Book and Swag Giveaway: The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce

The Last Summer Tour

About the Book

The Last Summer

Genre:  Contemporary, Inspirational, Romance
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: June 2017

A group of seven friends navigate relationships and personal growth during a season of change.

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They all exchanged looks around the table. I felt like they were having this private conversation and hoped the conclusion would be that they wanted me. Because there was something special about the people at this table. The way they kidded and joked and touched each other and moved like one breathing organism. The way they did seem like a family. Six people connected to each other. I wanted to be the seventh.

“I have a feeling, Sara Witherspoon,” Addison said, tilting her head to the side and studying me as though she could see all the way to my heart, “you belong too.”

I don’t know how she knew, but she did. Like I said, Addison is the leader. She’s the glue. Once she said those words, all tension melted away, and I was included. If Addison said I belonged, I did. She reminded me of Melanie Wilkes in Gone with the Wind. If Mrs. Wilkes was the cool-headed voice of reason that could settle the chaos around her, Addison was that same strong, trusted constant amid these six friends. Her word was law. And from that day forward, the six people around that table at Isabella’s became like six extensions of myself.

We were a circle. Within a month, Jason asked me to go out to dinner with him. Luke hadn’t shown any romantic interest in me, and there was Jason, with that thick, dark hair and playful personality and handful of tattoos on his olive skin—how could I say no? We started dating. A year after that, we

broke up. As much as I truly liked Jason and couldn’t help feeling attracted to him, I hadn’t fallen in love. I couldn’t picture us married and having babies. We were better as friends. I know Jason didn’t agree, but he and I both refused to let our break up damage the circle. Eventually, things between us returned to normal.

During my dating-Jason phase, Sam and Lily got married, which didn’t really change anything since they were already such a unit. I realized early on that Luke and Debra were never an item. I’d mistaken Debra’s warm and friendly demeanor and Luke’s tendency to be protective and kind as the traits

of a dating couple, but those endearing qualities of both of them extended to all of us. My crush on Luke diminished as Jason and I dated and then shifted to ‘just friends.’

Sort of.

And somewhere along the way, painfully, Luke and I became best friends.

About the Author

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Brandy Bruce is a mom, a wife, a book editor, an author, and someone who really loves dessert. She’s the author of the award-winning novel The Last Summer, Looks Like Love, and The Romano Family Collection. Brandy, her husband, and their children make their home in Colorado.

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Giveaway

TLS summer pack giveaway

Enter the giveaway HERE.

Giveaway package includes the following: summer swag (beach towl, flip flops, sunglasses, bookmark, and candy) & winner’s choice of a print or e-copy of the book.

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$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: The Songs of You and Me by Mylissa Demeyere

Happy Release Day to The Songs of You and Me by Mylissa Demeyere! To celebrate the release of this great book we’re giving away $50!!

The Songs of You and Me by Mylissa Demeyere

Jane Hartford fell head over heels for Jackson at the tender age of fifteen. She spent most of high school pining for him, until she realized he wasn’t going to see her as anything more than his baby sister’s best friend. Now she finds herself single with a daughter, a broken heart, and songs that remind her of a long lost love.

Jackson Wright is a man living with regret. His biggest one, never acting on his feelings for Jane. When he returns to Bellebrook, the town they grew up in, he literally runs into her and his world gets tossed upside down and sideways.

This time, Jackson isn’t willing to give up. With a meddling sister eager to push both of them together, he believes things might actually work out. That is, if they can overcome the heavy baggage they both carry. Follow Jackson and Jane as they revisit their past, figuring out what went wrong so long ago.

Will they learn they have the power to make things right in the present?  

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      What Readers are saying:

A tender debut novel that will leave you remembering the sweet angst of first love. The Songs of You and Me is a charmer. – Taylor Dean, author of I’m With You and Chasing Fireflies.

In this romantic debut about first love, second chances, Ms. DeMeyere weaves the past and present together in a way that brings the characters’ hearts to life as they heal from tragedies and struggle to move on in life. Sweet and heartwarming. – Charissa Stastny, author of Between Hope and the Highway and the Rules out Romances Series.

