Jun 30, 2015

The Legend of Dust Bunnies a Fairy's Tale w/ Book + Dust Bunny Giveaway

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A review copy was provided

The Legend of Dust Bunnies a Fairy's Tale
by Michelle R. Eastman
illustrated by Kevin Richter

This is not a typical fairy tale, and Artie is not a typical fairy.

Artie is a misfit. His fellow Dust Fairies have a knack for dirtying people’s houses. They fire soot from their slingshots and enter crumb-spitting contests. While we sleep, they spread dust everywhere.

Artie doesn’t make messes. He has a unique habit of collecting things. The other Dust Fairies don’t appreciate Artie’s collection of tidbits, so he spends his nights alone.

One cold night, Artie’s loneliness leads to inspiration, and he creates something legendary.

His story will have families looking at Dust Bunnies in a new light and may actually give kids an excuse NOT to clean their rooms.

Artie’s story helps kids realize that we all have unique gifts and not everyone fits in with the crowd.

Making of the Book Video

 

My Review
I love these quotes from the author:

"Slingshot wielding fairies? Why not?"
"When life hands you dust-make dust bunnies!"
"May Your Dreams Never Get Dusty"

As you can tell this author is fantastic with words...and this book shows it perfectly!

FAIRIES! 
DUST! 
CRUMB-SPITTING CONTESTS! 
SOOT-LOADED SLINGSHOTS!
FANCY SPIDER WEB CAPES!
CREATIVITY!
BUNNIES!
FUN!

This book has it all-- and a lesson too about being true to oneself and being unique.

LOVED IT!
FANTASTIC pictures keep you intrigued as you flitter through the night with these special house guests :)

Michelle has graciously offered a 
BOOK + DUST BUNNY GIVEAWAY
for one of my followers :)
(US Address only please)



About the Author
Michelle Eastman began her career as an elementary teacher in the West Des Moines School District. At Iowa Public Television, she wrote educational content for teachers and students in more than two-hundred Iowa school districts.

Her dream to publish a children's picture book began on a "fairy-wing" and a prayer. With the encouragement of friends and family, she's living her dream as a children's author.

When she's not chasing dust bunnies, or her two cats, she likes to cuddle up with a good book and her son. Michelle lives with her husband and son, in Waukee, Iowa. Visit her at www.michelleeastmanbooks.com

About the Illustrator
Kevin Richter has always drawn, doodled, painted and scribbled. He loves it so much that he makes a living doing it. He lives wit his wife and their two sons in the beautiful English town of Toyal Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Visit Kev at www.kevtoon.com




GET INVOLVED
Michelle is the founder of the literacy initiative, Picture Book Pass it On https://www.facebook.com/PBPiO/ which encourages people to donate new or gently used books to kids in need.
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2/3 of kids in poverty don't own a book. Let's fix that! 

#1 Pledge to donate a new or gently used picture book/s to a children’s charity in your area.

#2 Post your pledge on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PBPiO . Share it on your blog and on social media. Please include our badge and #PBPiO.

#3 Pass it on. When you post about your pledge, challenge one or more friends to join your #PBPiO giving chain. Encourage them to take the pledge and keep passing it on…

Oh, and be sure to share your giving story on our Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/PBPiO . We love to see how books are reaching kids all over the globe.

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Michelle also supports  Storybook Project
VNS of Iowa's Storybook Project recruits, screens and trains volunteers to work with incarcerated parents and/or grandparents at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville, Iowa and the Newton Correctional Release Center (CNRC) in Newton, Iowa. Once per month, volunteers work with the mother, grandmother or father. The parent/grandparent and volunteer choose a book from the Storybook library that is appropriate for the child. The parent or grandparent reads the book while the volunteer records the reading onto a digital voice recorder. The book and CD are mailed to the child. If you are interested in volunteering or contributing to the Storybook Project, call 515-288-1516.

Your book donations may be mailed to:
VNS of Iowa, Storybook Project
1111 9th Street Suite 320
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

Jun 29, 2015

Living It Down

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A review copy was provided
Published by Walnut Springs

LIVING IT DOWN
by Pamela S. Williams

Carrie Burke has it all-marriage to a successful lawyer, two lively teenage daughters, a beautiful home, the gospel. Why isn't she happy? Confused, joyless, and depressed, she questions her own worth and decides to take an unorthodox "time-out" to reevaluate her life. Her husband Morgan calls it selfish. Carrie calls it self-preservation.

Renting the basement apartment in Aunt Sophie's vintage Victorian home brings its own set of challenges, but also the advantage of friendship with vivacious, creative Lainie McGuire. Coincidence brings an old flame, Todd Kendall - a man Carrie never wanted to see again - back into her life. To guide her daughter through a moral crisis with a predatory boy, she realizes she needs the help of both Todd and Morgan.

