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A Sandy Grave by Donna M. McDine Virtual Book Tour Highlights

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Title: A Sandy Grave
Author: Donna M. McDine
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 24
Language: English
Genre: Tween chapterbook
Format: Paperback, hardcover & eBook

The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of adventures to be had–especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they discover mysterious men poaching whale teeth at the beach?

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GUARDIAN ANGEL PUBLISHING: http://guardianangelpublishing.com/sandy-grave.htm

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Sandy-Grave-Donna-M-McDine/dp/1616334541/

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-sandy-grave-donna-m-mcdine/1118285403

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzzVjJWd4hM

 

In my own life, it is becoming ever apparent that I have been getting too caught up in all the technology at our fingertips. I am making it a point to disengage from technology at a certain point each day and not to turn the technology on until I’m ready to begin my day. 

Guest post at My Sister is My Best Friend

A book like this empowers children to make a difference while educating them about their world in a fun way.

The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

…McDine shows that children can respect authority without fearing it and parents and those in roles of responsibility can respect the contribution that children can make to society.

Rebecca’s Writing Services

I love this book. It’s well written, timely, edgy enough to keep a tween on the edge of his/her seat, (me too!) and fun to read.

Farm and Fru Fru

I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.

Mymcbooks’s Blog

What a remarkable book for your kids (and you, too).

My Devotional Thoughts

Encourage your children to be the best they can be with their own expectations and not those of others and watch them soar!

Guest post, Strands of Thought

Even though a fiction story is made up from the imagination, research is necessary to stay true to the subject matter.

Guest post, Lori’s Reading Corner

A Sandy Grave has a message of standing up for what is right, the correct way.

A Leisure Moment

With a suggested reader age of 8-12 A Sandy Grave is an excellent book to introduce the tweens in your life to the concept of poaching.

Blooming with Books

It tackles one of the bigger issues that still plagues us today but with tact and tenderness…

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

…it will show the children who the real heroes are and that they are the good guys and they should get their respect.

Mary’s Cup of Tea

I can easily see this book leading to further reading and discussion, with the new words and concepts presented — a plus while trying to keep readers engaged over the summer months.

By the Book

A nice summer read for students about girls who do the right thing…

4 the Love of Books

A fast moving chapter story that captures the imagination with a bit of mystery and suspense…

WV Stitcher

Donna McDine is giving you a chance to win a $50 Barnes and Noble Gift Card.

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  • This giveaway begins March 3 and ends on April 25, 2014.
  • Winner will be contacted via email.

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Donna McDine HeadshotDonna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention, Global eBook Awards Finalist Children’s Picture Book Fiction, and Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2010 Top Ten Children’s Books ~ The Golden Pathway.

Her stories, articles, and book reviews have been published in over 100 print and online publications. Her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna’s 2013 releases of Powder Monkey and Hockey Agony and the 2014 release of A Sandy Grave will be joined by an additional book to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Dee and Deb, Off They Go. She writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network, and Family Reading Partnership. 

Visit Donna online at www.donnamcdine.com or her blog at www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com

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Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow by Salvatore Barbera Virtual Book Tour Highlights

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The story of “Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow” takes us on the journey she travels to figure out how to get the cows at a new farm to like and accept her.
While she hopes to find friendship at her new home, instead she learns what it means to be different from everyone else. (Spotless!) Mary Elizabeth uses clever ideas and a sense of humor to help her on her quest for friends at the new farm.

This inspiring tale shows how perseverance in spite of obstacles, using a sound thought process to arrive at solutions and the importance of having fun, using humor and enjoying playtime can build friendships.

When you buy this book, 50% of net proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program to make a difference in the lives of children with critical and life threatening illnesses.

Purchasing information: From now through December 31, 2013, you can purchase Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow from the Sweetles website for only $12.00 (List price: $17.99).

Watch the Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow video trailer at http://youtu.be/72fOn1tEbDM

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I thought this story was very sweet. At first, the other cows seem like mean bullies when they shut poor Mary Elizabeth out of their social circle, but I appreciated that Mary Elizabeth hunkers down with a plan of action. She uses her own ingenuity to take care of the problem and she does it with confidence.

