Monday, February 20, 2017

Dragonkyn by Nathan Smith Jones - Blog Tour




Dragonkyn by Nathan Smith Jones
Dragonkyn by Nathan Smith Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook from publisher to review.
Genre:  Tween/Middle Grade Fantasy

Book Description:  Marc Mondragon is your average teenager: always getting into trouble, crushing on the pretty girl in school. But when strange things begin happening to his body, Marc is thrust into a new world where dragons are no longer just fairytales. Now knowing he’s part dragon, Marc joins a group of Dragonkyn who call themselves Sorceron. As Marc discovers new powers within himself, he starts to wonder how much he can really trust his fellow Dragonkyn. After the leader of Sorceron orders the rest of the group to kill Marc, he flees. But when he discovers that people are going to attack the Sorceron, Marc is faced with a dilemma. Will he try to help the Dragonkyn who tried to kill him?



My thoughts: To be a boy going through puberty is a hard enough, to add dragon ability growing pains makes it much more difficult.

Marc is teen living on the poor side of town. It's just him and his mom. He is chased by the local police man, just because he can, and he has few close friends. Then he begins to have sore throats where he belches fire, sever acne, nodules on his shoulders, and intense pain. Life went from bad to worse in a short period of time.

Turns out Marc has dragon DNA.  There are men out to kill him, but he has some amazing powers.  He turns out to be part dragon with compassion.  Marc is a cool kid.

This is a fun book for the tween reader. It has action and adventure, plus dragons. Because dragons are cool and a huge drawing point for boys. This book may be something for the reluctant reader to check out, there is sure to be something that will make them want to continue reading.

The book contains violence.



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About the Author:  Nathan Smith Jones graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in English Literature. The fourth of eight children, he is the author of the Children’s book, “The Boy Who Ate America,” and several other novels and screenplays. He lives with his wife and five children in Utah..


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle (FREE EBook)

All By My SelfieAll By My Selfie by Jo Noelle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Free on Kindle
Genre: Comporary, Historical, Fiction, Romance




Book Description:  While on vacation at McLeod Castle in Scotland, Gwen Mackenzie has nightly dreams of an ancient warrior bound by a curse. During the day, she sees Niall, nicknamed #ScottishBoyfriend. Oh, and can that man rock a kilt! As she gets to know him, she realizes that Niall is the warrior from her dreams, cursed to live as a ghost for the past five hundred years, to see life around him but never sense any of it—except Gwen.

Niall McLeod has been a prisoner, a ghost, for centuries. When he meets Gwen, he wonders if she is the key to releasing him, but Niall’s quest for freedom may cost Gwen her life.

This novella is in the Clean & Wholesome category.




My thoughts: This book is a mash up of a few genres. You have ancient druids, scenes from Scotland 500 years ago, witchcraft, contemporary, ghost (ish), and romance.

All By My Selfie is a novella. There isn't a lot of character development, but I did enjoy them. It is a short and sweet story about breaking an ancient curse and falling in love in the process. It was written well and has great pacing.

I "purchased" it from Kindle for #FREE. There is  some violence depicted in the Ancient Scotland scenes.



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When wills clash and hearts collide, who will come away victorious?






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Friday, February 17, 2017

Cover Reveal for "Love Remains" by Sarah Eden

I cannot tell you how excited I am for this book.  I have wanted Tavish's story since I read the Longing For Home books.  (Picture me squealing with joy)


The bad news is that I have to wait until September 5th to read it.a  The good news is that it is less than 7 months from today.

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Here is the book description:  From the USA Today Bestselling author of the Longing for Home series, LOVE REMAINS is a new romance novel set in the beloved world of Hope Springs.

Cecily faces a dark, uncertain future. Tavish is haunted by his painful, anguished past. Fate has brought them together in a world determined to tear them apart.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Breach of Trust by Kathi Oram Peterson ( Blog Tour with Giveaway)






Breach of Trust by Kathi Oram PetersonBreach of Trust by Kathi Oram Peterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Description:  Lieutenant Commander Cooper Lane has so much to live for. With a loving husband and beautiful baby girl waiting for her back home, she is anxious to finish her mission in Afghanistan and return to her family. But in a split second, her world shatters. Her helicopter is going down in that hostile country, and there will be no survivors. Four Years Later . . . On a covert mission in an Afghan village, Navy SEAL Axe Talbot finds something no one ever expected: Lieutenant Cooper Lane—alive. Cooper survived the crash that killed her team and has been hiding behind enemy lines for four years. It’s the woman he’s been looking for and dreaming about for so long. After her rescue, Cooper is not sure she can survive the reality waiting for her back home—when she disappeared and was pronounced dead, her husband married her best friend. Cooper is lost, but her troubles are just beginning. In one horror-filled moment, her former husband is murdered before her eyes, and Cooper becomes the prime suspect. Now she must embark on one last mission to clear her name. And there are only two people she trusts to help her: her father and Axe, the SEAL who rescued her. Cooper and Axe take off, and together the makeshift team uncovers a trail of mysterious deaths that leads to unimaginable danger


My thoughtsBreach of Trust is the third book of Kathi Oram Peterson's that I have read and I have enjoyed every one of them. She does a fantastic job of laying out the story and providing plausible suspense.

