Saturday, January 29, 2011

You Want Some Snow? I Have Plenty to Send

In case you hadn't heard, the East Coast has gotten hammered with snow this year. I think this is even worse than 1999/2000, when it seemed to snow at least once a week. We moved into our house two weeks before Christmas in 1999. By Christmas we had snow, and it really didn't stop snowing for what seemed like forever. We didn't have a snow blower then, and let me tell you, I was so ready for spring that year.

This winter we've had three major snow storms that have dumped 8 inches or more. You take your life in your hands trying to pull out of a side street onto a main drag. The plow crews have been doing a great job keeping up with it all, but there is nowhere to put the snow anymore. Bucket loaders would need to come and haul it away. But to where?

Here are a few pictures from around the homestead:

I guess it's good I didn't trim the holly bushes. At least those aren't buried.

I'm not getting into the shed anytime soon.

Good thing all this white stuff looks beautiful, because it's a real pain to clear a path through to anywhere. That mound in the far left corner with a tiny bit of black visible is my compost bin. Needless to say, I'm not trekking out there every day to add my food scraps.

The weather report is calling for more snow this coming Tuesday. I might just book a one way ticket to California.

Friday, January 28, 2011

New Release from White Rose Publishing! - Stealing Home by Rhonda Gibson

Charisma Diner is busy with her floral business as well as caring for her young brother Joey since their parents' deaths. But when Joey befriends Will Lovelace at the baseball diamond, she realizes just how much she's been neglecting her little brother.

Will is part of Charisma's past. He may not recognize her, but she'll never forget the affect he had on her. Her heart fluttered for him during college, but he never even noticed her. Now Charisma doesn't want Will in her life. But how can she deny a lonely little boy a friendship that makes him happy...or the growing attraction between herself and Will?


Rhonda Gibson lives in New Mexico with her husband James. She has two children and one beautiful grandchild. Rhonda speaks at conferences and local writing groups.

You can visit her at

Other titles by Rhonda include:

Lethal Lasagna
To Trust an Outlaw

She has also contributed to the following:

What's In Your Closet
Shelter in Seattle
A Connecticut Christmas
Desert Roses

Author Spotlight: New Self, New World by Philip Shepherd

"If we were to consider the towering crises faced by the 21st century and trace them to their roots, we would find that each of them leads back to the same cultural force: the one that tells us who we are. Our culture’s vision of what it means to be human seeps into us from infancy on – and it presents reality as a shattered world of bits and pieces that are organized by randomness and cannot be felt as a whole. By assuring us of that, our culture tacitly informs us that wholeness is a mere phantasm, something that we shouldn’t expect to feel even in the self. As a result, we persevere in our deeply divided lives, unaware that our failure to sense and live the wholeness of life is not germane either to our own nature, nor to that of the world itself. It is a product of who we have become, and the stories we have come to believe. Our culture has habituated to its own fictions. And we suffer from mistaken identity.

The foremost sign of the effect that our tenacious fictions have on us is to be seen in the way that we live in our heads, consider that to be entirely natural, and know of no other way of being. Living in our heads is actually so commonplace that we have come to consider it inevitable: after all, that’s where our brain is, it’s where we think – where else would our thinking self be centered? Culturally speaking, ‘living in the head’ is the elephant in the room: it dominates all we do, and no one seems willing to start a conversation about it.

New Self, New World initiates that conversation. The book shows that living in the head is a form of self-supervision by which we withdraw from the sensations of the body, thereby creating the essential division of self-consciousness. Standing apart from our being, spectators on our own lives, we intervene in them and resort to telling ourselves what to do. We are so constantly in that state of self-supervision that we habituate to it, which then makes us susceptible to supervision by others – so much so that we often barely notice when it happens: we are supervised in the workplace by rigid hierarchies and work stations; on the streets by sidewalks and signs and traffic lights; in our homes by television shows that cue our every response with laugh tracks and mood music and emotive, unreal acting; and in our personal expectations by the relentless, subliminal blandishments of our consumerist society.

As New Self, New World shows, such supervision is a form of tyranny, and results from a profound male bias in our culture that virtually disregards being and obsesses over control: we are always doing, planning, sorting, judging, calculating, out-thinking, and we provide almost no allowance for being. In our individual, daily lives, we have all but forgotten how to just ‘be’: doing overrides being through all the moments of our waking hours, supervising thought, word and deed. That male bias has been fostered in our culture over six thousand years – since its inception in the Neolithic Revolution – and New Self, New World tracks it by noting how, over time, the experience of the self in the body has changed.

To understand that change, it is necessary to understand that the body has two brains. That is not a metaphoric claim, but a physiological fact. We all know about the cranial brain – it is the one we mistakenly refer to it as the brain, suggesting it stands alone; but there is another brain, independent of the cranial brain, that lies in our gut: the enteric brain. The cranial brain is associated with idea and analysis and the vision that guides our actions; as such, it is the center of our male intelligence, and so too the source of our doing. The enteric brain is associated with nourishment and integration and the processes of life; as such, it is the center of our female intelligence, and so too of our being.

New Self, New World looks to language and cultural beliefs to show that in the early Neolithic era, the thinking self was experienced in the belly. As people increasingly identified themselves as ‘doers’, that center migrated towards the head. By 800 BC it had arrived in the chest area, and by 350 BC it had taken up residence in the head. As our lives have grown increasingly abstract since then, it has increasingly consolidated itself there. And that consolidation of the thinking self in the head is the experience by which we in the 21st century identify what it is to be human.

If New Self, New World is unflinching in its assessment of the story by which we live our lives, and of the impoverishment into which that story is carrying us, it is nonetheless a book of profound hope. It gives the reader a very practical set of principles by which they can quiet the incessant chatter of the supervisor in the head and return to the genius of their integrated intelligence. And it shows how that genius awakens us to the sacred axis within the body that brings head and belly into correspondence, and is hungry to live in the present and find guidance there. Healing the crisis of identity into which our culture has plunged is ultimately a personal journey and will be different for each of us; but it is the most gratifying journey anyone can take, for when the self is renewed, so too is the world."

