Dream Horse Adventures Book Blast & Giveaway!

We are pleased to be participating in a Book Blast coordinated by BeachBoundBooks. The Book Blast is for the children’s book series Dream Horse Adventures written by Susan Count. The blast will run February 7 – 9, 2017. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!

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About the Books

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Title: Mary’s Song (Dream Horse Adventure Book 1) Author: Susan Count Genre: Children’s Fiction Number of Pages: 122 Publisher: Hastings Creations Group Release Date: October 20, 2016Book Description: Mary’s heart breaks over the pending destruction of a beautiful, but damaged filly. When life is not fair, the courageous challenge the obstacles. Twelve-year-old Mary was disabled at the age of four by the same virus that took the life of her mother. While she longs to have a horse of her own, she’s limited to reading horse books. A talented artist, she spends her days on a blanket in the grass sketching the horses at the farm next door. She falls in love with one of the foals and is outraged to learn the filly is considered worthless as it was born lame. Mary befriends and enlists the help of twelve-year-old Laura, whose family owns the horse farm. Against the better judgment of the farm manager, a brief reprieve is negotiated for the foal’s life. The girls conspire to raise money to save her, but time is running out. Sadly, it appears the expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct her problem anyway. Mary isn’t about to give up. She sacrifices what she holds dear, including the trust of her papa, to gain her heart’s desire. Will she lose everything in her struggle to save the foal?
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Title: Selah’s Sweet Dream (Dream Horse Adventure Book 2) Author: Susan Count Genre: Children’s Fiction Number of Pages: 198 Publisher: Hastings Creations Group Release Date: December 15, 2015Book Description: American Horse Publications – FIRST PLACE – Equine Fiction….. Feathered Quill – GOLD Award….. Readers Favorites – GOLD Award….. Twelve-Year-Old SELAH (Say-la) aspires to be an equestrian superstar. That would require a horse. HER DILEMMA: Grandpa wants nothing to do with horses. THEN: Selah sees buzzards circling the grasslands behind Grandpa’s farm. They are stalking a horse trapped in wire and Selah is its only hope. DANGEROUS: The horse is wild and defiant – jeopardizing Selah’s dreams. FOILED: The legal owner searched for the horse for two years and wants it back. BUT: Selah is confident that God will provide her heart’s desire. MEMORIES: Grandpa shows Selah a video, from long ago, of a phenomenal equestrian. Selah declares that she wants to be like her and Grandpa explains the rider was her grandmother. HOPE: A world renowned horse trainer offers to train SweetDream and Selah. FOILED AGAIN: Her parents could ruin everything unless Sweet Dream’s unruly behavior ruins it first. LOST: Selah’s opportunity to mirror the equestrian talent of her renowned grandmother evaporates when the horse causes mayhem at the trainer’s facility. NEVER GIVE UP: Will Selah gather her courage and face up to the trainer to save her aspirations?

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About the Author

susancount One day…I began to write with no preconceived ideas about anything. I’d read what I had written the day before and add another scene to the adventure. No one could have been more astounded than I was when it turned into a book. The whole process gave me great joy and restored my spirit after a season of loss. My motivation was my desire to bless one particular young lady with a story to show her a love relationship in a family, with the Lord, and with a horse. I truly thought the story would remain in a drawer until she was old enough to read it. Surprise.
I write at an antique secretary desk which belonged to the same grandmother who introduced me to horse books. The desk has secret compartments and occupies a glass room with a forest view. Bunnies and cardinals regularly interrupt my muse, as do my horses grazing in a clearing. Though I am a rider and lover of horses, I make no claims of expertise in any riding discipline. I hope that my research keeps me from annoying those who would know. The only thing more fun than riding might be writing horse adventure stories. Saddle up and ride along!

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Dream Horse Adventure Series Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a copy of Mary’s Song and Selah’s Sweet Dream

Giveaway ends: February 22, 11:59 pm, 2017

Open to: US and Canadian Residents Only

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. A 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 the 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 hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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Vote for Duck!- The Magik Theatre Presents Duck for President (Review & Giveaway!)

*Disclaimer: We were provided with complimentary tickets to see Duck for President. All opinions are our own honest opinions.*

This weekend we visited The Magik Theatre for their season opener. The Magik Theatre, located in downtown San Antonio, strives to bring children’s literature to life. Duck for President, written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, is the latest book that they have brought to the stage. The play is adapted by James E. Grote. Music and lyrics are by George Howe and it is directed by Frances Limoncelli.

