Get on the Right Side of Reading with The Wrong Side of Murder

Here is the second part of the Book Tour for The Wrong Side of Murder. This time I am featuring and reviewing the main book — The Wrong Side of Murder by Lauren Carr. I am excited to review book 2 in this Nikki Bryant series,

BOOK DETAILS

Book Title:  The Wrong Side of Murder(A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  274 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services

Content Rating: This cozy mystery is rated G for everyone!


The Wrong Side of Murder is another wonderful cozy mystery by author Lauren Carr. It has all the elements that draw me in – an intelligent female lead, an equally smart boyfriend who partners to help her, a complicated plot where clues are slowly revealed, people who aren’t what they seem to be, comedic moments to balance the darker ones, and several quirky pets full of personality.  

It’s a wonderful book to escape into at the end of the day. And get ready to read into the wee hours as, if you’re like me, you won’t be able to stop reading until the mystery is revealed.  
– Marilyn R. Wilson, Olio by Marilyn

Nikki’s an intense individual who makes the perfect investigative journalist. She wants answers yesterday and she is willing to dig in to get them. She might get it wrong at the beginning but with the help of her family and close friends, she’ll get the answers she wants and needs.– review by Blooming with Books


BOOK DESCRIPTION

Nikki Bryant’s Next Case Takes Her to the Wrong Side of Murder

One spring morning, Jodi Gibbons got up and went to school as she did every day. Her young life went sideways though when the police found that her mother had been brutally killed during the night.

Twenty years later, many in Pine Grove believe Jodi got away with murder. After all, how could she have possibly slept through her mother’s violent death in the very next room?
After decades of silence, Jodi accepts investigative journalist Nikki Bryant’s invitation to tell her side of the story. However, before the interview can take place, someone silences Jodi permanently.

Now it is up to Nikki Bryant and her friends to uncover the secret that Jodi Gibbons has been protecting—a secret someone believes it is worth killing to keep from being revealed.

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MEET THE AUTHOR

​Selling over half a million books worldwide, Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Thorny Rose, Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—thirty titles across five fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor. 

The owner of Acorn Book Services and iRead Book Tours, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.  

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. 

She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. 

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GIVEAWAY

Enter to win a $50 PayPal gift card courtesy of the author of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER (a Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery)(one winner). Click the link to enter the giveaway and let me know if you win — Good Luck!!

REVIEW

After reading the first book in the Nikki Bryant series I was ready and excited to ready to read this book. I was glad I didn’t have to wait very long. It was just as enjoyable as the first. It continues to have great characters including the lead character Nikki Bryant. Her world is well developed as are the characters.

The writer has created an interesting mystery that is well written and leaves the reader eager to find out what will happen next. This best-selling mystery author knows what she is doing when writing a cozy mystery. She brings her readers into the story and keeps them interested in the world, the characters, and the mystery.

She gives you twists. She gives you turns. She gives you a great story and mystery to enjoy. This is a strong story. I enjoy a good cozy mystery and if you do too I recommend this series. I look forward to reading more from this author and this series!

NOTE: This blog was written with and provided by media kit information from the iREAD BOOK TOURS Host team. The book was provided to me to read allowing me to provide my own thoughts for a review. Learn more here about other stops and reviews on the tour.

Get Caught up with Killer Deadline

Today I am reviewing a new book to me in a cozy mystery series, but it is only the first on my stop in this mystery series and this book tour. It is the first book in the series provided to me — Killer Deadline by Lauren Carr and the book tour is introducing another book in the series The Wrong Side of Murder, which I will review later. So here we go!

BOOK DETAILS

Book Title:  Killer Deadline(A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  232 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   April 23, 2020
Content Rating: This cozy mystery is rated G for Everyone!


BOOK DESCRIPTION

​Folks in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, claim that where Nikki Bryant goes, trouble is not far behind. Her refusal to back down from a challenge has made Nikki Bryant a top investigative journalist.

When an online friend nudges her to join him in a pact to reconnect with their first loves, Nikki and her boxer dog Elmo leave the bright lights of Las Vegas for the charming town of Pine Grove. There, she must face the biggest challenges in her career and life—the first love she had left behind and her father’s unsolved murder.

But before she has time to unpack her car, Nikki stumbles upon the dead body of local news anchor, Ashleigh Addison, her childhood rival. Could Ashleigh’s death be connected to an explosive news story that she had teased about airing live? Did that explosive story have anything to do with the murder of Nikki’s father?

With the clues in her father’s cold case hot again, Nikki intends to chase down the story of her life until she catches his killer—no matter what it takes. 

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MEET THE AUTHOR

​Selling over half a million books worldwide, Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Thorny Rose, Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries, and Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—thirty titles across five fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor. 

The owner of Acorn Book Services and iRead Book Tours, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, and virtual book tour coordinator for independent authors.  

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. 

She lives with her husband, and two spoiled rotten German shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV. 

