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The Edisto Trilogy

Claire at Edisto
The Edisto Trilogy Book 1
by Lin Stepp
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Standing in grief and shock at the grave of her young husband, Claire Avery wonders what she and her young daughters will do now. They live in the church parsonage they need to vacate. She hasn’t worked since her marriage twelve years ago. Old issues and complications hinder relationships with her family. Struggling for answers, Claire accepts her brother-in-law’s offer to stay at his beach house at Edisto to give her a season to heal and think. But even the peace and beauty of the coastal island bring new problems along with unexpected joys as Claire seeks to find her way.
Parker Avery always promised his brother Charles he would look after Claire if anything happened to him. Charles stood by him three years ago when his wife Ann died and Parker is determined now to be a help to Claire and the girls. As time passes, instead of feeling like a hero, he feels like a heel instead as he realizes he’s developing feelings for his own brother’s widow. To make things worse, he watches with pain and jealousy as Miles Lawrence waltzes into Claire’s life. What can he expect though? It hardly seems right that Claire, even after a season of mourning, would ever fall in love with her own brother-in-law.
Return to Edisto
The Edisto Trilogy Book 2
Return to Edisto Island in the rich, Lowcountry story of a young woman’s difficult decision to run from threat and danger, changing the course of her well-ordered life and, in turn, the life of the young man who loved and lost her.
It was a long trip back to Edisto Island, South Carolina, and the beach house that shaped so much of Mary Helen Avery’s early life. Now her mind flashed between anger and hurt over the difficult situation she’d left behind at the job she loved. Was she doing the right thing to leave? Should she have stayed to fight? She hoped at the quiet, beloved island she knew so well, she’d find the answers she needed and peace from all this turmoil.
J.T.’s heart took a familiar lurch when he saw the car with New Jersey plates parked at the Avery’s beach house. Even after ten years, the memory of Mary Helen Avery still tormented him. Finding her on the porch weeping lit old fires he thought long dead. Was he a fool to hope for something more between them with all their problems of the past? Probably so, but if she stayed long enough, he’d find one more chance to try.
Edisto Song
The Edisto Trilogy Book 3
In EDISTO SONG a young woman, at the pinnacle of success, is forced to reexamine her dreams as she finds her life as a concert pianist not what she envisioned and those her life is entwined with far from what she believed of them.
Sarah Katherine Avery, becoming internationally known as a young concert pianist of great promise, finds herself at a difficult moment in her career-home in New York, getting ready for a concert with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra but feverish and ill. After pushing on for weeks through illness, her neighbor and friend encourages her to talk to her agent about taking a break for healing after this concert. Worn and disillusioned, Sarah heads over to the concert hall to talk to Jonah but the shock of what she encounters at that meeting spirals her life in a new direction.
Andrew Cavanaugh has traveled to New York from Beaufort to be a support to his boss’s daughter, Sarah Katherine Avery-Suki to him-for her concert performance. A friend of Suki’s since childhood years at Edisto, and always a supporter of her gift and her music, Andrew is shocked when Suki collapses on stage. He learns as he sits with her at the hospital that her life holds unhappiness none of them knew of but her answers for how to resolve her current problems threaten to send his well-ordered life right out the window.
Lin Stepp is a New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon best-selling international author, A native Tennessean, businesswoman, and former faculty member at Tusculum College, Lin has twenty-one published books, including her beloved Smoky Mountain and Mountain Home novels, all set in different Tennessee and North Carolina locations, a novella in one of Kensington’s Christmas anthologies, and three novels in her Edisto Trilogy, set on the South Carolina coast: Claire at Edisto (2019), Return to Edisto (2020) and Edisto Song (2021). Lin and her husband J.L. also write regional guidebooks, including a Smoky Mountain hiking guide, and two state parks guidebooks for Tennessee and South Carolina. Stepp’s latest novels set around the Smoky Mountains are Downsizing (2021) centered near Gatlinburg and Happy Valley (2020) set near Townsend. Lin’s title Claire At Edisto was the 2019 Best Books Award Winner in Fiction: Romance, sponsored by American Book Fest, her novel Welcome Back a finalist in the 2017 Selah Awards, and Lin and her husband’s guidebook Discovering Tennessee State Parks a 2019 Best Books Award Finalist in Nonfiction: Travel Guides with American Book Fest. Lin enjoys speaking for events, festivals, libraries, and book clubs, reading, hiking, exploring out of doors, and keeping up with her readers on Facebook, Twitter, and through her monthly blog and newsletter which you will find on her website at: http://www.linstepp.com
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Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

Always a reader and book lover, and then a professor, my writing was mostly of an academic and business nature. But in the early 2000s, with our children grown and gone, my husband and I began hiking together in the Smoky Mountains near our TN home. Enjoying the trails, we wrote a hiking guide and then I began to write novels set in the Smoky Mountains.  This proved a rewarding and successful venture … so I decided to also take my readers to the South Carolina coast to our favorite vacation spot at Edisto Island. Three Edisto Trilogy novels resulted. And s of April 2021, I’ll have over twenty published novels. … I’m loving the author life!

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I am also an artist, very visual in my work, and I like to find photos to represent all my book characters and the places where I set my books. I create a big bulletin board collage of these “photos” to put behind my computer desk to keep me inspired as I write. I also  draw maps for all my books, which the publisher puts in the front of every book.

Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!

Writing for me began at mid life, and one of my favorite quotes is: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” Never believe your best years can’t begin at mid life. After years in educational sales, marketing and production art, first I went back to college at mid life to get my doctorate and then taught college for twenty years. Along the way I started writing Southern fiction on my own and regional guidebooks with my husband. While most of my friends were retiring and slowing down I moved into a full-time career as an author, with my books hitting the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon bestseller lists and many going international. … Life is good!

