Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Crave, Eat, Heal by Annie Oliverio

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Welcome to my tour stop for Crave, Eat, Heal by Annie Oliverio! This was definitely an adventure,
but a fun and enjoyable one. Check out my review, a recipe, and enter the giveaway below...

Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant-based, Whole-food Recipes to Satisfy Every AppetiteCrave, Eat, Heal
Plant-based, Whole-food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetite
by Annie Oliverio
Cookbook, Vegan
Hardcover, 240 Pages
April 14th 2015 by Front Table Books

Summary

Whether you need something salty, sweet, spicy, comforting, crunchy, or chocolate – indulge all your cravings and give your body the nutrition it needs. With these tantalizing whole food, vegan recipes, like Creamy Thai Carrot Coconut Soup, “Parmesan” Pita Chips, and Chocolate-coated Key Lime Coconut Cream Pie, Crave Eat Heal gives you healthy options while nourishing your body and satisfying your most demanding cravings.

All recipes are free of animal products, refined sugar, are low in oil (many contain no oil), and are gluten-free or have gluten-free options.

    LDS Books & Things
(Hardcovers available for Pre-order - to be out on May 4th.)

Endorsements

“You know how sometimes you'd like to just grab a book off the shelf to find the exact right food to satisfy a craving? And you want it to be vegan? Now you can!

Crave Eat Heal: Plant-based, Whole Food Recipes To Satisfy Every Appetite, cleverly laid out by craving type, is packed with recipes that will please long-time vegans and just may push the veg-curious over into the world of plant-based eating. Filled with whole foods recipes that are good for you - but more importantly plain good - there is something for everyone. “
— JL Fields, vegan cook, coach, and consultant and author of Vegan Pressure Cooking: Beans, Grains, and One-Pot Meals in Minutes and co-author of Vegan for Her: The Woman's Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet.

“Annie Olivero proves that a healthy, plant-based diet can satisfy your every craving, healthfully, deliciously, and completely without guilt. If you think that eating healthy means giving up treats that are sweet, salty, creamy, or otherwise comforting, you've really got a treat in store for you in Crave Eat Heal.”
— Nava Atlas, author of Plant Power and Wild About Greens

“Annie gives you delectable healthy choices to satiate all your cravings. Imagine good-for-you treats like: French Toast Panini, Malted Chocolate-Hazelnut Shake, Butternut Squash Queso, Vegan Red Hots, and Iced Maple Latte Shakes. You will hardly believe that healthy can taste this good!”

— Kathy Hester, bestselling author of The Vegan Slow Cooker and OATrageous Oatmeals

Crave Eat Heal is an innovative cookbook designed to help you satisfy your food cravings while enjoying delicious plant-based recipes. Organized according to craving, from creamy, comfort, and chocolate, to salty, sweet, and spicy, these recipes and accompanying photographs are a feast for all the senses.”

— Robin Robertson, bestselling author of Vegan Without BordersVegan PlanetOne-Dish Vegan, and many more

“No matter what food you are craving, Annie Oliverio has you covered! From salty and sweet to spicy and crunchy and everything in between, Crave Eat Heal is full of delicious recipes that are designed to satisfy your cravings in a much healthier way.”

— Julie Hasson, author of Vegan CasserolesVegan PizzaVegan Diner and more

“In Annie Oliverio's new book, CRAVE, EAT HEAL, her extraordinarily beautiful cover photo says it all. This is an impeccably written volume that's more than a fabulous cookbook, it is a delicious, healthy lifestyle all wrapped up in delectable photography and tasty tips, along with Annie's excellent recipes to satiate everyones culinary cravings. Featuring scrumptious recipes written for anyone who is looking to embrace a plant-based diet, every craving is satisfied, from crunchy to green, salty to sweet, and chocolate to comfort. CRAVE, EAT HEAL is the cookbook "must-have" for 2015!”

— Laura Theodore, Award-winning television personality and vegan chef, radio host, and author of Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites and Jazzy Vegetarian: Lively Vegan Cuisine Made Easy and Delicious.

Blog Tour Review: The Impossible Race by Chad Morris


Welcome to my tour stop for The Impossible Race by Chad Morris! You can read my review below and here's a little intro into this book in case you're not familiar with the series...

