August 23, 2017

Seeking Mother by Kimberly Rae

Published Date : September 29, 2015
Publisher : BJU Press / Journey Forth
Series : India's Street Kids / Book 3
Genre : YA Fiction / Social Issues
Rating : 4 Star


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In the 3rd book of India's Street Kids, Jasmina finally gets answers on where her parents are. Jasmina joins Amrita in the search to bring down the human trafficking ring that got herself, Samir and her parents as slaves. On one rescue, Jasmina meets J who ends up being someone she doesn't know to trust or not. After one night gone horribly wrong and the journey to find her mother, Jasmina makes a trip that will test her trust in Samir & J. As the book comes to an end, Jasmina finally realizes she is where she is meant to be.

This book is a quick read but I loved how everything fell into place like I thought it would! Human Trafficking is a good topic to bring up just to get more people aware of what is going on in this world. I would like to see another book but if it ends with this, I would have to say it ended just perfect!

Thank You to Kimberly Rae for writing a series that will get people thinking!

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Buying Samir by Kimberly Rae

Published Date : October 19, 2014
Publisher : BJU Press / Journey Forth
Series : India's Street Kids / Book 2
Genre : YA Fiction / Social Issues
Rating : 5 Star


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In Buying Samir, Jasmina takes it upon herself to go find her brother and seek the answers she so desperately needs to know what happened to her family. Without giving too much away, she finds those answers and discovers who really matters in her life and where she belongs.

Buying Samir is a great follow up to Capturing Jasmina. These two books deal with human trafficking and all the heartaches that entails. I wish there to be another book in the series just to see how it all ends!

Thank You to Kimberly Rae for writing such a excellent book series!

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Capturing Jasmina by Kimberly Rae

Published Date : May 22, 2014
Publisher : BJU Press / Journey Forth
Series : India's Street Kids / Book 1
Genre : YA Fiction / Social Issues
Rating : 5 Star


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Capturing Jasmina is about a young girl who was sold into trafficking along with her brother Samir in India. Jasmina was forced to work in a sweatshop and a gravel pit before she was able to escape but not with her brother Samir. One day while still on the run, luck would have it and she found a safe house and people who truly cared about her.

This is the first part in a series and I'm looking forward to seeing Jasmina's growth and if she ever finds her brother again.

Thank You to Kimberly Rae for writing a series that I don't want to end!

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August 22, 2017

RockStar Book Tours : Allerleirauh by Chantal Gadoury

I am so excited that ALLERLEIRAUH by Chantal Gadoury is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Chantal Gadoury, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a paperback of the book or an eBook courtesy of The Parliament House and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:

Author: Chantal Gadoury
Pub. Date: August 22, 2017
Publisher: The Parliament House 
Pages: 236
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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Once Upon a Time…

In the kingdom of Tranen, a king makes a promise to his dying wife that he'll only remarry a woman who possesses her golden hair. In time, the king's eyes are turned by his daughter. Realizing her father’s intentions, Princess Aurelia tries to trick him by requesting impossible gifts: dresses created by the sun, moon and stars, and a coat made of a thousand furs. But when he is successful, Aurelia sacrifices her privileged life and flees her kingdom, disguised by the cloak and a new name, Allerleirauh.

She enters the safe haven of Saarland der Licht, where the handsome and gentle Prince Klaus takes her under his care. Hoping not to be discovered by her father’s courtiers, Allerleirauh tries to remain hidden under her new identity when she finds unexpected love with Prince Klaus, even though his arranged marriage to the princess of a neighboring kingdom approaches. Risking everything, Allerleirauh must face her troubled past and her fears of the future along her journey to self-acceptance in this triumphant retelling of the classic Grimm Fairy Tale.


“I won’t ever let them near you again, Aurelia. I swear it,” he promised as his grief-filled eyes met mine. “You must know I love you. It never mattered to me whether you were a princess or not. It matters not to me if you think you are soiled, because to me . . . you are more . . . You are more than what has happened to you, and you always shall be,” he said softly as his hand slid to my cheek. Carefully, his thumb wiped a tear away. “You are this wonderful, head-strong, and brave woman,” Klaus continued. “No one has any right to ever try to take such a thing away from you. It should only ever be admired and cherished.”

More tears began to spill over my cheeks as relief flooded me. Klaus would not turn me away; instead, he accepted me. I rested my forehead against his shoulder, as I felt his arms slowly wrap around me.

“Tell me what you wish for me to do, my sweet Aurelia, and I will do it.”

