Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 2017 Kid Lit Blog Hop #KLBH #KidLitBlogHop


Hello, welcome back to another month of terrific children's literature. We welcome you to the July 2017 Kid Lit Blog Hop. This hop takes place every 3rd Wednesday of the month. It is designed to engage a  group of people who love everything that has to do with children's literature. Everyone is welcome to join us: bloggers, authors, publicist, and publishers!

Summer is winding down and the kids will be returning to school soon. There is still a number of Summer reads left for kids around the blogsphere. Let's show them off again on the blog hop and see what else you are reading!

***I recently read and reviewed a book about Miss Lena Horne. What an incredible woman she was. Read that review HERE.***

Have you seen the  Kid Lit Blog Hopper Facebook fan page? This page has all the news and information related to the hop plus ongoing posts, giveaways, news articles, etc. related to Kid's Lit. Check it out and of course, please like the page.

So for our hop, please make sure that your posts are related to children's literature only and add it to the linky. (Please make sure to add your direct post only) If you are a children's book author, feel free just to link to your blog. Once you are done, then hop around to visit others. Please follow the co-host and visit at least the one or two people above your link. Please leave a comment when you do visit, we all like those.

It would be appreciated if you grab the Kid Lit Blog Hop Badge and display it on your blog and/or your post. If you tweet and/or posted on Facebook about the blog hop, we can continue to grow this wonderful community.

Thanks for sharing your great children's books with all of us!
We will be around to see you.
Happy Hopping!

#Review: Sci-fi Junior High by John Martin, Scott Seegert #fiction #sci-fi #middlegrade



Summary:
Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this gleefully illustrated space adventure is a laugh on every page. That's a lot of laughs!

Kelvin Klosmo isn't just the new kid at school - he's the new kid in the galaxy! Welcome to Sci-Fi Junior High: an inter-galactic space station with students of all shapes, sizes, smells, and... slime content. As the son of Earth's two most famous geniuses, Kelvin isn't just the smartest kid in the world....he's the smartest kid in the UNIVERSE. At least, that's what everybody at Sci-Fi Junior High thinks. 

So, maybe Kelvin lied a little about being a genius to fit in. And maybe a mad scientist is about to take over the universe unless Kelvin can stop him. Maybe everyone is doomed. 

Well, at least Kelvin won't have to worry about math homework anymore.

Sci-Fi Junior High is an out-of-this-world story about friendship, accepting our differences, and the fight against evil... bunnies. Yes, evil bunnies - don't ask.


My review
I decided to pick up a copy of this book for two purposes, first, I like James Patterson and he was presenting this book and second, I wanted to read a pseudo-sci-fi book.

The chapter book was not exactly what I would consider sci-fi but it was based around a kid who was to live out in space, so, I guess it did qualify. This kid is a brainiac or so, his reputation proceeds him. He has brilliant parents, so, why wouldn't he be? The problem is, he isn't quite yet and that can get him in all sorts of trouble with his new found, and unusual, looking friends. I chuckled along with the way the main character tries to fit in but does so in such a haphazard way.

In the end, he turns out to be a hero anyway and isn't that what sci-fi is about? I really liked this book and its funky characters. I could see boys, in particular, liking the adventures of this crew in space. Oh, and one more thing, I could not help but totally laugh at the mad scientist. What a hoot!

Read it, you will like it.
4 stars!

Disclosure: I picked up a copy of this book at my local library. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~M.M. Hudson aka Naila Moon

Where to find the authors:
John Martin-Goodreads
Scott Seegert-Goodreads
Scott Seegert-Amazon

Monday, July 17, 2017

#Review: The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford/ Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon #nonfiction #multicultural



Summary:
Celebrate the life of Lena Horne, the pioneering African American actress, and civil rights activist.

Lena Horne was born into the freedom struggle, to a family of teachers and activists. Her mother dreamed of being an actress, so Lena followed in her footsteps as she chased small parts in vaudeville, living out of a suitcase until MGM offered Lena something more—the first ever studio contract for a black actress.

But the roles she was considered for were maids and mammies, stereotypes that Lena refused to play. Still, she never gave up. “Stormy Weather” became her theme song, and when she sang “This Little Light of Mine” at a civil rights rally, she found not only her voice but her calling.


My review:
"You have to be taught to be second class; you’re not born that way." 
What a powerful statement that was said by Miss Horne and one she proved time and time again through her actions and words. This book gives a complete account of her life from birth, career, and death(that can be found in bibliography notes).

Growing up, I often saw movies that featured Lena Horne and found her to be a talented and a beautiful woman. Her voice was lovely. 

Of course being of "privilege" I had no idea what her life was truly like or what she had to endure to be in those movies. This book gave me an insight to her complete endurance and fight for civil rights. She paved a way for the musical and movies stars of today, they should be grateful that she did. She did it with dignity and head held high. 

This book has opened my eyes further about this lovely woman and I am the better for it. I am only sorry that I never met her and that her voice musically and for civil rights is now gone. 