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What are some of your pet peeves?

To my sorrow, I’ve seen a lot of exploitation and dishonesty in the publishing industry, and I hate how many new and eager writers are hurt by less-than-honorable publishers.

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born and grew up in east Tennessee, where I still live. My heart is well settled and established in this Appalachian area and I love the mountains here. My ancestors trekked down the Appalachian Trail to settle this part of the world and it is definitely my place of belonging.

If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

As a strong woman of faith, I’d spend it praying … and I’d call all my close family and friends to tell them how much I loved them and to encourage them to continue to live good and happy lives.

Who is your hero and why?

My author hero is L.M. Montgomery who wrote the Anne Of Green Gables books that made me yearn to be a writer.  I read every one of her books … and I loved the beautiful Disney series created about the Anne books, too. I often reread the books and rewatch the movies. They nourish my soul and I often hope my books do that for my readers, too.

What kind of world ruler would you be?

A strong leader encourages, motivates, challenges, and inspires others. The best leaders live an exemplary life you would be happy to emulate and follow as an example. I don’t believe you can be a good leader without good character and without truly caring about others. One of my favorite leadership quotes is: “A good leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” [John Maxwell]… In all areas of leadership that I’ve worked in, I’ve tried to keep those principles in mind.

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Silvermoon Retirement Village Mysteries

Poker Chips and Poison
Silvermoon Retirement Village Cozy Book 1
by Rodney Strong
Genre: Cozy Mystery
If old age doesn’t get her..the murderer will.
97 year old Alice Atkinson should be comfortably living out her days at the Silvermoon Retirement Village. But she’s bored. A lifetime of living in the grey area between right and wrong means that winning money off her friends at poker just isn’t satisfying.
Then her friend is murdered, and she’s the only one who thinks it’s foul play. And even she has her doubts.
With the help of Vanessa her newly appointed and occasionally reluctant sidekick, Alice is determined to find out the truth. One thing is for sure, Alice is going to need to dust off some old skills to come through this in one piece.
Grab your copy of Poker Chips and Poison now to see how age means nothing when it comes to investigating murder.
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Hip Flask and Hanging
Silvermoon Retirement Village Cozy Book 2
Beat your ghosts or become one yourself
97 year old Alice Atkinson has many ghosts in her past, but she never expected to see this one walk past her in the street.
She doesn’t have much time to think about the past though as her friend Teresa asks her for help. She thinks someone is breaking into her apartment and soon Alice and her trusty young companion Vanessa are on the case.
Tracking down the culprit might be exactly what Alice needs to stop thinking about the events of London in 1969, but soon the two events overlap more than she would like, and once again she finds herself in danger.
Alice hasn’t made it this far in life by avoiding a fight. She’s not about to start now.
Grab your copy of Hip- Flask and Hanging, the second book in the Silvermoon Retirement Village. This laugh out loud cozy mystery series will have you looking at your grandmother in an all new light.
Knitting Needles and Knives
Silvermoon Retirement Village Cozy Book 3
Knitting needles and knives, both can kill you.
Alice Atkinson is laid up after an ill advised attempt to prove age is just a number. When her friend Owen asks for her help with his wayward granddaughter, Alice finds herself drawn into thievery and murder. Soon she’s facing off with crooked cops and mobsters, but they pale in comparison to the teenager determined to lie to her at every chance.
Alice is going to need all her considerable wits to sift through the clues, find a murderer, and keep her loved ones safe.
Knitting Needles and Knives is the third book in the Silvermoon Retirement Village series of humorous cozies. Grab your copy now.
Rodney Strong quit a 9-5 job in 2016 to finally pursue his life long dream of becoming a writer (he still has the very first play he wrote at age 6). He lives in Porirua, New Zealand, with his wife, two children, and two cats (plus a 3rd cat that is trying desperately to be adopted). When he’s not writing he attempts to stay away from chocolate, runs (sometimes), reads, and enjoys spending time with his young children (who contribute a lot to the running and craving for chocolate).
He always has a couple of projects on the go, but for now is focusing on his series of cozy mysteries.
One of his cats likes to help with the process by sitting on the laptop, while the other likes nesting on his shoulders (which was cute when he was a kitten, but now the cat is 9 years old, is less so).
Rodney is a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors, and chairs his neighborhood residents group.
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Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

Hi, I’m Rodney Strong, a 51 year old author from Wellington, New Zealand, where I live with my wife, two children and two cats. They’re a handful, the cats more often than the kids. I’ve always written, I still have the first plays I wrote when I was 7 or 8 years old. Over the years I drifted in and out of writing, before deciding in 2016 that I had done enough practice and needed to give it a proper go. My cats are very supportive of my writing, often sitting on my writing desk and preventing me from using the mouse.

Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!

It didn’t happen as much as I did it, but when I was younger I travelled to London to work in the Regent’s Park zoo and got to see some amazing sights, like a baby giraffe just two hours old, and feed three baby chimpanzees. They were like little kids, if you told one of them off, the others would come running over and hug them. Sometimes if you weren’t careful when you walked into their room one of them would jump on you from above the door. They thought it was a great joke. It was tough being on the other side of the world, but I still have fond memories of that time.

What kind of world ruler would you be?

A terrible one.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I read, or go for a walk, but mostly the read thing as when I walk I’m thinking about writing.

How to find time to write as a parent?

