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Book/Author Spotlight. Giveaway: What Kind of Cow Are You? Being Content with How God Made You. Ends Oct 10th


What Kind of Cow Are You? by Joyann Dwire, illustrated by Bill Dickson

About the Book: What Kind of Cow Are You?

Poor Mitzi! Why did she have to be a cow? Her journey around the farmyard shows her that the best thing she can do is be what God made her to be!


  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Journey Stone Creations (June 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599580063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599580067
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.8 x 8 inches
  • Cost: $2.99 @ amazon



About the Author: Joyann Dwire knew she wanted to be a writer when she was 12 years old. That desire, along with the desire to follow God’s will for her life, have been the driving forces in her life.

Joyann was raised on a small farm in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Her background can be seen in much of her writing. Life in a rural county with great historical depth grew into an interest in history and publication of profile and local history articles in Pennsylvania Magazine, Grit and Quilters’ World (online).

Much to her surprise, Joyann’s first published story,’The Sighting,’ appeared in Highlights for Children. Up to that time she hadn’t considered writing for children. Since then, she has published stories and articles in Power Station, Discovery Trails and The Young Salvationist.

Her love of animals shows up in most of her stories and is obvious in her first children’s book, What Kind of Cow Are You?


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September 21, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: What Was It Like, Mr. Emperor?: Life in China’s Forbidden City



About the Book: Have you ever wondered what it was like to be the Emperor of China? In this book, readers will get the chance to ask the emperor all the questions they might have about life in the Forbidden City. How was the emperor chosen? What was school like? How did he celebrate his birthday? Who were his friends? What were his favorite foods? How hard did he have to work? Could he be punished?

Through fun and engaging stories reader will journey through the average life of an emperor and learn about the people who lived in the palace, including the prince who fought off a rebel invasion, the palace maids who lived in the Inner Court, the emperor who ruled twice, and the emperor who loved crickets. This book can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, with lively illustrations that encourage reader interaction.


Review: There has been 210 emperors in China and among them was one woman emperor named Wu Zetian of the Tang dynasty. These emperors did their best to convince the people of China that, they were the true descendants of Heaven. They lived in the most grandest and most luxurious buildings.

Questions are asked through out the book about their way of life. About education, family tree, and being an emperor.  It was interesting to read that the Princes started schooling at the age of six, and that they have to get up before dawn everyday. How many days do they get off in a year? 5 days, while kids these days get up to two months off a year.

Do you know that the Emperor’s Imperial Court Robe has 12 emblems embroidered on his robe representing 12 virtues? This book is not only educational history wise but fun to read.



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



About the Author: Chiu Kwong-chiu is an artist, designer, and professor who explores Chinese traditional visual arts and adopts groundbreaking methods to interpret and promote Chinese art and culture. He founded the CnC Design and Cultural Studies Workshop in Hong Kong, where he provides guidance and leadership in the research, interpretation, and promotion of traditional and contemporary design and Chinese culture.

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.

September 18, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Kregel Blog Tour. Bible Stories Gone Crazy!


Bible Stories Gone Crazy!

About the Book: Eight Bible stories are depicted in bright color and comic, cartoony illustrations. There is a sentence or two explaining the scene at the top, and then details to spot, mistakes to find, and questions to answer along the sides of the picture, such as, “Did Noah’s workmen REALLY have power tools?” and “How many rabbits are in the picture?” Children will love scouring the illustrations to find the answers and spot more amusing details in the busy artwork of Emiliano Migliardo. The stories are Noah and His Great Ark, Moses Crossing the Red Sea, Joshua and the Fall of Jericho, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lions, Jonah and the Big Fish, Feeding the 5,000, and Man Through the Roof. – See more at:


My Review: The Bible Stories Gone Crazy consist of series of stories like Noah and his Great Ark, Moses ad the Miracle Escape, Joshua Destroys Jericho, Daniel in the Pit of Lions, Jonah and the Monster Fish, Jesus Feeds a Huge Crowd and the Man Through the Roof!. Each illustrations depicting dozens or more people doing a variety of amusing things at a given location with bible verses and questions. Like, Did Noah have glass windows in the ark? Can you find Moses? What’s he carrying? Who gave Jesus his lunch? And so on.
Children will not only enjoy reading this book but enjoy taking an adventure with each charater as they make their way finding all the artist’s jokes and deliberate mistakes. This book is comically illustrated by Emiliano Migliardo.



