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Kindle Edition Giveaway. Storm and Silence (Storm and Silence Series Book 1)


About the Book: Freedom – that is what Lilly Linton wants most in life. Not marriage, not a brood of squalling brats, and certainly not love, thank you very much!

But freedom is a rare commodity in 19th-century London, where girls are expected to spend their lives sitting at home, fully occupied with looking pretty. Lilly is at her wits’ end – until a chance encounter with a dark, dangerous and powerful stranger changes her life forever…

Enter the world of Mr Rikkard Ambrose, where the only rule is: Knowledge is power is time is money



Recently won a People’s Choice Award in the Wattys 2015, the world’s biggest online writing contest.



  • File Size: 2224 KB
  • Print Length: 885 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Robert Thier; 1 edition (March 19, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2016





Robert Thier is a German Historian and writer of Historical Fiction. His particular mix of history, romance and adventure, always with a good deal of humor thrown in, has gained him a diverse readership ranging from teenagers to retired grandmothers. For the way he manages to make history come alive, as if he himself had lived as a medieval knight, his fans all over the world have given him the nickname “Sir Rob”.

For him, Robert says, becoming a writer has followed naturally from his interest in history. “In Germany,” he says, “we use the same word for story and history. And I’ve always loved the one as much as the other. Becoming a storyteller, a writer, is what I’ve always wanted.”



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March 17, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Ellie’s Best Beach Vacation Ever and Ellie Goes Back to School. Ends March 31



About the Book: Ellie the elephant and Pudgy the penguin are stuffed animals…and the best of friends. They have been on many adventures together, like moving to a new neighborhood, flying on an airplane, visiting animal friends and relatives at a zoo, going back to school together to meet new teachers and learn—and now they get to enjoy a summer adventure on a wonderful beach vacation!

The excitement mounts as Ellie and Pudgy pack their beach balls and sunglasses and jump in the car for the game-filled drive to the coast.

Once they arrive, Ellie and Pudgy head straight for the beach to dig in the warm sand, swim in the sparkly blue ocean, and see lots of colorful fish. Then they head out for an afternoon packed full of fun!

Join in the adventure as these best friends share many new experiences while on their special beach vacation—traveling to a new place, trying new activities, riding bikes, enjoying a froggie lunch and sweet treats, swimming, building the biggest sandcastle ever, visiting an un-butterfly garden and much more as they spend a sunny day outside and explore this special beach town!!her-book/c1nwt


Publisher: Pacochel Press
Publish date: January 2016
Page count: 35
Price: $8.99


My Review:  It was interesting to see that toys are used to tell this story with real photographs of places visited by Ellie and Pudgy.

Follow Ellie and Pudgy as they take a trip to the beach, bookstore and the playground. They could not believe how white the sand was and how beautiful the water was with the color blue and green. They love to build things with sand like sand castle, but each on its own love different things. While Ellie loves to swim Pudgy loves to snorkel in the ocean as it was fun seeing the fishes.

Children loves stuffed animals and to see them play a part in this story will be an interesting read for them.



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




Also, read Ellie Goes Back to School.




About the Book: The third installment of an award-winning children’s series, The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant: Ellie Goes to School follows the charming plush toy and her best friend, Pudgy the Penguin, as they brave their latest exploratory journey—elementary school.

Having recently moved, Ellie is worried about her first day at a new school. But, encouraged by the presence of her trusted penguin sidekick, the little elephant decides to view the next few hours as just another buddy adventure packed with exciting surprises.

Throughout the day, Ellie and Pudgy meet the classroom pets, take a trip to the library, discover interesting instruments in music class, and so much more. They even learn a valuable lesson about friendship when they encounter a lonely student at recess. By the end of the day, the two best friends can’t wait to return to school the next morning!

Filled with delightful, real-life pictures of the plush elephant and penguin duo, Ellie Goes Back to School helps kids see that school is a safe place and learning is a fun adventure.

Paperback: 34 pages


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As a working mother of four children, Marci Fair was inspired to share the hard-earned wisdom she gained from juggling work and motherhood for over twenty years. This labor of love resulted in her award winning book “TILT-7 Solutions To Be A Guilt-free Working Mom.” She teaches us that “Balance is impossible; memories are better.”

In addition, Marci and her twelve year old daughter Elle are writing an adventure series of books about Elle’s two favorite stuffed animals, Ellie the Elephant and Pudgy the Penguin. Their award winning series has been on the Amazon Best Seller lists as it shares imagination, creativity and adventure with its young audience.

