Sunday, February 18, 2018

Lone Star Book Blog Tours 2017 Bloggers' Choice Awards ~ ~ ~ ~ Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious / Inspirational / Spiritual

The Lone Star Book Blog Tours team has voted, and the results are in!  From Best Fiction to Most Engaged Author, we have seventeen awards to hand out to the awesome Texas books and authors featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in 2017.

From February 15-23, 2018, please join us as we hop around the LSBBT blogs and share the winners, runners-up, and shortlisted titles. Don’t miss it!

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MY TWO CENTS: Oh, these books! Beautiful inside and out. I can personally attest to this for two of them (click titles for reviews). This isn't the first Awards appearance for The Grave Tender, for which I cannot sing high enough praises. Lyrical and lingering; deep and disturbing. And there's Nowhere Near, with all those completely unique stories and characters...characters that have stayed with me nearly a year after I met them...characters who haunt me and amuse me and fascinate me. I didn't read Loving Luther, but I hosted a guest review on my blog, and it made me want to read the book even more. I know our LSBBT bloggers know their stuff, so I WILL be reading these other titles, too.  

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The Grave Tender by Eliza Maxwell
Loving Luther by Allison Pittman
A Good Girl by Johnnie Bernhard
Nowhere Near by Teddy Jones
Before the Rain Falls by Camille DiMaio
Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano


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MY TWO CENTS: Interesting that there is some overlap in these titles from the Best Literary Fiction Awards.  I again am seeing that I have some holes in my reading categories as the only book I read of these titles was Almost a Minyan, which is making its third award appearance with this one. FABULOUSLY inspiring and utterly unique. I know several of these authors have new books coming or just published, so I need to get on the stick with these. 

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AWARDS SCHEDULE:
2/14: Awards Announcement
2/15: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept
2/16: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, 
& Best Western
2/17: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series
2/18: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual
2/19: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy
2/20: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author
2/21: Best Texas Book
2/22: Best Non-Fiction Book
2/23: Best Fiction Book



Saturday, February 17, 2018

Lone Star Book Blog Tours 2017 Bloggers' Choice Awards ~ ~ ~ ~ Best Children's / Juvenile / YA & Best Series

The Lone Star Book Blog Tours team has voted, and the results are in!  From Best Fiction to Most Engaged Author, we have seventeen awards to hand out to the awesome Texas books and authors featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in 2017.

From February 15-23, 2018, please join us as we hop around the LSBBT blogs and share the winners, runners-up, and shortlisted titles. Don’t miss it!


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My Two Cents: This category is my favorite of them all, and reading and reviewing (click to view) The Eldridge ConspiracyThe Secret Room, Hitchin' Post, and Almost a Minyan made me really miss my librarian days - what a blast it would be to share these stories with young children. Author Lindsey Lane was kind enough to give me a coveted copy of Evidence of Things Not Seen, but it still taunts me from the book shelf. Ah, the irony of having a bookish job and never having time for free reading. Good thing my WORK books rock! 


 Click to learn more about:
Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane
The Eldridge Conspiracy: Sir Kaye the Boy Knight, #4 by Donn Winn
The Secret Room by John Alexander
Hitchin' Post by Julie Barker
Almost a Minyan by Lori Kline and Susan Simon


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My Two Cents: I have read and reviewed (click to view) parts of most of these series, but all of the FABULOUS Sir Kaye the Boy Knight series, the AWE INSPIRING Sawbones Trilogy, and am working on my newest LOVE, the Gethesemene Brown series, now! I read the adventure-filled The Secret Room (the 4th in that series) and fully intend to go back and read 1-3 --already have my copies! The Bonnie and Clyde series has only published the first OUTSTANDING book, but we'll have the next book on LSBBT tour this May, hooray!
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AWARDS SCHEDULE:
2/14: Awards Announcement
2/15: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept
2/16: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western
2/17: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series
2/18: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual
2/19: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy
2/20: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author
2/21: Best Texas Book
2/22: Best Non-Fiction Book
2/23: Best Fiction Book

Friday, February 16, 2018

Lone Star Book Blog Tours 2017 Bloggers' Choice Awards ~ ~ ~ ~ Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography / Memoir, & Best Western

The Lone Star Book Blog Tours team has voted, and the results are in!  From Best Fiction to Most Engaged Author, we have seventeen awards to hand out to the awesome Texas books and authors featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in 2017.

From February 15-23, 2018, please join us as we hop around the LSBBT blogs and share the winners, runners-up, and shortlisted titles. Don’t miss it!


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MY TWO CENTS: I was fortunate enough to get to read and review (click titles to view) several of these books on their blog tours. I am a huge fan of the Big Bend area and have traveled there many times, but Yonderings blew me away and even months after reading it, I am yearning to go back there. And, WOW, did I learn a lot about some real jewels of West Texas politics in A Witness to History and Equal Opportunity Hero. Reading these two books made me long for when people took positions of office because they cared about people, communities, and the common good. I didn't get to read Understanding Cemetery Symbols (yet), but I did give out two copies for Christmas presents and the recipients were THRILLED. 

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Understanding Cemetery Symbols by Tui Snider
Yonderings by Ben English
A Witness to History by Janet Neugebauer
Baugh to Brady by Lew Freedman
Equal Opportunity Hero by Phil Price
Of Bulletins and Booze by Bob Horton

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MY TWO CENTS: Yonderings was truly one of my favorite books of last year (see above), but The Rebirth of Hope and Bending Angels were right up there on the list, too. Talk about inspirational! These two stories of perseverance and commitment left me feeling awestruck and grateful for the many blessings in my own life. 
  
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Yonderings by Ben English
The Rebirth of Hope by Sau Le Hudecek
Of Bulletins and Booze by Bob Horton
Bending Angels by Jack Emmott
Equal Opportunity Hero by Phil Price



MY TWO CENTS: If you read my post yesterday, you know that I can't say enough about the Sawbones series. Blood Oath and Badlands truly transported me to another place -- and made me want to be as bad-ass as main character Laura! Sadly, I didn't get to read any of these others, and now I am really jones-ing to since they were voted up! Author Linda Broday is about the nicest person I have ever met and clearly is a crazy talented writer. Have both of these series on the TBR list. 

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AWARDS SCHEDULE:
2/14: Awards Announcement
2/15: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept
2/16: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western
2/17: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series
2/18: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual
2/19: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy
2/20: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author
2/21: Best Texas Book
2/22: Best Non-Fiction Book
2/23: Best Fiction Book