Book Tour: Roughly Speaking by Eddie Gibbons

It’s my tour stop for Roughly Speaking: New and Selected Poems by Eddie Gibbons! Thank you so much to Love Books Tours for allowing me to participate. Click on the link above for more info about their tours!

Book Information

Roughly Speaking : New and Selected Poems by Eddie Gibbons
Publisher: Leamington Books
Length: 98 pages
Genre: Poetry



Every poet has a drawerful of rejection letters.

The poems in Roughly Speaking by Eddie Gibbons have for many years – some since as long ago as 1969 – lived in the shadows of their siblings who went on to have wildly exciting lives in Eddie’s published poetry collections. Roughly Speaking is Eddie Gibbons’ fifth volume of poetry and contains both new and rejected poems. Though some of the works included in Roughly Speaking have had brief moments of infamy in poetry magazines, the majority have never seen the bright light of public acceptance, their prime achievement to date being the collection of rejection slips. To keep these overlooked orphans company there is a small band of brand new poems, although the readers will have to make up their minds which is which.

Author Information

Eddie Gibbons was born in Huyton, Liverpool. He moved to Scotland in 1981. His first collection, Stations of the Heart, was published in 1999, when he was fifty. 

In 2008, he was a prize winner in the inaugural Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition. His fifth collection, What They Say About You, was shortlisted for the Scottish Poetry Book of the Year award in 2011. 

A regional judge for the Faber/Ottakars National Poetry Competition, Eddie has been a guest reader at the Berlin British Council, Stanza International Poetry Festival, Dundee Literary Festival, Aberdeen University WORD Festival, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

My Review

**Thank you to Love Books Tours for the gifted digital copy of Roughly Speaking. All thoughts and opinions are my own.** #ad

Along with being an avid reader, I’m also a huge poetry lover! I normally don’t come across poetry to feature and review, so I’m glad that this book came my way. Roughly Speaking has Eddie Gibbons deliver his creative arts to his audience. Poets reflect on everything surrounding one’s life, and I felt Gibbons delivers this accurately. I really appreciate that this volume consists of pieces that faced rejection throughout the years. These poems are very insightful and to the point. Many aren’t very long, but they deliver very insightful messages.

If you’re searching for a poetry that highlights persistence and creativity, then Roughly Speaking is a great fit for you!

Book Tour | The Fallen in Soura Heights

Today is my tour stop for ‘The Fallen in Soura Heights’ by Amanda Jaeger! Thank you to Caffeine Book Tours for letting me take part. Click on the link above for more information!

Book Information

The Fallen in Soura Heights

The Fallen in Soura Heights by Amanda Jaeger
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Thriller
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: 15 March 2021

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Fey Anderson has dreamt about Soura Heights and how picture-perfect it appears to be. What she never expected was for her husband’s body to be found in the forest. Determined to find out the truth behind his death, she moves there and finds herself weaving into the fabric of the small town.

But things aren’t always as they seem. As she learns more about Bruce’s “accident,” she unravels secrets about the town and its people she wishes she never learned. It’s all about survival in Soura Heights. Will Fey uncover what happened and bring justice for her husband, or will she be the next to fall?

Author Information

Amanda Jaeger The Fallen in Soura Heights

Amanda Jaeger has always had an interest in true crime, suspense, and mystery. As a long form copywriter, she has always had a hand in writing creatively for businesses to boost their income. 

She’s the wife of her college sweetheart and the mother of two spit-fire girls, but she’s also been a sign language interpreter, transcriptionist, and a book slinger. Working with words isn’t her job, it’s her career.

Now, she uses her knowledge and experience in engaging an audience and applies it into her author career, crafting suspense and mystery to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Residing in Virginia, you can bet on Amanda listening to true crime podcasts, watching cold case documentaries, and playing with her kids. (Not simultaneously.)

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My Review

The Fallen in Soura Heights was a very exciting story! From start to finish, I was drawn in to Fey’s journey as she set out to solve the mystery of her husband’s death. As the details about Soura Heights unfolded, it became clear that Fey definitely needed to watch her back!

While The Fallen in Soura Heights has a dual timeline, this didn’t throw me off in following along. Fey is a resilient person, struggling to answers in the aftermath of losing her spouse. A world of emotions surround Fey as she ventures deeper into this community of secrets, and these combined tensions had me reading until the last page!

