Thursday, September 12, 2019

Helix by Mary Ting Blog Tour and Giveaway

Mary Ting
(International Sensory Assassin Network #2)
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: September 10th 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Alliances are forming. The resistance is growing. Everything is about to change.
With her memory still fragmented, Ava returns to the International Sensory Assassin Network (ISAN) to find the twin sister she never knew she had.
But as Ava hunts for information, she finds herself tangled in a web of yet more lies and conspiracy. The Helix serum may not be required to access her superpowers, and the number of male assassins—previously considered too volatile to tolerate Helix—is growing in every territory.
The more Ava uncovers, the more of a threat she becomes to ISAN. Her only salvation may be to join the rebels—if she isn’t killed first.

My Review

Helix is the second installment in the ISAN series...thank god there is going to be five books in this series because I just don't want it to end.

This story heats up with complex conspiracies, tangled twists, and action...action..action...
SO much happens in this story, you have to be alert at all times because you will never guess or expect what will happen. Some secrets will be revealed, while others just get deeper and mysterious.

The characters are amazing....I was content to be back into Ava and Rhett's world....a damaged world that still holds hope. Your favorite resistance characters are still strong, shedding light humor during difficult times. Ava's team, still loyal...ahem...most of them.. and amazing new characters that plays critical rolls.

Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster...your heart will soar, it will ache in pain, it will beat with an adrenaline rush, it will be crushed with agony, like I said, a roller coaster.

This story, book, world has everything, and I mean everything for a fantastic read to escape from everyday life...and that my friends, is what makes reading worthwhile.

Author Bio:
International Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers all over the world. Her books run a wide range of genres and her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and critical praise.
Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.
Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry.


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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

RELEASE DAY: Helix by Mary Ting and Giveaway

by Mary Ting
Series: Book 2 in the ISAN series. 
Genre: YA dystopian/science fiction
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Release date: September 10, 2019


With her memory still fragmented, Ava returns to the International Sensory Assassin Network (ISAN) to find the twin sister she never knew she had.

But as Ava hunts for information, she finds herself tangled in a web of yet more lies and conspiracy. The Helix serum may not be required to access her superpowers, and the number of male assassins—previously considered too volatile to tolerate Helix—is growing in every territory.

The more Ava uncovers, the more of a threat she becomes to ISAN. Her only salvation may be to join the rebels ... if she isn't killed first.


Helix is the second book in the award-winning International Sensory Assassin Network Novel series. 




     I twisted at the waist to dodge the first pellet. Then I ducked and somersaulted when two more fired my way. I flattened to the ground, rolled to my right, and then jolted up when more whizzed by, one after another in rapid succession. After shifting awkwardly to my left and right, I arched my back, and one missed me by a hair.
     Drew stopped firing, his features a mask of confusion. He looked at his Taser, most likely wondering if he should even bother with it, and then watched me walk toward him to close the gap between us.
     “How?” His chest heaved and anger seethed in his eyes.
     I swaggered the last few steps with a smirk. “I guess Helix likes me better. You’ve got the wrong briefcase, as you know … and this is personal. You messed with the wrong team.”
     I slammed the heel of my palm into his chest. The unforgivable blow caused Drew to fly off the roof to likely splat on the ground.
     Oops. My bad.
     I placed the right suitcase on the platform of the sub-glider. It whooshed and clanked open.
A welcoming, wonderful sound.



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Monday, September 9, 2019

The Very Very Far North by Dan Bar-el Blog Tour and giveaway

The Very, Very Far North
Dan Bar-el
Book Synopsis

An inquisitive polar bear named Duane befriends an array of animals as he discovers where he belongs in this charming classic-in-the making that’s reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh.

In the Very, Very Far North, past the Cold, Cold Ocean and just below the hill that looks like a baby whale, you’ll find Duane and his friends.

Duane is a sweet and curious young bear who makes friends with everyone he meets—whether they’re bossy, like Major Puff the puffin, or a bit vain, like Handsome the musk ox, or very, very shy, like Boo the caribou. For these arctic friends, every day is a new adventure!

About the Author

Dan Bar-el is an award-winning children’s author, educator, and storyteller whose books include Audrey (cow), Not Your Typical Dragon, and The Very, Very Far North. Dan has worked with children ages three to thirteen as a school-age childcare provider, a preschool teacher, a creative drama teacher, and a creative writing teacher. He also teaches with the Creative Writing for Children Society. Dan lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with artist and goldsmith Dominique Br├ęchault, and Sasha, the most adorable cat in the known universe. Visit him at

Illustrator Bio

Kelly Pousette is an illustrator and storyteller, originally from the west coast of British Columbia. She loves to create things, especially pictures. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post ParisThe Brown Paper Bag blog, and Brightness Magazine. She currently resides in northern British Columbia with her husband and very large dog Clovis. The Very, Very Far North is her first book.

