Tuesday, January 30, 2018

New School Year and a Linky


The girls have begun a new school year. The December holidays are the kids' summer break. Amanda is in grade 4 with a new uniform. Samantha is now in grade 12. They get a sports shirt for their final year as a souvenir, although the parents pay for that.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Calculated Risk

Calculated Risk
Mercenary Warfare Book 4

Calculated Risk: A Mercenary Warfare Adventure by [DiPietro, Zen]

About the Book:

Title: Calculated Risk | Author: Zen Dipietro | Publisher: Parallel Worlds Press | Pages: 199 | Genre: Science-Fiction | Recommend Ages: Young Adult and Up

Book Description:

The galaxy is in flames, forcing an unholy alliance between the PAC and the galaxy's most notorious crime boss.

Cabot's been thrust front and center of it all, like a ringleader.

Or a piƱata. It depends on how things work out.

Recent events have awakened Cabot's sense of adventure. He's not hedonistic to the point of being suicidal like Nagali, but he's definitely done being a mild-mannered shopkeep.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Cabot's all-in to stop the Barony Coalition.

Take on a mission for the PAC? No problem. Take a position of authority on Ditnya Caine's ship, where her crew would prefer to see him dead? Bring it on.

Go undercover to figure out what the Zankarti people are harboring the Barony Coalition?

Sure. He'll do that, too.

The heat is on, all thrusters are go, and Cabot's ready for whatever comes at him next.

The next-to-last Mercenary Warfare book has action, adventure, laughs, and a good measure of Cabot's favorite Alturian brandy.


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My Review:

Calculated Risk is another exciting book in the Mercenary Warfare series by Zen DiPietro. There's plenty of adventure, intrigue, colorful characters, and entertaining dialogue. Cabot has a devil-may-care attitude at this point in his life, which might be to his advantage or detriment. He keeps his team together even with their jarring differences, however, he has little control over Ditnya Caine and her crew. He makes the best of it with a war around the corner, one they can't or won't avoid. Calculated Risk is possibly my favorite book in the series so far!
About the Author:
Zen DiPietro

Zen DiPietro

Zen DiPietro is a lifelong bookworm, dreamer, writer, and a mom of two. Perhaps most importantly, a Browncoat Trekkie Whovian. Also red-haired, left-handed, and a vegetarian geek. Absolutely terrible at conforming. A recovering gamer, but we won’t talk about that. Particular loves include badass heroines, British accents, and the smell of Band-Aids. Writing reviews, author interviews, and fun stuff at www.zendipietro.com.


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Friday, January 26, 2018

Multicultural Children's Book Day and a Linky


Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 





About the Book:

Title: Hand Over Hand | Author: Alma Fullerton | Illustrator: Renne Benoit | Publisher: Second Story Press | Pages: 24 | Genre: Children's Picture Book | Recommended Ages: 5 - 6

Book Description:

Nina can't convince her lolo to take her fishing on the old banca boat with him. Lolo's reply is the same as always: "A boat is no place for a girl." When Nina promises to bait her own hook and remove her own catch, her grandfather finally relents, "just for today." Much to the amusement of the other fishermen in their Filipino village, Lolo shows Nina how to jig the lines, set the hook and pull in a fish hand over hand. But no one is laughing when Nina brings in the biggest fish of the day!

Our Review:

Hand Over Hand is an adorable story about a spunky Filipino girl named Nina. She convinces her grandfather to let her come fishing with him even though it's considered men's work. The other fishermen give them a hard time until she proves them wrong.

This story is set in a Filipino fishing village and teaches the value of multi-generations and self-esteem. It has beautiful illustrations painted in soft colors. The text is well placed with fun punches of onomatopoeia written in bold type and staggered. Amanda (age 9) liked it that a girl can also do a man's job and that the grandfather believed in her. I recommend this book for children ages 4 - 8.


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2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors:

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold
Book 1 in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series


About the Book:

Title: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold | Author: Iain Reading | Pages: 326 | Genre: Action Adventure | Recommended Ages: Teen and Young Adult

Book Description:

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new young adult series of adventure mystery stories by Iain Reading. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales, Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty's adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada. As the plot continues to unfold, this spirited story will have readers anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada's Yukon.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves.

There are currently five books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (book 1), Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (book 2), Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (book 3), and Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (book 4), and Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (book 5).

“In the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series the heroine finds herself in a new geographic location in each book. The series will eventually have a total of 13 books in it (maybe more) and her flight around the world will be completed in the end,” says Iain. “The books are sequential but one could definitely read any of the later ones before reading the earlier ones.”