If you’re searching for a thriller with surprises at every turn, then The Fallen in Soura Heights is for you!

**Note: Thank you to Caffeine Book Tours for the gifted copy of The Fallen of Soura Heights. All opinions are my own.**

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Book Review: Catching Mr. Right by Carol Ross

I hope everyone is having a great start to their week!

Today I’m reviewing a heartfelt love story, Catching Mr. Right by Carol Ross! Thank you so much to Prism Book Tours for the complimentary copy.

Book Information

Catching Mr. Right by Carol Ross
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Length: 384 pages
Genre: Romance
Release Date: February 9, 2021


They can’t both win…
Can they?

Louisiana angler Victoria Thibodeaux needs the spokesperson contract with Romeo Reels to keep her business going and give her daughter a better life. But her hard-won confidence sinks to the bottom of the bayou when her rival, Alaskan fisherman Seth James, arrives. With his smooth-talking charm, handsome Seth could steal both her job and her heart, unless secrets from her past catch up with her first…

Author Information

USA Today bestselling author Carol Ross grew up in small town America right between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, in a place where you can go deep sea fishing in the morning and then hit the ski slopes the same afternoon. The daughter of what is now known as free range parents, she developed a love of the outdoors at a very early age. As a writer, Carol loves to breathe the life she has lived into the characters she creates, grateful for the “research material” that every questionable decision, adrenaline-charged misstep, and near-death experience has provided.

Catching Mr. Right: My Review

I’m steadily becoming a lover of romance! I like to mix up my interests, and occasionally I love a good story about two people getting to know each other through fun experiences. Catching Mr. Right was a lovely tale, featuring Seth and Victoria taking part in friendly competition!

Catching Mr. Right is the seventh book in the Seasons of Alaska series, but this can also be read as a standalone. This installment follows Seth’s story in finding love! Throughout the book Seth and Victoria have many lively scenes of dialogue. I felt like this was a lovely buildup for their connection as the book moved forward. The descriptions between Seth and VIctoria’s daughter was also wonderful!

If you’re interested in a great, slow burn romance, Catching Mr. Right is the story for you!

How was everyone’s October? Are you ready for the last two months of 2021? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Book Review: Red Blood by Kaitlyn Legaspi

It’s been a wild Tuesday, so I decided to post a book review for self-care. A nice escape from my hectic educator life! Red Blood by Kaitlyn Legaspi is a lovely read, and I’m happy to finally post about it!

Book Information

Red Blood by Kaitlyn Legaspi
Length: 366 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: February 19, 2021


In the fifty-two domains, there exists two groups of people: The bound and unbound, those without powers and those with them. Only the unbound can hold the highest positions in the government: The Card Holders.

When her domain’s Card Holder dies, seventeen-year-old Neela Blydes is forced to participate in a tournament to find the unbound most worthy of leading the Queen of Hearts Domain. But the tournament isn’t as glorious as it seems. It herds unique unbound known as Specialists into deadly combat. Winning by default is nonexistent and killing is permitted.

As Neela progresses through the first few rounds, she realizes the tournament is just one of her worries. The burn scar on her left shoulder suddenly flares up at random times, an elite assassin marks her as his next target, and a frightening connection to the murderous rogue organization comes to light. While trying to deal with all these stresses weighing on her shoulders, one more appears in the form of a white-haired man with crimson eyes. Dangerously familiar crimson eyes.

My Review

Note: I received a copy of Red Blood from the author. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Red Blood is Kaitlyn Legaspi’s first installment of the Card Holder series. It features Neela, a young woman on a quest to find a new Card Holder to rule the Queen of Hearts domain. Throughout the book she has close familial bonds. While it seems like she has a rivalry with her brother, they turn to each other during troubled times.

I found this story to be a good debut from Legaspi. While I wished there was more input on the world building, I felt that this is a good foundation to build on for Book 2. There’s a nice mix of characters whom Neela can both trust and be wary of. I was drawn to Neela’s journey throughout the story.

If you’re searching for a unique fantasy with engaging characters, Red Blood is the book for you!