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REVIEW

I was provided with the audio version of Killer Deadline (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery Book 1). I enjoy a great cozy mystery and this is just that. It appealed to me of course because it is a cozy mystery and listed with a G rating. Then I read the description of the story and as you have read too, sounds interesting and it is. I was extra interested when I saw a journalist as a main character because I can relate to such a character, though I am more print media and it is TV, but still it is interesting to me.

This book has everything you want in a book. The story is interesting. The mystery is mysterious. The descriptions bring you into the story and you can see what is happening as if you are there. This kind of writing is very helpful if you want to solve the mystery along with the characters. The characters are likable and intriguing as well. It is a fun story overall.

Listening to this book was wonderful. It was well read and the setup or design is perfect. It was a pleasant listen. It was as well read as it was well written. If you are interested in an audiobook this is a great choice.

The writer knows how to bring you along and lead you into feelings of excitement, wonder, and anticipation. You are looking forward to what will happen next. I enjoyed listening to this mystery and I am thrilled to add this series to my list and introduce it to you. I look forward to the next book!

GIVEAWAY

Enter to win a $50 PayPal gift card courtesy of the author of THE WRONG SIDE OF MURDER (a Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery)(one winner). Click the link to enter the giveaway and let me know if you win — Good Luck!!

NOTE: This blog was written with and provided by media kit information from the iREAD BOOK TOURS Host team. The book was provided to me to read allowing me to provide my own thoughts for a review. Learn more here about other stops and reviews on the tour.

Join Mickey on the Move Farming

School will be starting soon. Much to many of our dismay, yet summer fun is coming to an end and regular routine will begin soon. Today’s blog is a children’s book about the farm and more great for early reading and getting into the school routine while learning the joys of reading. We have details of the book along with a review and author information as well as ways to purchase the book if it sounds like something you want to bring home. Also, there is a giveaway to enter.

BOOK DETAILS

Book Title:  Mickey on the Move Farming by Michelle Wagner
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Mickey is on the move again!

He and his mom take pride in farming and gardening together, doing everything from raising chickens to growing delicious fruits and vegetables in their backyard orchard.

Mickey, who was born with deafness in both ears, has overcome obstacles to fully enjoy the great outdoors.

His Aqua Cochlear implants allow him to hear and appreciate the beautiful sounds in nature without the worry of weather dampening his day!

Join Mickey for another adventure!

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MEET THE AUTHOR

Michelle Wagner is a full-time realtor, mom, and award-winning author who dedicates her time and energy to charities and events supporting children with hearing loss. Michelle takes pride in assisting families as they work through the different approaches to raising a special-needs child in a typical environment.

After discovering that her son Mickey was profoundly deaf in both ears, Michelle made it her mission to provide Mickey with the tools to ensure that he would live his best life. Today, Mickey, who wears bilateral cochlear implants, plays tennis and is currently in eighth grade at the St. Helena Montessori Farm School, where he is thriving and is social with his friends. Michelle makes sure that Mickey has the courage to be his optimal self. Michelle is donating 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of Mickey on the Move Farming to the Joyful Life Cochlear Implant Fund.

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REVIEW

Mickey loves being outside and it shows in this cute story full of action and colorful illustrations. The writing is done with love and it shows as well. The descriptions are great and you can see what the writer writes. The illustrations add very well to the story.

There are many things in this story that are interesting including some learning elements too. When reading we learn some about grapes and that many things can be made from grapes. We also learn about Mickey and how he conquers obstacles to help him enjoy listening to birds singing. This is explained wonderfully.

A sweet story it is well done and interesting. It is a cute story. I understand why it is an award-winner! This story teaches and shows there are great possibilities in the world around every corner. Trying new things and being on the move is a great adventure. Enjoying the outdoors is just the beginning. An added blessing of this book is to know it helps benefit the Joyful Life Cochlear Implant Fund.

This is a book from the Mickey on the Move series. I haven’t read anything else from this author or this series, but after reading this book I look forward to reading more. I recommend this book and others in the series because I think they might be as interesting and fun for youth as this one — I’d like to find out.

GIVEAWAY

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. (one winner/USA only) Good luck and let me know if you win! Click the link to enter!

NOTE: This blog was written with and provided by media kit information from the iREAD BOOK TOURS Host team. The book was provided to me to read allowing me to provide my own thoughts for a review. Learn more here about other stops and reviews on the tour.

Bible Books Shelf Ready for Anytime Reference, Reading

It has been a while since we have done a review of the Bible books we have read. That doesn’t mean we haven’t had any. We have several to review. Today we will provide three, but there are more for a future review blog as well.

Devotional Minutes for Girls

This book is available for $5 at Amazon.com.

First is the Devotional Minutes for Girls: Inspiration from God’s Word by Jean Fischer. It is published by Barbour Publishing as part of Barbour Kidz. This is a beautiful book and well designed. It is great for young ladies. It is designed for girls 5 to 8. I enjoyed reading some at camp with girls a little older and they enjoyed them too. It was perfect. It is a quick devotional or thoughtful moment on many themes or important elements. They are scripture based yet thoughts youth may have or are things they are going through.

