Monday, December 5, 2016

Spotlight Tour and GIVEAWAY: The Spell Thief by Tom Percival

The Spell Thief
By Tom Percival
December 6, 2016; Hardcover, ISBN: 9781492646648

Title: The Spell Thief
Author: Tom Percival
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Join Red, Jack, Rapunzel, and Anansi in this fun fairy tale mash-up chapter book series!

Jack (of the beanstalk fame) and his magical talking chicken, Betsy, have always been great at making new friends, like their BFFs Red and Rapunzel. But when Jack spots Anansi, the new kid in town, talking to a troll in the Deep Dark Woods, he immediately becomes suspicious. Everyone knows that trolls mean trouble, and Jack will do anything to prove to the rest of his friends that Anansi is a troll spy. Even if that means using stolen magic!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Review: Mo the Donkey: The Wedding Adventure by Charlotte Sullivan

Mo the Donkey: The Wedding Adventure by [Sullivan, Charlotte]Title: Mo The Donkey: The Wedding Adventure
Author: Charlotte Sullivan
Illustrated by: Hannah Baker
Published: Nov. 7, 2016
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
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A charming illustrated children’s book based on the true story of author Charlotte Sullivan’s animal-mad wedding, featured in the Daily Mail and on The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Mo the Donkey is jumping gleefully across his field. Today is a very special day. Mo is going to be a page boy at his owner Charlotte’s wedding. But what will happen when a very muddy puddle, a missing bridesmaid bull terrier and some stolen sausages threaten to stand in Mo’s way?
Join Mo and all his animal friends on their great wedding adventure. Can they save the day from ruin?

Review: Oliver and the Billy Cart by Lou Silluzio

26534768Title: Oliver and the Billy Cart
Author: Lou Silluzio
Published: Aug. 19, 2015
Publisher: Domjaf Media
Pages: 50 (paperback)
Review: ebook provided by author
Genre: Children ages 5 on up
Buy Links: Amazon, 

Do you have a young child who hates following rules? Or does their sense of adventure overrule their need for safety? This exciting tale will have young readers holding their breath, and learning a valuable lesson about rules and safety along the way.
Oliver loves the new blue billy cart his grandfather has just given him, and he can't wait to see how fast it can go. But Oliver's grandfather and mother just keep giving him rules, rules, rules! Oliver is a big boy with a brand new billy cart and he doesn't need rules! Or does he? Find out just how much fun ... or trouble Oliver gets into!

Review: Felix and Jedi by Lou Silluzio

Title: Felix and Jedi
Author: Lou Silluzio
Published: Jan. 24, 2016
Publisher: Domjaf Media
Pages: 34 (print)
Genre: Children ages 5 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
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Do you have a young child who loves to tease their pet dog? Are you tired of telling them over and over to 'be nice'? This adventure-filled tale will help your child understand the consequences of being a bully.
Felix is a cheeky little boy who delights in teasing his dog, Jedi. As much as Felix's mother tells him not to tease Jedi, Felix just can't help himself. But things are about to take a turn for the worse when Felix takes a tumble. Feeling guilty, Jedi thinks there is only one thing to do. What happens when a boy loses his best friend?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY: The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success by Lori Tsugawa Whaley



Title: The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success
Author: Lori Tsugawa Whaley
Publisher: Aviva Publishing
Publication Date: January 21, 2016
Genre: Motivational
Number of Pages: 264

The Courage of a Samurai is a Japanese American's journey into bushido, the samurai's code of ethics. Each chapter features a timeless message about Japanese and Japanese Americans who applied the principles of courage, integrity, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor, and loyalty to overcome life's challenges, and emerge stronger individuals. The Courage of a Samurai provides the reader a look ‘ inside’ this ancient code through the lives of inspiring individuals.Why did Chiune Sugihara, aka the Japanese Schindler, save the lives of Polish and Lithuanian Jews during World War II against the orders of the Japanese and Lithuanian governments? Understand the meaning of Honor in Saigo Takamori’ s, aka The Last Samurai, determination to preserve the samurai’ s way of life. Learn why “Go for Broke!” was the motto of the famous World War II all-Nisei 100th/442ndRCT, and discover why this simple motto reflects the essence of the way of the warrior. The Code of Bushido can guide us through the challenges we all face, and inspire us to live a life of honor, courage, and integrity in today’ s fast-paced and changing world. Sharpen your sword, and let the journey begin!


What others are saying...

"Bushido might be a Japanese culture, but I now realize that many of its aspects have universal values and appeals. I recommend this book to anyone who seeks inspirations to be a better person who can think beyond his/her personal and cultural boundaries." - Amazon Review

"Inspiring and clear. Wonderful stories that relate basic life principles in a way anyone can enjoy and follow." - Amazon Review 

"A very special and thoughtfully written book, that is a 'must read', for all, who want to reflect on their lives and learn how to make it better......especially, knowing there are those who have gone before us, making sacrifices we may have forgotten or fail to recognize." - Amazon Review 

"Ms. Whaley's book is one of the most inspirational that I ever read. She takes the story of the brave Japanese American soldiers of World War II, and uses their story to inspire her modern readers. I could not put the book down! It was gripping, passionate, intense, and beautiful all at the same time! I recommend this to anyone and everyone." - Chris Brusatte


Lori Tsugawa Whaley is an author, professional keynote speaker and life coach. Lori is a third generation Japanese-American baby boomer and a descendant of the samurai warrior; she is on a mission to empower others to reach their God-given leadership potential no matter their path, heritage, or circumstances. Lori and her husband John reside in a Japanese-style home in the Pacific Northwest.

Blog Tour Giveaway

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Spotlight and GIVEAWAY: Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb

November 1, 2016; Hardcover, ISBN 9781492639091

Title: Return to the Secret Garden
Author: Holly Webb
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Praise for Return to the Secret Garden

“What a joy to return to the scene of a beloved children's classic... RETURN TO THE SECRET GARDEN with Holly Webb and enjoy the wonder of childhood and the magic of friendship in this sequel that is sure to warm the hearts of young readers everywhere. This is an absolute literary delight.”
 Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books (Excelsior, MN)

Return to the magic of Burnett’s classic tale with a brand-new character as she discovers a very secret garden.

It’s 1939, and the occupants of the Craven Home for Orphaned Children have been evacuated to Misselthwaite Hall, a fancy manor in the English countryside, to escape the Blitz. Emmie would hardly call the orphanage “home,” but her heart breaks knowing that leaving Craven means leaving her beloved cat, Lucy. Away from everything she’s ever known and trapped in imposing Misselthwaite, Emmie finds herself more miserable than ever.

But soon she starts discovering the secrets of the house—a boy who cries in the night, a diary written by a girl named Mary, and a garden. A very secret garden…

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Review: The Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zenz

1860778Title: The Hiccupotamus
Author: Aaron Zenz
Published: Jan. 6, 2012
Publisher: Two Lions
Pages: 32
Genre: Children ages 3 on up
Review: ebook
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HIC HIC HIC What's worse than a chronic case of the hiccups? How about a HIPPO with a chronic case of the hiccups? Is there any cure, or are those hiccups doomed to stay? vibrant illustrations, spirited text, and unforgettable characters unite in this exciting debut work from talented author/illustrator Aaron Zens.