Saturday, May 8, 2021

Finding Uncle Newton And His Nemesis By Douglas P. Cornelius & GIVEAWAY

Finding Uncle Newton JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis by Douglas P. Cornelius, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Finding Uncle Newton

Title: Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis 
Author: Douglas P. Cornelius
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
Release Date: March 15, 2021
Genre: Middle Grade/Teen Historical Fiction (age 13-17)

She is outgoing, but orphaned. He is introverted, but a world-renowned scientist. Would moving in with Uncle Isaac Newton work? When his head was always in a book or the Bible? 

Teen-aged Catherine Barton tries desperately to connect, so seeks a match for her energy in the London coffeehouses. That women were not welcome there in the late 1690’s would not stop her, and she does find promising boyfriend John. 

Meanwhile, Uncle Isaac, as new Warden of the Mint, has his own challenges—nabbing counterfeiters, including the notorious, William Chaloner. He enlists Catherine to spy at the coffeehouse, and she welcomes the bond—all until boyfriend John gets implicated in a counterfeiting scheme. 

Then a case of smallpox, a pandemic scourge that had killed millions just decades earlier, sends her off to dreaded isolation in the countryside. 

And Uncle Isaac’s battle to nab the devious Chaloner turns into a challenging chess match. Will famous scientist Newton be embarrassed by a scofflaw from the street? Will Catherine ever find her true connection? 

Based on actual historical events and people. Author is a prior recipient of Moonbeam and Illumination Awards for books for faith-driven teens.

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Book Excerpt:

She slumped into a chair at the kitchen table, a plate of raw

potatoes her only company. What were they doing there? Oh,

that’s right—she’d set them out earlier to prepare for dinner.

She stared blankly at those brown harvests of the earth. And

now the eyes of a large potato were staring right back at her.

Eyes—that’s what they called them, didn’t they? At least back

on the farm, she did, but that was the life she was trying to

escape, was it not? And now these were the kind of eyes trying

to engage hers? How unfair! How dare they? She so craved a

different set of eyes looking at hers with much more—eyes that

would connect, locking on hers with a sparkling admiration.

Yes, locking even with love—at least she could hope for that,

couldn’t she?

Summoning the small bit of energy still buried within

her, Catherine jumped to her feet and fumbled for a paring

knife in the drawer. She grasped the biggest potato—the one

so intent on staring at her—firmly in her hand, and after a

few determined strokes of the knife, the potato eyes were

gone. She took in a deep satisfying breath. Any trace of her

former life must be removed.


Douglas Cornelius 

Illumination and Moonbeam award-winning author Douglas P. Cornelius hails from the Twin Cities, MN. He began writing after careers at Target, Ameriprise, and 3M. A Cornell University graduate, his hope is to reveal the lives of impactful Christian figures through story, rather than biography. Doug has been married for 45 years and has two children, three grandchildren, cat Selah, and new puppy Scout.



(1) winner will receive a print copy of Finding Uncle Newton and his Nemesis, winner's choice of another book by the author, and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Finding Uncle Newton JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight May 4, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 11, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Bookish Gifts For Mother's Day

I'm not an affiliate for any of these products, but I am a rep for Once Upon a Page Designs. Other than that, no kick backs for this mama.

First, let's check out Once Upon a Page Designs! She has the CUTEST bookish items. Everything from planters to large wreaths. So, whether your mom (or the mom in your life) loves Lord of the Rings or Pride & Prejudice, you're sure to find something she'd love in her shop. These are just some examples of what she creates!

Maybe she likes tea parties? If so, did you know author Roseanna M. White has Tea Party book clubs? Her next book releases May 4th and she's having a book club to discuss it in July! Not only does she have a book club, she sells bookish items like signed books, t-shirts, cups, and bags.

Hello my candle loving friends. You have GOT to have a mom or mom friend in your life who loves bookish candles, right? I mean, can she really be an avid reader if she doesn't have book related candles? You'd be helping her out if you added to her collection! So, check out Wick and Sarcasm for their selections of jar candles, tin candles, gift set, AND they even have a cute Mother's Day package.

Then there's Bliss, Books & Jewels! While not all of her items are bookish, quite a few are. What's fun is, she will tell you what book(s) each of her items would pair wonderfully with. How cool is that? Here are a few of her items you can find in her store:

There are lots of other fun ideas that you can search around for like book sleeves, handmade bookmarks, and more! Here are a couple of the bookish items that I have and think would be great:

Be sure to pin this so you can come back any time for these ideas!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Realms Of Light By Sandra Fernandez Rhoads & Giveaway

I received Realms of Light as an ebook so I could participate in this tour. I was so glad I read book one first because I would've been so lost reading them out of order. This isn't one of those series you can do that with. Just as a heads up.

