Book Promo ~ Catboat Road

Rich Tapestry of Townspeople and
Offbeat Humor Buoy Catboat Road

 In the Massachusetts seaside town of Horton, cut off from the world, boats sway on their moorings, while beneath the surface bubbles a primal brew of salt and sea life — much like the family at the center of Catboat Road, the quirky, sometimes racy new novel from Kate Rounds.

The Ragsdales, unmoored from social convention, well-meaning and decidedly modern, have learned to surf a wave of family tumult and weave their way into the rich tapestry of townspeople — often to comic effect.

“Early readers flatteringly pronounced Catboat Road sexy, funny and smart,” Rounds said. “Of these, I love funny best. Our world is brutal, and if readers laugh out loud, as one blurbist did, that would make me happy.”

Catboat Road immerses readers in the journey of teenager Candace “Ace” Ragsdale. Infatuated with her mother’s best friend, Ace sees Mrs. Forest as an irresistible force of nature, luscious, tantalizing — and maybe not completely out of reach.

Rounding out Ace’s family is her “Irish twin” brother Sawyer, who gives the best pedicures in town, and her laidback but loving parents.

Into this eccentric New England household careens a rebel grandmother who shows up to help the Ragsdales save the town windmill, whose mysterious energy has been blamed for everything from night sweats to nymphomania. As this spectacle of public conflict and private anguish unfolds, readers will be fully on Ace’s side as she navigates the turbulent waters of love, sex and small-town values.

Readers will race toward the finish line as this sly, seductive narrative moves at breakneck speed. 

“Spoiler alert: Catboat Road doesn’t end as you might expect,” Rounds said. “For every raised eyebrow, there will be raised hopes for a fresh vision of what it means to be family.”

Review

“It’s not often that a voice opens a world. Catboat Road, both “tightly knit and out of the box” as the author writes, describes a story we haven’t heard before. Here is an author who tells the truth of relationships in a way so few do.” —Stacey Donovan, bestselling book editor and author of Dive, the Red Shoe Diaries series, and many other ghostwritten books

Catboat Road

Publisher: Bywater Books 
ISBN-10: ‎ 1612942458
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1612942452

Available from Amazon.com
and some independent booksellers

About the Author 

A veteran journalist, Kate Rounds has been a freelance writer, staff reporter, staff writer and editor in chief of a trade publication. She hit her stride at Ms. Magazine, where she was senior editor, news editor and Gloria Steinem’s editor — an experience that put her in the orbit of great feminist writers, artists and thinkers.

A stint as executive editor at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America followed, connecting Rounds with stellar activists and brave advocates for women’s health and safety.

For 15 years, as editor in chief of the Hudson Reporter organization, she mentored young reporters cutting their teeth on local news. 

Rounds has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She lives in Jersey City — without a cat.

For more information, please visit https://www.katerounds.com/, or follow the author on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kate.rounds.3), Twitter (@RoundsKate) or Instagram (@katerounds96).

Book Promo ~ The Lyon’s Puzzle

(Lyon’s Den Connected World)
Releasing January 25th

A dark and tortured soul… Montague Bassage—12th Earl of Pennington—wants nothing to do with romance or anything else, frankly. After the fickle threads of fate took his two fiancées, he retreated within himself. Over the years, he’s made himself into the worst man in London—a true beast. A rake to be sure. In his cups more often than not. Skilled at wagering, absolutely. Most of his time is spent at the Lyon’s Den gaming hell, where his only joy is winning at the tables.

Besieged by rumor and innuendo…Mrs. Adriana Roberts nee Stapleton, eldest daughter of Baron Kentwood, is a widow accused of killing her reprobate husband. In the scandal that followed his death, she returned home, only to dance attendance on her much younger and more beautiful sister, for the chit still has a chance of a good match. But when that sister’s hand is lost at a card table to the Worst Man in London, she has to do something.

