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Friday, April 20, 2018

Carmen Otto Reviews YA Novel "Crossing the Line" by Ellen Wolfson Valladares

About the Book:

Laura, who died thirty years ago, enlists the help of a tenacious high school reporter named Rebecca, who is very much alive. Rebecca, although skeptical and conflicted by her supposed encounters with a spirit, determines to learn the truth about Laura’s tragic death. As the clues unravel and their worlds collide, Rebecca finds herself at a dangerous crossroads.

Laura, now pulled back into everything she left behind when she died—her old high school and memories of her life and death—has been in training for this exact moment. And nothing means more to her than succeeding at her assignment.

It is her one chance to make sure that what happened to her does not happen to anyone else, and especially not to her new friend, Rebecca.

Paperback: 296 pages
Genre: Fiction/Young Adult Novel
Publisher: WiDO (March 2018)
ISBN-10: 1937178994
ISBN-13: 978-1937178994

Crossing the Line is available for purchase in print and as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.



About the Author:

Ellen Wolfson Valladares is an award-winning writer/author, workshop facilitator, community volunteer, and mother. A native Floridian, she grew up in St. Petersburg and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. She has worked as an editor, public relations professional, and freelance writer. Her first book, a children’s novel entitled Jonathan's Journey to Mount Miapu, received several awards, including a Mom’s Choice Gold Award and the 2009 Coalition of Visionary Resources Visionary Awards Book of the Year award. She also has a meditation CD, entitled “Healing and Manifestation with the Archangels.”
Today, Valladares continues to work as a freelance writer. She also enjoys coaching high school students working on their college essays and helping other writers realize their dreams. She has been married to her husband, Manny, for 30 years and they have two sons, Gabriel and Michael, two dogs, Flash and Chili Pepper, and a crazy cat named Zelda. They live in Weston, Fla.

Find Ellen Online:

Website: http://www.ellenvalladares.com

Twitter: @ValladaresEllen

FB: @EllenValladares444

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023698.Ellen_Wolfson_Valladares


Note from mom here: I was reading Crossing the Line as part of my job with WOW! Women on Writing and as usual, I was talking to my children about what I was reading. All our children love to read, but my 11 year old daughter asked if she could read it on her tablet. I agreed, and she absolutely loved the book. It sparked some great mother/daughter conversations too - a total win/win!

-----Book Review by Carmen Jeanne Otto 


I would give this book to a friend to read...

I like how the author told the story from each persons point of view. It didn't take me long to read Crossing the Line. I was confused at first about how everyone fit together but my mom helped me make notes so I could understand. I didn't know what a Ouija board was until reading this book and I don't think I'd play with one.

I related to the characters and topics like friendship and bullying, and boys. I would read more books by this author and I would give this book to a friend to read too. My mom wasn't too sure I was old enough, but I think this is an ok book for someone my age.



----------Upcoming Blog Tour Dates


Saturday, April 21st @ Spark the Wizard
Brandi at Spark the Wizard shares her thoughts in a review of Ellen Valladares novel Crossing the Line.
http://sparkthewizarduprising.com/

Monday, April 23rd @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen
Wisconsin entrepreneur and school teacher reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. Don't miss this opportunity to find out more about the YA Novel Crossing the Line.
http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, April 24th @ Finished Pages
Today, at Finished Pages, readers have an opportunity to learn more about Crossing the Line the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. Don't miss Renee's review of this YA Novel!
http://finishedpages.com/


Thursday, April 26th @ Digging with the Worms
Eric Trant reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. See what Eric thinks of Crossing the Line and find out more about this great book and accomplished author.
http://diggingwiththeworms.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 26th @ Phy Tallic
Phy reviews the delightful YA Novel Crossing the Line by Ellen Valladares.
https://phytallic.wordpress.com/

Friday, April 27th @ Write Happy
Today at Write Happy, Catherine Brown will be interviewing Ellen Valladares about her latest novel Crossing the Line. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about this YA Novel as well as hear some tips from the accomplished journalist and author Ellen Valladares.
https://www.writehappy.net/blog

