Friday, July 21, 2017

Books and a Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #230!


I have a family of readers. I fell in love with reading around the fifth grade and I encouraged my kids to love books from when they were babies. They began with tactile fabric books that could be squeezed and chewed on. Then they had board books until they were big enough to look after books with paper pages. I've also given many books away. A couple of years ago, Amanda and I gave a bunch of her younger aged books to her old Kindergarten class where there was a reading zone for the children.

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Samantha at the library
(this photo was taken a few years ago)

A recent photo of Amanda with a book

Jessica with a coloring book over
the Christmas holiday

Jeremiah reading Hillbilly Elegy
over the Christmas holiday

I've been reading more books for my own enjoyment since I began downloading free eBooks. I've actually been reading books faster than I can review them! I belong to several sites that offer free eBooks. My two favorite sites are My Book Cave and BookBub.


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My Latest Book Review:


Window of Death: Book 2 in the Window of Time trilogy by [Erfert, DJ]

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Window of Death

Window of Death
(Book 2 in the Window of Death Trilogy)
by D.J. Erfert

Window of Death: Book 2 in the Window of Time trilogy by [Erfert, DJ]

About the Book:

Title: Window of Death (Book 2) | Author: D.J. Erfert | Publication: Stone Horse Press | Pages: 278 | Genre: Paranormal Suspense | Age Level: Young Adult

Book Description:

CIA Agent Lucy James’s undercover reentry into the US doesn’t go as planned. The human coyote smuggling her and more than a dozen illegal aliens across the southern border into Arizona abandons them. Their group scatters. But Lucy is soon rescued by two US Border Patrol agents. After they hear shots fired in the distance, the hope of finding the others alive plummet. Ruthless border bandits methodically track and kill the illegals for the contraband-filled backpacks each man carries.

When Lucy has a premonition—a window into the future—she sees one of the agents killed by the same bandits. She must gain their trust in time to stop the bandits from continuing their murder spree, and find the missing backpacks containing the deadly packages before the US has its first mass terrorist attack since 9-11.

Purchase on Amazon
Kindle | Paperback

My Review

Window of Death is another great novel by DJ Erfert. I always enjoy reading her books, because they have the right amount of romance and suspense. The end result is a feel good story. I think Window of Death is even better than the first book, Window of Time. It has several layers with side stories that are just as exciting as the main story. Our heroine, Agent Lucy James, shines brightly as she solves cases and saves lives. She is supported by many other colorful characters. I can picture the scenes as if I was watching a television series. I'm looking forward to reading the third book in the trilogy.

More Reviews of DJ Erfert's Books:







About the Author:
DJ (Debra) Erfert

Debra Erfert

While growing up, going to libraries felt like an adventure filled with mystery and wonder to Debra. The hushed tones invoked secrets, and the dusty, sometimes moldy, smell of paper was the same in each city she lived. Leaving the library with just a single book never happened. Years later, her love of reading turned to a passion for writing stories others might enjoy. She’s an award winning fine artist who lives in a southwest Arizona city with her husband, a retired police lieutenant, where the average summer temperatures are well above 100 degrees--truly hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.

Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book for my honest review.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Impala Lilies and a Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #251!


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Impala Lilies and a Sunset
at Mopani Camp,
Kruger National Park



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Hornbill at Mopani Camp

Pioneer Dam, Kruger


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My Latest Book Review:

Do your kids hate eating their vegetables?
They will love their veggies after reading
Planet Scrabbage and the Vegerons by [Cross, Paul Ian]

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Fun Math Games and a Weekend Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #229!


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Amanda was given a free grade 2 online math game to try out using three-digit numbers. The game she played is Number Holdem 2.

"Bet your bones while building three-digit numbers with this comparing game! Kids will love Floyd and all of the characters in Education.com's collection of interactive math games."

She breezed through it quickly, but told me that other kids in her grade 3 class still struggle with this concept. She recommends the game for kids. You can find this game and many more free games like it at Education.com.


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My Latest Book Reviews:





Planet Scrabbage and the Vegerons by [Cross, Paul Ian]


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Amanda’s Books and More

It's time for another Make My Saturday Sweet blog hop!

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Planet Scrabbage and the Vegerons

Planet Scrabbage and the Vegerons
by Paul Ian Cross

Planet Scrabbage and the Vegerons by [Cross, Paul Ian]

About the Book:


Title: Planet Scrabbage and the Vegerons | Author: Paul Ian Cross | Publisher: Farrow Children's Books | Genre: Children's Fiction | Pages: 17 | Recommended Age: 4 - 7

Book Description:

It's time we took a trip to Planet Scrabbage!

This planet is AMAZING; far away in outer space...

A vibrant, fresh and colourful, VEG-TASTIC happy place!

A hilariously silly rhyming picture book, for ages 4-7, about the importance of eating your veg!

Purchase on Amazon:
Paperback | Kindle

My Review:

Is your child a picky eater? Does he or she hate vegetables? The vegetables on Planet Scrabbage are called Vegerons and they will transport your child to a happy and healthy place.

Amanda (age 9) says that the story is cute and that kids will want to eat their vegetables so that they can be like the Vegerons. The Vegerons are painters, explorers, athletes and more!

The illustrations are cheerful and the rhyming text is lots of fun. This book will make your picky eater giggle and want to try that green stuff on the plate!

More from Paul Ian Cross:

Short Story Review:
Engella

and

Picture Book Review:
Praxx and the Ringing Robot

About the Author:
Paul Ian Cross

Paul Ian Cross

Hello, earthlings! I'm a scientist and children's author based in London, UK.

