Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Lone Star Blog Tour: A TIME TO FLY by Diann Floyd Boehm ***Review & Giveaway***


A TIME TO FLY!
by
Diann Floyd Boehm
Illustrated by Nancy Hoover

Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Texas Sisters Press
Pages: 28 pages
Publication Date: August 2, 2022


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This baby bluebird will capture your heart as he shares with his momma why he doesn't want to leave the nest and join his siblings.

The momma listens to her baby bird and, with gentleness, helps him build the courage to fly and join the rest of his family.

So come along for the journey and become excited for the baby bird as he discovers he can fly and soar through the sky.

It is a heart-warming story and beautifully illustrated with a powerful message of "I Can Do It."





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A Time to Fly by award-winning author Diann Floyd Boehm, is an adorable children’s book about a little bluebird finding the courage to leave his nest and learning to fly.  After his brother and sister fly away to join their mother and father, one little bluebird is reluctant to leave.  After some encouragement, the mother bluebird is able to help her son not only learn how to fly but be brave enough to step out of his comfort zone. 


Boehm does a wonderful job with the relationship between the mother bluebird and her son.  She gives the mother bluebird such a gentle and patient voice throughout the story. Her words are soothing and help keep the baby bluebird calm as she encourages him to be brave and try something new. The baby bluebird is reluctant to leave the comfort of home just like most children.  Through the actions of the baby bluebird, Boehm does a great job reflecting the behaviors that young children also exhibit when they are hesitant to change. Yet, she also shows that he still has that childlike curiosity which helps motivate him (along with the encouragement of his mother), as he learns to fly for the first time.  A Time to Fly is beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Nancy Hoover.  The watercolor illustrations she creates perfectly fit the story with pastel colors that bring a peaceful and positive energy to each page. The gorgeous blue, yellow, and orange shades really bring the story to life. 


Such a heartwarming story to read to young children who also have to face leaving home or adapt to change. The dyslexia friendly font is also perfect for teachers or parents who have dyslexic children and need the help when reading. A great lesson on adapting to change and how each child learns at their own pace.  A great addition to any home or school library. 


5 Stars!



Diann Floyd Boehm is an award-winning international author, community volunteer, humanitarian, and former classroom teacher. She is passionate about storytelling. She has nine published books for children and young adult historical fiction. Diann is the cohost of four shows on USA Global TV. She is married, a mother of three, and has one grandchild. She loves to help young and old to Embrace Imagination!







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1st: Autographed hardcover copy of A TIME TO FLY!
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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Lone Star Blog Tour: DANGEROUS BEAUTY by Melissa Koslin ***Review & Giveaway***

DANGEROUS BEAUTY
by
MELISSA KOSLIN

Fiction / Christian / Romance / Suspense
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 352 pages
Publication Date: September 6, 2022


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What is the price of freedom?

Liliana Vela hates the term victim.She's not a victim, she's a fighter. Stubborn and strong with a quiet elegance, she's determined to take back her life after escaping the clutches of human traffickers. But she can't stay safely in America--unless the man who aided in her rescue is serious about his unconventional proposal to marry her.

Meric Toledan was just stopping at a service station for a bottle of water. Instead, he becomes the key to Liliana's rescue. If he can keep his secrets hidden, his wealth and position afford him many resources to help her. But the mysterious buyer who funded her capture will not sit idly by while his prize is stolen from him.

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In Dangerous Beauty by Melissa Koslin, Liliana Vela is on the run. She has escaped her human trafficking kidnapers, but is lost somewhere in America.  Meric Toledan, a high-profile business man, just wanted to grab a water bottle at the local convenience store when he learns a disheveled woman is hiding in the bathroom.  He realizes something is wrong when he sees her battered appearance and the two men who are obviously waiting for her to come out.  Meric helps Liliana escape, but because her family was killed in Mexico she has nowhere to go to be safe.  So, he does the only thing he can think of to keep her from being sent back to Mexico where she will likely be taken again - he marries her.