–Alicia Finn Noack

I loved how upbeat, encouraging and positive Mary Elizabeth is throughout the story and thought the way children are encouraged and taught that everyone is different no matter if we have spots or not was perfect!

–Classic Children’s Books

An adorable story of acceptance and friendship…

–The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Author Salvatore Barbera tells the story of differences and friendship in a fun way.

–Lynn’s Corner

A simple story with a clever message…

–Deco My Heart

This is a cute picture book teaching kids that it doesn’t matter if we are different.

–4 the Love of Books

This is a charming story that uses humor and planning to teach youngsters how to overcome obstacles.

–Thoughts in Progress

I adored this wonderful book.  What a cute and clever way to teach about discrimination to young kids.

–Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews

What a fun book that also teaches a valuable lesson about acceptance. The illustrations are so eye catching and the story really is an easy read that will have youngsters wanting to read along.The humor woven into the story really had me smiling, but the overall message of acceptance is one that really makes this a wonderful book for youngsters.

–WV Stitcher

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Sal is the author and illustrator of “A Sweetles Dream”® book series. As the Creative Director for Hartman-Barbera llc, a family media & entertainment company, he is also an animator, sculptor, painter and all around fun guy. Sal lives the phrase: “A day without laughter is a wasted day”. To that end, he uses his writing, illustrating and animation skills to create endearing characters and comedic stories.

Sal’s sense of humor and empathy for his characters explore personal and social situations in ways that makes it enjoyable for both adults and children to experience together. Born in New York City, Sal moved to North Bergen, NJ where he grew up on a steep hillside neighborhood with his four older sisters. He currently lives in sunny Arizona with his wife and artistic partner, Sheri, who he defines as his inspiration. On any given day Sal might be painting, sculpting, drawing, animating, writing or enjoying one of his favorite pastimes: cooking, television, movies and golf.

Visit Sal Barbera’s website at www.salbarbera.com.

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A Christmas Kindness by C. C. Gevry Virtual Book Tour Highlights

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Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who has only one request for Santa, Robert is confused over what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

Purchase your copy:

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A Christmas Kindness is a chapter book suitable for children in grades 2-4. It can be used to challenge your children’s reading skills as well as a family read along. Either way, it is sure to initiate discussion on what Christmas is all about.

Recommended.

–By the Book 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is not often that a simple children’s book can nearly bring me to tears, but this one succeeded.

–My Devotional Thoughts 

A Christmas Kindness is a short chapter book that teaches compassion, humility, love, and so much more. I read it by myself before reading it to my five-year-old, and I’m so glad I did because I had to take a break to get a tissue box.

–IE Mommy

This sweet, heartwarming story was a delight to read. It is the perfect book to read by the fire with your kids during the holidays.

–Mayra’s Secret Bookcase

This adorable story, as well as the beautiful illustrations by Caroline Mabey, will warm the heart of the stingiest of Scrooges. It’s sure to become a Christmas favorite for your family, as it has for mine.

–Lynn’s Corner 

This book has a great story and a very timely message.

–Maureen’s Musings

This was a very lovely chapter book teaches children and reminds adults the true meaning for Christmas. It captures the heart and spirit of what this season is all about in a very moving and delightful way.

–Our Families Adventure

A Christmas Kindness is a sweet and touching story that looks at the needs of others rather than ourselves, and it is a message that will touch the lives of your children and/or grandchildren. A powerful message of kindness is found within these 15 pages.

–Blooming with Books

A Christmas Kindness is a welcome introduction to giving and caring for others during the Christmas Season…This would be a great book to add to your Christmas book selections and if you do Advent in your family it might be a great introduction to a family service project.

