Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Click: An Online Love Story AND Double Click by Lisa Becker


Fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene, the heroine of Click: An Online Love Story, reluctantly joins her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles. The story unfolds through a series of emails between Renee and her best friends (anal-compulsive Mark, the overly-judgmental Ashley and the over-sexed Shelley) as well as the gentlemen suitors she meets online. From the guy who starts every story with "My buddies and I were out drinking one night," to the egotistical "B" celebrity looking for someone to stroke his ego, Renee endures her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates. Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's, readers will root for Renee to "click" with the right man.

Double Click

Fans of the romantic hit Click: An Online Love Story will enjoy another voyeuristic dive into the lives of Renee, Shelley, Ashley, Mark and Ethan, as Double Click picks up with their lives six months later. Are Renee and Ethan soul mates? Does Mark ever go on a date? Has Shelley run out of sexual conquests in Los Angeles? Will Ashley's judgmental nature sabotage her budding relationship? Through a marriage proposal, wedding, new baby and unexpected love twist, Double Click answers these questions and more. Readers will continue to cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends.

Click: An Online Love Story 

Lisa does a very a  job of writing this story, its basically all emails back and forth.  They are emails between Renee and her friend and the online dating sites she is trying.  Lisa does a wonderful job of making you laugh at Renee and her girlfriends, and the cyber dates she goes on.  There are multiple stories you have to follow throughout the book which can be hard to follow, but overall it is a fun and entertaining book.  I give it 3.5 stars.

Double Click

This is the follow book to Click (make sure you read it first).  It follows the same style of writing as Click and picks up 6 months later.  The same characters are involved.  It is funny, charming and a quick read.  Great job on the second book Lisa.  I give it 3.5 stars.

Monday, April 29, 2013


I have been knocked out by a terrible bug. Hope to be back up and running tomorrow!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Showcase: J.T. Brown

Gypsy's Meadow

A horse stands at the corner of the fence as she tells a tale. She shares the stories from her past. The stories of heartbreak, disappointment, and the feeling of finally finding love within her life. 
She remembered when her life wasn’t as easy as, she struggled to be recognized for who she was. She remembers when a little girl opened her heart and opened up a whole new way of living. 
She chose her new life, and wants to share it with you; hoping for other horses out there in need, will have a chance to live with love. 
“Gypsy’s Meadow” is a touching story which tells a tale of other simuliar horses out there that are just plainly looking for a good home. The purpose and mission of this book, is to raise funds for “First Light Farms Equine Shelter”; so other horses can share their “Remember When” and not “Maybe could be.” “Every step we take could be another hoof print left in our hearts.”

Tide's Ghost of the Reversing Worlds, Trilogy Two, Part 1

"Mrs. Brown does it again." says M-N Smith

The words whisper along the pages of the old tattered book showing its deceitful powers, only to harm what is in its path to Harper’s treasures. Harper has learned the secrets of Pasmaqon and has grown into her powerful magical being which is her strongest power of all. She is prepared to fight the villains of Pasmaqon, yet she is not prepared to fight her past villains that chose to find the only leak to the powerful lands beyond. 

Harper is about to sacrifice her life in a battle of the unknown as, she protects who she thought she would never consider as equals. She realizes the battle is non-other without their help. Wizard of Tide’s power has grown stronger, uncovering the secrets of Pasmaqon. To use his new found freedom to destroy the worlds around them. Harper discovers an old friend that carries the secrets of the book and the world. She unfolds the meaning that she longed to find, only to discover the darkness pulls her into a whirlwind of her own worst fears.

