Sunday, June 25, 2017

Book Review: Mysterious Monsters: Bigfoot by David Michael Slater

Mysterious Monsters: Bigfoot
By David Michael Slater
Genre: Early Chapter ages 6-10

About the Book:


The Mattigan kids don't believe in things that go bump in the night. After all, their dad is famous for proving such things are impossible. But, when their long-lost Grandpa Joe shows up with his Mysterious Monsters journal, begging for help, the siblings find themselves drawn into a search for Bigfoot.

Along the way, they'll have to deal with meddling babysitters, suspicious psychics, a YouTube disaster, and their furious father. To solve this mystery, Maddie, Max, and Theo must rethink what's possible — and make lots of peanut butter and banana sandwiches. 

Book Review:

Mysterious Monsters: Bigfoot is a cute story with lots of mystery. The kids are curious and eager to learn about whether or not certain 'monsters' exist. There are many teachable moments in this book which is no shocker since it is written by a teacher. I can see younger kids reading this story with a parent and older kids reading this one on their own. Overall I give this book 4 stars.

About the Author:

David Michael Slater is an acclaimed author of books for children, teens, and adults. His work for children includes the picture books Cheese Louise!, The Bored Book, and The Boy & the Book, as well as the on-going teen fantasy series, Forbidden Books, which is being developed for film by a former producer of The Lion King. David's work for adults includes the hilarious comic-drama, Fun & Games, which the New York Journal of Books writes "works brilliantly." David teaches in Reno, Nevada, where he lives with his wife and son. You can learn more about David and his work at www.davidmichaelslater.com.




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Summer Letters by Elyse Douglas

The Summer Letters
By Elyse Douglas
Genre: Women's Fiction, Historical Fiction, Contemporary Romance

When Vanessa finds a rusty coffee can filled with old letters hidden away in a summer beach cottage, she learns of a haunting and secret affair dating back to the 1950s.

Determined to find the woman whose life parallels her own in many ways, Vanessa searches for the woman and her lover, uncovering past and present secrets that finally reveal a shocking truth.

Over the course of the summer, Vanessa’s own life is transformed by the possibilities of love and new beginnings, even as she confronts the lingering pain of her own past.

The Summer Letters is a celebration of the enduring promise of hope and the unbreakable bonds of love.

About the Author

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington.  Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated with a degree in English Literature. Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers, and attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, playing piano professionally for 15 years. His great grandfather lived to be a 134 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1922.  Their cat, Sir Eaton, loves parties and a few sips from a good glass of Pinot Noir.
Some of Elyse Douglas' novels include: "The Other Side of Summer," "The Christmas Eve Letter," "The Christmas Town," "The Christmas Diary" and "The Summer Diary." They live in New York City.



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review: Theodore and the Enchanted Bookstore: Tale of the Spectacular Spectacles by K. Kibbee

Theodore and the Enchanted Bookstore: Tale of the Spectacular Spectacles
By K. Kibbee
Genre: Early Chapter Book {ages 6-10}

Living life as a bumbling breadbox with fur, was hardship enough for Theodore the Corgi, but when the young dog finds himself cold and alone in a frightening animal shelter, it’s clear that his struggles have only just begun. 

Labeled “unadoptable,” by shelter staff, Theodore mires in the gloom until a kind-eyed stranger with a pocket full of handcrafted jerky and a quirky smile, rescues him with the intent of making Theodore the newest addition to his curious Bookstore. Though overwhelmed at first, Theodore soon finds both his new friend and the odd bookstore are welcoming hosts, despite the Corgi’s run of clumsy mishaps. And while Theodore’s formerly dull and lonely life fades to memory, a new, adventurous one blooms before him—for hidden amongst the dusty stacks of books and things at the Enchanted Bookstore, waits a peculiar little man with a set of the most magical, Spectacular Spectacles imaginable.

Book Review:

Theodore, the corgi, is ME! I can't get over how cute of an animal character the author has written. I am jealous that he gets to live in a magical bookstore with Sam, the store owner. This awesome story has mystery and adventure! Overall I give Theodore and the Enchanted Bookstore: Tale of the Spectacular Spectacles 5 stars. 

About the Author:

K. (Kristine) Kibbee is a Pacific Northwest writer with a fascination for all things literary. Kristine’s passion for creative writing began in her early youth and led her to the doors of Washington State University, where she earned a degree in Humanities, with a focus in Professional Writing. Kristine followed her scholarly pursuit of writing with published works in The Vancougar, The Salal Review Literary Review, Just Frenchies magazine, and S/Tick Literary Review. She is presently a regular columnist for Terrier Group magazine.

Kristine’s novella, “The Mischievous Misadventures of Dewey the Daring,” was her first and only self-published release, and is still currently available on Amazon.com. Her middle-grade fantasy novel, “Whole in the Clouds,” was released in November 2014 and is being re-released by Incorgnito Publishing Press, with additional material, in October of 2016. The first installment in her YA fantasy series, “Forest of the Fae-Devlin’s Door,” was released in early 2016 with Incorgnito.
Kristine anticipates following the release of book two in the “Forests of the Fae” series (“The Raven Queen”) with a third and final installment, which will tentatively come to print in early 2018.

