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Have you heard of the ZIP BOOK Program in many California Libraries?

Have you heard of the ZIP BOOK Program in many California Libraries?

Now there’s an easy way to get a book that is not listed in your local library catalog.

What is the ZIP BOOK PROGRAM?

If your local library doesn’t have a book you requested in their catalog you have the option of ordering it through the California Library Zip Book program which is sponsored by the California State Library. The book is shipped directly to your home via Amazon prime. If your local library doesn’t carry my book RECKLESS BEGINNINGS, you can now request it through this program. How awesome is that!

What are the Requirements?

In order to use this fabulous program, you must meet certain requirements. Continue reading “Have you heard of the ZIP BOOK Program in many California Libraries?”

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Book Review STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel

Book Review STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel

Our book club recently finished reading STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel and as always I like to share our review with you. Also at the end of this post, you will find questions to ask at your own book club.

About the Author

Emily St. John is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven.

The Synopsis of STATION ELEVEN

Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devasting flu pandemic arrived in the city and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.

Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and  Continue reading “Book Review STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel”

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Reckless Beginnings ebook is on sale for a limited time only

For a limited time – RECKLESS BEGINNINGS ebooks are on sale!

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Reckless Beginnings ebook is on sale for a limited time only

Reckless Beginnings ebook is on sale for a limited time only

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A day in my Life

An Unexpected Flashback to my Childhood

An Unexpected Flashback to my Childhood

Once in a while, I like to break away from the subject of books and give you a little insight on events or special moments occurring in my life. This is one such post. It’s been an eventful couple of weeks that have stirred up many buried memories that I had forgotten about and revisiting them warmed my heart and unexpectedly took me back to my childhood days.

Voices From The Past

I had mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the Ilkley Gazette newspaper from my hometown, Ilkley in England had written an article about my book Reckless Beginnings.   You can view the article here.  Well since the article was published, a number of my schoolmates have contacted me via Facebook. Our friendships began around the age of seven in Primary school and continued until we graduated from Grammar school at sixteen. Afterward, we all went our separate ways and lost contact with each other.

When they reached out to me on Facebook, I was immediately thrown back into my childhood days as we texted back and forth, reminiscing the schools, teachers, hanging out at each other’s houses and pretty much sharing the same memories. A few days later one of them sent me our class picture from 1972. Wow! Now I really was thrown back in time.

An Unexpected Flashback to my Childhood

This is our class picture at Primary school. I was nine years old and I’m in the front row, third in from the left, with the overly short crooked bangs. (Fringes, as they are called in England).  It’s funny while looking at this picture from so long ago that I’m able to remember it like it was yesterday. In fact, I even remember the night before because my mother was furious with me. Wanting to look my best for the school photo I decided to cut my own bangs. Well, you can see the result was not very flattering and explains why my mother was angry. The dress I’m wearing was one of my favorites. It was bright orange with white polka dots. I seemed to have worn it for many photo shoots. Here is another picture of me, wearing the same dress.

An Unexpected Flashback to my Childhood

Pulling Out the Old Photo Albums

After revisiting the past with my lost friends, I didn’t want it to end. I wanted to remember more and began pulling out the old photo albums and low and behold  I found a picture of me with one of the girls that had reconnected with me on Facebook. I’d forgotten I even had this picture of us together.

An Unexpected Flashback to my Childhood

My husband and I spent hours on the couch rediscovering our childhood while we laughed together at the memories the pictures were taking us back to. We talked about our favorites toys and all the mischiefs we used to get in to. We were amazed at the freedom we use to have. I would walk three miles home from school. After doing my homework, I would spend the rest of the day outside frolicking on the moors and I wouldn’t be in trouble as long as I was home before dark.

Life was so simple back then. We didn’t realize as kids, how good we had it. We learned from our mistakes and grew a tough skin. If we fell down, we got back up. I remember if I cried my father would turn to me and say, “Oh hush! If it hurts, it means your still alive.”  The value of a dollar was taught at a young age. Chores were expected to be done in lieu of a weekly allowance.  I was also required to get a paper route, delivering the morning paper before school to help pay for the new bike I wanted or the new shoes I just had to have. We grew up respecting our elders and being inventive when it came to entertaining ourselves. Oh, how the world has changed.

Take Time Out & Revisit your Past.

An Unexpected Flashback to my Childhood

I wanted to share this with you because unknowingly I had let my childhood slip away. There was so much I had forgotten but going through the old photos brought me such joy and took me back to places I hadn’t thought about in years. Even after being married to my husband for over twenty-five years we realized while going through the pictures together that we still had stories to share with each other.

