BOOKGRABBR SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY


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​For Readers:

BookGrabbr is a social media-marketing tool that allows authors to share both full books and previews of their books with readers. Readers, you can have access to these books by signing in through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn and using their ability to share as a form of currency. The “Share” is the payment! Share the book, and it will allow you to read it. Just click the “Grabb this book” button next to the book and our system will prompt you to share in exchange for reading!

BookGrabbr contains books of many genres, so visit today, “grabb” a book that catches your eye and start reading!
For Authors and Publishers:

Through their unique marketing tool and platform, BookGrabbr helps authors connect to readers that they wouldn’t generally be able to connect to through their friends and their friend’s friends. The noise in the marketplace is deafening, and at times can be a bit overwhelming for authors trying to promote their books.

BookGrabbr created a way to generate some more buzz by harnessing the power of each individual author’s social media platform.  Once you create your profile on BookGrabbr it allows potential readers to read a preview of your book or the full copy and then directs them to your site of choice to purchase your book in the format that you desire. And since BookGrabbr doesn’t make any money on book sales, you can send them to a retailer, or to your own personal page or wherever you choose! BookGrabbr’s purpose is to help you sell more books, gain momentum and generate exposure.

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Don’t have time to dedicate to yet another marketing campaign? Let us take care of it for you. Through the BookGrabbr Promotion Service we create your profile, help you share your books on your social media and ours too, of course. In addition, we provide you with ideas and the support on how to best use your BookGrabbr profile. This is a cost-effective, efficient way to publicize your books! Contact us to see how we can help you spread the word about your book through BookGrabbr.

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5 STARS for IN THE CONTEXT OF LOVE by Linda KI. Sienkiewicz – BOOK REVIEW, BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY

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Book Description:

What makes us step back to examine the events and people that have shaped our lives? And what happens when what we discover leads to more questions?

Angelica Schirrick wonders how her life could have gotten so far off-track. With two children in tow, she begins a journey of self-discovery that leads her back home to Ohio. It pains her to remember the promise her future once held and the shattering revelations that derailed her life.

Can she face the failures and secrets of her past and move forward? Somehow she must learn to accept the violence of her beginning before she can be open to life, and a second chance at love.

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Praise for In the Context of Love

“Linda K. Sienkiewicz’s powerful and richly detailed debut novel is at once a love story, a cautionary tale, and an inspirational journey. In the Context of Love should be required reading for all wayward teenage girls—and their mothers, too.” ~Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of National Book Award Finalist, American Salvage, and critically acclaimed, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters.

“With tenderness, but without blinking, Linda K. Sienkiewicz turns her eye on the predator-prey savannah of the young and still somehow hopeful.” ~ Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of the #1 NY Times Bestseller, Deep End of the Ocean

“Absorbing, heartbreaking, compulsively-readable and insightful, Linda Sienkiewicz’s In the Context of Love casts a hypnotic spell. This is storytelling at its best.” ~ Lewis Robinson, author of the critically acclaimed, Officer Friendly: and Other Stories, and Water Dogs

 

Book Trailer:

In the Context of Love | Book Trailer from Linda Sienkiewicz on Vimeo.

 

MY REVIEW:

At the beginning of this book, readers are introduced to Angelica Lowsley. She is a married (but separated) mother of two and her life is a mess. We learn a few details, but the story quickly shifts from present day to Angelica’s past.

Readers find that the story has regressed in time to 1974, Angelica is sixteen (having been born in 1958) and just beginning the year that would forever change her life.

Entering the story at this time is a boy named Joe Vadas: “…a stone fox…”

 Joe and Angelica become a couple and it is through this relationship that Angelica experiences the exquisitely exciting and euphoric world of first love. Author Linda K. Sienkiewicz perfectly captures and describes the heady rush and the mixture of emotion and hormones that all teenagers experience when they fall in love for the first time, and she conveys the extreme feelings and the euphoria that comes with first love in perfect nostalgic detail. Readers will not be able to stop themselves from reminiscing about their own first “love”.

Because I am unwilling to ruin the joy that reader’s will experience when they read this book, I do not want to give away any of the plot. Suffice it to say that this is a book that everyone should read. If you do not find something to relate to in this book then you have led a very sheltered nd very uninteresting life.

