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Author/Book Spotlight. Giveaway: The Dreamer’s Lotus: Book One of The Lucidity Series. Ends Feb 20th


DreamersLotus_BookLayout_Full_Brighter The Dreamer’s Lotus: Book One of The Lucidity Series by Mike Dickenson What if you could speak directly to nature? What if it spoke back? A young outcast followed by crows finds a flower in the forest one night – it is the Dreamer’s Lotus, a powerful hallucinogen that opens the mind to the meanings of the symbols. This can be helpful, especially when you live in a world where everything is symbolic. Corvus suspects the Elders of The White Village have rewritten the meanings of the symbols somehow. They say the forest is a perilous place, a land of madness and illusion. They might be right, after-all, inexplicable things have been seen there… They say the boy is a bad omen, part of a prophecy that will destroy the village. Only a brave and curious girl is willing to help him, even though she knows he is playing a dangerous game. If Corvus finds what he is seeking they will kill him, but he has to know the truth. Why is he the only one who can hear the voices in the forest and why is he followed by the most feared sign of all? The Dreamer’s Lotus holds the answers, but if he consumes it, the crows will be the least of his concerns. Pages: 206 Cost: $12.89 @ amazon For reviews visit Amazon.com   Mike+Dickenson   About the Author: My biggest shifts in writing have come to me during times of tremendous inner-change. Most of this change has been self-induced and has almost always involved travel. After graduating with a degree in English Education at Montana State University, I left Elko, Nevada on a hitchhiking adventure which would culminate in Argentina almost two years later. This journey gave me a much needed perspective about our world and where we are going, both globally and individually. My experiences have shown me that humanity yearns for positive change, that people are inherently good, and that anything is possible. Our perception of the world can transform our reality before our eyes, and it is this message that permeates my novels and films. My writing is part satire, part literature, part humor, part parable. In an effort to change this world for the better, I strive to create works of fiction that both inspire and captivate others to find their truest potential. http://www.mikedickenson.com/author/

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February 6, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Author/Book Spotlight. Giveaway: Paddling to Winter


Paddling to Winter

Paddling to Winter by Julie Buckles

About the Book: A Couple’s Wilderness Journey from Lake Superior to the Canadian North.

Julie Buckles and Charly Ray built a wood and canvas canoe, exchanged marriage vows, and paddled away from their front yard, planning to travel 2,700 miles to the Arctic Ocean and winter over in a tiny cabin. What a honeymoon! Told in Julie’s page-turning style, their story is full of humor and humility, rapids and relationships, love and life.

 

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Raven Productions, Inc (September 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983518920
  • Paperback $13.50 on amazon

Julie Buckles

About the Author: Julie Buckles was born in the driftless region of Wisconsin and raised on a 47-acre dairy farm. She now lives near Washburn with her husband, Charly (spoiler alert, they are still together), two children and a team of Siberian huskies. She studied history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Buckles has worked as a reporter and freelance writer and as an adjunct professor at Northland College, where she currently works in the communications office as the public and media relations specialist. She is a regular contributor to Lake Superior Magazine and WPR’s Wisconsin Life. “Paddling to Winter: A Couple’s Wilderness Journey from Lake Superior to Northern Canada” was published in September 2013 and was recently awarded the Next Generation Indie Award, the Independent Publishers Award, the Foreword Book of the Year in Adventure and the Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award for cover design.  http://www.juliebuckles.com/p/presentations.html

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February 4, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: My Yellow Balloon. Ends Feb 20th


My Big Yellow Balloon

My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge, illustrated by Erwin Madrid

About the Book: It all started at the carnival. That is where Joey makes a new friend: a bright yellow balloon. Joey and his beloved balloon do everything together, until the balloon accidentally slips off Joeys wrist and flies far, far away. What will Joey do without his special friend? Tiffany Papageorge has crafted a poignant tale of love, loss, and letting go that will serve as a comforting guide to children who are navigating the complicated emotions of grief. Rich, luminous illustrations by Erwin Madrid perfectly capture these timeless themes, making them accessible to even the youngest reader. Honest, unflinching, and ultimately reassuring, this book will resonate with anyone who has endured the darkness of grief, while offering hope for brighter days ahead.

My Review: This is a story about a boy dealing with the loss of his favorite Balloon. It also gives an insight to the meaning of grief and loss, and how children handle both.

The carnival had come to town and Joey was so excited that his parents could barely keep up with him. Then he saw hundreds of big, bright balloons and couldn’t wait to get one. The balloon man handled him a big bright yellow balloon with a string tied to Joey’s wrist. Joey spent every moment with the balloon playing until one day the balloon slipped off his wrist and floated away. He called for his big bight yellow to come back and watch it as it disappeared into the sky. Joey was angry, confused and sad for days and wish this balloon would come back. Not even a new toy will make him happy until…. You will have to buy the book to see if there was a happy ending.

This is a great book to help children with situations like this whether it’s their favorite toy, pet or a loss of a love one.