Read the Reviews!

“... an exceptionally important book ...”

Andrew Harvey

"... Highly recommended."

Larry Dossey, MD

“This is an exceptionally important book and should be read by anyone concerned with a possible human future. New Self, New World combines profound spiritual intelligence with an exhilarating range of reference, and is written with urgent passion and great aesthetic delicacy. The time has come for the message of this book, and there will be many who will hear it and rejoice in it.”

Andrew Harvey, Scholar, Mystic, Author of Son of Man, The Return of the Mother, The Way of Passion

Philip Shepherd currently lives in Toronto. He traveled extensively after leaving his home in Canada at age 18. Upon his return, he founded an interdisciplinary theatre company, worked as a corporate coach, taught creativity workshops, penned a documentary for CBC television and wrote several plays. He is the editor of The Compleat Art Critic and has played lead roles in several films. A faculty member of the Institute for Sacred Activism in Chicago, Shepherd is the director of Reactor Core Theatre, which puts the philosophy of his book into practice. His website is and his fan page on Facebook can be found at

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Book Publicist Charlie Barrett to give away Kindle at Facebook Party TONIGHT

Charlie BarrettHollywood, CA - - Award winning national book publicist Charlie Barrett ( will guest at a "FaceBook Party" hosted by the leading book promo Internet firm Pump Up Your Book on Thursday, January 27th, 9-11pm EST. A free Kindle ($189 value!) will be given away during the session. Those interested can log on to to participate in this Net event and have a real time chat with Mr. Barrett, who heads The Barrett Company based in the nation's creative center, Hollywood.

During the two-hour session Thursday evening with Pump Up Your Book, Mr. Barrett will take questions from those participating such as how to get your book marketed in the evolving publishing marketplace, how authors can get booked on top market radio and TV shows and overall tips on creating a best seller book by using creative publicity techniques.

Mr. Barrett was voted Book Publicist of the Year by the Southern California Book Pub Society and is a member of the Publishers Association of Los Angeles. His book publicist credits range from Carla Malden's upcoming book Afterimage to Ben Berkley's Before You Say I Do Again to many, many others in the non-fiction and fiction genres. The Barrett Company also represents personalities and companies involved in both film and television production. Earlier Mr. Barrett served with NBC as the publicist for Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. His new website may be accessed via
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Full details at!

Pump Up Your Book Announces February ‘11 Authors on Virtual Book Tours


Join a talented and diverse group of 23 authors who are touring with Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tours during the month of February 2011.

Follow these authors as they travel the blogosphere from February 1st through February 25th to discuss their books. You’ll find everything from psychological mysteries to personal narratives, from business books to thrillers, from self-help books to romance novels, and more!

Amazon bestselling author Vincent Zandri returns to Pump Up Your Book to promote his latest thriller, “The Innocent.” We also welcome back C.W. Gortner, who is promoting the re-issue of his historical mystery thriller, “The Tudor Secret.” Other returning authors include Becky Due and her contemporary romance novel, “The Dumpster”, Lou Aronica and his fantasy novel, “Blue”, Rose A. Valenta and her humor book, “Sitting on Cold Porcelain”, Frank C. Matthews and his urban fiction book, “Respect the Jux”, Kath Russell and her comical mystery thriller, “A Pointed Death”, David Richards and his women’s fiction book, “Pairs”, and Pamela Samuels Young and her legal thriller, “Murder on the Down Low.”

Frank Edwards, James LePore, and Allan Leverone are promoting their thrillers, while mysteries are being promoted by Jeanne C. Davis and Frank Scully. Business books come to you from Cynthia Kocialski and Lynne Matthews, and Michael Ferris is touring with his personal narrative, “Crossing Borders.”

Also on tour in February 2011 are Dr. Jennifer Freed, Sheila Hendrix, Kristina McMorris, and Tom Roy. Erin Bassett is touring during the last two weeks of the month with her urban fantasy online series, “Clockwork”, and New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon is touring mid-February through mid-March with the first book in her popular historical romance sci-fic adventure series, “Outlander.”

Visit Pump Up Your Book on YouTube at to view a video trailer introducing our authors on tour in February.

Pump Up Your Book is a virtual book tour agency for authors who want quality service at an affordable price. More information can be found on their website at

Contact Information:
Dorothy Thompson
Founder of Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tours
P.O. Box 643
Chincoteague, Virginia 23336

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Author Spotlight: Beneath the Silver Lining Trilogy: Secrets of the Black Box by Amanda Wolfe

On the outside, her family appeared to be one big, happy family. Their house, with her parents, three sisters, and two brothers, was the epitome of a simple yet fulfilling life lived in a small town. But as the author would soon discover, her childhood was in fact a nightmarish phase of her life she would always be running from. Growing up as a carefree girl, Wolfe struggled to comprehend why she was reared in a family where children are deprived of their right to know the truth, adults are always right, and smoothing out a misunderstanding is never an option.

At the young age of nine, she started experiencing cruelty at the hands of her father, who not only abused her emotionally, but physically and sexually as well. Her mother, whose love she sought, was a stern woman who refused to see her husband’s mistakes. As if her deeply troubled relationship with her parents was not enough, Wolfe also had to deal with inner secrets involving creepy characters from the afterlife. Feeling tormented, confused, solitary, and even filthy, this naïve girl had yet to be transformed into a strong-willed woman who would become cynical about love and learn to depend on no one but herself while facing more of life’s bitterness.

