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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.

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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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April 23, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , | 5 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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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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 #5 – jct6878 – A Rainbow of Birds


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#13 – Gianna – The Easter Basket


#12  – Lisa – The Easter Basket

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: Rapha: God My Healer. Ends May 3rd


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Rapha: God My Healer writteb by W Wilkinson III, illustrated by talywa

About the Book: “RAPHA – My God Heals” is a story about a guardian angel named Rapha who delivers a message from God to a child in need of healing. This book teaches children how to pray and ask God for healing and trust Him to do it. There is no ailment that God can’t handle, if you have faith. Inspired by Jeremiah 17:14 (NKJ) 14 Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed… “RAPHA – My God Heals,” is more than just a book, it is biblical/spiritual medicine that will soothe the smallest of boo-boo’s or be a source of comfort during long overnight hospital stays. Poetically written and colorfully illustrated, this book makes the perfect gift to any child whom you love. After all, who has never been hurt or sick as a child?

 

My Review: When a child cried out to the Lord, wanting to know if it’s something that he did that causes him to be ill. What can he do to make it better? He wanted to know. This was a simple child’s prayer that went up to heaven. After being heard by God, He sent a messenger named Rapha who is an angel down to earth to give the little boy a message about God’s words of healing and love. And now he can call on the power of God who will give him strength.

This book is a blessing and will lift up the spirit of any sick child. The book is based on Jeremiah 17:14 “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed…” (NKJ) The illustration by talywa and Alyssa Baker are bright, bold and helps tell the story. I highly recommend this book to help give kids faith about their healing and put a smile on their faces.

 

Pages: 24

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review/ Giveaway: Wordsworth and the Dragon. Ends May 3rd


Wordworth and the Dragon

 

Wordsworth and the Dragon by Scotti Cohn, illustrated by Christina Wald

About the Book: The Kingdom of Atoz is thrown into a panic when the letter C disappears from the Royal Alphabet. No one can say or write the letter, and it has vanished from all the books in the kingdom. Sir Clooney becomes Sir Looney. A sign in a bakery window offers “akes” and “fresh baked pie rust.” The librarian, Lord Reading, tries to recite his favorite poem but the lines come out all wrong. “A terrible rime has been ommitted!” he wails. A young page named Wordsworth believes that the letter C was stolen by a dragon. Seeing a chance to prove himself worthy of knighthood, he heads into the Forest of Spells to fight the dragon and recover the missing letter. Wordsworth isn’t acting alone. He has the help of Phrasia, the local witch; Klause, a goat-like creature called a cavabok; and his friend, Princess Rho, who has a secret power. But will that be enough? What will happen when Wordsworth has to face not only a dragon but a gang of large, mean creatures called muddletonques? Who will protect him? http://www.scotticohn.com/

 

My Review: Wordsworth is a Page for the King of Atoz, King Omicron. Wordsworth is working toward becoming a Knight.

When the royal alphabet letter C was stolen the King wanted to know how as the royal alphabet is three feet tall and made of the heaviest wood in the kingdom, and is guarded night and day in the tallest tower. The King asked Sir Clooney to summon all the knights to hunt down the thief. This was a terrible day for the kingdom of Atoz. People are unable to speak or write the letter. The word crime becomes rime, Sir Clooney becomes Sir Looney, Cookies becomes ookies, and everyone in the kingdom started pronouncing words without a C. And they were making sounds they had not made before.

Wordsworth is convinced that a Dragon must have stolen the letter C from the Royal Alphabet and so he plans out on his own quest to find the Dragon and recover the stolen letter. Was Wordsworth able to find the letter C? Did a dragon really steal the alphabet?

I really enjoyed reading Wordsworth and the Dragon and I think every child will love reading it too. The pencil like illustration by Christina Wald helped bring the story to life. So if you are looking for a book full of adventures, then pick up a copy and take a trip with Wordsworth. I highly recommend this book.

 

 

 

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.

Pages: 80

 

 

 

 

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April 14, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , | 22 Comments

Easter Sunday Giveaway: The Easter Basket. Ends April 20th


The Easter Basket

The Easter Basket by Beth Harwood (Illustrations), Susanna Ronchi (Illustrations)

About the Book: On a bright Easter morning, a bunny finds a pretty basket sitting on the path through the meadow. Whose could it be? The bunny hops through town, visiting families and their little ones as they prepare for joyful Easter celebrations. Finally, she hops into the arms of her mommy—the Easter Bunny!—and discovers the true owner of the lovely basket.

