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Friday, August 22, 2014

Review + $25 Giveaway: Fetch by Adam Glendon Sidwell



Fetch by Adam Glendon Sidwell, YR, 2014, My Rating=4
Source: pdf copy provided by tour host in exchange for an honest review

A story for anyone who’s ever been loved by a dog or given one a home.

At least nine sunsets away, there’s a place where dogs can do what they want. But they aren’t all the same, and when a special one has the courage to fly, he finds something unexpected beyond the tenth horizon.

This picture book was minimal in text but paired with the high quality illustrations, it spoke volumes of teachings. Like, love, loyalty of pets (particularly dogs), daring to venture to the unknown, and enjoying your young life. Great happy lessons that’s perfect for the toddler in your life. So if you want a bit of sunshine in your bedtime reading, pick up this book and enjoy!

Before I go, here's what my family has to say about the book:
*6yo son, "I like it."
*7yo daughter, "I like the part that dogs have a place where they can do anything they want."
*11yo, "It's imaginative."
*Husband, "Cool!"

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review: How Much Do You Love Me? by Paul Mark Tag




How Much Do You Love Me? by Paul Mark Tag, AF -historical/romance, 2014, ebook, 256p, My Rating=4.5
Source: review copy provided by publicist in exchange for an honest review

Lovers James and Keiko marry quickly before James goes to World War II and Keiko to an internment camp. Sixty years later their daughter Kazuko, born in the camps, uncovers a secret that could overwhelm the family. Discover the very definition of human love and self-sacrifice in this saga of war, mystery, and romance.



Stories set in World War II era fascinate me. I think war brings out the worst and best in people so there are priceless lessons to be learned. That’s not what ended happening in this novel. Instead it laid out a beautiful family love story in the backdrop of war time. I’m not a very patient person so it was a frustrating read as the author was setting up for the two big surprises toward the end. But when that first revelation came so did the relief of fulfillment. Every little clue came together and it was magical. It shocked me that I was in love with the families (particularly the Tanaka’s) all along. My personal hardship with political jargon was actually providing the vehicle for my empathy and waiting so long (about 90% along) for the enlightenment was worth it. Then that last surprise just blew me away! It’s a girl’s dream to have a man like James.

I learned some things about the Japanese American internment but it was in the rich secret story of the Tanaka’s that captured my heart and you know me, I’m a sucker for books that tug at the heart.



Saturday, August 2, 2014

Six Word Saturday: Back to School

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"SO READY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL!"

Another week and a half until my kiddos go back to school.  I've got so much to do that I'm so ready for them to go back!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kindle Book Freebies

I haven't read this one but likin' the cover!  ~FREE! Hurry, ends today.


About the Book:
The Unicorn Girl by M.L. Legette

Leah Vindral is suffocating--trapped in her own skin.

In a land where magic is feared, magic saved her from death ... but it came with a terrible price. Marked forever, she is shunned and isolated by those she loves most.

Brimming with bitter rage at those who abandoned her, Leah flees from her childhood home only to be swept into an impending war: Mora, a wicked witch, has been imprisoned for years, waiting like a spider in the folds of her web for the chance to regain the powers once stripped from her. It is there, while she waits, that she learns of a strange young girl ... a girl who can speak to unicorns.

Now Leah must save the country that shuns her, for if Mora returns to power, all will be lost. But can Leah, who is so frightened and confused herself, find the strength to save them all?




Another Kindle edition FREEBIE!  I don't know when this one ends.  I haven't read this one but I like this author's writing (loved her Creepy Hollow series).


About the Book:
Forgiven: A Trouble Novella

Three hundred and six days ago, Julia ran away from home. Abandoning her family, friends, boyfriend, and university plans, she fled with no explanation. She can’t hide forever, though, and now it’s time to face the mess she left behind.

(Contemporary romance that does not contain explicit language or sex.)



Friday, July 25, 2014

Review + $25 Giveaway: The Husband Maker by Karey White


The Husband Maker by Karey White, AF, 2014, 226p, My Rating=3
Source: ebook copy provided by publicist in exchange for an honest review

Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she’s dated since high school has become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next.

Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed?

When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?

I have a love-hate relationship with cliffhangers. The thrill of the cut off can be exciting but I’m not a very patient person so often times the break agitates me. The latter was true for this particular novel. I didn’t see it coming which is usually good but there was a lot of story that was covered so the abrupt ending was upsetting.  Consequently, even though the content made for a seemingly long read, the characters were so likeable that I found them to be incentives to turn the pages and see the story through. That said, for those impatient people like me, I recommend that you read this book when you have the second book available to read right away so that the cliffhanger won't feel so disturbing.

I felt that the character development was the best part of the book and now that the cast has been introduced and the background story told, I expect the next book to be a smoother read.

By the way, just for trivia, I noticed that the plot was a clean twist to the 2007 movie, “Good Luck Chuck". In the movie, when a woman has sex with Chuck, she is going to be married to the next guy. In this novel, a man will be married to the next woman after dating Charlotte, ergo the title, "The Husband Maker".

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kareyAbout the Author:

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.


$25 Blog Tour Giveaway

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Ends 8/15/14

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: The Dreamosphere by Laura Stoddard


The Dreamosphere by Laura Stoddard, YR, 2014, Softcover, 201p, My Rating: 4
Source: provided by publicist in exchange for an honest review

What if dreams don’t disappear when we wake up? Haunted by her younger sister’s death, and her unwitting role in the incident, 11-year-old Gwenevere Stoker takes solace in the Dreamosphere—a dimension where all dreams still exist. But when someone begins destroying her dreams, Gwen must find the culprit—or risk losing all her happiness forever. Bask in the mystery and imagination of dreams in this touching, funny, mind-bending children’s tale that encompasses themes of grief, friendship, family, healing, and grand adventure!

Now here’s a fantasy novel that parents wouldn’t mind their middle schoolers reading. It was imaginative, fascinating, and substantial. There was a feel of originality to the story that made for an exciting read. The mystery it presented in the beginning had me hooked, the plot had me lined, and the sinker came at the end. Although, I was able to guess who the “bad” guy was and the potential hero at the end, I was surprised at why; so that was a delightful discovery.

This was a fun quick read.  I was immersed in Gwen's story because I liked that the dream world tied well with the real world.  There was a lot of heart in the evolution of the tale and that provided room for lessons that the readers can take.  Well done, Ms Stoddard!  This was a charming debut.

By the way, the cover is very pretty.  So fetching that it's too pretty for my son to be seen with (he's going to middle school for the first time this fall). But attractive in my 7 year old daughter's eyes. In fact, the day I received the book in the mail, she said, “Oooh, so pretty! Can I read this, Mom?” And she did start reading it that day. :)




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Book Blast + $75 Giveaway: The Husband Maker by Karey White

Out July 15th from USA Today Bestselling author Karey White...

The Husband Maker by Karey WhiteThe Husband Maker

Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she’s dated since high school has become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next.

Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed?

When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she's not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle's wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?

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kareyAbout Author

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.


Book Blast Giveaway

$75 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 8/8/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the publisher. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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