Friday, April 3, 2020

Dancing with Langston Book Blitz

Today, I have a literary fiction novel in our book spotlight.  Check out Dancing with Langston and learn about author Sharyn Skeeter!


Literary Fiction
Date Published: November 2019
Publisher: Green Writers Press

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Carrie, a business manager who always wanted to be a dancer, has two commitments today. She made a promise to her late father to move Cousin Ella, a former Paris café dancer, from her condemned Harlem apartment to a safe place. She’s also committed to catch a flight to Seattle with her husband for his new job. But Cousin Ella resists leaving the apartment where she’s had salons with Langston Hughes. She also has a mysterious gift that she wants Carrie to earn. If she does, a revelation about Carrie’s father and his cousin Langston Hughes will change her life.

Dancing with Langston has been chosen as an Adult Multicultural Fiction finalist in Foreword Reviews' 2019 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.


Praise for Dancing with Langston:

"Its details exquisite and its characters compelling, Dancing with Langston is a powerful novel about the rewards and the realities of following one’s dreams." –5 stars, Foreword Clarion Review

“Dancing with Langston is one of the most beautiful, brilliant debut novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading in years. With a poet’s skill, and decades of historically important experience in publishing, Sharyn Skeeter has crafted a story that generously delivers black American history and culture, humor, a cast of vibrant, memorable characters, and a vivid portrait of one of the world’s most celebrated literary artists, Langston Hughes, who just happens to be her distant relative. But of even greater importance for this reader, her novel-—very original, very fresh, very dramatic—is a deeply moving story about the love of a daughter for a complex father she comes to fully know only after he is gone. It is about the importance of family—the ones we are born into and the ones we create and love during our journey through life. And about something we all have felt profoundly in our depths—the necessity and difficulty of following one’s dreams.” —Dr. Charles Johnson, Middle Passage

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About the Author


Sharyn Skeeter is a writer, poet, editor, and educator. She was fiction/poetry/book review editor at Essence and editor in chief at Black Elegance magazine. She’s taught at Emerson College, University of Bridgeport, Fairfield University, and Gateway and Three Rivers community colleges. She participated in panel discussions and readings at universities in India and Singapore. Sharyn Skeeter has published magazine articles. Her poetry and fiction are in journals and anthologies. She lives in Seattle where she’s a trustee at ACT Theatre.

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Forsaken Book Spotlight & Book Tour Giveaway

This morning, I have a paranormal romance novel in our book spotlight. Check out Forsaken, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Forsaken 
The Netherworlde Book 1 
by Sara Reinke 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 

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Jason Sullivan has everything he could have wanted in life -- his own business, the perfect girlfriend and the perfect opportunity to ask her to marry him. Then, in one violent, unexpected moment, he loses it all. Murdered in cold blood, wrongly condemned and enslaved to a sadistic demon, Jason must fight to reclaim not only the life and love he'd once known, but also his soul. 


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About the Author

"Definitely an author to watch." That's how Romantic Times Book Reviews magazine describes Sara Reinke. New York Times best-selling author Karen Robards calls Reinke "a new paranormal star" and Love Romances and More hails her as "a fresh new voice to a genre that has grown stale."

When she's not writing, Sara is probably dreaming up her next fictional adventure, driving one or both of her kids to or from school, trying to keep her house from looking like a hurricane ripped through it, or working full-time as a registered nurse. During her free time, she's likely to be found with a margarita or glass of Moscato in hand, failing miserably to replicate a recipe she saw on an episode of The Pioneer Woman.


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Undeniable Book Spotlight & Book Tour Giveaway

This morning, I have a contemporary romance novel in our book spotlight.  Check out Undeniable, learn about the Always series and author Lexxie Couper--and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Undeniable 
Always Book 3 
by Lexxie Couper 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

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It was all background noise, until he made her stop and listen. 

Chase is tough, snarky, witty and fiercely loyal to her family. She is also hearing impaired, which makes the world around her sound like white noise a lot of the time. But that’s okay, she can deal. It’s not like she’s actually deaf, and she’s learned to lip read…when it suits her. 

What she can’t deal with is guys like Caden, who think their looks and charm will win her over. They won’t because Chase has zero interest in pursuing a relationship with someone who’s leaving the country soon. What would be the point? 

