A Year of Mr. Maybes Blog Tour

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A Year of Mr Maybes

Never say never to falling in love…

Val didn’t expect to be starting again in her seventies, but when life gives her lemons, Val is determined to make lemonade.

Settled into her new home – a picture-perfect fisherman’s cottage in the small Cornish seaside town of Lowenstowe – Val is ready to start a new chapter. And with her son due to get married next Christmas, there’s also the little job of finding herself a plus-one to help her face her ex-husband and his new girlfriend.

With the support of her neighbour Connie, and after decades of married life, Val takes the plunge back into the world of dating with trepidation and excitement. But can she remember how the single life works, let alone what her type is? There seem to be plenty of Mr Maybes, but no sign of Mr Right.

As the year passes, and as friendships and community life flourish, Val begins to blossom. And as Christmas approach, she might just decide she doesn’t need that plus-one after all – although never say never… 

Judy Leigh is back with her trademark promise of laughter, love and friendship. The perfect feel-good novel for all fans of Dawn French, Dee Macdonald and Cathy Hopkins.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3tpoJmQ

Author Bio –

Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of Five French HensA Grand Old Time and The Age of Misadventure and the doyenne of the ‘it’s never too late’ genre of women’s fiction. She has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset.

My Review

Val is in her 70’s and starting to really enjoy her new life in small town on the seaside. She has her new BFF, Connie, who is so much fun to do things with. When she finds out her son is getting married in Canada, she and Connie think that it would be fun for her to take a plus-one to the wedding. So dreads seeing her ex-husband there with his new girlfriend. Connie suggests that they try to find her a man to date and aim for dating a new man each month until she finds the right guy.

Each chapter in the book is named after each one: Mr. January, Mr. February, Mr. March……. Some months are fun and exciting, but after a while she decides that she’ll be much happier by herself. Then she finds out that her ex-husband wants her back. What will come next? Will he be Mr. Right? Or is it too late for romance?

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The Kindness Machine Tour

This post is in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Purple Butterfly Press.

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The Kindness Machine

Written by Christina Dankert

Illustrated by Chad Dankert

Ages 4+ | 32 Pages

Publisher: Purple Butterfly Press | ISBN-13: 9781955119085

Publisher’s Synopsis: Creative and artistic 2nd-grade teacher, Mr. Wilson, wants to teach his students about kindness. Mr. Wilson creates The Kindness Machine, a special machine that shows the students exactly what they can do to bring kindness to their classroom and into their hearts! Instead of telling his students to “be kind,” which is something children hear from a very early age, they learn exactly what they can do in their own lives by pressing the special buttons. In the end, Mr. Wilson teaches his students that they each have their own Kindness Machine within them to help make kind decisions for others and themselves.

This creative, innovative, and fun teaching method will direct kids to be kind to one another in their classroom and beyond. The book includes discussion questions to help the reader consider not only kindness towards others but also kindness towards themselves, a lesson that is not always taught.

The Kindness Machine is a practical and innovative tool for teaching emotional literacy, kindness, and acceptance of self and others.

Available in hardcover, paperback, and as an ebook.


Amazon: https://amzn.to/3COBXwa

Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9781955119085


Christina Dankert is a second-grade teacher. She has a passion for literacy and believes that we can change the world by reading to the children in our lives. This is her debut picture book. She lives in Sylvania, Ohio, with her husband, Chad, and their two children. She has dreamed of collaborating with her husband to merge their two professions of educator and artist into one meaningful product. The Kindness Machine allowed that dream to come true.

Learn more about Christina at www.christinadankert.com.

My Review

This book is aimed at children ages 4 and above, which is the perfect time to teach children these important lessons. As children enter pre-kindergarten and kindergarten they are often exposed to classrooms of children for the first time. As they do, they will encounter children from all types of backgrounds. They now must learn to work alongside and together with all those in their classroom. One of the most important and long-reaching skills to learn is to be kind. It’s not always a natural thing for children to think of kindness. Adults can make such a difference by sharing easy ways to be kind. Kindness isn’t hard but making it easy for kids is the key to learning. With the kindness machine, the teacher in this story has totally captured his student’s attention by creating a way for them to be superheroes. This is an adorable book, sure to give young children big ideas about being kind.


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Enter for a chance to win a classroom set of The Kindness Machine or one of five individual copies!

One (1) winner receives:

A classroom set (30 copies) of The Kindness Machine will be sent directly to the winners’ school of choice, along with autographed bookplates personalized for each student and the teacher.

Five (5) winners receive:

A copy of The Kindness Machine, with bookplates autographed by author Christina Dankert

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Lore of the Bambino

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Lore of the Bambino

by Jonathan Weeks


GENRE:   Sports-History-Biography



More than seventy years after his death, Babe Ruth continues to fascinate generations of fans. His exciting adventures on and off the field have become essential reading for students of baseball and pop culture. While most Ruth biographies are filled with mundane facts, Lore of the Bambino is the equivalent of a greatest hits compilation. Ruth’s extraordinary (and at times incredulous) tales carry readers on an enthralling journey through the life of the most celebrated sports figure of the twentieth century. All of the most popular anecdotes (such as the Babe’s alleged “called shot” in the 1932 World Series) are thoroughly covered along with many lesser known narratives.