An Unexpected Flashback to my Childhood

Don’t let the memories of your childhood fade away. Once in a while, turn off the TV, put down your cell phones and pull out those old albums. Blow off the dust and share them with someone close, your spouse, parent or child. You’ll be surprised at the memories each picture will trigger and the stories you will have to tell. I can guarantee it will be a long night.

What are some of your fondest childhood memories? I would love to hear them.

BUY RECKLESS BEGINNINGS HERE

An Unexpected Flashback to my Childhood

RECKLESS BEGINNINGS is currently available in paperback only. The Kindle/ebook edition will be available in about six weeks.

Ordering the book is easy from any of these fine online retailers.

 

 

BOOK DEPOSITORY

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Book Review THE WHOLE TOWNS’ TALKING by FANNIE FLAGG

Book Review THE WHOLE TOWNS' TALKING by FANNIE FLAGG

Our book club just finished reading  THE WHOLE TOWN’S TALKING by FANNIE FLAGG and as always I like to share our thoughts and review with you.

About the author

Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at age nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films and the theater. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Daisy Fay and The Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (which was produced by Universal Pictures as Fried Green Tomatoes). Welcome to the World, Baby Girl, and Standing in the Rainbow. Flagg’s script for Fried Green Tomatoes was nominated for both the Academy and Writer’s Guild of America Awards and won the highly regarded Scripters Award. Flagg lives in California and in Alabama.

The Synopsis of  THE WHOLE TOWN’S TALKING

Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening at the cemetery. Still Meadows, as it’s called, is anything but still. The Whole Town’s Talking, tells the story of Lordor Nordstrom, his Swedish mail-order bride, Katrina, and their neighbors and descendants as they live, love, die and carry on in mysterious and surprising ways.

Lordor Nordstrom created, in his wisdom, not only a lively town and a prosperous legacy for himself but also a beautiful final resting place for his family, friends, and neighbors yet to come. “Resting Place” turns out to be a bit of a misnomer, however. Odd things begin to happen, and it starts the whole town talking.

With her wild imagination, great storytelling, and deep understanding of folly and the human heart, the beloved Fannie Flagg tells an unforgettable story of life, afterlife, and the remarkable goings-on of ordinary people. In The Whole Town’s Talking, she reminds us that community is vital, life is a gift, and love never dies.

Our Review

Book Review THE WHOLE TOWNS' TALKING by FANNIE FLAGG

This is the first time any of us had read anything by this author. No one knew what to expect. We had decided to pick a light-hearted book because the last two were somewhat depressing. This book certainly fit the bill. It’s a quick read and would make a perfect book to take to the beach. We all agreed that it was a cute story and was probably how most people hoped life would be after death.

At times the story was humorous and took us on a trip down memory lane, pointing out certain nostalgic events. The book began well with the founding fathers and we felt like we were getting to know them but as soon as we did, they passed away and the book moved on to the next generation. After that, the book began to go downhill. There was just too much crammed into the story. As soon as we began to get to know a new character, Poof, they died. It was really hard to keep track of them and because of that, we had a hard time connecting with the story. We also felt what happened to the town, in the end, was depressing and quite unexpected. Overall we were somewhat disappointed with this book.

Our Overall Rating

Book Review THE WHOLE TOWNS' TALKING by FANNIE FLAGG

COVER DESIGN – 5 STARS – We all agreed the cover was great with eye-catching colors and a theme that was fitting for the storyline. 

CHARACTERIZATION – 3 STARS – Too many characters to keep track of and were short-lived in the book, prevented us from connecting with the characters or story.

STORY & PLOT 3 STARS – It was a cute idea for a story but fell short to engage us or get us excited.

OVERALL RATING – 3 STARS – After having high hopes for this book, we left feeling somewhat disappointed. It was just okay. 

Questions to ask at your book club

Book Review THE WHOLE TOWNS' TALKING by FANNIE FLAGG

1- Lordor met his wife Katrina by placing an ad for a mail-order bride. Did this surprise you and does it remind you of online dating?

2 – Why do you think Lordor and Katrina’s marriage was so successful? What did they do that many couples overlook?

3 – The book chronicles the history of one small town in America, beginning in 1889 and ending in 2021. Do you see any similarities between Elmwood Springs and the town you or your parents grew up in? If so, what are they?

4 – Do you know of any towns that have simply turned into ghost towns?  Why do you think the towns didn’t make it. Did you live in any of the towns you mentioned?

5 – Do you believe in life after death? How do you vision it?

6 – Were there any particular characters you could relate to? If yes, explain why.

7 – The book spans over many decades. Which is your favorite era and why is it? What do you remember the most about that time?

