2020 Book Blogger Awards: Nomination Post

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It’s that time of year where all the book bloggers in the community find out whether or not they have been nominated for the Book Blogger Awards! I remember seeing this last year, and I was so hoping that I was known enough to be nominated, but it wasn’t in the cards this year. However, I think I’m okay with that because this year, I finally get the chance to do the nominating and I’m hoping that some of the bloggers that I do end up nominating win!

Thank you to this year’s hosts: May @ Forever and Everly and Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books for putting all of this together and being just amazing people all around! Both of the links that I included here give you a better idea of what you need to do to nominate your favorite bloggers this year. Make sure you read it…

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The Last Summer Blog Tour

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Hi everyone!

I feel like I haven’t posted in a little while, I have been focusing on Hear Our Voice Blog tours! It’s a new tour company I began with Leelynn, Natalie, Natalia, Nox and Dani. I am so excited and looking forward to this journey as we all have wanted to highlight diverse books and Own Voices reviewers.

Today, I wanted to highlight The Last Summer by Cait Marie because it’s such a cute read, I loved it!

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Author Info & Bio:

Cait Marie has been obsessed with books her entire life, but the love of writing didn’t truly hit until 2017. Since then, she has held multiple positions within Coffee House Writers, including C.O.O., Editor, and Writer. In 2018, she used her passion for reading to create Functionally Fictional. In 2019, she joined the indie staff of YA Books Central as a reviewer and then Indie Assistant Blogger.

Cait graduated with honors in 2019 from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, and she is currently enrolled in their Master of Fine Arts program. She lives in Indiana, where she freelance edits and provides a variety of other author services. When she’s not writing or reading, she can usually be found watching Disney movies or Brooklyn Nine-Nine, creating bullet journal spreads, or singing along to various soundtracks and showtunes.

Links
Twitter: https://twitter.com/c8_marie
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cait.marie.h/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/caits.inner.circle/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/c8_marie/
Newsletter Sign-Up: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/v1d5i1
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cait-Marie/e/B083W2CG3Z
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19751293.Cait_Marie
Website: https://caitmarieh.com/
Functionally Fictional: https://functionallyfictional.com/

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Synopsis: For the first eleven years of their lives, neighbors Lila and Gavin were inseparable best friends. They did everything together. Until they didn’t.

Every detail of Lila’s life has been meticulously planned out since she was a child. To the point where she forgot one vital thing: to live. When she receives news that drastically alters the path of her future, she realizes she has one last chance to create memories and make the most of her summer.

Gavin, on the other hand, is known for his carefree attitude. He has lived a charmed life for almost eighteen years. He’s never short on friends or a good time, he has a supportive family, and he’s all set to go off to college and follow his dreams. The one thing he doesn’t have is the girl.

He doesn’t know why Lila pushed him away all those years ago, but when Gavin finds her summer bucket list, he’s determined to help his goody-two-shoes neighbor cross off every item and hopefully mend their friendship in the process. Even if that’s not all he wants from her.

He just hopes it’s not too late.

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Lila Weston spends her life for the future instead of enjoying her present. Before she starts college, she creates a list – her Summer Bucket List – that she wants to complete within two weeks to have fun and makeup any fun she missed during her high school years.

Gavin Miller is her childhood best friend that turned into her emery, finding a way to annoy her even more. He still wonders why they stopped being friends and why Lila stopped talking to him. He commits to helping her completer her  Summer Bucket List in order to find out what happened and to change their relationship.

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I really loved reading the part when Gavin takes interest in Lila’s bucket list and also wants to use the opportunity to repair their relationship. The chemistry and romance was so cute in the book too, it had such a cute build up. I also enjoyed how the family dynamic and friendship dynamics were implemented in the story as well, made it more realistic.  I hope you all get a chance to pick up this book especially if you’re looking for a cute story and romance to read. See you all next time!