Book Tour: I Survived the Attacks of 9/11/2001 by Lauren Tarshis

Today is my tour stop for I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis! Thank you so much to Caffeine Book Tours in letting me take part in this tour. Click on the link above for more information about these exciting tours!

Book Information

I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis
Publisher: Scholastic
Genre: Historical Fiction, Graphic Novel
Age Group: Middle Grade
Release Date: August 3, 2021

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On the day that shocks the world, one boy just wants to find his family. A powerful addition to the gripping I Survived series.

The only thing Lucas loves more than football is his Uncle Benny, his dad’s best friend at the fire department where they both work. Benny taught Lucas everything about football. So when Lucas’s parents decide the sport is too dangerous and he needs to quit, Lucas has to talk to his biggest fan.

So the next morning, Lucas takes the train to the city instead of the bus to school. It’s a bright, beautiful day in New York. But just as Lucas arrives at his uncle’s firehouse, everything changes — and nothing will ever be the same again.

Author Information

Photo Credit: David Dreyfuss

Lauren Tarshis’ New York Times bestselling I Survived series (which has over 34 million copies in print!) tells stories of young people and their resilience and strength in the midst of unimaginable disasters and times of turmoil. Lauren has brought her signature warmth and exhaustive research to topics such as the battle of D-Day, the American Revolution, Hurricane Katrina, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the attacks of September 11, 2001, and other world events.

Lauren is also the Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief/Publisher of Scholastic Classroom Magazines, where she oversees more than 25 classroom magazines. In her more than 25 years with Scholastic, Lauren has helped transform the company’s print magazines into the powerful learning tools they are today. In her current role, she is helping to expand the magazines’ deep connection to American classrooms and ensure their vital role in providing teachers and students with an understanding of the contemporary world.

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My Review

**Note: I received a complimentary digital copy of I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are my own.**

September 11,2001 was such a tragic event in our lives. I’ll never forget where I was that fateful day! Twenty years have passed, and although life has moved on, it’s important for to share the history to those who haven’t lived through this time.

I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis is an ideal teaching tool. Tarshis details the tragic event through an approachable graphic novel format. We follow Lucas as his life changes forever, chaos developing all around him. Both Lucas’s story and the vivid descriptions of September 11th are very moving.

As an educator myself, I found I Survived as a good teaching tool for a middle grade audience. All of the information and images is told in ways that young students can understand. We need valuable resources in presenting what happened on September 11, and I Survived is such a resource.

Thank you so much to Scholastic and Caffeine Book Tours for the gifted digital copy!

The Risks of Dead Reckoning | Book Tour

Today is my tour stop for ‘The Risks of Dead Reckoning’ by Felicia Watson! This is the third book to the Lovelace series. Thank you very much to TLC Book Tours for letting me take part! Click on the banner above for more information about their tours.

Book Information

The Risks of Dead Reckoning by Felicia Watson
Length: 236 pages
Publisher: DX Varos
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: March 16, 2021

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Naiche Decker is engaged! And no one is more surprised by that than her. Thoughts of romance are soon overshadowed by her current mission, which swiftly turns from routine, to intriguing, to deadly. The Lovelace responds to a distress call from unexplored space, seemingly from a crew who died 200 years ago. They trace the source to the most unlikely planet they’ve ever encountered. What they find is not only amazing, but treacherous – threatening the lives of all aboard the Lovelace. Decker’s used to her own life being endangered, but her loved ones being imperiled is a new and wrenching experience.

Author Information

Felicia Watson started writing stories as soon as they handed her a pencil in first grade. When not writing, Felicia spends her time with her darling dogs, her beloved husband, being an amateur pastry chef, and still finds time for her day job as a scientist.

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My Review

‘The Risks of Dead Reckoning’ is a great sci-fi adventure! I enjoyed being swept into Naiche’s realm as she enters a new phase of her life. Throughout the series, Naiche has many experiences that mold her into a strong leader. She really comes into her own as she handles a new threat that threatens to upend her inner circle.

While this is the third book in the Lovelace series, you won’t feel lost if you start with ‘The Risks of Dead Reckoning’. It’s a great book with a resilient female lead as she faces tough decisions. You’re definitely in for a treat as Naiche and her crew undergo quite a journey!