My Review

What a wonderful read for the whole family...grab a blanket, because it's cold in the Very, Very Far North...and go on an adventure with Duane!

Duane's innocence shines through with humor as he decides to make a home in the Very, Very far north, making new friends, discoveries, and adventures.  With each new friend he meets, he learns more about himself and his friends wacky personalities. 

 However, what is TRULY amazing about this story is the subtle lessons you learn while reading....keeping boundaries, listening to your instincts, and so much more....pretty sneaky and brilliant all at the same time!

A beautiful story full of virtue, it's timeless and will be a favorite bedtime read.

Tour Schedule

September 2 – The Story Sanctuary
September 3 – Kirsti Call
September 4 – Randomly Reading
September 5 – Alexa Loves Books
September 6 – Jean Little Library
September 7 – Tale Out Loud
September 9 – Insane About Books

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

JeanBookNerd Subscription Box @jeanbooknerd #JBNStorytellersBox

I want to introduce to you a NEW Subscription Box by JeanBookNerd!

You have until August 19th to order this box for Helix by Mary Ting.

It is a fabulous box full of great items Helix themed.

The JeanBookNerd Storytellers box is a media box that will included Books, Film and TV.


Use my code Michele10 for a Discount!!

This is the link to the Helix boxset .... Subscription 1 is Helix Boxset.
Step 1: Click the link, click on the boxes on the right.
Step 2: Scroll down and click subscription now (green)
Step 3: Click JeanBookNerd BOX – 1 Month unless you want 3 or 6. Subscription 1 is Helix Boxset.
Step 4: Choose your T-shirt size.
Step 5: Click ADD TO CHART
Step 6: Click VIEW CART on the upper right (Blue)
Step 7: Click how many BOXSET and then PROCEED TO CHECKOUT

Monday, August 5, 2019

WATCH HOLLOW by Gregory Funaro NERD BLAST and Giveaway

Deep within the enchanted woods in the town of Watch Hollow stands the once-grand Blackford House, whose halls hold a magical secret: a giant cuckoo clock that does much more than tell time. But when the clock’s gears cease to turn, an evil presence lurking among the trees begins to come out of the shadows.

When Lucy and Oliver Tinker arrive in Watch Hollow, they have no idea that anything is wrong. A mysterious stranger has made their father an offer that’s too good for him to refuse. All Mr. Tinker needs to do is fix the clock at Blackford House and fistfuls of gold coins are his to keep.

It doesn’t take long, however, for the children to realize that there is more to Blackford House than meets the eye. And before they can entirely understand the strange world they’ve stumbled into, Lucy and Oliver must join forces with a host of magical clock animals to defeat the Garr—a vicious monster that not only wants Blackford House for itself, but also seeks to destroy everything the Tinkers hold dear.  


“Filled with clever, magical, and instantly likable characters, Funaro’s excellent, fast-paced, and twisty mystery—packed with suspense, facts, magic, and an incredible, deeply thought-out world—will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter.” ―Booklist (starred review)

“A well-wound tale of good versus evil.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The magically sentient house, creeping woods, and resident monster establish the story’s shivery Gothic feel, which will more than satisfy readers in search of a pleasantly scary read.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“There is magic, there is good and evil, and there is love all woven into a suspenseful and entertaining mystery. A well-crafted story that should be a hit with readers who enjoy a a good scare.” ―School Library Journal (starred review)  


Gregory Funaro grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, and wrote his first story, The Ghost in the Window, in the fourth grade. He considers this to be his finest work, but unfortunately it has been lost to time. His first book for Disney-Hyperion, ALISTAIR GRIM'S ODDITORIUM (2015), was a New York Times best seller and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. His other works for children have received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and ALA Booklist. Check out WATCH HOLLOW, the first book in his series for HarperCollins, as well as its sequel, THE ALCHEMIST'S SHADOW, coming in 2020. Greg also teaches drama at East Carolina University, and is busy working on his next novel.  



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Thursday, August 1, 2019

A MURDER ON JANE STREET by Cathy Cash Spellman Blog Tour


A brutal murder.
A heinous secret
A deadly conspiracy.

The brutal murder of the little old lady next door puts FitzHugh Donovan on the case. A retired New York City Police Chief, he knows a cover-up when he sees one and his Irish Cop conscience can’t let that happen.

Now, Fitz, his family and his quirky band of Bleecker Street Irregulars are ensnared in the bizarre secret the woman died to protect.