About the Book

Book:  Realms of Light

Author: Sandra Fernandez Rhoads

Genre: Christian YA Contemporary Fantasy

Release date: April 13, 2021

From the Ashes, Spring Will Rise

On the run from the brutal Sage and his army of Legions and Cormorants, seventeen-year-old Cera Marlowe knows the only place strong enough to protect her is the Alliance Council Estate.

Cera’s introduction to the Estate is far from welcoming. As a Blight, her dueling powers of light and darkness make her a half-breed threat to the Alliance’s sacred powers. Cera’s ability to decipher hidden messages in classical artwork buys her shelter temporarily, but the clock is ticking as she’s faced with a daunting choice that could cost her everything.

Click here to get your copy!

My Review:

What an incredible follow up to book one, which I read in basically a day! Realms of Light starts off immediately where Mortal Sight leaves off (thank goodness for that). You absolutely must NOT read this duology out of order.

Cera, who have I have to keep telling myself is only just turning 17 has gotten a bit better at not flying off at the mouth and being impulsive. It's easy to forget what it was like to be that age. lol Of course, then I have to keep in mind all that she has to absorb in a short amount of time and wonder how anyone could do that.

Once again this is a fast-paced, non-stop story that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat trying to read as fast as you can. It absolutely pulls you along to read faster to know what's going to happen. Speaking of which, just when Cera thinks she knows which way is up, her axis shifts. For her sake, I hope certain events go one way, but I'm not sure if that's how it's supposed to go! Insert a LOT of nail biting. 

We meet a host of new characters in book 2, not all of whom I'm a fan. In fact, I may only be a fan of a couple. hahaha But, they're all pivotal to the story, which makes for good reading. A couple of them were so irritating I wanted to become a Blade and use some Paradise Steel on them. I'm pretty sure I would've been a loose cannon like Cera. She really steps up though. She really has no choice with the war that's raging around her.

Once again, I'm blown away by how the author weaves in artists and poets throughout the story. I can't imagine how a mind creates a new story out of those or even weaves them into one she already has in her head. I feel like she would've been a Guardian in her story.

I wasn't quite prepared for the story to end with book 2. I could've handled even one more book! I can't talk about the end... So many thoughts about it. You read it, and we'll talk. Deal?

About the Author

Sandra Fernandez Rhoads is the author of Mortal Sight. She is a Cuban-Colombian living in Dallas, Texas with her husband and four children. She has a deep love for the artist community, and is an active part of Art House Dallas and the Fort Worth Writer’s group. She holds an M.A. in English with a focus on John Milton and has an insatiable love for coffee, laughter, and adventure. And dinosaurs.

More from Sandra

What if there was an unseen war affecting our everyday world, but only a few could see the battle? And what if the secrets to this other realm and winning the war were embedded in classical art and literature?

These questions led me to the ideas that formed the Colliding Line duology, and final installment in the series, Realms of Light—the story about a select group of emerging artists called the Awakened that are given unique powers to help combat the forces of evil.

The protagonist, a young girl named Cera Marlowe, quickly took the lead in the first draft of the story. On a quest for her identity, she steps into her destiny by joining a community of unlikely warriors who would need to overcome great odds, learn to work together, and battle their past in order to defeat the enemy.

The story took more than five years to write and the first draft was over 180k words. The use of classical art emerged slowly over that time. But the verses from John Milton’s Paradise Lost fit seamlessly from the start, paralleling the fight for truth, identity, and war in our fallen world.

At its core, the story is about embracing the past to help shape our future. My hope is that readers see classical art and literature in a new way, and find their own creativity as a much-needed gift to the world.

Blog Stops

Rebecca Tews, April 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 29

Texas Book-aholic, April 30

Inklings and notions, May 1

Woven by Words, May 1

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 2

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, May 3

Genesis 5020, May 3

For the Love of Literature, May 4

For Him and My Family, May 5

Wishful Endings, May 6

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, May 7

Through the Fire Blogs, May 7

deb’s Book Review, May 8

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 9

Blogging With Carol, May 10

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, May 10

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, May 11

April Hayman, Author, May 11

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, May 12


To celebrate her tour, Sandra is giving away the grand prize package of $40 gift card, custom Bookmark, custom signed bookplate, custom Realms of Light notebook, and library book pattern book / tablet sleeve!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Friday, April 30, 2021

May's Instagram Inspired Book Challenge

Are you on Instagram? If so, @sassybookishmama and I would love to have you join us with our daily prompts. We're a pretty laid back challenge. It's not really even a challenge. They're just prompts to help give you ideas of what to post on Instagram if you have a bookish account feel free to play along.

