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Becky Wade, author of Run the World, on tour July 2016

Posted By on June 25, 2016

Run the World coverAbout Run the World

• Paperback: 288 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 5, 2016)

From elite marathoner and Olympic hopeful Becky Wade comes the story of her year-long exploration of diverse global running communities from England to Ethiopia—9 countries, 72 host families, and over 3,500 miles of running—investigating unique cultural approaches to the sport and revealing the secrets to the success of runners all over the world.

Fresh off a successful collegiate running career—with multiple NCAA All-American honors and two Olympic Trials qualifying marks to her name—Becky Wade was no stranger to international competition. But after years spent safely sticking to the training methods she knew, Becky was curious about how her counterparts in other countries approached the sport to which she’d dedicated over half of her life. So in 2012, as a recipient of the Watson Fellowship, she packed four pairs of running shoes, cleared her schedule for the year, and took off on a journey to infiltrate diverse running communities around the world. What she encountered far exceeded her expectations and changed her outlook into the sport she loved.

Over the next twelve months—visiting 9 countries with unique and storied running histories, logging over 3,500 miles running over trails, tracks, sidewalks, and dirt roads—Becky explored the varied approaches of runners across the globe. Whether riding shotgun around the streets of London with Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt, climbing for an hour at daybreak to the top of Ethiopia’s Mount Entoto just to start her daily run, or getting lost jogging through the bustling streets of Tokyo, Becky’s unexpected adventures, keen insights, and landscape descriptions take the reader into the heartbeat of distance running around the world.

Upon her return to the United States, she incorporated elements of the training styles she’d sampled into her own program, and her competitive career skyrocketed. When she made her marathon debut in 2013, winning the race in a blazing 2:30, she became the third-fastest woman marathoner under the age of 25 in U.S. history, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials and landing a professional sponsorship from Asics.

From the feel-based approach to running that she learned from the Kenyans, to the grueling uphill workouts she adopted from the Swiss, to the injury-recovery methods she learned from the Japanese, Becky shares the secrets to success from runners and coaches around the world. The story of one athlete’s fascinating journey, Run the World is also a call to change the way we approach the world’s most natural and inclusive sport.

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Photo by Deborah Kellogg

Photo by Deborah Kellogg

About Becky Wade

Becky Wade is a professional long-distance runner who competes for Asics. At Rice University she was a four-time All-American and the winner of the Joyce Pounds Hardy Award, Rice’s highest athletic honor, and the Conference USA honoree for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Rice with a triple major in history, psychology, and sociology, Becky traveled the world on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and visited 22 countries to explore long-distance running cultures.

In her 26.2-mile debut in December 2013, Becky won the California International Marathon, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials. Currently, she is fulfilling her dream of running professionally and chasing Olympic aspirations, while coaching and working part-time at a shelter for homeless youth.

Connect with Becky on Instagram and Twitter.

Tour Stops

Tuesday, July 5th: The Well-Read Redhead

Wednesday, July 6th: Olduvai Reads

Thursday, July 7th: I’d Rather Be At The Beach

Friday, July 8th: StephTheBookworm

Monday, July 11th: Tina Says…

Tuesday, July 12th: BookNAround

Wednesday, July 13th: Reading to Distraction

Friday, July 15th: Create With Joy

Monday, July 18th: Cait’s Cozy Corner

Tuesday, July 19th: Sapphire Ng

Wednesday, July 20th: 5 Minutes For Books

Thursday, July 21st: SoCal Runner Gal

Tuesday, July 19th: A Splendidly Messy Life

Monday, July 25th: Mel’s Shelves

Tuesday, July 26th: Runs for Cookies

Wednesday, July 27th: Crazy Running Girl

Thursday, July 28th: Run Steff Run

Friday, July 29th: Literary Quicksand

Stephen P. Kiernan, author of The Hummingbird, on tour June/July 2016

Posted By on June 25, 2016

The Hummingbird PB coverAbout The Hummingbird

• Paperback: 336 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 28, 2016)

Deborah Birch is a seasoned hospice nurse who never gives up—not with her patients, not in her life. But her skills and experience are fully tested by the condition her husband, Michael, is in when he returns from his third deployment to Iraq. Tormented by nightmares, anxiety, and rage, Michael has become cold and withdrawn. Still grateful that he is home at last, Deborah is determined to heal him and restore their loving, passionate marriage.

But Michael is not her only challenge. Deborah’s primary patient is Barclay Reed, a retired history professor and fierce curmudgeon. An expert on the Pacific Theater of World War II, Barclay is suffering from terminal kidney cancer and haunted by ghosts from his past, including the academic scandal that ended his career.

Barclay’s last wish is for Deborah to read to him from his final and unfinished book—a little-known story from World War II that may hold the key to helping Michael conquer his demons. Together, nurse, patient, and soldier embark on an unforgettable emotional journey that transforms them all, offering astonishing insights into life and death, suffering, and finding peace.