The past has a habit of retaining a grip… When the owner of the Lyon’s Den arranges a devious marriage between them, they have no choice but to comply. As Montague acts like an enraged beast, Adriana vows to keep the union as a marriage of convenience despite the intense attraction present. But when understanding chips away at their defenses, romance might have a chance if they choose to trust after years of disappointment and hurt instead of locking themselves away into darkness.

Or else Mrs. Dove-Lyon will make certain they get exactly what they want…

You can preorder this book from the following:

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Sandra Sookoo is a USA Today bestselling author who firmly believes every person deserves acceptance and a happy ending. She’s written for publication since 2008. Most days you can find her creating scandal and mischief in the Regency-era, serendipity and happenstance in Victorian era romances, or historical romantic suspense complete with mystery and intrigue. Reading is a lot like eating fine chocolates—you can’t just have one. Good thing books don’t have calories!

Books In This Series (25 Books)

The Lyon’s Den

Color the days away with three new coloring books!

It’s time to break out your colored pencils, crayons, or markers and relax with coloring! Here are three new titles to brighten your day, all available in stores this February.

Kawaii Tarot Coloring BookWith 78 supercute kawaii illustrations to color and enjoy, Kawaii Tarot Coloring Book offers an adorable escape into the mystical world of tarot. Join best-selling artist Lulu Mayo as you color your way through the 78 cards of the tarot deck. Inspired by charming kawaii characters, Lulu Mayo drew each card in the Major and Minor Arcana in the most adorable way possible.

Kawaii Tarot Coloring Book allows coloring enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy and discover the art of tarot in an adorable new way, with the most aww-inspiring kawaii cuties!

KAWAII TAROT COLORING BOOK

$14.99 · 96 pages · Paperback · ISBN:9780760378342 · On-Sale Date: February 7, 2023

Walter Foster Publishing, an imprint of The Quarto Group

Color your way through 1980s and 1990s pop culture with Best of the ’80s and ‘90s Coloring Books!

Mix coloring with nostalgia, and you have an upbeat activity book that is also therapeutic, for a fun and relaxing escape from life’s stresses. With almost 50 nostalgic illustrations, these high-quality coloring books let you color some of the most memorable moments from the 1980 and ‘90s. With your choice of coloring tools, revisit everything in these decades, Mr. T and Freddy Krueger, to Tamagotchis and Beanie Babies.

BEST OF THE ‘80S COLORING BOOK

$12.99 · 96 pages · Paperback · ISBN:9780760381236 · On-Sale Date: February 7, 2023

Walter Foster Publishing, an imprint of The Quarto Group

BEST OF THE ‘90S COLORING BOOK

$12.99 · 96 pages · Paperback · ISBN:9780760381243 · On-Sale Date: February 7, 2023

Walter Foster Publishing, an imprint of The Quarto Group

All these coloring books publish February 7, 2023. 

Book Promo ~ The Hoop Troop

Mother and Daughter Team
Write Children’s Book Together

When the third-grade talent show is announced, Savannah Sage and her best friend Hudson are at a loss for what act to perform. With the help of their 16-year-old babysitter, Jazmin, they learn the art of dancing with a hoop along with the lesson that practice makes progress. Join Savannah and Hudson for this first adventure in this engaging series and become part of The Hoop Troop!

Dana Forman, a second-grade teacher in Larchmont NY, and her 16-year-old daughter, Sasha, co-authored the children’s book “The Hoop Troop,” which centers on two third-graders learning how to dance with a hoop and overcoming their self-doubt to do so, according to Forman. 

One of the book’s themes is that practice makes progress and that you should not give up, Forman said. The book is the first one of a planned series, according to Forman.

Both of them also note that the hooping depicted in the book is different than normal hula hooping and involves a thicker hoop with specific grip tape, and more involved dancing moves set to music. “It’s more like an aerobic art form,” Forman said.

The Hoop Troop” also features illustrations of the dance moves created by Samantha Caponera, who Dana and Sasha worked closely with, as well as actual hoops that are produced by Hoopologie that children can buy to learn the art themselves, they said. 

