Take a Peek Inside with a Review for Female Nomad and Friends by Rita Golden Gelman

Wednesday June 30 – Joyce Anthony shares her review for Female Nomad and Friends by Rita Golden Gelman on her blog – http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2010/06/female-nomad-and-friends-review.html

We invite you to join us on the Female Nomad and Friends virtual tour. The full schedule can be seen at https://bookpromotionservices.com/2010/05/17/female-nomad-tour. You can learn much more about Rita Golden Gelman and her work on her website – www.ritagoldengelman.com

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Share a New Reviewers Debut Review for Iggy the Iguana by Melissa Williams

Alexa Chaplin shares her thoughts and the thoughts of her 7 year old son about Iggy the Iguana and Summer League. Come read the debut of 7 year old reviewer “KarateKid” http://piseco.homeschooljournal.net/2010/02/23/book-tour-iggy-the-iguana/

To learn more about Iggy and Melissa Williams – visit www.iggytheiguana.com. Win the Iggy the Iguana Give Away! Including the Newly Released Items in Iggy Collection, Snap Shell the Turtle (Plush Doll), Iggy Collector’s Baseball Cards, and The Read3Zero T-Shirt … supporting the fight against illiteracy 30 minutes at a time. Be our most active visitor during the tour for a chance to win this Iggy Collection — the tour schedule is posted at http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2010/01/iggy-iguana-and-melissa-m-williams-tour.html to make it easy for you to visit and comment.

Carolyn Howard Johnson Shares A Review For Iggy the Iguana on the New Book Review Blog

Carolyn Howard Johnson shares a review and book details for Iggy the Iguana on her New Book Review blog – http://thenewbookreview.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-is-back.html

To learn more about Iggy and Melissa Williams – visit www.iggytheiguana.com. Win the Iggy the Iguana Give Away! Including the Newly Released Items in Iggy Collection, Snap Shell the Turtle (Plush Doll), Iggy Collector’s Baseball Cards, and The Read3Zero T-Shirt … supporting the fight against illiteracy 30 minutes at a time. Be our most active visitor during the tour for a chance to win this Iggy Collection — the tour schedule is posted at http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2010/01/iggy-iguana-and-melissa-m-williams-tour.html to make it easy for you to visit and comment.

Learn How Melissa M Williams Promote Her Iggy the Iguana Products

Dana Lynn Smith shares her interview with Melissa M Williams to discuss how she promotes all the Iggy products – http://bookmarketingmaven.typepad.com/book_marketing_maven/2010/02/interview-with-author-melissa-williams.html

To learn more about Iggy and Melissa Williams – visit www.iggytheiguana.com. Win the Iggy the Iguana Give Away! Including the Newly Released Items in Iggy Collection, Snap Shell the Turtle (Plush Doll), Iggy Collector’s Baseball Cards, and The Read3Zero T-Shirt … supporting the fight against illiteracy 30 minutes at a time. Be our most active visitor during the tour for a chance to win this Iggy Collection — the tour schedule is posted at http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2010/01/iggy-iguana-and-melissa-m-williams-tour.html to make it easy for you to visit and comment.

An Interview with Iggy the Iguana

A character from Mary Cunningham’s book interviews Iggy and they have a chance to talk about baseball and many other things at http://cynthiasattic.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-summer-league.html

To learn more about Iggy and Melissa Williams – visit www.iggytheiguana.com. Win the Iggy the Iguana Give Away! Including the Newly Released Items in Iggy Collection, Snap Shell the Turtle (Plush Doll), Iggy Collector’s Baseball Cards, and The Read3Zero T-Shirt … supporting the fight against illiteracy 30 minutes at a time. Be our most active visitor during the tour for a chance to win this Iggy Collection — the tour schedule is posted at http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2010/01/iggy-iguana-and-melissa-m-williams-tour.html to make it easy for you to visit and comment.

Iggy the Iguana and Melissa M Williams Tour Cyber Space in a Virtual Blog Tour


Beginning February 1 – Melissa M Williams and Iggy the Iguana will tour cyber space and you’re invited to join them. We are so excited to bring you these stories of an iguana who can help children (and adults) learn about acceptance, friendship and diversity. We have a special giveaway for the most active and the best commenter during the tour – so visit each stop, read the post and leave a comment and you will have a chance to win an Iggy gift pack. The schedule is posted below and we look forward to seeing you there.