Is this a 75-year-old cold case turned hot again, or an unspeakable crime-in-progress that could alter the course of the world?

Fitz doesn’t yet know how high the stakes are, that failure isn’t an option, and that the little old lady was so much more than she appeared. But he’s trying to keep everyone alive long enough to find out.

Characters you’ll care about, dark shocking secrets, and disturbing similarities to today’s political scene, will keep you turning pages to an ending you won’t see coming.  


"Family ties tighten and bonds of affection grow stronger as a family is trapped between ruthless forces struggling for the highest stakes: control of a world to be subjected to unimaginable evil. As.parents, children and loved ones risk all to protect one another, events accelerate towards a conclusion that is in doubt until the last page is turned. A terrific read!" ―Richard Gid Powers author of The Mystery of the Trinity

"A MURDER ON JANE STREET is a gripping summer thriller filled with history, adventure, and an intriguing mystery. Cathy Cash Spellman will keep readers on the edge of their seat" ―Charles Brokaw, New York Times Bestselling author of The Atlantis Code

Cathy paints a picture with the most radiant phrasing and colorful words! I’m a fan of her books and have read every one of them, always wishing that she’ll write more! That hope was answered with A MURDER ON JANE STREET. This compelling gem of a mystery is also a history, a conspiracy, and a modern-day morality tale rolled into one. Yes there is a murder, deadly secrets and treachery, but at its heart, it’s also about family, friendship and having the courage to do the right thing in the face of nearly insurmountable odds. This brilliant author has created yet another home run! Her narrative, coupled with an edge-of-your-seat contemporary mystery thriller, have characters that warmed my heart and an unexpected ending that I absolutely LOVED! ―Adria de Haume, author of Cross Purpose

"Do NOT read this book unless you are willing to be seduced by a dozen incredibly keen people without whom the world as we know it might cease to exist." ―K.T. Maclay author of Beginners Guide to Death and Dying in Oaxaca

Excerpt #3 
by Cathy Cash Spellman

Mrs. W’s Journal
My journey was a litany of horrors. The weather was ferocious, my exhausted horse was malnourished within days. Once, I traded an emerald brooch for a loaf of stale bread and a handful of oats for my mount, feeling grateful for the bargain.
“Wolves tracked us by night, howling, hungry. I understood their need for I, too, was starving and weakening because of it. I was struck dumb by the suffering. Everywhere one’s eyes alighted there was anguish and ugliness.
I had learned from bitter experience to stay clear of humans if I could, but finally I knew that soon I would be able to go no farther. I had eaten only scraps of rotting garbage for three days. My horse had been stolen by a man who had begged aid at the roadside, then smashed my head with a rock when I stooped to help him. He’d left me to die in his place, robbing me of what warm clothing I wore, the horse, and all my meager possessions.
I awakened in a fugue state, near dusk. Injured and freezing, I dragged myself upright, uncertain if I could walk at all; my vision was blurred and my last strength had ebbed as I’d lain on the frozen earth. Dazed, depleted, despairing, I trudged for a time on blocks of ice that had once been feet, how long I do not know. Night fell and I knew I would not see morning.
But then, in my semiconscious state, I saw a structure materialize through the falling snow, to the far left of the road. It was not a mirage as I’d feared, but a ramshackle barn with a hand-lettered sign by the door that read “Gerhardt Steiner.” Praise God the door was unlatched, for I hadn’t the strength to force it.
I dragged my frozen body to the farthest interior corner, and burrowing as best I could into a stack of vermin-infested hay for warmth, I lay my throbbing, bloodied head down and consigned my soul to God.
Sometime later I woke from a sleep so deep I had no idea where I was or why, to find a large, shabbily clad man bending over me. His weathered face showed consternation and something more complex—concern, compassion, fear? Perhaps all three. What it did not show was the feral ferocity I had encountered on the road. There was gentleness in his middle-aged countenance and his tired eyes were kind.
“Stay down! You must not yet move, fraulein!” he whispered in an urgent, educated voice. “You are injured, starving. I must fetch you water. And blankets, ya?” he added as an afterthought. “Later, when it is full dark, we must hide you within the house—you will be safer there.”
Fitz laid the book over his knee and took a sip of the strong honey-laced tea that sat on the table beside him. This was a turn in the story he had not been expecting. Could this be a tale of love as well as war, he wondered, heartened by the thought. Now, wouldn’t that be grand, entirely?
He’d call Itzak with one more piece to add to the puzzle.
Copyright © 2019 by Cathy Cash Spellman

My Review


You never know who you might have living next door to you, and the impact they may had in history.

