Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts

Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts
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About the Book

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Title: Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts
Authors: Lisa and Michael Cohn
Genre: Children's Book
Number of Pages: 86
Publisher: Canines and Kids Publishing
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
Summary: Sensitive Bash gets grumpy and disruptive when his life is too bright, too loud, too smelly, or too busy. He counts on his dog, Lucy, to help keep him calm. But Paula, Bash's girl-power cousin, is causing all sorts of trouble. Paula says her soccer team has the right to take Lucy away from Bash because girls deserve the very best canine coaches. And superstar Lucy is the most successful coach around! How can Bash show he respects the girls' rights while keeping dear Lucy by his side?

Award-winning mom-son authors Lisa and Michael Cohn have appeared on the Today Show, AM Northwest, and SiriusXM Radio, and in Disney's Babble, as well as other media.



Our Review:

My thoughts: Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts teaches an important message candy wrapped with humor. Bash learns that under the Title IX law, girls have equal rights as boys when it comes to the best coaches and education. This is an early chapter book with expressive illustrations.

Amanda's thoughts: I liked that they loved dogs so much and let them be coaches. I think it’s cool that Ally is everywhere. Whenever you need her, she’s there. I like that the grandma is a coach and teaches the best girl team. I also like the grandma’s accent.

Disclosure: We received an ARC of this book. This is our honest and voluntary review.

About the Author

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Award-winning mom-son authors Lisa and Michael Cohn have appeared on the Today Show, SiriusXM Radio, AM Northwest, and in Disney's Babble, the Oregonian, and other media outlets. They are founders of the Roving Reader Leaders. Michael and Lisa have "traveled" 540,000 miles and visited students in 15 countries around the world via Skype in the classroom to discuss their books.



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Giveaway ends: June 4, 11:59 pm, 2018
Open to: Internationally
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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, Lisa Cohn and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.


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Kingdom of Ash and Soot Review and a Linky

Kingdom of Ash and Soot


About the Book:

Title: Kingdom of Ash and Soot (The Order of the Crystal Daggers - Book 1) | Author: C.S. Johnson | Publisher: Prodigy Gold Books | Pages: 340 | Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Description:

In an age of political unrest and racial divide, one girl's search for truth will determine the future of her kingdom.

Prague, 1870

For the last ten years, nineteen-year-old Eleanora Svobodov√° has worked as a servant in her stepmother's household, dreaming of the day she will be free to live life on her own terms.

But when her estranged grandmother, Lady Penelope, comes to Prague on behalf of Queen Victoria, everything changes. Throughout Bohemia, a string of murders and secret whispers hint at a larger coup, and Lady Penelope, as the leader of the Order of the Crystal Daggers, an ancient order of spies and soldiers that protect kingdoms and their rulers, is determined to discover the perpetrators. When she offers Eleanora the chance to help her prevent the kingdom from falling apart, she is hesitant to trust her. And while joining means freedom from her stepmother and protecting the people of Prague, Eleanora knows her life will never be the same--or her own.

Can she find a way to be free and still do the right thing? Or will joining the Order only lead to disaster?

With castle intrigue, true love, and family dysfunction, Cinderella meets Mission Impossible in this historical fiction spy adventure series from C. S. Johnson.

Release Date 3 July!

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My Review:

Kingdom of Ash and Soot is the first book in the Order of the Crystal Daggers, an awesome new series by C.S. Johnson. She blends historical fiction with a touch of Cinderella and plenty of espionage. We meet her dynamic characters in the fabulous setting of 1870 Prague.

The line between right and wrong gets blurry when lies are the norm and assassinations are expected. 19-year-old Eleanora must decide if she wants to make a difference. She has high ideals, but does she realize the cost it will take? And, do her ideals fit with those of her grandmother, Lady Penelope? There must be a reason why her mother never told her grandmother that she and her brother existed.

This is C.S. Johnson’s best work of fiction to date. Be prepared to want to read the entire series, because the first book has a cliffhanger ending!

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book and this is my honest and voluntary review.




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Across the Floors of Silent Seas

Across the Floors of Silent Seas

Across the Floors of Silent Seas: A Short Story (Till Human Voices Wake Us Book 1) by [Johnson, C. S.]

About the Book:

Title: Across the Floors of Silent Seas (a Prequel Novella to Till Human Voices Wake Us)  | Author: C.S. Johnson | Pages: 69 | Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Book Description:

Do mermaids believe in humans?

While working on a deep-sea diving assignment at the University of California, oceanography student Jay Bishop is dragged into a volcanic tube towards the earth's core and certain death.

But much to his surprise, Jay not only survives the fall, he finds himself taken prisoner by a community of mermaids and kept alive as a science experiment. Confused and disoriented, Jay's only hope to escape back to the surface is found in Paga, an elder of the community who believes Jay's unexpected arrival marks the fulfillment of a terrifying prophecy.