Along with a professional career, Marci also founded Kares 4 Kids (, which has served over 24,000 children in need since 2005.



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March 16, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight: The Alchemy of Reality. A short story collection



“The Alchemy of Reality,” by Andy Echevarriais a collection of ten short stories in the suspense genre.

Join us on the ride through a kaleidoscope of mystery and intrigue. In these ten tales of suspense, the lines between fact and reality blur, challenging one’s notions of everyday life. Eerie, poignant, and at times inspiring, this collection of never-before-seen stories will transport you to a world where the supernatural abounds alongside the banal, and nothing is what it seems…


TAXI: Michelle looks on with horror during her work break at the yellow taxi that rides along the street—the same one from the day before. She cannot shake the unease she’d felt during the ride home. Just who is the mysterious driver? And why had he targeted her?


CRYSTAL BALL: Nathan had always wanted the shiny crystal ball that he’d seen at the window-shop the week before while with his mother. She promises to get him the ball…but on one condition. Would you be able to keep his promise? Is this crystal ball somehow magical? Perhaps, there’s more to it than meets the eye…


THE MAGICIAN: Jack was—and is still—known as the most gifted magician in the entire Midwest. But a car accident left him with only one arm, and he struggles to regain the talent he once had. Then he meets a figure who promises to make his career great again…at a price.


DEAD ASLEEP: Beset by nightmares, Susan consults her doctor, who recommends she try lucid dreaming. At first it seems like a good idea, but then the lines of reality become blurred and the world around her unravels around her… It will soon be a decision she regrets…


DO NOT TRESPASS: Dolan is driving home after his grandmother’s funeral. It would be the strangest ride ever…maybe even his last… The question he keeps asking is, Am I alive? Did I perhaps die? For soon, along this particular road, he will arrive at the crossroads of life and death, where he will be forced to question his own sanity, and try to unravel the mystery of his own existence. 


BLACK EAGLE: Larry has been taking care of his wife, who’s stricken with cancer, for the past three years. Sometimes, he sees a black eagle hovering over the sky on nights that he spends with her beside her, near what will ultimately become her deathbed. Is there a deeper meaning to the bird? What hope is there in these final days of life for his beloved, if any?

ELEVATOR: Ryan is unable to shake from his memory the awful encounter with the ghost the night before. Now, as he rides up the elevator on the way to work, he believes the ghost has come back to haunt him. Or, could this all be a dream?


THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR: The elevator is out of service, and Tim is forced to endure a climb of thirteen flights to his apartment. Unfortunately for Tim, a lot of things can happen on the way up…as he comes face to face with evil for the first time in long time. Soon he will learn that sometimes the ghosts of yester just never die…


THE BRONX IS BURNING: 1979’s New York: A rash of fires haunts the Big Apple. In the borough of the Bronx, one citizen has his own theory about the recent burning down of several edifices. But, as will soon be discovered, the fire starter isn’t your usual criminal—with motives that are, ultimately, for the good of the city.


WUNDERKIND: An eleven-year-old chess genius has plans to become the world’s strongest player for his age group as he enters the 3rd Annual Junior Tournament. He gets more than he bargained for when he meets his long-lost brother and the mother he’d never known.

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  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publication Date: January 4, 2016



About the Author: My work has been featured with The Horror Zine, SNM, and Aphelion, among other publications and e-zines, and in various anthologies. My main interest as a writer is in the horror and thriller genre, though I am a huge fan of humor, and some of my stories often have comedic elements. When I’m not writing, I enjoy old-time radio plays, nature, as well as exploring the nooks and crannies of the many diverse neighborhoods of my native—born and raised—New York City.

March 1, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book/Author Spotlight: The Magic Thief: Home


The fourth book in the acclaimed Magic Thief series finds Conn back where he started—accused of being a thief. Filled with magic and wonder, The Magic Thief: Home transports readers to a land where a wizard’s apprentice must battle both his enemies and his past to protect the world he knows.

About the Book: Despite successfully securing a balance between the competing magics of Wellmet, Conn is not happy. Duchess Rowan has promoted him to ducal magister, but the other wizards see him only as a thief. But something sinister is brewing, as magicians’ locus stones are being stolen and magical spells are going awry. As Conn faces old enemies and powerful magical forces, is he strong enough to save the city he calls home?

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Cost: $17.99



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About the Author: I’m a writer living in rural Iowa with a mad scientist husband, two kids, two dogs, two cats, chickens, and a bunch of goats.

My main thing is writing—I love to write, and talk about writing, and write emails to other writers. And reading. I read a lot. Mostly fantasy, but also romance and regular fiction.

