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Author/Book Spotlight: The Hero’s Guide To Being An Outlaw. Book 3


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Book Spotlight: The Hero’s Guide To Being An Outlaw by Christopher Healy

About the Book: The League of Princes returns in the hilariously epic conclusion to the hit series that began with Christopher Healy’s The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, which the Los Angeles Times called “one of the more clever, hilariously successful incarnations of the current literary rage to rip apart and rewrite fairy tales.”

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You think you know those guys pretty well by now, don’t you? Well, think again. Posters plastered across the thirteen kingdoms are saying that Briar Rose has been murdered—and the four Princes Charming are the prime suspects. Now they’re on the run in a desperate attempt to clear their names. Along the way, however, they discover that Briar’s murder is just one part of a nefarious plot to take control of all thirteen kingdoms—a plot that will lead to the doorstep of an eerily familiar fortress for a final showdown with an eerily familiar enemy.  http://christopherhealy.com/the-heros-guide-to-being-an-outlaw/

 

Pages: 529 pages

Ages: 8-12

Cost: $16.99

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Book received from HarperCollins

 

 

 

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About the Author: Christopher Healy was born in the quaint Northeastern town of New York City. It was there, while still an infant, that Christopher chewed the pages of his very first book. Later, he learned that the squiggles on those bound-together pieces of paper had meaning. And thus, a lifelong reader was born.

Even in his youth, Christopher knew he would someday be a writer. And he wrote numerous Tables of Contents to prove it, a few of which sounded like they might have been pretty great books had he ever written the stories to go along with them. It would be quite some time before Christopher actually got the chance to write for a living. And his career took many detours in between: cashier, actor, toy store shelf-stocker, person who types things from one place into another place, haunted house zombie, person who checks the spelling of celebrities’ names, etc. Eventually, he cobbled together a tiny little video game review — and it actually got published. Thus, a writer was born. To read more click on the link below.

http://christopherhealy.com/about-me/

 

 

 

 

June 22, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight. Giveaway: Witches Protection Program. Ends July 6th


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Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash

Wes Rockville, a disgraced law enforcement agent, is given one last chance to prove himself and save his career when he’s reassigned to a 232 year old secret government organization. The Witches Protection Program. His first assignment: uncover a billion-dollar Cosmetics company’s diabolical plan of using witchcraft for global domination, while protecting its heiress Morgan Pendragon from her aunt’s evil deeds. Reluctantly paired with veteran witch protector, Alastair Verne, Wes must learn to believe in both witches and himself. Filled with adventure, suspense and a rousing good time, Michael Phillip Cash creates a tongue-in-cheek alternate reality where witches cast spells and wreak havoc in modern day New York City. http://www.michaelphillipcash.com/home

 

Pages: 238

Cost: $10.59 @amazon

Read 5 star reviews at @amazon and goodreads

Blog: http://www.michaelphillipcash-officialblog.com/

Check out Michael’s other books:

Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island,

The Flip,

The After House,

Brood X: A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion,

The Battle for Darracia: Books I, II. III Anthology,

The Hanging Tree.

Coming Soon: Pokergeist

 

 

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About the Author: Born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

 

 

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Giveaway Ends July 6th, 2015

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June 19, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Book Review: Bible Dominoes


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Bible Dominoes. With Storybook inside.

About the Bible Dominoes: This domino game helps children to learn about the Bible and Jesus while playing! It also encourages communication, sharing, counting, and matching skills. The pieces are large and colorful, so they’re easy to pick up, and the pictures are clear. The set includes 28 dominoes with a mixture of Bible story characters, numbers, and animals to match, as well as instructions and a story booklet explaining the stories featured on the cards. A useful resource for home, school, or Sunday school. – See more at: http://www.kregel.com/childrens-activities/bible-dominoes/#sthash.7WmoD5sF.dpuf

 

My Review: This bible game is fun for kids which helps to develop their counting and matching skills. The dominoes are bright, colorful, and sturdy. Inside the box set includes 28 dominoes with a mixture of Bible characters, numbers, and animals to match and a story booklet explaining the stories featured on the cards.

Overall, kids between the ages of 3 and 7 will find it fun to play with and learn as well.

 

 

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.

June 1, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Stick Dog. VOL 1, 3 and 4


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Stick Dog by Tom Watson.  A really Good Story with kind of Bad Drawing. VOL 1

When Stick Dog gets a whiff of hamburgers grilling at Picasso Park, he knows he has to get one. Along with his stray dog friends – A Dalmatian named Stripes, a Dachshund named Karen, a mutt named Mutt and a Poodle named Poo-Poo – Stick Dog embarks on an epic quest to snatch those fantastic-smelling burgers.