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Book Review THE WHOLE TOWNS' TALKING by FANNIE FLAGG

Book Review THE WHOLE TOWNS' TALKING by FANNIE FLAGG

Book Review THE WHOLE TOWNS' TALKING by FANNIE FLAGG

 

BUY RECKLESS BEGINNINGS HERE

Book Review THE WHOLE TOWNS' TALKING by FANNIE FLAGG

RECKLESS BEGINNINGS is currently available in paperback only. The Kindle/ebook edition will be available in about six weeks.

Ordering the book is easy from any of these fine online retailers.

 

 

BOOK DEPOSITORY

Other News

Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by ARTIST FIRST RADIO NETWORK. Listen to the entire interview below.

Book Review THE WHOLE TOWNS' TALKING by FANNIE FLAGG
CLICK IMAGE TO HEAR INTERVIEW.

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrating the book Release of RECKLESS BEGINNINGS

Celebrating the book Release of RECKLESS BEGINNINGS

 Celebrating the Release of RECKLESS BEGINNINGS

Saturday, October 13th, I celebrated the release of RECKLESS BEGINNINGS with a book launch and signing party at our local library. What a fantastic time I had, shared with family and great friends. I live in a small rural town and was touched by the turnout and the support this little community has given me through this entire journey leading up to this event. I was pleasantly surprised when the local newspaper showed up to cover the event. Thank you Mountain Enterprise. It was a joyous occasion where many tears and laughter were shared.

Celebrating the book Release of RECKLESS BEGINNINGS

Celebrating the book Release of RECKLESS BEGINNINGS

Celebrating the book Release of RECKLESS BEGINNINGS

The event lasted about two hours. During which time I gave a little history behind the book and why I wrote it, read an excerpt and talked about my next book titled BETTER ENDINGS and the prequel, titled, THE JOURNALS OF TAMMY.  Here is a little snippet of the presentation.

Involving the kids

Being a family affair, my grandsons were present along with a few of their buddies. (All of which were remarkably well behaved by the way). I wanted to involve them in this special day and gave them the important job of pulling out the raffle tickets for the five prizes. They did a great job! Thank you, guys 🙂

The amazing cake

Celebrating the book Release of RECKLESS BEGINNINGS

One of the highlights of the event was the amazing cake made by my daughter-in-law’s mother, Gloria. In fact, she made two of these. She did an outstanding job with decorating it and using the cover of the book. Thank you, Gloria!  And it was delicious too.

I love this community.

Celebrating the book Release of RECKLESS BEGINNINGS

I have lived in Frazier Park for over fifteen years and could not imagine living anywhere else. I absolutely love this town. It’s a small mountain community, about seventy-five miles north of Los Angeles at five thousand feet elevation, settled at the base of Frazier Mountain.

Here there is no fast lane. We lead a slower pace of life, breathe in only clean air and see the stars at night. It’s a place where everyone knows everybody and the people of this town will support you one hundred percent on your adventures in life. The town has proved that by following me on this amazing journey since announcing, I was writing a book. They’ve followed me on social media, offering me words of encouragement and praise and by attending the book signing. Thank you, Frazier Park!

So where can you buy Reckless Beginnings?

RECKLESS BEGINNINGS is currently available in paperback only. The Kindle/ebook edition will be available in about six weeks.

Ordering the book is easy from any of these fine online retailers.

 

 

BOOK DEPOSITORY

https://www.bookdepository.com/Reckless-Beginnings-Tina-Hogan-Grant/9781642985801

BAM! Books-A-Million:

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Reckless-Beginnings/Tina-Hogan-Grant/9781642985801

If you prefer to shop at a brick and mortar store, you can order the book at your favorite bookstore and it will be available for pick up in a few days.

Live radio interview by KHTS Radio

Along with the Book signing event, I was also interviewed by KHTS Hometown radio last week. The interview was also videotaped so you can watch it by clicking on the link below.

 

Once again, thank you, everyone, for your support!

Celebrating the book Release of RECKLESS BEGINNINGS

Fantastic Tuesday Giveaway

Celebrating the book Release of RECKLESS BEGINNINGS

Starting Tuesday, October 16th, I will be running a ten-week giveaway from my Facebook author’s page. Each week I will be giving away a signed copy of RECKLESS BEGINNINGS. (Sorry U.S residents only).  Simply, like the post, share the post and comment in order to be entered. The winner will be announced every Monday at 5:00 pm PST and a new contest will begin on Tuesday morning.  You have a chance to win one of ten copies that will be given away.

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Feelings of Regret - Triggered by a Photo - An Author's Wish

How did a Single Photo Trigger Feelings of Regret?