A fun and enticing love story that combines the bitter with the sweet and keeps you laughing amidst the tears. You won’t want to miss this touching story that explores true love in all its depth and beauty. – Aubrey, Amazon Reviewer

The Songs of You and Me pulled me in from page one. The characters came to life and I felt as if I was part of their story. I stayed up night after night fascinated with their personal and individual challenges. Their obstacles were relatable and tugged at my heart. I couldn’t wait to finish and yet I didn’t want it to end. As I read the last page, I was ecstatic to see what would come next from Mylissa Demeyere. – Jamie, Amazon Reviewer


Excerpt:
(Jane)
“What a nice surprise to see Jackson at Emma’s party.” Mom was baiting me.
“Mhm,” I mumbled.
“You two were always such good friends,” she continued.
“We were,” I agreed. Thinking of Jackson’s strong arms wrapped around me caused my cheeks to flush. Those arms sure didn’t feel all that platonic. Trying not to read too much into it, I added, “I guess we still are friends.”
“He always was such a good boy.” Mom’s lips curled up into a smile, and her eyes turned wistful, probably recalling fond memories from our past.
“He isn’t a boy anymore,” I blurted out without a second thought. Mom’s smile turned into a much less innocent one as the wheels in her mind turned.
“He sure isn’t. I’m glad you’ve noticed.” Mom smirked and gave me a slight squeeze.
“Mom! He’s half your age. Seriously.” What was up with her?
“Oh, honey, I may be old, but that doesn’t mean I can’t notice a good-looking man when I see one. And that man is very fine looking.”
I was too stunned to reply.  

Blog Tour July 30th to August 10th

   Author Mylissa Demeyere

Mylissa Demeyere was born in Belgium, and resides in the beautiful city of Ghent. She lives in a somewhat organized home with her four beautiful children and the love of her life. If she isn’t working, she’s writing, running, reading, or enjoying time with her kids, who are growing up way too fast.
The Songs of You and Me is her debut novel, with a sequel already in the works.  

Connect with Mylissa

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Giveaway Details

$50 Amazon Gift Card or $50 in PayPal Cash

Ends 7/29/18

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My Weekly Bible Journaling #69: Book of Isaiah and 100 Days of Bible Promises Devotional Journal (Link Up)

 

Well I ended up taking another unexpected time off these past few weeks. So much has been going here. Kids going and coming home from camps. When they come home they are sick. Then we celebrated the 4th of July, my birthday and then I sent more kids off to camp. Now we are getting ready to send two of our kids on a mission trip and I find out that my youngest son and I have strep throat. Praying that the Lord gives me the strength and patience I need to get through this and that no one else catches it!

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Bible Journaling:

In my free time here is what I have been journaling in my Beautiful Word Coloring Bible.

This has been a tiring day. Praying for my kids at camp this week and for my daughter who had a dental procedure this morning. 
Even youths grow tired and weary,  and young men stumble and fall;  but those who hope in the Lord  will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;  they will run and not grow weary,  they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:30-31 
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This has been a tiring day. Praying for my kids at camp this week and for my daughter who had a dental procedure this morning.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:30-31

Supplies: Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad

Before the kids and I head outside I wanted to do something simple and bright… A bit different from what I have been doing lately. 
See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness  and streams in the wasteland. - Isaiah 43:19 
#biblejournaling #christiancoloring #christiancreative #biblejournalingcommunity #ipaintinmybible #illustratedfaith #documentedfaith #biblejournal #bibleart #journalingbible #watercolor #readyourbible #faithjournaling #weeklyBiblejournaling #isaiah #biblejournalingsupplies #journalingbible #watercolorpencils

Before the kids and I head outside I wanted to do something simple and bright… A bit different from what I have been doing lately.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. – Isaiah 43:19

Supplies: Derwent Water Color Pencils

Isn’t is awesome when you read something in the Bible and it is like God is talking straight to you! He knows what you are going through, what is on your mind and what you have been worrying about. I believe that He does use His word to reach out to us – to love and comfort us. 
Even to your old age and gray hairs  I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;  I will sustain you and I will rescue you. - Isaiah 46:4 
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Isn’t is awesome when you read something in the Bible and it is like God is talking straight to you! He knows what you are going through, what is on your mind and what you have been worrying about. I believe that He does use His word to reach out to us – to love and comfort us.

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. – Isaiah 46:4

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So thankful for His Grace and Forgiveness! 
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. - Isaiah 53:5  #biblejournaling #christiancoloring #christiancreative #biblejournalingcommunity #ipaintinmybible #illustratedfaith #documentedfaith #biblejournal #bibleart #journalingbible #watercolor #readyourbible #faithjournaling #weeklyBiblejournaling #isaiah #biblejournalingsupplies #journalingbible

So thankful for His Grace and Forgiveness!

