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Blog Tour/Book Spotlight/Giveaway: The Tree of Water by Elizabeth Haydon. Ends Nov 30th


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About the Book: The epic voyages continue in The Tree of Water, the fourth adventure in bestselling author Elizabeth Haydon’s acclaimed fantasy series for young readers, The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme.

As Royal Reporter of the land of Serendair, it is the duty of young Charles Magnus “Ven” Polypheme to travel the world and seek out magic hiding in plain sight. But Ven needs to escape the clutches of the nefarious Thief Queen, ruler of the Gated City, whose minions are hunting for him. His friend, the merrow Amariel, has the perfect solution to his dilemma: Ven and Char will join her to explore the world beneath the sea.

As they journey through the sea, Ven finds himself surrounded by wonders greater than he could have ever imagined. But the beauty of the ocean is more than matched by the dangers lurking within its depths, and Ven and his friends soon realize that in order to save thousands of innocent lives, they may have to sacrifice their own. For everything in the ocean needs to eat…

“A delightful epic fantasy that will attract a readership both older and younger than the target audience.” —Booklist (starred review) on The Floating Island.

 

  • Age Range: 10 – 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 – 9
  • Series: The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Cost: $13.16 @ amazon.com

 

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About the Author

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/57461.Elizabeth_Haydon

 

Interview with Elizabeth Haydon, documentarian, archanologist and translator of Ven’s  journals, including The Tree of Water

Little is known for sure about reclusive documentarian and archanologist Elizabeth Haydon. She is an expert in dead languages and holds advanced degrees in Nain Studies from Arcana College and Lirin History from the University of Rigamarole. Her fluency in those languages [Nain and Lirin] has led some to speculate that she may be descended of one of those races herself. It should be noted that no one knows this for sure.

Being an archanologist, she is also an expert in ancient magic because, well, that’s what an archanologist is.

Being a documentarian means she works with old maps, books and manuscripts, and so it is believed that her house is very dusty and smells like ink, but there is no actual proof of this suspicion. On the rare occasions of sightings of Ms. Haydon, it has been reported that she herself has smelled like lemonade, soap, vinegar, freshly-washed babies and pine cones.

She is currently translating and compiling the fifth of the recently-discovered Lost Journals when she is not napping, or attempting to break the world’s record for the longest braid of dental floss.

We had the chance to ask her some questions about the latest of Ven’s journals, The Tree of Water. Here is what she shared.

  1. Dr. Haydon, can you give us a brief summary of The Tree of Water?

Certainly. Ven Polypheme, who wrote the, er, Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, lived long ago in the Second Age of history, when magic was much more alive and visible in the world than it is now. His journals are very important finds, because they tell the story of ancient magic and where it still may be found in the world today.

In the first three journals we saw how Ven came to the mystical island of Serendair and was given the job of Royal Reporter by the king of the island, a young man named Vandemere. The Royal Reporter was supposed to find magic that was hiding in plain sight in the world and report back about it to the king. As you can imagine, this could be a fun but dangerous job, and at the beginning of The Tree of Water, we see that Ven and his friends are hiding from the evil Thief Queen, who is looking to find and kill him.

Amariel, a merrow [humans call these ‘mermaids,’ but we know that’s the wrong word] who saved Ven when the first ship he sailed on sank, has been asking Ven to come and explore the wonders of the Deep, her world in the sea. Deciding that this could be a great way to find hidden magic as well as hide from the evil Thief Queen, Ven and his best friend, Char, follow her into the Deep. The sea, as you know, is one of the most magical places in the world—but sometimes that magic, and that place, can be deadly.

The book tells of mysterious places, and interesting creatures, and wondrous things that have never been seen in the dry world, and tales from the very bottom of the sea.

  1. The main character in The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme series is Charles Magnus “Ven” Polypheme. Tell us about him.

Ven was an interesting person, but he really didn’t think so. He and his family were of a different race than the humans who made up most of the population where he lived, the race of the Nain. Nain are an old race, a little shorter and stockier than most humans, with a tendency to be on the grumpy side. They live about four times as long as humans, are very proud of their beards, which they believe tell their life stories, don’t like to swim or travel, and prefer to live deep inad grown in by the time The Tree of Water took place, when he was fifty years old [around twelve in Nain years]. He had a great group of friends, including thmerrow and Char, who were mentioned earlier. It is believed that his journals were the original research documents for two of the most important books of all time, The Book of All Human Knowledge and All the World’s Magic. The only copies of these two volumes were lost at sea centuries ago, so finding the Lost Journals is the only way to recover this important information.

