Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sunsets and Free eBooks with Linky

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Free and Discounted Annals of Alasia eBooks

FREE and Discounted
Annals of Alasia eBooks
for a Short Time Only!

I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing several of Annie Douglass Lima's middle grade fantasy stories, two of them from the Annals of Alasia series. All three books in the series are now on promotion on Amazon Kindle. One is for free and the other two are discounted to $0.99 each. I have included links to the books as well as links to both of my reviews.

In the Enemy's Service
FREE through Tuesday

In the Enemy's Service (Annals of Alasia) by [Lima, Annie Douglass]

About the Book:

Title: In the Enemy's Service | Author: Annie Douglass Lima | | Pages: 333 | Genre: Fantasy | Recommended Age: Middle Grade

Book Description:

Enslaved when invaders take over Alasia, Anya discovers ways to spy on the enemy and slip information to the resistance. But then she uncovers a disturbing reference to her own family and is confronted by a stranger who seems to know her secrets. Holding her life in his hands, he claims to have proof that Anya’s father was involved in the betrayal that led to the Invasion itself.

In the Enemy's Service is the second book in the Annals of Alasia, but the series can be read in any order, and each book can stand on its own.

Here's My Review:


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Prince of Alasai
$0.99 through Tuesday

 Prince of Alasia (Annals of Alasia) by [Douglass Lima, Annie]

About the Book:

Title: Prince of Alasia | Author: Annie Douglass Lima | | Pages: 234 | Genre: Fantasy | Recommended Age: Middle Grade

Book Description:

Twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin, heir to the throne of Alasia, barely escapes with his life when invaders from neighboring Malorn attack. Accompanied by Erik, his young bodyguard and friend, Jaymin flees to a nearby town to live in hiding. There, coming face to face with the hardships suffered by the poor, he determines to improve his people’s lives someday when he takes the throne, assuming he can reclaim his kingdom.

In his struggle to retain his identity and yet blend in with children in the local school, Jaymin’s life depends on his ability to protect his secret from both enemy troops and unsuspecting townsfolk. Meanwhile, Erik must resort to his skills in unarmed combat to defend Jaymin against everyone from a gang of schoolyard bullies to the Malornians who regularly patrol the streets looking for trouble – and for the missing prince.

As the search intensifies and his enemy’s suspicions grow, Jaymin seeks desperately for a way to save his kingdom and himself. Then he stumbles upon a startling discovery that will challenge his assumptions and forever change his view of Malorn and the events that altered his life.

Prince of Alasia is the first book in the Annals of Alasia, but the series can be read in any order, and each book can stand on its own.

Purchase for only $0.99
on Amazon Kindle:

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Prince of Malorn
$0.99 through Tuesday

Prince of Malorn (Annals of Alasia) by [Lima, Annie Douglass]

About the Book:

Title: Prince of Malorn | Author: Annie Douglass Lima | | Pages: 460 | Genre: Fantasy | Recommended Age: Middle Grade

Book Description:

One major obstacle stands between seventeen-year-old Prince Korram and the throne that is his birthright: Regent Rampus. Temporary ruler of Malorn, Rampus has no intention of giving up his position when the crown prince comes of age – or of allowing the prince to live long enough to reach that age.

Desperate to build an army of his own to stand against the regent, Korram treks into the Impassable Mountains to try to recruit the one segment of Malornian society not under Rampus’s control. But can he lead a band of untrained hunters and gatherers to victory against the full might of the Malornian military? Or will they all be crushed by the grasping hand of the regent before the prince can claim his rightful throne?

Prince of Malorn is the third book in the Annals of Alasia, but the series can be read in any order, and each book can stand on its own.

Here's My Review:


Purchase for only $0.99
on Amazon Kindle:

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About the Author:
Annie Douglass Lima


Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published ten books (one YA action and adventure novel, four fantasies, a puppet script, and four anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

by Annie Douglass Lima



Please Note: All prices were correct at the time of posting. This promotion is for a short time only.

