Oct 18, 2014

Meet Dr. Julia E. Antoine

Dr. Julia E. Antoine began writing professionally at the age of 19. At that time, she wrote short stories for the local radio station in her home town. She gave up writing when she moved to the United States to attend college. She has since earned several degrees, including two Masters and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in Boston. During the course of her schooling, she wrote and published a working curriculum for a career school, a business manual and its answer key, as well as other literary work. In 2010, she revisited her first love, writing for fun and enjoyment. Dr. Antoine writes children’s books under her given name and romance novels under her pen name, Ju Ephraime. Visit her at: http://www.too-clever.com


1. Most days I can be found dancing alone to the music of Journey.

2. I talk to myself a lot, especially when writing a story.

3. I love going back to my childhood to play; it inspires me to write.

4. I love to bake cookies with my grandchildren.

5. I enjoy building sand castles at the beach with my daughter and granddaughter.

6. I am an excellent cook and love it when my family enjoys my cooking.

7. I can’t sew a straight stitch, but I have a lot of fun trying.

8. I perm and cut my own hair, not to save money but because I believe no one can do it like I can. LOL

9. I love reading and play-acting the characters in my stories, when I read to kids.

10. My favorite kid character on television is, Word Girl, which I play with my daughter and granddaughter, “may I have a word, sir? Ad·e·quate.”


I am reviewing 2 books for Julia

Staying Safe
Staying Safe is a wonderful picture book encouraging kids to stay safe in the home and in the neighborhood. It's a tool for parents, as well as educators, and of course kids. Most situations which may present a danger to kids are explored. Kids are placed in real life situations and presented with various scenarios. It's a 65 page, fully illustrated book that teaches the gives kids the knowledge of what's acceptable behavior and practice and what's not, to stay safe. It also has an extensive Note to Parents section to help parents, educators and others to teach children to be safe in potentially dangerous situations.

My review:
This book is WONDERFUL!

Told so simple that a child will understand, yet FUN enough that a child will want to read it again and again.

I was intrigued with ALL the different ways a child MIGHT get hurt and the GUIDELINES given to keep them SAFE.

Bold, colorful pictures keeps the child involved in the process of learning safety rules.

Instill safety practices with the children you care about.

Too Clever VII: Cleo's Tomato Sandwich
Eleven year old Cleo loves tomato sandwiches more than anything else in the whole entire world. She loves tomato sandwich so much that she had been trying, ever since she was six, to grow her own tomato garden. Now, finally, at age eleven, Cleo is making one more effort to grow a tomato garden. Will she succeed? And if she does, will it be everything she’d hoped? Read Cleo’s journey, as she sets about fulfilling one of her long held dreams.

My review:
This book is an AMAZING READ!

Again simple enough for a child, yet very informative on the art of growing tomatoes.

Read along as Cleo takes seeds from a tomato, prepares them, plants them, waters them, transplants them, takes care of them, etc.

She even thinks about a solution to keep the tomato plants producing year-round.

This is truly a "you reap what you sow" type of story:)


Other books in the Too Clever Series

Oct 17, 2014

It Is Better To Look Up

Book Details
Authors: Compilation
Release Date: October 2014
Publisher: Deseret Book
Genre: Inspiration

One of the things we love best about a talk is the personal stories that are added.

This book has 56 "personal life experiences shared from the pulpit."

You will read such classics as:

* Lift Where You Stand, by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

* Run to Higher Ground,by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

* You Stupid Cow! by Elder Mervyn B. Arnold

* A Favorite Hymn, by President Boyd K. Packer

* We Can't Afford It, by Elder Robert D. Hales

* A Heavy Load, by Elder David A. Bednar

* And MORE

Each story will warm your heart and bring love to your spirit.

You will be uplifted and encouraged to continue enduring to the end.

BEAUTIFULLY illustrated!

This book is similar in style to President Monson's book Consider the Blessings.

This would be a PERFECT Christmas Gift!

Contributors to this volume include past and present members of the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Quorum of the Seventy, presiding bishopric, general Relief Society presidency, general Young Women Presidency, and general Primary presidency.

(A review copy was provided, however, all reviews are of my own opinion :)

Oct 16, 2014

Be Mine

Book Details
Author: Brenda Ponnay
Release Date: March 2013
Publisher: Xist Publishing
Genre: Gift Book



Using catch phrases like:
*Hey cupcake!
*I'm nuts about you
*I'm head over heels for you!
*Oh, love bug!
*and more

This book is a DARLING way to tell someone you love them.

PERFECT for a bedtime story to a child.

Adorable pictures!
Grab a copy of this book and share the love ")

About the Author
Mother by day, Secret Agent by night! Or at least that's what I've been telling everyone on the internet for the last five years. The reality is I juggle motherhood and a bustling graphic design and illustration business all day long and deep into the night. The lines are blurred and that is what makes me a Secret Agent or a super hero, either one.

My daughter is my muse and she creeps into my art in the most unexpected ways (sometimes literally).

Oct 14, 2014

Fun Fall Favorites $300 Giveaway


28 authors have come together to give you a
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