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Book/Author Spotlight: The Naughty List


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About the Book: When Bobbie’s hilariously bumbling efforts to save her brother’s Christmas actually land him on Santa’s Naughty List, she must travel to the North Pole to make things right again and save Christmas. Bobbie suddenly finds herself on an epic holiday adventure complete with rogue elves, dysfunctional reindeer, a lazy Santa, and more.

Fans of the Big Nate and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will love this laugh-out-loud funny Christmas adventure packed with comic illustrations.

 

 

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24331458-the-naughty-list?from_search=true

 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Naughty-List-Michael-Fry/dp/0062354752/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

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About the Author: Michael Fry has been a cartoonist/writer/entrepreneur for over 30 years.

In addition to The Odd Squad middle grade series of illustrated novels for Disney/Hyperion, Fry has created or co/created four international syndicated comic strips including Over the Hedge which runs in over 150 papers worldwide. Over the Hedge was nominated for Best Comic Strip in 2006 by the National Cartoonist Society Rueben Awards. The strip can be seen at http://www.gocomics.com/overthehedge.

Over the Hedge inspired the 2006 hit DreamWorks Animation feature animated film that grossed over $336 million dollars in worldwide box office. The film featured the lead voices of Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling and Steve Carell. The film originated at Fox where I co-wrote the screenplay.

Another comic, Committed, was produced into a prime time animated series by Nelvana. It debuted on CTV in Canada in 2001 and later on the WE Network domestically. Committed featured the lead voices of Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy and Dave Foley. It has appeared in over 30 countries around the world. I was the Executive Producer.

He is also the co-founder and President of RingTales, a new media company that animates print comics for all digital media. RingTales produces short (15-30 second) ad-supported animations for the web, mobile and portable digital devices. RingTales has the exclusive rights to animate Dilbert, The New Yorker cartoons, Over the Hedge, Pearls Before Swine and many other popular properties. RingTales has produced over 1000 animations that have been viewed over 260 million times since 2007. Most can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/ringtales.

Fry writes and draws from his studio in the Hill Country near Austin, Texas where he lives with his wife, Kim, their dog, Jack and several shrub-eating cows.

 

December 3, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Moo a novel


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About the Book: Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow.

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora.

This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.  http://www.sharoncreech.com/books

 

 

 

Book Reviews: check goodreads

https://www.amazon.com/Moo-Novel-Sharon-Creech/dp/0062415247/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1480796284&sr=1-3

 

 

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About the Author: I was born in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and grew up there with my noisy and rowdy family: my parents (Ann and Arvel), my sister (Sandy), and my three brothers (Dennis, Doug and Tom).
For a fictional view of what it was like growing up in my family, see Absolutely Normal Chaos. (In that book, the brothers even have the same names as my own brothers.) Our house was not only full of us Creeches, but also full of friends and visiting relatives.
In the summer, we usually took a trip, all of us piled in a car and heading out to Wisconsin or Michigan or, once, to Idaho. We must have been a very noisy bunch, and I’m not sure how our parents put up with being cooped up with us in the car for those trips. The five-day trip out to Idaho when I was twelve had a powerful effect on me: what a huge and amazing country! I had no idea then that thirty-some years later, I would recreate that trip in a book called Walk Two Moons.
One other place we often visited was Quincy, Kentucky, where my cousins lived (and still live) on a beautiful farm, with hills and trees and swimming hole and barn and hayloft. We were outside running in those hills all day long, and at night we’d gather on the porch where more stories would be told. I loved Quincy so much that it has found its way into many of my books–transformed into Bybanks, Kentucky. Bybanks appears in Walk Two Moons and Chasing Redbird and Bloomability. Bybanks also makes a brief appearance (by reference, but not by name) in The Wanderer. To read more visit her website http://www.sharoncreech.com/meet-sharon-creech

 

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December 3, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight: Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog


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About the Book: From a compelling new voice in middle grade comes a reimagination of The Odyssey told from the point of view of Odysseus’s loyal dog—a thrilling tale of loyalty, determination, and adventure.

For twenty years, the great hero Odysseus struggles to return to Ithaka. After ten years beneath the walls of Troy, he begins the long journey back home. He defeats monsters. He outsmarts the Cyclops. He battles the gods. He struggles to survive and do whatever it takes to reunite with his family.

