Wednesday, July 30, 2014

#Book Blast & #Giveaway: Hero's Sword Series by Mary Sutton

Hero's Sword by M.E. Sutton

 Disclosure: I have not read this series of books. I, Naila Moon of Reading Authors was asked to promote and have received no compensation for this post. You can read summary below from MDBR.

About the Books

Book 1:

Power Play - Heros Sword - Book 1 by M.E. SuttonTitle: Power Play (Hero's Sword Book #1) | Author: M.E. Sutton | Year published: November 20, 2012 | Publisher: Delabarre Publishing, LLC | Number of pages: 64 | Recommended age: 8 to12
Summary: All Jaycee Hiller wants to do is survive eighth grade. Mostly that means hanging with her friend, Stu, avoiding the cheerleading squad, secretly crushing on Nate Fletcher, and playing her favorite video game, Hero’s Sword.
When she receives a new video game controller, Jaycee finds herself magically transported into the Hero's Sword video game world. Survival takes on a whole new meaning. No longer battling with a plastic joystick, Jaycee picks up a real sword and bow & arrow and readies herself for battle. Can she save Lady Starla's rule in Mallory, keep herself in one piece, and maybe even learn something about surviving middle school? Kids will love this fast-paced adventure novel and will cheer along with Jaycee's thrilling adventures. What kid hasn't dreamed of actually fighting and battling the villains in their favorite video games? Jaycee finds out if she has what it takes - and what she learns in the fantasy realm of Mallory impacts her mundane, middle school life in unexpected ways. Purchase:

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Book 2:

Storm Clouds - Heros Sword - Book 2 by M.E. SuttonTitle: Storm Clouds (Hero's Sword Book 2) | Author: M.E. Sutton | Publication Date: November 7, 2013 | Publisher: Delabarre Publishing, LLC | Number of pages: 76 | Recommended age: 8 to 12
Summary: Eighth-grader Jaycee Hiller is beginning to fear she only imagined her trip to Mallory. But when a rainy afternoon leaves her with hours of playing Hero's Sword, her favorite video game, she finds herself drawn back into the game - literally.
STORM CLOUDS is the exciting second volume of the HERO'S SWORD saga - chronicling Jaycee Hiller's trials in eight grade, and her exciting adventures in Mallory, the setting of her favorite video game. Jaycee enters the video game realm via a special controller and is caught up in the action of this fantasy realm. In STORM CLOUDS, a valuable jewel belonging to the neighboring estate of Devin, the Sapphire Star, is missing, stolen at the Spring Consortium. Lady Starla stands accused of the theft. Devin's demands are clear: return the Star or they will take it back by force. Now it's up to Lyla Stormbringer to find the Star and the thief. before Mallory finds itself at war. Purchase:

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Book 3:

Wedding Bliss - Heros Sword - Book 3 by M.E. SuttonTitle: Wedding Bliss (Hero's Sword Book 3) | Author: M.E. Sutton | Publication Date: July 17, 2014 | Publisher: Delabarre Publishing, LLC | Number of pages: 74 | Recommended age: 9 to 12
Summary: Jaycee Hiller (aka Lyle Stormbringer) has long sensed that Roger and Lady Starla belong together. When handsome and noble Perry Goodhaven shows up and wins Lady Starla's affection, at first glance it seems a more fitting match.
However, those close to Lady Starla notice alarming changes after Perry's arrival - Starla sleeps more often, is often lethargic when she is awake, and begins to defer important decisions to Perry. With Roger falsely imprisoned, it's up to Lyla Stormbringer to uncover the truth about the man positioning himself to rule Mallory with an iron fist. WEDDING BLISS is the exciting third adventure of the HERO'S SWORD saga - chronicling Jaycee Hiller's trials in eighth grade, and her exciting adventures in Mallory, the setting of her favorite video game. Purchase:

