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Christmas Book Spotlight/Giveaway: Santa Claus vs The Aliens. Ends Jan 18th


Santa Claus vs The Aliens

Santa Claus vs The Aliens by James Cardona

 About the Book: When Edwin cuts his finger, dripping a few drops of blood onto a bone-colored tracking device he becomes a target of a group of aliens that think he holds the secret to the human race’s defeat. The only person who seems to know what to do is a fat man wearing a Santa Claus suit and he somehow seems to know just a little too much. Who is he and why does he know so much? Where did the aliens come from and what are they after? Can a Fourteen year old wandering the cold, empty streets of Manhattan late on Christmas Eve and an odd character dressed as Santa Claus stop the aliens, save the planet and discover the true meaning of Christmas?

 

Book Reviewhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23453140-santa-claus-vs-the-aliens?from_search=true

 

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: SJI; 1st edition (June 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985028467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985028466
  • Cost:  $6.99

Books by author – http://www.jamescardona.com/All.html

 

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About the Author: James Cardona received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Delaware with a minor in Religious Studies.
He enjoys all things creative including the typical things such as drawing, painting, music and creative writing; and the not-so-typical such as building robots and writing computer code.
James has written five books and is planning on writing many, many more.
He also loves tinkering with computers, electronics and building robots and is a mentor for FIRST Robotics FRC Team 316.
James also helps organize and run the PSEG Salem County Math Showcase which he created back in the year 2000, a math competition for students from grades four through eight, typically attended each year by approximately 500-600 students.  http://www.jamescardona.com/james_cardona_bio.html

 

 

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December 24, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book Spotlight/Giveaway: Tommy Black and the Staff of Light. Ends Dec 23rd


Jake Kerr

About the Book: For fourteen-year-old Tommy Black, nothing is worse than being raised by an overprotective grandfather in the city that never sleeps. That is until his grandfather is captured by magical creatures and Tommy has to save him with his family’s magical staff.

That wouldn’t be so bad, but the only magic he can do with the staff is weak–making light. What the heck can you do with light?

Tommy finds out as he fights golems, shadow creatures, and djinn in a journey that features a magical river, an enchanted train, and an illusionary fortress. But the worst part of all? Tommy has to save his grandfather with the help of Naomi, a girl whose talent with magic is only rivaled by her ability to hurl insults.  http://www.tommyblackseries.com/

Pages: 400

MG/YA novel

For reviews visit amazon.com and Goodreads

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About the Author: After fifteen years as a music industry journalist Jake Kerr’s first published story, “The Old Equations,” was nominated for the Nebula Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America and was shortlisted for the Theodore Sturgeon and StorySouth Million Writers awards. His stories have subsequently been published in magazines across the world, broadcast in multiple podcasts, and been published in multiple anthologies and year’s best collections. Tommy Black and the Staff of Light is his first novel, and is the first volume of the Tommy Black series. 

A graduate of Kenyon College, Kerr studied fiction under Ursula K. Le Guin and Peruvian playwright Alonso Alegria. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife and three daughters. http://www.tommyblackseries.com/#!aboutauthor/cldx

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Giveaway Ends Dec 23rd, 2014

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Happy Holidays!

December 4, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Blog Tour/Giveaway: A Tale of Light and Shadow by Jacob Gowans. Ends Dec 6th


A Tale of Light and Shadow

A Tale of Light and Shadow by Jacob Gowans

About the Book: Enter Atolas, a world where swords and daggers both extend life and end it, where magic is feared by all but a few, and where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships. Henry and Isabelle have secretly sworn to marry despite his lowly station. Though Henry is but a carpenter, his devotion drives him to commit an unthinkable act that may cost both of them their lives. At the same time, a secret, dark prophecy has set in motion events that will affect not only them, but the thrones of rulers throughout all of Atolas, threatening to eclipse the world in shadow. But all is not lost while hope remains in the guise of an unlikely hero and the strength of friendship.

