The Songs That Could Have Been Book Tour

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

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About the book:

Two couples in love. Two sets of impossible circumstances. One powerful God of grace.

After a devastating tailspin in her late teens, Lauren Anderson’s life is finally back on track. Then a chance meeting with Carter Douglas, her first love and the man who broke her heart, threatens to throw her well-balanced world out of control.

Now a TV meteorologist, Carter is determined to make amends with Lauren. After all, she still owns his heart. But his old demons are forcing him toward the same decision he faced in the past. Is he courageous enough to make a different choice this time around?

When Lauren’s elderly grandmother, Rosie, begins having nightmares about a man named Ephraim–a name her family has never heard before—a fascinating and forbidden past love comes to light. As Lauren and Carter work to uncover the untold stories of Rosie’s past in 1950s Wichita, they embark on a journey of forgiveness and second chances that will change their lives—and Rosie’s—forever. Along the way they’ll learn that God wastes nothing, his timing is perfect, and nothing is beyond his grace and redemption.

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What Others Are Saying

“A reading experience both heartfelt and heart-tugging, a timeless exploration of young and enduring love and the grace found in second chances. Amanda Wen is a rare and remarkable storyteller, and this is a novel I will not soon forget.” –Amanda Barratt, Christy Award-winning author of The White Rose Resists

“A stunning journey of loss, love, and yearning. . . . Past and present are deftly woven together in this dual-timeline narrative that will leave readers flying through the pages.” – Amanda Cox, author of the 2021 Christy Award Book of the Year, The Edge of Belonging

Amanda Wen

About the author:

Amanda Wen is an award-winning writer of inspirational romance and split-time women’s fiction. She has placed first in multiple writing contests, including the 2017 Indiana Golden Opportunity, the 2017 Phoenix Rattler, and the 2016 ACFW First Impressions contests. She was also a 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest finalist. Her debut novel was a 2021 Christy Award First Novel finalist.
 
Wen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and regularly contributes author interviews for their Fiction Finder feature. She also frequently interviews authors for her blog and is a contributor to the God Is Love blog. She is the author of Roots of Wood and Stone and The Songs That Could Have Been.
 
In addition to her writing, Wen is an accomplished professional cellist and pianist who frequently performs with orchestras, chamber groups, and her church’s worship team. She serves as a choral accompanist as well. A lifelong denizen of the flatlands, Wen lives in Kansas with her patient, loving, and hilarious husband, their three adorable Wenlets, and a snuggly Siamese cat.
 
To find Amanda Wen’s blog and short stories, visit www.amandawen.com. Readers can also follower her on Facebook (@AuthorAmandaWen), Twitter (@AuthorAmandaWen), and Instagram (@authoramandawen).

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My Review

This is Amanda Wen’s second Inspirational Romance and it’s a lovely novel in the Sedgwick County Chronicles series. I absolutely loved the first book Roots of Wood and Stone. This book is a dual time book with characters living in 1954-55 and the later generations living in the present day. These types of books can be harder to understand in the first chapters, but make for a very interesting and enjoyable method of understanding the complex characters.

Carter and Lauren knew each other as young adults and then run into each other again in the supermarket. After an awful break-up in the past, Lauren is very wary of Carter and his charismatic personality. This couple’s on-again/off-again relationship is causing them both so much grief. They both have things in their past that haunt them. These past mistakes are ruining their chance at a healthy and stable future.

Lauren’s grandmother Rosie is the teenage girl in 1954 who is falling in love with a black classmate named Ephraim. They meet after school after Rosie hears the beautiful piano music he’s playing the choir room. This becomes an almost everyday occurrence, but they must keep it a secret.

Their budding relationship causes trouble with their families, friends, and makes their futures very uncertain. They must decide if they will be bold enough to share a public relationship.

Lauren and Carter cause each other tremendous pain, but eventually learn that God can heal any hurts and remove any past sin. When they are able to heal in their own hearts, then they have room in their heart for each other.

I love the book and the well researched plot shares what it was really like for interracial couples in the past. The grace that only God gives is the key to all the character’s happiness.

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Midnight’s Budding Morrow Book Tour

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About the series:

While most stories set in Regency England focus on the rich, the young, and the beautiful, award-winning author Carolyn Miller decided she wanted to give readers something different for a change. Her new Regency Wallflowers series follows the commoners, away from the hustle and bustle of 1810s London, out in the Lake District of England. She tells the stories of women who are slightly older and have few prospects for marriage, women who might be considered “wallflowers.”

Midnight’s Budding Morrow is the second book in the Regency Wallflowers series. The first book in the series is Dusk’s Darkest Shores.

About the book:

Can real love grow between a wallflower and an unrepentant rogue?