Being a teenager is hard. That is just a fact of life. But, some teens have it harder than others and some teens are forced to grow up too fast. Linda K. Sienkiewicz understands this. I believe that Linda has a talent that is extremely special. She is able to perfectly describe the incredible angst that comes from being an immature teenager and to highlight exactly how events that occur at this volatile and emotionally-charged time in a person’s life can have a profound and lasting effect. She understands that these events can help mold a person and can have the potential to determine who that person will be when he or she reaches adulthood.

As I have already stated, I absolutely loved this book. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and very definitely, it will make you not want to put it down. This is an absolute MUST READ book and I rate it is 5 out of 5 Stars.

I will be on the lookout for more books by this talented author. Buy this book. You will not be disappointed.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Linda K. Sienkiewicz is a published poet and fiction writer, cynical optimist, fan of corgis, tea drinker, and wine lover from Michigan. Her poetry, short stories, and art have been published in more than fifty literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, Clackamas Literary Review, Spoon River, and Permafrost.

She received a poetry chapbook award from Bottom Dog Press, and an MFA from the University of Southern Maine. Linda lives with her husband in southeast Michigan, where they spoil their grandchildren and then send them back home.

​Connect with the author:   Website   Twitter   Facebook

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March 28 – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

March 28 –   Olio by Marilyn – review / author interview / giveaway

March 29 – The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – book spotlight / giveaway

March 29 – Writing Pearls – review

March 30 – Book Reviews Nature Photos – review / author interview

March 30 – Tale of Two Tomatoes – review

March 30 – Amie’s Book Reviews – review / giveaway

March 31 – Sahar’s Blog – review

March 31 – #redhead.with.book – review / giveaway

April 1 –   A Splendid Messy Life – review / author interview / giveaway

April 1 –   The World As I See It – review / giveaway

April 4 –   A Blue Million Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

April 4 –   The Autistic Gamer – review

April 5 –   Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway

April 5 –   The Phantom Paragrapher – review

April 6 –   A Bookaholic Blog – review

April 6 –   Deal Sharing Aunt – review / author interview / giveaway

April 7 –   I’d Rather Be At the Beach – review / giveaway

April 8 –   Ali – The Dragon Slayer – review / guest post / giveaway

April 11 – Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway

April 11 – T’s Stuff – review / author interview / giveaway

April 12 – Readers’ Muse – review / guest post

​April 12 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway

April 13 – Allthingsbookie – review / giveaway

April 14 – bookmyopia – review / giveaway

April 14 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – book spotlight / author interview

April 15 – Novel Escapes – review

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RELEASE BLITZ: HOUSE HUNT by Jackie Keswick


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HOUSE HUNT
by:Jackie Keswick
The Power of Zero, #3
Publication Date: March 30, 2016
Genre: Adult, MM Romance, Romantic Suspense

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Synopsis: Jack Horwood hates owing favors. But when a simple day out to treat Gareth to the best oysters in England leads to a discovery of drugs and counterfeit money—things that neither Jack nor Gareth have the jurisdiction to handle—he has to call in help. Help that doesn’t come cheap, and that forces him to do something he promised himself he’d never do again—walk away from Gareth and the family he’s starting to make for himself.

Three months undercover is a long time. After missing Gareth’s birthday, Jack is determined not to miss their first anniversary. But coming home and being home are two very different things. So when he is asked to assist with a corporate espionage investigation, Jack can’t say no, despite knowing it will impact his already straining relationship.

Except, of course, he’s walking into a trap….

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EXCERPT

When the car’s growling engine stopped, Gareth found himself surrounded by woods in a corner of the Weald he’d never been to before. The small car park was deserted except for a handful of cars, and Gareth heard only birdsong, the rustle of the breeze in the trees, and the faraway drone of a plane. They hadn’t passed any villages or farms during the last leg of their drive, and nothing around him hinted at human habitation.

The car park didn’t even have a sign.

“You know where we are, right?”

“Would you believe me if I said we’re eight miles from Canterbury?”

