Thursday, September 23, 2021

What's Not Said Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

This morning, I have the first of two book reviews that I will be sharing from this series!  Today, you can check out my thoughts on What's No Said by Valerie Taylor--and tomorrow, stop back for my thoughts on What's Not True! Take a few minutes to learn about the author & the series--and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


WHAT'S NOT SAID by Valerie Taylor
Book Title:  What's Not Said by Valerie Taylor
Category: Adult Fiction 18+ 
Genre: Women's Fiction, Chick Lit
Publisher:  She Writes Press, 300 pages
Release date:  September 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M:  has several sex scenes and some bad language.

2021 International Book Awards Finalist in Fiction: Women’s Fiction
2020 Canadian Book Club Awards Finalist in Fiction
Chosen as an August 2021 Pulpwood Queens Book Club selection
Featured by the international NoMo Book Club in May 2021


“Taylor’s dialogue is snappy and contemporary . . . A witty and often amusing marriage drama.”
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What’s Not Said is a story about Kassie O’Callaghan, a middle-aged woman on a mission to divorce her emotionally abusive husband and start a new life with a younger man she met while on a solo vacation in Venice. When she learns her husband has chronic kidney disease, her plans collapse until she pokes around his pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of his deceits.

Then again, Kassie is no angel. The separate lives they lead collide head-on into a tangled web of sex, lies, and DNA. As she helps her husband find an organ donor, Kassie uncovers a secret, forcing her to decide whose life to save: her husband’s or her own.
 
 
My Review


What's Not Said Shares a Story of Marriage, Infidelity and Life. The author takes a different angle with her story as her characters face marriage realities, falling out of love--yet, holding true to vows and commitments in spite of changing relationships and personal growth.

 

Don't Expect to Love the Characters.  After a couple of chapters, I realized that I had read this novel once before!  Since I was preparing to read and review the second novel in the series, I re-read it to refresh myself with the story.  It is funny how life experiences and perspectives change our views and connections with a written work.  When I read the novel the first time--my own marriage and trust had been recently violently shaken. While I didn't read the perspectives from the same place of anger that I did previously--I couldn't bring myself to "like" any of the characters. Excuses and rationales for affairs and infidelity are still not high on my list of accepted character traits--but, I was able to read the characters' points of views a little more objectively this read through!  I still wasn't rooting for happy endings for any of them--but, I could see some deeper motivations and qualities at times. 

 

Would I Recommend What's Not Said by Valerie Taylor? What's Not Said doesn't offer readers non-stop, instant romance. Instead, the novel tells a larger story of the breakdown and challenges of a  loveless marriage. While I didn't like the characters much nor the primary "love triangle,"--I couldn't put the book down. I enjoyed the author's writing style, character development and the surprising way the stories connected.  If you enjoy slightly different life/love stories with human nature and flawed characters--this novel is a good one.  I looked forward to continuing their stories with What's Not True and will share my thoughts on that one tomorrow! 

 


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Book Title:  What's Not True by Valerie Taylor
Category: Adult Fiction 18+ 
Genre: Women's Fiction, Chick Lit
Publisher:  She Writes Press, 321 pages
Release date:  August 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M What's Not True has several sex scenes and some bad language.

What’s Not True…is an enthralling, character-driven story that will appeal irresistibly to fans of women’s fiction…Taylor’s prose is crystalline…she does not waste words, rather using them to create a tense, nerve-shredder that offers full entertainment to readers.”Readers’ Favorite 5-star review

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With her court date set for her divorce and her plans with the younger man in the rearview mirror, Kassie O’Callaghan shifts attention to reviving her stalled career. But things get complicated when she unexpectedly rendezvous with her former lover in Paris. After a chance meeting there with a colleague and a stroll along Pont Neuf, Kassie receives two compelling proposals. Can she accept them both?

But Kassie’s decision process screeches to a halt when her soon-to-be ex-husband has a heart attack, forcing her to fly home to Boston. There, she confronts his conniving and deceitful fiancée—a woman who wants not just a ring on her finger but everything that belongs to Kassie. In the ensuing battle to protect what’s legally and rightfully hers, Kassie discovers that sometimes it’s what’s not true that can set you free.

Though a standalone novel, What’s Not True is the sequel to What’s Not Said (September 15, 2020).


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Meet the Author

Valerie Taylor was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. She earned a B.S. Marketing degree and an MBA from Sacred Heart University, as well as a graduate certificate in health care administration from Simmons University (formerly Simmons College). She had a thirty-year career in the financial services industry as a marketer and writer. Valerie is a published book reviewer with BookTrib.com; and a member of Westport Writers’ Workshop, Independent Book Publishers Association, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She enjoys practicing tai chi and being an expert sports spectator.