The Legend of Harper and the Reversing Worlds, Trilogy One

Harper, an eleven year old meek, intelligent, but curious girl spent most of her days on her father’s fishing vessel. Her inquisitive notion drove her to an old tattered book that held a mysterious stone. Struggling to open the clasp, releasing the stone as, it radiates a glow across her room. She kept the rock in her pocket for secrecy. 
She quickly realized the power of the stone as she found herself in a lost world, called Pasmaqon. She found herself fighting through the estranged beast, invisible vices, and dark ghosts. She recognized Pasmaqon is actually its own worst compelling character. She learned her ancestor had created the world, as it continues battling itself, until an unusual adventuress exposed the transcendent book. Harper finds her ancestor's creations were in search of the missing link.
Harper struggles to find her way through the unknown. She learns that the land of Pasmaqon, yet controls her as well as her world above. Her discoveries and adventures hold the key of eternity. She not only battles her own inner powers as she fights to protect the hidden. She learns that her existence is a true mystery that sings along the pages of her ancestor’s mysterious book.

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J.T. Brown was born and raised in Downeast, Maine, growing up in a family of fisherman and loggers. Many of her stories are inspired from the ocean which, she had created in her mind as a child. One particular land mark in Pembroke, Maine called the Reversing Falls, which is a unique natural phenomenon that is pulled by many currents that creates a churning whirlpool took her full interest.

J.T. Brown remembers the many trips that she took over the "Reversing Falls," on her father's fishing vessel, and remembers being full of fear of the currents engulfing them onto the bottom of the Falls. She used to look at the fierce cover of the sea's current in wonders what was on the bottom of the whirlpools. She created a story in her mind and thought about her thoughts often.
She put her thoughts on the back burner, as she grew into her life as a wife, a mother, and a business owner. She continued writing many stories in her own trade of comfort. A day on the ocean reminded her of the love for her ocean's tales. The story about Reversing Falls pulled its way back in her mind. She went home and started writing the first of the Trilogy "Reversing Worlds."

She chose not to tell a soul what she was working on, not even her husband that couldn't figure out the late nights of typing on the computer. Where as, she knew that the ones closest to her knew that she suffered with dyslexia, and what she thought would be a laughing matter, turned out as shocked of her many imaginable sense of the ocean.
J.T knew that writing this book would prove to herself that she could share her stories, even if it did take a bit longer to do. Her loved ones was stunned to learn that she published her story. J.T looked at it in a way of self discovery, in hopes to encourage many others to stride towards their dreams. J.T didn't stop there, she continued on with the Trilogy series in hopes to finish the Trilogy in 2013.

J.T's love for equines traveled along with her life as she continued sharing her love for horses with her daughter. When her daughter was a little girl, J.T faced a tough loss within her barn family, her mare from childhood, she called "Gypsy" had passed on though old age. Devastated she put her pain into creating a children's book called "Gypsy's Meadow." She put it away in plans on never reading it again. Her daughter found herself in the same pain in loosing her equine friend "Bambi."

J.T was familiar with the pain that her daughter was going through and shared the story with her in hopes that it would help with her grieving process. Shortly after, they visited a local equine shelter "First Light Farm Equine Shelter." Listening to the horses stories reminded them both of their horses. J.T's daughter suggested for them to finish the book and donate the proceeds to the shelter so that the shelter was able to help more horses find rightful homes. J.T jumped on the board, knowing that her daughter's heart was in the right place, and had comfort knowing that their story would help many other horses fighting for life.

They finished the Children's story in February of 2012, as they are sharing the proceeds with the farm in hopes that some day the proceeds will grow enough to reach out to other shelters. "Maybe someday the book will bring peace to the horse's that face killpens." J.T shares.
In the mean time J.T. Brown is in hopes of publishing "Trilogy Two, Part II" of the Reversing Worlds Series by the Summer of 2012.

