Caroline & Mordecai The Gand Book Tour


Join us for this tour from Mar 31 to May 11, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title: Caroline & Mordecai the Gand by Jeff Gunhus
Category Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 186 pages
GenreFantasy, Literary
Publisher Seven Guns Press
Release date March 31, 2021
Content Rating: PG: The language is G. There is one scene with the main character punches a bully resulting in a bloody nose. The emotional treatment of grief and the death of a loved one can be somewhat intense.

“Readers of all ages who look for ethereal, haunting stories of recovery and courage will find Caroline & Mordecai the Gand may hold the trappings of a fantasy adventure; but inside there is so much more. Make the right decision, to read this!”D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“Caroline’s story is profoundly sad, and yet hopeful, magical, and yet rooted in reality. There is magic, mystery, and daring adventure.” – BooksCoffee

Book Description:

This novella was written by USA Today bestselling author Jeff Gunhus after he received a devastating diagnosis of state 3 cancer. The story is a message to his five children on how to deal with grief and a plea for them to grasp onto joy and love even in the darkest of times.

Caroline loses her spark. It takes a great adventure for her to find it again.

Caroline loses her father in a car accident for which she feels responsible. Consumed by grief, she has a difficult time readjusting to a world that has changed so dramatically for her. On the anniversary of her father’s death, a strange window opens in the middle of the small lake behind her house. She climbs up an old oak to peer inside, but falls out of the tree and discovers that the window also serves as a door into a different world.

Enter Mordecai the Gand, a mysterious traveler who befriends Caroline and promises to help her find a way back home since the window she fell through has disappeared. The two set out on a series of adventures that include visiting a tree village populated by a tribe known for eating travelers, running into a witch under a spell of her own making, hiding in a cave with a dragon encased in a wall of ice (prone to melting by campfire), all the while being pursued by a mysterious entity call the Creach which promises to devour Caroline and trap her in an eternity of despair.

As they navigate these adventures and this new world, Caroline slowly discovers that she is meant to help each of the characters she meets. As she battles internally whether to stay or return home to the sadness and grief waiting for her there, she must regain perspective and open her heart to the act of caring and to the joy of love itself. In the end, she must demonstrate great courage, loyalty, and caring as the plot unfolds, becoming the active hero of her own story.
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Meet the Author:

Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade fantasy series, The Jack Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.

Jeff wrote Caroline & Mordecai the Gand after receiving a devastating diagnosis of stage 3 cancer. The novella was meant as a private story for his five children on how to face grief by holding onto joy and love. He leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of Old Fox Books in Annapolis working on his next novel or on

connect with the author:  website  twitter  facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads ~ bookbub
Tour Schedule:

Mar 31
– Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Apr 1 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Apr 5 – Freda’s Voice – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Apr 6 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
Apr 7 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 8 – pick a good book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 12 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Apr 13 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Apr 14 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 16 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Apr 20 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 21 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Apr 22 – Kam’s Place – book review
Apr 23 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 26 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 27 – Cover Lover Book Review – audiobook review / giveaway
Apr 28 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Apr 30 – Books for Books – audiobook review
May 3 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review / giveaway
May 4 – High Society Book Club & Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 5 – Westveil Publishing – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
May 5 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
May 7 – Reading is My Passion – book review
May 7 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 10 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review / giveaway
May 11 – Laura’s Interests – audiobook review / giveaway
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While I admit I do have a bit of an ego, I’m not quite so bad as to think I have a definitive answer to this question. I do have my own ideas though. And it’s not so just some esoteric question to me. As a father of five and a guy with more hobbies than I know what to do with, deciding to spend hundreds of hours a year writing is a challenge.

We’re all given this same number of hours each day and it’s our decision as to how we choose to spend them. But it is a zero sum game. Every hour you spend doing something is obviously an hour that you spend not doing something else. Every decision is a tradeoff and deserves some analysis to make sure that we’re spending our time wisely.

So why even bother reading or writing fiction?

By its very definition, fiction is a lie. The characters, the situations, the emotion, all of it is a fabrication. The same is true for other art forms, TV, movies, plays, poetry. But novels are unique in that it’s a time intensive endeavor on both sides of the ledger, both for creator and person consuming the art. A film might take years to make, but only a couple hours to watch. A painting could take weeks, but seen at a glance, appreciation in less than a few minutes of study.

There’s a quote I like, but I forget who said it. It goes something to the effect that fiction is the lie that tells the truth. It’s a noble idea, but does commercial fiction fall into this category? Sometimes a book is simple escapism, a way to jump out of your stress and concerns of your regular day and be whisked away into a different world. I think there’s a great value there.

However, on this side of the keyboard, I attempt turn my investment of hours does something more. I don’t rely on my writing as my source of income (although that has been a nice surprise as my readership has grown), so my goal for my writing is more than commercial or even critical success.