And what of that family—his devoted wife, Penelope; his young son, Telemachos; his dog, Argos? For those twenty years, they wait, unsure if they will ever see Odysseus again. But Argos has found a way to track his master. Any animal who sets foot or wing on Ithaka brings him news of Odysseus’s voyage—and hope that one day his master will return. Meanwhile, Argos watches over his master’s family and protects them from the dangers that surround a throne without its king. http://ralphhardyfiction.com/books/

 

 

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26244566-argos?from_search=true

https://www.amazon.com/Argos-Story-Odysseus-Told-Loyal/dp/0062396781/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

About the Author: Ralph Hardy graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in English and received his MFA from Columbia College, Chicago. He now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife and children and a dog named Harvey, who is nothing like Argos. He is the author of The Cheetah Diaries, Lefty, and a number of short stories. http://ralphhardyfiction.com/author/

 

 

 

December 3, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book/Author Spotlight. Giveaway: The Whizbang Machine. Ends Dec 5th


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About the Book: After years of running from his tragic past, Jack Yale
books a flight home. With him is a typewriter that is intended to be a gift for his granddaughter, Elizabeth. The minute Elizabeth’s fingers cradle the large black and cream keys the machine responses: popping, sizzling, and roaring to life with a Whiz-Whiz-BANG! Elizabeth quickly discovers the typewriter has powers beyond anything she has ever seen. The more she types, the more the machine spells out guarded secrets that need to be revealed in order to set history straight and remove a curse that has been on their family for centuries. To solve the mystery, Elizabeth Yale, alongside Jack, will have to crack the code of the Whizbang Machine. What they find challenges their most basic assumptions of their family, the history of the typewriter, and even Elizabeth’s father’s death. The ultimate goal is to remove the curse. The question is: will Jack and Elizabeth be able to carry out their mission? http://authordanielleavann.com/books/

 

 

 

Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28591745-the-whizbang-machine?ac=1&from_search=true

 

https://www.amazon.com/Whizbang-Machine-Danielle-Vann/dp/1943847924/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

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About the Author: Danielle A. Vann grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As the only child, she loved to write stories and create wild characters. That love of writing sparked her career in journalism. Her career as a news reporter and anchor earned her an Associate Press Award.  Her book genres span a wide-range from children’s books, fiction, and now non-fiction. Danielle is the author of Gracie Lou and the Bad Dream Eater, The Very Tall Tale of Ranger, the Great Pyrenees and his Adorable Friend, Miss Keys, The Whizbang Machine and the Whizbang series. http://authordanielleavann.com/bio/

 

http://authordanielleavann.com/

https://www.facebook.com/authorDanielleA.Vann/

 

 

 

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November 15, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Thank You Giveaway: $200 VIP Club Card. Ends Nov 30th


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Thank You Readers for visiting my blog and taking part in the giveaways. As a thank you, I’m going to give 3 lucky winners $200 VIP Club Card to use toward their trip.

Do you love to travel, are you planning a trip?

Time to save money with Good Life USA VIP Club Card.

 

 

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November 5, 2016 Posted by | Free Giveaways, What's New | , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Book Spotlight/Giveaway: #BabyLove: My Toddler Life. Ends Nov 19th


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About the Book: In #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, a new children’s picture book by Corine Dehghanpisheh, a curious toddler loves to play… especially with his mommy’s smartphone!

When Mommy finds him using her phone without permission, it’s the perfect teaching moment.  Mommy reminds her little one that what matters most in life is time together filled with love and attention.

Her simple reminder:  Put down our phones.

#BabyLove: My Toddler Life is the second book in Corine’s #BabyLove Book Series.  The first book in the series, #BabyLove: My Social Life, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Picture Books 0-5. http://www.booksbycorined.com/babylove-my-toddler-life/

 

 

  • Series: #BabyLove
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: My Art to Inspire (September 20, 2016)
  • Paperback Retail $12.95
  • Hardcover Retail: $24.00
  • E-book: $5.99

 

 

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32181975-babylove?ac=1&from_search=true

 

https://www.amazon.com/BabyLove-My-Toddler-Life-ebook/dp/B01LWR4O2O/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

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November 2, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Book Spotlight: Ellie’s Fun Day at the Farm: The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant, Volume 5


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About the Book: Join Ellie the Elephant and her friend, Pudgy the Penguin, on a fun visit to the farm in this delightful children’s book cowritten by author Marci Fair and her twelve-year-old daughter Elle.