One would be amiss to not know about Miss Horne and this book should be in every classroom and homeschool room shelves.

5 stars!
Disclosure: I obtained a copy of this book at my local library. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~M.M. Hudson aka Naila Moon

Where to find the author:

Amazon
Goodreads

Sunday, July 2, 2017

#Review: Back Pocket Coach by Diane Brennan & Alexandra Ross @RossCoach, @coachdianeb and @iReadBookTours #communication #backpocketcoach




Summary:
Have you ever been in a situation that was emotionally charged and the stakes were high? And it was difficult to find the right words? Back Pocket Coach™ provides 33 power-packed communication strategies to support you in creating satisfying conversations that result in good outcomes for you and others. These just-in-time strategies will help you move through conversations masterfully, whether you're engaging with one person or a team of people. This book also introduces Game Changing Conversations, the 8-step process that prepares you for any difficult or high stakes conversation. 

My review:
This book was a very quick read and comprehensive as well. It has come at a time when I was actually having a struggle in the workplace. It not only gave good advice as to how to communicate with my boss but how she could communicate with me more effectively.

The book was laid out pretty well and the contents make it easy for quick reference. I could pick a strategy and go quickly to it without having to read the whole book again. This is certainly a nice little reference book to have especially for any manager.

4 stars.

Disclosure: I received a copy for free. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. 
~M.M. aka Naila Moon

Where to find the authors:


Amazon
Goodreads

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

KID LIT BLOG HOP-June 2017



Hello, welcome back to another month of terrific children's literature. We welcome you to the June 2017 Kid Lit Blog Hop. This hop takes place every 3rd Wednesday of the month. It is designed to engage a  group of people who love everything that has to do with children's literature. Everyone is welcome to join us: bloggers, authors, publicist, and publishers!

We have already seen some Summer books for kids around the blogsphere. Let's show them off again on the blog hop and see what else you are reading!

Have you seen the  Kid Lit Blog Hopper Facebook fan page? This page has all the news and information related to the hop plus ongoing posts, giveaways, news articles, etc. related to Kid's Lit. Check it out and of course, please like the page.

So for our hop, please make sure that your posts are related to children's literature only and add it to the linky. (Please make sure to add your direct post only) If you are an author, feel free just to link to your blog. Once you are done, then hop around to visit others. Please follow the co-host and visit at least the one or two people above your link. Please leave a comment when you do visit, we all like those.

It would be appreciated if you grab the Kid Lit Blog Hop Badge and display it on your blog and/or your post. If you tweet and/or posted on Facebook about the blog hop, we can continue to grow this wonderful community.

Thanks for sharing your great children's books with all of us!
We will be around to see you.
Happy Hopping!

Monday, June 19, 2017

#Review: Unusual Chickens For the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones #AtoZblogchallenge #U



Summary:
Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown feels like a fish out of water when she and her parents move from Los Angeles to the farm they’ve inherited from a great-uncle. But farm life gets more interesting when a cranky chicken appears and Sophie discovers the hen can move objects with the power of her little chicken brain: jam jars, the latch to her henhouse, the entire henhouse....

And then more of her great-uncle’s unusual chickens come home to roost. Determined, resourceful Sophie learns to care for her flock, earning money for chicken feed, collecting eggs. But when a respected local farmer tries to steal them, Sophie must find a way to keep them (and their superpowers) safe.

My review:

Unusual Chickens For the Exceptional Poultry Farmer was not a short picture book as I first thought it was. In fact, it was a book much more for elementary age readers.It took me a bit to get into the book but once I did, I was happy about it. 

The book is a tongue and cheek humor book with the likes of 4H gone wild. I loved that the story was told in a series of letters to her deceased grandmother. By writing on an old typewriter, the main character is able to type out her feelings about life on a farm, being a farmer, new friends, and mysterious chickens that seem to just appear.

I seriously laughed at some of the different quirks each of the breeds of chickens had. At the same time, I could relate to the main character's feelings of missing Grandma and advice. I also liked that this was a multicultural book that children could relate too.

Overall, I give this book a high 5 cluck!

Disclosure: I obtained a copy of this book for my own collections. The views presented here may differ from your own. ~M.M. aka Naila Moon

Monday, June 12, 2017

Author, Diane Vallere-Celebrating 5 YEARS! All of her books in one place! #Giveaway #Samanthapalooza





To Celebrate the 5 Year Anniversary of Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery Series by Diane Vallere Great Escapes Book Tours is hosting #Samanthapalooza!