Q.  What inspires your writing?
A.  Many years ago, I used to go fishing with my family on the “Marsha Darlene.” My father was a lobster/crab fisherman that fished along the Bays of Fundy in Downeast, Maine. As child I always feared a place in the ocean called the “Reversing Falls.” Each and every time we passed through the harbor near the Reversing Falls, all I could wonder was what was underneath all of those whirlpools.
I remember sitting in my tree in the pasture where my horse grazed, as I wrote many stories and drew many drawings. I mostly wrote about a land called Reversing Worlds. I tucked it away, just for my own keeps. In my adulthood I kept going back to writing through my many jobs of office assistant, dental assistant, and co-owner of an Oil company with my husband. I remember enjoying the nature walks with my family and always taking in all of the nature as though it was a story in my mind. So many stories flourished and I needed to write them down. My mind never settled unless, I wrote them down, or told them to my children for their good night stories. It was as though I was a child once again and found my original root.  I love sharing stories and bringing out the best of my surroundings. Living in Downeast, Maine makes it easy to be a writer……So many mystical, mysterious, and wonderful stories to be told that lay just beneath my feet. 
Q.  What is your favorite thing about being an author?

A.  Too be honest with you, I never call myself an author. I am not sure why, I type it out, but I have not yet been able to say it out loud. Maybe I haven’t had that clarity or prosper yet. Someday, I will refer to myself as an author, but until then a writer I shall be.
If I could list one favorite thing about being a writer/author. Words cannot explain the feeling of making a difference. As a mother and a writer, I always enjoy when my children learn the right things in life. We never really want to push them in any direction, but it is always nice when they learn something new. Helping out with our local shelter, comforts my heart knowing that we can help save one horse at a time. J  I think through this venture, I had a review: Here is a small piece as the rest of the review is on Amazon: “I cried actual tears while reading this story to my son. When I asked him what he thought of the book he said
Son: “Mom my heart hurts, I feel so bad for Gypsy that she had a bad life with the other people that had her, but was so happy that she found a great home and was happy when she died. He then went on to say he wishes he could save all the horses that are unloved, unwanted and uncared for"

I then cried even more after hearing that. As my son really had a complete understanding of how important it is to love and care for horses (all animals).
This review made it real, my daughter and I read this one together, and looked over at her and she had a smile and a tear in her eye, of course I was sobbing…..but it is the moments like this that makes it all worthwhile. All the sleepless night, no endless hours of editing, the frog in your throat moment, knowing a new review is up. Moments like this makes me feel that my daughter learned the best lesson in life at nine years old. And for that, I thank my lucky stars every day.

Q.  What is the toughest part of being an author?

A.  For me: The toughest, would be the endless editing with dyslexia, if only my mind could dictate the story on paper. I am so thankful that I have a wonderful editor to help me with putting my thoughts into words.

Another, is being understood, from people that know me outside of being a writer. I think in the long run, while you are chasing after your hopes, you intend to realize who and what fits in your life. It saddens me, when I keep going forward and the ones that don’t understand the change or the step that I took. I don’t want to leave, but I also don’t want to stand still either. About a year ago, I realized that these are my dreams, and I know why I am doing it – it is because of my two children, they will always have me forever to hand off to generation to generation- these are not other people’s dreams, and I can’t stay the same for people that my dream is not shaped around. I came up with my own quote, so the moments that my heart aches, I tell myself this (I know quirky)…..”Never let anyone make you feel as though you are far too ordinary to be extraordinary.”

Q.  If you could not be author, what would you do/be?

A.  If I never followed my ambitions of being a writer, I would most definitely find a way run a therapeutic center for disability children. I would have gone to school to be a riding instructor for therapeutic riding and show children the healing power of horses. If the dream reached me well, I would have a camp for therapeutic reasons, a safe place for adults/children to grasp the thoughts of reaching self-control through the wilderness and through the eyes of an equine. Too learn the power of trust and the kind soul that a horse can bring you.
Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?
A.  “Hopeless heart”  - Meaning, I am not sure – but it seems to fit. J

Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?

A.  “The Wizard of Oz”,  my favorite.

Q.  Which character from ANY book are you most like?

A.  Jo from “Little Women” I am the tom boy, the girl that is lost with no direction. Still curious of everyday adventures, but deep down – I know what I want I just don’t speak it until it’s told.