Ellie and Pudgy—characters based on Elle’s two favorite stuffed animals—have had many grand adventures. Now, in the fifth installment of the Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant series, the duo decides to take a look at the origins of the food they eat every day.

This decision takes them to a farm and garden where they get a chance to ride on a big red tractor, feed a bottle to a baby goat, sit on eggs to keep them warm, and take part in many other hands-on experiences that will delight both children and parents. Readers will learn about different types of farm-grown food, as well as meet many friendly, real animals.

At the end of the day, Ellie and Pudgy settle in for a snack made from all the different foods they found at the farm. Their unbreakable friendship and sense of adventure are sure to encourage young readers to use their imaginations when it comes to their own favorite stuffed animals!

http://www.marcifair.com/her-book

 

 

  • Age Range: 2 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 5
  • Series: The Amazing Adventures of Ellie The Elephant (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Pacochel Press (April 26, 2016)
  • Cost: $8.99

 

 

Book Reviews: https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Adventures-Ellie-Elephant-Ellies/dp/099636353X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

 

November 1, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight. Giveaway: The Rootlets: Trouble at Plantasy Land. Ends Nov 7th


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About the Book: The Rootlets: Trouble at Plantasy Land

In the second book of The Rootlets series, fans of the award-winning, Super Rootabilities, will rejoin Brocc, Carrotina, Cornelius and Kaley on their first superhero adventure!

It’s opening day at Mr. Fungo Fungi’s magnificent amusement park, Plantasy Land…and The Rootlets couldn’t be more excited! With special surprises and newly sprouted rides, this is sure to be the greatest day ever! But when The Rootlets arrive at the park, they realize that something is terribly wrong…Plantasy Land is in trouble! Someone – or something – is destroying the park. Could it be The Great Zucchini – Mr. Fungi’s new magician? Or could there be an even greater danger lurking beyond the park? Most of all, can The Rootlets trust their new super rootabilities to help them save their favorite place on the planet? http://vickimarquez.com/the-rootlets/

 

 

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About the Author: Vicki Marquez is a certified health coach, plant-based chef, author and TV personality whose passion for living a healthy, vibrant life has become her mission to help others do the same.

After earning her degree in nutrition and health science, Vicki continued her wellness education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she studied over 100 dietary theories with the world’s leading nutrition and holistic health experts. Vicki went on to receive her culinary education and training at Rouxbe Cooking School where she earned her plant-based chef certification.

In 2013, Vicki launched Inner Figure – her health coaching practice that offers one-on-one lifestyle coaching, robust corporate wellness programs and a monthly plant-based cooking club all built around her philosophy to “live healthy from the inside out.”

As Inner Figure’s client base grew, so did Vicki’s desire to help inspire and empower children to make healthier choices. From this inspiration, The Rootlets were born: four veggie-haired, cartoon superheroes on a quest to promote good nutrition by making veggies fun and exciting. Vicki launched The Rootlets, LLC, and authored the first book in her series, The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities, in October 2014.

To read more  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13615291.Vicki_Marquez

Find her at: www.vickimarquez.com or www.therootlets.com and on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/TheRootlets
https://www.facebook.com/InnerFIGure

 

 

 

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October 18, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Book Review: God Made the Sun and God Made the Moon.


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God Made The Sun by Dr. Mary Manz Simon, illustrated by Lizzie Walkley

About the Book: God Made the Sun is a celebration of God’s gift of daytime to the world. Beginning with the first rays of sunlight and moving through the day, this book reminds little ones that God’s love shines on us just as the sun shines on the earth. With its lyrical rhythm, sweet illustrations, and novelty diecut feature, the book will serve as a welcome reminder of God’s presence in our lives.

 

 

  • Age Range: 2 – 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: WorthyKids/Ideals; Brdbk edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Cost: $7.99

 

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God Made the Moon by Dr. Mary Manz Simon and illustrated by Lizzie Walkley

About the Book: God Made the Moon is a celebration of God’s gift of nighttime to the world. Beginning with the first sleepy yawn and ending with a bedtime prayer, this book reminds little ones that God’s love shines on us just as the moon shines on the earth. With its lyrical rhythm, sweet illustrations, and novelty die-cut feature, the book will be a welcome addition to any child’s bedtime rituals.