The idea behind Caroline and Mordecai the Gand was to create a guidebook for my own kids on how to deal with grief if my cancer diagnosis turned out badly. I had tried to write a letter directly to them but I was unable to get through it. I’m sure if things had gone a different way I would have gone back and forced my way through that, but this novel was a way for me to share part of my philosophy with them through fiction. It’s intensely personal on every page.

But every one of my books is like that. And I think every other author’s book is like that for them as well. Every situation, every line of dialogue, every scene, carries at least the genetic imprint of the writer. Even in my thrillers which are, by design, plot heavy and fast paced, my worldview and thoughts about the human condition work their way in. It’s this part of books and story that I feel makes the writing and the reading worthwhile. Those small pieces of illumination, of interpretation, of attempted insight, those are the bread crumbs that can lead a reader to understanding the writer’s mind.

What keeps me going is human desire to leave a mark and, not to dance around it, to live forever. I don’t think that any of my books will be the masterpieces that last through time, but perhaps a grandchild, or a great-grandchild, will some day, long after I’m dead, find my novels in an attic or in some old online database and take the time to read them. In doing so I will be able to speak to that young man or young woman and share with them parts of myself within those pages of fiction. Maybe they will see the world a little differently after they read my books. Maybe they will disagree with me. And that’s OK. At least we will be sharing space together, sharing ideas, sharing life.

This all might seem like a bunch of over-the-top hooey, but it’s how I feel about it. I’m just humbled and excited that you have considered to read my books and share this journey with me. I appreciate it more than you know.

Happy reading!

Jeff Gunhus

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April of Books Giveaway Hop

Want to find a Giveaway Hop totally dedicated to Books? Here you go! The April of Books Giveaway Hop will have nothing but Book Giveaways. Enter to win all that you like.

My first time joining the Giveaway Hop has me giving away a brand-new release that is coming on the market April 27, 2021. By the time this giveaway is over, the book will be ready. So, if you enter my giveaway, you’ll be getting a new release.

A Distant Shore

A Distant Shore is written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury.

#1 New Release in Religious Fiction

Summary via

She was a child caught in a riptide in the Caribbean Sea. He was a teenager from the East Coast on vacation with his family. He dove in to save her, and that single terrifying moment changed both their lives forever.

Ten years later Jack Ryder is a daring secret agent with the FBI and Eliza Lawrence still lives on that pristine island. She’s an untainted princess in a kingdom of darkness and evil, on the brink of a forced marriage with a dangerous neighboring drug lord, a marriage arranged by her father.

This time when Jack and Eliza meet, there’s a connection neither of them can explain. Both their lives are on the line, and once again, the stakes are deadly high. Can they join forces in a complicated and dangerous mission, pretending to have a breathtaking love…without really falling?

Sometimes miracles happen not once, but twice…along a distant shore.

Giveaway Rules: Entrants must be 18+ years of age and a resident of US/CAN. Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of giveaway’s end. Winner will have 48 hours to reply and claim the prize. If they fail to do so, another winner will be chosen. No social media is in any way responsible for this giveaway. Lisa’s Reading is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Thank you for entering to win this great book! I hope that you’ll now visit all of the blogs in the Giveaway Hop below. You’ll find other book giveaways to enter. I hope that you win something! Good Luck!

The Search for the Scepter Book Tour


Join us for this tour from Mar 22 to Apr 2, 2021

Book Details:

Book TitleThe Search for the Scepter by Julie Dinges
CategoryChildren’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages, hardcover
GenreChildren’s Picture Book
Release date:   December, 2020
Content Rating:  This children’s book is rated G.


Mom’s Choice Award Winner (Gold)
Reader’s Favorite Five-Star Recipient

Book Description:

When Princesses Rosalie and Scarlet went to bed on a warm summer night,
they didn’t expect to awake to such a fright.
Their father the king’s scepter was taken by a thief.
The royal family was in utter disbelief!
The princesses sneak out of bed and find a clue.
Their mission is clear, they know what to do.
Along their journey, they meet friends who help them track the thief down.
Will they find him and return the scepter to their father who wears the crown?

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Amazon ~ B&N
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Meet the Author:

Julie Dinges lives in Hilliard, Ohio with her husband, two daughters, one dog, and several fish. She loves being outside, cooking, traveling, watching science fiction movies, and reading fantasy books to her girls. Julie spent many years as a technical writer before shifting focus to website design.

One of Julie’s greatest ambitions was to write a book. She is excited to share her first published creation, and hopes it sparks imagination and inspiration for all who read of the princess’s quest.

connect with the authors:  website ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Mar 22 –
Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight
Mar 22 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book spotlight
Mar 23 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight
Mar 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight
Mar 24 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight
Mar 26 – Writer with Wanderlust – book spotlight
Mar 26 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight
Mar 30 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight
Mar 31 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight
Apr 1 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight
Apr 2 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight



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How To Improve Study Habits Book Tour & Giveaway

GENRE:   Young Adult



For students 13 through college graduation, Christine Reidhead’s guide to building study skills is an extremely important book for those who want to secure their future through good grades.Too many students’ grades are falling, especially in a time when regular classrooms cannot fully open. Parents everywhere are at a loss regarding what to do with their responsibilities in the face of the increasing downturn in their children’s grades. It seems as though, with the advent of social media, the attention of a lot of students has been shifted from their books to their smartphones or computers. Apart from social media, blame has also been put on a decline in the interest of students regarding education in general. Students, at the moment, do not have the motivation or zeal, as it seems, to even study.

