Sunday, May 25, 2014

Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble by D. Robert Pease with Giveaway

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Noah Zarc Mammoth Trouble by D. Robert PeaseTitle: Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble (Book #1) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: July 22, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing (2nd Edition) Number of pages: 214 Recommended age: 9+ Summary: Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth’s animals from extinction. Life couldn’t be better. But the twelve-year-old time traveler learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is kidnapped and taken to Mars; his dad is stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying Earth… for the second time.

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This is an action packed story, which never lets go.  I was especially glad to find such a good science fiction story for this audience, a genre which seems to be lacking lately. And this one does a fantastic job. It's great to jet into the future and see what time might hold for better or worse. The time jumps are fantastically well-planned, and the technology a lot of fun. Kids will dream of someday using some of these wonderful things themselves.

I can only recommend this for children ages 8+. Boys as well as girls will enjoy fantasizing about what the future might hold - exactly that what a book should do.
I give this a. . .


The Buzz About the Noah Zarc Books

Book 1: "Pease's strength as a storyteller lies in his ability to connect multiple time periods imaginatively, as well as Noah's excited, fast-paced narration." ~ Publishers Weekly
Book 1: "If I had read this book at age 10, I think it would have made me love SF just as much as reading Asimov did. If you like the non-stop action and humor of Rick Riordan's Olympians books, I think you'll also like Noah Zarc." ~ Sher A. Hart, book blogger and author
Book 2: "This is another great mind-bender. The wild time jump details are fabulously thought out and cause some unexpected results." ~ Michelle Isenhoff, Children's Author
Book 2: "A well-written, adventurous read for young readers and even adults, Noah Zarc blasts through space and into your imagination." ~ TKristufek, Amazon Reviewer
Book 3: "I was completely captured by the characters, the action and the issues and questions: set in fantasy but integrating concepts and engaging readers with a fun tale that teaches as it entertains." ~ Gaele, Amazon Reviewer

About the Author: D. Robert Pease

D. Robert PeaseD. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn't been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer's Sirens. It's not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters he brings to life.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Aqua by M. A. George

By M.A. George
YA Paranormal
612 pages
Publication Date- April 16th, 2014

Meet Layla McKelland:  
Novelist (unpublished, but cut her some slack…seventeen is a bit early to despair),
Slightly neurotic introvert (Alright, let’s be honest…there’s no “slightly” about it),
International Woman of Mystery, and…
Okay, just scratch the bio.

The only real “mystery” in Layla’s life is why her father has never been on the scene.  Or why her mother drags Layla to a new coastal home every year.

Nothing about the latest hometown seems too newsworthy…until a routine day at the beach leaves Layla questioning whether she’s read one too many paranormal fantasy novels.  The plot thickens when a random guy claims to know things about her father—a bizarre claim he backs up with an equally impossible stunt.  And Layla soon finds herself on the wrong side of a mysterious attempted drowning…on her own kitchen floor.

When all is done, Layla will attest that fact is far stranger than fiction.  And nothing in real life is ever as transparent as it seems…Not even water.

Especially not water.