In her spiritual quest to reconnect with her values and reclaim her best self, Carrie yearns to find joy again, and in the process discovers that maybe there's no such thing as coincidence.

My Review
I was impressed with how compelling this book was. You really feel for these characters!

This book touches on the sensitive issue of teen sex and pregnancy, but does so in a very respectful way. And I LOVED that the parents were the ones to teach their children...very well written.

It also touches on separation and divorce and shows that parents are not perfect and sometimes struggle too!

A beautiful book of forgiving, trying one's best, and learning along the way.
I will definitely read more from this author!

About the Author
Pamela Stott Williams is a native of Portland, Oregon, and a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has been a newspaper reporter, writing teacher, poet, playwright, essayist, editor, novelist and member of the League of Utah Writers and an LDS women's writers group, ANWA, the American Night Writers Association, so named because women writers often find time to write mostly after the children have gone to bed. Pam has won contest prizes from both groups for her work. She feels a particular calling to speak to Latter-day Saint readers about the challenges of being alive and living the gospel. As the nearly OCD Queen of Tweak, she rarely begins a sentence with "the," and shuns question marks at the end of rhetorical questions. Pam and her husband Roger currently reside in Provo, Utah, but have lived on Guam, in Iran, in Navajoland, and most recently spent thirty-three years in Richfield, Utah. Pam and Roger are the parents of three and grandparents of seven.

-Photo by Mindy Gonzalez

Book Blast - Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity w/ $50 Amazon or PayPal Giveaway

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BOOK BLAST

Stick in the Mud 
Meets Spontaneity
(Meet Your Match #3) 
by Rachael Anderson 

Home from college for the summer, Samantha Kinsey steps into her role as nanny for her two favorite little charges.

But when she finds herself playing chauffeur more than playmate, her summer outlook quickly turns from fun to bleak.

That is, until she drives the girls to a family-owned ranch and meets Colten McCoy—a genuine, hard-working cowboy, who's as set in his ways as he is handsome.

Although he claims he doesn't need any fun in his life, Sam’s determined to help him find it. But she'll soon discover that cowboys are about as easy to train as wild mustangs.

Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity is about an adaptable girl and a not so adaptable guy.

It’s about learning to accept people for who they are and realizing that sometimes who they are is exactly who they should be.

Purchase your copy from AMAZON and/or add to GOODREADS



Book Blast Giveaway 
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Ends 7/22/15 

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About the Author
Rachael Anderson USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.


Also available in the Meet Your Match Boxed Set

Jun 27, 2015

Summer Book Trek 2015

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Every July Karlene from New LDS Fiction hosts the Summer Book Trek where you can win books by reading books! It’s so much fun and she gives away lots and lots of books by LDS authors.

All you do is pick the books you’re going to read in July, post your goal on your blog, then rack up the points as you read and review the books you’ve read.

Like most Reading Challenges, a blog is required—but never fear. If you don’t have a blog, you can use her blog. Just email your reading list and reviews and she’ll add them to the blog so you can play too.

See more details at: http://bit.ly/UGOyvh

Here is my list:
Everville: The Fall of Bracenbone
Living It Down
Sheik's Ruby
What Took You So Long
Veils and Vengeance
Lord Fenton's Folly
Worth Waiting For
Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity
Another Time for Love
A Timeless Romance Anthology
Love on a Whim

Jun 26, 2015

Colorful Characters in Mormon History

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COLORFUL CHARACTERS
by Kathryn Jenkins Gordon

Most Mormons are mild-mannered, well-behaved, law-abiding citizens who tend to get along well with their neighbors. But every once in a while, there's a renegade. You know the one: a little bit wild-eyed, ready to rumble, out to go where no Mormon has gone before. Face it: we all know one.

Well, if you think you've seen a colorful character or two in your ward, you should check out the colorful characters in this book some Mormons, some non-Mormons who impacted Church history. These people are a whole new breed of colorful.

You'll meet the guy who is credited with starting the gold rush and putting San Francisco on the map California's first millionaire, who dies selling pencils on the street. You'll meet the Mormon FBI agent who was killed in a shoot-out with Baby Face Nelson, but not before taking out the Baby. You'll gain a whole new appreciation for the General Authority who peppered his sermons with profanity. And that's just scratching the surface.

Most of all, you'll find yourself shaking your head in wonder, 
having a knee-slapping good laugh, 
and maybe even shedding a tear or two here and there.

My Review
This book is SO FASCINATING!
Wonderful tidbits about some very interesting people!