  1. What kind of research do you do for the series?

 

I go to places where Ven went and try to find relics he left behind. Usually this is with an expedition of archaeologists and historians. I am an expert in ancient magic [an archanologist] so I don’t usually lead the expeditions, I’m just a consultant. It gives me the chance to learn a lot about magic and lets me work on my suntan at the same time, so it’s good.

 

  1. What is/are the most difficult part or parts of writing/restoring the Lost Journals?

 

Here’s the list, mostly from the archaeological digs where the journals have been found:

 

1] Cannibals

2] Crocodiles

3] Sunburn

4] Sand flies

5] Dry, easily cracking parchment pages

6] The horrible smell of long-dead seaweed

7] Grumpy members of the archaeological expedition [I could name names, but I won’t]

8] Expedition food [when finding and retrieving the journal for The Tree of Water, we ate nothing but peanut butter and raisin sandwiches, olives and yellow tea for six months straight]

9] When salt water gets into your favorite fountain pen and clogs it up. This is very sad.

10] Unintentionally misspelling a word in the Nain language that turns out to be embarrassing [the word for “jelly” is one letter different from the word for “diarrhea,” which caused a number of my Nain friends to ask me what on earth I thought Ven was spreading on his toast.]

  1. What do you enjoy about this series that cannot be found in any of your other books?

Getting to write about a lot of cool magic stuff that used to exist in our world, but doesn’t anymore. And getting to travel to interesting places in the world to see if maybe some of it still does exist. Also getting to show the difference between merrows, which are real, interesting creatures, and mermaids, which are just silly.

  1. What do you hope readers take away from this book?

 

I hope, in general, that it will open their eyes to the wonder of the sea, which takes up the majority of our planet, but we really don’t know that much about it down deep. There is a great deal of magic in the sea, and I hope that if and when people become aware of it, they will help take care of it and not throw garbage and other bad stuff into it. I have a serious dislike for garbage-throwing.

Probably the most useful secret I learned that I hope will be of use to readers is about thrum. Thrum is the way the creatures and plants that live in the ocean communicate with each other through vibration and thought. As Ven and his friends learn, this can be a problem if you think about something you don’t want anyone to know about when you are standing in a sunshadow, because everyone gets to see a picture of what’s on your mind. Imagine how embarrassing that could be.

 

  1. Are there more books coming in this series?

Well, at least one. In the archaeological dig site where The Tree of Water was found was another journal, a notebook that Ven called The Star of the Sea. We are still working on restoring it, but it looks like there are many new adventures and different kinds of magic in it. The problem is that it might have been buried in the sand with an ancient bottle of magical sun tan lotion, which seems to have leaked onto some of the journal’s pages. This is a very sad event in archaeology, but we are working hard to restore it.

 

As for other books, it’s not like we just write them out of nowhere. If we haven’t found one of Ven’s journals, there can’t be another book, now, can there? We are always looking, however. We’ve learned so much about ancient magic from the journals we have found so far.

 

  1. You are a best-selling author with other books and series for adults. What made you want to write books for young readers?

 

I like young readers better than adults. Everyone who is reading a book like mine has at one time or another been a young reader, but not everyone has been an adult yet. Young readers have more imagination and their brains are more flexible—they can understand magical concepts a lot better than a lot of adults, who have to deal with car payments and work and budget balancing and all sorts of non-magical things in the course of their days.

Besides, many adults scare me. But that’s not their fault. I’m just weird like that.

I think if more adults read like young readers, the world would be a happier place.

  1. Tell us where we can find your book and more information about where you are these days.

 

You can find The Tree of Water anywhere books are sold, online and in bookstores. There are several copies in my steamer trunk and I believe the palace in Serendair also has one. I also sent one to Bruno Mars because I like his name.

At the moment, I am on the beautiful island of J’ha-ha, searching for a very unique and magical flower. Thank you for asking these interview questions—it has improved my mood, since I have only found weeds so far today. I am hoping for better luck after lunch, which, sadly, is peanut butter and raisin sandwiches, olives, and yellow tea again.

