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Join, or Die - An American Patriot's Book of Quotes by R. Blake Wilson - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Join us for this tour from August 8 to August 26, 2022!

Book Details:

Book TitleJOIN, or DIE. - An American Patriot's Book of Quotes by R. Blake Wilson
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  214 pages
GenreAmerican History, Constitution, Democracy
Publisher:  West View Press 
Release date:  April 12, 2022
Content Rating:  G for this book of quotes

Book Description:

An AMERICAN PATRIOT'S history lesson.

A book every American should own and read.

"The PEOPLE are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our LIBERTY." Thomas Jefferson

"A HOUSE DIVIDED against itself cannot stand." Abraham Lincoln

"FREEDOM of SPEECH is a principal pillar of a free government; When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and TYRANNY is erected on its ruins." Benjamin Franklin

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 My Review
Join, or Die is a book of select quotes from various figure throughout history. They are inspiring and will make you feel a sense of pride, and you may even learn a little something. There is also a small bit of history at the beginning of the book, which includes the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. 
It's an easy to read book featuring quotes from historical figures such as Lincoln, Washington, Fredrick Douglass, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as quotes from more recent figures (from the last 50+ years) such as Reagan, MLK Jr, JFK, Clarence Thomas, Kristi Noem, and yes, even Trump.
BUT, this is not some biased political book. Regardless of your political party, or whatever label you choose to stamp yourself with, this is a book that anyone and everyone can read. It's a collection of important, inspiring, patriotic quotes that come from both sides of the spectrum, and whether you were born here or chose to come here as an immigrant, this book will make you proud to be an American. 
5 stars!

Meet the Author:

R. Blake Wilson is a Father, Corporate Employee, Small Business Owner, American Farmer and American Patriot.

Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois in the shadow of United States President Abraham Lincoln and having achieved success and failure chasing the American Dream, Blake has grown to appreciate and admire the American story. He believes in the American Dream and the Pursuit of Happiness and has lived his life chasing both. His story is emblematic of an America where the individual is free to fail. succeed, fail and succeed again and again. His vision of American Unity is based on American Values and the United States Constitution...

In God We Trust, E Pluribus Unum, and Ordered Liberty. (2022)
DON'T TREAD ON ME - An American Patriot's Book of Quotes (2011)
JOIN, or DIE. - An American Patriot's Book of Quotes (2022)
LINCOLN - An American President's Book of Quotes (coming soon)
REAGAN - An American President's Book of Quotes (coming soon)
TRUMP - An American President's Book of Quotes (coming soon)

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Tour Schedule:

Aug 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 9 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 11 – Bless Their Hearts Mom – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 12 – Connie's History Classroom – book review / giveaway
Aug 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 16Sefina Hawke's Books - book spotlight
Aug 17 – The Adventure of a Traveler's Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 18 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 – Books and Zebras – book review / giveaway
Aug 22 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Aug 24 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Aug 25 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Aug 26 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review / giveaway

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The Power of Food Prep by Amy Lawrence - Book Blitz

Take the Stress Out of Meal Planning with the Gourmet Done Skinny Method

Nonfiction / Weight-Loss / Meal Prep / Cooking

Date Published: Aug 9, 2022

Publisher: Elite Online Publishing


Who has time to cook everyday? And who wants to?

If you’re like most busy people who often resort to ordering out or paying too much at restaurants when you’re too exhausted to cook, there’s a better way. With meal planning and prep, you can have healthy, gourmet, home-cooked meals everyday by cooking only a few days a week. You don’t have to be a “Type A” person and have every meal planned out on the calendar for this to work for you. You don’t have to spend a fortune on kitchen gadgets or spend hours on the weekend cooking for the week.

The Gourmet Done Skinny Meal Method is the best solution for busy foodies to save time, save money, and cut calories. So, roll up your sleeves, put on your apron, grab a notebook, and get ready to learn the power of food prep with the Gourmet Done Skinny Meal Method.