Kristine regularly engages on a variety of social media platforms and can be followed:

On Twitter @K_Kibbee
On Facebook: facebook.com/KKibbeewrites

Publisher’s Info:
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@incorgnitobooks
Incorgnitobooks.com
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Interview with Roger Seiler of Master of Alaska (GIVEAWAY)

What inspired you to write Master of Alaska?
My father, Ed Seiler, was an Alaskan bush pilot - I grew up in Alaska. Dad had read a biography about Aleksandr Baranov, Russia's first governor of Alaska. I was at the UCLA Film School then, and he told me that after I graduated, I should make a film about Baranov because it was such an engaging story. In fact, my father did such a good job of telling me the story, that I didn't even read any of the Baranov biographies until much later. When I did, I realized this story would indeed make a great film. As a filmmaker I wrote a screenplay, which I found too limiting for the scope of this story. Thus, I went ahead and wrote it as a historical novel, MASTER OF ALASKA.
 
How long did it take you to write your book?
Seven years, including a lot of research. Baranov and others who worked with him had written extensive letters and reports that were sent back to Russia. He made copies of every one of his correspondence in case the originals got lost at sea (a lot of ship wrecks!). His original backup copies were in the archive in Sitka when the U.S. bought Alaska. Eventually these records were translated into English. I got hold of these translations and they gave me an excellent sense of the man and his times. I also read the numerous biographies of Baranov. Each of these biographies had a somewhat different slant on what happened during his rule of Alaska. Bringing the research together took a while to find the right approach to telling this story and making it come alive.
How long have you been publishing your work?
Five years:  MASTER OF ALASKA, my second novel, was published in September 2016. My first book, NAKED THINKERS was released in 2012.

What does your writing environment look like?
I do most of my writing in my grown son's former bedroom. Winston is a geologist, and the walls are decorated with a lot of photos and maps from his outdoor adventures, which I find inspiring.
Do you have any routines to help you write?
I start writing first thing in the morning right after breakfast, and just keep going until I run out of steam. Sometimes that's can be 11 o’clock at night! Most of the writing time is spent in self-editing and re-writing. I usually get started with an outline using the three-act structure as a guide. I particularly enjoy doing historical fiction because it involves bringing real people to life in the reader's mind. To do this typically means creating dialog that is true to the character and is true to the times and situation. That's a lot of fun for me.

You can find out more about MASTER OF ALASKA on the book's website, MasterOfAlaska.com. If you register your email, you will be entered for daily drawing to receive a free signed copy of the paper book. Also during the blog tour, the e-book of MASTER OF ALASKA is only 99cents at the link below. Just click on: http://www.masterofalaska.com 

About the Author 


Award-winning filmmaker and author Roger Seiler grew up in Alaska from age three.  His love of adventure comes from both his parents. His father Edwin was a civil engineer eventually becoming an Alaskan bush pilot. His mother Josefina was born in Puerto Rico and was a writer and Alaskan sport-fishing lodge manager with the hobby of Flamenco dancing.  In his late teens, Roger was a king salmon sport fishing guide on Alaska’s Naknek River, and also a commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay.

He attended Deep Springs College and graduated With Honors from UCLA with a BA in Theater Arts - Film. His first film work was for UCLA’s Automotive Collision Research project, including a film for TV, “Safety on the Road,” which he wrote, produced and directed. While attending UCLA, Roger also worked with actor Karl Malden and famed director Francis Ford Coppola.

Roger worked for IBM for several years as an in-house filmmaker involved largely in producing and directing motivational films for employee conventions. He has made over 30 documentary films. His IBM film, "The Inner Eye of Alexander Rutsch" had a special screening at New York's Museum of Modern Art and won the CINE Golden Eagle Award, as did three of his other films, "Frontiers," "Challenge Over the Atlantic," and "Strategy of the Achiever."

Roger currently lives in South Nyack, NY with his wife Sally. Roger is a devoted reader and supporter of libraries. In 1977 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Nyack Library (Carnegie funded in 1879) and has continued to serve for 40 years, 16 as Board President. Master of Alaska, a Historical Novel, is his second book and whose publisher North Face Publishing is subsidiary of Motivational Press Publishing.



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GIVEAWAY

Award winning Filmmaker and Author Roger Seiler is giving away EACH DAY one SIGNED hard-copy of his Historical Novel MASTER OF ALASKA during the virtual book tour June 12 through June 30. Register at Roger’s website: https://www.masterofalaska.com/contact  – Good Luck!