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The Buzz About the Books

Book 1: "Power Play: Hero’s Sword (Vol. 1) features a relatable main character, fast-paced action, devious enemies, and an exciting plot that will absolutely capture the intended audience’s imagination. I think (and my daughter fully agrees!) that M.E. Sutton has hit on a winning series. I highly recommend Power Play: Hero’s Sword to all tweens, but to reluctant readers in particular, due to the ease of language, the video game setting, and the fast pace and physical length of the book at 64 pages." ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Book 1: "This is a fantastic read to inspire kids against giving up as well as keep their imaginations going because I totally see my son imagining this happening to him as he runs through the house with his sword (could be anything from wrapping paper roll to a stick) noises like he is in a sword fight. I can't wait to finish reading it with him & continuing the series." ~ Cassandra Lost in Books
Book 1: "This is a quick and fun read. The language is simple, so it is perfect for the intended audience of a middle grade child. It is full of action and I think kids will love the concept of falling into their favorite video game and living out the fantasy. "~ Bookworm Lisa
Book 2: "This second installment is even better than the first. The storyline has more depth, and more imagery to go along with this tale of adventure, drama, and even a little bit of fairy tale romance. I became more fascinated by the main cast of characters, cementing my interest in this awesome series. The writing style is spot-on for a middle grade adventure, and there is enough action, suspense, and mystery to keep the reader flipping the pages to find out what happens next. I highly recommend this series to fans of middle grade fantasy and video games. I definitely look forward to reading more by this author. " ~ Toni @ My Book Addiction
Book 2: "This is such a fun series! My ten year old and I thoroughly enjoyed reading these together. I think it’s really special when you can find something worthwhile to read together. " ~ Brooke Blogs
Book 2: "I think many middle grade kids will enjoy reading about a kid their age falling into their favorite video game and living out the fantasy. It is perfect for kids who enjoy using their imaginations to escape the real world at times (and better to read about video games than to spend all day playing them!)" ~ Susan @ Mom Loves 2 Read
 

About the Author: M.E. Sutton

Mary SuttonMary Sutton has been making up stories, and creating her own endings for other people's stories, for as long as she can remember. After ten years, she decided that making things up was far more satisfying than writing software manuals, and took the jump into fiction. She writes the HERO'S SWORD middle-grade fantasy series as M.E. Sutton and finds a lot of inspiration in the lives of her own kids. A lifelong mystery fan, she also writes crime fiction, including THE LAUREL HIGHLANDS MYSTERIES, under the pen name Liz Milliron. Her short fiction has been published at Uppagus.com, Mystericale.com (Fall 2013), and in LUCKY CHARMS: 12 CRIME TALES (December 2013).  

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  Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) Contest ends: August 29, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: 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. The 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 a 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 Sutton and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

#Book Blast & #Giveaway:The Pen Pieyu Adventures by Diane Mae Robinson

Pen Pieyu Diane Mae Robinson

 Disclosure: This looks like an adorable fantasy series. I have not read this series yet but a summary can be found below from MDBR. I, Naila Moon was asked to promote this series and received no compensation.

About the Books

Book 1:

Sir princess petra pen pieyu adventuresTitle: Sir Princess Petra (The Pen Pieyu Adventures Book #1) | Author: Diane Mae Robinson | Year published: 2012 | Publisher: Tate Publishing | Number of pages: 68 | Recommended age: 5+
Summary: Princess Petra's unusual birthday request sends the royal court into a frenzy, but when she agrees to undertake a knight's quest they can't stop her. Armed with a cake knife and outfitted in the best royal pots and pans, Petra sets off to face a dragon and win her real armor before encountering a bog witch, and an army of the kingdom's worst enemies. Will Petra's kindness and acceptance prove to be more valuable than weapons and armor?
 
Awards for book one, Sir Princess Petra:
2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (Literary Arts). 2012 First Runner Up in the Purple Dragonfly Book Award in the Children's Chapter Book category 2013 Honorable Mention in the Reader's Favorite International Book Awards 2013 Finalist in the “50 Great Writers You Should be Reading” Award
Purchase:

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Book 2:

Sir Princess Petra's Talent by Diane Mae RobinsonTitle: Sir Princess Petra's Talent (The Pen Pieyu Adventures Book 2) | Author: Diane Mae Robinson | Publication Date: September 24, 2013 | Publisher: Tate Publishing | Number of pages: 92 | Recommended age: Read-aloud ~ 5+
Summary: Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a kind and noble knight. This, however, does not please the king and queen---they want her to behave like a princess and forget this silly knight nonsense of hers! But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra, reluctantly, agrees to go. But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be?
   
