YALLWEST Is Coming

It’s that time of year for YALLWEST book festival. YALLWEST 2021 is a full day of panels + a Friday preview and two weeks of giveaways, Instagram Lives and special events!

Here you will find the full event schedule and fabulous giveaways https://www.yallwest.com/schedule?ss_source=sscampaigns&ss_campaign_id=6074d242756c035e30f73db4&ss_email_id=607740d09e2ca423e3d7293f&ss_campaign_name=YALLWEST+Schedule%21&ss_campaign_sent_date=2021-04-14T19%3A22%3A33Z

Order signed books https://bluebicyclebooks.bigcartel.com/category/yallwest-2021

List of authors in attendance https://www.yallwest.com/authors-2021

Review: Easter Escapade by Kathi Daley

Goodreads Blurb

In the first ever crossover episode, Zak and Zoe join forces with Hawaiian visitors Luke and Lani, to find out who killed a historian visiting Ashton Falls in order to find a treasure map left by his grandfather a hundred years earlier. Meanwhile, Ellie and Levi move in with Zak and Zoe while the boathouse is being renovated and Alex helps Ellie prepare the nursery for baby Eli who is due to be born any day. Throw in some humor and Easter fun and you have a Zak and Zoe crossover mystery. 

My Review: Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I loved that Kathi had another character from a different series make an appearance in this book. I love the chemistry between Lani and Zoe. It made the story very interesting having two strong willed characters trying to solve a murder mystery. I love the whole plot for this story. It was interesting to see so many characters work together to solve the murder. This was another fun mystery with my favorite character Zoe. Can’t wait to see what there adventures in Hawaii together unravel.

Author Biography

Kathi lives with her husband, kids, grandkids, and dogs in beautiful Lake Tahoe. When she isn’t writing, Kathi likes to read (preferably at the beach or by the fire), cook (preferably something with chocolate or cheese,) and garden (planting and planning not weeding). She also enjoys spending time on the water when she’s not hiking, biking, or snowshoeing, the miles of desolate trails surrounding her home.
Kathi uses the mountain setting in which she lives, along with the animals (wild and domestic) that share her home, as inspiration for her cozy mysteries.

Be A Work In Progress and Other Things I’d Like to Tell My Younger Self by John Cena

Goodreads Blurb

A beautifully illustrated book of inspiration from the beloved entertainer and #1 New York Times bestselling author John Cena

Be brave enough to embrace humility. The reward will be confidence.

For years, John Cena has been using his popular Twitter feed to uplift his followers with his unique brand of positivity. Now, he collects his favorite words of wisdom on the benefits of being bold and open-minded, embracing discomfort, and making the most of every opportunity.

Heartfelt and hopeful, Be a Work in Progress is the pick-me-up readers will turn to again and again to reap the benefit of Cena’s values. 

My Review: Rated 4 out of 5 stars

We all know John Cena as a wrestler and now he is also a writer. He has written a children’s book series and now has written an inspirational book. Social media sometimes can be very negative. John Cena decided to use twitter to make a different. He would tweet inspirational quotes to spread positive thoughts. His quotes are all different. Some are about self-love, encouragement and self-empowerment. You need to love yourself in order to love others. The illustrations were funky in black and yellow colors. It’s a book that you can read in less than an hour. This book will spread positive vibes and I am sure many of us will find a quote that speaks to us. I loved this quote “Your happiness does not require the consent of others”. Let’s spread love and not hate.

Author Biography

John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. is an American professional wrestler, actor, rapper, author and television host.

Bookcon 2019

Review: Lobstah Gahden by Alli Brydon, Illustrator Eg Keller

Goodreads Blurb

With pictures from the illustrator behind Last Week Tonight’s A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, this delightfully punny story about ocean life, conservation, and cooperation is perfect for sparking conversations in the classroom and at home.

Walt is a proud lobstah whose greatest dream is winning the annual Swell Gahdens contest. But year after year that honor always goes to his chowdah-head neighbor Milton. One day, when heaps of gahbage show up in their yahds, the rival lobstahs must join forces to save their beloved gahdens from the trash floating down from above.

Our oceans are beautiful, colorful, diverse ecosystems that are home to over a million species of underwater creatures. Unfortunately, humans are putting our friends under the sea at risk by polluting Earth’s oceans daily. Lobstah Gahden will help kids understand the importance of conservation, and additional backmatter about sea life and pollution will give readers practical ways they can help preserve our oceans. 

My Review: 4 Out of 5 Stars

An adorable book with two Lobstah from Boston. They even have the Boston accent. One of the lobsters is blue, which makes him very rare. The two lobsters are neighbors and they have beautiful gardens that they always compete every year to win the best garden in the ocean. Of course Milton always wins the trophy, while not really putting so much effort like Walter does. They are always arguing. One day each of their gardens start getting different trash littering their garden. They each believe it’s the other trying to mess up their garden. What they soon realize it’s a human busy throwing all of his trash to ruin the ocean and it’s living creatures. They team up and teach him a lesson. I love the illustrations and the Boston accent was an added bonus. The author added a glossary, references, and lobster knowledge. Kids will enjoy this book. Great to teach them not to pollute our oceans. 

