Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Doing Double Duty


Do you like to find items that do double duty for you by serving several purposes instead of just one?

Think about books. They could be thought of that way. They can educate, but they can also entertain. I think of candles being multi-purpose items. They give light, they give warmth, and they can be pleasant to smell.

Thanks to Ivanka and the other wonderful folks at OmniiDeals, I recently had the opportunity to enjoy two of their lovely candles. I selected one of their 16 oz. Glass Lid Essential Series Jar Candles and a Three Pour Pillar Candle in Forest Blend Premium Fragrance. Here are my thoughts on the candles, along with bullet points from the company.

Goose Creek Blueberry Cheesecake with Glass Lid Essential Series Jar Candle, 16 oz.

◊ Burn time: 90 hours
◊ Goose Creek Candles are the most fragrant cleanest burning candles on the market
◊ Made in the USA
◊ Every candle has the maximum amount of fragrance per liquid ounce
◊ We know you will love our handmade, smokeless, extra fragrant jar candles

This delightful candle has a juicy blueberry smell with a hint of cheesecake blended in. The aroma is rich and delicious. The deep blue color of the candle represents the color of blueberries perfectly. The two wicks give the candle a brighter flame.

The candle comes in a thick, fairly heavy glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Once the candle has been used up, the jar could be used for storing a multitude of items. Just with the lid off, the candle gives off a pleasant scent.

The candle was packaged very well for minimal chances of breakage in shipping.

This is a lovely candle to look at or enjoy while burning. It has an enjoyable fragrance that’s not overpowering.

FTC Full Disclosure – I was provided the item mentioned above by OmniiDeals. However, the post was written solely by me and all opinions are my own given honestly and freely.

Goose Creek Candles Forest Blend Premium Fragrance, Three Pour Pillar Candle, 3x4 Inch

COLORFUL DESIGN. Add a pop of color to any room’s décor with our pretty three-pour pillar candle. Designed to best allow even melting and no smoke residue.
UNIQUE DESIGNER FRAGRANCES including Apple Bourbon, Forest Blend, Morning Fog, Warm Vanilla and more.
LONG BURNING for hours of ambiance and fragrance. Compared to other leading, more expensive brands!
MADE TO BE THE BEST Goose Creek Candles are all poured in the USA with the highest quality ingredients available.
SAFE AND NON-TOXIC for hours of clean, invigorating fragrances.

This four-inch tall pillar candle is my preferred for its intoxicating scent. I couldn’t find anything on the packaging to tell me the exact scents used in the Forest Blend, but it reminds me of sandalwood one of my favorite fragrances.

The beautiful tri-color earthy tones of the candle would complement any room’s décor. The candle featured a creamy beige on top followed by a layer of seafoam green in the middle and a base resembling mocha coffee.

The scent is relaxing, a bit fragrant but not overpowering. It hints at the outdoors on a tranquil fall day. The delightful aroma lingers in the air even when the candle isn’t lit.

A small medallion is attached to the candle with raffia for a decorative touch. Once the cellophane wrapping and medallion are removed from the candle, you’ll want to place it on a candle holder just in case there is any residue when burning. The single wick burns clean and smoke free.

The candle comes carefully package to help ensure non-breakage in shipping.

FTC Full Disclosure – I was provided the item mentioned above by OmniiDeals. However, the post was written solely by me and all opinions are my own given honestly and freely.

Thanks for dropping by today. Do you find candles relaxing or just useful for light? Do you enjoy scented candles or prefer no scent at all?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fast and Loose … Brain Storm


Fast and Loose by Fern Michaels

FAST AND LOOSE by Fern Michaels
◊ Series: The Men of the Sisterhood, Book #2
◊ Narrator: Laural Merlington
MP3 CD
◊ Listening Length: 9 hours and 4 minutes
◊ Program Type: Audiobook
◊ Genre: Action, Adventure
◊ Version: Unabridged
◊ Publisher: Brilliance Audio
◊ Scheduled Release Date: August 30, 2016
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1511342129
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1511342124

SYNOPSIS:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels comes a new, action-packed novel.