This book is about Cooper Lane, her helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan and she spent four years behind enemy lines. She left a husband and baby behind. She never considered the possiblitly that when she was rescued that he would be married to someone else. Now, her husband has been murdered and she is the prime suspect. The Navy SEAL who rescued her from Afghanistan is now back to help rescue her from a murder charge.

From the beginning of the book there is action. I loved seeing the emotional side of the story that was shared between Copper and Axe while on the run. There was a lot of emotion in this book. Copper is suffering from PTSD. She has flashbacks whenever key words are mentioned. Her story is brought to light piece by piece. The relevant facts are revealed when I appreciated them the most.

This is a great suspense story with a some romance. I was wondering up until the bad guys were. The book has references to religion, but I didn't find it to be preachy, just a straight foward part of the story. There is violence and kissing.




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About the Author:  (Taken from her WEBSITE)  I grew up in a small town in SE Idaho. I love my hometown where the drug store still has a soda fountain and where people wave hello to strangers. I’ve worked on my writing for years. Along the way I won a few contests, earned my BA in English, worked for a curriculum publisher, and finally started selling my books. I’m very humbled to see my manuscripts turn into actual novels.




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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Outlaw's Secret Tour Grand Finale

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Book Tour Grand Finale for
The Outlaw's Secret
By Stacy Henrie

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Launch - Note from the Author

I’m so excited to introduce readers to the Becketts brothers—one a lawman, the other an outlaw—in my next two books releasing from Love Inspired Historical. In THE OUTLAW’S SECRET, you’ll meet Tate Beckett, a Pinkerton detective posing as his outlaw twin brother Tex. You’ll also meet Essie Vanderfair, a dime novelist in need of a great story. And she hopes to find it when she begs to go along with the gang of train robbers that Tate has infiltrated. These opposites-attract characters were so much fun to write as were the outlaws Essie meets and interviews.

Bookworm Lisa - Review

"There were several instances that brought a smile to my face and I wanted how to know they were going to get out of the mess they were in. This is a fun book that is set in the "Old West". There are outlaws, lawmen, and a feisty heroine."


Rockin' Book Reviews - Review & Interview

"This was a fun book. The characters were likable and flawed just enough."

Q: What other genre, one day, would you like to write? Why or why not?

A: Though I’ve tried my hand at writing contemporary, I enjoy writing historicals much more. I’ve also dabbled with the idea of writing historical women’s fiction, but I love a good love story so I don’t know that I could pull off writing something without having a romance at its heart.


"I love a romance that makes me swoon and this one does just that. Not only are the romance and characters well done, the setting is fantastic too. I felt myself transported back to the late 1800s and loved being a part of that time--when I wasn't shivering in my boots with fear. I also really enjoyed Essie's writing moments, which are often thoughts--she's an interesting character with a vivid imagination and has me engrossed in her ideas. I'm definitely looking forward to what this author writes next!"

Hearts & Scribbles - Meet Tate and Essie 


Born and raised in Idaho, Tate Beckett is an identical twin. But his brown hair and blue eyes are about the only thing he shares with his brother Tex. Tate’s brother is the infamous outlaw known as the Texas Titan and Tate feels duty-bound to atone for his brother’s crimes by tracking down other outlaws in his job as a Pinkerton detective agent...


"The Outlaw’s Secret has it all – action, adventure, romance, humor, faith and depth. It will make you smile and it will twist your heart too. It will make you hold your breath – for the kisses and again for the nail-biting action. Essie is such a fun heroine, and Tate is most definitely swoonworthy. Another fun and sweet novel by Stacy Henrie that I highly recommend!"

I Am A Reader - Undisguised: the Pinkerton National Detective Agency


While operatives were required to abide by a code of ethics—including things like not accepting reward money and working with local law enforcement—Allen Pinkerton was a staunch believer in the end justifying the means. That meant that sometimes in order for an operative to track down a criminal, the detective might have to “become” a criminal in a sense—just as Tate does by posing as his outlaw twin brother in order do to bring down the Fletcher gang.


