Sunday, September 2, 2018

Are You Participating? #somethingwickedfall #readathon

Every year, Michelle, from True Book Addict kicks off her annual read-a-thon of Fright Fall. It is fun to read spooky sometimes. Usually though, mine is more for the younger set but still...

This year (in fact it is going on right now) she has included a kick-off of sorts. It is a 48-hour read-a-thon in which scary/horror is suggested but not required. There are no prizes for this one but just a fun time. I am on it!



As part of this, I have already finished a collection of spooky by the author, John Paul Allen called Dark Blessings. It is a short story collection but a few will give you goosebumps.

The other book I am reading and getting ready to finish is by the author, Scott Kenemore called The Zen of Zombie. It is actually more humorous than scary but hey, it's about zombies!

There are a few hours left for this read-a-thon. Join in if you want. At least tell me what you are reading.

Happy reading,
Michelle aka Naila Moon

Friday, July 13, 2018

#Spotlight: Disorderly Conduct by Mary Feliz #CozyMysteries


Disorderly Conduct (A Maggie McDonald Mystery)https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?source=bk&t=dollycsthoug-20&bm-id=default&l=ktl&linkId=8f14ca65c309990f39eb03d73741c3ae&_cb=1526234387126
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Lyrical Underground (July 10, 2018)
Print Length: 233 pages
ASIN: B076GNYKM8
https://i0.wp.com/www.escapewithdollycas.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/goodreads-badge-add-plus-d700d4d3e3c0b346066731ac07b7fe47.png?zoom=1.100000023841858&resize=130%2C41&ssl=1


Professional organizer Maggie McDonald manages to balance a fastidious career with friends, family, and a spunky Golden Retriever. But add a fiery murder mystery to the mix, and Maggie wonders if she’s finally found a mess even she can’t tidy up . . .
With a devastating wildfire spreading to Silicon Valley, Maggie preps her family for a rapid evacuation. The heat rises when firefighters discovered the body of her best friend Tess Olmos’s athletic husband—whose untimely death was anything but accidental. And as Tess agonizes over the whereabouts of her spouse’s drop-dead gorgeous running mate, she becomes the prime suspect in what’s shaping up to become a double murder case. Determined to set the record straight, Maggie sorts through clues in an investigation more dangerous than the flames approaching her home. But when her own loved ones are threatened, can she catch the meticulous killer before everything falls apart?
About the Author
https://i0.wp.com/www.escapewithdollycas.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/MaryFeliz.jpg?resize=214%2C300&ssl=1
Mary Feliz writes the Maggie McDonald Mysteries featuring a Silicon Valley professional organizer and her sidekick golden retriever. She’s worked for Fortune 500 firms and mom and pop enterprises competed in whaleboat races and done synchronized swimming. She attends organizing conferences in her character’s stead, but Maggie’s skills leave her in the dust.

Author Links:

Purchase Links: 
Amazon     B&N  



Thursday, July 12, 2018

#Review: Crappy to Happy: Small Steps to Big Happiness Now! by Randy Peyser #selfhelp

Crappy to Happy: Small Steps to Big Happiness NOW!Crappy to Happy: Small Steps to Big Happiness NOW! by Randy Peyser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read a few self-help books in my years of reading and I must say, this is one of the most humorous I have ever read.

Randy (who is a woman) writes in five major sections breaking each section into several chapters. Each chapter begins with a "story" that is often humorous but very real.

After the story, she will summarize it by telling the reader exactly how to take steps to make life happier right now, this very minute.

At the end of the book, she essentially summarizes each of the steps quickly so that they are once again fresh in the mind.

I liked the humor this author had which made what could have been another self-help boredom into something wanted to be read again and again. She was real with her stories and you truly felt like you understood and wanted to return the book to her to tell her, "read this!"

Overall a good book which is why I gave it 4 stars.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book for my own collections. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Michelle aka Naila Moon

View all my reviews

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

#Review: Led Zeppelin Crashed Here by Chris Epting #history #landmarks #music



Summary:
In Led Zeppelin Crashed Here: The Rock and Roll Landmarks of North America, pop culture historian Chris Epting takes you on a journey across North America to the exact locations where rock and roll history was made. Epting has compiled nearly 600 rock and roll landmarks, combining historical information with trivia, photos, and backstage lore, all with the enthusiasm of a true rock and roll devotee. No other book delivers such an extensive list of rock and roll landmarks—from beginnings (the site where Elvis got his first guitar), to endings (the hotel where Janis Joplin died), and everything in between. The rowdiest and the most talented rockers are all featured, with sidebars on musical greats like Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and U2. And, of course, you’ll learn all about the infamous “Riot House” on the Sunset Strip where Led Zeppelin “crashed.”
1
2
3
4
5
My review:
Although this book is an excellent source for musical nature, I found it also to be quite cumbersome to read. The book has 327 pages of musical trivia and facts ranging in particular singers or bands to where they died. In defense of the author though, he did an excellent job in his research and the book is not meant to be read as a novel but as a source for the musical aficionado. 

The content is divided up into sections beginning alphabetically with singers and bands, then goes through places, landmarks, deaths, memorials. He includes photos, addresses, and phone numbers when at all possible. In the back of the book, the author lists 100 songs for the classic road trip and albums (just in case you want to listen to the whole thing), his own personal top 25, and a list of musical stores across the country.

This book no doubt has it all and that is why it gets 4 stars from me. 