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When a Heart Trips Blog Tour

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Synopsis: I never thought I’d catch serious feelings for someone at seventeen—isn’t life
complicated enough at this age?—let alone for my polar opposite.
I’m the quiet, reserved bookworm.
He’s the popular, confident jock at the center of every party.
He’s also kind, charming, and sweet.
The determined wide receiver worms his way past my defenses.
I see a side of him no one else does,
and he makes me feel things I’ve only ever read about.
He isn’t my perfect match, but at some point,
I can’t ignore what my heart is trying to say.
So, what happens when a heart trips?
Well, at some point, the fall is unavoidable,
and I’m falling headfirst into something I didn’t want in the first place.
I asked for a crush, not for this.

Book Links:

Amazon: https://bit.ly/WhenAHeartTripsAmazon

Goodreads: bit.ly/WhenAHeartTripsGR

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

I’m a Southern California girl who grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

My dog is my child, and she’s my favorite. I’m an advocate for love, mental health, and happily ever afters. Sarcasm is my go-to for any situation. I write sweet, sometimes sexy romances that range from young adult to new adult to contemporary. Cows are my favorite animal, and I’m the absolute worst at talking about myself.

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Review: I enjoyed this book so much especially having the theme of friendship and romance that is highlighted.

“So get to know him, I chide myself. When there’s nothing to lose, there’s everything to gain. That last tidbit is something my mother taught me long ago. And in this moment, her lessons hold more weight than ever.”

This was one of my favorite quotes from the book as Devon decides to give love a chance. Devon hasn’t given love a chance before this, her best friend Erin encourages her to step away from the books and focus on her real life. For Valentine’s Day, she gets a list of her potential school crushes, Erin cheers her on to pursue someone from the list.

She had her on a certain guy at school but as time goes on, she falls for his best friend instead. They are opposites as Devon is shy, a bookworm, Julian on the other hand is the high school’s football player.

“Yeah, screw the damn list,” Erin mumbles from beside me. “Destiny seems to have intervened.” Erin is the ultimate best friend as she wants what is best for Devon including finding a crush or potential love on their senior year of high school. “Even so, treat this night like you’ll never have it again – because you won’t. Use that heart of yours and tell your mind to shut the hell up.”

“Am I hallucinating or invading some book-to-movie romantic comedy on Netflix? Who’s to say, really. Maybe this is the way being in high school is supposed to be, maybe I’ve been doing it wrong the entire time. Because if a guy I met mere hours ago can make me feel like I’ve lost my breath with just the quirk of his lips, then, well I am here for it. Terrified but here.”

This is a quote that I could relate with as I tend to shy, reserved about opening up with people which made my high school experience a bit different. Any time I decided to take a chance, do something different, I thought very similar to Devon. I have thought this is making me scared or anxious but I am going to try it because if I don’t, I might regret it and that’s how I picture her in this situation/scene.

I can’t wait to see you all next time!

 

 

 

 

 

Everything’s Not Fine Blog Tour

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Hi all, I do apologize for the late post on the blog tour. I did want to bring you all this review for Everything’s Not Fine by Sarah J Carlson.

Everything’s Not Fine by Sarah J.Carlson

Publisher: Turner Publishing

Release Date: May 26, 2020

Genre: Young Adult,Contemporary

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Rose Hemmersbach aspires to breakout of smalltown Sparta,Wisconsin and achieve her artistic dreams at Belwyn School for the Arts after she graduates. Painting is Rose’s escape from her annoying younger siblings and her family’s one rule: ignore the elephant in the room, because talking about it makes it real.That is, until the day Rose finds her mother dying on the kitchen floor of a heroin overdose. Kneeling beside her,Rose pleads with the universe to find a heartbeat. She does–but when her mother is taken to the hospital, the troubles are just beginning.Rose and her dad are left to pick up the pieces. Now all that matters are her siblings. Rose doesn’t have room to do her  schoolwork, let alone pickup a paintbrush. Until Rose is forced to do the homecoming mural with Rafa, a new senior at Sparta  High. Rose and Rafa don’t have an ounce of school spirit between them, but Rose discovers her brain still has room to paint.

