The Wolf's Curse Virtual Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Wolf’s Curse 
Written by Jessica Vitalis 
Ages 8+ | 336 Pages 
Publisher: Greenwillow Books | ISBN-13: 9780063067417 

Publisher’s Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Gauge’s life has been cursed since the day he witnessed an invisible Great White Wolf steal his grandpap√°’s soul, preventing it from reaching the Sea-in-the-Sky and sailing into eternity. When the superstitious residents of Bouge-by-the-Sea accuse the boy of crying wolf, he joins forces with another orphan to prove his innocence. They navigate their shared grief in a journey that ultimately reveals life-changing truths about the wolf—and death. Narrated in a voice reminiscent of The Book Thief, this fast-paced adventure is perfect for fans of fantasy such as The Girl Who Drank the Moon and A Wish in the Dark

Available for purchase on AmazonBookshop.orgHarper Collins.

Jessica Vitalis is a full-time writer with a previous career in business and an MBA from Columbia Business School. An American ex-pat, she now lives in Canada with her husband and two daughters. For more information, visit

The Wolf's Curse was a phenomenal read. The story reminded me of a fairy tale with some fantasy and lessons intertwined. The story draws you in through the wolf's perspective and with each page you get to understand the wolf, the boy and the residents of Bouge-by-the-Sea. The author tackles grief and afterlife beliefs in an interesting and highly imaginative way. The characters were engaging and interesting. I felt like this story was just really well-done from beginning to end. There's a great beauty to this story and the writing. The only thing I disagree with is the recommended age. The story handles concepts that an eight year old can read, but I think kids need to be a little more mature to read this story. This story is something that upper Elementary, Middle Schoolers and teens will enjoy. This book could also generate some interesting discussion in a classroom setting. The Wolf's Curse was masterfully written and I can't wait to see what the author has in store for us next.

Enter for a chance to win a hardcover copy of The Wolf's Curse

Five (5) winners receive: 
  •  A hardcover copy of The Wolf’s Curse 

The giveaway begins September 21, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends October 21, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT. 

This post is in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and HarperCollins Children’s Books. I received a free copy of this book, however, this is my honest opinion.

Greta Grace Virtual Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Greta Grace: A Greta Grace Gibson Story About Bullying and Self-Esteem
 Written by Joanna Quinn
Ages 9+ | 190 Pages
Publisher: Emerald Lake Books | ISBN-13: 9781945847448

Publisher’s Synopsis:
What’s worse than being invisible? Being noticed by the school bully.
Greta Grace likes her life. She isn’t the most popular girl in school-some days she even feels invisible-but she gets good grades and stays out of trouble. She has a best friend in Samantha and a grandmotherly neighbor who is never too busy for a chat. Her mom can be a bit overprotective, but Greta Grace doesn’t blame her. Being a single parent probably isn’t the easiest job in the world. When her longtime crush finally starts noticing her, Greta Grace thinks her life might even be perfect. But when a merciless bully takes aim at Greta Grace, her carefree existence suddenly ends. Who ever knew that school could be so hard?

Available for purchase here and here.


Joanna O’Reilly Quinn can usually be found learning something new to teach teens. As a former middle school teacher, founder of Super Empowered One, and life coach, it is no surprise that her middle-grade fiction book, Greta Grace, weaves some teachable moments into her character’s very relatable experiences. Think, middle school… Ahhh!

Through her company, Super Empowered One, Joanna teaches kids how to access their confidence, happiness and power, so they can live their best life. Joanna loves writing, the ocean, a good run, and living in Fairfield, Connecticut, with her husband and two kids. Visit her at to learn more about her coaching services and Greta Grace.

If you’re interested in having Joanna conduct a program for your group or come speak to your students, you can contact her at and

Greta Grace: A Greta Grace Gibson Story About Bullying and Self-Esteem dives into the world of drama amongst teens dealing with jealousy, friendships, bullying, insecurity, troubles with friendships, miscommunication, and more. Greta Grace turns to the adults in her life for advice and help on dealing with her troubles. The adults help her come up with solutions or ways to deal with her problems: meditating, talking it out, positive affirmations, going to the school authorities. I like that the book shows a way for teens to handle their problems and shows Greta Grace using coping mechanisms. I think it would help teens that are dealing with similar issues to know what to do and who to go to for advice and help. Parents, teachers, and counselors can use this book in the classroom or at home to help discuss how to deal with bullying and other troubles in middle school. There are even discussion questions in the back. The only thing that bothered me about the book was the descriptors for the bully with red hair was uncomfortable, but I think that could also be used in a discussion as a talking point as well. Overall, the book deals with bullying and self-esteem that middle schoolers can relate to and help them realize that there are tools that they can use to help them.


Enter for a chance to win a copy of Greta Grace, along with a 1-hr coaching session for a parent on how to raise a super-empowered teen.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:
  • A copy of Greta Grace
  • A 1-hr parenting coaching session with Joanna Quinn
Four (4) winners receive:
  • A copy of Greta Grace

The giveaway begins September 20, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends October 20, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Greta Grace Giveaway 

This post is in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Emerald Lake Books. Please note that I received a free electronic version to review, however, I shared my honest opinion.

Five Kisses Review

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The first kiss crumbles her world. The second mystifies. The third unbalances. The fourth sends her reeling. And the fifth –ah, the fifth . . .

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Miss Sarah Meacham has always behaved circumspectly, until an emotional outburst directed at a well-deserved gentleman earns her the nickname of Miss Shrew. As a result, she vows to never trust—or love—again. But when her father decrees that her younger sister cannot marry the man of her dreams until Sarah has secured a suitor of her own, she is faced with a dilemma: Deny her sister marital bliss or feign an interest in the next gentleman to come along, at least until their father relents.

Mr. Ian Collum is no gentleman. A tradesman and newcomer to Brighton, he has been searching high and low for the perfect house. When he at last discovers Ivy Cottage, with its magnificent views, extensive lands, and a large oak tree reminiscent of his favorite childhood escape, he will do whatever it takes to obtain it. Trouble is, the owner of the property will only sell if Ian agrees to court the beautiful and infamous Miss Shrew—a woman as intent on eluding Ian as he is on pursuing her.

I loved Five Kisses, a retelling of Taming of the Shrew, by Rachel Anderson. Five Kisses tells the story of the Taming of the Shrew in a regency setting. I love the scenes that shared "Miss Shrew's" background and development of her character. The scenes of the story really come alive with memorable events and actions from the characters. The characters in the story are well-rounded and interesting. The story was a fun read, relaxing, and had some very clever parts. It was a fun read that I would recommend checking out and adding to your TBR pile. Click here to learn more.

Please note that I received a free copy to review, however, this is my honest opinion. This post also contains affiliate links that help support this blog.
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