Wednesday, May 28, 2014

#BookExcerpt: Bee Helpful by J.W. Edwards III #PromoBookTours

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For Sunny Bee, being truly helpful means going anywhere and everywhere. When his beautiful sunflower friend Myah becomes very ill, Sunny travels to the “far side of the hills” seeking help. Faced with a series of challenges including a raging storm, large spiders, or even the intimidating Grandfather Oak, Sunny’s dedication never wavers! (ages 4 - 8)

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Sunny waited on the rock all night thinking of Myah and sighed when he heard Grandfather Oak snoring.

The next day Grandfather Oak, along with many other creatures, noticed Sunny was still there, but said nothing.

Sunset had come again and a leaf falling from Grandfather Oak captured Sunny’s attention on its way to the ground. “Myah!” he blurted and wiped his eyes. “Hold on! I’ll never give up trying.” Again, he waited long into the night.

“Your behavior is unusual for a bee. You have the patience and rootedness of a tree,” said Grandfather Oak. “You care for this flower very much, do you?”

Sunny took a deep breath and nodded.

“I see. A very good friend you must be. Your request I will submit. Perhaps, Mother Nature will grant your wish.” Sunny looked up.

“About her plans, no one ever has a clue. Go on home, son. There is nothing more you can do,” said the tree.

“But I’m afraid it may be too late,” Sunny answered, wiping his face.

“You don’t know if that is true. Leave your fear behind and make the most of whatever awaits you.”

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J.W. Edwards III was born in St. Louis, Missouri and spent the majority of his childhood there. Eventually he left St. Louis for engineering school and job opportunities. He has traveled across most the U.S. in search of a place to call home. He currently resides in northern California with his wife and three boys and works full-time as a software engineer while writing stories for his youngest son in his spare time.

J.W. Edwards is busy these days working on a variety of writing projects which includes the Sunny Bee Book Series. Book number three, Bee Helpful, was the first one to be published. Books 1, 2, and 4 will follow soon in 2014. Learn more about this series at www.sunnybeebooks.com.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

#NewRelease: Just Desserts by Tawdra Kandle #PromobookTours

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When her friend Julia needed help forming a revenge plan against her ex-boyfriend, Ava was happy to lend a hand. She never expected that in the course of making Liam pay, she'd be the one to fall hard. . .for the one person who was absolutely off-limits. Crushing on the guy who humiliated her best friend is definitely against the girlfriend rules.

Besides, Ava has goals. Her life is all about graduating with honors and landing the perfect job. And Liam Bailey--sweet-talking, complicated son of a well-known local politician--isn't part of those plans.

But Liam doesn't give up easily. And he doesn't intend to let their friends' opinions, his parents' disapproval or Ava's past get in the way of what he wants--Ava's heart.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

#BookBlast: Rescuing Her Honor by Johnny Ray #PromoBookTours

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Noella thought they had stopped the stalkers, and several corrupt governmental factions who wanted her to step down from being a judge. That is until the treats reappeared. Vance, her bodyguard turned fiancĂ©e also thought so. But then again, many secrets are still hidden deep inside a safety deposit box in Switzerland. While going to receive Vance’s inheritance in Zurich could be a dream vacation for this now engaged couple, who only want to work out some serious conflicts in their wedding and careers, sinister politicians and crooked cops have other plans waiting for them in Europe.

This is the much anticipated follow up novel to HER HONOR'S BODYGUARD. Since the reviews were great, and the fans were demanding more, it was a great novel to work on, including a trip to Zurich where the novel unfolds.

Rescuing Her Honor, follow up to Her Honor's Body Guard is releasing May 15th 2014!

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Johnny Ray won the Royal Palm Literary Award for best thriller, and he is often interviewed on various literary blogs, as well as TV and radio shows. His blog, located at sirjohn.us, has a large following from around the world, and this is his central hub to his other social media activity. There you can find his links to other social media sites, such as twitter (sirjohn_writer) where he has over 165,000 followers. He also would love for you to join Sir John's Army, his fan club, which is located on his blog.

Johnny Ray belongs to the Romance Writers of America and the Mystery Writers of America. He loves attending various national and international writer conventions, like the Frankfurt Book Fair, throughout the year.

As an avid traveler and international businessman conducting business worldwide for years he has made many interesting contacts and received numerous awards for top sales production. He loves radio and TV talk shows, as well as speaking in front of various audiences. Feel free to contact him if you need a guest speaker.

