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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Upcoming WOW! Tour - BOOK YOUR SPOT TODAY!

 

WOW! Women on Writing Presents

 

A Special Event for: Public Display of Aggression



 

 

Blog Tour Starts June 14th and Ends July 18th


 

About the Book Soleil and Flarence are immortal Genies who can bend the fundamental forces of the universe through willpower alone. For centuries, they have considered themselves the most formidable beings in the world, but some newcomers just might give them a run for their money. Magic has always been limited to living things. Throughout his life, Soleil has never come across an object with supernatural capabilities. Now, a human has somehow constructed guns with the ability to fire spells. Genies are normally resistant to offensive magic, but Soleil knows from experience the enchanted revolvers harm all creatures equally. Resurrection is one of the few limitations to a Genie’s abilities. Not even magic should be able to bring a person back from death. Recently, though, Flarence saw a corpse not only rise but also fight. Endowed with incredible speed and strength, the revived man seeks revenge on his murderers. To make matters worse, Darren (another Genie, and once a valuable ally to Soleil) is still missing. He’s been lying low, biding his time, but hasn’t forgotten about Officer Tymbir, and has every intention of settling their score. Darren, the revived corpse, and the man with the magic guns have a list of people to kill and are eager to spill blood. With the help of Mohinaux and Claire, Soleil and Flarence rush to locate them, uncover the sources of their powers, and find a way to stop them.

 

This book is perfect for adults who want to get in touch with their inner child.


 


About the Author Hugh Fritz is a fan of monsters, mad scientists, sorcerers, and anything that involves beings with incredible powers beating each other senseless. After years of writing research papers, he decided it was time to give the real world a rest and let his imagination run wild. You can discover more about Hugh’s work on his website: http://www.hughfritz.com/ 


If you'd like to participate in this tour - I can get you the PDF TODAY! Please fill out this google form! 

 If you'd like to check out Hugh's previous WOW! tour - you can check it out here: https://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/2019/11/hugh-fritz-launches-his-blog-tour-of.html

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Carmen Otto Reviews Sins of Our Mothers by Nicole Souza as Part of a WOW! Women on Writing Book Blog Tour

 

Sins of Our Mothers by Nicole Souza

I'm excited to review Nicole Souza's book Sins of Our Mothers as part of a WOW! Women on Writing book blog tour. 

First, here is a little bit about Sins of Our Mothers:

It has been fifteen hundred years since the solar flare devastation of the Global Catastrophe. Due to the radioactivity in the harvesting fields, society dismisses its defective children as nothing more than flawed products of the malfunctioned seeds in the field. 

But Lyratelle, a hyper-observant musical prodigy, believes these “defects” are intelligent, particularly her own sibling, the youngest child of her impervious mother. Abandoning her dream career, Lyratelle climbs the bureaucratic ladder to run the Defect Research Center, where she can safeguard the child. 

With an underground team of women who share her uncertainties, Lyratelle unearths the Old History truth that womankind’s survival actually hinges on the existence of these defects. 

When General Sarah Love, the city’s most powerful advocate against the defects, detects Lyratelle’s sympathy toward the creatures, she threatens the life of Lyratelle’s sibling. Now Lyratelle’s desperate attempt to save this child endangers everyone she loves—her team, her family, even the existence of the defects themselves.

Sins of Our Mothers is available to purchase on AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Bookshop.org. You can also add this to your GoodReads reading list.

About the Author, Nicole Souza
Nicole Souza
Nicole’s fuel is conversation. She loves hearing people’s stories and glimpsing the experiences that make them who they are. With a particular interest in women’s history and their individual stories, she has birthed a story that provides all the ingredients for a thought-provoking read. 

You can discover more about Nicole’s work on her website: https://nicolesouzabooks.com. You can also follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

---  Review by Carmen Jeanne Otto

I thoroughly enjoyed Sins of Our Mothers by Nicole Souza. This was the first time I read any books by this author but based on her writing style, I would definitely be interested in reading more of her work. In my opinion I felt like I fully understood the thoughts of each character and that pulled me into the story. The dialogue was very believable and added to the experience overall. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and an unpredictable read. My mom always asks me what I learned or what my takeaway is when I finish a book and in this case, I told her:

"What I'm taking away from Sins of Our Mothers is that no matter what everyone else is doing around you, it's ok to be unique and fight for what you believe in - whether you have help or not!"

My favorite character was Lyratelle because she is a strong, independent woman, that fights for what she believes in. She's someone I could look up to and I felt kindred to her. The unpredictability and plot twists kept me enjoying page after page - Nicole Souza is a talented author and Sins of Our Mothers is a great adventure book!



--- Upcoming Blog Tour Schedule

May 6th @ Crafty Moms Share
Join Carrie as she reviews Nicole Souza's book Sins of Our Mothers.