"There’s nothing typical about Stacy Henrie’s newest release and she has become one of my favorite writers in the Love Inspired line. The Outlaw’s Secret has it all – character depth, humor, romance, suspense, and rich historical detail. It’s well written, entertaining, and refreshingly unusual in storyline."


"On the romance side, it's fun to watch Tate/Tex and Essie dance around each other, both mistrusting in turn and each fiercely determined to follow their own goals. Their journey includes moments of danger, threats to budding feelings, and a few twists."

Kathleen Denly - Interview

Q: As an author, I often get asked how much of myself I put into my characters. So I’m curious, if you were on that train instead of Essie, how would you handle the situation?

A: I would’ve been terrified! And unlike Essie, I would have chosen to stay seated and silent and hopefully unseen.


"This was such a fun adventure. The story started off with a bang and took off from there. I settled right in and enjoyed the ride!"

Wishful Endings - Excerpt

Tate Beckett’s jaw was clenched so tight he thought it might snap. Of all the rotten misfortune. He had to run into a nosy, busybody like Miss Essie Vanderfair on his first job with Fletcher’s gang. If he wasn’t careful, this woman, with all her probing questions, would figure out he wasn’t the Texas Titan after all. Then his covert work, posing as his outlaw twin brother, would be finished.


Mel's Shelves - Review

"Once I started reading this book, I settled in and didn't want to put it down. It moves at a fast pace and there was never a dull moment. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good, clean western romance!"

Falling Leaves - Excerpt

Fletcher’s mouth curled up in a sneer. “Try me, Tex.” He lifted his hands in a mock gesture of innocence. “But now your life is tied with hers.” He walked away, adding over his shoulder, “I think you’re smart enough to figure out what that means.”


"Stacie Henry has masterfully written a story that readers will be enthralled with from page one until the very end. This is a fairly quick and easy read that will inspire the romance in all of us! Henry has a distinct way of writing that will draw readers in as they leave the world of reality behind and enter the enjoyable and entertaining world of the Wild West."

Colorimetry - Excerpt

Sure enough she spotted the impression of horse hooves in the dirt and a partially trampled sagebrush farther on. If she kept heading in that same direction, she would eventually stumble into the trio.

She bent forward over the horse and coaxed it to go faster. There were interviews to conduct. And no one, not even a handsome, sly, back-stabbing Texan, was going to stop her.




Q: Is there anything you would like to say to your fans or readers?

A: Thanks for your support! I’m excited to share Tate and Essie’s story with you. If you read it and enjoy it, then look for Tex’s story in July, when you’ll find out where the Texas Titan was while Tate was impersonating him to take down Fletcher’s gang.


"The Outlaw's Secret delivers humor, romance, faith, and some wonderfully exciting moments where death is only a step away from both hero and heroine. . . . Fans of Stacy Henrie and of western historicals will surely not be disappointed in the thrilling pages. . ."

Heidi Reads... - Review

"I was glued to the pages to find out when Essie would discover Tate's secret, when they would give in to the chemistry building between them, and if the real Tex would make an appearance. Another great western from Stacy Henrie with suspense, action, and romance!"


Her heart beat faster as she opened her mouth and said, “Call me Essie. It’s only fair.”

A low chuckle sounded in her ears. “Try to get some sleep, Essie. We’ve got another long ride tomorrow.”

Smiling in triumph, she closed her eyes, but it was still some time later before she could turn her thoughts from the silent figure guarding the camp. And from the memory of her name on those nice, masculine lips.

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The Outlaw's Secret
by Stacy Henrie
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
February 7th 2017 by Love Inspired Historical

Lawman in Disguise

Getting taken hostage by a gang of train robbers wasn't in dime novelist Essie Vanderfair's plans, but interviewing these men could make her career soar. Especially since the gang includes legendary outlaw Tex Beckett, better known as the Texas Titan. Tex is famed for his protection of women and children, so she'll be fine…right?

Keeping the gang in line was hard enough before a stubborn, beautiful writer interfered. Now Tex is scrambling to keep Essie safe, to gather evidence against the gang and most of all to hide his dangerous secrets. First, that he's a detective working undercover. And second, that he's not the Texas Titan at all, but Tex's twin brother, Tate Beckett.


About the Author



USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids. You can learn more about Stacy and her books by visiting her website at stacyhenrie.com.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Stunning Pictures from Condemn Me Not by Heather B Moore

I can't imagine what life was like for the people accused of Witchcraft in Salem.