  • Series: A Tale of Light and Shadow
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609078721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609078720

For reviews check amazon.com

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About the Author: Jacob Gowans is a dentist currently working in Utah. He is husband to a beautiful wife, and father to four cute children. He shuns all pets. When not working or writing, he enjoys watching sports, reading, running, acting, listening to a variety of music, kissing his wife, internet shopping, and chasing his kids around the house. He is passionate about board games, both old and new.

Psion Beta was his first novel, followed by Psion Gamma, Psion Delta, and Psion Alpha. He is currently working on books in both the Psion series and his new series, A Tale of Light and Shadow, published by Shadow Mountain Publishing. He is also planning Unknown and Super Six, two more series. His favorite bands are Angels and Airwaves and The Killers. His favorite book is Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, and thinks the greatest film ever made is Dead Poets Society. He reads comics, mainly Spider-man, Batman, The Far Side, and Calvin and Hobbes.

He was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, graduated from Brigham Young University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in theater studies, and moved to Cleveland shortly thereafter. In 2011, he graduated from dental school at Case Western Reserve University.

He dreams of going to another country, seeing the Yankees play in every baseball stadium in America, and getting more involved in creating motion pictures. He would love to explore comic book and screenplay writing. He believes there is no greater responsibility than his family, and no better way to live than with love for all mankind.  http://www.jacobgowans.com/about-jacob-gowans.html

Blog Tour by http://www.shadowmountain.com/blog-tour-a-tale-of-light-and-shadow/

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November 16, 2014 Posted by | Blog Tour, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Book Spotlight: This is the Greatest Place! by Brian Tse


Greatest PlaceThis is the Greatest Place! The Forbidden City and the World of Small Animals By Brian Tse

About the Book: Rabbit is eating breakfast with his friends Baby Squirrel, Young Porcupine, and Little Brother Panda when an unexpected visitor arrives. He is a master builder, searching for inspiration to design a great palace for the Emperor of China. Together, Uncle Builder and the little animals explore how nature supplies us with the wonders that enrich our lives. Created by internationally renowned children’s book artists Brian Tse and Alice Mak, this book teaches children about Chinese architecture, how nature’s influence can be seen around us, and how people and animals can live together in harmony. The illustrations capture both the majesty of the natural world and the Forbidden City and are enhanced by interactive components for readers, including a gatefold spread and lift-flaps.

Age Range: 4 and up
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 44 pages

Cost: $9.32

Brian Tse and Alice Mak are beloved the world over for their heart warming and educational stories for children. They are the creators of the iconic cartoon characters McMug and McDull, who have been featured in numerous award-winning works including books, comics, television shows, and movies.

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.

October 27, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: In The Forbidden City. Ends Nov 15th


In the Forbidden City

 

In The Forbidden City by Chiu Kwong-chiu, Nancy S. Steinhardt (Editor), Ben Wang (Goodreads Author) (Translator) 

 

Serving as the seat of imperial power for six centuries, the Forbidden City is one of China’s most famous and enigmatic landmarks. Accompanied by a mischievous cat, readers will tour this colossal architectural structure, discovering the secrets hidden inside the palace walls. They will encounter the people who have walked through its halls and gardens, including emperors, empresses, and rebel leaders, and hear exciting tales about the power struggles and intrigues of everyday life.

This large format book conveys the grandeur of the Forbidden City through highly detailed line drawings of its buildings, gardens, and courtyards with numerous fold-out spreads. Each page is populated by a large variety of characters and peppered with entertaining anecdotes. Every book includes a plastic magnifying glass for looking at the drawings more closely. http://www.prbythebook.com/china-institute

Age: 9 +

Cost: $14.96 on amazon.com

 

  • Series: We All Live in the Forbidden City
  • Hardcover: 52 pages
  • Publisher: China Institute in America; First Edition,First,Hardcover with Jacket edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989377601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989377607

 

My Review: The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. In The Forbidden City, learn about the 16 Emperors during the Ming Dynasty. For almost 600 years, the Forbidden City was home to the Chinese emperor. It also contained a stupendous amount of masterpieces and rare treasures, which were handled down from generation to generation.

It is interesting to know that an emperor was considered the Son of Heaven and the Forbidden City, as the focal point of the emperor’s rule, was where heaven met earth.