May 7th @ Candid with Courtney
Join Courtney as she shares a guest post by Nicole Souza about why laughter is the key to freedom.

May 10th @ Pages and Paws
Join Kimber and her mom as she reviews Nicole Souza's Sins of Our Mothers.

May 12th @ Beverley A. Baird's Blog
Join us at Beverley's blog today and read her review of Sins of Our Mothers by Nicole Souza.

May 13th @ Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
Visit Lisa's blog today to read her interview with Nicole Souza, author of Sins of Our Mothers.

May 19th @ Knotty Needle
Judy shares her review of Nicole Souza's book Sins of Our Mothers.

May 19th @ Jessica Belmont's Blog
Join Jessica as she reviews Nicole Souza's book Sins of Our Mothers.

May 20th @ Choices
Visit Madeline's blog today to read a guest post from author Nicole Souza about what the ultimate success would be in a world of just women, and what a successful woman's life would look like.

May 24th @ It's Alanna Jean
Join Alanna as she shares Nicole Souza about 5 ways to live a happier life.

May 28th @ Books, Beans and Botany
Join Ashley as she reviews Sins of Our Mothers by Nicole Souza and gives away a copy of the book for you to win.

May 29th @ Boots, Shoes, and Fashion
Join Linda as she shares an insightful interview with author Nicole Souza.


***** About Today's Reviewer *****


Carmen is a delightful 14 year old from Wisconsin. She enjoys reading, horses, and helping on her family's dairy farm. She is 1 of 6 children and she's looking forward to entering high school in the fall. Her advice for other girls her age is "it doesn't matter if you're even good at it - sing/dance/run or do whatever it is that makes you happy!"

Thursday, April 1, 2021

5 Star Book Review for "When Never Comes" by Barbara Davis

 


An Amazon Charts most-read and most-sold book.

Author Barbara Davis deftly explores an emotionally charged landscape of pain, loss, and despair—and the risk one woman will take in the hope of loving again.

As a teenage runaway and child of an addict, Christy-Lynn learned the hard way that no address was permanent, and no promise sacred. For a while, she found a safe haven in her marriage to bestselling crime novelist Stephen Ludlow—until his car skidded into Echo Bay. But Stephen’s wasn’t the only body pulled from the icy waters that night. When details about a mysterious violet-eyed blonde become public, a media circus ensues, and Christy-Lynn runs again.

Desperate for answers, she’s shattered to learn that Stephen and his mistress had a child—a little girl named Iris, who now lives in poverty with her ailing great-grandmother. The thought of Iris abandoned to the foster care system—as Christy-Lynn once was—is unbearable. But she’s spent her whole life running—determined never to be hurt again. Will she finally stand still long enough to open herself up to forgiveness and love?


Editorial Reviews

Review

When Never Comes is the story of a woman trapped in her own past, limited in all the ways she’s been hurt by others. But when love presents itself in new and unexpected ways, she has to face all the doors she’s closed…all the nevers she’s clung to. This is a story of love, hope, redemption, and rediscovering who you were meant to be, and it will resonate with readers who love a tale full of heart and soul.” —Camille Di Maio, bestselling author of The Memory of Us and Before the Rain Falls

When Never Comes is another winner from Barbara Davis: a contemporary mystery that connects a husband’s betrayal to childhood trauma and broken promises. Christy-Lynn’s story is about resilience and vulnerability; about the ways we hurt and the ways we heal; about huddling in self-protection but opening up to the possibilities of love.” —Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Perfect Son and The Promise Between Us

“Brimming with compassion and a refreshingly grown-up romance, Barbara Davis’s story of a woman who has left herself behind in more ways than one is imbued with grace, patience, and hope. Second chances abound in this uplifting tale about starting over and how letting go of our nevers just might be the only thing that lets us move forward.” —Emily Carpenter, author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls and The Weight of Lies

“Infused with honesty, friendship, and a touch of romance. Davis creates nuanced and well-developed characters who are faced with situations to which there are no easy answers. Told through alternating narrators and shifting between the present and Christy-Lynn’s difficult childhood with an addicted mother, When Never Comes is a carefully woven tale that the reader won’t soon forget.” —Emily Cavanagh, author of The Bloom Girls and This Bright Beauty


About the Author

After spending more than a decade as an executive in the jewelry business, Barbara decided to leave the corporate world to pursue her lifelong passion for writing. The author of The Secrets She CarriedThe Wishing TideSummer at Hideaway Key, and Love, Alice, this is her fifth novel. She lives in Rochester, New Hampshire, with her husband, Tom, and their beloved ginger cat, Simon, and is currently working on her next book. Visit her at http://www.barbaradavis-author.com or find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/barbaradavisauthor/.