As Rose fights to hold everything together,and her dreams of the future start to slip from her grasp,she must face the question of what happens when–if–her mom comes home again. And if, deep down, if Rose even wants her to.

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BOOKLINKS:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49186332-everything-s-not-fine

Amazon: https://www.ama-zon.com/dp/1684424100/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_lVg6Db5KM5VH1

Barnes&Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/everythings-not-fine-sarah-carlson/1133001188?ean=9781684424108

BookDepository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Everythings-Not-Fine-Sarah-Carlson/9781684424108?ref=grid-view&qid=1587012240308&sr=1-4

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/everything-s-not-fine

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781684424115

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Sarah J. Carlson writes contemporary YA that delves into complex, real world problems. Professionally, she is a school psychologist who works primarily with a diverse, mostly low income population. Her professional focus is around supporting the success of children with behavioral and mental health needs and helping to promote resilience in children who have been exposed to trauma or toxic stress. Sarah lives outside Madison,Wiscons in with her husband,two young children,and two energetic terriers.

 

Author Links:

Website: https://sjcarlsonauthor.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18144557.Sarah_Carlson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarahjoydrop

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sjcarlsonauthor/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sjcarlsonauthor/

Review: An aspect I really enjoyed about the book is that it brings up the discussion of drugs, mental health, addiction, family dynamics. One of the most important aspects for me is that characters are developed very well and their stories too. We also feel for Rose as she has a lot to deal with especially during the senior year of high school. Senior year always comes with pressures betwen college applications and school work then Rose also has to deal with her mom’s situation.

I do enjoy how the book was written as you’re invested in Rose’s life and her paintings as well, they are described so well in the writing. The writing also helps you realize that the author has experience dealing with these situations especially through her workplace.

Giveaway:  1 copy of EVERYTHING’S NOT FINE by Sarah Carlson
US Only
Please be aware that delays due to COVID-19 may occur on the shipping of the prizes.

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I hope to see you all again soon!

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Finding My Way in the Book Community

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Today, I wanted to bring a different post to my blog to show that we all have a place in this community, sometimes it might take time for us to find it.

A few years ago, I had joined several book clubs on Facebook mostly to find YA book recommendations, hopefully make new connections/friendships and join on their events.I felt discouraged whenever they wanted to include moderators and I was never picked, I wondered what I had done wrong, I wanted to learn about the community, grow.

As time went by, I felt like I was disconnecting myself from these groups, like I was stuck. I began to use Twitter more often, I had found a lot of pictures with Don’t Date Rosa Santos and #YellowForRosa, I thought it was so cool to see so many people mentioning the book that I decided to purchase it.

Don’t Date Rosa Santos made me feel like I could be seen in books and I wanted more. At the time, I joined the #Latinx Squad, a group of amazing individuals from the book community that gave me a lot of recommendations of books with Latinx characters and by Latinx authors.

More than anything, I felt that I found my community, I continued to use that motivation to grow. Reflecting on the situation, I am glad that I decided to keep looking, that I wanted something different. Now, I have been able to host the Con Sabor Reading Challenge, the TBR Readathon, the Christina Lauren readalong too and my book club. I have also had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite authors, I joined the Social Distance Book Fest, did my first Instagram Live with Alexandra (@Catfairyreads.) More than anything, I have gained so many great experiences that I will never change. Also, now than ever, I want to spread the word about Latinx and diverse books because they deserve to be heard and read as well.

I wanted to include this picture from the Latinx Squad because they all mean a lot to me, very happy that I have been able to get to know them and chat with them about so many things.

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I wanted this post to reflect that if you are struggling to find your community, keep working on it because you’ll find it, it’ll be worth the wait.

 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: SeaMAYden-athon with Mir @ Fangirl Pixie Blog!

