Monday, September 1, 2014

#Review:Good Night Sleep Tight What A Wonderful Flight by Louis Lintvelt/Illustrated by Do Thai Thanh



Summary:
After an exciting flight, it is time to say goodnight. 
The tired sun sets overhead. 
Sleepy aircraft get ready for bed. 
They slow their propellers and park their wings. 
Time to snuggle up and tuck in...Goodnight, Sleep Tight. 

The charming illustrations and sweet rhyming text are sure to be a delight for sleepy aircraft enthusiasts.




My review:
This sweet little book tells the story of several different types of aircraft with cute little names that match. For example: Fire Plane Dave and Jane the Jet
Each one has a two page spread for what they do, then another two page spread of how the "sleep" at night.

The book is totally in rhyme of which the author excels at. The pictorial illustrations show each aircraft boldly with the surrounding as secondary. The pictures are in darker more muted colors to denote the idea that the aircraft are going to go to sleep after they work.

I read this book to my grandchildren. My grand-daughter delighted in the repetitive line,
"Hush...Goodnight...Sleep Tight." I winked at her every time this line came up and she would say the line with me and wink too. 

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$200 Blogger Appreciation #Giveaway

 

With the holidays fast approaching, I am sure many of you could use some extra cash

Welcome to the $200 September Blogger Appreciation Giveaway 2014 hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

#Review: Clam Wake by Mary Daheim



Summary:

Innkeeper and irrepressible sleuth Judith McMonigle Flynn and cousin Renie face off against a cold-blooded killer in a beach community in this delightfully charming Bed-and-Breakfast mystery from USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Mary Daheim.
With the holidays gone and Hillside Manor almost empty, Innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn has a bad case of the blues. A house sitting stint at her aunt and uncle’s retirement home on Whoopee Island with cousin Renie seems like the ideal pick-me-up. Surrounded by retirees in the off-season sounds peaceful and pleasant--or so the duo thinks. But it isn't long before a dead body pops up in their vicinity. Not surprising in an area full of older folks—until they learn it wasn't a bad ticker that did in the victim, but a very sharp knife. With clouds of suspicion hovering over her and Renie, Judith reluctantly begins sleuthing—if only to prove they didn't commit the crime.
But what she finds is puzzling. The victim reputedly didn't have an enemy in the world--except for the killer. Digging for clams and answers, the cousins discover that retirement can be deadly—at least among the eclectic, eccentric residents of Obsession Shores.

My Review:

Sometimes I like to read a good mystery book and do not like a bunch of blood and guts. This one fit the bill pretty well. This series of books is the first one I have ever read and know I would like to read some more.

I really like how the two main characters are just trying to make the best of an unexpected trip but end up finding a dead body on the first day they are there. What a bummer! However, as they go along trying to find the real killer, they meet some interesting, eccentric people on an unusually named island.

The only fault I found in the book is that it does drag a bit which made it seem repetitive a bit. It wasn't so much that it made me not want to read the book though.

I sincerely loved all the quirky characters including the main ones and was surprised at the end who the real killer was but of course, I will not reveal who that is. Read it yourself, you will like it. I know I did and that is why, this book is getting 4 stars from me.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#Review: "What Counts the Most Is How You Finish" by Shelia Payton



Summary:
While each person has to find his or her own way in life, we can all learn worthwhile things from each other. The goal of each essay in this book is to share ideas about addressing life’s challenges.
The book draws from the authors own experiences, the experiences of her generation (who helped end legal segregation), and others. 

My Review:
The author grew up in a time when segregation was a huge part of life for her. This alone would have brought many people of her time to feel less than human. However, her parents encouraged her to be who she wanted to be and she stuck with that philosophy all her life and overcame barriers.

She writes little two to three page lessons based upon her experiences of growing up and entering a work force that was not supposed to be for women, much less a black woman. Her perseverance, tenacity, and faith in a higher power, has helped her be the person she is today. She shares that wisdom with a new generation with the hopes that they too can overcome.

The book is divided into broader main categories and the subdivided into the smaller lessons under each category. Each brings hope to the present and future generations.
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Overall, I think the author's wisdom is pretty terrific. I did think sometimes it did not apply to today's teens but mostly this generation could learn a thing or two from her.

I was intrigued by the authors life and I think I would have liked this book more if she had made it into more of a memoir. Perhaps she will?

4 stars!
Disclosure: I, Naila Moon of Reading Authors, received a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. The review expressed here is 100% my own and may differ from yours. This review is also a part of a blog tour from iRead Books.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

#Giveaway:$100 Macy's Gift Card from Michael Phillip Cash



Born and raised on Long Island, Michael Phillip Cash has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

Michael Phillip Cash wants to know what your favorite book is that he has written and why you like it. To do this he has created a simple entry of only 3 questions to answer. One winner will receive a $100 gift card to Macy's. Wouldn't that be great for the upcoming holiday seasons?


The winner will be hand picked by Michael Cash himself. He is looking for creativity in your answers of why you like a certain book. 


Details:You are allowed to only enter two times and anything beyond that will not count. There is an optional section to share this giveaway on your Facebook page only for an extra entry. This giveaway will end September 8, 2014 and only open to US.  Note again, this is not a random giveaway and creativity is keyEnter below and Good luck!

Disclosure: Naila Moon of Reading authors was asked to promote this giveaway on behalf of Michael Phillip Cash and Away We Go Media. I was compensated for this post but am not responsible for prize drawings or prize distribution.

#Giveaway: $100 Macy's Gift Card from Carole P. Roman



Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Remarkable Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series.
Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.
Her new non fiction series, "If You Were Me and Lived in..." combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, "If You Were Me and Lived in...Mexico" has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children's Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca's Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in...Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in ...France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in...France for best in children's non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.
Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.


Carole P. Roman wants to know what your favorite book or series is that she has written and why you like it. To do this she has created a simple entry of only 3 questions to answer. One winner will receive a $100 gift card to Macy's. Wouldn't that be great for the upcoming holiday seasons?


The winner will be hand picked by Carole herself. She is looking for creativity in your answers of why you like a certain book or series on this one, not just the answer. 


Details:You are allowed to only enter two times and anything beyond that will not count. There is an optional section to share this giveaway on your Facebook page only for an extra entry. This giveaway will end September 8, 2014 and only open to US.  Note again, this is not a random giveaway and creativity is keyEnter below and Good luck!

Disclosure: Naila Moon of Reading authors was asked to promote this giveaway on behalf of Carole P. Roman and Away We Go Media. I was compensated for this post but am not responsible for prize drawings or prize distribution.