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
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Candle Books (August 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781281904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781281901
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Cost: $9.02 @ amazon


About the Author: Josh Edwards has written a number of Bible stories and innovative activity books for kids, building on his experience as a teacher, an artist, and a father of three rapidly growing children. A Londoner by birth, residence, and preference, he has traveled widely and has always loved books and reading.




September 14, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Bowls of Happiness: Treasures from China and the Forbidden City


About the Book: Piggy’s mom loves her so much that she has decided to make a special porcelain bowl just for her. As mom makes the bowl, Piggy enters the world being painted on its outside. There she meets and learns about the animals used on these Chinese artworks and the messages of happiness and good-fortune that they convey.

Created by internationally renowned children’s book artists Brian Tse and Alice Mak, this book teaches children about Chinese artwork and culture and their universal spirit of generosity, love, and respect for nature.

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
  • Hardcover: 10 pages
  • Publisher: China Institute in America; Hardcover with Jacket edition (October 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989377644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989377645
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 7.1 inches
  • Cost: $7.50 @amazon

My Review: A little girl watches as her mother mold a pottery bowl. On the bowl, she painted a little pig naming it after her daughter Piggy. The sight of her daughter Piggy makes her heart leap with joy. Piggy asks her mother to paint a tree of fresh fruit on the bowl. Her mother added a few more things on the bowl like melons, flowers, butterfly to make it pretty; it represented the joyful meeting of living things.
A great collection of porcelain bowls painted with piggy on them that were used by the emperors of China, called the Qing can be found in the Palace Museum in Beijing, China. The bowl of Happiness is one of four books. Illustration by Alice Mak helps bring the story to life with its watercolor feel.

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

September 10, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Just As Special.



About the Book: Mason feels someone special might be missing from his life. Join Mason as he discovers the amazing people in his life who make him laugh, feel safe, take him on adventures and teach him the value of hard work.


Just As Special by 3Evoke
ISBN: 9781457536465
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Date of publish: February 2015
Pages: 26
S.R.P.: $13.99



My Review: Mason felt sad as he watched his friend Nathaniel and his father playing soccer. He wished his father was around so he too can play soccer with him.

His mother explained to him that fathers for many different reasons aren’t around. The book doesn’t say what happened to Mason’s father, but his mother assured him that there are important people in his life like his grandpa that takes him fishing and tells funny jokes, his Uncle Chris and Uncle Keith, who taught him how to play basketball and also his big brother Carter who taught him how to ride a bike and tie his shoes.

Mason knew he was special because he not only has support from his family, but support from his coach, his friend’s father, and teachers.

There are a lot of young boys growing up without their fathers around. But this book can encourage not only young boys but girls too. It will help them discover that there are amazing people in their life that will keep them safe and teach them the value of hard work. Illustrations by Colette Robbins is bold and colorful which helps tell the story. I  highly recommend this book for classroom reading and home library.


FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from 3Evoke, LLC in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.





About the Authors: The women of 3Evoke LLC, Marquetta Irons, Vonda Mattox, Loren Williams and Yolande Wooten, want to encourage the personal growth of our youth through learning, achievement and self-expression.

Through inspiring storytelling, their mission is to empower our children with positive images, thoughts and values. The women are originally from various parts of the country. The group now lives and creates in Georgia. To read more click!bio/c1ktj





September 5, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight: The Cavern of Promise. Giants in the Land #3



The Final Addition to the Giants in the Land Trilogy

About the Book: Thomas and his giant companion have disappeared. At the mercy of the evil king of Westland, in great peril, and with no hope for escape, Thomas faces an impossible test for survival. Book Three caps this award-winning trilogy with a danger-ridden triple quest: save Thomas, redeem a lost people, and reverse the land’s painful slide toward destruction. Can help be found in a mythical cave at the far edge of the world? Whispered legends speak of a ferocious tribe, fearsome obstacles, and fabled treasure. Join Thomas and his companions under an uneasy truce, risking all to seek the source of redemption—the Cavern of Promise—in a journey that could bring deliverance . . . or doom.


