Taking a leave of absence from his company,  he travels to  Japan with a samurai katana that his grandfather lifted from a  Japanese captain  killed  in  World  War  Two.  Adrian  is  determined  to  find  the  sword’s  rightful  heir.  Doing  the  morally correct thing make him feel better about himself. 

He  discovers Japanese  society to  be the  antithesis  of almost  everything  in  the  States. People honor authority, esteem education, follow laws and customs, and have a reverence  for  nature.  Virtually crime-free, Japan has less than a dozen murders a year. In Shintoism, the galaxy  of gods and demons are taken seriously. There are clean lines, sometimes absolute ones, between  right and wrong, reward and punishment.  

               When Adrian visits his first Shinto temple in Kyoto, someone pickpockets his cell phone. By luck, he thinks, he finds it on an empty table in a café. He later realizes that  his photos and  messages have been tampered with.  He rents a house on the Philosopher’s Path, which parallels  a tranquil canal lined with gorgeous cherry trees.  The landlord, a former Shinto priest, reveals that a special ghost called a “kami” lives in the attic. Her name is Emiko and she showed up  five years ago, he says. All kami are  invisible but reputed to have human capabilities and emotions.               Adrian has already read about these highly-esteemed spirits of the dead, millions of them,  but  a  few are  actually  evil  and  being  punished for  eternity.  Emiko’s  erratic,  prank-playing  behavior is a sign that she is one of the damned, the priest says with sorrow. He doesn’t know why she  ended  up in  his  house.  Happy  renters write reviews  about  a frustrated, angry,  yet  

essentially harmless ghost. They are entertained. The priest never lacks for future business. One night, Adrian hears footsteps outside his bedroom. On several occasions, the shower  turns on and off.  It’s like he has a housemate, he thinks, convinced he is imagining everything.  When  his  grandfather’s  sword  vanishes from  his  bedroom, however,  he  panics. He’s  already  located  its  rightful  owner—the Japanese  captain’s  80-yer-old  daughter.  He  has  promised to  deliver it to her promptly. He has to keep his word or lose face. 

He scours the house for the katana, but stops short of going into the attic. On a whim he  writes the ghost a note, politely asking if she knows where his sword is. He’s stunned to get a note back. Emiko admits to taking the  katana, but it’s only to protect Adrian.  She insists  the  captain’s  daughter will  pray  to the  gods  to  punish  Adrian.  His  grandfather’s  theft on  the  battlefield was a moral crime and someone has to do penance. 

Who,  and  what  kind  of  penance?  he wonders. Adrian  pleads  and  nags until Emiko reluctantly returns the sword.     

In the attic, she writes in her diary that Adrian is a naïve Westerner, hopelessly ignorant about the spiritual world, and needs to find a “teacher.” Otherwise, he’ll be a lost soul forever. Unlike tenants she’s put up with in the past, she finds Adrian sincere and likable.   

The captain’s daughter, once she has the sword, asks a powerful Shinto goddess, Inari, to  destroy Adrian. The dark side of Japanese culture seems like a complicated game to Adrian, but  when Emiko hints at her own sad story, he takes her seriously.  On her behalf, Adrian  begins  praying to  Inari,  the same goddess who has been solicited  to  take revenge on him. In a large  shrine,  he  prostrates  himself  in  front  of  a stern-looking  effigy,  praying  for Inari to  reverse  Emiko’s fate. Worshippers give him strange looks but he doesn’t care. He never fits in anywhere.

Emiko is filled with gratitude for Adrian’s  support,  as she, too, prays constantly to Inari. When he admits he has feelings for her, even if she’s a ghost, she hints he’s wasting his time. They  can never be together, as she has her own destiny, though she won’t explain what it is.  She urges  Adrian to leave Japan immediately, in case Inari turns against him. Instead, he hangs around the  house, wanting  Emiko  to  teach  him  how  to  be a better person. Despite her bleak, tormented  existence, the ghost’s strength and purpose inspire him.   