It’s not an easy task. On the way, Poo-Poo gets attacked by a squirrel, Karen gets lost and Stripes becomes convinced that the family at the park is really a band of super-warrior humans.

What they need is a plan – but Stick Dog’s friends are, umm, not very good at coming up with realistic burger-snatching strategies.

Using teamwork, patience and skill, the question is this: Will Stick Dog guide them safely to a delicious dinner? http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780062110787#

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Stick Dog Chases a Pizza VOL 3

In Stick Dog Chases a Pizza, Tom Watson’s hilarious follow-up to Stick Dog and Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog, Stick Dog returns with the same crazy crew. This time these canine friends have discovered a newfangled flavor—and it’s even more delicious than hamburgers and hot dogs. It’s pizza! And they won’t be satisfied until they get some slices of their own. But it won’t be that easy. There’s a kitten to rescue, a plan to make, and the messiest—and most dangerous—game of catch they’ve ever played. Pizza is on the menu, but only if their mission succeeds. Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the previous Stick Dog books. http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780062278050

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Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream. VOL 4

The Stick Dog series continues in author-illustrator Tom Watson’s hilarious Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream. In the follow-up to Stick Dog, Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog, and Stick Dog Chases a Pizza, Stick Dog and his pals are back, but this time the temperature is rising and they’re all feeling the heat. They need cold, cold ice cream on this hot, hot day. It will take all of Stick Dog’s smarts to guide his friends to a scrumptious ice cream feast. They’ll battle a water-attacking machine, discover rainbow puddles, and chase the strangest, loudest truck they’ve ever seen. But there’s a looming threat to their mission—Stick Dog gets spotted by a human. And the police are on his tail. If he’s captured, Stick Dog may never see his friends again. If he escapes, it’s ice cream for everyone. Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the previous Stick Dog books. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062278074/stick-dog-dreams-of-ice-cream

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Cost: $12.99

My Review: Like I say in my past review, If you enjoy reading the wimpy kid series you may want to try something different. The Stick Dog series by Tom Watson are hilarious. In vol 1, Stick is always super hungry. Follow Stich Dog and his friends on a quest to find the perfect Hamburgers! But how will they ask the humans for hamburgers . Kids will enjoy reading this book.

In Stick Dog Chases a Pizza, Stick Dog and his friends found that Pizza was even more delicious than hamburgers and hot dogs.  As they went about looking for a Frisbee to play they came across a cardboard pizza circle with delicious smells. After tasting what was left on it they  devise a plan on how to get some pizza.

In Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream, the weather is getting hot and Stick Dog and his friends are feeling the heat and need to cold down. They hear an ice cream truck and decided to get themselves some. Poo-Poo sat down on the end of the seesaw, it sank down and he slide down the seesaw. After many attempts to get into the truck and failed, Stick Dog finally concludes that he will jump into the ice cream truck using a seesaw while his friends sat at the end of the seesaw. He rose as high as the board would lift him  to the exact height of the truck’s window. Will he be able to get his friends some ice cream or would he get caught?

The Stick Dog series are fun books for the kids. The illustrations are helps tell the stories.

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

 

May 30, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: I Hate to Read! Ends June 16th


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I Hate to Read by Rita Marshall and Etienne Delessert

About the Book: Victor Dickens hates to read, and nothing can change his mind. Or can it? How about a parrot with a peg leg? Or a rabbit with black barn boots? Or a field mouse with gold coins? Anything can happen on the whimsical, wonderful night when a little boy with a stubborn hatred of books discovers that printed words can take on lives of their own. Reissued here with a text crafted for even younger readers, I Hate to Read! won the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award upon its original publication. http://gonereading.com/product/i-hate-to-read-by-rita-marshall/

 

Pages: 32

Ages: 5 and up

 

 

My Review: Have you tried to get your child to read and they just want to do other things like play video games? Well, meet Victor Dickens a stubborn boy who wear his helmet when skateboarding, combs his hair for the class picture, like to share with his dog, Page. He is good in math and science but fails in ABCs. Victor just hates reading.

So why he was pretending to read while watching Television, some characters started to crawl out of the book. First it was a crocodile in a white coat asking him to jump into his pocket. It’s time to read said the crocodile, it’s story time. But Victor told him that he hate to read. And that’s how his adventure started with each character from the book giving Victor an invitations to encourage him to read. With each adventures, Victor started to find reading interesting as he read each page, he just hated the story to come to an end. This will be a great addition to the school and home library.

 

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

 

 

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This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends June 16th, 2015

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May 29, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Book Review: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Noah’s Ark.