You will learn: 

●     an easy way to prep healthy meals that doesn’t require you to spend the entire day in the kitchen

●     a simple method to cook only a few hours a week and pull out quick meals on other days

●     a solution that doesn't require you to eat the same thing five days in a row

●     the basic tools you need to meal prep without collecting a bunch of gadgets you’ll never use again

●     time-saving tips and tricks to set you up for success

About the Author

Amy Lawrence is the CEO of Gourmet Done Skinny. She has combined her talents and love of cooking to produce healthy gourmet recipes for her company and food blog A former restaurant owner and tea blender, she has been in the food and tea industry officially since 2003 but jokes it has been her “calling” since the day she was born. She has taught numerous cooking classes, written more than 14 books, has produced numerous instructional cooking videos and continues to keep up with her weekly recipe blog. Her former tearoom won best small tearoom in the US in 2004. Amy is dedicated to showing others you don’t have to suffer eating boring, bland meals in order to lose weight and be your best self. She developed her Gourmet Done Skinny Meal Method to show busy foodies how with minimal planning and prep they can enjoy these healthy, gourmet, home-cooked meals all week long. A military brat, born in Germany, Amy has lived all over the US and Germany. She earned a MS in Special Education, as well as a BS in Education and German, all from Kansas State University. While in Germany, she earned an AA degree from the University of Maryland’s Munich, Germany campus.  Amy currently resides in the Pacific Northwest and is building a home in Idaho. She loves to travel with her family and has been all over the world, including visits to China, Russia, Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Poland, India, and Nepal.

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Mise en Place by Marisa Mangani - Teaser Tuesday + Giveaway


Date Published: August 16, 2022

Publisher: River Grove Books

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Marisa’s comfort zone is deep inside the restaurant kitchen alongside its dysfunctional characters and the abundance of booze and drugs.

But in the nineteen-seventies, girls baked or made salads. The heat and machismo of the hot line was not a place for a girl with a passion for food and the drive to be the best.

From Hawaii, to Portland and New Orleans, she struggles  with her own shyness and the limited expectations for the only female in the kitchen. She finally becomes Chef, successfully managing high-volume restaurants at three World’s Fairs, but something is missing.

Still searching, as a burnt-out chef, she embarks on another male-dominated career.

Mise en Place —Memoir of a Girl Chef is a story about the determination to succeed in the face of personal handicaps and cultural norms.

“Mangani charts a deep dive through the roots of our modern American food obsession with a highly personal tale of memory, character, flavor, and place.” —Ian McNulty, Food Writer, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate



I don’t know if, all these years later, anyone remembers me at Arnaud’s, but I do have some fame to claim, and I’m going to claim this historical tidbit right here in this book: I was the first female line cook at the restaurant, ever—since its beginning in 1918 when there was a fully operating bordello upstairs. Sixty-three years of an all-male crew preceded me, and there I was, one Sunday morning brunch, called upon by Chef Claude after he fired culinary school grad Chris for “finishing” an omelet in the salamander broiler. “Motherfucker-la!” Chef yelled. “Get offa da line! Out of my kitchen-la! Out-la!” Anger and hate sharpened his voice to violence. Waitresses scattered like mice. Chef may as well have been chasing Chris out of the kitchen while wielding a butcher knife.

I heard the commotion over at my station—I was deboning roasted ducks for the dinner shift—when Chris, head down, scurried past me and out the back door.

 “Madeesa! Madeesa! I need you on de line! Egg station-la!”

Adrenaline rocketed me over to the line, where I cranked down flames under empty sauté pans, made a quick mental picture of the mise en place in the salad-top refrigerator, and looked for orders on the ticket rail. Only there were no orders; Chef had them all on the front of the counter, where he was expediting, yelling, “Order this” and “Pick up that” with his heavy French accent, and I couldn’t recognize a thing that might have eggs in it.