Iggy the Iguana

Iggy the Iguana is the first book in the Iggy Chapter Book Series for ages 7 to 11. The story focuses on the major themes of acceptance, friendship, and diversity while Iggy starts a brand new school. The transition from a private “all-lizard” school to a public “all-animal” school is eye opening, as Iggy soon accepts that just because other animals are different doesn’t mean they can’t be your friends. By the end of Iggy’s 4th grade year, he realizes that changing schools was the best move he could have ever made!


Summer League (Sequel)

Summer League is the second book in the Iggy the Iguana Chapter Book Series for ages 7 to 11. After an exciting school year, Iggy and his friends kick off their summer vacation with some fun in the sun and … baseball! While playing on his All-Star little league team, Iggy faces a very difficult situation that could change his future in sports forever. Iggy learns many valuable lessons during the summer, most importantly, it is not wise to keep secrets from adults and we can’t judge others on the outside.

About Melissa M Williams

Melissa M. Williams is an advocate for literacy and creativity in children. Her children’s chapter books were inspired by real life experiences with childhood pets she owned while growing up in Houston, Texas. While finishing her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling, Melissa started substitute teaching for elementary schools in order to understand the daily life of her young audience. The students helped her create relatable and realistic stories while including lessons, values and acceptance within the story-line. In addition to writing, Melissa spends most of the school year speaking to students about her own journey as an author and the process of creative writing, while encouraging each student to think outside the box, follow their inner passion, and write their own stories.

Iggy the Iguana includes an entire line of products. These are some of the Iggy the Iguana products that are available.

  1. Iggy the Iguana in Hardback and Paperback and Audio CD
  2. Summer League (Iggy’s Sequel) in HB and PB
  3. Iggy the Iguana Stuffed Animal
  4. Snap Shell the Turtle Stuffed Animal
  5. Additional Items: Iggy Baseball Collectors cards, Clothes for Iggy, Bookmarks, T-shirts

For full details on all Iggy the Iguana products – http://iggytheiguana.com/iggy_store.htm

To learn more about Iggy and Melissa Williams – visit www.iggytheiguana.com. Win the Iggy the Iguana Give Away! Including the Newly Released Items in Iggy Collection, Snap Shell the Turtle (Plush Doll), Iggy Collector’s Baseball Cards, and The Read3Zero T-Shirt … supporting the fight against illiteracy 30 minutes at a time. Be our most active visitor during the tour for a chance to win this Iggy Collection — the tour schedule is posted at http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2010/01/iggy-iguana-and-melissa-m-williams-tour.html to make it easy for you to visit and comment.


Iggy the Iguana Schedule

Monday February 1 – Nikki Leigh shares the first chapter of Iggy the Iguana – http://startatbeginning.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-by-melissa-m-williams.html

Tuesday February 2 – Christine Verstraete shares her interview with Iggy that Iguana http://candidcanine.blogspot.com/2010/02/welcome-to-melissa-m-williams-author-of.html

Wednesday February 3 – Nikki Leigh shares the cover for Iggy the Iguana by Melissa M Williams http://judgebookbycover.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-by-melissa-m-williams.html

Thursday February 4 – Author, Yvonne Walus, Shares Her Interview with Melissa M Williams, author of Iggy the Iguana – http://yewalus.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana.html

Friday February 5 – Chelle Cordero shares the Key to Acceptance from Melissa M Williams, author of Iggy the Iguana – http://cce613.xanga.com/721337588/iggy-the-iguana-and-melissa-m-williams-tour/

Sunday February 7 – Joyce Anthony introduces Melissa Williams and Iggy the Iguana – http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-on-tour.html

Monday February 8 – Joyce Anthony shares 2 interviews with Melissa Williams – http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2010/02/two-interviews-with-author-melissa-m.html

Tuesday February 9 – Joyce Anthony shares her review for Iggy the Iguana – http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2010/02/real-iggy-iguana.html