About Chantal:

Chantal Gadoury is a young author who is originally from the countryside of Muncy, PA. Chantal likes anything Disney, plays a mean game of Disney trivia, enjoys painting and has a interest in British History. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues that love of writing today. As a recent college graduate from Susquehanna University, with a degree in Creative Writing, writing novels is a dream come true.

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If The Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss

Published Date : August 22, 2017
Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre : Fiction / Women's
Rating : 5 Star


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If The Creek Don't Rise is the story of a woman trying to find her way in the hills of Appalachia in a small town called Baines Creek. Sadie Blue has only been married for 15 days to Roy Tupkin but realizes that was a mistake, even with a baby on the way. It takes a stranger to move into the area for things to be shaken up for Sadie to find her voice and be the person that she was meant to be. As we explore different people's views as things happen to Sadie, we are reminded what secrets are better left in the dark in the most perfect way to end this story!

This book had me captivated from the first page to the very last word, it truly was a good book to read. I would have liked it better if it didn't swing so fast to one character to the next, sometimes without much warning but overall, you still understand what is happening within the story to not get lost in it. The thing that got me was the simple fact that things like this really do happen in Appalachia more than we like to know or care to enough to want to help out someone like Sadie who just wants a fighting chance to be something more than what is expected of her to do.

Thank You to Leah Weiss for writing a pretty good first story that I hope to see more of in the future!!

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Things That Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari

Published Date : August 22, 2017
Publisher : Balzer + Bray
Genre : J Fiction


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Emily Murphy is about to enter middle school. She’s sort of excited… though not nearly as much as her best friend Hazel, who is ready for everything to be new. Emily wishes she and Hazel could just continue on as they always have, being the biggest fans ever of the Unicorn Chronicles, making up dance moves, and getting their regular order at The Slice. 

But things are changing. At home, Emily and her mom are learning to move on after her parents’ divorce. Hardest of all, her beloved sister Mina has been in a treatment facility to deal with her anorexia. Emily is eager to have her back, but anxious about her sister getting sick again.

Hazel is changing too. She has new friends from the field hockey team, is starting to wear makeup, and have crushes on boys. Emily is trying to keep up, but she keeps doing and saying the wrong thing. She want to be the perfect new Emily. But who is that really?

Things That Surprise You is a beautifully layered novel about navigating the often shifting bonds of family and friendship, and learning how to put the pieces back together when things fall apart.


Jennifer Maschari is a classroom teacher who writes books for young readers. She is the author of The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price and Things That Surprise You. She has another stand-alone middle grade novel coming out in 2018 from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins. Jennifer lives in Ohio with her husband and her two stinky (yet noble) English bulldogs, Oliver and Hank. 

The Whole Sky by Heather Henson

Published Date : August 22, 2017
Publisher : Atheneum / Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Genre : J Fiction / Horses


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When a devastating sickness spreads through a thoroughbred farm community, a young horse whisperer is determined to find out why all the foals are dying in this tightly woven, tender coming-of-age novel from award-winning author Heather Henson.

Twelve-year-old Sky and her father are horse whisperers—their preternatural tenderness and understanding of horses, and Sky’s uncanny ability to actually understand what they’re sayingbecome their livelihood during the foaling season at multimillion dollar horse farms. They’re sought after by the most prestigious farms in the country to keep pregnant horses calm and stress-free until they give birth. But this spring, something awful is happening…foal after foal is a stillborn, and no one knows why. And worse for Sky, who lost her mother only months earlier, her most beloved horse is about to have her first foal. In agony, Sky takes it upon herself to figure out what the vets are missing, and stop it before even more foals are lost.


Heather Henson was born and raised in Danville, Kentucky, a small town in the heart of the Bluegrass. She grew up at Pioneer Playhouse, a summerstock theater her father founded in 1950 and her family continues to operate. As a girl Heather dreamed of becoming an Broadway actress, but after moving to New York City to attend the Eugene Lang College of the New School for Social Research, she found herself drawn to books and writing. “Books and stories were always a huge part of my life,” Heather says. “My mother read to me every night and my father told me ‘one minute stories’ before I fell asleep.” For many years, Heather lived in Brooklyn, NY and worked as an editor of books for young readers at HarperCollins Publishers. She recently returned to her home state in order to focus on her own writing, which has always been strongly influenced by her Kentucky roots. She is the author of several picture books, including Lift Your Light a Little Higher: The Story of Stephen Bishop, Slave-Explorer, illustrated by Caldecott-Honor and Coretta Scott King-award winner, Bryan Collier, and That Book Woman, illustrated by Caldecott-Medal winner David Small.  Heather’s novels for teens and middle grade readers include Making the Run, a NY Public Library Book for the Teen Age, Here’s How I See It/Here’s How It Is, a Bank Street Best Book of 2010, and most recently, Dream of Night, a finalist for the Maryland Black Eyed Susan Award.
Ms. Henson now lives on a farm near Danville with her husband, Tim Ungs, a son, Daniel and twins, Lila and Theo.