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Here are the boys excitedly waiting for the show to begin.

Here are the boys excitedly waiting for the show to begin.

The boys and I truly enjoyed this play. We’ve been to several of the plays at The Magik Theatre and Duck for President tops my favorites.

The play features Farmer Brown and his animals, Pig, Hen, Cow, and of course, Duck. We watch as Duck decides to run for Farmer, Governor, and President. Each time he thinks that being in charge is going to be a lot of fun but then realizes the jobs are actually hard.

The show was cute and funny and the boys had fun quacking along. There are plenty of songs and jokes incorporated into the play and we were smiling and laughing throughout the entire show.

The show is about an hour long and when it’s over the actors line up by the theatre entrance to sign autographs and take pictures.

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Connor and JT Say:

I’m putting both boys together because JT told me that he was going to say exactly what Connor said.

“I loved Duck for President! I love Farmer Brown and Duck! The play was really funny. Duck for President and Flat Stanley are my favorites so far.”

Duck for President will be running at the Magik Theatre through November 6, 2016. We highly recommend checking out this fun show. We’ve also been provided with a gift certificate good for 4 tickets to any showing of Duck for President for one lucky reader!
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To enter the giveaway leave a comment letting us know that you want to vote for Duck. Also, make sure to leave us a comment on our Facebook page for another chance to win.

We’ll be taking entries through Wednesday October 12th, 2016 at 11:59 pm central and a winner will be randomly selected and notified on Thursday October 13th.

Congratulations to our winner, Erika!

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Rice & Rocks Blog Tour- Review & Giveaway

We are pleased to be participating in a Blog Tour for the charming children’s book written by Sandra L. Richards and illustrated by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan, Rice & Rocks. The tour will run from August 23 – September 13, 2016 and was coordinated by BeachBoundBooks. collages7_orig


About the Book

rice-rocks-by-sandra-l-richards Title: Rice & Rocks | Author: Sandra L. Richards | Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing | Publication Date: August 23, 2016 Genre: Children’s Picture Book | Number of Pages: 32 Book Description: Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity. Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed he does not like ‘rice and rocks’ and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni’s pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together. Take a look inside the book…




**My Review**


I really loved Rice & Rocks. The author did a great job highlighting the importance of culture and tradition. I loved seeing Giovanni’s journey with his aunt and Jasper the Congo African Grey Parrot to different places around the world to find out if they eat rice and rocks too.
I also loved seeing the illustrations. There was so much detail in each one which made them especially fun to look at. I highly recommend Rice & Rocks. It is truly a great picture book that presents culture and traditions in a way that is easy for kids to understand.

**Connor and JT Say**


Both boys pretty much had the same things to say about this book so I’m putting their reviews together.
They both liked the book. Jasper, the parrot, was their favorite character. They thought he was cool. They would both like to see another book where they go on another trip with Jasper to some other countries to learn about them.

About the Author: Sandra L. Richards

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Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity.

Learn more about Sandra at www.sandralrichards.com.

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About the Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan

megan-sullivan Megan Kayleigh Sullivan graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 with a degree in Illustration. She is currently working as a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist, and aspires towards a career in the film and animation industry as a concept artist, character designer, or visual development artist (or d., all of the above). She enjoys traveling, writing, telling stories, and hula-hooping. Visit her at www.357meg.com.

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Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice
Giveaway ends: September 13, 11:59 pm, 2016 Open to: 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. A 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 the 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, Sandra L. Richards and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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**Disclosure: I was given a free electronic copy of the book. All opinions are my own honest opinions.**

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Selfies in the Wild Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for C.L. Murphy’s Selfies in the Wild! This is the newest book in The Adventures of Lovable Lobo series. Check out our review and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

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About the Book

Title: The Adventures of Lovable Lobo – Selfies in the Wild

Written and illustrated by C.L. Murphy

Published by Peanut Butter Prose

Date published: August 1, 2016

Recommended ages: 3 to 7

Number of pages: 28

Summary: Lobo and his sidekick raven find a trail camera in their neck of the woods, and it attracts the attention of forest friends. Images captured have never been sillier or more candid. Just as their wild dispositions are exposed, the photo shoot comes to an unexpected end and they’re all left wondering why. The reason may be obvious.