The Sisterhood: a group of women bound by friendship and a quest for justice. Now their male allies, the Men of the Sisterhood, have formed a top-secret organization of their own, with the same goal of helping the helpless and righting the wrongs of the world.…
With the women of the Sisterhood away on a covert assignment, their significant others could be expected to kick back and enjoy a little drama-free downtime. But that’s not the way Jack, Ted, Harry, Charles, and the rest of their comrades roll. An urgent call has come to the headquarters of their organization, BOLO Consultants. Bert Navarro, head of security for Countess Anna de Silva, suspects that Annie’s deluxe casino, Babylon, is being stealthily and expertly robbed. But figuring out who’s hacking into Babylon’s security system proves more difficult than expected―and may have implications for one of BOLO’s own. The security expert working for them has unlocked one hard fact―that there are more than enough suspects to investigate. But the men of BOLO will do what it takes to prove that, even in Vegas, there’s no gambling with justice.…


If you’re looking for something similar to the ‘kick butt, take prisoners’ attitude of the Sisterhood series, it’s not in FAST AND LOOSE. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an enjoyable story just a bit different since it does feature the Men of the Sisterhood.

Once again narrator Laural Merlington does an excellent job giving each character their own unique voice. Her cadence and varying accents enhances the story. Her mannerisms bring the story to life.

The story moves at a good pace and has a few surprises along the way. The Vegas setting is vivid through the author’s descriptions.

Overall the story is entertaining, but I was hoping for the intrigue and suspense the Sisterhood series is known for. That was my bad as this is a different series and should have been viewed that way from the start. The characters are well-developed and very likable. The series has much potential as these characters continue to grow on their own merit.

FAST AND LOOSE is a pleasurable story. I look forward to seeing this series expand and continue to grow as these characters find new adventures.

Fast and Loose by Fern Michaels, The Men of the Sisterhood (Book #2), Narrated by Laural Merlington, Brilliance Audio, @2016, ISBN: 978-1511342124, Unabridged, MP3 CD, Run Time: 9 Hours and 4 Minutes (* This book is also available in eBook, hardcover, and mass market paperback.)

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Brain Storm by Elaine Viets

BRAIN STORM by Elaine Viets
◊ Series: Death Investigator Angela Richman Novel (Book #1)
◊ Narrator: Tanya Eby
MP3 CD
◊ Listening Length: 8 hours and 57 minutes
◊ Program Type: Audiobook
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Version: Unabridged
◊ Publisher: Brilliance Audio
◊ Release Date: August 2, 2016
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1522635424
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1522635420

SYNOPSIS:

The ultra-wealthy families of Chouteau Forest may look down on a woman like death investigator Angela Richman, but they also rely on her. When a horrific car crash kills a Forest teenager, Angela is among the first on the scene. Her investigation is hardly underway, however, when she suffers a series of crippling strokes. Misdiagnosed by the resident neurologist, Dr. Gravois, and mended by gauche yet brilliant neurosurgeon Dr. Jeb Travis Tritt, Angela faces a harrowing recovery.
It’s a drug-addled, hallucinating Angela who learns that Dr. Gravois has been murdered…and the chief suspect is the surgeon who saved her life. Angela doesn’t believe it, but can she trust her instincts? Her brain trauma brings doubts that she’ll ever recover her investigative skills. But she’s determined to save Dr. Tritt from a death-row sentence―even if her progress is thwarted at every turn by a powerful and insular community poised to protect its own


Author Elain Viets took her own history of surviving six strokes and brain surgery and incorporated it into an experience for her new protagonist, Death Investigator Angela Richman. To further add to Angela’s authenticity, the author took the Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course for forensic professionals given by St. Louis University’s School of Medicine.

