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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
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Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Promises
Protected,
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
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Blue
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
Venom
With a Name like Love
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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Inventing Vivian: A Victorian Romance By Jennifer Moore-Blog Tour Review, Exclusive Author Interview, and Giveaway


 

Product Details

  • Title: Inventing Vivian: A Victorian Romance 
  • Author: Jennifer Moore
  • Series: The Blue Orchid Society  (Book 2)
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Covenant Communications, Inc. (June 7, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1524418943
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***



Book Summary
Ladies of London's High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each other's differences: The Blue Orchid Society.

After an extended stay in China, Lord Benedict has returned transformed to his family's estate, where an encounter with Vivian, whose scientific knowledge he once undermined, leaves him determined to make amends. He arranges to help forward her research—anonymously, of course. Through letters, Vivian establishes a warm friendship with her secret benefactor, even as she's unexpectedly drawn into a murder investigation that forces her to work alongside Benedict to unearth the truth. Soon, Vivian fears she may be falling in love with two men, never suspecting that they are one and the same.




My Review

Inventing Vivian is the second book in The Blue Orchid Society series. Book one, Solving Sophronia, tells the story of how Sophronia and her friends started the society. Personally, I'd read that book first before starting this second one. This second book is all about Vivian, who is very intelligent, a scientist, and an inventor. Even though she is a beautiful lady in high society, she is not concerned with frills. Vivian is way more interested in her inventions and sharing them with the world. Her life shifts, when a man from her past comes waltzing in. 

Lord Benedict has recently returned from years away in China along with his good friend, Zhang Wei. Benedict was once mean and cruel to Vivian and tried to thwart her accomplishments in science. Life abroad has changed him in many ways making him a better man. I truly loved this character. You could see the incredible changes that had taken place in his life. His challenge was proving himself to his father, his friends, and especially to Vivian. With the novel being told from Vivan and Benedict's POV, there are many assumptions taking place about each other. I enjoyed "watching" these two characters open up, piece by piece, allowing each other to finally show their true selves. 

Inventing Vivian shows the strength of a woman taking her place in a man's world during the Victorian Era. This novel also displays a son standing up to a domineering father and becoming a man. Together, Vivian and Benedict join forces to bring about change, stand up for justice, and finally allow their hearts to open up enough to find love. 



Meet Author Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. She suffers from an acute addiction to 18th and 19th century military history and literature. 

Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was on board a frigate during the Age of Sail.

To learn more about Jennifer go to her website HERE: 

http://authorjmoore.com/

***Exclusive Interview with Author Jennifer Moore***

-Whose story is next in The Blue Orchid Society?

Hazel is next.

-Out of all of the women in the Blue Orchid Society, who do you most relate to?

 I think Sophronia is the one I relate to best. She’s the one I’m probably most like. What about you?

{My Answer}I'm not sure. I think I have the determination of Sophronia, and love learning things like Vivian but I'm not as smart as she is! 

-Do you have a favorite time period you like to write about the most?

I guess it depends on my mood. Lately I’ve just been in love with the Victorian Era. But I also really love American History—like frontier stories. So maybe I’ll look into doing something in that time period. And I guess it’s probably the same time period, now that I think about it, right?

-Do you have any say in the covers of your books? They have been some of my favorite covers to come out in the past few years.

I don’t have a lot. They picked out the Sophronia one and I gasped when I saw it. It’s perfect! They showed me a few different ones for Vivian, but one dress was the wrong style for the time period, and I really wanted the covers to go together in a pretty set. So, I have no idea what they’ll do for the others… I’m excited to see, though.

-That's so interesting! It's always going to be a surprise for you and your readers. Covenant's been hitting it out of the park when it comes to their covers.

They really have! Their designers are fantastic!

-Thanks for taking the time to "talk" to me! 😀😀😀

Anytime!


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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Trash to Treasure by Kelsey Rumburg: Bookstagram Blitz and Giveaway

Trash to Treasure tour banner

This is my stop during the bookstagram blitz for Trash to Treasure by Kelsey Rumburg.

Trash to Treasure: Exploring a New Wave of Entrepreneurship with Waste follows the journeys of modern day pioneers making waves—and money—from waste. Trash isn't trash - follow the journey of several companies transforming trash into their products and learn how to think like them!