When it comes time to play, he is very active in many sports including dancing, swimming, tennis, biking, and skiing. While he loves a life full of action and adventures that are new, interesting and challenging, making friends that share his passions is a special gift.

Johnny was born in Texas, raised in Alabama, but now loves living in Clearwater, Florida where he works full time as a writer. He can be often found in one of the hundreds of coffee shops along the beach working on his next international thriller, murder mystery, or perhaps a contemporary romance novel that is guaranteed to be full of action and adventure you should expect from a romantic suspense novel. His signature combination, however, is international romantic thrillers.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

#BookReview: Four Fiends by #MDBookReviews

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About the Book

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Title: Four Fiends (The Countdown), 2nd Edition

Author: Nikki Bennett

Publication Date: February 16, 2014 (2nd Edition)

Publisher: Independent: Firedrake Books LLC

Pages: 215

Recommended Ages: 8+


Summary: The Four Guardians of the world have gone missing. They’ve been kidnapped by some of the most diabolical fiends that ever existed. Now, four misfit kids from different parts of the world must band together to save the Guardians. Along the way, they learn to work together, as they confront and conquer their deepest fears.

 

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Review: I unfortunately had a really hard time getting into this book. The concept seemed really interesting to me, but for some reason I just didn't get into it. It is a YA book about four kids who have been selected to help free the for friends of the yellow Dragon who keeps the world in balance. He us stuck on an island and can't go find his friends, so he sends these little worm creatures to each kid that represents the opposite emotion of the four fiends. The well be sent to different places in the world and in time to defeat the four fiends to free the yellow dragon's four friends. There's a mix of Chinese mythology and Greek mythology in it. I think that mix didn't sit real well for me but for a teenager it would be a good way to reach them about different myths. I give it three roses because it isn't a bad book, just not for me. I think there are plenty of people who will love it.

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"This was one of the most entertaining reads for the whole family we have found in a long time. The characters are very believable, and I am always a sucker for heroes that have to find their way. The reading is very fluid and easily understood by the little kids when read aloud (sounds silly but anyone trying to do this will tell you it's not as easy a thing to achieve as it sounds) and the kids all seem to enjoy the story. The history is easily accessible even without a lot of research or background knowledge. The kids are very motivated to research and learn more on their own because this story has captured their interest. I already have many home learning lessons in mind using this book and have begun developing them with my kids. I think this is a book that will be found in classrooms very soon! Great job! I'm looking forward to more soon!!!" ~ 5 Star Review, Mariah W., Amazon

"Excellent read in and of itself, and provides excellent, character-building source material for reading to youngsters. The characters are well written and realistic, and the storyline is cleverly written and intelligent." ~ 5 Star Review, Alia K., Amazon

"Fantastic read. I loved the characters in this book so much that I re-read to my 9 year old after finishing it. I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes stories about adventure and believing in yourself." ~ 5 Star Review, Keith, Amazon

 

About the Author: Nikki Bennett

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Nikki Bennett is an author and world traveler currently living in Japan. She loves traveling, and incorporates all the culture and folklore she can from the countries she visits into her stories.

Nikki has two books out right now. Her first book, FOUR FIENDS is a MG fantasy adventure and her newest book, MUKADE ISLAND is a YA adventure/fantasy (think Lord of the Flies meets LOST, it it was set on a different world!)

Find out all about Nikki's books at www.worldofnikki.com

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Four Fiends Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

May 1

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

Victoria Simcox's Blog (Author Interview)

May 2

When I Grow Up I Wanna Write a Kids Book (Review)

Cherry Mischievous (Spotlight)

May 3

Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

May 4

Stitch Says (Review)

Musings by Jay Faulkner (Review)

May 5

Christy's Cozy Corners (Review)

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys (Review)

May 6

The World of ContestPatti (Review)

Unschooling Mama (Review)

Palace of Twelve Pillars (Review)

May 7

WS Momma Readers Nook (Review)

The Ninja Librarian (Guest Post)

May 8

Sunshine, Bubbles & Books (Review)

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

Book Reviews & Giveaways (Review)

May 9

Bookroom Reviews (Review)

Purple Monster Coupons (Review)

May 10

Coffee & Books & Art (Review)

Musing With Crayola Kim (Review)

Jemima Pett, Author (Review)

May 11

Alwaysjoart (Review)

May 12

Kay LaLone, I Love Books (Review)

Mixed Bag Mama (Review)

SoCal City Kids (Review)