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Photo credit Noah Kiernan

Photo credit Noah Kiernan

About Stephen P. Kiernan

Stephen P. Kiernan is a graduate of Middlebury College, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. During his more than twenty years as a journalist, he has won numerous awards, including the Brechner Center’s Freedom of Information Award, the Scripps Howard Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment, and the George Polk Award. He is the author of The Curiosity, his first novel, and two nonfiction books. He lives in Vermont with his two sons.

Find out more about Stephen at his website and connect with him on Facebook.

Tour Stops

Tuesday, June 28th: BookNAround

Thursday, June 30th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Thursday, June 30th: Kritters Ramblings

Friday, July 1st: A Bookish Way of Life

Tuesday, July 5th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Wednesday, July 6th: she treads softly

Thursday, July 7th: Bibliotica

Friday, July 8th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

Monday, July 11th: Literary Feline

Tuesday, July 12th: 5 Minutes For Books

Wednesday, July 13th: Lesa’s Book Critiques

Thursday, July 14th: Into the Hall of Books

Monday, July 18th: The Book Diva’s Reads

TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for June 27th – July 2nd

Posted By on June 25, 2016

A House for Happy Mothers by Amulya Malladi

A House for Happy MothersMonday, June 27th: Worth Getting in Bed For

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He Will Be My Ruin by K. A. Tucker

He Will Be My RuinMonday, June 27th: Books that Hook

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Fatal Series by Marie Force

Fatal AffairMonday, June 27th: Bewitched BookwormsFatal Affair

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All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank

All the Single Ladies coverMonday, June 27th: The many thoughts of a reader

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Wrong Highway by Wendy Gordon

Wrong HighwayMonday, June 27th: Patricia’s Wisdom

Monday, June 27th: Chick Lit Central

Tuesday, June 28th: Puddletown Reviews

Wednesday, June 29th: Write Read Life

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The Price of Prosperity by Todd G. Buchholz

The Price of Prosperity coverMonday, June 27th: Jen’s Book Thoughts

Tuesday, June 28th: Sapphire Ng

Wednesday, June 29th: Reading to Distraction

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The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan

The Woman in the Photo coverMonday, June 27th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Tuesday, June 28th: Lesa’s Book Critiques

Wednesday, June 29th: Ms. Nose in a Book

Thursday, June 30th: Broken Teepee

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Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay

Disappearance at Devil's Rock coverMonday, June 27th: The Reader’s Hollow

Tuesday, June 28th: Booked on a Feeling

Wednesday, June 29th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Wednesday, June 29th: A Wondrous Bookshelf

Thursday, June 30th: Ms.Bookish.com

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Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

Sleepless in ManhattanMonday, June 27th: A Holland Reads

Tuesday, June 28th: Books a la Mode – author guest post

Wednesday, June 29th: Thoughts on This ‘n That

Thursday, June 30th: A Chick Who Reads

Friday, July 1st: A Splendid Messy Life – author Q&A and review

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The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams

The Last Woman StandingMonday, June 27th: WV Stitcher

Tuesday, June 28th: A Bookish Affair

Wednesday, June 29th: The Magic All Around Us

Thursday, June 30th: Open Book Society

Friday, July 1st: Lavish Bookshelf

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In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch

In Twenty YearsMonday, June 27th: The Reading Date

Tuesday, June 28th: Just Commonly

Wednesday, June 29th: Diary of an Eccentric

Wednesday, June 29th: Brooklyn Berry Designs

Thursday, June 30th: West Metro Mommy Reads

Friday, July 1st: View from the Birdhouse

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Greetings From Utopia Park by Claire Hoffman

Greetings From Utopia Park coverMonday, June 27th: Back Porchervations

Tuesday, June 28th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Tuesday, June 28th: I Brought a Book

Wednesday, June 29th: 5 Minutes For Books

Thursday, June 30th: Read. Write. Repeat.

Friday, July 1st: Thoughts On This ‘n That

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The Royal Nanny by Karen Harper

The Royal Nanny coverMonday, June 27th: A Bookish Way of Life

Tuesday, June 28th: Kahakai Kitchen

Wednesday, June 29th: A Literary Vacation

Thursday, June 30th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Friday, July 1st: Luxury Reading

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The Space Between Sisters by Mary McNear

The Space Between Sisters coverMonday, June 27th: Kritters Ramblings

Tuesday, June 28th: From the TBR Pile

Wednesday, June 29th: A Chick Who Reads

Friday, July 1st: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Friday, July 1st: Into the Hall of Books

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The Daredevil Snared by Stephanie Laurens

