Book Review & Giveaway: The Benefits of Breathing by Christopher Meeks

Publisher: White Whisker Books (May, 2020)
Category: Short Stories, Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Relationships
ISBN: Coming Soon
Available in: Print & ebook, 238 Pages

The Benefits of Breathing

In The Benefits of Breathing, his third collection of short stories, Christopher Meeks dives again into the human condition, particularly within relationships.  As one reader wrote on Amazon, “Some authors need a lot of words to describe their worlds and their people. Christopher Meeks says a lot with a little.” The Los Angeles Times has called his stories “poignant and wise.”

In this volume, “A Dog Story” captures a crumbled marriage and the love of a dog named Scrappy. “Joni Paredes” shows the birth of a new relationship that starts at a daughter’s wedding. “Nestor by the Numbers” follows one man’s often hilarious online dating experiences after he finally accepts his wife is gone. “Jerry with a Twist” shows an actor on an audition while his pregnant girlfriend helps him through a crisis. These and seven other stories will bring you into the special world of Meeks.

As reviewer Grady Harp notes, if you’ve previously “discovered the idiosyncrasies of Meeks’ writing style and content, rest assured that this new collection not only will not disappoint, but also it will provide further proof that we have a superior writer of the genre in our presence.” Try this book. You’ll have a lot to think about.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read A Death in Las Vegas and gave it 5 stars, so I was looking forward to reading something else by Christopher Meeks.

The Benefits of Breathing is a collection of short stories about relationships, lost love, divorce, and finding new love. Some of the stories are longer than others, some of them I didn’t care much for (but I’m a romantic at heart), and some I enjoyed and connected to. I like Christopher Meeks’ writing style so, even if I didn’t like how a story ended, it still flowed with the rest of the stories.

We, as human beings, are pretty messed up. That shows clearly in these stories. I want happy endings, but we don’t always get those. I don’t want to go into specifics and ruin anything, but some of the stories have sad endings but some are happy. One even tickled me in a macabre sort of way.

If you’re a fan of short stories, I’m sure you’ll enjoy The Benefits of Breathing. The people and situations in it are so realistic, that even those who aren’t big fans of short stories may find these interesting and thought-provoking.

Praise for Benefits of Breathing

“Chris Meeks is a descriptive writer whose style paints a clear picture of everyday real life traumas. This story is about ordinary people and common problems; including how effective communication is so difficult to cultivate, especially when working through an emotional situation like a divorce. The reader can easily sense the strain of the failing relationship.”-T.M.S., Amazon

“Thoroughly enjoyed this short but bittersweet divorce story. It’s impossible to read anything Chris writes and fail to see pieces of yourself in the lines. Hope you keep them coming, Chris!”- Ksinteriors, Amazon

“I’ve read much of Meeks’ work. His attention to detail and ability to show rather than tell is unique and engaging.”-Kevin Gerard, Amazon

“While James Joyce was a trailblazer in the genre of literary fiction, Meeks surpasses him with crisp plainspoken prose abundant with brilliant humor and wit. Chris Meeks is one of those rare prolific and masterful writers whose stories and novels leave his audiences with a sense of satisfaction and enriching views of the human condition and humanity.”- James V Jordan, Amazon

Awards and Recognition

Book of the Year Bronze Award from ForeWord Reviews (2017): ‘The Chords of War’

ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Finalist award (2011)- ‘Love At Absolute Zero’

Three book critics’ Ten Best Books of 2011-‘Love At Absolute Zero’

Three book critics’ Ten Best Books of 2009- ‘The Brightest Moon of the Century’

About the Author

Award winning author, Christopher Meeks has five novels and two collections of short fiction published. The Benefits of Breathing’ is his third collection of short stories.

He has had stories published in several literary journals, and they have been included in the collections “Months and Seasons” and “The Middle-Aged Man and the Sea.” Mr. Meeks has had three full-length plays mounted in Los Angeles, and one, “Who Lives?” had been nominated for five Ovation Awards, Los Angeles’ top theatre prize.