This story is SO brilliantly written...a murder mystery with twists galore... this story comes to life right before your eyes with clues, conspiracy theories, action and suspense.  It keeps you guessing until the very end. New Technology has a huge impact in this story that unravels a secret a woman kept secret for 75 crazy is that?

I loved all the characters in this they all worked together to keep a promise to the little old lady next door.  The story is superb on all levels...I seriously can't rave enough about it..and I don't usually read mysteries...but I sure want to collect everything this author has written because, wow, what an amazing creative imagination!

It was so rewarding to watch this woman's life unfold before your eyes and the total respect Fitz and his own band of soldiers developed. Family, loyalty, and going beyond your limits to do what is right, flourishes throughout.

No spoilers in this review because you really need to experience it first hand!  I have always had a fascination with WW2 because my grandfather was a soldier, and growing up with his stories...and my husband's family is German...I always wondered if their paths crossed.


Multiple New York Times and International Bestsellers, a Paramount Movie, book sales in 22 countries, Cathy Cash Spellman writes stories about love, friendship, adventure, and history. Known for her big sprawling sagas and memorable characters, Cathy writes the kind of stories women like to lose themselves in, and then remember long after the book is done.

Her books range through several genres: contemporary, historical, mystery, mystic and romance. Several take place in two time-frames, both current and historical.

Bless the Child was a Paramount movie in 2000, starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, and Paint The Wind has been optioned for film and TV.

Cathy is an Astrologer, Martial Artist (Black Belt Goju Ryu Karate) and has expertise in Chinese Medicine, several alternative healing modalities and many metaphysical disciplines.

She has written for Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Penthouse, Mode, Kung Fu and many other magazines about women, health, empowerment, sexuality, spiritual philosophy and Astrology. She blogs for The Huffington Post and The New York Times.


TWITTER: @CCashSpellman

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Monday, July 29, 2019

WHEN SUMMER ENDS by Jessica Pennington Official Blog Tour


Aiden Emerson is an all-star pitcher and the all-around golden boy of Riverton. Or at least he was, before he quit the team the last day of junior year without any explanation. How could he tell people he's losing his vision at seventeen?

Straight-laced Olivia thought she had life all figured out. But when her dream internship falls apart, her estranged mother comes back into her life, and her long-time boyfriend ghosts her right before summer break, she's starting to think fate has a weird sense of humor.

Each struggling to find a new direction, Aiden and Olivia decide to live summer by chance. Every fleeting adventure and stolen kiss is as fragile as a coin flip in this heartfelt journey to love and self-discovery from the author of Love Songs & Other Lies. 


“Bringing the small-town Michigan setting evocatively to the forefront, Pennington’s sophomore novel captures the pleasures of new love.” ―Kirkus Reviews


“A captivating read and a great pick for fans of Morgan Matson and Emery Lord!” ―RT Book Reviews

“Filled with lyrics, love, and late nights, Pennington's debut novel will appeal to romance fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti.” ―School Library Journal

“Pennington’s debut is a light road-tripping romance about redemption and the love of music.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Reading Cam & Vee's past and present romance reminds me of This is Us! This is going on my keeper shelf.” ―Simone Elkeles, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author

Love Songs & Other Lies is a music-infused romance about a pair of perfectly imperfect teenagers who will have readers rooting for their happily ever after.” ―Katy Upperman, author of Kissing Max Holden

“Boys in bands, second chance romance, and pitch-perfect chemistry. Love Songs & Other Lies hits all the right notes!” ―Gina Ciocca, author of Last Year's Mistake

“Fun and full of heart, with a hero who stole my heart!” ―Katie McGarry, author of Pushing the Limits  

My Review

A perfect love story for the summer.

This story begins with the end of Junior year for Olivia and Aiden. Both had a life plan, both plans were crushed by circumstances out of their control, both had no clue what to do next.

Of course Olivia and Aiden knew each other, they went to the same small high school. However, their paths never really crossed until they both started working for Aiden's family business when summer vacation started.

As they start to become friends, they start to trust each other and open up about their secrets. Olivia always being conservative, decides to let chance decide her fate this summer.

When Summer Ends, is a story that gives you butterflies. It is beautifully written with true emotions that tugs at the heart. All the characters have a charisma that draws you deeper into the story with a plot all readers can relate to. A perfect read for sitting by the beach, or cuddled up on the couch, you have to read this book.

It is told from both Olivia's and Aiden's point of view which I absolutely loved. It was great to witness their feelings for each other bloom with innocence and understanding.

If you are looking for a fast flawless read, this is the perfect choice for the summer!


Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. She lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her novel, with her husband Josh and their son, Rory. Love Songs & Other Lies is her debut novel.  



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