Thursday, May 13, 2021

Sneak a Peek: Newhaven by Elizabeth J. Rekab with Giveaway!


The Reaper Trilogy Book 2
by Elizabeth J. Rekab
YA Paranormal

New town, new rules... Same evil.

After discovering that everything they believed in was a lie, the survivors of Everhaven struggle to adapt to life in the harsh Outside world. Abigail, her mother, and her boyfriend, Preston have settled into a town noted for psychics—a role Abbie quickly adapts to thanks to her continued ability to communicate with the Dead. She can't help but wonder why ghosts disappear when they touch her, but she doesn't have time to contemplate that when she has a vision of a new town, like Everhaven. Abbie realizes with horror that it's happening all over again.

Now, she must locate the town and figure out a way back inside the Beneath to free her father and best friend. Secrets revealed along the way threaten to derail Abbie's plans, but she can't let them. She's determined to defeat the terrible underworld ruler Ivan once and for all; the fate of thousands of souls depends on it.

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Egypt, 821 BCE

The boy has grown up to be a man.

He was once a scared little thing, skinny and trembling

near the banks of the mighty Nile after his parents abandoned him

and left him for dead. But he proved resilient, staying alive by fighting

the rats and wild dogs for scraps. Later, he was taken in by a

stone-faced couple who sought to use himfor their own means.They

fed and clothed him, and offered him shelter, but in exchange for his

innocence.He was no longer allowed to be a boy, but forced to grow

up an indentured servant, doing what he was told without question

or it meant the whip. But the boy never complained, though those

brown eyes remained calculating. This wasn’t a boy who had given

up; this was a boy who was biding his time.

He's grown into a fine-looking young man now; he knows it and

uses those looks to his advantage. His heart has hardened throughout

the years, cruelty emanating in greater degrees as he worked his

way up the ranks, tearing down all who stood in his way.He’s beaten

the odds, but at the cost of his own soul.

“Kanefer, please,” a young woman says, pleading with the man

who has no use for her now. They speak in their mother tongue, the

language of the pharaohs. “You told me you loved me. You said I

could trust you.”

Two large men flank her, grabbing her roughly by the elbows

with their free hands. Their arms are banded with gold, chests plated

with armor, and their other hands grasp long, sharp-looking spears

that have pierced the flesh of hundreds. The pharaoh’s guards.

“I love no one.” Kanefer’s dark brown eyes settle upon the young

woman with a calculated coldness that makes her pretty, small-featured

face fall into amask of despair. She now realizes thisman is not

the one he claimed to be, and that it means her doom. The young

man’s venomous gaze darts to the guards, and he gives a singular nod.

“Take her away.”

“No. Please, don’t do this,” the woman cries as the guards drag

her away, tears gliding down her face as she’s led roughly through the

street to face her judgment, wild eyes searching for help that won’t

come. “Kanefer!” Her shouts are soon swallowed by the crowd, who

pay her no heed. They are too busy attempting to peddle their various

trinkets and goods or haggle for a good bargain.

From the alley, a figure approaches the young man now, his guise

that of a beggar stricken down by leprosy, the skin hanging off in slim

ribbons, back hunched under a tattered robe.

“Please, sir, spare some change,” the beggar asks with his hands

cupped hopefully, speaking in the local, native tongue.

But the youngman looks upon himwithmalice and disgust. “Be

gone, you filthy beast,” he snarls.

“But sir, I am starving.” The stranger’s pock-marked hand grasps

Kanefer’s wrist to prevent him from moving past.He rips himself violently

free and shoves the beggar, hard.

“Do not touch me, you disgusting animal! You should be dead,


With that, he spins away and stomps off past the alley, and the

stranger knows the young man’s soul is lost. He already thinks himself

a god, believing himself to be above other humans.That is trouble,

for he is no god. The beggar, on the other hand, is so much more

than Kanefer realizes. The very thing he wishes to be.

He’s lost, but not beyond redemption. And the young man has

now become a personal mission of sorts. Because no soul is hopeless.

Not even his.