August 21, 2017

The Forbidden Temptation Of Baseball by Dori Jones Yang

Published Date : August 15, 2017
Publisher : SparkPress
Genre : YA Fiction / Historical / Baseball


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Despite his impulsive and curious nature, twelve-year-old Leon is determined to follow the Emperor's rules--to live with an American family, study hard, and return home to modernize China. But he also must keep the braid that shows his loyalty--and resist such forbidden American temptations as baseball. As Leon overcomes teasing and makes friends, his elder brother becomes increasingly alienated and disturbed. Eventually, Leon faces a tough decision, torn between his loyalty to his birth country--and his growing love for his new home. The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball is a lively, poignant, and nuanced novel based on a little-known episode from history, when 120 boys were sent to New England by the Emperor of China in the 1870s. This story dramatizes both the rigid expectations and the wrenching alienation felt by many foreign children in America today--and richly captures that tension between love and hate that is culture shock. 


Dori Jones Yang has written, co-authored, compiled, and translated a wide variety of books, including historical fiction, inspiration, biographies, oral histories, and children’s books. A former foreign correspondent in Asia, she aims to build bridges between cultures and generations. Her lively new children's book, The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, due out August 15, 2017 from SparkPress, tells of two brothers sent by the Emperor of China to live and learn in America in the 1870s.
Daughter of a bookseller, Dori grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. Her childhood was spent reading books and writing stories. In high school, she fell in love with foreign language and travel, starting with a summer in France.  After her father suggested a career in journalism, she began a summer internship with her hometown newspaper, The Vindicator, where she wrote feature stories and obituaries. At Princeton, she majored in history but spent most of her waking hours at the college newspaper, The Daily Princetonian.
After graduation, she won a Princeton-in-Asia fellowship and lived in Singapore for two years, teaching English and studying Mandarin Chinese. She traveled all over Asia on a shoestring and returned home through Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, six months before the Shah fell. To deepen her understanding of these countries, she earned a master’s at Johns Hopkins in international affairs, with a focus on China.
The most exciting move of her journalism career was the day Business Week sent her to Hong Kong to be a foreign correspondent. The magazine's youngest foreign bureau chief, at age twenty-eight, she covered China and Southeast Asia, including the negotiations over Hong Kong’s future and the Tiananmen Square crisis in Beijing. During these eight years in Hong Kong, she met and married Paul Yang, and their daughter, Emily, was born.
After moving to the Seattle area in 1990, Dori covered Northwest companies for Business Week and later worked forU.S. News & World Report, covering Microsoft, Silicon Valley, and the dot-com boom and bust.
In 1995, she began writing books: business, children’s, young adult, oral history. Her first book, Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time, reached several bestseller lists and is still selling well. Her historical novels. Daughter of Xanadu  and Son of Venice, tell a story of cross-cultural romance: something she knows about personally! Her first children's book, The Secret Voice of Gina Zhang, won two awards. 
At Princeton, she studied writing with John McPhee. In Seattle, her mentor is novelist and nature writer Brenda Peterson. She earned two certificates in fiction writing from University of Washington and is studying memoir writing with Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers.
Dori speaks Mandarin Chinese and has dabbled in French, Cantonese, Japanese, Spanish, German, Italian, and Malay. She also seeks joy in playing music, including piano, violin, cello, and the Chinese zither, called the guzheng. She has traveled widely throughout the world, including many parts of China, Mongolia, and the Silk Road.
She loves speaking to libraries, classes, women's groups, and book clubs about her books.

Mary Poser by Angel A.

Published Date : August 21, 2017
Publisher : Angel's Leap
Genre : Fiction / Romance


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The recipe for a warm and humorous story...

In a modest bowl of Nashville, gently place a girl who is Country music, Bible belt, and a Steakhouse foodie.

Then add a surprise portion of exotic and handsome Anglo Indian, who is a passionate Bollywood director, vegetarian and Hindu.

Stir vigorously on a bed of intense attraction.

At first, the ingredients will seem to clash and separate.

Keep stirring...

Include a dollop of jealous boyfriend and a meddling mother.