Well, there is the fun they have together. The way Caden shows he cares about things greater than himself, like abandoned dogs. There’s his smile, his eyes and his wicked sense of humor. 

In fact, if Chase ever admitted it to herself, she might say Caden is just about perfect. 

But how could a perfect guy possibly ever want someone who isn’t? 

“The story is beautiful in its complex simplicity and so authentically real that you can't help but immerse yourself into the lives of the characters on the pages.” ~Big Bec's Book Blog 



Unforgettable
Always Book 2

About the Book

Sometimes being an optimist is hard work. 

Brendon Osmond’s an optimist, a fitness geek, a man with a plan and the drive to achieve it. He’s sure he knows everything there is to know about his life and where it’s headed—until he gets one brief text. 

A text from her. 

Amanda. The girl who broke his heart. 

‘Thinking of you.’ 

Just three little words, but they’re enough to make Brendon drop everything and head half way around the world to see her. 

Acting only on gut instinct, nothing can prepare Brendon for the truth he’s about to learn. 

A truth Amanda kept from him for almost two years. A truth who has Brendon’s eyes and claims his heart in an instant. 

A truth that comes with a devastating diagnosis with the power to destroy everything he never knew he wanted or held dear. 

“A heartbreaking, emotional, heartwarming, phenomenal story.” ~ Five Stars. 1-Click Addict Support Group 


Unconditional 
Always Book 1 

About the Book

Life’s great — it’s the terminal degenerative disease that sucks. 

Maci is young, smart and about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. It looks like she has the world at her feet, but appearances can be deceiving. Because Maci is not like other college girls. She already knows her future is written and there’s no happy ending in sight. 

For Raphael, life is all upside. He’s on the fast track to success and nothing can stop him—except his unexpected love for a girl who’s convinced she’ll hold him back. 

When Maci and Raphael are drawn irresistibly together, they’ll both have to redefine everything they thought they knew about life, love and happy ever after. 

“One of the BEST New Adult Coming of Age romance books I’ve read…funny, heartwarming and sexy”~ Five Stars, Slick Reads 

***The Always series is a 3-book series about love, life, laughter and hope. Originally released under the pen-name Cherie M Hudson, the Always series is Lexxie Couper unlike you've read before.*** 


About the Author


International bestselling romance author Lexxie Couper started writing when she was six and hasn't stopped since. She's not a deviant, but she does have a deviant's imagination and a desire to entertain readers with her words. Add the two together and you get romances that can make you laugh, cry, shake with fear or tremble with desire...Sometimes all at once. 


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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids Book Review

I love STEM Projects--and I love fun projects that teach the kids math, science and more while getting them cooking and baking and learning in the kitchen.  Today, we have a great book for families in our book review feature!  Learn about Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids and read my thoughts about the book as I share our family's review!

We are also sharing this review as our entry for Letter A in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge!  
A is for Awesome! 

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About the Book

In laboratories, at school, and even in your house—science happens everywhere. Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids brings the excitement of scientific investigation to your kitchen with a heaping helping of experiments that you can really sink your teeth into!

From flaming cheese puffs to solar-powered s’mores, discover tons of deliciously fun ways to explore science—plus technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Each of these science experiments for kids comes with easy-to-follow instructions, as well as difficulty and mess ratings so you know how much adult help you‘ll need. You’ll even find out what meal each experiment is best for!

Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids includes:
  • Chew on science—Discover the science in your everyday life with 50 experiments you can try (and taste) yourself.
  • Fun and educational—Eat your way through five chapters worth of kitchen science experiments for kids, each one based on a specific part of STEAM learning.
  • All skill levels—Whether it’s your first time experimenting in the kitchen or you’ve already got lots of cooking experience, this book of tasty experiments is for you.
Hungry for scientific exploration? Dig in with Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids!

My Review

Great Way to Involve the Entire Family in a Project. This book offers an assortment of 50 projects, ranging from easy to difficult. This book is perfect for families seeking projects for multiple children with a wide age range. While most children will need parental guidance through most of the projects detailed--this is an excellent book for teens and middle school students to work and learn alongside younger siblings.

Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids Teaches Actual Science. The layout of this book is perfect for learning about the STEAM projects inside! Each project has a difficulty level, vocabulary words (with a glossary to define them), space to write observations, and learn about the scientific method and a breakdown of the hows and whys of each experiment. There are even extra suggestions to further learning or expand on the presented experience.

Would I recommend Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids by Dr. Megan Olivia Hall? All of my daughters attended STEM-focused schools--with my youngest daughter attending from Kindergarten. I LOVE the projects presented in this book! Each experiment is well organized--materials and objectives are explicit--and parents are made aware before choosing a project of the time needed to complete the project--and the dreaded mess involved! The experiments that we worked through went as planned according to the instructions. This book is an excellent resource for parents as you find creative ways to keep the kids learning at home!


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About the Author

Dr. Megan Olivia Hall is the 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. As a science teacher, Megan has worked with learners of many ages and levels, from kindergarteners to graduate students. A National Board Certified Teacher, she serves as science department chair and develops curriculum at Open World Learning Community in St. Paul Public Schools. Megan's writing has been featured in Education Week and The Science Teacher. A Leading Educator Ambassador for Equity Fellow with the Education Civil Rights Alliance, Megan holds a Ph.D. in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation from Walden University.

Venom! A Natalie McMasters Mystery Book Tour & Giveaway

Today, I have a mystery thriller in our book spotlight. Check out Venom!from the Natalie McMasters Mystery series, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


Mystery
Publisher: Tekrighter, LLC
Date Published: 1 March, 2020

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 A spooky mansion in the Georgia mountains with an outrageous cast of characters. Spiders, snakes, meth-heads and serial killers, oh my! Venom! ain’t your average gothic mystery, folks.

But who would expect it to be when Natalie McMasters is involved? She’s fallen madly in love with two people—her wife, Lupe, and Danny, her partner at the 3M Detective Agency. Rather than choose one of them as her life partner, she’s decided to have them both, and roped them into a relationship retreat in rural Georgia to learn how to live as a polyamorous family.

But Nattie finds more than she bargained for in the sleepy town of Greypeak. A methamphetamine operation. A snake-handling preacher. A retired FBI agent hunting a serial killer. And a charismatic psychologist who just might have his own agenda for his clients.

Nattie ultimately finds herself in the most dangerous situation she’s ever faced, which may well solve her relationship problems by costing her life. Is this really the last book in the Natalie McMasters series? 

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About the Author

Thomas A. Burns, Jr. is the author of the Natalie McMasters Mysteries. He was born and grew up in New Jersey, attended Xavier High School in Manhattan, earned B.S degrees in Zoology and Microbiology at Michigan State University and a M.S. in Microbiology at North Carolina State University. He currently resides in Wendell, North Carolina. As a kid, Tom started reading mysteries with the Hardy Boys, Ken Holt and Rick Brant, and graduated to the classic stories by authors such as A. Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers, John Dickson Carr, Erle Stanley Gardner and Rex Stout, to name a few. Tom has written fiction as a hobby all of his life, starting with Man from U.N.C.L.E. stories in marble-backed copybooks in grade school. He built a career as technical, science and medical writer and editor for nearly thirty years in industry and government. Now that he's truly on his own as a novelist, he's excited to publish his own mystery series, as well as to contribute stories about his second most favorite detective to the MX anthology of New Sherlock Holmes Stories.
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The Michael Taylor Series Book Spotlight & Book Tour Giveaway

Today, I have a crime fiction series in our book spotlight. Check out the novels of The Michael Taylor series, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

El Jefe
The Michael Taylor Series Book 3
by Tiffany Christina Lewis
Genre: Crime Fiction 

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In this third installment of the series, Detective Michael Taylor of the Oakland PD has a decision to make: Should he begin an investigation against his corrupt lieutenant?



After being given a file of evidence against him, Michael is expected to act. He knows that after multiple attempts on his own life, opening this investigation would put himself, all of his loved ones and his partner Det. Alex Jamison in danger.

As Michael contemplates the case, he and Jamison get a late-night call to the residence of Mia McDowell, who is found assaulted and murdered. Although it initially looks like a breaking and entering, Michael can sense something isn’t right. Just as his momentum rises, Lt. Bruce Vega, the corrupt supervisor in question, arrives on the scene. As the two come head to head, Michael removes himself from the situation only to find that he has fueled Lt. Vega’s fire, and he is now under a month’s suspension.