–Classic Children’s BooksCheryl Malandrinos

C.C Gevry is the pen name for children’s author Cheryl C. Malandrinos. A Christmas Kindness is her first book with 4RV Publishing. She is a member of the SCBWI. Ms. Gevry resides in Massachusetts with her husband and two young children. She also has a son who is married. Visit her online at http://ccgevry.com

 

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Book Blast: A Christmas Kindness by C. C. Gevry – Win $25 Amazon Gift Card

Title: A Christmas Kindness
Genre: First chapter reader
Author: Cheryl Malandrinos
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
Pages: 24
Language: English
ISBN – 978-0985266141

Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who has only one request for Santa, Robert is confused over what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

Excerpt:
Inside the mall, Christmas music and the tinkling of jingle bells tickled Robert’s ears. With his mother, Robert weaved through the crowd of shoppers. He smelled fried food from Burger Mart. The sweet scent of warm chocolate chip cookies from the bakery made his mouth water.

Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvW-tUyxDq8

Purchase your copy:

C.C Gevry is a children’s author from Western Massachusetts. A Christmas Kindness is her first book with 4RV Publishing. She is also a member of the SCBWI. Ms. Gevry is married with two young children and a son who is married. Visit her online at http://ccgevry.com

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Book Blast w/ Giveaway at Blooming with Books
Book Blast w/ Giveaway at 4 the Love of Books
Book Blast w/ Giveaway at My Devotional Thoughts
Book Blast w/ Giveaway at Lynn’s Corner
Book Blast w/ Giveaway at Mayra’s Secret Bookcase
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Saderia Series by Sarah Renée Virtual Book Tour Highlights

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The Tiger Princess (Book 1)
Ten years ago, a devastating fire took the lives of Queen Karenisha and King Makero, leaving a young Princess Saderia orphaned.

Nobody knows how the fire started, but it ignited quickly. Too quickly.

In ten years, the truth has never been discovered…
Saderia is a curious 10-year-old tiger Princess. Her Aunt Cia and Uncle Jash have taken over the duties of Queen and King and have raised Saderia since her parents disappeared in a mysterious fire. Saderia’s aunt and uncle don’t understand the sassy, adventurous tiger, which she resents.

At night, though, Saderia is haunted by dark nightmares about the fire – eerie, cryptic dreams that push her to start investigating her parents’ disappearance. As she uncovers strange clues, she soon becomes desperate to know the truth. Could her parents have been murdered? On a quest to uncover the truth about her parents’ disappearance, she soon realizes her forest has many other mysteries when she discovers a dangerous, ancient royal secret regarding her oldest ancestors – a secret that will change not only her life, but the lives of everyone around her.

Saderia doesn’t know who or what to trust, but she is desperate to uncover the secrets of the past. She will do whatever it takes to find the truth.

The Tiger Princess on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Princess-Sarah-Renee/dp/0615321267/

E-book on Amazon:

The Tiger Princess: http://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Princess-Saderia-Book-ebook/dp/B004W3L5DM/

The Tiger Princess on B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tiger-princess-sarah-renee/1101714708

Apple iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-tiger-princess/id550857596

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Tiger-Princess/book-Tb58TUekdEa9sW71mGM4pQ/page1.html

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“His parents are gone. He lives in the woods…”

Dash is a dark lion with a dark secret. Living as an orphan in the cold, winter forest, he strives to hide that secret from the other young animals that have come to resent him. But when he meets the animal that has haunted his past, he isn’t sure what to do.

Meanwhile, Saderia finally gets her wish to go to school. She hopes to meet a friend, but she gets slightly more than she bargained for when she meets a fun-loving cheetah, a bullying panther, three prissy girls, prejudiced teachers, and a strange assistant principal who seems to enjoy making Saderia’s life more difficult. But there is no one as strange as the dark lion that sits in the back, and hides his face from her.

Saderia starts having Dreams again, but even though she knows what they are, she still doesn’t understand them. At the same time, she struggles to accept the prophecy she learned about in her ancestor’s tomb. But why do her Dreams and her instinct always direct her toward the dark lion who seems to fear her?

As the two animals get to know each other, Saderia wonders if Dash is hiding something, while Dash realizes that it is much harder to keep secrets from friends.