The illustrations by Erwin Madrid are wonderfully beautiful, bright and bold. The brightness of the colors help tells the happy days and the dark gray colors, the not so happy days which general help tell the story and bring it to life. I highly recommend this book for school libraries.

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

Hardcover

48 pages

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January 30, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)


My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)

 

My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)

About the Book: My Little Life of Jesus introduces the story of Jesus’ life to 3-to 5-year-olds. It follows Jesus from His birth, being baptized by John, meeting the disciples and teaching them how to pray, telling His stories to people in nearby towns and villages, right through to His return to the heavenly Father. Illustrated throughout with adorable artwork from a popular Candle Books artist, there is also a map included to show the land where Jesus lived. This padded hardcover comes complete with a presentation page for gift or award giving.

 

My Review: My Little Life of Jesus is a story about the birth of Jesus to his death and resurrection. The contents starts with the very first Christmas, I will say the birth of Jesus since He was not born on Christmas day.   The accounts of Mary been visited by an angel, giving birth in Bethlehem and visited by the three wise men who brought him gifts.

Learn why Jesus came, not only to heal the sick but to spread the word of God. There’s a page in the book that shows a map of where Jesus lived, from Bethlehem, to Jerusalem, Jericho, Galilee, Nazareth and many more until his death.

I liked that the book gave more detail story about the life of Jesus unlike some others. I also liked the added scriptures to the story. The illustrations are bright and colorful which will make it easy for kids to read.

Overall, a great book by the author Karen Williamson.

 

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.

January 26, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: The Phony Farkleberry #1. Ends Jan 31st


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The Phony Farkleberry (Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives #1)  by Michael Scott Miller

 

About the Book: When a painting by legendary artist Thomas Farkleberry is stolen from the art gallery where Tyler’s mother works, Tyler’s mind races to the whispered conversation he overheard on the night of the big gala. But when his mother dismisses Tyler’s suspicions, he and his friends, Melanie, Amanda, Tubby, and Dontrelle, decide to take the investigation into their own hands. Can they crack the case before their parents discover what they are up to?

http://www.michaelscottmillerauthor.com/

 

My Review: The author, Michael Scott Miller, does a good being descriptive in each chapter of the book to enable young readers understand the story.  I also like the diversity in the main characters which is needed in more stories for our youth. A mystery develops when a forgery is discovered at the local art museum. The schoolmates turned detectives set out to solve the mystery.  Each friend utilizes their unique strength to help. There was several questionable methods in which some of the kids gathered information to solve the mystery, like hacking into the network.  Overall, a good story.

 

 

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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About the Author: Michael Scott Miller says there is no greater compliment than when his readers say they became emotionally invested in his characters.

Michael found the inspiration for his first novel, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers, from the talented but poor musicians that stake out territories and collect change from passersby in the subways of Philadelphia. This story of a band, cobbled together from down-and-out musicians, has been described as “a lesson in persistence, perseverance, salesmanship, and faith,” and as “a fun, feel good story.”

In Michael’s second novel, The Book of Sylvia, a city girl from London and a priest in rural England confront their inner demons as they attempt to solve a mystery together. This novel  has been described as “a journey of self-discovery cloaked in a mystery,” and “a wonderfully  fun tale.”

Following these two novels, Michael decided to pursue a dream of creating a book series for children.  This creative journey led to the release of the first three books in the Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives series.  Along the way, Michael developed a deep bond with his characters–Amanda, Melanie, Dontrelle, Tubby, and Tyler–and he is excited about taking them on more adventures. To read more click on the link http://www.michaelscottmillerauthor.com/about-the-author.html

 

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Winner is #1 – Colleen

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January 12, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 29 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Return to Fern Valley. Ends Jan 15th


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About the Book: The Fern Valley Kids are back in twelve new and exciting adventures. Join Mildred and Roberta Cornstalk as they discover a clue hidden inside a library book. Peek into the window of a secret cottage with the lovely Betsy Woolrich. Find out what Jason Curlytail builds from a box, what Alice Redfeather does when she gets locked out of the house, or how Nathan Gruff copes with the news of a new baby.
My Review: Return to Fern Valley is a collection of short stories relating to the animals that live in Fern Valley. You have Roberta and Mildred Cornstalk who are curious chicken by nature and love to read, Betsy Woolrich a cheerful little sheep, Jason Curlytail who comes from a large family of diverse pigs, and many more. This is a book children will enjoy reading. Follow these wonderful animals as some of them discover hidden clue inside a library book and can’t wait to solve it. While Betsy is pleased that her new home would still be near all of her friends. And many more stories.

I love the exciting details and imagination of each story. This is a book that teaches valuable lesson. It is full of stories that children can relate too. I highly recommend this book for children starting to read chapter books.

 

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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Winner is #1 – Brenda

December 29, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

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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Winners are #1 – Ronda G and #3 – tmy56

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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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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

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