Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Reaching for Trust by Jemi Fraser

Today I’m delighted to share with you one of the books I read during my time away.

REACHING FOR TRUST

By Jemi Fraser
*A Bloo Moose Romance Series
*Book Six
*ASIN: B08R14HW87
*Publisher: Jemi Fraser @ Just Jemi Books (January 19, 2021)
*Publication date: January 19, 2021
*Language: English
*File size: 1688 KB
*Print length: 208 pages

          Thanks to her outrageous onstage costumes, pop star Trina can conceal her identity while working in Bloo Moose and writing her next album, all while avoiding a stalker.
           Running a Sugar Shack should be easy for a burned-out lawyer, but Jack is soon in over his head. His sweet and sexy new office manager isn’t helping with his focus.
           Unaware that his last case has ongoing repercussions, Jack attributes the problems at the shack to Trina’s errors and his inexperience.
           When evidence points to false conclusions, they’ll both have to learn how to trust if they want a future together.

Now my thoughts ….

When you pick up a book intending to read just the first page only to discover you are in the middle of chapter five when you put it down, you know you have found a really great book.

REACHING FOR TRUST is just that kind of book. The author quickly pulls you into the characters’ world and makes you feel apart of it. You enjoy that some of the characters return from previous stories as they feel like friends you know. But meeting the new characters and sharing their adventure is almost hypnotizing.

The author has created characters that are likable, well-developed, and engaging. She pulls you into the story with captivating details of the land, the community, and its people.

The interaction and chemistry between Trina and Jack will have you laughing, on the verge of tears, and smiling with delight. Their love story will touch your heart giving hope that soul mates do find their way to each other.

This is the sixth installment in the Bloo Moose Romance series but can be read as a standalone. However, without reading the entire series, in order, you will be missing out on a fascinating journey filled with memorable characters, intriguing stories, and a setting you wish you could visit in person.

REACHING FOR TRUST is a story that you won’t be able to put down as it draws you into a world of love and hope. An added bonus is a lovable dog named Swindler that has some scene-stealing moments of his own. Romance, suspense, drama, music, an adorable dog, picturesque scenery…...what’s not to love?


Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have you ever read a series that draws you in and causes you to want a separate story for every character mentioned?

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

I Didn’t Run Away

I didn’t run away, honest, but I sort of fell down Alice’s rabbit hole. Sorry I’ve been AWOL (in this case, away without leaving a message).

All is good, thankfully no sickness or trouble caused the absence just …. well let me explain why and how I came to be down that rabbit hole for over a month.

First, if you read yesterday’s post you know I’ve been and am working with two awesome authors organizing virtual tours for them through MC Book Tours. The tours have been my number one project, but they aren’t why I fell into that hole.

I actually began gazing into the rabbit hole around Christmas when Santa brought me a Cricut Maker. I began learning how to make labels, decals and such by watching YouTube (that was the first step that led to so many more down the rabbit hole). From there I saw a video on finger knitting and made what I’d call a knitted chain that I used to wrap around a wreath just to see how it would look. Then I decided to use the wrapped wreath to make a Valentine’s Day decoration.

The finger knitting lead to trying my hand or I should say arm at arm knitting. That was fun but I quickly learned that the two skeins of yarn I had were not enough for a throw. When I went back to get more, there wasn’t any of the same color (at several stores I tried). That project was undone and put away for later.

In the meantime, I had learned a bit more about finger knitting and gave that a try again. This time I decided to go big and made a blanket/throw that measures a little over 7 feet long and 3 feet wide. As I was finishing that I started working with a small loom I’d gotten. My next project was what I call a shawl/scarf using that loom. That turned out to be 13 inches wide and 8 feet long. I’ve since started another one that is only 9 inches wide and probably won’t be as long as the first.

During all this I started helping a couple of people at work design and decorate one of our front store windows for spring. I saw a pattern online for a cute little birdhouse and decided to make some out of various colored scrapbook paper. I made 6 that we hung from the ceiling and 4 that I put on dowel rods and placed in containers of flowers I’d put together. We got the window done a few days after Valentine’s Day and I have to say I think it looks very “spring like.”

I’m now working on a wreath for the other window that we’ll do in a patriotic theme after St. Patrick’s Day. The wreath is to look like a flag and is made from wooden clothes pins that I’ve painted red, white, and blue and put on a wire wreath form. The blue pins will have some white stars on them. It’s amazing the things you can find when you google a project.

So, are you seeing how and why I fell down the rabbit hole and am just now starting to find my way out?

I have read several great books (two by one author, yeah Bloo Moose) during my time away. I hope to have reviews this week for two of the amazing authors. I’m also listening to Lisa Gardner’s latest release.