You might be asking this question after reading my title. Let me explain. When my book was launched and I was overwhelmed with a sense of pride, I immediately mailed a copy to my sister in England. Included in the letter was a small request; that she’d take a picture of the book with our mother. Continue reading “Feelings of Regret – Triggered by a Photo”

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Spooky books to read on Halloween & bonus interview with one of the authors

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A list of Spooky tales for Halloween

I’m not sure how many of you curl up in a darkened room, illuminated with a few candles and read horror stories by flashlight during the Halloween festivities.  This was something I loved to do when I was a teenager.  Sometimes I’d take it a step further and bury myself under my blankets with the light and read a super scary book from there. Now I do it with my grandkids.

In case you like to celebrate Halloween with a good horror book I’ve composed a list of new books released in 2018 from some Indie Authors, I’ve come across on Facebook.  I’m always looking for Continue reading “Spooky books to read on Halloween & bonus interview with one of the authors”

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RECKLESS BEGINNINGS Virtual Book Tour by Goddess Fish Promotions

Goddess Fish Promotions Virtual Book Tour

I’m pleased to have Goddess Fish Promotions handle the virtual tour for my book Reckless Beginnings. Because of the tour, the book is available NOW! through Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Follow the links at the bottom of the page to order. (Note UK: you can place an order now but the item will not be shipped immediately.

Yes! Reckless Beginnings is available now!  Tell all your friends!

The Tour

RECKLESS BEGINNINGS Virtual Book Tour by Goddess Fish Promotions

The tour will run from October 1st – October 26th, 2018. Making stops at twenty-six websites. Prewritten guest blogs and interviews, along with promo posts, and reviews will be featured on each blog post.

Follow the Tour and Enter the Giveaways

RECKLESS BEGINNINGS Virtual Book Tour by Goddess Fish Promotions

Prizes for the tour are as follows:
• One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.
• One randomly chosen host will receive a $25 Amazon/BN.com gift card.

You have a chance of winning the $ 50.00. prize by simply following the tour each day and entering the giveaway on each stop. That’s twenty-six chances of winning! Be sure to share with your friends

The Tour Stops

October 1: Long and Short Reviews

October 1: Travel the Ages

October 2: Edgar’s Books

October 3: Andi’s Book Reviews

October 3: A Hippie’s Bookshelf

October 4: Sharing Links and Wisdom

October 5: The Tired Buyer

October 5: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart

October 8: Rogue’s Angels

October 9: BooksChatter

October 9: Straight From the Library

October 10: Fabulous and Brunette

October 11: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

October 11: Southern Delights Book Blog

October 12: bookish bibliophile – review

October 15: The Reading Addict

October 15: Readeropolis

October 16: Two Ends of the Pen

October 17: Rachel Brimble Romance

October 17: Deal Sharing Aunt

October 18: All the Ups and Downs

October 19: Jazzy Book Reviews

October 19: Bookaholic – review

October 22: The Avid Reader

October 23: T’s Stuff

October 23: So Many Books

October 24: Independent Authors

October 25: Notes from a Romantic’s Heart

October 25: Author C.A.Milson

October 26: Welcome to My World of Dreams

 

FOLLOW THE LINKS BELOW TO BUY RECKLESS BEGINNINGS

Amazon U.S.A

RECKLESS BEGINNINGS is here! You can buy it NOW

 

 

Amazon.co.uk

 

 

"Reckless Beginnings" Journey

RECKLESS BEGINNINGS is here! You can buy it NOW

RECKLESS BEGINNINGS is here! You can buy it NOW

You can buy it now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

An unexpected announcement – four days early but Reckless Beginnings is available for purchase.

Available in Paperback edition.

My book went live last night on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  No need to wait until October 4th you can BUY IT RIGHT NOW!  Amazon UK is showing temporarily out of stock, but you can place your order now and it will be shipped when available, which I’m assuming will be soon. 

RECKLESS BEGINNINGS is here! You can buy it NOW

FOLLOW THE LINKS BELOW TO PURCHASE

Amazon U.S.A

RECKLESS BEGINNINGS is here! You can buy it NOW

Amazon.co.uk 

Contest – Win A FREE signed Poster of the cover

To celebrate the release of the book I want to give away a FREE signed poster.

RECKLESS BEGINNINGS is here! You can buy it NOW

If you purchase my book, send me a picture of yourself with my book to be entered in the drawing for a FREE signed 24 x 31 poster of the cover. (Note it will not be a hardback poster like the one in the picture, but it will be the same size. ) The little boy, by the way, is Jonathan. My best friend’s pride & joy 🙂

  • The contest is worldwide – Anyone can enter
  • You give me the right to post your picture on my site and my social media accounts when you enter this contest.
  •  Email your pictures to tinahogangrant@gmail.com
  • All entries must be submitted by November 15th, 2018
  • Winner will be announced December 1st, 2018

GOOD LUCK!

Other ongoing contests

Win a signed copy of RECKLESS BEGINNINGS

There is still time to enter!

Winner will be announced on October 4th.