The author does a fabulous job of keeping you entertained while telling each person's story.

Some stories I had heard before...some stories were new for me...and some of these stories I had heard the 'fable' version instead of the 'fact' version...so glad she straightened that out :)

Once I started reading I didn't want to put it down! Such an amazing look at history and the people who helped shape it!

This is the 4th book I have read from this author-- I LOVE her style!
DO NOT MISS OUT ON THIS ONE!

Perfect for the history buff or anyone who just likes to hear a really great story about a "colorful character."

About the Author
The managing editor at Covenant Communications, Kathryn Jenkins Gordon has had thirty-nine years of professional experience in corporate and internal communications, public relations, media relations, marketing communications, and publications management. She has been a press secretary for a US Congressman; vice-president of a Salt Lake City publishing company; manager of strategic communications for Novell, Inc.; director of public relations at a private college in Salt Lake City; and has held communications management positions at a variety of national and international corporations.

Her interest include reading, writing, cooking, traveling, and doing family history. She has met five presidents of the United States, sailed up the Nile River, prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, eaten tempura in Tokyo, and received a dozen long-stemmed red roses from a stranger on the street in Athens.

She and her husband, Glenn, parent a combined family of ten children and five grandchildren.

Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin w/ Giveaway Package

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A review copy was provided

WALLY THE WARM-WEATHER PENGUIN
by Stephanie M. Ward
illustrated by Vanessa Landin

Wally is an Emperor Penguin from Antarctica who isn't exactly like the other penguins. Wally is always cold and dreams of life on a tropical island. When Wally learns about a place that is always sunny and warm, he sets sail for the Galapagos Islands and discovers an amazing world of tap-dancing crabs, racing hundred-year-old tortoises and diving birds with bright blue feet. With clever rhyming text and brilliant, colorful illustrations, children will love visiting the Galapagos Islands with Wally and his memorable friends.

My Review
What a DARLING book!
Not only is it fun to read, but you learn along the way.

Adorable pictures will capture any audience and the story has a little humor to it too :)

I highly recommend this book!
Perfect to read to a child-- or to have an older child read it to you!
A book the whole family will love!

The author has graciously offered a
BOOK + CANVAS TOTE + POST CARDS 
GIVEAWAY for my followers :)



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About the Author
Stephanie has been writing in various forms for the last 20 years. After traveling around the world for a year, visiting all seven continents and over 30 countries, Stephanie decided to focus on writing stories for children about amazing places around the world. Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin, A Galapagos Islands Story is her first children’s book.

Stephanie has worked in public relations and marketing for Fortune 100 companies in the U.S. and France. In addition, she has written travel articles for various outlets and was a contributor to the book Tana’s Habitat: The Ultimate Guide to Finding, Affording and Styling Your First Place. Due to ever-present wanderlust, Stephanie has lived in San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Paris. Currently, she and her family are based in Sydney, Australia.


About the Illustrator
Vanessa is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her creative work on Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin has brought the animal characters from both Ecuador and Antarctica to life in a distinctly modern, yet warm and thoughtful way.

Her vast skills as an artist have contributed to many projects for PROECUADOR, POLIGRÁFICA C.A. and Enjoy Media Group. For more information and samples of Vanessa’s broad range of designs and illustrations, visit http://www.elance.com and view her portfolio of work.


Jun 25, 2015

Amazon Echo - A voice activated computer--

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This technology is AMAZING!
Echo connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service, to provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news, create shopping lists, check sports scores or the weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. 

Price:$179.99 FREE Shipping.
In stock on July 14, 2015. 
Order it now.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
  • Information, music, audiobooks, news, weather, traffic, sports, and more--instantly
  • Controlled by your voice for hands-free convenience
  • Far-field voice recognition hears you from across the room
  • Connected to the cloud so it's always getting smarter
  • 360º omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound
  • Compatible with Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue connected devices to control lights and switches with your voice
  • Plays music from Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more


Jun 24, 2015

Everville: The Fall of Brackenbone

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Everville: The Fall of Brackenbone
by Roy Huff

Two very different worlds, Easton Falls University and the magical realm of Everville are in dire need of a hero. Owen Sage embarks on an epic journey of monumental proportions to save these worlds all while fighting to keep the world within himself intact. This quest is not for the faint of heart nor is it for the weak of mind—only the bravest will succeed. Discovering the well-kept secret of The Fourth Pillar of Truth is only part of the feat. Owen will have to outwit the ever-powerful villain Governor Jahal and overcome countless other challenges along the way.


Amongst all of the dragons, giants and grand chaos, 
will Owen's acquired skills and wisdom be enough to save both worlds or will peril be the ultimate fate of all?

