Blog Tour · Nonfiction

Blog Tour for “The Opposite of Certainty: Fear, Faith and Life In Between” by Janine Urbaniak Reid

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What happens when we can no longer pretend that the ground underfoot is bedrock and the sky above predictable?

All Janine Urbaniak Reid ever wanted was for everyone she loved to be okay so she might relax and maybe be happy. Her life strategy was simple: do everything right. This included trying to be the perfect mother to her three kids so they would never experience the kind of pain she pretended not to feel growing up. What she didn’t expect was the chaos of an out-of-control life that begins when her young son’s hand begins to shake.

The Opposite of Certainty is the story of Janine’s reluctant journey beyond easy answers and platitudes. She searches for a source of strength bigger than her circumstances, only to have her circumstances become even thornier with her own crisis. Drawn deeply and against her will into herself, and into the eternal questions we all ask, she discovers hidden reserves of strength, humor, and a no-matter-what faith that looks nothing like she thought it would. 

Beautifully written and deeply hopeful, Janine shows us how can we come through impossible times, transformed and yet more ourselves than we’d ever allowed ourselves to be.

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I found this story utterly compelling, touching, & heartbreaking, but also very heartwarming, uplifting, & inspiring. I have a family member who went through something similar with her son many years ago when he was diagnosed with cancer & she was raising 5 kids. The sleeplessness coupled with daily fatigue, battles with insurance companies & what they will or won’t cover, the daily uncertainty of what each new day will bring. Her son, just like Janine’s, was eventually cured, but the stress of it all really took a toll on my family member’s own health.

“The Opposite of Uncertainty” is a memoir about one mother’s deeply emotional & personal journey through motherhood, letting go of perfectionism & struggling with feelings of hopelessness & overwhelming fear after her son is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Advocating for a proper diagnosis & treatment for him while navigating the healthcare system, Janine details the ups & downs she went through daily trying to get her son the care he needed & while trying to be what she considered a perfect wife & mother.

I couldn’t put this book down. It just resonated with me & spoke to my very soul, not to mention that I, too, have a son named Mason, who has autism & has also given us some pretty frightening health scares in his lifetime. This book also reminds me of the old saying, “God only gives us what we can handle.” Sometimes all the little things that are overwhelming & emotionally exhausting you really are just that…little things, & we get reminded of that when the big things come at us out of nowhere to give us that reality check. “The Opposite of Certainty” is more than just a medical memoir. It will also lift your spirits & help you learn to live in the present, not the past or future, & be mindful about how much time & energy you are really wasting on the trivial aspects of your existence.

This book is so well written & articulated, you will want to reread it as soon as you finish it! Beautiful, inspirational & motivational, this book is already available for purchase. You can also read a sneak-peek of the book at the author’s website, JanineUrbaniakReid.com. You can also use BookStoreLink to find this book & others at a local independent bookstore. Many of them offer curbside pick up, home delivery or e-commerce sales.

Reviews from other authors:

‘The diagnosis of life-threatening illness is one of the most terrifying challenges any family or individual can face. Anger, resentment, fear, and loneliness rise up ready to do battle with hope, and all are made more powerful by love. The Opposite of Certainty is a deeply personal memoir about such a journey, told with brutal honesty and so much grace it will touch your soul.’ –Jacqueline Winspear, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Journey to Munich, A Dangerous Place, Leaving Everything Most Loved, and nine other novels featuring Maisie Dobbs

‘A beautiful sucker punch, like life. When the ground crumbles beneath your hopes, big dreams, and great expectations, what do you stand on and for? Where do you find the strength to keep going? You find it in this gem of a book.’ –Ron Fournier, New York Times bestselling author of Love That Boy

‘Somedays it’s doughnuts and hot coffee. Other days it’s gurneys and scans. That’s true of almost every full life. Here’s the good news: observant and warm, the writing of Janine Urbaniak Reid is the finest company on both kinds of days.’ –Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me More and The Middle Place

About the Author

Janine Urbaniak Reid was born in Chicago and grew up in California. Before she began raising a family and then writing full-time, she was vice president of a San Francisco public relations firm.

Janine has been published in the Washington PostChicago Tribune, and San Francisco Chronicle and is widely syndicated. Hoping to bring humanity into the healthcare discussion by sharing her experience as a mother of a son with a brain tumor, she penned a piece for the Post that went viral. She has been interviewed on national news networks and continues her work as a spokeswoman for healthcare justice.

Janine writes about her imperfect life, what connects us, and addresses the question of what it means to love fiercely in a sometimes dangerous and always uncertain world.