I forgot to mention the chalkboard I made from a mirror and a cute pillow cover I made using material featuring vintage cameras (another thing I’ve started collecting again). There is also the puzzle I put together and framed. The real treat is the 1955 Underwood manual typewriter I found at a thrift store. I beat the urge for three weeks before I went back and bought it. I can’t set the margins and the ribbon only tightens one way, but what fun it is to type on it. I had forgotten how much I enjoy the sound of the keys typing (and how hard they are to press).

I’ve been busy down in the rabbit hole. But, I think I’ve gotten the “crafting bug” under control and am slowly climbing out to get back into the blogging world.

Do you ever get carried away crafting or such and go from one project to another without stopping? We are thinking about giving hand poured soy candles as Christmas gifts this year so I might need to give that a try just to see how hard they are to make. And did I mention I’ve purchased all the material to do hanging macrame baskets like I did years ago? Oh, I got another fun idea from watching a YouTube Channel called White Cottage Company (you should check it out, it’s a great channel). I forgot to tell you about the water fountain I’m working on to put in my “secret” flower garden this spring.

Ah, I think I’m sliding back in the hole again…… Any suggestions on how to do all and not go AWOL again?

Monday, March 1, 2021

Two Great Book Tours

I’m delighted you stopped by today, especially since I’ve been AWOL this month (more on that in another post). Today I want to tell you about two great virtual book tours that I have the honor of organizing for two amazing authors through MC Book Tours.

The first tour is for author Rhiannon Gelston’s new release, LARK AND THE LOON. This tour is currently under way with a twist. You see the tour began Feb. 22nd and will continue through March 5th. But then, it will begin again April 19th and go through April 30th.

If you haven’t already signed up to be a host for this tour (this week or the next go around), I encourage you to do so. A huge thanks to those of you who have already signed up (some posting last week and this week). Post will consist of reviews, guest posts, interviews, spotlights, top 10 lists, and excerpts. There will also be a tour-wide giveaway with awesome prizes provided by the author. Review copies are available in eBook (International) and print (the U.S. only) formats. In addition, there will be a HTML post for your convenience. You can sign up HERE.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the book:

Lark and the Loon follows the adventures of a tentative boy named Lark, as he is catapulted out of all that he knows, into a courageous journey beyond his wildest imagination. 
 
Upon receiving a special gift from his Gramps, Lark embarks on a reflective journey of self-discovery as the innovative story weaves the true-life memoir of his mother (the author) in with a fantastical journey. With some special new-found friends, Lark travels back and forth from a symbolic tree to his mother’s true memories of life and death moments, and simple moments, found everywhere from wild Africa to their very own living room. Lark and his friends must ascend this tree and gain the important life lessons offered along the way if they ever hope to find their way out. Within this journey, Lark finds these lessons, and ultimately himself, in the space between imagination and truth in this wild tale.  
 
The story explores friendships, philosophies, and everyday challenges and joys, both from a child's perspective and from a parent's perspective. This memoir with a twist results in a coming-of-age story that ultimately leads to a new understanding of self, others, and the world that surrounds us.

The second tour is for author Nicole Souza’s new release, SINS OF OUR MOTHERS. Her tour will run April 5th through April 30th. Thanks to those who have already signed up and once again I encourage the rest of you to join and be a part of the tour.

Posts will consist of reviews, guest posts, interviews, spotlights, top 10 lists, and excerpts. There will also be a tour-wide giveaway with awesome prizes provided by the author. Review copies are available in eBook (International) and print (the U.S. only) formats. Here again an HTML post will also be provided. You can sign up HERE.

Here's a brief synopsis of the book:

It has been fifteen hundred years since the solar flare devastation of the Global Catastrophe. Due to the radioactivity in the harvesting fields, society dismisses its defective children as nothing more than flawed products of the malfunctioned seeds in the field.

But Lyratelle, a hyper-observant musical prodigy, believes these “defects” are intelligent, particularly her own sibling, the youngest child of her impervious mother. Abandoning her dream career, Lyratelle climbs the bureaucratic ladder to run the Defect Research Center, where she can safeguard the child.

With an underground team of women who share her uncertainties, Lyratelle unearths the Old History truth that womankind’s survival actually hinges on the existence of these defects.

When General Sarah Love, the city’s most powerful advocate against the defects, detects Lyratelle’s sympathy toward the creatures, she threatens the life of Lyratelle’s sibling.

Now Lyratelle’s desperate attempt to save this child endangers everyone she loves—her team, her family, even the existence of the defects themselves.

I hope you will consider joining one or both of these fun tours. If you have any questions about either tour, please let me know in the comments or by email. You can also sign up for the tours by leaving your email in the comments or sending an email to me at mcbooktours@gmail.com.

I’m delighted to be helping these two great authors promote their fascinating stories. I will have more on Rhiannon’s book during her second tour and also more on Nicole’s book during her tour.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. What are your thoughts on virtual book tours?