Monday, April 30th @ Ellen Valladares
Crystal J. Casavant-Otto from WOW! Women on Writing reviews Crossing the Line by Ellen Valladares and shares her thoughts with readers at Valladares blog.
http://ellenvalladares.com/ellens-blog/

Tuesday, May 1st @ I Just Want to Finish My…
Brittany shares her thoughts after reading Crossing the Line by Ellen Valladares. Don't miss this insightful blog stop for this delightful Young Adult Novel!
http://www.ijustwannafinishmy.com/

Wednesday, May 2nd @ Hott Books
Don't miss today's guest post at Hott Books! Distinguished author Ellen Valladares shares her post titled: 'The Inspiration Behind Crossing the Line'. You'll want to learn more about this delightful YA Novel!
http://www.hottbooks.com/

Friday, May 4th @ Frasers Fun House
Melanie at Frasers Fun House reviews Crossing the Line by Ellen Valladares.
https://frasersfunhouse.com/

Monday, May 7th @ Word Nerd Media
Elizabeth at Word Nerd reviews the latest novel by Ellen Valladares. You won't want to miss a minute of this captivating YA Novel Crossing the Line.
https://www.wordnerdmedia.com/


*****ABOUT TODAY'S REVIEWER*****

Carmen is 11 years old and lives on a dairy farm in Central Wisconsin. She is one of six children and enjoys swimming, playing french horn, singing, milking cows with her dad, playing with her siblings, reading books, and playing horses (not necessarily in that order). Carmen wants to be a large animal vet when she grows up! 

You see Carmen to the left pictured wearing her Valders Dolphins Swimteam Hoodie spending time with her friend Kathy's sheep. It's likely there's a book in her sweatshirt pocket too (and she dislikes having her picture taken) - but she's certainly beautiful <3 b="">

Thursday, April 19, 2018

What's in a Name?

I get asked all the time about our children's names - so for the sake of posterity and my children's future sanity, here's the scoop!

I'm a total name junkie and always said I'd name my first born after my father. So, long story short - since my first born was a girl, her name became Leah (after Grandpa Lee). Now, for the rest of the alphabet gang (there's a huge age gap between #1 and #'s 2-6, and the younger children's names were chosen this way:)

A - Andre Nicholas (Andre after my father and Nicholas after a gone too soon friend) - name meaning Andre = man/warrier and  Nicholas = victory of the people. Andre may be small in stature (like his grandfather), but he is not short on intellect or determination. He is quite certainly a strong-willed warrier who is going to change the world around him one small victory at a time!
B - Breccan Leland - Breccan derived from the Irish Saint of the Isle of Aran - name means freckled or speckled and Leland = wood/clearing/meadow and since we live on a beautiful piece of speckled with trees, streams, rocks, hills, and fields we thought it appropriate to name this little lad Breccan Leland. It just so happens that Leland is also the name of a tractor - so quite appropriate for this farming family. Breccan has a gentle spirit and like the wind can be soft and sweet or if necessary a force to be reckoned with.
C - Carmen Jeanne (Jeanne after great grandma) - name meaning Carmen = garden and Jeanne = God is gracious. These names are very appropriate for the young lady we nearly lost at 19 weeks gestation. God graciously provided us with this strong-willed young lady who tends to those around her to ensure her garden is filled with hope and love.
D - Delphine Elizabeth (Elizabeth after grandma) - name meaning Delphine = after the City of Delphi and the Oracle of Apollo (the Oracle if you remember gave guidance and Delphi was the said to be the center or womb of the earth), and Elizabeth = God is satisfaction. Delphine has a warmth that can melt the hearts of many and she can calm a storm with her gentle voice and tender smile. She is usually the center of attention quite organically because of her sparkling personality.
E - Eudora Naomi (Naomi after great grandma) name meaning Eudora = good gift and Naomi = pleasantness. Eudora is a gift to her family, but especially to her siblings who can't get enough of her large smile and she is by far the most pleasant child most have ever met - she's always smiling and very content to talk to anyone who takes time to make eye contact.

