Time and Regret….by M.K. Tod-Blog Tour

Time and Regret….by M.K. Tod-Blog Tour

    Read an Excerpt When Grace Hansen finds a box belonging to her beloved grandfather, she has no idea it holds the key to his past and to long-buried family secrets. In the box are his World War I diaries and a cryptic note addressed to her. Determined to solve her grandfather’s puzzle, Grace follows his diary entries across towns and battle sites in northern France, where she becomes increasingly drawn to a charming French man and suddenly aware that someone is following her. Through her grandfather’s vivid writing and Grace’s own travels, a picture emerges of a man very unlike the one who raised her: one who watched countless friends and loved ones die horrifically in battle; one who lived a life of regret. But her grandfather wasn’t the only one harboring secrets, and the more Grace learns about her family, the less she thinks she can trust […]

Posted August 23, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books, Reviews / 2 Comments

Absolute Brightness…by James Lecense

Absolute Brightness…by James Lecense

“He had simply been courageous enough to be himself in the face of everything that had tried to persuade him be something else.” Leonard Pelkey is central character of ‘Absolute Brightness’.  Leonard is a gay fourteen year old boy who is sent to live with his   cousins and newly divorced aunt. Leonard is a larger than life character who doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him. A main example of this is when Leonard makes his signature rainbow high tops by glueing together several pairs of flip-flops. Phoebe, who is the younger of Leonard’s cousins, tells the story from her point of view. Phoebe, in true teenager fashion, is initially annoyed by Leonard’s presence but she and Leonard soon become close friends. Leonard  also endears himself to the community of elderly clients that come to his aunts home hair salon. So when Leonard suddenly goes missing, the whole town of Neptune, New Jersey is devastated. The […]

Posted August 21, 2016 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments

Harvey the Hippo Wants to Fly…by Lisa Sankar-Zhu-Blurb Blitz

Harvey the Hippo Wants to Fly…by Lisa Sankar-Zhu-Blurb Blitz

Harvey Hippo wants to fly, But no one knows why. No matter, he is determined to try. But can he REALLY do it Author Q&A 1.What age group of readers would you recommend for your work? “Harvey Hippo Wants to Fly!” was written for children from ages three to seven.  Of course, an adult would have to read to children who fall within this age range and can’t yet read.  Kids in this age group who are just beginning to read can read with an adult who would help them along with difficult words.  Definitely, more independent readers can read the story themselves.  I imagine that there would be children who progress from being read the story to being able to read the story themselves and having a different appreciation of the story as they make the progression.   2.What was your inspiration for ‘Harvey the Hippo Wants To Fly’? […]

Posted August 20, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books / 0 Comments

Enlightenment…Blurb Blitz

Enlightenment…Blurb Blitz

Excerpt:I know the way I’m describing him might make you wonder why I’m not talking about him as something more than just a friend, but that’s the complicated part. You see, my feelings for him are purely platonic, but I don’t think he feels the same. The way Eli looks at me sometimes…the subtle hints…the way he grabs my hand and won’t let go, I think he wants something more and I’m not sure what to do about it. And however selfish this might sound, I need him in my life and can’t mess up our friendship, even to see if there could possibly be something more to our relationship. What if it all went wrong? “Hey Thea,” Eli had whispered into my ear. “Mom says that when you’re discharged you’re coming home with us, period. No arguing.” I’d squeezed him back, gratefully burying my face in the crook of […]

Posted August 18, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books / 13 Comments

Unlocked…by Margo Kelly-Book Blitz

Unlocked…by Margo Kelly-Book Blitz

  Unlocked by Margo Kelly Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller Release Date: October 1st 2016 Merit Press Summary: A provocative thriller involving hypnosis, mystery, love, and friendship!   Someone has been moving the stuffed pink elephant in Hannah’s room. She thinks. And ants crawl over her hands, across the steering wheel, all the time. Don’t they? They’re what made her crash the car on the way home from the fair, and she wouldn’t have freaked out, wouldn’t have caused her friend’s death, for no reason. But she doesn’t know if a person is messing with her, if the paranormal is messing with her–or if she’s just going psychotic like her dad before her.   When her friends bail, Hannah is left floundering. Not even her boyfriend Manny believes her, and new girl Chelsea is practically replacing her at school. Only artsy outsider and self-proclaimed occult expert, Plug, agrees to help Hannah find out […]

Posted August 14, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books / 0 Comments