The devotions have little prayer starters and scriptures from the New Life Version of the Bible, but you could use another version of the Bible if you wish to look that up. I like having that option. It is a nice inspirational book. It also has a small discussion referencing the paragraph to help get things going or work you through things with your group or the young lady in your life.

Some topics include Godly characters and Fruits of the Spirit as well as many other important and helpful topics. I found this book interesting and helpful.

Know Your Bible for Kids

This book is available for less than $10 at Amazon.com.

Know Your Bible for Kids: The 66 Books and All about Jesus by Donna K. Maltese is a great book for kids. It is interesting and informative for youth ages 8 to 12, but older youth could use it too, as well as younger. There is even a more advanced version of the book for older readers. The handbook Know Your Bible sold 3 million copies, but I didn’t read that one. I was able to read the kid-friendly version, which is just that and it does it very well.

This book does a wonderful job of appealing to youth. It also provides details and gives helpful explanation of Bible scripture that is good for the age group. While it isn’t the King James Version of the Bible that this book refers to if you prefer that, it still is a great reference book to help understand scripture. It is a nice thing to have in your home or church library. I recommend this book.

It is beautifully designed with colorful illustrations. The design is well done and appealing. The book covers all the books of the Bible in the first portion. Then it helpfully provides more details about people and words in the scriptures. It is great for kids and families.

Stories Jesus Told: The Story of the Two Builders

This is available in hardback for less than $17 at Amazon.com.

Stories Jesus Told: The Story of the Two Builders by Tim Ladwig is a well-told version of a Bible story with nice illustrations. This version of the Bible story The Two Builders is from the New International Version of the Bible. It is well told with beautiful illustrations. This is the story of the wise builder that builds on a firm foundation and foolish builders that do not.

This story helps teach God’s lessons is our firm foundation in life. It does a good job and is interesting. It is good for youth 4 to early elementary, but younger and older would benefit from the story as well. It is a great learning and discussion tool.

This is a story we always have sung at church and camp. Adding this book is an interesting new way to teach along with the story from the Bible. This is a great thing to help families, Bible classes, and camp teachers as well. The retelling of this story or parable is well done in this book.

I recommend it as well as a good tool to have for lessons. It has helpful discussion questions too. It is well designed to help children enjoy the story, but also help this book teach or be used as a learning tool or help youth learn more about this story.

Biosteel Hydration Mix for Anytime

It has been a very hot summer. Several days have been record-breakers or at least there has been a heat advisory issued. That’s why I have chosen the Biosteel Hydration Mix as our product this month. It is important to always stay hydrated and drinking water is the best way. Yet, finding other options and beverages with flavor is what some may be looking for too. This product is also designed to help with exercise in mind by supporting muscle recovery and “energy production” according to the description.

BIOSTEEL HYDRATION MIX

Okay, so this is a product designed for athletes, but the everyday person can benefit from it too. It is a powder that we received in individual packets you can add to a bottle of water. It was the perfect amount. It has no artificial colors, is caffeine-free, sugar-free, and vegan-friendly. It is explained as being an “all-day hydration” product. It also has amino acids and a blend of B vitamins along with essential electrolytes including calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. It also doesn’t have artificial preservatives or sweeteners. It uses Stevia as a sweetener alternative.

While we recieved a packet it is also available in containers with scoops. The instructions are to add a scoop to 8 or 16 ounces of water. Then you shake the water container to dissolve the powder and drink. It dissolved well in the water for us. They have several flavors including blue-raspberry, mixed berry, grape, peach mango, rainbow twist, watermelon, lemon-lime, white freeze, pineapple passionfruit, banana and tart cherry.

We didn’t try all the flavors. We did try blue-raspberry, mixed berry and grape. We liked them. They were fine especially for an electrolyte hydration drink. I think we would try them again. Some of the other flavors sound worth trying too.

If you are looking for a little something to supplement your hydration, energy or exercise this is a good option. The company even says this product doesn’t just benefit athletes. We are all on the go and it is great for when running errands, traveling, or for a morning or mid-day beverage. It provides hydration anytime during our active lives.

Biosteel Hydration Mix is available in packets and containers of various serving sizes. You can purchase at the Biosteel website, Amazon.com and GNC. I have included the links. Prices range from around $17 for 12 packets to $50 for 45-servings in a container.

Taking the Stage in Ghost Light

It is time for a paranormal mystery. Today’s blog features details about Ghost Light by Jane Tesh, which also includes my review. Check out the excerpt too and get a better idea about the book. It will help you get a better idea if you will enjoy the book or not. Enter the giveaway too.

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Theodosia “Teddy” Ballard knows nothing about community theater, but when the stage manager for “Little Shop of Horrors” takes a tragic header down the costume-loft stairs, she agrees to fill in for the sake of her actor friend, Will. Teddy takes the superstitions and swelled heads of The Stage in stride—till she meets George Clancy Everhart, the theater ghost, who informs her that the previous stage manager was murdered and demands that she find the killer. Both investigation and rehearsals are complicated when she makes a surprising discovery about her relationship with Will—and learns that George has his own dramatic agenda.