Through these steps Viets has created a well-developed, realistic and likable character in Angela. She has traits and flaws readers can relate to and sympathize with. The secondary characters are unique and add depth to Viets’ new grittier mystery novel.

The setting of mythical Chouteau County comes to life through rich descriptions. Angela’s dealings with the rich and the poor makes the story plausible.

Moving at a steady pace, the story deals with murder, hospital corruption, insurance fraud and so much more. The suspense will keep you guessing as the story also highlights how Angela deals with her strokes, the brain surgery and dangerous side effects.

BRAIN STORM is a well-balanced, intriguing mystery that features a promising new protagonist readers are going to take to quickly.

Brain Storm by Elaine Viets, Death Investigator Angela Richman Novel (Book #1), Narrated by Tanya Eby, Brilliance Audio, @2016, ISBN: 978-1522635420, Unabridged, MP3 CD, Run Time: 8 Hours and 57 Minutes (* This book is also available in eBook, paperback and digital download.)

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks for stopping by today. I do so appreciate it. Have I tempted you to check out one or both of these fascinating titles? Have you given audio books a try yet?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Page-Turning Paranormal Contest


It won’t be long before Halloween will be here and what better time to begin preparing your scary reads than now with Rock Star Lit’s PAGE TURNING PARANORMAL CONTEST for the Summer of 2016!

You can enter to win some awesome prizes such as eBooks, signed books, gift cards, paranormal DVDs, Tarot Cards or even a Psychic Reading! Please see the end of the post for more details.

The contest is featuring these great authors:



Now to add to your reading selection, JL Merrow shares five favorite paranormal heroes (for Night Owl).

1.      Thomas Nightingale from Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, which I rave about to anyone who will stand still long enough. The “voice” of the series is actually young mixed-race British policeman Peter Grant, and his witty, modern and earnest narration is a joy, but Nightingale is a good, old-fashioned (in more ways than one) tragic hero: the last wizard left in Britain, until he took on Peter as his apprentice.
2.     Victor Bayne from Jordan Castillo Price’s Psycop series. A medium scarred by his experiences—he was hospitalized as a teen, until they realized he really could see dead people—and now working as a cop, he’s an engagingly flawed narrator with a very hot boyfriend!
3.     Percival Whyborne from Jordan L Hawk’s Whyborne & Griffin series. He’s a powerful magic practitioner in an alternative Victorian age and, although not actually British, is certainly repressed enough to be! He’s also engagingly flawed.
4.    Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. He’s a down-at-heel private eye—who does magic. And you have to love that strong, witty first person narration.
5.     Felix Castor from Mike Carey’s eponymous series. Dark, haunted and flawed.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have you ever had or would you like to have a psychic reading? Do you have a favorite paranormal author or series you follow?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

One of the Few by Jason B. Ladd


I’m delighted today to welcome new-to-me author Jason B. Ladd to Thoughts in Progress to talk about his release, ONE OF THE FEW: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview.

The story is about Jason’s struggle with doubt during a search for truth and a reasonable defense of the Christian faith.

◊Publisher: Boone Shepherd
◊Genre: Christian non-fiction
◊Page count: 318
◊Publish Date: November 2015