Mr. Meeks teaches English and fiction writing at Santa Monica College, and Children’s Literature at the Art Center College of Design. He lives in Pasadena, CA.

Website at: www.chrismeeks.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christopher-Meeks-212382392140974/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christopher.meeks1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MeeksChris

Giveaway

This giveaway is for the winner’s choice of print or ebook however, print is open to Canada and the U.S. only and ebook is available worldwide. There will be 3 winners. This giveaway ends June 27, 2020,midnight pacific time. Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Miranda and the D-Day Caper by Shelly Frome


On a sparkling spring morning in the Blue Ridge, small-town realtor Miranda Davis approached the tailgate market, intent on dealing with her whimsical cousin Skip’s unexpected arrival from New York. It turns out that Skip was on the run and, in his panic, grabbed his beloved tabby Duffy, recalling that Miranda had a recent part in solving a case down in Carolina. His predicament stemmed from intercepting code messages like “Countdown to D-Day,” playfully broadcasting the messages on his radio show over the nation-wide network, and subsequently forced to flee.

At first, Miranda tried to limit her old childhood companion’s conundrum to the sudden abduction of Duffy the cat. But the forces that be were hell-bent on keeping Skip under wraps by any means after he now stumbled close to the site of their master plan. Miranda’s subsequent efforts to decipher the conspiracy and somehow intervene placed both herself and her old playmate on a collision course with a white-nationalist perpetrator and the continuing machinations of the right-wing enterprise, with the lives of all those gathered for a diversity celebration in nearby Asheville and a crucial  senatorial vote on homeland security hanging in the balance.

You met Miranda Davis in Shelly Frome’s ‘Moon Games’ now she has a new mystery to solve!

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Guest Book Review by Sage Nor

I have totally fallen in love with this series by Shelly Frome and I think this may be the best installment yet! ‘Miranda and the D-Day Caper’ was fun, surprising, heartfelt and exciting. I couldn’t put this book down and I think that if you read it, you’ll feel the same way.

The book begins just shortly after Miranda Davis, full-time realtor and part-time amateur sleuth, has solved her first case and is looking forward to moving on with her life. Miranda isn’t really interested in being a detective, but she’s a natural at the work and the cases just keep finding her.

This time, the case comes from her eccentric cousin and former playmate, Skip, who shows up looking a bit worse for the wear after having traveled across the country non-stop to arrive in her town. When Miranda asks Skip what happened, he tells her a tale of radio signals, armed henchmen and a conspiracy that dates all the way back to World War II. Of course, Miranda doesn’t want to investigate at first but she gets pulled in by promising to help her cousin find his missing cat.  Before she knows it, everything in her world gets turned on its head once again.

 I absolutely enjoyed this book and Frome’s writing. He has a mastery of these characters that weaves its way through the story and leaves you wanting more. Miranda is so clever, funny and interesting as a character. I can’t wait to see what she decides to get up to next. Anyone who agrees to help track down a helpless kitten is a solid person in my book. As far as the mystery in the story, I won’t spoil it but let’s just say you won’t be disappointed by the ending. I certainly wasn’t! I give it 5 stars!

Praise for Shelly Frome

“This is a great mystery that had me guessing at what was really happening. I was sucked in and held tight until the reveal. A couple great twists and turns had me thrown off balance and guessing the whole time.” (Moon Games by Shelly From)-JBrounder Reviews

“It is full of action, adventure, mystery and suspense. It is not one that I could easily predict. The twists and turns kept on the edge of my seat. I never knew what would happen next.” (Moon Games by Shelly Frome)-AmyBooksy, Locks, Hooks, and Books

“The cover of this book shows what looks like a beautiful and peaceful place to live, but looks can be deceiving. Lies, bribery, and deceit are running rampant in this little town.  Twists and turns are around every corner. Well written mystery”(Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome)- Lisa’s Writopia

“An entertaining story that has enough quirky characters, intrigue, suspense, humor, and drama that easily draws the reader into Emily’s amateur sleuth adventure. This cozy mystery is full of devious plot twists and turns that will easily keep you guessing. The Secluded Village Murders is an intriguing whodunit tale that cozy mystery fans will want to add to their reading list.” (Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome)- Kathleen Higgins-Anderson, Jersey Girl Book Reviews

About the Author

Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels, cozy mystery novels, and books on theater and film. He is also a features writer for Gannett Media’s Black Mountain News. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff,  Murder Run, Moon Games and The Secluded Village Murders.

Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Miranda and the D-Day Caper is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Website: http://www.shellyfrome.com/
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Book Review & Giveaway: The Nightjar’s Promise by Barbara Casey

Book Title: The Nightjar’s Promise (Book 4 of The F.I.G. Mysteries) by Barbara Casey
Category: YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 130 pages
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy
Publisher: Gauthier Publications (Hungry Goat Press)
Release date: April, 2020
Content Rating: PG. There are some themes that deal with the Jewish Holocaust and some frightening scenes appropriate for young adult and adult readers.

Jennifer Torres, one of the three FIGs (Females of Intellectual Genius) who is a genius in both music and art, is the last to leave the closed rehearsal for her upcoming performance over Thanksgiving break at Carnegie Hall when she hears something in the darkened Hall. Recognizing the tilt of the woman’s head and the slight limp of the man as they hurry out an exit door, she realizes it is her parents who were supposedly killed in a terrible car accident when she was 15 years old. Devastated and feeling betrayed, she sends a text to Carolina and the other two FIGs—THURGOOD. It is the code word they all agreed to use if ever one of them got into trouble or something happened that was too difficult to handle. They would all meet back at Carolina’s bungalow at Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women to figure it out.

As soon as they receive the text, because of their genius, Dara starts thinking of words in ancient Hebrew, German, and Yiddish, while Mackenzie’s visions of unique math formulae keep bringing up the date October 11, 1943. That is the date during World War II when the Nazis—the Kunstschutz—looted the paintings of targeted wealthy Jewish families and hid them away under Hitler’s orders. And as Carolina waits for the FIGs to return to Wood Rose, she hears warnings from Lyuba, her gypsy mother, to watch for the nightjar, the ancient name for the whip-poor-will.

As they search for “The Nightjar’s Promise” and the truth surrounding it, Carolina and the FIGs come face to face with evil that threatens to destroy not only their genius, but their very lives.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.  I’ve read several books by Barbara Casey including the first 3 books in this series. The first 2 books, The Wish Rider and The Cadence of Gypsies, are my favorites by the author so far.

The girls have graduated from high school and they’ve all gone their separate ways. All three girls flourish in the different areas they’re gifted in. Even though they’re apart, they talk on the phone with their mentor Carolina every evening. This helps them feel more grounded and not so alone.

Even though this is the fourth book in the series, it definitely stands on its own. There was so much backstory, in fact, that it took a while to get to the current story.

Jennifer sees her parents! She went to the orphanage because her parents were killed in a car accident, but she is positive that it was them. She reaches out to the FIGs and, of course, they’re all going to help her figure out what is going on.

It’s obvious that the author did a lot of research for this book, and I found the history interesting. Along with the history is mystery and even a little danger.

I liked The Nightjar’s Promise but not as much as the first 2 books. I’m going to miss the FIGs!

About the Author

Originally from Carrollton, Illinois, author/agent/publisher Barbara Casey attended the University of North Carolina, N.C. State University, and N.C. Wesleyan College where she received a BA degree, summa cum laude, with a double major in English and history. In 1978 she left her position as Director of Public Relations and Vice President of Development at North Carolina Wesleyan College to write full time and develop her own manuscript evaluation and editorial service. In 1995 she established the Barbara Casey Agency and since that time has represented authors from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. In 2014, she became a partner with Strategic Media Books, an independent nonfiction publisher of true crime, where she oversees acquisitions, day-to-day operations, and book production.