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5

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100 Days of Bible Promises Devotional Journal

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord. – Psalm 150:6 (Day 8/100 Days of Bible Promises) 
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Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord. – Psalm 150:6 (Day 8/100 Days of Bible Promises)

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One of my babies is sick today. ☹ Trying to keep the others away from her so they don’t catch this nasty bug! 
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (Day 9/100 Days of Bible Promises) 
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One of my babies is sick today. ☹ Trying to keep the others away from her so they don’t catch this nasty bug!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (Day 9/100 Days of Bible Promises)

Supplies: Prima Watercolor Confections: Pastel Dreams

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever. - Psalm 23:6 (Day 10/100 Days of Bible Promises) 
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Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever. – Psalm 23:6 (Day 10/100 Days of Bible Promises)

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Only Jesus has the power to truly set us free! Happy Fourth of July!! (Day 11/100 Days of Bible Promises) 
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Only Jesus has the power to truly set us free! Happy Fourth of July!! (Day 11/100 Days of Bible Promises)

Supplies: Medieval Blue Versafine Clair Ink Pad and Sweet’n Sassy Stamps

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My Weekly Bible Journaling GOD Inspired Creative Arts Link Up Rules!

You can participate in My Weekly Bible Journaling ( #weeklyBiblejournaling) Link Up by:

1) Sharing your creative, artistic, crafty post that is GOD Inspired!! We want to see how God is leading your life with creative arts!

2) You’re welcome to link up your creative, artistic, crafty projects that are inspired by God like: Bible Journaling, Scrapbooking, Card Making, pictures/ journaling pages you have painted, colored or use mixed media on, sewing and creative writing.

3) Visit your link up neighbors, leave them some comment love and let them know that you are praying for them and their walk with the Lord!

4) If your post does not contain both a creative element and you telling us how God inspired your art or about your relationship with the Lord– then it is subjected to be deleted from this link up.



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Book Giveaway: The Pumpkin Patch by Sandi Smith

Book Details:

Book Title: The Pumpkin Patch by Sandi Smith
Category: Adult Fiction, 316 pages
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: November 5, 2017
Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M

Book Description:

How can one small-minded, angry person destroy the lives of so many people in her path, connecting them all together in a game of destruction and heartbreak? It is possible, but what pushes a person to enjoy inflicting pain to such an extent, leaving a trail of hate, anger, and defeat behind her, which only seems to make her stronger and more satisfied. Ms. Terri Plotski, owner of the Authors’ Book Agency, is that person, who, unknowingly, with a single thread of hate, has connected the lives of a small group of people, bringing them together with one single common denominator. Anger. The anger from this small group of people is building, but it has nowhere to go, or does it? Ms. Terri Plotski, owner of Authors’ Book Agency, has gone missing.

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

 

Guest Post: 10 things you would like readers to know about you.

 

