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HC Books

 

So glad to receive a big box full of wonderful books for review from Harper Collins. These books will make great gifts for the kids. Visit HarperCollins for more information about these books.

May 16, 2014 Posted by | HarperCollins Book Review | , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: Kregel Blog Tour. Candle Bible Handbook.


Candle Bible Handbook

Candle Bible Handbook by Terry Jean Day & Carol Smith 

About the Book: Travel through Bible history with this comprehensible exploration of the Bible, following the key narratives from Genesis to Revelation. Perfect as a child’s first Bible reference, he will travel through Bible lands and times and discover how the people lived: the foods they ate, the homes they occupied, the clothes they wore, and the work they performed. There are sections of study questions throughout to further learning, as well as glossaries and FAQs to help understanding.

 

My Review: I have reviewed a lot of the Candle Bible books and I was so glad that they had the Candle Bible Handbook. The Old and New Testamentsis packed full of facts about every book in the bible. It explains some of the mysteries of the bible. Why the bible was written and by whom. It also gives background information about the people and places of the bible. Each book is categorized according to the books of the law, poetry, prophets, history, letters of Paul, general letters and Apocrypha.

The handbook is full of lavishly illustrations with maps, time charts, photographs and panoramic illustrations. This is a very easy to read study guide not only for children but for adults as well. I highly have to recommend this book.

 

 

 

Author: Terry Jean Day & Carol Smith 

Pages: 256

Ages: 8-12

Cost: $17.99

Candle Bible Handbook

Candle Bible Handbook

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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

May 12, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Children’s Book Week Giveaway Ends May 18, 2014


CBW 2014

May 12-18, 2014 — the 95th anniversary!

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

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There will be two winners for this giveaway

The 1st winner will receive 5 books

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The 2nd winner will receive 4 books

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Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends May 18th, 2014

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Winners are #2- tmy56 and #16 – Gigi

May 12, 2014 Posted by | Children’s Book Week, Free Giveaways | , , , , | 31 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Don’t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don’t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! Ends May 21st


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Don’t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don’t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! Written by Jerald S. Altman, MD and Richard Jacobson.

 

About the Book: Stuff in their Ears? Sticks up their nose? Let’s keep things out of our kid’s ears and nose! Rhyming and beautiful, bright and colorful illustrations will gently remind children to avoid putting things where they don’t go! After 14 years of practice, Dr. Altman never ceases to be amazed at what children will think of to stick up their noses or stuff in their ears. From rocks to raisins, paper to peanuts, crayons to candy and buttons to beads, Dr. Altman has removed them all! Sometimes adults marvel at the wonderful curiosity of young children…until their inquisitive natures cause them to insert unimaginable objects into inappropriate places. It’s difficult to appreciate a child’s creativity when it might cause a medical emergency. Don’t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don’t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears! explains to children, in a fun, colorful, and memorable way, why it’s a good idea to avoid such behavior. The kids will soon be repeating the rhyming verses while being gently reminded not to stick things up their noses and not to stuff things in their ears.

 

Pages: 22

 

 

My Review: Every household and nursery schools with a toddle should have a copy of “Don’t Stick Sticks Up Your Nose! Don’t Stuff Stuff In Your Ears!” This will help educate them before they start to experiment with a bean up their nose or trying to fit something into their ears.

The story told in rhyme is about keeping things like plants, food, small toys, rocks, pencils etc out of their ears and noses. Stuff like these can be very harmful to a child. Children must be taught that their ears are meant for listening/hearing and nose for smelling. The illustrations are funny, bold and colorful. I high recommend this book for classroom teaching.

 

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

 

About the Author: Jerald Altman is an Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon (ENT Doctor). After publishing many peer-reviewed journal articles, he recognized the need for a children’s book dealing with a common problem in his practice. He was recognized as a Phoenix Top Doc in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013.

He is a general Otolaryngologist and he loves taking care of children’s ear, nose and throat issues. Accordingly, the idea for this book came from his pediatric patients and their incessant need to put things where they shouldn’t go!

