Saturday, July 30, 2016

Author Interview #4 - Claressa Swensen

I am so excited to be doing my first author interview with a Children's Book Author! Little Boy and I reviewed her books a little while back and we adored them! So here's my interview with this gorgeous lady, Claressa Swensen!


Why did you decide to write kid's books? 
Well, I've always had a passion for creating things and I also really love kids (probably because I'm a child at heart myself), so I guess it's only natural I fell into writing children's books.

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer? If not, what did you want to be when you "grew up"?
When I was 15, I got my first job as a nanny, and have always worked as a nanny since then. I used to come up with fun stories to tell the kids that would teach little lessons, like learning to share or being kind to your siblings. So when I decided to hire an illustrator and publish my first story, there was a huge feeling of accomplishment there. And seeing the children interact and learn from my books has been the most rewarding part of it all. I guess writing has become a part of who I am, and I could never see myself quitting.

What is your favorite genre to read? Or how about a favorite author or book(s) that inspires your writing career? 
Well, I've always loved the Berenstain Bears' books. I try to incorporate the same meaningful values into my stories.

Who doesn't love the Berenstain Bears :) Okay, now for a fun little question: a favorite food? 
I enjoy ethnic foods. I love trying new things. My favorites are Curry and Italian!

Okay, how about anything else you would like to share with us? 
I actually just released the first book in a new Dinosaur rhyming series called "Dino Dino Doing Homework". The pictures are phenomenal and every one of my stories teaches a valuable lesson.
(Little Boy and I reviewed this one and loved it!)

Claressa, thank you so much for taking the time to interview with me! And if you'd like to stop by and say hi to her, you can follow Claressa on Facebook. Her books are also available on Amazon and YoungsterKids! Go check them out if you're looking for an adorable read for your little ones!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Blitz! "The King in the Stone" by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban


The King in the Stone
Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
(Two Moon Princes, #2)
Publication date: July 25th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult
A full moon,
A silver key,
And the unbending passion of two young lovers will bring hope to a defeated kingdom and, through their sorrow, deliver a king who will change its fate.
Vivid visions have haunted Andrea since her arrival in northern Spain. In her visions, the ruins of the medieval village she’s excavating comes alive, and, around the fires burning in the no longer buried hearths, she sees people dressed in furs sharpening old fashioned swords. 
Even more upsetting for her that the headaches her visions leave is the fact that Julián appears in them—Julián, the king from her world whose rejection she is trying hard to forget. 
But when a slide bury Andrea under the mountain, Julian comes searching for her. Soon after they are reunited under the mountains, the full moon opens a portal and sends them back a thousand years into the past, to a time right after the Spaniards have been defeated by the Arabian invaders. 
Separated by a bitter winter, Andrea and Julian are caught in opposite sides in the battle between the Spanish last unconquered settlements and the Arabian army. A battle for survival that will determine the fate of a kingdom and demand of them the ultimate sacrifice: As the Arabs close on the mountains, Julián makes a decision that will break Andrea’s heart and change them forever.
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In the following excerpt from The King in the Stone, Julián makes a fateful decision.

I don’t know how long I remained by the cliff staring down at Andrea’s broken body, so unnaturally still in her white shroud of snow. I don’t know how long I remained by the cliff lost in a world of my own. A world beyond feelings, beyond reason. A world in which, I came to believe, time could flow backwards, and as long as I didn’t move, didn’t breathe, it was still possible to reverse its course.

Andrea would rise from the ledge and climb to my side, and her blood would be warm again inside her body and not a red stain over the snow.

I don’t know how long I remained by the cliff dreaming impossible dreams. Then somewhere down in the valley, a horse neighed and broke the spell.

I shivered. The rush of the fight had left me by now, and the bitter wind blowing through the mountain had covered my body with a frozen dust. If I didn’t leave soon I would freeze to death. Forcing my stiff legs to move, I turned my back to the ledge and started walking.

I didn’t remember going back into the cave and retrieving the sword and the knife from the bear’s body. I didn’t remember grabbing the cloak or picking up Andrea’s arrow from the ground or walking down the mountain. The next thing I remember is someone calling my name.

I shook my head to clear my mind and looked around. I was back in the oak grove where we had tethered the horses, and Irene stood in front of me.