Adrian hears ambiguous rumors about the priest’s past. At the same time,  a new kami  enters his life. The ghost of the Army captain lures him into a dark alley. Wielding the katana that  Adrian had returned to his daughter, he attacks viciously, and would have killed Adrian but for a last-second intervention from Inari. Adrian becomes a true believer in Shinto gods because they  ultimately do the right thing, both sparing an outsider like him and taking Emiko’s side. They  finally see she is not an evil kami. The vengeful captain meets a bitter end. 

Emiko disappears in the middle of the night, after leaving Adrian a good-bye letter. They  should never see each other again because it’s too painful, she writes.  Piecing together clues, he finds her at Japan’s most hallowed cemetery, under a full-moon, sitting by a small Jizo statue, the  Buddhist  god  that  protects  children,  including  the  unborn.    Emiko finally  reveals the  priest  invited  her  to  live  in  his  house  when  she  was  having  trouble  with  her  parents.  He  got  her  pregnant and forced her to have an abortion. In Japan, shame is a powerful motivator, as are right  and wrong. Having brought dishonor on her parents, Emiko hanged herself.  

Redeemed by Inari, she can now join the spirit of her unborn child.  

Their good-bye in the cemetery is awkward, and overwhelming to Adrian. The rare and  tender relationship he cultivated is about to turn into a teasing memory.       I love you, always, he whisper to the ghost, after she vanishes into a star-glazed sky. He becomes  furious with the priest as he returns to the house.  It’s surrounded by police.  The priest has hanged himself in the attic.  

Adrian  returns  to  the  States,  quits  his  job,  and takes  an  apartment  in  a  new  city.  He  aimlessly  plies  the  streets,  searching  for a  new future.    While  reading on a  park  bench,  an  attractive young woman sits beside him. The stranger hints she knows Adrian well.  Nervous,  hopeful,  he asks if she is Emiko in some incarnated form.  The woman denies it, but admits she  was sent here by Emiko.  She challenges Adrian to figure out who she is.  If he does, she promises  to make room  for him in her busy schedule. He knows what’s at stake, but before he can say  anything, she disappears on him. 

               The next day, he finds her crossing the street. He’s overjoyed with  this stroke of  fate.  “Teacher,” he shouts out. “I’m here.”




Also by Michael R. French….



Adult fiction:


Club Caribe (1977)

Abingdon’s (1979)

Rhythms (1980)

Texas Bred (1986)

Family Money (1990)

The Reconstruction of Wilson Ryder (2013)

Once Upon a Lie (2016)

Ghost With Two Hearts (2022)


Young adult fiction:


The Throwing Season (1980)

Pursuit (1982)

Lifeguards Only Beyond This Point (1984)

Soldier Boy (1985)

Us Against Them (1987)

Circle of Revenge (1988)

Split Image (1990)

Cliffhanger (2020)


Young adult adaptations:


Basher Fifty-Two, with Scott O’Grady (1997)

Born To Fly, with Shane Osborn (2000)

Flags of Our  Fathers, with James Brady (2001)

Lang Lang:  Playing with Flying Keys  (2008)

Mountains Beyond Mountains, with Tracy Kidder (2013)


Children’s book adaptations:


Flyers (1983)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)


Other books:


Speaking for Ourselves Too (1990)

The Art of Frank Howell (1997)

Why Men Fall Out of Love (2007)


Sunday, October 2, 2022

Book Review - 5 Stars for The House on Linden Way

 

Special thanks to WOW! Women on Writing for including Bring on Lemons with the book blog tour of author Elizabeth Maria Naranjo's latest book The House on Linden Way

The book is a ghost story with elements of horror and Gothic suspense. A perfect fall season read! Here's a bit more about The House on Linden Way:

While passing through her hometown a decade after she left, Amber Blake impulsively revisits her old house on Linden Way. She only means to stay a moment, to show her three-year-old daughter Bee the place where she grew up. But when the kindly new owners invite them inside, Amber cannot resist.

Soon Bee is missing, the owners have disappeared, and Amber finds herself in a houseful of ghosts. Time takes on new meaning as she loses herself in living memories and a past that does not wish to be forgotten. 

As Amber fights the powerful lure of a childhood she’d long left behind, her tenuous hold on the real world slips further from her grasp. Is it merely nostalgia she’s battling, or something far more menacing? Who haunts the house on Linden Way, and where are they hiding her child? 