Awards for book two, Sir Princess Petra's Talent:
2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards, finalist in three categories:
Children's Fantasy SciFi Children's Grade K - 3rd Children's Grade 4- 6th
Purchase:

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The Buzz About the Books

Book 1: "I really feel that this little book is a gem. It is a relatively short book (70-ish pages) that can easily be read aloud to children in one sitting. My kids and I were completely captivated by this fun, adventure-filled tale about a very charming and unorthodox princess. I highly recommend this book to families with children under the age of 10 and as young as 5 who love a good tale filled with fairy-tale characters such as dragons, witches, princesses, and knights." ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Book 1: "I liked this book because it has a great story line and a great message about believing in yourself. Petra proves that she and all girls can be daring, adventurous and brave. I think Petra was a great character and I liked Snarls (the dragon) even better because he had good sense and dragons are just cool. The book is a beginning chapter book so there isn't a lot of details in it but it tells a complete story. The black and white illustrations in the book are really great too. The book is part of "The Pen Pieyu Adventures." I hope that means there will be more books about Petra coming out! This book is an awesome beginning chapter book and a great read aloud." ~ Erik @ This Kid Reviews Books
Book 1: "Sir Princess Petra is one of those stories that will appeal to most everyone. It is charmingly funny. Petra sets out to prove she has what it takes to be a royal knight and proves she can do nearly anything. Snarls, the howling dragon, is endearing and lovable. If stuffed, sitting on a toy store shelf, every kid would want him. The story is short enough to be read in one sitting, say at bedtime. There are many opportunities for humorous, wacky, high-pitched voices, making Sir Princess Petra fun to read aloud. The author's imagination is appropriately childlike. Petra is a child every parent will love. I know a child would have sweet, funny dreams after hearing mom or dad read this at bedtime."~ Sue M. @ Kid Lit Reviews
Book 2: "Sir Princess Petra's Talent is precisely everything an early middle grade book should be with a multi-dimensional main character who is a great role model for young girls; a great supporting cast of unique and quirky characters; a plot largely driven through clever dialogue amongst the characters and involving much adventure and folly; and unexpected turns and twists that willleave parents and their children laughing out loud. " ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Book 2: "This is an adventurous story, which gets going from the very first page and doesn't stop. The characters are all enjoyable, and the situations, although sometimes challenging for Princess Petra, are very appropriate for the age group." ~ Tonja @ Bookworm for Kids
Book 2: "The[se books] are early chapter books, fun and suitable for children ages six and up. They move very quickly and are quite short, so I think they’d be particularly suitable for reluctant readers. I also think boys would enjoy these books as Sir Princess Petra thinks and behaves in the way I imagine most boys wish girls would think and behave – kind, down-to-earth, adventurous, and never squeamish or manipulative." ~ Tina @ Mommynificent
 

About the Author: Diane Mae Robinson

Diane Mae Robinson
 Diane lives in a small hilltop castle nestled amongst a very old and magical forest. In this mystical forest, all the fantasy creatures one can imagine live and audition for parts in the author’s next book. Diane has a journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature. The author also teaches acrylic and watercolor art to children, and is a writing instructor at the Creative Writing Institute. The author’s first book in this series, Sir Princess Petra, has won three prestigious awards, and was a finalist for another award. The author recently acquired an agent with Gotham Artists Agency in New York.

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Amazon $50 Gift Card Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) + BONUS SECOND PRIZE = Hardcover copies of both The Pen Pieyu Adventures Books by Diane Mae Robinson Contest ends: August 28, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: 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. The winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winners will then have 72 hours to respond. If a 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, Diane Mae Robinson and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

High Summer Read-a-thon Wrap Up & a Check Off Of My List

High Summer Read-a-Thon
Well, the weeks read-a-thon  ended yesterday. I wish I could say I managed to get my TBR pile down to a minimum but alas, I did not. What I did do was get a couple of books down and reviewed. I read  approximately two others but have not reviewed them yet.