It was hard to imagine that a city full of tourists, bars, and shops was in hiking distance of this deserted corner of Kent. The air held the bitter, musty scents of pine and damp leaves and—barely detectable—the savory smell of mushrooms. Most of the oak and beech trees surrounding the small, graveled car park were just starting to unfurl their leaves, giving the afternoon sun almost unhindered access.

Jack unlocked the boot, ready to get out of the car and retrieve the TVR’s roof. Before he could move, Gareth wrapped a hand around his neck and pulled him closer until the center console got in the way. Jack didn’t fight. He braced his elbows on magnolia leather and leaned across the barrier into Gareth’s touch. Their kiss was slow and languid, more teasing than enticing.

“Really not the car for that,” Gareth commented when he leaned back to put space between them. “Though I could imagine spreading you across that bonnet.”

“Yeah, let’s scandalize the locals,” Jack agreed and popped the doors.

It was the third time and Gareth still hadn’t figured out how it was done. Not that he’d been paying particular attention to the TVR’s doors. Though now that he’d started thinking about the acres of bonnet, he could see that the car had potential. He turned to look for Jack, but despite having opened the boot, he wasn’t anywhere close to the car. He stood in the center of the car park, staring at a beat-up green Rover.

“What’s the matter?”

“Not sure.” Jack’s voice was distant. “Thing gives me the creeps.”

“How?”

Gareth couldn’t see anything that might have set off Jack’s warning bells. The N-plated Rover 400 showed every one of its seventeen years of hard work. Flaking paint marred the sides, hinting at rust-eaten bodywork, and one of the car’s wings had been replaced with one of a slightly different green. It wasn’t a car that invited a second look from anyone, but somehow it had immediately drawn Jack’s attention.

“Jack?”

He stared a moment longer before he shrugged and turned back to Gareth. “I don’t know,” he said, sounding apologetic. “Probably nothing at all. Fancy a walk?”

“Since that’s what we came here for….” Gareth wanted to reach for Jack, whether to distract him or shake him hard enough to rattle some sense back into that busy brain of his, he couldn’t have said. “Was there anywhere in particular you wanted to go?”

“Just… around,” Jack said as he found a narrow path that led into the surrounding woods.

“Liar. And crappy at it, too. How’d you ever make it as a spook?”

Gareth had merely meant to tease, but a dark flush crept up Jack’s neck, and he hunched forward. “I wasn’t that kind of spook,” he mumbled when Gareth caught up with him.

“No?” Gareth wrapped his arm around Jack’s shoulders and felt him flinch at the contact. Jack was suddenly so tightly wound he was close to taking off. And that wasn’t something Gareth wanted to deal with right then. He cast around for something, anything, that could serve as a distraction.

“So, what’s going on with you and that Dave character?” he settled on, glad when Jack’s head shot up and he stared, caught out.

“Nothing’s going on. He’s straight.”

“Bullshit. He was all over you.”

The vehemence in Gareth’s tone brought Jack’s head around. The frown dissolved and the smirk appeared. “That jealousy I’m hearing, Flynn?”

Gareth felt the rush of heat in his neck sweep up the sides of his face. He held Jack’s disbelieving gaze regardless. “Would you blame me?”

OTHER BOOKS IN THE POWER OF ZERO SERIES…

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JOB HUNT
by Jackie Keswick
The Power of Zero #1
Publication Date: May 13, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, M/M, Romance, Suspense

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Synopsis: You don’t greet your new boss dressed like an underage rent boy. But when Jack Horwood—ace hacker and ex-MI6 operative—opens the door to Gareth Flynn, he’s too busy to worry over details like that. And anyway, his potential new boss is his former Commanding Officer – the same guy Jack has had a crush on since he was seventeen. So he should understand, right?

When he applied for the job in Nancarrow Mining’s corporate security division, Jack had hoped for peaceful days repelling cyber attacks. Maybe a bit of corporate espionage on the side. His plans didn’t include rescuing abused children, hunting pimps, or dealing with his overly protective and hot-as-hell boss, Gareth Flynn.

Walking away is not an option. Jack never takes the easy way out. More than that, meeting Gareth raises old ghosts that Jack needs to put to rest. Rescuing kids. Taking risks. Saving the day. Jack can do all that – but deciding what to do about his attraction to Gareth isn’t the sort of cloak-and-dagger game Jack plays well. Yet Gareth, strong and smart and always on hand when needed, might be Jack’s salvation.