  • When I was a young girl, I used to love to sing. I sang everywhere I could. On the swing set, walking to and from school, while delivering papers, in the car, etc. I always wanted to be a professional singer, and I definitely wanted to sing on Broadway, who doesn’t?  My mother enjoyed music, so we always had music playing. Everyone in my family had good voices, but I think I was the only one who wanted to star on Broadway.
  • I love animals. Elephants are one of my favorites. We have three kitties – Willow (14 years old), Sammy (3 years old), and Oliver (2 years).  I understand how some people end up with more cats than three. Each cat is so different (personality, eating habits, etc.).  I cannot look at the shelter websites for animals.  I would have to go in and bring home three more. My husband would not be happy.  Also, I will never understand how anyone could hurt an innocent animal.
  • I really enjoy baking. We have aunts in our family who are the best bakers. Their cakes were unbelievable. I have never tasted a cake like the ones they used to bake…like butter.  What I like to bake is bread. There is nothing more gratifying than mixing up and kneading the bread dough, putting it in a bowl (with the smell of yeast), and waiting and watching it grow.  When it is in the pans to rise one more time before it is time to bake, it’s like Christmas to me. I’m like a little girl.  I keep looking at the pans, circling around the nook, to see if it is rising. Then, when you bake homemade bread, there is nothing to compare with the smell of homemade bread baking. I just like the end result.
  • I love Christmas. I have always been a Christmas fanatic. I love the feeling that is in the air.  I love the music, the hope that you feel, the movies, and, if we’re lucky, the snow.  I love getting together with the family, and now that we have grandchildren, it is so much fun.
  • I LOVE a rainy day. I think I could live in an area where it rains every single day. I love everything about a rainy day. The smell that is in the air when the rain hits the hot pavement. The sound of the rain on the roof at night when you are sleeping, but I can never sleep when it is raining.  I try to stay awake so I can just listen to it. I think it is such a peaceful feeling.
  • Bling, and more bling! Anything that shines, is alright with me. Also, I like lots and lots of bright colors.  I like the fact that today you can put any color together.  When I grew up, you wouldn’t think of putting polka-dots and stripes together, or the colors purple, orange, and lime green side by side, etc.  The color combinations today are limitless, and just add in a little bling, and you are all set to go and look marvelous for the day.
  • I don’t like bugs. I don’t like lice.  I don’t like fleas (we had sand fleas once at our home, and they are terribly difficult to get rid of).  But more than any of those, I HATE wood ticks (even more than spiders).   They have no reason to be on this earth, as far as I am concerned, and I detest them. I am an obsessed proponent of ticks.  During tick season, I look under the bed and in-between the sheets before we go to bed (please don’t think I am too crazy…because one morning when I was making the bed, there was one sitting very patiently waiting for me to get inside!). If my husband is working outside, I check him for ticks before he comes into the house.  Just another one of my funny little quirks.
  • I have the best husband. I really, really do! My wonderful mother-in-law only had two children (one boy and one girl), but I was always telling her that she should have had more boys.  She did a great job raising her son. I was thinking of cloning him – he is that good. He didn’t leave me during my perimenopausal era, I don’t know why, because I certainly gave him a run for his money, so he won extra points for that.   Of course, when you have a perfect husband, you have perfect children.  That’s right…my children are perfect (I’m sure you’ve never heard anyone say that before…lol)!  Then, of course, we had to have a perfect daughter-in-law (which we do), and then came along perfect grandchildren.  How lucky am I?
  • One of my favorite meals is Chinese food. Sweet and sour chicken and egg rolls.  Awesome!!
  • I wish we could all live together in peace. I think we should all strap on a jetpack (when they are invented), and we should all just fly high above the earth, look around at the mysteries, darkness, and violence that are out in the universe surrounding us, and then, when we look back down at our planet, we would see our home. Vulnerable, maybe. Wonderful, definitely. Maybe, just maybe, then we would say, “Oh, my gosh. We can’t lose this earth. Out here it is dark, lonely, and cold, but look at how our planet is full of light. We have to figure out a way to live together and make it work”.  I pray for that.

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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.

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Ends July 28, 2018

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$25 Amazon Gift Code: The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

Blog Tour July 9th to 13th

  

The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won’t be able to do it alone.   For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He’s determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn’t expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.

Debut author Rachel Fordham invites historical romance readers to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where the people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.

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   Praise for The Hope of Azure Springs

“With unusual charm and warmth, Rachel Fordham opens the door to Azure Springs, a place as memorable as the people who inhabit it—namely the unique Em, a hero of a sheriff, and an assortment of heart-tugging, endearing townsfolk. A memorable story of faith, family, and happy endings!” ~Laura Frantz, author of The Lacemaker

“The Hope of Azure Springs is full of love and laughter, hope and happy endings. This delightful book about the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love will keep you turning pages until the very end. After you read Rachel Fordham’s satisfying story, you’ll want to give the world a hug.” ~Jennifer Beckstrand, author of A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill

“A tender story about loss, life, and the beauty that lies within each of us.” ~Stacy Henrie, USA Today bestselling author and RITA award finalist

“Authentic. Strong. Memorable. The Hope of Azure Springs and its refreshingly realistic heroine will remain in readers’ hearts long after they’ve reached the stirring conclusion. With eloquently drawn scenes that will tug at a reader’s heart and a beautifully redemptive love story, Rachel Fordham’s debut offers a tender look at the meaning of beauty and self-worth.” ~Joanna Politano, author of Lady Jayne Disappears

“As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love story about an uncommon heroine. Fans of Melissa Jagears and Jane Kirkpatrick will enjoy Rachel Fordham’s books now and for years to come.” ~Dawn Crandall, author of the award-winning series The Everstone Chronicles

   Author Rachel Fordham

Rachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children’s bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling, she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.  

