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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Best Gift Ever! A 5 Star Review for "Rise, A Girl's Struggle For More" by Diann Floyd Boehm. Review by Crystal J. Casavant Otto


 5 Star Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

At one point late in the book "Rise", Ruby tells her mama: "Momma, this is the best gift ever, having your approval, I will make you proud, I promise." Before I got to the word approval, tears had welled up into my eyes. This book was the best gift ever for me as a reader! I never had a real grandmother and would often 'adopt' the older ladies in the neighborhood or church and fill that void in my life. Yes, it was a wonderful substitution, but after reading "Rise" I feel like Diann Floyd Boehm through her wonderful character Ruby gave me an amazing gift of a truly rich relationship with a grandmother. The characters in this book were written so well - I found my lip curling into a smile as Ruby's daddy spoke of his gun when the boys would call on her. Family birthday parties, rides on the train, and even a wig and some dyed eyebrows - this book was full of laughter, fun, lessons, and love! What a talented author and truly beautiful story! This is a fabulous book for young or old, female or male - if you enjoy a heartwarming tale, you'll love every page of "Rise"!

Purchase this amazing story on Amazon! 

Now that I've told you how I feel about this book - let me tell you more about the book and it's author:

Rise! A Girl’s Struggle for More

Rise! A Girl’s Struggle for More is an old-fashioned, historical family drama-a sweet, yet edgy, coming of age story. Set in the 1920s, it is based on the life of the author’s grandmother. The main character, Ruby Pearl, is mature beyond her years and was born at least a decade too soon. Growing up in the middle of a family of nine children in Oilton, Oklahoma, with her nose constantly in a book, she was known as the girl that would rather read than can tomatoes. Ruby feels destined for greater things. Ruby studies hard to make good grades, while her parents smile and humor her. They continually encourage the courtship with her beau, Arthur, who they fully expect will be their son-in-law when the two graduate from high school, but Ruby has loftier goals. She admires her momma and big sister, Rilla, the “CEOs of the household” and knows some day she will have children and a home of her own to manage, but first things first!

Rise! A Girl’s Struggle for More is Anne of Green Gables meets the “It Girl” of the 20s … but with a sophisticated twist. Ruby’s ‘coming of age’ story evolves amidst the backdrop of a horse and buggy town welcoming its first motor cars, and parents brought up in the Victorian era grappling with their daughters showing their ankles and dating! Following the inspiration of the suffrage movement, Ruby becomes a pioneer for girls her age, breaking all norms, defying tradition (and her parents) to become a truly independent woman.

About Author Diann Floyd Boehm (learn more on her website as well). 

**Please note: official launch will be on October 20th (you can tune in  to see it live on Diann's FB page or YouTube channel at 2 pm Atlantic).


Diann Floyd Boehm is an award-winning international author. Diann has always enjoyed the art of storytelling and has taken her imagination to print. She has five published children’s books, and two of her books have won awards.

Harry the Camel’ won the ‘Best-Translated Book Award by the Authors Marketing International, ‘Moonling Adventures-Serengeti’ won First Place in Texas Best 2021 Children Book Award, and ‘Harry the Camel won Best Seller for 2021 in B4R Bookstore! In addition, Diann has the Little Girl in the Moon Series, which has now become the Moonling Adventures.

Diann’s first Young Adult (YA) Official Launch is October 6, 2021, ‘Rise A Girl’s Struggle for More.’ The Launch will take place in Drumright, Oklahoma, at The Drumright Historical Society. Diann’s YouTube Channel, ‘The Story Garden,’ allows everyone to hear Diann read her books and interviews of various authors who read their stories to the viewers. Additionally, Diann is the co-host for ‘Rapping with Dr. Jacalyn LLCTM – ‘Fashion Fitness, Travel & Leisure’ on Friday mornings Live stream on various platforms. Diann is also an invited host for the Indie Beacon Radio Show, where she interviews authors from multiple genres.



Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Upcoming WOW! Women on Writing Blog Tour for Nancy King's "Breaking the Silence"

 


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Upcoming WOW! Women on Writing Book Blog Tour for Blind Spot by Robert Hoffman

  

WOW! Women on Writing Presents

 






Blind Spot

 

 

By Robert Hoffman

 

Tour Begins November 22nd 

 

Book Summary:

 

In this comedy/drama, based very, very loosely on my own experiences, a middle aged father of three named Doug Kaplan appears to have it all.  An attractive and supportive wife, three healthy boys, and a successful career.  He doesn’t shy away from his responsibilities as a father or as a son to his aging parents, and he is valued and respected at work.  However, all his life he has been plagued by the accusation that he does suffer from one significant character flaw, a subtle but substantial penchant for being selfish, a flaw that he is largely oblivious to.  

 

Doug Kaplan’s life was progressing about as well as he could have hoped for.  In addition to his loving wife and family, he and his wife Kelly had finally purchased a house in lovely Seaford, Long Island, and while it may have been a fixer-upper, it was still going to be their dream home.  Despite his selfish streak, which by his wife’s own admission could be off-putting, he might never have found his blessed existence sidetracked, until he encountered the elderly woman next door who proved to be a seemingly unavoidable obstacle.  Who knew that their home on the cul-de-sac known as McGregor Court would be nestled next to the biggest know-it-all and budinsky in the entire Metropolitan area.  Yes, Trudy Fleischmann was a force to be reckoned with.  Emigrated from Germany as a little girl at the end of World War Two, Trudy has known suffering and sacrifice, but she is also wise and caring, and why shouldn’t she share her knowledge and opinions with the young couple who has just moved in next door.