Categories: horror, gothic suspense, haunted house, ghost story, magical realism, thriller
ISBN-13: 979-8809149051
ASIN: B0B74ZSXZM
Pages: 178 pages
#thehouseonlindenwaynaranjo

The House on Linden Way is available for purchase as an ebook and in print at Amazon. Add it to your list at Goodreads.

About the Author

Elizabeth Maria Naranjo is the award-winning author of The Fourth Wall (WiDo Publishing, 2014). Her short fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in Brevity Magazine, Superstition Review, Fractured Lit, The Portland Review, Hunger Mountain, Hospital Drive, Reservoir Road, Literary Mama, Motherwell, and a few other places. Her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best American Essay, and Best of the Net. All links to Elizabeth's work can be found on her website at elizabethmarianaranjo.com.

Twitter: @emarianaranjo


---- 5 Star Review by Crystal Otto

The House on Linden Way is one of those unexpected books with countless plot twists! After reading it the first time I need to let you know I'm going to read it again - like immediately! It's one of those books that is written so well that once you get to the end you find yourself wanting more - and when you re-read some of the chapters, you find little hidden tidbits you missed the first time! 

The House on Linden Way had me leaving dishes in the sink and clothes wrinkling in the dryer - I didn't care about anything except Amber's journey! Naranjo's writing is fantastic and her character development is top notch! This is a fabulous book to add to your collection and you'll also want to purchase a few extra copies to gift to your friends. My 15 year old is currently reading my copy and loving it as much (if not more) than I did!

Most definitely a 5 star read! Very well done Elizabeth Maria Naranjo! I love The House on Linden Way! 


The House on Linden Way by Elizabeth Maria Naranjo Blog Tour


-- Upcoming Stops on the Tour 
 

October 2nd @ Word Magic with Fiona Ingram
Fiona from Word Magic is hosting Elizabeth Maria Naranjo today. This is a great opportunity for readers to learn about Naranjo's latest book: The House on Linden Way as well as read her guest post titled: "The Lingering Ghosts of Our Childhood Homes." Readers will be thrilled to hear from Naranjo! 

October 3rd @ One Writer's Journey
Sue Bradford Edwards offers her review of The House on Linden Way by fellow author Elizabeth Maria Naranjo. Find out what Sue thinks and learn more about this thriller!

October 3rd @ World of My Imagination
Nicole Pyles of WOW! Women on Writing offers a thoughtful review of The House on Linden Way by Elizabeth Maria Naranjo - readers won't want to miss the opportunity to learn more about this thrilling book and it's talented author!

October 8th @ Boots, Shoes and Fashion
Linda interviews Elizabeth Maria Naranjo about her latest thriller, The House on Linden Way! This book blog tour is one readers won't want to miss - it's THRILLING!

October 10th @ Girl Zombie Authors
Chris at Girl Zombie Authors shares her review of Elizabeth Maria Naranjo's The House on Linden Way - will it be too thrilling for this fellow author? Find out TODAY and be thrilled! https://girlzombieauthors.blogspot.com/

October 10th @ Choices with Madeline Sharples
Today's post is titled: "Tips For Getting Unstuck While Writing Your Novel" and it's penned by none other than Elizabeth Maria Naranjo as she just released her latest thriller The House on Linden Way. Find out more today!

October 11th @ Author Anthony Avina
Author Anthony Avina puts fellow author Elizabeth Maria Naranjo in the spotlight today as readers learn more about The House on Linden Way - this is a book blog tour stop that will thrill and delight! 

October 13th  @ Knotty Needle Creative
Judy reviews The House on Linden Way for readers at Knotty Needle Creative. Find out more about this thriller and it's talented author Elizabeth Maria Naranjo!

October 16th @ Literary Quicksand
Jessica from Literary Quicksand reviews The House on Linden Way by Elizabeth Maria Naranjo - what will she think? Will fellow author Elizabeth be able to thrill Jessica? Stop by today to find out! 

October 18th @ Author Anthony Avina
Author Anthony Avina reviews the work of fellow author Elizabeth Maria Naranjo and offers his thoughts about The House on Linden Way!