Book Blitz: Maybe This Time by Claire Yezbak Fadden




Maybe This Time

By Claire Yezbak Fadden

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction



Architect Kate Jameson has sworn off men. That is until she meets Eric, the handsome son of her current client. Fresh out of a messy relationship with a co-worker, Kate’s not ready to trust her judgement where men are concerned. She dodges Eric’s advances, but can’t deny the attraction growing between them. Everything–especially his soul-searing brown eyes–makes her want to throw caution to the wind and try again. At her sister’s prodding, Kate finally agrees to date Eric, surprised at the joy he brings into her life. But when their budding romance is threatened, Kate is forced to make hard decisions and fight for her true happiness.

Undercover CIA agent Eric Wiley has survived enough loss in his life to ever want to risk being hurt again. He has long since given up on true love. Still, he’s drawn to Kate in a way he can’t rationalize. Avoiding her isn’t working and for the first time in a relationship, he wants to be truthful about his past and his career. Before their romance can bloom, however, Kate goes missing. Recognizing the danger, Eric stops at nothing to rescue the woman who has captured his heart.


About the Author

When she’s not playing with her granddaughter, Pennsylvania native Claire Yezbak Fadden is writing contemporary women’s fiction. Her books feature strong women who overcome life’s challenges, always putting their families first. Claire loves butterflies, ladybugs and holds a special affinity for carousel horses – quite possibly the result of watching “Mary Poppins” 13 times as a young girl.


Claire loves to cheer on the San Diego State Aztecs, her alma mater, and is a big fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. The mother of three, she lives in Orange County, California with her husband, Nick and two spoiled dogs, Bandit and Jersey Girl. Claire’s work as an award-winning journalist, humor columnist and editor has appeared in 100 publications across the United States, Canada and Australia.

Maybe This Time is a continuation of her Begin Again series, starting with her debut novel, A Corner of Her Heart.

Follow Claire @claireflaire, email her at claire@clairefadden.com, join her Facebook Fan Page or visit her at clairefadden.com.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Book Review: Marco's Seeds by Nathan Smith

Marco's Seeds
By Nathan Smith
Genre: Middle-Grade Fiction. Scifi
Book Description:

Marco is a little quirky. He never knew he lived on a spaceship. Or that he had a special mission. But one day, when space debris ripped a hole in his section of the ship, he learned.

He and the other children scramble to fix the damaged ship. The other kids were taught useful repair skills, but all Marco knows about are plants and farming. Not very useful when trying to repair a broken spaceship.

To the other children, Marco is strange and useless, but soon they will learn that he is critical to the mission’s success. 

Book Review:

Marco's Seed is a really nice children's novel. As someone who is not a child reading it, some things did make the book unenjoyable at times like the fast pace. Everything was just action action action, it never stopped. Don't get me wrong Marco is an adorable and pure character who is just in love with nature and art. I love the message of that, but there was a lot of unnecessary thoughts and dialogue that made that fast-paced adventure novel a bit boring. 

I will admit I love the idea of the Eden program and how each child has a special skill. Andy and his pet rock Peter were my favorite, he was just so sassy. I did feel Dr. Stacy was a little dark for a children's book with opening up stuff animals and seeing them "tick". A little weird, but it made her role stand out. I do wish that Mr. Smith would've concentrated on the children and concentrating on developing their characters instead of it being about Mom and Dad. It just got really repetitive. Overall I give Marco's Seeds four stars. 

Author Bio:

Writing is an addictive thing, especially when you start young. I started writing when I was sixteen. A friend convinced me to write a zombie survival story. When I wrote a foreword for my unpublishable zombie book, I accidentally wrote the best sentence of my life. “As a scribe sold to my mind as a slave I am free.” This sentence sums up my work and why I write. I hope you enjoy my stories. You can get a hold of me through my DM on Instagram @nathanrsmithwriting or my contact page at nathansmithwriting.com. I’d love to connect and say “hi.”#abookforadream 

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This book is FREE for teens!  Visit the author’s website and use the online form to write a goal you have for your life: https://www.nathansmithwriting.com/marco-s- seeds


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Chocolatier's Ghost by Cindy Lynn Speer

The Chocolatier's Ghost
By Cindy Lynn Speer
Genre: Fantasy/Mystery
Book Description: 
Married to her soul mate, the chocolatier William, Tasmin should not have to worry about anything at all. But when her happily ever after is interrupted by the disappearance of the town’s wise woman, she rushes in to investigate. Faced with dangers, dead bodies, and more mysterious disappearances, Tasmin and William must act fast to save their town and themselves – especially when Tasmin starts to be haunted by a most unwelcome ghost from her past…literally.
The Chocolatier’s Ghost is an enchanting sequel to Cindy Lynn Speer’s bestselling romantic mystery, The Chocolatier’s Wife.

Author Bio:
Cindy Lynn Speer is the author of The

Chocolatier’s Wife, recently released in a 10th anniversary illustrated hardcover, and the forthcoming Chocolatier’s Ghost. She is also the author of Blue Moon, Unbalanced and the short story collection Wishes and Sorrows.  When she’s not writing she’s ready, drinking way too much tea, or practicing historical swordsmanship in pretty costume.  Someday she will be a swashbuckling hermit, but until that job comes back into style she’s a secretary who loves to share her stories.  You can find out more about her at
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