 

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Age Range: 2 – 4 years
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: WorthyKids/Ideals; Brdbk edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Cost: $7.99

 

 

My Review: The rhyming story shows the joy on a child’s face when they wake up in the morning to see the Sun outside their window. Its another day for them to come out and play with their friends. Splash and play in the puddles, looking cool by dressing up looking like a movie star, skipping, playing peek-a-boo. And when the weather is hot, they head to the pool to cool off. They find time to sit outside to have lunch. And when the Sun starts to slide down, they look forward to seeing the Moon.

While the Moon smile on the earth giving it light at night. The kids watch as the lightning bugs blink off and on like flashlights and crickets chirping. They know its time for bed when the Moon is out. Time for them to be thankful to God for all that happened throughout their day.

These are great books from the author who writes about the age appropriate biblical concepts that are woven around the recurring theme of how God loves and watches over us.  These books makes a perfect bedtime story for young kids. The illustrator captured each scene wonderfully with bold and bright colors. A must for your home library for kids.

 

 

 

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.

October 15, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: Hail to the Chief. Ends Oct 31st


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Hail to the Chief by author Callista Gingrich, illustrated by Susan Arciero

 

About the Book: Ellis the Elephant is back, and he’s headed to the White House! In Hail to the Chief, the sixth in Callista Gingrich’s New York Times bestselling series, Ellis meets some of America’s greatest presidents and discovers how they have led our country throughout American history.

In preceding books, including Sweet Land of Liberty, Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, Yankee Doodle Dandy, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Christmas in America, Ellis learns about the pivotal moments that have shaped our nation. Now, in Hail to the Chief, this adorable pachyderm explores the fascinating lives of those who have held the nation’s highest office.

Authored by Callista Gingrich and illustrated by Susan Arciero, Hail to the Chief will delight young and old alike with a glimpse of the leaders who helped make America an exceptional nation. http://ellistheelephant.com/

 

 

 

  • Age Range: 4 – 9 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 4
  • Series: Ellis the Elephant
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Kids (October 11, 2016)
  • Cost: $11.51 @ amazon

 

 

My Review: Ellis the Elephant goes back in time to learn about how the past US presidents governed a vast nation. Learning about how George Washington led the Revolutionary War and sworn in as the first president, pledging to serve and defend freedom. Ellis also learn about Thomas Jefferson the founding father who wrote the declaration of independence. James Madison known as the father of the Constitution.  Ellis learned about Andrew Jackson known as a war hero, Abraham Lincoln known as the president who presided over a nation that was in crisis and divided by the fighting over slavery. Theodore Roosevelt who preserved the best lands by setting aside millions of acres of lands.  Ellis went on to learn about many more presidents and their achievements. From George Washington to Barack Obama, he learned how each of them accepted a great responsibility, and done the job to the best of their ability.

What a great way for children and adults to learn about the past and present American presidents and their achievements. The last few pages of the book gives a list of all the US presidents, the year they governed and short history. The illustrations by Susan Arciero are vibrant, bold and colorful which helps sell the story.

Hail to the Chief is a part of the bestselling Ellis the Elephant series.

 

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

 

 

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About the Author: Callista Gingrich is the president of Gingrich Productions. She and her husband, Newt, host and produce documentary films. Recent films include The First American, Divine Mercy, A City Upon A Hill, America at Risk, and Nine Days that Changed the World. Mrs. Gingrich is the author of the New York Times bestselling children’s series featuring Ellis the Elephant. Recent books include Hail to the Chief, Christmas in America, From Sea to Shining Sea, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Land of the Pilgrims Pride, and Sweet Land of Liberty. She is also the co-author of Rediscovering God in America and Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny.  Mrs. Gingrich is the voice for several audio books, including A Nation Like No Other and To Save America. An avid musician, Mrs. Gingrich sings in the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and plays French horn with the City of Fairfax Band in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also the president of the Gingrich Foundation, a charitable nonprofit corporation. Mrs. Gingrich resides in McLean, Virginia, with her husband, Newt Gingrich.  http://www.gingrichproductions.com/

 

 

About the Illustrator: Susan Arciero is an award-winning illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Hail to the Chief, Christmas in America, From Sea to Shining Sea, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Land of the Pilgrims Pride, Sweet Land of Liberty, Nat, Nat, the Nantucket Cat, and Cornelius Vandermouse: The Pride of Newport. Growing up in Massachusetts and traveling the world as a member of a military family, Susan lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina, with her husband, three children, and two Bassett Hounds.

 

 

 

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Winner is #4 – Linda Herold

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 11, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

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