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Hey fam! So you know how I’m like obsessed with mermaids and stuff? And you know how I was curious about whether there were any mermaid readathons that I could jump on? Well, I did see some and I’m definitely going to join them.

And then my amazing friend Mir @ Fangirl Pixie Blog said that she was interested in hosting our very own readathon because she’s into mermaids and sea creatures too, and omg the rest is history!

I’m also excited to say that with Mir’s huge support and help, we are going to be hosting our first ever readathon for the masses!

Welcome to SeaMAYdenathon 2020!


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How I’ve Dealt With My Anxiety

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to bring you all a personal post instead of the regular bookish content I have been posting. When I experience stressful situations, my anxiety begins to affect me, I realized that finding a distraction is what has helped me improve my anxiety. With this post, I wanted to include those distractions that have helped me recently. I also want to advise that even though these have helped me, doesn’t mean you’ll have the same result but I do hope it inspires you to adjust it to fit your needs.

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Thanks to my Mom, I have recently began to get a yearly planner. You might think what’s the fun doing that? Well, I have learned about decorating planners with stickers and washi tape, it’s fun when you can be creative.

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This one I know isn’t for everyone but as I suggested earlier, you can adjust it based on your need. Another thing that I have started to do has been “reading plans” from the Bible app. They each come with a verse and a question to self reflect, I have been using my journals to insert that self reflection. I have also used my journal to write a lot more about my feelings. It’s a good combination for me as I get to writer which I love a lot plus I also get to express myself. I found these journals at Michael’s, it’s a very good way to distract yourself by writing down how you’re feeling especially under the current circumstances we are all in. You can also use these journals to be creative with your own writing whether you do short stories or even a poem.

Were you expecting me not to include reading in this post? I have been reading for quite some time but in the past two years or so I have emerged myself in the book community. I have participated in blog tours, street teams, reading challenges, readathons, etc. It has been amazing to find that I belong somewhere. I also love spreading the word about the amazing books I have read and meeting other members of the community that have enjoyed those books as well. I have been fortunate enough to meet so many wonderful people through buddy reads, readathons and reading challenge and now they are people that I go to for advice too.

I wanted to include one of my most recent experience which has been using essential oils and candles. I have used the essential oil diffuser mostly when I go to sleep. I began to use the candle warmer while I read and journal, it’s very nice especially when you want to set that mood to relax.

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Coloring… most of the time we think about children doing it but as an adult, I have loved it even more. I had so many packs of crayons, markers and a few coloring books, it’s so relaxing and such a good distraction.

Lastly, I have been enjoying a lot of podcasts, I’m also open to recommendations! The beauty of podcasts is that you can find any topic whenever you want to hear something new. I listen to podcasts about wrestling, lifestyle, mental health for example. It’s fun to listen to these especially while I am reading and on the days I want to escape and get distracted.

I hope you find all these tips helpful, let me know if you decide to use any of them or if any of them inspired you to do something new that has helped your anxiety or helped you get distracted from your everyday life.  I can’t wait to hear from you all! See you next time 🙂

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Trust in You Blog Tour

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Hello! Bringing you another blog tour today, so excited to work with Rachel’s Random Resources for the review of Trust In You.

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Synopsis: From the moment she met him, Ella Peterson had questions. As always, though, she’s too shy to ask. Older and sexy as hell, mysterious Adam Brook soon sweeps sheltered Ella off her feet; but is he as perfect as he appears to be, or is there more to him than he’s telling her? Ella’s world has already turned upside down after moving from England to rural Kansas. She and her sisters were hoping for a more secure future, but instead find that life can be tough when jobs are scarce and the stakes often higher than anticipated. When events spiral out of Ella’s control, she learns the person she needs to rely on most is herself and her instincts on who to trust in the future. It’s just that her instincts are screaming at her to trust Adam; it’s what he tells her that makes that a problem

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Author Bio: Julia is an avid reader of all things romance, and she has read hundreds of books across a variety of sub-genres and began writing her own novels in 2018. Four books are currently in various stages of editing and completion, the first of which is finished and will be on sale in spring 2020.Julia has always been passionate about languages and fiction and has a degree in Languages And Trade and an A-Level in English Literature. When Julia is not writing or editing her ownnovels, she usually has her nose in books by other authors and is otherwise kept busy caring for her family, going to the gym and carrying out her day job. Julia lives on the South Coast of England with her two children, husband and cats.