 

Already having to look after Kelly’s widowed mother as well as their growing family, Doug and Kelly end up seeing their responsibilities increase exponentially as not only does Trudy’s husband Burt die, and remove the one pleasant buffer that lay between Doug and Trudy, but Doug’s father passes as well, and now he and Kelly must provide care for three elderly widows as well as their three young boys.  However Doug’s entire existence will become, much to his chagrin, inextricably tied to Trudy after he accidentally runs her over with his car one beautiful summer’s day in a supermarket parking lot.  Can Doug overcome his selfishness and provide the care and patience that the badly injured Trudy requires?  Doug’s family, career, and sense of who he is as a person are all on the line as he tries to summon his better angels and do the right thing.  

 

 



 

This book is perfect for:

anyone trying to balance kids, career, marriage, and aging parents, all while being judged by a nosy neighbor! 

 

If I were to compare Blind Spot to similar works of fiction I would say that it is written in the comedy/drama style of Richard Russo in his novel, Chances Are.  The telling of the story in my novel is similar to the style used by Gary Shteyngart in his novel Lake Success where he jumps back and forth between antagonist and protagonist.



 


You’ve heard about this delightful comedy/drama

AND..

 

now it’s YOUR turn to get your hands on BLIND SPOT!!

 

 

 

 

 

We have e-book copies available now with print copies in a few weeks. And for those of you looking for a guest post – there’s a few of those to choose from too (see google form for details)

 


 

Find out more: 

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1732681163417438

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hoffman_files/

Website:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/burtpurdy 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Blind-Spot-Robert-Hoffman/dp/B099TL5ZXY/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 

         

  





About the Author:

Who is Robert Hoffman?  It’s about time somebody asked that question.  Rob Hoffman is originally from a town on Long Island called North Massapequa.  He attended SUNY Oswego where he majored in Communications, a degree that it turned out he had little use for.  He did however meet  the woman who would eventually become my wife, the former Michelle Lindell.  Rob and Michelle lived in the aptly named Flushing, Queens for six years before moving to a town called Clifton Park, New York just south of Saratoga Springs.  Finding little value in his degree in communications, Rob became a social studies teacher, teaching in Long Island City, Queens for four years before spending the remainder of his career in Rensselaer, New York, a small city on the banks of the Hudson River just across the water from Albany.  Rob taught for 31 years before retiring in June of 2021, only to come back as a part-time teacher in September of 2021 at Rensselaer High School.  Rob had always been interested in becoming a writer and he began his blogging career as a contributor at the “Times Union” of Albany for six years.  In this time Rob also blogged for a variety of sites including Fark.com, Crooks and Liars.com, Albany.com, and Knees and Fists.com.  Rob has remained happily married to Michelle for 34 years and counting, and has two grown sons, Andrew and Alex, ages 29 and 23.  Most recently, Rob and Michelle became grandparents to the newest addition to the family, Sam Hoffman, son of Andrew and his wife Katie.

 

“Blind Spot” represents Rob’s first true attempt at writing fiction, an experience Rob both fun and exhausting.  Rob had thrown around several ideas as he began to think about what it was he wanted to write about, and then one day his wife had sent him to the supermarket on an errand where he saw somebody he really didn’t want to spend any time talking to, so he raced out of the store, got in his car, turned it on, slammed it into reverse and was about to speed out of the spot when he stopped himself and said, “Dumb-ass, be careful, you could hit somebody.”  Then, as Rob began to slowly and carefully pull out of his parking spot, he thought for another second and it occurred to him how ironic it would be if he accidentally hit the person he was trying to get away from and “Blind Spot” was born.  The character of Doug Kaplan, while not autobiographical, is sort of based on the best and worst of Rob’s traits.  Doug is at times the guy Rob always wanted to be, and yet at the same time, Doug also represented the guy Rob was relieved to know he never became. The other characters according to Rob are combinations of people that he knew from his childhood, as well as college and work experiences. 

 


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



 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The 'skinny' on Book Blog Tours



 

This is an email I just sent out to an author who approached me about doing a blog tour with WOW! 

Keep in mind, there are lots of different options to choose from, but this particular author is a friend of a friend and already had an idea that he wanted to do a tour just like his friend had done. So here's the 'skinny' on what I explained to him:


Rob, 

 Thanks for your patience - the tour David had was the WOW! Women on Writing $350 Basic Book Blog Tour which is what I would recommend to most folks. 


Let me just quick outline briefly what that tour includes: 

A launch day interview on The Muffin (The WOW! blog) - here's David's: https://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/2014/04/novelist-and-playwright-david-kalish.html1

10-15 "stops" (during a month long tour) along the blog tour at various blogs - check out David's launch day post and if you scroll down, you'll see the blog tour calendar. The stops are a mix of reviews, interviews, author spotlights, and some guest blog posts. 

Each of the reviewers is asked to post their review on social media as well as Amazon and/or Goodreads 

 So - that's the 'skinny' on things.

Email me anytime: crystal@wow-womenonwriting.com  but I'd also like to outline the steps once you decide if you want to do the tour. 

 1) Send me a copy of your book  

2) Pick a date 6 weeks or more into the future to "launch" your tour 

3) Pay your WOW! Invoice (we generate that via paypal once you choose a date) 

4) Come up with 5-6 guest blog topics you'd like to write 300-350 words about. Bloggers will chose one of your titles if they're so inclined - so make the titles catchy (they can be writerly or otherwise - whatever you'd like) 

5) Provide me with your book summary, author bio, head shot .jpg and book cover .jpg as well as the pdf version of Blind Spot 

6) Sit back while I send out pitch information to bloggers - I'll be busy filling your tour 

7) Answer your interview questions from me for our launch day post (I will send these to you once I'm done reading) 

8) Take a look at your tentative blog tour calendar (I'll send you an excel spreadsheet with proposed dates and any other housekeeping) and approve everything so we are on the same page 

9) Send out physical book copies as requested by bloggers/reviewers 

10) Email your guest posts out as requested by bloggers 

11) - This is a me thing - but you'll receive a copy of an email I send to bloggers called a media kit and calendar; and this email will remind everyone to post their reviews on social media and such, but it is also a reminder to you that you should stop by each blog tour stop and comment as well as sharing the stop on your own social media 

12) Enjoy the tour - interact with bloggers etc... 