**My Review**

I enjoyed reading C.L. Murphy’s newest book, Selfies in the Wild. This book shows what happens when Lovable Lobo and his friends find a camera in the woods. As soon as I started reading the book I was thinking that it reminded me of the fun pictures I’ve seen from wildlife photographers. At the end of the book C.L. Murphy explains that she was inspired by some animals captured on her own trail camera that seemed to be posing for the camera. It’s so much fun to imagine what these animals are thinking and that’s exactly what C.L. Murphy gives us with this book. Selfies in the Wild is cute and fun to read and kids will enjoy the silly selfies taken by Lovable Lobo and friends.

**JT Says**

“I liked it. The animals are silly.”

Take a peek inside…

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About C.L. Murphy

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Cathy (C.L.) has been creating with and for kids for many years, and because of it she’s ever armed with crayons and not afraid to use or share them. She’s faster than a speeding turtle, more powerful than a newborn bunny, and nearly able to leap tall tales in a single bound. She’s in a position to use her unassuming powers in a never-ending battle for good and silliness while traveling to the deepest (sometimes dark) part of her imagination. She’s been a member of SCBWI since 2012. She lives in a wonder-filled forest, amongst the wildlife with her husband and other untamed animals. They have two wildly perfect sons and a scrumptious new granddaughter.

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The Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $200 Amazon gift card or $200 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: August 31, 11:59 p.m., 2016

Open to: Worldwide

How to enter: Please enter the Rafflecopter HERE.

Terms and conditions: There is NO purchase necessary to enter or win. One winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget within 48 hours and notified by email once the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen.</p

Before you go make sure to check out this fun activity kit for Selfies in the Wild and don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour.

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Kidcation Week San Antonio 2016 (& Giveaway!)

Are you looking for something fun to do before the kids go back to school? Look no further than San Antonio’s 4th annual Kidcation Week!

During this special week, the Alamo City rolls out the red carpet for its youngest visitors and residents, and transforms into a citywide playground for kids of all ages. Kidcation Week, presented by Our Kids Magazine, allows families to create lifelong memories and have one last summer hurrah before the kids head back to school.

Kidcation Week kicks off today, Saturday August 6th, at Hemisfair’s Yanaguana Gardens. The Kidcation Kick Off Event, held from 9am-2pm, is an event that you do not want to miss. This free kick off event is open to the general public and will feature live music, free activities, balloon artistry, face painting, a bouncy house, games and prizes at the heart of San Antonio’s newest landscaped outdoor wonderland. Coolers are not permitted but there will be food vendors and snacks will be available to purchase.

Connor and JT at Hemisfair Park.

Connor and JT at Hemisfair Park.

Kidcation Week will last from August 6th-August 13th. Throughout the entire week children of all ages will enjoy exclusive programming including demonstrations and free entertainment. Parents looking to stretch vacation funds will appreciate the money-saving deals offered by local businesses, as well as special summertime events designed just for kids and their families. Special deals from participating attractions and restaurants include: Majestic Theatre, San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio Aquarium, Battle for Texas, Dave & Buster’s, Kiddie Park, America’s Incredible Pizza Company, The Witte Museum, Top Golf, Natural Bridge Caverns, and San Antonio Botanical Garden, among others.

Some of the other events occurring during Kidcation Week include the Summer Movie Series at Rolling Oaks Mall, $5 Frenzy as Kiddie Park, Summer Send Off Weekend at Retama, and the Davy Crockett Birthday Celebration at Battle for Texas-The Experience. Make sure to check out www.kidcationweek.com for the complete list of events and deals.

To celebrate Kidcation Week, we were given a pair of adult tickets for Battle for Texas-The Experience to giveaway! The tickets are valid until December 31st, 2016. Kids under 6 get in free. This giveaway will close on Saturday August 13th at 11:59pm central. The winner will be randomly selected and notified on August 14th. To enter do one or all of the following:

1. Leave a comment on this post.

2. Head over to our Facebook page and leave us a comment there.

3. Send us a tweet using #Kidcation and make sure to tag @ModelJenn.

We hope you enjoy Kidcation Week!