It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that I just didn't want to put down. I knew from the first sentence this one was going to be a real page turner. I was right, Dangerous Beauty did not disappoint! Right from the beginning, you are drawn into Liliana’s journey of escape from her trafficking kidnappers. Meric is a wealthy businessman, but he is a tortured soul because of his tragic past.  While trying to keep Liliana safe and keep his secrets hidden, Meric is trying to navigate his growing feelings for his new “wife.” Koslin did a great job with the character development of Liliana and Meric.  Liliana is a strong character who draws strength from God to get her through her horrific experience and the loss of her parents and sister. She slowly grows from a frightened and traumatized young woman to someone who finds the courage to not only move on, but to help other women who are being trafficked as well.  Meric is cold and distant and keeps Liliana at arms length because he doesn’t want to get too close to her.  He thinks he doesn’t deserve her, but his kindness comes through whenever she needs anything or is in danger.   


Overall, I loved Dangerous Beauty!  Koslin does a great job keeping the suspense and romance going throughout the story.  I especially liked the plot twist at the end, it was not expected!  I highly recommend you don’t start this book unless you have the time to read it in one sitting!  What a great story of survival, love, and redemption. Can't wait to read more Melissa Koslin books! 5 Stars!



PRAISE FOR DANGEROUS BEAUTY:

“Do not start this book until you have the time to read it in one gulp. This is a really fresh twist on a marriage of convenience with the potential for pages of suspense. The hero and heroine are each hugely compelling, and I just wanted to protect them both. It’s also a sweet story of the healing power of hope. Highly recommend this novel for those who adore romantic suspense with a fresh twist.” --Cara Putman, award-winning author of Flight Risk and Lethal Intent

“Koslin brings the underworld of human trafficking to life in a gripping yet redemptive plot.” Booklist



Melissa Koslin is a fourth-degree black belt in and certified instructor of Songahm Taekwondo. In her day job as a commercial property manager, she secretly notes personal quirks and funny situations, ready to tweak them into colorful additions for her books. The author of Never Miss, Melissa lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband, Corey. 





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9/14/22

Chapter Break Book Blog

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9/14/22

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BONUS Promo

9/15/22

StoreyBook Reviews

Review

9/15/22

LSBBT Blog

BONUS Promo

9/16/22

Book Fidelity

Character Interview

9/17/22

The Plain-Spoken Pen

Review

9/18/22

Boys' Mom Reads!

Notable Quotables

9/19/22

All the Ups and Downs

Author Interview

9/20/22

Stories Under Starlight

Review

9/21/22

Shelf Life Blog

Top 5 List

9/22/22

Jennifer Silverwood

Review

9/23/22

Reading by Moonlight

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Lone Star Book Blog Tour: SOMEBODY BELONGS TO ME by Margie Seaman ***GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY***

 

SOMEDAY BELONGS TO US
by
MARGIE SEAMAN

Fiction / Pirate Romance / Late in Life / Sea Stories
Publisher: Stoney Creek Publishing Group
Pages: 224 pages
Publication Date: June 22, 2022

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Kate Caldwell is a 72-year-old romance novelist writing under the nom de plume, Desiree Desire. With more than thirty bestsellers to her credit, Kate is considered an authority on romance. Her personal life, however, has been lacking in the love department for a long time, and she has all but given up hope of finding a true, romantic connection. Her latest series, about a rakish eighteenth-century pirate, has been a struggle. Her struggle with her own creative processes boils over on a stormy night, when Captain Edward Peregrine, a pirate of the Caribbean during the year 1721, begins appearing to her as she sleeps. Convinced that Edward is a figment of her imagination, Kate happily accepts his return visits, and the two collaborate on the first two books of the series. Then, Edward suddenly stops appearing, and Kate is frustrated with her publisher’s demands for the next book. 

In desperation, she decides to take a two-week cruise with her granddaughter, Ellie, hoping the chance to relax and watch the waves breaking in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean will reset her creative process. Little did Kate know that troubled waters lay ahead or that she’s in for the adventure of her life, and possibly, true love at long last. 