This bookstagram blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours and the tour runs from 14 till 20 June. You can view the tour schedule here.

Don’t miss the tour wide giveaway! 2 winners (US Only) will win a paperback copy of Trash to Treasure. You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

Trash to Treasure book cover
Trash to Treasure
By Kelsey Rumburg
Genre: Non-Fiction, Business, Economy, Environment

Blurb:
In just 30 years, the world’s annual output of waste will reach an estimated 3.4 billion tons. This global tsunami of waste threatens our environment, our economy, even our relationships. To survive, we must not only contain it but do something with it.

To turn the tide, innovative investors and inventors are building an economy that treats trash as a valued commodity and ever-renewing resource. Trash to Treasure: Exploring What It Takes to Build a Business from Waste follows the journeys of modern day pioneers making waves—and money—from waste, including:

- Patagonia, a global fashion manufacturer with a goal to sell fewer goods to consumers by extending the life of the company’s products
- Rust Belt Riders, a startup that diverts food from landfills and transforms it into garden soil which, in turn, feeds more plants to produce more food and fuel a circular economy
- Hungry Harvest, a subscription service that rescues farmers’ not-ready-for-Instagram produce—20 million pounds of it so far—and delivers it by the boxful to front doors and food deserts

Shift your perspective on waste and you, too, can turn Trash to Treasure and earn disposable income from the things people throw away.


Links:
- Goodreads
- Bookbub
- Amazon
- B&N
- Kobo

Kelsey Rumburg author picture
About the Author:
Kelsey Rumburg knows a thing or two about making a sea change. An exciting, early career had turned her into an international traveler and American expat. But it had also expanded her worldview, bringing into focus the things that mattered most to her—things that were out of reach from her position on the corporate ladder. So at twenty-five, she did what one does at twenty-five: she went home.

From her family’s Midwestern farm, Kelsey hatched a plan to use her passion for problem-solving to make a positive impact on the world around her. Now rooted in Miami’s startup ecosystem, Kelsey helps entrepreneurs build businesses that develop solutions to environmental, economic, and social issues.

Author links:
- Website
- Medium
- Twitter
- Amazon
- Instagram
- LinkedIn

Giveaway
There is a tour wide giveaway for the bookstagram blitz for Trash to Treasure. Two winners win a paperback copy of Trash to Treasure (US Only).

You can enter the giveaway here.

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Meet Felicia aka Bear 863...she and her cubs may be put to death in less than 2 weeks! Please Read!

Felicia and her new cubs of year 

This blog post is to inform you about a situation that I feel deeply about. I've always loved wildlife, especially bears. This particular bear is in trouble and she has done nothing except being a bear. Today I will be sharing with you many items that will explain Felicia's plight and why people need to get involved and help.

First, you need to meet Felicia and learn why she is being threatened. Also know, two years ago she was hazed and lost one of her cubs named Salt and then her other cub, Pepper, was lost for a month. Mom and Pepper were somehow miraculously reunited and went to den in the winter. Sadly, last year she came out by herself. No one knows what happened. We don't want to see these new cubs suffer the same fate as their siblings.

This Bear of Many Names 


In a few short days, this bear will die. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other interagency wildlife management partners will euthanize her. All for the crime of simply being a bear in the wrong place.


This bear has many names - she’s referred to as Felicia, as the Togwotee Sow, as Bear #863 - the list goes on and on. 


For years, this bear has made her home along a stretch of highway just outside of Grand Teton National Park, where clovers and sedges provide ample food in the spring and summer months and the busy road offers her and her cubs security against predatory male bears. Each season, thousands of visitors have the honor of viewing this bear safely from the roadside while witnessing her behaving naturally and comfortably in a location where she knows she is safe.


But now, she is no longer safe. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service alongside other wildlife management agencies have made the decision to euthanize her if she returns to the roadside after concentrated efforts to haze her away. This bear has done nothing but be a bear. And for that, she will die.


Unless you step in. 




With your help, we can save this bear. 


We invite you to share this social media campaign on all of your social channels. We’ve uploaded content and story-slides for you to utilize, along with info and back story so you can familiarize yourself. 


Your involvement is crucial, because this issue extends far beyond one specific bear in one specific place. By making a stand here, we are paving the way to demand better wildlife management in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem and beyond. Humans must find a way to coexist with wildlife. The conversation starts here.