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GHOSTS
by Jackie Keswick
The Power of Zero #2
Publication Date: February 10, 2016
Genres: Adult,Contemporary, LGBT, M/M, Novella, Romance, Suspense

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Synopsis: Jack Horwood doesn’t do families. Or Christmas. From the time his mother sold him to her pimp to the moment he walked out on the man he loved, Christmas has always been about change and painful choices. This year seems no different. Helping Daniel and Nico recover from their imprisonment and hunting down those responsible puts Jack in a frame of mind he doesn’t want to inflict on anyone. Least of all Gareth and the tentative relationship they’ve started to rebuild.

But Gareth, for whom Christmas is all about new beginnings, won’t let Jack take the easy way out. He makes him face his ghosts instead. Even when said ghosts invade their bedroom.

When Daniel’s parents are found, Jack is determined to settle the matter without involving Daniel at all. But fate decrees otherwise, and it’s Gareth who helps him finally understand that the strongest bonds are those forged together. Once he gets that, Jack can step up and make a decision designed to lay his ghosts to rest—for good.

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ABOUT JACKIE KESWICK

Jackie Keswick

Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurrent dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She’s worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig, spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with her dream team: a husband, a cat, a tandem, a hammer and a laptop.

Jackie loves stories about unexpected reunions and second chances, and men who don’t follow the rules when those rules are stupid. She has a thing for green eyes and tight cyclist’s butts and is a great believer in making up soundtracks for everything, including her characters and the cat.

And she still hasn’t found the place where the bus stops.

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THIS IS LOVE BABY – RELEASE BLITZ

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by K. Webster
War & Peace #2
Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance
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THIS IS BOOK TWO IN SERIES. PLEASE READ THIS IS WAR, BABY FIRST.

My War was over and I had lost. My captor reminded me I was nothing more than his pawn.
His strategy never changed…it was always me.

But what he didn’t know was that LOVE always wins.

In my War, I’d found not only peace
but LOVE as well.

I’d been through a battlefield with my War and LOVE was what brought us to the other side.
Our LOVE was beautiful and pure. Undying.

My captor thinks he has won this war. That I will LOVE him.
What he doesn’t know is this time, I’m the one with a strategy. I’m always thinking several moves ahead of him, my War taught me that.

I will outsmart him and find peace again.
This is a war I will win.
My LOVE will conquer all.

Warning:
This is Love, Baby is a dark romance. Strong sexual themes and violence which could trigger emotional distress are found in this story. Terrible, terrible things happen to our poor heroine, so you’ve been properly warned. This story is NOT for everyone.

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My life had a plan. Until he invaded it and stole it all away. My captor took me and I became a pawn.

His strategy changed and he sent me away to WAR, because money is everything in this world.

In my WAR, though, I found peace.

I couldn’t help but find love where I least expected it, with a man who lived a battle every day of his life
…all inside his head.

But then my captor came back for me.
Yet, this time, battle lines had been drawn and I was protected.

So we thought.
Even though my WAR was raging,
my captor would fight to the death.

The good guys always win, right?
Not always.

All’s fair in love and WAR, right?
Not this time.

K Webster

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K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

You can easily find K Webster on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!

Website: http://www.authorkwebster.com
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5 Stars for TODAY MEANS AMEN by Sierra DeMulder – POETRY BOOK REVIEW

 

 Title: TODAY MEANS AMEN

Author: SIERRA DEMULDER

Type of Book: Softcover – Autographed 

Genre: POETRY

Length: 102 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4494-7411-9

Price: $16.99 USD / $21.99 Canada

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing 

Release Date: February 2, 2016 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

* I received a free autographed copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.

This is a book of poetry. Sierra DeMulder’s poems are filled with brutally honest emotions and give the readers a glimpse into her life and her loves. 

It is obvious that Sierra channels all her emotions – both good and bad into her poetry and readers will be able to relate. 

The purity of emotion and the honesty apparent in these poems is both refreshing and heart-wrenching. If you do not feel something when reading these poems then you just are not human. 