Robert, the Chalmette cook, flipping steaks next to me at the grill, translated for me: “Omelet ‘fines herbs,’ pick up. The herbs are there, yes. Ordering: smoked salmon on toast—salmon’s under da line; ordering: wild mushroom omelet; pickup: smoked salmon on toast.”

With jerky moves, I said, “Okay, got it, got it,” each time Robert told me how much egg, how many mushrooms, and when to put the food up. Of course, I knew how to make the omelets and that, obviously, was the most important thing.

It was drinks at the Chartroom over on Iberville and Chartres afterward with Robert and Steve and Sous Chef Gary because we were all wound up, especially me. Brunch had topped 350 guests, a very busy day. I basked in my fame. The boys were noticeably impressed, with Gary telling me there’d never been a girl line cook at Arnaud’s. But then, on our second round of drinks at our communal chef’s table facing the sidewalk, Robert said, “That was great how you pulled that off, but you know, Marisa, a guy will always be a better line cook than a girl.”

 “N-no way! Why? T-timing and skill is t-timing and skill; how can sex matter? W-what does a dick have to do with cooking? Sh-shorter pee breaks?” I was so outraged that my stutter returned in full force. I looked at Steve and he laughed at my joke. But admittedly, I was insulted. I had a long way to go in this town.

About the Author

MARISA MANGANI was born and raised in Hawaii and cooked her way to Portland, New Orleans Vancouver and Australia. She now resides in Florida where she runs her own commercial kitchen design company, Mise en Place Design. She is one of the eight featured chefs in Thrillist’s “Why 8 Top Chefs Quit the Kitchen.”

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Finding True North by Dianne Beck - Cover Reveal


Young Adult Fiction

Date Published: January 31st, 2023

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

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North Carolina Simon hates her name. As a fourteen-year-old girl growing up in the 1970s, she has a lot of challenges. People not only make fun of her name, but also scoff at her eccentric family. Dad’s a hoarder, Mom’s an unpredictable artist, and her older sister lives with an autism diagnosis. After a humiliating middle school event shatters her confidence as a singer, North determines to break free from the stigma surrounding her family.

As she starts high school, North tells people to call her Carol. Armed with a new name, she updates her appearance, befriends a popular boy in hopes of joining his band, distances herself from her two longtime friends, and avoids being seen with her adoring and dependent sister. Everything seems to be going according to plan until her sister suddenly disappears. Carol is forced to face reality. Should she continue to focus all her time and energy on fitting in or should she surrender to God’s calling on her life?

Finding True North is a prequel to Sticks and Stones, but each can be read as stand-alone novels.

About the Author

Dianne Beck has spent most of her career teaching students ranging from kindergarten through adult and currently works as a high school youth director at her church. In each of these roles, she hopes to encourage students to be their own unique selves, to have confidence in who they are, and to follow their passions.  Dianne’s debut young adult novel Sticks and Stones, winner of multiple awards, was inspired by her years of teaching, where she saw how an understanding ear and relevant literature could make a significant impact on students’ lives. She hopes young people and adults can find faith and strength in her stories.


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Trace by Ali Lucia Sky - Cover Reveal + Giveaway

Ali Lucia Sky
(Somnolence, #2)
Publication date: September 6th 2022
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

From the moment Vivi Vanderloven set eyes on Trace Linton, she knew she wanted him. Getting him is another thing altogether.

Touring with Somnolence really is sex, drugs and rock and roll. But the two lovers are baring more than their bodies when they are together. Secrets are coming out and the two are telling truths they’ve never shared with anyone else.

But when Vivi’s past starts leaving her threatening texts and emails, can she keep the one secret she doesn’t want to share from ruining her future?

Disclaimer & Trigger Warning:

This title is in the mature New Adult genre and meant for an audience of 18+ due to triggering situations such as PTSD, reference to sexual assault/rape, sexual situations including MF, MFM, light MM & light FF, profanity and substance abuse.