Splash in a serving of fun and mischievous friends. Keep stirring...

Add a dash of crazy aunt and a minister father to keep the flavors working together.

Sprinkle in even more complicated family members to taste.

Cook on high emotions.

The secret ingredient that cuts through the sweetness is a final layer of shocking revelation that adds a surprising depth of flavor.

Finish with a twist of 'Oh My God! Is she really going to do that?'.

Serve as tasty bite-size chapters in a novel dish of mayhem and madness with a side of Country music and Bollywood dancing.


Angel A is a world traveler who shares her insights and experiences of global culture through narratives that are compelling, inspiring and insightful. Mary Poser is Angel s first novel. Her passion is to explore our inner world as revealed through the challenges, triumphs and revelations experienced in our outer world.

Book Unleashed : Virtue & Honor by Randi Perrin

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Damaged hearts, broken wings, only the past can determine the future
Virtue and Honor
Series: Earthbound Angels Book 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Publication Date: July 29, 2017
Angela Waters juggles two high-stress jobs: nurse and earthbound angel. On a rare girls’ night out, she intervenes and saves the life of Mason Kearney, a stripper with southern charm and a secret. It’s a move that will force her to contemplate why in all the heavens she puts up with the injustice of being an angel, which leads to a bombshell that challenges everything she’s ever known.
In the midst of falling for the Alabama boy, she’s in for the fight of her life when a demon, hell-bent on taking her wings, shows up at the most inopportune times.
With a family of angels rallying behind her, she’s sent on a mission to learn everything about them, herself, and evil, to save all the earthbounds from an untimely demise.
Can Angela survive with her heart and her wings intact?
Perrin's new novel sizzles with scorching charisma. A cheerfully satisfying end to this trilogy, VIRTUE AND HONOR will leave you breathless.
- Sara Bauer, Goodreads Reviewer
This book is one of the best ones I have ever read!
- Amanda Jane Williams, Goodreads Reviewer

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His gaze seemed to bore through her, all the way through her soul and to her deepest secrets. As if on cue, her back began to itch, the message that she had a miracle to perform and her iridescent purple wings longed for release. She ignored it; after all, he was dancing her way and all thought processes ceased to function.
Maybe Harper was right, maybe she needed to move on. Or at least find a distraction, like the itch on her back.
The itch graduated to a burn, and it became apparent her miracle was needed, and soon. She looked around, trying to figure out who was supposed to be the lucky recipient of grace that evening. Her extra sense of perception, another gift that came with her wings, failed her in the orgy of lights, loud music, alcohol, and dancing men.
A low click echoed in her ears. The people around her acted oblivious to the sound, but it rattled through her, setting every nerve in her body on fire. It was the sound of a cocking gun, and she swallowed hard. After three years of working miracles, her boss must have expected her to be desensitized to the sound, but she was not.
The sound of the trigger as it moved backward was enough to cause her heart to leap into her throat, followed by the explosion that came as a bullet exited the chamber. Each painful second moved in slow motion, the bullet slicing its way through the air, a path set straight for the sweaty chest of the guy who had smiled at her moments before.
Ignoring the eyes that might be on her, she wrapped herself in invisibility, and let out her wings as she jumped into the air. Drawing attention to herself by disappearing in front of them was a huge risk, but as the piece of metal tore through the air, she had no other choice. If she was chastised later for her actions, so be it. She wasn’t going to let a bullet take someone, not on her watch.
She made contact with him, slamming hard into his chest and wrapping her arms around him. A searing pain spread across her shoulder, and she bit her lip as hard as possible to keep herself from making a sound as they fell to the ground. The last thing she needed, in addition to everything else that night, was for him to know she was there.
Fluttering her wings, she tried to ease their descent to the floor, but her left wing remained still. Something was wrong—very wrong.

Other Books by Randi Perrin

Don't miss the other books in the Earthbound Angels series. To keep up with the demand of the ever-growing population, the earthbounds were created—angels who were born human and gifted wings on their eighteenth birthdays. With love as the last thing on their minds, how will these three women tread the line between divinity and their hearts?

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About Randi Perrin

Randi Perrin
Randi has spent her entire life writing in one form or another. In fact, if she wasn't writing, she'd likely go completely and utterly insane. Her husband has learned to recognize when the voices are talking in her head and she needs some quality time with an empty Word file (the key to a successful marriage with a writer).
She lives with her husband, daughter, and four-legged children (all of which think they are people, too).
A pop culture junkie, she has been known to have entire conversations in movie quotes and/or song lyrics.
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