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Showing posts with label Silver Dagger Book Tours. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

"Fairy Wishes 1-2-3" by Michele Barrow-Belisle

Fairy Wishes 1-2-3
by Michele Barrow-Belisle

Fairy Wishes 1-2-3 by Michele Barrow-Belisle

Fairy Wishes 1-2-3 by Michele Barrow-Belisle is currently on tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours. Get your copy now for only $0.99! The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

A tale of two little fairies of different ethnicities, backgrounds, and environments, who are envious of the things the other gets to do … from catching shooting stars to playing the guitar.
They decide to trade places, but soon realize that being someone else isn't as much fun as they thought. The girls quickly discover the importance of just being themselves.

[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“Beautifully Illustrated, fast-paced and Precious.[…] I imagine little children & emergent readers would enjoy this, night after night in bed - relishing in the vibrant illustrations and witty rhyme of Fairy Wishes 1,2, 3.” ~ Jennifer C. Lopez
“A delightful little tale about being happy with who you are. With colorful, fun illustrations and a sweet, rhyming story, this one captured my little's attention and even inspired a few questions about these entertaining fairies and the lesson they learn as they switch places. This is a great length for a bedtime read and is captivating enough for even the shortest of attention spans. Definitely a hit in this house.” ~ Becky Baldridge

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
Two fairy friends from different backgrounds think that the other has the better life, and they decide to swap places. But they discover that it’s always best to just be yourself.
This is a lovely story with a beautiful message: we are all different and we should celebrate our differences. The gorgeous illustrations, also by the author, have a magical, ethereal quality which is just perfect for the subject matter.
A great gift idea for your little fairy.

About the Author
Michele Barrow-Belisle
A dreamer at heart, Michele Barrow-Belisle has always lived with one foot in this reality and one foot in another, one of her own imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write about and sculpt the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and loves so well. As a fan of everything romantic, her young adult novels are populated with witches and vampires and faeries. Michele resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who indulge her passions for writing, reading, lattes, and most of all chocolate.
She also loves shoes.
Did we mention the chocolate?

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a signed hardcover copy of Fairy Wishes 1-2-3 by Michele Barrow-Belisle.


Friday, December 8, 2017

"All of the Rogers" by Erin Lockwood

All of the Rogers
by Erin Lockwood

All of the Rogers by Erin Lockwood

All of the Rogers by Erin Lockwood is currently on tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on Angles: Part 1.

"How can you love someone so much and need space from them at the same time?"
My alarm goes off at four am. It takes an hour to get to the studio, and then my ballet training begins. I go to school for a few hours, and then it’s back to the studio for more training. Go to bed. Repeat the whole process the next day.
I hate it.
My time at school is a blur, except for biology. I don’t rush through that class, because I get to see Roger Byrnes. He probably doesn’t even know I exist, but my heart beats a little faster when I see him walk through the classroom door with his messy hair and carefree attitude. He has so much energy. But then he stares off into the distance, and I wonder what he’s thinking. It’s the highlight of my day.
I wish I could quit ballet so I could be a normal teenager. Someone who Roger would want to be with. I could use some excitement in my life ... I bet Roger could give that to me.