Ms. Casey has written over a dozen award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction for both young adults and adults. The awards include the National Association of University Women Literary Award, the Sir Walter Raleigh Literary Award, the Independent Publisher Book Award, the Dana Award for Outstanding Novel, the IP Best Book for Regional Fiction, among others. Two of her nonfiction books have been optioned for major films, one of which is under contract.

Her award-winning articles, short stories, and poetry for adults have appeared in both national and international publications including the North Carolina Christian Advocate Magazine, The New East Magazine, the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer, the Rocky Mount (N.C.) Sunday Telegram, Dog Fancy, ByLine, The Christian Record, Skirt! Magazine, and True Story. A thirty-minute television special which Ms. Casey wrote and coordinated was broadcast on WRAL, Channel 5, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also received special recognition for her editorial work on the English translations of Albanian children’s stories. Her award-winning science fiction short stories for adults are featured in The Cosmic Unicorn and CrossTime science fiction anthologies. Ms. Casey’s essays and other works appear in The Chrysalis Reader, the international literary journal of the Swedenborg Foundation, 221 One-Minute Monologues from Literature (Smith and Kraus Publishers), and A Cup of Comfort (Adams Media Corporation).

Ms. Casey is a former director of BookFest of the Palm Beaches, Florida, where she served as guest author and panelist. She has served as judge for the Pathfinder Literary Awards in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Florida, and was the Florida Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators from 1991 through 2003. In 2018 Ms. Casey received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and Top Professional Award for her extensive experience and notable accomplishments in the field of publishing and other areas. She makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three cats who adopted her, Homer, Reese, and Earl Gray – Reese’s best friend.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Killer Deadline by Lauren Carr

Book Title:  Killer Deadline (A Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery) by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  232 pages
Genre:  Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:   April 23, 2020
Format available for review:  print, mobi, epub, PDF
Tour dates: April 20 to May 22, 2020
Content Rating: G. This is a true cozy mystery. No sex. No on-stage violence. No swearing. Just good clean fun!

Book Description

Folks in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, claim that where Nikki Bryant goes, trouble is not far behind. Her refusal to back down from a challenge has made Nikki Bryant a top investigative journalist.

When an online friend nudges her to join him in a pact to reconnect with their first loves, Nikki and her boxer dog Elmo leave the bright lights of Las Vegas for the charming town of Pine Grove. There, she must face the biggest challenges in her career and life—the first love she had left behind and her father’s unsolved murder.

But before she has time to unpack her car, Nikki stumbles upon the dead body of local news anchor, Ashleigh Addison, her childhood rival. Could Ashleigh’s death be connected to an explosive news story that she had teased about airing live? Did that explosive story have anything to do with the murder of Nikki’s father?

With the clues in her father’s cold case hot again, Nikki intends to chase down the story of her life until she catches his killer—no matter what it takes.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read quite a few of Lauren Carr’s books, and I’m never disappointed. She writes several different series, but I think this is the first cozy mystery of hers that I’ve read.

In Killer Deadline, a Nikki Bryant returns home to take over her family’s TV station. She’s also decided (with a nudge from an online friend) that it’s time to reconnect with her first and only true love, her former boyfriend and stepbrother.

The first thing that happens when Nikki arrives back home is a murder of the evening anchor for the station. Unfortunately, she’s the one who finds the body. The murder also causes her father’s murder, a cold case, to be looked at again. Will they find the murderer(s) this time?

I definitely recommend Killer Deadline. It has a little more substance than some of the cozy mysteries I’ve read. Just like I like it!

About the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Killer Deadline marks Lauren’s first venture into mystery’s purely cozy sub-genre with a female protagonist.

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

​A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: The Devil & Dayna Dalton by Brit Lunden

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Book Title:  The Devil and Dayna Dalton: (Book 9) A Bulwark Anthology by Brit Lunden
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  126 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Chelshire, Inc.
Release date:   Sep 2019

Content Rating:  PG + M due to violence and mild sex.*Contains Sexual Content*

Series Details:

Bulwark: a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.

The beating heart of this anthology is Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden.

