Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review: Bigfoot Trails: Pacific Northwest by S.A. Jeffers, Illustrations by Catherine Straus

29916132Title: Bigfoot Trails: Pacific Northwest
Author: S.A. Jeffers
Illustrations: Catherine Straus
Published: June 9, 2016
Publisher: Jeffers Publishing
Pages: 24
Review: ebook provided by author
Genre: Ages 6 on up
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 

Play hide and seek with the reigning champion and experience the thrill of locating the mysterious Bigfoot! Visit the captivating landscapes of the Pacific Northwest habitat, where the search is on for the elusive creature. Through each of this interactive story's pages, the reader is tasked with finding Bigfoot, where he is cleverly hidden. Both child and adult are sure to feel the magic and excitement of a legend as old as time!

Review: If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient China: The Han Dynasty by Carole P. Roman, Illustrations by Mateya Arakova

30973998Title: If you were me and lived in...Ancient China: The Han Dynasty
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arakova
Published: June 26, 2016
Pages: 47
Genre: Children ages 8 on up
Review: Paperback provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series.

Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Viking Europe, and what children in the Han Dynasty children did for fun.

If You Were Me and Lived in...does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture.

So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Done Growed Up by Mary Morony

Title: Done Growed Up
Author: Mary Morony
Genre: Literary Fiction
Number of Pages: 266
Publication Date: June 8, 2016


 When we last left the Mackey Family in the late 1950s, their lives were in turmoil. Divorce, alcoholism, racism, death, puberty - what WEREN'T they dealing with? Ethel, a black maid in a racist world - the true heart and soul of the Mackey Family, is the children’s only constant as she fights her own numerous demons. Twelve-year-old Sallee struggles to understand the world with little enlightenment from the adults around her. Her older sister Stuart, a college student New York City, finally escaped the South and drama of her family only to succumb to the terrible temptations of urban life; Gordon, a 14 year old boy feeling anger and hatred as he begins to slowly realize the harsh reality of the people and world around him; while Ginny, newly divorced mother off our, finds that she's not the spoiled princess she once was. She is overwhelmed with responsibility, feelings of abandonment, and alcoholism. Joe, Ginny’s ex, and the children’s father, revels in new-found wealth and popularity with women, yet yearns for family and simpler times.

Author Mary Morony was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, mainly by her family’s beloved black maid. Her childhood was a time of segregated schools and many places that prohibited black people. Morony’s inspiration for the Apron Strings Trilogy was her strong relationship with her maid and caretaker, who taught her more about life and love than anyone has since. Morony also uses personal life tragedies and triumphs to produce novels with real experiences and true emotion.

What readers are saying...

"Terrific read! If you haven't read it's prequel "Apron Strings," you will still enjoy...I was intrigued by the depth of soul in Morony's characters - she writes in a way where you can see what they're seeing and feel what they're feeling." - Amazon Reviewer

"I thought Mary Morony did a wonderful job of capturing what it's like to be a child going through the turbulent stages of adolescence. Her characters were very real and relatable, which made the book that much better! I highly recommend giving this a read!" - Melinda (Amazon)

"Even though this book is a sequel, it can certainly stand alone. It was a good easy read and I laughed, I cried and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next." - Amazon Reviewer

"Mary Morony really makes her characters come alive!" - Max (Amazon)

Mary Morony’s rich characters are drawn from her childhood memories and lifelong experiences. Growing up in a household where both of her parents (and their maid!) had issues with alcohol, her parents split up in a time when divorce was a humiliating family secret.  Morony had a lot of material to work with, even as a child.

By the time Morony was 35, she had been married four times.  Divorced, widowed and the mother of four children, she has experienced more in her life than most people would in five lives.  It has been said that “A life of tragedy and pain has bred a writer full of wit and compassion” in Mary Morony.  As her characters grow and learn, she teaches lessons learned from her own experiences.