Dash on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dash-Sarah-Ren%C3%A9e/dp/1451582250/

E-book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dash-Saderia-Book-2-ebook/dp/B0055F5P0U/

Dash on B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dash-sarah-ren-e/1103524592

Book 3: Hunted Home

Book 4: Enchanted Home

Book 5: Rock Bottom

You will love the characters created by this wonderful young author, and the story will keep you turning the pages because this story will pull you in and just won’t let you go!

This Little Book of Mine

This story was written for kids – in their own language and with a directness other kids will enjoy reading.

Classic Children’s Books

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

Probably before I was even born! I have loved telling stories for as long as I can remember. When I was really young, I used to just love scribbling out stories on a piece of paper. As I got older, I started writing more complex stories – but even then, they were just short stories about my cats! When I was 12, though, I started getting serious about writing and decided I wanted to be an author. That was when I wrote the final draft of my first book, The Tiger Princess, a 300+ page fantasy novel about a curious tiger Princess named Saderia, which I later went on to publish at the age of 13.

Interview at The Children’s and Teen’s Book Connection

Does your book have an underlying message that readers should know about? 

When I wrote the book and the other books in the series, I didn’t write it specifically to outline a message. I wrote it mainly as a story that would entertain me and other children. However, there are many messages woven into the story that readers can take away from it. In fact, a young fan actually contacted me once to tell me that my books helped her learn to forgive and say sorry after a fight. I was totally ecstatic that my books could help someone! But in addition to that message,The Tiger Princess and the other books in the Saderia Series also include a few other messages such as these:

1. To always be yourself,

2. To never stop believing in yourself,

3. To follow your dreams (sometimes quite literally in Saderia’s case!),

4. The closeness and power of family and friendships,

5. To never give up even in the face of danger.

Interview at Pump Up Your Book

I found myself liking this book better then the first. I found my stride. Still a fan of Saderia. She is growing up. Most of the new friends that Saderia met at school I liked. Of course the mean girls and Saderia’s teacher I did not care for. It just goes to show you that even a princess has to deal with bullies at school. Dash was a nice addition to this series. Hope to see more of him.

Cheryl’s Book Nook

DASH is a really cute book for the younger generation to read! Well, even I enjoyed it, so its  really an enjoyable book for anyone to read!

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Sarah Renée has loved writing from an early age. She has been writing short stories since the age of 4, and at the age of 10, she came up with the idea for The Tiger Princess. She wrote the novel when she was 12. She is fascinated with wild animals and the wild world outside her home, and has an obvious great love of tigers. She enjoys spending time with her cats, reading, drawing, and playing her violin when she is not writing. In her free time, she is constantly daydreaming about her many characters, creating new ones, and coming up with interesting adventure story ideas. She is now 17 years old.

Visit Sarah Renée’s website at www.thetigerprincess.com or her blog at http://www.thetigerprincess.com/blogsnews.html to learn more about Sarah Renée, her books, and more! You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter

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A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat by Beverly Stowe McClure Virtual Book Tour Highlights

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Thirteen-year-old Erik Burks’ life is falling apart. When he discovers a lace bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car, his mom leaves his father and drags Erik from being king of the hill in Texas to the bottom of the pits in South Carolina. No Dad, no baseball, no friends, just Starry Knight (a girl who reads minds) and her equally weird brother, Stormy, the twins that live down the block.

Just when Erik thinks life can’t get any worse, while hanging out at the beach one evening, he and the twins notice lights radiating from the lighthouse. The only problem is the lighthouse was deactivated years ago. Stranger still, a ship materializes in the moonlit harbor. Curious, the twins and a reluctant Erik investigate and discover the ghost of a blockade runner, a phantom cat, and a pirate who prowls Charleston Harbor, all searching for rest.