Q.  What character from all of your book are you most like?

A. Harper, as her true being in the real world. She reminds me of myself when I was that age. Although, I think in today’s nature Queen Caroleen would suit me best. Her wise ambitions and her positive directions.

Q.  Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?

A. Nim’s Island.

Q.  What is your favorite season?

A.I love this time of the year when the snow has come to its final resting spot inching its way through the defrosted creeks. When the birds are singing, and the crickets and frogs are chirping the night away. I love the fresh smell of the air, you can almost smell a new beginning. Spring the season of hope, after a long dark winter. The feeling of closing your eyes and sinking your hands into the earth in hopes of creating something beautiful. The high energy of the horses racing in the pasture snorting out the winter’s dust in their lungs. The moment when you can open your windows and be part of nature once again.  

Q.  What inspired your book cover(s)?  Or what is your favorite book cover and why?

A. This is actually my favorite part of publishing my books. I have designed them all as well as the paintings in “Gypsy’s Meadow.” It is so easy to bleed the story on your cover when you created the vision of the book. I have decided to create custom covers for other indie authors to help them with their future endeavors.

Q.  Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.

A. Actually, I have never done a book tour as of yet. Although, something pretty spectacular happened when I was searching for reviewers for “Gypsy’s Meadow.” A amazing author and reviewer Sharon Miner included my daughters and I’s story in her brand new book “Beloved Horses from Around the World.” http://www.amazon.com/Beloved-Horses-Around-World-Sharon/dp/0741480301/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1365167221&sr=8-4&keywords=Sharon+Miner

We were so excited to be part of Sharon’s work. It meant the world to us to have our story spread that much further.

Q.  Are you working on something new?

A.  Sure am, I have the next in the Trilogy coming out in June 2013. “War of the Reversing Worlds, Trilogy Two, Part II,” I have been working hard with my editor to make sure the book is at perfection before the big release.

Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?

A.  I would love to thank everyone for reading this interview, but also would like to share a message…..

I didn’t wake up one day wanting to be a writer, I should not be a writer, being dyslexic and having no experience under my belt. I am crazy for doing anything like this. What I do know, is when you are meant to do something in your life, it follows you around, and every time you try to hide from it, it is still there when a door slams you in the butt, and pushes you through the open door, it still is there lurking- hinting, and telling you to keep going, even if you truly feel as though it doesn’t make sense.

This happens to all of us. Rather if it is a hobby, an interest, or a job. Never let your star fall, it is there for a reason, only let it sail and enjoy the ride in between. Writing is a part of me, and no matter how hard I try to run and lead a normal life with sleep, sanity, and a little less criticism. These thoughts and stories where not there for no reason, I hid behind my work for many years. It was a little over a year ago when I saw the shining star through my children’s eyes.  The moment that we were able to save our first horse through “Gypsy’s Meadow”, or the moment when my little boy opened my book and said “Mama’s book.” Or the moment when I looked out the window seeing my little girl sitting under a tree, with my first book, with a curious horse lurking by her side. That is all the success that I need, these are treasures maybe not to everyone but to the ones that I love the most to always treasure as their stories.

Yes, sure I would love to reach as many readers as possible, but when it comes down to it, I think I already have, and that is my two children. Years after I am gone, these books can be handed down, so for one moment to each new reader they know a piece of their past.  When my shining star began to rise in the sky, I grabbed it and held it close to my heart. Someday I will let go of it, but for now it just makes sense where it is.

So always go after your ambitions and dreams, because when it comes down to it, the ones that are closest to you, are the ones that fly with you, never let anything stop you, keep going and know that the reasons that you try so hard is the number one reason why you never stop.

Be your own star…..

If I can do anything with this adventure, it would be reaching out to people that need reaching and saving a horse that needs saving.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Review: Lisa Loeb's Songs for Movin' and Shakin': The Air Band Song and Other Toe-Tapping Tunes by Lisa Loeb, Ryan O'Rourke

Lisa Loeb's Songs for Movin' and Shakin': The Air Band Song and Other Toe-Tapping Tunes

This spectacularly fun songbook will get kids off the sofa—guaranteed!