Travel through time as the book unfolds the history of the Forbidden City. How some of the emperors became wealthy and powerful, how the empire suffered a slow decline crippled by invasions from foreign countries. Take a tour through the Meridian Gate; The Year Ten Thousand Envoys came to pay tribute (The Gate of Supreme Harmony), Hall of Mental Cultivation, the North Gate of the Forbidden City and many more.

Also, learn about the important woman of China, Empress Dowager Cixi. She was a powerful and charismatic woman who unofficially but effectively controlled the Manchu Qing dynasty in China for 47 years, from 1861 when Emperor Xianfeng passed away and her son became Emperor Tongzhi she was promoted to Empress Dowager. With her son too young to rule, she successfully orchestrates a coup over powerful ministres and was appointed co-regent and now could attend to the affairs of the state with her son. She died in 1908.

The book also gives detailed pencil outline drawings of the Forbidden City, including the buildings, gardens, courtyards and more with symmetrical layouts. I really enjoyed reading the book and I hope you will too.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Rebekah Epstein 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.

 

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October 22, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: The Greedy King. Ends Oct 18th


The Greedy King

Aristoddlers Presents: The Greedy King, a Tale of Ancient Greece by Mitchell Biesemeyer, illustrated by Santiago Germano

About the Book: Does money make you happy? The Greedy King is certain it does. The Greedy King has so much treasure, he thinks he must be the happiest man who ever lived. When a wise man tells the Greedy King he is only lucky, events are set in motion that will change the world. Aristoddlers adapts true stories from Greek and Roman history into illustrated stories for children, sharing these ancient lessons with the next generation. This is the story of greedy King Croesus and wise Solon, and what it really means to be happy.

Page: 50

My Review: This story reminds me about Snow White and the Evil Queen. Just like the Evil Queen, the Greedy Kings wanted everyone to know how rich and happy he was. So he invited the wisest man in Greece to see his great life. “Have you ever met a happier man?” asked the greedy king. The wise man said, “I once met a farmer who worked hard every day. And he went on to tell the greedy king how the farmer gave food and money to those who needed it, and he lived a happy life. The Kind was confused and upset. The wise man gave more examples of what others have done and how they were the happiest that ever lived, because their lives were spent to save or help others. And he told the king that he is only lucky. The king was angry and demanded to know why he wasn’t the happiest man who ever lived. Wouldn’t like to know what happened to the Greedy King? Well, you just have to buy a copy to find out.

A lot of us can learn from this book that true happiness comes from doing what is good. Being greedy can make us happy for now, but true happiness comes from helping others.

The Greedy King is based on a story by an ancient Greek historian from the 5th century named Herodotus. His story was based as an account of the wars between Persia and Greece. He wrote his story as a warning to Greeks about the dangers of tyranny. The author retold the story of King Croesus and the wise man Solon. You can read more about this at the last page of the book. Santiago Germano did a wonderful job illustrating this story which help tells the story. I highly recommend this book.

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

About Talltails Publishing: Founded in 2008, Tall Tails Publishing House is a small press dedicated to providing entertaining and beautifully illustrated children’s books that inspire young people to explore the world around them. We are located in Oklahoma, and are always ready to support local authors and illustrators.  http://www.talltailspublishing.com

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Winner is #8 – Mandy Kauffman

September 30, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Book Spotlight/Giveaway: The Minimum Wage Millionaire. Ends Oct 18th


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The Minimum Wage Millionaire: How a Part Time After School Job Can Change Your Financial Life by Bill Edgar

About the Book: The Minimum Wage Millionaire is a must read for teenagers and parents of teenagers who want to learn about how money works. The book presents a practical approach to accumulating wealth for teenagers who are just starting to earn income with a part time job. Using simple analogies to unravel complex financial concepts allows the young mind to grasp why it is important to invest early and how to start with their first paycheck.

