Berry Good Giveaway Hop & $15 Book Giveaway

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Welcome to the Berry Good Giveaway Hop & $15 (USD) Book Depository Book Giveaway!

The Berry Good Giveaway Hop is hosted by MamaTheFox.

This great Giveaway Hop has lots of fun giveaways, so I hope you’ll enter one and all. Lisa’s Reading is giving away a book! The winner will be able to select any book with a USD value of $15 or less from The Book Depository

June is a Berry Good month for a giveaway hop and I hope that you’ll win something in this hop. June is also a Berry Good month to read a book. Take along a great book to read on your vacation or when lounging around your neighborhood pool. The lazy days of summer are perfect for reading an entertaining book. ]

Giveaway Rules: Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Giveaway is open World Wide as long as Book Depository can ship to your address. The prize book must be selected from books costing up to $15 USD. Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of giveaway’s end. Winner must reply to claim their prize within 48 hours. If they fail to do so, a new winner will be chosen. No social media is in any way responsible for this giveaway. Lisa’s Reading is responsible for prize fulfillment. International entrants should note these requirements.

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Ting Ting, The Girl Who Saved China Book Tour

This post is in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Ryan O’Connor.

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Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China

Written by Ryan O’Connor

Illustrated by Xiang Minghui

Ages 6-10 | 48 Pages

Publisher: Xlibris Corp | ISBN-13 : 978-1664153189

Publisher’s Synopsis: Li Li Wang is enjoying Chinese New Year with her family when her grandparents ask her to sit with them. Before giving Li Li her holiday gift, they tell her the story of Ting Ting Wang, Li Li’s ancestor, and how she became a Chinese hero. Li Li carefully listens as her grandparents tell her about Ting Ting, the monster Nian, and the origin of the Chinese New Year celebration. Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China provides insight into China’s biggest holiday, gives a sense of its culture, and shows that girls are just as strong and brave as boys.



Ryan O’Connor is a literature and writing teacher in Shanghai, China, and the author of the children’s book series Bobby the Bear. With a background in sports journalism and education, Ryan has turned his focus to writing children’s books. Through unique characters, Ryan provides children with moral and life lessons. Ryan has earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in education; he has also won numerous awards for sports writing. Ryan is a native of Pittsburg, Kansas, but has spent the past ten years living in Shanghai.

To learn more about Ryan and his books, visit his website at


Tuesday, June 1, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewTour Kick-OffTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Tuesday, June 1, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Wednesday, June 2, 2021A Dream Within a DreamA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Thursday, June 3, 2021Library Lady’s Kid LitA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Friday, June 4, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Sunday, June 6, 2021Feminist Books for KidsA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Monday, June 7, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Tuesday, June 8, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview withRyan O’Connor
Wednesday, June 9, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Thursday, June 10, 2021Over Coffee ConversationA Beyond the Book ActivityTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Friday, June 11, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Wednesday, June 16, 2021Heart to HeartA book giveaway ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Thursday, June 17, 2021The Momma SpotA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Friday, June 18, 2021Books Are Magic TooAn interview withRyan O’Connor

My Review

Ting Ting, the Girl who Saved China is a lovely picture book with colorful illustrations. The story is centered around the dinner table of Li Li Wang, her parents and grandparents. It’s the eve of Chinese New Year and the family is preparing to celebrate the important holiday. Li Li’s grandfather asks her if she knows the story of their ancestor, Ting Ting Wang? Li Li hasn’t heard that this hero of China was a member of their family.

The grandfather starts telling the story of China and how a monster named Nian terrorized the people there. Nian was a Chinese dragon who would come to different villages and eat all the people’s food and animals and tear down their homes. No one could figure out a way to keep Nian from coming to their village.

Then a little girl named Ting Ting came up with an idea. She tried to tell her friends and others in the town, but no one listened to her. Her family members were afraid when they hear a roaring sound. They knew that Nian was coming their way, but had no way to stop him. Would Ting Ting know what to do? Would Nian eat all their food? This delightful book will entertain and inspire children to be a hero like Ting Ting.

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Enter for a chance to win a set of books by Ryan O’Connor, including Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A copy Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
  • A Ting Ting Bookmark
  • A copy of Bobby the Bear and His Missing Dinner
  • A copy of Merry Christmas, Bobby the Bear

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A copy Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China

The giveaway begins June 1, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 30, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

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June Monthly Giveaway

I’m so happy to bring you another Monthly Giveaway. With only one entry, you can enter to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card. This giveaway is open to current subscribers as well as new. Lisa’s Reading is responsible for prize fulfillment. Winner must be 18 years of age and be a US/CAN resident.

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Balloons For Tiger Book Tour


Join us for this tour from May 4 to May 31, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Balloons for Tiger by Lori Orlinsky
CategoryChildren’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
PublisherMascot Books
Release date:   May 4, 2021
Formats available: hardback
Content Rating:  G for everyone.