13) Send our copies of Blind Spot to anyone who won a copy as part of your tour 

 That's about it - I don't think I missed anything. Even if you decide not to do a tour, feel free to send me a copy of your book and I'll read and review it on my personal blog: http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/ Hope this helps and thanks for reaching out! Hugs, ~Crystal

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

An Amazing Conclusion is what Libby has to say about "The Eternity Knot" by H.R. Conklin - read more here!!!

 



We are excited to be here today with H.R. Conklin and participate in the WOW! Women on Writing book blog tour of Book #4 in the Celtic Magic Series, The Eternity Knot. I was happy to share this lovely book and series with my young friend Libby (newly turned adult) and scroll down to read her thoughts! Be sure to leave a comment and show her some love! 

GO GRAB THIS SERIES!! 

First, here is a little bit about The Eternity Knot:

Mairi has been shown the future and knows humans must change their ways. Continuing on their path of disconnect with Nature will cause the destruction of human life. Tasked by the Seelie Fae to save the human world, Mairi and friends seek out ancient wisdom in the stories of old. The Queen of the Unseelie Fae decides humans have to prove themselves worthy of the Earthly Realm, or die trying. Dark magic makes Mairi push harder to find the answers she needs, but the Undersea Faerie Queen is weighing in and Mairi is uncertain whose side she is on. When young people representing cultures from all of the continents share their knowledge, Mairi finally feels the seeds of hope. Deadly faerie magic is working against humanity, but humans and faeries are working together like never before. As humans begin seeing the earth through ancient views, they are waking up to their dormant powers. Now Mairi must put all the pieces together before time runs out for human life on Earth, and for once she's starting to feel worthy of the task. Join Mairi and friends in this exciting conclusion to the Celtic Magic series. 

The Celtic Magic series is a unique tale connecting modern day California to the Scotland of centuries ago. Join Mairi during a life-changing year in this eco-heroine's journey, following the Celtic wheel of pagan holidays through the seasons and time as she meets druids, witches, and faeries of both Light and Dark. Discover what role mythic stories play in saving the Earth from imminent destruction, and what happens when the world is inclusive of all people. This series includes The Trinity Knot, The Witch's Knot, The Faerie Knot, and just finished is book 4, The Eternity Knot! 

This book is perfect for teens and adults of all ages who enjoy a modern take on myths and fairytales! 

Publisher:  Independently Published (June 12, 2021)
Genre:  Coming of Age Fiction, Fantasy, Magic
Pages:  329 
ASIN:  B096TTR9PK  
ISBN-13:  979-8700673150

Purchase The Eternity Knot on Amazon, Waldorf Books, and/or H.R. Conklin's website: Wild Rose Stories. Be sure to also add this to your GoodReads reading list.

About the Author, H.R. Conklin 


H. R. Conklin grew up in the rural mountains of Northern California where her mother gardened and her father played the bagpipes, as well as spending long hours in the theater where her parents were a dancer and an actor. This undoubtedly led to her overactive imagination and love for nature. She currently lives in San Diego with her husband, two adult children, and three dogs. She used to teach kindergarten at a public Waldorf charter school in which she told many fairy tales to the children, and made up stories in her spare time. Now she is a Story Circle Leader and guides parents in homeschooling at a private Waldorf school.

Keep in touch! Sign up for Conklin's Newsletter.


 

The Eternity Knot, HR Conklin’s 4 book in her Celtic Magic series is an amazing conclusion to the 4 book series. The book itself is a fast paced adventure with siblings Mairi and Jamie MacCrimmon, who with friends and allies of human and fae blood alike are trying to stop and reverse the damage done to Nature. Gaining unlikely allies, and all working together to prevent the Unseelie Queen from wiping out the human race, and to restore the human realm back to a more natural state. This entire concept spoke to me and initially drew me to the book and also kept my interest throughout the tale.

I particularly enjoyed this series with it being based in folklore and having a bit of a time travel aspect to it. The Eternity Knot is full of interesting events and characters. 

The Eternity Knot is a perfect read for anyone interested in folklore and preservation of nature. It is a good story with a good lesson on preserving nature, because the destruction thus far will eventually come back to haunt us later, when we can’t change it if we don’t fix it now.


 --- Complete Blog Tour Calendar 

July 19th @ The Muffin
What goes better with coffee in the morning than a muffin? Today we interview Helga Conklin about the latest book in her Celtic Magic series, The Eternity Knot. You can enter to win a copy too!

July 20th @ Pages and Paws 
Today's guest post at Pages & Paws is an enlightening opportunity to learn more about storytelling and parents from H.R. Conklin. Enjoy today's guest post and find our more about Conklin's latest book The Eternity Knot - Part of the Celtic Magic Series! 

July 21st @ The Faerie Review 
Join Lily at the Faerie Review as she shares her review of H.R. Conklin's latest book The Eternity Knot; part of the Celtic Magic Series. This is a great book for anyone who enjoys a modern take on myths and fairytales! 

July 29th @ The Knotty Needle 
Judy at the Knotty Needle shares her review with readers after reading H.R. Conklin's The Eternity Knot - part of the Celtic Magic Series. Don't miss Judy's insightful review!

July 31st @ Author C.K. Sorens 
Fellow Author C.K. Sorens shares her review of The Eternity Knot - the latest release by H.R. Conklin and part of the Celtic Magic series. Don't miss today's peer review! 

