Sunday, January 31, 2016

Crystal the Christmas Angel Virtual Book Publicity Tour!

Crystal the Christmas Angel
Virtual Book Publicity Tour!
Hosted by: 
Pump Up Your Books
Pump Up Your Books and Write More Publications presents the Crystal the Christmas Angle Book Publicity Tour! The tour will feature Crystal the Christmas Angel, by: Theresa Oliver and will run from Feb. 1-26, 2016! The tour features different interviews for Author CA Milson, The Literary Nook, The Story Behind the Book, The Writer's Life, and more! Please visit each stop on the tour for something different each day! The interview for The Writer's Life is syndicated into USA Today, Reuters, Chicago Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and other national publications! A copy of all of the stops are listed below. 

Also, if you would like to review Crystal the Christmas Angel, I will give you an e-book copy in exchange for an honest review! Just e-mail me at with "Review" in the the subject line. I look forward to hearing your thoughts! 

Also, visit the official Crystal the Christmas Angel Virtual Book Publicity Tour page at Pump Up Your Books! Special thanks to Pump Up Your Books for hosting my virtual tour! 

 All of the angels in Heaven are preparing for a big event, and Crystal, a little angel, wants to be a part of it. But the more she tries, the more the angels tell her that she is just too little. That is, until God himself gives her the biggest, most important task of all … going with the Archangel Gabriel to Mary, and bringing God’s greatest gift to the world. But can Crystal do what God asks? Journey with Crystal as she discovers that God sometimes chooses the most unlikely for the greatest tasks. Crystal also discovers that you are never too little to do great things. You just need to believe and never give up.


But Crystal didn’t pay attention to the other angels, concentrating on the task at hand. She followed Gabriel from Heaven through the stars and galaxies until they neared Earth. It was her first time away from Heaven. Crystal admired the sights — the beautiful stars and planets, and the lovely colors — but she concentrated on protecting the little ball of light within her arms.
“Where are we going?” Crystal asked as wind blew past her at the speed of light.
Gabriel smiled. “Israel.”  

Theresa Oliver grew up in southern Indiana, across from Louisville, Kentucky, in Clarksville, Indiana. In her childhood, she fell in love with the power of the written word, a love affair that has continued her whole life. She moved to Florida, where she has lived much of her adult life. She attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tenn., and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree, News Editorial sequence. She also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, Early Childhood Education sequence, from Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Ga. She is currently a writer, a full-time teacher, and the owner of Write More Publications and TNT Author Services. However, her greatest adventure is as a mother of three beautiful boys. Oliver currently resides in Kissimmee, Florida, with her husband and children. 

Tour Schedule

Monday, February 1 – Interview & Tour Kick Off at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, February 2 – Interview at The Literary Nook
Wednesday, February 3 – Book Featured at CBY Book Club
Thursday, February 4 – Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Monday, February 8 – Book Featured at Around the World in Books
Tuesday, February 9 – Book Review at Lighthouse Academy
Wednesday, February 10 – Interview at C.A. Milson’s blog
Thursday, February 11 – Book Review at The Blended Blog
Thursday, February 11 – Book Review at Books, Reviews, ETC.
Friday, February 12 – Book Featured at Hot Off the Shelves
Monday, February 15 – Book Review at Books Books the Magical Fruit
Tuesday, February 16 – Book Review at Seasons of Opportunities
Wednesday, February 17 – Book Review at Fascinating Quest
Thursday, February 18 – Book Review at Reviews by Crystal
Friday, February 19 – Book Review at Ali – The Dragon Slayer
Monday, February 22 – Book Review at Over the Rainbow Book Reviews
Tuesday, February 23 – Book Review at Our Family’s Adventures
Wednesday, February 24 – Book Review at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection
Wednesday, February 24 – Book Review at Book Babble
Thursday, February 25 – Book Review at The Avid Book Collection
Friday, February 26 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Special thanks to Pump Up Your Books: Virtual Book Publicity Tours for hosting this Virtual Book Tour! Also, special thanks to Dorothy Thompson for making this happen! Thanks, Dorothy!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Some Bullies Never Grow Up