Thank you so much to TLC Book Tours for the gifted copy.

L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón: Review

L.A. Weather has it all: drama, humor and the immigrant experience. The Alvarado family is an eclectic group filled with secrets!

L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón
Genre: Fiction
Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: September 7, 2021


FORECAST: Storm clouds are on the horizon in this fun, fast-paced novel of an affluent Mexican-American family from the author of the #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller Esperanza’s Box of Saints.

L.A. is parched, dry as a bone, and all Oscar, the weather-obsessed patriarch of the Alvarado family, desperately wants is a little rain. He’s harboring a costly secret that distracts him from everything else. His wife, Keila, desperate for a life with a little more intimacy and a little less Weather Channel, feels she has no choice but to end their marriage.

Their three daughters—Claudia, a television chef with a hard-hearted attitude; Olivia, a successful architect who suffers from gentrification guilt; and Patricia, a social media wizard who has an uncanny knack for connecting with audiences but not with her lovers—are blindsided and left questioning everything they know. Each will have to take a critical look at her own relationships and make some tough decisions along the way.

With quick wit and humor, Maria Amparo Escandón follows the Alvarado family as they wrestle with impending evacuations, secrets, deception, and betrayal, and their toughest decision yet: whether to stick together or burn it all down.

L. A. Weather: Author Bio

L.A. Weather author Maria Amparo Escandon.
Photo Credit: Chris Fortuna

María Amparo Escandón is the author of #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller
Esperanza’s Box of Saints and González & Daughter Trucking Co. Named a writer to watch by both Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times, she was born in Mexico City and has lived in Los Angeles for nearly
four decades.

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My Review

L. A. Weather shares the tale of the Alvarado family as they face personal struggles. Oscar and Keila Alvarado are on the brink of divorce after four decades of marriage. After a deep family discussion, they give themselves one year to figure out if their bond is worth saving.

Escandón beautifully writes about one family’s immigration experience. Oscar and Keila have deep roots in their Mexican culture that they lovingly pass onto their 3 daughters: Claudia, Olivia, and Patricia. While all three children adapted to the American ways of living, they also hold onto their Mexican roots. Their family journey is part of their story, and as the story progresses, we see shades of how important culture is deeply rooted for all.

While the Alvarado children fight to keep their family unit whole, their personal lives are in a state of flux. They are powerful women facing emotional abuse and guilt while attaining their goals. While Claudia, Olivia and Patricia share close family ties, their personal struggles leave them at a crossroads.

L.A. Weather is definitely a page turner! It kept me engrossed down to the surprising final pages. You’ll definitely want this powerful story!

Thank you to Flatiron Books and Netgalley for the gifted copy. L.A. Weather comes out Tuesday, September 7th!

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Cover Reveal: Fated by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk

Are you seeking exciting fantasy?

Look no further! I’m excited to share the cover for Fated, the upcoming fantasy novel by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk!

Many thanks to Love Books Tours for letting me take part in this reveal! Click on the link above for more info on their services.

‘Fated’ Cover Reveal

Fated by Sarah Biglow & Molly Zenk

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Book Blurb

The war for humanity has just begun…

Three months after Mr. Heartsong lit the match that ignited the second Vampire-Human Civil War, Darren and his team of Hunters are doing all they can to combat a vicious enemy. But even with Edith and her daughters firmly on their side, the humans face overwhelming odds and not everyone comes back unscathed.

The heat of battle forces Darren and Edith to confront the reality of their tenuous romance: she’s immortal and there’s no chance he’d let her turn him. Fighting the fear of losing everyone she loves is harder than taking out her own kind with a ballpoint pen.

As the ultimate battle looms, fate comes calling. To win the war, Darren and Edith will have to leave everything on the line.  Even if that means making the ultimate sacrifice for the good of humankind.

Fated comes out on 16 November 2021! Are you as excited about this book as I am? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Monkey Around by Jadie Jang | Book Blitz

Happy Sunday all! Today I’m featuring ‘Monkey Around’ by Jadie Jang. Many thanks to Storytellers on Tour for letting me take part in this Book Blitz. Click above for more information on their services.

Monkey Around: Book Information

Monkey Around by Jadie Jang
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 432 pages
Publication Date: August 3, 2021

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San Francisco has a Monkey King – and she’s kinda freaked out.