Good study habits, or skills, are solutions to the problems experienced by students. This has been true for a long time, but the world is changing rapidly, which also means that the tools employed during study have to be changed in order to keep up.

This is especially true as a result of the covid-19 pandemic that has forced students to study and learn from home rather than in the classroom. E-Learning, or online learning, can be effective, but only if the student has the discipline and drive to succeed using the tools and materials they are provided by teachers. Without strong study skills the student will fall behind in the classroom. Online the failure to develop good study skills can be devastating, leading to an inability to achieve the success in life the student could otherwise achieve.

This excellent guide walks students through skills and habits which a student, or a person, employs while studying in order to make the most out of the experience. The kind of skills employed by a person, whether good or bad, determines how successful they will be in the process of learning, and Reidhead shows how to understand study skills, discover what kind of learner you are, develop great study skills, avoid bad study habits, identify the best places to study, and how to keep up with Online Learning during the current ovid-19 pandemic. It also helps parents and students to identify when certain students are studying excessively, harming the effectiveness of their studying.

This is a must book for students who want good grades. Both a guide and a self-help book, it can help any student of any age, middle school through graduate school, succeed in their classes whether they are held in a classroom or online.




Too many students’ grades are falling, especially in a time when regular classrooms cannot fully open. Parents everywhere are at a loss regarding what to do with their responsibilities in the face of the increasing downturn in their children’s grades. It seems as though, with the advent of social media, the attention of a lot of students has been shifted from their books to their smartphones or computers. Apart from social media, blame has also been put on a decline in the interest of students regarding education in general. Students, at the moment, do not have the motivation or zeal, as it seems, to even study.

Good study habits, or skills, are solutions to the problems experienced by students. This has been true for a long time, but the world is changing rapidly, which also means that the tools employed during study have to be changed in order to keep up.

The preceding chapter mentioned that some people are auditory learners. There are also visual learners, kinesthetic learners, and even learners that learn best by reading. The differences stem from the fact that we all experience the world differently. Thus, the different ways we receive, retain, and use information also differs.

Learning about the different types of learning methods is important because it helps educators know how to cater to the needs of every student in their class. It can also eliminate some students lagging behind simply because the mode of teaching in the class is not best for them.

As a student, finding the type of learning style best suited for you is essential because it helps you know what works for you and what doesn’t. The process of self-realization will eliminate many problems and help you focus your attention on the actual skills needed to excel academically. For instance, if you are an auditory learner, you will prioritize listening in class by taking notes. During your study time, it would be wise as an auditory learner, to listen to recordings, if the recordings are available, instead of reading. If auditory tapes are not available you will still have to read.


Author, Christine Reidhead

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Christine Reidhead is a philanthropist, former basketball player, professor, writer, podcaster, and proud mother of two from Arizona. She is currently based in New Mexico, where she works and lives with her family. She is an avid educator who loves to encourage people to make a difference in their lives. She is the author of the book series Tips to Starting College. Her expansive portfolio as a podcast host is growing wider every month, as she discusses topics as diverse as leadership, sports, social change, education, tribal college movement and so much more. Podcast episodes are currently available on her website for people to enjoy. She is the author of GET THAT JOB! Ace Your Job Interview – Every Time! and How to Improve Study Habits.

Christine is passionate about international charity work, as well as helping people preserve their culture and share it with the world. She is the founder of AfrikRising, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing critical resources to African children who deal with poverty and starvation, not to mention a lack of educational opportunities and health risks. She also does a lot of work with Native American organizations and in Mexico. Currently, Christine is a board member of Habitat for Humanity supporting people in need abroad and close to home.

Author Interview

Who influenced you the most?

I would say my step-father Leland. He was always a hustler and always the one people would call when they needed help. I have never known someone who works harder or serves more than him. He gets a high off working and a high off helping someone in need. These are things he still does as he gets into his late 70s. A very admirable person and someone I am extremely grateful for.

Did you study writing in college?

I didn’t. Writing isn’t something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s just something I came across as an opportunity to help others.

What is your favorite book?

It would be a tie between the Alchemist and Who Moved My Cheese. I try to read both books every year. For some reason, they really speak to me.

What type of book would you like to write next?

I have several I’ve been working on. I still want to continue the Tips to Starting College series, but I’m also working on a children’s book series.

What do you think of eBooks?

I think eBooks are great. Times have been changing and everything is going digital. It’s a way to help reach more people, and really create easy access for readers. I do think it depends on each person’s preferences, but it’s also a great option.


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