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No Names to Be Given Audiobook Review & Book Tour Giveaway

I rarely listen to audiobooks--but, the description of this book caught my interest. Learn about women's fiction novel No Names to Be Give and author Julia Brewer Daily, read my thoughts and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


Book Title:  No Names to Be Given
CategoryAdult Fiction (18 +)  
Genre
Vintage Women's Fiction
Publisher:  Admission Press Inc
Release date:   08/2021
Content RatingPG + MNo bad language, but mature subjects like suicide and a rape scene. These are both mild and not explicit. Fade to black kind of scenes. 

"A gorgeous, thrilling, and important novel! These strong women will capture your heart.” Stacey Swann, author of Olympus, Texas.

“An insightful and sympathetic view offered into the lives of those who were adopted and those who adopted them.” Pam Johnson, author of Justice for Ella.

“A novel worthy of a Lifetime movie adaptation.” Jess Hagemann, author of Headcheese.
“Readers can expect deep knowledge of the world the characters inhabit.” Sara Kocek, author of Promise Me Something.

“I found myself thinking about Becca, Sandy, and Faith frequently as I went about my day—I was always excited to sit down and find out what happened next.” Sarah Welch, author of Austin Brown Dogs: The Shelter Dogs Who Rescue Us.
 



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Today’s young women will not understand how our families made us feel shame so intensely; we surrendered our first-born children to strangers. Faith Reynolds, No Names to Be Given 
 
The widely anticipated debut novel by Julia Brewer Daily is a glimpse into the lives of women forced by society to gift their newborns to strangers. Although this novel is a fictional account, it mirrors many of the adoption stories of its era. 
 
When three young unwed women meet at a maternity home hospital in New Orleans in 1965, they are expected to relinquish their babies and return home as if nothing transpired. Twenty-five years later, they are brought back together by blackmail and their secrets threatened with exposure—all the way to the White House.
 
Told from the three women’s perspectives in alternating chapters, we are mesmerized by the societal pressures on women in the 1960s who found themselves pregnant without marriage.
 
How that inconceivable act changed them forever is the story of No Names To Be Given, a novel with southern voices, love exploited, heartbreak and blackmail.  
 
 
My Review 
 
 

Emotional Stories with Realistic Characters. The author spotlights three women as they cope with unplanned pregnancies during the '60s--and continue to face the aftermaths of their pasts in years to come. While the novel is fictional--the author chose very realistic situations for her young, unwed characters and kept the story (and her characters) in check with the historical context--and followed them through as their lives and stories developed and pasts re-emerged and reconnected.


No Names to Be Given Offers Readers Many Insights. From learning about the treatment and expectations of many unwed mothers in the '60s--to the understandable emotional trauma, grief, and guilt that carried forward throughout lives--readers will see many of the real-life types of stories that played out over those difficult years. As an adoptee herself, the author brings a lot of thought-provoking pieces into the novel. 

 

No Names to Be Given Brings Many Perspectives Together.  I enjoyed the narrator of the audiobook and the various perspectives that the author brought to the storyline. Having said that, as the book frequently moved from character to character and story to story--I may have been better settled to reading the story than listening to it. The narrator did an excellent job transitioning from section to section--but, I felt that I was moving too quickly from account to account sometimes. I am not sure if I would have felt as "rushed" if I were transitioning on my own from section to section via written pages instead of audio.

 

Would I Recommend No Names to Be Given by Julia Brewer Daily? This novel is an emotional read if you enjoy a drama with well-drawn characters and historically placed significance. While the characters face real challenges as their stories unfold, some somewhat unrealistic events and coincidences bounce into the mix. Even with some of the less believable aspects of the book, I enjoyed the characters and became attached to their stories and lives. While I enjoyed the narrator's voice and style--I think the movement and flow of this novel may have been better for me had I read it instead of listened. I would certainly recommend the story to readers who enjoy an emotional journey into and through the pains of the past.

 
 
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Meet the Author
 
Julia Brewer Daily is a Texan with a southern accent. She holds a B.S. in English and a M.S. degree in Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

She has been a Communications Adjunct Professor at Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi, and Public Relations Director of the Mississippi Department of Education and Millsaps College, a liberal arts college in Jackson, MS.  

She was the founding director of the Greater Belhaven Market, a producers’ only market in a historic neighborhood in Jackson, and even shadowed Martha Stewart. 