Singer Lisa Loeb will have kids movin' and groovin' with her sparkling second collection of songs and activities—plus a CD with five all-time children's favorites and another five original tunes. It's sure to stir up some fun, as budding musicians discover the joys of playing in an air band (“Turn it Down”); see how to face down scary creatures (“Monster Stomp”); and practice relaxing yoga poses (“Hello, Today”). Ryan O'Rourke's whimsical illustrations light up Lisa's lyrics—and will delight young readers, movers, and shakers.

Songs include:
Turn it Down (The Air Band Song)* •  Father Abraham  •  Miss Mary Mack • Monster Stomp*  • Going Away* •  Do Your Ears Hang Low? •  Everybody Wake Up* • Hello, Today* •  Peanut Butter and Jelly  •  Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.
(*original song)

I adored this book.  I have used it in a variety of my classes and the kids LOVED it.  It is not only has amazing songs (that parents with jam to as well) but it has enhanced my lessons in the classroom.

I used the Turn It Down (The Air Band Song) for my music lesson.  The kids went nuts acting out all of the actions.  I used Monster Stomp for my Monsters lesson and the kids wanted to listen and act out the song 3 times in a row.  I have to admit that song is my favorite too!  I also have the cd playing while free time is going on and have caught kids spontaneously breaking down and dancing!  It is a beautiful thing to see!  My kids personal favorite, besides Monster Stomp, is Peanut Butter and Jelly.  They will get the song stuck in their heads and still be singing it at bedtime.

That is the beauty of music right, to have it make you happy, to carry the tune all day!?  I love that Loeb get's it.  She knows how to appeal to both kids and adults.  I love listening to this with my kids while we are out and about!  She has been fantastic since the first time she graced use with her beautiful voice and wonderful songs back with the release of Stay (I Missed You) and subsequent 8 records.  I highly recommend this both for teachers and parents!

5 stars!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Blog tour with WOW: Women on Writing: The Replacement Child by Judy L. Mandel

About the book 

Judy Mandel is the replacement child for her sister who was killed in a tragic accident. It would be years before she would understand how the event, that happened before she was born, shaped her life.

A plane crashes into a family’s home. A two-year-old girl is critically burned and a mother is forced to make an impossible choice. The death of a child leaves a hole in the family that threatens to tear it apart.

In a great act of hope, the parents give birth to a "replacement child," born to heal wounds and provide a "salve for the burns." The child unwittingly plays her role throughout childhood, riding the deep and hidden currents of the family tragedy.

In this powerful story of love and lies, hope and forgiveness, Judy Mandel discovers the truth that changes her life forever and forces her to confront the complex layers of her relationships with her father, mother, and sister. When she has her own child, her epiphany comes full circle.

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What is the Line Between Fact and Fiction in Memoir?

How do you know that happened? You were not there. Did you make it up? Isn’t that fiction, not memoir?

I expected questions like these about my memoir, Replacement Child. After all, the accident that I portray happened two years before my birth. I was not, in fact, present at my own conception—which I write about. I didn’t see my sister buried under a ceiling beam in my mother’s kitchen. No one did. She died there alone.

But, interestingly, no one has asked me. After I explain that I did extensive research about the plane crash in 1952, and used the notes and letters from my family to recreate my interpretation of events, the only angst about fictionalizing events has been my own.

Imagining Dialogue
The dialogue I recreated in my memoir is true to the characters of the people I knew very well – my family. When I was deeply enmeshed in writing Replacement Child, I did actually hear their voices, their cadences, the words they would have used. I had no doubt that the conversations happened, and that my portrayal of them reflected a realistic version of events.