The pictures from the weekly posts paint a picture of a woman of faith.  They are beautiful and really increase my interest in reading this book.

The release date is one month from today.  Pre-order now!  Be one of the first to read this book.





Valentine Countdown Blitz ~Strike a Match by Lindzee Armstrong





"Lindzee Armstrong is the #1 bestselling author of the No Match for Love series and Sunset Plains Romance series. She's always had a soft spot for love stories. In third grade, she started secretly reading romance novels, hiding the covers so no one would know (because hello, embarrassing!), and dreaming of her own Prince Charming.

She finally met her true love while at college, where she studied history education. They are now happily married and raising twin boys in the Rocky Mountains.


Like any true romantic, Lindzee loves chick flicks, ice cream, and chocolate. She believes in sigh-worthy kisses and happily ever afters, and loves expressing that through her writing."




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When Kate’s abusive husband dies in a house fire, she only feels relief. Eighteen months later, she’s ready to sweep up the fragments of her past and venture back into dating—but this time with the help of a professional matchmaking company. Surely Toujour can succeed where Kate has always failed and find her the perfect man.

Taylor is a firefighter who’s tired of dousing infernos in his personal life. Exhausted from a string of dysfunctional relationships, he turns to Toujour at the prodding of a friend, hoping for an easier path to love. The last thing he expects is to be matched with Kate, the intriguing widow he met on the night her house burned. The problem is, she’s determined to leave behind any connection to that awful night—and Taylor is a very overwhelming connection.

Past relationship fears and old habits threaten to tear them apart before they’ve even begun. Can the ashes of their pasts hold their happily ever after?




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“Where to?” the cabbie asked.

Taylor looked at Kate. “I know the general area, but I don’t remember the exact address of your home.”

Shadows flicked across her eyes, and she quickly rattled off the address. The cabbie nodded and pulled into the street.

“I’m not some damsel you need to save,” Kate said. “I appreciate your help tonight, but I’m okay now. Don’t feel like you have to help me out of some twisted sense of obligation.”

Taylor’s mouth dropped open. “Is that what you think this is to me—an obligation?”

She shrugged, not meeting his eyes. “You’re a really nice guy, Taylor. But you’re a firefighter. Rescuing people is in your blood. I’m not interested in being rescued—I’m interested in a real relationship. One that’s based on more than a sense of chivalry.”

“Oh, and is that what you were discovering tonight, with the date who couldn’t even call 911?”

Kate’s lips pursed together. “It was our first date. I think Randy was in shock.”

“He didn’t even notice when we left the restaurant. He was too busy screaming at the waitress who served you the dish.”

“People handle stressful situations in different ways. I asked a stranger to come with me to the hospital, for example.”

Taylor never would’ve guessed that quiet, timid Kate could be so stubborn.

“I think we’ve moved past stranger, and I’m not here purely out of a sense of chivalry,” he said. “Or did you forget that I was the one who requested a second date?”

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Dating Never Works...Until It Does by Zack Oates



Dating Never Works... until It Does: 100 Lessons from 1,000 Dates

Dating Never Works... until It Does: 100 Lessons from 1,000 Dates by Zack Oates
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received electronic copy for review
Genre: Self Help/Non-Fiction

Book Description:  Tired of mixed messages, confusing signals, and of playing the dating game? Dating expert Zack Oates has experienced it all in this comical guide that will keep you happy and laughing. Perfect for audiences in dating situations of all kinds, these encouraging steps will help you find your celestial mate.


My thoughts: I agreed to read this book because I have a couple of kids who are discouraged with dating. I thought that if I got a few great ideas I could impart my new found wisdom upon them, until my husband reminded me that they hate it when I get in their business. I even put a few hints out there to my son that I had this book and quoted a couple of lines at him, only to see the wary look in his eye. (Don't try to catch a swan when you are being a penguin, I thought it was a good one. He informed me that he likes penguins.)

So, the first thought is to not read this book for your kids. They might not like that. My second thought is to do read the book for you, because you will like it. There is some great advice that can be adapted to any level of relationship you happen to be on. One thought is that you can't expect someone to be perfect and accept your faults. It is great to have these reminders, even when you have been married for 24 years.

The book is full of humor. He does a great job of relating dating experiences in a fun way, even thought I am sure at the time some of them were painful. We have a tendency to be too serious. He reminds his reader that dating is supposed to be fun. He also talks about the etiquette of dating. Make sure that you call it a date. Many times my daughter has complained that she wants to go on a date. I point out to her that she recently went on a hike with so and so, she then tells me that he said he wanted to "hang out", therefore it was not a date. So presentation, attitude, etc are all important in the wold of dating. (They are also important in the world of marriage.)