I let go of the hilt of the sword I’d instinctively grabbed, and nodded to the girl whose waif-like face was tense with fear.

“Julián?”

I tried to talk. But no words came.

Irene moved closer and reached for my face. “You’re hurt, Julián. Let me help you.”

“There is no time. We must go. Now. Get the horses ready. I’ll get Theodorica.”

Turning my back on her, I entered the copse.

Her feet and hands bound, a dirty rag over her mouth, Theodorica was sitting on a stump. Her eyes full of contempt didn’t leave mine as I approached her, and when I removed her gag, she spat at me.
In anger, I lifted her and held her against the closest tree. Theodorica struggled like a wild animal trying to break free, and as I fought her back, something snapped inside my mind, turning the throbbing ache at Andrea’s loss into a feral urge to make Theodorica mine. Forcing her face still with one hand, I kissed her. I kissed her long and hard. Not because I cared for her, but because Andrea was dead and she alive, and in the aftermath of death we crave life.

I kissed her out of pain, out of anger and despair. Out of hate. I kissed her until her body grew willing under mine. Only then, I pulled back.

Without a word, I cut her bonds.

Theodorica stared at me.

“You got your wish, my lady,” I said in answer to the question she had not asked. “I’m coming with you to the Arab’s camp.”

Author Bio:
Carmen Ferreiro Esteban is the author of the medieval fantasy Two Moon Princess (Tanglewood Press 2007), and Immortal Love (Crimson Romance 2012). Her own translation into Spanish of Immortal Love can be found under the title Bécquer eterno.
Carmen was born in Galicia (northern Spain) and went to college in Madrid, where she finished her Ph.D. in Biology. She worked as a researcher in Spain and California, before moving to Pennsylvania, where she now works as a writer, editor and translator.
For more information, please visit her website www.carmenferreiroesteban.com/, or reach her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorCarmenFerreiroEsteban?ref=ts.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cover Reveal Time! "Acca" by Christina Bauer


Acca
Christina Bauer
(Angelbound Origins, #3)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: December 13th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
In just one week, supernatural warrior Myla Lewis must discover enough evidence to send the evil House of Acca to prison… or she’ll end up in jail herself, along with her fiancé, Prince Lincoln. No pressure. 
To gather proof, Myla and Lincoln go undercover at an all-girl’s high school on Earth. Lincoln acts as the new gym teacher; Myla becomes the school’s least popular transfer student ever. To stop them from getting the goods, Acca releases Hell on Earth. Literally. Good thing Myla and Lincoln aren’t afraid of a tough fight. This one promises to be the hardest yet. After all, who ever said high school wasn’t hell?
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Author Bio:
Christina graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School with BA's in English as well as Television, Radio, and Film Production. Her day job is in marketing for companies like Microsoft, Cisco, and Zerto. Back in the go-go 90′s, she founded her own software start-up, Mindful Technologies. Christina believes that, upon close examination of Tolkien's text, it's entirely possible that the Balrog was wearing fuzzy bunny slippers.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Release Day Blitz! "Touch Me #3" by Skye Malone


Title: Touch Me #3 by Skye Malone
Series: Touch Me
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Wildflower Isle
Publication Date: February 18, 2015
Cover Designer: Karri Klawiter



Monsters walk among us.

And now they have Ruby.

Best friend. Confidant. Ally when everything in my life felt like hell. There are very few people I trust.

And none of them come close to Ruby.

But now demons have her. House Volgert has taken her, demanding that I serve as their emissary to the equally dangerous and terrifying House Linden. But Linden is after me too.

I’m stuck between two titans of the demon world. I’m running out of options and I’m running out of time. But when I find out what demons do to the humans they capture, the nightmare gets even worse.

If I don’t find Ruby soon, it won’t matter if she escapes the Houses.

I’m still going to lose her forever.

