Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Blast: Angels Club by Courtney Vail & Sandra J. Howell

angels clubAngels Club by Courtney Vail & Sandra J. Howell Hola, Cuties! I’m Jacinda Gonzalez, almost twelve. Although I think I’m pretty nice, not to mention way cool and one of the most knowledgeable people in all things horse, I just can’t make any friends in my new school. The only things flying my way are totally rude insults. The horseback riding therapy farm where I volunteer becomes my perfect escape from mean bullies. And when Angel, a scrawny, muddy American Curly, shows up as rescue, no one but me can see her potential and lovableness, so I take her on as a project horse to get her ready for sale. But, the thing is, I don’t want them to sell her. She’d be so perfect for therapy. So perfect. Now, if only I could prove it. Anyway, Angel’s sugar-candy personality inspires me to be sweet in spite of bad things happening to me. So, of course, I can’t resist the urge to make the world a whole lot brighter. Come on in and see how I do it!  
  
 
 
Angels Club Website
 
CourtneyAuthor Courtney Vail
In addition to writing quirky, twisty books for teens and adults, Courtney works from home as a graphic designer and book formatter. She's married to a should-be-famous comedian and has three kids who make her house LOUD and messy and do things like turn her veggie garden into Jurassic Park, but she thoroughly loves her life. She's a member of Authors Selling Books in Western Mass. Courtney is a major sports junky and loves to run, visit amusement parks (and ride all the roller coasters first), skate, cook, and watch standup or anything that cracks her up or makes her heart race or neck tingle. Angels Club is her first novel for kids. It was a blast to write, so maybe her crazy brain and fancy purple pen will find a grand adventure next time.

Sandra Author Sandra J. Howell
Sandy is an avid horse enthusiast and was the first breeder in Massachusetts of the rare American Bashkir Curly horse. Her lifelong passion for Curly horses led her to write two Equine novels, Spirit of a Rare Breed and Saving GiGi. Howell, a college professor, has been a contributing writer, featuring the American Bashkir Curly horse, for Equine journals and magazines. She has been featured on television, radio talk shows and news media, and has received numerous letters from Native Americans thanking her for promoting and advocating for their favored steed. Howell is a founding member of Authors Selling Books of Western Mass and is a member of the Independent Publishers of New England. Her novels are showcased at the New England Equine Affaire and promoted through many Equine organizations.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Coming Soon...Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon

I'm really excited to be a part of this Read-a-thon!
I missed out last year and my pile of books
just keeps on growing. This is a great excuse to dig into it.
To sign up or find more information on this 
fun event, go here.

My goal is to read at least 10 books. I'm going to post titles and 
more information as it gets closer (and I get the kids back in school), 
but that's what I'm planning on. 
I plan on using a format similar to this one:
(Day of the week)
How much I read today:
Today's finished books:
Total number of finished books:
Titles of finished books:

Come join the fun!

Book Blast: Princess Nevaeh: Lessons on Self-Discovery by Paulette Harper



 
Title: Princess Nevaeh: Lesson on Self Discovery
Genre: Children 4-7
ISBN: 978-0-9899691-4-7
Format: Paperback
Release date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Thy Word Publishing

About The Book Six year old Nevaeh wants to be something she already is. She will soon learn that her wish to be a princess takes a little more than just asking. Lessons on self-discovery are taught by her Mimi who makes her understand that being a princess takes work.




About The Author Paulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008. Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This is Now, Completely Whole, Living Separate Lives and The Sanctuary. She resides in Northern, CA.  

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Review: Fetch by Adam Glendon Sidwell

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Fetch Fetch by Adam Glendon Sidwell    
Book Summary:

A story for anyone who s ever been loved by a dog or given one a home.

At least nine sunsets away, there is a place where dogs can do what they want. But they are not all the same, and when a special one has the courage to fly, he finds something unexpected beyond the tenth horizon.  
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My Review:
I loved the illustrations in this story because they really brought the words to life. I think most children love dogs, at least mine do, and the imagination is definitely sparked with this one. I love the message that this story shares--it's okay to be different and to try new things, things that are different from what those around you might be doing. Sometimes our courage might be tested, but persistence and trust can help one overcome fears.

AdamAuthor Adam Glendon Sidwell:

In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Pacific Rim, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed adjectives. He really enjoyed writing 81,854 less words in his new picture book FETCH than he wrote in his first EVERTASTER novel, and hopes that you will like the ones he picked. Besides, FETCH has pictures.

Adam has also been rightfully accused of writing the upcoming novel CHUM.

Praise for the book:

“If you need & want a book for younger children that does not involve zombies, monsters, or overdone "superhero's", and just want a good old fashioned great story, perfect illustrations, and a captivating experience, then "Fetch" should be ordered quickly.”—Carol Anne Merrill Miller

“Simple, yet engaging, storyline appeals to readers of all ages and the illustrations glue your eyes to pages!” –Doodles

“The art work enchanted, enthralled, and grabbed me in ways paintings can and often do.” –Kindle Customer

 
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: The Cinderella Theorem by Kristee Ravan

A themed book tour through Prism Book Tours.