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Noah’s Ark. Adapted by Linda Falken from Genesis, Chapter 6-9.

 

About the Book: Children and adults will love this beautiful retelling of Noah’s Ark and the massive flood that destroyed the earth. The story is illustrated with paintings and drawings in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Featured artists include Gustave Courbet, Marc Chagall, John Henry Dearle, Lodewijk Tieling, Aurelio Luini, Giulio Bonasone, Jacob Bouttats, and Joseph Anton Koch. The book concludes with a note about each artwork.

Side note: The waters rose and lifted up the ark. And the high hills that were under the whole heaven were covered. The waters rose higher until the mountains were covered, too, and all the earth was flooded as if by one sea. The timeless tale of Noah and his wooden ark housing two of every creature on earth is given new life through beautiful pieces of art from the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as other world-renowned museums….  http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/Noah_s_Ark-9781419713613.html

 

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 14, 2015)
  • Cost: $12.97 @ amazon

 

 

My Review: Noah’s Ark features full-color reproductions of paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s own collection. The story is retold with selections of drawings and paintings by famous artists such a Marc Chagall, Gustave Courbet and others.

In Genesis 6-9, God saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth and that men’s human heart was only evil. But God saw that Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people and he walked faithfully with God.

So God told Noah that He was going to destroy both men and the earth. To save Noah and his family, God instructed Noah to build an ark of cypress wood and to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female.

We all know the full story. But these artists have captured the bravery, drama and humanity of the flood and Noah’s faith in God by featuring them in their paintings and drawings. The paintings and drawing in this book brings to life the story of Noah’s Ark.

 

 

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

 

 

About the Author: Linda Falken was an editor for many years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

 

About: The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 and is the largest art museum in the United States, with a permanent collection containing more than two million works. It is located in New York City.

 

 

 

 

May 24, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: Relax-a-bye Baby. Ends June 12th.


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Relax-a-bye Baby. A Bedtime Guide to Help Your Little One Relax and Sleep tight

About the Book: Ever have trouble getting your little one to settle down for bed? Relax-a-bye Baby is a painless bedtime guide as well as a fun and interactive approach to body relaxation and mindfulness. Think of this book as a useful bonding tool for parents and other caregivers. Let’s put an end to the bedtime frustration and embrace the wonders of bedtime – one child at a time. http://www.relaxabyebaby.com/the-book/

 

Pages: 36

Cost: $6.99

 

 

My Review: Do you struggle getting your child to settle down during bedtime? You have tried everything including relaxation techniques, but still couldn’t get your child to settle down. Do not give up as the author has included the relaxation techniques with her concept and decided to share it with others.

This book teaches how to practice the techniques that will help your child fall asleep. Like quieting their body, easing their mind, closing their eyes and breathing deeply. Relaxing every part of the body is important, from wiggling of their feet and let them rest, straighten the legs and settle them, wiggle their fingers, flex their hands and many more.The illustrations by Dana Theveneau are bold and bright which helps tell the story.

Buy a copy today and teach your child the best way to have a restful sleep.

 

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.

 

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About the Author: Mimi Sommers is a registered dental hygienist who graduated from University of Southern California. Early in her career, she moved to Switzerland to start a hygiene program for a private practice. She currently works part-time in Los Altos, CA and when she isn’t educating her patients on oral health, she enjoys traveling, tennis, hiking and brainstorming creative endeavors.  With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Mimi most recently created a series of children’s interactive educational iPad Apps licensed under Life Skills Games, Inc.http://www.relaxabyebaby.com/about-us/

 

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There will be 1 winner  

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends June 12th, 2015

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

Mandatory: Leave a comment about the review below. Leaving a helpful comment relating to this book would be appreciated and valid to the giveaway.

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If no response, the prize is forfeited and an alternate winner is chosen.

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Winner is #2 – Benita

May 20, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight: Giveaway: Growing Pains: Kendras Diaries. Ends May 25th


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Growing Pains: Kendras Diaries by K.P. Smith

Growing Pains; Kendras Dairies is the first book in the series chronicling the journey of Kendra Foster from adolescence to adulthood. I aspire to encourage, entertain, and inspire young adults. Life has its ups and downs, its bumps and its bruises. But with perseverance, determination, and faith you can be all you were born to be. Never Give Up!