Mary Morony is an author who can write about tragedy from the inside and guides her readers through it to compassion, humor and recovery. She brings Southern charm, irreverence and wit to bear against subjects as vast as racism and as personal as alcoholism, always with a heart and soul that makes her work undeniably appealing.

Blog Tour Giveaway 

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice Giveaway ends: August 29, 11:59 pm, 2016
Open to: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Mary Morony and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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Review: Revenge of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps HorrorLand #1) by R.L. Stine

24407741Title: Revenge of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps Horrorland #1)
Author: R.L. Stine
Published: Feb. 14, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 144
Genre: Children ages 9 on up
Review: ebook from library
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk

It's a whole new ride from master of horror and bestselling author R.L. Stine--with a story so fiendish that it can't be contained to just one book!
Britney Crosby thinks her cousin Ethan is pretty weird—and she happens to be right. Ethan won't stop tormenting Britney with an old ventriloquist's dummy. And the puppet has plans for Britney, too!

Next, someone will be offered a vacation at a popular "scream park." An entire week for free? You'd have to be a real dummy to refuse that! But some guests aren't allowed to escape HorrorLand after just six days and seven frights...

Monday, August 1, 2016

Review: The Adventures of Reece & Rusty: Volume 1- The Fish Wish by George Paul

30352600Title: The Adventures of Reece & Rusty The Fish Wish
Author: George Paul
Published: June 2, 2016
Publisher: Whisker & Tales PublishingTM
Pages: 24
Genre: Children ages 6 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 

Reece Spellman’s new best friend, a pet fish, begins to stare at the outside world from his fish tank with a look of despair. The external forces of a glass wall and water that separate their two very different worlds begin to impede the progression of their relationship, but that is about to be changed forever by a seemingly innocent childhood WISH. Was it MAGIC? Or, was it just pure COINCIDENCE?

The Adventures of Reece & Rusty – The Fish Wish is a charming story about friendship, responsibility, and inspiration, with a magical touch that will leave all readers highly entertained. The Fish Wish, the first adventure in the series, introduces the reader to the Spellmans, a lovable, seemingly ordinary family who are anxiously anticipating a momentous event in their child’s life. Reece Spellman, who just turned seven, finally convinces his parents to get him a pet, but he is not very happy with their choice. Reece’s mother tells him, “If you can take care of this fish and show the proper responsibility, you will get a larger pet in the near future.” Little did she know how prophetic those words would soon become.

The main reason I wrote this story was to express to children that they should never give up on their wishes and dreams, and to relish the journey of aspiring to achieve them. Furthermore, as a parent myself, I know that there is nothing more gratifying than to see your child show responsibility, kindness, and demonstrate moral values. The Adventures of Reece & Rusty embraces this theme along with common life experiences/events intertwined with magical and humoristic overtones.

Review: Pegasus -- A Dragon's Tale by Gina LoBiondo

25556037Title: Pegasus- A Dragon's Tale
Author: Gina LoBiondo
Illustrator: Stephanie Zuppo
Publisher: Nephthys Publications
Pages: 34
Genre: Children ages 5 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk

For hundreds of years tales of dragons have been told and cherished. What child hasn't wished to have his or her own dragon or to fight the great fire-breathers?

Pegasus – A Dragon’s Tale is the delightful, heartwarming story of two young bear cubs and the dragon they find that changes their lives forever.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Review: Grim Tales: The Curse of the Doubloons by Linda DeMeulemeester

19375137Title: Grim Tales: The Curse of the Doubloons
Author: Linda DeMeulemeester
Published: Aug. 16, 2012
Publisher: Pumpkin Press
Pages: 57
Genre: Children ages 8 on up
Review: ebook

A new short story based on the Grim Hill world of Cat, Sookie and their friends.
Cat and the gang’s boring tour is about to become a lot more exciting! But not in a good way...They jump on a pirate ride and are soon battling supernatural creatures and swamp beasts. All aboard for a spooky new Grim Hill adventure.