Marine fighter pilot Jason B. Ladd grows up in a military family with loving parents but spends his young life filled with spiritual apathy. 
In One of the Few, Ladd struggles with doubt during his search for truth and a reasonable defense of the Christian faith as he prepares for combat and wages spiritual warfare during his mission to become a better husband and father. 
Ladd enters the US Marine Corps, becomes a fighter pilot, and sees combat in Iraq before life events align to nudge him into profound spiritual inquiry. Digging deep into his quest for truth, he realizes the art and science of fighter pilot fundamentals can help him on his journey. 
Filled with stories that contrast his spiritual apathy with his post-Christian worldview passion, One of the Few is the compelling life story of a spiritual seeker engaged in a thrilling profession combined with a strong, reasonable defense of Christianity. 
Many people fail to recognize the importance of establishing a coherent worldview. As a result, they are unable to think critically, solve problems, or provide their children with answers to life’s biggest questions. The purpose of this book is to show how a search for truth will lead to a Christian worldview allowing parents to provide meaningful answers, defend against false teachings, and protect their children from the dangers of spiritual apathy and secular evangelism.
One of the Few describes Ladd’s journey from apathetic atheist to impassioned evangelist. “Part I: Seek And You Will Find” follows the path from clueless teenager to combat veteran as Ladd describes growing up as a military dependent, military basic training, and Navy flight school. Chapters describe his first experience with colliding worldviews, meeting the girl who would later become his wife and lead him to the Christian faith, and the difficulty of answering important questions without a recognized worldview. Stories contrast his spiritual apathy with post-Christian-worldview passion and show how fighter pilot fundamentals helped prepare him to conduct spiritual reconnaissance during his mission to find the truth about God and Christianity. 
“Part II: Be Not Deceived” describes how his new worldview and role as husband and father shaped his perspective on important cultural issues including alcohol abuse and sexual immorality. Chapters explore common misconceptions about Christianity and discuss topics including faith versus science, the problem of evil, the perceived femininity of Christianity, and the importance of strong marriages. 
“Part III: Always Be Ready” uses military principles to prepare the reader for spiritual warfare and the defense of the Christian faith. Chapters include Ladd’s struggle with doubt after investigating Christianity, use peace, war, and defense as a framework for developing a worldview, and challenge readers to guard against the New Spirituality. It concludes with a reminder from Matthew 22:14 (“Many are called, but few are chosen”), and poses a final question to the reader: will you be one of the few?  
For fans of Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel, and Frank Turek, Ladd’s remarkable journey shares the transformative power of faith during a time when belief in God is dismissed and religious liberty in the military is attacked.

ONE OF THE FEW can be found on its website, as well Amazon and Goodreads.

Now please join me in giving a warm welcome to Jason as he joins us to answer some questions about his book and writing. Welcome, Jason.

What lead you to write this book?

Jason:
I was reading a lot about Christianity and atheism in an attempt to discover truths about the world. I ended up embracing the Christian faith, and I wanted to preserve that story for my family. As I began writing, I realized my story might help others struggling to discover absolute truths in a time were relativism reigns. That's when I decided to make it a book. 

What was the most difficult part of writing your book? What was the easiest?

Jason:
I'll start with the easiest part, which was telling the personal stories. The most difficult part was keeping it focused. The book is apologetics wrapped in story, and apologetics can take you in a million directions. My editor cut out a lot.

You narrate the audio version of your book. What was that experience like?

Jason:
It was fun because I saw it as a challenge. The challenge was to do it all myself and get the audio files to pass inspection from ACX/Audible/Amazon's computer/robots. 

It was also a challenge because I was in the middle of a move. Most of it was recorded in a bedroom closet full of hanging clothes, with a few sound-deadening blankets draped as well.

Oh yeah, some of it was recorded in a travel trailer parked in storage lot, without power, in 120-degree heat, underneath one of the busiest civilian airports in the U.S. And under a blanket. (There was sweat involved.)

The cover of your book is quite eye catching. Did you have any input into its design?

Jason:
I came up with the concept and provided some of the images. I used 99Designs.com and had artists compete for the cover design with a cash prize. I was happy with the outcome and impressed with several of the designers. 

Do you have any projects underway at this time?

Jason:
On the writing side, I'm working on a project involving our recent move to Alaska, but I haven't decided on the format yet. It's going to have a lot of humor.

But I've also been sidetracked with IndieListers.com, which is the service I started to help authors share book promotion results to find out which ones work.

Jason, thanks for joining us today and sharing this insight into your story. It’s always interesting learning how a book came about.

Now here’s a bit more background on Jason.