The biggest thing I did was accomplish my goal of reading 52 books before the end of the year. Should I have set my goal higher? Anyway, I did it and can cross that off of my list of goals for this year.
However, does that mean I am done? Heck, no!

I am looking forward to seeing how many books I actually finish with by years end. The 'High Summer Read-a-thon' helped me to reach that goal and this coming winter for the 'Winters Respite' will only help to surpass it. I may join the 'Fall Fright Read-a-thon" too.

Thanks to the sponsors who are giving out books and other prizes but most of all, thank you to our organizer, Michelle, who organizes these events.

Now, off to read some more!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

#Giveaway: $150 Paypal Cash & Stillwell & The Flip books by Michael Phillip Cash

Michael Phillip Cash is an award winning author who thus far has written seven books which include the Darracia Series. His books still rank among Amazon's best seller list. 

One of the favorites among readers, is his book, Stillwell: A Haunting On Long Island. This book is an award winner and continues to rank in the top spots on Amazon.



One of his most recent books, The Flip  is quickly becoming a favorite as well and has hit top spots in its genre.


Michael Phillip Cash is grateful to each and everyone of the people who have reviewed his books and for the support given. As a  thank you, he is giving away a chance at $150 Paypal cash and both of his books, Stillwell and The Flip.

Would you like to win this great prize? All you have to do is enter in the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

Where you can find Michael Phillip Cash:





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Disclosure: This giveaway has been arranged by Away We Go Media. Naila Moon of Reading Authors was asked to promote this giveaway on behalf of Michael Phillip Cash and has received compensation for this post. Michael Phillip Cash is responsible for prize distribution.
This giveaway will run from July 27-August 11, 2014. The giveaway is open internationally. However, if the winner is outside of the US, then the books will only be Kindle versions. 
Winner must have an active Paypal account and will only be paid in US dollars.
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#Review: Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy! by Teddy O' Malley and Angie Dickens



Summary:
Destiny and Faith are going into second grade and their mom has a great idea. She's going to send them to a school for twins! They're not sure whether to be excited or terrified. Come join them and see what happens!

My review:
I am a sister to a set of twins. I know how twins can be with their dressing alike, weird twin sameness and also their differences.  I thought this might be a cute book to read.

In a nut shell, Destiny and Faith are a set of twins that go to a school with other twins. They decide to trade twins and chaos ensues and then, it is all okay again. This is pretty much the whole story.

I can't say that I was overly impressed because I wasn't. This was such a short little story that I am sure is the beginning of what will be a cute little series. To me, this was more of a set up book about the girls and their personalities, along with other twins they will encounter.

I am not exactly sure what I was looking for but I did think there would be much more plot but there simply, wasn't. This is not considered a picture book but what picture there were, I did not think added to the story.

This little book is for the emergent reader ages 6-9 which is about right. For that reason alone, as it will be easy for a new reader to read, I give this book 3 stars.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

#Review: Love Hurts by Carol E. Wyer




Summary:
Love does not always result in ‘happy ever after’. It is a powerful emotion that, in the hands of a damaged soul, can be all-consuming, dangerous and even lethal. 

In this collection of short stories—some dark, some light-hearted—written by award-winning Carol E. Wyer, we discover what happens when love takes over. 

Be prepared for a rollercoaster of emotions. 


My review:
This book from author Carol E. Wyer was a nice departure from the kind of writing I had read from her before. She has a somewhat twisted sense of humor and certainly a way with words. I had to look up a couple of those words for meaning. 

Love Hurts  is a collection of  five stories independent of each other but with one common theme, love in its many aspects. All of the stories had interesting twisted endings which made for an overall fun book to read.

I was quite impressed with the stories and was able to get into the characters. A couple of the stories were easily recognizable in the direction they were going but it was not a deterant.

I would love to see more short stories like this from the author. 