October 20th @ Reading is My Remedy
Chelsea from Reading is My Remedy offers her review of Elizabeth Maria Naranjo's The House on Linden Way for readers of her blog. This is a thriller and we can't wait to find out Chelsea's take on it! 

October 23rd @ Literary Quicksand
Jessica from Literary Quicksand interviews Elizabeth Maria Naranjo. Learn more about this talented author and her latest thriller, The House on Linden Way!

October 25th @ Author Anthony Avina
Author Elizabeth Maria Naranjo pens today's guest post at fellow author Anthony Avina's blog with the title: "The Art of Brevity; Writing a Novella." Hear from Elizabeth and find out more about her latest thriller, The House on Linden Way.

October 27th  @ The Frugalista Mom
The Frugalista Mom offers her review of The House on Linden Way by Elizabeth Maria Naranjo. Find out more and stop by today!

October 30th  @ Wildwood Reads
Megan from Wildwood Reads offers her review of the thriller, The House on Linden Way by Elizabeth Maria Naranjo! Stop by and get in the mood for tomorrow!



Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Book Review for Helena P. Schrader's "Moral Fibre"

 

I'm excited to be part of  Helena P. Schrader's blog tour of Moral Fibre. This is an exciting historical fiction novel that is perfect for people who are interested in an authentic portrayal of life in wartime Britain combined with high-tension action and moving romance. Thank you WOW! Women on Writing for including Bring on Lemons in your tour! 

About the Book: Moral Fibre:

Riding the icy, moonlit sky—
They took the war to Hitler.
Their chances of survival were less than fifty percent.
Their average age was 21.
This is the story of just one bomber pilot, his crew, and the woman he loved.
It is intended as a tribute to them all.

Flying Officer Kit Moran has earned his pilot’s wings, but the greatest challenges still lie ahead: crewing up and returning to operations. Things aren’t made easier by the fact that while still a flight engineer, he was posted LMF (Lacking in Moral Fibre) for refusing to fly after a raid on Berlin that killed his best friend and skipper. Nor does it help that he is in love with his dead friend’s fiancé, but she is not yet ready to become romantically involved again.

Publisher: Cross Sea Press
ISBN-10: 1735313993
ISBN-13: 978-1735313993
Print Length: 436 pages

Purchase a copy of Moral Fibre on Amazon, Bookshop.org, and Barnes and Noble. You can also add this to your GoodReads reading list.

About the Author, Helena P. Schrader

Helena P. Schrader is an established aviation author and expert on the Second World War. She earned a PhD in History (cum Laude) from the University of Hamburg with a ground-breaking dissertation on a leading member of the German Resistance to Hitler. Her non-fiction publications include Sisters in Arms: The Women who Flew in WWII, The Blockade Breakers: The Berlin Airlift, and Codename Valkyrie: General Friederich Olbricht and the Plot against Hitler. In addition, Helena has published eighteen historical novels and won numerous literary awards. Her novel on the Battle of Britain, Where Eagles Never Flew won the Hemingway Award for 20th Century Wartime Fiction and a Maincrest Media Award for Historical Fiction. RAF Battle of Britain ace Wing Commander Bob Doe called it "the best book" he had ever seen about the battle. Traitors for the Sake of Humanity is a finalist for the Foreword INDIES awards. Grounded Eagles and Moral Fibre have both garnered excellent reviews from acclaimed review sites such as Kirkus, Blue Ink, Foreword Clarion, Feathered Quill, and Chantileer Books.

You can follow her author web    site for updates and her aviation history blog.

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

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Helena P. Schrader's "Moral Fibre" and would recommend this historical fiction novel to anyone highschool age or older. My middle grade readers enjoyed the story but some of the harsh reality seemed a bit confusing for them. I did however share parts of Kit's story with them as they were intrigued by the cover art and wanted to know what mom was reading. 

Kit's heroism and ability to push himself beyond the fatigue and stress of war is admirable. Author Helena Schrader is a talented author and her characters are well-developed which drew me in right away. I was fully invested in Kit's tale from the very beginning of "Moral Fibre". There's so much to enjoy about this book - the characters, the storyline, the dialogue, the romance, and the historical accuracy - it's definitely a page-turner. 

