Armchair BEA Day 4: Beyond the Borders and a Giveaway!

Armchair BEA Day 4: Beyond the Borders and a Giveaway!

Today’s Brief:  

Beyond the Borders 
It’s time to step outside your comfort zone, outside your borders, or outside of your own country or culture. Tell us about the books that transported you to a different world, taught you about a different culture, and/or helped you step into the shoes of someone different from you. What impacted you the most about this book? What books would you recommend to others who are ready or not ready to step over the line? In essence, let’s start the conversation about diversity and keep it going! 

One of the favorite days of past years is our day of giveaways! You host the giveaway on your own site and link it up here for all our participants to come and visit. Don’t forget to give Armchair BEA a little love when advertising, but you can choose your own guidelines and deadlines. 

I’ll be doing both – talking about my own muddled upbringing and wander-lust and offering one lucky winner a chance to win a truly fun and funny Summer box set in kindle version WITH their choice of one of 3 audiobook versions of one of the titles (you can test out the whispersync feature from Amazon and Audible!

Beyond the Borders

I’m a motley collection of English, Scottish, German and Canadian influences, and as a child I was seemingly always traveling in planes, trains and automobiles!  I learned at an early age that borders were really only defined by political stratagem,  and that books and reading could bring you back to somewhere very loved, or introduce you to your next great adventure.

Probably why I am such a believer in the power of fiction and stories and their influence on the human experience. Well-crafted stories that detail and provide insight into a culture, language, lifestyle or religion can give you a sense of the similarities that are common no matter where you live, and better explain an individual perspective into a lifestyle.  The news can give you ‘facts’ of what happened, and speculate (with their own personal prejudices and agendas) on the whys, but only the perspective shared as a narrative point of view can provide a means to understand the situation with more than just facts.

Let me explain: I can read about the constraints on women’s education in Tehran, but until I actually read the book Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi I didn’t truly understand the effect of the regime in an emotionally available way. Sure, I could be horrified and upset with the constraints, but the lengths and desire these women would go to in an effort to learn and see other possibilities for their lives despite the social and legal consequences, and their continued efforts to work against the prevailing climate from within was eye-opening and gave me a better understanding.

There is magic within the covers of a book: escape to another world for hours or forever change HOW you look at a situation that is different from your own.  It is why I am a huge proponent of children reading – and it doesn’t matter to me what they read – as long as they do.  For me, Paddington and Pooh were my gateways to the joys of Anne of Green Gables and Nancy Drew, the Bobbsey Twins to Laura Ingalls Wilder.  My daughter was hooked on Tamora Pierce and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, Anne and Pooh, with a healthy dose of Ramona and Beezus, Babysitter’s Club and Lemony Snickett.  I’m thrilled to say that she is still a reader, sharing titles and books with me, her friends and her grandmother.



Today I have a treat.  I was looking to find those fun summer reads, a diversion from the stress with some lighthearted and fun stories that would give you a giggle, and introduce you to a new to you author.   I came up with the following:  You can win a KINDLE version of this box set  AND

Criminally Funny Fables

Criminally Funny Fables: Romantic Suspense Box set  Includes
The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters (Romantic Suspense)

Wendy and the Lost Boys (A Wendy Darlin Comedy Mystery)
Zo White and the Seven Morphs – A Comedy Mystery (Criminally Funny Fables)

And  – you will have your choice of one of the 3 AudioBook versions of any book in the box set~

I’ve reviewed the audiobook version of

The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland: Age 42 and Three-Quarters which you can see HERE


Wendy and the Lost Boys which you can see HERE

And I’ve got a review for Zo White and the Seven Morphs posting today HERE

so what are you waiting for ?  The drawing will end at Midnight (EST) on May 31st with winner announced June 1

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