Because You’ll Never Meet Me…by Leah Thomas

Because You’ll Never Meet Me…by Leah Thomas

  “Let me tell you a wondrous story. For once, let me be the shining one. It is springtime. Birds are noisiest now. I can almost see the shape of the sky.” ‘Because You’ll Never Meet Me’, is the story of two boys, Moritz and Oliver. Both boys suffer from very strange afflictions. Moritz is blind (with no eyes) and has a pacemaker. Oliver is allergic to electricity. When Oliver’s doctor sees him slipping into depression, he sets up letter writing between the two boys. Part of the sadness of the story is that it is impossible for the two boys to ever meet (hence the title). Electricity is something Oliver can’t have in his life and Moritz has a pacemaker to keep his heart regulated. The whole story is told through the letters that Ollie and Moritz write back and forth .   As the story progresses you can clearly see […]

Posted August 14, 2016 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments

A Step Toward Falling..by Cammie McGovern

A Step Toward Falling..by Cammie McGovern

That’s what happens after a while. You belong to someone,that’s all. You belong to each other. ‘A Step Toward Falling’  has an interesting premise. Emily is at her a high school football game. On her way back from the concession stand, she sees a developmentally challenged girl, Belinda, from her school being attacked. Emily attempts to tell a teacher about the incident but the teacher doesn’t hear her and Emily chooses to ignore the incident. She believes that, Lucas, a football player (who also saw the incident) will report it. It is later learned  that neither reported the incident and as a result Brenda had to save herself.  The school requires both Emily and Lucas to do community service. The community service ends up being volunteering at a relationship class for developmentally disabled adults. The heart of ‘A Step Toward Falling’ is about excepting everyone for who they are and in return understanding yourself better.  In […]

Posted August 8, 2016 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett…by Chelsea Sedoti

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett…by Chelsea Sedoti

“People change.Thank God. I can’t imagine a world where everyone is the same as they are in highschool.” “Enzo and I went to the thrift store, because he liked looking for messages in books.” “These notes are little pieces of history no one cares about,” Enzo told me, “But they remind you you’re not the first person to hold that book.” ‘The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett’ is actually (despite the name) about a high school student named, Hawthorn. Hawthorn struggles with her self-identity and her relationships with others. At the beginning of the story, it is revealed that Lizzie Lovett goes missing while on a camping trip with her boyfriend. Lizzie is a former cheerleader that graduated from Hawthorn’s high school.  Hawthorn becomes obsessed with Lizzie’s disappearance. This seems to be due to an incident several years earlier when Lizzie comforts Hawthorne only to later crush Hawthorn by not remembering the […]

Posted August 3, 2016 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments

The Congressman’s Wife…by Arie Povlou and Charlene Keel-Book Blast

The Congressman’s Wife…by Arie Povlou and Charlene Keel-Book Blast

Love at First Sight This was an important night and Eden was at her best. Her makeup was flawless and she’d pulled her honey-blonde hair up, letting it cascade down her back in a waterfall of curls. Her Norma Kamali gown, a dark emerald-green that made her eyes sparkle, clung to her body and defined every curve. Mitchell took her elbow and steered her towards the entrance to the ballroom, and the photographers followed them inside. They had missed cocktails, partly because Mitchell wanted them to make an entrance, but mostly because he didn’t want her to have access to freely flowing liquor so soon after they’d had a fight. The row they’d had earlier had been a big one. He didn’t like it when she told him he was getting ahead of himself. As soon as he’d decided to run for congress, he’d started spending, running up the balance […]

Posted August 1, 2016 by thebookr in Book Tours, Books / 2 Comments

In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper

In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper

I am normally not a short story reader but the premise of the book intruded me. Edward Hopper was an iconic American realist painter. He is known for his paintings that catch a moment in time of everyday life. Often you are left wondering what the stories of the people in the painting are. His most famous painting is of a diner seen from the outside at night.It is entitled ‘Nighthawks’ and is easy recognizable by most people. ‘In Sunlight or In Shade’ is a compilation of short stories. Different authors each wrote a short story based on one of Edward Hopper’s painting. They take Hopper’s painting of a frozen moment and create a story around it. Some of the stories were definitely better than others. I really enjoyed ‘The Story of Caroline’ by Jill Block (an adoption story), ‘Taking Care of Business’ by Craig Ferguson (a story of an […]

Posted July 28, 2016 by thebookr in Books, Reviews / 4 Comments