Richard Jacobson studied architecture at Yale University and has spent most of his adult life designing interiors, landscapes, tablescapes, clothing… and just about anything else that can be fashioned in a creative way. He lives in Phoenix and enjoys training dogs, birds and topiaries in his spare time.

 

 

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Giveaway Ends May 21st, 2014

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Winner is #3 – nylne

 

May 10, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Mother’s Day Giveaway: Because I Said So: Life in the Mom Zone. Ends May 21st.


Because I Said So

Because I Said So: Life in the Mom Zone by Annie Oeth 

About the Book: “Our own precious Annie Oeth has penned Genius for us in BECAUSE I SAID SO. Matters not if one never parented a child–for certain, everybody WAS one, once–so the appeal and the truth are universal.”

Jill Conner Browne, Multiple #1 New York Times Bestselling author and THE Sweet Potato Queen

“But whyyyy?”

“Because I said so.”

It’s the answer that rolls off the tongues of mamas from all over. In Because I Said So: Life In The Mom Zone, veteran mama Annie Oeth tells of the worries, laughter and sheer terror of being a mother.

Trips to the emergency room, college graduations and the dangerous combination of teenagers and fireworks are all fair game in this romp through southern motherhood. Spilling the (jelly)beans on Easter egg hunts, Santa Claus and frogs in mailboxes, Annie Oeth writes of life, love and raising children while hanging on to her sense of humor.

From stories of laughter to tales of tears shed, she remembers her own growing-up years in small-town Mississippi, her parents’ 44-year romance and her own children’s travels on their way to adulthood, crafting stories that will touch hearts and funny bones.

Anyone who’s ever rocked a baby, worried over a teenager or seen family game night degenerate into a knock-down, drag-out can relate to these life lessons, straight from The Mom Zone.

Mamas are tender-hearted, but don’t mistake their kindness for an absence of backbone. In these stories, the love, strength, humor and super powers of mothers are hailed for the wonders that they are. Whether you’re a mama to sons who have an affection for reptiles and bottle rockets or a daughter who thinks you’re wrong just when you’ve figured out your own mother was right, you’ll love yourself, your kids and your life more after this read.

“Why?”

“Because I Said So.”

About the Author: A small-town Mississippi girl grows up, snatches a magnolia during her college graduation, and sets out to be a writer, newspaper editor and mama. Annie Oeth has done all three—and lived to tell the tale. A native of West Point, Mississippi, Oeth began writing from her front porch swing when she wasn’t climbing trees and drawing. She is a graduate of Mississippi University for Women, embarking on a journalism career and motherhood soon after. In 1996, she moved from Mississippi’s smallest daily newspaper, The Daily Times Leader in West Point, to the state’s largest, The Clarion-Ledger, in Jackson. Starting as an assistant metro editor, Oeth moved to editing a family of nondaily publications before returning to the daily product as features editor in 2012. She’s been writing about family and fun for The Clarion-Ledger and in The Mom Zone blog ever since. She lives in Ridgeland, Mississippi.  http://bookpublicityservices.com/annie-oeth/

Pages: 226

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Giveaway Ends May 21st, 2014

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Winner is #11 – Bonnie-Blue T Sullivan

May 5, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Book Spotlight: Seven Wonders Book 2: Lost in Babylon


Seven Wonders Book 2 Lost in Babylon

Seven Wonders Book 2: Lost in Babylon by Author Peter Lerangis

A week ago, thirteen-year-old Jack McKinley was a normal kid leading a normal life—totally unaware that he was about to die. He’s cursed with a genetic abnormality that’s giving him amazing powers too quickly for his body to handle. Jack’s only hope: Find the seven lost Loculi that were hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by the last prince of Atlantis. Only they contain the magic to save him—and the world.
After unearthing the first Loculus and defeating the Colossus of Rhodes, Jack and his friends are in worse shape than when they first set out. Marco has disappeared without a trace, along with the first Loculus. With no time to spare and no one else to turn to, Jack and the gang have no choice but to follow the only clues they have and to head off on the next leg of their epic quest—to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