So, what is the goal of a memoir? Maybe your memoir. Is there a truth that is told best by an anecdote about your mother that you may or may not remember precisely? Does it matter if those were the actual words she spoke, or rather if they are the essence of what she said, and what it meant to you? Is it important if she wore the yellow dress with the white lace trim, or the blue with the polka dots? It makes a difference only as it describes her character. But, what was the feeling of the room where the scene took place? Was it darkened with shades drawn, open to a blinding light, or filtered strands of morning dawn? When you write, can you free yourself from being bound by minute accuracy in exchange for conveying the reality of emotion and the reverberations in your life? I say yes, you can.

Do we mold the truth to fit our stories? Or do we mold our stories to tell our truth? Yes, of course, we do both. Whether we are writers, or just creating our own narrative to explain our life in our own mind, we organize the facts in a way that will serve our needs. I know people who will deny whole decades of their lives in order to fit their need for a cohesive story; edit out that second husband in order to be more socially acceptable.

Even when two people experience the same thing, we have varied memories of it. My sister and I were brought up in the same house by the same parents, but we would describe our parents very differently. Her father was loving and open and would do anything to make just one moment of her life better. Mine was withholding and ungenerous with his love and affection. My mother showered me with unconditional love, while hers was critical and never satisfied with her.

We’ve all had the experience of relating an event shared by others, and having the story come out so differently that you wonder if you were in the same place at the same time:
“He was so belligerent!”
“He was enthusiastic.” 
“She looked like a hooker.”
“She had on a really hip dress.”

Who is to say which is correct? Our perception is our own reality.

In the end, I can only write my own truth. And so can you.

Judy Mandel PhotoAbout Judy L. Mandel

Judy L. Mandel made her living as a marketing professional for over 20 years before writing her first book, Replacement Child. She grew up in New Jersey, but when she went to college in Connecticut, she knew she had found her home.

Her writing life began as a newspaper reporter. She later worked in public relations and advertising and somehow found herself in corporate communications at various insurance companies. Her memoir grew out of early essays and the promise she made to her family to tell their story.

Judy now balances her business writing for clients with writing fiction, nonfiction and articles.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review: For Internal Use Only by Cari Kamm

For Internal Use Only

Book Description

February 25, 2013
Chloe Kassidy has just been accepted into one of Manhattan’s most exclusive art exhibits, Love Through Light. However, with her singular dedication to her career, she soon realizes that in sacrificing her personal life, she has never been in love. A hopeless romantic who is terrified of heartbreak, Chloe begins to enlist the help of her circle of friends to learn about love through their very different stories and experiences. In Chloe’s emotional rollercoaster to having the greatest love story ever told, she’ll learn that like her photography she must use the negatives in life to develop and prove that she’s a strong woman who found her way to love through light. Inspired by the notion that women grow up with ideas of true love and destiny, For Internal Use Only approaches those ideas with a decidedly twenty-first century viewpoint. A humorous love story with an edgy and dramatic twist, For Internal Use Only is a vastly entertaining novel that gives each of us a new fairy tale to look forward to: our own.

For Internal Use Only sucked me in from page one and I devoured it in one sitting.  Kamm paid attention to detail.  She developed the characters so well, you felt like you knew them personally.  I got so emotionally invested to the characters and the story.  I felt connected to Chole instantly and loved all the support she received from her friends.  There was lots of drama with questions, confusion and heartbreak.  The book has many twists and turns,  has great romance and has suspense.  This is a 5 star book!!!

Review: Saving Saffron Sweeting by Pauline Wiles

Saving Saffron Sweeting

Book Description
Publication Date: April 2, 2013

Quarter finalist, 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
Grace Palmer's British friends all think she's living the American Dream. But
her design business is floundering and when she discovers her husband
is cheating with her best client, she panics and flees home to England.

The tranquil village of Saffron Sweeting appears to be a good
place for Grace to lick her wounds, but the community is battling its
own changes. Reluctantly, Grace finds herself helping her new neighbours
as they struggle to adjust and save their businesses. However, not
everyone has the same opinion on what's good for the village. The
charismatic new man in her life may have one speculative eye on Grace,
but the other is firmly on profit. How will she navigate the tricky path
between her home and her happiness?

