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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Like a Lily Among the Thorns by Karen S. Bell - Book Tour - Book Blast - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Karen S. Bell and her new book, “Like a Lily Among the Thorns,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a Digital eBook Copy of the Featured Book!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Karen and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Like a Lily Among the Thorns

by Karen S. Bell


GENRE:  Cli-Fi, Spec. Fiction, Fantasy



There are those who are born into loving families and then there are the less fortunate who must forge their own families through strong friendships.

At a local small library in New York City, one such family was born. And just like so many capricious happenstances in life, this family unit embraced newcomers and grew exponentially. But this clan was also charged with far more than spreading love and joy and a sense of belonging. This clan was formed by divine Providence to help save the planet.

Gabrielle Bernstein, the MC of Like a Lily Among the Thorns, is a woman in her twenties and has started her career as a librarian at a NYC public library. Abandoned by her father as a young girl and now orphaned by her deranged mother, Gabby longs for a family connection. Coincidentally, she finds this connection at the same time she inherits a B&B in Vermont from her estranged and now deceased father. This enchanted inn is under the watchful eye of goddesses of myth and legend who have been tasked to save mankind from destroying itself and this planet. These goddesses will use their powers to try and stall the onslaught of the effects of droughts, floods, and rising temperatures. But as a safety net they have collected human saviors all over the planet to erect safe havens at high altitudes away from flood waters and blistering temperatures.

This one group of saviors are ordinary people who have some extraordinary abilities and enjoy a higher consciousness. They are brought together to join forces in Vermont to create one such refuge. Along the way there is romance, misunderstandings, conflict, and internal growth. Locations are Manhattan, London, Brooklyn, and Rutland, Vermont. Woven through this tale is Gabrielle’s inherent understanding that she must be grateful, mindful, and present in this journey called “life.”

The impending devastation that will be brought about by the effects of global climate change is the underpinning of this Cli-Fi/speculative fiction novel. Like a Lily Among the Thorns focuses on how this potential disaster will have dire consequences for us all and is currently becoming more top of mind as people are waking up to strange weather events such as the scorching temperatures that have gripped the Northwestern states and torrential rains in the Northeast.



Sometimes a major change in one’s life comes on the heels of ordinary events. A dinner invitation and cab ride can be more than transportation from here to there for food. The Countess would become a very important addition in Gabby’s life but as of right now, none of them knew that, particularly, the Countess. Frozen in place while staring at the luxury townhouse, Gabby was caught up short. Reality had suddenly become fluid, become a changeling, a stranger in the night. The hours she had spent imagining the Countess’s life as a Hollywood starlet or Gatsby character now converged with the truth of her circumstances. It was hard to digest this shift in perspective when everyone at the library remained unenlightened and still believed the Countess was a brave woman struggling to make ends meet just to get by. The bombardment of the truth was too much to absorb right now, especially when her own life was in such flux. She also did not want to think of how this information revealed the Countess’s damning deception, her disingenuousness to everyone. It was a mind-numbing disappointment, a gut punch that made her feel off balance.

Everything was suddenly out of step and off-kilter. Too much random noise was being thrown at her by the cosmos, a shock to the senses. In just one day, today, to be exact, she had been notified that her apartment building was being demolished, her friends at the coffee shop, albeit not close, would be summarily swallowed up by the cavernous city as they dispersed, and now this…this unexpected truth of the Countess’s financial situation.



This book is a unique, compelling, and thought-provoking read that addresses important social issues wrapped up in an intriguing fantasy story line!!

While this book has strong, urgent messages about the climate crisis, the author was able to cleverly craft a narrative to approach these sensitive topics by utilizing genuine characters, relatable obstacles, realistic consequences, and measurable outcomes.

I really enjoyed the authors not so hidden message take-aways that are sure to educate, inspire, and motivate readers on climate change and its impending consequences.

I appreciated the author choosing to illustrate these hot topics in a more understandable setting that I think readers will be able to easily comprehend and click with. While I think most people are aware of climate change, they may not fully comprehend how serious and final these consequences can be. I think many people find the climate crisis as overwhelming and are unsure of how they can help, where to get started, or how their small contribution could even make a difference. This book explores these questions in detail with significant insight, up front facts, and encouraging proposals.

I applaud the author shining a spotlight on such a vital situation and throwing out a clear wakeup call to alert readers – climate change is coming, it is impossible to stop, but if we all do our part, we may be able to slow it down.

While most books often contain story lines with underlying messages, this book felt reverse, as it was written mainly to portray these messages and the story line was an afterthought. This unfortunately, led to the book containing overwhelming info dumps, unrelatable characters, and disconnected content at times.

While I think some of these characters could have been more fully developed, I think the author did a good job creating an array of characters that captured a genuine and realistic representation of the current stance of the general public. This mixed bag of characters offers readers multiple opportunities to find connections and common ground. Furthermore, this book is sure to draw a diverse assortment of readers as it spans across multiple genres including fantasy, cli-fi, speculative fiction, general fiction, climate crisis, and more.

There are some predictable scenes. However, there are still a few unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming but will enjoy watching unfold!!

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it!! I think all fantasy, speculative fiction, and general fiction readers – especially readers passionate about the climate crisis will like this book too!! So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations**



All my work is inspired by social issues to which we all can relate. Work/ life stresses, the loss of a spouse and how marriage can sometimes swallow a woman’s identity, and the prevalence of greed in modern society.

Walking with Elephants is my first novel, although I am not new to writing. I was a theater critic and celebrity interviewer for a weekly tabloid in Jacksonville, Fl and I earned a Master’s in Mass Communication from Oklahoma State University. For 15 years I worked in Corporate America as a technical editor/editor/writer. I experienced first hand the politics and intrigue that goes with that territory and the balancing act that comes with being a working mother. I salute all those mothers who are the glue that holds their families together while pursuing the nine to five brass ring and were the inspiration for this work. Audible book is available and narrated by me.

With my second novel, Sunspots, I continue to be in awe of the magical and wondrous phenomenon called life. As an observer and obvious participant in feminine values and approach to our human challenges, I bring this perspective to my work. Fascinated by the mysteries of the unseen forces that perhaps play a role in guiding our choices, I search for answers in the mundane as well as in the cosmic forces that surround us.

Alexa’s pact with the Devil in When a Stranger Comes…is an allegory for the evil lurking in our midst. The social decay of modern society with its excessive greed, the ignorance of our political leaders, and our indifference toward the survival of all species from the effects of climate change, among other environmental pressures, are perhaps brought forth by the darkest forces of human nature. The audible book narrated by me is in production.

The genre of magical realism appeals to me and all my work has elements woven in. My current project is focused on a Bed and Breakfast that becomes a safe haven from the effects of climate change while celebrating the Feminine Divine and is set squarely in that realm.

I am working on my next novel in Ponte Vedra, Fl. where I live with my husband and our two furry kids. Our human kids have flown the nest and are scattered far and wide, alas.











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