Book Tours and Giveaways!

About the Book

Book: Twice Sold Tales

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian / Romantic Women’s Fiction

Release date: November 2, 2022

If only owning a bookstore didn’t mean dealing with people.

No one was more surprised than Harper Brevig when Great Aunt Lorene (not “Lori,” thank-you-very-much) died and left her least favorite niece her bookstore–including a prime piece of real estate in downtown Red Wing, Minnesota.

Making a go of the place shouldn’t be too hard. With her library science degree, she should be set. Then again, the website describing library degrees had said it would teach her excellent communication skills. It had not. Could she get a partial refund?

Still, owning the building should mean crazy-low overhead to offset her less than optimal “book-side” manner.  Ahem. So when yet another huge bill arrives, and she starts getting twitchy about the low bank balance, Harper does the only thing she can think of.

Enter Milton Coleridge. He’d been excited about the possibilities of the store last year, but Harper had sent him packing before he could talk to her about them.  Now he has a chance to make a difference. But she’s right. She’s bleeding money, and it doesn’t make sense!

Milton’s job is to figure out what’s going on, plug the financial leak, and maybe… do a little matchmaking. That dad with the adorable little boy would be good for her… and she’d be good for him. Probably.

Twice Sold Tales: the first full-length novel in the Bookstrings series releasing with The Mosaic Collection

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

More from Chautona

“What kind of research does a contemporary book need? I mean, she’s a bookstore owner in a town you’ve been to several times. What’s there to research?”

I can’t be the only author to get questions like this. And I certainly can’t be the only one who has to fight the urge to laugh. Folks, authors research everything. In Twice Sold Tales, I think I looked up almost as much as I did in my Meddlin’ Madeline Mysteries!

Because here’s the deal. What I didn’t know about Red Wing, Minnesota wouldn’t have hurt the story most of the time. Who cares that Bev’s Café has amazing creamy cucumbers? It doesn’t technically matter. Well, except to my character who hates veggies but will eat those. They make her feel virtuous. And you get to know about it.

But… what you discover about a place or a time or an occupation or whatever can totally change the course of your story. Case in point? I went to a website about River City Days because my niece suggested it might be a good thing for Noah to do with his son. That led me to the Farmer’s Markets and to other things. How I got to the first Ghost Walk in Red Wing taking place this year? I don’t even know. What I do know is that the moment I read about it, I knew Harper had to go. And if she did, and if Milton were the instigator, Noah had to go. #BecauseMatchmaker.

And this is where it got really cool. To make the walk as authentic as I could, I read everything I could find about it. And I discovered something super cool. Like… blow you out of the water cool.

Red Wing, Minnesota sits near the shore of Lake Pepin. Little House on the Prairie lovers will remember this as the lake that Laura Ingalls crossed in the wagon as they left the Big Woods of Wisconsin (you know, right across the river/lake from Red Wing???) Well… Lake Pepin has a monster—the Nessie of the Mississippi. Yes, you read that right… a monster! I went looking and guess what? The “monster” has a name. Pepie! Needless to say, Pepie became a an important part of my story. Because how could he not?

And… I happened to find a stuffed Pepie at Treats & Treasures in Lake City, just south of Red Wing, so I ordered a couple for giveaways—including the one with this blog tour. Happy reading, and what do you think? Shouldn’t someone write Pepie’s story?

My Review!

Oh my goodness. What a fun story! First off, being an avid reader, the setting of a bookstore is perfect. Then author Chautona Havig weaves in so many familiar authors and book titles and quotes that it was like visiting with old friends. I smiled all the way through. Let me say that although this is the first book in the Bookstrings Series, reading Havig’s novella, Spines & Leaves, will give some explanation to people and happenings in Twice Sold Tales.