A former nonbeliever in the existence of ghosts, Erik cannot deny the proof before him. And he has a revelation: The ghosts may be the answer to his desire to return home. Erik soon makes a deal with the ghosts. He’ll help them find what they’re looking for so their spirits can rest in peace. In return, the ghosts will scare Erik’s mother so she’ll be on the next flight back to Texas. Star thinks his plan stinks, but Erik wants his life back, even at the cost of his mother’s sanity.

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Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?

A: My characters are mostly from my imagination. A couple of the ghosts in this story, Major Stede Bonnet and Blackbeard, are historical characters that really lived. I researched the pirates to make their roles in the book accurate and the events that happened to them are true, with a bit of extra excitement that I added for fun.

As the Pages Turn interview

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I seldom think of themes when I write, but I’d have to say “family” is an important theme to me. I’m big on family and I think it shows in my writing. Also honesty and love are found in many of my novels.

The Dark Phantom Review interview

Research helped me establish the credibility of the historical characters and facts. Mixing history, fiction, and the supernatural wasn’t always easy. It sure was fun, though, and made for an exciting story.

Guest post at The Crypto-Capers Review

I love the unique plot of the book, that the kids help out some ghosts and in return the ghosts help Erik. That makes this book a very different kind of ghost story. I love the weirdness of the Knight twins and the fact that Starry can read minds. They are very likable characters too…Five out of five bookworms for this unique ghost story!

This Kids Reviews Books

Talented in the areas of contemporary and historical fiction, I am always amazed by how diverse her (Beverly’s) ideas are while staying true to her fan base. A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat should be another big winner for her. Why? Because in a nutshell, no matter what Beverly is writing, she knows what relates well to her readers.Beverly Stowe McClure photojpg

The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Beverly Stowe McClure, a former teacher, is now enjoying a second career: writing. She never planned to be a writer, but in the classroom she and her students did such fun activities in art and science that she decided to write about some of them. Luckily, a few magazines liked what she sent them, and her articles have appeared in Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Ladybug, Focus on the Family Clubhouse, Jr., and others. Nine of her stories have been published as books, the latest one a MG/Tween eBook: A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat. She also has two stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies.

Beverly enjoys discovering her ancestors in her genealogy research. She plays the piano. (Thank you, Mom, for making encouraging me to practice.) She takes long walks where she snaps pictures of wildlife and clouds, and of course she reads, usually two books at a time. She teaches a women’s Sunday school class. Watching baseball (Go Rangers) is another of her favorite activities. Retirement is fun.

You can learn more about Beverly Stowe McClure athttp://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com or follow her blog athttp://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com.

 

 

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Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow by Sal Barbera on Sale in October!

The story of “Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow” takes us on the journey she travels to figure out how to get the cows at a new farm to like and accept her.

While she hopes to find friendship at her new home, instead she learns what it means to be different from everyone else. (Spotless!) Mary Elizabeth uses clever ideas and a sense of humor to help her on her quest for friends at the new farm.

This inspiring tale shows how perseverance in spite of obstacles, using a sound thought process to arrive at solutions and the importance of having fun, using humor and enjoying playtime can build friendships.

When you buy this book, 50% of net proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program to make a difference in the lives of children with critical and life threatening illnesses.

Excerpt: 

Once upon a time……..there was a farm in Ohio with lots of Cows. They all had many spots to be proud of. One day a truck pulled into the farm. The back door opened and out came a new Cow. The other Cows were so excited to have a new friend!

But as the new Cow came out of the truck the other Cows looked on in shock!!! “Oh My! What on Earth?!”

It seems the new Cow, whose name was Mary Elizabeth, had no spots!

“Where are your spots??!!” Demanded the Cow called Anna Belle.

“I don’t have any spots. I was born spotless, you see.”

Well, Anna Belle and the other Cows were horrified.

(Not mad, you had to be very careful about mad)


Purchasing information: During the month of October, purchase Mary Elizabeth The Spotless Cow from the Sweetles website for only $12.00 (List price: $17.99). When you buy this book, 50% of net proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital Child Life Program. Visit http://www.sweetles.com/product/books/mary-elizabeth-the-spotless-cow-book/ for more information.