The Cinderella Theorem (The Lily Sparrow Chronicles)The Cinderella Theorem
(The Lily Sparrow Chronicles #1)
by Kristee Ravan
YA Urban Fantasy
Paperback, 367 pages
March 17th 2014


Fairy tales are naturally non-mathematical. That is a fact, and fifteen-year-old Lily Sparrow loves factual, mathematical logic. So when her mother confesses that Lily's deceased father is (a) not dead, (b) coming to dinner, and (c) the ruler of a fairy tale kingdom accessible through the upstairs bathtub, Lily clings to her math to help her make sense of this new double life (1 life in the real world + 1 secret life in the fairy tale world = a double life).

Even though it's not mathematical, Lily finds herself being pulled into a mystery involving an unhappy Cinderella, a greasy sycophant called Levi, and a slew of vanishing fairy tale characters. Racing against the clock, with a sound mathematical plan, Lily attempts to save her fairy tale friends while proving that normality = happiness.

My Review: I'm not into math, but I love fairy tales. I passed my math classes, but it's not my favorite subject, and I wasn't sure how a story about fairy tales could possibly tie into math. But it worked! I thought it was very creative and the story was even written in a math book-type of format--little side notes and footnotes. It was interesting to see the way a logical girl could come to accept a fantasy world--almost like right brain meets left brain.

Lily Sparrow spends the first fifteen years of her life believing that her father is dead. Imagine her shock when he appears on her birthday and she finds that her life is nothing like what she thought it was! Lily is very left-brained. She is analytical, factual, and likes things to be solvable. That doesn't leave her any room to entertain ideas about a whole new fantasy world, even though she's expected to one day take over.

Using her math skills and orderly mind, she goes on an adventure to help these fairy tale characters find happiness. The story is full of great characters.

One little note--I love fairy tales, as I mentioned before, but I haven't read many "real" versions. It's surprising at how depressing and gruesome they are. I really couldn't blame Lily for not knowing, and not wanting to know, the stories.

Content: no language; mild violence (not graphic); mild romance. Clean!

*I received a copy from the tour host in exchange for an honest review--thanks!*



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Kristee Ravan
Kristee Ravan lives in Oklahoma with her husband, daughter, and pet fish, Val (short for Valentine). She wanted to be many things as she grew up including a general, an artist, and an architect. But she never bothered to say, "I want to be a writer when I grow up." She was always writing stories and thought of herself as a writer anyway. She sent her first story to a publisher in the sixth grade. (It was rejected - in a nice way.) When she is not making up stories in her head, she enjoys reading, juggling, green smoothies, playing dollhouse with her daughter, and hearing from her fans. You can contact Kristee at the facebook page for her Lily Sparrow books: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Facebook & Twitter Blast--$229 Kindle Fire HDX Giveaway

I'm really excited to be a part of this giveaway! It's much easier to enter than most giveaways--just like on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Good luck to you all!
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22 bloggers, authors & publishers have joined together to offer you 1 fabulous prize. The winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire HDX 7" or $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash! For all those who hate the long rafflecopters you should appreciate the fact that this one is much shorter. Just liking on facebook, following on twitter, a free entry and 2 options to share the giveaway make this much faster to enter.  
Win a Kindle Fire HDX 7", Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)

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Review: The 2-Minute Marriage Project by Heidi Poelman


The 2-Minute Marriage Project: Simple Secrets for Staying in Love by Heidi Poelman
Published: August 2014 by Familius, 140 pages
Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

Description: Marry the one you love and love the one you marry. It sounds simple enough. But staying in love turns out to be a whole lot different than falling in love. In a world of constant distraction, marriage experts agree that the little things matter a lot. "The Two-Minute Marriage Project" explores the little things couples think, say, and do to stay in love for the long haul. Supported by expert studies, interviews with happily married couples, and years of personal experience, author Heidi Poelman shares the simple secrets that keep love alive. Whether it s choosing an attitude of gratitude, leaving a love note, giving a welcome-home hug at the door, or calling just to say hello, "The Two-Minute Marriage Project" is full of simple ways to love the one you married, two minutes at a time."


My Review: I really enjoyed the ideas that this author presented. It's the little things that matter and really count. Those little things are doable and aren't overwhelming. There were some things that really hit home for me. She talks about how hard life can be on a marriage when you add kids to it--so much time is spent dealing with kids, work, housework, etc that not a lot of energy is left to spend on marriage, but it's very important to make time. 


Research and statistics, as well as expert opinions and personal experiences, are used to support the concepts in the book. It really is simple and doesn't take much time--just some effort and consistency. It's often just being observant and taking action; it can be taking time to stop and think before speaking; or it can be thinking of your spouse before yourself that can help you see improvements.


I loved the way each chapter was broken down into categories. Each chapter focused on certain aspects of marriage and ended with a summary of things to work on--short, easy little things. I really believe that using these can help strengthen a marriage and I've had fun trying some of these ideas out in my own marriage.
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The author, Heidi Poelman, and her husband, Scott.