Thank you,


BB and all the other friends of Felicia, far and wide.



Here's a video of Felicia as she's
nursing her cubs a few weeks ago.
She's a wonderful Mama Bear!





There are many who have put so eloquently into words about this situation, and with their permission I'm sharing to better inform my readers.

By Arthur Leforestier:


On the topic of bear 863 aka Felicia and the recent article that has been shared....

This article is framing this as a people issue when in reality it is a bear management issue. I have been present throughout the spring at many of these sightings and I can assure you that the forest service is literally too lazy to deal with bear jams. I have heard them say word for word “we just don’t want to deal with this”.


Felicia aka 863 is a great bear. She has not gotten into any human food. She has not charged a human and made contact. She has not entered human habitations. She has not even bothered campers on Togwotee pass. She simply GRAZES by the road because of the safety it provides for her and her cubs from larger bears in the area which will quickly kill her offspring.

Photographers or not - Felicia is going to remain by the road because of SAFETY. Mark my words she will not leave the road because it’s a matter of survival. Photographers will leave her alone these coming weeks and she will continue to refuse leaving the roadside.


This WILL UNFORTUNATELY LIKELY result in her demise and euthanasia - not because of people admiring bears but because of lazy bear management by a government agency that does not wish to manage the bear the way the national parks do. In fact, they are so lazy that they have said that if relocation were to lead to her setting foot once again on a road (which she will) that it would result in her instant euthanasia.... SINCE WHEN is it not ok for a bear to simply be near a road? This is their country and they are getting killed because of our mismanagement and refusal to learn how to coexist with this amazing animals.


Jackson has millionaires and billionaires and thousands of people who deeply care about wildlife and this bear in particular - we are capable of raising funds to implement a bear brigade on Togwotee pass the same way the national parks manage their roadside bears. This has been proposed to the agencies involved but they have dismissed the idea. The problem is that the bureaucratic b***s*** and lazy management refuses to entertain anything other than their own prescribed processes and ideology.


Again, this bear has done nothing wrong. She is being hazed for trying to keep her young safe. She is no different than 399 when it comes to her roadside tendencies - the only difference lies in the agency with oversight on these bears, one in a national park and one on a random road. This will be framed against lovers of the wild, photographers, and tourists who simply wish to experience the wonders of seeing these animals (which in turn inspires their conservation). In reality, we are witnessing a direct violation of the Endangered Species Act as a result of incompetent and outdated management.


Animals. Doing animal things. In animal places. That is what is happening. That is why Felicia is being hazed and maybe that is why she will be killed.



And a link to the post directly so you can view the discussion in the comments section: https://www.facebook.com/groups/324724474266342/permalink/5725016530903749/



Here is another wonderful write-up by Ronnie Sue Ambrosino with
sound advice what people can do to help.

**CALL TO ACTION**
Most of you have seen my pictures of this beautiful bear. She is the mother of two small new cubs and feels comfortable living near the highway. This is good for her because it protects her cubs from the male bears who want to kill them. This is a natural phenomena, when the sow (female bear)has no cubs the boar (male bear) can entice her more easily.Because of her desire to be near the road thousands of people have flocked to see her. This causes traffic problems on a major highway used by 18 wheel truckers and is unsafe for the drivers, tourists, and the Bears.

There’s an active movement right now by federal and local government to haze the bears (including rubber bullets)for 14 days straight in an effort to chase them deeper into the woods, into the unsafe areas where the males reside. That could be disastrous to two little cubs. They feel that if the bears aren’t visible to traffic then visitors will stop going to see them - even if it means the cubs will die.

I’m writing this for two reasons: the first one to ask those of you in the area to please not go visit the bears. If this is what the parks department and state troopers want, it may just help save the lives of these three bears. 
***Please don’t drive to see the Bears***

The second reason I’m writing is to ask you to please sign this petition and share it on your Facebook page as well. Anyone can do this easily. You don’t need to be in the parks, or live in Wyoming/Montana, or even be a photographer. If you have compassion for wildlife, for nature, or for any living being please consider signing and sharing.

Thanks for helping to keep wildlife alive

Please click this link to take action NOW. https://linktr.ee/advocateforwildlife



I hope that you will now take a few short minutes to sign the petition and send an email encouraging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to do the right thing and protect this Grizzly bear and her 2 cubs.

