Thursday, May 21, 2020

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE REVELL STANDOFF ~

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE ~
REVELL READS BLOG TOUR STOP
--  'STANDOFF'  --
AUTHOR PATRICIA BRADLEY


  
ABOUT THE BOOK:
 
The Natchez Trace National Parkway stretches 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, the oldest town on the Mississippi River. It's the perfect road for a relaxed pleasure drive. Unfortunately for Luke Fereday, it's also perfect for moving drugs.

Sent to Natchez to infiltrate the organization at the center of the drug ring, Luke arrives too late to a stakeout and discovers the body of his friend, park ranger John Danvers. John's daughter Brooke is determined to investigate her father's murder but soon finds herself the target of a killer who will do anything to silence her.

Luke will have his hands full keeping her safe. But who's going to keep him safe when he realizes he's falling--hard--for the daughter of the man he failed to save?
 




Praise for the Book:

"An explosive start to a brand-new series."--Lisa Harris, bestselling author of the Nikki Boyd series

"Brimming with action, romance, and page-turning thrills. What a fantastic start to a brand-new series!"--Elizabeth Goddard, award-winning author of the Uncommon Justice series

"With a plot as twisting as the villain's schemes, Patricia Bradley's Standoff spins a tale that will keep the reader racing through the pages."--Lynn H. Blackburn, author of the Dive Team Investigations series

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Patricia Bradley is the author of Justice Delayed, Justice Buried, Justice Betrayed, and Justice Delivered, as well as the Logan Point series. Bradley won an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award in Romantic Suspense, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and a Touched by Love Award, and she was a Carol Award finalist. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at: www.ptbradley.com.

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK:
This is the first book written by Patricia Bradley that I have read. 

I found the beginning of this book to be complex due to the introduction of numerous characters. The author did a masterful job of keeping her readers in the dark about whom was 'thinking' about what by using the personal pronoun, he, throughout much of the story. I loved the author's methodical manner of not revealing any clues or information until she was ready to present it to the reader. This cat and mouse approach and the almost-constant physical action kept me engaged for the entire story.

The setting of this story, Natchez Trace in Mississippi, was unique to me in my background as a reader of suspense books. The scenery, climate, and terrain of this area is an integral part of this story. I enjoyed reading the descriptions of the area provided throughout the story.

The author has developed a strong group of characters in this kick-off to her 'Natchez Trace Park Rangers' series. There are some good guys and lots of bad guys. The author does a fine job of keeping the reader guessing which group each character fits into until the very end of the book. As a reader I experienced a lot of emotions while reading this book -- tension, fear, apprehension, anticipation, sadness, relief . . .

The female lead, Brooke Danvers, is a strong, independent, likeable woman. I admired her perserverance in the face of much adversity, tragedy, and personal trauma and loss. The male lead, whom I will leave unnamed so as to not spoil the story for those who have not read the story, goes through some major personal growth during the book. The faith thread is skillfully interwoven throughout many of the sub-plots making this a well-rounded novel in my view.

Highly-recommended to fans of Christian/clean romantic suspense fiction, Christian/clean romance fiction, and Christian/clean Southern fiction.



Disclosure from blogger: I received a paperback copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review to be posted on my blog and on retailer sites and Goodreads. I received no compensation for my review or posts here or on any other site.
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Sunday, May 17, 2020

~ MMGM SUMMER READING FOR KIDS PART 2 ~

~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY SUMMER READING
FOR KIDS FEATURE, PART TWO ~





Hello, All ~ I'm returning this week with a new set of links for resources for summer reading programs for children. Next week, I will present a wrap-up post, Post 3, which will include a link pack for some fun literacy activities and places to search for free books educators, parents/grandparents can download for their younger readers.

📘  -- The ALSC, Association for Library Service to Children, has a page on their website set up for 'Summer Reading and Learning for Children'. I was amazed to learn here that summer reading programs were developed in the 1890s to encourage children to read during their summer vacations and to develop the habit of visiting their local libraries. This page includes links to the following areas of interest:






📘  --  The Collaborative Summer Reading Program has a Summer Reading Program page with four areas of interest posted:
-- Library Summer Reading Programs: ALA Library Fact Sheet 17

-- New York State Library, The Importance of Summer Reading: Public Library Summer Reading Programs and Learning

 
-- Children’s Summer Library Use: 
Information compiled by Colorado’s Library Research Service which includes valuable data on summer library use by children from varying economic backgrounds.


-- Preventing Summer Reading Loss:
Article from Reading Rockets on preventing summer reading loss.


 📘  --  Goodreads has some book lists I think are worth mentioning here. 

📕📘 Please return here next week for another set of links designed to help your young readers stay actively-engaged mentally, educationally, and emotionally this summer! 📕📘

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Find the links to read more great Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts from middle-grade authors and bloggers at Greg Pattridge's 'Always in the Middle' Blog.
 