I work in clinical research (developing new medicines) and I'm also studying for my PhD. I very much enjoy my science career but I also have a real passion for writing stories! I have been writing fiction for nearly ten years. I am developing a series of children's books that are both enjoyable and educational.

My young nephew Hayden influenced my decision to become an author. I loved seeing his reaction when my sister Michelle first read one of my stories to him!

In my spare time, I love going to new places and I try to have as many holidays as possible. My partner Adrian and I absolutely love Scotland, especially the Isle of Skye. We also recently travelled to the Philippines which is a beautiful country; we can't wait to go back.

So that brings us to now... I'm currently working on several new book ideas. I am now developing my first short story, Engella, into a middle-grade novel. I have five books planned for a brand new series – The Engella Chronicles.

I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I enjoyed writing them!




Disclosure: I received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sunset at the Kruger and a Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #250!

Sunset at the Kruger


Welcome back to my Picture Perfect Party Linky! I hope everyone is having a great summer in the Northern Hemisphere or winter in the Southern Hemisphere. As many of you know, we went to the Kruger National Park while our kids are on winter break. It was a real adventure and we had a fabulous time. I took time away from the computer and still need to catch up on emails and comments. For that reason, I'm keeping this post short and sweet.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Another Poem and Weekend Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #228!


Today's weekend blog hop will stay open over two weekends (June 30 - 10 July). We'll be away on a family holiday and I won't have access to internet.

The photo above was taken in Spring of the field flowers a few minutes away from our neighborhood. We live in South Africa in the beautiful Western Cape.

The picture below was colored in by Amanda last year. I also have another poem to share that I wrote a few years ago.

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Glad to be Alive

Raindrops from showers
Fall kissing the earth
The sun warms the flowers
Nature gives birth
This is a new day
Birds join in a chorus of song
Children play
Raising their voices
They sing along

It is the joy of livin’
It is the song of life
So let’s join in
Putting away strife

Every breath we take
Is a gift from above
It’s a choice we make
To give and receive love
So let’s all laugh
Even make a funny face
‘Cause this world is
A beautiful place
And I’m glad to be alive

by Christina Morley


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My Latest Book Reviews:




The Black Mage Book 3

Candidate (The Black Mage Book 3) by [Carter, Rachel E.]


Configured Trilogy Book 1

Configured: Book #1 in the Configured Trilogy by [Penner, Jenetta]


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Bellyache: A Delicious Tale

Bellyache:
A Delicious Tale
by Crystal Marcos


About the Book:

Title: Bellyache: A Delicious Tale | Author: Crystal Marcos | Publisher: Cat Marcs Publishing | Pages: 155 | Genre: Children's Chapter Book | Age Group: Young Adult

Book Description:

BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale 
Awards & Honors:
~2013 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
~2012 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS Award-Winning Finalist in both categories of Children's Fiction & Children's Book Series
~2011 READERS' FAVORITE International Book Awards, Silver Medal in its category
~2010 Nominated for the CYBILS Awards

A lip-smacking, mouthwatering, absolutely delectable debut, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale by Crystal Marcos is a literary feast for ages seven and up. In the vein of Roald Dahl's best-loved adventures, Marcos offers a mystical, character driven escapade that intertwines strands of reality with a larger-than-life fantasy world. When Peter Fischer sets out to help his grandfather at Papa's Sweet Shop, he will quickly learn that sneaking sweets and covering up his sugar-dusted tracks will have major consequences. As Peter is transported to a mysteriously delicious, faraway land, a curious people known as the Candonites, some of whom have no time for a non-Candonite, will teach Peter a lesson on what it means to be different and what it means to forgive.

Look for Marcos' exciting second book in the children's series, HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE.

Purchase on Amazon


My Review:

Bellyache: A Delicious Tale is a creative adventure story about a boy named Peter who gives into temptation at his grandpa's candy store and eats too many sweets. He ends up in a colorful world of candy people called Candonites. While there, he makes friends and learns that it's okay to be different. He discovers that he needs forgiveness for not practicing self-control by eating too many sweets. He also learns that he can forgive a bully.

My 9-year-old daughter, Amanda, and I enjoyed this unique children's story. Crystal Marcos did a good job describing things. When I got to the part where Peter's tummy hurts from all the sweets, Amanda began feeling the same bellyache. We found some parts to be a bit slow, but most of it was interesting. Some parts were even exciting like when Peter and Lina have to rescue two Candonite bullies. We recommend this book for boys and girls ages 7 - 10.

Related Post:

About the Author:
Crystal Marcos


Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. She lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband, daughter Kaylee, and infant son Jaxon. Crystal is the author of BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE. Novus, her third book and first Young Adult novel, is Book One of The Cresecren Chronicles.

Visit Crystal Marcus on her


Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book for my honest review.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Blue Gum Trees and a Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #249!

I won't be hosting a linky party next week, so
this one will remain open until the 7th of July.


The blue gum trees in South Africa are an invasive species. We often spot them growing as windbreakers on farms like in the photo above between the vineyards. When I did a little research on the internet, I discovered that they are important to South Africa, especially regarding forestry and bee-keeping. I don't have a photo to show you, but often where there are blue gums, I see beehives. We all know how important bees are, so I have a new respect for these trees.

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Blue Gum Trees

Blue Gum Trees

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3 Books & Necklace Giveaway!



Candidate
The Black Mage Book 3

Candidate (The Black Mage Book 3) by [Carter, Rachel E.]


Configured
Configured Trilogy Book 1

Configured: Book #1 in the Configured Trilogy by [Penner, Jenetta]


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