FIRST CRUSH, LAST LOVE by Elizabeth McKenna BLOG TOUR, REVIEW and GIVEAWAY!

Book Details:

Book Title: First Crush, Last Love 

Author: Elizabeth McKenna

Category: Adult Fiction

Length: 314 pages     

Genre: Romance – Contemporary

Publisher: Elizabeth McKenna

Release date: Aug 1, 2017

Tour dates: Oct 16 to Nov 3, 2017

Content Rating: PG-13 + M

There are a few short, mild sex scenes – nothing too graphic. There is swearing by certain characters. Mature themes include drinking/alcoholism, verbal abuse with some physical pushing, AIDS (a minor character is gay), stalking, brief descriptions of child abuse by a step parent, and suicide attempt (overdose).

Book Description:  

Remember your first crush? How your heart raced and your cheeks flushed whenever you saw him? Jessie Baxter does, and it’s happening again. Ten years ago, despite her best efforts, Lee Archer wanted to be just friends. Now, he wants more, but Jessie’s still recovering from a psycho ex-husband. Can she learn to trust again and make her first crush into her last love?

​Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel will have you remembering the angst of high school, the grief of a failed relationship, and the happiness of true love.

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Meet the Author:


Elizabeth McKenna works as a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. Though her love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene).

She had always wanted to write fiction, so she combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write Cera’s Place and Venice in the Moonlight. Her short story, The Gypsy Casts a Spell, is available for free on her site http://elizabethmckenna.com/. She hopes you will enjoy her first contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, as much as others have enjoyed her historical romances.

​Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.

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MY REVIEW: 

 Have you ever been in an abusive relationship? If so, how horrible did you feel after the relationship finally ended? And, how did that relationship color your view of other possible mates? 
Now go back further in time. Back to your very first crush. Do you remember how ot felt? Jessie Baxter does. Her first crush was Lee Archer and ten years earlier he told her that he just wanted to be friends.

Now, Lee wants Jessie’s heart, but her psychotic ex-husband has really messed up her head. You will have to read this book to find out if Jessie and Lee will have a second chance at love.

Author Elizabeth McKenna has done a great job of character development and by the end of the book, you can’t help but feel invested in the character’s lives.

Readers will also find themselves looking back at their own high school experiences and waxing nostalgic about their own first crush.

This feel good, second chance romance will put a smile on the face of even the most stoic, jaded reader. It is for this reason that I rate FIRST CRUSH, LAST LOVE as 4 out of 5 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

Oct 16 – The World As I See It – review / giveaway
Oct 17 – Working Mommy Journal – review / giveaway
Oct 18 – Books, Dreams, Life – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
YOU ARE HERE ——> Oct 20 – Amie’s Book Reviews – review / giveaway
Oct 23 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – review / giveaway
Oct 24 – Books for Books – review
Oct 25 – My Reading Journeys – review
Oct 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / giveaway
Oct 26 – Haddie’s Haven – review / giveaway
Oct 26 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway
Oct 27 – 3 Partners in Shopping – book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 27 – Tragically Dull Adventures of an Almost Librarian – review
Oct 30 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review
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Oct 31 – The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight
Oct 31 – Olio by Marilyn – review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 2 – Jessica Cassidy – review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 2 – The Pen and Muse – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 3 – A Soccer Mom’s Book Blog – review / giveaway
Nov 3 – bookmyopia – review
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Nov 3 – Kristin’s Novel Café – review / giveaway 


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5 Stars for THE GIRL WHO WANTED TO BE A PRINCESS by Bruce Lansky – BOOK REVIEW

 

 Title: THE GIRL WHO WANTED TO BE A PRINCESS

Series: NEWFANGLED FAIRY TALES

Author: BRUCE LANSKY

Type of Book: eBook

Length: 20 pages

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Fairy Tales

Target Readership: Ages 7-12, Grades 2-7

Release Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Meadowbrook Press – A Division of Simon and Schuster
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

~ I received a free copy of this book from www.SimonandSchuster.com It is also free on Amazon and in iBooks. ~

This book is from the “Newfangled Fairy Tales” series which is edited by Bruce Lansky. This series is a collection of revised fairy tales with new twists on older themes and even some modern characters. It includes the story of “…a beautiful princess who is put to sleep for 100 years because she is so cranky… and Hansel, who is so obsessed with candy that he steals Gretel’s piggy bank and runs off to the Old Witch’s Candy Factory.”

This series is suitable for both male and female children from the ages of 7 to 13. 

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK! 

At only 20 pages it is a quick read and despite the fact that the target readership is children, this is also a great short tale for adults to enjoy as well. 

The main character is a ‘tweenage’ girl named Michelle Koszlowski. This girl is like many other girls her age and she is 100% believable. She lives “…with her parents and her bratty little brother, Donald, in a gray house with white shutters. The Koszlowski house looked just like all the other gray houses with white shutters on Maple Street in Sheboygan, Michigan.” Anyone who has ever visited (or lived in) modern day suburbia will recognize what Michelle’s house looks like. 

Michelle is very similar to some modern day tween girls I know. She doesn’t like her house; she thinks it’s too “ordinary”. She’s lazy, spoiled and feels like it is her right to have everything she wants given to her immediately. In short, she’s an annoying, spoiled brat.

Michelle wants to live the life of a Princess.

But, when her dream comes true, will Michelle be happy? You’ll have to read the story to find out.

Since this fairy tale is available free of charge courtesy of Simon and Schuster Publishing you have nothing to lose by giving this book a chance. If you have children that are between the ages of 7 and 13, you really should have them read this book. Or, better yet, sit and read it together. You will enjoy the story and its moral shines through and could open up a new topic to talk with your child about.

I rate this “Newfangled Fairy Tale” as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR/EDITOR: 

  
Bruce Lansky has edited a number of poetry anthologies (including Rolling in the Aisles, Kids Pick the Funniest Poems, If Kids Ruled the School, A Bad Case of the Giggles, Miles of Smiles, and No More Homework! No More Tests!), and 3 silly songbook anthologies. Lansky created the popular GigglePoetry.com website for children and the PoetryTeachers.com website for teachers. He also created the Girls to the Rescue series, the New Fangled Fairy Tales series, and the Can You Solve the Mysteries series. 

Read Bruce’s biography here: 

http://www.meadowbrookpress.com/t/Bruce-Lansky 

Visit his Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/bruce.lansky.3/