SIGN NOW: http://chng.it/LdM64yw2NZ

Thank you so much for reading!! 




Thursday, June 10, 2021

Secrets of Stonebridge: A Regency Romance By Anita Stansfield-Book Review


 

Product Details

  • Title: Secrets of Stonebridge: A Regency Romance 
  • Author: Anita Stansfield
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0949SVSLB
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Covenant Communications (July 1, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 1, 2021
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***


Book Summary

Since the untimely death of her young husband, Regina Everleigh has been consumed by her grief. After more than a year spent sequestered in her rooms at Stonebridge Manor, the once lively young woman is encouraged to venture into town—her first small step toward healing. But Regina is shaken out of her stupor when she makes a most unexpected discovery: a foundling baby girl. Regina is instantly enthralled with the infant and determines that she will claim the child as her own—a deception that seems, in the moment, to be harmless. But when her husband’s cousin Radcliffe comes back into her life, Regina quickly becomes entangled in a tenuous charade. 

Radcliffe is immediately taken with both the charming baby girl and the woman he believes to be her mother. As Regina and Radcliffe are drawn together, first as friends and then as something much deeper, the future is bright with unspoken promise. But when the truth of the baby’s parentage is revealed, Regina stands to lose all that she has come to cherish.


My Review

Anita Stansfield's newest book, Secrets of Stonebridge, is a story of hopes, dreams, love, and secrets. Regina Everleigh was in a complex marriage when her husband died suddenly in an accident. After grieving in bed for a year, her friends get her out of the house. A miracle occurs for Gina when they go into town. She finds a darling baby girl in a basket. The one thing she always wanted is right there with a note, saying the birth mother hopes whoever finds her baby will take care of her and love her. The biggest secret goes into play and only her good friends know the truth. 


I really liked when her departed husband's cousin came back into Gina's life. Radcliffe assumes this baby girl is his cousin's child and he soon becomes an active part in this baby's life. From this point on is where the secrets start to make life stressful and interesting. Then Rad has his own secrets he's been hiding from Gina. These two main characters have always had an attraction for each other but as each secret is revealed problems arise. I was actually surprised by some of the things that were divulged in the end. Overall, this sweet but angst filled romance is well written, full of many darling moments, and guaranteed to keep you reading to find out about all of the secrets hidden away at Stonebridge. 



Meet Author Anita Stansfield


Anita Stansfield has been a queen of romantic fiction for more than a decade. Her work has shattered the stereotypes of romance novels with her trademark ability to combine great storytelling with intense psychological depth as she focuses on the emotional struggles of the human experience. Her novels cover a huge spectrum, from the eighteenth century to the present, from heart warming to heart stopping. Hundreds of thousands of readers agree: Anita Stansfield's characters and the lives they lead are not easy to forget. Anita also writes mainstream historical fiction (Horstberg Saga) under the name Elizabeth D. Michaels. The first book in that series is called Behind the Mask. You can see her Elizabeth D. Michaels books on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J23ZXF8.


Read more about Anita and her books HERE: http://www.anitastansfield.com/




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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The Cost of Secrets: A Suspense Novel By Tyson Abaroa- Blog Tour Review and Giveaway


 

Product Details

  • Title: The Cost of Secrets: A Suspense Novel 
  • Author: Tyson Abaroa
  • Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (June 4, 2021)
  • Genre: Mystery/Suspense
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1524417890
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***


Book Summary
Museum curator Ray Peralta knows that at the best of times, the Superstition Mountain Museum is a magnet for treasure hunters chasing the legendary Lost Dutchman's Mine. But this winter, his small desert town on the outskirts of Phoenix worries him as the visitors clear out and the vigilantes move in. Generally, the Sons of Liberty roll into Phoenix Valley for a week each winter with their souped-up army jeeps and dirt bikes to conduct drills in the desert and wreak havoc on the town before they leave. But this year, there is an undeniable tension in the air, and within days of the group's arrival, instead of the usual trail of destruction, they leave a wake of death.

There are secrets lurking in the Superstition Mountains not related to any treasure. Countless people have lost their lives in that sweltering desert, and it isn't the heat that has taken them. How did they die? That's the real mystery. And in the midst of the riddle stands Ray, a man who swore an oath of secrecy—and he'll die before he breaks it.