Luckily my two are 9 and about to turn 11, so they can get themselves ready in the morning. I’ll write for half an hour before getting them to school, then write until they come home from school, at which time I switch from writer to chauffer. During the Covid-19 lockdown last year they both made signs for my home office door saying if it was closed I wasn’t to be disturbed. It was super sweet, and would have been even more so if they actually paid any attention to their own words.

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

I can definitely imagine the Silvermoon Retirement Series being made into television movies. They’re set in a retirement home so all one location, and there are some really interesting, quirky type characters.

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The Exit Strategy

 


Women’s Fiction

Audio Book Release – February 2021

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press



Tech executive Carly can’t wait to marry the man of her dreams. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers her fiancé is already wed to Ryn — her company’s top investor! Can the two women overcome heartbreak together?

Silicon Valley investor Ryn Brennan is on the verge of achieving everything she dreamed. She’s succeeded in the sexist venture capital world, has a supportive husband, and is about to close the deal of her career. Everything is going exactly as planned, until she meets her husband’s mistress, across the negotiating table.

Carly clawed her way back from being a teenage runaway to become an accomplished scientist, caring single mom, and co-founder of her startup. Once she marries her loving fiancé, she’ll secure the complete family she craves. But she’s blindsided to discover her not so perfect fiancé is already married.

In an industry full of not-so-subtle sexism, can the two women rise above, and work together to overcome heartbreak, and ensure their success?



Critic Reviews

Strong women faced with timely struggles. Friendship, forgiveness, and moments of heartfelt laughter. You won’t forget these courageous characters.” Rochelle Weinstein, USA Today bestselling author

SO MUCH FUN. Incredibly fast paced and satisfying, with two believable protagonists and one guy so bad you’ll be dying to see if he get what he deserves.” (K J Dell’Antonia, New York Times bestselling author)

5 Stars! Secrets, betrayals and vulture like venture capitalists will keep you on the edge of your seat.” (Miss W Book Reviews)


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About The Author

Lainey Cameron is an author of women’s fiction and a recovering tech industry executive. Her award-winning novel, The Exit Strategy, a #1 Amazon Best Seller, was inspired by a decade of being the only woman in the corporate boardroom. It’s been called a “rallying call for women to believe in themselves and join together”.

A digital nomad–meaning she picks locations around the world to live (and write) for months at a time–Lainey is an avid instagrammer, and loves to share her insights. She loves to connect with readers and audio listeners at http://www.laineycameron.com

She’s a proud member and volunteer with Women’s Fiction Writers Association, hosts an Instagram TV show called The Best of Women’s Fiction, and believes community makes the author’s life worthwhile. Originally from Scotland, Lainey has a soft spot for kilts, good malt whisky, and anything equine.


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WHENEVER A CHILD IS BORN by Nancy Diedrich

 

Join us for this tour from Mar 15 to Apr 9, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich
CategoryChildren’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  30 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
PublisherWestBow Press
Release date:   July 2017
Format available: hardback, paperback, ebook
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

In his 2014 homily for the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels, October 2, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily mass to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companion. No one journeys alone, and no one should think that they are alone.

“According to Church tradition,” the pope said, “we all have an angel with us, who guards us . . . It is what God said: ‘I send an angel before you, to guard you, to accompany you on the way, so you will not be alone.'”

In this children’s book, angels wait anxiously and with great excitement to see which one of them will be chosen to be the guardian angel of a child that is to be born. This delightful book depicts the joy of all God’s creations anticipating the birth of another precious child. The sun shines brighter, the moon has a shinier glow, flowers grow taller, birds tweet more sweetly, and angels dance and sing with bliss, as all creation awaits another baby girl or boy.

Whenever a Child Is Born offers the perfect message for parents as it charmingly tells the story of how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born. The story comforts parents with the knowledge that their baby is a special gift from heaven to them, and that they will never be alone raising their child, and that their child will never ever be alone in life.

Parents never worry. No one journeys alone through life because whenever a child is born, he is given a guardian angel.

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Meet the Author:

Nancy Diedrich was born and raised in South Louisiana, where storytelling was not just an art form, but an authentic way of communicating. Everyone had a tale to tell! This was, more than likely, where her love of communication developed. With undergraduate degrees in English and speech, and graduate degrees in psychological counseling, Nancy learned that words can educate; they can entertain; they can inspire and they can heal. In Nancy’s career, she has been a teacher, a counselor and an author, where the power of words always guided her in interaction with her students, clients and readers. Nancy’s value for genuine communication extends beyond her career, to the anchors of her life, which are her faith, her family and her friendships.

Whenever A Child Is Born is Nancy’s first published children’s book. In it, the reader gets a glimpse of this author’s compassion for family, and her gift of faith, as the story tells how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born.


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Tour Schedule:

Mar 15 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Mar 16 – Over Coffee Conversations – book review / giveaway
Mar 17 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Mar 18 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review /giveaway
Mar 19 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review
Mar 22 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Mar 23 – The Book Review Crew – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24 – Books for Books – book review
Mar 25 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 26 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 29 – Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 30 – Kam’s Place – book review
Mar 30 – My Journey Back-the Journey Back – book review
Mar 31 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 1 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Apr 1 – @late_blooming_wallflower – book review / guest post
Apr 2 – Bookish Quest – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 5 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Apr 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 7 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Apr 8 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Apr 9 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 9 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
 

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Author Interview

Question #1

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Answer #1

For as long as I can remember, I always enjoyed telling stories, but I didn’t consider writing about them or becoming a writer, until I had grandchildren.  Before that “grand” stage of life, I didn’t have very much time to write or to be creative.  By the time I had grandchildren, I wanted to start recording my stories.