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Happy UK Mother's Day with Free eBook!

Happy UK Mother's Day
and a Free eBook!


I saw that there was a Mother's Day picture book for free on Amazon Kindle. I thought that sharing this free eBook with you would be a lovely way to wish all the UK mums a Happy Mother's Day! I haven't read the book yet, but I noticed it had a lot of text, so I think it would probably be appropriate for kids ages 4 - 9.

The Mother's Day Gift

Children's books - The Gift: Picture Books (Children's Picture Book - Bedtime stories for children 4) by [Balint, Beata Noemi]

About the Book:

Title: The Mother's Day Gift | Author: Bea Balint | Publisher: Busy Bees | Pages: 34 | Genre: Children's Picture Book | Recommended Age: 3 - 10

Excerpt from the Book:

"The sleepy sun was peeking out from her favourite cozy shelter just behind the little hill, where the Noisy Farm was living its jolly life. Today everyone was rising with the sun, because this was quite a special day. Bees were working hard, flying from flower to flower; the carol of larks echoed far in the forests.
‘Mother- Mother-Mother’s Day’ – sounded the chirping birds. This is a special day, because tomorrow is Mother’s day. The day when you thank your Mother all the good and wonderful things, the love and care she spoiled you with throughout your entire life. Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, so today is the best opportunity to prepare presents.
Kate, the beautiful, spotted ladybug got up unusually early, exactly at sunrise. She was looking forward to this day for a long time, because her mum is the best mother in the whole world and she wanted to surprise her with something truly special."

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Disclosure: I have not read this book. This is not a review.

Please Note: The eBook was for free on Amazon Kindle at the time of posting. Prices may change.


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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hickies #LifeWithoutLaces Review

Hickies -
No Tie Elastic Shoelaces


Life Without Laces
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As a mother of four, I found it so frustrating having to tie my kids' shoelaces all the time. I usually did a double knot so that I wouldn't have to tie them a second or third time in the day, but then the double knot was always so hard to undo afterwards! Amanda, my youngest, can tie her own shoes now, but at the end of the day she asks me to take out her double knot!

We live in modern times, but shoelaces go back to the Dark Ages (or thereabouts). Why haven't shoelaces caught up to modern times? Why do we still have them?


Introducing Hickies -
the no tie elastic shoelaces.

Their motto: Life without laces.

Their Story:


The only thing we love more than a good pair of sneakers is a good story – and this one is a tale of two lovers who left home in Argentina on a wing and a prayer, with an idea that would change the world of sneakers forever.

Mariquel Waingarten and Gastón Frydlewski love sneakers but hate shoelaces. Those pieces of string just get in the way. So when Gastón told Mariquel his idea for HICKIES lacing system, she recognized the touch of genius. They developed the concept further and set up a Kickstarter campaign to see if the rest of the world was ready for HICKIES lacing system. Their Kickstarter campaign surpassed their wildest dreams and raising 600% more than their original goal. Life started moving fast for Gastón and Mariquel: in less than a year they quit their day jobs, got married, and moved to New York City to set up the company HICKIES. You could say they lived happily ever after – HICKIES lacing system is the next level for the sneaker game, but just the beginning of what this pair will achieve.


Amanda's Latest Pair of Sneakers:

Before (with antiquated shoelaces)...



And After (with hassle-free Hickies)...




How it Works:

The Hickies no tie elastic shoelaces can be adjusted all the way from extra tight to loose. You can also mix the fit if you need a spot looser or tighter on your shoes. Samantha has done a mix on her Keds canvas shoes in the photos below. The end results are stylish slip-on shoes. Hickies give you hassle-free shoes and one size fits all, so there's nothing to worry about! Visit the Hickies website to see how it's done!

I like the Hickies Lacing System so much that I would be happy to get more for the rest of the family. It's liberated us from antiquated shoelaces and now we can enjoy our footwear more!