Author Biography https://www.allibrydon.com/

Alli Brydon is a children’s book author and lifelong New Yorker who moved to the south of England with her family in 2018. She really likes to draw, and dreams about illustrating children’s books one day. Her favorite place is the beach, but the mountains constantly call to her. Alli has the sense of humor of a 7-year-old. And she will never ever kill a spider. 

Myths and Legends of the World, Alli’s first fiction book for children, published in October 2019 with Lonely Planet Kids. Her wicked ah-some Boston-themed picture book Lobstah Gahden comes out in April 2021 with Sourcebooks eXplore. She has fiction and nonfiction books forthcoming with Amazon/Two Lions, Disney, Macmillan, and National Geographic Kids.

​Alli is also a freelance children’s book editor, with nearly 15 years of experience nurturing authors and illustrators to improve their craft and create outstanding children’s books. ​You can find her editor site at www.allibrydoncreative.com.

Cover Reveal: Trip The Light Fantastic by Nicole Bea

BOOK DETAILS:
Trip the Light Fantastic
by Nicole Bea
Publication date: May 4th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Nothing heals a broken heart like an enticing new dance partner.

Eighteen-year-old freshman Chelsea DesRosiers is ready to reinvent herself. After an abysmal breakup with her cheating ex, Chelsea vows to step out of her comfort zone.

The answer? Swing dance classes. Maybe not the best idea for someone with two left feet, but the overwhelmed Chelsea soon finds herself in the arms of swoon-worthy campus dance president, Lux Colford. The attraction rises as the two spend their extra evenings practicing their moves until an old flame of Lux’s shows up.

Can Chelsea risk her heart again? Will Lux prove worthy of her trust, or will finding her inner strength mean walking away?
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57471316-trip-the-light-fantastic

Author Biography

NICOLE BEA is a short story author and novelist who primarily focuses on contemporary teen fiction. An avid storyteller since childhood, she has honed her skills through a variety of educational programs including management, sociology, legal studies, and cultural diversity in the workplace, most recently engaging in coursework about communication for technologists. In addition to writing for young adults, Nicole is also a technical writer for a global manufacturer of CPAP masks, machines, and other products that manage sleep-disordered breathing.  

When she isn’t busy updating her manuscript portfolio or catching up on her To Be Read pile, Nicole can usually be found gardening, horseback riding, or pursuing her new hobby of learning to cook. She and her husband share their home in Eastern Canada with a collection of multi-colored cats and a lifetime’s worth of books.
Author links:

https://www.nicolebea.com/

https://twitter.com/nicolebeawrites

https://www.instagram.com/nicolebeawrites/

https://www.facebook.com/nicolebeawrites

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17103561.Nicole_Bea

Review: Mindfulness Box Set by Running Press

Goodreads Blurb

Embark on a journey of peace and tranquility with this collection of three miniature books



This giftable mini box set includes:

Instant Meditations , a practical and accessible guide to the most effective meditation techniques from ancient and modern traditions.



Simple Wisdom , a collection of thought-provoking quotes from artists, writers, philosophers, and pop-culture icons from around the world and across the ages that will challenge you to reflect on your own path to wisdom.

Secrets of Serenity , a compilation of the inspiring thoughts of writers, philosophers, scholars, theologians, and leaders who have sought — and found– the secrets of serenity, offering you a guide for finding peace in your own heart, mind, and soul. This guide book and two compilations of quotes on which to meditation and ruminate offers readers a simple way to pause, be in the moment, and find calm. 

My Review: 4 out of 5 stars

Adorable small box set to brighten anyone’s day. There are 3 small little colorful books in this kit. The first book is Instant Meditations. It goes over all the different types of meditation, the reason for meditation and the 5 techniques to still your mind. The Simple Wisdom book goes over different quotes from amazing people that will help you find wisdom within you. The last book is Secrets of Serenity, which you will find inspiring thoughts from writers, philosophers and scholars.

I enjoyed the beautiful background pictures behind all the inspirational quotes. This small little box set can fit anywhere and you can take it with you. Great little set to keep you positive, mindful, and to find your inner-self and peacefulness. This set is great as a gift for anyone that needs some quiet time to find peacefulness within themselves. 

Cover Reveal: Heirly Ever After by Magan Vernon

BOOK DETAILS:
Heirly Ever After
by Magan Vernon
Published by: Entangled Embrace
Publication date: May 10th 2021
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Sometimes, you’ve got to take a fake date to your sister’s royal wedding…

After pumping the breaks on my college degree and being dumped at the last minute, I’m looking forward to skipping off to a whole new country for the week-long event. But I’ll need the perfect distraction to keep both my sister and mother from finding out about my epic disaster life. So when I meet a charming Scottish stunner on the train, whose chivalry and humor have me swooning, a quick coin toss seals the deal on my hot date.