Janine is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego and lives in Northern California with her family and a motley assortment of pets. She attends St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Marin City: all are welcome.

For more information, please visit JanineUrbaniakReid.com. You can also connect with Janine at Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

Blog Tour · MurderinoMonday

Book Tour for “Last Girl Standing” by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush

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Murderino Monday book time!

Thank you @kensingtonbooks & @tlcbooktours for including MomLovesReading on the online book tour for “Last Girl Standing” by Lisa Jackson & Nancy Bush! This book will be available next Tues, May 26th!

The best of friends . . .
In the Portland suburb of West Knoll, Delta & her friends were the pretty, popular elite of the high school. That was fifteen years & a whole lifetime ago. Even then, backstabbing & betrayal erupted among the women in the group, a trio of which are now gathered around a hospital bed. And most of it revolved around the man lying close to death before them . . .

Until the day . . .
To Delta, it feels as if a nightmare unfolds every time they get together. It started at their senior year graduation party when a group of daredevils led by Tanner slipped under the safety rope & tumbled into the dangerous, fast-flowing river. One of their clique died following his lead. It all seemed spontaneous at the time. A thoughtless deed. But since then, there have been more deaths, more “accidents.” And the question hovers, unspoken: who’s next?

They die . . .
As the body count rises, Detective Chris McCrae, one of Delta’s classmates & a long ago friend of Tanner’s, realizes that stopping the terror means digging deep into the past. Hidden beneath the conflicting stories, gossip, & scandalous half-truths are secrets that someone will kill again & again to protect–until there is no one left to tell . . .

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Last Girl Standing” is co-written by sisters, Lisa Jackson & Nancy Bush, who also wrote the Colony book series together. Both authors have many books under their proverbial belt.

If you like suspense/mystery/thrillers that are fast-paced, twisty, well-written, with interesting characters, laced with romance & keeps you guessing until the end, then this one is for you! Add it to your TBR list or pre-order it today! Use BookStoreLink to find this book & others at a local indie bookstore. Many also ship to your home or have curbside pick-up available. Let’s support the indie stores & help them stay afloat & keep their beautiful brick-n-mortar stores in business!

Also, today is the last day to enter to win 1 of 3 sets of beautiful Elin Hilderbrand beach reads on my Instagram page. Click HERE to go to that post now. Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

Blog Tour · Book Reviews

Book Tour, featuring: “(Im)Perfectly Happy” by Sharina Harris

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Thank you @kensingtonbooks @sharinawrites & @tlcbooktours for my gifted copy of “(Im)Perfectly Happy” by Sharina Harris!

When four college friends formed the Brown Sugarettes Mastermind Group, they had very different goals—but matched each other in ambition. Yet ten years later they can’t help wondering what happened to the hopeful, confident, driven women they used to be—& how to getthem back…

Radio personality Raina, known as “the black Delilah,” hates the wholesome persona that’s made her a success. Doling out syrupy versions of her grandma’s wisdom feels worlds away from the sarcastic, tell-it-like-it-is woman Raina really is.

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Kara Jones was sure she’d be a master sommelier by thirty. Life & loss interfered with that plan. Now she has one more chance—but it’s taking a toll on her self-esteem & her marriage.

Nikki Grayson hardly recognizes the stay-at-home mom she’s become. When her band signed a record deal, she swapped the limelight for a minivan & a sensible ’do. Now she’s wishing she had followed her heart. Instead, she’s drowning her regret in alcohol.

Public defender Sienna Njeri willingly put her city council aspirations aside to support her fiancé’s bid for office—& now she’s wondering if her loyalty is misplaced.

Longing for the support, advice, & tough love they once shared, all four resolve to start meeting up again. After all, their dreams may still be within reach. But are they worth the price they’ll pay to achieve them?

A wonderful book with well-developed, relatable narratives, “(Im)Perfectly Happy” has just the female cast of characters you will want in your life. It embraces female friendships, women supporting women, it’s endearing, inspiring, & fueled with the full spectrum of human emotion. It is told from all four women’s POV & is just the kind of book you’ll want to share with all your female friends.

(Im)Perfectly Happy” was released on 4/28. Look for it at your local bookstore today by using BookStoreLink. Click HERE to find it now (and any other books you may be looking for!)

Sharina Harris earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia State University. After college, she pursued a career in digital marketing and public relations. Although her profession required writing, she decided to pursue a career in writing in 2012. Sharina’s contemporary romance series under the pen name, Rina Gray, was named Book Riot’s 100 Must‑Read Romantic Comedies. When Sharina’s not writing, she can be found with her head stuck in a book, yelling for her favorite NBA teams, and spending time with friends and family. Sharina resides in Atlanta with her husband and son. Visit her at SharinaHarris.com.