August 1st @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen 
Wisconsin entrepreneur and educator, Cathy Hansen reviews the latest novel in the Celtic Magic series - find out what Cathy has to say about The Eternity Knot as she shares her thoughts with readers at Bring on Lemons. 

August 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina 
Fellow author Anthony Avina shares his review of H.R. Conklin's The Eternity Knot. This book is part of the Celtic Magic Series - readers of all ages will delight in this special story! https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

August 3rd @ A Storybook World 
Readers at A Storybook World will hear from guest blogger H.R. Conklin on the topic of Symbolism in Fairytales. Conklin just released The Eternity Knot - another 5 star book in the Celtic Magic series, but she's taking time to share her author expertise with readers today! Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to learn from Conklin! 

August 4th @ Author Anthony Avina 
Earlier this week, readers at Author Anthony Avina's blog read Anthony's review of H.R. Conklin's The Eternity Knot. Today, readers will hear from Conklin herself as she shares a guest blog post titled: "Symbolism Reflected in Stories from Around the World." Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to learn more about The Celtic Magic series!

August 5th @ The Knotty Needle 
Judy at the Knotty Needle shares her review of The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin. This is book 3 in the Celtic Magic series and it is guaranteed to delight readers of all ages! Don't miss Judy's review! https://knottyneedle.blogspot.com/

August 6th @ Beverley A. Baird 
Today's guest post for readers at Beverley A. Baird is written by H.R. Conklin. Conklin is the award winning author of the Celtic Magic Series and she recently released her latest title: The Eternity Knot. Don't miss a chance to read today's guest post titled: "Parenting Wisdom Shared Through Storytelling."

August 7th @ World of My Imagination with Nicole Pyles 
Nicole just finished reading The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin and can't wait to tell readers at World of My Imagination all about it. Don't miss today's review by Nicole to find out more about this title as well as the others in the Celtic Magic Series! 

August 8th @ Word Magic: All About Books with Author Fiona Ingram 
H.R Conklin pens today's guest post about fairies and mythology as she visits fellow author Fiona Ingram at Word Magic. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from Conklin and find out more about her latest release: The Eternity Knot; part of the Celtic Magic series!

August 9th @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto 
WOW! Blog Tour Manager, Crystal Otto reviews the latest novel in the Celtic Magic Series - find out what Crystal has to say about The Eternity Knot as she shares her 5 star review with readers at Bring on Lemons. 

August 10th @ Bring on Lemons with Libby 
Libby is a young artist who enjoys many genres of books - she shares her thoughts with readers at Bring on Lemons today - her deep thoughts about The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin. This book is part of the Celtic Magic series and Libby is excited to read all the books. Readers will delight in her youthful perspective and her energy! 

August 11th @ Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews 
Lisa Haselton interviews H.R. Conklin about the Celtic Magic series and her latest release The Eternity Knot. Don't miss a chance to become better acquainted with this talented author! 

August 18th @ Jill Sheet's Blog 
Today, readers at Jill Sheet's Blog will hear from H.R. Conklin on the topic of "How Symbolism in Fairy Tales of Old Help Us Today." Stop by to learn more about The Eternity Knot (part of the Celtic Magic Series) and learn from this talented author. 

August 19th @ Wildwood Reads with Megan 
Readers at Wildwood Reads will hear from Megan as she reviews The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin. Don't miss an opportunity to learn more about The Celtic Magic Series and this latest release! https://wildwoodreads.com/



About today's Reviewer: 






Libby is a fun loving Wisconsin girl with a passion for travel and a lust for life! 

Monday, August 9, 2021

Crystal Otto suggests "Go Grab this Series - NOW!!" after reading H.R. Conklin's 'The Eternity Knot', part of the Celtic Magic Series of books!

 



We are excited to be here today with H.R. Conklin and participate in the WOW! Women on Writing book blog tour of Book #4 in the Celtic Magic Series, The Eternity Knot. I'll be honest - I read book #4 and then had to go read ALL the books in the series! Any of the books are fine by themselves - more then fine, like 5 stars fine! But... as a series - they're absolutely AMAZING and I'm telling you:

GO GRAB THIS SERIES!! 

First, here is a little bit about The Eternity Knot:

Mairi has been shown the future and knows humans must change their ways. Continuing on their path of disconnect with Nature will cause the destruction of human life. Tasked by the Seelie Fae to save the human world, Mairi and friends seek out ancient wisdom in the stories of old. The Queen of the Unseelie Fae decides humans have to prove themselves worthy of the Earthly Realm, or die trying. Dark magic makes Mairi push harder to find the answers she needs, but the Undersea Faerie Queen is weighing in and Mairi is uncertain whose side she is on. When young people representing cultures from all of the continents share their knowledge, Mairi finally feels the seeds of hope. Deadly faerie magic is working against humanity, but humans and faeries are working together like never before. As humans begin seeing the earth through ancient views, they are waking up to their dormant powers. Now Mairi must put all the pieces together before time runs out for human life on Earth, and for once she's starting to feel worthy of the task. Join Mairi and friends in this exciting conclusion to the Celtic Magic series. 

The Celtic Magic series is a unique tale connecting modern day California to the Scotland of centuries ago. Join Mairi during a life-changing year in this eco-heroine's journey, following the Celtic wheel of pagan holidays through the seasons and time as she meets druids, witches, and faeries of both Light and Dark. Discover what role mythic stories play in saving the Earth from imminent destruction, and what happens when the world is inclusive of all people. This series includes The Trinity Knot, The Witch's Knot, The Faerie Knot, and just finished is book 4, The Eternity Knot! 

This book is perfect for teens and adults of all ages who enjoy a modern take on myths and fairytales! 

