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Book/Author Spotlight. Giveaway. Jorie and the Magic Stones. Ends Jan 6th



About the Book: When Marjorie went to live with her frosty maiden aunt, she couldn’t imagine the adventures she would have with dragons — good and bad — and all the strange creatures that live in a mysterious land beneath the Tarn. The spunky 9-year-old redhead forges an unlikely friendship with an insecure young boy named Rufus who lives with his crusty grandfather next door. When Jorie — for that is what she prefers to be called — finds a dusty ancient book about dragons, she learns four strange words that will send the two of them into a mysterious land beneath the Tarn, riddled with enchantment and danger. Hungry for adventure, the children take the plunge, quite literally, and find themselves in the magic land of Cabrynthius.

Upon meeting the good dragon, the Great Grootmonya, Jorie and Rufus are given a quest to find the three Stones of Maalog — stones of enormous power — and return them to their rightful place in Cabrynthius. Their mission is neither easy nor safe, and is peppered with perils in the form of the evil black half-dragon who rules the shadowy side of the land. They have to deal with a wicked and greedy professor, the tragic daughter of the bad dragon, caves of fire, rocky mountainous climbs, and a deadly poisonous butterfly.

Jorie must rely on her wits and courage to win the day? Can she do this? Can she find all three Stones? Can she save Rufus when disaster befalls him? Can she emerge victorious? She and Rufus have some hair-raising challenges, in which they learn valuable lessons about loyalty, bravery, and friendship.


Pages: 268



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About the Author: I have done a little of everything – I was an actress for a few years in England; I have loved horses all my life, and have taught Dressage which I loved. I paint in watercolors, oils and acrylics, I sculpt, and now I write…and have found this last activity wonderful, challenging, sometimes frustrating, but always uplifting – there is something about a spoken word written on a page, that brings one to life. It is creativity lived at the max!
My second book is a slight departure from flying dragons and brave little nine-year olds, titled ‘Murder in Little Shendon’ it pulls you into a tiny little village in England shortly after World War Two, and involves the talents of Sir Victor Hazlitt and his actor sidekick Beresford Brandon, along with a host of delectable characters that I feel the readers will love!
I had enormous fun writing this…however pulling all the strings together at the end is quite challenging. I love the combication of Hazlitt and Brandon, and plan a second murder mystery involving this winsome twosome!
I have written a sequel to my first book ‘Jorie and the Magic Stones’ which will be out soon; this had a very good following, and several people have been looking for further adventures of young Jorie and Rufus.





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December 15, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Moore Field School and the Mystery. Ends March 21st

Moore Field School

Moore Field School and the Mystery by Liam Moiser

About the Book: Moore Field School and the Mystery is the start of an exciting children’s series featuring Samantha, whose parents teach at her school, Moore Field School in Manchester, England. Her best friend is Jessica. But Moore Field School is about to close down. At the last minute, the headmistress, Miss Moore, moves the school to Lakeview, a place she has always liked. Just what is the mystery at Moore Field School? Before the first term starts at Lakeview, the students go to a fun camp where they hear about a local haunted house. Meanwhile, some scary men are searching for long-lost trophies that they will do anything to find. They even search Miss Moore’s office for clues to where the trophies could be hidden. What is happening with the trophies and how is Moore Field School involved? Liam Moiser lives in the port town of Goole in Yorkshire, England. This is his first book. Publisher’s website:

Paperback: 118 pages

Cost: $9.86 @ amazon

About the Author: Liam Moiser lives in the port town of Goole in Yorkshire, England. This is his first book.

My Review: Are you ready to go on an adventure and solve a mystery? Then get ready to read Moore Field School and the Mystery by Liam Moiser. The first exciting children’s series featuring Samantha and her best friend Jessica, they both attend Moore Field School in Manchester, England, where Samantha’s parents are teachers.

Moore Field School is a private school run by Miss Moore. She has been forced to close down and sell the school at the end of the school term. The school is over one hundred years old and now she has to sell the building to a man who would like the building for his firm. Then strange things started to happen.

Follow Samantha and her friends as they look for their kidnapped friend, dealing with ghosts and strange men searching for long lost trophies. This is a fun book for younger kids.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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February 25, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Book Review: Cinderella Smith: The Super Secret Mystery

Cinderella Smith The Super Secret Mystery


Cinderella Smith: The Super Secret Mystery by Stephanie Barden, illustrated by Diane Goode.

About the Book: Cinderella Smith wants to shock and amaze her class with her report on endangered species. So when the books she needs go missing from the library, she teams up with her best friend, Erin, to solve the mystery. But time is running out! Then she gets a totally weird note:

Don’t tell anyone!
I’ll get in big trouble!
Look behind

Missing books and “Look behind E” . . . What in the world could it mean? Just as all seems lost, Cinderella is struck with a capital A-H-A AHA! moment that could blow this case wide open. Someone’s in cahoots, that’s for sure, and Cinderella Smith won’t give up until she solves the mystery!


My Review: Who is Cinderella Smith? She is your modern day Cinderella. A third grade student who is prone to losing her shoes. When the class is assigned a research project on animals, Cinderella is excited as she would like to study ocelots but notice that the books she needed for the research has gone missing from the library. Did the mean bullies take the books? She will just have to investigate and follow every clue until she solves the mystery of the missing books.

If you are a fan of Junie B. Jones or Nancy Drew you will love reading Cinderella Smith. Illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner Diane Goode help to bring the story to life adding an appeal to the Cinderella’s story.

Stephanie Barden

About the Author: When I read other author’s websites, they often say they’ve been writing since they learned how. Not me. Although I grew up loving books and stories, I never thought about writing one of my own, until I had my son, Joe. He told me that I was “a way better story teller than anyone else” and although he was only three at the time, and highly prejudiced to boot, I decided to see if he knew what he was talking about.

It turns out he probably didn’t. I wrote and took classes and wrote and submitted manuscripts and wrote and was rejected and wrote and… finally I got the right story to the right agent at the right time. And the rest is history, but not really, because everything is just beginning.


  • Age Range: 6 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5
  • Series: Cinderella Smith
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 23, 2013)


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




December 2, 2013 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | 2 Comments


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