With the community rising against them, Jay and Paga face dangerous choices -- and their consequences -- if Jay is ever to see home again. Will Jay make it back to the world on the surface? And even if he does, how can his life ever be the same ever again?

Enjoy this short story adventure tale set before Till Human Voices Wake Us, a science fantasy novel from C. S. Johnson.

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My Review:

Across the Floors of Silent Seas is a unique story about mermaids who don't believe that humans exist. Jay is a human who, after a diving accident, ends up rescued by mermaids. Even though they keep him for observation and run many tests, they don't believe his claims of coming from the world above. None of them do, except for one counsel member named Paga. This novella has an element of thriller/horror and it's also an allegory.

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About the Author:
C.S. Johnson


C. S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family.


Disclosure: I purchased this novella on Amazon when it was on sale. This is my honest review. There are no affiliate links.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bright Sunrise and a Linky


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Katherine Bogle Author Interview and a Linky


I've been having a blast these past few weeks with the variety of authors who have been sending me answers to my interview questions. The authors get to pick which questions and how many to answer. This keeps the interview fun and interesting. I'm not expecting to have one for every week, but I'll keep sharing them whenever they come rolling in.

I met Katherine Bogle through her science-fiction series, Dominion Rising. She writes young adult and new adult books. Another series of hers that I still have to read is her Chronicles of Warshard fantasy series. I'm including my reviews of her sci-fi books below the interview.

One of the questions she answers is, "What is your favorite childhood book?" I'd love to hear your answer to that question too! Please share in the comments below.



Author Interview:
Katherine Bogle


1. Where do you normally write or where is your favorite place to write?
9/10 times I write at my desk, either the one in my bedroom or the computer room. I love having a ‘work environment’ to go to. Since I work from home, it really helps break up the day into work, and non-work.

2. When do you find time to read and what do you usually like to read?
I read a lot in the evenings and late at night. I’m a big night owl so books often keep me up until the wee hours of the morning! Right now I’m very into high fantasy, and reverse harem.

3. What was the first book that you wrote and did you publish it?
Oh god! The first book I ever wrote was called “Love Game” initially, and later changed to “Freakshow”. It was an urban fantasy about a half vampire, half werewolf, and it was a bloody mess! I did not publish it, and never will, though I will be recycling some of the characters for a series in late 2019/2020.

4. What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I think a lot of aspiring writers get bogged down in edits, and making sure their work is ‘perfect’, when there really is no such thing as perfect, and some times that desire for perfection simply holds the writer back from finishing the book.

5. What other authors are you friends with, and how have they inspired you?
My best writerly friends are Kellie Sheridan and Michelle Kampmeier! We talk nearly every day in our Slack App group, and I love how it’s kind of like waking up and going to the office with your friends every day. We constantly share what we’re doing, do writing sprints together, talk about our lives, and though we can get off track sometimes, these two women inspire me to not only be a better writer, but to always work hard and really reach for the stars!

6. What would you like readers to know about your latest book or book project?
I have quite a few projects in the works right now, but the biggest project I’m working on is QUEEN OF THIEVES. I’m SO excited to share Narra’s story with the world, and write the next couple of books in the coming months. I don’t want to give too much away, but I do want readers to know that QUEEN OF THIEVES is high fantasy, set in a world of my creation in a pre-industrial age with some steampunk working its way into the mix. It has a Thieves Guild, a mysterious princess, sexy pirates, political intrigue, and as usual, a whole heaping pile of action! You will not want to miss this one!

7. How many books to you plan to write for this series (if you’re writing a series)?
My current plan is to have the Queen of Thieves series at five books long, with a prequel short story as a lead magnet/bonus for readers. I have the series briefly planned out, so I know where everything is going, but in the end the story might take over and become longer than I expect. Plus, the series WILL 100% have some spin-offs. One of which is already partially outlined, and another which is in plotting.

8. If you didn’t write full-time, what would you do for work, or if you write part-time, what other job/jobs do you have?
I currently write part time, but am also a part time graphic designer specializing in book cover design. I love both jobs, and I love how they work together very well to allow me to spend half the day on one, and half on the other.

9. How do you select the names of your characters?
Oh boy. Some names just kind of come to you, jumping out of the recesses of your brain… while others… not so much! I’ve used everything from random name generators, to huge lists of baby names!

10. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Oh heck yes! That is one of my favorite things to do! I have a few hidden tidbits in my YA fantasy series that only someone who’s read them all would understand as they go through, but in my scifi series, I have hidden easter eggs in the main books for readers who’ve read the short stories. I will never not do this because it is too fun to do!

11. What is your favorite childhood book?
The book I find myself coming back to again and again is Watership Down. I love that book SO much it is unbelievable, but I also loved the Chronicles of Narnia when I was little as well.

12. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
The actual writing, surprisingly! I can be my own worst enemy and suck at starting up some days, while others I can write 5k like it’s nothing. Every day is different, but while plotting and outlining is the most fun part for me, and editing the quickest, the actual writing is definitely the most arduous.

13. Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes, my family is very supportive, and my dad is actually my last proofreader for all of my books! I’m so lucky to have a family who supports me, and I appreciate them so much!



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The Jester King Fantasy Series by K.C. Herbel

The Jester King Fantasy Series
by K.C. Herbel
The Complete Series (Books 1 - 4)

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My Review:

The Innkeeper's Son is one of the best fantasy books that I've read in 2017! It reminded me of the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. When I got to the end of the book, I discovered that these authors were K.C. Herbel's inspiration. It was a page-turner of a story with plenty of lively characters and evil ones too.

There are many lighthearted moments following Billy's humorous antics, which are sometimes planned, but often not. Billy's sunny disposition puts many in a good mood, but others want him dead. His naturally trusting manner could put him in peril. I had so much fun reading Book 1 that I can't wait to read Book 2, The Jester!


Book 2

The Jester: The Jester King Fantasy Series: Book Two by [Herbel, K. C.]

My Review:

The Jester is the second book in The Jester King Fantasy Series. Billy is finding his place as the royal jester and friend to the royals, however his joy is short lived. Billy has to navigate the dangers of court intrigue mostly on his own. He has a vision and knows that the princess' life is in danger. He also knows that the king is being poisoned, but no one believes him. He's just a young silly jester. It must be difficult being in his shoes. With the horrors he faces in Book 2, he loses some of his childlike ways and begins embracing the man that he will become. 


Book 3

The Prince: The Jester King Fantasy Series: Book Three by [Herbel, K. C.]

My Review:

The Prince (Book 3) is the darkest of the books in The Jester King Fantasy Series. It's also one of the most memorable. The characters find themselves in intense situations. There are tortured souls and plenty of injustice. Billy is torn between helping his friends and saving two different kingdoms. Evil is loose in the lands and Billy begins using a darker side to magic. Time is running out, but Billy can't be everywhere at once. At least he has friends at his back, but he knows that one of them might as likely stab him in the back!


Book 4

The King: The Jester King Fantasy Series: Book Four by [Herbel, K. C.]

My Review:

The King (Book 4) is the final book in The Jester King Fantasy Series. Billy is still searching for the spellbinder to save Tirn Aill, the kingdom of the fae, while trying to save his dear friend Merrydith from an execution and take back Lyonesse from the usurper Ergyfel and the invading Gwythian army. Billy is facing his own demon besides the ones evil sorcerer Ergyfel summons against him. Billy's small team remains faithfully by his side, but one might be there to kill him.

K.C. Herbel brings this exciting adventure to an end with a satisfying denouement. There are so many wonderful characters in this series that I'm looking forward to the upcoming prequel novella, The Sword and The Rose, about Sir Hugh and Lady Merrydith.


About the Author:
K.C. Herbel


K.C. Herbel grew up in New Mexico, works on feature films in Hollywood, and lives with his family in the woods of Virginia. For more detailed information about K.C. and his works, please visit www.TheOtherWorlds.net!

Now that's the official blurb, but I thought you might want to know a little more about me and why I write.

I am very fond of nearly all things fantasy; the way that fantasy draws you in and enthralls your senses in suspense of disbelief. Of course other genres have this ability too, but none speak to my heart like fantasy and science fiction.

My first love affair with fantasy came to me in an old paperback book left behind by my wayward older sister. It was 'The Hobbit' and since then I have been hooked. (I also still own that book!) I did not jump straight into 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy at first and instead picked up C.S. Lewis' 'Chronicles of Narnia', then tried on a somewhat darker lens with Moorcock's 'Elric' series. The next books I remember picking up (meaning the next that had in impact on me) were Magician (and the 6 following books) by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts, 'Lord Foul's Bane' by Stephen R. Donaldson, and 'Dune' by Frank Herbert. It wasn't till after this that I actually picked up 'The Lord of the Rings'. Since then there have been many others to be sure, but too many to name (apologies milords and ladies). What's true is these mentioned here above hold a special place in my heart and I think always will. 'The Hobbit' in particular is very special to me. I suppose it is in part gratitude, as one might feel for a parent, for birthing me into the new and wondrous world of fantasy.

Best wishes and better adventures,
KC



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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mother's Day Flowers and a Linky


I had all four kids at home on Mother's Day. With two of them being adults, that is no longer always possible. Hubby gave me the flowers and made pancakes for breakfast. Samantha took one of the photos, which I labeled below. The very last flower is a Gazania that Jeremiah found while going for walk last week. The Gazania flowers are indigenous to Southern Africa and they come in a variety of color combinations. I think God must have had a lot of fun "painting" them. If you do a Google image search on them, you'll see what I mean!

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