Thursday, July 9, 2020

#Review Spiffy Kids Storybook of Feelings Collection by J.R. Robinson

Spiffy Kids are the crazy, fun-loving characters that stay by your side every moment of your day – they’re those wonderful things we call feelings. So whether it’s Mad, Happy, Sad, Shy, Worry, or any of the many other Spiffy Kids, at least one is always with you—even right now!
This clever little book describes a child’s various emotions in a fun and entertaining way, with bright illustrations and lots of humor. It also gives children ways of dealing with these feelings and lets them know they are not alone. Everyone struggles with being mad, having worry, and sadness, and everyone has moments of being happy.

My review:
This book is long for being a children's book, it boast 131 pages of colorful hand-drawn photos and poetry. That is pretty amazing to me but I am not sure kids could sit in one sitting to read this, at least not younger kids. 

I cannot say that I was overly fond of the drawings even though they were bright and zany. They were however, large and did depict each "feeling" character well, for that, I give it a plus.

The best thing about this book is the poetry. Each "feeling" has approximately six pages of poetry which is a real "wow" factor for me. I enjoyed the feelings it gave me.

This book gets 4 stars from me.

Disclosure: I received this book from the author. The views and opinions here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Michelle

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

#Spotlight & #Giveaway: Arms of the Ocean by Jamie Webster & M.Dalton #YA #Fantasy

Arms of the Ocean
Jamie WebsterM. Dalto
Published by: Parliament House
Genres: FantasyNew AdultYoung Adult

Nineteen-year-old Tristaine lived a life of bitterness. When her mother abandoned her family, and her father began drinking, Tris discovered the only thing that truly brought her happiness: the sea.
It called to her like a lover and flowed through her like a life force. When her only peace is threatened to be taken away, Tris realizes there is nothing she wouldn’t do to remain with the ocean.
Even if it means taking her own life to do so.
But the sea isn’t done with her -not yet- and Tris soon finds herself submerged in a world where love, betrayal, and honor stand stronger than any other force of nature.


Jamie Webster is an Adult Fantasy writer who recalls writing stories as early as ten. She first began writing fanfiction, though she typically created an original character to follow. In high school, she began to create her own fantasy worlds and roleplayed on Yahoo Groups and AIM. In her adult years, she has completed four books as well as written for several publications including a blog, Trials and Tribulations, for her local newspaper as well as articles on writing and book reviews for Fantasy-Faction.
Jamie received her B.A. in English with a focus in Creative Writing from UMaine and an MFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. She does most of her drafting during NaNoWriMo and fancies herself as the hybrid plantser. Her passion is reading, writing, crocheting and playing video games. She currently lives in Maine with her three children, Corgi, Mini Aussie, and a plethora of other animals that she’d rather not admit to.
Author links:
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M. Dalto is a bestselling New Adult author of adventurous romantic fantasy stories, having won a Watty award for excellence in digital storytelling for her debut novel, Two Thousand Years, in 2016. She spends her days as a full-time residential real estate paralegal, using her evenings to pursue her literary agenda, and when she’s not writing, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing video games, and drinking coffee. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their daughter, and their corgi named Loki.

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The Big Book of Silly Jokes For Kids by Carole P. Roman #review #jokebooks #caroleproman

This illustrated collection of jokes for kids is inclusive and family-friendly, with knee-slappers that kids will be bursting to tell every chance they get (parents, you’ve been warned). The jokes also get more challenging with each chapter, so this book will tickle funny bones of all ages.

My review: 

I remember, as a kid, telling knock-knock jokes to whateverooks adult would listen to them. Most of them were corny as this type of joke can be but adult would laugh and that would make me laugh too.

Carole P. Roman, in a departure from her children's book stories, has taken on the art of joke telling in her book of 800 jokes for kids. I am sure as she was researching and writing, she told these jokes to her own grand-kids.  I know I got a laugh and sometimes groan from all the jokes in the book.

 There are a variety of jokes to be found, that are not just knock-knock jokes but tongue twisters, riddles, and everything else in between. The book also includes sidebar "stats" that make this book unique.

If you have a budding comedian then get this book!

5 stars.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author to review. The statements here are 100% my own opinions and may differ from yours. ~Michelle

Monday, July 6, 2020

Keeping the Lights On For Ike by Rebecca Daniels #review #Giveaway #WorldWarII #memoir

Most people don’t realize that during the war in Europe in the 1940s, it took an average of six support soldiers to make the work of four combat soldiers possible. Most of what’s available in the literature tends toward combat narratives, and yet the support soldiers had complex and unique experiences as well. This book is based on personal correspondence, and it is primarily a memoir that creates a picture of the day-to-day realities of an individual soldier told in his own words [as much as he could tell under the wartime rules of censorship, that is] as well as giving insight into what it was actually like to be an American soldier during WWII. It explores the experiences of a non-combat Army utilities engineer working in a combat zone during the war in Europe and takes the protagonist from basic training through various overseas assignments—in this case to England, North Africa, and Italy as a support soldier under Eisenhower and his successors at Allied Force Headquarters. It also includes some reflections about his life after returning to Oregon when the war was over.

