Inventing Vivian Blog Tour, Author Interview, Review and Giveaway

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

About the Book
Ladies of London’s High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each other’s differences: The Blue Orchid Society. 

After an extended stay in China, Lord Benedict has returned transformed to his family’s estate, where an encounter with Vivian, whose scientific knowledge he once undermined, leaves him determined to make amends. He arranges to help forward her research—anonymously, of course. Through letters, Vivian establishes a warm friendship with her secret benefactor, even as she’s unexpectedly drawn into a murder investigation that forces her to work alongside Benedict to unearth the truth. Soon, Vivian fears she may be falling in love with two men, never suspecting that they are one and the same.

Author Interview
Life Is What It's Called - How is The Blue Orchid Society series different from your other books? In what ways is it similar? 

Jennifer Moore - The B.O.S. series is set in the Victorian Era. So, that's a change from the Regency Era or the Early American books that I've written. I love this era so much, because it's not as restrictive. So, women can have jobs like nursing or teaching. They could also inherit property, so that opened up all sorts of possibilities. But the thing that's the same is these are romances. I always love HEA, ya know?

Life Is What It's Called - What are your next writing projects? 

Jennifer Moore - Well, I have a few more books planned for this series, and maybe I'll try to do a few novellas set in the same society. But after that, I'm not sure...any great ideas? 

Life Is What It's Called - What do you hope readers will learn from Inventing Vivian

Jennifer Moore - Vivian is a different lady than most romantic heroines. She's smart and awkward and she doesn't read social cues at all. She isn't romantic, which might bother some readers. But I really felt like it was important for her story to be told. Ladies in stories don't need to always be romantic and feminine. Because in the real world, we aren't all like that. 

Life Is What It's Called - Which lady from The Blue Orchid Society are you most like and why? 

Jennifer Moore - I think Sophronia. She's a peacemaker. Things about society really bother her, but she isn't openly confronting them. She is brave in her own way, but I wish I was more like Elizabeth. She speaks up against injustice and fights for the little guy. 

Life Is What It's Called - What do you like about writing about the Victorian time frame? 

Jennifer Moore - I love how it's just on the cusp of change. Like the modern era is just around the corner, and peeking into this quieter, slower world, but people still hold onto old-fashioned propriety. It's kind of the perfect blend of machines and gears and dinner parties and top hats. 

Life Is What It's Called - If you could meet one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why? 

Jennifer Moore - Sergeant Lester from Solving Sophronia is a fun character. I think we'd be friends. He has a quirky hobby and kind of a nerdy sense of humor. But he's genuine and thoughtful and loyal. 

Life Is What It's Called - How has your study of linguistics helped you in your writing? 

Jennifer Moore - It's helped a lot withe little things like incorporating regional dialects or accents from characters who don't speak English as a first language. I really have to hold back from putting too many foreign words into my books. I love to think of my characters speaking in different languages, but the audio readers don't appreciate it, and neither does the editing staff. 

Life Is What It's Called -  What do you enjoy doing (besides writing)? 

Jennifer Moore - I read a lot. And I play tennis nearly every day.

Solving Sophronia, the first book of the Blue Orchid series, was such an intriguing and fun book that I was curious to read Inventing Vivian. With some series the next book falls short of the original, but this book continued the intrigue, quality and fun Victorian dynamics from the first book. Inventing Vivian carried many exciting elements that reminded me of the Victorian era with intriguing inventions, women's rights, mysteries, and mysterious societies. This book was quite a page turner and the characters were intriguing, interesting and engaging. I really enjoyed this book and discovering the characters in the story. I felt like it was a relaxing and amusing book to escape into. I can't wait to see what Jennifer Moore comes up with next. To learn more about Inventing Vivian, click here.

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The Cost of Secrets Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Friday, June 11, 2021

Museum curator Ray Peralta knows that at the best of times, the Superstition Mountain Museum is a magnet for treasure hunters chasing the legendary Lost Dutchman's Mine. But this winter, his small desert town on the outskirts of Phoenix worries him as the visitors clear out and the vigilantes move in. Generally, the Sons of Liberty roll into Phoenix Valley for a week each winter with their souped-up army jeeps and dirt bikes to conduct drills in the desert and wreak havoc on the town before they leave. But this year, there is an undeniable tension in the air, and within days of the group's arrival, instead of the usual trail of destruction, they leave a wake of death. 

There are secrets lurking in the Superstition Mountains not related to any treasure. Countless people have lost their lives in that sweltering desert, and it isn't the heat that has taken them. How did they die? That's the real mystery. And in the midst of the riddle stands Ray, a man who swore an oath of secrecy—and he'll die before he breaks it.