Publisher:  Independently Published (June 12, 2021)
Genre:  Coming of Age Fiction, Fantasy, Magic
Pages:  329 
ASIN:  B096TTR9PK  
ISBN-13:  979-8700673150

Purchase The Eternity Knot on Amazon, Waldorf Books, and/or H.R. Conklin's website: Wild Rose Stories. Be sure to also add this to your GoodReads reading list.

About the Author, H.R. Conklin 


H. R. Conklin grew up in the rural mountains of Northern California where her mother gardened and her father played the bagpipes, as well as spending long hours in the theater where her parents were a dancer and an actor. This undoubtedly led to her overactive imagination and love for nature. She currently lives in San Diego with her husband, two adult children, and three dogs. She used to teach kindergarten at a public Waldorf charter school in which she told many fairy tales to the children, and made up stories in her spare time. Now she is a Story Circle Leader and guides parents in homeschooling at a private Waldorf school.

Keep in touch! Sign up for Conklin's Newsletter.

Find out more at: 





---  Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto

The Eternity Knot, as I said earlier is a book you'll enjoy as a stand-alone, but it is book #4 of the Celtic Magic Series. After reading Book #4 and writing my review, I went back and read ALL the other books in the series and re-wrote my review. Before reading the entire series, I thoroughly enjoyed The Eternity Knot and gave it 5 stars, but after reading the entire series, it just made book #4 that much more enjoyable and I'd give it a 5.5 (if only that were possible). 

My favorite books are those I can relate to - with characters I feel connected with. The Eternity Knot did not disappoint! Mairi is a character I was immediately drawn to - she is full of flaws yet, her big heart makes her incredibly loveable. She's so much like most of the people in my life - I felt kindred from the start! The relationships depicted throughout the book is what really touched me. I found myself thinking about the story (of course) but also contemplating the relationships and challenges in my own life - and that of my children.

I feel like, right now our world is so unusual and taking a step into a fantasy world felt like a breath of fresh air. Contemplating Women's Issue in a fairytale environment was very relaxing. The Eternity Knot is a fresh look at life and I absolutely recommend not only this book, but the entire Celtic Magic Series of books! 


 --- Complete Blog Tour Calendar 

July 19th @ The Muffin
What goes better with coffee in the morning than a muffin? Today we interview Helga Conklin about the latest book in her Celtic Magic series, The Eternity Knot. You can enter to win a copy too!

July 20th @ Pages and Paws 
Today's guest post at Pages & Paws is an enlightening opportunity to learn more about storytelling and parents from H.R. Conklin. Enjoy today's guest post and find our more about Conklin's latest book The Eternity Knot - Part of the Celtic Magic Series! 

July 21st @ The Faerie Review 
Join Lily at the Faerie Review as she shares her review of H.R. Conklin's latest book The Eternity Knot; part of the Celtic Magic Series. This is a great book for anyone who enjoys a modern take on myths and fairytales! 

July 29th @ The Knotty Needle 
Judy at the Knotty Needle shares her review with readers after reading H.R. Conklin's The Eternity Knot - part of the Celtic Magic Series. Don't miss Judy's insightful review!

July 31st @ Author C.K. Sorens 
Fellow Author C.K. Sorens shares her review of The Eternity Knot - the latest release by H.R. Conklin and part of the Celtic Magic series. Don't miss today's peer review! 

August 1st @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen 
Wisconsin entrepreneur and educator, Cathy Hansen reviews the latest novel in the Celtic Magic series - find out what Cathy has to say about The Eternity Knot as she shares her thoughts with readers at Bring on Lemons. 

August 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina 
Fellow author Anthony Avina shares his review of H.R. Conklin's The Eternity Knot. This book is part of the Celtic Magic Series - readers of all ages will delight in this special story! https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

August 3rd @ A Storybook World 
Readers at A Storybook World will hear from guest blogger H.R. Conklin on the topic of Symbolism in Fairytales. Conklin just released The Eternity Knot - another 5 star book in the Celtic Magic series, but she's taking time to share her author expertise with readers today! Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to learn from Conklin! 

August 4th @ Author Anthony Avina 
Earlier this week, readers at Author Anthony Avina's blog read Anthony's review of H.R. Conklin's The Eternity Knot. Today, readers will hear from Conklin herself as she shares a guest blog post titled: "Symbolism Reflected in Stories from Around the World." Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to learn more about The Celtic Magic series!

August 5th @ The Knotty Needle 
Judy at the Knotty Needle shares her review of The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin. This is book 3 in the Celtic Magic series and it is guaranteed to delight readers of all ages! Don't miss Judy's review! https://knottyneedle.blogspot.com/

August 6th @ Beverley A. Baird 
Today's guest post for readers at Beverley A. Baird is written by H.R. Conklin. Conklin is the award winning author of the Celtic Magic Series and she recently released her latest title: The Eternity Knot. Don't miss a chance to read today's guest post titled: "Parenting Wisdom Shared Through Storytelling."

August 7th @ World of My Imagination with Nicole Pyles 
Nicole just finished reading The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin and can't wait to tell readers at World of My Imagination all about it. Don't miss today's review by Nicole to find out more about this title as well as the others in the Celtic Magic Series! 

August 8th @ Word Magic: All About Books with Author Fiona Ingram 
H.R Conklin pens today's guest post about fairies and mythology as she visits fellow author Fiona Ingram at Word Magic. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from Conklin and find out more about her latest release: The Eternity Knot; part of the Celtic Magic series!

August 9th @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto 
WOW! Blog Tour Manager, Crystal Otto reviews the latest novel in the Celtic Magic Series - find out what Crystal has to say about The Eternity Knot as she shares her 5 star review with readers at Bring on Lemons. 

August 10th @ Bring on Lemons with Libby 
Libby is a young artist who enjoys many genres of books - she shares her thoughts with readers at Bring on Lemons today - her deep thoughts about The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin. This book is part of the Celtic Magic series and Libby is excited to read all the books. Readers will delight in her youthful perspective and her energy! 