Soon, the stranger thinks. Your time is coming yet.

The beggar turns and slinks away from the bustling crowd at the

market, disappearing from view as he fades into the shadow of the alley.

The Reaper Trilogy Book 1

A town not even the Dead can escape. A teen who dreams of freedom. Can Abbie save her loved ones before Everhaven claims their souls forever?

"As someone who loves my YA books, this is a great read that kept me intrigued and invested in the story until the very end! Truly one of a kind." - Early Reviewer

"Think Pleasantville written by Stephen King... An absolute winner... Elizabeth J. Rekab [is a] fictional writing magician." - Goodreads Reviewer

17-year-old Abigail Walters knows that after an Everhaven resident dies, they will come to her, just as she knows she will always be an outcast due to her late father’s crimes. What's more, she can't leave Everhaven no matter how badly she may want to escape. No resident can cross its border into the outside world.

When a string of random deaths and missing corpses plagues the town, Abigail begins to wonder whether her own father’s death was accidental, or if he was punished for seeking something he was never meant to find. Unable to trust the authorities, Abigail embarks on a mission to finish what her father started; uncover the truth of a terrifying town conspiracy that threatens a fate far worse than becoming a restless corpse.

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  Elizabeth J. Rekab is the author of Young Adult novels Everhaven and Hawnt. Her specialty is teen angst with a paranormal twist. She loves all fiction from comedic to romantic but gravitates towards fantasy, the supernatural, and the macabre. Her favorite thing to do is write chilling short stories and Young Adult paranormal thrillers with no shortage of her trademark wise-cracking characters.
When she's not creating an immersive page-turner, she's either searching for her next travel destination or hanging out with her Yorkipoo, three cats, and Senegal parrot in her home in Florida.

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Sneak a Peek: Bad Fairy Strikes Again by Elaine Kaye with Giveaway!

 I had this one a few days ago but couldn't resist shouting it out again! 


Bad Fairy Strikes Again
A Bad Fairy Adventure Book 2
by Elaine Kaye
Middle Grade Fantasy

Thistle Greenbud thought the nickname Bad Fairy was behind her, but she can't escape it. Someone is spreading a rumor about her that just isn't true and can ruin all of her hard work in getting into Advanced School. What fairy would do such a thing? As if that's not bad enough, Thistle's dad goes missing. Not a single fairy in Tinselville has seen him. He's vanished like pixie dust. Her mom is distraught, and Thistle is worried. Where could he be? Thistle and the Flutters, along with Dusty and Moss, are on both cases. Can they find out what happened to her dad and solve the Bad Fairy rumor? Thistle hopes so!

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As we watch the boys, the wind picks up, making the fern lay flat, exposing us. We gasp and make a dash for the closest tree. Behind it, we huddle together.

Boogles! A branch just hit me,” Weedy says.

The sky turns black. Wind swirls dust and leaves, and spits pebbles at us. This is not good. We have to get going now or else our payback will get blown away.

Let’s go!” I scream and lead the group from behind the tree, but the wind makes it hard for us to move forward.

Rose and Lilly grab hands as they run, screaming, toward the creek. Lacey stumbles over a fallen twig, landing flat and hitting her face hard on the ground. When she doesn’t move, I race to her as sand and pine needles prick my skin.

I help Lacey to her feet. Luckily, she only has a few cuts on her face. A tiny bit of blood streaks down her forehead. She looks at me. Fear is bright in her eyes. She needs help. We all need help. I peer toward the creek. The boys are still there, frantically trying to lift the bag full of stones.

Shouting a warning and waving my arms, I hurry to the creek, trying to get their attention. Finally, Dusty sees me. He looks as if he’s been caught with his hand in the pixie jar.

I point to the sky and wave them to come our way. Rain starts to fall. Dusty pulls Moss from the creek. Fat drops of water pelt my head and wings as I wait for the boys to reach me.

It must be a twisty!” Dusty screams. “We better find shelter.”