  • Series: Giants in the Land
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Deep River Books (June 25, 2015)
  •  Cost: $15.99
  • Kindle: $4.99



About the Author: Clark Burbidge’s path to becoming an award winning author had distant beginnings. He received an MBA degree from the University of Southern California and a BS Degree in finance from the University of Utah. His career spans 31 years in banking, project finance, investment banking and more recently as Chief Financial Officer of three separate companies.

He has been actively involved in community and church service, including lay youth and adult ministry, for over 35 years. It has been his long-term dream to write and publish several works that have been kicking around in his mind for many years. His first book, Life on the Narrow Path: A Mountain Biker’s Guide to Spiritual Growth in Troubled Times was released nationally in March 2011. His second book A Piece of Silver was published in July 2011 and is currently entering its 2nd edition. Clark enjoys life in the foothills of the Rockies with his wife, children and three grandchildren. He looks forward to this next phase of life’s wonderful adventures.




September 2, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blog Tour/Giveaway: A Tale of Light and Shadow, Book 2: Secrets of Neverak. Ends Sept 13th


A Tale of Light and Shadow: Secrets of Neverak

About the Book: Henry Vestin always believed that, despite being a carpenter with no training in swordplay or survival, he could lead Isabelle and his friends to safety. He thought he could defy an emperor and protect Isabelle from harm. He was certain that love and friendship would help them survive.

He was wrong.

The second volume in the Tale of Light and Shadow series follows Henry and his friends after the disastrous battle at the Iron Pass. Horrors await the band of travelers in strange new lands. Crippled and broken, Henry must rely on his friends more than ever. New allies and foes find them at every turn, but which are friendly and which are deadly? Isabelle, now a slave in Neverak, finds herself surrounded by enemies, uncertain about the fate of her friends, and relying on only herself to survive. The Emperor moves forward with his plans of conquest, spurred on by the Seer’s dark prophecy, but he has not forgotten those who defied him.

Return to the world of Atolas, where swords and daggers extend life or end it, where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships, and where magic is feared by all but a few.

About the Author:

  • Series: Tale of Light and Shadow (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing; First Edition edition (July 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609079787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609079789
  • Kindle: $15.19 @amazon
  • Print: $17.09 @amazon
  • Audible: $27.54 @amazon
  • MP3 CD: $44.95 @amazon

A Tale of Light and Shadow by Jacob Gowans

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Giveaway Ends Sept 13th, 2015

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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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Winner is #2 – rajee

August 28, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: Dreamer, Wisher, Liar by Charise Mericle Harper



Dreamer, Wisher, Liar by Charise Mericle Harper

About the Book: When her best friend is moving away and her mom has arranged for some strange little girl to come and stay with them, Ash—who is petrified of change and new people—is expecting the worst summer of her life. Then seven-year-old Claire shows up. Armed with a love of thrift-store clothes and an altogether too-sunny disposition, Claire proceeds to turn Ash’s carefully constructed life upside down.

While every part of Ash’s life seems to be disrupted, she must protect a carefully hidden secret: She has discovered a magical jar in her basement. It’s a wish jar, full of someone’s old wishes—and it has the power to send her back in time and provide a window into another friendship between two girls. Discovering her own connection to the girls’ story shows Ash that her life is full of surprises and friends she never saw coming.


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Cost: $16.99


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My Review: When Ashley found out that her best friend is moving away and was unable to join her at camp. She knew she was going to have a bad summer when her mother arranged for 7 year old Claire to come and stay with them.  She found out that Claire was a demanding little girl, but she went out of her way to help and teach Claire.  While going through her mom’s junk down in the basement, Ashley stumbles upon a magic jar full of wishes. She read out one wish which magically transported her to the past, where she views another friendship between another Ashley and her friend Shue, experiencing their own funny, strange, and painful summer.

While becoming a silent observer into the relationship of these two best friends she learns a few things about herself and friendship along the way.