From Chad Morris, author of The Inventer’s Secret and The Avatar Battle, the first two books of his highly acclaimed Cragbridge Hall series, comes THE IMPOSSIBLE RACE, the final installment in the epic fantasy saga eagerly anticipated by fans everywhere. Morris yet again weaves an exhilarating adventure story around his beloved characters, bringing them together one last time to face the ultimate enemy: fate. As they fight to keep a powerful secret out of the wrong hands, our heroes must simultaneously grapple with one question: Can one still win even when he or she is destined to lose?

The Impossible Race (Cragbridge Hall, #3)The Impossible Race
(Cragbridge Hall #3)
by Chad Morris
Middle Grade Science Fiction
Hardcover, 417 Pages
March 3rd 2015 by Shadow Mountain

Summary

Every year the futuristic school, Cragbridge Hall, holds its most popular tournament--the Hunt: a series of challenges that range throughout the school and require the use of its amazing inventions like its holographic time machine! But this year is different. Rather than a monetary or academic reward, this year's winner will be the recipient of a carefully guarded school secret: a secret that could prove both powerful and dangerous.

Afraid that the secret may be one of their Grandfather's inventions, Abby and Derick gather several friends and enroll. But when Derick gets a mysterious message from the future, the team of friends must figure out how to succeed even when they know they are destined to fail. The stakes have never been higher. A page-turning, time-travel adventure that teaches powerful lessons about choice and consequence, believing you can do hard things, and valuing our history.

   

Praise for the Book

"A fantastical futuristic read that should engage kids and families."
—Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven series

"A perfect blend of mystery, humor, and time-travel."
—Tyler Whitesides, bestselling author of the Janitors series

"Fast-paced and suspenseful. . . . A cracking good read that could make a thrilling movie."
ForeWord Reviews

Blog Tour Launch: The Truth About Hope by Kate James

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

We're launching the BOOK TOUR for
The Truth About Hope
By Kate James

Can Hope help her hometown that holds long grudges and possibly find love with her old high school sweetheart along the way? Come along on the tour to get to know a little more about

Tour Schedule:
April 24th - Launch
April 26th - Word Wranglers & Write & Rewrite
April 27th - Underneath the Covers
April 28th - Letters from Annie (Douglass) Lima
April 29th - Zerina Blossom's Books
April 30th - I Am A Reader
May 1st - Katie's Clean Book Collection & Copyright1985
May 3rd - My Love for Reading Keeps Growing
May 4th - i blog 4 books & Rockin' Book Reviews
May 5th - The Written Adventure & Write from the Heart
May 6th - Deal Sharing Aunt & Bookworm Lisa
May 7th - Getting Your Read On
May 8th - Grand Finale

More About The Truth About Hope and Author Kate James

What is your motivation behind this book? Why did you want to write it?

My motivation behind all my books is to entertain readers with stories that they hopefully find engaging, unpredictable, and morally and emotionally satisfying.

The idea for this book arose partially from my respect for Hope’s real-life counterparts—people who care for, rehabilitate and locate forever homes for the animals that find their way into shelters.

What do you hope readers take with them when they read your book? 

I would like readers to feel good about the story’s conclusion, and believe that no matter what hardships we may face, we can overcome them with faith, perseverance and—of course—love!

Do you have a favorite scene? 

One of my favorite scenes is when Hope and Luke meet unexpectedly outside a pet food store after her return to her hometown of Canyon Creek.

Share something about you that is unique. 

I wanted to write from a relatively young age, but a family tragedy, school and career intervened. A few years ago, my ever-intuitive husband realized that writing was—or could be—something important to me, and he gifted me a personal laptop for my birthday. While outwardly appreciative, in my mind I was wondering why I needed another laptop, when I had a perfectly good one from work that was constantly with me. Clearly my husband knew better than me, because having a separate computer that I didn’t associate with my essentially 24/7 day job was pivotal. That gift ultimately resulted in my first publishing contract and, two years later, my decision to step down from a full-time CEO role (that I enjoyed and found rewarding) to pursue writing as a career. I owe a debt of gratitude to all my readers for enabling me to fulfill my dream of writing!

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway: Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone

On tour with Sourcebooks.

This is the second book from this author in the YA genre. Both have fun voices and engaging stories. Check out the excerpt and giveaway below...

Some Kind of Normal
by Juliana Stone
YA Contemporary Romance
Hardcover, 304 Pages
May 5th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire

Summary

What is normal? For Trevor, normal was playing fast guitar licks, catching game-winning passes, and partying all night. Until a car accident leaves him with no band, no teammates, and no chance of graduating. It’s kind of hard to ace your finals when you’ve been in a coma. The last thing he needs is stuck-up Everly Jenkins as his new tutor, those beautiful blue eyes catching every flaw.