**Touch Me 3 is the third installment of a New Adult paranormal romance serial filled with twists, turns, and dark surprises. This episode is 30,000 words (approximately 125 pages) long.**

**Due to strong language and some sexual situations in this and later installments of the series, it is appropriate for readers 18+.**
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About the Author

Skye Malone is a fantasy and paranormal romance author, which means she spends most of her time not-quite-convinced that the magical things she imagines couldn’t actually exist.
A Midwestern girl who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, she hopes someday to travel the world — though in the meantime she’ll take any story that whisks her off to a place where the fantastic lives inside the everyday. She loves strong and passionate characters, complex villains, and satisfying endings that stay with you long after the book is closed. An inveterate writer, she can’t go a day without getting her hands on a keyboard, and can usually be found typing away while she listens to all the adventures unfolding in her head.
Skye also writes YA urban fantasy as Megan Joel Peterson and is the author of The Children and the Blood trilogy.
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          Amar is studying me. His hand moves, taking my own carefully like he’s afraid I’ll pull away. And I freeze. The look in his eyes… it’s like I’m all he sees. Me, now. Me, then, back in that restroom, alone in the moments before Ruby walked in. But there’s no pity in his gaze. Just something else, dark and deep.
          Safety.
          I can’t breathe. My thoughts are trying to catch up to my impressions, struggling to put words to a man so unfathomable it should be funny. I don’t know what he wants, though. To kiss me? To have sex? Somewhere inside, I’m still ready for that, but that part of me feels like it’s drowning in the nightmare of this evening, the exhaustion of all the hours since, and the rawness of what I’ve just said.
          He lifts his other hand, taking my cheek, and his thumb strays across my lips, parting them while his eyes track the motion. My heart slams into my ribs. Even the simple contact makes my insides start to burn. Maybe I’m drowning in all this madness.
          Maybe I just need something good to hang onto.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Review #16 "Defying Gravity" by Kendra C. Highley


I have been stuck in the romance genre recently so here's another of my romancey favs to add to your TBR!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mash-Up Review #1 - Claressa Swensen

I was recently approached by children's book author, Claressa Swensen, and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a few of her books for my blog. Of course, I said yes! Little Boy and I are always looking for new books to read! Most of the time, I like to get physical copies for him but lately, he is having so much fun turning the "pages" on the Galaxy tablet that I am just as willing to review Kindle books. And that's what we have here!

I am also going to try something a bit different. If I have multiple books that I want to showcase from an author, I'm going to do these mash-up reviews. You'll still get my opinions on each book (as well as what Little Boy seemed to think of them), but it will be in one post. So let's give it a try!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Book Blast - "Rachel Laine" by Jennifer Peel

Rachel Lane
(The Women of Merryton #3)
by Jennifer Peel 
Buy it: Amazon

Synopsis: 
Rachel Whitney's life changed forever when Drew, the son of her twin sister, Sydney, was placed in her arms - and there he stayed. At twenty-two, she had no idea what she was doing, but in that moment, she knew that raising Drew was what she was meant to do with her life. 

Fiercely independent, Rachel makes her own way managing her family's insurance agency. Decidedly against introducing any men into her life, or Drew's, she protects her heart against all romantic entanglements. But what she doesn't count on was a letter from her sister that leads a famous secret to her door eight years after her sister's death. A secret with the same eyes as her son's. 

Desperate not to get the courts involved, Rachel allows Drew's previously unknown father, Andrew Turner, into their lives, and to her surprise, little by little into her heart. But for Rachel, taking that step could open her family to a firestorm of media attention that not even Merryton can protect them from. Is love worth the risk? Or will Andrew's fame and ambition ruin their chances? 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Book Review #15 "To Have and To Hold" by Serena Bell

Recently, I received another amazing romance novel from NetGalley (I picked it on a whim, not really reading much about it). I was shocked by it! Well, read for yourself :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Review #14 "Beyond the Rising Tide" by Sarah Beard

Beyond the Rising Tide
by Sarah Beard
Publish Date: June 14, 2016
Published by: Cedar Fort, Inc
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Buy the Book: Amazon
Source: I am a Reader tour in exchange for honest review

How Many Stars? 4

A Little Teaser:
I'm not sure if I have a heart, but something in my ribcage swells at the sight of Avery. Her hair shimmers like spun gold in the sunlight, falling over her shoulder and hiding her face. She's sitting on a sheet of black rock, head bent, and the flowery skirt of her sundress ripples in the breeze. 

If she turns around, she'll see me. If I speak, she'll hear my voice. I open my mouth to do that, but it's parched, hit with an unexpected drought of words. 

I've been walking for hours, and I still don't have a solid plan. I have an end goal, but it's like looking up at the peak of a mountain when I'm still in the valley. I want Avery to find happiness again, but I have no idea how to get her there. 