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I haven’t read anything from this author before, but I am glad I had a chance to read this one. It might not be everyone’s favorite type. It is well written and the characters are likable. The writer has a great connection with the characters and the theatrics in this book. The story is creative. It is an interesting paranormal mystery and if you are a fan of that genre then you will enjoy it. Anyone into the theatre and acting will also enjoy this book.

There is more to this book than it is a paranormal mystery though. I have read many cozy mysteries even before this blog and before working with featured book blogs. I find the story great for this as well. It is great because the characters, story, and overall elements work wonderfully together. It is paranormal and not horror, but a feels more like a mystery.

I’d read more from this author and look forward to more.

There was no way I had left a door open, but I got up and checked again. Must be a draft from somewhere in this old building. I retrieved the scattered pages and made sure they were in the right order.
I heard a thud as if something had fallen over backstage. Looking in the wings, I found a hammer on the floor. I put it back where it belonged and returned it to my papers.
An overhead light flickered, red, then green, then white.
“All right, that’s enough.” I got to my feet for the third time. “Good joke, Will. Ha, ha. Now show yourself.”
“I beg your pardon, dear lady,” said a deep voice.
I stared in disbelief as a man appeared before me. He was tall and elegantly dressed in a three-piece suit and cravat. His features were blurry, but he had an aristocratic air, a distinctive nose, and a satisfied smile.
He removed his bowler hat and bowed. “George Clancy Everhart, at your service.”
I didn’t know how Will had managed to create this image. This must have been some bizarre rite of passage for people new to the theater. Well, it wasn’t going to rattle me.
“Theodosia Ballard,” I said. “It’s a pleasure to meet you.”
“Theodosia! What a splendid name!”
“I prefer Teddy.”
“Teddy? That’s a boy’s name! You are a woman, and a very fine woman, at that. Such a magnificent presence! You should be on stage.”
“I am on stage right now, and I have a lot of work to do, so you can turn yourself off, disappear, whatever, just go away.”
He looked startled. “You don’t believe in me.”
“I believe you’re a really good special effect. Go on now, get lost.”
The image drew himself up. “My good woman, you are speaking to one of the premiere actors of the Twentieth Century. Why, I appeared in hundreds of plays during my lifetime. Thousands of performances! All to great acclaim!”
“I’m sure you did.”
“Excellent reviews! Encores by the score!”
“Then why are you haunting a little theater in Rossboro, North Carolina? Shouldn’t you be in New York? London?”
He paused and put a hand to his heart. “You wound me to the core, Theodosia. In my later years, my career took a sad tumble. Like your lover William, I was unable to continue my passion for Broadway. I ended up here, disillusioned but undefeated.”
“Whoa, hold on, buster. Will is not my lover. And how do you know about his New York experience?” I’d had enough. “Will, stop this right now. It isn’t funny.”
“I agree, Theodosia. It is tragic. The boy has such talent, such a love for theater.”
“Stop it.” I moved to push the man away, but my hands went right through him, and I almost fell into the orchestra pit. A strong force shoved me away from the edge.
“Dear me,” he said. “You must be more careful.”
I caught my breath. “I don’t believe in ghosts. Why are you here?”
“Because you need my help,” he said.
“What do I need your help for?”
“Why, to solve the murder, of course! I liked Paula. She was efficient. I admired her work ethic. I do hope you have a strong work ethic, Theodosia.”
“Wait, wait. Go back to the first thing. Solve the murder? No one’s calling Paula’s death a murder!”
“But it was,” George Clancy Everhart said. “I saw it.”

Jane Tesh, a retired media specialist, lives in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, Andy Griffith’s hometown, the real Mayberry. She is the author of the Madeline Maclin Mysteries, featuring former beauty queen, Madeline “Mac” Maclin and her reformed con man husband, Jerry Fairweather, and the Grace Street Mystery Series, featuring struggling PI David Randall, his psychic friend, Camden, and an array of tenants who move in and out of Cam’s boarding house at 302 Grace Street. Ghost Light is her first standalone mystery and the first to feature an asexual heroine.

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Hey Charlie, You’re Next to be Featured in Our Blog

Today’s book featured in our blog is a children’s story. Even though I didn’t get a chance to read it and review it, I wish I did. It sounds great. I have book details and descriptions to share so you can decide if you’d like to read it. It is a first in the series so I look forward to this and other books in this series. I also have some information about the author and a guest post for your reading pleasure. Then before you leave enter the giveaway!

BOOK DETAILS

Book Title:  Hey Charlie, You’re Next!  by Michael B. Judkins
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 30 pages
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Children’s Stories
Content Rating: G: No bad language or explicit content 

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Charlie finds himself in the midst of bullying on Basketball Day at school and is unsure of how to speak up for himself. With a little bit of advice from his teacher and some hope, there is nothing that can tear him down.