All the best,

Dr. Elizabeth Haydon, PhD, D’Arc

 

 

Giveaway Rules

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This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends Nov 30th, 2014

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November 19, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Blog Tour | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Kregel Blog Tour. The Time of Jesus.


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About the Book: Keep curious young minds busy with these detailed depictions of Bible history, and a glimpse behind the scenes with flaps to lift on every page.

Jesus took his message to all kinds of people in all kinds of places—from the shores of Lake Galilee to the bustling streets of Jerusalem. This book takes readers right into the world that he knew, with appealing illustrations and flaps that open to reveal all kinds of fascinating details. Brief text explains the setting, and references events and stories from Jesus’ life. The book covers the first Christmas, illustrations of a synagogue and carpenter’s workshop in Nazareth, fishing in Capernaum, farming and shepherding in the hills of Galilee, homes of the wealthy and everyday people, the temple in Jerusalem, the way of the cross, and the first Easter.

 

My Review: The time of Jesus is a lift-the-flap discovery book that gives a brief explanation of Jesus’ journey from His birth to His death and resurrection. The story starts off in Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph arrival in the town looking for shelter. Jesus’ early days at home in Nazareth going to the Synagogue and how He became a preacher and choose His disciples to help him spread the message of God’s love and forgiveness. Jesus sometimes got invited to the homes of the rich who were intrigued by His preaching, one such person was Zacchaeus, the tax collector. Another important story in the book was the most important festival of the Jewish faith known as the Passover. The pictures show the people selling and buying at the temple in Jerusalem. At the Roman trial, religious leaders did not like Jesus or his preaching so they decided to plot His death, by having Him arrested and sentence to death. Jesus was crucified with two criminals on a hill named Calvary. The women visited the tomb but His body was gone.

The book does take you on a journey revealing all kinds of fascinating details behind the flaps. Each flap tells a behind the scene story which will make it more fun for the kids. The illustrations are colorful and bright. Great for Sunday school teaching and school library.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

  • Age Range: 5 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
  • Series: Look Inside: a Lift-the-Flap Discovery Book
  • Hardcover: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson; Ltf Brdbk edition (October 1, 2014)
  • Cost: $10.83 @Amazon.com

 

Text by Lois Rock: Lois Rock is the Commissioning Editor for Lion Children’s Books, as well as a highly respected and trusted author in her own right, acclaimed in many different countries for her books of prayers, Bible stories, and non-fiction books about the Christian faith.

Lois lives in Oxfordshire, is married and has 3 children, all of whom are now grown up. She enjoys cycling and walking and has helped to lead church children’s groups for many years, an experience that she draws on when writing books for children. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/177078.Lois_Rock

 

 

November 17, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog Tour/Giveaway: A Tale of Light and Shadow by Jacob Gowans. Ends Nov 30th


A Tale of Light and Shadow

A Tale of Light and Shadow by Jacob Gowans

About the Book: Enter Atolas, a world where swords and daggers both extend life and end it, where magic is feared by all but a few, and where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships. Henry and Isabelle have secretly sworn to marry despite his lowly station. Though Henry is but a carpenter, his devotion drives him to commit an unthinkable act that may cost both of them their lives. At the same time, a secret, dark prophecy has set in motion events that will affect not only them, but the thrones of rulers throughout all of Atolas, threatening to eclipse the world in shadow. But all is not lost while hope remains in the guise of an unlikely hero and the strength of friendship.

 

  • Series: A Tale of Light and Shadow
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609078721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609078720

 

For reviews check amazon.com

 

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About the Author: Jacob Gowans is a dentist currently working in Utah. He is husband to a beautiful wife, and father to four cute children. He shuns all pets. When not working or writing, he enjoys watching sports, reading, running, acting, listening to a variety of music, kissing his wife, internet shopping, and chasing his kids around the house. He is passionate about board games, both old and new.

Psion Beta was his first novel, followed by Psion Gamma, Psion Delta, and Psion Alpha. He is currently working on books in both the Psion series and his new series, A Tale of Light and Shadow, published by Shadow Mountain Publishing. He is also planning Unknown and Super Six, two more series. His favorite bands are Angels and Airwaves and The Killers. His favorite book is Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, and thinks the greatest film ever made is Dead Poets Society. He reads comics, mainly Spider-man, Batman, The Far Side, and Calvin and Hobbes.