Bad Fairy
A Bad Fairy Adventure Book 1

Thistle Greenbud is not a bad fairy. She simply doesn't like rules, and it's just her luck that her homework is to create a new rule for the fairy handbook. But first, she has more important things to do. Like figure out how to get back at Dusty and Moss for playing tricks on her.
Before she can carry out her plan, though, disaster strikes and she finds herself working alongside the very fairies she wanted revenge on. Can they work together and trust each other, or will things go from bad to worse?

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Elaine Kaye is the author of A Bad Fairy Adventure series AND A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup Disaster.
Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Review: Six Thousand Doughnuts by Thomas Tosi

It's time for a mid-week laugh, don't you think? Today's read packs all sorts of humor, while addressing some everyday problems like siblings, sharing, classmates, first crushes, and...well, all those small things which make life difficult in middle grade. Plus, who doesn't love a good doughnuts story? Now, if only I had a few doughnuts to munch on myself. 

by Thomas Tosi
Illustrated by Meghan Tosi
Middle Grade Humor
Dooney Press
284 pages
ages 8 to 12

JUNE 4th!!!

Why would anyone need six thousand doughnuts?

Big family...little house... Fifth-grader Abe Mitchell is fed up with sharing. All he wants is something to call his own. And he just might get it when he finds a loophole in the fine print of a doughnut shop coupon. Abe thinks it entitles him to a fresh-baked mountain of crullers, dunkers, and chocolate-frosteds. But cashing in means war with Marlene Paczki, the daughter of the doughnut shop owner and Abe's new crush.

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                                            * perfect for the middle grade audience
                                            * easy to connect with characters
                                            * humorous situations
                                            * sibling relationships
                                            * first crushes


In some respects, this one reminded me of Frindle but steers in a more humorous directions, while packing daily problems, which might not seem so tough, but really, truly are.

Abe is so sick of sharing everything with his siblings. And he does mean everything. When he misses out on a doughnut because he's sick of sharing, another, more amazing thing happens. He wins a free doughnut thanks to a ticket on his father's coffee, or the equivalent value of 1/20cents. Realizing that this means that doughnuts are truly only worth 5 cents a piece, a little math quickly leads him to the realization that if he gets his hands on $3, he can get 6,000 doughnuts. But when he goes to claim his prize, things turn into the biggest, stickiest mess ever...and that doesn't just mean the jelly filling.

After reading the blurb on this one, I was really looking forward to diving in. And it is funny. It's easy to sympathize with Abe as he not only has to share regular things with his siblings but almost everything. His thought processes about the contest will make readers think, and it's hard not to root for him as he tries to achieve his 'rights', especially as more and more things come apart...and not in ways a reader might expect. Add a first crush to the mix and all of the regular banter and troubles of fifth grade, and it turns into one silly situation after the other.

When I saw this one almost hits three hundred pages, I was wondering how that'd work, since humorous books like this are usually a special spot for more reluctant, boy readers. Not only does this one keep a nice pace to keep boredom at bay, but there are very short chapters mixed in as well as more than a few fun illustrations. It breaks things up and keeps the read light and fun.

And here they are...

The Author...

THOMAS TOSI is a writer/filmmaker who, together with his wife, Heidi, has produced an award-winning children's website, educational multimedia games, and dramatic films which have aired on national television, PBS affiliate stations, and screened in numerous film festivals. He was born and raised in New Hampshire, where he and Heidi still reside. He takes pride in the fact that they now live in a solar-powered home where they grow and can organic vegetables.

The Illustrator...

MEAGHAN TOSI, after being born on April Fools’ Day in New Hampshire, has collected a BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design. She illustrated this book and the graphic novel "Squashed" alongside author Thomas Tosi. She has also self-published "DWEEDY: The Imagined Adventures of My Deceased Cat." She now lives in Portland, Oregon, for the art, coffee shops, vegan food, and the constantly lingering smell of rain.

Happy Book Birthday, Beyond the Shore by Chantal Gadoury with Giveaway!


Beyond the Shore and Shadows
by Chantal Gadoury
Lena #2
Parliament House
YA Fantasy


The merrow who angered Poseidon

The man who loves her

And an evil that could destroy them both

The sea is calling. . .

