Summerhaven Blog Tour and Giveaway

Wednesday, February 23, 2022


Hannah Kent and Oliver Jennings pledged their hearts to each other as children. Now, years later, Hannah is thrilled to receive an invitation to spend the summer at Oliver’s family’s country estate. The path to wedded bliss is clear—so long as Oliver’s highbrow older brother, Damon, has ceased his juvenile antics, Hannah’s future looks bright indeed.

But from the moment Hannah arrives at Summerhaven, nothing is as she expected. Oliver seems disinterested in renewing their acquaintance, and Damon is not the brutish boy she remembers but a man intent on avoiding marriage. Although she has loathed Damon her whole life, when he contrives a ruse designed to win them both what they desire, Hannah warily agrees. All she has to do to reclaim Oliver’s attention is pretend to be madly in love with Damon. But when Damon is surprisingly convincing in his role as a suitor, it proves difficult to discern the line between pretense and true love.

Damon stepped forward, and his watch key and seal—visible reminders of his status and self-importance—clanked together. He bowed. “Miss Kent.” 

“My lord,” I returned with a shallow curtsy. The corners of his mouth curled into a smile. 

“I see someone has managed to make a lady out of the wild girl I once knew,” Damon said, and before stepping back in line with his mother, he met my eye and added, “A pity.” 

My eyebrows pulled together in surprise. “Do try not to scowl, Miss Kent. It will crease your lovely brow.” 

“Damon Jennings,” Lady Winfield scolded. “You have been taught better manners.”

“My apologies, Mother. Teasing a beautiful woman is one of few things that has yet to be lectured out of me.” 

I gaped. Never in all my life had a man spoken so casually to me. Damon may have grown into a man, but he was not a gentleman. 

I've read Tiffany Odekirk's other works: Love on Pointe, Love Unscripted, Love Sidelined, which feature modern strong female characters that face and overcome hard obstacles and trials. For me, Summerhaven was very different from her other works, beyond the setting in historical England's Regency period. The character, Hannah, wasn't necessarily a weak character, but a lost character in her naivety, sheltered, misconstrued perspective. This felt like a "coming-of-age" story as Hannah makes mistakes, struggles to figure out what's right, and comes to know herself and her feelings, and adjusts her perspective. Damon's character was likable from the beginning and felt like the right leading man for this story. The story's pace moves on fairly quickly and the scenes were entertaining to read. Overall, it's a fun romance and quick read. I am interested to see what the author comes up with next. To learn more, click here.

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

Dreams of Gold Blog Tour and Giveaway

Friday, February 18, 2022

Nine months ago, Amaliya Marcell’s world was rocked when she nearly lost her parents in a devastating accident. In that moment, everything changed, and it was with no small amount of determination that the former ballerina rebuilt her life into something wonderful alongside the man she loves, her pairs ice-skating partner, Tyler.

Since he was a child, Tyler Linden has dreamed of Olympic gold. And with Amaliya by his side, he’s confident that his goal is finally within reach. The pair is on track to compete in the Winter Games in Leningrad, but the path to gold turns out to be rougher than they expected. A painful injury on the ice shakes Amaliya’s confidence, and it will take every ounce of willpower to keep working toward the competition of her life. But when the discovery of a family secret connects her to the Soviet Union, the truth of her history forges within Amaliya a renewed determination to make her Olympic dreams a reality.

Dreams of Gold continues the Dream's Edge series by Traci Abramson. The story shares what it takes to try and compete at a national and world level in figure skating. Amaliya and Tyler strive to reach their dreams amidst continuing trials and obstacles. The story is filled with twists, turns, romance, and inspiration. The characters are likeable and interesting. I felt the story had a good pacing and I enjoyed reading the story. I felt like it was well written except at times the dialogue felt a little forced. Overall, this story has been a fun and enjoyable read. I like that it's set in the eighties and covers hockey, ice skating and a little bit of ballet. Click here to learn more.

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The Flirtation Experiment Review and Giveaway

Thursday, February 10, 2022

From popular Christian voices Lisa Jacobson and Phylicia Masonheimer, The Flirtation Experiment inspires you to strengthen your marriage with a fun, unexpected approach that leads to the depth, richness, and closeness you desire. 

After reading The Flirtation Experiment, wives will…be filled with hope and encouragement for how they can make a powerful, positive change in their marriages, become empowered to pursue their husbands romantically, understand the Bible invites women to be proactive in their marriages, be motivated to consistently love in creative ways, and forge closeness and intimacy in their marriages. 

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The Flirtation Experiments provides interesting insight on how to build relationship with your spouse in a variety of different ways. The book is a quick read with stories from the authors' own lives and experiences. The stories provide tips and ideas on positive changes that can influence your marriage for the better. A lot of the changes dealt with changing your prospective and trying something new. The book was an interesting read, and the tone of the book was light and an easy page turner. Overall, this book is worth checking out and adding to your "to read" list. Learn more here.