As a young mother, I told my children stories, that I would create, in addition to books that I would read to them. And as an English teacher, I would encourage my students to write creative narratives on a regular basis.  I valued storytelling and tried to inspire my children and my students with a love writing, as well as, reading.  

Strangely enough, even though I was always a storyteller and book lover, I didn’t move beyond writing short stories and magazine articles until recently. Five years ago, I wrote a book for each of my grandchildren, where each of them was the main character in his/her own book. That was such a thrill, that I decided to try my hand at writing a book for publication. 

I’m so happy I made that decision. Becoming a published author has been extremely fulfilling and gratifying for me. For a “book lover” like myself, it’s a meaningful accomplishment.

Question #2

In your opinion, what are the most important elements of writing a children’s book?

Answer #2

I believe children’s authors have a profound responsibility to each child who reads their books. In addition to entertaining and informing children with storylines and illustrations, the author who chooses to write for children must offer each child an opportunity to fall in love with reading; they should inspire a child to be creative, as well as strengthen the child’s reading and cognitive skills.

Children’s books should capture the child’s imagination, entertain them, and offer some type of information or lesson.  Prior to writing my first children’s book, I consulted with Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers and Early-Childhood Education specialists.  I wanted to know the best way to approach a young reader; how to capture their attention and how to present a message that would help them in social development.

All of my resources told me that young readers love vibrant illustrations, bright colors, rhyming text, uncomplicated word placement, simple wording and a good storyline.  They explained the importance of the layout of a children’s book, and how it needed to be appropriate for the reader’s attention level. Text should not be printed over an illustration, and there should not be too much text on each page. Young readers need time to absorb the message from the text, and to appreciate how the illustration compliments the text. I have always considered this to be solid gold advice, and it has been my roadmap for every book that I have written. 

Question #3

What is your inspiration for this story?

 Following a ten year and very fulfilling career as a high school English teacher, I have enjoyed many years in my second career, as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In my counseling practice, I often work in group therapy, and it was in a group that consisted of young mothers, that I realized the topic of “having a new baby” would be the subject of my book. The ladies discussed how they would tell their families that another baby was on the way.  They especially addressed the issue of informing their children that they were going to have another sibling. These ladies found it difficult to find an appropriate message for their children.

This is when I realized that the joy of a child coming into the world needed its own story. The fictional narrative of how all of creation might respond to hearing that a new baby is about to be born, would be a great way for children to experience joyfulness and excitement whenever they hear the delightful news that a new baby is on the way.

Since it’s publication, Whenever A Child Is Born has become a favorite for Moms, especially “new Moms”, and Grandmothers, especially “new Grands”. It has definitely found its way to more baby showers that I can count. Although it was never my intention for this book to become the “go to baby shower gift”, sometimes books have a way of creating their own identity. 

Question #4

Describe your workspace?

Answer #4

I write at my desk in my office.  My office itself, is located in a stately old historic building in the middle of downtown, in my sleepy South Louisiana hometown. I chose this building for two reasons: first of all, I love the location, in the heart of town, and secondly, it provides quiet office space for my Counseling practice.

In addition to being a quiet office space, I have a white noise machine looping natural soothing sounds throughout the office at all times.  It offers a peaceful atmosphere, but also an added layer of privacy for my clients, which they appreciate and so do I.  It’s the perfect place for me to write whenever I am not in session with a client.  

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Iy Happened in Tuscany

Join us for this tour from Mar 8 to April 2, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title: It Happened in Tuscany by Gail Mencini
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 408 pages
Genre Mainstream Fiction, Historical Fiction
Publisher Capriole Group
Release date Feb 18 2020
Content Rating: PG-13. The novel includes violence in war scenes and non-explicit sex scenes, but not f-words, religious profanities, or crude terms as described. 
 

Book Description:

From the multiple-award-winning author of To Tuscany with Love comes a captivating story of the epic tug of war between honor and duty, the irrepressible power of love, and the concept of family.

In 1945, Will Mills and his fellow soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division scaled Italy’s treacherous Riva Ridge in the frigid night to break through the nearly impenetrable German line of defense. Severely wounded, Will was rescued by Italian partisans and one, a beautiful girl, tended his injuries until he had the strength to rejoin the U.S. troops.

Tormented and haunted by his decisions and actions during wartime, Will knows he has unfinished missions in Italy to complete. The passage of time and years of carrying this unfulfilled need have molded Will into a bitter, angry man.

Seventy-five years later, Will’s spunky thirty-two-year-old neighbor, Sophie Sparke, faces disaster in her life. Everything is going wrong—her job, her love life, even her dog. Part of the problem is that confident and fiercely independent Sophie lets her quick mouth get her into trouble.

Grouchy, mean-spirited Will finagles Sophie into traveling with him to Tuscany to find the partisan who saved his life. Will also secretly hopes to confront the demons his wartime actions created. Sophie and Will comb enchanting Tuscan hill towns on an improbable and unfolding mission with few clues to aid them. Will’s passionate tenacity drives their quest and in the process exposes their darkest secrets. The journey alters the course of their lives, and Will and Sophie find more than they had imagined in the hills of Tuscany.

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Meet the Author:

Gail Mencini is the acclaimed author of It Happened in Tuscany and To Tuscany with Love, both of which are Denver Post #1 bestsellers and award winners. Gail grew up in DeWitt, Nebraska, graduated from Wartburg College with a BA in Accounting and Economics, and earned a master of taxation degree from the University of Denver. A frequent visitor to Tuscany and a homegrown gourmet cook, Gail has toured Italy by car, train, bus, Vespa, and foot. She lives in Colorado with her husband.