Hey Charlie, You’re Next offers readers a compelling story about overcoming negativity and gaining self-confidence. It is the first book in the Hey Charlie series by Michael Judkins. Stay tuned for the next books!

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MEET THE AUTHOR

Michael B. Judkins is a local creative residing in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. He holds an Associate in Science in Journalism, Bachelor of Science in Human Services, and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling with over 20 years in the field of Human Services.

Michael self-published his first poetry collection titled, “Introduction to Sentimental Me”. After the release of this collection, Michael was signed to Aois 21 Media publishing house which published his second poetry collection released title, “Interlude to Sentimental Me.” In addition, to the “I Stand- Podcast” and “Interlude to Sentimental Book Tour (Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C, Bethlehem PA, and Allentown, PA) which also included a virtual book tour (blog sites).

During this time, Michael started his independent film career in 2016, as a script supervisor on a short film produced in the Lehigh Valley area of PA. This project opened the door for Michael in the local film industry in the Lehigh Valley. After this, Michael worked on several film projects throughout the next few years as production manager, production assistant, Key Grip, and Producer. Michael also has written, produced, and directed his first stage play titled, “Interlude to Sentimental Me Stage Play.”

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GUEST POST

My journey with writing and storytelling?

I started just writing in class one day in high school. My writing didn’t progress until I realized something to write about. If anything, I consider myself a narrative writer or abstract. I intend to develop a character into many moving parts which transfer into the story I envision in my head. I tend to think too much, write notes and create something from there. Sometimes I sit at the computer and start writing.

My path of writing is to be bold with the ideas and characters. Most of the time, I’m writing from a place of emotions and feelings which can turn into sad writing time. If I take that part of the writing and bring a sense of hope it changes my feelings as a writer during the process. Ultimately, creating your vision.

Storytelling is a way to be expressive, self-explanatory, bold, and courageous. At the same time, you have to inform, educate and nurture the audience.

GIVEAWAY

$25 Amazon Gift Card courtesy of the author of HEY, CHARLIE, YOU’RE NEXT (1 winner) (USA only) (ends July 8). Here is the link to the giveaway. Good luck and let me know if you win!

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Cinderella Book Looks Deeper into Fairy Tales

BOOK DETAILS

Book Title:  Cinderella Didn’t Live Happily Ever After: The Hidden Messages in Fairy Tales by Anne E. Beall
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  126 pages
Genre: Feminist, Fairy Tales, Literary Criticism
Publisher:  Independent Publishing
Content Rating:  PG + M. Some fairy tales are a bit gruesome but there is no bad language or explicit sex. 

BOOK DESCRIPTION

​Did Cinderella live happily ever after? You might think so until you look more closely at the hidden messages in beloved fairy tales. In this book, fairy tales are analyzed in terms of the underlying messages about marriage, agency, power, suffering, and good versus evil, with a focus on how male and female characters differ in each of these areas. The analysis is a data-driven approach that provides clear evidence for the hidden messages in these beloved tales. The end conclusion is not whether fairy tales are good or bad but rather what messages they deliver about life, even if unintentionally.

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MEET THE AUTHOR

​A leader in the field of market research and one of the few female CEOs in the industry, Anne E. Beall is the author of 10 books in business, gender studies, and mindfulness, including Cinderella Didn’t Live Happily Ever After: The Hidden Messages in Fairy Tales and The Psychology of Gender. Her book Heartfelt Connections was named one of the top 100 Notable Indie books in 2016 by Shelf Unbound, and she has published nearly a dozen business articles in noted journals. Her books have been featured in People Magazine, Toronto Sun, Hers Magazine, and Ms. Career Girl, and she has been interviewed by NBC, NPR, and WGN. Having received her PhD in social psychology from Yale University, Anne resides in Evanston, Illinois and is the founder of the market consultancy company Beall Research.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

What are the reasons you wrote a book about the hidden messages in fairy tales?

Fairy tales have been told in different versions for thousands of years. In fact, many of these stories comprise the basic narrative of many popular books. One example is Jane Austen’s famous book, Pride and Prejudice, which is a Cinderella story of a poor downtrodden woman saved by a wealthy man. She encounters great difficulties because of her social standing but is eventually rewarded with a good marriage. That book was published in 1813. Retellings of these stories with modern characters are very common, even in current novels.

What surprised you the most in your analysis?

One thing that surprised me was that queens and princesses are the most unhappy characters—the most common emotion queens express is sadness. They cry more than any other character. Queens are the most sorrowful because they are often attacked by other women, sometimes their children are taken from them, and in many cases, they are punished by their husband (the king). Princesses are often fearful because they are kidnapped and imprisoned against their will. Both queens and princesses are generally rescued by men. And sometimes it is a long and painful wait. The characters who are happiest are kings and princes. Kings also express anger, which is not surprising given that anger is a power emotion.

What are some fairy tale books you really like?

