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The things we learn when we least expect it

Research for me is a double-edged sword. I love it and I hate it. While I love learning about the past, I too often find myself reading far more than necessary because I’m fascinated by what I’ve found!

While researching A Rush of White Wings, which is set in the Boston area, I naturally came across many mentions of Benjamin Franklin; he was born in Boston and was one of the founding fathers of the United States. But what kept me reading were the stories about his three children: Francis, William, and Sarah.

Ben Franklin adored his younger son, Francis (Franky), who died from smallpox at the age of four. Though a vaccine had been in use for many years, and though Ben Franklin was a longtime advocate of vaccination, Franky had not been inoculated. At the time, many people chose not to vaccinate their children out of fear. A recent analysis of Franklin’s writings raises the possibility that Mrs. Franklin’s reluctance was why the boy had not been inoculated.

Ben Franklin later wrote in his autobiography, “In 1736 I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the smallpox taken in the common way. I long regretted bitterly and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I mention for the sake of the parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it; my example showing that the regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen.”

Franklin’s older son, William, grew up to become the governor of New Jersey. In late 1775, Ben urged his son to resign his post and join the revolutionary cause. William refused. Not only was he loyal to the crown, but he believed that that most Americans wouldn’t join the revolution. He tried to arrange a reconciliation between the colonies and the king, which only served to deepen the animosity between him and his father.

Two years later, William was arrested and held in custody until he was swapped in a prisoner exchange in 1778. Eventually he moved to England. Though Ben and William had a small reconciliation after the war, things were never the same.

Finally, there is Franklin’s daughter, Sarah, who gave birth to a son, also named Benjamin (Benny). The boy so reminded Ben Franklin of his late son, Franky, that he insisted Benny accompany him (at age seven) on a diplomatic trip to France. He didn’t return the boy to his parents for nine years.

Ah, the things we learn when we least expect it. While good times and bad have been part of every year in history, I hope you find only health, peace, and joy in 2021.

Book Details:
 
Book Title A Rush of White Wings: An Irish Historical Love Story by Pamela Ford
Book Series: An Irish Historical Love Story
Category Adult Fiction (18 +), 382 pages
Genre Historical Romance
Publisher Aine Press
Release dates:   October 2020
Content Rating: PG-13:
There are two pretty mild love
scenes, short and not explicit. Virtually no swearing except the more
common Irish versions: “Jaysus” or “Jesus, Mary and Joseph.”

Book Description:

The best journey brings you home. Boston, 1849. Shattered by the devastating loss of his wife and children during the Irish famine, Sean Deacey has given up on love and happiness. So when he rescues an infant from an immigrant shipwreck, he gives the orphaned babe to his sister Kathleen and her husband. They raise the boy as their own – until Ailish Sullivan arrives two years later claiming the child is her last living relative and demanding his return. A legal fight ensues, and Sean befriends Ailish, determined to change her mind and keep her from destroying his sister’s family. But when friendship leads to understanding, he is torn between the desires of both families. And as his feelings grow for a woman he knows he should not want and can never have, he faces an agonizing choice – stand with his sister or follow his heart. Award-winning author Pamela Ford explores the bonds of family as she takes readers on an uplifting emotional journey through grief, sacrifice, and the power of forgiveness.

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Book Details:

Book Title To Ride a White Horse: An Irish Historical Love Story by Pamela Ford
Book Series: An Irish Historical Love Story
Category Adult Fiction (18 +), 376 pages
Genre Historical Romance
Publisher Aine Press
Release dates:   January 2015
Content Rating: PG-13:
There are two pretty mild love
scenes, short and not explicit. Virtually no swearing except the more
common Irish versions: “Jaysus” or “Jesus, Mary and Joseph.”

Book Description:

Gold Medal Winner, IPPY Awards • Finalist, National
Readers’ Choice Awards • Finalist, Maggie Awards for Excellence •
Finalist, Kindle Book Awards

“A sweeping historical love story that hits all the marks.” –Publisher’s Weekly starred review

Your feet will bring you to where your heart is.
Ireland 1846. With Ireland ravaged by famine and England unsympathetic to its plight, Kathleen Deacey faces a devastating choice – leave her country to find work or risk dying there. Despising the English for refusing to help Ireland, she crosses the ocean to support her family and search for her missing fiancé.

But when her voyage goes awry, she must accept help from an English whaling captain, Jack Montgomery, who represents everything she despises – and with whom she is reluctantly falling in love. As Kathleen fights to save her family back in Ireland, she finds herself facing yet another devastating choice – remain loyal to her country or follow her heart.

Award-winning author Pamela Ford captures the anguish of a devastating period in Irish history and delivers a historical saga of hope, loyalty, the strength of the human spirit, and the power of love. With more than a half million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is known for creating stories that are emotional and moving.