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Tour Schedule:

Mar 8 –
Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Mar 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 9 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review / giveaway
Mar 10 – Laura’s Interests – audiobook review / giveaway
Mar 11 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 12 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 15 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 16 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Mar 17 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Mar 18 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – audiobook review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 19 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review / giveaway
Mar 22 – Book World Reviews – book review
Mar 23 – Splashes of Joy – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 23 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24 – High Society Book Club & Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 25 –Pass Me That Book – book review  
Mar 25 – Lisa Everyday Reads  – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 26 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post
Mar 26 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review / giveaway
Mar 29 – Sadie Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 30 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 31 – Pick a Good Book – book review / guest post / giveaway
Apr 1 – michellemengsbookblog3 – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 1 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Apr 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review / giveaway
 

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A Peek at My Writing Life

By Gail Mencini

Thank you for letting me write a guest post for your great blog!

One question I frequently receive when I visit book clubs is: Where do you write?

I use a MAC laptop to write as I love the flexibility of it. I have taken it with me to libraries when I do research and when I tag along on my husband’s business trips. At home, it goes with me wherever I’m writing at the moment—in my office, at the kitchen table, or on the back porch.

Going for a walk outdoors is a great way for me to brainstorm, examine character motivations, and work out sticky issues with the plot. Weather permitting, I love to start my writing day by walking our dog along a nature trail in the city. When I sit down at the computer, if I am not outdoors, a light-filled room and a window in front me is important for my creativity.

I am fortunate to have a lovely little retreat area to write in that is all my own. Here’s a photograph of my writing desk, before I hung pictures on the walls. My laptop is hidden in the drawer.

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While we were building our current home, we rented a house not far away. It was temporary, and we wanted to save money for the construction. Here are pictures of my desk in our rental house.

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It’s messy, and if you look carefully, you will notice the moving boxes in the corner put into service as end tables during our time here. Not an inspirational space in which to write.

On a brighter note, at a conference my husband attended in 2019, when we could travel, I wrote outside until it was too hot. As you will note, my writing surroundings were spectacular.

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I look forward to the spring and summer days ahead when I can return to our covered back porch to write with our new puppy resting nearby. Benjamin will be much bigger by then!

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She’s the One Who Cares Too Much 

She’s the One Who Cares Too Much 

(Book Two of the War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters)

by S. R. Cronin

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GENRE: Historical Fantasy

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Coral, the second of seven sisters, has been hiding her affair with the perfect man until her older sister can get her life together. But the perfect man is getting impatient and now she’s gotten pregnant. Coral decides it’s time to consider her own happiness.

But what does she want? The perfect husband turns out to be less than ideal. She adores the small children she teaches but the idea of being a mother fills her with joy. Meanwhile, her homeland is gripped by fear of a Mongol invasion and she can’t stop crying about everything now that she’s with child.

Then a friend suggests the ever-caring Coral possesses a power well beyond what she or anyone else imagines. Does she? And why is the idea so appealing?

When Coral’s big sister loses faith in the army and decides to craft a way to use magic to save Ilari from the Mongols, she decides Coral’s formidable talent is what the realm needs. Can Coral raise a baby, placate an absent military husband who thinks he’s stopping the invasion, and help her sister save her homeland?

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A few days later life at the farm changed. Ryalgar retreated into her room in a flurry of tears and could be heard crying in there for days. She barely came out, and when she did,  she wouldn’t talk to me. I guessed she was embarrassed. I couldn’t imagine what had gone wrong. Perhaps his family objected to her. But why?

Mom told the rest of us Ryalgar was ill, but we all knew better.

Good thing I hadn’t brought up Davor. Perhaps her prince would reconsider. I wanted Ryalgar to have every chance to get her life together before I launched my happiness into the middle of her misery. So the next time I saw Davor, I begged him to wait a little longer.

“I’ll tell my parents about you in an ank or two, I promise. In time for you to invite me to celebrate Keva.” 

“That’s four anks away yet. I’m starting to think you’re afraid to tell your parents about me.”

“I am not.”

“Then promise me this is the last delay, okay? I’m not going to be able to keep these kinds of visits up much longer.”

I felt tightness in my chest. Was he thinking of ending it because I’d waited too long?

He must have seen the look in my eyes.

“Look, honey cakes. I’d be willing to give you all the time you need to find your nerve, but things are changing for the Svadlu. We’ve been hearing about a band of thieves far worse than anything we’ve ever encountered. Men on horseback, from the east. They’re highly skilled and they swoop into farming areas like ours and take everything they want. Traders tell us they only attack once it gets cold, and they‘ve been coming further west every year, seeking new areas to raid. They’ll be here before long, maybe as soon as this coming winter.”

“That’s horrible.”

“It’s worse than you know. We’ve started to train for it, of course, but soon I’ll have less freedom to take jaunts all the way out to Vinx just to spend the night with you, okay? You need to suck it up and tell your parents you’ve met a man and you want to get married. You understand?” 

I understood. No matter what happened in Ryalgar’s life, I’d do it before Keva.

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Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and is now in the process of publishing a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. A quick look at the synopses of her books makes it obvious she is fascinated by people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had.

She’s made a lot of stops along the way to writing these novels.  She’s lived in seven cities, visited forty-six countries, and worked as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. Now she answers a hot-line. Along the way, she’s lost several cats but acquired a husband who still loves her and three kids who’ve grown up just fine, both despite how odd she is. 