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     Blog Tour Schedule

July 9th
I Am A Reader – Spotlight
My Life. One Story at a Time. – Review
Cover Lover Book Review – Review
BookHounds – Spotlight
Susan Heim on Writing – Spotlight
Diana’s Book Reviews – Spotlight

July 10th
Locks, Hooks and Books – Review
Literary Reflections Book Blog – Review
Literary Time Out – Review
Julie Coulter Bellon – Review
T’s Stuff – Spotlight
Tianna Holley, Author – Spotlight

July 11th
Pause for Tales – Review
The Becca Files – Review
Why Not? Because I Said So! – Review
A Writer’s Life – Spotlight
Hearts & Scribbles – Spotlight
Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Spotlight
Min Reads and Reviews – Spotlight

July 12th
Simple Wyrdings – Review
Reviews by Room With Books – Review
Paulette’s Papers – Spotlight
Here We Go Again Ready – Spotlight
FLY HIGH! – Spotlight

July 13th
Mythical Books – Spotlight
Bound 2 Escape – Spotlight
Stacking My Book Shelves! – Spotlight
Cassandra M’s Place – Spotlight
Bookish Reviews by Denise Blogs – Spotlight

Blog Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Code or $25 in Paypal Cash

Ends 7/24/18

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Book Giveaway: Sophie Washington: Mission Costa Rica by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Sophie Washington Mission_ Costa Rica Tour (1)

About the Book

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Series: Sophie Washington
Genre: 
Children’s, Fiction
Publisher: Indie
Publication date: June 2018

Sixth grader Sophie Washington, her family and friends are in for an adventure-filled week of boa constrictors, monkeys and mayhem after they sign up to take part in a church mission trip to Costa Rica.

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Chapter 1

Welcome to the Jungle

The sky is sunglasses-required bright. It is hotter than a coal-fired pizza oven. Sweat drips into my eyebrows, and my t-shirt sticks to my back like gum to the underside of a desk. Ignoring the baking temperature, Carlos, our guide, is the one of the cheeriest people I’ve ever met. It’s like a smile is tattooed on his mouth as we bump along the narrow, winding road at about ten miles per hour.

“Ev-er-y-body, stop!”

Carlos abruptly puts on the brakes and yells, still grinning, to get our attention. My dad jerks our golf cart to a halt right behind him.

It’s Day One of our trip to Costa Rica, and Dad, Mom, my little brother Cole and my friends Chloe, Valentina, and I are taking a tour of the golf course near our hotel.

Ooo! Ooo! Ooo!

The exotic sounds of howler monkeys and sights of red, yellow and blue parrots, lime green iguanas, and tropical plants mingle with the common golfing fairways and tees.

“Whoa! Check that out over there!” Cole points out a thick, gray and forest green-colored hose sliding on the turf.

“What do we have here?” asks Carlos.

“Get back, kids!” Mom exclaims. “It’s a snake!”

Sophie Washington excerpt

A five-foot-long serpent glides near Carlos’ feet, and instead of moving away our crazy guide eases toward the creature.

I freeze. Everyone else steps back.

“Not to worry, the snake is not poisonous,” Carlos reassures us. “It’s a boa constrictor.” Then he reaches down to pick it up and wraps the snake around his neck as we all stare with our mouths agape.

Smack!

Mosquitoes buzz toward my open lips and I whack at my mouth to stop them. I can’t keep my eyes off the serpent. And it looks like he’s checking me out too.

“Would you like to pet it, young lady?” Carlos inquires. “We see this snake on the path nearly every day; he won’t hurt you.”

“A boa constrictor’s bite won’t hurt you, but it can squeeze you to death,” warns my father, holding his arms out to keep me from getting too close.

“I bet Sophie is part Slytherin, just like Harry Potter,” says Cole, comparing me to the snake-loving members of the club from the Harry Potter book series while he observes the snake and me watch each other.

“Be quiet, Cole, and all you children stay back,” scolds my mother.

I blink and the spell the snake cast on me is broken. I am able to move again.

“I can’t believe we’re this close to a boa constrictor,” Valentina says as she snaps a picture of the snake-clad Carlos with her cell phone. “No one will believe this is real.”

“Yeah, looking at that creepy thing makes my skin crawl.” Chloe smooths a black curl off her forehead and peers to get a better look. “Take one of me standing with the snake in the background, Valentina,” she asks, striking a pose.