Sarah Drayton is eager to spend time with her best friend at her crumbling Northumberland castle estate. Matrimony is the last thing on her mind and the last thing she expects to be faced with on a holiday. Yet she finds herself being inveigled into a marriage of convenience with her friend’s rakish brother.

When James Langley returns to his family’s estate, he can’t be bothered to pay attention to his responsibilities as the heir. War is raging and he wants only distraction, not serious tethers. But his roguish ways have backed him into a corner, and he has little choice but to obey his father’s stunning decree: marry before returning to war, or else. Suddenly he finds himself wedded to a clever and capable woman he does not love.

Sarah craves love and a place to belong, neither of which James offered before returning to the battlefront. Now everyone around her thinks she married above her station, and they have no intention of rewarding her for such impertinence. It isn’t until her husband returns from war seemingly changed that she begins to hope they may find real happiness. But can she trust that this rake has truly reformed?

When tragedy strikes, this pair must learn to trust God and his plans. Will they be destroyed . . . or will they discover that even in the darkest depths of night, the morning still holds hope?

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Author

About the author:

Carolyn Miller is an inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children.

A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English literature and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. She enjoys music, films, gardens, art, travel, and food.

Miller’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. 

Learn more about Carolyn at www.carolynmillerauthor.com, or find her on Facebook (Carolyn Miller Author)Instagram (@CarolynMillerAuthor), and Twitter (@CarolynMAuthor)

MY REVIEW

This Christian Romance will leave you crying, hoping, and rejoicing with the characters. What appears to be a tragic story of a poor girl with no family, but with a good friend, keeps the reader in suspense to the end. The young lady tries so hard to always do what’s right and follow God’s path for her life.

She gets kicked around by people who resent her, are jealous of her, and who despise her because of her status in life. Through many trying circumstances, she is given a place of prestige but she is still treated with contempt. People tend to try and keep people in their place and not allow them to be elevated, even if it’s God’s will.

Sarah is a beautiful character and her full character isn’t revealed until the end of the book. James and his father are complex and confusing, but there are changes to come. I really liked this book and loved the cover, which gave me a visual picture of the tragic story to come. God’s grace and redemption is shown clearly and you might need a tissue, but if you like romances with a happy ending you’ll love this book.

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Mystery in the Palace of Westminster Blog Tour

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Mystery in the Palace of Westminster

Theo Duncan is just an ordinary student. Except he also happens to be the son of the Prime Minister, Will Duncan. 

When the parliamentary mace is stolen from inside the Houses of Parliament, Theo is determined to help his dad get it back. But he can’t do it alone. And when help is offered, there’s a problem. It comes from the new girl at school, Sammy Jhor, who’s a supporter of the opposition party. 

Theo and Sammy form an unlikely team to spy on government officials, sneak through the corridors of Downing Street and pursue the thief through the Palace of Westminster. 

But when the evidence points to suspects at the highest levels of government, finding the thief could threaten Will Duncan’s leadership. 

Can Theo and Sammy put aside their differences to find the mace – and the thief – before the government is brought to its knees? 

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Author Bio –

Sarah Lustig grew up in London and went to school in Westminster, with politicians’ children. Her experiences at school and interest in politics inspired the idea for the Westminster Mysteries series. Mystery in the Palace of Westminster is her debut novel. She has been a book editor for nearly 15 years and now lives in Buckinghamshire, where she spends her time reading, writing and pottering on her balcony garden.

Social Media Links –

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MY REVIEW

This mystery is written for children ages 10-14 to enjoy. The story follows a middle-grade boy named Theo and his school friend, Sammy. Theo is the son of the British Prime Minister and he is at the age to question everything. Sammy is an Indian girl from a working-class family.

Theo is learning so much about the government and his father’s job. There is a sensational crisis when the mace from parliament is missing. Parliament can’t vote without the mace. This symbol is the traditional mace and everyone there is looking for it.

Theo and Sammy are in Citizenship class at school and become obsessed with finding the mace. They start becoming detectives and sneak around the Palace and town looking for clues to nail the suspect and find the mace.

They both get in trouble with their families and teachers, but just won’t give up. The book starts slow but gets much more exciting as the mystery progresses. There are many life lessons in the book, which is part of the Westminster Mysteries series.

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Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday Book Tour

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Join us for this tour from May 23  to June 17, 2022!

Book Details:

Book TitleAlycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday by Alysson Foti Bourque
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
PublisherPelican Publishing
Release date:  May 9, 2022
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:

Alycat wakes up to seafood gumbo for breakfast, and even though her house is the first stop for the school bus, the bus is already full when she boards. Alycat’s whole day is turning topsy-turvy. What is happening? Young readers will tag along on Alycat’s adventures during her very “cattywampus” Wednesday and learn that a little help from some friends and a good attitude can make your day!