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Author Bio:

Ali Lucia Sky is the author of The Powers That Be series. She lives in Southern California with her husband and a house full of kitty cats and a yard full of crows.

She loves laughing, drinking good coffee, vegan food, and supporting animal rescues.

When she isn’t writing or dreaming of new stories, she can be found planning her next vacation because traveling is life.

If you encounter her in the wild, don’t be offended if she should run away. She’s timid with strangers, but can be plied with shiny things and pictures of your cat or dog.

She’s a weirdo like that.

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The Practical M.B.A. on Economics by Joseph Gulesserian - Book Tour + Giveaway

Join us for this tour from August 1 to August 19, 2022!

Book Details:

Book TitleThe Practical M.B.A. on Economics "What They Do & Don’t Teach You At Business School" by Joseph Gulesserian
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+),  526 pages
GenreNon-Fiction Business Economics History
PublisherBrands Fifth Avenue Inc
Release date:   June 2022
Content Rating:  G. Business Book on Economics

 #1 Best-Seller in Inflation & Economics History!

Book Description:

A Plethora of Wealth - Knowledge - Insights, that will help you take over the World and Beyond!

Government and the Central Banks have been managing the economic business cycle for over 100 years, creating the biggest Ponzi scheme of money printing ever invented in the history of civilization, as we now find ourselves living in a precarious house of cards. By hallowing out our manufacturing, have we diminished our inventiveness? What role did China really play in this, and what role did our own selfish desire affect the outcome, and what was the trade-off?

Is this the beginning of the end of US monetary global dominance, and how long can we print fiat money to support the vestiges of a declining Empire? Is the cost of living going up, or is it because currency is rapidly depreciating? What is the true source of effective inflation, and why is the wealth divide becoming greater?

The pages of this book bring to light the roots of our economic order of today, and help explain the world around us, how we arrived here, and what might lie ahead.

The Practical MBA on Economics is comprehensive, fast-paced, making for magnificent theatre, full of spills and chills, from stock market crashes to sovereign debt default, to the 1944 Bretton Woods reset, the IMF, the WTO, U.S. Dollar reserve, and mercantilism. We come to meet the economic thinkers that shape our world today from Adam Smith, Richard Cantillon, John Maynard Keynes, David Ricardo, Murray Rothbard, and Milton Friedman.

With intellectual clarity, insights, wit and humour, Gulesserian challenges the narrative, simplifies complex economic ideas, and draws from historical events, to explain how we came to the current financial world order, its perils, and the future of tomorrow!

With compelling antidotes that entertain, filled with relevance and a library of knowledge that leaves the reader feeling full, and liberated to unlock the future. So, butter your popcorn, do fasten your seat belts, and enjoy the ride.  


Meet the Author:

Joseph Gulesserian is an entrepreneur and a published author, who wrote “Newspaper Boys Always Deliver”, a story of pop culture and technology. He has built and brought to market health and beauty Brands with global reach that has sent him around much of the world.

With his technical training, he has spent time on the factory floor with technologies from machine building to software information systems, for competitive advantage.

He has an insatiable eclectic curiosity for flirting with the outer parameters of the human imagination, is a student of history, loves the arts, design, the digital age, math, while believing in the tenets of the marketplace of ideas and personal liberty.

After earning his MBA from Edinburgh Business School in the U.K., he taught Corporate Finance, Capital Markets, Statistics and marketing, as an adjunct professor at Toronto colleges. 

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Tour Schedule:

Aug 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 2 - Rockin' Book Reviews - book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 3 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 5 – Books for Books - book spotlight
Aug 8 –Jazzy Book Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 8 – TC Marti's Action-Packed Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 9 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Aug 10 – My Reading Getaway – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 11 –Book Corner News and Reviews - book review / giveaway
Aug 12 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 15 - Adventures of a Traveler's Wife - book review / giveaway
Aug 16 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 17 - Books are a Blessing - book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – Stephanie Jane - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 19 – Dashes of Love After 45 – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

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