We are pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast (Dec 4 to 6, 2014) as well as a Book Review Blitz (ending Dec. 31) for the middle grade historical fiction book “John Bloom and the Victory Garden” by Leigh Shearin.
Book Blast Details
I will provide you with all the HTML for a Book Blast post that will be similar to this post, but will include a code for a shared Rafflecopter giveaway (Open WW). You will be able to edit the post to suit your personal style, but you can post between 12:00 am (EST), December 4 and 11:59 pm, December 6, 2014.
In exchange for posting in the John Bloom and the Victory Garden Book Blast, you will earn a spot (Twitter or Pinterest or Goodreads) on a shared Rafflecopter giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash prize).
Book Review Blitz Details
We are coordinating a Book Review Blitz in conjunction with this blast. You will be provided with an electronic copy of the book (pdf ). You will have until December 31, 2014 to post a review to Amazon, Goodreads, and/or your website. Once you post your review to one or more of these sites, you will have the opportunity to enter a draw for a $50 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash) using the Rafflecopter widget below.
NOTE: Reviews must be at least 5 sentences specifying what you enjoyed (or didn’t like) about the book and who you would recommend the book to if asked. We understand that some of you may not enjoy the book – ALL REVIEWS are welcome but we do expect honest, fair, and thoughtful reviews of the book. Regardless of whether you enjoyed the book or not, please tell us why – constructive feedback is always helpful to an author.
*At the conclusion of the Book Review Blitz, I will be posting excerpts from the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and will be including links back to your post if you posted a review(s) of the book on your website. *
About the Book
Title: John Bloom and the Garden of Victory | Author: Leigh Shearin | Publication Date: October 27, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 195 | Recommended Ages: 9+
Book Summary: John Bloom and the Victory Garden is the rollicking tale of 3 boys at the dawn of America’s involvement in WWII. John Bloom, and his best friends Joe and Chewie live, play, and get into adventures in 1940’s era Appleside, NJ. Because children are generally joyful and tend to put more importance on the goings-on of their own worlds than those of grown-ups, the events of the war are woven into the boy’s daily lives. Along the way, a bitter and cynical old man is drawn into their hijinks, and contributes his own joy to the lives of these 3.
Chapter One invites the reader to join John and his friends in Appleside, NJ on the afternoon of December 6th, 1941. Through newspaper headlines and radio bulletins, the boys learn about the incredible events of the war- beginning with the attack on Hawaii by the Empire of Japan. As the story moves along, John and his friends learn that everyone- not just soldiers- can make a difference. They learn that commitment leads to ultimate success and that taking a seemingly insurmountable task one step at a time will make that task simple. John, Joe and Chewie learn about where their food comes from, and how important good food is to the Allies overseas.
John Bloom and the Victory Garden is not just a story of Homefront USA during WWII. Its about faith, endurance and sturdy values that transcend time and cultural differences. It’s about accepting tough times, struggle and adversity and overcoming them anyway. It’s about seeing the humor in life, and helping others to see the humor too.
But mostly, they just have a gut-busting great time!
About the Author: Leigh Shearin
I earned a B.A. in Studio Art from Maryville College in Maryville, TN, and worked as a Graphic Artist and Photographer before earning my A.A.S in Culinary Art. I’ve worked as a Chef, Baker and Culinary Art Instructor. Most recently, my husband and I have bought rural land and are developing our own small, sustainable farm, Winter’Rest Farm in north Central New York. Through it all, I’ve written stories and poems, some published, some tucked away. The older I get, the more the stories stalk me, so I hope to move into full-time writing in the very near future.
Sign-Up to Join the “JOHN BLOOM AND THE VICTORY GARDEN” Book Blast & Book Review Blitz
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* Book Review Blitz Giveaway *
* This giveaway is only open to the John Bloom and the Victory Garden Book Review Blitz participants. All other entries will be removed. *
Once your review is posted publicly on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or your website. You can enter the giveaway below, making sure to add your links as requested. You can find the link to this blitz in the menu above under “Current Blitzes”. Good luck and thanks so much!