Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Practical Prepper by Kylene and Jonathan Jones

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The Practical Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for EmergenciesThe Practical Prepper
A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies
by Kylene and Jonathan Jones
NonFiction
Paperback368 Pages
July 8th 2014 by Cedar Fort

Summary

Earthquakes, hurricanes, civil unrest, economic challenges - no one knows when disaster may strike. Will you be ready? The Practical Prepper is a common-sense guide to emergency preparedness and survival written for real people with real lives. This must-have reference book walks the reader through each step of emergency preparedness covering everything from cooking in a crisis, to home security and protection, to emergency water disinfection. You can be prepared for the challenges the future holds. The Practical Prepper will show you how.
    

Excerpt Tour Launch: Reign of Shadows by Melissa Wright

Waiting on Wednesday: A Lady of Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

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

Here's my WOW pick this week:

Review: 84 Ribbons by Paddy Eger

84 ribbons84 Ribbons
by Paddy Eger
YA Contemporary
Paperback345 Pages
September 2013 by Tendril Press

Summary

The Debut novel by award-winning author Paddy Eger.

A young dancer's realizes her life long dream, if only for a while.

Seventeen year old Marta Selbryth realizes her dream of becoming a professional dancer when the Intermountain Ballet Company in Billings, Montana invites her to join their 1957 season. As Marta's new life unfolds, she must learn to face not only the successes of dancing in the corps de ballet, but the challenges and setbacks that might crush the dream she's had for so long.

After a couple of mishaps, Marta settles into life in a boarding house located near the ballet company. Her landlady, Mrs. B., is friendly, reduces her rent when Marta's offers to bake for the boarder and later allows her to use the basement as a practice studio. The two male boarders are supportive; Carol, a fellow boarder, ignores her.

Marta spends her free time practicing when she's not spending time with her new friends Lynne and Bartley, her fellow corps dancers. Their time together becomes an important lifeline through their first year.

Madame Cosper, the artistic director, is a demanding woman. Marta begins their association poorly when she makes a disastrous choice. Expecting expulsion, Marta receives a second chance in the form of dancing the unpopular character roles during the fall and winter performances.Marta determines to dance every role with confidence in hopes of proving to Madame that she's up for every challenge.

Steve, a young college man and a reporter, spots Marta when he's assigned to write an article about ballet for the local paper. He's attracted to her and begins his pursuit.Over the months ahead, he becomes her tour guide of the area and attempts to convince Marta to be his girl. But her steadfast focus is ballet and some of her adventures with him lead to problems with Madame Cosper.

Shortly after Christmas, everything changes for Marta, Bartley and Steve. Significant events permanently influence their lives. Each must deal with exhilaration and heartbreak as well as frustration and changes that test their ability to cope.

You can read an excerpt of 84 Ribbons HERE.
    

Book Blast: Son of War, Daughter of Chaos by Janette Rallison

I am super stoked to be blasting about Son of War, Daughter of Chaos today! It's the newest from one of my favorite authors, Janette Rallison. I'll be reviewing it for its tour later in August and can't wait!!! If you haven't heard about it yet, check it out!

Son of War, Daughter of ChaosSon of War,
Daughter of Chaos
by Janette Rallison
YA Urban Fantasy
Paperback326 Pages
July 2nd 2014


Summary

Aislynn is accustomed to watching for the enemy. Her parents instructed her from the time she was young to look for the signs: people with greater than normal strength, eyes that can glow green, and have the ability to jump long distances. Over the years, Aislynn has come to view her parents’ fears as quirks—things that get in the way of having a normal high school life.

When Aislynn’s mother dies under suspicious conditions, her father doubles his restrictions. But all his precautions can’t stop the boy with glowing green eyes from finding Aislynn. She realizes too late she’s been drafted into an ancient Egyptian war, whether she’s prepared or not.

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Becoming Lady Lockwood by Jennifer Moore

Becoming Lady Lockwood Tour

Becoming Lady LockwoodBecoming Lady Lockwood
by Jennifer Moore
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback199 Pages
July 1st 2014 by Covenant

Summary

Amelia Beckett is delighted to be a widow. Married by proxy to a man she'd never met, Amelia recognizes that a fortuitous entry into widowhood frees her from meddlesome chaperones and matchmakers. Heiress to her mother's sugar plantation in Jamaica, she happily anticipates working in a man's world, with the additional credibility of her new title: Lady Lockwood. But with the arrival of Captain Sir William Drake, her plans quickly go awry...

William has traversed the Atlantic with one purpose. If he cannot prove that Amelia's marriage to his brother was a fraud, she will be entitled to a sizeable portion of his family's estate. He is determined to return this duplicitous "Lady" to London for an official hearing, and he carries with him a letter that will ensure her cooperation...

Left with no choice, Amelia joins the captain on his return voyage to England, and the two quickly find that ship life does not allow for evasion. Amelia and William are ceaselessly thrown together, and amidst fierce storms and ocean battles, what began as antipathy seems to be evolving quite unexpectedly. But as they draw ever closer to their destination, will the impossibility of their circumstances shatter any hope of a future together?

Praise for Becoming Lady Lockwood

“Moore does a lovely job of showcasing sizzle in this must-read for fans of regency and historical romance.”                                                                                                       ~ Foreword Reviews