Book Description:

How can children begin to heal after losing a pet? Balloons for Tiger takes an imaginative look at this tough topic as colorful balloons travel from the hands of children to their beloved cat who has passed on. This book lets children open up their hearts and imaginations for a magical journey to the farthest corners of the world, where they’ll meet skydivers, astronauts, superheroes, and everything in between. As they watch the balloons voyage to the other side of the rainbow bridge, they learn to positively process their grief. Balloons for Tiger is a great tool for any child who has experienced the loss of a pet- or any other loved one, too.

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Meet the Author:

Lori Orlinsky is a multi-award-winning children’s book author who lives in Chicago. She was inspired to tell this story after her family experienced the loss of their beloved eighteen-year-old cat, Tiger. Unable to find books about pet loss to help her young kids cope with their grief, Lori wrote Balloons for Tiger. She hopes this book will help others, too.

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Tour Schedule:

May 4 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
May 4 – Welcome To MLMOpinion’s Reviews – book review
May 5 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 6 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
May 7 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 10 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
May 11 – Twirling Book Princess – book review
May 11 – Corinne Rodrigues / Booksnista – book spotlight / giveaway
May 12 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 13 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
May 13 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 14 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
May 17 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
May 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
May 18 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review
May 19 – The Adventures Of A Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 20 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 20 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
May 21 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
May 24 – I’m Into Books – book review  
May 24 – Reading is My Passion – book review
May 25 –Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 27 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 27 – I Read Kid’s Books – book review / author interview /giveaway
May 28 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
May 31 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 31 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Author Interview –

  1. You write lesson-based books. Why is incorporating a lesson into a book important to you?
    Lesson-based books teach children about the world around them. Having a conversation with a child about a difficult topic can be tough. Many times, children get defensive and feel they are getting in trouble. Books are the perfect tool to teach these lessons without feeling forced. Children can read about a situation a character faced, and adults can role play with them about how that character reacted, and what they would have done. They walk away having read an entertaining story and learning a valuable life lesson. Win-win.
  • How can we encourage our kids to read more?
    There is so much joy to be had from a good book. Books spur our imagination, take us to other worlds, make us laugh, cry, and teach us so much about life and the world around us. Plus, reading provides a critical foundation for success in school and in life. Fostering a love of reading early in life is important, and the best way to do it is to read together to your children, routinely.
  • Besides reading books the traditional way, with the rise in technology, what are other ways in which kids can read?

I love listening to audio books. Like books, audiobooks create a shared experience between a parent and child. Plus, they make a reading experience more interactive, as actors and actresses perform the stories in various voices. Audio books are also convenient, as families can enjoy them together on road trips, while doing household chores, etc.

  • Are there any reading apps you’d suggest for kids?

My kids really enjoy Caribu, an interactive reading platform/video calling app where they can read with their family and friends. This app was our “go to” during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • What are your favorite books to read with your own kids?

We are big fans of “The Day the Crayons Quit” and “The Day the Crayons Came Home.” My kids never seem to get tired of oldies but goodies, like “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.”

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Castle of Refuge Review 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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Castle of Refuge

Author: Melanie Dickerson

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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Ever since she was a child, Audrey wanted her life to be extraordinary. But as the daughter of a viscount born in late fourteenth-century England, the only thing expected of her was to marry—until an act of malice by her sister, Maris, four years ago damaged her face and her prospects. Though Maris was sent away, twenty-year-old Audrey is still suffering the scars of her sister’s cruelty. When her father announces his plans to marry off his damaged daughter and bring Maris home, Audrey decides to flee in search of her true destiny.

However, life outside her home is dangerous, and she soon finds herself attacked, sick, and in desperate need of help. She is taken in at Dericott Castle to be nursed back to health. While there, she decides to keep her identity a secret and work as a servant in the castle. But she doesn’t count on falling in love with the young and handsome Lord Dericott, who lost his arm several months earlier and bears scars of his own.

Meanwhile, Edwin—Lord Dericott—is curious about the new, well-educated servant’s identity. All he knows is that he’s quickly becoming smitten with her. When the man Audrey’s father wanted her to marry comes looking for her, she and Edwin must make life-changing decisions about what to believe and whether or not love is truly worth trusting.

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My Review

This book is the story of a young lady named Audrey, who grew up as the traumatized daughter of a Viscount. Because her mother died in childbirth, Audrey and her big sister Maris, were not given motherly love and nurturing. The nanny and father showed favoritism to Audrey and Maris learned to hate Audrey. Maris’s hate grew so strong that she blamed Audrey for all her problems and became mentally ill. She was violent to Audrey and eventually tripped her so that she would fall into the fire.

Audrey was badly burned on the side of her face and was very ashamed of her scars. Her father had initially tried to marry her off to Edwin ( a potential earl), but her scars made the father pull away. He then tried to marry her off to a much older man, and Audrey was horrified. Maris, who had been temporarily placed in a convent, was home and quietly threatening Audrey with greater harm. That night, Audrey ran away as she was terrified of her sister’s plans.