My Scribbles: This is the story of a boy, Kai, who dies saving a girl, Avery. She has a hard time coping with his death so, after watching her for six months, he "borrows" a special ring and returns to Earth with a brand spankin' new (temporary) body. He wants to help her move on with her life and go back to the happy Avery she used to be. What neither of them count on happening? Falling in love!

The only thing that kept this book from being 5 stars was the lull between about the middle of the book and 3/4 of the way through. Everything seemed to me like it had been wrapped up (a sad ending but closure, nonetheless) and the book was going to end. But it didn't. I kept expecting it to. Then, I started nearing the end and was suddenly on the edge of my seat again. My mind kept coming up with possible endings but I never saw the real ending coming. All I will say is that the ending fits. It really is a great summer read! 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Kids Book Review #6 - "Night Night, Farm" by Amy Parker

Little Boy and I received this book free from BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson in exchange for our review . . .

Night Night, Farm
by Amy Parker
Illustrated by Virginia Allyn
Published by Thomas Nelson
Publish Date: July 12, 2016

How Many Stars? 5+

My Scribbles: Little Boy spends a lot of his time on a farm so this book was perfect for him. The first thing he picked out, of course, was the tractor. But he also enjoyed looking through the book and making all the animal sounds as he picked out each new animal. What I loved most about this book was how bright and colorful it was. The illustrations are gorgeous! And the story is so simple that I could read a few words and he would repeat them back to me. It's one of the first books we have read together like that. He especially liked how all the animals had on their jammies. He had to point out each little piggy's jammies, and the moo-moo cow's jammies. Such an adorable board book that I highly recommend to any little ones who are just starting their book journey. We really enjoyed it!

Review #13 "Cinder" by Marissa Meyer

Cinder
(The Lunar Chronicles #1) 
by Marissa Meyer
Narrated by Rebecca Soler

Format Read: Audible & Kindle
Publish Date: January 3, 2012
Length: 10 hrs 6 mins

Buy the Audio: Audible
Buy the e-book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

How Many Stars? 5+
Synopsis: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl . . . 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future. 

My Scribbles: 
Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella with a twist. Cyborgs, Lunars, a Lunar Queen who's evil and keeps threatening to start a war with Earth. And a plague - Letumosis. 

I honestly don't think there was a part of this book I didn't enjoy (which is saying something because Cinderella was never one of my favorite fairytales). Marissa Meyer must have been channeling Cinderella when she wrote this because there is one scene where Cinder's stepmom, Adri, and her stepsister, Pearl, are accusing her of stealing shoes and a dress. I could clearly picture the cartoon version with ribbons and pieces of the dress being torn from Cinderella by jealous and angry stepsisters. And of course, that is one of the classic moments in the original fairytale so I loved that she stayed true to it! 

Ooh, and then my favorite part was the mysterious Lunar Heir who may or may not be alive but could de-throne (is that a word?) the evil Queen Levana! Kai has been searching for her through most of the book and every time someone brought her up, I got excited! 

Favorite Quote Time! 
"I don't know. I don't actually remember anything from before the surgery."
His eyebrows rose, his blue eyes sucking in all the light of the room. "The cybernetic operation?"
"No, the sex change."
The doctor's smile faltered.
"I'm joking."

(I can't help it! I think Dr. Erland was one of my favorite characters - especially the way the narrator portrayed him in the audio). 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Review #12 "The Secret Life of a Dream Girl" by Tracy Deebs


The Secret Life of a Dream Girl
by Tracy Deebs
(Creative HeArts #4) (Dahlia and Keegan, #1)
Genre: Contemporary YA
Release Date: June 27, 2016
Source: author in exchange for review


Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, references to drinking and drugs, and a kiss so steamy it’ll fog up your eReader. 
Hiding in plain sight is harder than it looks…

Dahlia Greene—aka international pop superstar Cherry—is undercover as a normal high school student. She just wants to experience what real life is like, so when she overhears hottie Keegan Matthews nervously talking about liking a girl, she sees the perfect opportunity to live a real life and play a little matchmaker. What was not part of the plan was falling for a guy she can never tell the truth.