Lena—who was born as a merrow but walks as a human—is now in possession of the Magiske Skal: the shell once owned by the queen of the merrows. With its power comes untold danger, and should it fall into the wrong hands, the Fosse-Søfolk will face an evil they cannot overcome. Lord Jarl knows what Lena has, and he wants it for himself.

After running away from the Lundby-Wyatt Inn, leaving behind everything she was familiar with, Lena finds herself in the company of the warm and kind Soren Emil.
When the villagers turn against her and Soren, they’re forced to leave the burning Bror Boghandel behind and escape to a forgotten cottage on the edge of the shore, where no one will find them. Lena knows she must get the shell back to the sea and destroy it, before it falls into the hands of Lord Jarl—or worse, his possessive apprentice, Jace Wyatt.

With the help of some unruly pirates, Lena and Soren journey to the sea, where Lena thought she’d never return. There, she will have to face not only the Sea King’s army, the Fosse-Søfolk, but the impossible choice to sacrifice her own life, or the life of the man she loves to keep the Magiske Skal from the evil that craves it.

What will Lena choose? Who will win the struggle for power?

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Lena sat up in bed with a gasp. Her heart was pounding in her chest and she could barely breathe. As she darted her gaze about the room, she noticed a strange grey cloud lingering all around her. Lena took in a deep breath but began to cough on the strange pungent scent in the air. Her eyes stung as she searched the darkened room.

There was smoke…so much smoke.

Lifting her arm up to cover her nose, she tried to look around the small living-area again, but the fumes stung her eyes. Everything was cloaked in the thick grey cloud. Involuntarily, she sucked in a breath before immediately coughing again, choking on the thick smog that was quickly filling the area around them. What was happening?

Just beyond the stone wall of the Bror Boghandel, Lena could make out the echoes of rising voices off in the distance. Whoever they were, the ringing of their voices drifting through the walls seemed rather ominous.

“Soren!” Lena gasped, pushing herself from the bed. Lena coughed and slid to the floor. At least there, she could breathe better again.

After a small evening meal, Lena had spent a few hours going looking over the letters Soren had begun to teach her, while he sifted through a few of the books he’d taken from Edwin’s room. She had even seen him dig out the small broken white opal stone he possessed from his mother, to gaze at it more closely. He leaned over the books on the table, comparing the sketches in the pages to the stone in his hand. At some point amongst his research, she’d given in to sleep. He must have put her to bed, for she was still dressed in her blouse and skirt.

“Soren!” she hissed as she closed her eyes; they were beginning to water against the stinging air. She could hear the voices off in the distance, and she carefully tried to make out what they were saying. But it seemed they were too far away.

Taking a quick breath, Lena began to pull herself across the floor; her fingers acting as her eyes.

“Soren!” she tried again, choking on the swirling air around her. Her chest began to grow tight as she continued to crawl toward his still, sleeping form on the floor. Just as her fingers grazed over him, he moved, startled.

“Lena?” Soren’s voice broke through the darkness. She saw the shadow of his head move, seemingly taking in the surroundings before reaching for her. He lifted the blanket to her face. “Don’t move this away. We’ll die if we breathe in too much smoke.”

She obeyed and slid her hand to hold the blanket in place.

“We have to get out of here,” he managed, lifting a small blanket to cover his own nose and mouth. The smoke had already begun to sting her lungs, reminding her of the first time she broke through the sea’s surface. She remembered the way her lungs fought between fresh air and salt water. She wanted to take in a deep breath, but knew she had to resist.

“I’m going to grab what I can,” Soren murmured, gently taking her arm and leading her to the door. “Stay in the shop. I’ll be right there.” With her heart pounding in her ears and quick thinking, Lena moved back toward the nightstand, grabbing her nightgown before turning on her heel and reaching for Soren’s brown jacket that hung near the door. Both might come to be useful wherever they’d need to go. She shoved her feet into the extra pair of boots left by the door and slipped into the bookshop.