My Review

I really liked this book. The Cost of Secrets was a book full of action and indeed a lot of secrets. The main character Ray Peralta is not your normal protagonist. Ray is flawed in many ways and not your typical hero. I liked that he was damaged inside and out. Even with these flaws, I found myself in his corner hoping all things worked out for him.


There are a lot of characters in this story but I didn't have any problems keeping them apart. I really liked Ray's friends Clancy, Jim, and his cousin Felicity. They were a great support to Ray in everything that happens and believe me, a lot happens in this book. I read this novel in one day and I know that helped me in figuring out many things that were going on. There were some things at the end that weren't fully explained but I hope this means there will be another book continuing the story. I know readers that love mysteries full of action and great characters will like reading The Cost of Secrets.

Meet Author Tyson Abaroa

Whitney Award Winning author, Tyson Abaroa, was born in Provo, UT but raised in Gilbert, AZ. His freshman year of high school he was assigned to write an essay on what he'd be when he grew up. He turned in a step by step plan to become world dictator. That should have been his first clue that maybe he should keep imagining. In July 2001 between his junior and senior year of high school he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves. After graduating high school, boot camp, and MOS school; his unit was deployed to build a fuel hose line in support of the invasion of Iraq. After this deployment he served in the Chile Santiago East Mission. He married soon after returning home and just before his first anniversary was deployed again. This time to Djibouti, Africa as part of a provisional security company. Tyson's ADHD has led to an eclectic career after the Marine Corps. He has been a credit card collector, a claims processor, a Track Director for USA BMX, and now a Pest Control Technician. He draws from his experiences and develops stories to write about in his spare time. 

 Learn more about Tyson at his website HERE:    http://www.tysonabaroa.com/                                             

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Strong Like The Sea by Wendy S. Swore-Middle Grade Book Review



Product Description

***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***


Book Description
Featuring a secret ocean code with a hidden message for YOU to decipher!

Even though twelve-year-old Alexis was born in Hawaii, she won’t surf or swim with her friends—not since the ocean and its hidden creatures swept her out to sea. Instead, she grabs her best detective hat and decodes her mom’s latest challenge

Alex’s mom works in counterintelligence and leaves codes, ciphers, and puzzles behind for Alex to solve, always with a “treasure” at the end. It’s a brilliant game between them, and Alex loves figuring out her mom’s puzzles—especially the tricky ones—but when an emergency at sea puts her mom in possible danger, solving the next one suddenly feels far more urgent.

Friends help as Alex races to decipher each clue before time runs out, but when the trail leads to grumpy old Uncle, his enormous dog Sarge, and a sea turtle unlike any other, the challenge changes into something bigger than any before. With storms on the horizon and lives on the line, Alex must face her fears to solve Mom’s challenge and save those she loves. With her ohana to help, she must be strong like the sea.




My Review 

Strong Like The Sea is another super Middle-Grade book by author Wendy S. Swore. Again, there is a strong focus on family and sticking together. The story takes place in Oahu, Hawaii. Swore does a wonderful job of bringing to life Hawaiian culture and heritage. The main character is 12 years old Alexis who lives a busy life. She's always trying to please her mom and be just like her. Her mother is a very intelligent woman who works as a contractor for the US Navy and is often gone away from home on a submarine. Alexis is often left with puzzles and codes that she tries to figure out while mom is away. This was such an enjoyable part of the book. I had fun trying to figure out the codes and puzzles, so I know that kids from 9-14 will love it even more. 


Some big issues are going on during the story such as Alexis dealing with one parent gone a lot, the other parent working overtime, and her extreme fear of the water. With the help of her sweet Auntie Kama and her gruff and grumpy Uncle Tanaka, Alexis receives help and support with her school work and with her emotional issues. I truly loved both of these characters in their grandparent roles, and I especially grew to love Uncle who also needed Alexis. With the help of Uncle's sea turtle, Saisei, and his dog Sarge, Alexis learns lessons and lives her family's motto of "Rise where you stand". There are such excellent things for tweens and teens to learn from reading this book. They'll also find many things they can relate to such as school rivalries, friendships, and especially love for family. Strong Like The Sea is another Middle-Grade Book that will provide a great read for families, classes, tweens, and teens. 