 
To order a copy visit http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Seven-Wonders-Book-2-Lost-Babylon-Unabridged/?isbn=9780062280466

 

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Pages: 400

 

 

 

 

April 27, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight – Giveaway: Flower from Castile Trilogy. Ends May 17th


The Alhambra Decree

Flower from Castile Trilogy – Book One: The Alhambra Decree by Lilian Gafni

About the Book: A young woman learns a secret about her past while Columbus plots to explore the world in this historical novel set during the Spanish Inquisition. Isabella, a young noblewoman in Castile, is soon to marry her love when she is kidnapped and thrust into the world of persecuted Jews. She learns that her parents weren’t really the Catholic nobles who raised her. Her captors hide her in the harem of a Moorish king. Meanwhile, a young rebel called Miguel Costa fights for religious freedom, and Christopher Columbus plots to convince Queen Isabella, who is focused on ridding her domain of Moors, to support his worldly explorations. Gafni’s understanding of the time period seems paramount, and her plot is solid. Isabella’s movement between different cultures allows readers to explore what it was like to be a Catholic, Jew or Moor during one of history’s darkest periods.

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Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars with 51 reviews
Pages: 400 pages
ASIN: B0065LIYC4
Publisher: Lifeline Publishing Books
Published: November 9, 2011
Age: Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction (Spain, War, Inquisition, Love, Family)

 

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About the Author: Lilian Gafni was born in Cairo, Egypt and attended the all-girls, non-denominational, French Catholic School of St. Vincent de Paul. While growing up, Lilian spoke Ladino (a mixture of Castilian Spanish and Hebrew words), a language spoken by Spanish Jews after their expulsion from Spain in 1492.

Gafni writes with passion about the traumas of displaced Jewish populations because she once was attacked because of her religion. Her family fled to the newly formed country of Israel, where she had to adapt to a new life, country and language. Gafni seeks to give voice to the thousands of victims who have been brutally silenced through the ages due to their religion and personal history.

Book Secrets

I am of Sephardic descent. That means my ancestors were Spanish Jews who left Spain to live around the Mediterranean during the infamous 1492 expulsion. I grew up speaking Ladino (a mixture of Castilian Spanish and Hebrew words) in my home. The subject of Jews being forced to leave Spain under duress always intrigued me. Why did these law-abiding Spaniard Jews had to leave a land that was their home for over a thousand years?

The more I learned about the Sephardim, the more I felt close to those exiles of long ago. What thoughts, fears, and hope did they feel and experience? How did they preserve their Jewish heritage in secret? How did they escape the Inquisition-or fall into its clutches?

As I put these thoughts on paper, a whole world opened up before me. The characters, the families and the individuals directly responsible for that exodus became real and spoke in their own voices. Then the characters opened a door for me to peer inside and discover their world.

The major character, Isabella Obrigon, a sixteen-year-old girl with a privileged life leads the story and connects all the players. I thought of how Isabella would look when it dawned on me: if her eyes saw the story, then her eyes were speaking to me. Her eyes had to be demanding, cajoling, supplicating–always leaving a deep impression. That’s when I realized I was describing my mother’s eyes! My mother, Rachel Palombo, was a most beautiful woman with emerald green eyes. She was reputed to have been more beautiful than Hedy Lamar or Elizabeth Taylor. I decided then that Isabella’s eyes were going to be modeled on Rachel Palombo’s eyes. The other characters were modeled on real men and women who lived in that time period. Only their names were changed. These characters were fluid, changing with the circumstances of those terrible times.

The story took on a life of its own as it developed. The characters spoke to me. Some of them pleaded for their lives, some of them risked their lives to protect others, and some fell in love under the most inauspicious of circumstances. In the end, these characters fought for their land, their livelihoods, and the futures of their families.