I'm happy to give "Moral Fibre" 5 Stars and look forward to sharing this novel with friends and family who will undoubtably enjoy it as much as I have. 



--- Complete Blog Tour Calendar

August 15th @ The Muffin
Join us as we celebrate the launch of Moral Fibre by Helena P. Schrader. Read more about this fascinating historical fiction novel and learn more about the author. You can also enter to win a copy of the book too!

August 17th @ Deborah Adams' Blog
Deborah Adams features Helena P. Schrader's guest post about dissecting a novel.

 August 19th @ Life According to Jamie
Join Jamie as she reviews Moral Fibre by Helena P. Schrader.

August 21st @ What Is That Book About?
Join Michelle as she features Moral Fibre by Helena P. Schrader. 

August 22nd @ Mindy McGinnis' Blog
Join Mindy as she features a guest post by Helena P. Schrader about how editors are not optional.

August 23rd @ Lisa Haselton's Book Reviews and Interviews
Don't miss an interview with author Helena P. Schrader about her book Moral Fibre.

August 24th @ A Writer of History
Read Helena P. Schrader's guest post about the challenges of designing book covers for historical fiction.

TODAY: August 25th @ Bring on Lemons
Join Crystal as she reviews Moral Fibre by Helena P. Schrader.

August 26th @ Bookshelf Journeys
Read Terri's review of Moral Fibre by Helena P. Schrader.

August 27th @ Mercedes Rochelle's Blog
Read Helena P. Schrader's guest post featuring her book Moral Fibre.

August 30th @ World of My Imagination
Join Nicole as she reviews Moral Fibre by Helena P. Schrader.

September 1st @ The Faerie Review
Check out a spotlight of Moral Fibre by Helena P. Schrader.

September 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina
Anthony reviews Moral Fibre by Helena P. Schrader.

September 5th @ Choices
Join Madeline as she features a guest post by Helena P. Schrader about the author and the seven drafts.

September 10th @ A Storybook World
Join Deirdre as she features Moral Fibre by Helena P. Schrader.

September 12th @ Word Magic
Fiona shares a guest post by author Helena P. Schrader about the lack of moral fibre.

September 17th @ Jill Sheets' Blog
Visit Jill's blog today where she interviews author Helena P. Schrader.

September 18th @ Wildwood Reads
Join Megan as she reviews Moral Fibre by Helena P. Schrader.



Thursday, July 7, 2022

Sign Up TODAY for the WOW! Women on Writing Book Blog Tour for Elizabeth Maria Naranjo's "The House On Linden Way"

 


September 26th 
WOW! Women on Writing
Launches 
An Amazing Book Blog Tour 
for
THE HOUSE on LINDEN WAY
by
Elizabeth Maria Naranjo

The book is a ghost story with elements of horror and Gothic suspense. This is a perfect October read - and here's a bit more about The House on Linden Way:

While passing through her hometown a decade after she left, Amber Blake impulsively revisits her old house on Linden Way. She only means to stay a moment, to show her three-year-old daughter Bee the place where she grew up. But when the kindly new owners invite them inside, Amber cannot resist.


Soon Bee is missing, the owners have disappeared, and Amber finds herself in a houseful of ghosts. Time takes on new meaning as she loses herself in living memories and a past that does not wish to be forgotten. 


As Amber fights the powerful lure of a childhood she’d long left behind, her tenuous hold on the real world slips further from her grasp. Is it merely nostalgia she’s battling, or something far more menacing? Who haunts the house on Linden Way, and where are they hiding her child?  


Categories: horror, gothic suspense, haunted house, ghost story, magical realism, thriller





About the Author, Elizabeth Maria Naranjo: 

Elizabeth Maria Naranjo is the award-winning author of The Fourth Wall (WiDo Publishing, 2014). Her short fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in Brevity Magazine, Superstition Review, Fractured Lit, The Portland Review, Hunger Mountain, Hospital Drive, Reservoir Road, Literary Mama, Motherwell, and a few other places. Her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best American Essay, and Best of the Net. All links to Elizabeth's work can be found on her website at elizabethmarianaranjo.com


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