January 4, 2022

GIVEAWAY & Review: Tickling the Bear: How to Stay Safe in the Universe


First Line:

Eight days after being told he could be dead within a year, Marcus Blake was slowly re-emerging from the numbness.

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Tickling the Bear: How to Stay Safe in the Universe by David Wann
Category:  Adult Fiction 18+, 279 pages
Genre:  Literary Fiction 
Publisher:  Chokecherry Press, Golden, Colorado 
Release date:   May 2021
Content Rating:  PG13 + M: There's no offensive material but there is a tasteful, semi-comic sex scene and scene in which characters experience MDMA, a mild hallucinogenic.  
Book Description:

Anthropology professor Marc Blake is on a “hero’s journey.” His challenge is to overcome a troubling medical diagnosis –a virus from a tick bite. Along the way he shares his deepest thoughts as the reader follows his courageous efforts to survive. May, an attractive Danish woman, also endures setbacks with resilience, gradually coming center stage in the story. Her husband Kai has a passion for growing herbs and healthy vegetables, marveling how gardening provides a sense of purpose, good health, direct contact with nature, and companionship. Marc’s niece, a natural beauty and ex-model, offers readers a comical, on-again, off-again romantic episode with a Silicon Valley genius she fears might outshine her. Will she prove to be his equal?

Quirky humor injects both lightness and conflict into a 30-year marriage. A six-year old’s “best summer ever” is a reminder that life’s an absolute miracle. Collectively this extended family contests a widespread belief that life is happening to us - that we are passive consumers. On the contrary, each character in this upbeat book is actively self-guided, perfecting their passions and offering generous support to family and friends.

Though author David Wann has previously written non-fiction books about sensible, sustainable lifestyles, in his first-novel these themes are woven right into a compelling story. “Our lives don’t look much different than most Americans,” the characters might say. “Really, we are not ‘doing without,’ more like doing within.” Kai enjoys investing in regional businesses, and also loves to travel effortlessly on Denver’s bike paths. Meatless Mondays or grilled-salmon Sundays are a great way for the outgoing May to bring friends together for active conversation. Each character would insist that kindness and gratitude are encoded in our genes and are far more powerful than anger. In a world that’s currently so full of disruption and confusion, they offer both a sense of direction and grounded hope.

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Tickling the Bear is a work of fiction but has a non-fiction essence to it. That shows great writing from the author. It presents a compelling story intermingled with aspects of sustainable living and taking care of our environment.


The characters are diverse and have a lot of depth, making them easy to connect with and memorable. Although I'm not a fan of stories that incorporate politics into the mix, it makes the story believable and muscly. 


There is a mix of romance, friendship, worldly concern, kindness, growth, and hope, with a strong message of taking care of our world. The book includes innuendo and language I'm not a fan of, and leans heavily on personal politics, but overall, the story is engaging and inspiring.

Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book. 


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Meet the Author:

David Wann has been a self-acknowledged author since second grade. He's written hundreds of articles and columns; ten books - one a best seller; and produced five TV documentaries viewed by 20 million. He's lived in a cooperative neighborhood (cohousing) for 26 years where he has been the organic gardener for 27 households. He's an amateur musician and the proud father of two. His greatest ambition is to make a difference in a world that urgently requires "all hands on deck." His books include Affluenza; Biologic; Superbia; Simple Prosperity; The Zen of Gardening; The New Normal, Reinventing Community and others.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads
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Jan 14 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
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Jan 17 - Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:



  1. Nice website and well-written review. It seems you “got” what I wanted to do in the book. Cheers, Dave

  2. Nice website and we’ll-written review. It seems like you “got” what I wanted to do in the book. Cheers, Dave

  3. Tickling the Bear sounds like a fascinating and helpful read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have an awesome weekend!

  4. Cover Lover Book Review, Thanks for sharing your review and have an awesome weekned!

  5. With the description of the book, the characters appear well developed. The cover makes you want to see that bear and figure out what happens next.


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