With gentle humour and generous helpings of British tea and
cake, Saving Saffron Sweeting explores one woman's need to define
herself through her career and community, before she can figure out who

should be by her side.

Saving Saffron Sweeting was a fun, fast paced, charming romantic comedy that will suck you in the first few chapters.  I loved the main character Grace.  The author did a fabulous job relaying Grace's emotions and I loved how the reader could relate to her.  I liked that the story took place both in the United States and in the United Kingdom.  This book will make you very hungry for sticky toffee pudding, batter rolls and toasted teacakes. I give this a 4 star rating. I just loved the witty phrases and cheery sarcastic humor. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Blog Tour via Prism Book Tours: I Have People by Taylor Dean

On Tour with Prism Book Tours...

I Have PeopleI Have People
by Taylor Dean
Paperback, 366 pages
Published September 19th 2012 by Create Space


Missing any memories? 

Holly Sinclair is happily married to the love of her life, Gabriel. Young and in love, Holly hopes to have their first child soon. Of course, Gabriel wants to wait till Holly’s health is restored, much to Holly’s dismay. She feels perfectly fine. So what if she just woke up from an eight-month coma? So what if some of her memories are missing? She remembers Gabe and that’s all that matters, right?

That is, until HE enters her life again . . . she forgot about HIM.

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The cover is beautiful isn't it?  I love the color and design...absolutely eye catching, right?!  But what is contained inside is even more impressive.  Dean creates a story that is not only engaging, gritty and real, but Dean also stays true to the topic she is writing about.  She gives her characters depth, dimension and a voice.     I was simply pulled in right at the prologue and this wonderfully original, page turning novel kept me up well into the night.  I nearly read it in one sitting.  Dean is the real deal.  She writes with purpose and a message and I just adored the book.  With twists, turns and captivating characters this book is not to be missed.  The story is about serious matters, but it is a story that needs to be told.  I applaud Dean for doing it right and giving a voice to this all too common problem.  You are intrigued now, right???  So go get the book and dig in!!!   I rate it 5 stars!

About the Author:

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense-you'll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up. 

5 prize packs to US winners: 1 signed paperback, 1 tote bag, 2 bookmarks, 1 "I Have People" pencil, and 1 "I Have People" pink dog tag necklace.

10 ebooks to US or International winners

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10 – PauseTime - Review; The Music that Inspired I Have People
11 – TheBroke Book Bank - Ten Things You Don't Know About I Have People
12 – Mel’sShelves - Review; The Worth of a Soul

14 – TheReaddicts - Review; Two Kinds of Love
15 – Paulette’sPapers - A Gentleman Who Says "Gosh"
-          Christy’s Cozy Corner - Review; The Inspiration behind I Have People
16 – fuonlyknew - The Prologue to I Have People
17 – Tressa’sWishful Endings - Review; The Locations Featured in I Have People
18 – LiteraryWinner - Review
19 – GettingYour Read On - Review; Soooo Cliche!

21 – That Girl Reads - Review; Two Kinds of Men
22 –  A Tiffyfit’s Reading Corner - My Favorite Character in I Have People
 - Beck Valley Books - The Title of I Have People
23 – Deco MyHeart - Review
-          Mrs. Mommy Booknerds Book Reviews - Review
24 – GreenMountain Couple - Review
25 – icultgen - Friendship
  – I Am a Reader, Not a Writer  - When is it Abuse
26 – Grand Finale Blast!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Children's Book Reviews

David Carter's 100: Lift the Flaps and Learn to Count!

From children's book superstar DAVID CARTER:
100 surprises are in this book, just waiting for kids to sneak a look!

Flaps upon flaps upon flaps—100 of them—are layered on top of each other like gift boxes filled with surprises. Acclaimed master paper engineer and illustrator David Carter offers children a magical experience as they uncover an array of 100 wonderful things in a variety of landscapes. From zippy city streets—where successive flaps open to show a truck, taxi, bicycle, scooter, and skateboarder—to scenes deep undersea, in the forest, and in a prehistoric world with dinosaurs, this clever, visually astonishing book will amaze kids…and teach them to count up to 100 too!

