Gratitude Giveaway Hop 2017


Welcome to EFC’s stop on the Gratitude Giveaway Hop hosted by Mary at BookHounds. Thank you all for following EFC!!!


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Release Event: After Lucas by Tudor Robins (spotlight, guest post, giveaway)

Today is the Release Event of After Lucas by Tudor Robins, organized by Maureen’s Books Promotions. After Lucas is a YA novel and the second book in the Stonegate Series.

About The Book: Thanks to the talent of her pushbutton super-horse, Ava, Mavis wins every ribbon, trophy, and championship she competes for. No rider effort required, and not much skill either – Ava does it all.

So, when Mavis’s dad loses his job, and Ava must go up for sale, Mavis is swamped with … relief.She knows it’s the wrong thing to feel, but Mavis is used to feeling, thinking, and acting the wrong way. It’s why she has no friends.

Also, riding’s been really boring, for a long time.

With super-Ava sold super-fast, Mavis is ready to start enjoying her horse-free life.

Until she meets Lucas. Lucas is everything Ava’s not. Stocky, dirty, untrained, and unproven, the former trail horse has the complete opposite on Mavis as her former show mare did.

Mavis likes Lucas. She loves him, even.

Lucas has a lot to learn, but it might be Mavis who gains the most from their new, unlikely, partnership.

The Facts: 

Publication Date:
October 31st, 2017
Stonegate Series #2
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The first book in the Stonegate Series Objects In Mirror


The Perfect Horse

This is such a great topic for pretty much all my books and, particularly, to help launch After Lucas. In fact, by suggesting this topic, you’ve actually made me see a theme—or at least a pattern—in my books.

Essentially, girl has “perfect” horse. Girl loses perfect horse. Girl has to re-think equine perfection. Whether it’s Grace losing Sprite in Objects in Mirror, Meg losing Major in Appaloosa Summer, or Mavis losing Ava in After Lucas, my main characters often have to give up the horse that seemed perfect, and figure out how to deal with the loss.

The stories are different—Grace eventually gets to ride Sprite again, Meg can’t go back because Major has died, and Mavis . . . well, I don’t think it’s a spoiler to tell you Mavis isn’t exactly sad to lose her perfect horse.

It’s the journeys that matter, though. In leaving behind the horse they knew, maybe loved, and were comfortable with, all these characters have to face challenges. They have to grow—both in their horsemanship and as people.

By the end of my books, my characters are usually smart enough to realize the perfect horse is the one you have with you, that you get to ride and spend time with.

As to my perfect horse (because I’m afraid you’ll think I’m dodging if I don’t answer this!), while I think many horses are perfect for many people in different circumstances, I do have a major weakness for tall, skinny, off the track thoroughbreds.

I’ve fallen hard for a few horses like this—mostly big, lean, strong bays; you know the type—if they were a guy they’d be six-foot-three with dark hair and they’d be devastatingly good at sports, and every girl would like them, and they’d most definitely break your heart.

Fortunately, I’m currently lucky enough to love a towering, chestnut, OTTB named Martin’s Pride, and also fortunately, he’s just silly enough that if he was a guy he wouldn’t break your heart—he’d just make you laugh—and he also has a wonderful owner who has been generously sharing him with me for a couple of years now.

So perfect, for me right now (and hopefully, for a long time to come), is Martin. How about you? I’d love to year about your perfect horse.


About the Author: Tudor Robins is an Ottawa-based young adult author whose first novel, Objects in Mirror, was named a Best Book for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Tudor loves reading, writing, and horseback riding, as well as spending time on Wolfe Island with her husband and two sons. 

For more information about Tudor please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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This event was organized by Maureen’s Books Promotions. 

Magic of Memoir Blog Tour: While They’re Still Here by Patricia Williams (spotlight, giveaway)


While They’re Still Here
written by Patricia Williams
published by She Writes Press, 2017

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Target, WalmartBook Depository, Goodreads

About the book – from Goodreads: After a lifetime of strained bonds with her aging parents, Patricia Williams finds herself in the unexpected position of being their caregiver and neighbor. As they all begin to navigate this murky battleground, the long-buried issues that have divided their family for decades–alcoholism, infidelity, opposing politics–rear up and demand to be addressed head-on. 