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My Review:

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is rich with descriptions that engage all the senses in this vivid action adventure tale. There are interesting characters, conversations and thoughts that touch on deeper themes, and touches of humor. Kitty Hawk is a mature teenager with an unconventional childhood, which ignites her passion for flying and exploration. While researching the humpback whales in Alaska, Kitty learns many interesting things including historical facts about the Yukon Gold Rush. Having a quick mind gets her into trouble when she spies on a group of possible gold thieves and ends up in her own gold adventure. The pace of the story is steady until you get to the part where Kitty is kidnapped and then it gets excitingly intense. It's a very satisfying read and I recommend it for ages 12 and up.

About the Author:


Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to his Amazon profile.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

More Pink Simplicity Roses and a Linky


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simplicity roses from my garden.
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Sarah's Shadow by Nick Jones


About the Book:

Title: Sarah's Shadow | Author: Nick Jones | Illustrator: Si Clark | Publisher: Full Media Ltd. | Paperback Pages: 32 | Genre: Children's Picture Book | Recommended Age: 4 - 8

Book Description:

If you could change something about yourself, would you do it? When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn't have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true. But will losing her shadow really make her happy?

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I recently read Sarah's Shadow to Amanda one evening and I noticed that she had a smile on her face the entire way through the story. We both liked how Sarah's shadow had a personality. The illustrations are fun and easy to follow. The story flows smoothly and is just the right length for younger listeners.

This is an entertaining picture book that can easily be used as a teaching tool. The story address bullying and self-esteem. Were you ever teased as a kid and did you wish you could change something about yourself? That's what happens with Sarah, but she learns to embrace her differences.

About the Author
Nick Jones:


Nick Jones lives in the UK with his wife, two young children and numerous pets. He also owns Full Media Ltd, an independent publisher and editorial agency. Nick wrote his first book, a collection of his own one-liners and ‘dad jokes’ entitled Gagged and Bound, in 2014. Two sequels soon followed. In 2016, Nick started working on a different book entirely: a children’s story about a little girl who loses her shadow. Nick collaborated with his talented illustrator friend Si Clark, and eventually Sarah’s Shadow was born. Nick is now working on a new children’s picture book and hopes to find time to write a children’s joke book at some point in the future.



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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Short Stories and Novellas with Linky



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The Stowaway Experiment: A Dominion Rising Short Story by [Bogle, Katherine]

My Review:

The Stowaway Experiment is an exciting introduction to the Dominion Rising series. It's action packed with interesting characters. There's Rikkard who feels the heavy responsibility of keeping The Smugglers Legion going or what's left of them, at least. He's willing to risk his all to do what needs doing. Then there's the stowaway who doesn't know her own name, but there's more to her than meets the eye. This short story will leave you wanting to read more!


Starchild: A Star Wanderers Short Story by [Vasicek, Joe]

My Review:

Starchild is a bittersweet short story about a girl who lives among the stars. She knows that she is special and dreams of her "prince charming" who, in her existence, is a star wanderer. The author has added a note at the end of the story that's also worth reading.


The Humra
one of twelve short stories in

The Newcomer: Twelve Science Fiction Short Stories (Scifi Anthologies Book 1) by [Shaw, Alasdair, Carmichael, Griffin, Carroll, Cindy, Crawford, Richard, Germann, Tom, Hutson, Alec, Green, JJ, Kelley, Cherise, Ay, J. Naomi, Gillespie, Jonathan C., Greenwood,  Laura, Aaron, James S.]

My Review:

The Humra is a short story by USA Today bestselling author Laura Greenwood and can be found in The Newcomer sci-fi anthology. This sweet science-fiction romance is a retelling of a popular fairytale, but I'll leave you to find out for yourself which one!



Forsaken Rose (Relics and Roses Book 2) by [Antony, A.J.]

My Review:

Forsaken Rose is a fantasy novella that takes place before Jackson Kross and the Dragon Girl. The author has an active imagination and weaves interesting stories. This novella was packed with well developed characters, magic, intrigue, romance, and more! It just needs a bit more editing.



The Modern Earl: Clean Inspirational Short Read by [Mays, Sophie, Johnson, Caroline]

My Review:

The Modern Earl is a light inspirational Christian novella. Co-authored by Sophie Mays and Caroline Johnson, it's a blend of contemporary humor and regency romance. The story revolves around a play that is supposed to have moral elements in it, but these are never divulged. I think that a few more mentions about the play would have made the story even better.


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