Keegan Matthews has been secretly crushing on Dahlia ever since she started at his school. Sure, Dahlia thinks he’s crushing on some other girl—not realizing his Dream Girl is actually her—but he figures, play along with her tips to woo someone else, let her get to know him, and then make his move. But with so many secrets in the mix, their romance is doomed from the start…

How Many Stars? 4.5

My Scribbles: I signed up for this tour because this sounded like a novelized version of something you would see on Hannah Montana. It sounded like a fun read. A girl, hiding from her pop star life, meets a boy who is head over heels for her. The only thing I wasn't too sure about was high school kids talking about sex. It's common these days but it made the book a little less YA than I would have liked. I loved watching Dahlia and Keegan's relationship grow and thought the emoji texts were cute. It was a very entertaining read and toward the end, I found myself unable to put it down. I also really enjoyed the change in viewpoints each chapter. I like reading books from both characters' points of view. So added plus! All in all, highly recommended, as long as you understand (and there's even a disclaimer in the synopsis) that it's a little more adult than the general YA. I really enjoyed this great romance :)

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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Tracy Deebs collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where — and sometimes who — she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story — something with a rainbow and a prince — and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes young adult novels that run the gamut from dark mermaids to cyberArmegeddon stories and sexy contemporaries to superheroes.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Cover Reveal Time - "Defying Gravity" by Kendra C. Highley

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Let us know what you think of the cover for Defying Gravity (Finding Perfect, #2) by Kendra C. Highley!

Defying Gravity releases on July 25, 2016

Before you check out the cover, why not read this swoony excerpt from Parker Madison's perspective:

The crowd at the entrance started doing strange things. For one, it parted like the sea before Moses. For another, guys stopped dead in their tracks…and those who didn’t stop ran into walls or tripped over their own feet. The women and girls around these guys started rolling their eyes, some good-natured, some not so much. Parker’s heart hammered like a drunk carpenter had taken over his pulse. Zoey was on the mountain. 
She breezed through the crowd in a lime-green ski suit, her snowboard resting against her shoulder. Blond hair streamed out behind her under the hot pink knit cap she’d been wearing since they were kids, and her cheeks were flushed with the cold. Her smile could stop traffic…no, really, it had stopped traffic. The sudden loss of coordination among the men near the entrance was proof. He could only imagine what her real smile—the one she only gave him—could do. Wait. No. He didn’t want her smiling at any other guys that way. She searched the crowd, oblivious as always to the way people stared, and Parker waved. Laughing, she barreled straight at him, tossing her snowboard to the side, before knocking him into a snow drift. They landed in a clatter of boots, boards, and limbs, with her on top. Her grin lit up the world. “Parker Madison! How the hell are you?” His entire body went supernova hot. He could feel every inch of her, despite the layers of ski clothes separating them. Jesus. He choked back a groan and tried to think of anything other than how perfectly they fit together. If she felt how his body responded to her… No, not happening. He sighed heavily and brushed melting snow from her cheek. 
“How am I? Well, Miller, I’m bored.” Lie. So much lying. Whole mountains of lie. 
“Bored?” She blinked at him. “I’m not that late.” He pretended to scowl at her, enjoying the close-up look at her baby-blues. Huh, was she wearing mascara? Since when did she wear makeup on the mountain? Not that he was complaining—she looked amazing. 
“Zoey, two ages of the universe passed by while I’ve been waiting for you. Maybe even three.” “Is that so?” She smiled again and tugged on his cap. “I missed you.” There’s the smile he’d been waiting for. His mouth went dry and he had to swallow a few times before he could speak. Maybe he should just kiss her instead. “Yeah?” “Yeah.”

And now the moment you've been waiting for...

Defying Gravity

About Defying Gravity:

Disclaimer: This book contains enough sexual tension to melt snow, the hottest near-kiss in the history of near-kisses, and a sexy snowboarder determined to win the heart of the girl he loves. Zoey Miller lives for her holidays in Aspen. Her time up on the mountain with the Madison brothers, Parker and Luke, is everything. But for the first time, it’s not enough. This time, she’s determined to win one of the brothers’ hearts. But the brother she has in mind is a renowned player, with hordes of snow-bunnies following him around Snowmass resort. And the other…well, he’s her best friend and knows she deserves better. Namely him. And he’s going to win her heart.

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About Kendra C. Highley:

Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.