Wednesday February 10 – Nikki Leigh shares a promotional interview with Melissa M Williams, author of Iggy the Iguana – http://promo101interviews.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/promotional-interview-with-melissa-m-williams

Thurs February 11 – Cheryl Malandrinos shares her review for Iggy the Iguana – http://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/iggy-the-iguana-by-melissa-williams/

Friday February 12 – Cheryl Maladrinos shares her interview with Iggy – http://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/iggy-the-iguana-pays-tctbc-a-visit/

Monday February 15 – Cheryl Malandrinos shares her review for Summer League by Melissa M Williams, the second Iggy the Iguana book – http://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/2010/02/14/summer-league-by-melissa-williams/

Tuesday February 16 – Read a guest post about diversity, by Melissa M Williams, author of Iggy the Iguana – http://principledprofit.com/good-business-blog/writing-for-young-children-about-complex-social-issues-a-diversity-author-shares-her-perspective/2010/02/16

Wednesday February 17 – A character from Mary Cunningham’s book interviews Iggy and they have a chance to talk about baseball and many other things at http://cynthiasattic.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-summer-league.html

Thursday February 18 – Dana Smith shares her interview with Melissa M Williams to discuss how she promotes all the Iggy products – http://bookmarketingmaven.typepad.com/book_marketing_maven/2010/02/interview-with-author-melissa-williams.html

Friday February 19 – Stephanie Ward shares her review for Iggy the Iguana – http://starkravingbibliophile.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-and-summer-league-by.html

Monday February 22 – Carolyn Howard Johnson shares a review and book details for Iggy the Iguana on her New Book Review blog – http://thenewbookreview.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-is-back.html

Tuesday February 23 – Alexa Chaplin shares her thoughts and the thoughts of her 7 year old son about Iggy the Iguana and Summer League. Come read the debut of 7 year old reviewer “KarateKid” http://piseco.homeschooljournal.net/2010/02/23/book-tour-iggy-the-iguana/

Thursday February 25 – Barb Techel and Frankie share an interview with Melissa M Williams and Iggy the Iguana – http://frankiethewalknrolldog.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguna-helps-kids-be-best-they-can.html

Friday February 26 – Mary Alice Long shares her interview with Melissa M Williams and Iggy the Iguana – http://playequalspeace.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-playpeace-interviews-iggy.html


Cafe Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island by Barbara Bonfigli – Summer Virtual Book Tour

Would you like to travel to an exotic Greek island this summer? This year – we have a great opportunity for you. Author, Barbara Bonfigli, has completed her first novel and you can travel to this fictional Greek island through the pages of her fictional memoir. Meet Sarah and come along as she visits the island, sails the waters around the island, eats and drinks local food and drink and as she organizes a summer play which is put on with a fascinating array of local characters.

Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island

A fictional memoir that does for Greece what A Year in Provence did for France.

What is it about Greece that makes it so exotic, so romantic, so tantalizing that it’s right at the top of everybody’s bucket list – the one foreign land they’re longing to visit? Our dreams are made on Never on Sunday, Zorba the Greek, and more recently My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Mama Mia.

Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island is a witty, evocative, beautifully written novel that puts you right in the heart of Greek island life. It’s so alive with the sights and smells and tastes and characters of Greece that you can pick it up and start your Mediterranean vacation on page one. On a deeper level, the book is filled with the kinds of observations, reflections, and arc of self-discovery that make Eat, Pray, Love so compelling.

“Welcome to Pharos. Laugh and dance in the hammock—not the cradle—of Western civilization,” says author, lyricist, and theatrical producer Barbara Bonfigli. “I’ve been falling in love with Greece since I was old enough to drink retsina. But if Sarah hadn’t captured my imagination you’d never know how I feel about friendship, feta, and the abundance of grace that turns friends into lovers and fishermen into kings.”

Synopsis

When Sarah, an American theatrical producer, is asked to direct the locals in their summer show, she picks Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. What follows is a hilarious adventure in casting, rehearsing, and consuming. Her neighbors are excited about acting but delirious about eating. Their rehearsals in a deconsecrated church become a feast in four acts.