Some Bullies Never Grow Up

By: Theresa Oliver

Bullies. Some never grow up.
Something happened to us while we were in Tennessee for my father-in-law’s funeral and my wheels started turning.
While in Tennessee and needing some much needed fun time with our family, my husband, Tommy, and I decided to take our children out to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. Please understand that my husband has severe hearing loss and does not wear hearing aides, despite my insistence for him to. That said, when we go to our local movie theater, he usually rents an external hearing device; however, the theater we went to in Tennessee did not have one.
Dutifully, my husband has watched every Hunger Games movie with our children and me, along with the whole Twilight Saga franchise. The genre isn’t really is cup of tea, but he tolerates it for us. Although he never read the books, he became quite interested in the story line of the movies, in spite of himself.
That night, the movie theater was abandoned, save for a few couples in the back … many rows behind us. There was no one within earshot around us, so my husband—in a very low voice, I could hardly hear him—asked me a few questions about the movie, especially dialogue that he didn’t catch. We were quiet and not disturbing a soul.
Or, so we thought.
Suddenly, a male voice boomed throughout the theater, “Stop talking! If you want to talk, go outside in the hallway! The rest of us want to watch the movie!”
Strike one.
He scared the crap out of my young children.
Strike two.
My reaction? I yelled in a very loud voice, “You know what? Why don’t you just shut up?”
The result was dead silence in the theater for the rest of the movie.
Although I fully expected him to come up behind me and say or do something more, he did nothing. He said nothing.
My takeaway from this was that some bullies never grow up. Some bullies start out as children and continue when no one ever stands up to them. However, when someone finally stands up to them, they back right down. Usually, their bark is much worse than their bite.
The movie-theater bully is my case in point.
I’ve said it before and many of you know that in addition to being a published author, I am also a teacher. In the county within which I work, teachers are mandatory reporters. This means that in y position as a teacher, it is a felony if I am aware of bullying and do not report it to the proper authorities. This includes cases of child abuse and, you got it, cases of bullying.
It is important to note that true bullying is not just a one-time incident, but on-going instances and makes the victim feel belittled or mentally or physically abused..
Oftentimes, cases of bullying go unreported in schools, as people are afraid to stand up to the bully for fear of getting beaten or of suffering some other form of retribution from the bully.
According to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children, 28 percent students in 37 states, ages 12-18, reported that they had been bullied in his or her school, according to the Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2013 report provided by the US Department of Education, and that 70.6 percent of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools.
In addition, according to, “there is a strong link between bullying and suicide, as suggested by recent bullying-related suicides in the US and other countries.”
In the county where I work, instances of bullying have decreased dramatically over the past several years as a result of district-wide incentives to report and combat bullying. Our school district’s anti-bullying campaign educates students to report bullying whether it happens to them or if they see it happening to someone else. The campaign also teaches students that bullying belittles and degrades students, and encourage students not to bully their peers.
In my experience, bullies feel low about themselves and put down other people in order to feel better about themselves. They don’t care who they hurt as long as they feel better about themselves.
Once we instill a sense of self pride and self-worth within our children, they will no longer feel the need to bully others. There will be no need to as they already feel good about themselves. Also, we can teach children that you get a better feeling and feel better about yourself by helping others, not hurting them.
As a nation, we must stand up to bullies and give them no power over us. Only then will the bully back off. But when we keep quiet and don’t report it, the bully has power over their victims, and takes a part of the victim’s soul and spirit in the process.
In the incident I mentioned above, the bully felt as though he could act. It was a darkened theater where no one could see him and he thought that everyone would just back down.
He thought wrong.
Having no real courage of their own, bullies act in the shadows, or in front of their peers who they are sure will back them up. But when confronted, they back down, revealing the true cowards that they are.
As a nation, we must educate our children not to bully others, to report instances of bullying, and that bullying hurts. As parents, we must do the same.
After all, our children are our future. Let’s make it a good one, free of bullies and free of fear. For it takes true courage to stand up to a bully or to report bullying when you see it. It is my dream for our children to live in a bully-free society, free from fear, as children and as adults, as well.

Monday, January 11, 2016

BOOK BLITZ: The Twistedly True Tale of Ruby Hood

The Twistedly True Tale of Ruby Hood

Welcome to the Book Blitz for The Twistedly True Tale of Ruby Hood, by: Stephanie Greenhalgh, sponsored by YA Bound Book Tours!

The Twistedly True Tale of Ruby Hood
Stephanie Greenhalgh
Release Date: October 1st 2013
Write More Publications


  In the small town of Woodsville, self-assured Ruby Hood becomes tangled in more than traditional teenage angst. With the Homecoming Dance looming, everything at Woodsville High appears normal, but things are not as they seem. Ruby meets a cute boy with a lopsided grin, Dylan Hunter. She flirts shamelessly with the football star, Kent Wolf, and finds herself in a barrage of harsh verbal altercations with his stunning yet wicked sister, Kayla Wolf. Thankfully, she finds solace in her friend, Lilly Fair. Through a series of odd and painful events, Ruby discovers her true calling and the responsibilities that come with her new power and position. Despite her heartache and sorrow, will Ruby find the inner strength not only to protect herself, but also to keep the Wood safe at all cost.


The cloak

“A gift … for me?” Ruby asked, setting her cup down and clapping her hands with enthusiasm.

“Yes, of course, it’s for you,” Grams said, laughing at her granddaughter’s buoyant gesture.

Then, she nodded at a large, white box tied with a beautiful red ribbon sitting on the chair. 

Ruby hurried over to the box, pulled the bow and removed the top of the box.

“Ooooohhhhh, Grams! It’s the most gorgeous thing I’ve ever seen!” Ruby exclaimed as she rubbed the soft velvety fabric against her cheek and cooed. She held it up and examined it more thoroughly. When she couldn’t stand it any longer, she slipped her arms through the large, billowing sleeves. “Oh, my goodness! It’s so luxurious,” she murmured as she pulled the hooded cloak around her. Golden flecks were embedded in the delicate floral pattern of the crimson garment. It was lined with honey-colored satin that felt soft against her skin. When she fastened the three golden buttons down the front, it wrapped perfectly around her body, accentuating her slim waist. She twirled and giggled in true teenage girl fashion and then hugged Grams. 

“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It’s perfect and exactly what I needed for the dance tonight!” Ruby said, then turned and ran up the stairs to check out the complete ensemble in her full length mirror. She jumped with glee when she saw herself and ran back down the stairs to hug her grandmother again.


A born and raised Midwestern girl, Stephanie Greenhalgh currently resides in Las Vegas. As an avid reader and writer, literature and learning have always been more of a passion than a hobby. This two time UNLV graduate spends her days teaching elementary school and her weekends and summers writing stories. The first book in her Ruby Hood series debuted in 2013, and the sequel,The Twistedly True Guardian Tale, will release in summer 2015. Stephanie also has four published short stories and a self published novella, If the Silver Slippers Fit. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and lovable Labrador retrievers.

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