I live on 40 acres out in the countryside, and I’m working to restore the woods and prairie. So basically I’m either writing or I’m outside working on the land, canoeing around our lake, hiking, or gardening. Or wrangling goats.





March 1, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Author/Book Spotlight: The Scavengers


The Scavengers by Michael Perry

About the Book: Holes meets The City of Ember in this imaginative, captivating, and humorous middle grade novel from New York Times bestselling adult author Michael Perry.

When the world started to fall apart, the government gave everyone two choices: move into the Bubble Cities…or take their chances outside. Twelve-year-old Maggie and her family chose the latter. They live in the world that was left behind.

Deciding it’s time to grow up and grow tough, Maggie rechristens herself “Ford Falcon”—a name taken from the beat-up car she finds at a nearby junkyard. This is where Ford’s family goes to scavenge for things they can use and barter with. Thus far, they have been able to survive this brave new world by working together. But when Ford returns one day to discover her home ransacked and her family missing, she must find the strength to survive on her own and rescue her loved ones.

This wholly original tween novel combines a page-turning adventure, heartfelt family story, and triumphant journey of self-discovery. With Scavengers, Michael Perry achieves the perfect mix of humor and heart in a world where one person’s junk is another person’s key to survival.

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (September 2, 2014)
  • Cost: $6.99 Paperback


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About the Author: Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin.

Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom. Raised on a small Midwestern dairy farm, Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a ranch in Wyoming, then wound up writing by happy accident. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an amateur pig farmer. He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds (currently recording their third album for Amble Down Records). He has recorded three live humor albums including Never Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow and The Clodhopper Monologues, is currently finishing his first young adult novel, and can be found online at



February 24, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Good Person! Ends March 5th

When I grow up

Book Review: Blake and Brendan would do almost anything to get out of going to Mr. Becket’s funeral. It will be boring and sad-and dead people are scary! There might even be ghosts! But Mom and Dad insist. Mr. Becket was a good person, and it is right to gather with his family and friends to remember him and all the good things he did. So what’s so good about remembering a dead person? A lot. Readers learn with Blake and Brendan what it means to be a good person and all the ways a good person makes a difference in people’s lives, even long after they’re gone.


  • Series: When I Grow Up…
  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Cost: $10.95


My Review: After their mom insisted that they go with them to attend Mr. Becket’s funeral, Blake and Brendan found out how important Mr. Becket was to the people and the community.

They learnt how Mr. Becket cared for those who could not stand up for themselves. That he mentor young men, coach different sports, he taught kids how to deal with winning and losing and how to do both gracefully. The boys also learnt that Mr. Becket not only helped people but animals too. They notice that Mr. Becket was liked a lot. They wonder if they can be as good a person as Mr. Becket when they grow up.

This is an inspirational book for children to learn how to be responsible in learning how to help others. The illustrations are bright and bold which helps tell the story.

At the end of the story is a short story about The Elephant and the Blind Man.


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


About the Publishing Company: Wigu Publishing is a collaboration among talented and creative individuals working together to publish informative and fun books for our children. Our titles serve to introduce children to the people in their communities who serve others through their vocations. Wigu’s books are unique in that they help our children to visualize the abundant opportunities that exist for them to be successful and to make a difference. Our goal is to inspire the great leaders and thinkers of tomorrow.

Wigu’s newly released children’s book series, When I Grow Up…, features vocations many children dream about – a firefighter, a teacher, a soldier, a doctor – all combining engaging elements of storytelling with real world facts and information. Both educational and fun, the fully illustrated book series takes its readers on a journey of discovery, exploring how one finds their career, learns the necessary skills, and how they excel and grow within their chosen field.


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February 22, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: Poptropica. Mystery of the Map.



About the Book: Based on a concept by Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney comes Poptropica, a brand-new graphic novel adventure series by Jack Chabert and Kory Merritt. In “Mystery of the Map,” Oliver, Mya, and Jorge take a ride in a hot-air balloon, only to crash-land on an unknown island filled with extinct animals and a horde of angry Vikings. Welcome to Poptropica, an uncharted group of islands whose existence is hidden from the rest of the world. As the three friends embark on a perilous search for a way home, they quickly discover the shocking reason they were brought there something that threatens the very existence of Poptropica and their ability to ever make it off the island!”