Sal is the author and illustrator of “A Sweetles Dream”® book series. As the Creative Director for Hartman-Barbera llc, a family media & entertainment company, he is also an animator, sculptor, painter and all around fun guy. Sal lives the phrase: “A day without laughter is a wasted day”. To that end, he uses his writing, illustrating and animation skills to create endearing characters and comedic stories.

Sal’s sense of humor and empathy for his characters explore personal and social situations in ways that makes it enjoyable for both adults and children to experience together. Born in New York City, Sal moved to North Bergen, NJ where he grew up on a steep hillside neighborhood with his four older sisters. He currently lives in sunny Arizona with his wife and artistic partner, Sheri, who he defines as his inspiration. On any given day Sal might be painting, sculpting, drawing, animating, writing or enjoying one of his favorite pastimes: cooking, television, movies and golf.

Visit Sal Barbera’s website at http://www.salbarbera.com.

October 1st

Interview at Blogcritics

October 2nd

Book spotlight at The Writer’s Life

October 3rd

Book spotlight at As the Pages Turn

October 4th

Book review at Alicia Finn Noack

October 7th

Book spotlight at Literarily Speaking

October 8th

Book spotlight at Between the Covers

October 9th

Book spotlight at The Book Rack

October 10th

Book review at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

October 11th

Guest post at Paperback Writer

Book spotlight at Review from Here

October 14th

Interview at Straight from the Author’s Mouth

October 15th

Book spotlight at Broken Teepee

Book spotlight at Beyond the Books

October 16th

Book review at Lynn’s Corner

Book trailer reveal at If Books Could Talk

October 17th

Guest post at The Story Behind the Book

October 18th

Interview at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

October 21st

Book review at My Devotional Thoughts

Book spotlight at Deco My Heart

Book spotlight at A Year of Jubilee Book Reviews

October 22nd

Book review at 4 the Love of Books

October 23rd

Guest post at Mayra’s Secret Bookcase

October 25th

Book review at Mary’s Cup of Tea

October 28th

Book review at Thoughts in Progress

October 30th

Book review at Maureen’s Musings

October 31st

Book review at Blooming with Books

Guest post at Lori’s Reading Corner

TBD

 Book review at Classic Children’s Books

Book spotlight at 4 the Love of Books

Book review at A Year of Jubilee Book Reviews

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20 Qs with C.C. Gevry, Author of A Christmas Kindness

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C.C Gevry is a children’s author from Western Massachusetts. She is a member of SCBWI. A Christmas Kindness is her first book with 4RV Publishing. Ms. Gevry is married with two young children and a son who is married.

Visit her online at www.ccgevry.com

 

  1. Are you a morning writer or a night writer? Usually night, but I can write in the morning if I have to.
  2. Do you outline or are you a pantster? It depends. For books under 20,000 words I am a pantster. Anything larger than that, I sketch some type of outline.
  3. Which comes first – plot or character? Character comes first. I find plotting hard; but if I have a character in mind, I can see him or her in certain situations.
  4. Noise or quiet when working on your manuscript? Quiet. I don’t even want to hear the ticking of a clock or the cats walking by my office.
  5. Favorite TV show? Classic show: Little House on the Prairie. Current show: Cedar Cove.
  6. Favorite type of music? Hip-hop.
  7. Favorite craft besides writing? Cooking and gardening.
  8. Do you play a musical instrument? Tried to learn the piano once. Having the left and right hands doing different things was hard enough. As soon as I tried to add in the feet, I was lost.
  9. Single or married? Married to a great guy who doesn’t give me too much guff when the kitchen floor is dirty almost to the point of being sticky because I have a writing or editing deadline.
  10. Children or no? One son and two girls. They are my source of inspiration.
  11. Pets? Three cats we adore.
  12. Favorite place to write? My office.
  13. Favorite restaurant? The Thai Room, Miller’s on the Waterfront, or Big Al’s on the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
  14. Do you work outside the home? No. I’ve worked from home since 2007.
  15. What was the name of the last movie you saw? The Hunger Games.
  16. Favorite outdoor activity? Gardening.
  17. Pet peeve? People who don’t follow the rules. I won’t even go out an “In” door.
  18. Your goal in life? To enjoy every moment.
  19. Your most exciting moment? The birth of my kids; though our wedding day is a close second.
  20. The love of your life? God.

