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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. 

Find out more at: 




 ***** 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. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

5 Star Review of Randolph W. Hobler's " 101 Arabian Tales: How We All Persevered in Peace Corps Libya"

 

“Randy Hobler has written the best memoir of a Peace Corps experience that I have ever read. His amazingly detailed book instantly grips the reader by putting Libya in its properly rich and unique historical perspective. Everyone should read this book, to enjoy its humor as well as its insights. "
—Niels Marquardt 
Former Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros Peace Corps Volunteer—Zaire and Rwanda 





 101 Arabian Tales: How We All Persevered in Peace Corps Libya is substantially set apart from the over-1,000 published Peace Corps memoirs because they are individual memoirs and this is a unique collective memoir, garnered from in-depth interviews with 101 fellow Libyan Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. A herculean effort. 

 The story’s spine is Hobler’s own narrative, anchored to and deftly embroidered with hundreds of other anecdotes. Rather than a narrow individual view, this collective sharing provides many rich hues and shades of experiences—hilarious, heartbreaking, insightful, poignant, as well as educational and inspiring. These volunteers were spread out over 900 miles resulting in an omniscient kaleidoscope of experiences, many of which fall under the category of “you can’t make this up!” 

 It’s an amazingly detailed chronicle of anecdotes, historical perspectives, fun, adventure and hardship. Hobler’s breezy whimsical style is accessible and entertaining, capped off with 220 compelling photographs. 

 The book is available on Amazon.. 

 For more information go to https://www.101arabiantales.com/ 


 About the Author, Randolph Hobler 

RANDOLPH HOBLER is, in no particular order, a perspicacious marketer, a fastidious author, a voracious reader, a tenacious researcher, a conscientious thinker, a curious observer, an industrious composer, a gregarious world traveler, a punctilious musician, and a prodigious anthemologist. 

 He served in the Peace Corps in Libya from 1968—1969 in the Berber village of Al Gala, in the Nefusa Mountains 85 miles south of Tripoli. Besides his daily diary and a sometimes journal, he interviewed 101 of his fellow Libyan Peace Corps volunteers in depth for this book—creating a unique collective memoir amongst the 1,000 + books on the Peace Corps. 

 A graduate of Andover and Princeton University, Hobler has spent 42 years in national and international advertising, marketing and consulting. He is fluent in French and conversational in Spanish and Arabic.


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


I knew very little about the Peace Corps when I picked up my copy of 101 Arabian Tales - but this enjoyable book had me wanting to learn more as I was drawn into each story. The author, Randoph Hobler has such an interesting style of storytelling and his witty personality shine through in each story. The photographs also add so much to this book - as someone who doesn't travel very much, I felt the visuals provided by the photographs helped me feel like I was really traveling along with the volunteers. This was such an excellent opportunity for me to learn about the Peace Corps and about another culture as well as the individuals interviewed. 

It's safe to say I have never read a book like this - it's unique and refreshing. I passed my copy along to my teenage daughter who is now doing her own investigating into the efforts and benefits of the Peace Corps. I thank Randolph Hobler and WOW! Women on Writing for bringing this fascinating memoir into our lives and our family. 101 Arabian Tales is definitely 5 stars in my book! 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Book Reviews For: Only My Horses Know and Read Aloud Stories with Fred


I am so excited to share our family reviews for two fabulous books we have enjoyed immensely! Thank you WOW ! Women on Writing for inviting us to participate in this book blog tour!

And now, without further ado - 

Read-Aloud Stories with Fred Collection and Only My Horses Know

Both books are perfect for parents who worry about the material their children are reading or they are reading to them. Both are clean and sweet. 

Published by Editor-911 Kids, an imprint of Editor-911 Books, a small, independent press owned and operated by Margo L. Dill that publishes books that readers love but aren't traditional. 