I roll my eyes. Leave it to my two friends to be snapping selfies when we might be in danger. Though we are all on the cheerleading squad, Chloe Thompson and Valentina Martinez would probably be considered the most “high maintenance” in our group. Both love to shop and spend lots of time talking about hair and makeup. They are both very pretty too. Chloe is tall and thin with dark curls and caramel skin, and Valentina, who was born in Mexico, has long black hair and can do back flips across the school gym.

Chloe and I have been best friends since we were small. We’ve been in most classes together at Xavier Academy, the private school we attend, until last year when she was placed in some special classes because she has dyslexia. The learning disorder makes her see letters backward so Chloe needs more time to do her reading assignments than other people. Some kids used to make fun of her about it until they found out that Chloe has a temper, and since she’s one of the tallest girls in our grade you don’t want to mess with her.

I used to think Valentina was just a bubblehead until she and her family had to leave their home during a hurricane earlier this year. They camped out with us in my father’s dental office for a few days because parts of our neighborhood were flooding and we couldn’t stay in our house either. During our time in the office, Valentina and I became friends and she convinced me to try out for the cheerleading team.

“Can I see the pictures?” Cole bumps me out of the way and shoves in closer. “I left my camera at the hotel.”

“Ouch!” I stumble back off the path and into a huge pile of fire ants.

At least fifty angry bugs crawl up my leg and start biting.

“Aaaaah!” I shriek.

Mom rushes over and swats the ants off with her sun hat.

“Everybody back on the golf carts!” she commands.

“Is your daughter okay?” A lady from one of the two other carts touring with us walks over to offer help.

“Yes, thankfully, she’s not allergic to fire ant venom,” Mom answers. “It looks like she’ll have to suffer through pain from a bite or two the next couple of days.”

“A bite or two? There must be at least twenty bumps on my leg!” I exclaim. “And it’s all your fault, Cole!”

About the Author

Tonya Duncan Ellis

Tonya Duncan Ellis is the author of the Readers’ Favorite “Five Star” rated Sophie Washington children’s books series, geared toward readers ages 8 to 12, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She has received awards for literary excellence and worked as a journalist and freelance magazine writer.

The Sophie Washington book series recounts the adventures of a precocious African American preteen from Houston, TX and her diverse group of friends. Each funny and heartwarming story teaches lessons about friendship, responsibility, truthfulness and perseverance. Books in the series include Queen of the Bee, The Snitch, Things You Didn’t Know About Sophie, The Gamer, Hurricane, and Mission Costa Rica.

Tonya lives in Houston, TX. When she’s not writing, the author enjoys reading, biking, swimming, travel and spending time with her husband and three children.

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EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN
New York Times Bestselling Author Jessica Redmerski
Everything Under the Sun
Genre: YA/NA Crossover, Dystopian
Publication Date: August 28, 2017
Atticus, struggling to conform to the cruel nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. Thais, fighting to stay out of the hands of men like him. Forced together, they fall in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them?
Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about.
Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Struggling to survive in a world without electricity, food, shelter, and clean water, Atticus and Thais shed their fear of growing too close, and they fall hopelessly in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them?
This book will take you on a long, dangerous, exciting journey. These characters will stay with you and you will fall so in love with them! I want to read it again, and again, and again!
That was an epic read. Pure epic! … Jessica Redmerski… is an absolutely incredible writer. I fall in love with every book she writes, every character, everything.
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EXCERPT: “THE IMPENDING ACHE.”

“Thais,” I said, “I do think you’re beautiful. I just—.” I couldn’t force myself to say the things I really wanted: I want you to want this kiss, not because I’m the only man here to give it to you. But her heartfelt speech about todays and yesterdays and tomorrows and the very real possibility that there might not be another one, didn’t alleviate that thought—it only reinforced it.

In the end, after fighting with myself, all that mattered to me was what Thais wanted, what Thais needed. And if it was simply a kiss she asked of me, then I would do it. For her. Not for myself, though as much as I, too, wanted it, as much as I knew it would only make my own needs and wants more unbearable, I would endure the impending ache if it would ease hers.

I leaned toward her slowly; my eyes swept the curvature of her lips, the tiny hollow beneath her nose, and I touched the left corner of her mouth with my own.

The right corner.

The center.

The impending ache…

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About Jessica Redmerski

Jessica Redmerski

Jessica Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, international bestseller, and award winner, who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have been translated into more than twenty languages.
Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. Her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, has been optioned for television and film by actor and model William Levy.
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