Post as often as you'd like. You could post every single day (and show us up) or just once in a while. We just hope the prompts will be helpful if you can't think of something to post. Don't forget to use our #InspiredBookChallenge hashtag and tag us in your shares so that we know you're participating. If you want the graphic, message me on Instagram at @books.n.blossoms and I'll shoot it over to you.

Monday, April 26, 2021

The Watcher By Sara Davison & GIVEAWAY

The Watcher JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Watcher by Sara Davison, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


The Watcher Title: The WATCHER 
Author: Sara Davison 
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink 
Release Date: April 15, 2021 
Genre: Christian speculative romantic suspense 

Someone or something is watching Kathryn Ellison. 

Kathryn thought she had buried memories of That Night for good—until Nick Lawson returns, reigniting her long-suppressed feelings for him. Seeing Nick has always reminded her too much of the horrible night that changed her life. As much as she wants to be with him, she wants even more to forget. When Nick unexpectedly shows up at her family ranch, Kathryn knows it is finally time to let go of the traumatic past that has held her captive for so long. 

David Henley is a captive too—of the dark secret involving Kathryn, a secret he’s kept even from his wife. Now the truth is about to be revealed. And when it is, he could be stripped of everything in his life that matters to him. 

A storm is brewing in the spiritual realm, and its effects reverberate through the natural world, summoning otherworldly Beings to the ranch. While Kathryn confronts the memories of That Night and struggles to let them go, she is not as alone in her home as she thinks. 

As spiritual and temporal forces collide, Kathryn—and everyone she loves—is about to be caught in the crossfire. 

My Review:

I want to preface this story with the fact that this deals with sexual trauma. I feel like the depth of this story and the topic it covers is very important to share up front because there's a realness and rawness to the story that I want readers to be aware of. BUT, more than that, please be understand that the author handles it in a way that recognizes the pain victims can go through along with their families.

This was a rather fascinating read to be honest. I've not read anything quite like it before. I really enjoy books that delve into the spiritual realm and that's what this book does in spades. The perspective of the story from the characters and one specific "being" really kept me thinking.

The reader goes from our current day back to when Kathryn's "that night" occurred and then gradually through the progressive years. It was so interesting to see how she dealt with her past as she went through it as well as now as she looks back over the previous years. No worries, it's easy to keep up with what's going on. 

As with any story, especially trauma, not only is one person effected, but the rest of her family is as well. Her brother was such a hero in my eyes. Aaron was basically her built in protector. He was always so kind, gentle, and loving. It amazed me how patient and understanding his wife, Meg, was with the entire situation. He's exactly how you'd hope a sibling would be through something like this.

It was such a strange experience to read the perspective of one of the men who was involved in Katheryn's trauma. While I appreciated Sara's perspective of him, it was difficult to read. I think that's an important piece because I think we need to struggle with how we show grace and mercy to those who we deem have sinned "greater" than others. As the author notes through her characters, we are all sinners. There is an incredibly powerful scene in the story that had me welled up with tears. Grace is a powerful thing.

It took a little while to understand Nick's connection to Katheryn, but what an unbelievable twist to this story. I don't want to give anything away, but I just really liked his character. He has a strength and vulnerability that comes through every scene he's in. Even at his lowest moments he has this deep strength.

The "being" though... I don't even know how to describe it. I'd like to talk to the author about it. I have questions. I think theologically we'd have an incredibly lively discussion. There are a few elements I'm not sure I agree with. Not to say the author is "wrong" by any means. I'd just love to pick her brain about the "being". How do I explain my thoughts on it as well as the others that pop up. I will admit that nearly from the start I tried to deduce who or what it was, but not in the right way. I almost feel like after learning more about the main "being", I want to go back and re-read the story so I can get better glimpses of it and have those "ah ha" moments.

The overwhelming presence of God's grace is absolutely shown throughout this story. No, we don't get all of the answers, just like in real life. I think the extra content from the author was also really good to read. She acknowledges that some of this story may be difficult for some to read. I think on any level, it would be hard, but for some more than others it will be even harder.

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Sara Davison

Sara Davison is the author of three romantic suspense series—The Seven Trilogy, The Night Guardians, and The Rose Tattoo Trilogy. She has been a finalist for ten national writing awards, including Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol, a Selah, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a Word and Cascade Award winner. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children. The words on the mug she uses every morning pretty much sum up her life—I just want to sleep, drink coffee, and make stuff up. Get to know Sara better at and @sarajdavison.

CONNECT WITH SARA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


(1) winner will receive a print copy of The Watcher and a $25 Amazon gift card!

The Watcher JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight April 26, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on May 3, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!

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Woven by Words by Mimi B is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.