5 stars!
Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book from Kindle. The views expressed here are 100%  my own and may differ from yours.
~Naila Moon

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#Book Blast: Have You Seen My Tail by Kathyrn Harper


Have You Seen My Tail? by Kathryn Harper

Disclosure: I have not read this book but a summary can be found below from MDBR. I was asked to promote this book and have not been compensated in anyway. ~Naila Moon

About the Book

Title: Have You Seen My Tail? (Katie-Jane, Book #2) | Author & Illustrator: Kathryn Harper | Publication Date: July, 2014 | Publisher: Green Cup Publishing | Pages: 36 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8
Summary: Anyone who has ever struggled to accept - or longed to experience - change of any kind will be able to relate to Katie-Jane's second story, "Have You Seen My Tail?" Using rhyming verse, and laugh-out-loud moments, Katie-Jane begins this story feeling bored. She is surprised and shocked as she meets a butterfly, a frog and a snake; who are all struggling to accept the recent big changes in their lives. Different perspectives help all four characters to accept their own situations, and embrace change in the way life offers it to them. "Have You Seen My Tail?" is the second book in the six-part Katie-Jane series, designed to encourage the reader to 'be the very best version of you.'  

Sneak Peek

Have You Seen My Tail? by Kathrn Harper - Inside Page  

Purchase

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You can also purchase the first book in the Katie-Jane Series, "Am I a Chameleon?" by clicking the book cover below: Am I a Chameleon by Kathrn Harper  

Early Buzz About the Book

"Author Kathryn Harper offers insightful questions and answers at the end of the book explaining how she feels about change. I love how these insightful thoughts give the reader a chance to verbalize their own feelings. Like her other books, the illustrations are beautiful and vivid. Each of the animals has a wonderfully rich texture, color, and personality. The Katie-Jane books continue to not disappoint, I look forward to seeing the next books in the series." ~ 5 Star Review, Katherine R., Amazon
"Katie-Jane is a very sweet character in "Have You Seen My Tail?" She helps to explain change in a gentle and unsuspecting way. This is the second book in the series for Author, Kathryn Harper. She writes a relatable story that children all over the world can grasp and understand. " ~ 5 Star Review, Mary Jo P., Amazon
 

About the Author: Kathryn Harper

Kathryn HarperI have always loved to write, draw and create, but my books are inspired by more than my love for their medium. As a child I was selective mute. Both my struggles and my breakthroughs are a source of inspiration toward creating Katie-Jane and her stories. I grew up in the UK, after living in Johannesburg between the ages of two and five. Today I live in Wanaka, New Zealand, with my two gorgeous children and partner, Simon. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to call this place home, where an adventure can begin every time we step outside.

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#Review: Blinded Thoughts by Mark Leslie



Summary:
The lives of two young black men from the Harlem "hood" of upper Manhattan in New York become inextricably intertwined through a series of seemingly unrelated events. 
Follow Noel -- the Dollar Man -- through his early life on the street, a brief respite in a group home following his parents' arrest for abusing his sister, Jenna, culminating in several years of incarceration at the Bridges Juvenile Detention Facility in the Bronx after making a bold, but short-lived escape from the group home together with one of his roommates. 

At the same time, become intimately involved in the parallel life of Terrell -- the Hustler -- who spends most of his life in the home of his grandmother, "Mama B," following his own mother's departure after she murders her friend, and who chooses to drop out of high school in order to embark on a life of drug sales, fast money, sex, and violence. 

Until he encounters Noel.

My review:
I was completely blown away by this book. I read this book in one day.
Living in the city, I know things like what has been described in Mark Leslie's book can and do happen. I am grateful that I have never encountered such things. REALLY grateful!

Mark Leslie writes this book as fictional but it is based on real life events, events I imagine he has encountered himself. The book is gritty and certainly not for the faint of heart. There is sex, murder, hard core language, and drug abuse galore. I was shocked at the "gift" the character, Terell, was given from his mother. The way these two mens lives crossed was tragic and heartbreaking.
Oh, and the ending...totally unexpected! Unreal!

There are only two things that I saw as negative for the book, the book needed to be editied again as there were typos throughout. The other thing was the quotes before each chapter that alluded to content for each chapter was annoying and I think it could be dropped.

I highly recommend this book if you want to get into the minds of drug addicts, and people who are learning to survive in such a life.
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**A portion of each of the books sold goes to help a friend's family who was killed over drugs. This is very personal for the author.

5 stars
Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book. The review here is 100% my own and may differ from yours.