Two hundred thousand Spanish Jews made the fateful decision to leave Spain in 1492. Many others converted rather than face the unknown in other lands. Today, 50% of Spaniards and Portuguese have the DNA Jewish marker that proves they have Sephardic Jewish ancestors.

 

 

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Winner is #2 mom2mandj

April 23, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , | 22 Comments

Author/Book Spotlight: Giveaway – Getting by~A Knight’s. Ends May 17th


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About the Book: When Emma Anderson arrived at San Francisco International Airport, she regretted accepting the distinction of being the maid of honor to Gaby’s—her childhood friend—wedding. It had been years since the last time she set foot in Menlo Park, where her parents had been killed. The rug where she had been shoving her feelings since that day looked bumpier than a camel’s hump. Who could blame her; if she hadn’t been selfish they’d still be around. Ever since that fateful day, Emma has been perfecting the knack of Getting By.

Cade’s wedding in Menlo Park—a city close to San Francisco—might be the perfect place for Jake Knight to shake the memories of his ex, Emma Anderson for good. Single, available women galore for an entire week was the perfect medication, one he intended to take three times a day for an entire week to return to his player days. It was a plan the former spy thought flawless until he came face to face with the maid of honor. Jake’s perfect retreat turns into a flight, fight or hide week of celebrations. http://www.claudiayburgoa.com/books/

 

This is the first book in the 4 book series.  The second book will be released later this year.

Ages: Young Adult

Pages: 213

 

 

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About the Author: Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story. http://www.claudiayburgoa.com/bio/

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Giveaway Ends May 17th, 2014

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Winner is #3 – Lily Kwan

April 22, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , | 3 Comments

Author/Book Spotlight – Giveaway: The Mystery of Moutai. Ends May 17th


The Mystery of Moutai

The Mystery of Moutai by G.X. Chen

About the Book: A teenager returns home from school to find a gruesome scene: the apartment he shares with his mother, Shao Mei, in Boston’s Chinatown has been ransacked and she is dead. There is a bottle of Moutai—the most exotic and expensive Chinese liquor—left at the scene and traces of rat poison in one of the two shot glasses on the kitchen counter. This was evidently a homicide, but who could possibly be the killer? Ann Lee and Fang Chen, close friends of the victim, team up with the Boston police to solve this mystifying crime: why would anyone want to murder a harmless middle-aged woman, one who worked as an unassuming mailroom clerk, with no money, no connections, and presumably, no enemies? Realizing that important clues behind the motive may be buried deep in the victim’s past, they travel to Beijing, where Shao Mei spent more than fifty years of her life. While there, surrounded by the antiquities of China’s rich and complex history, they stumble unwittingly into a cobweb of mystery and danger. Fearing for their lives but determined to press on, they end up unearthing a scandal more deceptive and far-reaching than either could have imagined.  http://gxchen.tateauthor.com/the-mystery-of-moutai/

Age: Teen/Young Adult

Pages: 226

G.X. Chen

About the Author: G. X. Chen, author of The Mystery of Revenge, The Mystery of Moutai and Forget Me Not: A Love Story of the East, is a freelance writer who loves reading, traveling and orchids. A graduate of Fudan University and University of New Mexico, she has taught literature at Fudan as well as Shanghai Foreign Language Institute. She lives in the beautiful city of Boston with her husband, Steve. http://gxchen.tateauthor.com/

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Forget Me Not: A Love Story of the East
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The Mystery of Moutai https://www.facebook.com/mysteryofmoutai

The Mystery of Revenge
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Giveaway Ends May 17th, 2014

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Winner is #1 – Lily Kwan

April 21, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Giveaway Winners!


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Congrats to following giveaway winners.

The Winners were selected using Random.org

 

 #5 – jct6878 – A Rainbow of Birds


#16 breenibooks  – A Rainbow of Birds


#13 – Gianna – The Easter Basket


#12  – Lisa – The Easter Basket

 

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April 20, 2014 Posted by | Giveaway Winners | , , , , | 2 Comments

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