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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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  1. How do you come up with character names?

This can be fun and challenging at the same time. In many of my novels I write about real historical figures so that’s a no-brainer, but for fictional characters I look up names that were popular in the era and try to match a name with the personality of a character. I have one manuscript where I have changed the protagonist’s name three times. The names just weren’t jiving with my vision of her personality. But, I finally settled on one that is perfect!  

2. Talk about what you want to achieve as an author.

What is really important to me is connecting with other people through my books. Whether that connection serves to entertain, inspire, or educate, it’s all good to me. One of my favorite things to hear is when someone has read my books and it has inspired them to look into the history of that time period or that character to find out as much as they can about it or them. It’s great to have that particular interest in common with someone. I’d love to continue writing novels as long as I am able. I have so many different ideas, and writing novels allows me to transport to a different time period or reality, and it takes me out of myself. I plan to keep writing and being open to people and opportunities that come my way!

3) As an author – what do you enjoy most about writing process? What feels like a chore?

As an author it’s really fun for me to create a world and characters from my imagination. When I taught middle school I used to tell my students that when you write, you can be or do anything you want. It’s really so liberating. I also enjoy when I get into the zone and the words just tumble out. Characters will do and say things I never expected and then I find myself saying, “How interesting! Now, what am I going to do with that?” It’s always fun and always a challenge. The chore part, if you could call it that, is all of the publicity, promotion, and marketing that come along with the author’s life. That part alone could be a full-time job in itself, and it takes me away from what I really love which is living inside of my stories. However, it is a necessity and it can be fun in its own way. It gives me the opportunity to interact with readers and get to know people I never would have known if I wasn’t an author. So there’s definitely an upside to being a business person as well as an author.

4) How did you do research for your book? 

The research for this book started long ago. So long ago, I forgot where exactly I got some of the information. My late father, who was such an inspiration to me, told me about the Penitente Brotherhood, a lay confraternity of Spanish-American Roman Catholic men who are active in New Mexico and Colorado. Bones of the Redeemed is very loosely inspired by this brotherhood, but takes their practices quite a bit farther. My book poses the question of what might happen if leadership in one of these types of organizations went off the rails—which, as we know can happen in deeply religious communities.

I did a lot of reading on the Brotherhood, and I also interviewed a couple of Catholic priests, one whose father and some of his brothers were members of the Penitente Brotherhood here in New Mexico. 

For the archaeology aspect of the book, I actually took some graduate courses in anthropology and archaeology at Millsap’s College in Jackson, Mississippi when I lived there. I had a very early draft of the novel and I asked my professor to read it. He helped me tweak where necessary. More recently, I have a friend who is a retired archaeologist and she reviewed the book for me as well. 

5) What’s next? Do you have any new books in the planning or writing stage?  

I’ve started another series that has been so much fun to work on. The first book is called Grace in the Wings. Grace, the protagonist, is an aspiring costume designer working in the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway, 1920.  When her sister, the star of the show, is murdered, Grace has to step out from the wings of her backstage life and into the spotlight of stardom to find the killer. 

Right now, I am working on the second book in the series titled Grace in Hollywood. Grace has left Broadway behind and has moved to Hollywood to work in the silent films of 1924. In this book, a big-time director is murdered and a young woman she is mentoring is accused of the crime. Grace sets out to clear the girl’s name, and in doing so, inadvertently sets herself up to be the next victim. 

 

 
 
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Book Details:

 

Book Title: Bones of the Redeemed (A Southwestern Mystery) by Kari Bovee
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 298 pages
Genre:  Historical Mystery (1952)
Publisher:  Bosque Publishing
Release date:  November 2020
Content Rating:  R for abuse, does contain the f-word a few times,

Book Description:

A pit of corpses. An ancient cult. A quest for redemption that could leave her dead… New Mexico, 1952. Archaeology grad student Ruby Delgado is plagued by guilt after losing her son. So when her latest excavation drops her down a sinkhole filled with suspiciously mutilated bodies, she’s driven to bring the murderer to justice. But when digging deeper brings her dangerously close to a sinister religious sect, she could be their next sacrifice… Discovering some of the victims were crucified, Ruby pushes hard to give the evidence to the authorities. But when her trail crosses the path of a beaten man left for dead in the desert, she realizes she may be the only person who can save the community. Can Ruby stop the sacrifices and slay her inner demons, or will hers be the next body laid to rest? Bones of the Redeemed is a hair-raising standalone Southwestern mystery. If you like complex heroines, cult conflict, and hard-won redemption, then you’ll love Kari Bovee’s grisly tale.

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Meet the Author:

When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her action-packed novels. Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of Kari Bovée’s articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts. An award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun. The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the Mystery/Crime category, and is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards, as well as the Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel Grace in the Wings is a Finalist for the 2019 International Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards. Her novel Peccadillo at the Palace is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the 2019 International Goethe Awards, as well as a Finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical Fiction category. Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational consultant. She and her husband, Kevin, spend their time between their horse property in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, and their condo on the sunny shores of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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Tour Schedule:
Nov 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 9 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – book spotlight
Nov 10 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Nov 12 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 12 – _Fan_of_Books_ – book review
Nov 16 – 100 Pages A Day – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Nov 18 – PuzzlePaws Blog – book review / giveaway
Nov 18 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review / giveaway
Nov 19 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 24 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 24 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 25 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Nov 25 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 26 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Nov 27 – JBronder Book Reviews – book review / author interview
Nov 30 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 30 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 1 – Pine Enshrined Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Dec 2 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Dec 4 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
Dec 4 – High Society Book Reviews – book review / giveaway 

 

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