Product details

  • ASIN : B073XJDDLJ
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (May 1, 2018)
  • Publication date : May 1, 2018
  • Language : English
  • File size : 4236 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 363 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled

5 Star Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto


Wow! 
This was the first book I read by author Barbara Davis and before I finished When Never Comes, I had already ordered her latest novel The Last of the Moon Girls. This is an incredibly talented author and I can't wait to get my hands on each and every one of her published works! 

To say I enjoyed When Never Comes would be quite the understatement. I began reading just after lunch on Sunday and read clear through supper. I believe my children made themselves sandwiches for supper, but quite frankly I didn't care - I was absolutely engrossed in this book and invested in finding out how everything turned out. Finally at well past midnight, my husband chased me off to bed reminding me the book would still be there in the morning. Of course, Christy-Lynn had become so dear to my heart that she's all could think of all night long. I woke up before my alarm and poured a cup of coffee and sat right back down in my chair and devoured the rest of the book. 

By the time my family was awaken on Monday morning, I was ready to tell them how wonderful When Never Comes was - my 14 year old daughter scooped up my copy and threw it in her backpack to read during study hall. She's enjoying it just as much as I did! We are both eager to discuss the questions at the end of the book and we look forward to reading The Last of the Moon Girls too! 

Barbara Davis developed her main character, Christy-Lynn so expertly. I felt as if I had known this woman and I was kindred to her as the story unfolded. A beautifully touching story written so eloquently. Absolutely 5 stars!



Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Now Booking a WOW! Women on Writing Book Blog Tour for Allen Long's "Praying for Restraint"

 

Spring has sprung and the temperatures here in Wisconsin are creeping up - now, before we get busy plowing and planting fields let's take some time to delve into a fabulous new book! WOW! Women on Writing is helping promote more wonderful books and up and coming authors and we would love to include YOU in these tours! One in particular I'd like to share with you is Praying for Restraint by Allen Long!  I have the PDF version available TODAY and can provide them right away if you'd like to get reading - you won't want to wait! (Physical copies will be mailed by the author in late April after the April 27th publication date)

Please contact me today to reserve your copy  and participate in what is sure to be a fabulous tour. If you've never participated in a tour, feel free to inquire and I'll be happy to explain how it works - you don't even have to have your own blog!

Send an email today to participate - email address: crystal@wow-womenonwriting.com or crystaljotto@gmail.com

Be sure to include the following:

* The email address you'd like your ebook sent to - and/or mailing address for your physical copy. 

*The name and url for your blog, or a note letting me know you do not have a blog

*A date you would prefer as your first choice, as well as a 2nd choice - this will be the date your review will be posted to your blog/this blog and social media. (the tours run as follows: author interview on May 17th on the WOW! blog, and reviews will post the 18th through the 27th) 

Including posting to a blog, it would be fabulous if you could post your review on Amazon/Goodreads as well as your own social media. This is greatly appreciated although not mandatory to participate in a book blog tour.

As soon as all the dates have been filled for the tours, and a calendar has been put together, I'll email a media kit to everyone involved. This kit will include the author pictures and bios as well the book cover and official summary and buy links for Praying for Restraint. This email will also include the calendar for the tour and should be able to answer most (if not all) the questions you may have concerning tour participation.



Thank you in advance for your time and consideration in this and all matters.



WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING
PRESENTS:

Praying for Restraint
By, Allen Long

Tour Begins May 17th 2021



About Praying for Restraint:
Allen Long works as a CNA-certified nursing assistant-at that supposed sanctuary of caring, an inner-city general hospital. What an unforgettable parade of bizarre, needy, abusive, menacing, endearing, and poignant humanity passes through its doors. And those are just the staff and administrators! Meanwhile, the patient population spans the affluent and sophisticated to the homeless, the mentally ill, addicts, gang members, and criminals in custody. Praying for Restraint takes the reader on a journey into the absurd and surreal that is ultimately uplifting and harrowing, both funny and heartbreaking. Long's struggle to survive a relentlessly toxic work environment with body, soul, and marriage intact is as gripping as the battle against childhood abuse in his previous memoir, Less than Human. Reviewers found that book "inspiring, honest, and beautifully written, engaging, and thought-provoking." Praying for Restraint earns that praise and more.






About Allen Long:

Here’s how I became a writer. When I was a child in Arlington, Virginia, as soon as I understood what stories were, I began telling them to anyone who would listen. As a fifth-grader, I was recruited by the Storytellers, a small group of supervised fifth- and sixth-graders who told stories once a month to kids in the first, second, and third grades.

When I reached sixth grade, my teacher allowed me to skip all of my English assignments in exchange for me writing her a short story each week. In seventh grade, one of my stories placed second in an English class competition.

DNA strands
Storytelling seems to have been hardwired into my DNA.

One of my favorite memories from childhood is telling my younger brother, David, a made-up story every night during the summers we slept in twin beds in our cool basement.