Williams answers the call of duty with trepidation at first, confronting the lines between service and servant, guardian and warden, while her parents alternately resist her help and wear her out. But by facing each new struggle with determination, grace, and courage, they ultimately emerge into a dynamic of greater transparency, mutual support, and teachable moments for all. Honest and humorous, graceful and grumbling, While They’re Still Here is a poignant story about a family that waves the white flag and begins to heal old wounds as they guide each other through the most vulnerable chapter of their lives.





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Magic of Memoir Blog Tour: Our Grand Finale by Laraine Denny Burrell (spotlight, giveaway)


Our Grand Finale
written by Laraine Denny Burrell
published by She Writes Press, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: Laraine Burrell gets the call to come back to England from the United States just in time to visit briefly with her father before he passes away. Following his death, she is overcome with grief, feeling that she has squandered the time she had with her father. Instead of staying close, she chose to travel the world and seek her own goals as a young woman, always thinking there would be time later on to tell her dad all the things she wanted to tell him–how much she loved him, and how he was her hero. Now, she realizes, it’s too late.

Wanting to do something significant for her father to make up for her neglect, Burrell reflects on the fascinating life her father, a Royal Yachtsman, led–and decides that the one thing she can do for him is to tell his exceptional life story and make sure he is not forgotten. Our Grand Finale is the culmination of that effort–an exploration of both the author’s and her father’s unusual life experiences, and a reminder that “later” doesn’t always come.




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Magic of Memoir Blog Tour: Motherhood Reimagined by Sarah Kowalski (spotlight, giveaway)


Motherhood Reimagined
written by Sarah Kowalski
published by She Writes Press, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: At the age of thirty-nine, Sarah Kowalski began to realize time was running out to have a baby. After grappling with what it meant to have a baby alone, she eventually realized that she’d always wanted a baby more than anything and decided to use a sperm donor–only to find out she was infertile. Thus began a year of hope and despair in which she fought the diagnosis, refusing to accept her doctor’s suggestion that she move on to donor eggs. In the months that followed, Kowalski catapulted herself into a diligent regime of herbs, Qigong, meditation, acupuncture, and more in a futile attempt to improve her egg quality. It was only after facing the dormant self-doubt and self-hatred fueled by her body’s inability to conceive that she was able to surrender her previous notions of what it meant to be a mother and embrace a path to motherhood that involved both egg and sperm donation. A story of personal triumph and unconditional love, Motherhood Reimagined reveals what’s possible when we are willing to put down the version of motherhood we expected and embrace the unconventional.


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Magic of Memoir Blog Tour: Lost in the Reflecting Pool by Diane Pomerantz (spotlight, giveaway)


Lost in the Reflecting Pool
written by Diane Pomerantz
published by She Writes Press, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: When Diane, a psychologist, falls in love with Charles, a charming and brilliant psychiatrist, there is laughter and flowers–and also darkness. After moving through infertility treatments and the trials of the adoption process as a united front, the couple is ultimately successful in creating a family. As time goes on, however, Charles becomes increasingly critical and controlling, and Diane begins to feel barraged and battered. When she is diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, Charles is initially there for her, but his attentiveness quickly vanishes and is replaced by withdrawal, anger, and unfathomable sadism. What Diane previously thought were just Charles’ controlling ways are replaced by clear pathologic narcissism and emotional abuse that turns venomous at the very hour of her greatest need. A memoir and a psychological love story that is at times tender and at times horrifying, Lost in the Reflecting Pool is a chronicle of one woman’s struggle to survive within–and ultimately break free of–a relationship with a man incapable of caring about anyone beyond himself.



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Magic of Memoir Blog Tour: You Can’t Buy Love Like That by Carol E. Anderson (spotlight, giveaway)


You Can’t Buy Love Like That
written by Carol E. Anderson
published by She Writes Press, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: Carol Anderson grows up in a fundamentalist Christian home in the ’60s, a time when being gay was in opposition to all social and religious mores and against the law in most states. Fearing the rejection of her parents, she hides the truth about her love orientation, creating emotional distance from them for years, as she desperately struggles to harness her powerful attractions to women while pursuing false efforts to be with men.