August 11th @ Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews 
Lisa Haselton interviews H.R. Conklin about the Celtic Magic series and her latest release The Eternity Knot. Don't miss a chance to become better acquainted with this talented author! 

August 18th @ Jill Sheet's Blog 
Today, readers at Jill Sheet's Blog will hear from H.R. Conklin on the topic of "How Symbolism in Fairy Tales of Old Help Us Today." Stop by to learn more about The Eternity Knot (part of the Celtic Magic Series) and learn from this talented author. 

August 19th @ Wildwood Reads with Megan 
Readers at Wildwood Reads will hear from Megan as she reviews The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin. Don't miss an opportunity to learn more about The Celtic Magic Series and this latest release! https://wildwoodreads.com/



About today's Reviewer: 




Crystal is a book loving dairy farmer from rural Wisconsin where she writes, reads, rides horses, enjoys her 6 kiddos and blogs about her little corner of the cornfield! 

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Cathy Hansen Gives "The Eternity Knot" 5 Stars !

 



We are excited to be here today with H.R. Conklin and participate in the book blog tour of Book #4 in the Celtic Magic Series, The Eternity Knot. Find out what Wisconsin Educator, Entrepreneur, and Mother has to say about this delightful book! 

First, here is a little bit about The Eternity Knot:

Mairi has been shown the future and knows humans must change their ways. Continuing on their path of disconnect with Nature will cause the destruction of human life. Tasked by the Seelie Fae to save the human world, Mairi and friends seek out ancient wisdom in the stories of old. The Queen of the Unseelie Fae decides humans have to prove themselves worthy of the Earthly Realm, or die trying. Dark magic makes Mairi push harder to find the answers she needs, but the Undersea Faerie Queen is weighing in and Mairi is uncertain whose side she is on. When young people representing cultures from all of the continents share their knowledge, Mairi finally feels the seeds of hope. Deadly faerie magic is working against humanity, but humans and faeries are working together like never before. As humans begin seeing the earth through ancient views, they are waking up to their dormant powers. Now Mairi must put all the pieces together before time runs out for human life on Earth, and for once she's starting to feel worthy of the task. Join Mairi and friends in this exciting conclusion to the Celtic Magic series. 

The Celtic Magic series is a unique tale connecting modern day California to the Scotland of centuries ago. Join Mairi during a life-changing year in this eco-heroine's journey, following the Celtic wheel of pagan holidays through the seasons and time as she meets druids, witches, and faeries of both Light and Dark. Discover what role mythic stories play in saving the Earth from imminent destruction, and what happens when the world is inclusive of all people. This series includes The Trinity Knot, The Witch's Knot, The Faerie Knot, and just finished is book 4, The Eternity Knot! 

This book is perfect for teens and adults of all ages who enjoy a modern take on myths and fairytales! 

Publisher:  Independently Published (June 12, 2021)
Genre:  Coming of Age Fiction, Fantasy, Magic
Pages:  329 
ASIN:  B096TTR9PK  
ISBN-13:  979-8700673150

Purchase The Eternity Knot on Amazon, Waldorf Books, and/or H.R. Conklin's website: Wild Rose Stories. Be sure to also add this to your GoodReads reading list.

About the Author, H.R. Conklin 


H. R. Conklin grew up in the rural mountains of Northern California where her mother gardened and her father played the bagpipes, as well as spending long hours in the theater where her parents were a dancer and an actor. This undoubtedly led to her overactive imagination and love for nature. She currently lives in San Diego with her husband, two adult children, and three dogs. She used to teach kindergarten at a public Waldorf charter school in which she told many fairy tales to the children, and made up stories in her spare time. Now she is a Story Circle Leader and guides parents in homeschooling at a private Waldorf school.

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I do not normally read fantasy, but when I read the description of The Eternity Knot, I knew it was a book I wanted to take a chance on. Having kids who are absolutely obsessed with fantasy, folklore and mythology, I thought it was time I gave fantasy a try myself. 

With realistic places, problems, and history woven in with the fantasy and folklore, The Eternity Knot was not your typical fantasy read. There was so much more to this story! The characters drew me in and I found myself anxious to see what would happen next, and wanting to see how Mairi would grow and learn throughout the book. 

Though fantasy, the story of The Eternity Knot touches on many real life issues, from dealing with the death of a parent, coming of age, to learning to see a bigger picture than just the individual, along with caring for and conserving natural resources. The Eternity Knot is not “just” a fantasy book. It holds lessons presented in a way that lovers of fantasy and folklore will enjoy and appreciate. 




 --- Complete Blog Tour Calendar 

July 19th @ The Muffin
What goes better with coffee in the morning than a muffin? Today we interview Helga Conklin about the latest book in her Celtic Magic series, The Eternity Knot. You can enter to win a copy too!

July 20th @ Pages and Paws 
Today's guest post at Pages & Paws is an enlightening opportunity to learn more about storytelling and parents from H.R. Conklin. Enjoy today's guest post and find our more about Conklin's latest book The Eternity Knot - Part of the Celtic Magic Series! 

July 21st @ The Faerie Review 
Join Lily at the Faerie Review as she shares her review of H.R. Conklin's latest book The Eternity Knot; part of the Celtic Magic Series. This is a great book for anyone who enjoys a modern take on myths and fairytales! 

July 29th @ The Knotty Needle 
Judy at the Knotty Needle shares her review with readers after reading H.R. Conklin's The Eternity Knot - part of the Celtic Magic Series. Don't miss Judy's insightful review!

July 31st @ Author C.K. Sorens 
Fellow Author C.K. Sorens shares her review of The Eternity Knot - the latest release by H.R. Conklin and part of the Celtic Magic series. Don't miss today's peer review! 