Roger keeps running with me screaming over his shoulder, and I’m getting seriously worried he’s not going to slow down when he reaches the ice-cold Pacific Ocean. I can feel the freezing wet splashes on my legs, and as he runs into deeper water, some of the splashes reach up to my face.
I’ve been playfully kicking and screaming for him to put me down, but now, I’m gripping his upper back, not wanting him to lower me at all. Don’t let the turquoise water of Carmel fool you; it’s damn cold, even in the summer. Girls wear bikinis on the beach, and surfers wear wetsuits all year-round. Even I know that.
“You broke a promise,” he says while his arm grabs me from over his shoulder and moves me down.
The muscles in my legs bulge, and I clench them around his upper body, holding myself high up on his shoulder.
“What are you? A cat?” he says, confused, as he tries to figure out what I’m doing with my body.
I grab on to his head and use it as leverage to clench my thighs together over his other shoulder. “I never broke a promise,” I say, unashamed. The only emotion going through me right now is fear of going into the ice cold water. “I never promised to call you.”
“Oh, that hurts my feelings,” he says dramatically.
He reaches up and tries one more time to pull me off of him, but I’m too strong.
“How the hell are you stronger than me?” he exclaims, clearly frustrated that he’s tried twice to throw me in the water with no success.
All he’s been able to do is make me slip down his body a little. My one leg is still draped over his shoulder, and the other is wrapped around his back, holding on for dear life. My face has moved from over his head to right in front of his nose.
“Ballerinas are a lot stronger than you think,” I say with a calm, even breath. I’ve never kissed a boy before, and right now, I’m staring at one’s lips. They’re so full and colorful; they look as if they’re full of fruit punch. I wonder what it would taste like and feel like. If I just move my head a few inches closer…
“Maybe so,” he says, matching my even breath. “You might be stronger than me, but I’m more clever.” He spreads his arms out, as if he’s going to give someone a huge hug, and slowly, his body weight shifts back.
“No, no, no, no, no!” I scream once I realize there’s no stopping him from falling back into the water.
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Praise for the Book
"This book did me in! The emotions I had while reading All Of The Rogers had me feeling like I was on an emotional roller coaster. The ups, downs, happy, sad, worried and broken." ~ Tara
"This story is a powerful one, if you think it's going to be a cutesy run of the mill YA read, well yes, you have that stuff too but it's more than that! It's first love, heartache, learning about yourself and what you need, it's about self respect and family, and learning that it's okay to challenge things and ideas and it's okay to cry." ~ Sara Miller
"At its core it's an highly enjoyable read that offered some legitimately insightful commentary without ever feeling inaccessible or difficult to swallow. It was interesting. It was well executed. It was balanced. It was, you know, just right." ~ Danielle
"Heartwarming and Gutwrenching, 'All of the Rogers' was an emotional coin, flipping constantly from one happy extreme to the worst. Lockwood did an amazing job writing this story!" ~ M
"Beautifully written and a powerful message that I can’t thank her enough for sharing about. This story destroyed me and I devoured every page of it. I highly recommend this story for any ages teenage on up." ~ C. Vande Hey

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
After dedicating her whole life to ballet, Kerri has finally had enough. She deliberately injures herself to tank an audition for Juilliard and settles in for her final year of high school as a "normal" teenager. First on her agenda is attending a party, second is talking to her crush Roger.
I couldn't tell if Roger was super-nice or a creep in disguise, but reason for his fluctuating behavior becomes apparent as the book progresses, hence the title. Kerri's mother is heartbreakingingly uncaring and Roger's mother is even more useless. At least Kerri has her brother Bradley - he's the best. And Roger and Kerri have his godmother Diane.
Through the narrative, the author provides a lot of thinly veiled advice for teenagers on such pertinent topics as drink driving, sex, contraception, mental illness, and death.
Warnings: underage drinking, coarse language, sex scenes (not graphic), mental health.

About the Author
Erin Lockwood
Erin Lockwood grew up in Castro Valley, California and attended the University of Oregon, where she graduated in 2003 with a degree in journalism. From there she moved to Denver and spent the next seven years searching for the love of her life and building the family of her dreams.
It wasn’t long until, with children starting preschool and more time on her hands, Erin refocused on her career, beginning with a successful entry into the world of residential real estate as a Realtor. Free time was spent reading book after book (and binge-watching the subsequent films) in the New Adult genre. Feeling hopelessly in love with her husband, she wrote him a short story leading up to their fifth wedding anniversary. That’s when she discovered her tireless passion to share her experience of falling in love through fictional characters. That story evolved into the first novel in the Angles trilogy.
Erin still lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Phil, and their three children.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card.