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Book Blast- Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise

We are pleased to be participating in a Book Blast coordinated by BeachBoundBooks. The Book Blast is for the charming children’s book written by Sharon Durgin and illustrated by Joan Coleman, Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise. The blast will run June 7 – June 9, 2016. After reading all about Marty and thd Christmas Eve Surprise make sure to enter the giveaway at the end. MartyChristmas

About the Book

Title: Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise | Author: Sharon Durgin | Illustrator: Joan Coleman |Genre: Children’s Holiday Book | Publisher: BookLogix | Expected Release: May 24, 2016
Book Description:
Marty is a little mouse who has lots of fun with his friends as they get ready for Christmas. But when the house cats get involved, you can expect a little bit of mischief. Can Marty save the day in time for Christmas?
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About the Author: Sharon Durgin

Sharon E. Durgin is a designer in the engineering business and an active member of Toastmasters International. With her love of the spoken and written word she has created Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise. This is her first book, and she looks forward to publishing more stories of Marty’s life. Sharon has two adult children and lives and works in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: June 21, 11:59 pm, 2016 Open to: 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. A 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 the 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, Sharon Durgin and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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Whispers of Trees Blog Tour

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Welcome to our tour stop on the Whispers of Trees blog tour!

This tour is being coordinated by BeachBoundbooksl This is a Review Tour for the children’s adventure Whispers of Trees by Ben Woodard running from April 4 – April 25, 2016.

Keep reading to find out more about Whispers of Trees, Ben Woodard, and our thoughts on the book. Then make sure to enter the giveaway at the end!
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About the Book

Title:Whispers of Trees
Author: Ben Woodard
Genre: Children’s Multicultural Adventure
Number of Pages: 57
Publisher: Miller-Martin Press
Publication Date: March 15, 2016

Synopsis: An ancient forest, a dark night, a strange woman—and whispers.

What is going on in this eerie Irish forest? Ten-year-old Declan has to find out. His brother is missing and only he can solve the mystery. But why him? He doesn’t even like his always-yelling brother who his sister says was eaten by wolves. But there are no wolves in Ireland.

Then a witch-like woman tells him the two of them have to go into the spooky woods to save his brother. But from what? The strange trees only whisper the answer and he must discover what they are trying to tell him. But he will learn much more than he ever dreamed.

Whispers of Trees is a fun, page-turning thriller hinting of myth that delivers a multicultural adventure.
This is the second book in the Mythic Adventures Collection. The first book is The Boy Who Flew With Eagles. You can preview it here:
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**My Review**

I found Whispers of Trees to be a bit different from what I was expecting. The first chapter starts off a bit eerily as we meet Declan and his family and learn that his little brother Colin is missing somewhere in an ancient Irish forest filled with large and twisting trees.
The story is told from Declan’s perspective and we join him on his journey to not only find his brother but find out about himself as well.
The book is a quick and interesting read. What really intrigued me about Whispers of Trees was the stories and legends about the trees. The book serves as a great reminder that we should respect the forest and all living things. I think that from time to time we should all remember to listen to the whispers of the trees.

**Connor Says**


“I like it. It was interesting. The pictures of the trees were cool because I saw their faces. I didn’t like that Declan didn’t like his little brother. I love my little brother. I liked the ending because I learned about Mrs. O’Leary and I wonder if Declan’s mom knew her.”

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About the Author: Ben Woodard

Ben is an adventurer and storyteller who has traveled the world including climbing on Mt. Everest. He now writes adventure stories for boys and girls. Tales of lost gold and river caves, and flying with eagles. Stories of friendship that endure through adversity and danger. Adventures that inspire and educate and, most of all, entertain.
For more information about Ben, please visit BooksByBen.com.

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Prize: One winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card or $50 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice Giveaway ends: April 25, 2016, 11:59 pm, 2015 Open to: 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. A 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 the 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 Ben Woodard and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions –feel free to send and email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

Book Blast & Giveaway- That'th What I Thaid & The Sore Prickly Bear

We are pleased to be participating in a Book Blast coordinated by BeachBoundBooks. The Book Blast for two charming books by Lisa Marie Schinski, That’th what I thaid! & The Sore Prickly Bear. Don’t forget to read all the way through and enter the giveaway for a $25 prize!

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Title: The Sore Prickly Bear
Author: Lisa Marie Schinski
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Number of Pages: 30
​Summary: Fuzzy has a very bad day that keeps getting worse. He is faced with many challenges and doesn’t understand why these things are happening to him. Everyone has had a bad day, week, month or even years. He will make you laugh because everyone can relate to Fuzzy in some way. Things always have a way of working out in the end and sometimes even better than it was before!

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​Title: That’th what I thaid!: R’s and S’s
Author: Lisa Marie Schinski
Illustrator: Lauren Panco
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Number of Pages: 32
​Summary: Stitchie is a happy bunny that is having a hard time saying her R’s and S’s. She thinks her friends are making fun of her but they just laugh because they think it sounds funny. They love Stitchie, and in the end, Stitchie practices and meets the best teacher who helps her says her R’s and S’s perfectly. She runs into the woods to share with her friends how far she has come!!