About the Authors

Sasha Forman is a 16-year old high school student. In the summer of 2020, Sasha created a program where she taught hoop classes to local children. The grit and determination shown by her young hoopers, in addition to the fun and laughs shared, inspired Sasha to create The Hoop Troop series. She feels grateful to be able to share this experience with her mom, Dana. When Sasha is not writing or hooping, she enjoys reading, acting, and spending time with her family and friends.

As a first grade teacher and lover of children’s literature, it was a dream come true for Dana Forman when her daughter Sasha asked her to co-author The Hoop Troop series. Dana hopes children all over the world will connect with the characters and that it will encourage them all to believe in themselves. Dana loves to spend time with her daughter Sasha, her husband Brett, her son Josh, and take long walks in nature with her dog Daisy.

The Hoop Troop

ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BB8RPZHF
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Luminare Press
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 58 pages

Available on AMAZON.COM

Book Promo – Hillary and Bigfoot

The Adventures of Hillary the Little Ladybug

In the dark of the night, Hillary is drawn from her bedroom
into the backyard of her house. It is there, she sees Bigfoot.

After a letter from the King offers Hillary’s mom, Alice, a teaching job at the castle, in Ladybug City, everything changes. Hillary’s family moves from their humble surroundings to a big new home, with a pool, in Ladybug City. The very first night, Bigfoot surprises her. Because of a scarcity of food, the Bigfoot tribe, starts taking food from garbage cans and breaking into homes, stealing food. With the loss of Baby Bigfoot and the disappearance of Hillary’s new friend, Tiny Tim, things get a little scary. Hillary, finding her way out of this without worse news, is going to be difficult. 

Co-authored by William Dandurand, Elisabeth Revel and Mary CohenThe Adventures of Hillary the Little Ladybug series explores climate change and other topics through stories aimed at young readers.

The series features original illustrations, photography and playfully educational storylines to tell adventurous children’s tales from the perspective of a precocious ladybug.

All proceeds from sales of the “Ladybug” books benefit Mother Nature Festival Live Inc., which endeavors to stop harmful climate change.

In previous episodes of the Hillary the Ladybug saga, our heroine has solved the mystery of the secret cave, found herself in a post-nuclear world, joined the crew on a submarine, faced giant sharks, encountered a haunted castle, met the King of England, learned a valuable life lesson from a praying mantis, dealt with a family vacation gone wrong, and in this new book, learns about food scarcity from the infamous Bigfoot tribe.

The original illustration of Hillary the Little Ladybug was created by American-born Gary Revel Jr., a 2006 Finnish Star Winner who lived in Finland for 16 years. Revel Jr. has received acclaim for his singing, dancing and acting in Finland and Hollywood, California.  

“The Adventures of Hillary the Little Ladybug is in development at Jongleur Pictures LLC for the making of an animated series to be produced by Jeff Olm,” says Gary Revel. “Jeff has been on the film-making team of many top-grossing films over the last 20 years. These include TitanicThe RevenantShrek Forever AfterKung Fu PandaMadagascar 3: Europe’s Most WantedAvengers: Age of Ultron, and many more.”
 

Jongleur Books publishes other William Dandurand-authored books, including ABC Owl: Who Are You, Lochy the Loch Ness Monster, Harry the Fairy, Global Warming A to Z, Halloween A to Z, California Girls A – Z, Treasure Stories Told by My Grandfather and Hillary and the Haunted Castle. The publishing company’s backlist includes over 70 books, novels and chapter books from over 20 authors and illustrators.   

For more information about how the Hillary the Little Ladybug series is helping to stop global warming, visit https://mothernaturefestival.live.

Also visit https://garyrevel.com/book/, or follow the publisher on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jongleurbooks.

Hillary and Bigfoot 
is available from
Amazon.com
Barnesandnoble.com

Book Promo: Home Sweet Christmas

With twinkling humor and heartfelt Christmas spirit,
two friends find love in a town called Wishing Tree…

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery

Until Camryn Neff can return to her “real” life in Chicago, she’s in Wishing Tree to care for her twin sisters. She’s not looking for forever love, not here. But handsome hotelier Jake Crane is a temptation she can’t resist, so she suggests they pair up for the season. No golden rings, no broken hearts. At his side, she sees her hometown through Christmas-colored eyes. The cheer is cheerier, the joy more joyful. She thought she had put her future on hold…but maybe her real life was here all along, waiting for her to come home.