May 13

We Are The DinoFamily (Review)

Identity Discovery (Review)

Where Connor & JT Go (Review)

May 14

Stanley & Katrina (Author Interview)

Oh My Bookness (Review)

 

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Contest ends: May 31, 11:59 pm, 2014

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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, Nikki Bennett and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

#BookBlast: Mrs. D's Picture Books #MDBookReviews

About Book 1

The Trees Have HeartsTitle: The Trees Have Hearts | Author: Mrs. D | Publication Date: March 31, 2014 | Publisher: Mrs.D. Books Publisher | Number of pages: 41 | Recommended age: 6 to 10

Summary: A Mom's Choice Award Winner

The story of a young girl, left friendless because she could not speak a new language, will touch your heart. It will take your child into the imaginary world of a little girl who moved to America from a different country. Unable to speak English, the lonely girl could not find friends. She lived in an old house with a small garden, where three blooming trees and the mysterious wind became her first imaginary friends. The garden friends developed a wonderful friendship with the lonely girl, and helped her overcome her fears and worries. Through the story, they taught her how to make real friends and helped her cope with difficult moments while adapting to new surroundings. Unforgettable characters will open a beautiful imaginary world to young readers, inviting them to share the fears, tears and joys of a little girl. The story will teach the true meaning of friendship while showing readers the beauty of nature. This book will open an unknown imaginary world through the eyes of a child...

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The City Kittens and the Old House CatTitle: The City Kittens and the Old House Cat | Author: Mrs. D | Publication Date: July 11, 2013 | Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing | Number of pages: 37 | Recommended age: 6 to 10

Summary: This story revolves around Christmastime and a family who once adopted a lost kitten, naming it Nyda. Nyda has now grown old and has settled into a calm, uneventful life with her new family-until the day before Christmas, when the family's older daughter brings two playful kittens, Mickey and Jack, home for the holidays. The two kittens from the big city are a change for the family, and for Nyda. The old cat likes her settled life and is not happy about the new arrivals. She's also very protective of her belongings. The city kittens annoy her, and the old cat grumbles about the new additions to the family- until she hears a story one night that makes her feel bad. The kittens aren't the soft or spoiled brats she had thought they were . .

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The Trees Have Hearts: "This is a lovely book for young girls, and especially young girls who face loneliness because of being in a new place. They are sure to find peace and encouragement in the special values taught in The Trees Have Hearts. Mrs. D does a wonderful job of reaching out to kids in a unique way in this book. The beautiful trees give warmth and peace as they spread their blooms throughout the garden and into the hearts of those who read this book." ~ Joy Hannabass, Readers' Favorite

The Trees Have Hearts: "In The Trees Have Hearts, Mrs. D. demonstrates love, compassion and a touch of mystical ability as she manifests what the trees might say, if they spoke to a lonely little girl. Then again, maybe she writes to alert us all to listen with our hearts. I highly recommend this book." ~ 5 Star Review, sunnyrock, Amazon

The Trees Have Hearts: "The author writes a lovely story about a lonely little girl with a great big imagination. She turns her beautiful garden into her sanctuary of imaginary friends that remain in her heart and follow her into adulthood. The lessons to be learned in this story is love of nature, respect for nature and changes of nature from one season to the next. Just as children go through many changes from season to season. This would be a good bedtime story. reading a few pages each night nurturing your child's imagination and leaving them with sweet dreams." ~ 5 Star Review, It's Time to Read Mamaw, Amazon

The City Kittens and the Old House Cat: "The City Kittens and the Old House Cat is an inspiring story written from a cat's point of view. The story can be understood by all pet lovers. The book has some beautiful and colorful illustrations. That makes the book very attractive and visually appealing, something which all the kids love. Children's books should be colorful and bright. The message of tolerance is very important in the current living situation. The book has a nice moral which can be explained to children and they can be asked to practice it too." ~ 5 Star Review, Mamta Madhavan, Readers' Favorite

The City Kittens and the Old House Cat: "Snuggle up in front of the fire and share this sweet kitty tale with your little ones. Bright, richly detailed illustrations bring the story to life as the old cat learns to accept two little intrusions. Fun book to put on your wish list, especially around the holiday season. A delight for any cat or animal lover!" ~ 5 Star Review, CLMurphy, Amazon

The City Kittens and the Old House Cat: "Mrs. D. weaves wonderful lessons of acceptance, adoption and not judging other people without getting to know them into this sweet children's picture book. I highly recommend it for young children." ~ 5 Star Review, P.J. LaRue, Amazon