I rate this book of poetry as 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

  
Sierra DeMulder is an internationally touring performance poet and educator. She is a two-time National Poetry Slam champion, one of the founders of Button Poetry, which is the largest YouTube channel for poetry in the world. 

Sierra is also the author of “The Bones Below“, “New Shoes on a Dead Horse,” and “We Slept Here.” 

Sierra currently lives in Minneapolis with her dog, Fidelis. 

To learn more about her visit: 

WEBSITE www.sierrademulder.com  

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5 HUGE Stars for THE FIVE TRUTHS ABOUT WORK-LIFE BALANCE by Jae Ellard – BOOK REVIEW

 

 Title: THE FIVE TRUTHS ABOUT WORK-LIFE BALANCE 

Author: JAE ELLARD

Type of Book: Softcover

Length: 94 pages

Genre: NON-FICTION 

Release Date: November 7, 2014 

Publisher: SIMPLE INTENTIONS 

ISBN: 978-0-9862387-0-3

Price: $14.95 USD

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

~ I received a free copy of this book from the author through the Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for an honest review. 



Jae Ellard has written a smart and realistic book that assists readers in understanding exactly what it is that “work-life balance” means to the individual reader. 

She understands and acknowledges that “…there are as many ways as there are people on the planet to describe what living a balanced life would feel like.”

This book divides the concept of work-life balance into 5 essential truths. 

Her ideas are revolutionary and everyone who has ever struggled for balance in their lives needs to read this book. 

Jae gives readers permission to feel how they feel. This book is not only targeted at high-ranking business people, it is for everyone from students to stay at home mothers and from volunteers to CEOs. 
My favorite quote from this book is:
When you say yes to people, requests, and projects, that are in conflict with your values, or when you engage with people who do not support – or even worse, who disrespect – your values, you are actually saying “no” to yourself and creating imbalance in your life.”


This book is a must read for everyone from seniors to young adults in college.
It does not pull any punches. It is an honest and simple look at work-life balance that offers advice that can be easily followed.

There are no concepts in this book that talk-down to the reader. Everyone can easily understand what is written on every page. 
Jae Ellard does NOT use psychobabble and this book is 100% readable and 100% truthful. 


I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

I am very much looking forward to reading the rest of the books written by Jae Ellard and I have signed up to follow both her and her company on Twitter. 

This book may be short, but the information within is priceless and it is well worth buying. You can purchase a copy of this book HERE. 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

  

Jae Ellard founded Simple Intentions in 2008. Simple Intentions is a company that is dedicated to developing employee awareness and publishing conscious content. In 2010, Jae authored the Mindful Life Program designed to help people disrupt patterns that cause imbalance and disengagement. To date, Jae’s work has touched thousands of employees at multinational corporations in more than 50 countries.

Jae has an extensive background in writing and communication with a Master’s degree in Communication Management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Metropolitan State College in Denver. 

As a lifelong learner, her passion has propelled her deep into research on human behaviour, neuroscience, mindfulness, and organizational relationship systems. 

Jae writes columns and speaks on mindfulness in the workplace and is the author of seven books. 

Her books include:
THE POCKET COACH: Perspective When You Need Some

SUCCESS WITH STRESS

STOP & THINK: Creating New Awareness

STOP & SEE: Developing Intentional Habits

STOP & LISTEN: Practicing Presence 

And

BEYOND TIPS & TRICKS: Mindful Management 

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4 Stars for THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES by Barbara Casey – BOOK REVIEW

 

 Title: THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES

Author: BARBARA CASEY

Series: Book One of the F.I.G. Mysteries 

Type of Book: Hardcover 

Release Date: April 2, 2015 

Genre: Fiction – Young Adult

Length: 266 pages

Publisher: Hungry Goat Press – an Imprint of Gauthier Publications 
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ISBN: 978-0-9820812-8-0

Price: $16.95 USD

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

MY REVIEW: 

Dara, Mackenzie and Jennifer call themselves the FIGs. They all live and attend school at Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. 

With only a few months until graduation the girls are bored and are not intellectually stimulated by their classes. Unfortunately for the school’s frustrated Headmaster, the girls channel their energy into pulling elaborate pranks. 