My review:
This is the story of two people in love. It is romantic, sensual, and sometimes is red-faced embarrassing. This could be anyone's story...maybe...but it isn't. This is the story of two people who were kept apart for four years by World War II. 
Mary and Alec are the prime characters in this true story that is told through their letter writing throughout the war. Gaps and historical references are filled in by their daughter but some is left untold due to the censorship at the time.
Their story is sweet as Alec's love for his beloved Mary is noted throughout the whole book. Alec tells of his faithfulness to her but also his severe loneliness. He tells of irritations of a war gone on too long and of people who were sometimes not so pleasant to work with. Photos are spread throughout the book of places he visited as well as the couple themselves, each continents away.
Alec, although a non-combat officer, (he was close to the battles)gives a clear picture of what life was like for those who had to support the combat troops and clean up after war ravaged the countries. His words reflected Mary's frustrations of American wives who were left at home to carry on and hope in wait for their military families.
The author did a fabulous job of depicting her parent's love which endured for years and giving accurate history. This book is a great read with a different perspective.
5 stars
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book to review. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours.  ~Michelle
About the author:

Rebecca Daniels has been a university professor for many years who has also simultaneously had a vital creative career in the theatre. Throughout her career, her work has always been a mix of performance, teaching, and her own writing.
Her groundbreaking book on women directors and the effects of gender on their work is currently still in print [Women Stage Directors Speak: Exploring the Effects of Gender on Their Work, McFarland, 1996], and she has been published in several theatre-related professional journals over the years as well. After her retirement in the summer of 2015, she was finally able to focus all her energies on this book.
Giveaway: Can be found HERE
This giveaway is for 1 print copy open to Canada and the U.S. only. There are also 2 pdf copies open worldwide. There will be 3 winners. This giveaway ends August 1, 2020,midnight pacific time. Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Wally Runnels' July 4th Beach #Giveaway

Welcome to author Wally Runnels' July 4th Beach Giveaway!
This giveaway is being co-hosted by Reading Author's Network/Away We Go Media.

There will be two prizes:

A signed copy of his book, " Twisted Love", 
$10 Amazon card,
 and this Beach Blanket 

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A Kindle copy of any of his books 
and $5 Amazon Gift Card

About Wally Runnels:

Wally was born in San Diego, traveled through Mexico, and Latin America. He was raised on the border at his family's ranch, whose original deed was recorded in 1870. Hanging out between two countries, he met a lot of unusual people: Hollywood types, Border Patrol Officers, professional trackers, smugglers, and people he won't mention by name. He'll remind you no matter how weird a story can get, it'll contain some grain of truth.

Disclosure: This giveaway is being sponsored by author Wally Runnels who is responsible for prize distribution. No other blog associated with this giveaway is responsible for the prizes. This giveaway begins July 4, 2020 @ 12 AM MST and ends July 18, 2020. This giveaway is a U.S. Giveaway only. TWO separate winners for the prizes stated above. You cannot win both prizes. All entries will be verified and winners notified via email. NOTE: You must enter at least both of the mandatory entries to be qualified. The first entry is to notify winner(s) and does not constitute an entry solely on its own.
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Monday, June 22, 2020

#review: Murphy Murphy and the Case of Serious Crisis by Keith Hirschland #wordplay #humor #mysteries

Murphy Murphy comes from a long line of male Murphy's. All were named Murphy and all were cops. This Murphy heads the Department of Redundancy Department and his superior officer, Captain David “Dud” Hill has found him a case. The Captain’s niece is in a rock ‘n roll band called Serious Crisis, and it seems items belonging to members of the band have started to disappear.

Were these items stolen? Were they simply lost? As Murphy Murphy works the case, he must chase down the clues all the while dealing with grammatical anomalies that drive him crazy. As Murphy gets closer to the answers he seeks, one more “thing” goes missing; the Captain’s niece. Suddenly, in an instant, the stakes in the case of Serious Crisis become a lot more dire.

My review:

STOP THE MADNESS! I cannot take it any more.

This is what I have been thinking the whole time I read this book. Not because it is a bad book, oh no, because it is actually that good. This girl, who is used to reading good grammar, is driving herself crazy reading the wordplay or in this case, "the redundancies."

Detective Murphy Murphy, called up from the "Department of Redundancy Department," is on the case of the small missing items from the band, "Serious Crisis." As time goes on, this seemingly simple case of missing items becomes a missing persons case.

Murphy Murphy's  clever humor and keen sense eventually solves the case and gets the girl too, a bartender girl that is. How does he do it? Read the book.

I laughed out loud at the humor in this book but as stated before almost drove myself crazy reading it too. If I had a red pen, I surely would have gone through this book with a find toothed comb. *laughs* The truth is, for an author to write this way, and an editor to edit this book, it took nothing but restraint. Kudos!

I loved the characters too from the detective, to the bands, to the people Murphy Murphy interviewed. The author did a good job of making all of them have some quirkiness to them that just added to the book.

If it were me, I would hand this book to every English teacher out there to use in his/her class. *laughs again*

I give this book 4 stars to a high 5.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book from the author. The opinions stated here are 100% my own and may differ from yours.  ~Michelle (Michelle)


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Friday, June 12, 2020

Dinosaur In The Elevator #Giveaway (5 Winners ~ Ends 7/9) @MascotBooks

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I love to read about dinosaurs. This book looks like a cute one!

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Getting into an elevator to who-knows where with a T-Rex they'd only just met was risky, maybe even loony. But they'd never get another chance at such an adventure. Twins Robbie and Abby get more than they bargained for when they imagine a museum T-Rex back to life. Soon they're on an adventure through the Cretaceous Era with dinosaurs of every shape and size and not all of them are friendly. But they are surprisingly helpful. Can you guess their names from the clue-filled poems they sing?

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