The first of a series of three, Beneath the Silver Lining Trilogy: Secrets of the Black Box chronicles the author’s journey along a perplexing road of growing up. It was originally written as a therapeutic way to heal her inner wounds and to let go of the pain and anger. However, it is now shared to bring inspiration to readers — especially women.

Read the Reviews!

"A book of total honesty and bravery. This is the story of an amazing woman and the courage she shows in the face of horrific circumstances. You will not only be shaken by the author's story of her childhood, you will also be moved by her unquenchable spirit. I can't wait for the second book in this trilogy!"
-June Mcleish

"This book documents a courageous effort to reveal the horrors of a secret and disturbing childhood endured by a young woman trapped in a dysfunctional family. Despite beatings and personal violations on numerous occasions, this young child makes a valiant effort to unravel the confusion, search for the truth and persevere with a positive outlook on life."

-M. Jacobs

Amanda Wolfe was born in Ottawa, Canada in the mid ‘60s. She matured at a very young age out of necessity growing up in unusual circumstances. She has always been a happy-go-lucky, carefree spirit and a very strong-willed person. She has done everything from waitressing to owning her own restaurant and selling things from Mary Kay cosmetics to real estate.

She is married to a wonderful man. They currently reside in the great state of Texas with their horses. When she is not at home writing her latest novel, you will find her and her husband flying in their plane and traveling the world together.

For more information on Amanda and her book visit where you'll find an excerpt from Beneath the Silver Lining.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Year of Leland Thomson by Cary Franklin Smith Giveaway at Linda Weaver Clarke's Blog

It's a new week, which means a new giveaway at the blog of Linda Weaver Clarke.

The Year of Leland Thomson is a story about a sixteen year old boy from the Hills of Arkansas, who plays the cello with a maturity and grace that can only be explained by, “God gave him the gift.” Leland lives with a calling, an inner voice urging him beyond life in the saw mill community of Pine Hollow. Ralph Watkins discovers Leland and persuades his family to allow him to go to New York and present his talent at Carnegie Hall. Though asked not to pray publicly before he played, Leland begins to play but soon stops. He can’t go on without acknowledging the One who had given him the gift. Ralph realizes his mistake and tells him to pray. When he does, Leland reconnects with the music within, honors God and finishes the concert.

Cary Franklin Smith has pastored at several Baptist churches in Texas, California, and Nevada. He has a B.A. from Howard Payne University and an M.R.E. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Cary is a husband, father of 3, and grandfather of 5 (with another on the way).

You can visit him online at

Visit Linda Weaver Clarke's blog at to read her interview with Cary and for details on this International giveaway. Ends on January 31st!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Product Review and Giveaway: Happy Goats Soap

Happy Goats Soap is made from rich ingredients like: shea butter, cocoa butter, Olive oil and apricot kernel oil. These ingredients are blended together with goats' milk to create unique soaps you are sure to love. They come in a variety of shapes with a nice fragrance that isn't overpowering for those with allergies--like me. These soaps are made in small batches using the cold process method.

What I liked best about the soap I received is it left my skin feeling soft and smooth. I suffer from extremely dry skin in winter, which isn't helped along by the long baths I take each night while I read. Last night I washed up first and soaked for about an hour. When I climbed out, my skin will still nice and soft. I have to admit to being very impressed. I usually use a soap for sensitive sky, but Happy Goats Soap has got that beat 100 times over.

While browsing the Happy Goats Soap website, I discovered this neat Favor Soap. While the regular bars are 3 to 4 ounces, these Favor Soaps are 1.5 ounces, the perfect size for weddings, showers, and parties. Additional lead time is necessary to order these, but they will be well worth it to have such a unique and useful gift for your guests.

I've saved the best for last. Pricilla, the famous spokesgoat for Happy Goats Soap is allowing me to give away three bars of soap to my readers. That means we'll be choosing three separate winners and those lucky people will receive a FREE bar of Happy Goats Soap.

I received this free sample from Happy Goats Soap in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation.

Here are the details on how you can enter for a chance to win!

1) You must be a follower of Book Tours and More to win. Leave a separate comment for each entry.

2) Visit the Happy Goats Soap website and leave a comment here telling us what your favorite soap is. Be sure to leave a valid email address so we can contact you if you win!

3) One additional entry if you like Broken Teepee on Facebook, which is a blog run by Pricilla's owner, Patty.

4) One additional entry if you follow Patty/Broken Teepee on Twitter.

5) Three additional entries if you blog about this contest. Leave a link to your post here.

6) You must reside in the U.S. or Canada to be eligible to win.

Deadline for entries is 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday, February 6, 2011. Winner will be selected out of all entrants who followed the rules governing this contest. Winner will have 72 hours after being contacted to email me their mailing address. If I have not heard from the winner within that time frame, I will select a new winner. Product will be shipped directly from Happy Goats Soap in Montana. Book Tours and More is not responsible for lost or damaged goods. Only those who follow the guidelines governing this contest are eligible to win.

February Romance Novel Event

Starting on February 1st, we will be featuring romance novels in a variety of genres. Our special focus will be on the romance novels from new Canadian e-Publisher, MuseItUp Publishing.
We hope you'll join us all month long while we celebrate the month dedicated to lovers.

Product Review: Breathe Right Advanced Nasal Strips

I received a free sample of Breathe Right Advanced Nasal Strips through my membership with I had used the original Breathe Right Nasal Strips when they first hit the market, but it's been a long time.

As a year-round allergy and asthma sufferer, I am often looking for products to help make breathing easier. When the sample of Breathe Right Advanced Nasal Strips arrived, I was also in the midst of a winter head cold. The Advanced strips are shaped differently than the originals. Their 4 points of contact open your nose more completely. From the moment I put it on, I was breathing better. These strips stayed put as long as I wore them.