Samantha's Canvas Shoes
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Disclosure: I received free ladies and kids Hickies for an honest review.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Jessica's Apartment and Lots of FREE eBooks with Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #214!


The above photo is of a girl's birthday present that Amanda gave to a friend. I found bubble bath that looked like a cup cake and then the cute cup cake mug and added a colorful candy stick lollipop. One day Amanda and her friends will be too grown-up for gifts like these. I'll miss the cute phase.

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Amanda's big sister, Jessica, is in her first term and first year of university. She's studying in Wellington where the famous Christian author and minister Andrew Murray used to pastor. He lived from 1828 - 1917. That's a statue of him in the above photo. Wellington is also known for being a university town. 

Jessica is sharing a three-bedroom apartment with one other girl. All the residents in the building are university students. Her room came with a bed, desk, built in cupboards and book shelves. The good-sized kitchen with granite counter tops looks onto the modest living room. They also have a bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower. We're very happy with the set-up and she's also only a couple of minutes walk away from her campus.






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Thursday, March 23, 2017

YooHoo and Friends from the Green Kids Club

YooHoo and Friends
from the
Green Kids Club


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How it all began...

Sylvia Medina is someone who is passionate about the environment and the animals that live in this world. As a youngster she loved to hike and enjoy the wilderness and especially loved animals. She took this passion and dedicated herself to becoming an Environmental Engineer where she could help make a difference.

Another passion Sylvia found was children! When her twins were born she knew she wanted to instill in them the passion of being stewards of our environment. So when Sylvia's twins were infants - she found herself watching television shows for kids. This made her realize that there were few programs about environmental stewardship and endangered species preservation for children. So one early morning - about 1:30 am - while rocking her baby girl to sleep she came up with the idea of creating stories and products that teach children about the environment and the world around them. So the Green Kids Club was created.


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Pammee and the Looking Pond


Our Review of Pammee
and the Looking Pond:

Pammee and the Looking Pond was Amanda's favorite book in the YooHoo and Friends series. Pammee is an adorable fennec fox who loves looking at her reflection in the looking pond. However, she gets a fright when her reflection is distorted. What could the problem be? Pammee has a friend named Maya who helps her solve the case. At the end of the story are some fun facts about the fennec fox and tips on how to save our water. I highly recommend this picture book for kids ages 4 - 8.



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Sparkee and the Stinky Treasure


Our Review of Sparkee
and the Stinky Treasure:

Sparkee and the Stinky Treasure was Amanda's second favorite book in the YooHoo and Friends series. The illustrations are bright and friendly and the characters are adorable. Sparkee is a skunk and his friend Lemmee is a lemur. They meet up with their friend Tiago.

There is a mysterious bad smell that gets blamed on Sparkee, but then Tiago and Lemmee go investigate where the smell is coming from. Follow their adventure and learn some fun facts about skunks and help prevent pollution. I highly recommend this picture book for kids ages 4 - 8.



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YooHoo's Swimming Trip


Our Review of YooHoo's
Swimming Trip:

Amanda enjoyed the adventure story of YooHoo's Swimming Trip. YooHoo is a bush baby and his friend's name is Victor. They want to go swimming, but discover that the river is drying up. Where is the water going? Can they save the fish in time? Follow their adventure and learn some fun facts about bush babies. Also, learn about water and how to save and care for this natural resource of ours. I highly recommend this picture book for kids ages 4 - 8.



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About the Author:
Sylvia Medina



Role in Green Kids:

•President and Founder of Green Kids Club, Inc.
•Primary Author, Creative Director
•Environmental Engineer & Scientist

Sylvia is the President and Creative Director of the Green Kids Club. She has spent her career focused on environmental issues and helping to preserve animal welfare.

When she had twins, she became aware that she truly wanted her children to grow up with an environmental conscience and an understand the basics of environmental stewardship. With this in mind, she developed the Green Kids Club concept which would help her children as well as other children around the world learn early the environmental habits they could share with others.

Disclosure: We received free copies of these books for our honest review.

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