I enjoy all fairy tales and own many are collections of them. But if you’re looking for some strong female heroines, I like the children’s book: Not One Damsel in Distress, a book by Jane Yolen. It’s an accessible book for children that features great female heroines. Another book I like is Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World, which is by Kathleen Ragan and Jane Yolen

Do you write every day?

I write most days unless I’m feeling low. Then I find it hard to write. But having a regular schedule and sitting down even when I don’t want to, always seems to yield something of value. I try to write at least a few pages every day.

What advice do you have for budding authors?

My father once said that you should just write something even when you think it’s terrible. He always said you can edit words on a page, but you can’t edit a blank page. I’ve always followed his advice. Even when I think my writing isn’t good, I still sit down and do it. I’m often surprised that what I wrote isn’t as bad as I thought it was when I revisit it later.

REVIEW

If you have ever wanted to look into fairy tales a bit deeper this is a good book to read. I took a Children’s Literature class in college. I enjoyed it very much. We talked about Cinderella and other fairy tales featuring what was happening and what would happen after. This book would fit very well with it.

There are some interesting thoughts and ideas about various fairy tales in this book. It is very well written and has great details. If it is something you have thought about then the author has too and has addressed it. She has researched it and presents it very well in her book. It does read like an analysis with great data, but it is perfect for this book and the subject matter. It is interesting and well done overall.

This is a book discussing the idea of messages in fairy tales, which is something not newly mentioned as a concern or topic. Yet, it is helpful to provide details and organized data to consider when thinking of this not only from the story perspective but as considering the deeper meanings as well. Anyone interested in fairy tales will enjoy this book and if they enjoy looking deeper into books or story meanings then this is also a wonderful book for them.

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Full of Mystery, Magic in Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones

I have read several in this series and have enjoyed them all. I was thrilled to see another book released in the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series by Elizabeth Pantley. We are featuring Book 6 Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones on this book tour. Yet, you can look forward to some information about all the other books too. Along with that, you will get details about the new book as well as a giveaway, author details, and my review for the new book.

Genre: Magical Cozy Mystery

A boyfriend who’s missing. Or was. . . Or is. . . A boat full of old bones. A community ice cream social. A friend in trouble. A spiteful witch, and an angry villain. The mysteries abound in Destiny Falls, but Hayden, Latifa and their family and friends are up for the excitement and adventure.

Old Bones and Ice Cream Cones follows the series format of combining two stories that blend into one. A murder mystery and the island mystery.

The Island Mystery: Hayden’s boyfriend Han is missing. But she swears she saw him zoom by in his car. She’d thought it was a surprise, and that he was home early from his secret service case. She was wrong. The surprise is that his signal isn’t pinging, and no one knows where he is. There appears to be black magic behind his disappearance. Can they learn who’s responsible and bring Han safely home?

The Murder Mystery: A pile of old bones is found in an ancient fishing boat. They could be tied to the disappearance of two young women years ago, back when many of the Destiny Falls people were in high school. Many of the citizens had bad history with the girls. Do the bones belong to those girls, and what happened? Were the girls murdered? And could the murderer be living among them?

Hayden’s many adventures in Destiny Falls will keep you guessing with each book in this intriguing series.

Reviews for the Destiny Falls Series:

“Will blow you away!” ~ Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

“My favorite series in the whole wide world.” ~ Elza Reads “Intriguing and totally unput-downable.” ~ Goodreads

“Generously seasoned with sass, class, and a dose of spunk. Delish!” ~ Pages & Paws

“The mystery, magic, and delicately woven story held me captive!” ~ Goodreads

“One of the most creative series I’ve ever read.” ~ Goodreads

“So. Darn. Clever. ~ Pages & Paws

“Solidly at the top of my list for paranormal mysteries!” ~ Goodreads

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Another great book from this author and series. It is well written and organized. The author develops the world and the characters very well creating a fantastic story. The reader becomes part of the world and this story because it is interesting and the author does a great job bringing us into the story. If you or someone you know enjoys mystery and magic, this is a nice series. It is a great cozy mystery with a paranormal element. There is lots happening in this story and all of it is interesting. The series just keeps getting better with the story aspect too.

There are people missing and Hayden feels dark magic in the air. But, there is more to it with human remains being discovered. Like I said so much is happening in this story and it is great! Solving the mystery is interesting and challenging. Then her boyfriend disappears under mysterious circumstances. Will he be found and will he be ok? There is a villain introduced in this book as well. All of this adds to the greatness of this book.

This book is wonderful and fits perfectly with the series. When reading this series you want to read the other books in the series first. This is because it starts when the previous book ends. I recommend this book and the others in the series. I look forward to the next book in the series!

THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

Jousting and Justice

Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series Book 5

An invitation to a medieval festival. A ferry ride to a mysterious island. A scheming, inept witch. An office break-in, an unidentified body, and a string of suspects. Can Hayden, her brave, sassy cat, Latifa, and the people of Destiny Falls solve the mystery and enjoy the festival? Jousting and Justice follows the series format of combining two stories that blend into one. A murder mystery and the island mystery. The Island Mystery: Hayden and all her friends get an invitation to a medieval festival – but it’s on “the forbidden island.” It’s too enticing to pass up. Of course, strange things will happen once they get there! . . . You’ll also learn the truth about the witch’s sister! The Murder Mystery: A dead body shows up in the most shocking place. First, they need to figure out who this dead guy is. Then, who killed him and why. There are so many twists and turns on the way to the answers! But we know that Hayden, Latifa, and their family and friends will figure it out and justice will be served. Hayden’s many adventures in Destiny Falls will keep you guessing with each book in this intriguing series.

Reviews for Jousting and Justice: “Absolutely magical! I could not put this book down!” ~ Goodreads

“If there were more than five stars I would definitely give at least 10 stars worth double the wonderful!” ~ Goodreads

“Solidly at the top of my list for paranormal mysteries! Just when I think the series cannot get any better, it does.” ~ Goodreads

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Witches, Spiders, and Schemes

Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series Book 4

A magic mirror to an enchanted world. A mysterious ghost. A hilarious, perpetually annoyed witch. A brave, sassy cat. Two unexplained deaths and a mysterious community filled with secrets. Can Hayden and the people of Destiny Falls solve the mystery and return the community to its peaceful, enchanted existence? Hayden’s adventures in Destiny Falls continue in book four of the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series. Starting with a strange old woman at a cave and her father’s mysterious ferry journey, there are secrets to be unwound. The enchantments in Destiny Falls are showing cracks, and Hayden suspects that it’s tied directly to her family, which has a history that’s more complex than she realized. When two bodies are found floating in the bay it’s clear that the mysteries surrounding Gladstone and the ferry are more dangerous than people realize. Luckily, Hayden and her sassy sidekick, Latifa have developed a group of family and friends in this enchanted place who are all ready and willing to help solve the mystery, and release Destiny Falls to resume its normal, amazing, enchanted existence. Hayden’s many adventures in Destiny Falls will keep you guessing with each book in this intriguing series.

Reviews for Witches, Spiders, and Schemes:

“Oh my goodness, this was SO GOOD!” ~ Prockish

“A captivating read full of interesting people and places, with surprises around every corner.” ~ Linda C. Goodreads

“This is no run-of-the-mill paranormal book! Unique ideas.” ~ Susan G. Amazon

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The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales

Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series Book 3

A magic mirror. An enchanted world. A mysterious ghost. A hilarious witch. An unexplained death. A sassy cat. Visit Destiny Falls and escape to a great time.

A mysterious old man keeps popping up to tell Hayden a series of tall tales. Who is he? And is he actually glowing? Are his stories fiction, or is he telling her the history of her family, the enchanted islands, and the witch? And why did a dead body show up . . . of someone who is already dead?

Can Hayden and her quirky sidekick, Latifa unscramble this mystery?

Hayden’s adventures in the magical world of Destiny Falls continue in this gripping story that answers your questions about the mysterious world she entered through a mirror in book one, Falling into Magic. We learn more about her missing mother, whose story begins in book two, The Disappearance of Emily.

Reviews for The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales:

“I. Can’t. Even! Pantley amazingly, magically, has outdone herself once again! The mystery, magic, and carefully woven story and history held me captive!”-Georgeanne, Goodreads

“I absolutely LOVE this series! An intriguing story… So many twists and turns!” – Linda, Goodreads

Intriguing and totally unput-downable!” -Goodreads “Held me captive!”- Goodreads “My favorite series in the whole wide world.” – Elza Reads

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The Disappearance of Emily

Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series Book 2

A magic mirror. An enchanted world. A mysterious missing mother. A suspicious package. An unexplained death. A community of strange, quirky people. A sassy cat and a hilarious, bumbling, and perpetually annoyed witch. Hayden finds herself surrounded with support as she solves the mystery of the death and learns shocking secrets about herself.

Hayden’s life was normal until she fell through a mirror and was thrust into an alternate, magical place. The town is enchanted and charming, and the amazing mansion she lives in changes to meet the needs of the people who live there, including her! Every day she discovers a new enchantment.

But something is amiss. Hayden gets an ominous warning from a strange woman, who promises to tell her the town secrets and give her a package – if she’ll meet her at the mysterious ferry that lacks a published destination. The ferry visit is cancelled, but the package is delivered. Once it arrives, someone turns up dead. Then the suspicious episodes start, too many to call them coincidences. She and her family are targeted and in danger.

Who or what is causing the chaos? All signs point to the mysterious disappearance of her mother – way back when Hayden was just two days old. Can she identify and eliminate the threat before another person in her life is stolen away?