The sample contained two strips, one I wore at night and the other during the day. I slept more soundly that night, despite my cold, than I had the two nights before when I suffered through sniffling and waking up half the night to blow my nose. The only downside was that the strips seemed to increase the amount of sinus pressure I felt from the cold. When I used the second strip the following day, the sinus pressure had subsided, so it wasn't an issue.

Additional versions of Breathe Right Nasal Strips are:

  • Breathe Right Kids
  • Breathe Right Extra
  • Breathe Right Original Tan
  • Breathe Right Clear
  • Breathe Right Menthol
I'll be stocking up on these next time I'm at the store.

This free sample was provided through an offer from No review was required to receive the sample. I also received no monetary compensation to provide this review.

Product Review: Dole Fruit Crisp - Apple Cinnamon

I received a coupon in my weekly paper for Dole Fruit Crisp. Since we are all trying to eat a more balanced diet this year, but aren't ready to cut out sweets altogether, I thought this would be a good alternative.

Made with all natural fruit and whole grain oats, this is a delicious 160 calorie snack. I tried the Apple Cinnamon version, but Dole Fruit Crisp is also available in Pineapple Mango or Apple Pear.

Their are two bowls in each package. I put my servings in the microwave, following the manufacturer's instructions. It's like having a piece of apple crisp right out of the oven.

This is definitely a product I will be buying again. Just the right size to tuck into your lunch box and perfect as a mid-afternoon snack, Dole Fruit Crisp is a snack you won't feel guilty about eating.

Look for additional information and recipe ideas at

This product was purchased during my regular weekly grocery shopping trip . I received no monetary compensation for this review.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

What is That Book?

On a blog I subscribe to, an agent reviewed a popular book, which she didn't care for. Her comments and the conversation that flowed out of it got me to thinking. There's always one book you couldn't get through, no matter how many times you tried. People said it was great. They recommended it. But it wasn't your cup of tea at all. Maybe it wasn't the worst thing you ever read, but it certainly was as painful as a tooth extraction without Novocaine while you were trying to get through it.

For me, that book was The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike. I tried to read it three times without success. I didn't like the main characters at all. Maybe I just couldn't relate to them at that point in  my life. Twenty years later, I might consider trying it one more time to see if my opinion has changed.

What is that book for you? Is there one? Is there more than just one?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Does Social Networking and Commenting Really Make a Difference?

Writers (I include bloggers in that term) are told over and over again about the importance of social networking. Twitter and Facebook have changed our ability to reach out to potential readers. Gather, Shelfari, Goodreads, Ning groups, and other similiar sites have also allowed us to connect with more readers traveling through the World Wide Web.

Over the past month I've made a concerted effort to be promoting online more than ever before; but not only for me, for others. I reached out to several author groups I am part of and asked if authors wanted to be featured at my blog, The Book Connection. Most were not authors I knew well, if at all, but I like to keep my blogs active and interesting for my readers.

In addition, I belong to a blogging syndicate where members agree to post comments at each others' sites. Though the group had been barely active the last few months, we've gained several new members and we're on track again. While comments don't read books, I'm also gaining followers and subscribers.

Another thing I've made a point to do this month is take an hour each day and retweet items of interest I've found on Twitter. Most are book related, but some are giveaways for great products. I've picked up dozens of new followers since I started.

Now, the jury is still out on whether this is a action plan I can maintain when I have a heavy workload, but it has brought more readers to The Book Connection than ever before. My experience has shown that social networking and commenting at other blogs does make a difference.

I would love to hear about your experiences.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Melinda and the Wild West by Linda Weaver Clarke Giveaway at I'm A Reader, Not A Writer

If you somehow missed it, I truly loved reading Melinda and the Wild West by Linda Weaver Clarke. If I had more free time I would have devoured every single book in this series by now.

You can read my full review over at The Book Connection.

You can enter to win a copy of this sweet historical romance at I'm A Reader, Not A Writer. This is a great blog. Kathy hosts my Pump Up Your Book clients from time to time.

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada. The deadline to enter is January 31, 2011, so visit now and enter for your chance to pick up a copy of this great book!

21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes by Cherie Burbach Giveaway at Linda Weaver Clarke's blog

Does someone you know have diabetes? Then why not take a moment to visit Linda Weaver Clarke's blog and enter for your chance to win a copy of  21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes by Cherie Burbach.

This takes a more personal look at the disease and will help change your perception about diabetes. Here is what Cherie has to say in her interview with Linda:

"I've been a Type 1 diabetic for 20 years, and over time I've noticed that many of my friends and family say and do some really dumb (and sometimes hurtful) things in relation to my disease...I don't think people mean to be hurtful, I just think if you don't have the disease, you view it from the assumptions and misinformation you've heard."

Visit Linda's blog at for details on how to enter. This is an international giveaway. An eBook will be offered to a winning reader outside of the U.S. and Canada. A resident of the U.S. and Canada will have a choice between an eBook and a printed copy. This giveaway ends on January 24th, so hurry on over now!

Monday, January 17, 2011

YA Booklover Blog: Giveaway: ARC of White Cat by Holly Black

YA Booklover Blog: Giveaway: ARC of White Cat by Holly Black Visit this blog for a giveaway of an ARC of White Cat by Holly Black.

I had the chance to meet Holly at a writers conference in October of last year. I was embarassed to admit I really didn't know who she was, though I had heard of The Spiderwick Chronicles. She is very knowledgable about book promotion. I went ahead and bought the first book in The Spiderwick Chronicles after the conference. I had to see what this talented lady was writing about.

This giveaway ends on January 31, 2011, so hurry on over!

Giveaway: Once Read Copy of A Girl's Guide to Life by Katie Meier

Here is a portion of my review for this book as part of the Amazon Vine program:

"In A Girl's Guide to Life by Katie Meier, teen girls are treated to a book by someone who understands where they are coming from, who talks their language, and who isn't going to get all preachy on them. Yes, this is advice told from a Christian perspective, but not once does Meier talk down to the reader or come across judgmental.