Blog Tour · Book Reviews · Romance

Blog Tour and Book Review: The Ingredients of You and Me by Nina Bocci

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Thank you @gallerybooks @ninapolitan & @tlcbooktours for my gifted copy of ‘The Ingredients of You & Me‘ by Nina Bocci!

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of the “heartwarming and refreshingly sweet” (Lauren Layne, New York Times bestselling author) ‘On the Corner of Love & Hate’ comes a story about a baker who takes her chances on a new town…& an old love.

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After selling her famous bakery back in New York, Parker Adams visits Hope Lake, Pennsylvania, to figure out her next steps. And soon she’s wondering why she ever loved city life in the first place. Between the Golden Girls—the senior women who hold court—& Nick Arthur, her equally infuriating & charming former flame, Parker finds a community eager to help her get her mojo back.

But even though Hope Lake gives her the fresh start she’s been looking for, Parker discovers that it’s not so easy to start over again with Nick. Their chemistry is undeniable, but since Nick is a freshly taken man, Parker is determined to keep things platonic. With a recipe for disaster looming, Parker must cook up a new scheme, figuring out how to keep everything she’s come to love before she loses it all.

Perfect for fans of Amy E. Reichert & Jenny Colgan, ‘The Ingredients of You and Me‘ is a scrumptious romantic comedy that lets you have your cake & eat it too.

Just like the blurb on the cover says, this book is “like a Hallmark movie on paper!” And let me just say, I am a complete sucker for all the heart-warming, whimsical, sappy & predictable Hallmark movies! Especially on weekend afternoons while baking in the kitchen! I could totally picture this book in my head as a made-for-tv movie & that made the reading experience even better for me & more engaging! I loved it!

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The Ingredients of You & Me‘ is the third book in the ‘Hopeless Romantic’ series by Nina Bocci, but can be read as a stand-alone. The first book is ‘On the Corner of Love & Hate‘ & the second book is ‘Meet Me On Love Lane‘. I’m going to go back & read both of those now, too! (Click on the highlighted titles to read more about them & add them to your Goodreads list!)

This book has a strong female lead (which I love) & takes place in a small town (which I also love, because it seems like EVERYTHING always takes place in NYC, including a bit of this book, & even though I like NYC, I am totally a small town gal in real life & at heart!) ‘The Ingredients of You & Me’ is a light, charming, funny, & cozy romance that is a perfect read for times like these where everything is feeling overwhelming & hopeless. This book will warm your heart right up!

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Praise for The Ingredients of You and Me

“With all the makings of a Hallmark movie, this story will delight small-town romance readers.”, Booklist

“Satisfying… the true charm of this story is the path Parker takes to rediscovering her passion for baking with help from a cast of supporting characters that will make readers want to reach for the first two books in the series and look forward to future installments.”, Library Journal

“Parker’s journey through a transitional period is interesting, and her close relationships with her girlfriends add humor.”, Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Meet Me on Love Lane

“A sweet exploration of what it means to come home again… With a relatable heroine, witty dialogue, and an idyllic setting, Meet Me On Love Lane is a contemporary romance that is essentially a Hallmark movie on paper. While it’s perfect as a standalone, readers will enjoy visiting Hope Lake time and time again.”, Booklist

“In the feel-good second installment of Bocci’s Hopeless Romantics series… the idyllic setting is vividly rendered and Charlotte’s personal growth as she builds a home for herself is handled with compassion. Readers will enjoy this sweet, fluffy tale that sits squarely at the intersection of romance and women’s fiction.”, Publishers Weekly

“Filled with small-town charm and a sweet cast of characters.”, Woman’s World (Best of Week Book Club pick)

“A feel-good romance that will add a spring to your step and light a fire in your heart, Meet Me on Love Lane was a heartfelt follow up from one of my new favorite authors, Nina Bocci.”, Harlequin Junkie (4 1/2 stars)

“With the sweetest cast of characters and a rich history to fall madly in love with, I dare you to resist the allure of Hope Lake. Especially with charmers like Cooper, Nick, and Henry strutting their stuff all over town. Meet Me On Love Lane is the perfect follow up to On the Corner of Love and Hate, with all the same sweetness and tear-jerking true love you can expect from Nina Bocci.”, Hypable

Praise for On the Corner of Love and Hate

“Romance at its finest with a colorful cast of characters and a couple to root for.” — New York Times bestselling author Sylvain Reynard

“I flew through On the Corner of Love and Hate. Written with wit, quick banter, and heartfelt moments, I wished and rooted for Emma and Cooper’s happily-ever-after, for that opposites-attract heat to smolder and catch fire. And Nina Bocci delivered!” — Tif Marcelo, author of The Key to Happily Ever After

**************If you would like to get this & the other two books in the Hopeless Romantic series on audiobook, use the Libro.fm audiobook app & my special code MOMLOVESREADING & get all 3 for the price of 1! What a deal! (Or you can use that code & get ANY 3 books you choose!)