Enter to win one copy of The Flirtation Experiment.  Please note that this giveaway is limited to US winners only. Please submit entries to win through the rafflecopter below. If you are chosen as the winner you will be sent an email and will need to respond within 24 hours, you will also need to provide your full name, mailing address, and email. Giveaway ends February 16, 2022 at midnight.

Disclosure:  Many thanks to HarperCollins Christian Publishing for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own. I did receive the product in exchange for this review and post. This post also contains affiliate links.

The Leaf & The Tree Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway

Wednesday, February 9, 2022


The Leaf & The Tree

Written by Bruce Nemovitz

Illustrated by Ani Ghosh

Ages 4-8 | 22 Pages

Publisher: Book House Publishing | ISBN-13: 9781952483257

Publisher’s Synopsis: Follow the wondrous and challenging life of our friend, the leaf, living alone and happy and confident that only he controls his surroundings and his good fortune. Then one day, Mother Nature teaches a lesson we all can learn from.

Through the journey in this heartfelt book, you will gain a new appreciation when taking a walk past your favorite tree. Our friend, the leaf, is given a gift of knowledge and understanding about the beauty and wonder of the world around us.

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Author Bruce Nemovitz has written two other books. He has been a full-time Realtor for over 43 years in the Great Milwaukee area. The first book is called “Moving in the Right Direction”, A Senior’s Guide to Moving and Downsizing. His second book, also related to the senior real estate market is called “Guiding Our Parents in the Right Direction”, A Children’s Guide to Helping Mom and Dad Move From Their Long-Time Home.

Bruce’s passion has always been with children. He has two daughters, Dara and Karra, who blessed him with seven grandchildren! Bruce wanted to leave a message for the next generation who are living in a world divided. This book offers a message of hope and togetherness, that we are all connected to one another and to nature.

Bruce has won several awards in his field of real estate. Bruce has been a monthly contributor for over 12 years with 50plus Magazine in the Milwaukee area. He has written several articles related to the challenge of seniors moving from their long-time homes. He works with his wife of 48 years, Jeanne.

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Life Is What It's Called - What inspired you to write this story?

Bruce Nemovitz - My inspiration to write my story began with the addition of 7 grandchildren growing up in a divided world. I wanted to write a story that would in some way offer the concept that we are all connected to one another and the earth. With global warming and a wide political divide, I hope that this next generation will be kind to one another through a universal love for all life and the world in which they live.

Life Is What It's Called - How has your background helped you in writing this story?

Bruce Nemovitz - I have been a full-time Realtor for over 44 years. My job, in essence, is to bring two parties together, buyer and seller, to come to agreement in terms. This role as a mediator has given me insights into the ability of opposing party’s incentives to come together for a common goal: to buy/sell a home.

Life Is What It's Called - What do you love most about nature?

Bruce Nemovitz - I love nature’s ability to recover, survive, and adapt to any situation. Most importantly, the natural beauty that nature offers cannot be replicated. The fact that life relies on a symbiotic relationship between plants, water, and air gives us the lesson that we as people cannot live without depending on nature and one another.

Life Is What It's Called - How do you see libraries or schools using your book?

Bruce Nemovitz - I am confident that my book can be a learning tool for teachers helping young children (7-10) understand the beauty and wonder of nature and that we are all connected through a universal love that cannot be quantified. The lesson will be taught by exceptional graphics and an easy-to-understand poetic style.

Life Is What It's Called - What sets this book apart from other books on the market?

Bruce Nemovitz - My book is unique and special in its delivery, graphics, and message. I realize there are so many similar books in style and message, but none bring the lesson of connection and love in a way that is so simple and easy to understand.

Life Is What It's Called - What activities can parents do with children that go along with this story?

Bruce Nemovitz - I envisioned parents not just reading this book to their children but using this book to teach a lesson that will never be forgotten; that we are all connected and reliant on nature and its beauty for a peaceful, gratifying life. A lesson that one’s child will take with them for the rest of their lives.

Life Is What It's Called - Are you working on any new writing projects?

Bruce Nemovitz - This is my third published book, but the other two are non-fiction business-related books. I enjoyed writing this book, and my goal is to offer another book or two teaching other important lessons of life that can bring us together as a society.

Life Is What It's Called - Anything else readers should know about you and this book?

Bruce Nemovitz - The reader should know that my inspiration came from my seven grandchildren. I look into their eyes and see such hope and innocence. I want to offer what little I can to leave them a better world, a world without hate and separation. A world that thrives on love and peace without judgement and separation. I once heard that you change the world one person at a time. If you’ve changed one person in a positive way, you’ve changed the world. My hope and desire is to leave the world in a better place for future generations.


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Beyond the Lavender Fields Book Review and Author Interview

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

1792, France Rumors of revolution in Paris swirl in Marseille, a bustling port city in southern France. Gilles Etienne, a clerk at the local soap factory, thrives on the news. Committed to the cause of equality, liberty, and brotherhood, he and his friends plan to march to Paris to dethrone the monarchy. His plans are halted when he meets Marie-Caroline Daubin, the beautiful daughter of the owner of the factory.