Sheriff Clay Finnes appears in each book, but he is not the main character in each book.

Every book is completely stand-alone. You can read the books in order or out of order.

About the Book

Reporter Dayna Dalton’s reputation has been ruined since birth. The daughter of wild child, Becky Dalton, is expected to follow her mother’s footsteps; never given a chance to prove she’s different. Dana’s been in love with Clay Finnes since she was a teenager. Her unrequited love for Sheriff Finnes leaves her empty. He’s happily married and unavailable. Instead, Dayna finds herself stuck in the revolving door of bad relationships. But this is Bulwark, Georgia, a town where strange things are always happening. Dayna is doomed to this loveless life until she can find someone who will appreciate the depth of her character. Can she overcome her fears and look beyond her own perceptions to accept a greater love? *Contains Sexual Content*


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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I recently have listened to a couple of the stories in the Bulwark Anthology so I kind of knew what to expect…I thought. The Devil & Dayna Dalton is based in the same town, Bulwark, but it was not at all what I expected. Dayna was in the other stories I listened to, and she didn’t seem to be someone who was well-liked. She was considered a tramp and no good. This is her story and it explains a lot about why she is the way she is…and where she ends up.

The narrator has good timing, she did well with the different voices, and I enjoyed the way she presented the story.

The Devil and Dayna Dalton is short. I found it interesting but some people might think it glorifies evil.

About the Author

Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology. Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Teetering on Disaster by Michaela Renee

Teetering On Disaster by Michaela Renee

Teetering On Disaster by Michaela Renee

Publisher:  Bowker (January 11, 2019)
Category: Memoir/Self-Help/Non-Fiction
Tour dates: March/April, 2020
ISBN: 978-0578430805
Available in Print and ebook, 316 pages

Teetering On Disaster

Description

Michaela Renee Johnson was just 12 years old in 1992 when a financial slump forced her family to move from an upscale area in Sacramento to a 27-ft trailer in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, with no electricity or running water — so no Nintendo or MTV. It wasn’t exactly the life that every adolescent dreams of, but it was, in fact, their reality.

Michaela chronicles these formative years (and beyond) in her often humorous, constantly candid true story, Teetering on Disaster. As the young Michaela navigates her way through the inherently melodramatic teen years, she must come to terms with relieving herself in the woods, shaving with a 10-cent borrowed razor in an irrigation ditch and taking what she called “bird baths” with a jug of water.

Somehow, in the midst of disorienting change, she learned to focus on what she was gaining instead of what she had lost. And in the end, she gained profound wisdom about her family and the world around her, and uncovered the truth about her own ability to thrive in the face of life’s inconveniences.

But the effects of her unorthodox upbringing don’t end at adulthood, and Teetering takes readers along as a grown Michaela stumbles upon a few “Mr. Right Nows,” gets divorced in her twenties, and ends up right back where she started: a small mountain town in the middle of nowhere.

Teetering on Disaster is a heartfelt, coming-of-age story written to inspire others to live a courageous life of authenticity and to speak their truth with grace. Michaela’s book is an unapologetically honest, authentic tale that will make readers laugh out loud and cry — sometimes at the same time.

Guest Review by Linda Lu

A joyful, thought-provoking and uproariously funny good read. I love when I find a book that just makes me feel like I am having a great time reading. Michaela Renee Johnson wrote a memoir here that, in a different author’s hands, might have come across as kind of sad and maudlin but she made it fun and life-affirming. With the talent that she has for picking out the silver-lining in every situation, I can only imagine that she is really great to have around in real life.

Here’s what happened, Johnson’s family owned a small construction business that made them comfortably middle class in early 90’s southern California. Until the stock market collapsed on Black Monday. Suddenly Johnson’s parents were selling everything (including their house) in order to avoid filing for bankruptcy. One day, Johnson arrives home to find a “27-foot Terry trailer” waiting in the driveway. Her parents had bought it with the intention that their whole 5-person family would live inside it for the foreseeable future. Of course, Johnson is horrified by the idea of living full-time in what is, essentially an RV.