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





About the Author: Charise Mericle Harper is the author of the Just Grace and Fashion Kitty series and picture books such as Cupcake, Mimi and Lulu, and If Waffles Were Like Boys. She lives with her family in Westchester, New York.



August 26, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Anatomy of a Misfit


Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes


About the Book: In this Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower tale, narrator Anika Dragomir is the third most popular girl at Pound High School. But inside, she knows she’s a freak; she can’t stop thinking about former loner Logan McDonough, who showed up on the first day of tenth grade hotter, bolder, and more mysterious than ever. Logan is fascinating, troubled and off-limits. The Pound High queen bee will make Anika’s life hell if she’s seen with him. So Anika must choose—ignore her feelings and keep her social status? Or follow her heart and risk becoming a pariah. Which will she pick? And what will she think of her choice when an unimaginable tragedy strikes, changing her forever? An absolutely original new voice in YA in a story that will start important conversations—and tear at your heart.

Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut. Readers will ride the highs and lows alongside funny, flawed Anika — from laughter to tears, and everything in between.


  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (September 2, 2014)
  • Cost: $11.24 at Amazon



My Review: I really don’t know what to say about this book as I hate giving bad reviews. So my two stars says enough.


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




About the Author: Andrea Portes is the bestselling novelist of the critically lauded adult novel, Hick. The book was her debut and has since been made into a feature film starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Alec Baldwin, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, and Juliette Lewis. Bury This, her second novel, was published in January 2014 by Soft Skull Press. Anatomy of a Misfit is her third novel, and her first for young adult readers.

Andrea grew up shuffled around between such disparate locales as Nebraska, Brasília, Texas, Rio de Janiero, Baltimore, North Dakota, California, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. Finally, Andrea was granted relief from this nomadic existence when she was accepted to Bryn Mawr College. She attended on full scholarship and later graduated cum laude, with a major in English literature. She then earned her master’s in fine arts degree from UC San Diego.

After her relentless education, Andrea moved to the neighborhood of Echo Park in Los Angeles, where she spent years mostly getting into trouble. It was in this period of vague nothingness that Andrea penned her debut novel, in longhand in three notebooks. Currently, she lives in the neighborhood of Los Feliz, in Los Angeles.

August 26, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Author/Book Spotlight: The Luck Uglies #1 and #2



About the Book: The Luck Uglies is the first in a tween fantasy-adventure trilogy brimming with legends come to life, a charming wit, and a fantastic cast of characters-and is imbued throughout with the magic of storytelling.

Strange things are happening in Village Drowning, and a terrifying encounter has Rye O’Chanter convinced that the monstrous, supposedly extinct Bog Noblins have returned.
Now Rye’s only hope is an exiled secret society so notorious its name can’t be spoken aloud: the Luck Uglies. As Rye dives into Village Drowning’s maze of secrets, rules, and lies, she’ll discover the truth behind the village’s legends of outlaws and beasts…and that it may take a villain to save them from the monsters.

The first in a series, The Luck Uglies is an altogether irresistible cross of Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain, Stefan Bachmann’s The Peculiar, and Chris Healy’s The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, overflowing with adventure, secrets, friendship, and magic.


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Luck Uglies (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 29, 2014)
  • Cost: $16.99









About the Book: It’s not easy being the daughter of the High Chieftain of the Luck Uglies.

Now an insidious new lawman in Drowning has declared Rye an outlaw, and she’s stuck on the strange and remote Isle of Pest. But the island quickly feels much less remote when the battle to control the future of the Luck Uglies moves to its shores.

To defeat the Luck Uglies’ bitterest rivals, Rye must defy a deranged earl, survive a test meant to judge the grit of the fiercest men–and uncover some long-buried family secrets. And when Rye leads the charge to defend the island, she and her friends will meet an eerily familiar enemy.


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Luck Uglies (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (March 17, 2015)
  • Cost: $16.99







About the Author: Paul Durham was raised in Massachusetts and attended college and law school in Boston. He now lives in New Hampshire with his wife, two daughters, and an enormous, bushy creature the local animal shelter identified as a cat. He writes in an abandoned chicken coop at the edge of a swamp and keeps a tiny porcelain frog in his pocket for good luck.

August 26, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


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