He was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, graduated from Brigham Young University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in theater studies, and moved to Cleveland shortly thereafter. In 2011, he graduated from dental school at Case Western Reserve University.

He dreams of going to another country, seeing the Yankees play in every baseball stadium in America, and getting more involved in creating motion pictures. He would love to explore comic book and screenplay writing. He believes there is no greater responsibility than his family, and no better way to live than with love for all mankind.  http://www.jacobgowans.com/about-jacob-gowans.html

 

Blog Tour by http://www.shadowmountain.com/blog-tour-a-tale-of-light-and-shadow/

 

Giveaway Rules

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Giveaway Ends Nov 30th, 2014

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November 16, 2014 Posted by | Blog Tour, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

5th Annual Gratitude Giveaways Hop. Ends Nov 30th


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Welcome to the 5th Annual Gratitude Giveaways Blog Hop Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

November 15th to 30th

This hop is to say thank you to my followers

I would like to say a big thank you to all those who visit and leave wonderful comments on my blog.

You are the best followers! I wish I could give everyone of you a free gift but I can’t. I can only do the next best thing below.

Gratitude Giveaway Blog Hop (US ONLY)

Hosted by I am a reader, not a writer

There will be 2 winners for this Hop (USA ONLY)

Each winner will receive any 3 Books

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This giveaway close at midnight on Sunday, November 30th and the winner will be selected at random.org and post December 1st, 2014.

November 14, 2014 Posted by | Free Giveaways, Giveaway Hops | , , , , , , | 42 Comments

Book Spotlight: Emma Learns to Sprout (children’s book about nutrition)


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Emma Learns to Sprout (children’s book about nutrition) (Picture Book for Preschool) (Ages 3-8) [Kindle Edition]

About the Book: “Emma learns to sprout” is a lovely pictures book which describes in a simple and enjoyable way and with fantastic illustrations how Emma, a kindergartener, learns to sprout legumes with her mom. Sprouting is a great way to provide your children with more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in a fun, quick, simple and cheap way! It doesn’t require anything but basic dishes that are available in every kitchen. Sprouting makes favorite foods healthier, and the legumes’ sprouts can be used raw in a salad or as a snack, and they also make a great alternative in any recipes that contain legumes.


In addition to its enormous health benefits, sprouting makes a great parent-child activity. It’s also good to know that sprouting makes legumes easier to digest. Therefore, it may help those who have a problem digesting legumes. http://emmalearnstosprout.wordpress.com/

* According to the USDA database, sprouted legumes contains dozens and even hundreds percentages more of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients per calorie than legumes that weren’t sprouted.

  • File Size: 1279 KB
  • Print Length: 20 pages
  • Publisher: children’s books – for kids and parents (July 18, 2014)

For a copy visit amazon.com

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About the Author: Shir Guez is an author of health books and the editor in chief of a health website. After a lifestyle changing, she is now determined to spread the word about the great effects of healthy living. All of her children’s books are dedicated to her nephews and nieces. Shir also holds a double major in economics and accounting.  http://emmalearnstosprout.wordpress.com/about/

November 12, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Peter Loves Penguin by Author David McPhail.


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Peter Loves Penguin by David McPhail

About the Book: Peter and Penguin wake up to snow on the ground and immediately get bundled up to play outside. After making snowballs and a snowman and enjoying the perfect winter day together, they return inside to warm up and share some cocoa. In this companion to Ben Loves Bear and Bella Loves Bunny, the youngest readers will relate to the loving bond between a little boy and his favorite stuffed animal, and how this sweet friendship makes each day special.

 

My Review: A story rhyme about Peter and his stuffed animal, Penguin. The story shows the love and friendship between them. When Peter wakes up, his Penguin gets up too. Peter looks out the window and knows that Penguin will need a scarf while he will need a coat and his boots. They love playing in the snow and building snowman. They are always there to help each other. And that is why Peter loves Penguin and Penguin loves Peter.