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Meet the Author:

Pamela Ford is the award-winning author of historical and contemporary romance. She grew up watching old movies, blissfully sighing over the romance; and reading sci-fi and adventure novels, vicariously living the action. The combination probably explains why the books she writes are romantic, happily-ever-afters with plenty of plot. After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising, Pam spent many years as a copywriter and freelance writer before inserting a plot twist in her career path and writing her first book. Pam has won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best, the Laurel Wreath, and a gold medal IPPY in the Independent Book Publisher Awards. She is a National Readers’ Choice Awards finalist, a Kindle Book Awards finalist, a Maggie Awards for Excellence finalist, and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist.

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Tour Schedule:
Jan 6 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / giveaway
Jan 6 – Library of Clean Reads – book review of TO RIDE A WHITE HORSE / giveaway
Jan 6 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 7 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 7 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / giveaway
Jan 11 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / giveaway
Jan 12 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of TO RIDE A WHITE HORSE / giveaway
Jan 13 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 14 – Literary Flits – book review of TO RIDE A WHITE HORSE / giveaway
Jan 15 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of TO RIDE A WHITE HORSE / giveaway
Jan 20 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 – Library of Clean Reads – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / giveaway
Jan 21 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 22 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of TO RIDE A WHITE HORSE
Jan 25 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS
Jan 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 27 – Literary Flits – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / giveaway
Jan 28 – Pause for Tales – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / giveaway
Jan 28 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 29 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 29 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS
Feb 1 – Corinne Rodrigues – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / giveaway
Feb 2 – High Society Book Reviews – book review of A RUSH OF WHITE WINGS / guest post / giveaway

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By Eva Graytzel

Understanding Emotions Around Cancer

Explaining cancer to kids is a challenging and important conversation. While unfamiliar and upsetting emotions are a normal response to learning someone you love has cancer, these emotions can be deeply inhibiting and set children on edge throughout the day. Find mechanisms to cope is key in helping children overcome their fear and not be controlled by it.

Change is difficult for anyone, especially children. Children prefer to be kind and well-behaved but these unfurling emotions control their actions. Whether it’s a new baby, a new school, a new babysitter, or a family member with cancer, children will likely not have the words to express their concern.

Ideally, the best time to have a conversation about cancer with your child is when you are both feeling calm. Pick a moment when neither of you are tired, hungry or feeling rushed. A good time to initiate the dialogue is before you read a bedtime story or when you are taking a relaxed drive together.

Address their worries head on. Be honest, clear, and include your optimism for a full recovery. Talk about what your days ahead might look like.  Read a book together like M.C. Plays Hide & Seek and after every few pages, ask if they have any questions. If the answer stumps you, get back to them when you’ve determined how to address their concern.

M.C. Plays Hide & Seek won the Mom’s Choice Gold Award and recommended globally as one of the best books for children about cancer.

Let your child know what they can do to help.

  • Clean up toys so I don’t hurt myself stepping on them.
  • Listen the first time I ask you to do something.
  • Wash your hands when you come in the house, after you use the bathroom and before you eat since my ability to fight germs is weakened.

Request simple tasks and don’t forget to reward good behavior!

Book Details:

Book Title:  MC Plays Hide and Seek: An Empowering Story for Healthy Children Who Care About a Person Living with Cancer by Eva Grayzel
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  64 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Jan 5, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

M.C. is a cancer cell who shares just enough information about the nature of the disease to promote dialogue and minimize fear. The scary part of cancer is the unknown. Learn about doctors who look for cancer. Understand feelings children experience and learn ways to cope. Empower children with knowledge and how to make a difference. M.C. Plays Hide & Seek strengthens communication and builds emotional health.

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Meet the Author:

Eva Grayzel is a motivational speaker, storyteller, and cancer survivor. When her children were five and seven years old, she was diagnosed with cancer. Their fear of losing her was deep, real, and suppressed. When she got a second chance at life, she created the Talk4Hope book series to help children understand cancer and make it less scary.

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Tour Schedule:
Jan 5 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Jan 5 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Jan 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 5 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 7 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Jan 7 – The Momma Spot – book review
Jan 8 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 11 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 12 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 13 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 13 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 – My Reading Journey – book review / giveaway
Jan 15 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 –  Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 18 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 19 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Laura’s Interests – book review / giveaway
Jan 20 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review / guest post
Jan 21 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Jan 22 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Jan 25 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Jan 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 27 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Bookswithpaulak – book review
Jan 28 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 1 – Instagram: All Booked Up Reviews – book review
Feb 1 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Feb 1 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway

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The Things That Last Forever by Peter W.J. Hayes Banner

The Things That Last Forever

by Peter W. J. Hayes

On Tour: January 1 – February 28, 2021

Synopsis:

The Things That Last Forever by Peter W. J. Hayes

After a house fire hospitalizes his partner and forces him onto medical leave, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police detective Vic Lenoski starts a desperate search for the woman who set the blaze. She is the one person who knows what happened to his missing teenage daughter, but as a fugitive, she’s disappeared so thoroughly no one can find her.

