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 had wtongue 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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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Career Soldier Series by Tawdra Kandle #BookBlast #AdultBooks



Kade Braggs grew up wild and free, surfing on a California beach without much ambition until an impulsive decision led him into joining the Army. What started out as a joke turned into a career, and now he's a company commander, leading several platoons of soldiers. Still, Kade does it all on his own terms; he plays as hard as he works, and having a good time is non-negotiable. Until he meets Leah Samson. Leah doesn't have time to play. On her own for as long as she can remember, she's driven, focused and intent on finishing law school at the top of her class. Nothing could distract her from that goal until an unexpected night of passion with a visiting soldier leads to life-changing complications. But while neither Kade nor Leah planned this bump in the road, the unplanned parenthood that threw the two together may be the best thing that ever happened to either of them. That is, if the heat they both feel doesn't sizzle out of control first.

These are the men of the 94th ID.

They fight with honor, they defend their nation and their brothers fiercely, and when they love, they do it with single-minded passion.

All six books are now available exclusively on Amazon, part of Kindle Unlimited!
If you are a KU subscriber, you can read them all for free.
If you're not, you can still buy them on Amazon.

Maximum Force

Max Remington has never been anything but a soldier. The oldest son in a family that served our nation for generations, he’d never considered any other path. The Army is his life, his home, and his one true love. Until he meets Samantha Crewe. Part millennial flower child, part spunky free spirit, Sam was raised by parents who encouraged her to express her feelings and embrace peace. She’s quick to love and open to just about any new adventure . . . but Max might be her biggest challenge yet. When these two clash, expect immediate combustion . . . of the very hottest kind.

Buy it here!

 

Temporary Duty

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Hitting the Silk

Once upon a time, Delia Rollins was an Army wife, until the unthinkable happened. Now as a young widow and school teacher, she's vigilant about protecting her heart. Her number one rule for the future? No more military men in her life. She can't handle the risk. Army Captain Shaw Kincaid is addicted to taking risks. He lives to challenge himself, whether it's in physical training or in pushing the safety envelope. But when he meets Delia, he realizes winning her heart might be his most daunting task ever. No matter how hard Delia works to push Shaw away, she can't deny the intense chemistry between them . . . or how much she's growing to actually like him. And for Shaw, the more time he spends with the irresistible Delia, the deeper he falls for her. For the danger ranger and the gun-shy widow, love may be the riskiest--and the sweetest--leap they ever take.

Buy it here!



Zone of ActionJake Robinson is the most easy-going soldier in his battalion. For the last few months, he’s been watching his friends find love, commitment, and even babies . . . but he knows that path isn’t for him. Been there, done that and got the scars to prove it. Harper Drummond lives and breathes stress. A chef at an up-and-coming restaurant, she works long, demanding hours, and she doesn’t want or need a relationship. But every now and then, she likes to let off some steam under the covers with a willing partner. The night Jake and Harper hook up is only meant to be a one-time deal. But when they realize they have connections they hadn’t expected--not to mention a chemistry that is downright explosive--they decide that being friends with hot benefits makes perfect sense. After all, it’s only sex, right?

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Damage Assessment

When a freak accident seriously injures Derek McTavis, he’s afraid that his Army career might be over. Even after he returns to Fort Lee, he has a hard time recovering and returning to his old lifestyle, despite the encouragement and support of his friends. And then he meets Tasha O’Hare. After years of uncertainty about her future, Tasha’s working hard toward a career in physical therapy. She doesn’t need anything--or anyone--to distract her. But when she’s assigned the broody Captain McTavis, she soon realizes that she’s becoming invested in more than just his physical recovery. Derek resists Tasha’s help, but it turns out she’s just as stubborn as he is. Her passion and determination give him hope not only for his broken body . . . but also for his heart and his future. For these two wounded souls, love may be the only path to healing.

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Scheme of Maneuver

Owen Hughes is an enigma among his friends. He’s a man of few words, and although he enjoys his share of fun with women, he’s never found anyone worth making an effort to pursue. With all of his friends now married or in committed relationships, Owen feels like a lone wolf, the last man standing. He’s not sure if that makes him a hero or a loser. And then he meets Jacey. This sassy ray of sunshine is unlike any woman Owen’s ever known. She’s full of life, eager to embrace her next adventure . . . and when she decides that next adventure is Owen, her pursuit of him is relentless. For the first time ever, Owen has found a woman he’ll move heaven and earth to win. He’s fallen hard. There’s just one small problem: Jacey is the younger sister of one of his best friends. The last man standing is about to fall . . . hard. And the undeniable heat between Owen and Jacey will make every repercussion worth all the trouble.

Buy it now!

pbt150 Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books include young adult and new adult paranormal romance, new adult and adult contemporary romance and adult para mystery romance. She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair. You can follow Tawdra on Amazon to receive updates on her releases. Y

Sunday, May 28, 2017

UPDATE...#SciFiSummerJune...Who's In?


June 12, 2017-UPDATE: I was able to participate in this read-a-thon this year but only managed one book. I finished Sci-Fi Junior High which was absolutely great. I will be reviewing the book in the near future. Be watching out for that one. ~Michelle
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This is the 2nd year for this read-a-thon. I did not participate last year but think I will be on it this year. The same day, I am starting a Summer read with my adult library.
Who's in?