Thanks for visiting MomLovesReading on the blog tour for ‘The Ingredients of You & Me” by Nina Bocci! Hope you buy the book & love it as much as I did! Be sure to check out my Instagram page for this weeks giveaway! And as always: stay home, stay safe, stay sane. Now go wash your hands!

Audiobooks · Blog Tour · Book Reviews · LibroFm

Book Tour for “The Essence of Perfection” by Nita Brooks (and some very important Libro.fm audiobook info…)

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Thank you @kensingtonbooks & @tlcbooktours for my gifted copy of ‘The Essence of Perfection‘ by Nita Brooks & for inviting me to be a stop on your digital Book Tour!

Wickedly entertaining, insightful, and always surprising, Nita Brooks delivers a delicious new novel about a celebrity perfume designer forced to add a daring new ingredient to her carefully curated life . . .

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Among the uber-famous, she’s the most highly sought-after fragrance maker—and a well-kept secret. But designing a scent for pop’s newest superstar could take Nicola King and her family’s business from elite to downright legendary. Of course, mystery is part of Nicola’s brand—so no one knows she’s actually an over-cautious person who always puts her own life on permanent hold. Until her ultra-personal list of regrets is accidentally put on a social media blast—and she’s challenged to go after everything she really wants.

From finding a hobby to reconnecting with a family member, Nicola’s getting some surprising results. But when she reveals her deepest, darkest secret of all to her troubled sister, the fallout threatens her budding romance, her career, and her reputation. Now between ambition, heartbreak, and hard truths, Nicola must risk the courage to fix the damage—and decide what success truly means.

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The Essence of Perfection‘ is a fun read while self-isolating! And a main character that you will root for! Not to mention the fact that you will be reminded how much social media can be both a pro & a con! ‘The Essence of Perfection‘ was released on 3/31 from Kensington Books. Thank’s again, TLC Book Tours! Look for this book at your local, independent bookstore! Click HERE to look for it using BookStoreLink. The independent bookstores need our sales right now more than ever!

And if audiobooks is your jam, I encourage you to use the Libro.fm app. Libro.fm is an audiobook app that supports independent bookstores with their audiobook sales. I LOVE listening to audiobooks during the day while I am on the go & saving my physical books for evening time in my rocker with my cozy blankey & a cuppa tea. Sometimes audiobooks just make certain books so much more engaging & better, & you are STILL supporting the author, publisher & bookstore with your audiobook purchases.

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To try Libro.fm for yourself, click HERE to use my promo code for a special 3-for-1 offer or you can use my promo code MOMLOVESREADING. Be sure to download your FREE Libro.fm app now because on Saturday, April 25th they are celebrating what would have been Independent Bookstore Day (which is now postponed until August 29th) & they are giving away 2 FREE audiobooks (pre-selected titles) to everyone that has an account. This will happen ONLY on April 25th, so be sure to download your app before then and be sure to follow Libro.fm on Facebook & Instagram & get in on all the IBD celebration fun!

And as always, stay home, stay safe, stay sane. Now go wash your hands…

Blog Tour · Book Reviews

Blog Tour and Book Review for “My Name is Tani…And I Believe in Miracles” by Tanitoluwa Adewumi

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Thank you @tlcbooktours & @thomasnelson for my gifted copy of “My Name is Tani...& I Believe in Miracles: The Amazing True Story of One Boy’s Journey From Refugee to Chess Champion”!

Tani Adewumi didn’t know what Boko Haram was or why they had threatened his family. All he knew was that when his parents said the family was going to America, Tani thought it was the start of a great adventure rather than an escape. In truth, his family’s journey to the United States was nothing short of miraculous—& the miracles were just beginning.

Tani’s father, Kayode, became a dishwasher & Uber driver while Tani’s mother, Oluwatoyin, cleaned buildings, while the family lived in a homeless shelter. Eight-year-old Tani jumped into his new life with courage & perseverance—& an unusual mind for chess.

Tanitoluwa Adewumi

After joining the chess club in his public school, Tani practiced his game for hours in the evenings at the shelter. Then he began competing in the ultra-exclusive chess clubs of New York City. And winning—again & again. And then, less than a year after he learned to play, Tani won the New York State chess championship.