This is a very cute book. I may wait until the shock of me reading a dating book wears off with my kids before I buy them a copy.  (Insert evil laughter).



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About the Author:  Zack Oates is an entrepreneur, hot tubber, and blogger. He has started six businesses, which have been featured in Wired Magazine, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has an MBA from BYU with an emphasis in innovation and a bachelor’s in advertising and marketing. He was voted one of the top 100 entrepreneurs by VSpring Capital and received first place at the largest university business plan competition in the world (over 800 teams participated). After living in Ukraine for two years serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he started a nonprofit in 2008 called Courage to Hope, which works with victims of domestic violence in Ukraine. In addition to being a finalist and then “Love Guru” on the Mormon Bachelor and Bachelorette, he has an inspiration and dating blog called Bowl of Oates..



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February 2: Rockin’ Book Reviews || Julie Coulton Bellon
February 3: Crossroad Reviews
February 5: Two Kids and Tired Books || The View From My Window
February 6: Emmy Mom
February 7: Alvor || Inklings and Notions
February 8: Writing Worm || My Love For Reading Keeps Growing
February 9: My Book a Day
February 10: Mel’s Shelves
February 11: Diane Tolley
February 12: Cinnamon Cindy’s Book Blog
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February 14: Katie’s Clean Book Collection
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Twisted: The Girl Who Uncovered Rumplestilskin's Name by Bonnie M. Hennessy (Tour + Giveaway)

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Twisted by Bonnie M. HennessyTwisted: The Girl Who Uncovered Rumplestilskin's Name by Bonnie M. Hennessy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook for this tour
Genre: Twisted Fairy Tale

Book Description:  An old tale tells the story of how a little man named Rumpelstiltskin spun straw into gold and tricked a desperate girl into trading away her baby. But that’s not exactly how it happened. 

The real story began with a drunken father who kept throwing money away on alcohol and women, while his daughter, Aoife, ran the family farm on her own. When he gambled away everything they owned to the Duke, it was up to her to spin straw into gold to win it all back. 

With her wits and the help of a magical guardian, she outsmarted the Duke and saved the day. 

Well almost…

Her guardian suddenly turned on Aoife and sent her on a quest to find his name, the clues to which were hidden deep in the woods, a moldy dungeon, and a dead woman’s chamber. 

This is not the tale of a damsel in distress, but a tenacious, young woman who solved a mystery so great that not even the enchanted man who spun straw into gold could figure it out. 

Not until Aoife came along.



My thoughts: Wow! This is a well done retelling of Rumplestilskin. There is a lot of depth to the story and it had the feeling of the old-world.

Aoife is a talented young woman. She readily accepts most of the people who cross her path. She has an intelligent mind and is able to figure out how to turn a poorly performing farm into one producing a profit. Her father brags that she has the "Midas" touch and can turn things to gold. This backfires on him when he is told that he must prove his claims or loose his farm.

The book follows closely to the original on the basic plot of the story. Aoife has Rumplestilskin help her perform an impossible task so that she can save her family.

The basics are similar, but the stories have marked differences. I enjoyed the changes. The story is dark, there is a lot of pain behind the actions of the characters. I think most of the time we think of fairy tales being the Disney renditions, where in fact they are pretty dark and frightening.

This book has a lot of innuendo. I didn't find any descriptive love scenes, but they are implied. Also Aoife bring her father home from the local brothel on many occasions. The book also contains violence. I would recommend this book without hesitation to a more mature reader (16+)



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About the Author:   Bonnie grew up a shy, quiet girl who the teachers always seated next to the noisy boys because they knew she was too afraid to talk to anyone. She always had a lot she wanted to say but was too afraid to share it for fear she might die of embarrassment if people actually noticed her. Somewhere along the line, perhaps after she surprised her eighth grade class by standing up to a teacher who was belittling a fellow student, she realized that she had a voice and she didn’t burst into flames when her classmates stared at her in surprise.

Not long after that, she began spinning tales, some of which got her into trouble with her mom. Whether persuading her father to take her to the candy store as a little girl or convincing her parents to let her move from Los Angeles to Manhattan to pursue a career at eighteen as a ballet dancer with only $200 in her pocket, Bonnie has proven that she knows how to tell a compelling story.

Now she spends her time reading and making up stories for her two children at night. By day she is an English teacher who never puts the quiet girls next to the noisy boys and works hard to persuade her students that stories, whether they are the ones she teaches in class or the ones she tells to keep them from daydreaming, are better escapes than computers, phones, and social media.


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