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

#Book Blast & #Giveaway: "Flight of the Mite" by Grayson Smith/ Illustrated by Alana Kyle (Purchase helps BC Children's Hospital)

Flight of the Mite
Dislcosure: A portion of each copy sold will be sent to BC Children's Hospital from the publishing company to help sick kids. Please consider purchasing.
I have not read this book yet but a summary can be found below from MDBR.  I received no compensation for this post.

  Title: Flight of the Mite | Author: Grayson Smith | Illustrator: Alana Kyle | Publication Date: 2013 | Publisher: Peppermint Toast Publishing: Independent | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 | Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son) Information About The Book: A tale of wonder and imagination, Flight of the Mite is a children's read-aloud picture book, written by Grayson Smith and illustrated by Alana Kyle. As a tiny mite stares in wonder at the nighttime stars, she becomes certain that if she were only able to travel to them, she would meet a world of wondrous creatures. She determines to build a flying contraption, and through persistence, ingenuity, and wise counsel, journeys to the nearest star. There she encounters the Others of her dreams and finds herself on an adventure where she learns that her imagination is her most important tool! This story of imagination, courage, and determination is perfect for the little mite in your life! Flight of the Mite is the first book published by the independent small press, Peppermint Toast Publishing, out of New Westminster, British Columbia. Peppermint Toast Publishing strives to work with emerging authors and artists towards the high-quality and environmentally-friendly publication of children's picture books and literature, in profit-sharing partnership with local charitable organizations.  

Purchase

Peppermint Toast Publishing is happy to be contributing $3 from the sales for each copy of Flight of the Mite sold, going to help sick kids get better at BC Children’s Hospital. Visit their Online Store to purchase your copy!

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The Buzz About the Book

Mother and Son Review by MDBR: "Flight of the Mite is a delightful, rhyming picture book featuring an adorable little mite who dreams big as the main character; a magical story underscoring the importance of imagination in children's development; and absolutely gorgeous and whimsical illustrations. I highly recommend this book to children ages 3 to 8 and I think it would be a great choice for reading aloud to children in a classroom or library setting."
"This is our new favourite story to read and will be a book that we will be keeping to pass down to future member of our family." ~ Raincity Parent
"This wonderful piece of children’s literature is well crafted and appropriate for children and adults, the message is clear, embrace diversity, ones weakness may actually be strength. The most interesting and entertaining part is that there is a consistent rhythm and rhyme to the story, keeping the powerful message light and playful." ~ Active Lee Dadding
" I have read the sweetest story!...The combination of these two talents [i.e., the author and illustrator] working together has left us with a sweet rhyming story about a little mites big imagination." ~ Moments in Mommyland
"I recently received a new children’s book to review called Flight of the Mite. So of course I went to the best critic in the house – my 4 year old son[...]. We sat down to read the story together and discovered a delightful tale about imagination and discovery... The illustrations are delightful and [my son] insisted that we stop to discuss some of them along the way. There was more than one “wow!” over a picture of the mite climbing a dandelion." ~ Prenatal to Parenting
 

About the Author: Grayson Smith

Grayson Smith

Grayson Smith was born in Alberta, but attended a boarding school in Germany for 11 years. After high school, he attended SFU, where he obtained a degree in Criminology and met his beautiful wife, Linda. Throughout university, Grayson wrote stories when he should have been paying attention in class. After completing his degree, he became a police officer, and still enjoys that job thoroughly. As of 2012, Grayson gets to re-envision the world through the eyes of his baby son, Josiah. Writing is a wonderful way for Grayson to express the silliness and vagary that simmers beneath his well-practiced outer layer of respectability and professionalism.    

About the Illustrator: Alana Kyle

Alana Kyle, Illustrator

Alana Kyle was born and raised in the Lower Mainland. As a small child, she was sweet, quiet, and frequently lost inside her own head. Ever since she was young, she was motivated by her love of artistic creativity and attention to detail, and remains captivated by storybooks and imagination. Alana attended and graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and also obtained a three-year diploma of Illustration and Design from Capilano University. She works as an illustrator and graphic designer, and lives in Coquitlam.  

Links to More Information

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

#Review: My First Book of Sign Language by Joan Holub


Summary:
This is a beginner's guide to fingerspelling and sign language contains the sign for each letter of the alphabet along with signs for words that begin with each letter.