The Daredevil SnaredMonday, June 27th: Reading Reality

Tuesday, June 28th: From the TBR Pile – excerpt

Wednesday, June 29th: The Sassy Bookster – excerpt

Friday, July 1st: A Chick Who Reads

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Defender by Diana Palmer

DefenderMonday, June 27th: A Bookaholic Swede – excerpt

Tuesday, June 28th: A Chick Who Reads

Tuesday, June 29th: Bookaholics Not-so-Anonymous

Thursday, June 30th: What I’m Reading

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Remember My Beauties by Lynne Hugo

Remember My BeautiesMonday, June 27th: BookNAround

Wednesday, June 29th: Travelling Birdy

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Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse

Keep You CloseMonday, June 27th: Books a la Mode – author guest post

Monday, June 27th: From the TBR Pile

Wednesday June 29th: Books and Spoons

Thursday, June 30th: Bibliotica

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Grace Without God by Katherine Ozment

Grace Without God coverMonday, June 27th: Many Hats

Wednesday, June 29th: Literary Feline

Thursday, June 30th: Carina Gonzalez

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Follow the River Home by Corran Harrington

Follow the River HomeMonday, June 27th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Wednesday, June 29th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Thursday, June 30th: Kahakai Kitchen

Friday, July 1st: Patricia’s Wisdom

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Leaving Blythe River by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Leaving Blythe RiverMonday, June 27th: Bibliotica

Thursday, June 30th: I’d Rather Be at the Beach

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Forever Beach by Shelley Noble

Forever Beach coverTuesday, June 28th: A Soccer Mom’s Book Blog

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The 420 Gourmet by JeffThe420Chef

The 420 Gourmet coverTuesday, June 28th: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

Wednesday, June 29th: Art Books Coffee

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How Secrets Die by Marta Perry

How Secrets DieTuesday, June 28th: Write Read Life

Tuesday, June 28th: Luxury Reading

Wednesday, June 29th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Thursday, June 30th: Books a la Mode – excerpt

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Stepping to a New Day by Beverly Jenkins

Stepping to a New Day coverTuesday, June 28th: A Tattered Copy

Wednesday, June 29th: Gspotsylvania: Ramblings from a Reading Writer Who Rescues Birds and Beasts

Thursday, June 30th: The Book Diva’s Reads

Friday, July 1st: Chaos is a Friend of Mine

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A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams

A Certain Age coverTuesday, June 28th: Reading Reality

Wednesday, June 29th: Jenn’s Bookshelves

Wednesday, June 29th: Luxury Reading

Friday, July 1st: A Bookish Affair

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The Summer Guest by Alison Anderson

The Summer Guest coverWednesday, June 29th: Queen of All She Reads

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere author preferred text coverThursday, June 30th: Luxury Reading

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Connected Underneath by Linda Legters

Connected Underneath coverThursday, June 30th: Tina Says…

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Mystic Summer by Hannah McKinnon

Mystic SummerSaturday, July 2nd: Books a la Mode

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Cynthia A. Graham, author of Beulah’s House of Prayer, on tour September 2016

Posted By on June 25, 2016

beulah's house of prayerAbout Beulah’s House of Prayer

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: Brick Mantel Books (July 12, 2016)

Some storms bring destruction. Others bring salvation.

In 1934 the tiny town of Barmy, Oklahoma, is in desperate need of a miracle. The cows are hungry, the rain won’t fall, most of Main Street is boarded up. Young aspiring trapeze artist Sugar Watson is dumped unceremoniously into this bleak setting with little money and only one thing on her mind—escape. Beulah Clinton, a Holy Ghost preacher, has dedicated herself to helping the distressed in this ragged little wasteland, and Sugar soon finds herself thrown in with Marigold Lawford, the simple-minded widow of the richest man in town, and Homer Guppy, a boy trouble follows like dust after a wind.

Despite Sugar’s immediate distaste of Barmy, Beulah’s patience, Marigold’s kindness, and Homer’s unconditional love make her reconsider the meaning of home.

On Black Sunday, the worst dust storm in history brings with it a choice: Sugar must decide whether or not to return home, leaving the hospitality—and love—of Barmy’s inhabitants. A stunning Depression-era literary novel with a touch of magical realism, Beulah’s House of Prayer captivates until the very end.