Read-Aloud Stories with Fred Collection by Fred Olds with a story by Margo L. Dill, editor (stories for kids ages 3-9):


In this full collection of Read-Aloud Stories with Fred, we have included all six stories from volumes 1 and 2, a bonus story "Looking Inside" by Margo L. Dill (only available in this collection), and a foreword by Margo also. Each story has an illustration to start the story along with a question for children to consider while the story is being read aloud to them (or older children can read to themselves). These stories are perfect for parents and grandparents to read to the children in their lives.

The stories are:

"Looking Inside" Join a kindergarten class as they learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and how he believed all people were the same on the inside.

"Ben and the Terrible Red Card" Ben is always getting in trouble at school, but he feels his teacher just misunderstands him. He's trying!

"The Hobbling Hermit" The hermit's feet hurt, and he takes out his grumpiness on his new housemate, a small, smart mouse.

"Sammy and the Cross-eyed Crow" Sammy lives in the jungle and talks to animals! What happens when he meets a crow who can't fly straight?

"Ben and the Bully, Billy Bob" Here's another Ben story, and this time, Ben's in front of the principal's office for a run-in with Billy Bob the Bully!

"The Cheerless Chairmaker" Fred Olds has written a new fairy tale with a poor, sweet chairmaker and a smart, savvy princess!

"Sammy and the Royal Rabbit" Sammy is back in the jungle with Jonathan the crow, and this time, he is visited by a rabbit who thinks he's a king!

This is a very special collection of short stories by two experienced children's authors. Don't miss out on getting this collection today! 

Purchase Read-Aloud Stories with Fred Collection on AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Bookshop.org. Be sure to also add this to your GoodReads reading list.

Only My Horses Know (middle-grade contemporary novel) by Cinda Bauman


Life on a Montana horse ranch has always been the best for twelve-year-old Kylie Hannigan. She bonds with the horses, rides them with her friend Joey, and helps her mom train them. Plus she barrel races her favorite horse, Kiwi, and with plenty of practice and grit, they will definitely beat her rival Olivia this year.

But then, something starts happening with Kylie’s mom. She sleeps all the time, and Kylie has to do the chores, the training, and all the care for the horses--and it’s too much! At least it’s summer, so she doesn’t have to worry about school, and she can spend time talking to her favorite animals. One day, a strange-behaving horse with an even stranger name shows up for training but is only ignored by Kylie’s mom. Training a difficult horse used to be a fun challenge Kylie could share with her mom, but that’s not even happening now.

Then her mom changes again, and she’s up doing everything—including cooking and cleaning in the middle of the night. Kylie still gets no rest because Mom thinks Kylie should be able to do it all, too. So when school starts and Mom’s behavior goes back and forth and back and forth, and then embarrasses Kylie in front of Joey more times than she can count, Kylie decides the only thing she can do is hide everything from everyone—accept her horses.

Kylie’s life spins out of control along with her mom’s. She can’t train for the barrel races with Kiwi or keep up with homework or talk to her best friend. What will it take to get her life back to the way it used to be? Or is that even possible?

Purchase Only My Horses Know on AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Bookshop.org. Be sure to add this to your reading list on GoodReads.

About the Authors


Fred Olds has crafted dozens of stories over the years and has been involved with various writing and critique groups. At the age of 92, he is a devoted husband and proud father and grandfather living in Central Illinois. After retirement from the Postal Service as an electronic technician, he finally has time to concentrate on writing. A true storyteller at heart, his first love is writing children’s books with an occasional murder mystery thrown in for a change of pace. Check out his kids’ short story books, Read-Aloud Stories with Fred, Vol. 1 and then Vol. 2, and his first book for adults, The Hobo Who Wasn’t, an exciting detective story. He's also the author of The Dog and the Flea: A Tale of Two Opposites and The Cat, the Mouse, and the Neighbors' Dog, two books of the Perky Pet Problems picture book series.