Every little kid and adult can relate to this story because they have or have had a favorite toy they love or loved. I love the watercolor like illustrations which helps to bring the story to life.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from abrams Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

  • Age Range: 1 – 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: David McPhail’s Love Series
  • Board book: 22 pages
  • Cost: $8.05 at amazon.com

 

 

 

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About the Author: David was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. While there, he began illustrating. He is now an award-winning author and illustrator of nearly 200 books beloved by children, parents and librarians across the United States. McPhail has garnered many prestigious awards, including a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year for Mole Music in 2001. McPhail’s other books include First Flight, which the New York Times praised as “hilarious and helpful”; and Lost!, which was chosen as an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. McPhail has four children, three stepchildren, and is a proud grandfather. He is married to Jan Waldron, with whom he has written and illustrated several books. He lives in Rye, New Hampshire.

November 12, 2014 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Kindle Edition Giveaway for Kingdom Lights by Steven V.S. Ends Nov 19th


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About the Book: In a world where cities float, airships sail the skies and mythical creatures are summoned in a pinch…Celes Vale is distinctly average. Living in the shadow of his talented cousin, his powerful aunt and uncle, Celes is resigned to his future of soot, factories and well, more soot. But on the night of his twelfth birthday everything changes. A blinding light, a whispered voice and in an instant Celes becomes the first ordinary child in all of history to develop magic, sending him on a fast track ticket to Gardarel, the greatest of the floating cities. Though some welcome Celes others want the dirt-ridden up-start off their city – preferably head first. Nowhere is this clearer than in beautiful and haughty Lady Ban and her sneering nephew Marcus Blackwood. But Blackwood, with his gang of goons and unimaginative one-liners, is soon the least of Celes’s problems. With a little magic and a lot of detective work, Celes unravels the dark truth behind Lady Ban’s prim, perfect smile – an alliance to the villainous Wardens and the masked man who leads them. But in his bid to expose Lady Ban, Celes unwittingly stumbles on to an even darker conspiracy – the complete destruction of Gardarel itself. http://stevenvs.co.uk/?cat=83

 

For reviews go to amazon.com

 

Kindle Edition

Pages: 229

 

 

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About the Author: In between writing and dreaming Steven is a medical doctor and has worked at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and the Princess Royal where he fights the system with quirky lanyards. He also wonders greatly why these author profiles are always written in the 3rd person.

http://stevenvs.co.uk/

 

Kindle Edition Giveaway

Giveaway Rules

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There will be 1 winner  

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends Nov 19th, 2014

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

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This Giveaway Has Ended

Winner is #5 – Rebecca Swenor

November 5, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Kindle Edition Giveaway for Karmack by JC Whyte. Ends Nov 19th


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Karmack by JC Whyte

Everyone knows Curtis “Sully” Sullenburg is the toughest kid at Higgins Elementary. For years, he and his gang have tormented students and teachers alike with their pranks. And for the most part, they’ve gotten away with it. But all that changes when a strange little creature appears on the scene. From that point on, pranks start coming back like boomerangs, smacking Sully’s gang right in their fifth grade butts! Sully is the only one who can see this creature, which he names Karmack. The little guy claims to be a nature spirit whose job is to balance all the bad karma the boys have amassed over the years. Because if Karmack fails, these boys will undoubtedly suffer “dreadful, awful doom”. Just like that kid who shot at crows with his BB gun – one day he crashed his bike into a pigeon coop and emerged as the Abominable Snowman of bird poop! Yeah, that kind of doom. Sully soon realizes he must save not only himself but his friends from Karmack’s doom, even though they have no idea why they keep getting boomeranged! http://karmack.webs.com/for-kids

Karmack was honored to win a silver in pre-teen fantasy from the 2014 Literary Classics International Book Awards; also, a First Place in chapter ebooks from the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards! 

http://karmack.webs.com/

 

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About the Author: J.C. Whyte discovered her love for writing at the age of eleven when her 6th grade teacher told the class to write a poem about a sport. She knew her classmates would probably choose a popular sport like baseball or football, so J.C. chose to write a funny poem about golf. To her surprise, the teacher really loved it and encouraged J.C. to continue writing. So she did. Then that summer, students were told to choose 26 books from a reading list, read them and write a book report on each. BLAH! J.C. wanted to enjoy her summer, not spend it reading. Back then, she was a very slow reader and didn’t much enjoy the experience. Plus, kids didn’t have the fun books which are available today. But her wise teacher told J.C. she could write 26 stories instead of reading them. That was genius. J.C. didn’t actually write a full 26 stories, but she wrote at least one which made her teacher laugh out loud in class. And the teacher gave her an “A” on her summer reading assignment. J.C. never forgot that wise and wonderful teacher who let the budding author play to her strengths. So as a result, J.C. knew at an early age she wanted to become a professional writer. Yet when she reached college, she also understood that writing stories seldom paid the bills. So she got her degrees in Journalism and Communications Management. Then for many years she channeled her creative energies into the field of Public Relations. To read more https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7135956.J_C_Whyte