Audrey was only a teen and very naive. She was robbed of her horse and money along the way of her escape. She almost reached a castle, but was afraid and feel down next to a tree. By chance, someone from the castle found her and brought her inside, and the housekeeper nursed her back to health. Audrey pretended to be a nobody and begged the owner of the castle (Edwin) to let her be a servant. She became a servant to hide her identity, being afraid that they would send her back home.

Maris comes after Audrey and brings a huge and loyal warrior with her. Maris is basically a pyschopath and kidnaps Audrey and later Edwin, too. Maris threatens to kill them both as they are trapped in the woods. They pray with all that is in them for God to deliver them. Will they survive? Will Audrey be tortured and damaged more by her sister’s hand? Will God answer their prayers? Will they end up together?

This book has so many dangerous events, twists, and turns! I enjoyed reading about Audrey and Edwin and how they looked to the Bible and their priest for guidance. This clean romance is filled with heart-pounding adventure.

Giveaway on Instagram: – (3) winners will receive a print copy of the book(US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics. Instagram is not affiliated with nor responsible for this giveaway. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on June 1, 2021.)

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Rising Danger Blog Tour

Rising Danger JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Rising Danger by Jerusha Agen, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


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Title: Rising Danger Author: Jerusha Agen Publisher: Love Inspired Trade Release Date: May 25, 2021 Genre: Christian, Romantic SuspenseIt’s up to a K-9 handler and her canine partner to stop a bomber before it’s too late. Someone’s planting explosives on dams in the Twin Cities, and Bristol Bachmann and her bomb-sniffing dog must move quickly to find them before everything ends up underwater. That means relying on the dams’ supervisor—an ex-boyfriend Bristol never thought she’d see again. Hopefully Remington Jones has grown up from the rakish charmer she knew in her academy days. Because lives now depend entirely on them… It’s an environmental terrorist who wants the dams gone, and his bid to set the waters free has lethal consequences. When he sees Bristol and her K-9 working to stop him, he sets his sights on them. Can they evade him in a lethal game of cat and mouse and protect the cities from devastating destruction before the clock runs out?

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Jerusha Agen imagines danger around every corner, but knows God is there, too. So naturally, she writes romantic suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ. Jerusha loves to hang out with her big furry dogs and little furry cats, often while reading or watching movies. Find more of Jerusha’s thrilling, fear-fighting stories at

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“Hey, Bachmann. Good to see you.” Miles gave her a smile as he passed through with Duke. “You, too, Miles.” Toby wagged his tail but held true to his training and didn’t try to smell the other dog as they followed Miles through the entryway and second set of doors. They rounded the barricade blocking the entry from the escaping people and stopped in the lobby where the crowd dwindled to a trickle as the remaining visitors exited. “I’m glad the sergeant called the Phoenix K-9 agency to bring you in, too.” Miles’s green eyes pulsed with his charac¬teristic insatiable energy. “Nick is out with an injury.” “Oh, no.” Heavy blow to the MPD Bomb Unit, losing the K-9 star of their most experienced detection team. “Is it bad?” “Just a sprain. Training injury. I’m glad we have backup now with your new partner.” Miles grinned at Toby. “Me, too.” Relief washed through her. Maybe Miles understood why she had left MPD’s bomb squad to join the private K-9 security and detection agency owned by Phoenix Gray. “So what have we got here?” Miles dropped his smile. “I was told the threat indicated an intention to blow up the dam, so there could be one or more devices anywhere in the building. Or in the dam itself.” Nerves twisted her insides. She’d hoped the target was the new visitor center, not the actual dam. She swallowed hard. “Wouldn’t that cause flooding?” “Probably. The safety supervisor for the dam is supposed to meet us—” “That’s me.” The masculine voice with a hint of roughness singed her ears. It couldn’t be… “Sorry to be late.” She turned to see the source of the voice. “I was overseeing the evac…” Remington Jones stood six feet away, his sentence dying off as his gaze locked on her face. He’d grown a closely trimmed beard and his golden brown hair was longer on top, but there was no change in those un¬mistakable chocolate brown eyes or the grin that slowly curved his mouth. “Bristol Bachmann.” The sound of her name on his lips stirred her nervous stomach as though fish decided to take a swim in the tension pooling there. “You know each other?” Miles cut in like a life preserver. “Very well.” Rem gave her a too-familiar grin, as if they were still dating and she hadn’t learned his true character. She tightened her abs, forcing away her silly schoolgirl flut¬ters. She may have fallen for him six years ago, but she never made the same mistake twice. Apparently, she needed to make that clear. “You’re in charge of dam safety?”


(1) winner will receive a print copy of Rising Danger by Jerusha Agen!

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 26, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on June 2, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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