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Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who has only one request for Santa, Robert is confused over what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

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New MG/Tween Paranormal E-Book for Review: A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat by Beverly Stowe McClure

pirate-blockade-runner-cat-200x300Beverly Stowe McClure will be touring from October 7 – 31, 2013 with her middle grade/tween paranormal e-Book, A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat. We are looking for reviews, interviews, guest post spots, book trailer reveals, and book spotlights. Please mention how you want to host this author and provide three dates that would work for you when inquiring.

Thirteen-year-old Erik Burks’ life is falling apart. When he discovers a lace bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car, his mom leaves his father and drags Erik from being king of the hill in Texas to the bottom of the pits in South Carolina. No Dad, no baseball, no friends, just Starry Knight (a girl who reads minds) and her equally weird brother, Stormy, the twins that live down the block.

Just when Erik thinks life can’t get any worse, while hanging out at the beach one evening, he and the twins notice lights radiating from the lighthouse. The only problem is the lighthouse was deactivated years ago. Stranger still, a ship materializes in the moonlit harbor. Curious, the twins and a reluctant Erik investigate and discover the ghost of a blockade runner, a phantom cat, and a pirate who prowls Charleston Harbor, all searching for rest.

A former nonbeliever in the existence of ghosts, Erik cannot deny the proof before him. And he has a revelation: The ghosts may be the answer to his desire to return home. Erik soon makes a deal with the ghosts. He’ll help them find what they’re looking for so their spirits can rest in peace. In return, the ghosts will scare Erik’s mother so she’ll be on the next flight back to Texas. Star thinks his plan stinks, but Erik wants his life back, even at the cost of his mother’s sanity.

240 pages

Visit Beverly online at http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com and her blog at http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com.

If you would like to review this book or host the author during her virtual book tour, please contact Cheryl Malandrinos at ccmal@charter.net.

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Book Review: Bella Saves the Beach by Nancy Stewart

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A true story of try and try again can be found in Bella Saves the Beach by award-winning children’s author, Nancy Stewart.

Bella is sad when her beloved beach is loaded with trash. But with her best friend Britt away on vacation, it’s harder to clean up the beach than she planned. Each new idea doesn’t bring about the desired result, but Bella is determined to make the beach safe and clean for her animal friends.

As someone who loves learning, a book like Bella Saves the Beach is so wonderful. This book has two messages. There’s the environmental one about how dangerous trash is to wildlife. Then there’s the “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” message. Combining them makes for a superbly told engaging story about one girl’s determination to make a difference.

From the beginning, Stewart’s Bella and Britt series has shown young readers that their ideas matter and how they can make a difference when it comes to caring for our planet and its creatures. In this new book, the author takes that message to a new level by leaving Bella to face the challenge without her best friend Britt’s support. Now it isn’t two kids making a difference. It’s one determined young girl.

At the end of the story, the author shares information on beach trash, facts about creatures mentioned within the book’s pages, and encourages readers to have a Green Picnic on the sand, leaving behind only footprints.

One can’t forget to mention the stunning watercolor artwork of Samantha Bell. She has illustrated all three books in this series. With warm colors and rich details, she brings Bella’s story to life in pictures. A perfect complement to Stewart’s story, the artwork is so lovely you can almost hear the waves hitting the sand and the caws of the birds.

Bella Saves the Beach is a fine addition to the Bella and Britt series. I can’t wait to see what Bella and Britt are up to next.

Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (February 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616333715
ISBN-13: 978-1616333713

Available at: 

NANCYSTEWARTBOOKS.COM

GUARDIAN ANGEL PUBLISHING

AMAZON 

BARNES AND NOBLE

The author paid me to promote this book through a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book. This fee did not include a review. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

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