Monday, November 13, 2017

"The Endless Fart" by Beatriz Rare

The Endless Fart
by Beatriz Rare

The Endless Fart by Beatriz Rare

The Endless Fart by Beatriz Rare is currently on tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

This is a very special day for Ralph the elephant, but a serious farting problem is turning it into one of the most difficult days of his life. A journey of strength and courage is the path for this adorable character. Ralph will learn that being himself and telling the truth is always the best idea.
The unique and hilarious illustrations of this story are guaranteed to make any child laugh. Is this stinky gas bound to ruin Ralph’s whole day, or will he be able to control this endless fart?

[Want more? Click here to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
"This is a great, funny story that any kid would love. I really enjoyed it and will make sure to keep a copy at work when I’m having a bad day. This is a must read story that needs to be added to your bookshelves." ~ JBronder Book Reviews
"This was SO fun. The pictures were incredibly expressive. The green farts were clearly noxious to the people who had to smell it. Somewhat reminiscent of Dr. Seuss drawings. LOVED this!" ~ Kat
"Still laughing after reading this one!" ~ Andrea Davis
"Funny story, cool illustrations, love the title. Farts will always be funny." ~ 009
"Hysterical but not necessarily for children." ~ Phyllis Stanley

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
Ralph is running late for work and doesn't eat his usual breakfast. This causes him to have an embarrassing problem all day around his co-workers, his boss, and the girl he likes. How will he go on his big date tonight?
On the first page, the author uses language to great effect by allowing us to "hear" Ralph get out of his screeching bed and walk across the creaking floor. Unfortunately, this technique isn't employed again until the end of the book, when we finally get to "hear" his farts. This is a missed opportunity to get the kids laughing, although they will enjoy the use of such "rude" words as "fart" and "butt". I think children could better relate to Ralph if the book was set in school with Ralph being a kid, rather than a grown-up in an office.
The cute illustrations, also by the author, really bring Ralph to life. And the depiction of his green, gaseous farts are priceless!

About the Author
Beatriz Rare
Beatriz Rare lives in San Francisco with her husband and son. She was an educator for 35 years. Besides teaching, she's always had a passion for drawing and writing. She especially likes to tell stories that make children laugh as well as learn.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card and an ebook copy of The Endless Fart by Beatriz Rare.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Just Kylie" by Monique Gooch

Just Kylie
by Monique Gooch

Just Kylie by Monique Gooch

Just Kylie by Monique Gooch is currently on tour with Silver Dagger Book Tours. You can get a copy of this short story for only $0.99. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Kylie Bransford was all girl. She loved her long black hair that touched her lower back, and refused to cut it no matter how much her mother pleaded. She wore pink sneakers on the field when she cheered, her room was surrounded by mermaids, and her walls were decorated in pink and purple shades. She was "all" girl. Kylie loved to be on the go and in the know. The only thing that made not only her world, but her heart stop was Myles Russin. Myles was one of the cutest boys in the 8th grade. The night she invited him over to watch television was the night she knew for sure she’d receive her first kiss. Her tongue trailed the braces that shielded her teeth as Myles leaned forward with his eyes closed. With much disdain she pushed him away. Kylie had to come clean and reveal her secret. Kylie Bransford was biological born a boy, but lived as a girl. She just hoped Myles could see past her situation and like her for who she was and not what was in between her legs.