As the Executive Director of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi (300 artisans from 19 states) which operates the Mississippi Craft Center, she wrote their stories to introduce them to the public.

Daily is an adopted child from a maternity home hospital in New Orleans. She searched and found her birth mother and through a DNA test, her birth father’s family, as well.  A lifelong southerner, she now resides on a ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas, with her husband Emmerson and Labrador Retrievers, Memphis Belle and Texas Star.​

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The Tacos and Chocolate Diet: How to Live a Bold, Adventurous, and Intentional Life Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

   

 

The Tacos and Chocolate Diet: How to Live A Bold, Adventurous, And Intentional Life

 
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I want you to find joy. I want you to live the best life you can live. Most of all, I want to help you accomplish both of these. In The Tacos and Chocolate Diet it’s my goal to generate hope, inspire action, and remind you to start making the important things important - starting with YOU. Everything you're looking for can be attained with the action plan inside these pages. Everything comes down to you. I wrote this book to help people start living a bold, adventurous, and intentional life. That’s what we all want, right? We want to live on purpose. We want to make a small change that helps us start living the life we want. Let's get started living life to its fullest. Don’t be confused by the title. This is not a book to help you lose weight. The Tacos and Chocolate Diet is about taking action to live your best life. And I'll be there, right along with you.

 

My Review

 

The Tacos and Chocolate Diet Offers Readers Insights and Reminders for Intentional Living. For many years, I have read work from and listened to many well-known motivational speakers and inspirational "coaches"--all in that elusive effort to live life to the fullest. I have tried to "win the day", set up detailed morning routines, and spent many years making lists, journaling, and planning my days to "change the direction of my life." The title of this book brought a smile---but I wasn't sure what it would actually offer that I haven't already read, tried (and failed) at some point. After a few pages, the author pulled me into his story: the real who he is, why he is and how he found his path to happiness. While he references many of the same thoughts and familiar ideas (like creating mornings and Mel Robbins' 5 Second Rule), he offers many insights into his own experiences, personal feelings, struggles, challenges, and successes. Just like finding balance with a chocolate and taco diet--he really offers strong reminders for readers that intentional living and happiness manifest differently for everyone. 

 

Not a Guidebook--Yet I Think it Is. The author doesn't intend a self-help guidebook or plan--but, he sets a very simple, direct groundwork that readers can certainly take away for personal use. Choosing to make the important things important in your life seems obvious--but, the concept and value of starting with You hit home for me as the author told his story. From setting priorities, challenging comfort zones, finding faith, and creating a routine/life that works for the individual--the author touches on many of the skills and realizations that readers need to move toward a more adventurous, intentional life. Sometimes the best self-help is realizing that you aren't alone--and gaining a real-world perspective from another real-world person. 

 

Would I Recommend The Tacos and Chocolate Diet by Drew Myers?   For readers interested in intentional living--and finding a path to living life to the fullest--but feeling a bit tired and let down by the processes--this book may be just what you need to give the whole thing one more try. Myers writes with a very conversational, memoir-style tone--dotted with humor and filled with honesty and real-life. I enjoyed the book--and will revisit some of the author's thoughts as I re-work my own path toward happiness. 

 

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Daughter of the Yellow Dragon Book Blitz

Today, I have a Mongolian epic saga in our book release blitz spotlight!  Check out Daughter of the Yellow Dragon and learn about author Starr Z. Davies and the other books of the Fractured Empire Saga series!

 


A Mongolian Epic

Fractured Empire Saga, Book 1

Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Release Date: September 13, 2021

Publisher: Pangea Books



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Genghis Khan united a nation and created a vast empire for his heirs. But after 200 years of civil war, his empire has fallen into the dark ages.

Mandukhai dreams of being a fierce warrior woman, but her dreams are shattered when she is forced to become the second wife to the Great Khan.

Unebolod spent his life in the Great Khan’s shadow, preparing for a day when he can seize control of the empire. But when he forms a dangerous alliance with Mandukhai, it swiftly transforms into a passion that could destroy them both.

Just as the two are certain their fate will one day bring them together and make Unebolod the next Great Khan, a young prince surfaces to steal the Great Khan's attention and the hearts of the nation.

Daughter of the Yellow Dragon is the first book in a gripping, gritty historical fiction series based on the epic life of one of the most underrated women in history. The series draws you into a world of brutal Mongol steppe life, deadly political games, and supernatural beliefs.


Please be advised: This book contains adult situations, graphic violence, assault, and personal loss.