Armed with a sizzling wit, a dangerously limited Greek vocabulary, and a pitch-perfect ear for drama, Sarah navigates the major egos and minor storms of a cab driver Caliban, a postmaster Prospero, and a host of fishermen dukes and knaves.

When she falls in love, there are even trickier seas to navigate. Her own offstage romance provides an exhilarating, unpredictable counterpoint to Shakespeare’s story of magic, intrigue, and the power of love.

Café Tempest is Barbara Bonfigli’s first novel. Visit: www.barbarabonfigli.com

The book includes luminous illustrations by Roman artist Gaia Franchetti and seven favorite Greek recipes, re-created and embellished by chef Ana Espinosa.

Visit: www.TellMePress.com

Spend a few minutes with Barbara Bonfigli from her book launch which happened in New York on Thursday May 28th at the fabulous Greek Restaurant Periyali on 20th – http://corinescorner.com/blog2/2009/05/on-may-28th-i-attended-book-party.htm

Virtual Tour Schedule

We’re still adding dates, so check back and the latest dates will be posted on the main page of www.virtualblogtour.blogspot.com

July 2009

Monday July 6 – Peter Minaki shares his review for Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island. Peter’s love and knowledge of all things Greece, including food and drink made him a perfect person to help us kick off our tour for Café Tempest. He will even share the recipe for a Tempestini on his blog at http://kalofagas.ca/2009/07/06/cafe-tempest-adventures-on-a-small-greek-island/. If you try the recipe, we want to hear your thoughts. The recipe also mentions retsina – trust me, you will hear more about retsina before the tour is over.


Tuesday July 7 – Pamela Thibodeaux shares information about Café Tempest and Barbara Bonfigli on her blog – http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/vbt-barbara-bonfigli.html

Wednesday July 8 – Peter Jones shares details about Café Tempest and Barbara Bonfigli on his New Great Books blog – http://newgreatbooks.blogspot.com/2009/07/adventures-on-small-greek-island.html

Thursday July 9 – Diane Ascroft comes to us from Northern Ireland to share her review for Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island – http://dianneascroft.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/cafe-tempest-thats-where-im-unwinding/

Friday July 10 – Carolyn Howard Johnson shares a review for Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island – http://thenewbookreview.blogspot.com/2009/07/barbara-bonfigli-captures-essence-of.html

Monday July 13 – Wendy Burt shares her interview with Barbara Bonfigli, author of Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island – http://askwendy.wordpress.com/2009/07/09/10-questions-for-barbara-bonfigli-author-of-cafe-tempest-adventures-on-a-small-greek-island/

Monday July 13 – Joyce Anthony – http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2009/07/barbara-bonfigli-and-cafe-tempest.html

Wednesday July 15 – Chelle Cordero – http://cce613.xanga.com/707151718/woman-in-charge-barbara-bonfigli/ – Chelle shares an excerpt from the book and an interview with Barbara Bonfigli, author of Café Tempest

Thursday July 16 – Margay Justice shares Barbara Bonfigli’s inspiration behind Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island –
http://moonlightlacemayhem.blogspot.com/2009/07/little-mayhem-with-barbara-bonfigli.html

Friday July 17 – Visit A Book Bloggers Diary to hear about Barbara Bonfigli’s journey to publication of her first book a fictional memoir titled Cafet Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island – http://abookbloggersdiary.blogspot.com/2009/07/blog-tour-cafe-tempest.html

Monday July 20 – Pamela Kinney shares her interview with Barbara Bonfigli, author of Café Tempest – http://pamelakkinney.blogspot.com/2009/07/cafe-tempest-adventures-on-small-greek.html

Tuesday July 21 – Barbara Bonfigli is interviewed by Barry Eva on “Across the Pond” radio – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond/2009/07/21/A-BOOK-AND-A-CHAT-with-Barbara-Bonfigli Call-in Number: (347) 237-5398 at 6:30 PM EST

Wednesday July 22 – Margay Justice shares her review for Café Tempest: Adventure on a Small Greek Island http://margayleahjustice.com/?p=305