A bourgeoise and royalist, Marie-Caroline has been called home to Marseille to escape the unrest in Paris. She rebuffs Gilles's efforts to charm her and boldly expresses her view that violently imposed freedom is not really freedom for all. As Marie-Caroline takes risks to follow her beliefs, Gilles catches her in a dangerous secret that could cost her and her family their lives. As Gilles and Marie-Caroline spend more time together, she questions her initial assumptions about Gilles and realizes that perhaps they have more in common than she thought.

As the spirit of revolution descends on Marseille, people are killed and buildings are ransacked and burned to the ground. Gilles must choose between supporting the political change he believes in and protecting those he loves. And Marie-Caroline must battle between standing up for what she feels is right and risking her family's safety. With their lives and their nation in turmoil, both Gilles and Marie-Caroline wonder if a revolutionnaire and a royaliste can really be together or if they must live in a world that forces people to choose sides.

Arlem Hawks began making up stories before she could write. Living all over the western United States and traveling around the world gave her a love of cultures and people and the stories they have to tell. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications, with an emphasis in print journalism, and she lives in Arizona with her husband three children. 


LIFE IS WHAT IT'S CALLED - What inspired you to write this story?

ARLEM HAWKS - In truth, I fell in love with Gilles's character while writing Georgana's Secret. I knew some snippets of his past, but I wanted to dig deeper into it. When I was looking at the timeline of his life and where it took place, I realized he'd be in Marseille during the French Revolution, and I thought it would be an interesting setting, as most French Revolution stories take place around Paris. I studied French and French history from elementary school through college, and I was excited to write a book that tied into that part of my life.

LIFE IS WHAT IT'S CALLED - What do you like most about the time period featured in Beyond the Lavender Fields?

ARLEM HAWKS - I'm not sure I like this, but I was fascinated by the ever-changing political climate. People's loyalties changed back and forth in such a short amount of time. One minute a person could be a darling of the Revolution, and the next they could be burned in effigy in the streets (or worse!). Throughout my research the question "How did normal people survive this?" kept playing through my head. With so much confusion and fear, I gained great respect for the everyday French people keeping their families afloat.

LIFE IS WHAT IT'S CALLED - In the book you present different opinions, whose opinion do you find closest aligns to your own?

ARLEM HAWKS - I don't know that I side firmly with one or the other. Revolutionaries did some terrible things, but royalists weren't much better, especially when you get into the counterrevolution that takes place after the events of this book. In Beyond the Lavender Fields, the Jacobins are rising to power, so Caroline's royalists look a little more favorable, but that wasn't the case the whole Revolution. I'm on the side of respect for others, even if they don't agree with you.

LIFE IS WHAT IT'S CALLED - What did you want readers to learn from this book?

ARLEM HAWKS - I think I wanted people to learn that just because someone has a differing view doesn't necessarily mean they're a terrible person. Sometimes people who seem so far apart in beliefs are closer in mind than they think. Often we're trying to solve the same problem, but we're coming at it in different ways.

LIFE IS WHAT IT'S CALLED - What do you hope readers will love about this book?

ARLEM HAWKS - I hope Georgana's Secret fans love getting to know Gilles better and how much he grows as a result of his friendship with Caroline. I also hope they enjoy the taste of southern France, as we don't get a lot of it in clean historical romance (at least in the English literature world).

LIFE IS WHAT IT'S CALLED - What are your next writing projects?

ARLEM HAWKS - I'm working on another French Revolution piece set in a different area of France and another Royal Navy Regency.

LIFE IS WHAT IT'S CALLED - Is there anything we can take away from this book and apply it today's political climate?

ARLEM HAWKS - I think the biggest takeaway I hope readers get is to look beyond the labels and see the person. Putting yourself in another person's shoes can be difficult to do when you're on opposite sides of an argument, but respect, understanding, and compromise are vital tools to establishing peace in life and relationships. When you seek to understand, you learn from others, and at times you realize that some of the beliefs you clung to weren't as true as you thought.

For me, Beyond the Lavender Fields goes beyond a historical fiction romance. It shares the friendship and marriage of two different political stances. This book felt like an allegory in a lot of ways by showing how different viewpoints can go too far into believing that they are right, how to get along with others that have different viewpoints, others that take no stance, and others that only care for their beliefs and forego relationships because of it. This book was rich in French history and the story felt like it was full of interesting talking points that could be discussed with friends and/or a book club. Even though the book's setting is during the French revolution, there's a lot of ideas that could apply to the political turmoil that's going on now. I enjoyed the rich historical elements in the story and Arlem Hawks does a good job at painting the confusion, the struggles and horrors of the French revolution. She also paints the setting really well with her words. It was easy to visualize the people and places in the story. Overall, this was a fascinating read. The characters were interesting and well developed. The storyline moved on quickly and gave me something to really think about. To learn more about Beyond the Lavender Fields, click here.

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