Friday, April 6, 2018

5 Stars for Sebastian Slovin's "Ashes in the Ocean"

Thank you  to WOW! Women on Writing for the opportunity to participate in the book blog tour of Ashes in the Ocean by Sebastian Slovin! You may have caught yesterday's review of this same book - but today Crystal has a little different take on things.


Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto: 

First of all, I don't think you can read a memoir like this without thanking the author for their bravery. Human nature sometimes allows us to believe that some rocks are best left buried and some skeletons are best left in closets. Sometimes we just need to remember that it's the truth that sets us free and unearthing those rocks to look beneath them or letting those skeletons out so the closet has room for something new can be a very freeing opportunity. Like any labor of love - there will be labor pains. Ashes in the Ocean is filled with the pain of loss, but yet Sebastian doesn't allow himself to be consumed by the sorrow of his father's death.

Sebastian honors his father by learning more about his life instead of dwelling on simply the death and sorrow brought along with suicide. Ashes in the Ocean may be about how as a 6 year old Sebastian lost his father to suicide, but it is so much more. This is a memoir about the strength we all have within us. The strength to search for answers, move through grief, find our tribe, recognize our gifts, and go out into the world to share a story of empowerment instead of a story of simple sorrow. The thing about grief and sadness is that it can sometimes consume us. Sebastian visits a raw and sorrowful time in his life but he doesn't live there - he is not consumed by his father's suicide. He is instead propelled forward to share his story with the masses.

Ashes in the Ocean is a story of love and strength. Of a man who is using his time and talents to help others. This is a beautifully written and well-edited book that I would recommend and would absolutely give 5 stars!


About the Book:

A son's story of living through and learning from his father's suicide.

Vernon Slovin was a legend. He was one of the best swimmers in his home country of South Africa, and for a time in the world. He prided himself on being the best. The best in sports, business, and life. He had it all, a big home, athletic prestige, fancy clothes and cars, and a beautiful wife and family. Everything was going his way until it all came tumbling down. He lost everything, including his own life. In the wake of his suicide he left his wife and two young children.

In this riveting memoir, Vernon’s son, Sebastian Slovin chronicles his experience of living in the shadow of a suicide, and his journey out of the darkness and into the light. Slovin shares his quest to uncover why his father took his own life. A pilgrimage that led him around the world and eventually back to himself.

Ashes in the Ocean is a powerful story about facing one’s fears and choosing a different path.

Paperback: 222 pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Nature Unplugged (March 2018)
ISBN-10: 978-0-692-05119-1
ISBN-13: 978-0692051191


Ashes in the Ocean: Book Trailer from Nature Unplugged on Vimeo.


Ashes in the Ocean: A Son's Story of Living Through and Learning From His Father's Suicide is available in print and as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.


About Sebastian Slovin:
Since he can remember, nature has been a central part of Sebastian’s life. He was fortunate to grow up in the beach community of La Jolla, California, and spent his childhood mixing it up in the ocean. As a young boy, he lost his father to suicide, which would later deeply inspire his path in life. As a young adult, he had the opportunity to travel extensively and experience many of the world’s great surf spots as a professional bodyboarder. Through his travel, Sebastian developed a deep love and appreciation for our natural world, and at the same time was drawn to the practice of yoga.

His love for yoga led him to study at Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla, California, and his passion for nature eventually led him to pursue a BA in Environment and Natural Resource Conservation at San Diego State University. He also holds an MA in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

He lives with his wife Sonya in Encinitas, California. He and Sonya have a business called Nature Unplugged, which focuses on cultivating wellness through healthier relationships with technology and a deeper connection to nature. When he is not writing or working on Nature Unplugged, Sebastian enjoys swimming, bodysurfing, surfing, and stand-up paddling (pretty much all things) in the wild Pacific Ocean.