In “My Name Is Tani . . . and I Believe in Miracles, Tani & his parents tell us their incredible true story of sacrificing everything for family, living with nothing but hope, & then sharing generously all they received to discover the greatest riches of all. Tani’s triumphant spirit reminds us of the power of kindness & the beauty of unity as we watch for the next miracle to begin.

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What an amazing story! (And to think, I have no CLUE how to play chess. Seriously, not even a little. I know there are like rooks & pawns & other pieces, but that’s IT. Sad, I know. I can play checkers though!)

“I don’t know what I’m going to be. My dad says that’s okay. But I do know this much. I believe it miracles.”-Tani Adewumi (quoted from the book)

This boy is such an amazing young man! A true inspiration! This story is both impressive & faith-affirming, but the stories about the Boko Haram are also terrifying. (Read more about that group on Google! Crazy stuff, man!).

The young readers addition of the book is also available

The book is narrated by both Tani & his parents & is divided into 5 parts. It’s a quick read with a small section of color photos. A truly heart-warming, awe-inspiring, & captivating novel about a fascinating young man, & how a $5 gift turned out to be a life-changing miracle for him & his family.

This book is now available (released on 4/14) and you can use BookStoreLink to find it at a local, independent bookseller near you.

PS…I have a pretty awesome GIVEAWAY going on now on my Instagram. Click HERE to go to that post now. And as always, stay home, stay safe, stay sane. Now go wash your hands! (and excuse me while I go download an online chess game…)

Blog Tour · Book Reviews · Booksparks

Book Review: “Four Faces of Femininity: Heroic Women Throughout History” by Barbara McNally

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Thank you @Booksparks for my gifted copy of Four Faces of Femininity: Heroic Women Throughout History by Barbara McNally & for inviting me on the Pop Up Book Tour for this AMAZING book! This book is available on Tuesday, April 7th!

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Four Faces of Femininity tells the story of remarkable women who, through their creativity, passion, intelligence, & sheer determination, have left an indelible mark on the history of humankind. The book is divided into four sections, with figures placed in Mother, Lover, Warrior, or Sage..Accessible, informative, & uplifting, Four Faces of Femininity explores the many ways in which women have changed the course of history—and demonstrates how crucial it is that women from every background be provided with role models that inspire. The book includes questions for exploration to help modern multifaceted women see these qualities in themselves & balance them to lead a fuller life.

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This book is absolutely GORGEOUS inside & out! This is a nice sized, heavy paperback (8.5 x 11) filled with beautiful, glossy pages (the book literally smells ahhh-mazing!) As mentioned, it is divided into four sections, with each section starting with a brief description:

Mother: The nurturing, healing, empathic side of a woman

Lover: The passionate, playful, creative side of a woman

Warrior: The assertive, determined, fierce side of a woman

Sage: The Intuitive, spiritual, wise side of a woman

Each section has several women featured in beautiful, artistic style color. Honestly, I may buy a second book just to pull some of the pages out for framing, since some of my favorite women in history are in this wonderful book, such as Julia Child, Michelle Obama, & Ruth Bader Ginsburg. At the end of each section there is a discussion area called ‘questions for exploration’ & some exercises (not like squats & crunches, but mental & focus kind.) There are also some fantastic quotes from famous women in history throughout the book.

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This book is just such a piece of art, it would be a fantastic coffee table conversation piece, & with the questions, exercises, & brilliant content, it would make an excellent book club choice! The cover art & the illustrations throughout the book are by Marta Signori. Click on her name to see her Instagram page and her more of her amazing artwork!

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Barbara McNally is the author of Unbridled, a soulful memoir of personal liberation, and Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife, firsthand accounts of woman thrust into the role of caregiver when their spouses return from the battlefield with major wounds. These stories inspired the launch of the Barbara McNally Foundation, which offers seminars, scholarships, and workshops dedicated to enhancing the lives of women. Barbara is a licensed physical therapist who makes her home in Southern California, where she juggles the responsibilities of being a mother, lover, warrior, and sage.

This book will be released on Tuesday, April 7th. Click HERE to find Four Faces of Femininity at a nearby independent bookstore using BookStorelink.com. It is so important now more than ever to get our book purchases from independent bookstores since they are already feeling the economical effect of the Co-Vid 19 pandemic. Please try to find your book purchases locally or from an independent bookstore that has an online store or one that will take a phone order and ship it to you. (Amazon does NOT need our help right now…just saying.)

PS….Don’t forget to enter my current giveaway on Instagram by clicking HERE. There are two winners!

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And as always, stay safe, stay home, stay sane! Now go wash your hands…