Author Jason B. Ladd
Jason B. Ladd is an award-winning author, Marine veteran, and creator of IndieListers.com. He has flown the F/A-18 "Hornet" and the F-16 "Fighting Falcon."

He and his wife Karry are the parents of seven children. 

For more on Jason and his writing, visit his website and check out IndieListers.

Thanks for stopping by today during Jason’s visit. What are your thoughts about a book like Jason’s? Doesn't Jason's book cover just grab your attention and make you wonder what's inside?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena


THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR by Shari Lapena
◊ Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Audible Audio Edition
◊ Listening Length: 8 hours and 40 minutes
◊ Program Type: Audiobook
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Version: Unabridged
◊ Publisher: Penguin Audio
◊ Scheduled Audible.com Release Date: August 23, 2016
◊ Language: English
◊ ASIN: B01IIABQYC

SYNOPSIS:

How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even yourself?
People are capable of almost anything....
A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors - a twisty roller-coaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives.
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all - a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.
Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets - secrets they've kept for years.
What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family, a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

The premise is simple: a young married couple decide when their sitter cancels that instead of skipping the dinner party they’ve been committed to—just next door at the neighbors’—they will just bring the baby monitor and check on their young daughter every thirty minutes. In the short time between their shifts the baby is snatched without a trace or a clue to the culprit. Every parent’s worst nightmare.

In the days that follow the police investigation begins, and the mother Anne’s internal dialogue moves from heartbreaking self-blame, to suspicion of her spouse, to desperate theories. Through Anne’s inner dialogue you get such a clear sense of the unbelievable pressure she and many mothers (even ones who aren’t subjected to the plot horrors of the crime thriller demands) put on themselves; the thousands of articles she would have read to stay on top of the latest threats to her baby’s health or post-baby diet; the message board surfing; the sizing up of herself against other women; the body shaming and paranoia of being labeled sexually undesirable and abandoned by her partner—all of this buzzing in the background as she struggles through postpartum depression, trying to connect with and protect what has been sold to her as the most fulfilling experience she will ever have.

  • ·        I was fortunate to have the opportunity to begin reading this thriller in print and then finishing it by listening to the audio version. I highly recommend either or better yet, both!


Author Shari Lapena takes the ‘tangled web we weave’ scenario to a whole new level in her latest release, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR.

You practically have to tie a sting at the beginning to find your way back as there are so many twists, turns and unexpected moves. It’s wonderful and keeps you guessing until the shocking end. Even if you can figure out who the real villain is, the motive may surprise you.

Narrator Kirsten Potter does a superb job giving distinct voices to the various characters. Her timing and mannerisms are spot on. She delivers the range of emotions with great zeal. Her vocals enhance the suspense and drama felt throughout the story.

Lapena has created such intricate characters you find yourself disliking and pulling for them at the same time. The secondary characters add another layer of intrigue to this thriller.

The setting quickly pulls you in. There’s a good mix of joy, heartache, suspense and disbelief for a well-balanced tale. The story is filled with a seesaw-effect of emotions. Just as you catch your breath, the story takes another turn.

THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR is a heart-pounding story that will seize your emotions as you contemplate the agony of a missing child and the fallout from bad parenting. A captivating thriller you will feel to your core.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, Narrated by Kirsten Potter, Penguin Audio, @2016, ASIN: B01IIABQYC, Unabridged, Digital Download, Run Time: 8 Hours and 40 Minutes. (*This book is also available in hardback, paperback, eBook, and Audio CD.)

FTC Full Disclosure – Copies of this book were sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review them. However, receiving the complimentary copies did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Do you think that the way people parent has changed over the generations? What are your thoughts on going next door (with the baby monitor) and leaving the baby (for any length of time)?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Piper Morgan On Tour {+ Giveaway}


I’m thrilled to be taking part in author Stephanie Faris’ virtual book tour for her Piper Morgan releases.