Broken down into three sections--Mind, Body, and Soul--this book tackles issues important to teen girls: romance, peer pressure, beauty, fashion, sex and sexuality, and so much more!

The author shares some of her own experiences, which helps readers to know she remembers what it was like to be them. Throughout the book they will find Big Myths and and Real Deals, which share some of the misconceptions that young women might come across. Where necessary, there are resources with contact information where teens can find help if they need it.

This review copy has a slight bend in the front cover and a small blemish in the purple area under the title. The inside is in excellent condition.

Here are the rules and details for this giveaway:

1) You must be a follower of Book Tours and More to win.
2) Leave a comment telling me how you follow with a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. You cannot win if I don't have your email address.

3) One additional entry if you friend me on Facebook. Leave a comment with your profile link to show you're friending me.

4) One additional entry if you follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment with your profile link to show you're now a follower.

5) Three additional entries if you blog about this contest. Leave a link to your post here.

6) You must be 18 years of age or older and reside in the U.S. or Canada to be eligible to win.

Deadline for entries is 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday, January 30, 2011. Winner will be selected out of all entrants who followed the rules governing this contest. Winner will have 72 hours after being contacted to email me their mailing address. If I have not heard from the winner within that time frame, I will select a new winner. Book will be shipped Media Mail through the USPS. Book Tours and More is not responsible for lost or damaged goods.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Looking for Products and Movies to Review

Book Tours and More is actively seeking products (other than books) and movies to review. While my focus has always been on books, I welcome the opportunity to review your products and movies. Preferred products are:

* household items
* cooking products
* flower and vegetable gardening products (Hardiness Zone 6)
* family movies
* Civil War documentaries
* American Revolution documentaries

I am a seasoned blogger with over three years of experience promoting books online. Reviews are promoted to my

417 Facebook friends
575 Twitter followers

and at a variety of other social networks.

Contact Cheryl at cg20pm00(at)gmail(dot)com for more information.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Win The Light, The Dark & Ember Between by J. W. Nicklaus from Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Win The Light, The Dark & Ember Between by J. W. Nicklaus from Ellen's blog, Confessions of an Overworked Mom. In case I didn't mention it before, she is participating in the Bubbles of Love Valentine's Event going on right now.

This giveaway is for residents of the USA only and open to those who are 18 or older. Deadline to enter is 1/22/2011.

Blending Online and Bricks-and-Mortar Shopping | Bookselling This Week

Check out this neat article: Blending Online and Bricks-and-Mortar Shopping Bookselling This Week

Win $25 credit from Maria at Mary Kay from The Socialite's Closet

Win $25 credit from Maria at Mary Kay from Ellen at The Socialite's Closet. Last day to enter is 1/22/2011, so hurry on over to learn how to enter for your chance to win!

Confessions of an Overworked Mom Giveaway!

Confessions of an Overworked Mom is running another great giveaway. This time it is for a Chocolate Drizzled travel tin candle from North Fork Gifts.

Visit Ellen's blog for details, but do it quickly. This giveaway ends on January 21st!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Coming Soon! - The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy

Promise, a talented young singer with a terminal illness, is counting on fame to keep her memory alive after she dies. Porta is an aging sorceress and art collector in search of immortality.

When Promise inexplicably survives a series of freak accidents, Porta believes that she may hold the key to eternal life.

Enter Chase, an autistic artist who falls in love with Promise and fascinates her with his mysterious visions and drawings.

Soon, all are plunged into a flesh-and-blood confrontation over the mystery and the cost of something even greater than eternal life…eternal love.


Erin Healy is an award-winning fiction editor who has worked with talented novelists such as James Scott Bell, Melody Carlson, Colleen Coble, Brandilyn Collins, L. B. Graham, Rene Gutteridge, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Robin Lee Hatcher, Denise Hildreth, Denise Hunter, Randy Ingermanson, Jane Kirkpatrick, Gilbert Morris, Frank Peretti,Lisa Samson, Randy Singer, Robert Whitlow, and many others.

She began working with Ted Dekker in 2002 and edited twelve of his heart-pounding storiesbefore their collaboration on Kiss, the first novel to seat her on “the other side of the desk.”

Erin is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development. She lives with her family in Colorado.

Visit Erin online at where you can read the first three chapters.

You can also find her at:



LORI'S READING CORNER: Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

LORI'S READING CORNER: Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop: "Welcome to the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop This Hop runs Friday January 14th - Monday January 17th. Each of the 180+ blogs listed  is hosting their own giveaway. Hopefully you can find time during the few days that this hop runs to visit each blog and enter each giveaway.
A little HINT: To keep track of which giveaways you have entered you can print off the linky list and cross them off as you enter them."

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Author Spotlight: Quantum Angel Healing by Eva Maria Mora

Identifying and transforming the true cause of an illness or difficult life situation is a very complex task. Through connecting and communicating with angels, Quantum Angel (QA) Practitioners help those living with pain access the divine matrix and restore health and balance by applying the "Angel Healing Formula."QA Healing applies fundamental concepts of quantum physics to perform healing, either hands-on or at a distance. It uses diagnostic intuition, clairvoyance, telepathy, energy healing, and prayer and goes beyond physical death and integrates nonphysical helpers in the process.


Eva Maria Mora has contributed to Quantum Angel Healing: Energy Therapy and Communication with Angels as an author. Eva-Maria Mora's journey from being an international top management consultant to becoming a clairvoyant medical intuitive and spiritual teacher led to her discovery of Quantum Angel Healing (QAH). Eva-Maria and her husband, Michael, teach seminars and QAH certification programs worldwide.