“Cynthia A. Graham’s novel, Beulah’s House of Prayer, is chock-full of what Flannery O’Connor called ‘large and startling figures.’ But these are not caricatures; they are people with whom you will fall in love and think you know in real life. You will care about their travails and want to turn to that last page to see what becomes of them—but with Dust Bowl descriptions reminiscent of Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, a break-neck speed conclusion, and a fascinating love story in the mix, you’ll be conflicted about how fast you want to get there.” —David Armand, author, The GorgeHarlow, and The Pugilist s Wife

Beulah’s House of Prayer blends the stark reality of Steinbeck and the grace and imagery of Willa Cather into a beautifully-rendered story of struggle and faith in Depression and Dust Bowl era Oklahoma a place where ‘communion is the wheat I grow and the blood I sweat.’  Steeped in metaphor, this moving novel is at once compelling and poetic. It is the kind of story that often finds its way onto the big screen. One heck of a good read!” —Dixon Hearne, author, From Tickfaw to Shongaloo and Delta Flats: Stories in the Key of Blues and Hope

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headshotAbout Cynthia A. Graham

Cynthia A. Graham is the winner of several writing awards, including a Gold IPPY and a Midwest Book Award for Beneath Still Waters, and her short stories have appeared in both university and national literary publications. She attained a B.A. in English from the Pierre Laclede Honors College at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Cynthia is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the St. Louis Writers’ Guild, the Missouri Writers’ Guild, and Sisters in Crime. She is the author of two works of historical mystery: Beneath Still Waters and Behind Every DoorBeulah’s House of Prayer is her first foray in the land of magical realism.

Connect with Cynthia

Website | Twitter

Cynthia A. Graham’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, September 6th: Bewitched Bookworms

Wednesday, September 7th: SJ2B House of Books

Friday, September 9th: Buried Under Books

Monday, September 12th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage

Thursday, September 15th: Kahakai Kitchen

Monday, September 19th: FictionZeal

Wednesday, September 21st: Write Read Life

Date TBD: Patricia’s Wisdom

Lyle Slovick, author of Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Champions, on tour July 2016

Posted By on June 24, 2016

Trials and Triumphs of Golf's Greatest Champions coverAbout Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Champions

• Hardcover: 304 pages
• Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 16, 2016)

Golf can be a vexing and cruel game, and teaches us much about ourselves. It has been described as “a contest calling for courage, skill, strategy and self-control. It is a test of temper, a trial of honor, a revealer of character.” In the end, as with most of life, success hinges on the character and spirit we possess. But how would our tempers be tested if we suffered a career-threatening injury from a near-fatal car accident, as Ben Hogan did in the prime of his life? How would our honor be preserved if we faced constant derision and racism both on and off the golf course, as Charlie Sifford encountered his entire career? How would our character be revealed if cancer robbed us of the ability to play the game we loved, as it did to Babe Didrikson Zaharias? Would we give in to self pity, or persevere and keep going?

In Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Champions: A Legacy of Hope, Lyle Slovick has pulled together the inspirational stories of six golfers and a caddy whose strength of character sustained them against the physical and emotional trials that threatened both their careers and lives. In an era when many athletes have lost their luster as role models, the people in this book—Harry Vardon, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Charlie Sifford, Ken Venturi, and Bruce Edwards—offer lessons in perseverance, dignity, humility, and faith. Slovick tells each of their stories with rich detail, including the childhoods that shaped their characters, their rise in the world of professional golf, the crises they faced in their lives, their struggles to keep doing what they loved, and their refusal to give up. They had their flaws, to be sure. But when faced with a true test of will, all showed a strength that inspired those around them.

The first book to gather the stories of these golfers into a single volume, Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Champions offers a unique blend of characters who shared the same love for a game that gave them the courage and fortitude they needed to face whatever life threw their way. This book will not only interest golfers and fans of the game, it will also inspire those who have suffered their own personal setbacks and show them they are not alone in their trials.

Praise

Read The Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Champions as it delves into much more than the surface history of these famous golfers, detailing the obstacles and struggles with which they all had to deal.  — Tom Watson, member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, winner of eight major championships

Trials and Triumphs is the perfect affirmation of what makes golf the greatest game of all—overcoming odds and adversities to achieve greatness. As you will see, there is no other way! — Jim Nantz, CBS Sports

Why is golf one of our greatest games? Because it tests us—our patience, persistence, perseverance—in ways we don’t expect and often can’t even imagine. In Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Champions, Lyle Slovick reminds us, through the soaring profiles of golf’s most courageous fighters from Bobby Jones to Babe Didrikson Zaharias, that far more important than any golf lesson is the grit and greatness we find inside ourselves when we need it most. — Don Van Natta Jr., ESPN investigative reporter, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of New York Times bestseller First Off the Tee and USGA Book Award winner Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias

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Lyle Slovick APAbout Lyle Slovick

Lyle Slovick is a historian and golf enthusiast, having played and studied the game for over 40 years.  He has an M.A. degree in American History and is a former Assistant University Archivist at the George Washington University, where he worked for 13 years amongst the rare books and manuscripts in the Gelman Library Special Collections Department.  Lyle enjoys telling stories that shed new light and offer new perspective on often well-trod subjects – what he describes as “augmented interpretation.”  This book is an expression of his passion for the game of golf, which has taken him to various major championships around the world, including the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland, the home of golf.  Lyle enjoys travelling, reading (especially biographies), and resides in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he currently works as a consultant for the United States Golf Association.

Find out more about Lyle at his website, and connect with him on Facebook.