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About the Author: Lisa Marie Schinski

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I was born and raised in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. I currently reside in King of Prussia. I wrote the story about the Sore Prickly Bear when I was 8 years old. My teacher, Mrs. Ulrich encouraged me to write and also gave me the young author’s award. I found this book after my mom passed away last year. I had a great childhood but when I wrote this book, my parents got divorced, we moved and I changed schools. A lot of changes for an 8 year old. So I guess I felt like Fuzzy.

Around October 2015, I took the book into work to show my friends because this past year and a half has been very hard for me and my family. I knew when I showed my friends, they would laugh and cry because my life was again Fuzzy’s. My friends, Denice, Dee, Candace, Rick, Gina, Tara, Nancy, Tamara and Gina encouraged me to publish this book. So here I am!

I am now 46 years old. I have a great job, great friends, and great family. But there are still days that feel very bad and very unfair.

My goal for publishing this book is to help children understand that bad things happen and bad days happen. But when we have friends and family in our life to help us laugh at ourselves, we can heal and move forward. Everyone has a bad day, week, month or even years. My dream is to share this story for children to know they are not alone and everyone has a bad day.

I am so grateful for my family and friends.

“That’th what I thaid” was published in February 2016. Lauren Panco inspired me to write this story. It is for children who have a hard time with their R’s and S’s. I think many of us have! I want children to know it’s ok to sound different and with practice, it changes. Don’t let anyone make fun of you. We are all perfect the way we are!

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Arthurian Legend Book Blast & Giveaway

Today we are participating in another book blast coordinated by Mother Daughter Book Reviews. The book blast is for the middle grade books, based on Arthurian Legend, “Young Knights of the Round Table” and “Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend” by Cheryl Carpinello.

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About the Books

The King's Ransom by Cheryl CarpinelloTitle: Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Cover Art: Kaytalin Platt | Publication Date: May, 2012 | Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing | Pages: 120 | Recommended Ages: 7 to 12

Book Description:

Answer the hero’s call to Adventure with the Young Knights of the Round Table on their Quest.
Three friends. Three quests. Three mysterious predictions.
In medieval Wales, eleven-year-old Prince Gavin, thirteen-year-old orphan Philip, and fifteen-year-old blacksmith’s apprentice Bryan are brought together in friendship by one they call the Wild Man. When an advisor to the king is killed and a jewelled medallion is stolen from the king’s treasury, the Wild Man is accused of the theft and murder. Filled with disbelief at the arrest of the Wild Man, the three friends embark upon a knight’s quest to save their friend’s life. To succeed, the three must confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all. Join Gavin, Philip, and Bryan on their quest and share the adventures that await them in the land of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

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Awards

2014 Gold Award Winner for Juvenile Fiction from Global eBook Awards.
2013 EVVY Finalist & EVVY Merit Award for Juvenile/Young Adult, Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.
2013 Ariana Cover Finalist
2012 Silver Award Recipient for YA Fiction, Children’s Literary Classics & CLC’s 2012 Seal of Approval
2012 Finalist E-Book Children from USA 2012 Best Book Awards

 

 

Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend by Cheryl CarpinelloTitle: Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Cover Art: Kaytalin Platt; Rita Toews | Publication Date: March, 2009 | Publisher: Beyond Today Educator | Pages: 122 | Recommended Age: 7 to 12

Book Description:

Finalist Pre-Teen Literature: Dan Poynter’s 2011 Global Ebook Awards
At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England’s history.
She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted–all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage. For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits? However, the wizard Merlyn–her teacher and friend–knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not.

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Excerpts From Reviews

The King’s Ransom:

“Cheryl Carpinello’s middle grade adventure novel, featuring a visit from King Arthur and a few of his knights, is a wonderful introduction ~ to King Arthur, and to the lives of knights and others in a castle.”

“I do wish the story had been a little longer, but as this book is aimed at a younger reader with a shorter attention span, I can understand why it was not.”

“It’s a great story about loyalty, friendship and overcoming obstacles.”

“This was a delightful rollercoaster of a read, taking us on a journey with each of the characters. There were moments of great sadness, where I felt so wholeheartedly for the characters and their situations.”

Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend:

I read this book to my son and daughter and they both loved it. It was a fast-paced book with a lot of excitement.”