Now Michael has to make some choices: will he investigate Lt. Vega and risk everything or will he do nothing and risk losing himself?






Stitches
The Michael Taylor Series Book 2

About the Book

Oakland Police Detective Michael Taylor is faced with another gruesome case: a dead man with no eyes and lips sewn shut.



After catching a grisly Bay Area serial killer, Michael is hit on all sides by change. He starts his investigation with a rookie detective for a partner, his love life is in turmoil, and the pressure at the PD is mounting as the newly minted partners receive a second case that is being pressed as a priority. Michael, the consummate loner, has to manage all of his new relationships, keep his wits and juggle the demands of the PD as he tries to get justice for his victim.

Just as the tag team start to hit a stride, the murder attempts start to pile up and Michael is in the crosshairs. The duo must work fast to defend their victim and save Michael’s life.




Inside Out
The Michael Taylor Series Book 1

About the Book

Detective Michael Taylor, of the Oakland PD, is the lead on a horrific serial killer case. For six weeks, he has been cleaning up mounds of the killer’s mess. Bodies of men have been found chopped up and left, skin down, for display. Michael, mysterious to many in his department, is desperate to solve this case.


Michael’s only form of stress relief, Candy, a stripper employed at a San Francisco club, begins to show genuine interest in him and they form a relationship a midst all the chaos that is Michael’s life. Between interviews and police reports, Michael makes time for her.

Candy, more commonly known as Vanessa, gets tangled in Michael's case as things unfold. A killer’s desire for retribution leaves her a victim of crime. Vanessa has to use her wit and charm to keep a killer at bay as she leaves bread crumbs for Michael to follow. The lovers must survive a serial killers plot for vengeance while practicing trust and loyalty throughout.




About the Author

T
he San Francisco Bay Area has created a dynamic writer with a great love for her home town and a passion for crime fiction, and her name is Tiffany Christina Lewis.
Tiffany has been writing since her adolescence and was honored to have work published for the first time in 2011. Since then her work has been featured in many books and online publications. From fiction to nonfiction, murder to relationships, Tiffany’s range as a writer is expansive. Crazy about killing, Tiffany’s favorite genre to write is Crime Fiction.
Tiffany writes for readers. “It is my job to satisfy readers. Everything they say about my work is invaluable. I use it to make myself and my writing better.”
My style is a little Patterson and a little King. I love short chapters and grossing people out but the Detectives win at the end of the day. There is lots of gore when I can and I try my damndest to give those vivid details that make you grimace!”
Tiffany has received four degrees in Early Education, Business and Communications. Tiffany’s hobbies include reading, gaming with her family, and watching hours of ID Channel shows.


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A Fresh Restart Book Spotlight & Book Tour Giveaway

Recently, I featured The Growing Roots series and Poor Florida Cracker by author Chelsea Falin.  Today, I have her contemporary romance novella, A Fresh Restart, in our book spotlight!  Check out the book, learn about the author and her other novels and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

A Fresh Restart 
by Chelsea Falin 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

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A sweet contemporary friends-to-lovers romance novella with a strong dose of second chance at love and a sweet HEA. No cliffhangers. (Heat Level: 2 flames.) 

Josette Miller and Walker Anderson grew up together in small-town, Dade City, Florida. Inseparable during their youth, Josette dreamed of growing up and moving away. When she left ten years ago, Josette didn’t know how Walker really felt about her. 

But Dade City just wasn’t the same with Josette, and Walker left shortly after, regretting he’d never told Josette how he felt. In a twist of fate, Josette and Walker find themselves moving home within months of each other. They aren’t kids, anymore, and the attraction this time around is mutual. Maybe a “Fresh Restart” is just what they needed to get their happily ever after. 


About the Author

Chelsea Falin is the 25-year-old independent author of well over ten titles. She began writing with intent to publish in 2006, at age 16, and finally published in 2009, at age 19. Chelsea writes in a variety of genres, including but not limited to: romance, young adult, comedy, cooking, poetry, and dramatic fiction. Professionally, Chelsea is also a freelance blog/article writer, web designer, and book blogger. 

In her personal life, Chelsea is the mother of a six-year-old daughter. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, fishing, hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with her friends or family. 




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