All her life she has wanted to either tell these kinds of stories or be Chief Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise. She now lives and writes in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she admits to occasionally checking her phone for a message from Captain Picard, just in case. 

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Flame of Normandy

 


Historical Romance

Date Published: March 03, 2021

Publisher: DCL Publications



Forced into a political marriage with a man she terms “a half mad half Viking,” Catherine Broussard is caught up in her father’s malice, her husband’s ambition and the Norman Conquest of Anglo-Saxon England.


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She rode up the shoreline with Hugo, past driftwood, with the water lapping at their horses’ hooves. It was the same rhythmic sound she had always heard, always on a good horse, always riding in the morning. Her heart lifted. She did enjoy a good ride. So, apparently, did her husband. They were still feeling their way around each other, but this—like their bedding—was something they could enjoy together.

At the end of the open beach, where it elevated to more rocky land, he helped her off her horse and into a little cove the sea had once carved into the rock. It was dry now, sufficiently above sea level to stay that way for the most part.

Look inside,” he said, tethering the horses to bushes. “This is worth seeing.”

Someone had driven a torch holder into the wall of the cave. Once he lit the torch and her eyes adjusted, she could see the outline of paintings on the rocks. Paintings? How could that be? It was red and ochre and white paint of some sort, very old and faded, but recognizably of horses.

Some ancient people made these,” he said, guiding her hand. She felt the stone beneath her hand, timeless, and the touch of his hand on hers. His arm curved around her shoulder while his chest braced her. She wasn’t entirely sorry in the uncertain footing of a cave, where sand and rocks rolled beneath the feet. She had tiny ankles that turned easily, but Hugo was a rock. “I don’t know who they were. Do you see the horses?”

I do.” She was awed in spite of herself. “How old do you think they are?”

I can’t even guess. But this…” He pressed her fingers on the surface. “This is very, very old. These people were here before us, perhaps they were even our ancestors. No one knows. But they lived, and we live. This is what I’ve been fighting for, not for my pride. This is what I want a child to inherit, so that it goes on. And you’re a part of it now. Do you understand?”

He was deeper than she had thought.

Yes,” she said.

He turned her within the circle of his arms, raising her chin. He was not quite sauvage, after all. He pressed his lips to hers, and she opened to him. After long moments of exploring her, he lifted his face.

This is what I fight for, Catherine,” he said

She understood. This was going to be the price of her marriage to him and if she wanted any sort of life, she would have to give it to him—no matter how hard it came. He would accept nothing less.


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Hailing from Pennsylvania, Miriam Newman has developed a prolific writing career that began in her twenties, although she published her very first novel some time later in 2009. She was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been her passion for as long as she can remember and she brings that background to her writing, along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services, and many trips to Ireland, where she nurtures her muse. Her published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. It was in Ireland that she wrote The King’s Daughter. Ireland is her favorite place in this world. “I connect there with something I can’t even explain,” she says fondly.

Miriam spent many years working in Social Services, and after retirement, she found herself working part-time in local government. Currently, she lives in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals. Her passion for animal rescue and fostering has included a number of fur babies, from horses to dogs to a pig that appeared on her porch one morning. Also a lover of great books, the one that she finds most responsible for her venture into fantasy and recommends is ‘The Once and Future King’ by T.H. White.


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The Billionaire and the Princess By Katherine E Hunt

The Billionaire and the Princess by Katherine E. Hunt

Book 1 in the Sag Harbor series

Word Count: 60,151 Pages: 238 Book Length: Super Novel Heat Rating: Sizzling Sexometer: 2

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BILLIONAIRE CONTEMPORARY EROTIC ROMANCE ROYALS

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When a British journalist gets her dream job in The Hamptons, she doesn’t expect to find her dream man too. All Caitlyn has to do is catch a plane, move to Sag Harbor and start her new job as editor of a brand-new society magazine. That’s what she’s promised herself. No more Mr. Wrong, no more pandering to everybody else’s needs. New life, new Caitlyn. So when she meets a handsome gentleman on the plane, after a couple of drinks, she’s going to walk away, right? She’s certainly not going to try to join the mile-high club with him. If it turns out he’s her new boss, Hank Baresi, the youngest son of one of the biggest media moguls in America, but no matter, he doesn’t appear to remember her, anyway. She’s just going to do her job. No serenading him. No succumbing to his sweet charms and absolutely no falling in love with him. And, well, if he happens to fall in love with her, she’s just going to say no, right?

