Wednesday, August 15, 2018

~ COVER BLITZ 'WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME' ~

~ COVER BLITZ ~
--  'WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME'  --
AUTHOR PEPPER BASHAM
~Post Includes:  Cover Reveal, Book 
Spotlight, Author Bio & Giveaway~
  
When You Look at Me Cover Reveal

Welcome to the official COVER REVEAL blitz for When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! When You Look At Me is the 2nd book in the Pleasant Gap Romance series and releases in October 2018.

ABOUT THE BOOK

An unexpected mother-to-be

A romance-leery composer

And a forgotten melody from the past that holds the keys to their futures.

When Julia Jenkins’ great aunt dies and leaves her a Victorian mansion with decades of secrets, Julia never expects to unearth a World War 2 espionage mystery. Struggling with her own past since an assault left her pregnant, her future as a solo parent leaves her dreams uncertain. The inheritance from her great aunt gives Julia the ability to take a step back into her future, but also sends her into the discovery of a love story she’d never anticipated. Following her aunt’s cryptic journal, Julia uncovers some oddly written piano music with a musical code she can’t decipher on her own. Not to worry, introverted Englishman and composer, Henry Wright, is thrust on the scene by a pair of homespun matchmakers who know the ‘right’ man for Julia’s wounded heart.

Henry arrives in Pleasant Gap with the task of composing the soundtrack for his best mate’s newest film. The Jenkins’ family’s southern welcome and gregarious personalities set his reticent nature on edge, but he’s inexplicably drawn to his gentle and music-loving hostess, Julia. Uncertain how to build a friendship with the wounded woman, and rather hopeless in communicating well through words, the bond of music becomes a bridge between her uncertainty and his awkwardness.

But her broken past and his families’ expectations build a wall much greater than the cultures that separate them. As they work together to solve a musical mystery from the grave, will an unlikely romance from the past inspire their hearts to trust in a God who’s written the perfect melody for their lives?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

pepper basham

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes historical and contemporary romance novels with grace, humor, and culture clashes. She’s a Blue Ridge Mountain native and an anglophile who enjoys combining her two loves to create memorable stories of hope. Pepper is also a mom of five, a speech-language pathologist, and a lover of Jesus and chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family.



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Yay!! Isn't it pretty?!? Is it October yet??

Preorder Now!

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TOUR GIVEAWAY
Enter for your chance to win:
  • print copy of Just the Way You Are (book #1 in the series)
  • a cute 'Britallachian' mug - "We go together like tea and biscuits"
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight August 15, 2018, and last through 11:59pm August 22, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


 
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COMING UP SOON ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':
--  Monday, August 20th:  Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday Retro Fiction feature on some of my favorite Beverly Cleary books from the 1950s and 1960s.

--  Wednesday, August 22nd:   Blog Tour Stop for 'Mourning Dove'. Post includes book spotlight and giveaway. Tour organized by JustRead Publicity.

--  Friday, August 24th:  Blog Tour Stop for 'Amish Homespun'. Stop includes book spotlight and excerpt. Tour organized by Reading With Audra Publicity.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

~ MMGM S.T.E.A.M. FEATURE ON 3-D ART ADVENTURES ~


~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY S.T.E.A.M. FEATURE ~
-- THREE-DIMENSIONAL ART
ADVENTURES --

AUTHORS MAJA PITAMIC & JILL LAIDLAW


LEARN MORE ON GOODREADS  

ABOUT THE BOOK {from Goodreads}:
   
Three-dimensional art is bold, tactile, and fun—in other words, perfect for children who love to get their hands dirty.
Three-Dimensional Art Adventures introduces young artists, ages 6 and up, to groundbreaking masterpieces and fresh techniques, then lets them loose. Children will:

            - Weave a tapestry using yarn and a shoebox loom
            - Use found and recycled materials to assemble a still-life collage
            - Tie-dye a T-shirt using several pattern-creation techniques
            - Design and build a shadow box on a personal theme
            - Use modeling clay and pipe cleaners to create a spider sculpture
            - Create a colorful flower arrangement using wire, tissue paper, and other materials
            - Fold and cut paper, cardboard, and magazine photos to build an elaborate street scene
            - Carve a portrait into a clay slab and paint the raised surfaces to enhance the image
            - and 28 other engaging, hands-on projects.