Friday July 24 – Jeff Maziarek shares his review for Café Tempest on his blog which focuses on Greek information and especially Greek Islands – http://alonnisos-blog.pondercentral.com/2009/07/20/recommended-beach-reading–cafe-tempest-adventures-on-a-small-greek-island-by–barbara-bonfigli.aspx

Monday July 27 – Joyce Anthony – http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2009/07/talk-with-barbara-bonfigli.html

Monday July 27 – Antonia Malchik shares her review for Café Tempest by Barbara Bonfigli – http://perceptivetravel.com/blog/2009/07/27/cafe-tempest-adventures-on-a-small-greek-island-a-fictional-memoir-by-barbara-bonfigli/

Wednesday July 29 – Yvonne Walus shares an excerpt from Café Tempest on her blog – http://yewalus.blogspot.com/2009/07/cafe-tempest-adventures-on-small-greek.html

Thursday July 30 – Debra Rayner shares her review for Café Tempest on her blog – http://www.bookreviewsbydebra.com/index.php/reviews.html?review=1972-Caf-Tempest-Adventures-On-A-Small-Greek-Island

Friday July 31 – Rebecca Taylor shares her review for Café Tempest – http://imlostinbooks.blogspot.com/2009/07/blog-tour-cafe-tempest-adventures-on.html

August

Tuesday August 4 – Gwendolyn Bruno shares her review and an excerpt for Café Tempest – http://aseaofbooks.blogspot.com/search?q=cafe+tempest

Wednesday August 5 – Gwendolyn Bruno shares her interview with Barbara Bonfigli, author of Café Tempest – http://aseaofbooks.blogspot.com/search?q=cafe+tempest

Friday August 7 – Shel Horowitz – http://www.frugalfun.com/day-party-in-greece.html

Saturday August 8 – Read an excerpt from Café Tempest at http://authorspromotingauthors.blogspot.com/2009/08/blog-tour-cafe-tempest-barbara-bonfigli.html

Monday August 10 Wayne Hurlbert shares his interview with Barbara Bonfigli, author of Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island –
http://blogbusinessworld.blogspot.com/2009/08/barbara-bonfigli-cafe-tempest-author.html

Wednesday August 12 – Nikki Leigh shares a unique promotional idea from Barbara Bonfigli, author of Café Tempest. Find out the origins of the Tempestini – http://promo101tips.wordpress.com/2009/08/11/the-tempestini-as-a-promotional-tool/

Friday August 14 – Joyce Anthony shares her review for Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island by Barbara Bonfigli – http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2009/08/cafe-tempest-by-barbara-bonfigli-review.html

Monday August 17 – Karen Bryan shares her review for Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island by Barbara Bonfigli – http://www.europealacarte.co.uk/blog/2009/08/17/book-review-cafe-tempest-by-barbara-bonfigli/

Wednesday August 19Nikki Leigh shares Chapter One of Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island by Barbara Bonfigli on Nikki’s Start at the Beginning blog – http://startatbeginning.blogspot.com/2009/08/chapter-1-cafe-tempest-adventures-on.html

Wednesday August 19 Stephanie Ward shares her review for Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island by Barbara Bonfigli – http://starkravingbibliophile.blogspot.com/2009/08/cafe-tempest-by-barbara-bonfigli.html

Thursday August 20Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg share information about Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island by Barbara Bonfigli – http://www.becomingachef.com/blog.dwt.php

Monday August 24 Joyce Anthony shares some food and recipe details from Café Tempest by Barbara Bonfigli – http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2009/08/barbara-bonfiglis-cafe-tempest-more.html

Wednesday August 26 – Nikki Leigh shares information about Sara – the main character in Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island – http://fictionalcharactersindepth.blogspot.com/2009/08/meet-sarah-from-cafe-tempest-adventures.html

Friday August 28 – Pam Mandel shares her review for Café Tempest: Adventures on a Small Greek Island by Barbara Bonfigli – http://www.nerdseyeview.com/blog/2009/08/27/book-review-cafe-tempest-adventures-on-a-small-greek-island

Friday August 28 – George Valsamis shares his review for Café Tempest by Barbara Bonfigli – http://www.greecetravelblog.com/blog/?p=1014

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