 

About the Author: Mrs. D

Mrs D ~ Olga D'AgostinoMrs. D. (Olga D’Agostino), an award-winning children’s author, was born in western Ukraine. She lived in the historical city of Lviv, where she studied business in Lviv Business College and worked in the food industry. In 1992, she immigrated to the USA with her two small daughters and for years worked in her own business. In 2011, she began her career as a writer, focusing on writing children’s books that have meaning and provide valuable lessons. Two of her children’s books, The Trees Have Hearts and Good Morning, World!, won Mom’s Choice Awards in 2013. She is a member of SCBWI and speaks a few languages fluently. She lives in the famous town of Smithville, NJ, with her husband Patrick and a meticulous old cat named Nyda.

Published books by Mrs. D. include Carlo the Mouse on Vacation, The Trees Have Hearts, The City Kittens and the Old House Cat, Good Morning, World!, and Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse and The Little Girl Praying on the Hill(a short story for an older audience).

Coming in 2014: The Royal Palmand Carlo the Mouse, Book 2: Now We're Talking!

The full series of Carlo the Mouse and her new books, The Mysterious Life Inside a Closet, That Is How Things Are (two connected stories): The Autumn Wind, and The Kitten and the Sparrow, and three rhyming stories in Who Is Most Important in the Fridge? will be published in the near future. Her books are available in print on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and as e-books for most popular electronic devices. For updates on Mrs. D.’s books, please visit her website: www.mrsdbooks.net.

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#BookBlast: Bee Helpful by J.W. Edwards III #PromoBookTours

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For Sunny Bee, being truly helpful means going anywhere and everywhere. When his beautiful sunflower friend Myah becomes very ill, Sunny travels to the “far side of the hills” seeking help. Faced with a series of challenges including a raging storm, large spiders, or even the intimidating Grandfather Oak, Sunny’s dedication never wavers! (ages 4 - 8)

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J.W. Edwards III was born in St. Louis, Missouri and spent the majority of his childhood there. Eventually he left St. Louis for engineering school and job opportunities. He has traveled across most the U.S. in search of a place to call home. He currently resides in northern California with his wife and three boys and works full-time as a software engineer while writing stories for his youngest son in his spare time.

J.W. Edwards is busy these days working on a variety of writing projects which includes the Sunny Bee Book Series. Book number three, Bee Helpful, was the first one to be published. Books 1, 2, and 4 will follow soon in 2014. Learn more about this series at www.sunnybeebooks.com.
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#ReleaseParty: Marry Me For Money by Mia Kayla #ReleaseDayDiva

Leaving her small town behind, Bethany Casse moves to Chicago in search of a new life. Working at a top financial bank brings her into contact with two men who are as different as night and day. 



Kent Plack, heir to Plack Industries, has no interest in being with a woman for longer than one night. A spoiled and lazy man-whore, he is completely content with his playboy lifestyle, and Beth is surprised when they form an unlikely friendship.



Brian Burcham, a finance banker, is gorgeous and respectful. A man plucked from Beth’s dreams, he is definite husband material. Unfortunately, Beth has a hard rule against dating coworkers, but Brian is determined to change her mind. 



When a deadbeat mother and money problems follow her to Chicago, Beth is offered a solution that could fix everything. Marrying for money seems simple enough, but when lines become blurred, Beth faces difficult choices, making her realize that the easy way out just made her life even harder than before. 









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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

#BookExcerpt: Drake: An Oral History of the Dragon War (Episode 1: Emergence) by Mike Kraus #PromoBookTours


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Title: Drake: An Oral History of the Dragon War
Series: Episode 1: Emergence
Author: Mike Kraus
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Description: Lost to myth and legend, few believed that dragons were real, and still fewer believed they could ever return. When a covert operation resulted in their release, all the might and power of the world couldn’t hold them back. With the world on the brink of defeat, the few who remain must grapple against all odds to combat an enemy that nearly drove us to the brink of extinction once before – and which has nearly done so yet again.