I earned a BA in Communications/Journalism from Virginia Tech. While I was there, I took every creative writing class offered and wrote a story that placed second at a regional literary festival sponsored by nearby Hollins University. During my student days, I also worked half-time for two years as a reporter for The Roanoke Times.

After I graduated, I accepted a scholarship to earn an MA in English/fiction writing from Hollins University, where I wrote the first half of a novel. I then received a second scholarship and a teaching assistant position to pursue an MFA in fiction writing at the University of Arizona.

Shortly after I graduated, I published a story called “Second Honeymoon” in Concho River Review. After that, I decided to continue my writing education by working with master editor Tom Jenks. When Tom was a senior editor at Scribner’s, he completed Ernest Hemingway’s unfinished novel, The Garden of Eden, which became a bestseller.

I published two more stories, and then I decided to change gears and write a memoir called “Soul Breach” about the high level of illegal and unethical behavior I’d witnessed while working in the management consulting field. The story was published, and my good friend and editor, Kit McIlroy, told me it was the best piece I’d ever written, and he encouraged me to write more nonfiction.

I followed his advice and wrote and published magazine-length memoirs about the happiest, most intriguing, and worst moments in my life. These combined pieces became my first book, Less than Human: A Memoir (Black Rose Writing, 2016).

After that, I published memoirs on a wide variety of subjects, including two about my work as an assistant nurse in a poorly managed inner-city hospital populated by challenging patients, including violent mentally ill ones who often were not sedated or restrained.

“Keep writing about that hospital, and you’ve got your next book,” Kit said. I followed his advice, eventually producing my second book, Praying for Restraint: Frequent Flying with an Inner-City Hospital CNA (Legacy Book Press, 2021).

dolphinOne final comment—I’ve loved visiting zoos and aquariums my whole life, and I’ve raised box turtles, swum with sea turtles, and gone on multiple dolphin- and whale-watching expeditions. Therefore, you may notice that quite a bit of wildlife has crept into my writing. At last count, I spied lions, tigers, giraffes, eland, monkeys, chimps, elephants, alligators, caimans, box turtles, sea turtles, bottlenose dolphins, and humpback whales. Have I missed any?


Find out more about Allen at his great website: hhttp://allenlongauthor.com/



And now for Allen's List of Accomplishments:

Books

Memoirs

Fiction

  • Common GroundAmarillo Bay
  • The Poincare Conjecture—49opus
  • Second Honeymoon—Concho River Review

Articles

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Pre-Publication Review of Neill McKee's Latest Work: "KID ON THE GO! Memoir of my life before Borneo

 

 I had the distinct pleasure of reading Kid on The Go! before it was published. I can't wait until I can order my official copy and hold this little gem in my hands. It's a remarkable read by a truly talented author. I've also had an opportunity to read Finding Myself in Borneo as well as Guns and Gods in My Genes by this same author. The reason I mention this is because Kid on the Go! would be the prequel to Finding Myself in Borneo although each one stands just beautifully on their own. I read McKee's books in the following order: Finding Myself in Borneo, Guns and Gods in My Genes, and finally Kid on the Go! They tie in nicely together and I don't think you need to read them in any particular order - though I DO recommend reading all of them (simply because they're fabulous!)

Now - let's look at a little more about each book and then I'll get down to the nitty gritty of my 5 Star review. 

Guns and Gods in My Genes -   is a poignant, intense exploration of research into the author’s ancestry where he begins in the modern day, talking to relatives and descendants in both the US and Canada, and gradually takes the reader back through 400 years to his first ancestors who arrived on the Mayflower. 


352 pages / 116 photos & illustrations / 6.0 x 9.0 

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-7329457-3-9. $22.95

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-7329457-4-7. $10.95

Subjects: Travel Memoir / Family Genealogy / US and Canadian History / Firearms and Warfare / Religion / Social Life and Customs / Puritans and Pilgrims / Mayflower Descendants


Finding Myself in Borneochronicles, with good humor, a young man’s adventures while teaching secondary school as a Canadian CUSO volunteer in Sabah, Malaysia (North Borneo), 1968–70.


260 pages / 60 photos / 5.5 x 8.5 

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-7329457-0-8.  $19.95 

Ebook (in color) ISBN: 978-1-7329457-2-2   $9.99

Audiobook ISBN: 978-1-7329457-1-5  $9.95–$19.95

Subjects: Travel Memoir / Southeast Asia / History/ Personal Growth / Language Learning and Teaching / Environment / International Relations / Social Service Organizations





And here we are - time for that 5 Star Review of KID ON THE GO!

Kid on the Go! is an honest and sometimes humorous story to be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The story is engaging and contains just the right amount of detail. This is a thought-provoking coming of age story that drew me right in. McKee is an expert story-teller with a great sense of humor.