Authors and educators Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw also explore the stories and meanings behind 18 well-known works of three-dimensional art as inspiration for these kid-tested, exciting, and creative projects. No prior knowledge of three-dimensional art is required—just enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to discover.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS {from the Publisher's website}:



Maja Pitamic is the coauthor of Modern Art Adventures and Three-Dimensional Art Adventures. She has over 20 years' experience teaching young children, and holds degrees in art history and Montessori teacher training. Jill Laidlaw has been writing and editing children's and adult nonfiction since 1990, including Modern Art Adventures and Three-Dimensional Art Adventures. She has a degree in art history from the University of St. Andrews.

MY REVIEW:
I found this book in the local library's online catalog when I searched for art books for children. It is part of a series published by Chicago Review Press.

After having read many art books for children over the years I found this book to be unique in one aspect. Within each chapter, these authors featured one or more piece of art and included details about when it was made and by whom, the significance of the artist and his/her style/accomplishments, and a 'what's the story?' blurb about the particular piece of art. In the back matter of the book an informative biography of each artist is included.

Six forms of art are covered in the book: Early Sculpture, Modern Sculpture, Installation Art, Ceramics, Collage, and Textiles. Basically, there is something for every reader to enjoy in this book.

As mentioned above, each chapter has several projects for children to make to practice the highlighted technique. The projects are colorful, appealing, and make use of easy-to-access materials. Some even use recyclable 'stuff' found around the house or classroom. The stepped-out instructions and photographs for each project are excellent and user friendly. Each project includes a 'Top Tip' in the sidebar with useful information such as, " . . . don't allow the clay to dry out, or you won't be able to . . . "

There is so much to admire about this book, but one of my favorite sections is the 'Woman with a Flowery Hat' spotlight on the ceramic piece created by Pablo Picasso in 1964. Here students will learn about why Picasso took a break from painting to begin working with clay during the summers beginning in 1946. Cubism is briefly introduced here and a broader explanation of the style is included in Picasso's biography in the back matter. His 'Woman with a Flowery Hat' was inspired by Greek Mythology--another subject of high interest to most middle-grade students.

Other outstanding projects include:

-- 'A Trick Hand' where readers are taught to draw three-dimensional objects to create an optical illusion.

-- 'Craft Storage Box' where learners are instructed how to use small cardboard boxes and tubes 'installed' within a shoebox or other small cardboard box to make a functional piece of art wherein they may store their art supplies.

-- 'Lilies in a Vase' in the 'Textiles' chapter encourages children to make a wall-hanging using felt, fabric, etc., to make a three-dimensional of flowers in a vase.

-- 'Cubist-Inspired Tapestry' teaches readers to make a simple loom using a shoebox lid and string. Directions are included on how to weave a tapestry in the Cubist style using scraps of yarn, fabric strips, ribbon, cellophane, etc.

The back matter also includes an in-depth Glossary, a list of Where to See the Art in this Book, and a list of Tools of the Trade with tips such as ". . . cover up in an old T-shirt or apron before things get messy."

Highly-recommended for art and classroom teachers, scout/youth group/child care leaders, and parents/grandparents who enjoy working on DIY projects with their youngsters. Also recommended for fans of art history and various art techniqes--such as I!

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COMING UP SOON ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':
--  Wednesday, August 15th:  Cover Reveal Blitz for 'When You Look at Me'.  Blitz organized by JustRead Publicity.

--  Monday, August 20th:  Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday Retro Fiction feature on some of my favorite Beverly Cleary books from the 1950s and 1960s.
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

~ BLOG TOUR STOP 'DARKWATER SECRETS' ~

~ FRIDAY FICTION FEATURE ~
--  'DARKWATER SECRETS'  --
AUTHOR ROBIN CAROLL
~Post Includes:  Author Interview, Book
Spotlight, Author Bio & Giveaway~
  
Darkwater Secrets blog tour

Welcome to the blog tour & giveaway for Darkwater Secrets by Robin Caroll, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

darkwater secrets Title: Darkwater Secrets
Author: Robin Caroll
Publisher: Gilead Publishing  
Release Date: July 17, 2018  
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense  

A murder investigation uncovers sordid secrets and haunting mistakes

The Darkwater Inn stands tall and proud in the French Quarter, the hub of New Orleans. Bourbon Street is bustling, and General Manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with a hotel at capacity. She, along with everyone else, is shocked when a body is found: a hotel guest stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Detective Beau Savoie, Adelaide’s childhood friend, is on the case. As Beau digs into the victim’s past, he unearths a shocking connection between Adelaide and the murdered guest. Beau is hurt that his friend—the woman he’s quietly loved for years—kept the truth from him. To make matters worse, the stress of the investigation has sent Adelaide right into the comforting arms of her coworker Dimitri. But Beau can’t press Adelaide too hard . . . he’s keeping secrets of his own.

Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the loose?  

PURCHASE: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | CBD | Book Depository


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

robin caroll

“I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I’ve never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.” ~Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better.

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty-five-plus years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else?

She serves the writing community as Executive Director/Conference Director for ACFW. Her twenty-five books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.

CONNECT WITH ROBIN: website| Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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EXCLUSIVE AUTHOR INTERVIEW:


June: Welcome to 'Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic', Robin. As I visited your website and Amazon and Goodreads Author Pages, I was struck by your versatility and success as an author. Twenty-eight published books and so many awards!

Robin: Thank you for having me. It’s a pleasure to visit with you and your followers!

June: Please tell us how you created your setting and developed the characters for this book, 'Darkwater Secrets'.

Robin: I’m a Louisiana gal, born and raised, and I love writing about my home state. There are so many unique qualities about Louisiana—the food, Cajun customs, parishes, interesting laws still on the books—that make it a perfect setting for this series. For this series, in particular, I was at a brainstorming retreat with several other authors and I wanted to do something different—I wanted to write a series in which the same main characters remain the focal point for the whole series. With a romance thread, that’s not the easiest thing to do, but it really pushed me as a writer. And no, I don’t know who she’ll end up with yet. LOL

June: Who is your favorite character in the story? Why is this person your favorite? Is there anyone in the story who you do not like? Why not?

Robin: Well, this one is a tough question because it IS a trilogy and I don’t want to give too much of a spoiler. I will say this… a little piece of my heart belongs to Beau and to Dimitri. I took the qualities from my husband and shared with both of them. One that I don’t like? Hmm. Well, that would be a spoiler for book two! LOL

June: You have written a YA series, 'Samantha Sanderson/Faith Girlz', in addition to your adult mystery/suspense books. If you were not writing in those two genres, what other fictional genre might you try? Would you ever consider writing non-fiction? If so, what subject(s) would you like to write about?

Robin: I don’t think I could write a book without mystery/suspense. It’s what I love to read, so that’s what I write. I grew up reading Trixie Belden and I still have the entire original books of the series. And I’ll leave the non-fiction books to experts.

June: I loved the old Trixie Belden series. I reread some of them a few years ago and enjoyed them so much. In fact, I credit Trixie and her pals with sparking my interest in mysteries and suspense, too.

June: What or who inspired you to become an author?

Robin: As long as I can remember, I’ve been making up stories to entertain people. My mother will tell you I did so as a very young child. I think the most vivid memory I have of really deciding I wanted to be a writer was in 3rd grade, when my teacher, Ms. Jocelyn Sams, told my mother I had a natural bent to storytelling. Along the way, there have been so many people who’ve been inspirations to me…my husband, my best friend, Colleen Coble, my kids, my parents…the list goes on and on. I’m very blessed.

June: In your bio you state you do not like reading historicals. Since historical fiction is my favorite genre as a reader, please tell us why that genre is not on your TBR list.

Robin: I take a lot of flak for not liking historicals. LOL My mother is a genealogist, so from the time I was young, history has been huge in my life. Our vacations were planned around research trips, and while I have great memories, I also realized I have no desire to continue to visit the past. LOL

June: Your bio also states one of your 'loves' is boxing. You mention fishing, scrapbooking, and Hallmark movies as your other interests. Since I'm not a fan of pugilism, I am very curious to know--what exactly is it that you like about boxing?

Robin: For me, boxing is an art. The boxers are such athletes. Their dedication to their art form with their stamina and training amazes me. It’s a person deciding they want to pursue the sport, and following their path to attain their goals is very motivating to me. To push themselves the way they do…it’s pure drive and dedication and I have the utmost respect for anyone who gets into the ring. And on a personal note, there is something SO satisfying about putting on gloves and taking frustrations out on a bag! lol

June: Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Robin. I appreciate your taking a few moments out of your busy schedule to visit with us. Wishing you continued success in your writing endeavors!


darkwater secrets blog giveaway

TOUR GIVEAWAY
Enter for your chance to win:
  • print copy of Darkwater Secrets
  • your own key to the Darkwater Inn
  • a soy-based, French Quarter candle
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight August 6, 2018 and last through 11:59pm August 13, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here


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YOU'RE INVITED TO A FACEBOOK RELEASE PARTY FOR THIS BOOK!