August 1st @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen 
Wisconsin entrepreneur and educator, Cathy Hansen reviews the latest novel in the Celtic Magic series - find out what Cathy has to say about The Eternity Knot as she shares her thoughts with readers at Bring on Lemons. 

August 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina 
Fellow author Anthony Avina shares his review of H.R. Conklin's The Eternity Knot. This book is part of the Celtic Magic Series - readers of all ages will delight in this special story! https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

August 3rd @ A Storybook World 
Readers at A Storybook World will hear from guest blogger H.R. Conklin on the topic of Symbolism in Fairytales. Conklin just released The Eternity Knot - another 5 star book in the Celtic Magic series, but she's taking time to share her author expertise with readers today! Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to learn from Conklin! 

August 4th @ Author Anthony Avina 
Earlier this week, readers at Author Anthony Avina's blog read Anthony's review of H.R. Conklin's The Eternity Knot. Today, readers will hear from Conklin herself as she shares a guest blog post titled: "Symbolism Reflected in Stories from Around the World." Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to learn more about The Celtic Magic series!

August 5th @ The Knotty Needle 
Judy at the Knotty Needle shares her review of The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin. This is book 3 in the Celtic Magic series and it is guaranteed to delight readers of all ages! Don't miss Judy's review! https://knottyneedle.blogspot.com/

August 6th @ Beverley A. Baird 
Today's guest post for readers at Beverley A. Baird is written by H.R. Conklin. Conklin is the award winning author of the Celtic Magic Series and she recently released her latest title: The Eternity Knot. Don't miss a chance to read today's guest post titled: "Parenting Wisdom Shared Through Storytelling."

August 7th @ World of My Imagination with Nicole Pyles 
Nicole just finished reading The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin and can't wait to tell readers at World of My Imagination all about it. Don't miss today's review by Nicole to find out more about this title as well as the others in the Celtic Magic Series! 

August 8th @ Word Magic: All About Books with Author Fiona Ingram 
H.R Conklin pens today's guest post about fairies and mythology as she visits fellow author Fiona Ingram at Word Magic. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from Conklin and find out more about her latest release: The Eternity Knot; part of the Celtic Magic series!

August 9th @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto 
WOW! Blog Tour Manager, Crystal Otto reviews the latest novel in the Celtic Magic Series - find out what Crystal has to say about The Eternity Knot as she shares her 5 star review with readers at Bring on Lemons. 

August 10th @ Bring on Lemons with Libby 
Libby is a young artist who enjoys many genres of books - she shares her thoughts with readers at Bring on Lemons today - her deep thoughts about The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin. This book is part of the Celtic Magic series and Libby is excited to read all the books. Readers will delight in her youthful perspective and her energy! 

August 11th @ Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews 
Lisa Haselton interviews H.R. Conklin about the Celtic Magic series and her latest release The Eternity Knot. Don't miss a chance to become better acquainted with this talented author! 

August 18th @ Jill Sheet's Blog 
Today, readers at Jill Sheet's Blog will hear from H.R. Conklin on the topic of "How Symbolism in Fairy Tales of Old Help Us Today." Stop by to learn more about The Eternity Knot (part of the Celtic Magic Series) and learn from this talented author. 

August 19th @ Wildwood Reads with Megan 
Readers at Wildwood Reads will hear from Megan as she reviews The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin. Don't miss an opportunity to learn more about The Celtic Magic Series and this latest release! https://wildwoodreads.com/



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.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

5 Star Review for Hugh Fritz's "Public Display of Aggression" by Young Reader Carmen J. Otto

 

 

Thank you WOW! Women on Writing for including us in the book blog tour for Hugh Fritz's Book #2 in the Mystic Rampage Series, Public Display of Aggression. Earlier in the tour, my mom, Crystal sat down with Hugh for an interview and today, I, Carmen Otter get to share my own 5 Star Book Review for this fantastic read! I'm 14, so keep that in mind as you read the review. Please feel free to leave a comment or ask questions as I love "mail"! 

First, here is a little bit about Public Display of Aggression: 

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 that 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 (the third member of the Genie “family”) 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! 

Publisher: Golden Word Books (March 22, 2021) 
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Cyberpunk 
Pages: 196 pages 
ASIN: B08ZVRXHL1 
ISBN-10: 1948749556 
ISBN-13: 978-1948749558 

Purchase Public Display of Aggression on AmazonOrganic Books, PageOne Books, and Barnesand Noble. Be sure to also add this to your GoodReads reading list.
 
About the Author Hugh Fritz: 

Hugh Fritz
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 reality a rest and let his imagination run wild. 

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 ***** Review by 14 Year Old Carmen Otto *****

 I called Hugh Fritz a genius after reading his first book, Made to be Broken, and my opinion of him hasn't waivered. There are lots of plot twists in his writing and nothing is predictable. Public Display of Aggression would be fine on it's own, but after reading and loving Made to be Broken, I certainly appreciate following Soleil and Flarence on their journey. I gave the first book five stars (you can read more here: http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/2019/11/carmen-otto-reviews-made-to-be-broken.html ) and I would similarly give Public Display of Aggression the same high marking. 

My mom always asks who my favorite character is and why. In Public Display of Aggression, I would have to choose Soleil. There were plenty of times Soleil was scared but never allowed fear to stand in the way. In the last year, I've been fearful of many things and this upcoming year I'll be entering high school and maybe that's why the Soleil character resonates so strongly with me. Life is uncertain and it's fine to be fearful, but you just have to put one foot in front of the other. My sister's watch Frozen II all the time (too much if you ask me) and like they say in that movie: just do the next right thing. 