Unique characters made this story what it is. Harper owns a bookstore but doesn’t like people in it. Milton was welcomed back after being kicked out. Noah is getting to know his young son Bennie, who loves ballet and has a great sense of humor. I promise if you’re looking for a light, fun story with books, lots of books, this one’s for you. And Harper’s t-shirts are something that I must buy! Read it and find out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, January 21

Vicky Sluiter, January 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 22

Mary Hake, January 22

Texas Book-aholic, January 23

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, January 23

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 24

deb’s Book Review, January 24

All-of-a-kind Mom, January 25

Lots of Helpers, January 25

Cover Lover Book Review, January 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 26

Splashes of Joy, January 27

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 27

She Lives To Read, January 28

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, January 29

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 30

For Him and My Family, January 30

Divine Perspective, January 31

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 31

Aryn the Libraryan, February 1

Books I’ve Read, February 1

Blogging With Carol, February 2

Back Porch Reads, February 2

Pause for Tales, February 3

Spoken from the Heart, February 3

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of a paperback of the book, a stuffed “Pepie” and a few other bookish goodies!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/23bc5/twice-sold-tales-celebration-tour-giveaway

About the Book

Book: The Newton Chronicles: Soldiers, Crystals, and Temples

Author: Terry Overton

Genre: Middle Grade Christian Fiction

Release date: November 22, 2022

Luke Alexander’s father is “missing, presumed dead.” But Luke is confident that his father has set off on an adventure and needs his help. Searching through his father’s office, Luke – along with his friends Nathan, a pastor’s kid, and Lydia, a world traveler who knows several languages – discovers some confusing notes about Isaac Newton and finds a strange watch that once belonged to his grandfather. Knowing his archeologist father was on the hunt for Solomon’s temple, Luke and his friends decide to start a search of their own. Little do they know that their search will take them on the wildest adventures of their lives and make the stories of Solomon’s temple and other biblical events seem more real than they ever thought possible. But will their adventures lead them to Luke’s father, or will they only wind up with more questions than answers? Soldiers, Crystals, and Temples is an excellent book for anyone who loves a good adventure and who wants to find the truth that is found only in God’s Word. This first book in The Newton Chronicles will make history and the Bible come alive for readers both young and old.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Terry Overton obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology and her Ed. D. in special education. She taught in public schools and was a school psychologist and a professor before retiring in 2016. She began her second “career” after retirement and now writes Christian fiction books and devotionals and hopes to share the Christian worldview through her writing. Her novels, middle grade readers, and picture books seek to entertain readers through the travel experiences and characters included in her books. She currently resides in Laguna Vista, Texas, near the Texas-Mexico border. She enjoys Biblical history and general Bible studies, writing, and enjoying family and friends. She has seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

More from Terry

I wanted to write this book as a way to teach middle grade and early teens about Bible history and the importance of Jerusalem in world history and in current history. In order to grab the attention of this age group, the book uses humor and suspense to transport  the three main characters, Luke, Nathan, and Lydia, throughout the Bible and ancient and current history.

Here is how it begins:

Chapter 1

The truth is, I wish I had never found it. Or at least, I wish I had found it along with a set of instructions. It started in church. Not that I fancied going every week like my mother. But I go. I am not crazy about talking to the old ladies each week who still want to pinch my cheek and tell my mother how much I have grown. I am not wild about the church windows, the candles, and all of that. There is not much to look at during church except the backs of people’s heads and the preacher. Thankfully, I figured out how to sneak my phone in church by tucking it inside my zippered Bible. Paying attention to a longwinded preacher—even if it is Nathan’s father—is a lot to ask when you are not yet fourteen. So, pretending to listen while looking at my phone was a skill I had mastered. I sit there calmly, pretending to listen while disguising the moves I am making on my phone. And then, I hear the name “Isaac Newton” in the middle of the sermon. That is when it really started. If I had known the length and complexity of what I was about to begin, I might have changed my mind. I guess I could ignore the name Isaac Newton and continue playing Fortnite on my phone. But my curiosity is alive with the name Isaac Newton ringing in my ears.

So, it begins.

***

Luke is referring to a time-travel device that he and his two good friends find and accidentally set off. The problem is they do not know how to control it. They discovered the device as they researched the travels of Luke’s missing archeologist father. Luke believes his father was searching for the original Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem when he disappeared. Now, the three suddenly find themselves in precarious positions and environments and must figure out how to survive, find Luke’s father, and somehow return back to the current time.

My Review!