Excerpt
As Rathlar was about to embark on his daily trek, two small figures crept up behind him. Beads of sweat dripped from their faces. Step by step, they made a slow and deliberate approach. They eyed the dragon's position and timed their motions to coincide with the turns and departure of the massive creature. Armed with a cache of special tools and weapons, they inched their way toward the back entrance of the city, hoping to secretly enter.

Despite their stealth, Rathlar caught a glimmer of the two soldiers in the corner of his eye and sprang into action. He used his powerful legs to thrust his body high above the ground then spread his massive wings,turning in midair to face the trespassers and let forth a deafening roar and a fiery breath that scorched the clothing of those who were too close, filling the air with the smell of ash.

Rathlar lunged towards the group of Ubaloo soldiers and used his shape-shifting power to make the most intimidating face and fiercest growl any of them had ever seen.

Several of the Ubaloo warriors' knees buckled as they shrieked in fright and fell to the ground. The dirty water raced up the soldiers' legs, soaking them completely, washing away the stink of sweat and replacing it with the smell of wet mud. In that instant, terror seized the Ubaloo and for a moment they forgot why they were there.

Rathlar calmed his frightful face and allowed his features to melt into a genuine smile. His impenetrable leather skin lifted over his large sharp teeth as the broad grin morphed into a hearty chuckle.

The dragon's sudden transformation mesmerized the Ubaloo soldiers, who had frozen in place. A chorus of cheerful laughs soon followed.

"Excellent, Rathlar!" shouted the officer in charge of the dragon's training. "I don't think any creature stands a chance against such a might dragon."

My Review
A VERY FUN book!
A GREAT summer read for teens!
PERFECT for a 'family read'!
So well written you feel as if you are right there!

Transport to the time and place of dragons and giants and evil men and heroes and elements that can either create it all OR destroy it all....

This is a book that EVERYONE will enjoy!

About the Author
Roy Huff is the award winning author of Amazon's #1 international bestselling epic fantasy novel, Everville: The First Pillar; InD'Tale Magazine's Crème de la cover March 2014 winner, Everville: The City of Worms; and Readers' Favorite 2014 young adult fantasy silver medal winner, Everville: The Rise of Mallory. These are the first installments in the remarkable Everville series which combines elements of epic fantasy and young adult fiction in a form that nearly anyone will enjoy reading, young or old. He is a man of many interests including but not limited to science, traveling, movies, the outdoors, and of course writing teen and young adult fantasy fiction. He holds five degrees in four separate disciplines including liberal arts, history, secondary science education, and geoscience. Roy Huff's background includes work in art, history, education, business, real-estate, economics, geoscience, and satellite meteorology. He was born on the East Coast but has spent more than half his life in Hawaii, where he currently resides and writes his epic fantasy sagas.

Portrait of Lies

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Coming Soon
PORTRAIT OF LIES
by Clair M. Poulson

It was a robbery gone bad, or so they said. For Detective Trey Shotwell, the murder of his mother, a prominent artist, was the catalyst for setting aside his own artistic aspirations to pursue a career in law enforcement—despite the opposition of his father, also a famous painter. When he agrees to attend an art auction featuring his father's work, the cruise ship locale provides the relaxation that Trey needs—and when he meets stunning fellow passenger Ariah Stanton, the undeniable chemistry they share is an unexpected bonus.

But the tranquil voyage quickly turns into a nightmare at sea. The Shotwell paintings have disappeared, and amidst the chaotic hunt for the thief, a murderer is free to roam the halls of the ship. Ariah finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and miraculously escapes the murderer—for now. But another victim is not so lucky...

The crime is eerily reminiscent of the death of Trey's mother so many years before. But this time, the young detective has the resources he needs to track the killer. As the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, they paint the chilling picture of a sinister plot years in the making. In a manhunt that takes him from the high seas of the Pacific to the wilderness of Australia, Trey will stop at nothing to solve the crime and protect the woman he loves.

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Stick in the Mud Meets Spontaneity

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Coming Soon
STICK IN THE MUD MEETS SPONTANEITY
by Rachael Anderson

Home for the summer, Samantha Kinsey is ready to step into her role as pseudo-nanny for her two favorite charges.

But when she realizes she'll be playing chauffeur more than playmate, her summer outlook quickly turns from fun to bleak. 

That is, until she meets Colton McCoy--a genuine, hard-working cowboy, who's as set in his ways as he is handsome. 

Although he claims he doesn't need any spontaneity in his life, Sam's determined to help him find it. 

But she'll soon discover that cowboys are about as easy to change as wild mustangs.

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