Soleil kept doing the next right thing even in the face of fear. That's my takeaway from this book. I also enjoyed the fast pace and of course I love book series type books where you know there's more to come. Thanks to Hugh Fritz for writing Public Display of Aggression and thanks to WOW! Women on Writing for the opportunity to participate in this book blog tour. This is a book plenty of kids my age will enjoy - in fact I'm giving my copy to my younger brother because he loves the cover. I'm sure he will also love the characters and plot! 



 --- To Learn More - Check out the Author Interview or any (and all) of these other stops on the Blog Tour Calendar 

June 14th @ The Muffin
Join us as we celebrate the launch of this incredible tale. Find out more about the author, Hugh Fritz, and enter to win a copy of Public Display of Aggression for yourself. 

June 15th @ A Storybook World with Deirdra Eden
Deirdra Eden shares the spotlight today – and in today’s spotlight it is none other than Hugh Fritz with Book #2 in the Mystic Rampage Series: Public Display of Aggression! Readers won’t want to miss an opportunity to dig into the magic of this incredible story! 

June 16th @ Create Write Now with Mari McCarthy
There’s a guest author at Mari McCarthy’s Create Write Now and it’s the one and only Hugh Fritz who recently finished Book #2 in the Mystic Rampage Series. He’s busy promoting Public Display of Aggression but has taken time out of his busy schedule to write an informative post about “Using Bacteria and Fungus in Food.” Join readers at Create Write Now to learn more! 

June 17th @ World of My Imagination with Nicole Pyles
Nicole Pyles shares her thoughts as she reviews Public Display of Aggression by Hugh Fritz. Readers at World of My Imagination will put their imagination into overdrive with this fast-paced story involving plenty of magic. This is Book #2 in the Mystic Rampage Series but reads just as well as a stand-alone. Don’t miss today’s review by Nicole!

June 18th @ Bibliophile with Diti Shah 
Diti Shah shares her book review with her Insta followers – find out what she thinks of Public Display of Aggression by Hugh Fritz! This is Book #2 of the Mystic Rampage Series that has delighted readers and left them wanting more!

June 21st @ A Storybook World with Deirdra Eden
There’s a guest author at A Storybook World and it’s the one and only Hugh Fritz who recently finished Book #2 in the Mystic Rampage Series. He’s busy promoting Public Display of Aggression but has taken time out of his busy schedule to write an informative post about “Illustrations in Fantasy Novels.” This will be great for writers and readers alike.

June 22nd @ Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
Lisa Haselton interviews Hugh Fritz about the Mystic Rampage Series and Book #2 Public Display of Aggression. Don’t miss this insider opportunity to hear from the author himself – the man behind all the imagination and fun!

June 23rd @ One Writer’s Journey with Sue Bradford Edwards
Fellow author Sue Bradford Edwards offers her review of Public Display of Aggression by Hugh Fritz. Readers won’t want to miss her thoughts!

June 24th @ Knotty Needle with Judy Hudgins
Judy Hudgins keeps readers on the edge of their seat at the knotty needle blog as she reviews Book #2 in the Mystic Rampage Series . Readers will want to grab their own copy of Hugh Fritz’s Public Display of Aggression so they won’t miss a beat of this imaginative story!

June 30th @ Bookish Trischa
The spotlight is bright at Bookish Trischa and today it shines on Hugh Fritz and his latest creation Public Display of Aggression – Book #2 in the Mystic Rampage Series! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the book everyone is talking about!

July 1st @ Book Santa Fe with Crystal Otto
Crystal Otto reads a lot and she loves a fast-paced imaginative story. Public Display of Aggression is 5 Stars and she can’t wait to tell readers more about it at Book Santa Fe today! This is the 2nd book in the Mystic Rampage series, but she says it reads great as a standalone. Read Crystal’s full review today! 

July 7th @ Sreevarsha Sreejith 
Readers of Varsha’s blog will hear from Hugh Fritz today in a post about “Fan Fiction” as he takes a break from promoting his latest book Public Display of Aggression. Don’t miss this guest post and opportunity to learn more about the Mystic Rampage Series and the man behind all the excitement!

July 9th @ Bring on Lemons with Carmen Otto 
Carmen is an avid reader and soon to be high schooler – she loved Book #1 in the Mystic Rampage series and she joins us today to share her 5 Star Review of Book #2 – Public Display of Aggression by Hugh Fritz. Don’t miss her youthful insight! 

July 10th @ The Muffin with Crystal Otto
Crystal Otto offers her 5 Star Review of Public Display of Aggression by Hugh Fritz.

July 10th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog 
Readers of Author Anthony Avina’s Blog will hear from Hugh Fritz today as he pens a guest post titled “Preference of Series of Stand Alone Pieces”. This post will delight authors and readers alike – so don’t miss it! This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the Mystic Rampage Series and Book #2, Public Display of Aggression

July 12th  @ Bookish Trischa 
Today is the day – Trischa reviews Public Display of Aggression – Book #2 in the Mystic Rampage Series! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about and hear from Trischa herself as she shares her insight into the writings of Hugh Fritz. 

July 13th @ Sreevarsha Sreejith 
Today it’s Varsha’s opportunity to share her review of Public Display of Aggression. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about the fast-paced writing of Hugh Fritz and Book #2 in the Mystic Rampage series! 

July 14th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog 
A few days ago, readers of Author Anthony Avina’s Blog heard from Hugh Fritz in a guest post: “Preference of Series of Stand Alone Pieces”. Now it’s review time – hear what Anthony has to say in his review of Public Display of Aggression, Book #2 in the Mystic Rampage Series by Hugh Fritz! 




About Today's Reviewer: Carmen lives in Wisconsin where she works hard milking cows, taking care of horses and other animals as well as trying to keep her many siblings in line. Carmen is pictured here on her confirmation day with Pastor and Mrs. Kilps.