Meet Author Wendy S. Swore



Go here for more information about the Virtual Tour: booktours@shadowmountain.com


For more information about the author and her book, visit: https://shadowmountain.com/wendy-s-swore/


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Friday, May 28, 2021

Siege and Storm (Book 2 Grishaverse) By Leigh Bardugo-Book Review










 


Siege and Storm
by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This took a long time for me to finish because I was just listening to it when I could.

I don't think I liked this 2nd book as much as I did the first. It seemed to drag in a few places. Also, Alina has so many men in her life she seems hard-pressed to know who to turn to. The final chapters of the book were very exciting and I really liked the new characters introduced in this second book. I can't believe how this book ended and it makes you want to read the third one right away. I haven't watched the Netflix series based on these books yet and I might wait until I finish all of the books.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Dancing to Freedom (Dream’s Edge, #.5) by Traci Hunter Abramson-Novella Book Review


 

Product Details

  • Title:Dancing to Freedom (Dream’s Edge, #.5)
  • Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
  • Series: Dream's Edge
  • ASIN : B08XWRNBH4
  • Publisher : Covenant Communications (April 30, 2021)
  • Publication date : April 30, 2021
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1094 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 83 pages
  • ***I voluntarily reviewed a purchased copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***

Book Summary
Canada, 1960

Ballet is Katerina Petrova’s world. But when the stage lights go dim and the curtain closes, she is simply a young woman who is trapped. On tour with the Soviet Kirov Ballet in Canada, Katerina is watched day and night by her chaperones and ballet security. But no one realizes that her hotel balcony adjoins that of handsome Canadian hockey player Robert Marcell.

Robert is enchanted by Katerina, though he knows little about who she really is. In an attempt to find out more about this mysterious young woman, Robert extends his stay in the hotel. One night, when a teammate’s wife persuades him to join them at the ballet, Robert reluctantly attends. He has no interest in cultural experiences—until Katerina dances onto the stage. Soon, the two are inseparable, but despite their growing love, Katerina knows they can have no future together. They come from different worlds, and to escape her gilded cage would be nearly impossible.


My Review
Dancing to Freedom is another novella I read this week. These short stories are perfect for this time of year when it's the end of my school year. I'm super excited about this novella and the series, Dream's Edge, that it is a part of. You must know by now that anything from author Traci Hunter Abramson is fantastic. This is different from her usual books but just as compelling. 

Dancing to Freedom takes place in 1960 and involves a Canadian hockey player and a Russian Ballerina. Basically, they meet, fall in love, and then the suspense heightens as you wonder if Robert Marcell will be able to help the beautiful and talented Katerina Petrova defect from her homeland of Russia. I'm always amazed how authors can make such an exciting story happen in under a 100 pages. Readers will be hanging on the edge waiting to see if Robert can make a miracle happen and save Katerina. I loved this novella and know other readers will love it too because it's a quick read and very fulfilling. 

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Meet Author Traci Hunter Abramson
Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years. When she’s not writing, Traci enjoys spending time with her husband and five children, preferably on a nice quiet beach somewhere. She also enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming.

She has gone on to write a number of bestselling suspense novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists. She considers shoes an optional accessory which became evident when she won her first three Whitney Awards in 2013 (Code Word), 2014 (Deep Cover), and 2016 (Failsafe.) Safe House won Whitney Awards for both the mystery/suspense category as well as 2017 Adult Novel of the Year. She added two additional awards in 2019 (Mistaken Reality - best mystery/suspense and Sanctuary - Adult Novel of the Year.)

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The next full-length book in the series is coming out on 
June 7th
After a family tragedy, aspiring ballerina Amaliya Marcell is adrift. When she is forced to leave behind everything she knows, the lost young woman struggles to build a new life in an unfamiliar city. But when she meets a handsome world-class figure skater, she finds a glimmer of hope.

After his sister’s unexpected retirement from figure skating, Tyler Linden is devastated to give up his shot at the US national championships. His only hope is to find a new partner, a task that proves nearly impossible—until he observes a beautiful young woman at the local ice rink.
Struck by her grace and poise, Tyler takes an unthinkable risk and asks Amaliya to become his new partner. To both of their surprise, she agrees. The path to the championship won’t be easy, but Amaliya and Tyler quickly establish a solid partnership and a profound connection—both on and off the ice. But competition at the championships is fierce, and when the time comes, they will be forced to put everything on the line if they hope to achieve their dreams.