Mora earned her MBA from the University of Kassel in Germany and worked as a consultant in the corporate world before dedicating her life to healing. She is the founder of the Quantum-Angel-Healing method and a certified Quantum-Touch Instructor. Mora currently lectures and holds workshops worldwide with her husband, Michael. For more information, visit

Monday, January 10, 2011

Author Spotlight: Award-winning Inspirational Romance Author Wendy Davy

Today we are featuring the work of award-winning inspirational romance author Wendy Davy. She uses her active imagination and love of adventure to create faith based stories of the heart. When not writing or chasing around her young children, she spends time reading, enjoying her real-life hero and watching movies.

Federal Agent James Montgomery is used to getting what he wants. Right now, he wants to find out what Victoria Connor knows about her grandfather's illegal activities. Prepared to do whatever it takes, he plunges into her life with single-minded determination, intent on gaining the trust she is so reluctant to give. But, when his compassionate suspect challenges him to face the past that still haunts him, he discovers he has much more to learn from her than he first assumed.


Maggie Reynolds needs a place to hide. Drake's Retreat is the perfect solution. Nestled deep in the back country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Drake Strong's couple's retreat is the ideal location for Maggie to regain control of her shattered life. But, convincing the intimidating resort owner to allow her to attend the retreat, without a partner, is the first of many obstacles she must overcome in the heart of the wilderness.

Drake Strong's responsibility to his guests includes keeping them safe from the dangers they may encounter at his retreat. When Maggie shows up alone and unprepared for his remote resort, his responsibility to her becomes much more personal than he had ever intended.


Newspaper reporter, Cali Stevens, boldly walks into Sheriff Nick Justice’s office, with one goal in mind: To find her best friend who disappeared while vacationing. When the no-nonsense sheriff refuses to give her details of the investigation, Cali takes matters into her own hands and starts her own investigation. She never intends to fall for the sheriff…or into the clutches of the Coral Isle’s first serial kidnapper.

Coral Isle’s recent abductions give Nick Justice enough to worry about without adding any complications into the mix, and his attraction to Cali Stevens is definitely a complication. When Nick encourages Cali to leave the island, she refuses. Now he must manage to find the missing women while keeping Cali and the rest of the women on Coral Isle safe.


A blizzard brings them together…

A twist of fate threatens to tear them apart.

Seeking her father’s approval, ski patrol candidate, Isabelle Rollins, will stop at nothing to secure her place among the highly respected patrollers at Snowcap Resort, even if it means risking her life. When she becomes lost in a blizzard, she fights her way to the doorstep of a handsome stranger, only to discover he is the one man who can stand in the way of her dream.

Seeking refuge from his tragic past, Ski Patrol Director, Mitchell Donovan, prays his new environment will help his daughter heal and overcome her persistent nightmares. When a stranded woman shows up on his doorstep desperate to survive a raging blizzard, he brings her in from the cold and into his life, only to discover she's the one woman he has no business falling for.



Jordan Harrison no longer trusts relationships, so when her widowed mother is swept away by a handsome, wealthy architect, Jordan fears the hasty engagement will end in disaster. After all, how well can her mother know the guy after only a few months? Intent on saving her mother from certain heartbreak, Jordan races to Breckenridge Manor to delay the wedding, but runs into more than she’s bargained for—a handsome, understanding man intent on helping her heal past wounds and open her mind to new possibilities.

Known as the man with nerves of steel, Tanner Breckenridge lives up to his reputation, but it doesn’t take long for him to discover he has a soft spot for Jordan Harrison, the daughter of his father’s future bride. Loyal to his father, but captivated by Jordan, Tanner puts his heart on the line and risks everything for a chance at love.

You can visit Wendy online at and follower her on Facebook!

Wendy's books are also available in electronic format. Visit her page at the White Rose Publishing website at

Friday, January 7, 2011

James Patterson's Cross Fire Audio Book Giveaway at Libby's Library

Over at Libby's Library there is a giveaway going on for an audio copy of James Patterson's Alex Cross novel, Cross Fire.

Description from Amazon:

Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and a scheming lobbyist. Next, the elusive marksman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories--is the marksman a hero or a vigilante?

The case explodes and FBI agent Max Siegel battles Alex for jurisdiction. As Alex struggles with the sniper, Siegel, and the wedding, he receives a call from his deadliest adversary, Kyle Craig. The Mastermind is in D.C. and will not relent until he has eliminated Cross--and his family--for good. With a supercharged blend of suspense, action, and deception, CROSS FIRE is James Patterson's most exciting Alex Cross novel ever.

Visit Libby's Library at for details on how you can enter.

This giveaway runs until noon Central on 1/28/11 and is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Help! I'm Addicated to Free Books for my Kindle!

I think having a bit of time off is dangerous to my health. I've got tons of books to review for The Book Connection and The Children's and Teens' Book Connection, but here I am spending my late evenings browsing through the free books available for Kindle and picking up more books than I should.

Since I began my journey, I have picked up 15 titles. My TBR pile is already 81 books long before adding these to my device. When do I think I am going to have time to read all these books?

Some of them are classic books I never would have bought:

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Aruthr Conan Doyle.

Other books I felt would be good for research:

Woman's Life in Colonial Days by Carl Holliday

Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs.

Tonight I found some titles whose blurbs caught my eye:

Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson

The Justice Game by Randy Singer

Happily Ever After by Susan May Warren

Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch by B. J. Daniels ( I wanted this one because cowboy stories are cool).

Do you have any free eBooks on your eReader? What makes you decide to add them even when your TBR pile is falling all over the floor?

Book Review: Tell Me About That Horse by Vaughn Wilson

In this beautiful book, compiled, illustrated, and photographed by portrait photographer and artist Vaughn Wilson, the author has created a book horse enthusiasts and equestrians will want to call their own.