Media Links –Author

Author Website :http://www.juliafirlotteauthor.com

Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/JuliaFirlotteAuthor/

Facebook Group: Romance Chit Chat

https://www.facebook.com/groups/501897750557397/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/juliafirlotte

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19484358.Julia_Christine_Firlotte

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/juliafirlotte/

Purchase Links:

UK -https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trust-You-romance-intrigue-Falling/dp/1916167012

US -https://www.amazon.com/Trust-You-romance-intrigue-Falling/dp/1916167012Author Bio

Review: More than anything, the book takes you through Ella Peterson’s life. She has a fresh start in a new country yet her life changes when Adam Brooks enters her life.

The story includes so many themes such as love, emotions, life, secrets and much more! Trust In You is one of those books that hooks you right from the start which I really like to have when I’m reading a book. It’s definitely a great debut for Julia Firlotte. I am really looking forward to what happens next in the story. Ella trusts Adam even when she knows that he is hiding something dark. The love between Ella and Adam is suspenseful, you’ll get very curious and find yourself thinking “what’s next.” If you like to read any book in which you will find yourself thinking what could happen next, then this is for you!

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Super Adjacent Blog Tour

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Hello everyone! Today I bring to you a new blog tour post, this time it’s for Super Adjacent!

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Synopsis: Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes, from collecting Warrior Nation cards as a kid to drafting “What to Say to a Hero” speeches in her diary. Now that she’s landed a coveted internship with the Chicago branch of Warrior Nation, Claire is ready to prove she belongs, super or not. But complicating plans is the newest WarNat hero, Girl Power (aka Joy), who happens to be egotistical and self-important . . . and pretty adorable.Bridgette, meanwhile, wants out of WarNat. After years of dating the famous Vaporizer (aka Matt), she’s sick of playing second, or third, or five-hundredth fiddle to all the people-in-peril in the city of Chicago. Of course, once Bridgette meets Claire-who’s clearly in need of a mentor and wingman-giving up WarNat becomes slightly more complicated. It becomes a lot more complicated when Joy, Matt, and the rest of the heroes go missing, leaving only Claire and Bridgette to save the day.In this fresh and funny take on the world of supers, author Crystal Cestari spotlights what it’s like to be the seemingly non-super half of a dynamic duo with banter-filled romance and bold rescues perfect for readers seeking a great escape.

BOOK LINKS:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46803006-super-adjacent

Amazon: https://amzn.to/36HEhUD

Bookdepository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Super-Adjacent-Crystal-Cestari/9781368023986

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/super-adjacent-crystal-cestari/1132410671#/

iTunes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/super-adjacent/id1476448321

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/super-adjacent

Google Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Crystal_Cestari_Super_Adjacent?id=yAGpDwAAQBAJ

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Writing has been my jam since I was very young. In fact, in fifth grade we filled out a profile declaring what we would be doing as adults. I wrote I wanted to be an author because: “I love reading and stories, and want to share that love.” My elementary-school self was very wise, because that sentiment holds true today.I live just outside Chicago with my daughter. My likes include ice cream and bulldogs, and dislikes span from broccoli to wet sneakers on linoleum (the worst). I always carry around a notebook to scribble down ideas. Writing longhand works best for me (even though it’s the slowest method ever) because looking at a blank piece of paper is somehow less intimidating than a blank screen. Plus, there are so many pretty notebooks and pens to doodle with!The Best Kind of Magic is my first YA novel, and I can’t wait to share it! Shoot me a message if you’d like; happy reading, fellow Goodreader!