Designer Dirty Laundry (Samantha Kidd Mystery Series) Cozy Mystery 1st in Series Polyester Press (June 5, 2012) Paperback: 274 pages ISBN-13: 978-0984965304 E-Book ASIN: B0088IEQPQ
    Meet Samantha Kidd.
Ex-buyer turned trend specialist turns amateur sleuth! She designed her future with couture precision, but finding the fashion director's corpse on day one leaves her hanging by a thread. And when the killer fabricates evidence that puts the cops on her hemline, even a chance run-in with hot shoe designer Nick Taylor can't keep her life from unraveling. She trades high fashion for dirty laundry and reveals a cast of designers out for blood. Now her job, her love life, and her future are put on hold as she tries to expose a diabolical designer before getting marked down for murder.
Buyer, Beware: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series Polyester Press (March 5, 2013) Paperback: 258 pages ISBN-13: 978-1939197016 E-Book ASIN: B00BPD587G
    Samantha Kidd: Bag Lady?
Out-of-work fashion expert turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd is strapped. But when the buyer of handbags for a hot new retailer turns up dead and Samantha is recruited for the job, the opportunity comes with a caveat: she's expected to find some answers. With shoe designer Nick Taylor off in Italy, she turns to a sexy stranger for help (with humorous results!). But as the walls close around her like a snug satin lining, Samantha must get a handle on the mystery or risk being caught in the killer's clutches.
The Brim Reaper: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series Polyester Press (December 3, 2013) Paperback: 266 pages ISBN-13: 978-0984965342 E-Book ASIN: B00H03A1MW
    Former fashion buyer Samantha Kidd is in over her head
With no job prospects on the horizon, former fashion buyer Samantha Kidd convinces boyfriend and shoe designer Nick Taylor to give her a job in his showroom, but when a collection of vintage Hollywood costumes comes to town, it brings a hat box full of hype. Close friend Eddie is in charge of the exhibit and calls on Samantha for help, but all too soon hype turns to homicide. Brimming with good intentions, she loops in the cops, but after one too many cloche calls, she's knee-deep in mystery. If she can tear the lid off the investigation, it might mean a feather in her fedora. And if she can't? She might get capped.

Some Like It Haute: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery Cozy Mystery 4th in Series Polyester Press (January 6, 2015) Paperback: 248 pages ISBN-13: 978-1939197108 E-Book ASIN: B00RME4N6O
    If you can't stand the heat, get off the runway.
Fashion expert turned amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd is in the hot seat. After agreeing to help her ex-boyfriend’s former girlfriend with a runway show, her post-break-up life turns explosive. She recruits Dante, a smokin’ hot photographer, to turn up the heat on the investigation (and help her get over Nick), but even the third degree won’t expose an angry arsonist. With a crash course in sizzle, Samantha’s curiosity leads her into another inferno, and this time she either faces the fire or gets burned.
 
Grand Theft Retro: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery Cozy Mystery 5th in Series Polyester Press (May 17, 2016) Paperback: 228 pages ISBN-13: 978-1939197269 E-Book ASIN: B01E1UHPV6
    Samantha Kidd is about to go retro.
When Samantha Kidd's job at Retrofit Magazine leads her into the fashionable archives of seventies style, she's prepared to report on patchwork velvet and platform shoes, but she never expected to uncover the theft of a major collection of samples from runway shows that took place before disco died. When the guilty party threatens Samantha's family and friends, her priority shift into protection mode. The investigation heats up faster than fondue over sterno, and all too soon Samantha learns that while beat goes on, there's no guarantee that she'll go on with it.
 
Pearls Gone Wild: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery Cozy Mystery 6th in Series Polyester Press; 6 edition (December 31, 2016) Paperback: 218 pages ISBN-13: 978-1939197283 E-Book ASIN: B01MD0U8XS
   
Amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd’s life is finally on track. It’s her normally cultured friend Cat whose life has lost its luster: eight months pregnant and abandoned by her husband the week before Christmas. She ropes Samantha into helping at her boutique, but a string of jewelry thefts threatens her business. And when Cat’s husband is found strangled with pearls inside the shop, the last thing she’s concerned with is profit. Samantha tries to get a bead on the killer, but when the suspects all clam up, she’s left tangled in knots. Add in an unexpected proposal, a flirtatious friend, and a brand new detective, and this is bound to be Samantha’s wildest adventure yet.

Cement Stilettos: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery Cozy Mystery 7th in Series Polyester Press (June 13, 2017) Print Length: 255 pages ASIN: B06ZY1B1TR
    Forget the cannoli. Take the shoes!
When newly engaged amateur sleuth Samantha Kidd discovers the body of a mafia princess dead in fiancé and shoe designer Nick Taylor’s showroom, her questions are so numerous she’d need a bookie to keep track. The victim’s ties to local organized crime are unexpected. Nick’s apparent vow of silence makes Samantha question the vows in their future, and despite past promises, all bets are off. Wise guys and leopard ladies keep her busier than a consigliere during tax season, and if she can’t keep her head above water, she’ll end up sleeping with the fishes.

About The Author

I’m a former fashion buyer turned mystery writer, trading fashion accessories for accessories to murder. I was bit by the mystery bug as a kid reading Trixie Belden, Connie Blair, and The Three Investigators. Now I’m writing three series: the Style & Error Mysteries, the Mad for Mod Mysteries, and the Material Witness Mysteries.


Author Links Webpage: http://www.dianevallere.com/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/DianeVallereAuthor GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4739022.Diane_Vallere 

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