PRAISE FOR MARGIE SEAMAN'S SOMEDAY BELONGS TO US

“A fun and lively read about romance, and the real and imagined adventures of a woman writer cruising through her senior years. Once again, Margie Seaman proves age is no obstacle in this swashbuckling debut novel.” --Lise Olsen, Author of CODE OF SILENCE

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WRITING THAT BOOK “NEXT YEAR”
GUEST POST BY
MARGIE SEAMAN

Writing a book was something that I had wanted to do since I was fifteen years old, and my high school English teacher told me I should become a writer. However, writing a book never made it to the top of my priority list during my teens and I always kept thinking I would do it "next year." I mean - I had unlimited “next years” in my lifetime, right? Between my twenties and forties, being a mother and having a career took up all of my free time and the book again was relegated to "next year." During the years, there were various plots rumbling around in my head and some half-hearted attempts were made at starting a story, but nothing ever went past the planning and first couple of pages stage.

In 1986, the death of my father brought about a desire to write some type of tribute to him. The Houston Chronicle had the Parade magazine at that time, and they were soliciting short narratives for publication. I wrote a piece about life during the war with my family, especially my father, and to my surprise, it was chosen. I remember how excited I was the Sunday it appeared in the paper – I was a writer! Just thinking that brought heavenly music to my ears but my elation was short-lived, and I returned to the “next year” mentality. 

October of 2016 brought an ominous reality to my consciousness. I turned eighty years old. Eighty!!! How did that happen? Where were my unlimited "next years?" Suddenly, the realization hit me that if I were ever going to do something about the book, it better be soon. The only issue was that after sixty-five years of being a practiced procrastinator, I still was dragging my feet. It took a final challenge to get me focused and ready to finally achieve my dream.

That challenge soon showed itself and provided the spark to get me going. As a web designer, one of my clients, Loren Steffy, was a journalist and non-fiction writer who had just written his debut novel, The Big Empty. In a conversation we had, he mentioned that he hated something with "the passion of a thousand burning suns". I replied that his comment sounded like the title of a cheesy romance novel with handsome pirates and beautiful, lusty maidens. He told me to "write it." Something clicked in my head. The gauntlet had been thrown down. It was now or never and from that chance remark, Someday Belongs to Us was born. 

The timing was perfect even though I was eighty-two. I had spent the previous twenty years with my sister-in-law cruising every chance we had. I used the cruise ship as the background environment for the book, added a little space-time continuum mix-up, a gorgeous pirate, plus a cast of other wonderful characters that just popped into my head. Writing this story as a book-within-a-book gave me the opportunity to develop the character of the eighteenth-century pirate as he lived his life on the sea. The fun began when my main characters, Kate Caldwell and Captain Edward Peregrine, mysteriously became enmeshed in a wormhole of time and their lives were joined.

Completing the book and realizing my dream at an advanced age only reinforces my belief that life is wonderful no matter what your age and that goals can always be achieved if you work hard enough for them. My optimism is shown by planning this book to be the first in a trilogy. Think I better start the next book, time is passing!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Lone Star Book Blog Tour: FANCY by Linda Broday ***SNEAK PEEK & GIVEAWAY***

 


FANCY

Love Train Multi-Author Series, #10

by

LINDA BRODAY

 Western Romance /Sweet Romance/ American Historical Romance

Pages:          190 pages

Publisher:      Kindle Unlimited

Publication Date:     August 15, 2022


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A stolen baby
An orphan child
A bargain struck

Told her baby died in childbirth, Fancy Dalton grieves for her son. But in the midst of a raging storm, a shadowy figure appears and tells her that he’s alive and well! He was stolen! Now she has an address and a name. From despair comes hope.

One thought drives her—finding and getting him back. Selling everything she owns, Fancy buys a one-way train ticket to Denver. Nothing and no one will stop her. In a mad dash to board the train, she collides with Jack Coltrain. As fate would have it, the rugged cowboy, on a mission of his own, sits next to her. Experience has taught her to be wary of men. But when her bag is stolen, he gets it back and earns a small piece of her trust.