“Why is this happening?” Lena asked softly, her voice wavering from fear. What is going to happen? She stood shivering despite the insufferable heat that was burning its way through her last safe haven. Taking in another breath and promptly choking on the thick smoke, she couldn’t help but look around her. All of the books… all of the stories and ship logs she would now never learn how to read. Over her shoulder, she could hear the sounds of Soren rustling through the stacks of books.

Squinting through the dark and hazy air, Lena could only make out Soren grabbing various things and shoving them into a small cloth satchel. Lena held the blanket against her nose and mouth, trying to breathe in whatever air she could. It wasn’t nearly as bad in the shop, but she could make out the shadows of strangers through the windows, just outside the main door. Their voices echoed throughout the shop. She turned her violet gaze back to the darkened doorway. Her heartbeat echoed in her ears.

“Soren,” she called out softly. “Soren!”

Ahead, she could hear more of what those gathering outside the doors of the Bror Boghandel were saying: “Come out here, bookkeeper! We know you’re in there!” Lena darted toward the door. Were they here to help? She reached for the latch but froze when she heard another voice just on the other side. “Come out little pearl,” Lord Jarl’s voice rang. “Everyone knows the truth.”

Lena’s heart sank to her stomach. She felt frozen, despite the licking flames beginning to engulf the small book shop from the side. Lord Jarl had come for her after all, and he hadn’t stayed in hiding for long. Was Jace with him? Lord Jarl’s words echoed in her ears, as she allowed the realization of what he’d said to fill her. Everyone knows the truth. They all knew she was a merrow. Her fate was sealed. Her fingers began to tremble, and she swallowed hard, her throat thick with smoke and unshed tears as she gripped the blanket against her nose. They all know. They were all here for her

And here she is...

Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published "The Songs in Our Hearts" with 48Fourteen Publishing, and "Allerleirauh" with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she's not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-'brother' (aka, puppy) Taran.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Review: Life in a Wetland by Doris Dumrauf


by Doris Dumrauf
Picture Book Non-Fiction
32 pages
ages 4 to 8

Following up on her award-winning book Common Backyard Birds, nature photographer Doris Dumrauf points her camera at wildlife frequently found in North American wetlands: herons, egrets, ducks, frogs, dragonflies, alligators, and other amazing creatures. They all need food, water, shelter, and a place to raise the next generation. Forty-two full-color images vividly depict the animals in their natural habitat. Told from the point of view of the wildlife, the educational and entertaining text gives the young reader insight into their personalities.

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                                          *  real life photos from more than one view
                                          * easy to identify names
                                          * descriptions from animal's point of view


Through beautiful photos, this book introduces readers to various birds, insects and other creatures found in wetlands.

Every page holds a bright, beautiful and large photo of a single bird or animal, which can be found in a wetland. The name of the bird/animal is placed large at the top, making/ it simple to identify. There's one very large photo as well as a smaller one, presenting the bird/animal from a slightly different point of view. This gives the young reader a better impression of what the animal/bird looks like in real life. 

Each animal then presents itself in a short but informative paragraph. These are written as if the bird/animal speaks directly to the reader and discloses some of its traits as well as something which makes it stick out from the rest of the animal world. These hold a lovely amount of personality, which makes them fun to read and gives the reader the impression that they're really getting to know the bird personally. This is a nice touch.

The only thing I was missing was an index which listed on which page each bird can be found. Otherwise, this is a beautiful, informative, and fun to explore read.

And here she is...

Doris Dumrauf is an award-winning author, nature photographer, and public speaker. She has published numerous photo features in magazines and newspapers.
She collected the images in this book during travels to Ohio, southern Florida, and near her home. Doris lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband, two indoor cats, and a back yard full of birds and other wildlife.
Instagram: dumraufdoris
Her other works include:
Create Your Own Backyard Wildlife Habitat
Common Backyard Birds
She has received the follow awards: 
First Place Best Photography 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards
Silver/Second Place 2019 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program in the Children’s Early Readers (6-8) category