** ARE YOU FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO READ? ** YOU’RE NOT ALONE **

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Am I the only one having trouble reading? I find myself looking at the same words and sentences page after page. Apparently, I’m not alone. Many of us are hitting the wall when it comes to reading. For those of us who have to write reviews, its even more difficult.

Here are a few ways I’m trying to get myself back on page.

  • Short Stories: Great for short attention spans. I love A.M. Homes and anything by Dani Shapiro.
  • Light it up: Try some romance novels. You know the book is going to end happily ever after, so it’s easier to get into it. Check out anything written by Sophie Kinsella, Jasmine Guillory and Abby Jimenez.
  • Everyone’s talking about audio books: While listening you can do other things like errands around the house while listening.

Worse comes to worse, pour yourself a glass of wine and veg out for a bit before trying again. We’re in this together. Don’t worry, you’ll be back on page sooner rather than later.

JOURNEY by Andrew Zimmerman – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

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In Andrew Zimmerman’s novel, JOURNEY, Paul is a top business executive hoping to be the next CEO of Ascendant―a New York-based tech giant. He neglects everything―his family and himself―in the race to the top. His fast-paced life is interrupted when he travels to Glastonbury, England, to visit friends in a village rich in history and mysticism.

Glastonbury represents a complete counterpoint to Paul’s elite corporate day job. It compares to an amusement park, with shops and venues catering to spiritual seekers ranging from would-be witches, goddesses and druids, and burned-out hippies. Like many seekers before him, he is attracted to the energy of a nearby hill―Tor―said to be the mythical Isle of Avalon. Paul meets a beautiful soul reader, Christine, who reads his soul and plants the seeds that turn his life upside down.

When he returns to New York, his wife, Mary, is skeptical. Is Paul having a spiritual awakening or is he falling in love with an attractive charlatan? His journey both scares and intrigues her as she watches him struggle to navigate between the business and spiritual worlds. A series of synchronistic events draws Paul closer to Glastonbury and Christine, compelling him and a reluctant Mary to return, unaware that their lives will never be the same.

JOURNEY is the first novel in a three book series.

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ANDY ZIMMERMAN is the president of frog, a global leader in design and strategy.

He has been a senior executive in the technology industry, always on the leading edge of innovation.

He also received a master’s degree from New York University Business School.

http://andrewzimmermanbooks.com

Thanks to SUZY APPROVED Book Tours we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the latest novel you’ve read that had a mystical feeling. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

Due to current circumstances, mailing books to winners will be delayed.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

 

CRAVE by Tracy Wolff – Spotlight & Giveaway

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To be honest, I haven’t read a whole lot of YA paranormal novels. Let’s just say, CRAVE(EntangledTeen) by Tracy Wolff took me in a new direction and it was fun!

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

CRAVE has been picked up by a film studio and will be made into a motion picture. CONGRATS! I for one think it’d be a great NetFlix series, also.

 

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—in second grade, around the same time she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. A one-time English professor with over fifty novels to her name, she now devotes most of her time to writing romance and dreaming up heroes. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

http://www.tracywolff.com

Thanks to MB Communications we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your thoughts about paranormal novels. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

Due to current circumstances, mailing books out to winners will be delayed.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

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IGNITE YOUR LIGHT by Jolene Hart – Spotlight & Giveaway

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Something positive and motivational as we go into this Holy week, during these difficult times.

Light up your life — and your self – with this joy-filled guide to beauty, healing, and personal energy that includes delicious recipes, immune-strengthening wellness rituals, and practical steps for building a better world.

Whether it’s fresh flowers, old family photos, an intense sweat session, or a good friend, we all have things that light us up, that shift our energy and help us thrive. Ignite Your Light helps you shine, with the support of 13 key energy influencers in your life — from relationships and environment to food, creativity, and mindset.
Start with a Define Your Energy quiz to learn what influences your energy at each time of day, from sunrise to moonlight. Then, think back to your last amazing meal, or remember a great conversation you had. How will you make space for the things that grow your beauty and resilience through life’s varied chapters and challenges? Each page of this immersive guide is packed with inspirational, actionable ways to bring life-changing happiness and healing into your life. If you’ve been struggling with self-care and want to boost your daily joy, Ignite Your Light has ideas and inspiration for you, including:

  • Delicious recipes that support glowing skin and optimal health

  • Fresh takes on self-care rituals, from yoga nidra to skin care as energy release

  • Support for releasing negative energy and stuck habits

  • Inspiration-packed profiles of the 13 leading factors that influence your energy and power your inner light

  • Simple shifts that improve your long-term happiness via your mindset, actions, environment, and relationships

Filled with colorful illustrations and photos, Ignite Your Light is both a beautiful and practical guide for anyone who wants to positively influence their own energy, grow the beauty in their daily life, and shine their light on the world around them.

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Jolene’s words:

** APRIL WINNERS ** APRIL WINNERS **

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Hello All!

Recently, I’ve spent some time off the computer. Listed below are a list of April book winners. This whole Coronavirus Pandemic has me in a real bad space. I’m sure I’m not alone. But I believe we can get through it TOGETHER. If you have some time, feel free to write in the comments section how you are dealing with this crisis.