Sprightly illustrations, adorable baby animals, and sturdy three-dimensional scenes on every spread make this book a holiday treat for the whole family.

 

 

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April 9, 2014 Posted by | Free Giveaways | , , , , | 15 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Let’s Talk About Love. Ends April 30th


Lets Talk about Love

Let’s Talk About Love written and illustrated by Camy De Mario

About the Book: A cute puppy and a young boy come from two different places, but somehow they find their way into each other life…

 

My Review: A mixed breed puppy named Love lives on an island in the Bahamas. His home was a smelly dump on top of a hill sleeping in a cardboard box. While he was out looking for food a big wave swept him out into the ocean. As he was struggling to swim back to shore a sea turtle rescued him and carried him back to the shore. Love was so grateful that the turtle saved his life. While out the next morning looking for food he came across a young dolphin trapped in a fish net. Love started to bite through the net to set the dolphin was free. The dolphin was so grateful that he helped Love find a way to be adopted by a family.

There is also another story about a boy name Joel whose home was destroyed by a powerful earthquake and his family did make it out alive. He had no family and no home. Read about how Love met Joel and how they found a family and a home.

This is a very touching and educational story. The illustrations are colorful and bold which helps bring the story to life. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.

 

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.

Pages: 38

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Book Review/Giveaway: Zodiacts. Ends April 15th


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Zodiacts: Gemini Jamboree by Donna McGarry

As the Moon whips through the sign of Gemini, The Zodiacts, a whimsical family of stars, travel to Mercury for an action-packed intergalactic expo. While there, fun-loving Starrkitty and her friends picnic, play games, and rock out. A true Gemini’s dream getaway weekend.

 

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Zodiacts: Leo Limelight Lunacy: Dance of the Dueling Divas by Donna McGarry

Donna McGarry’s Zodiacts: Leo Limelight Lunacy: Dance of the Dueling Divas introduces the five to eight year old crowd to the creative energy of the Leo Moon. The action begins when the irrepressible Starrkitty discovers her competitor, Lola Leo, headlining a solo show. Kit is fit to be tied and scrambles to produce a rival spectacle. When she discovers that some aspects of show biz, such as costuming and sound mixing, are best left to the experts, Kit goes Aquarian and assembles a stellar crew to help her shine. Which leading lady will steal the limelight under this attention craving Moon? Merging celestial imagery with verbal whimsy, Zodiacts: Leo Limelight Lunacy humorously explores themes of egomania and self-absorption.

 

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Zodiacts: A Whimsical Introduction to Celestial Beings by Donna McGarry

Zodiacts: A Whimsical Introduction to Celestial Beings introduces young folks to the concepts of astrology in a light-hearted, whimsical manner. Follow the Moon as she weaves her way through the constellations, illuminating the stars and their loony behavior. Merging surreal visual imagery with rhyming text this is a fun bedtime read for the younger set.

 

My Review:

Zodiacts Gemini Jamboree: This book introduces the zodiact sign Gemini having fun. When the moon is in Gemini that’s the time to catch up with friends, play a games, a day to try something new, a visit to the shops and many more. The illustrations are creative and unique with interesting rhymes which help tells the story.

 

Zodiacts a whimsical introduction to celestial beings is an accurate title for this book. Depending on which galaxy the moon visit she finds out their loony behavior, because their mood is affected by the whims of the moon.

It is interesting to find out that Leo feels daring and brave when the moon is in Aries or when the moon is in Capricorn its time for structured plotting and scheming. An interesting read that would hold any child’s attention.

 

Zodiacts: Leo Limelight Lunacy: Dance of the Dueling Divas: When the moon is in Leo it is time to have fun, time to put on a show, time to stand up proud and be full of confidence. With rhyming dialogue this book is creative and will hold any child’s attention.

 

 

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

 

Donna McGarry

 

About the Author: Donna McGarry is an artist and astrologer. She’s had a life-long passion for the Moon and constellations. Her interest in astrology began in her early teens. Her Zodiacts series was created with the hopes of sharing her love of the cosmos with young readers. Donna lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her aging, bossy, controlling, leonine Shih Tzu, Gizmo.

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Winner is #3 – Teresa Mccluskey – Author to mail

Winner is – #9 – Lily Kwan – Review copy

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