~M.M.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

KID LIT BLOG HOP-May 2017



Hello, welcome back to another month of terrific children's literature. We welcome you to the May 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!


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.

Also, it would be appreciated if you grab the Kid Lit Blog Hop Badge and display it on your blog and/or your post. Note: Make sure you have the newest badge as the old one goes to the wrong page.
We would also be grateful if you tweet and/or posted on Facebook about the blog hop. Let’s grow this wonderful community.


Thanks for sharing your great children's books with all of us! The hostess will be around to see you.
Happy Hopping!
BeachBoundBooks, co-hostess
                                                    Pragmatic Mom, co-hostess
Jump Into A Book, co-hostess
Spark and Pook, co-hostess
                                             Carpinello's Writing Page, co-hostess


Monday, May 1, 2017

#Review: Ashes by Steven Manchester #AdultBooks


Summary:
Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement. But life and death has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other s company. It s either that or lose out on the contents of the envelope he s left with his lawyer. The trip will be as gut-wrenching as each expects it to be . . . and revealing in ways neither of them is prepared for.

At turns humorous, biting, poignant, and surprisingly tender, ASHES puts a new spin on family and dysfunction with a story that is at once fresh and timelessly universal."


My review:
Steven Manchester is by far one of my favorite authors. His newest book, Ashes, did not disappoint and was exactly what I would expect to come from this brilliant author.

This tells the story of two men, brothers, who couldn't lead more different lives. Both must come together to lay their estranged father's ashes to rest. The story is a rollercoaster ride with a cross-country trip that could either make or break the two of them. Along the way, they discover heartbreak, loss, and reconciliation that made this reader's head swim.

This book was a tough read for me because I could fully relate to the characters. I lost my Dad, although a good man, unlike the "Dad" in the book, six years ago (as of this review). I traveled to lay his ashes in, ironically, a similar place as the characters did in the book.

However, it is the author's weaving of words that made me continue to read. This book certainly made me laugh and cry. He is a master and I highly recommend this excellent book! 5 stars!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book.  The review here is 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~M.M. aka Naila Moon

Where to find the author:

Steven Manchester



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Monday, April 24, 2017

#Review: The Library by Sarah Stewart/Illustrated David Small #AtoZBlogChallenge #T

Summary:
Elizabeth Brown doesn't like to play with dolls and she doesn't like to skate. What she does like to do is read books. Lots of books. The only problem is that her library has gotten so big she can't even use her front door anymore. What should Elizabeth Brown do?


My review:
As a book and library lover, I was drawn to this book right away. I loved that the main character was based on a real person who was in the dedication. I found the character to be a compadre of sorts because she never stopped reading, not even to vacuum! The cover actually drew me in first as it was very nostalgic with a woman pulling a wagon load of books. This would be me, no doubt.

As I opened the pages to The Library, I was hit with more of those very well done nostalgic pages. The colors were in muted pastels, lined drawn and just gorgeous.  They jumped out of the book with every page turn. I loved seeing with each turn the 'books' getting higher and higher and cleverly stacked. Each illustration was framed in a black and white line drawn frame.

The writing was two to three paragraphs for each two-spread page. It was done in poetic form and again, perfect! By each of the paragraphs were smaller black and white images that went along with the poem and not necessarily the other illustrations. However, these enhanced the already fantastic book. The twist at the end was the culmination of a book lovers dream.

5 stars!

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


Sunday, April 23, 2017

#Review: Sona and the Wedding Game by Kashmira Sheth/illustrated by Yoshiko Jaegge #Multicultural #AtoZBlog Challenge #S




Summary:
Sona's big sister is getting married and she's been given an important job to do. She has to steal the groom's shoes. She's never attended a wedding before, so she's unfamiliar with this Indian tradition as well as many of the other magical experiences that will occur before and during the special event. But with the assistance of her annoying cousin Vishal, Sona finds a way to steal the shoes and get a very special reward.

My review:
Usually, when I am reviewing a book, I have a clear mind of what I think about it. Sona and the Wedding Game happens to be one of those books that I had to think a little harder than usual.

This is the story of a fictional Hindu wedding but is based on real-life weddings for some Hindus. I thought the tradition of stealing a groom's shoes was very different but the book explains the reason and it is all about family. In fact, the book makes it clear that every nuance of this kind of wedding is to bring two families closer together. I like that!

I was a bit disappointed at the end as her request was asked but then there was no conclusion it seemed. Maybe I missed that part and it could be because...

The few illustrations I was able to see were colorful and cute. Unfortunately, the copy I had on Kindle did not convey as well as I would have liked to have seen. In fact, I think they were missing altogether. I do not think that is the fault of the author but if it had been a child trying to read the book, it would have been disappointing.

The book is a nice glimpse into some of India's rich culture It is only a small part, but still yet still worth reading, especially if learning about India.

3 stars

Disclosure: A Kindle copy of this book was obtained through NetGalley. All views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~MM. aka Naila Moon


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 ...