Risking his job and the wrath of the district attorney, Vic resorts to bargaining with criminal suspects for new leads, many of which point to North Dakota. He flies there, only to discover he is far from everything he knows, and his long-cherished definitions of good and bad are fading as quickly as his leads. His only chance is one last audacious roll of the dice. Can he stay alive long enough to discover the whereabouts of his daughter and rebuild his life? Or is everything from his past lost forever?

“The mystery plot itself is riveting…a captivating and emotionally intelligent crime drama.” — Kirkus Reviews

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery: Police Procedural
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: August 1, 2020
Number of Pages: 294
ISBN: 978-1-947915-56-5
Series: A Vic Lenoski Mystery; Pittsburgh Trilogy #3 || Each is a Stand Alone Mystery
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

Chapter 1

Sometimes you walk into a room and what’s inside changes your life forever. That sense stopped Vic just inside the doorway. A woman with skin the color of dark amber lay on the only bed, her bandaged arms shockingly white among the shadows. She was reflected in a large window in the far wall, the outside sky as black and still as the inside of a tomb. He smelled disinfectant and blood. Numbers and graph lines flared on grey-eyed medical monitors. Somewhere in the vast empty spaces of the hospital a voice echoed.

He’d never visited a burn ward.

Never had a partner so close to death.

Never thought a room could seem as hollow as he felt inside.

The feeling was so disembodying that when he reached the bed and looked into the woman’s face, he half expected to see himself. But it was Liz, her forehead and knobby cheekbones smeared with ointment, eyebrows and eyelashes burned away. A bandage covered her left earlobe where her favorite earring, a small gold star, usually sat. It seemed like every breath she took pained her.

He wanted to take her hand but the bandages made it impossible. “Liz,” he said softly, her name almost lost among the beeps and clicks of the monitors. Liquid dripped into a tangle of IV tubes at the back of her fist.

Her eyelids fluttered.

“Liz. Doctor told me I could talk to you.”

Her eyes opened. He watched her pupils widen and narrow as they absorbed the distance to the ceiling and distinguished shadows from feeble light.

“Vic?” A hoarse whisper.

“I’m here.”

She turned her face to him. “You got me out.”

Relief rose in Vic’s throat. “Yeah. But the house didn’t make it.”

“Cora Stills?”

Vic squeezed his eyelids shut and rocked on his heels. He didn’t know where to start. Cora Stills. The one person who knew something—anything—about his missing teenage daughter. Liz on her way to arrest her. Instead, Liz, handcuffed to a radiator pipe as flames lathered and stormed through Cora’s house. Cora’s burned-out car found two days later on a crumbling stone dock next to a deserted warehouse, the Allegheny River emptying westward.

Cora, alive and moving through that tomb of darkness outside the window. Free.

“Vic…” Liz said something more but he couldn’t make it out.

He bent closer.

She forced her words from somewhere deep inside, and as she spoke, he knew this was what she saved through all the fear and pain to tell him. “Someone told Cora I was coming.”

***

Excerpt from The Things That Last Forever by Peter W. J. Hayes. Copyright 2020 by Peter W. J. Hayes. Reproduced with permission from Peter W. J. Hayes. All rights reserved.

Author Bio:

Peter W. J. Hayes

Peter W. J. Hayes worked as a journalist, advertising copywriter and marketing executive before turning to mystery and crime writing. He is the author of the Silver Falchion-nominated Pittsburgh trilogy, a police procedural series, and is a Derringer-nominated author of more than a dozen short stories. His work has appeared in Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly, Pulp Modern and various anthologies, including two Malice Domestic collections and The Best New England Crime Stories. He is also a past nominee for the Crime Writers Association (CWA) Debut Dagger Award.

 

 

 

Peter can be found at:
www.peterwjhayes.com
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Tour Participants:

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01/03 Review @ Book Reviews From an Avid Reader
01/04 Guest post @ Novels Alive
01/05 Interview @ Author Elena Taylors Blog
01/06 Review @ Avonna Loves Genres
01/07 Interview @ BooksChatter
01/08 Review @ Nesies Place
01/10 Review @ Jane Pettit Reviews
01/11 Interview @ A Blue Million Books
01/12 Review @ sunny island breezes
01/15 Review @ @ ebeeari
01/18 Showcase @ Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
01/21 Guest post @ The Book Divas Reads
01/22 Showcase @ nanasbookreviews
01/24 Showcase @ EienCafe
01/27 Interview/showcase @ CMash Reads
02/02 Review @ The Review Crew
02/03 Guest post @ Nesies Place
02/04 Review @ Allie_reads95
02/05 Review @ The Things That Last Forever
02/08 Interview @ Podcast
02/08 Review @ Just Reviews
02/10 Review/showcase @ Our Town Book Reviews
02/12 Review @ Quiet Fury Books
02/16 Showcase @ Reading A Page Turner
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Giveaway!!:

This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Peter W.J. Hayes. There will be 4 winners for this giveaway. Two (2) winners will each receive one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card and two (2) winners will each receive one (1) physical copy of The Things That Last Forever by Peter W.J. Hayes (US Only). The giveaway begins on January 1, 2021 and runs through March 2, 2021. Void where prohibited.

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