What follows are faithful re-tellings of her strange and unique childhood and how it affected her adult life in unexpected ways. There was no part of this memoir that I did not love but I especially loved Johnson’s absolutely crazy childhood stories. At one point, her family lived without water or electricity in the trailer which meant that she had to do things like going to the bathroom in the woods and learning to shave her legs in an irrigation ditch. I couldn’t believe how her family managed to survive during such hard times and not kill each other. I can’t even imagine going through something like that with my own family. Yikes! I highly recommend this book if you like a good, funny, crazy memoir! This is a 5 star read.

Acclaim/Awards Teetering On Disaster by Michaela Renee

Best Indie Non Fiction Novel, Shelf Media Group

Non Fiction Author’s Association, Silver Award

San Francisco Book Review, Prestigious 5 Star Award

San Diego Book Awards Best Un-Published Non Fiction

Praise

“Throughout Michaela’s autobiographical story, she sent me through a rollercoaster of emotions. Not being able to identify on a personal level with the extreme of both of her situations in each half of the book, I still felt that as a human being I could sympathize, and it helped me to have a greater appreciation for what I currently have. Michaela’s story had me happy at all of her highs, sad at the many losses, and emotionally confused concerning her relationships. What it all boils down to is that at times, being a grown-up, and a female, can be very difficult.”- Rachel Dehning, San Francisco Book Review

“I really did laugh, and cry, while reading this. I was able to relate to the experiences of the author, even though we are twenty years apart in age; the early years… amazing experience that family went through, creating a precious, ever-lasting bond between a young woman, her parents, and her two younger brothers.
Her humor and positive attitude, her extreme frankness and humility (touched with a bit of narcissism) draw one to her.
She, like the sweet doggies of the Great North, she is ever pleasing, forgiving, hard-working and never tiring. She relates to the dog world so much, calling herself Rio’s mom, that she probably won’t mind being compared to a canine. 🙂 Being a dog lover myself, I think of it as the highest compliment!
I wish I had her strength, her sense of humor and wit, her looks, her intelligence, her resilience and determination; I wish I had her ability to seems so Angie-Jolie-transcendent, and yet admit to being a little Grace-Adler-(Debra Messing)-ordinary … striking and competent, clumsy and insecure… God bless her!!
I wanna go through struggles and come out looking like Michaela Renee! One you just can’t help admiring.
Very inspiring. You just know she is going to be JUST FINE! She has spirit! She has spunk! And she IS LOVED… she will never be alone 😉 When she least expects it her true love will curl up next to her, and he won’t have four legs!”- Marcy Lundy, Goodreads

“Laugh out loud funny, interesting & touching. Teetering on Disaster is like a Modern day “Swiss Family Robinson meets Jerry Springer”! You could know the entirety of the story and Kayla’s writing style, quick wit, raw truth still entertains. If she wrote recipe’s we wouldn’t need the food channel. Buy it for every chick you know and earn major points, but make sure you keep one copy for yourself! Not just a “chick” book – man up and enjoy!”-Rick Harris, Amazon

About the Author

Michaela Renee Johnson is a licensed psychotherapist, Be You Find Happy podcast host and an award winning published author. She inspires happiness by encouraging people to speak their truth with grace, and live a courageous life of authenticity.

Her business Be You Find Happy holds workshops and conversations on happiness in spite of life’s setbacks and has landed her speaking opportunities across the nation.

She lives in Northern California with her husband and son. She enjoys traveling and has visited 19 countries; she loves the ocean and everything in it. She rarely finds herself without an activity whether it be hiking, yoga, tinkering the garden, golfing, reading or spending time outside.

In her most simplest she loves poetic quotes and all things metaphysical.