Some of the following winners have received their books. For others, it might take some time before I can make it to the post-office, but sit tight, your book will arrived – eventually!

 

Barbara E. wins A TERRIBLE BEAUTY

MARIBEL R. wins THE TRUTH BE TOLD

ARLETTA B. wins I KNOW HOW THIS ENDS

EMILY C. wins IN AN INSTANT

KRISTI L. wins KEEP ME AFLOAT

MARGARET R. wins THEY CALLED IT CAMELOT

JO H. wins THE FORGOTTEN LETTERS OF ESTHER DURRANT

JENNIFER C. wins MY DARK VANESSA

TRACY wins HIDEAWAY

BETH S. wins THE BODY POLITIC

RENWAY W. wins DARLING GIRL

TERESA K. wins SEA of GIRLS

LINDA W. wins SWEET JANE

JEANNE wins WHO RESCUED WHO

JODIE C. wins THE EIGHTH GIRL

ELIZABETH R. wins THE GRAY MAN

ROSE W. wins THE OTHER FAMILY

UMA KG wins A HUNDRED SUNS

*A few of the above-mentioned winners have not sent me their address. Please look in your email or spam for a message from me telling you, you’re a winner.

HAVE A BEAUTIFUL PASSOVER or EASTER. I FEEL BLESSED TO HAVE ALL OF YOU TO COMMUNICATE WITH.

Warmly, Cindy

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A HUNDRED SUNS by Karin Tanabe – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

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Named A Best Book of Spring 2020 by Real Simple ·Parade · PopSugar · Betches · CrimeReads · BookBub

A faraway land.
A family’s dynasty.
A trail of secrets that could shatter their glamorous lifestyle.

Karin Tanabe’s new historical novel, A HUNDRED SUNS (StMartinsPress) begins a on a humid afternoon in 1933. American Jessie Lesage steps off a boat from Paris and onto the shores of Vietnam. Accompanying her French husband Victor, an heir to the Michelin rubber fortune, she’s certain that their new life is full of promise, for while the rest of the world is sinking into economic depression, Indochine is gold for the Michelins. Jessie knows that the vast plantations near Saigon are the key to the family’s prosperity, and though they have recently been marred in scandal, she needs them to succeed for her husband’s sake—and to ensure that the life she left behind in America stays buried in the past.

Jessie dives into the glamorous colonial world, where money is king and morals are brushed aside, and meets Marcelle de Fabry, a spellbinding expat with a wealthy Indochinese lover, the silk tycoon Khoi Nguyen. Descending on Jessie’s world like a hurricane, Marcelle proves to be an exuberant guide to colonial life. But hidden beneath her vivacious exterior is a fierce desire to put the colony back in the hands of its people––starting with the Michelin plantations.

It doesn’t take long for the sun-drenched days and champagne-soaked nights to catch up with Jessie. With an increasingly fractured mind, her affection for Indochine falters. And as a fiery political struggle builds around her, Jessie begins to wonder what’s real in a friendship that she suspects may be nothing but a house of cards.

Motivated by love, driven by ambition, and seeking self-preservation at all costs, Jessie and Marcelle each toe the line between friend and foe, ethics and excess. Cast against the stylish backdrop of 1920s Paris and 1930s Indochine, in a time and place defined by contrasts and convictions.

A HUNDRED SUNS is the best readers can expect in historical fiction.

We have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the latest historical novel you’re reading. We’ll announce a winner soon Good luck.

FYI: Due to current circumstances, expect delay in books reaching your home.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

 

THE OTHER FAMILY by Loretta Nyhan – Spotlight & Giveaway

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From the bestselling author of Digging In comes a witty and moving novel about motherhood, courage, and finding true family.

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In Loretta Nyhan’s new novel, THE OTHER FAMILY (LakeUnionPublishing), Ally Anderson longs for normal life. Her marriage is dissolving, she has money problems and her life is completely up in the air. Her greatest concerns, though, are the health problems of her young daughter, Kylie. Symptoms point to a compromised immune system, but every doctor they’ve seen has a different theory. Then comes hope for some clarity.

It’s possible that Kylie’s illness is genetic, but Ally is adopted. A DNA test opens up an entirely new path. And where it leads is a surprise: to an aunt Ally never knew existed. She’s a little wild, very welcoming, and ready to share more of the family history than Ally ever imagined.

Coping with a skeptical soon-to-be-ex husband, weathering the cautions of her own resistant mother, and getting maddeningly close to the healing Kylie needs, Ally is determined to regain control of her life. This is her chance to embrace uncertainty and the beauty of family—both the one she was born into and the one she chose.

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Loretta’s words:

I was a reader before I was a writer, devouring everything I could get my hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and the instructions booklet for building the Barbie dream house. Later, my obsession with reading evolved into an absolute need to write. After college, I wrote for national trade magazines, taught writing to college freshmen, and eventually found the guts to try fiction.

I can’t live without green tea and dark chocolate. When I’m not writing, I’m knitting, baking, and doing all kinds of things my high school self would have found hilarious. I live with my wonderfully blended, Brady-Bunch family in the Chicago area.

http://www.lorettanyhan.com

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us something about your family life. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.