            My favorite athletes have always been the ones who are all-stars both on and off the field. I am a fan of all sports with a particular interest in baseball and hockey. Though I have rooted for many players over the years, I would have to say that Bobby Orr is my hands-down favorite.

            Orr is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest hockey defensemen of all time. He played portions of twelve seasons in the NHL, spending ten years with the Boston Bruins. When he arrived in Beantown, the B’s had not won a Stanley Cup in more than two decades. Using his speed, play-making abilities, and remarkable on-ice awareness, Orr helped transform the Bruins from non-contenders to world champions. In spite of crippling injuries to his knees, Orr made nine consecutive all-star appearances and won eight Norris Trophies (given annually to the league’s best defenseman). The Bruins made eight playoff appearances with “Number 4” in the lineup and won a pair of Stanley Cups. Orr’s tie-breaking overtime goal in the final game of the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals is considered one of the most iconic moments in Bruins history. When he retired, the Hockey Hall of Fame waived the standard waiting period, inducting him in 1979.

            Orr never basked in the spotlight during his playing days. After Bruins victories, he would often hide in the trainer’s room and avoid reporters so that his teammates could receive due credit. More than just a player, Orr became a hero to the New England masses and a legend to hockey fans outside his primary fan base. Embracing his status as a role model, he once said, “We’re professional athletes. People know who we are and if there’s some way we can help with a friend or someone in need, that’s a responsibility we have. I strongly believe that.” In an era of stratospheric salaries and self-absorbed athletes, those words are rare indeed. After his career, Orr was involved in a number of charitable endeavors, working with the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 1980, he received a humanitarian award for his “numerous and unselfish contributions to society.”

            Other athletes I feel deserve mention as all-around great people include the following:


Among the top players in women’s tennis for many years, Williams won 23 Grand Slam titles—the most by any player of the Open Era. Off the court, she serves as a Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF. She also founded the Serena Williams Foundation, which helps impoverished children get into college.


Generally considered one of the best forwards in the NBA, the 6-foot-9 James has played in 18 All-Star Games and averaged 27.1 points per game during his career so far. He helped three different teams to playoff appearances and is a 4-time NBA champion. Away from basketball, he has been an active supporter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He also established the Lebron James Foundation, which raises and donates money to a wide variety of charities that help at-risk kids.


Known as “Big Papi” to adoring Red Sox fans, the Dominican-born Ortiz helped the team to three World Series titles. Among the most productive designated hitters in MLB history, he slammed 541 homers during the regular season and added 17 more in postseason play. He will be enshrined at Cooperstown this year. Ortiz’s greatest hits off the field include the establishment of the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which provides support for kids in the US and Dominican Republic who can’t afford necessary cardiac services. In 2008, Ortiz received the UNICEF Children’s Champion Award.


Few fans would argue that Jeter was the best shortstop in Yankee history. A 14-time all-star, he helped the Yanks to five World Series titles. Along the way, he gathered 3,465 hits—sixth on the all time list. In 1996, he founded the Turn 2 Foundation, which raises roughly $1 million every year to help educate children and provide resources for healthy living.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A lifelong sports fan, Weeks has published several non-fiction books on the topic of baseball. Additionally, he has two novels to his credit–one of them a posthumous collaboration with his father. His latest project: Best of the Bruins: Boston’s All Time Great Players and Coaches, is due out in 2021.



Jonathan Weeks will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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The Custard Tart Cafe by the Sea Blog Tour

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The Custard Tart Cafe by the Sea

Willow has opened a custard tart cafe at the end of a popular English seaside pier. Her unique and magical spin on the Portuguese pastel de nata has customers queuing outside the door to taste them.

Tiago’s grandparents are purveyors of The Real Deal: authentic custard tarts made in the Algarve region of Portugal, where his family have been lovingly baking them for centuries. When he moves to England for a new job and chances upon Willow’s wondrous wares, he is out for war. At least that’s his intention. But when serendipity brings Willow and Tiago back together at the departures desk in Bristol airport – destination Faro – outrage isn’t the only spark that flies…

Weston-super-Mare and Portugal are about to collide!

Purchase Link – https://mybook.to/custard


Author Bio

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. She grew up in Somerset on Glastonbury’s ley lines and loves to feature her quirky English hometown in her stories.

After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!

All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her romcoms.

Isabella is also a Pranic Healer and a stillbirth mum.

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Honey Bunny Giveaway Hop

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Welcome to the Honey Bunny Giveaway Hop & $10 Amazon eGift Card Giveaway. Each giveaway prize for these hops is a $10 Amazon Gift Card prize, because gift cards are always appreciated. We could all use a little more help, especially during a holiday time. I hope that you’ll all want to enter this giveaway for your chance to get this prize.

April is a fun time of year. Long gone are the darker days of winter. We have longer evenings of sunshine to enjoy, too. Please enter to win my $10 Prize and then enter all the other giveaways in the hop!

Giveaway Rules: Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and reside in the US/CAN. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to reply and claim the prize. If they fail to do so a new winner will be chosen. No social media is in any way involved or responsible for this giveaway. Lisa’s Reading is responsible for prize fullfillment.

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