Find Sebastian Online:

Website: www.sebastianslovin.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sebastianslovin

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



Upcoming Blog Tour Dates:
Monday, April 9th @ Finished Pages with Renee Roberson
Fellow author Renee Roberson reviews Sebastian Slovin’s memoior Ashes in the Ocean: A son's story of living through and learning from his father's suicide.
http://finishedpages.com/


Wednesday, April 11th @ Write Happy with Catherine Brown
Catherine Brown reviews Sebastian Slovin's touching and empowering memoir for readers at Write Happy. Don't miss this opportunity learn more about Ashes in the Ocean: A son's story of living through and learning from his father's suicide.
https://www.writehappy.net/blog

Thursday, April 12th @ Ingenious Opinion
Varnika Jain reviews Sebastian Slovin's Memoir Ashes in the Ocean for readers at Ingenious Opinion. Don't miss this blog stop!
https://ingeniousopinion.wordpress.com/category/all-things-books/

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Michelle DelPonte Reviews "Ashes in the Ocean" by Sebastian Slovin

Thank you for Michelle for being today's guest reviewer and thank you to WOW! Women on Writing for the opportunity to participate in the book blog tour of Ashes in the Ocean by Sebastian Slovin!


Review by Michelle DelPonte: 

As a wife, and mother of two boys, who struggles with chronic depression, I knew I had to read this book. I work full time night shift, come home to get less than two hours of sleep, and must function for my sons. My youngest is 3 and neuro-typical, while my 5-year-old is gifted with an autistic brain. I can honestly say in my 38 years of life, I have gone through a few to many stages where I just wanted life to be over. Thankfully, I have always been blessed with a reason to go on. When my dear friend Crystal posted about Sebastian’s book, I was at one of those low points. I knew I needed to make a change or my kids would possibly grow up without me. It is funny in an ironic way. It is sad to see that we will do just about anything for our kids, but not for ourselves.

Reading Sebastian’s life story and about the stigma of suicide really was eye opening. I wonder, if his father knew what harm his suicide would do to them? Sebastian and his mother shared this heartache privately and alone, yet together. Why can people not talk about suicide? Who are the outsiders that will judge? Sebastian’s father was a legend. He accomplished things many of us on Earth could only dream of with his swimming. Part of me truly believes he was part superhuman, with that lung capacity any swimmer would die for.

Hearing this story about Sebastian’s struggles and about his own destiny was heart retching. How could he have to pay such a high price because of his father’s choice? How could he truly feel that he had to follow in his footsteps? Sebastian eloquently discusses his feelings, fears, and anxieties about his father’s death and how it impacted his entire life. Finding courage in his fear, Sebastian embarks on a journey to find the answers he needs to believe in himself and life. He finds a way to connect with his mother on a level he was unable to I while growing up. Sebastian learns to forgive and let go. This book truly shows the real victims of suicide, those left behind.

Thank you, Sebastian, for sharing this tragedy with the world. I know in my heart it will help people on similar paths. Mental health and suicide should never be taboo.


About the Book:

A son's story of living through and learning from his father's suicide.

Vernon Slovin was a legend. He was one of the best swimmers in his home country of South Africa, and for a time in the world. He prided himself on being the best. The best in sports, business, and life. He had it all, a big home, athletic prestige, fancy clothes and cars, and a beautiful wife and family. Everything was going his way until it all came tumbling down. He lost everything, including his own life. In the wake of his suicide he left his wife and two young children.

In this riveting memoir, Vernon’s son, Sebastian Slovin chronicles his experience of living in the shadow of a suicide, and his journey out of the darkness and into the light. Slovin shares his quest to uncover why his father took his own life. A pilgrimage that led him around the world and eventually back to himself.

Ashes in the Ocean is a powerful story about facing one’s fears and choosing a different path.

Paperback: 222 pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Nature Unplugged (March 2018)
ISBN-10: 978-0-692-05119-1
ISBN-13: 978-0692051191


Ashes in the Ocean: Book Trailer from Nature Unplugged on Vimeo.


Ashes in the Ocean: A Son's Story of Living Through and Learning From His Father's Suicide is available in print and as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.


About Sebastian Slovin:
Since he can remember, nature has been a central part of Sebastian’s life. He was fortunate to grow up in the beach community of La Jolla, California, and spent his childhood mixing it up in the ocean. As a young boy, he lost his father to suicide, which would later deeply inspire his path in life. As a young adult, he had the opportunity to travel extensively and experience many of the world’s great surf spots as a professional bodyboarder. Through his travel, Sebastian developed a deep love and appreciation for our natural world, and at the same time was drawn to the practice of yoga.