Wilson interviewed numerous people to share their stories of their favorite horses. From seven time All-Around Cowboy Champion Trevor Brazile to music legend Charlie Daniels, from syndicated radio icon Bob Kingsley to "Cutting's First Lady" Lindy Burch, and from trick horse trainer Allen Pogue to Hall of Fame rodeo clown Lecille Harris, and more, Tell Me About That Horse shares numerous touching and memorable stories of why one horse stands out from the rest.

This book will take you from Texas to Kansas, from Nevada to California, from Tennessee to Oklahoma, and even into Australia to give you an inside peek into the loving relationship between man or woman and beast.

Tell Me About That Horse by Vaughn Wilson would make the perfect gift for anyone who loves horses, but even though I've never had the desire to ride much, I found so much to enjoy in this book. These stories will touch your heart. They will let you experience what it is like when a truly meaningful relationship exists between two of God's creatures.

I highly recommend this book. I hope Wilson is hard at work on another book for us to enjoy soon!

Title: Tell Me About That Horse
Author/Artist: Vaughn Wilson
Publisher: Hawk Crest Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9828120-1-3
SRP: $44.95

Available at and!

Author Spotlight: Mike O'Mary and Julie Rember, Editors of Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye: to the people, places, and things in our lives is a collection of true stories about saying goodbye to the people, places and things in our lives. This is a powerful book that includes a number of sad stories, as well as some very funny ones. Taken together, the stories serve as amazing examples of people saying heartfelt goodbyes with grace, dignity, and good humor.

Saying Goodbye includes stories contributed by thirty-one authors from the United States, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. These stories show that there is sadness in goodbyes, but there is also irony and humor. It s perfect for book groups that want stimulating conversations about saying goodbye a topic that touches us all in one way or another.

Saying Goodbye is the first anthology from book publisher Dream of Things in a new series intended to fill the gap between popular anthologies of stories that are “short and sweet” (sometimes so saccharine-sweet they are hard to swallow) and the Best American Essays series, which are much longer. Instead of short and sweet, Dream of Things anthologies are intended to be short and deep.

Read the excerpt!

Foreword from Saying Goodbye

When my daughter was five, her great-grandfather died. At the funeral, I read a story about him, and his two sons-in-law each said a few heartfelt words.

After the last person spoke, my daughter, who was sitting in the front row next to her grandmother, stood up in her chair, turned around to face the room full of mourners, and said, “Is that it?”

That moment sticks with me because it shows that in the midst of the most solemn of goodbyes, there is sadness, yes. But there is also irony and humor and in some strange way, a sense of continuity. So it is, I believe, with all goodbyes.

Years later, Stephen Parrish, author of The Tavernier Stones, sent me a story called “Bridget.” I had just launched Dream of Things with the intent of publishing anthologies of creative nonfiction that will fill the gap between popular anthologies that publish stories I regard as “short and sweet” (sometimes so saccharin-sweet they are hard to swallow), and the Best American Essays series, which I love, but which are longer-form and more challenging to digest. So the goal for Dream of Things anthologies is to be not short and sweet, but short and deep. With depth comes authenticity. The result is stories that are easier to swallow because they are authentic, and easier to digest because they average 1,250 words in length.

Stephen Parrish’s story fit the bill…short and deep…but it didn’t fit neatly into any of the anthology topics that were in the works. So we created a new anthology—a collection of stories about saying goodbye. The topic struck a chord, and the stories came pouring in from around the world…from the United States, Canada, Ireland, Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. The result is this book—a remarkable collection of stories, and the first of what I hope will be many anthologies from Dream of Things.

I say these stories are remarkable not just because of the quality of the writing and the subject matter, but also because a remarkable thing happened as I read them. I cried at sad stories and laughed at funny ones…that was no surprise. But I also learned valuable lessons about how people say goodbye—sometimes under the most difficult of circumstances. I learned because the authors who contributed to this collection were unflinchingly open and honest when it came to sharing very personal stories about how they and their loved ones say goodbye. It was a lesson that has better prepared me for whatever the future may hold. Thanks to the authors and their beautiful stories about saying goodbye to family members, relationships, jobs, pets, old homes, couches, jogging suits, the past, and other things, I will be better at saying goodbye in my life whenever the time comes. You will be, too.

I hope you enjoy these stories. Goodbye—for now.

Mike O’Mary, Series Editor

Read the reviews!

"Tender perspectives helping readers with their own goodbyes. If you have ever had to deal with loss, read this book. It will make you feel better." --Christina Johns, Midwest Book Review

"The stories are about love, really, not sadness. Despite all the sadness and grief that come with saying goodbye, there is love and joy and comedy on the Other Side."

--Gretchen Little,

"Couches, marriages, loyal dogs, husbands, fathers, and more. Saying Goodbye is put together well, for a freshman anthology effort from Julie Rember and Mike O'Mary."

--Book Nook Club

"This powerful book includes a number of sad stories, some very funny ones, and others that mix joy with sorrow. Taken together,they serve as amazing examples of people saying heartfelt goodbyes with grace, dignity, and good humor.”

--Bright Ideas

Mike O’Mary is series editor of the Dream of Things anthologies including Saying Goodbye, an anthology of true stories about people saying goodbye to the people, places and things in our lives with grace, dignity and good humor. He is founder of Dream of Things, a book publisher and online retailer. He is also author of The Note, a book about the power of appreciation, and Wise Men and Other Stories, a collection of holiday-related essays.

Julie Rember is editor of the Saying Goodbye anthology from Dream of Things. She has been a newspaper reporter and editor, front desk manager at an Idaho resort, high school drama teacher, and, for the past six years, a freelance technical writer and editor. She also teaches workshops for writers on giving successful readings.

For more information, visit

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family by Arthur Bradley Giveaway at Linda Weaver Clarke's Blog

It's the first week of January and Linda Weaver Clarke is already busy bringing you new interviews and new giveaways.