For Everly, normal was a perfect family around the dinner table, playing piano at Sunday service, and sunning by the pool. Until she discovers her whole life is a lie. Now the perfect pastor’s daughter is hiding a life-changing secret, one that is slowly tearing her family apart. And spending the summer with notorious flirt Trevor Lewis means her darkest secret could be exposed.

This achingly beautiful story about two damaged teens struggling through pain and loss to redefine who they are, to their family, to themselves, and to each other is sure to melt your heart.

     

Praise for Juliana Stone

“Just what readers need.” –School Library Journal

“A contemporary romance with a conscience…Stone writes it with confidence and style.” –Kirkus

“The classic miscommunication, the emotional pushing and pulling, the ‘will she?’ and ‘won’t he?’ of the destined-to-be-in-love. Readers of Miranda Kenneally, Jenny Han, and Susane Colasanti will enjoy Stone.” –VOYA

“A story of family, first love, and forgiveness. I couldn’t stop reading. I loved it!” –Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan

Review: Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone

Some Kind of Normal
by Juliana Stone
YA Contemporary Romance
Hardcover, 304 Pages
May 5th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire

Summary

What is normal? For Trevor, normal was playing fast guitar licks, catching game-winning passes, and partying all night. Until a car accident leaves him with no band, no teammates, and no chance of graduating. It’s kind of hard to ace your finals when you’ve been in a coma. The last thing he needs is stuck-up Everly Jenkins as his new tutor, those beautiful blue eyes catching every flaw.

For Everly, normal was a perfect family around the dinner table, playing piano at Sunday service, and sunning by the pool. Until she discovers her whole life is a lie. Now the perfect pastor’s daughter is hiding a life-changing secret, one that is slowly tearing her family apart. And spending the summer with notorious flirt Trevor Lewis means her darkest secret could be exposed.

This achingly beautiful story about two damaged teens struggling through pain and loss to redefine who they are, to their family, to themselves, and to each other is sure to melt your heart.
     

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway: A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Welcome to my tour stop for Becky Wade's A LOVE LIKE OURS! Becky is one of my favorite authors and I really believe in what she is doing with this book: she's delving into a tough subject with PTSD and donating to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund for books purchased anywhere by May 17th (more details on the Launch)

As my part to this, I am giving away an additional copy of A Love Like Ours besides the tour giveaway, so make sure you enter both giveaways below. If you can't wait, go ahead and order your copy!

(Pin this image linking to the Tour Launch for an extra giveaway entry.)

A Love Like Ours (Porter Family #3)A Love Like Ours
(Porter Family #3)
by Becky Wade
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback368 Pages
May 5th 2015 by Bethany House Publishers

Summary

Deeply scarred from a day he wishes he could forget during his military service, Thoroughbred trainer Jake Porter has given up on love. He struggles against symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake's childhood best friend, returns to their hometown of Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake trusts her with his prized racehorse, Silver Leaf, then battles his hopes for his horse against his increasing fear for Lyndie's safety.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake's will, Lyndie's sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he's built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he'd thought he'd lost returns. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?
   

Waiting on Wednesday: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell and Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am unbelievably excited for these two YA releases in July and August! The covers are fabulous and both sound like unique spins on old folk/fairy tales. Here are my WOW picks for this week:

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Perfect Fool by Bethany Zohner Herbert

Perfect Fool blog tour

Who knew that court jesters were so influential? This story has plenty of humor,
friendship, and romance. Check out my review and enter the giveaway below...

The Perfect FoolThe Perfect Fool
by Bethany Zohner Herbert
YA, Adult Historical Romance
Paperback, 288 Pages
April 14th 2015 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

Summary

Plucked from the streets to become a court jester, Farrago’s life couldn’t be better, especially now that he’s flirting with scullery maid Thea. But when Thea turns out to be a queen in disguise, Farrago may become as much a fool in love as in his occupation. This medieval tale is filled with romance, humor, and twists that will keep you guessing to the last page.

  LDS Books & Things

#Trailer #Reveal: Hold Me Like a Breath by @TiffanySchmidt from @bloomsburykids


Hold Me Like a Breath is one book I'm definitely planning on reading! Check out the trailer (of course), the excerpt (which made me want to read this right now!!!), and enter the giveaway below...

Hold Me Like a Breath
YA Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller
Hardcover, 400 Pages
May 19th 2015 by Bloomsbury

Summary

Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.

Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.

And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.

All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.

    

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