Young teacher, Carolina Lovel is hired to help teach the young geniuses since Carolina could relate to the girls and their lives. 

On Carolina’s 18th birthday she discovered that she had been adopted. She was given a box containing a picture and letter from her biological parents. BUT, (and, it is a big BUT) the letter is written in a language she is unable to decipher. The writing on Carolina’s letter is eerily similar to that of a mysterious document on display in Italy. 

Carolina comes up with a brilliant plan. She decides to take the FIGs to Italy for a few weeks. She wants to challenge the girl’s extensive intelligence and hopefully unearth information that will lead to her finding her biological parents.

CADENCE OF GYPSIES is an amazing story filled with wonderfully inspiring female characters. It is wonderful to read a Young Adult novel where the protagonist is a strong, capable woman and the people who help her on her journey are also female.

Thank goodness this is not a typical female in peril who is rescued by the strong alpha male. I think it is important that young women realize that you do not need a man to achieve great things. 

The addition of mysterious historical documents and a connection to the Italian gypsies just adds to this wonderful story. 

Gypsies are a subject that somehow seems to fascinate readers and even television junkies. 

There is some special quality about the gypsy life that draws the reader into the story and makes you want to know more.

Most of us will never meet a true gypsy. However, it is a fascinating subject and the idea that magic might actually exist is an intriguing one. 

So, with all the praise I have heaped upon this book, people might wonder why I rated this book as 4 out of 5 stars rather than 5 out of 5. The answer to that question is that I deducted a star due to editing/proof-reading errors that I found in the book. For example: it says “pales” when it should say “pails” and “insure” when it should say “ensure”. When these errors are fixed, this book will definitely rate as 5 out of 5 stars.

You can Pre-Order the book now or purchase it on release day on April 2nd on Amazon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

  
Barbara Casey is the author of five award-winning novels and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and literary agent. 

Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband and their two dogs.

To learn more visit her website. 

http://www.barbaracaseyagency.com/

 

 

MERITROPOLIS BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY

  

Meritropolis by Joel Ohman 

(Meritropolis, #1) 

Publication date: September 8th 2014

Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

Synopsis:

In Meritropolis everyone is assigned a numerical Score that decides their worth to society and whether they live or die. After a young boy is killed because of a low Score, his brother plots to take down the System.

The year is AE3, 3 years after the Event. Within the walls of Meritropolis, 50,000 inhabitants live in fear, ruled by the brutal System that assigns each citizen a merit score that dictates whether they live or die. Those with the highest scores thrive, while those with the lowest are subject to the most unforgiving punishment–to be thrust outside the city gates, thrown to the terrifying hybrid creatures that exist beyond.

But for one High Score, conforming to the System just isn’t an option. Seventeen-year-old Charley has a brother to avenge. And nothing–not even a totalitarian military or dangerous science–is going to stop him.

Where humankind has pushed nature and morals to the extreme, Charley is amongst the chosen few tasked with exploring the boundaries, forcing him to look deep into his very being to discern right from wrong. But as he and his friends learn more about the frightening forces that threaten destruction both without and within the gates, Meritropolis reveals complexities they couldn’t possibly have bargained for…

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AUTHOR BIO:

  
Joel Ohman is the author of the Meritropolis series –“The Hunger Games meets The Village with a young Jack Reacher as a protagonist”. He lives in Tampa, FL with his wife Angela and their three kids. His writing companion is Caesar, a slightly overweight Bull Mastiff who loves to eat the tops off of strawberries.

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Newspaper Boys Always Deliver – Blog Tour – Guest Post – Review & Giveaway

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Book Description for Newspaper Boys Always Deliver: A Personal Journey into Pop and Technological change in the last Fifty Years.

In Newspaper Boys Always Deliver, Gulesserian takes us on a captivating adventure by combining personal essays and historical insights for an enlightening look at how we got here, and the earlier inventions that paved the way for current cutting-edge technologies. While exploring pop-culture trends, unexpected impacts, and memorable moments in time, this collection of thought-provoking and humorous reflections paints a fascinating picture of the changes half a century can bring—and its implications for what could be just around the corner.

In just fifty years, Western culture has gone from culture to techno-culture—from the swinging sixties to rap, encyclopedia to Wikipedia, slide rule to artificial intelligence.