Reviews for The Disappearance of Emily:

“Just when I thought I knew who the killer was, BAM, a twist.” ~ Leslie, Storeybook Reviews

“Intriguing and totally unput-downable, it draws you in from the word go, and you will not want to leave until it chucks you at The End.” ~ Carol, Goodreads

“A mix of unique characters, romance, mystery, and magic.” ~ Goodreads

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Falling Into Magic

Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series Book 1

An accidental journey through a magic mirror. A portal to an enchanted land. A mysterious family she never knew she had. Hayden’s life is upended with the wonder of Destiny Falls. But it is tainted by the danger that brought her here and that threatens her newfound family. Can Hayden and her sassy sidekick remove the threat, so that she can begin her magical new life in this captivating world? When Hayden was a child, she lost her cat. Adults told her the cat ran away, but she knew the truth. The mirror had taken her. She knew because the mirror gave her a glimpse of an alternate world and had nearly pulled her in, so she was certain the cat had suffered that fate. Twenty years later Hayden discovers the secret of the mirror when she is thrust into it. She learns of an enchanted world she never knew existed, and a family she never knew she had. But danger brought her here, and it followed her. Now, Hayden is on a mission to remove the threat, so that she can begin her magical, meaningful new life in this enchanted world filled with quirky characters, a talking cat, and wonderful new friends and family that welcomed her with open arms.

Reviews for Falling into Magic:

“Will blow you away!” ~ Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

“Absolutely brilliant, delightful and magical. This is a book that you cannot stop reading. More please, much, much more!” ~ Carol, Goodreads

“Oh my goodness this was SO GOOD! Do yourself a favor and read this book.” ~ Prockish

“This is no run-of-the-mill paranormal book! You will be glad this is a series!” ~ Susan G. Amazon

“A magical, delightful tale with a quirky cast of characters, engaging dialogue, an appealing universe, and an intriguing plotline that I could not put down.” ~ Dru Ann, drusbookmusing.com

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Elizabeth Pantley is the international bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and thirteen other books for parents. She is also the author of The Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic book series.

Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and is the mother of four and Nana to one.

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Delicious Tortilla Perfect for Taco Tuesday!

It is Taco Tuesday! Here is our product blog for the month perfect for the day. Chi-Chi has a few options provided to us to try and we are telling you about them and suggesting them for any meal and not just for Taco Tuesday.

Chi-Chi’s Flour Burrito Style Tortillas

This is a tortilla that is bigger making it great for a variety of meals. If you want a sausage, egg, cheese, and salsa breakfast burrito it would work perfectly. Considering a chicken burrito for lunch then you’ve got it. If you think you want a dinner with a beef option full of veggies and other goodies it will work. These taste great and work for your quesadilla, burrito, and tortilla meal plans.

It is an authentic flour tortilla and has 190 calories per serving — all depends on what you add! They are handmade style, Kosher, and listed as low fat too. It comes in a resealable bag. I know I said the tortilla is a good size, but to give you a better idea the actual dimensions are 13.75×10.75x.62. These are available at Walmart and Walmart.com for around $1.80 with eight servings per bag.


Ingredients

Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Shortening (Soybean Oil and Hydrogenated Soybean Oil), contains 2% or less of Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminum Sulfate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate), Dough Conditioners (Mono-and Diglycerides, Calcium Sulfate, Enzymes, L-Cysteine Mono- Hydrochloride), Vital Wheat Gluten, Sodium Propionate (Preservative), Fumaric Acid, Salt, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Cornstarch, Soy Flour, Cellulose Gum, Wheat Starch, Canola Oil, Xanthan Gum, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Oil Xanthan Gum, Microcrystaline Cellulose.

CHI-CHI’S Flour Street Taco Tortilla

CHI-CHI’S Flour Street Taco Tortillas are smaller, but also yummy and have many options too. You can make something with just cheese and salsa or a variety of meats such as steak or chicken. Make a taco or a little flatbread sandwich. Another option is individual pizzas or it makes great snack size treats. It has 0g of trans fats and is 160 calories per serving. It also is sold in a resealable bag.

Ingredients

Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Shortening (Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil) Contains 2% or less of Leavening ( Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminum Sulfate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate), Vital Wheat Gluten, Mono- and Diglycerides, Sodium Propionate (Preservative), Fumaric Acid (To Acidify), Salt, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Cornstarch, Soy Flour, Calcium Sulfate, Cellulose Gum, Canola Oil, Xanthan Gum, Enzymes (Wheat Starch, Microcrystalline Cellulose), Dough Conditioner (L-Cysteine Monohydrochloride, Salt, Corn Starch, Calcium Phosphate, Carboxymethyl Cellulose [CMC, Cellulose Gum], Baking Powder, Polyethylene Glycol, Microcrystalline Cellulose [MCC, Cellulose Gel]). Contains: Soy, Wheat.

These are available at Walmart and Walmart.com for around $1.50 and you get 10 in a bag. Two are considered a serving size. There are about five servings per bag and as for dimensions like the other. I didn’t see the exact, but I would compare it as a nickel size next to a quarter size of the burrito style. Maybe that will give you an idea of the two sizes.

There are many options to make with these products and all are great. The two we made this time were enchiladas and fajitas. We have also made crispy cinnamon dessert chips before. Of course, traditional tacos and burritos work too.