Disclosure: I picked up a copy of this book at my local library. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Michelle aka Naila Moon

Where to find the author:

Amazon

A pop culture (and baseball) history aficionado, Chris has a lifelong penchant for documenting the exact sites where things both great and small occurred. As an author, Epting has found that unearthing and chronicling ‘hidden’ locations offers him a challenge. What began as an inquisitive hobby soon developed into the writing and photographing of 14 books based on his discoveries.

Monday, July 9, 2018

#Review & #Giveaway: The Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester #blogtour Ends 9/1/18



Book Details


Genre: Fiction

Published by: The Story Plant 
Publication Date: June 12th, 2018 
Number of Pages: 285 
ISBN: 1611882605 (ISBN13: 9781611882605) 
Purchase Links:   AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks, & Goodreads



Summary:


Mac Anderson holds life in the palm of his hand. He has a beautiful wife, three loving children, a comfortable home, and a successful career. Everything is perfect―or so it seems. Tragically, Mac is destined to learn that any sense of security can quickly prove false. Because an invisible enemy called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has invaded Mac's fragile mind and it is about to drop him to his knees. He does all he can to conceal his inner chaos but to no avail. Left to contend with ignorance, an insensitive justice system, and the struggles of an invisible disease, he loses everything―most importantly his family.
One shoebox might store an old pair of sneakers. Two shoeboxes might contain a lifetime of photographs. But in Three Shoeboxes, a father's undying love may be just enough to make things right again.

My review:

One of the things I try not to do when reading Steven Manchester's books is read the summary. This is so I can read without any clear idea what his books are about. Now, I know I already put the summary here for you to read but this is only the tip of the iceberg.

The author dug deep with this one and like many of the other books I have read, it almost seems like a personal journal but, that is the beauty of Steven Manchester's writing. PTSD is discussed in depth in the book and what it takes to overcome such a disorder. Steven Manchester once again brilliantly writes about a subject that is not only hard to digest for some but is very real in this day and time.

The main characters had everything, the life that every man or woman would ever want it seems. One magical night after a 15th wedding anniversary turns into a tragic tailspin. So much distrust, miscommunication, and mind-altering chaos turn this once loving family into a complete nightmare. His only saving grace is the love of his children.

Will they manage to ride the waves to healing? Will love conquer all through the gifts of shoeboxes? Ah, that my friends is why you have to read this excellent book!

I cannot begin to say enough here but this, pick up the book, read it, and breathe it in as only you can when reading this authors book. This is certainly a winner!

5 stars!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author for review. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Michelle aka Naila Moon

For the giveaway for this tour, see below.

About the author:

Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve MonthsThe Rockin’ ChairPressed Pennies, and Gooseberry Island, the national bestseller Ashes, and the novels Goodnight, Brian and The Changing Season. His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning, and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of Manchester’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Giveaway

This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Providence Book Promotions for Steven Manchester and The Story Plant. Michelle aka Naila Moon of Reading Authors is not responsible for prize shipment. There will be 1 winner of one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card AND 3 winners of one (1) print copy of Ashes by Steven Manchester. The giveaway begins on July 1 and runs through September 1, 2018. 






a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

#Spotlight & #Giveaway: What Does God Sound Like? by #BernieDiPasquale @iReadBookTours @AuthorBernieD



Book Details:

Book Title: What Does God Sound Like? by Bernie DiPasquale
Category: Children's Fiction, 34 pages
Genre: Children's Books, Values & Virtues, Christian Books
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: September 14, 2016
Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

We tell our kids that God is everywhere. Pray and maybe He will answer. But if God is everywhere and has created all things, then He must be talking to us all the time. This is my short story to help my Grandchildren understand they can talk with God all day, every day, everywhere.




Buy the Book:
Amazon

Watch the trailer:




Meet the Author:



Bernie was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and now resides in Joppa, a small community just a bit north up the I-95 corridor. He has spent his entire professional career in Education and Financial Services. More importantly, he is a Husband, Father, and Grandfather to a beautiful family.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook 


Enter the Giveaway!
Ends July 28, 2018




Thursday, June 21, 2018

#Spotlight: The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid by Sandi Smith #SandiSmith #NewAdventuresofARAchnid



Book Details:

Book Title: The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid (Revised Edition)
Author: Sandi Smith
Illustrator: Kathy Lee
Category: Children's Fiction, 126 pages
Genre: Children's Chapter Book, Animals, Bugs & Spiders
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: January 3, 2017
Tour dates: June 18 to July 13, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Harold! There goes that spider! See, he is running on the floor! That spider has to go. He cannot live here anymore!!! Oh, no! Beth looks very, very angry. What has A.R. Achnid done now? Well, before A.R. got into big trouble with Beth, he had a lot of wonderful adventures.

There are ten different adventures in this book. There is the time he went to the circus and rode on a balloon and then had some shoo fly pie. Another day, A.R. and Rex (a Great Dane, who is A.R.’s best friend) decided to walk all the way into town, and they had such a wonderful time. Then, A.R. and his family went to New York City for the biggest craft fair ever (which was for spiders only), plus many, many other adventures.

Unfortunately, in the tenth story, A.R.’s current living situation is going to need an adjustment. Something changes in the lives of Harold and Beth (the humans) that will make things very difficult for A.R. Come along with A.R. for some fun, and find out what small bundle will cause problems for A.R. and his family.

As A.R. says, “Spiders rule!”

To follow the tour, please visit Sandi Smith's page on iRead Book Tours.

Buy the Book:

Watch the book trailer:



Meet the Author:



Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.

Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook 


Enter the Giveaway!
Ends July 21, 2018


a Rafflecopter giveaway