Margo L. Dill is the CEO and owner of Editor-911 Books in St. Louis, MO. She is also the author of the American Civil War Adventure Series with two books, Anna and the Baking Championship and Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg, for middle-grade readers. Her other books are That's the Way It Always Happened and Maggie Mae, Detective Extraordinaire: The Case of the Missing Cookies, which are illustrated picture books, and she has a short story about kids learning about Martin Luther King Jr.'s teachings in Fred Olds's collection of short stories, Read-Aloud Stories with Fred Vols. 1 and 2. Her next book is for teachers and parents and is out in June 2021, It's Not Just Academics: A Guide To Teach Kids' Health, Communication, and Social Emotional Skills. She lives in St. Louis with her tween daughter and lively rescue dog, Sudsi. 

Find out more at:

Her website: www.margoldill.com


Cinda Jo Bauman lives in Central Illinois with her husband and dogs. During her high school years, she took every art class offered along with every child development class. After a class where she spent part of the day at a daycare, child development won out over art. Years of story time led to a love of children’s picture-books, which made her wish she had stuck with art. 

Flash forward to today, and she still loves children’s books! After researching and much study; learning about writing and illustrating children’s books, she joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and found her passion. Besides writing children’s picture books and middle-grade novels, Cinda also creates with cut paper sculptures and paints in oil and acrylic. She loves iris flowers and the color purple.

Only My Horses Know is her debut middle-grade novel.

Find out more about Cinda:

Cinda's website is: https://kidsillio.com/



Review(s) by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto and her family (children: Leah, Carmen, Andre, Breccan, Delphine, and Eudora - as well as husband Mark)


Every parent knows reading is important for children. At our house, reading is quite the family affair. Once you're old enough to read on your own, you'll be asked to write a review for mom's blog or a note to the author. When you're little and need help reading, mom will have you sit with her in the fluffy rocking chair where you'll enjoy stories before bed. Sometimes we read short stories and get through several of them each night. Sometimes we stop at our local book store and choose a book that can take us on an adventure lasting months. Regardless of your age, you'll be asked to share your thoughts and ideas about whatever book you're reading. You'll be asked to grab a book to take in the van, a book to read in the orthodontist waiting room, a book for the beach, a book for the tub, a book for beside the bed. The truth is - there are books in every single room of our house, and Grammy Patty is gracious enough to store the overflow in her attic (which is incredibly fun to explore in as well).

I'm sharing the back story so you can fully understand what a compliment it is when we say:

Only My Horses Know and Read Aloud Stories with Fred can both be found next to the couch in the living room. We've read each page at least once, and yet have decided these books cannot possibly be stored away. They will be enjoyed again and again by children of all ages. When the books arrived in the post, something magical happened. We opened the packaging and Eudora (3) said to Delphine (6) "look what mommy got for me!" and she was excited how the books looked. I like to say in my head 'score 1 for mom' when that happens!

The first night we cracked the cover of Read Aloud Stories with Fred, the children asked if we would start reading in a Facebook live video so our friends could enjoy the story too - and we did! I began with 2 small girls on my lap and only a few friends in Facebook land. Before I knew what was happening, I had doubled my audience and my boys came to sit with us and a handful of more viewers joined us on Facebook. One story turned into two and three into four and the time flew by!

The next afternoon was rainy, and the children asked if we could start reading Only My Horses Know and as a horse loving family, we were drawn into the unpredictable story of Kylie's life on her Montana horse ranch. The children were so excited to chat with our neighbor Christine about this book because she had also grown up on a ranch on Montana and had her own horse stories to share. 

Both of these books have sparked so many conversations and so much joy - there aren't even enough words to describe how thankful we are to have them on our bookshelf to enjoy again and again! 

  --- Upcoming Blog Tour Calendar

June 26th @ Shoe's Seeds and Stories
Join Linda as she reviews Read-Aloud Stories with Fred and Only My Horses Know. 

June 28th @ Jill Sheets' Blog
Visit Jill's blog where she reviews Read-Aloud Stories with Fred and Only My Horses Know. 

July 1st @ What is That Book About
Michelle shares a guest post about following your dreams at 92. What an inspiring story!