“Will appeal to middle school aged readers, especially girls but boys too, who can relate to the idea of wanting independence yet struggling with the obligations that come with it.”

“Wizards, unicorns, and dragons are a few of the mythical creatures you will encounter in this enchanting book.”

“It is interesting and filled with enough Arthurian legend to keep young readers entertained. The questions at the end are great for comprehension and give the readers a chance to discuss their own take on the story.”

 

About the Author: Cheryl Carpinello

Cheryl Carpinello AuthorI am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.
Also please visit my other sites: Carpinello’s Writing Pages where I interview children’s/MG/Tween/YA authors; my home website Beyond Today Educator, and The Quest Books where I’ve teamed up with Fiona Ingram from South Africa and Wendy Leighton-Porter of Abu Dhabi to enable readers to find our Ancient and Medieval quest books in one place.

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Cupcakes vs. Brownies- The Zimmah Chronicles Blog Tour


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Welcome to my tour stop for the Zimmah Chronicles by Scott King! This is a middle grade fantasy series. The tour runs December 1-11with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

There are three books in the series and the boys and I read the first book, Cupcakes vs. Brownies.

CvsB New CoverCupcakes vs. Brownies
Zimmah the djinn isn’t evil. He simply thinks the world would be more fun if everything was made of desserts. So when ten-year-old Karim Jacobs makes a wish to fix his parent’s marriage it’s not Zimmah’s fault that he twists the wish. He couldn’t help himself. Candypunk airships and cupcake castles are cool!

Of course Karim isn’t happy about his wish going astray, specially when running into fantastical creatures like gummy-grizzly-bears and rock candy beasts; and although he desperately wants to go home, he finds himself in the middle of a war between the Cupcake Kingdom and Brownie Kingdom. With his parents lives in danger, its up to him to stop Zimmah and restore the world to normal.

 

**My Review**

A world made of dessert sounds like it would be sweet and fun but it’s not as sweet as it seems. Cupcakes vs. Brownies captured my attention from the first chapter. I enjoyed the fact that the book took off right away into this dessert world with caramel rivers and cotton candy clouds. This fantastical land also captured the boys’ attention. The second and third chapters of the book take us back before Karim entered the dessert world. I thought that the now and then placement of chapters worked really well. I couldn’t help but think to myself as I was reading that had it been the other way around it wouldn’t have been as attention grabbing.

Cupcakes vs. Brownies was fast paced and easy to read. It kept my nine year old’s attention and he wanted to keep reading. I myself wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next in Karim’s adventure. One character that stood out for me was Lion. Lion is Karim’s dog turned snow lion and I found him to be very likable.

In my opinion Cupcakes vs. Brownies will be well liked by any fantasy loving kid.

**Connor Says**


I liked it. I thought the book was interesting. I liked Karim and Lion and I wanted to cry when I thought Lion died. I didn’t like Zimmah because he was mean. I think I would like to read the other two books also.

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The second and third books in the series are Mermaids vs. Unicorns and Genie vs. Djinn. We haven’t read them yet but you can take a look at the descriptions below.

MvsU Cover AmazonMermaids vs. Unicorns
Zimmah the wicked djinn thought he was so smart. He thought nothing could stop him, let alone a mere child. That was until he met Whitney, a devilish girl who used his own powers against him.

A wish gone wrong sends Zimmah, Whitney, and Karim to The Otherworld, a magical land where Mermaids and Unicorns are caught in an epic war. All Whitney wants is to save her sick mother, all Karim wants is to get home, and all Zimmah wants is revenge on the children who have tricked him.

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GvsD Cover ebook coverGenie vs. Djinn
The chaotic magic of hundreds of djinn are destroying San Francisco. Dinosaurs. Butterfly volcanos. Buildings made of jello– If someone can wish it, it’s happening. Unable to access his own powers, Zimmah the former djinn, must rely on Karim and Whitney’s help.
Standing in their way is Alkema, Zimmah’s murderous father, an almost omnipotent ifrit who enjoys watching the suffering of others. If not stopped he will not only destroy the city, but plunge the entire world into total madness.
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Scott KingAbout the Author:
Scott King is a writer and photographer. He was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Ocean City, Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree in film from Towson University, and his M.F.A. in film from American University.
“DAD! A Documentary Graphic Novel,” King’s first book was published in Fall ’09. He is also the creator and writer of “Holiday Wars” and he is known for his board game photography, specifically his annual calendar that highlights tabletop and hobby games.
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