My thoughts: 

I just loved this book.  I used it my COUNT ON IT class and the kids went wild.  They loved seeing the layers of the flaps and what was underneath.  The kids were so excited that they counted all the way to 100.  It was an experience of learning and fun, joined! 
The book contains themes and each theme has ten flaps that reveals fun and interesting things.
  1. Under the sea
  2. On a busy city street
  3. Into the forest
  4. Within a garden
  5. To the land of dinosaurs
  6. Around a dessert shop
  7. Along a beach
  8. Exploring the jungle
  9. Beyond a barnyard
  10. Investigating a classroom
It was so fun teaching not only counting, but also groups of 5 and 10.  This is a great an unique learning tool.  My kids also loved it.  I rate it 5 stars.  My only warning is that the kids will need to be gentle with the flaps, so that they don't get torn off.  This book will provide great conversation between parent and child.  

What can you see in the deep blue sea? Dolphins, stingrays, men o' war, and more! In Shimmer and Splash, acclaimed author and artist Jim Arnosky—whose award-winning nature books delight children, parents, and teachers alike—captures the endless variety of spectacular marine species. From the beautiful (starfish, coral reefs) to the scary (sharks, barracudas) to the yucky (jellyfish), these undersea inhabitants will amaze kids…especially in the seven fantastic gatefolds!

My thoughts: 

Beautiful and educational the kids and I spent well over an hour taking about all the sailfish, sharks, jellyfish and the other amazing underwater creatures contain in Shimmer & Splash.  The book had pages that folded out bringing the illustrations to life.  The kids eyes were big with wonder and excitement while reading and learning about these amazing creatures.  What I loved about this book, besides the obvious beautiful pictures and interesting facts, is that is created great dialogue with my kids about the time at the aquarium.   We talked about the facts, looked at the pictures and then reminisced about what we saw on our trip to Chicago.  I really enjoyed this book and my kids are constantly looking at it and discovering new things. 
 I rate this book 5 stars!

TIME for Kids Kids in the Kitchen Cookbook: Fun recipes for kids to make!

TIME For Kids Kids in the Kitchen Cookbook, Fun Recipes for Kids to Make! features tasty recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert that kids and adults can have a lot of fun making together. 

These homemade meals focus on utilizing fresh ingredients while encouraging the understanding of the nutritional and kitchen safety. New twists and alternate recipes will be included to enhance a simple recipe becoming a new favorite.
Filled with full-color photos and some illustrations, this book will feature step-by-step, easy-to-follow recipes. Kids will practice measuring ingredients, reading nutritional labels, and learn the basics of cooking. 

All of the recipes were chosen from myRecipes.com. Recipes include:

Applesauce Muffins
Chocolate Chip Waffles
Fruit Smoothies
Sweet Potato Fries
Fish and Chips
Sloppy Joe Sliders
Creamy Berry Fruit Pops
And more...
Even the most picky eaters will find foods they will love inside this cookbook.

My thoughts: 
My son is an inspiring chef at the young age of 6.  When given the opportunity to read and review this book I was so excited.  I knew that my son would love it and it would offer us together time doing something he loved.  When we go the book we looked though it, picked a recipe  hit the store and then got to work.  We made the Soup-er Quick Chicken Noodle Soup and it was easy, fun and it tasted great!  Since the first recipe we have made so many great things, such as, Mixed Fruit Sunshine Smoothie, Wheel in the Sky Tortilla Pie and Easy and Perfect Vanilla Pudding.  The recipes are easy and the book is spiral bound making looking at and following the recipes a snap.  This book as provided me not only great new recipes that are tasty and easy...which has made menu planning easier, but is has given a gift of time and memories with my little inspiring chef!!!  5 stars!!!

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