July 2nd @ One Writer's Journey
Visit Sue's blog where she reviews Read-Aloud Stories with Fred and Only My Horses Know. 

July 6th @ McFly's Book Bliss
Join Marisa as she reviews Only My Horses Know.

July 9th @ Strength 4 Spouses
Join Wendi at her blog Strength 4 Spouses where she shares her review of Read-Aloud Stories with Fred and Only My Horses Know. 

July 10th @ Shoe's Seeds and Stories
Visit Linda's blog again where she shares a guest post about finding a good critique group.

July 11th @ Strength 4 Spouses
Join Wendi again at her blog where she shares a guest post about the importance of communicating in families.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Upcoming WOW! Blog Tour - Reserve Your Copy Today! The Eternity Knot (Part of the Celtic Magic Series) by HR Conkli

  

WOW! Women on Writing Presents

 




The Eternity Knot

(Part of the Celtic Magic Series)

 

By H R Conklin

 

Tour Begins July 19th

 

Book Summary:

 

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.

 

This book is perfect for:

tweens, teens and adults of all ages who enjoy a modern take on myths and fairy tales!

 

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 finishes in book 4, The Eternity Knot, this summer.


 


You’ve heard about it in the Enchanted Living magazine Spring, 2021 issue. You’ve tuned into the podcast, and heard about it on Hot Mess to Awesomeness,

AND..

 

now it’s YOUR turn to get your hands on this delightful tale!

 

 

 

 

 

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:

 

·        Symbolism in fairy tales

 

·        Women's Circles

 

·        Eco heroines

 

·        Parenting

 

·        Storytelling with parents

 

H R says: ...I'm open to brainstorming

 

So….if you have any ideas for a different guest post topic, let us know!

 

Find out more on her website: Www.wildrosestories.com



About the Author:

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.

 


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



 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Cathy Hansen Gives Allen Long's "Praying for Restraint" 5 Stars!

  


We are excited to be included in Allen Long's WOW! Women on Writing Book Blog Tour for his latest memoir Praying for Restraint.  Thank you WOW! 

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.


Praying for Restraint 
is now available to purchase on Amazon in both paperback and as a Kindle book as well as Barnes and Noble and as a Google Book. 



--- Review by Cathy Hansen

Having read a brief description of Praying for Restraint, I was curious.  One of my college roommates was a CNA for a couple years.  I was always amazed by her stories about coworkers and patients from her nursing home, and her willingness to do the demanding job.  Her stories left me with a great deal of respect for anyone who took on the job of serving others as a CNA.  I appreciated the pain and difficulty she faced when a patient passed, and admired her humor when she could say it was a good day at work because, “I didn’t get any poop on me today.”  Because of this experience with my former roommate, and having had some wonderful CNA’s who have touched my life, a memoir about the work of a CNA sounded like an interesting read.


I expected to read tales of helping others while performing a very challenging job with long, stressful hours.  I expected to read about understaffing and perhaps a few bad apples in patient care.  I was definitely not prepared for the horrors described within the pages of this book.  I finished the book feeling sad, angry, and frustrated that many patients did not get the level of care as ordered by their doctors and expected by their families.  I was furious that those working to provide that care are not always treated humanely or provided with all of the help and tools they should be.  It was appalling and eye-opening to read stories of mismanagement of resources, rude supervisors and coworkers, and poor patient care, even patient abuse.  


Healthcare workers are heroes.  Allen Long shows us just how hard they work, while also examining the demons he has faced in his personal life.  In Praying for Restraint, we learn not only about Allen Long the CNA, but Allen Long the person, including Allen Long the victim of abusive parents.  This peak into Long’s background helps the reader understand why effective healthcare workers choose such a challenging profession to begin with:  to make a difference.  


I applaud Allen Long for having the courage to share these stories, and I hope we can see a positive change in the level of patient care, but also in the level of respect for those working in patient care and providing excellent patient care. 


--- 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.


About the Author, 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?


You can discover more about Allen and his work on his website: http://allenlongauthor.com/



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