Pages: 80

 

 

My Review: I will advice every parent to have a copy of this book. This book will educate your children about how to save and budget financially. Great for adults also.
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

 

For Review visit http://www.amazon.com/The-Minimum-Wage-Millionaire-Part-Time/dp/1499218958/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

 

 

 

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About this author: Bill Edgar is the author of The Minimum Wage Millionaire: How a Part Time After School Job Can Change Your Financial Life. He is passionate about helping youth understand how to become wealthy. He lives in Elburn, Illinois, with his three nearly teenage daughters (who will all be required to read his book). http://bookpublicityservices.com/minimum-wage-millionaire-bill-edgar/

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Winner is # 6 – Kristy

September 26, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight and Giveaway. The Counterfeit Father. Ends Oct 13


The Counterfeit Father

The Counterfeit Father

From the outside, 13 year old Tony looks like he has quite the life: A whole estate to himself. A fangirl he flirts with online. A pet monkey. (His third!) Until you notice the wheelchair. Or that he only speaks with his mother by intercom. Or that he doesn’t seem to know who his real father is. And now, to save his home from a mysterious trust, Tony will have to ride in a broken-down motorcycle with someone who may not be who he seems, and solve the biggest mystery of all-Who he really is.

Pages: 128
ISBN: 978-0-9961088-0-5
Publisher: Stick Raven
Distributed by: Ingram

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PV Lundqvist is a writer and father living in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He loves his kids, pet pigs and baseball–in that order. You can follow him on twitter (pvlundqvist), or read his blog http://pvlundqvist.blogspot.com/

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Giveaway Ends October 13th, 2014

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Winner is Rebecca Swenor

September 19, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Book Review. Kregel Blog Tour: Candle Prayers for Kids.


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Candle Prayers for Kids by Claire Freedman and illustrated by Jo Parry.

About the Book: A delightful companion prayer book to the popular Candle Bible for Kids. Jo Parry’s distinctively bold and vibrant illustrations complement a combination of traditional and modern prayers by Claire Freedman, author of the Benjamin Bear series. Candle Prayers for Kids helps to bring prayer and talking to God into the life of every child.

An easy to use collection of simple prayers for home, school and church.

For a copy visit

http://store.kregel.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=3361

 

Pages: 128

Size: 6 x 7.5 inches

Published: 2014

Price: $12.99

 

My Review: Bible stories for children are interesting to read but this book by Claire Freedman is about teaching your children who to pray a simple prayer.

The contents includes: Let’s Praise God! Our Families and Friends! Special Days! God and Me! Prayers for Others! Good Night God! Health! Sad Times and many more. Each prayer is simple and easy to read and remember.

Children can pray asking God to help them with their school work, help them to listen to the teacher and not to give up when their home work is difficult. And prayers like, thanking God for their daily food and helping those that don’t have enough food to eat. These little prayers are heart felt and does give a child faith that their prayers are been heard by God. I love the illustrations by Jo Parry. There pictures are bright bold and colorful with brings light and life to each prayer.

 

 

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

 

About the Author: Claire Freedman lives on the Essex coast. She is the author of a number of children’s books, and has also written for Little Tiger Press. When not writing, Claire spends her time sailing, walking in the countryside, and traveling. To know more about the author visit http://www.clairefreedman.co.uk/

 

 

September 16, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas In July Giveaway Hop. Ends July 31st


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Welcome to the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop July 22 – 31st

Hosted by I am a reader, not a writer & Laurie Here

There will be 1 winner for this Hop USA ONLY

You have to be a subscriber to enter

Prize Pack is 3 Children’s books

Daisylocks

Nature Recycles

And select 1 additional book from the list below to add to the two book above.

Waiting for Christmas

Waiting for Christmas

Ballet Kitty

Ballet Kitty Christmas Recital

Sacred Songs

Sacred Song of Christmas including CD

first Christmas Tree

The First Christmas Tree

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To win more books please check out the other OVER 100 blogs taking part by clicking on the link below to enter more goodies.

http://www.iamareader.com/2014/06/christmas-in-july-giveaway-hop-sign-ups-july-22nd-to-31st.html

This giveaway close at midnight on July 31st  and the winner will be selected at random.org and post August 1st 2014.

This Giveaway Has Ended

Winner is #16 – Brenda

July 21, 2014 Posted by | Free Giveaways, Giveaway Hops | , , , , , , | 24 Comments

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