Tyson Abaroa was born in Provo, UT but raised in Gilbert, AZ. His freshman year of high school he was assigned to write an essay on what he'd be when he grew up. He turned in a step by step plan to become world dictator. That should have been his first clue that maybe he should keep imagining. In July 2001 between his junior and senior year of high school he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves. After graduating high school, boot camp, and MOS school; his unit was deployed to build a fuel hose line in support of the invasion of Iraq. After this deployment he served in the Chile Santiago East Mission. He married soon after returning home and just before his first anniversary was deployed again. This time to Djibouti, Africa as part of a provisional security company. Tyson's ADHD has led to an eclectic career after the Marine Corps. He has been a credit card collector, a claims processor, a Track Director for USA BMX, and now a Pest Control Technician. He draws from his experiences and develops stories to write about in his spare time. His first book, The Fattest Mormon won a 2017 Whitney Award. 

This book was very suspenseful and had a lot of twists and turns. It seemed like there layers upon layers of secrets and intertwining webs of deception. I can usually tell where a book is heading, but this one I didn't know where the author was leading me. The author gave several misdirects and surprises that I wasn't expecting as a reader. It's a quick read, but I feel like I should have read it a bit slower and maybe I would have picked up on more clues. I would suggest reading it slowly and picking up on the subtle clues. It's a good summer read that will keep you on your toes. I don't want to say too much about this book. I don't want to ruin anything for anyone who wants to add it to their reader list. But if you're looking for an adventurous suspense, add it to your summer reading list. Click here to learn more.

Please note that this post was in cooperation with Covenant Communications. I received a free copy, however, I provided my honest opinion.

My First Book About Virtual Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Thursday, June 10, 2021

My First Book About Dinosaurs 
Written by Donald M. Silver and Patricia J. Wynne
Ages 8-12 | 48 Pages 
Publisher: Dover Publications | ISBN-13: 978-0486845562 

Publisher’s Synopsis: Welcome to the amazing world of dinosaurs! Children ages 8 and up can discover where these prehistoric creatures lived, the food they ate, and what they may have looked like. Along the way, they’ll encounter bone-crushing teeth, slashing claws, and spiked tails while learning fascinating facts about dinosaur eggs and fossils, moving continents, climate changes, exploding volcanoes, and even an asteroid crashing into Earth. Other Books in the Series: My First Book About Our Amazing Earth My First Book About the Oceans My First Book About Backyard Nature.

Available for purchase on Amazon, Bookshop, and Dover Publications.     

An accomplished science and nature illustrator, Patricia J. Wynne is the recipient of the 2008 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor and has won awards from Parenting magazine, the John Burroughs Association, and the National Science Teachers Association. Patricia's artwork has appeared in galleries, magazines, newspapers, and more than 100 books for both children and adults. She is the illustrator of numerous successful Dover titles on science and nature, including My First Book About Outer Space and My First Book About the Body. Trained as a research scientist, Donald M. Silver has written more than 80 books for students of all ages and for teachers. His One Small Square series takes a close-up look at plants and animals where they live. He has won numerous awards including the Children's Science Writing Award in Physics and Astronomy from the American Institute of Physicists. He lives in New York City where he has worked with Patricia J. Wynne since 1981 and with whom he has co-authored numerous successful Dover titles on science and nature, including the "My First Book" series.

The My First Book About series shares information about a scientific subject. Each page is a detailed fine-line coloring page. The coloring pages are meant for older kids ranging from 8-12 that have a lot of control in their coloring and holding their art instrument, but teens and adults who enjoy coloring will also enjoy this series as well. These books are versatile in that they could be used at home, taken on vacation, homeschool, or in a classroom setting. The illustrations are detailed and realistic. The facts are interesting, well-researched, and informative and build on each other as you move throughout the book. It's a non-fiction book that kids can color themselves. It's a fun idea that gives a new twist on nonfiction books. It's a coloring book that you could read like a book. After it's done being colored in, you can enjoy the colored pages and read it over and over again. The coloring is a way to personalize the book and make it your own. I like the idea behind the book. It's an interesting way to interact with an informative book and it would be neat to see this with other subjects as well. This series provides a way to interact more with a scientific book in an artistic way.

Enter for a chance to win a set of four My First Science Books! 

Three (3) winners receive: 
  • A copy of My First Book About Dinosaurs 
  • A copy of My First Book About Our Amazing Earth 
  • A copy of My First Book About the Oceans 
  • A copy of My First Book About Backyard Nature 
The giveaway begins May 31, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 30, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT. 

This post is in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Dover Publications. I received free copies of this series to review, however, I shared my honest opinion.
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