It’s the perfect plan, until he reveals he is Lord Jacob MacWebley, odd duckling and long-lost cousin of the family my sister is about to marry into. Thanks for the full disclosure. Oh, and apparently no one wants him there because he might have a claim to the inheritance. Wedding week is going to suck, but it’s too late for other options—luckily, I’m a pro at dealing with a little family drama.

But between a gentle countryside horse ride that turns into a chase, and the baking class that ends in a food fight we forget to keep up the lies and start blurring the lines instead… against any available surface. Jacob brings me out of my shell and makes me want to break all etiquette rules, but he’s keeping secrets and if I’m not careful, I might end up royally screwed…Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57585308-heirly-ever-after

Author Biography

Magan Vernon believes that no matter what your story is, everyone deserves a happily ever after and tries to include that in all of her stories. She’s had top 100 stories in everything from YA aliens to angsty New Adult tales.
When not writing, you can find her on her Texas ranch, trying to wrangle two kids, two dogs, and a colony of whatever other kids or animals ends up in her yard. 
Author links:

http://www.maganvernon.com/

https://www.instagram.com/maganvee/

https://www.facebook.com/authormaganvernon/

https://www.amazon.com/Magan-Vernon/e/B006ID6UA2?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1617210046&sr=8-2

http://www.goodreads.com/maganvernon

https://twitter.com/maganvernon

Cover Reveal: How to Rope a Rough Cowboy by Anya Summers

BOOK DETAILS:
How To Rope A Rough Cowboy
by Anya Summers
(Silver Springs Ranch, #3)
Publication date: April 20th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

Maverick Greyson is barely housebroken. Having been raised on ranches, he spends the bulk of his days on the back of his horse, and can’t imagine a finer way to occupy his time – except maybe a night with a willing female. He loves women. Enjoys their company mightily. Relishes the available bounty of tourists and townsfolk alike, and rarely enjoys the same woman twice.

But the ranch’s newest guest, Bianca Peabody, makes him want to swear off the species entirely. The doe-eyed beauty, with her highfalutin’ attitude, makes his blood boil.

And yet the sorrow he glimpses in her one night changes everything. Now his soul hungers to have her in his arms. He burns for her love. Heaven help him, her surrender may be everything he has always needed.

For the first time in his life, Maverick is looking toward the future, and building one with the only woman he has ever wanted to claim. But she is keeping secrets…

Secrets capable of destroying him – and any future they might have.

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56923145-how-to-rope-a-rough-cowboy
Pre-order: Amazon: https://amzn.to/3m3c7vQ

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-to-rope-a-rough-cowboy-anya-summers/1139133473?ean=2940162193074

Author Biography

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

Website: www.anyasummers.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AnyaSummersAuthor
Twitter: @AnyaBSummers https://twitter.com/anyabsummers?lang=en
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15183606.Anya_Summers
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Anya-Summers/e/B01EGTVRKC/
Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/anya-summers
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/anyasummersauthor/
Newsletter https://anyasummers.com/newsletter/

Cover Reveal: April May Fall by Christina Hovland

BOOK DETAILS:
April May Fall
by Christina Hovland
Published by: Entangled: Amara
Publication date: October 26th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

April Davis totally has her life in order. Ha! Not really. Yes, she’s the Calm Mom—a social influencer with a reputation for showing moms how to stay calm and collected through yoga, even when life is going totally off script—but behind the scenes, she’s barely holding it all together. Raising tiny humans alone is exhausting, but that’s just the chewed-up cherry on the melted sundae of her life. Her kids aren’t behaving, her husband left her for his skydiving instructor, and her top knot proves she hasn’t showered in days.

Jack Gibson has one job—to ensure the media conglomerate that has purchased April’s brand makes money from it. Lots and lots of money. To do this, they’re expanding her influence from Instagram and her blog to a podcast and MyTube channel. There’s even talk about a Calm Mom cookbook.

When a video of the “always chill” April goes viral and she’s most definitely not, Jack is pulled in to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Suddenly, the guy with no intention of ever having children is lost in the land of the tooth fairy and toddler tea parties. When sparks fly between Mr. Mogul and the Calm Mom, he’s not the only one out of his depth. Together they’ll have to figure out if keeping it all together really can lead to happily ever after…

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56268982-april-may-fall

Author Biography

USA Today Bestselling Author Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale–an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, and the sweetest dogs around.

Author links:

https://christinahovland.com/

https://twitter.com/HovlandWrites

https://www.facebook.com/HovlandWrites/

https://www.pinterest.ca/hovlandwrites/

https://www.instagram.com/hovlandwrites/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18169815.Christina_Hovland