My review:
I had the privledge to review another book by author, Joan Holub. I was very excited to read this book as I have the goal to relearn sign language this year. 

I decided to do a video for this one so you can see that in its entirety. I apologize for the quality of the filming. I am not sure what happened there!




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Friday, July 18, 2014

#Book Blast & #Giveaway: "What If..." by Jessica Barondes

What if...? by Jessica Barondes   

Disclosure: I have this book on Kindle but have not reviewed it. Notice you can get a free copy below.
You can review a summary from MDBR below. I, Naila Moon was asked to post the book blast and received no compensation.

 Publication Date: January 7, 2014 | Publisher: Sense and Sensability Press | Pages: 145 | Recommended Ages: 10+ | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother) Summary: Life is complicated for the average tween, but try being the smallest girl in 7th grade and navigating the choppy waters of middle school without a mom. Such is the plight of Penelope “P” Ziegler, until she decides to take matters into her own hands and find a wife for her hopelessly quirky dad. Despite Dad’s objections, P is sure—with all her heart—that there’s a woman out there who will make them both very happy!  

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What if...? by Jessica Barondes

The Buzz About the Book

"What if...? is a bittersweet and sometimes comical tale of a tween girl, P, who must come to terms with the loss of her mother as she navigates the world of dating, puberty, school, and friendships. P will absolutely warm your heart and the ending is guaranteed to leave you teary-eyed. While I sometimes felt that the themes were more appropriate for teens, I also came to realize that tween girls will also really enjoy reading about the world that they are just on the cusp of entering. *shudder* Ages 10+." ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
"What a treat to fall in love with a character from the first second you begin to read her story. P has wit, charm, pluck, charisma--and a lot of things to learn. I totally loved her voice, world, friends and the many ways in which she drove her father Georgy insane. Full of laughs and love this charming book is a wonderful read--no matter what your age." ~ 5 Star Review, Blue, Amazon
"This is a charming and delightful read from start to finish, filled with characters you really care about, especially the unique girl "P" at the center. You don't have to be in this age group or life situation to relate to the sweet and heartfelt story about wanting the best for those you love. It's timeless and inspiring and may bring a tear to your eye!" ~ 5 Star Review, Susan A., Amazon
"Witty, intelligent and edgy coming-of-age book for girls (and parents!). This little book is a real gem. I bought it for my nieces too in hopes that they will appreciate their moms more! (and give their dads a chance to be a true hero, like the dad in this book!) I would bet that school libraries, teachers, parents and girls will rate this book a favorite for years to come." ~ 5 Star Review, Louann B., Amazon
"I was absolutely enchanted from the first page. This book made me cry! It was delightful. The story so sweet and the characters endearing and so real. By the time I got to the end, I just wanted to burst out in applause. This book is a joy to read at any age but perfect for the "tween" reader." ~ 5 Star Review, Jen W., Amazon
"Both my 11-year old daughter and I loved this wonderfully written book. Charming and exciting from beginning to end, this book is a real treasure." ~ 5 Star Review, Susan L., Amazon
 

About the Author

Jessica Barondes

Jessica Barondes grew up in La Jolla, California and now makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband Ben and their teenagers Jonah and Ellie. Jessica is also a screenwriter whose credits include Little Secrets, Lucky Seven, and Wish Upon a Star, a Disney Channel classic, which was a winner at the Heartland Film Festival. Jessica is currently working on several new movie projects and is an associate producer of the new family film Cowgirls n' Angeles: Dakota's Summer.

Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

   

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

#Giveaway: The Crew Goes Coconuts Book by Carole P. Roman & $50 Paypal- Open Worldwide



Bullying is such a hot topic these days. I am happy that Carole P. Roman wrote this book on the subject. You can read my review of her book HERE.

Author Carole P. Roman takes on the topic of bullying head on with her newest book, "The Crew Goes Coconuts" from her "Captain No Beard" series.

There is a storm brewing on the Flying Dragon, and it's not about the weather. When the crew finds themselves parched and not enough juice to go around, blame falls on Matie the goat, Hallie's friend. Divided, they square off, ready for a fight and Captain No Beard must teach his crew that not only is bullying wrong, they must learn to value and respect each and every member of the crew. Watch the crew of the Flying Dragon learn an important lesson about being a true friend.