New in town, River Best is charmed by Wishing Tree’s homespun traditions and warmhearted people. When she’s crowned Snow Queen, she’s honored but wary. Dylan Tucker, her king, seems like the stuff of sugarplum dreams, but she can’t shake the feeling that he’s hiding something big. As they perform their “royal” duties—tasting cookies, lighting trees—Dylan’s good humor and melty kisses draw her to the brink of love. But she can’t let herself fall until she uncovers his secret, even if her lack of faith means losing him forever.

#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives―family, friendship, romance. She’s known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages. Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur.

“Mallery is an expert at writing about strong women, their friendships, and their romances.” —Booklist

“Mallery’s second book set in Wishing Tree (after The Christmas Wedding Guest, 2021)is just as charming, with two gentle romance story lines and a reminder that family ties can bind a little too tightly, but it’s still family. The perfect holiday confection for fans of Jill Shalvis and Sarah Morgan.”
—Booklist on Home Sweet Christmas

Home Sweet Christmas: A Novel (Wishing Tree)

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Book Promo ~ The Lord, The Lady, and the Chess Board

A Historical Regency Romance Novel

~ by Alice Acker

She chose to be the chess player instead of the chess piece.

Lord Tristian lives a quiet life, usually distant from other people, and prefers enjoying his books. His heart beats fast for Lady Evelyn, but her rejection is his greatest fear. His opportunity might come when Lord Campbell invites him to a ball.

Lady Evelyn and her family are also invited to the ball, where she reunites with Lord Edmond, the man who had asked for her hand in a wedding before he went on a long expedition, financed partly by her late father, the Duke of Norfolk. But Lord Edmond denies the truth about his promise to marry her, embarrassing her in front of the Ton.

Looking for justice, she decides to challenge him in a chess match at the next event Lord Campbell will be holding, knowing that the Campbells have a great love for that sport.

Although Lady Evelyn is a natural talent at chess, she hasn’t played in a while. She needs a mentor. And that will be no other than Lord Tristan. However, as the time for the match keeps coming closer, she discovers that maybe Tristan is becoming more than just a mentor to her. And Lord Tristan realizes that he has to make a move outside the chessboard for once!

About the Author: Alice Acker

Alice was born in the northern city of Manchester, England, but her family moved to United States when she was just 3 years old! She decided to move to Detroit, Michigan, for her studies at the University of Michigan as a student on English Language and Literature.
Now she lives in Michigan having her degree and doing what she loves most… Writing Novels!
Her love lies in the era of Regency and her passion is to share her knowledge of this period with many readers in her newsletter.
When she wants to relax… a walk in the park is good for clearing up your mind!

see more at AliceAcker.com

Alice has written a compelling story set mostly in Bristol.
Evelyn and Tristan, friends from childhood, began to foster greater attachment during her chess tutoring.

Follow the sordid story of how a Lord easily destroyed her reputation (and others) but she fought her way to achieving revenge, by asking Tristan to tutor her in chess to meet her challenge with the cruel Lord.

The Lord, The Lady, and the Chess Board
available in Paperback & Kindle from Amazon

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BGKQH1NH
  • Published ‏ : ‎ September 26, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 220 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8352177747

Book Promo ~ The Haunting of Laurel Cove

Available for Pre-Order

available 12/6

When Jane Stuart returns to the Smoky Mountains and the house she inherited from her grandmother with the hope to heal from a brutal mugging, she finds herself obsessed with a local legend involving a witch and a mysterious cabin.

Upon reconnecting with an old boyfriend now turned handsome environmentalist, she finds herself rekindling her attraction to Brendan McGarren and is drawn into his battle to keep Laurel Cove from becoming a rich man’s playground. As she begins to uncover family secrets pertaining to the witch and the cabin, Jane questions her own sanity. Then the threats begin. Can she trust Brendan?