As the iron wheels roll, taking her closer to her two-year-old son, Fancy and Jack discover an orphan girl who needs their help and open their arms to her. Ten hours from their goal, Fancy and Jack strike a deal—her help for his. Desperate times for both call for creative solutions…but marriage, even in name only? However, nothing is off the table. She’ll do whatever she must to save the orphan and get her child back. Still, giving Jack her heart…that’s not part of the bargain.

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PRAISE FOR FANCY:

"I have loved every Linda Broday book I have read, but I must say this one touched my heart." Cricket (Goodreads)

"Linda Broday waved her magic wand when her turn came and gave us one of her most profound heroines she’s ever written. Fancy wrapped her tragic story around my heart and transported me into the late 1800s." Tonya (Goodreads)

"Linda Broday has always been able to weave her characters together like a mix-match patch quilt, but the end results are amazing." Rose Ann (Goodreads)

"...Her ability to convey the goodness of their souls will leave the reader wanting more." Sally (Goodreads


A SNEAK PEEK AT 
HOPE’S ANGEL

BY LINDA BRODAY



 Often readers ask, “What’s coming next?” I love to tell them what to look forward to so here goes.

On Tuesday, October 4, 2022, two months from now, I’ll have a new Christmas novella available for your reading pleasure.

HOPE’S ANGEL is about acceptance of your fellow man, kindness, compassion, and for healing of deep wounds.

 Christmas? It’s nothing to celebrate and brings memories of everything he seeks to forget.

When a horrendous accident leaves Jericho Cane disfigured, he retreats to the dark refuge of his childhood home. People label him a monster, a phantom. Only while the town sleeps can he find courage to venture out and seek solace in midnight rides.

But who is making the mysterious repairs to broken items, leaving food on doorsteps and putting hand carved angels on children’s graves?

Newly arrived, Irish doctor Kathleen O’Shea, has no fear of Jericho Cane. Armed with determination, she offers hope where he can live again. Still, can he thrive walking in daylight amongst the ones who call him a monster?

If she fails, the darkness will consume him for good.

* * *

Outside of Fort Worth, Texas, lies the coal town of Genesis which is the fictional name for Thurber. As Thurber once was, Genesis is mostly a community of immigrants looking to better their circumstances and give them a foothold in America. After a horrible accident leaves him disfigured, Jericho Cane returns here to hide. Safety lies in the darkness. But the new doctor, Kathleen O’Shea, sees his pain, his immense loneliness, and is determined to help. A tender love develops between them.

I think you’ll like it. Hope’s Angel will go up for preorder on September 1st. Then I’ll have a new series called The Hangman’s Daughters releasing in 2023. There’s lots ahead.—Linda Broday





I'm a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty historical western romance novels and short stories. I reside in the Texas Panhandle on land the American Indian and early cowboys once roamed, and at times if the breeze is just right, I can hear their voices whispering in the wind. Texas’s rich history is one reason I set all my stories here where cowboys still remain caretakers of the land. I’m inspired every day by their immense dedication and love for the wide-open spaces. I combine those men with the love of family in all my stories and hope to continue to give readers books that entertain and fulfill.







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One winner:
$25 Amazon gift card plus Kindle copy of Fancy
Three winners:
Kindle copies of Fancy
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FOR DIRECT LINKS TO EACH POST ON THIS TOUR, UPDATED DAILY,
or visit the blogs directly:

8/9/22

Excerpt

Forgotten Winds

8/9/22

BONUS Promo

Hall Ways

8/10/22

Review

Librariel Book Adventures

8/10/22

BONUS Promo

LSBBT Blog

8/11/22

Character Spotlight

Chapter Break Book Blog

8/12/22

Review

StoreyBook Reviews

8/13/22

Notable Quotables

Shelf Life Blog

8/14/22

Character Interview

All the Ups and Downs

8/15/22

Review

Carpe Diem Chronicles

8/16/22

Sneak Peek

Stories Under Starlight

8/17/22

Review

Boys' Mom Reads

8/18/22

Review

Writing and Music



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