From bestselling author Mike Kraus (Final Dawn, Prip’Yat) comes a new, five-book series: Drake: An Oral History of the Dragon War. In what can be best described as “World War Z with dragons,” Drake portrays a realistic, scientific history of the emergence of the drakes, and humanity’s subsequent battle just to stay alive. The gripping 5-part series will take you around the world, examining the history of the war from all sides: political, military, civilian, scientific and more.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

#ProductReview: Select Specs Glasses


Being that this blog is mostly about books, it seems quite fitting that I should add reviews of eyeglasses. Select Specs contacted me a while back and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their site/products for the benefit of my readers. At the time I was actually getting ready to visit my eye doctor, so I said I would gladly review their eyeglasses once I received my new prescription. I am one of those unlucky people that had lasik surgery and then my eyes got worse about seven years later. I didn't purchase the warranty because I was told that only 10% of the people that have the surgery done ever need the warranty. Sadly, I could have used it since I now cannot drive without corrective lenses. This opportunity could not have come at a better time for me.

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Select Specs offers a wide variety of frames that can be for regular daily use, reading, bifocals, sunglasses, etc. Any frame that you can find on their site can be used for whatever your needs may be. Their prices are also pretty amazing in my opinion. I have heard my mom and mother-in-law talk about how expensive their glasses were, but mine weren't even 1/4 of the cost of theirs. I was pleasantly surprised by the selection. The only downside is that you cannot try on the different frames to see what would best suit you. Since this is the first pair of glasses that I have had in over 11 years, I really had no idea what set of frames to pick out. I actually went to my mom's house and tried on her many pairs of reading glasses just to get an idea of what color frames might look ok on me now. When I had glasses before, I was a brunette. I am now an out-of-the-box redhead. Frames that I would have used in the past just would not go with my hair color now.

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The other issue I had with picking out my glasses was the size of the lenses. I really had no idea how to judge how big the lenses would be in the different frames I picked out. The pair of glasses that I selected ended up having really small lenses. Since I am not used to wearing glasses any more, I get a little dizzy when I wear them. I keep trying to look down at things only to have my eyesight readjust because I am no longer looking through my glasses. This is a problem that I should have anticipated and really isn't an issue with the glasses other than I couldn't figure out how big the lenses would be. The frames themselves are also a little thinner than I expected, but that is because my last pair of glasses were plastic I believe.

When I placed my order, I had a heck of a time figuring out how to input my prescription. I kept messing it up, but my contact person was super nice and helped me to figure it out. I was able to scan my prescription and email it to them directly so they could figure out what my glasses needed to be. This isn't some thing they did just for me to do a review. This is an option with every pair of glasses you order. So if you have no idea how to order your glasses, You can just send them your prescription and they will figure it out for you.

Overall, I am very happy with my glasses. I have been using them nearly every night after the kids go to bed. I wear contacts through the day so I don't have to worry about my toddler or infant grabbing my glasses, but by night time, my eyes are tired. My glasses help give them a breather before I go to bed too.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

#BookBlast: Mighty Dads by James Dean #MDBookReviews

Mighty Dads by Joan Holub and James Dean

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Title: Mighty Dads | Author: Joan Holub | Illustrator: James Dean| Publication Date: April 29, 2014 | Publisher: Scholastic | Pages: 40 | Recommended Ages: 3+

Summary: A new constructacular picture book from the New York Times bestselling creator of Pete the Cat, James Dean and bestselling author, Joan Holub.

Mighty dads, strong and tall,

help their children, young and small.

They keep them safe and bolted tight

and show them how to build things right.


Inventively told through James Dean's colorful construction vehicle characters, MIGHTY DADS is an adoring dedication to hardworking fathers and the subtle ways they teach their boys and girls to follow in their tracks. The Dump Trucks learn to get dirty. Crane keeps his little one safe from harm. The busy Cement Mixer gives his daughter a hug. The Forklift cheers his son on.

A surprising and touching view of a father's love for his children, MIGHTY DADS is the perfect way to say: I'm proud of you!

 

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"Like the best 21st-century human dads, the vehicles don’t just show their kids the ropes—they also offer plenty of TLC (“Cement Mixer Busy/ gives a hug if Mixie’s dizzy”) and affirmation (“Forklift Wise/ cheers whenever Forky tries”). Dean’s decision to anthropomorphize the construction equipment solely through a highly stylized, often single, forward-facing eye takes some getting used to—imagine a cross between the Eye of Providence on the dollar bill and a Egyptian hieroglyph. But his construction sign–inspired palette and ability to convey calm, steady affection between parent and progeny quickly outweighs this visual idiosyncrasy, making this a book worthy of any young armchair foreman." ~ Publisher's Weekly

"This will make a good read aloud for those looking to update their trucks/machines storytimes." ~ Goodreads Review

"The simple rhyming text will be fun at read alouds as children can do motions (roll, roll, roll or smooth, smooth, smooth)" ~ Goodreads Review

 

About the Author: Joan Holub

Joan Holub author Mighty DadsJoan Holub is co-author of the best-selling Goddess Girls series, the Grimmtastic Girls series, and the Heroes in Training series. Her picture book Little Red Writing received three starred reviews and has been named to many Best-of lists. Her mighty cool dad inspired the creation of the picture book, Mighty Dads.