The topic of this book is scary, but the truth is that we live in a dangerous world and we need to be prepared in the case of a disaster. I have several friends who have emergency kits ready. It's something I've been meaning to do myself. While where we live there is a low chance of us having to deal with a disaster, I sure wouldn't want to be unprepared if something happened.

Arthur T. Bradley is a homeschooling father, Army veteran, and a NASA engineer. Deeply affected by 9/11, Bradley began reading books on disaster preparedness. When he didn't find one that met his family's needs, he sat down and wrote this 540-page handbook to help ensure others are prepared for any type of disaster.

The Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family is clear and easy to read with dozens of photos, illustrations, and worksheets. It focuses on practical steps that you and your family can take to become better prepared.

The book has received some excellent reviews, which you'll find on the author's website at

You can visit Linda Weaver Clarke's blog at to leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of the book. This giveaway runs through January 10, 2011 and is open to residents of the United States and Canada.

Stop by Linda's blog now before you forget!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Cheryl Malandrions Guest on RRRadio-RFK: Stories for Children –January 3rd

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Cheryl Malandrions Guest on RRRadio-RFK: Stories for Children –January 3rd

Come listen to Blog Talk Radio’s Robin Falls Kids Show: Stories for Children! The hosts (VS Grenier, D.M. Cunningham and Tiffany Strelitz Haber) will chat with author Cheryl Malandrions about her book “Little Shepherd.” They’ll also discuss writing, the publishing industry, and Cheryl’s experiences with virtual tours.

Cheryl Malandrions will also be sharing writing tips and trials and tribulations of the writer’s life.

The show will be live, January 3, 2011 at 1pm EST (12pm Central, 11am MST, and 10am PST). You can tune in at the RRRadio’s site at or you can listen/call in at (646) 595-4478. (Note: if you can’t make the show, you can listen on demand at the same link.)

In addition, Stories for Children Publishing will be touring Cheryl Malandrions’ book, “Little Shepherd” all month long. You can find her World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at Make sure to stop by and interact with Cheryl and each host at the different stops by leaving a comment and/or question. Cheryl Malandrions will be checking in throughout the tour.

Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. A regular contributor for Writer2Writer, her articles focus on increasing productivity through time management and organization. A founding member of Musing Our Children, she is also Editor in Chief of the group’s quarterly newsletter, Pages & Pens.

Cheryl is a Tour Coordinator for Pump Up Your Book, a book reviewer, and blogger. Little Shepherd is her first children’s book. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two young daughters. She also has a son who is married.

You can visit Cheryl online at or the Little Shepherd blog at

Not only will you have the opportunity to meet Cheryl, but this will be the perfect time to meet and learn about the hosts VS Grenier, D.M. Cunningham and Tiffany Strelitz Haber, and their show on Blog Talk Radio-RFK: Stories for Children. You can learn about their exciting writing careers, along with Stories for Children Publishing and its many divisions.

To learn more about Cheryl Malandrions visit

Learn more about Stories for Children Publishing, LLC at:

Full Media Kit, Photos and more are available upon request electronically.

Pump Up Your Book Announces January ‘11 Authors on Virtual Book Tours

Join a talented and diverse group of 17 authors who are touring with Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tours during the month of January 2011.

Follow these authors as they travel the blogosphere from January 3rd through January 28th to discuss their books. You’ll find everything from horror novels to fantasy, from women’s fiction to urban fiction, from vampire romance novels to mysteries, and more!

Horror author Joel Andre returns this month with his novel, “The Black Chronicles: Cry of the Fallen”. Women’s fiction titles come to you from Shana Mahaffey and David Richards, while you’ll find Kath Russell and Susan Wingate touring with mysteries.

Darrell King returns with his street lit novel, “Mo’ Dirty”. Katie Salidas is back with Pump Up Your Book for her fourth tour. This time she is promoting her urban fantasy novel, “Immortalis: Hunters and Prey”. Other returning authors include Sparkle the Cat, Mike O’Mary, Amanda Wolfe, and Pamela Samuels Young.

Also on tour are Lou Aronica, Frank C. Matthews, Martin Sharlow, Kimmie Thomas, and Rose A. Valenta. Charlie Barrett, national book publicist and owner of The Barrett Company, is also touring in January. Pump Up Your Book will be holding a Facebook Party with him on January 27th from 9 – 11 PM (Eastern). We’ll be giving away a FREE Kindle that night, so look for details during Charlie’s tour.

Visit Pump Up Your Book’s YouTube Channel at to view a video trailer introducing our authors on tour in January.

Pump Up Your Book is a virtual book tour agency for authors who want quality service at an affordable price. More information can be found on their website at

Contact Information:

Dorothy Thompson
Founder of Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tours
P.O. Box 643
Chincoteague, Virginia 23336

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Facebook Party with Book Publicist Charlie Barrett on January 27th!

We're having a Facebook party!!!!

Charlie Barrett - Facebook Party
Pump Up Your Book will be hosting Hollywood book publicist Charlie Barrett Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 9 - 11 p.m. (eastern time - adust to your time zone) at Pump Up Your Book's Facebook page. Tell your book friends that not only will this give them an opportunity to chat with Charlie about book publicity BUT...


Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Blogger's Year in Review

Ever hear that famous saying about best laid plans? That's the story of this blog. My intention in 2010 was to make this a blog that included movie and product reviews along with its main focus, which is authors on virtual book tours.

Sadly, that didn't happen. I signed up for a site that allowed you to request samples, but the sponsor needed to approve you. I got turned down every time, so I stopped trying. I supposedly have some sample products coming in the mail through Quality Health. We'll see what happens. The problem is that I truly haven't had the time to develop this site the way I would like to. Hopefully that will change in 2011

The focus will remain on authors in 2011, but I would definitely like to make some changes and perhaps add some giveaways here. I'll keep you posted.

May 2011 be a wonderful year for all of you.

Happy New Year!