 

 

For reviews  http://www.amazon.com/Karmack-J-C-Whyte-ebook/dp/B00D91LYIY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415188014&sr=1-1&keywords=9781771273350

 

Kindle Edition

Pages: 140

 

Kindle Edition Giveaway

Giveaway Rules

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There will be 1 winner  

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends Nov 19th, 2014

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

Mandatory: Leave a comment about the review below. Leaving a helpful comment relating to this book would be appreciated and valid to the giveaway.

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This Giveaway Has Ended

Winner is #5 – Liz Mays

November 5, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book/Authors Spotlight: The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John


The Terrible Two

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett, Jory John and illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that’s famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town’s best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to raise his game.

It’s prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces and pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge that it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder proud.

In The Terrible Two, bestselling authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John have created a series that has its roots in classic middle-grade literature yet feels fresh and new at the same time.

 

Advance Praise for The Terrible Two


“A double helping of fun and mischief!”
—Jeff kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series

“The pranks, the brotherhood, the art, the heart! What’s not to love about the Terrible Two?”
—Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine series

“You don’t have to be a cow, like cows, or even know a cow to love the Terrible Two.”
—Dave Eggers

“This book is terrible! Terribly funny, terribly full of pranks, and terribly wonderful.”
—Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and the Frank Einstein series

“The Terrible Two are my kind of kids. And what’s more, they’re kids’ kind of kids.”
—Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy & Bean series

“Hilarious.”
—Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Series: The Terrible Two
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amulet Books (January 13, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419714910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419714917
  • Cost: $10.53

 

 

Mac

About the Authors: Born to non-farmers in a California farming community, Mac now lives near San Francisco. He’s on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center for students in Los Angeles, and he founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers. http://www.macbarnett.com/about-mac/

 

 

Jory

 

Jory John is a writer, editor and journalist. He has written for the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Believer, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the Rumpus, the Santa Cruz Sentinel and a variety of other publications and websites. He is the editor of “Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids Letters to President Obama,” published by McSweeney’s and featured on “This American Life.”

Jory is the co-author of “All my friends are dead,” and its sequel, “All my friends are STILL dead.” He also co-wrote a book of humorous essays called, “I Feel Relatively Neutral About New York” and the children’s book “Pirate’s Log: A Handbook for Aspiring Swashbucklers,” all published by Chronicle Books.  http://joryjohn.tumblr.com/

 

 

 

October 28, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Spotlight: This is the Greatest Place! by Brian Tse


Greatest PlaceThis is the Greatest Place! The Forbidden City and the World of Small Animals By Brian Tse

About the Book: Rabbit is eating breakfast with his friends Baby Squirrel, Young Porcupine, and Little Brother Panda when an unexpected visitor arrives. He is a master builder, searching for inspiration to design a great palace for the Emperor of China. Together, Uncle Builder and the little animals explore how nature supplies us with the wonders that enrich our lives. Created by internationally renowned children’s book artists Brian Tse and Alice Mak, this book teaches children about Chinese architecture, how nature’s influence can be seen around us, and how people and animals can live together in harmony. The illustrations capture both the majesty of the natural world and the Forbidden City and are enhanced by interactive components for readers, including a gatefold spread and lift-flaps.

Age Range: 4 and up
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 44 pages

Cost: $9.32

Brian Tse and Alice Mak are beloved the world over for their heart warming and educational stories for children. They are the creators of the iconic cartoon characters McMug and McDull, who have been featured in numerous award-winning works including books, comics, television shows, and movies.

Ben Wang (translator) is a senior lecturer in humanities at China Institute, an instructor of Chinese at the United Nations, and guest lecturer at numerous prestigious academic and cultural institutions.

October 27, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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