His love for yoga led him to study at Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla, California, and his passion for nature eventually led him to pursue a BA in Environment and Natural Resource Conservation at San Diego State University. He also holds an MA in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

He lives with his wife Sonya in Encinitas, California. He and Sonya have a business called Nature Unplugged, which focuses on cultivating wellness through healthier relationships with technology and a deeper connection to nature. When he is not writing or working on Nature Unplugged, Sebastian enjoys swimming, bodysurfing, surfing, and stand-up paddling (pretty much all things) in the wild Pacific Ocean.

Find Sebastian Online:

Website: www.sebastianslovin.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sebastianslovin

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



About Today's Reviewer:

Michelle DelPonte is a busy mom and health care worker. Her two sons are the focus of her life and she works diligently to raise awareness about autism in the community. She loves reading, anything to do with history and geocaching just to name a few of her many hobbies. Michelle, her husband Ben and their two sons Sebastian and Asher live in Manitowoc, WI on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan where they enjoy walking and biking on the Mariner’s Trail and spending time at the Library.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Nancy Cramer Reviews "Ashes in the Ocean" by Sebastian Slovin

Thank you to WOW! Women on Writing for the opportunity to participate in the book blog tour for Sebastian Slovin's Ashes in the Ocean.

Review by Nancy Cramer:

Reading Ashes in the Ocean by Sebastian Slovin brings
suicide into the forefront. Being a nature lover, an athlete
and a Yoga teacher extraordinaire, helps Sebastian confront and delve into his father’s suicide.

A recollection of a childhood that could’ve been different. A realization of how a person lives their life and how it can form another person’s life. An awakening that what you have lived, what you think you know and what you find out can change who you become.

Reading Ashes in the Ocean is enlightening! Suicide is usually not a high priority topic. Suicide is embarrassing, depressing, hard to talk about and permanent. Realizing what the person has been going through before the act of suicide is important to understand. Sebastian spent a lot of time traveling and talking to his father’s family and friends to get an understanding of how his father came to his decision. Sebastian also found his father’s decision did not dictate his own life.

An excellent, quick read. I’d recommend this book to not only those that have had to experience suicide close up, but to all readers. Understanding, through Sebastian’s eyes, could be pivoting in understanding the “why.”


About Sebastian Slovin:

Since he can remember, nature has been a central part of Sebastian’s life. He was fortunate to grow up in the beach community of La Jolla, California, and spent his childhood mixing it up in the ocean. As a young boy, he lost his father to suicide, which would later deeply inspire his path in life. As a young adult, he had the opportunity to travel extensively and experience many of the world’s great surf spots as a professional bodyboarder. Through his travel, Sebastian developed a deep love and appreciation for our natural world, and at the same time was drawn to the practice of yoga.

His love for yoga led him to study at Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla, California, and his passion for nature eventually led him to pursue a BA in Environment and Natural Resource Conservation at San Diego State University. He also holds an MA in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

He lives with his wife Sonya in Encinitas, California. He and Sonya have a business called Nature Unplugged, which focuses on cultivating wellness through healthier relationships with technology and a deeper connection to nature. When he is not writing or working on Nature Unplugged, Sebastian enjoys swimming, bodysurfing, surfing, and stand-up paddling (pretty much all things) in the wild Pacific Ocean.

Find Sebastian Online:

Website: www.sebastianslovin.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sebastianslovin

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


More About the Book:

A son's story of living through and learning from his father's suicide.

Vernon Slovin was a legend. He was one of the best swimmers in his home country of South Africa, and for a time in the world. He prided himself on being the best. The best in sports, business, and life. He had it all, a big home, athletic prestige, fancy clothes and cars, and a beautiful wife and family. Everything was going his way until it all came tumbling down. He lost everything, including his own life. In the wake of his suicide he left his wife and two young children.

In this riveting memoir, Vernon’s son, Sebastian Slovin chronicles his experience of living in the shadow of a suicide, and his journey out of the darkness and into the light. Slovin shares his quest to uncover why his father took his own life. A pilgrimage that led him around the world and eventually back to himself.