A time travel story that will teach about Solomon’s Temple and many other Bible happenings while giving the reader a grand adventure, it is well done for preteens and young teens. Even adults can learn from it and have fun

I love that this book speaks to the curiosity that is natural in a child and needs to be fostered. The Newton Chronicles is fun, informative, imaginative, and even sometimes emotional. I highly recommend it for your young reader!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

Blog Stops

Bigreadersite, January 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 7

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, January 8

Sylvan Musings, January 8

deb’s Book Review, January 9

Mary Hake, January 9

Texas Book-aholic, January 10

Aryn the Libraryan, January 11

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 12

Cover Lover Book Review, January 13

Vicky Sluiter, January 13

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 14

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 16

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 17

Book Zone Reviews, January 17

Blogging With Carol, January 18

Lights in a Dark World, January 19

Mornings at Character Cafe, January 19

For HIm and My Family, January 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Terry is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/23682/the-newton-chronicles-soldiers-crystals-and-temples-celebration-tour-giveaway

50 Responses to Book Tours and Giveaways!

  1. Thank you for your wonderful review, Vicky! I’m happy you enjoyed Molly and Derek’s story. Thanks for sharing! xo

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  2. slehan says:

    Good book for summer reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  3. I can’t wait to read this! Sounds like a very sweet story.

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  4. carylkane says:

    Vicky, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

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  5. vickysluiter says:

    You’re welcome. Such an enjoyable book!

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  6. megan allen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’m adding to my tbr!

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  7. Debbie P says:

    This sounds like a great book.

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  8. Hannah Bartel says:

    This looks like a wonderful book to read!

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  9. slehan says:

    Want to read Sunny first.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  10. jodi683 says:

    Sounds like a super awesome read.

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  11. Linda Geertsma says:

    This sounds like a very great story.. can’t wait to get it and read it

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  12. Beatrice LaRocca says:

    Thank you for sharing your review of this story, this sounds like a wonderful read

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  13. Thank you for sharing! – JustRead Tours

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  14. JustRead Tours says:

    Than you for sharing!

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  15. Shelly Peterson says:

    The Cowboy’s Amish Haven sounds like a good read.

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  16. Shelly Peterson says:

    A Promise of Forgiveness sounds good. I like the cover.

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  17. Thank you for your wonderful review, Vicky! I’m happy you enjoyed reading Searching for Home. I see a lot of old comments, so I hope this finds you. 🙂 I appreciate your friendship and support.

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  18. vickysluiter says:

    It found me! I just love your books. Your style of writing draws me in.

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  19. Kay Garrett says:

    Thank you for your review on ” Searching for Home” by Jill Weatherholt and for being part of the Celebrate Lit blog tour.

    Jill is one author that I just can’t get enough of. Always greatly anticipate each and every book. Love the cover on this one and the storyline is fabulous. How could it not be with triplets? Three times the love! ❤
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  20. Eva Millien says:

    Jill, Searching for Home, sounds like my kind of book and I enjoyed following the tour and learning about it! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thank for sharing it with me! Thanks, Vicky for sharing your review and I agree, adorable triplets and a cowboy can not be passed up! Have a fantastic day!

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  21. slehan says:

    Looks like a cute book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  22. great review, the book sounds really good

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  23. slehan says:

    Sweet Rivalry would be a good book for Spring reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  24. Marisela Zuniga says:

    This sounds like such a good book!

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  25. Betsy Barnes says:

    Thank you for your review.

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  26. camillering says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely review for Midnight’s Budding Morrow – I’m so glad you enjoyed.

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  27. Madie says:

    That lodge, the characters, and the mystery all sound really good. Thanks for sharing about this book 🙂 !

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  28. Marisela Zuniga says:

    Undercover assignment sounds like a great book

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  29. Madie says:

    Undercover Assignment sounds like a great mystery, thrillng and heartwarming- thanks for sharing about it 🙂 !

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  30. Lori Smanski says:

    thanks for your thoughts. this sounds like a fun story.

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  31. Emma says:

    Trusting Her Amish Heart by Cathy Liggett is a wonderful book. Shared on facebook.

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  32. slehan says:

    Good book for Fall reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  33. Debbie P says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book.

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  34. Debbie P says:

    Again this sounds like a really wonderful book!

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  35. slehan says:

    Christmas Crime Cover-Up is a good holiday read.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  36. kimjkviz says:

    Sounds like a beautiful read 😊

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  37. traciemich says:

    Do you have a favorite childhood book?

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