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There is no excuse for this kind of behavior. I’ve promised, sworn and vowed never to fall for a bad guy again. Take some time out, I told myself, learn the real Caitlyn, love yourself before you love others. Why, oh why, then, am I half-naked in an airplane bathroom with a frickin’ drunken, horny cowboy? Why indeed? He’s hot, there’s that, like six-foot-two hot. You know what I’m talking about. The type of guy that makes you catch your breath when he brushes past you, hair a little unkempt, jaw a little too sharp. In my defense, I’ve had a very strange year and, frankly, life’s gotten really, really complicated. Then there’s the free alcohol, first time in Business Class… It’s all gone to my head. I might be forgiven for getting carried away. But still, no excuse, Caitlyn, no excuse. He traces a solitary finger down the outside of my thigh—my leggings hang off one ankle, dragging on the floor. My other foot, placed firmly on the closed toilet seat, is the only thing holding me up. I lift my hair, curl it up on my head with my hands, soft lips brush against my neck. “You’re so freaking hot,” he slurs. At first, I’d thought he had a Texan drawl until he’d confessed, giggling as the words came out, that he’d stolen the cowboy hat from the guy in the next seat down. He’s not Southern—he’s just drunk off his head. He brushes his fingers up my spine, circling the crux of my neck before gliding over my breasts, past the tips of my nipples, until they stop at the slick gusset of my undies. Fuck. For a man who smells like a brewery and has lost the capacity for coherent speech, he’s pretty deft with his hands. Pressing tightly onto my pussy, like it’s the only thing holding us up, he fumbles with his trousers, pulling at his belt. “Do you have a condom?” I ask. “Uh…shi-it. Maybe?” He tries to grab his wallet with his one free hand and we rock back and forth as he tugs at his pocket. Is this really happening? It was all going smoothly. Steamy, unexpected, drunken smooch in the corridor, unilateral decision to glide into the bathroom. Semi-naked foreplay. It’s all so serious, all of a sudden. Sex with a stranger. That’s a sobering thought. Is this how I want to start my new life? It isn’t part of the plan, that’s for sure. I’ve never done anything like this. I’m not an angel, but I’ve always been the wait a few days, get to know the guy kind of girl. Admittedly, they’d all turned out to be Mr. Emotionally Unavailable, Mr. Terrified of Commitment or Mr. Sleeps with Your Friends Plural Behind Your Back, but hey, I’d always kept my side of the bargain. His fumbles prove fruitless. He takes his hand off me to grab his wallet, falls backward, slams hard into the door and slides to the ground. Turns out I was holding him up after all. I spin around. “You okay?” He doesn’t have any visible injuries, but he’s a tall man in a small space and his knees are around his ears. He still looks cute though. God, I need to get laid. My horny is showing. “Oh shit!” He says it way too loud. Fuck, he’s going to get us caught. I’m not sure what the punishment is for kinky stuff in airplane bathrooms, but I know I don’t want to start my brand-new life in America in an orange jumpsuit. “Shh,” I whisper, placing my finger over my lips. “Shh. Hee-hee.” That giggle again. He’s wasted–like, actually out of it. This is rapidly turning into a very bad idea, not that at any point sneaking around with a man I’ve just met had been a solid choice. Kissing him? That had been fun, but now it feels a little like taking advantage. He flicks through his wallet, still sat, half on the floor, legs splayed either side of me. “Shit. I got nothing.” I lean down and put my arms around him. He nuzzles into my neck. God, he smells delicious. Whoever he is when he isn’t half-naked and hammered, he has incredible taste in aftershave. “Let’s get you up.” “Wheeee!” With one hefty yank, he’s on his feet. The effort sends my back crashing against the toilet roll dispenser. It’s like getting a devastatingly handsome, six-foot-two, curly haired, horny octopus to stand to attention. Impossible. Stepping back to steady myself, I hear a crack. Shit. Hopefully, his phone isn’t super important because it has just smashed into a million pieces under my foot. I kick it out of sight, sit him down on the toilet seat and pull my leggings back up. My libido is fading. Fast. I pull up my leggings and put my top back on. “You don’t wanna do it anymore?” he drawls, his face downcast. “I don’t think that’s a very good idea, do you?” He can’t even stand up for a start. God knows whether he can get anything else up. “You’re hot.” He snakes his hands up my sweatshirt. “Thank you. You’re very, very drunk.” I fasten his belt for him, inciting more giggles, and hand him his wallet, which had flown into the sink. “I think I’m going to go back to my seat. It was very nice meeting you, cowboy. Maybe we’ll meet again someday in better circumstances.” I might sound like I’m fobbing him off, but some part of me sort of wishes it’s true. I most definitely shouldn’t. The type of guy who allows himself to get in this much of a state is not boyfriend material. Not for me, anyway. But he’s a sweetie, and he’s cute when he giggles. Oh, Caitlyn, you’re such a damn pushover. * * * * The old lady in the seat next to mine looks very concerned. “Did you hear all that noise in the toilet?” “Yes. Apparently, some drunk guy fell over.” “Oh dear.” She cringes. “Some people do get carried away with the free drinks on these flights. I hope he’s all right.” She’s been reading a guidebook on New York for the last four hours and hasn’t even acknowledged my presence, but now that I’ve got gossip, she’s all ears. “I’m sure he’s fine. So where are you flying to today?” She closes her book and looks at me. “New York.” Her eyes widen with excitement. Bless her. She has to be at the very least in her seventies. I see a little of myself in her, always excited by new experiences, no matter how old I get. That’s the only way to live. “Well, yes. I meant for business or pleasure.” “I’m going to see my son. He’s got a fancy job in Manhattan, going to show me the sights.” She curls her lips into the biggest grin. “Oh, that’s lovely.” Something loud crashes behind us. “Oh dear,” she mutters. “What now?” A flash of white comes racing past our seats. A butt. A very naked butt attached to a very handsome, drunken, giggly cowboy. “Shit,” I whisper under my breath. Maybe I shouldn’t have left him to his own devices after all. He turns and waves his not-insignificant appendage at a room full of dozing passengers before a hand reaches through the curtain behind him and pulls his drunken, naked butt into First Class. “Good lord,” she says, raising an eyebrow. “I haven’t seen one like that since my Henry was alive.” I turn to her and smile, hiding my deep regret at my rash decision not to get cowboy’s number before I’d left him. “Lucky you,” I reply.

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Katherine E Hunt ran off with a Frenchman twenty years ago. She now lives on a French mountain with three children and two dogs. When she isn’t writing contemporary romance she can be found huddled up in front of a roaring fire, with a glass of Chardonnay in one hand and a book in the other. You can find out more about Katherine on her website.