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Kid's Book Review #5 - "Mophie & Picholas" book 1 & 2

Even though he's just over two, I am getting excited for Little Boy to start reading. What can I say, with a writer/book nerd for a mama, he will have plenty of books to choose from. This week, we read (well, Mommy read and Little Boy listened . . . semi-patiently) the first two books in the Mophie & Picholas series by father-son duo, Joseph and Anthony Pandolfi.

A Very Strange Trip to the Park
(The Adventures of Mophie & Picholas #1)
by Joseph & Anthony Pandolfi

Publish Date: March 20, 2016
Format Read: Kindle
Buy the Book: Amazon

How Many Stars? 4

My Scribbles: In the first book, Mophie and Picholas go to the park, only to find that Evil Queen Blunderpuss's nephew, Bratty, has turned the park to ice. So, with the help of their dragon friend, Sylvester, they save the day and take back the park. It was a cute read. The only problem I had with it was that it almost seemed like this should have been book 2 instead of book 1. Still, both Little Boy and I enjoyed this one and look forward to more in the series beyond book 2.

How the Kids Met Sylvester the Dragon
(The Adventures of Mophie & Picholas #2)
by Joseph & Anthony Pandolfi

Publish Date: March 20, 2016
Format Read: Kindle
Source: readingdeals.com in exchange for review
Buy the Book: Amazon

How Many Stars? 5

My Scribbles: I think both Little Boy and I enjoyed this one more than the first one. I mean, flying horses and dragons? Definitely our kind of book! As with the first book, I loved the illustrations. Having a two-year-old, it's funny listening to how three-year-old Picholas talks. And, for a beginning reader, the chapters are a perfect length. It was fun to immerse ourselves in the world of Mophie & Picholas again, where evil queens and flying horses are normal! Such a great early chapter book! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cover Reveal Time - "Secret Love" by Evan Grace


Secret Love
Evan Grace
(Love Stings, #2)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: July 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Competition is healthy. Except Carrington Carter can’t ever seem to win…
Carrington has never been good enough, between competing with the ghost of a sister she never met and a brother who can do no wrong in their parents’ eyes. She’s convinced finishing nursing school will finally make her parents proud, until she finds out she didn’t pass her boards. Now she needs money, more than she’d make working as a nurse’s aide. 
A secret life of late nights and fast cash may be the only way to keep the news of her most recent failure from her parents…
While driving to the hospital, she spots a gentlemen’s club, the Thirsty Beaver, and decides to apply for a job as a dancer. She’s danced her whole life—how hard could it be? The only problem is it’ll have to be a secret because if her parents found out, it’d be one more thing for them to be disappointed with her about. 
David “Damien” Michaels loves his job with the DEA. Posing as a bouncer at a strip club is just another assignment…
Damien lives the single life, scratching his itch one woman at a time, while jumping his career up the ladder. The fact-finding case at the Dirty Dog goes perfectly until one gorgeous redhead complicates everything. She doesn’t belong there, and he knows it.
One look leaves him mesmerized, and he realizes she’s gotten under his skin. He knows he should stay away from her. It could jeopardize her safety and his case, but when he can’t convince her to leave the club…rules no longer apply. 
Will the truth set them free, or will Carrington and Damien finally be consumed by their…
Secret Love?
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Author Bio: 
A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.
During the day Evan works for a large homecare agency and at night she’s superwoman. She’s a wife to Jim and a mom to Ethan and Evan, a cook, a tutor, a friend and a writer. How does she do it? She’ll never tell.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Cover Reveal Time - "Extracted" by Sherry D. Ficklin & Tyler Jolley


Extracted
Sherry D. Ficklin & Tyler Jolley
(The Lost Imperials #1)
Publication date: September 8th 2016
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult
Two opposing factions of time travelers vie for control of the future in this thrilling steampunk series opener dubbed “Interesting” and “Unexpected” by Kirkus Reviews.
Lex and Ember—two time travelers with no memories of their lives before being recruited into the time war—are torn between the factions. When Lex accepts a mission that lands him deep within the heart of the Telsa Institute, he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them comes flooding back. Now armed with the truth of who they were, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them once again.


Author Bio: 
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.
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Tyler H. Jolley is a sci-fi/fantasy author and full-time orthodontist, periodontist (see: Overachiever). He divides his spare time between writing, reading, mountain biking, and camping with his family.
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