Ashes in the Ocean is a powerful story about facing one’s fears and choosing a different path.

Paperback: 222 pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Nature Unplugged (March 2018)
ISBN-10: 978-0-692-05119-1
ISBN-13: 978-0692051191


Ashes in the Ocean: Book Trailer from Nature Unplugged on Vimeo.


Ashes in the Ocean: A Son's Story of Living Through and Learning From His Father's Suicide is available in print and as an ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.



About Today's Reviewer, Nancy Cramer: 



Since I was young I could travel, hide and grow “in” my book world. When young I read series: Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, etc. From that young world I grew into books that were a bit different. I usually bypass the mainstream authors. I find the quirky books, the ones that are a bit of fantasy with reality thrown in. If it starts out holding my
interest I have been known to stay up late into the night to find out what happens next!

I’m retired from the greatest career I could have ever stumbled upon. I taught 31 years, 26 in Kingergarten - a highlight of my life! Want quirkiness, fun, drama and great rewards - try being with 5 to 8 year olds everyday for 31 years! It was a hoot everyday and the kiddos wrote more books than I can remember. Books for every unit we
covered In K through 3rd. grade! Art work was an added bonus for many of the children while writing and “publishing” their books.

I like to think I passed my love of reading onto my own 2 children
as well. Their interests are varied and different stages of life have
brought different genres to the forefront. All 3 of us devoured the
Harry Potter series! A great way to connect with your children,
discussing the excitement of books.

Being an avid traveler, through my teaching years and in retirement,
I have also gravitated to books about the areas I’ve visited or lived in.
I walked a short distance on the Appalachian Trail at one point in my life.
That set me off researching and reading all the books I could find about
people that have walked the multitude of trails in the world. Their stories
are amazing!

I will continue to curl up with a book, be it in the dead of winter in
front of the fire or in a hammock by the lake with fish jumping in
the background. With a book in your hands, the world is yours!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Crystal Otto Reviews "The Summer of New Beginnings" by Bette Lee Crosby

About the Book

One family learns that love is the greatest miracle of all—from USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby.

Aspiring journalist Meghan Briggs has always been the responsible one in the family. So when her father passes away unexpectedly, leaving behind his at-risk business, she steps up to save his legacy—even if that means putting her own dreams on hold.

Tracy couldn’t be more different from her sister. She’s always been the rebellious type, without much direction in life. But in the wake of her latest romantic disaster, she finds herself moving back home as a single mother.

As Tracy experiences the difficulties of new motherhood, Meghan faces her own struggle: trying not to fall for the stray puppy she rescued. This is no time for attachments—not to the adorable “Sox,” whose owner is bound to turn up any day, and certainly not to the handsome new vet in town. But as the summer unfolds, she discovers that, like Sox, she may need rescuing, too.

As both sisters navigate unexpected challenges and exciting new relationships, they’ll find that putting the past to rest can make way for beautiful new beginnings.


Paperback: 284 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 27, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1503901246
ISBN-13: 978-1503901247



About the Author 
Bette Lee Crosby is the USA Today bestselling author of eighteen novels, including Spare Change and the Wyattsville series. She has been the recipient of the Royal Palm Literary Award, Reviewer’s Choice Award, FPA President’s Book Award, International Book Award, and Next Generation Indie Award, among many others. Her 2016 novel, Baby Girl, was named Best Chick Lit of the Year by Huffington Post. She laughingly admits to being a night owl and a workaholic, claiming that her guilty pleasure is late-night chats with fans and friends on Facebook and Goodreads. To learn more about Bette Lee Crosby's work, stop by her website at www.betteleecrosby.com or visit her Amazon Author Page.


Review by Crystal J. Casvaant-Otto

I absolutely enjoyed each page of The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby. The main characters were well-developed and the story moved at a quick pace. I had an inkling of what might be coming next, but still delighted in watching the story come to life. I especially appreciated the tension created between the characters. This is a heartwarming and light read that could be enjoyed by any reader. I'm happy to say my daughter and mother will be reading this book next - and in today's world of cuss words, sex, and scandal, it's nice to have a book I can comfortably share with others without worrying about offending.

A beautiful story told in the most lovely way!