Chapter 1
“Just so you know, your friends are watching us,” Myles said with a meek smile, nodding toward the gaggle of girls behind her. Kylie glanced over her shoulder at her friends who were giggling. Kylie sank her teeth into her bottom lip, but closed her mouth quickly, embarrassed by her pink and silver braces. She couldn’t wait to get those things off, but that would be another two years. Kylie raked manicured shaky fingers through her thick raven locks that hung down her back.
She couldn’t believe it. Myles was actually talking to her. Myles Russin, the cutest boy in the 8th grade. Was this what flirting felt like? Her palms began to sweat.
Kylie beamed, practically melting into her locker. “No, they’re just being…goofy. They uh…they think you’re like, really hot.”
Myles turned ten shades of red and smiled a face-splitting grin. She grinned to herself. He couldn’t hide his excitement if he wanted to. “Th-they do?” He glanced at her friends again. They continued to snicker. “Wh-what do you think?”
Me? Well, I think you’re…” Play it cool girl, play it cool. “Okay.”
“Just okay?” Myles chortled.
Kylie suppressed her laugh and glanced down at her pink high top Sketchers. She stole a quick peek at him, and tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ear, revealing her mermaid stud earrings. Myles was one of the tallest boys in the 8th grade, much taller than she was. His voice was starting to deepen, just like Mrs. Vance taught them in sex-ed class last quarter. Kylie thought he looked like a model or better yet, a movie star. The bell rang snatching her from her trance. She realized she'd been gazing into his hazel eyes. Awkward.
“Um, maybe we can hang out one day.” He cleared his throat as his voice squeaked slightly.
Kylie’s pulse quickened. “Really?”
“Yeah really,” he playfully nudged her shoulder. “I think you’re cool. We should hang out.”
“Okay um, well you could always come to my house to watch TV or something. My mom won’t mind.”
“Cool,” he responded looking down at his feet. The blush in his cheeks gave him away. “Wh-what about this afternoon?”
She immediately pulled out her smartphone. The second bell rang, indicating they had two minutes to be in their seats. “Er—let me text my mom.” She began typing furiously.
“Okay, just let me know.” As he began his journey to class, her phone buzzed. The returning text from her mother said, Absolutely not! I will not be home until 6 o’clock. No boys unless I’m there.
She looked up from her phone and stopped him, “Myles.”
“Yeah?” He turned. His sneakers squeaked against the tile floor.
“My—my mom just texted back.” Kylie stuttered.
“Is it cool?” He looked hopeful and clutched his backpack tighter.
Kylie glanced at her phone again. The words on the screen stared back at her, “Absolutely! It’s totally cool.” She fired off her address and time to meet at her house.
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Praise for the Book
"Even though this is a short story, it covered a serious topic and one I'm sure is more common than people realize. People need to stop being judgmental and accept people for who they are. (It's a hurt feeling to be teased because you are different.). Take the time to educate yourself about the things you don't understand as the character Myles did in this book. It's good to see a parent support their child the way that Kylie's mother did . Myles proved himself to be a awesome friend in the end." ~ Kindle Customer
"This story has a positive message and could help kids grades 5th-9th have an understanding of what it means to be transgendered, and see transgendered people as what they are, simply other humans with feelings." ~ Amazon Customer
"Usually don't read this type of story, but this was suggested to me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved the reveal with the boyfriend interest." ~ Amazon Customer

About the Author
Monique Gooch
My name is Monique Gooch, and I make stuff up for a living. Let’s just get "write" into it, shall we? You’re either here, because you’ve read some of my work, heard about me somehow, or you’re a friend/family member OR… you’re in my writer’s group, and wanna know more about me. Regardless how you found me ... ya’ found me and I say ...WELCOME!
I am the author of new adult and adult commercial and contemporary fiction. I also dabble here and there in writing erotica. To put it simply, I write books that I would want to read.
I currently have four short stories self-published online at Amazon. I have two manuscripts written, that are being edited, after that I’ll pitch to an agent. And lastly, I am the host for my own writer’s group in Hermitage, TN called, "Mastering Writing Workshop". It is there that I, along with other writers, help others critique their work to the best of our abilities. The group has been going strong for nearly two years. You can find us on the!
I have been writing since I was 10-years-old. I even asked Santa Claus for a typewriter, and guess what? I got one! And I’ve been writing ever since! It is here, you’ll be able to be added to my mailing list to keep up with new projects, and to be notified when new books will be released. And if you’re looking for a beta reader, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card.