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

~ BECOMING THE PLAGIARIST BLOG TOUR STOP ~

~  BLOG TOUR STOP ~
--  'BECOMING THE PLAGIARIST  --
AUTHOR B. T. HIGGINS
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight, Excerpt,
Author Bio, Author Guest Post & Giveaway~

Becoming the Plagiarist Blog Tour

About the Book

Becoming the Plagiarist

Genre:  Young Adult Science Fiction
Release Date:  February 28, 2020
 
Blurb:  Mike Wilson, a junior at Cypress Christian Academy, discovers he's been reading minds by accident. The day after he gets his license, he can drive as well as his Driver's Ed teacher, Mr. Clark. He has a full day of memories straight from the mind of Zayden Perez, the most loved and hated guy at school. This year at CCA, the world-famous tech entrepreneur, Henry Jacks is teaching at the school. Mike inadvertently downloads his mind during the first day of class and now Mike's a tech genius too. He desperately wants Mr. Jacks out of his head and he doesn't want to steal any more thoughts, but that might be the only way he can survive.

About the Author

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B.T. Higgins lives in the wild urban jungles of Alaska with his wife and four children. As you might expect, he is an avid fan of long naps and noise-canceling headphones. He has been a garbageman, a propane technician, a teacher, a tutor, a musician and an exotic-bird-cage scrubber, but writing stories is, by far, his favorite job.




 Bullies
Some things never change. No matter how technology advances, the same battles rage inside the human mind. The world and people apply pressure and struggle, and each person must find a way to cope. These are the struggles that cause us to grow. Whether I am using a computer or stone tools, I still have to contend with bullies. I still have to battle with suffering and loss. The disadvantages of my birth, health, and circumstance create the rocky cliff I must climb to discover who I am. How can I survive this suffering? What kind of person will I choose to be? Will I overcome it? This battle is the true guts of any story, and Becoming the Plagiarist is no different. Mike must content with a bully who is offended by Mike's attempt to rise in the social rankings of the school. He must battle through the disadvantage of being born with only part of his right foot. He is alone and must learn to stand strong to protect the weak. Is he just a broken little kid that nobody cares about? Or is he stronger than he thinks? An excerpt from Becoming the Plagiarist by B.T. Higgins:
EXCERPT

Mike remembered running on a fresh-cut grass field. It was a Saturday. The morning sun shone fully, but it wasn't hot, yet. He ran downfield, dribbling the soccer ball from his left to right foot. His shoes were red with black stripes. Mike felt the press of the ball against the side of his foot as he passed across to Richardo. Each step pounded in his ears. The grass snicked against his shoes. The other team wore yellow jerseys. Number 16 guarded Mike as he sprinted forward, faking right and cutting left to get open. Richardo saw him and sent a neat pass to Mike. The goalie saw the coming shot and bent at the knees. Mike dribbled two steps and pounded the shot to the left corner, past the goalie's glove by inches. Goal and game. Mike could still feel the sting of the ball on the top of his foot. Goal and game. This memory disturbed Mike very much. He frowned and shook it away. The memory couldn't be real. Mike had no right foot. That's not completely accurate. He had an ankle joint and heel bone, but that was it. He had been born without the rest of a foot. It was called congenital amputation, not that the name helped much.  
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Giveaway

BTP Tour Giveaway

Enter the giveaway HERE.
Giveaway ends May 20 at 11:59pm MT. Giveaway is subject to policies HERE.

Tour Schedule

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

~ MMGM SUMMER READING FOR KIDS PART ONE ~

~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY SUMMER READING
FOR KIDS FEATURE, PART ONE ~






When I was watching PBS Newshour last week, they mentioned a post they had up on their website entitled, '18 Librarian-Approved Books for Kids of All Ages'.  This subject matter especially piqued my interest this year because our world and the school lives of children around the globe have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summer reading programs cannot possibly operate the way they have for decades. I decided to do a little research and curate a link pack that some of you and your family and friends might find valuable and useful.

I discovered so much information that I have decided to post about it in two parts. Next Monday, May 18th, I will post the rest of the links for your reference.

📘 -- The PBS Newshour Article with information and lists of books for various age groups may be found at:  https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/18-librarian-approved-books-for-kids-of-all-ages 

📘 --  The NEA's 'Read Across America' website has a plethora of information for educators and parents/grandparents. The page hosts links to research about reading, reading tips, summer reading recommendations, and much more. The 'Best Books for Kids - Summer Reading' post may be found at:  https://www.readacrossamerica.org/kids-summer-reading-list/

📘  --  Imagination Soup has a fantastic '2020 Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids' up on their website. The post includes a list of businesses/companies offering free summer reading programs for children, lists of books recommended for students in categories of Pre-Reader up through High School, Book Recommendations by genre, and some fun-looking Scavenger Hunts. This post may be found at:  https://imaginationsoup.net/free-summer-reading-programs-kids/

Return here next week for another set of links to help your young readers stay engaged and sharp!


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 Find the links to read more great Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts from middle-grade authors and bloggers at Greg Pattridge's 'Always in the Middle' Blog.
 

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~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE REVELL STANDOFF ~

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE ~ REVELL READS BLOG TOUR STOP --  'STANDOFF'  -- AUTHOR PATRICIA BRADLEY     ABOUT THE B...