Stephanie is joining us to talk about the ‘5 Things You’ll Need Before Your First Book Comes Out.’ In addition, Stephanie is hosting a tour-wide giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card and autographed copies of both of her books. Please see the end of the post for more details about the giveaway.

Stephanie’s books are a delight. Here’s a brief description about them.

When Piper Morgan has to move to a new town, she is sad to leave behind her friends, but excited for a new adventure. She is determined to have fun, be brave and find new friends.
In Piper Morgan Joins the Circus, Piper learns her mom’s new job will be with the Big Top Circus. She can’t wait to learn all about life under the big top, see all the cool animals, and meet the Little Explorers, the other kids who travel with the show. She’s even more excited to learn that she gets to be a part of the Little Explorers and help them end each show with a routine to get the audience on their feet and dancing along!
In Piper Morgan in Charge, Piper’s mom takes a job in the local elementary school principal’s office. Piper is excited for a new school and new friends—and is thrilled when she is made an “office helper.” But there is one girl who seems determined to prove she is a better helper—and she just so happens to be the principal’s daughter. Can Piper figure out how to handle being the new girl in town once more?

Please join me in giving Stephanie a warm welcome as she talks about those five things you’ll need before your first book comes out. Welcome, Stephanie.

Piper Morgan Joins the Circus is my third book and by now I have a routine. There are certain things I do in the weeks leading up to launch day. Okay, so the list seems to get longer the more I learn, but at least I have a list now.

When my first book came out, I had no such list. I knew I needed a Twitter presence, since that’s where all the writers, editors, and agents are. I also knew I needed a blog, but I wasn’t sure what to do with it. After three launches, I’ve found the below five things should be the focus of any first-time author with a book coming out.

A Facebook Account
Facebook is where you’ll find your friends and relatives. You’ll also find your fourth-grade teacher, your kindergarten best friend, and pretty much everyone who has ever mattered in your life. These are the people who are most likely to buy your book and tell everyone they meet about it. All you have to do is post a picture of your book and your real supporters will ask where they can get a copy.

A Twitter Account
As I mentioned above, Twitter is where you’ll find your editor, agent, book cover designer, and every other writer who writes for your publisher. Plus, there are a ton of bookstores and libraries with a presence on the site. They’ll re-tweet your posts to all of their followers once they meet you.

A Blog
Many authors say a blog is useless, but even if you don’t post to it regularly, it can be great for getting search engines to rank your site. It’s also very helpful when you’re ready to do a blog tour. I tried one of those blog tour companies and found most of the blogs they place you on have exactly zero readers. For best results, make your own bloggy friends and form a network of people who support you and (this is important) make sure support them in return!

Bookmarks
For kids authors, bookmarks are a key promotional tool. Yes, kids still read paper-based books. A lot of adult readers do, too. Everyone who reads on paper needs a bookmark. You don’t have to spend a fortune on a bookmark, either. If you’re crafty, you can even design your own.

Local Connections
Yes, the real-life stuff matters, too. You can’t market to every bookstore and library in the country. Instead, you need to focus on your own community. Bookstores and libraries love local authors. Introduce yourself and support your library by sending bookmarks and hosting workshops if you’re comfortable with public speaking. 

Any book launch is terrifying, but it’s also exciting. If you have the right tools in place beforehand, you’ll find you have nothing to be afraid of.

Stephanie, thanks for stopping by on your tour. These are great tips.

Now for those who aren’t familiar with Stephanie, here’s some background on her.
Author Stephanie Faris

Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.

Stephanie is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive. 

For more on Stephanie and her writing, visit her website and blog as well as connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Amazon.

This is a tour-wide giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card and Autographed Books.

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Thanks so much for stopping by during Stephanie’s visit. Isn’t there just something heartwarming about looking at a child’s book cover? If you’re an author, do you have any suggestions for things you’ll need before your first book comes out?