Other Books in the Fractured Empire Saga:

Lords of the Black Banner

Book 2

Coming December 13, 2021


Mother of the Blue Wolf

Book 3

Coming April 11, 2022


Empress of the Jade Realm

Book 4

Coming Aug 22, 2022

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About the Author

STARR Z. DAVIES is a Midwesterner at heart. While pursuing a degree at the University of Wisconsin, Starr gained a reputation as the "Character Assassin" because she had a habit of utterly destroying her characters emotionally and physically -- a habit she steadfastly maintains. Starr's new Mongolian Epic is based on the life of Queen Mandukhai -- a powerful woman history seems to have forgotten.


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Rebel of Fire PreOrder Blitz & Book Tour Giveaway

Today, I am sharing a young adult, urban fantasy novel that is ready for readers to preorder as part of the book release blitz!  Check out Rebel of Fire, Book 3 from the Vigilant series by LM Preston, learn about the author & the series & be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

 


Vigilant, Book 3

YA, Urban Fantasy

Date Published: 10-08-2021

Publisher: Phenomenal One Press



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Who knew that taking a job at a High School Newspaper would weave Rei into an underground news operation? She’d stupidly sacrificed her family and was blackmailed into becoming a member of a Vigilant operation to save the unsuspecting human population in what most thought was Newport, RI. Rei was no longer living in ignorance, but knowledge came with a price. Love wasn’t an emotion she could give into when the ransom of her family’s life was at stake. Asher was sent to help her, but she felt he was sent to ensure she paid the debt owed in order to save her family. Rei didn’t relish being held hostage by Megan and her puppets or being thrust into interfering with a war instigated by magical beings, and their fight to control humanity. Rei had no idea how she could create a diversion that would save her, destroy an unimaginable evil, and teach her to love – again. Read other books in the Vigilant series: Insatiable Darkness, Caged Fire, Unbreakable Darkness, Scepter of Fire, Break the Darkness.

 

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L.M. Preston, a native of Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. She is an author, an engineer, a professor, a mother and a wife. Her passion for writing and helping others to see their potential through her stories and encouragement has been her life’s greatest adventures.She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

 

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Wilderness Spa Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

This morning, I have a fictional novel to share with readers! Check out Wilderness Spa, learn about author Jim Halverson, read my thoughts on the book--and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post. 


Book Title:  Wilderness Spa: Where Physical Survival Meets Psychological Survival by Jim Halverson
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 212 pages
Genre Literary
Publisher:  Gail Force Publishing
Release date:  June 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13: Only language (one f-word, some sh*t, d*mn)
 
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The Wilderness Spa brings people from three quite different sources together to survive catastrophe in the Alaskan wilderness. They amaze themselves in their ability to coalesce and work cohesively in the face of hunger, injury, insecurity, and possible death. With that on their minds, they explore statistics, logic, social justice, and challenges to philosophies and social norms.

After rocky starts when new members enter the group, they learn to find the best in their fellow travelers, how to help, follow, and lead when necessary. Nothing is ever easy. Without attacking each other, they dig deep to reconcile their differences.

Join the group as they make the best of what they have. Struggle along with them and reconcile your own philosophical belief systems with logic and science.
 
My Review

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The Wilderness Spa brings readers an exciting story with wonderful characters. The author does a beautiful job developing his storyline and characters as their worlds unexpectedly collide in a fight for survival. The story flows well from the very first few pages--with a series of unfortunate events that create challenges and struggles for the mismatched group of characters the plot pulls together.  

 

Readers Should Expect a Deep Look at Human Nature.  The characters joining forces in this novel come from diverse backgrounds--but indeed join together as they learn and grow in character and strength to face the challenges at hand. Conversations and backstories bring the characters to life and keep the story grounded in enough realism to allow readers to understand, sympathize, empathize and root for each group member. 

 

Would I Recommend The Wildnerness Spa by Jim Halverson? One of my favorite quotes has always been: "A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water."--Eleanor Roosevelt. This book certainly throws each character into "hot water" in realistic fights for survival. Halverson allows each character the opportunity to find individual strengths--and come to terms with deep-rooted beliefs, pasts and weaknesses. I would recommend the book to fans of adventure dramas that delve deeper into human nature and the values of developing relationships and growing as individuals.


  


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J​im Halverson is the author of Trials & Trails (2019) and Ponce, What Actually Happened at the Fountain of Youth (upcoming, 2021). Jim grew up in the rural, gold-mining town of Mokelumne Hill, CA and received his MBA from Golden Gate University. He spent part of his life on a ranch and is an avid student of psychology. He recognizes the struggles of all men and women seeking equality and respect. Jim and his wife, Gail, spend their time traveling from their small farm in Forestville, CA.

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