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Eat Your Heart Out

 


Starting Over Series, Book 2

Romantic Women’s Fiction / Romcom / ChickLit

Date Published: March 17, 2021

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press



When a tyrant in stilettos replaces her beloved boss, and her ex snags her coveted job, teacher Dana Narvana discovers there are worse things than getting dumped on Facebook. Time for the BFF advice squad. Alex—hunky colleague, quipster, and cooking pal extraordinaire is Dana’s staunchest ally. So what’s with the smooching after hours? And why won’t this grown man make up his mind?

Actor turned teacher Alex Bethany craves a family of his own. Newly hotified, he’s now got the confidence to try online dating. Meanwhile he’s sending Dana mixed messages in the kissing department. After a surprising event rocks his world, Alex panics, certain he’s blown his chances with his special person.

Funny and bittersweet, Dana and Alex’s story will have you rooting for them all the way to dessert.



About the Author

Shirley Goldberg is a writer, novelist, and former ESL and French teacher who’s lived in Paris, Crete, and Casablanca. She writes about men and women of a certain age starting over. Her website http://midagedating.com offers a humorous look at living single and dating in mid life. Eat Your Heart Out is the second book in the series Starting Over. Middle Ageish, the first, is available now and Shirley’s friends like to guess which stories in the book are true. Her characters believe you should never leave home without your sense of humor and Shirley agrees.


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Meet the Author : Sophella’s Birthday Wish

Sophella’s Birthday Wish

by Maggi Nicholas

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GENRE: Children’s book

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Here is a modern fairy story about a little girl who has the gift to move between the fairy world and the human world. Her birthday wish comes true when she wishes to fly with the fairies, and so she is able to go on a magical journey with the fairies whilst using her human side to rescue animals and kids in a way that fairies cannot do. Throughout the journey she comes to realize her own strengths as she protects the penguins and rescues the dolphins with great bravery and compassion. During her heartwarming adventure. Sophella forms new friendships and demonstrates life-affirming lessons that can inspire us all.

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There were 8 fairies on her birthday cake. Each wore a dress of a different colour purple, blue, yellow, green, aqua, peach and red but Sophella’s favorite was the fairy in pink. Sophella took a deep breath and blew out all the candles then closed her eyes and made a wish. “I wish I could fly like the fairies!”

Fairies fine and fairies good 

We are in your neighborhood 

In the flowers in the trees 

Flying, dancing in the breeze 

Magic wands and fairy wings 

Fairy dust and sparkly things 

We are big, we are small 

You may never see us all 

In the towns and in the cities 

On the beach and in the sea 

When the world is sad and lonely 

Happy daydreams set you free

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Maggi was born and grew up in the UK and later moved to Canada with her husband and sons. Inspired by her grandkids, she started writing stories for and about them and is currently working on her next Sophella book, and a book aimed at a slightly older readership about time travellers.

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What’s in a name?! Quite a lot I think. The lead character, Sophella, in my new children’s story “Sophella’s Birthday Wish” is a combination of Sophie and Ella. And for a very good reason; these are the names of my 2 granddaughters. When developing a character for my new book I tried putting their names together and came up with something that sounds pretty and unique, as well as fantastical. Since my story is a fantasy it seemed to fit perfectly.

And now I had to fit my 3 grandsons into a story about fairies! They could have been mischievous fairies but looking at their natures I decided that they would more likely be mischievous little boys who got into scrapes and were rescued by an adventurous girl. 

I incorporated my other grandchildren into the book as supporting characters and added whimsical names using alliteration such as Bonny Bluebird, Beatty Bee, Boris the Bull and Farah the Fairy. Farah’s name symbolizes happiness and her vocation in life is to spread joy which she does by taking Sophella on the trip of a lifetime!

Sweet pea is so named not just after the flower but because she is tiny, delicate, a bit broken and has a sweet personality. Aqua is the water fairy and how could she have any other name! My illustrator, Anita suggested that since she herself is Chinese, wouldn’t it be nice if this fairy celebrated diversity and so she drew her in her own image.

Many children enjoy dressing up in costumes. Whether it’s a fairy princess, a wizard or a space alien with laser guns, in the context of a book it remains a flight of fantasy for the reader to identify with, wondering, “what would I like to wear if I were a fairy?”

Sophella is a modern girl, and she likes pink and purple. She loves her pink and rainbow dresses and she knows that the rainbow stands for diversity and celebrates it. Farrah, on the other hand, prefers a more practical outfit but has fun negotiating with Sophella on the colours. Aqua loves the blues and greens of the water and even though she wears shorts for the sunshine she retains her beautiful flowing watery style. Henry was difficult to characterize. He is a handsome and accomplished fairy who speaks many languages. He is somewhat conservative and cannot persuade Boris the Bull to behave. It takes Sophella, in her modern, practical way to get the boys to safety. 

Melia is an archetypal snow queen wearing sparkly white. As a quirky statement she has figure skates on her feet as do her little team of ice fairies.  She is based on a young family member by that name who plays ice hockey. I myself am a passionate ice dancer and skating is a part of our family.

Beatty the Bee fairy definitely looks like a bee naturally. Beatty doesn’t have a defined gender but lives for the bees and is thrilled when Sophella comes along to help with the problem of pesticides.

Last but not least, Lulu Bugbeoff needs no explanation. She doesn’t like the bugs that attack her flowers and she sprays pesticide in her garden. Sophella explains that pesticide kills the bees and she needs to stop because “our world needs the bees” which exhibits her genuine concern and compassion for the world around her.I hope you enjoy the book and fall in love with the characters as I did. For more information on how to order “Sophella’s Birthday Wish”, visit: www.sophellasbirthdaywish.com

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