To promote this book, Carole P. Roman is giving away a copy of her book and $50 Paypal cash. Enter in the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win. ** Please carefully read the disclosure before entering.** Good luck!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Carole P. Roman and organized by Away We Go Media who are responsible for prize shipments. Naila Moon of Reading Authors was asked to promote this giveaway and has received compensation for this post. I am however,not responsible for prize shipment.

This giveaway is open worldwide, however, if the winner is outside of the U.S. the book will be given in the form of a Kindle download. Winner must have an active Paypal account and will only be paid in U.S. dollars.

Winner has 48 hours to respond to an email sent to him/her with full mailing address or Kindle email and Paypal email otherwise, forfeit prize and another winner will be drawn.  Winner is drawn randomly via Rafflecopter.

Giveaway is open from 7/18/14  12AM MST through 8/2/14 12 AM MST. Worldwide.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Books and Bloggers Swap Follow Up and Reveal #bookswaps




A few weeks ago I had participated in the Chaotic Goddesses' Book and Bloggers Swap. The rules were really simple as you can see above. We were given a partner which mine was Meredith R.

We emailed back and forth for a bit but found out we really had some things in common. She was really gracious when I ended up in the hospital and waited a few days for hers.

So, this post is a follow up and reaveal post. Here is what she sent me...


This is the order for each. (Just an FYI, if you click on the book, it will take you to Amazon where you can purchase each.

1. A Book Meredith loves:
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

2. A book Meredith  hasn’t read but is interested in:
The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh

3. Book off of my Wish List:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Additional book: Rules by Cynthia Lord
This was a book that Meredith had in her own collection and had read many times over. She decided to gift it to me because she thought I would like it. It even has her name in it. I thought that was really sweet and I do like it!

Overall, I cannot wait for next time.
Naila Moon

Monday, July 14, 2014

#Review: Fatal Impression by Reba White Williams





Summary:
Coleman and Dinah Greene are making names for themselves in the art world. Coleman's magazine publishing empire is growing and Dinah's print gallery is gaining traction. In fact, Dinah has just won the contract to select, buy, and hang art in the New York office of the management consultants Davidson, Douglas, Danbury & Weeks – a major coup that will generate The Greene Gallery's first big profits. However, when Dinah goes to DDD&W to begin work, she discovers a corporate culture unlike anything she's ever encountered before. There are suggestions of improprieties everywhere, including missing art worth a fortune. And when two DDD&W staff members are discovered murdered, Dinah and Coleman find themselves swept into the heart of another mystery. Revealing the murderer will be no easy task...but first Dinah needs to clear her own name from the suspect list.

My review:
I love a good mystery so, it was with excitement to read the book Fatal Impressions.
It was interesting to me to see the author tie in a bit of art history with a mysterious storyline of murder. I felt myself feeling sorry for the main character, Dinah, as she was accused of murder which she so clearly did not do. I have met people in real life like this character and know that they would not hurt a fly.

The author showed how a business, good or bad, can be cutthroat (excuse the pun). Sometimes you have to do things you do not want to do, although murder is not one of them. In any case, Ms. Williams did a good job of weaving real life situations in to a really great book.

The author also managed to show how some people you think are for you are actually against you or vice versa. I never knew who the murderer truly was until the very end. Like any good writer Ms. Williams had me thinking it was one person and turned out to be another.

I did have a couple of issues with this book. The first of which was the on-going issues among the characters seemed to drag and bog down the murder investigation itself. I kind of got lost in the number of characters that kept popping up everywhere. I simply has a tough time keeping up with all of them.
I realize this was author's prerogative but it made for a longer story than maybe needed. Which brings me to my next point...

Sixty-seven chapters! Yikes that was a ton to read.

My final issue was it seemed too long to wrap up the book. Once the murderer had been revealed there were 4-5 more chapters of round up. I felt this could have all been put in maybe a whole chapter as an epilogue and thus the book would not have drug on.

All and all, even with the issues, I felt this was a terrific book and will get 4 stars from me.
~Naila Moon

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