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About the Illustrator: James Dean

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James Dean is the creator of the best-selling Pete the Cat. Before James started painting Pete the Cat as a full-time profession in 1999, he wanted to paint cars and trucks. He loves things that go, and currently drives a 1971 VW bus camper and a 1959 Chevy truck. He worked as an electrical engineer for fifteen years before he decided to try to make a living with his paintings. James lives with his wife, five cats, and a pug named Little Emma.

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#BookTour: Four Fiends by Nikki Bennett #MDBookReviews

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About the Book

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Title: Four Fiends (The Countdown), 2nd Edition

Author: Nikki Bennett

Publication Date: February 16, 2014 (2nd Edition)

Publisher: Independent: Firedrake Books LLC

Pages: 215

Recommended Ages: 8+


Summary: The Four Guardians of the world have gone missing. They’ve been kidnapped by some of the most diabolical fiends that ever existed. Now, four misfit kids from different parts of the world must band together to save the Guardians. Along the way, they learn to work together, as they confront and conquer their deepest fears.

 

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"This was one of the most entertaining reads for the whole family we have found in a long time. The characters are very believable, and I am always a sucker for heroes that have to find their way. The reading is very fluid and easily understood by the little kids when read aloud (sounds silly but anyone trying to do this will tell you it's not as easy a thing to achieve as it sounds) and the kids all seem to enjoy the story. The history is easily accessible even without a lot of research or background knowledge. The kids are very motivated to research and learn more on their own because this story has captured their interest. I already have many home learning lessons in mind using this book and have begun developing them with my kids. I think this is a book that will be found in classrooms very soon! Great job! I'm looking forward to more soon!!!" ~ 5 Star Review, Mariah W., Amazon

"Excellent read in and of itself, and provides excellent, character-building source material for reading to youngsters. The characters are well written and realistic, and the storyline is cleverly written and intelligent." ~ 5 Star Review, Alia K., Amazon

"Fantastic read. I loved the characters in this book so much that I re-read to my 9 year old after finishing it. I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes stories about adventure and believing in yourself." ~ 5 Star Review, Keith, Amazon

 

About the Author: Nikki Bennett

Nikki Bennett

Nikki Bennett is an author and world traveler currently living in Japan. She loves traveling, and incorporates all the culture and folklore she can from the countries she visits into her stories.

Nikki has two books out right now. Her first book, FOUR FIENDS is a MG fantasy adventure and her newest book, MUKADE ISLAND is a YA adventure/fantasy (think Lord of the Flies meets LOST, it it was set on a different world!)

Find out all about Nikki's books at www.worldofnikki.com

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Four Fiends Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

May 1

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

Victoria Simcox's Blog (Author Interview)

May 2

When I Grow Up I Wanna Write a Kids Book (Review)

Cherry Mischievous (Spotlight)

May 3

Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

May 4

Stitch Says (Review)

Musings by Jay Faulkner (Review)

May 5

Christy's Cozy Corners (Review)

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys (Review)

May 6

The World of ContestPatti (Review)

Unschooling Mama (Review)

Palace of Twelve Pillars (Review)

May 7

WS Momma Readers Nook (Review)

The Ninja Librarian (Guest Post)

May 8

Sunshine, Bubbles & Books (Review)

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

Book Reviews & Giveaways (Review)

May 9

Bookroom Reviews (Review)

Purple Monster Coupons (Review)

May 10

Coffee & Books & Art (Review)

Musing With Crayola Kim (Review)

Jemima Pett, Author (Review)

May 11

Alwaysjoart (Review)

May 12

Kay LaLone, I Love Books (Review)

Mixed Bag Mama (Review)

SoCal City Kids (Review)

May 13

We Are The DinoFamily (Review)

Identity Discovery (Review)

Where Connor & JT Go (Review)

May 14

Stanley & Katrina (Author Interview)

Oh My Bookness (Review)

 

* Blog Tour Giveaway *

Amazon $50 Gift Card

Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: May 31, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: 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, Nikki Bennett and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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