 
Gilead Publishing is hosting a Darkwater Secrets Mystery Party on Facebook August 14th from 7-9pm CST: https://www.facebook.com/events/220942041956118/

Co-hosts include: Colleen Coble, DiAnn Mills, Cara Putnam, Carrie Stuart Parks, and of course, Robin Caroll.

Giveaways open for 24 hours after the event, if you can't attend for all the action!


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COMING UP SOON ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':
-- Monday, August 13th:  Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday S.T.E.A.M. Education post featuring a 3-D art book for middle-graders.

--  Wednesday, August 15th:  Cover Reveal Blitz for 'When You Look at Me'.  Blitz organized by JustRead Publicity.

--  Monday, August 20th:  Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday Retro Fiction feature on some of my favorite Beverly Cleary books from the 1950s and 1960s.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

~ FAITHFULLY YOURS SERIES BLITZ ~

~ 'FAITHFULLY YOURS' 
SERIES BLITZ ~
--  AUTHOR ANNE CAROL  --
Post Includes: Spotlight on Book One: 'Never Let Go',
Author Bio & Giveaway
Faithfully Yours series blitz

Welcome to the blitz & giveaway for the FAITHFULLY YOURS series by Anne Carol, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK



Title: Never Let Go (Faithfully Yours #1)
Author: Anne Carol
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance
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Is it possible to find your soul mate on the other side of the world?
Beth Johnson is an ambitious high school senior from suburban California with a secret passion for writing. David Somers is a charming young Englishman who wants nothing more than to play guitar in his up-and-coming rock band. Though worlds apart, when fate brings Beth and David together in London in the summer of 1979, sparks fly. After Beth receives upsetting news from home, she finds herself drawn to David’s warm character, and an all-consuming love develops. Theirs is the kind of love one never forgets, and as Beth’s stay in London nears the end, the young devoted couple must face the inevitable question: will their romance fade with the passing of summer or will they realize their promise of never letting go?

Author's Note: this book has been revised from the original 2014 edition and is now told from a Christian worldview.

PURCHASE: Goodreads | Amazon

BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

Series Purchase Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Each day of the blitz spotlights a different book from the series - follow along with the tour to learn about each of the first three books individually!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

anne carol

Anne Carol grew up reading, writing, and listening to English rock bands, obsessing over one in particular. Her obsession and endless daydreaming inspired her to write her first romance novel at age twelve. Over twenty years later she decided to re-write the story for publication. Never Let Go, the first book in her Faithfully Yours series, is a story that has been a part of Anne since childhood. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling, wine tasting, dancing, watching teen dramas, and exploring social media websites. Anne lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

CONNECT WITH ANNE: website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

faithfully yours blitz giveaway

TOUR GIVEAWAY
Anne Carol is giving away:
  • ecopies of all 3 books in the Faithfully Yours series;
  • $10 Amazon gift card
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight August 9, 2018 and last through 11:59pm August 16, 2018. Open internationally, except where prohibited by law. Winners must be able to accept gift card from US Amazon. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

 
Follow along at JustRead Tours for the full TOUR SCHEDULE!
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COMING UP SOON ON 'READING, WRITING & STITCH-METIC':
-- Friday, August 10th: Blog Tour Stop for Author Robin Caroll's newest Christian suspense/mystery, 'Darkwater Secrets'. Post includes an exclusive author interview and giveaway! Blog tour organized by JustRead Publicity.

-- Monday, August 13th: Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday S.T.E.A.M. Education post featuring a 3-D art book for middle-graders.

-- Wednesday, August 15th: Cover Reveal Blitz for 'When You Look at Me'. Blitz organized by JustRead Publicity.

-- Monday, August 20th: Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday Retro Fiction feature on some of my favorite Beverly Cleary books from the 1950s and 1960s.

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~ COVER BLITZ 'WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME' ~

~ COVER BLITZ ~ --  'WHEN YOU LOOK AT ME'  -- AUTHOR PEPPER BASHAM ~Post Includes:  Cover Reveal, Book  Spotlight, Author B...