About the Book

Meet Kendra Foster. She’s right in the middle of the roller coaster ride of growing up. Her family seems to be in a permanent state of disarray. High school is right around the corner and there is only one school she wants to attend but it is going to take a miracle for her to go. She finally made the cheerleading team which is the best thing that has happened since forever. But much to her dismay this wreaks havoc in a completely unexpected way. Then she has one year left to get Jamie’s attention yet she hasn’t been able to do that since fourth grade. And with the new girl everyone is going crazy over she doesn’t have much of a chance does she? Life is coming at her from all sides and she is determined to keep it all together. Kendra’s Diaries is the first installment in the Growing Pains series. During the twists, turns, ups and downs Kendra will develop courage, faith and perseverance. She will learn no matter what happens in life always remain positive and never give up. Life has a way of working itself out. http://www.iamkpsmith.com/books/

The Second Book in the Growing Pains Series coming soon!

Paperback: 242 pages

Cost: $10.99

Kindle: $1.99

Book Review http://www.amazon.com/Kendras-Diaries-Growing-Pains-Smith/dp/0615390307/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

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About the Author: I love to read and it was my love for reading that ignited my passion to write. I am currently penning the Growing Pains Series. The First Book Kendra’s Diaries is available for purchase. The Second Book New Beginnings will be available soon. The Third Book Decisions is currently being penned. When I am not reading and writing I have lots of other hobbies to occupy my time. I love Sports football, basketball, tennis, golf yeah basically all of them. To read more http://www.iamkpsmith.com/about/

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Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends May 25th, 2015

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

Mandatory: Leave a comment about the review below. Leaving a helpful comment relating to this book would be appreciated and valid to the giveaway.

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Winner is #1 – Benita

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

Giveaway: Free Comic Book Day, Ends Today


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May 2, comic book stores kicked off the Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015), the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, by giving away over two million comics to younger readers on Free Comic Book Day!

And this year, Mymcbooks decided to be a part of it by giving away Free Christian Comic Books to the first 5 listed name below.  The first 5 names will receive a selections of Christian Comic Books.

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First 5 Names Listed Below

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Samson

Elijah

moses

Beginning

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Esther

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This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends May  2rd, 2015

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

Mandatory: Leave a comment about the review below. Leaving a helpful comment relating to this book would be appreciated and valid to the giveaway.

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This Giveaway Has Ended

The Top 5 are the winners

If they are members of this blog.

 

May 2, 2015 Posted by | Children’s Book Week, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight: Saving Lucas Biggs


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About the Book: Thirteen-year-old Margaret knows her father is innocent, but that doesn’t stop the cruel Judge Biggs from sentencing him to death. Margaret is determined to save her dad, even if it means using her family’s secret—and forbidden—ability to time travel. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret goes back to a time when Judge Biggs was a young boy and tries to prevent the chain of events that transformed him into a corrupt, jaded man. But with the forces of history working against her, will Margaret be able to change the past? Or will she be pushed back to a present in which her father is still doomed?

Told in alternating voices between Margaret and Josh, this heartwarming story shows that sometimes the forces of good need a little extra help to triumph over the forces of evil. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062274625/saving-lucas-biggs

 

Jacket Cover: To save her father’s future, she’ll have to change the past.

The one thing thirteen-year-old Margaret O’Malley is sure of is that her father is innocent. So when the unthinkable happens and he’s sentenced to death by the cruel Judge Biggs, Margaret is desperate to save him. She’ll do whatever it takes, even if it means using her family’s secret—and forbidden—ability to travel through time.

Margaret’s only hope is to stop the chain of events that turned Lucas Biggs into a corrupt and jaded man. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret jumps back in time to a year when everything in her town was going wrong—a year that changed Lucas Biggs forever. Together with a then-thirteen-year-old Josh, Margaret sets out to change the past. But the rules of time travel are strict, and as the forces of history resist, Margaret is running out of chances before she will be pushed back to a present where her father is doomed.

Written by New York Times bestselling author Marisa de los Santos and her husband, picture book author David Teague, this spellbinding story proves that sometimes good needs a little extra help to triumph over evil.

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 29, 2014)
  • Cost: $13.59 Hardcover $6.99 Paperback

 

 

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About the Author: Marisa de los Santos was a poet for a very long time, with an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Her first book, FROM THE BONES OUT, a collection of poems, was published in 2000.

She and her husband, writer David Teague, lived in Center City, Philadelphia for a number of years before moving to Wilmington, Delaware in spring of 2003. That summer, Marisa began writing what would become her first novel LOVE WALKED IN (Dutton, 2006). LOVE WALKED IN was translated into fourteen languages, was optioned by Paramount pictures, and was a trade paperback bestseller. William Morrow published her second novel BELONG TO ME in April 2008, and it was an instant New York Times Bestseller.

Marisa, David, and their two children, Charles and Annabel, live in Wilmington, where Marisa takes as many ballet classes as she can, volunteers at her kids’ school, and is working on her third novel.

April 29, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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