Newspaper Boys Always Deliver, shares a personal journey of how we got here, in a Book that delivers an eclectic plethora of knowledge, controversy and humorous entertainment in a newspaper format.

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Author’s Bio:

Joseph Gulesserian

Joseph Gulesserian came of age during the seventies, and was exposed to many changing technologies with a career that has ranged from metallurgic to manufacturing, from business equipment to information technology, and brand creation.

After earning his MBA, he taught Corporate Finance, Marketing and Statistics as an adjunct professor at Toronto colleges, and in 2000 established a Toronto-based company that designs and produces health and beauty brands for both domestic and international markets.

​Currently, Gulesserian lives in Toronto with his wife.

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BLOG TOUR STOPS

March 7 –   Amie’s Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway

March 8 –   Book Reviews Nature Photos and Everything in Between – review

March 9 –   A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway

March 10 – Sahar’s Blog – review

March 11 – The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – book spotlight / giveaway

March 11 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review

March 14 – Brian’s Book Blog – review

March 15 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – review

March 16 – #redhead.with.book – review / giveaway

March 17 – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine – guest post

March 17 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway

March 18 – She Treads Softly – review

March 21 – Readers’ Muse – review / guest post

March 22 – Take It Personel-ly – review / guest post / giveaway

March 23 – Room With Books – review / author interview / giveaway

March 24 – Bound 4 Escape – review / giveaway

March 25 – 3 Partners in Shopping – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

GUEST POST

What changed the world more: YouTube or Television? by Joseph Gulesserian

Social media, smartphones, and our digital society are not the first attacks on our attention spans, since television did this with regular broadcasting, starting in the late 1940’s in America.

Television broadcasting, much like radio, further connected the concept of nationhood, as we first saw ourselves as a Nation. Television was the messiah for the visual side of the human mind, and advertising soon followed in a three-network American universe. Today, many of the pre-rolls that we often skip on YouTube, have their content rooted in television advertising of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

It was this type of captive audience—before the billions of websites and social media channel fragmentation—that advertising agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi operated in. It is this world that is depicted in the Mad Men TV Series, with dreamy jazz sounds of the early sixties, permeating the background.

Television allowed people to watch visual motion in the homes, and it could be argued with some authority, that this changed the parameters of our psyches more than YouTube. Even the 1950’s, television had a democratic feel to it, since one had a choice of a grand three channels.

Television allowed moving visual history to be documented and first introduced soap operas, before people felt they had a morbid obligation to display the minutiae of their lives.

Television was where a world saw the horror of a slain President; the assassination of Martin Luther King and then Bobby Kennedy, as the dreams of idealism faded. It was where Walter Cronkite reported the carnage of Vietnam; it was where we saw the Eagle land on the moon; it was where a helicopter took a president away into the annals of history, as a nation reflected on the tragedy; it was where we were first told about the death of Elvis Presley. It was through this lens that the world first saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, only to realize that the world was a more stable place with two contenders, as opposed to one. And finally, television was what brought the horror of 9/11, which can be argued that it was the last great epic event that this medium had a motion picture monopoly on!

YouTube is, quite possibly, the most ultimate disrupter since radio and television. YouTube has made many of us participative broadcasters, whereas, we can upload our own material both professionally and personally. YouTube views have become a better barometer, or metric, of viewership that AC Nielson ever was for television. TV commercials are uploaded to YouTube for after burn and reinforcement value.

But there is so much more: YouTube changes the painful but addictive nature of nostalgia, since it really plays on our innate sense of wanting visuals, to remember how time and our icons have passed.

It is on YouTube where one can virtually obtain an online education, learn Shakespeare, calculus, product reviews, “How To” videos, music videos, rants, raves, dance steps, sports replays, documentaries, movies and so much more.

So what changed the world more: Television or YouTube? This all depends on which world you were born into!

REVIEW

Even though this book is targeted at the Baby Boomer generation and I am a Generation X’er, I enjoyed it. I rate this book as 4.5 out of 5 stars. Baby Boomers will LOVE this book as they can relate to all the events the author talks about. I’m afraid that a few times the references went over my head.