The watershed point in Carol’s journey comes when she returns to graduate school and discovers the feminist movement, which emboldens her sense of personal power and the freedom to love whom she chooses. But this sense of self-possession comes too late for honesty with her father. His unexpected death before she can tell him the truth brings the full cost of Carol’s secret crashing in–compelling her to come out to her mother before it is too late. Candid and poignant, You Can’t Buy Love Like Thatreveals the complex invisible dynamics that arise for gay people who are forced to hide their true selves in order to survive–and celebrates the hard-won rewards of finding one’s courageous heart and achieving self-acceptance and self-love.



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Magic of Memoir Blog Tour: But My Brain Had Other Ideas by Deb Brandon (spotlight, giveaway)


But My Brain Had Other Ideas
written by Deb Brandon
published by She Writes Press, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: When Deb Brandon discovered that cavernous angiomas–tangles of malformed blood vessels in her brain–were behind the terrifying symptoms she’d been experiencing, she underwent one brain surgery. And then another. And then another. And that was just the beginning. 

The book also includes an introduction by Connie Lee, founder and president of the Angioma Alliance. Unlike other memoirs that focus on injury crisis and acute recovery, But My Brain Had Other Ideas follows Brandon’s story all the way through to long-term recovery, revealing without sugarcoating or sentimentality Brandon’s struggles–and ultimate triumph.



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EFC Promotions Blog Tour Kickoff: Back to December by Heather McCoubrey

Back to DecemberBack to December
written by Heather McCoubrey
published by Heather McCoubrey

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About the book – from Goodreads: Thanks to an abusive mother and an absent father, Anna Blackhurst has only known the love of two people: her Gram and her best friend, Niki.

When Anna meets Cooper Reed in a smoky club, she’s immediately drawn to his good looks but isn’t prepared to open herself up to a relationship. As time passes, Anna finds herself falling in love with Cooper and she begins to rethink her future. Maybe, despite her childhood, she can have a happy-ever-after.

But when her mother is in a terrible accident, she again sinks her claws into Anna and Anna’s world is thrown upside down. Despite Cooper’s unwavering support, Anna walks away only to regret it immediately. In order to heal, not only herself, but her broken relationship, Anna must stand up for herself and accept that the only way she’s going to be happy is if she grabs ahold of it herself.


heather mccoubreyAbout the author: Heather McCoubrey is a native of Maine, but having moved all over the U.S. as a child, she doesn’t sound like one. She’s been writing since middle school when a teacher taught her she could create her own stories instead of just reading them. That year she had some of her first poems published in the school magazine and from there she graduated to writing a full-length novel in high school.

Heather is the self-published author of To Love TwiceBack to December, and Emily’s Choice. She also contributed a short story for A Kind of Mad Courage: Short Stories about Mothers (S)mothers and Others anthology. All proceeds go to the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation for AI disorders.


Heather resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, three children, T. Rex the chihuahua, and Psycho Killer the outside cat. When she’s not being super-mom and wife, she ekes out time to write, watch football and MMA, practice her British accent, and dream of living on an island where it’s seventy-five degrees year-round.

Find Ms. McCoubrey here: web, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads


Oct. 23: EFC Kickoff Post

Oct. 24: Twinkle Varshney

Oct. 25: Bound 2 Escape

Oct. 27: Books, Dream, Life

Oct. 27: Deal Sharing Aunt – Interview

Oct. 27: Always a Book to Read

Oct. 28: The Book Corner Buzz – Review

Oct. 29: CBY Book Club

Oct. 30: The Book Drealms

Oct. 30: The Desert Bibliophile – Guest Post

Oct. 31: Girl With Book Lungs

Nov. 1: Carol’s Notebook – Guest Post

Nov. 2: Leels Loves Books – Review

Nov. 3: Cover 2 Cover


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Happy 6th Blogoversary, EFC!


Wow! It has been 6 years since I started Every Free Chance Books, and I have loved every minute. Thank you to all of you for following EFC! I can’t tell you how much it means to me.




To celebrate, I’m doing a few giveaways!

  • $50 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble as well as some EFC swag (US only)
  • $50 in books from The Book Depository (INT)

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