Will the search for the truth cost Jane her life?

About the Author ~ Lucy Naylor Kubash

I remember making up stories in my head when I was just a kid. In junior high, a few of my friends and I wrote what is now called fan fiction. We wrote stories about our favorite characters on TV. I started writing a historical romance about that time, which remains unfinished, and always enjoyed the writing assignments in school (when everyone else hated them, lol!). I started writing contemporary romance when my children were small and sold my first short story to Woman’s World magazine thirty-six years ago. Those stories are now included in five anthologies available at Amazon. Why did I start writing? I love reading and writing just seemed to be an extension of that, plus I always felt writing lets me live other lives, even if just vicariously.

I’ve always loved stories with a romance or love interest. I like happy endings. As a teen, because I couldn’t find much romance in my local library, I read biographies of presidents and their wives. Then I started reading Phyllis Whitney’s romantic suspense and Victoria Holt’s gothic romance. For contemporary, I enjoy Kathleen Eagle, Karen White (love her ghost stories), and Luanne Rice. My friend Rosanne Bittner writes fabulous western historical romance, so I try to keep up with them. While I do like an HEA, I also like mystery and crime and am reading Margaret Coel’s Wind River mysteries, Sharyn McCrumb’s Appalachian books, and the Craig Johnson Longmire books.

The Haunting of Laurel Cove

to be released December 6, 2022
Preorder now from

Amazon

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Book Promo ~ SAFE From the Pain

Out of the Darkness Into a Life
That’s Free, Happy, and Good 

SAFE Method Promotes Peace, Empowerment After Trauma

Surviving sexual assault, attempted suicide and an arranged marriage is one thing. Processing all of that pain and living a full life proved to be something entirely different for speaker and author Poonam Bhuchar.

“In the shadows of emotional pain, survival can take priority over healing,” Bhuchar said. “Lasting reverberations of traumatic experiences can cripple decision-making skills, creep into relationships and leave scars on the people you love.”

Eventually, Bhuchar’s emotional trauma also took a physical toll. She suffered two strokes and temporary paralysis before beginning her long journey toward authentic healing.

Today, she shares her powerful story through speaking engagements and her book, SAFE From the Pain: Out of the Darkness Into a Life That’s Free, Happy, and Good.

Part memoir, part self-help revelation, SAFE From the Pain pairs Bhuchar’s inspiring story with the SAFE Method, which aims to help readers process emotional pain in healthy, productive ways so they can lead more fulfilling personal and professional lives.

In SAFE From the Pain, readers will learn:

– The four-step SAFE Method for working through emotions and regaining control.

– The impact that stress from emotional pain has on every aspect of life — including the workplace.

– How to overcome a victim mindset and accept responsibility — because ownership leads to action.

– Three types of forgiveness for freedom from society’s expectations, cultural beliefs and self-judgment.

– Why embracing one’s journey is essential to happiness, a bigger life purpose and alignment with one’s true self.

“Peace and empowerment after trauma are possible when you embrace your pain as part of your story,” Bhuchar said. “You can’t move forward if you live in the past.”

About the Author

Poonam Bhuchar runs a boutique law firm, is a life coach, author and a speaker on overcoming trauma and emotional pain. Born and raised in London, she immigrated to the United States at 21 and experienced a multitude of painful challenges such as sexual assault, abuse, and the aftermath and cultural humiliation of divorce. Throughout her journey, she developed the SAFE Method to help others acknowledge, discuss, and grow from their emotional pain without stigma or judgement. Her book, SAFE From the Pain: Out of the Darkness Into a Life That’s Free, Happy, and Good, has won multiple awards in the self-help category, including a five-star review from Literary Titan.

For more information, please visit www.emotionallysafe.com, or connect with the author on Facebook (emotionally safe) and Instagram (emotionally_safe).

SAFE From the Pain: Out of the Darkness
Into a Life That’s Free, Happy, and Good 

Publisher: RI Publishing
ISBN-10: ‎1737923807
ISBN-13: ‎978-1737923800
Available from
Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
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