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1 04, 2017

Review: Online Marketing for Busy Authors by Fauzia Burke

By | April 1st, 2017|Categories: Business & Investing, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , , , |1 Comment


online marketing for busy authors book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Fauzia Burke, the author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors, is an entrepreneur herself, who started a digital branding and online publishing house for book authors (many of whom are A-list celebrities and actors). Her book includes tips, call-outs, surveys and questionnaires, advice, ideas and suggestions for anyone interested in promoting a book online. The book goes into details on all aspects of book promotion, and covers all online tools necessary for getting the word out about your work product (such as Google Analysis, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

Burke discusses the three phases of online marketing for authors. The first phase is becoming organized and developing a personal brand, knowing your goals and learning business priorities.

31 03, 2017

Review: While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |2 Comments


while the duke was sleeping book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

What happens when you save the man whom you’ve only ever admired from afar from certain death and then subsequently get mistaken for his fiancé? Flower shop girl Poppy Fairchild experiences this firsthand in While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan.

Poppy has had a schoolgirl crush on the Duke of Autenberry since he first began coming into the flower shop. Aside from the occasion polite nod or order, he hardly even pays her any attention. However, when she saves him from getting hit by a carriage, and then gets saved by his brother, Struan Mackenzie, things quickly change. She may have saved him from certain death, but the Duke is still in a coma, and when her mutterings about being destined to marry him are heard by a member of his staff, things get complicated.

30 03, 2017

Review: A World Elsewhere by Sigrid MacRae

By | March 30th, 2017|Categories: Historical, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |3 Comments


a world elsewhere book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Boxes hold a curious fascination. Whether made of cardboard or plastic or inlayed wood, most of the time, they contain the mundane…items left from moving, old clothes or files of papers important at some point in our lives. A box with a key though, that is a mystery waiting to be discovered. We wonder with rapt anticipation what adventure waits upon its unlocking. In her book, A World Elsewhere: An American Woman in Wartime Germany, author Sigrid Macrae takes us on a real life journey that began with such a box and unlocks the questions held in her own life that the contents answer. Upon receiving a locked Moroccan box from her mother, Sigrid finds that when it is finally opened, it reveals the answers to her early years, details about her deceased father whom she never knew and the opportunity to make peace with her past.

29 03, 2017

Blog Tour: Dishing Up the Dirt by Andrea Bemis

By | March 29th, 2017|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction|Tags: , |5 Comments


dishing up the dirt book coverPlease join Andrea Bemis, author of Dishing Up the Dirt, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Sara Dalton

I love new book day. When my books arrive for review, I take some time to sit and open the envelope and revel in each title.  This book came all by itself but I took as much time as I would have for three books. The first thing I noticed after opening it was the texture of the pages. It was not what I expected but it’s exactly what was needed. Though this book is well bound and has gorgeous, full color illustrations on almost every page, they are not slick and glossy. The feel of the pages is perfect for this book. Dishing up the Dirt is written by Andrea Bemis and she, along with her husband, is a farmer. Farming is not an easy life of leisure that will leave you with baby soft hands and clean fingernails. Feeling my baby soft hands rasp over the pages of the book gave me a tangible connection to the author. It felt like a friendly handshake. 

28 03, 2017

Blog Tour: Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: |5 Comments


finding our forever book coverPlease join Brenda Novak, author of Finding Our Forever, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours

Enter to win a $25 gift card below!

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

If you had the chance to get to know your birth mother without her knowing who you really were, would you take it? Cora Kelly decides to take that chance in Finding Our Forever, the first book in the Silver Springs series written by Brenda Novak.

Cora has finally figured out who her birth mother is–Aiyana, the owner of the New Horizons Boys Ranch, a school for troubled teens. Along with this piece of information, she has also discovered that the ranch is looking for a new art teacher.

28 03, 2017

Giveaway: Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |6 Comments

cork dork book coverEnter to win a copy of Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste by Bianca Bosker ! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

More Americans are drinking wine than ever before, yet the rituals, customs, and language around it are as rarefied and opaque as ever, leaving many of us wondering what all the fuss is about. What makes the bottle I bought for last week’s dinner party “bad”? Are sommeliers just pretentious, glorified salespeople, or can they actually taste things like pyrazine and honeysuckle in wine? And why do so many people devote their lives (or life savings) to experiencing minute differences in flavor that most of us can’t even perceive, let alone appreciate?

27 03, 2017

Blog Tour: The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie

By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: Biographical, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments


enemies of versailles book coverPlease join Sally Christie, author of The Enemies of Versailles, as she tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

There are 5 copies of the book for grabs–enter here by 3/31!

Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova

In The Enemies of Versailles, the conclusion to The Mistresses of Versailles trilogy, Louis XV’s wife and mistress – Marie Leszczyńska and Madame de Pompadour – have both passed away and the aging King is swept away by the stunningly beautiful Jeanne Becu. Jeanne is young and vivacious and the perfect antidote to the King who is beginning to feel the weight of his years.

27 03, 2017

Giveaway: Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |10 Comments

almost missed you book coverEnter to win 1 of 2 copies of Jessica Strawser’s debut novel, Almost Missed You! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

Violet and Finn were “meant to be,” said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can’t help thinking that she can’t believe her luck. Life is good.

27 03, 2017

Review: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Myths & Legends, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments


crown of wishes book coverReviewed by Richard Wisniewski

Wishes. Hopes. Desires. They can either drive one to the pinnacle of success or the abyss of demise. Roshani Chokshi transformed the traditions and beliefs behind wishes, hopes and desires to what is bound to become a New York Times bestseller. Crown of Wishes is the second installment in a series, and Chokshi truly flexed her writing capabilities from the very first page.

The story is broken out into chapters narrated by different characters. This provides for quite a unique vantage point later in the book. In all honesty, this was one of my favorite aspects of the book and has become my preferred way to tell a story. 

27 03, 2017

Mailbox Monday, March 27, 2017

By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: Etc.|Tags: |11 Comments

Welcome to Mailbox MondayMailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here are the books that made their way into my physical and digital mailboxes last week:

Review Copies

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