Website: http://www.michaelarenee.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michaelareneej
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/michaelarenee

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Giveaway

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Teetering On Disaster by Michaela Renee Johnson

Audiobook Review & Giveaway: The Knowing by Brit Lunden

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Book Title:  The Knowing (Book 1): A Bulwark Anthology
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +),  104 pages
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Chelshire, Inc.
Release date:   Mar 2019
Format available for review:  print, e-book, audiobook
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: Mar 30 to May 1, 2020
Content Rating:  PG + M due to violence and mild sex.

Series Details:

Bulwark: a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world.

The beating heart of this anthology is Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden.

Sheriff Clay Finnes appears in each book, but he is not the main character in each book.

Every book is completely stand-alone. You can read the books in order or out of order.

About the Book

Bulwark- a wall or stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world. Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden. Who knows what strange things can happen when the rest of the world can’t see you? JB Stratton is alone in the world, and all he has left are the memories of his beloved Ellie. Dirt poor JB and wealthy Ellie feel an instant connection that is as intense and primal as the blood red earth of their home. Unseen roots connect them, pulling them into an impossible relationship. Will the memories of past lives help or hinder the path of their love? Based on the original novella Bulwark, by Brit Lunden, The Knowing continues the story of a town isolated from the rest of the world where the impossible becomes plausible, and logic is determined by reality.


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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I recently listened to Bulwark and it was good so I was looking forward to listening to The Knowing, part of the Bulwark Anthology. It is based in the same town, Bulwark, but it was not at all what I expected because it is so different!

The Knowing is a love story. JB and Ellie fall in love in high school, but JB is from the “wrong side of the tracks,” and he knows that Ellie’s family will never approve of him. They part ways after high school, not really by choice, but when two people are truly meant to be together, can anyone keep them apart?

The narrator has good timing, and I enjoyed the way he presented the story.

The Knowing is short, but I enjoyed listening to it, and the ending was perfect. I look forward to listening to the one more book in the anthology, The Devil and Dayna Dalton.

About the Author

Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology. Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram

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Mar 30 – Falling Into A Good Book – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Mar 30 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of Bulwark /guest post / giveaway
Mar 31 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of Bulwark / guest post / giveaway
Apr 1 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 1 – Literary Flits – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 2 – Books and Zebras – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 2 – Sahar’s Blog – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 3 – 100 Pages A Day – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 6 – Books and Zebras – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 7 – michellemengsbookblog – book review of Bulwark / author interview / giveaway
Apr 7 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 7 – Literary Flits – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 8 – T’s Stuff – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 8 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 8 – Falling Into A Good Book – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 9 – FUONLYKNEW – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 9 – T’s Stuff – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 9 – Sahar’s Blog – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 10 – Books for Books – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 10 – FUONLYKNEW – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 10 – Books and Zebras – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 10 – T’s Stuff – audiobook review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 13 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 13 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 14 – michellemengsbookblog – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 14 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 14 – Amy’s Booket List – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 15 – Southern Today Gone Tomorrow – book review of Bulwark / author interview / giveaway
Apr 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 15 – FUONLYKNEW – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 15 – eBook Addicts – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 16 – eBook Addicts – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 16 – Sahar’s Blog – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 16 – Bound 4 Escape – audiobook review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 16 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 17 – Turning the Pages – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 17 – Books for Books – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 17 – eBook Addicts – audiobook review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 17 – Falling Into A Good Book – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 20 – Amy’s Booket List – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 20 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 20 – A Madison Mom – book review of Bulwark / giveaway
Apr 21 – michellemengsbookblog – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 21 – Gwendalyn’s Books – book review of Bulwark / author interview / giveaway
Apr 21 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 22 – Southern Today Gone Tomorrow – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 23 – Turning the Pages – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 23 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 24 – Gwendalyn’s Books – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 24 – Books for Books – audiobook review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 27 – A Madison Mom – book review of The Knowing / giveaway
Apr 27 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 27 – Amy’s Booket List – audiobook review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 28 – Gwendalyn’s Books – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 28 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 29 – Southern Today Gone Tomorrow – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 30 – Turning the Pages – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
Apr 30 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway
May 1 – A Madison Mom – book review of The Devil and Dayna Dalton / giveaway