The themes of the books in the Alycat Series all reflect a reliance on friendships, imagination, and creativity towards problem solving. The character traits of Alycat and her friends inspire and encourage young readers to find their own special gifts. After enduring a cattywampus world pursuant to an unexpected pandemic, this book will resonate with readers to persevere through the wackiest and toughest of times.

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Meet the Author:

Alysson Foti Bourque is the author of the award-winning Alycat series. Alysson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center.

After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. Alysson enjoys public speaking opportunities at schools, conferences, and festivals nationwide. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves wholeheartedly.

AWARDS & HONORS

The Alycat Series has won several prestigious awards including:
Three Mom’s Choice Awards®
Benjamin Franklin Digital Award, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Best Book Award Finalist
NY Big Book Award
Reviewed by Midwest Book Review
Southern Festival of Books Panelist
Louisiana Book Festival Featured Author

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter   Facebook  ~  Instagram ~ Pinterest
 
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MY REVIEW

Children know how much fun it is to have Inside-Out Day or Backwards Day. Inside-Out Day lets them wear their clothes and socks inside out. It’s funny and is a great break in school from wearing uniforms. In this book a little kitten named Alycat wakes up to find that it’s Backwards Day, and she didn’t even know about it beforehand.

Her mother served dinner for breakfast. The bus driver picked up the last passengers first and more funny things happened. Alycat and her friend Bugsby thought it was strange, but Alycat just went along with it and had a good attitude.

When Alycat woke up the next day she asked her father about Thursday, but she found out that it was really only Wednesday and she had dreamt about Wednesday being backwards. This is a very fun book and the illustrations are adorable. Many children have a hard time with changes, and this book shows children that it’s better to just go along with unexpected changes instead of complaining.

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Grandma’s & Grandpa’s Tales Book Tour

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

A retired teacher, Cheryl Carpinello has crafted Grandma/Grandpa’s entertaining stories with repetitive phrases, colorful pictures, and reading/language strategies to engage kids in active reading…


By Cheryl Carpinello



Grandma and Grandpa’s Tales books 1-3 encourage early readers with fun stories incorporating difference aspects of nature. Book 1, Wild Creatures In My Neighborhood and What if I Went to the Circus, explores the wildlife around neighborhoods and introduces decision-making. Book 2Singers of Songs and The Not Too Stubborn Humpback, explores a common, but not so common insect, and lets readers see that being stubborn isn’t always good. Book 3Vampires in the Backyard and A Fish Tale, introduces readers to an extended metaphor and lets them decide if the fish story is real.

Book Information

Release Date: Grandma’s Tales #1 (2016), Grandma’s Tales #2 (2018), Grandma’s Tales #3 (2021), Grandpa’s Tales #1 (2016), Grandpa’s Tales #2 (2018), Grandpa’s Tales #3 (2021)

Publisher:  Silver Quill Publishing

Soft Cover: Grandma’s Tales #1 – 39 pages; $9.99

Grandma’s Tales #2 – 66 pages; $13.99

Grandma’s Tales #3 – 64 pages; $14.99

Grandpa’s Tales #1 – 39 pages; $9.99

Grandpa’s Tales #2 – 66 pages; $13.99

Grandpa’s Tales #3 – 64 pages; $14.99

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“Easy to read…entertaining…delightful!”


MY REVIEW

What kind of tales would a Grandma tell her little grandchildren? She would love to read these books to her grandchild (ages 4-8) anytime of the day or at bedtime. I read Grandma’s Tales 1 and was delighted with the charming and classic style of children’s books. Book 1 contains Wild Creatures in My Neighborhood and What If I Went to the Circus.

Children’s imaginations always run wild and they will love thinking about having wild creatures in their neighborhood. Whether it’s a red fox, wild duck, or even a bear, wild animals can sometimes be seen in an everyday neighborhood. We may think that they don’t belong, but wild animals are everywhere.

In the book, What If I Went to the Circus, the child wonders what it would be like if he could go to the circus and bring one of the animals home. With each animal listed the child has to think about the results of their choice.

I would definitely want to read these books to my grandchildren. I think that they would enjoy having this book read to them over and over.






Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. Her success with readers aged 8-16 led her to reach out to the youngest of readers and those readers just starting out. Revising stories she had written for her own children, she created Grandma/Grandpa’s Tales for ages 4-7.  Her four grandchildren’s conversations created the stories in Book 3 of this series.

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Coloring God’s Love For Me: 100 Devotions to Inspire Young Hearts Review Tour

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Book Name Coloring God’s Love for Me: 100 Devotions to Inspire Young Hearts

Author Janae Dueck

Publisher Tommy Nelson

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