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website: https://www.crystalcestari.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13856066.Crystal_Cestari

Twitter: https://twitter.com/crystalcestari

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crystalcestari/

Review: I was more than intrigued by the cover as I really enjoy stories with superheroes. I tend to watch the super hero movies and shows that have been released recently therefore I knew I’d enjoy the book as well. First, one aspect I enjoy from the book is that we get to see the everyday life of the superheroes not just when they come to the rescue. Another aspect is that we get to see the point of view from Claire and Bridgette, it’s amazing to see the focus on both women.

Claire is starting her internship at Warrior Nation and she’s in a new relationship with new recruit Joy aka Girl Power. Bridgette has been dating Vaporizer meaning that she already knows how their relationship goes and she comes in second. I like that we get to follow both characters especially when their lives are so different, it’s interesting.

Super Adjacent is a fun read especially if you enjoy super heroes and geeky references that we see through the story. I also enjoyed the writing style and how the pacing goes, it reminds me of any time I read a comic book, I definitely recommend it if you like any of those.

See you all next time!

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Tapestry Blog Tour

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Hello! On this blog tour, I am collaborating with Anne Carter and with Random Things Tour to highlight Tapestry by Beth Duke.

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Synopsis: Twenty-one-year-old Skye Willis lives in Eufaula, Alabama, a tourist mecca of stately homes and
world-class bass fishing. Her childhood friends are either stuck at dead ends or have moved on to
accomplish Big Things.
Skye’s grandmother, Verna, insists on being called “Sparrow” because she suspects her
ancestors were Muscogee Creek. She dresses in faux deerskin and experiments with ancient
Native American recipes, offering a myth or legend to anyone who will listen.
Skye has no idea what to do with her life. She’s smart as hell, but she has no faith or knowledge
there’s something out there she was “born to do.” Nor does she know much of anything about her
father, who died in Afghanistan when she was a toddler. He and his family are a mystery her
mother won’t discuss. But when Sparrow sets out to confirm her Creek ancestry through genetic
testing, Skye joins in. The results hit like a DNA bomb, launching them both on a path filled with
surprises and life-changing events. Skye learns a harder truth than she ever expected.
Alternating chapters between Skye’s Alabama life and an intertwining tale of greed, deceit, and
control in Texas, this story offers proof that all life is a woven tapestry of past, present, and future.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Beth Dial Duke is an Amazon #1 Best Selling author and the recipient of short story awards on two
continents.
She is eyeing the other five.
Beth lives in the mountains of her native Alabama with her husband, one real dog, one ornamental
dog, and a flock of fluffy pet chickens.
She loves reading, writing, and not arithmetic.
Baking is a hobby, with semi-pro cupcakes and amateur macarons a specialty.
And puns—the worse, the better.
Travel is her other favorite thing, along with joining book clubs for discussion. Please invite her to
London…England or Kentucky, either is fine. Anywhere!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bethidee

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/onlythebethforyou/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Beth-Duke/e/B006EAMBFW%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51131239-tapestry?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=ocmTr4YlN5&rank=1

Review: This is one of those stories that came at the precise time for me. With everything going on, I wish I could be closer to my family but even through the distance, we are checking on each other constantly. It’s very moving to read a story about family, the connections we have together, the memories we have all created with each other. I enjoy any story that emphasize the importance of family and the characters felt so realistic too. If you appreciate stories that involve family, history and ancestry then this is the book you should pick up. There also a few aspect of the story I wanted to highlight as they were my favorites such as the characters, the overall story, the importance of culture as well. Also, Skye’s relationship with her grandma made me reflect on the memories I have with my grandma and how much I wish she lived closer to me. The writing was also that made me love the story even more, the scenes felt so realistic and authentic. I hope you all check out this book too!

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