Barista, activist, and were-monkey Maya McQueen was well on her way to figuring herself out. Well, part of the way. 25% of the way. If you squint.

But now the Bay Area is being shaken up. Occupy Wall Street has come home to roost; and on the supernatural side there’s disappearances, shapeshifter murders, and the city’s spirit trying to find its guardian.

Maya doesn’t have a lot of time before chaos turns up at her door, and she needs to solve all of her problems. Well, most of them. The urgent ones, anyhow.

Author Information

Claire Light (writing as Jadie Jang) is almost as organized as her characters. She started a magazine (Hyphen) and an arts festival (APAture) with a cast of Asian Pacific Americans even more magical, if less supernatural, than the ones she writes about. She also got an MFA, went to Clarion West, and compromised between the two by publishing a collection of “literary” sci-fi short stories (Slightly Behind and to the Left) that maybe 100 people read. After wrangling arts and social justice non-profits for 17 years, her already autoimmune-disease-addled body threw a seven-year-long tantrum, leading our then-house-bound heroine into an urban fantasy addiction.

A few years, and a dozen Euro-centric-mythology-dominated urban fantasy series later, Claire sat up and said “I can do this!” and Jadie Jang, the part of her brain that writes snarky-fun genre romps, was born. She posts about monkeys every Monday under @seelight on Twitter.

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My Review

I absolutely enjoyed reading Monkey Around! This story has a perfect blend of Chinese legend and progressive activism. Maya works in an Oakland coffee shop in the midst of social change. While there are social activists causing mayhem among the city streets, there’s an upheaval in the supernatural world as well. Maya is quick thinking as she’s faced with choices that will effect her standing in the shapeshifting realm. This story is packed with action, something I approve of!

Definitely pick up your copy of Monkey Around when you have the chance!

**I received a gifted copy of Monkey Around through Storytellers on Tour. All opinions are my own.**

Monkey Around: Giveaway

Monkey Around by Jadie Jang

Enter to win one (1) physical copy of Monkey Around! This giveaway is International. Giveaway ends tomorrow, August 23rd at 11:59pm, EST!

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T-Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes | Book Tour

Today is my tour stop for T-Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes by Anna Lazowski! Thank you to Turn the Page Tours for letting me take part. For more info on Turn the Page Tours, click on their name above!

Book Information

T-Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes by Anna Lazowski
Illustrated by Steph Laberis
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Genre: Children’s (Picture Book)
Release Date: June 29, 2021

Penguin Random House

T-Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes: Synopsis

A funny and encouraging alphabetic book about all the things animals CAN’T do but kids CAN! Every parent teaching their children new skills will be happy to have this super-positive picture book on hand.

Bees can’t ride bicycles, penguins can’t play ping-pong, and zebras can’t go zip-lining. No one is good at everything, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying! Here is a funny and encouraging picture book for any child learning how to tie their shoes, ride a bike, spell their name, or do a variety of new things.

Follow a hilarious alphabet of animals, and see all the things they can’t do but kids can—from doing gymnastics to flipping pancakes to playing a xylophone. Along the way, young readers will learn that it’s okay if they can’t do everything; they can still have a LOT of fun trying.

Author Information

T Rexes Can't Tie Their Shoes by Anna Lazowski

Anna Lazowski wrote her first picture book for a class assignment in the sixth grade and has been creating stories ever since. Now an award-winning radio producer, Anna has an MA (Journalism) from the University of Western Ontario and a BFA (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba.

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My Review

This is such an adorable picture book! Being an early childhood educator, I was thrilled while reading T-Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes. It teaches children their ABC’s with heartwarming illustrations! Each image portrays an act that animals would have huge difficulty with. I mean, have we ever seen a bee ride a bicycle?? Of course not! Yet this doesn’t stop the bee or the t-rex from completing their task. Reading this book encourages children that they too can complete a challenge with patience!

I can totally see young children enjoying this picture book. They’ll love the humorous images of animals. Also, the text is very easy to read. Both children and adults will love T-Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes! This story is out now, so definitely pick up your copy!

Note: I received a complementary copy of T-Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes from Turn the Page Tours. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Weekend Purple Leaf

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