  • Age Range: 6 – 9 years
  • Series: Poptropica (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Amulet Books (March 1, 2016)
  • Cost: $9.95



My Review: In this graphic novel, Oliver, Mya, and Jorge takes a ride in a hot air balloon. When the weather became cloudy Captain Octavian was ordered to bring the balloon down. But he had other plans of his own and decided to fly direct into the storm. The balloon flew them close to an island and the kids demanded to know what happened as they were about to crash. Oliver and Jorge loose their balance and fell out of the balloon, while Mya held on to Octavian’s bag which snapped as she fell out of the balloon.

As the kids explore the islands they found Dodo birds that has been extinct since the 1600s and also a  Viking ship, but there’s no such thing as Vikings anymore said Mya.  They need to find shelter and food. They found a map (belonging to Octavian, which fell out of the balloon when Mya held on to his bag) and notice that the letters on the map moves and also beep. This map can help them find shelter and maybe the way home. Unfortunately, they were held hostage by angry Vikings until they were able to escape.

Interesting book kids will enjoy reading. Find out what happened to Octavian and why he decided to fly the hot air balloon to the islands. And did Oliver, Mya, and Jorge able to get off the island? Find out in book #2. Unlike the Wimpy Kid Books, this book comes in full color with great illustrations by Kory Merritt.



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



About the Author: The author of more than twenty books for children, including the Galactic Hot Dogs and The Last Kids on Earth middle-grade series. He lives in New York City with his wife, Alyse.

February 16, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: Shimmer the Glowworm. Finds Her Glow.



About the Book: Shimmer the glowworm has a low glow and goes on an inspirational journey to find it. She discovers along the way that helping others find their glow is what makes her glow show and the ME TREE she lives in reflected that all along.


  • Hardcover: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Treasures (September 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 099084630X
  • Cost: 19.99 Hardcover






My Review: Shimmer the glowworm lives in a cave, in a Me Tree in Woodland. She will watch as other glowworms show their glow. They dance to the sound of crickets and play games. But Shimmer wouldn’t join them as she had a low glow. So she decided to go on a journey to find her glow.

On her journey, she met Ollie the Owl, and told him about having a low glow and that she was on a journey to find it. Ollie tells her that the answer may be inside of her. Shimmer told Ollie that he was wise and has a lot of wisdom. The Owl sat up straight, fluffed his feathers and said to Shimmer that he does have a lot of ideas and would like to help others. He was happy and notice that Shimmer glow has started to glow. “It is?” asked Shimmer. “It is,” said Ollie. He said goodbye and flew off. As she continues her journey she came across and helped Crayon the Chameleon, Kiki the Kangaroo, Scout the Raccoon, and each time her glow became brighter. She decided to go back to Woodland and see the other glowworms and tell them about her journey. The closer she got the brighter she got and glowed in every color. They were so happy to see her and they followed her back to her tree and she saw that the leaves had words on them that said, wisdom, color, bounce, curiosity, love and lot more words. The Me Tree reflected all the things that she had learned on her journey helping those she met along the way.

I enjoyed reading this book and everyone should have a copy for their young ones. Let them know that they have wisdom, color, bounce, curiosity, love and lot more inside them. This book also encourage children to help others which in turn should make them happy. The illustrations by Natalie Kelly helps tell the story with very strong and bold beautiful colors.


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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February 8, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Spotlight: The History Major



About the Book: After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can’t quite put her finger on it. She’s sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she’s registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her. Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?


  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1518893791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1518893797
  • Cost: $10.99 @amazon


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January 26, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review: If You Were Me and Lived in Italy.


If You Were Me and Lived in Italy. A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World by Carole P. Roman, illustrated by Kelsea Wierenga


About the Book: Join Carole P. Roman as she visits the Republic of Italy. Learn what it is like to live in Rome, see the famous architecture, celebrate a favorite holiday and discover popular names for both boys and girls. Be fascinated with it’s diverse and rich history and colorful traditions. On the way, you might learn a word or two in Italian!


Pages: 30

Cost: $9.99

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My Review: We are taking a trip to Italy. This book gives readers an inside into the culture of Italy. Known in ancient times as the home of the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire stretched over almost 48 modern day countries.

Do you know that Rome was founded by Emperor Romulus in the year 753 BC? Making it one of the oldest city in Europe.

It was interesting to read that Rome is the only city in the world that has another country inside its borders, the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church which is considered as an independent state, has its capital as the Vatican City.

Learn about their currency the Euro, food and one of the most famous places in Italy, the Coliseum. Is it the largest Amphitheatre in the world built with ancient concrete and stones, and sit 5,000 to 8,000 people. The Coliseum was famous for public events like the Gladiators fights.

With only 30 pages the author did her best to give readers a lot of information including 3 pages of  pronunciation guide. I highly 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.



January 25, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


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