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Forever 51: blog tour & review

About Forever 51

• Paperback: 332 pages
• Publisher: Fawkes Press, LLC (November 5, 2020)

Immortality’s a bitch.

Veronica is eternally fifty-one years old with a proclivity for problematic drinking. Like most hormonally challenged women negotiating the change of life, she is a hot mess. To retain her sanity, she attends weekly AA meetings and adheres to a strict diet of organic, locally-sourced, (mostly) cruelty-free human blood from the hospice facility where she works. Her life stopped being fun about a hundred years ago, right about the time her teenage daughter stole her soul and took off for California with a hot, older guy. These days, Veronica’s existence is just that – an existence, as flat and empty as her own non-reflection in the bathroom mirror.

When her estranged daughter contacts her via Facebook, Veronica learns that she has one chance to escape her eternal personal summer: she must find and apologize to every one of the people she’s turned into vampires in the last century. That is, if they’re still out there. With raging hormones and a ticking clock, Veronica embarks on a last-ditch road trip to regain her mortality, reclaim her humanity, and ultimately, die on her own terms.

Review:

✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️/5

A menopausal, 12 stepping, road tripping vampire… what could be more fun? Seriously. This book was darkly funny and unique and has something for everyone!

I nearly gave up on vampires a few years back because the genre had been so overdone. But not this book.

The writing was sharp and the characters were realistic and well developed. I especially appreciated the depth and emotion the author put into the addiction and recovery storyline.

You can’t help but root for these characters and you also might learn a thing or two about vampires that you’ve always wondered about.

A ride or die road trip sounds hilarious for a story about a vampire but I don’t think there could be a more perfect, unexpected description.

I was thrilled to learn that this author is local to me and now I’m crossing my fingers for a sequel because that ending.

If you’re looking for a trope-busting, smart, and fun book for the vampire fan in your life – add this to your holiday season shopping list!

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Bookshop.org

About Pamela Skjolsvik

A curious thing happens when you have the audacity to call yourself the death writer; people want to talk to you about death. A lot. This is all well and good for those daring types of writers like Mary Roach or Jessica Mitford, but for me it was initially problematic. Prior to declaring my morbid writing intention of exploring death professions during my first semester of Goucher College’s MFA program in 2008, I had little experience with death or grief, not to mention very little social engagement with the living. It wasn’t until after I finished the two years of research for this book that I was officially diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder and went through four months of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through a research study at Southern Methodist University.

My writing life began in 2005 when I received a fellowship to the San Juan Writers’ Workshop. The instructor, Lee Gutkind, told me not to publish for the sake of publishing, but to publish well. He also informed me that I was a horrible public speaker. Admittedly that stung, but he did like an essay I’d written. It was published in Creative Nonfiction Issue 33 and in Silence Kills: Speaking Out and Saving Lives. In August 2010, I received my MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College and read five pages from my manuscript in front of a packed room without passing out.

As part of my therapy, I was encouraged to join a writer’s group where I would have to read regularly in front of a group, as this was one of my main fears. I am happy to say that I am now an active member of the DFW Writers Workshop in Euless, TX. We meet every Wednesday and I make it a point to read out loud every week.

Find out more about Pamela at her website, and connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Fawkes Press for the gifted copy of this fantastic book. My opinions and review are my ow.

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It’s Not Over: Blog Tour & Review

Book Info

Author: Joshua Gagnon

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Pages: 224

Publish Date: February 25th, 2020

Today is my stop on the TLC Books blog tour for It’s Not Over by Joshua Gagnon. I’m so excited to share this book with you – it’s quite timely.

When I received the invitation for this tour our world looked very different. There were hints of coming adversity but what I imagined looks quite different from the realities of today.

Synopsis:

Disappointed with your life? Worried you’ll never achieve your dreams? Don’t be discouraged; it’s not over!

As children, we dream of someday being a superhero or an astronaut, a parent or a business owner, an actress or a sports star. The more outrageous the dream, the more sure we are that it will happen! Yet as we mature, hardships, hurts, and failures chip away at our dreams. Our past longings can seem like the naive wishes of childhood instead of the foundation of the life we were meant to live.

In It’s Not Over, pastor Joshua Gagnon, founder of the Next Level Church network, reminds us that we were born to dream—and to dream big. In fact, our dreams have the power to shape our lives. Join Joshua in discovering the answers to these questions and many more:

  • How does dreaming help you discover your purpose?
  • How do you identify whether a dream is even worth chasing?
  • How do you overcome resistance, criticism, and doubt?
  • How do you pray bold prayers when you don’t feel like praying at all?
  • How do you finish strong on the journey toward your dream?

If you find yourself minimizing your dreams or feeling defeated by inner or outer resistance, there is good news: it’s not over! As long as you have breath in your lungs, God has a dream for you to chase. It’s what you were created for. And you can start today.

Review:

Hope. Who doesn’t need some hope right now? 

This book was a reset button for me. It gave me the much needed reminder that dreams met with resistance are still worth pursing. I was also reminded that dreams can shape who we are – for me it’s not just about the achievement, it’s about the person I become in the process.

Which brings us to today. This book was written and published before COVID-19. And now we are all in a situation we never imagined. I can’t think of a time where everyone, on some level, is experiencing similar life changes. The last chapter is all about managing expectations, worrying about what is within your control, and finishing strong. Timely.

If there was a way to distribute the last chapter to the world, that would be great.

Unfortunately, that’s not possible so I would highly encourage you to grab a copy of this book. The author is a gifted communicator and I would definitely pick up another book by him. The writing is succinct, it is a quick read, and whatever your spiritual leanings are there is something in this book for everyone.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson for a gifted copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Purchase Links

Amazon |Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble | Thomas Nelson

 

About Joshua Gagnon

Joshua Gagnon is the founding and lead pastor of Next Level Church, regularly recognized as one of the fastest growing churches in America. He is known for his uniquely authentic communication style that makes the hope found in Jesus relevant to people of every background. He and his wife, Jennifer, raise their two sons in New Hampshire.

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