“Layla…Can you hear me?  Try to open your eyes, Layla.”
I recognize that voice—echoing from some faraway land—yet I can’t quite place it.  I’m fairly certain that it usually isn’t marked by an anxious quiver, one it’s seemingly trying to suppress.  I know it’s not Mom or Cora.  For one, Mom wouldn’t be making any effort to hide her maternal hysterics.  And though Aunt Cora can be a tad on the masculine side sometimes, she doesn’t actually sound like a guy.
“Layla…Please try to open your eyes.”  Definitely a guy…and since I don’t really know many of those, that narrows the list down pretty quickly.
A garbled groan oozes from my throat, as my head rolls to one side to cough out a gurgling breath.  I hear the scatter of dusty grit puffing away in the gust from my lungs, and I wrench my lids open to a heap of washed-up seaweed on a bed of sand.  I roll onto my back again, squinting against the glaring daylight.  A head moves in to eclipse the sun, its backlit face obscured by shadow.  The halo of short curls dances and sways in the breeze, a pleasant greeting filtering through the air in that familiar voice.
“Hey there…You sure can give a guy a heart attack, you know that?”  I can only respond with another groan, pressing my palms into the sand in an attempt to sit up.  “Whoa, whoa, whoa…Take it easy there.  Get your bearings first.”  Tristan’s hand gently presses my shoulder back down, and I flop backward like a ragdoll upon the sandy dune.
“Wh-what happened?” I stammer, clenching my eyes closed again, as the vivid remembrance of suffocation charges like a bull through my brain.  “How’d you get me out of the water?”
“You took care of that yourself,” he puffs out a relieved chuckle.  “We found you washed up face-down on the sand.  You must’ve pulled yourself to shore before you passed out.  I should’ve warned you to watch out for rip currents.”
“Yeah,” I cough out a sarcastic snort with a mumble under my breath.  “Rip currents.”  My gut reaction is to tell him I know what the hell a rip current is…and they don’t have elbows or hairy heads.  But then my thoughts flash to the spinning whirlpool that sucked me under, and along to the insanity that’s been polluting my brain lately.  Maybe yet another screw has come loose from my unhinged mind.  Best I just keep my mouth shut.
But wait a minute…
“We?”  I fight against Tristan’s cautioning advice and rise up to sitting.  “What do you mean ‘we’ found you washed up on the beach?  Who’re we?”
“She’s not one for expressing gratitude, is she?”  A shiver of goose bumps crawls over my skin at the taint of madness in that high-pitched snicker.
“You just get the hell away from me.”  Suddenly I’m scrambling to my knees, scurrying around behind Tristan and practically jumping piggy-back onto him, my pruny fingers digging into his bare shoulders.  I said I’m no coward; but apparently, I stand corrected.  I fish for more words but come up empty.  All I’ve got is the icy glare I’m aiming past Tristan’s shoulder, squaring Pyke’s face in my sights.
A knowing smirk contorts his bearded lips, and it strikes me that his grungy hair is as dry as the day we met.  He’s once again stark-dry from head to toe; and logic would lead one to conclude he had no possible hand in my near-drowning.  Too bad logic has forsaken me, ever since Pyke came barging into my life.
“Get far, far, far away from me…and then take a few extra steps, just for good measure.”  My eyes narrow a bit further as I struggle to rally the hard-edged conviction in my voice.  “Start.  Walking.  Now.”
He just crosses his arms defiantly with a swaggering tilt to his head, as another bray of laughter shakes his chest.  He lists a little closer, a taunting leer shadowed beneath his dark brow.  “And here I thought you were starting to warm up to me.”  I hadn’t noticed from a distance just how deep purple those circles under his eyes are…perhaps because they weren’t there until I jammed my thumb into his eye sockets.
I fix him in my searing glare with a low snarl.  “I’d sooner warm up to Satan.”
“Well, of course…”  A wicked smile lights his eyes.  “He has Hellfire and whatnot at his disposal.”
“Enough, Pyke,” Tristan shuts him down with a sharp reprimand.  “She’s not exactly having the best day…Now’s not the time for games.”
I silently thank Tristan with a subtle squeeze of his shoulder, his sun-baked skin a stark contrast to my clammy hands.  All this talk about warming up to people, and in fact I’m chilled to the core.  There’s an unnerving quiet while Pyke debates how much my torment is worth to him.  I realize I’ve been holding my breath when he turns with a shrug to head for the water.  A shudder rolls through me as I draw in a lungful through chattering teeth.
“You’re shaking,” Tristan’s brow furrows as he turns to look over his shoulder.  “Are you cold?”
“No,” I absently shake my head, pulling my trembling fingers from his back.  “At least I don’t think so.”  The truth is, sheer terror and bone-chilling cold bring on a remarkably similar shiver.  Judging from the fact that it’s at least a hundred degrees out today, I’m fairly certain it’s mainly terror behind my quivering limbs.
“We should get you to the hospital,” he turns and puts his arm around my waist for support.  “Just to make sure you’re okay.”
“I’m fine,” I shake my head.  “I just want to go home.”
“Are you sure?”  He raises a questioning eyebrow, and I give an insistent nod.  “Well, you’re not driving,” he contends.  “We’ll go in my car.”  Funny how his voice really deepens when he’s being especially serious.
I reluctantly concede with a nod.  Truth be told, I’m far from fit for driving right now.  Physically, I’m pretty sure I’m coming around and will be fine.  My state of mind is another story.  And as if I haven’t had enough mental torment for the week, I make the mistake of looking back over my shoulder.  I can’t seem to stop myself from checking for Pyke.  Knowing he’s somewhere behind me just gives me that hair-raising feeling of being followed.  Only he’s definitely not tailing us…He’s wading out into the waves, glancing all around as though he’s searching for something.  He seems to catch sight of whatever it is he’s seeking; and he springs from the seabed, arching forward into a dive with arms in a point overhead.
But of course, nothing with Pyke can end that simply.
Just before he enters the water—his pointed hands not quite yet touching the surface—he becomes water, his tattooed arms liquefying to a transparent spray.  The transformation to a flowing crystal-clear stream spreads in a swift cascade from his head to his toes.  What was formerly his diving body is suddenly an arcing wave, splashing into the sea to join up with the ripples dancing across the surface.
By this point, I don’t think there’s any color left to drain out of my face.
I look to Tristan with saucer eyes, my arm still looped over his shoulder as he guides me back toward the parking area.  I only see the back of his turned head…He’s been looking back too.  As his face slowly rotates back toward me, I search for any signs of shock, dismay, or an impending freakout in his eyes.  But I find nothing of the sort.  He flashes a polished smile, that crooked tooth practically mocking me with its complete lack of alarm.  It’s no use asking if he saw anything strange…Whatever he saw, he clearly isn’t rattled by it (most likely because—like the rest of the sane world—he saw nothing out of the ordinary).
“You think you can make it the whole way?” His voice knocks me out of my stupor.  “Maybe I should run ahead and bring the car back this way.”  I come to the awkward realization that he’s practically lugging me like a sack of potatoes, with absolutely no help from the dangling pair of useless rubber bands I call my legs.
“I can make it,” I straighten up, willing the jelly in my bones to support my weight.  I’m not about to let him walk off and leave me here, with his psycho-murderer-slash-shapeshifter buddy still skulking somewhere out there in the waves.  I set my sights on the Jeep Cherokee in the distance, focusing on making one footprint in the sand after another.  Those prickly lights make an appearance in my fading peripheral vision again, my ears popping with a muffled hum beginning to drown out the seagulls.  I try to be as casual as possible, muttering a garbled suggestion, “Maybe I should go ahead and give you directions to my house now…Just in case I pass out again.”
At that, Tristan scoops me up off my feet, ignoring my grumbling objections.  I’m ashamed to say he was slowed down more by my pitiful attempt at walking than by the full weight of my body in his arms.  “If you pass out again, I won’t need any directions…I’m remarkably familiar with the route to the nearest emergency room.”
I’d believe his claim outright (there are only so many streets in this town to begin with), but I have the feeling he’s more familiar with the local emergency room than your average citizen.  I’d never really noticed the jagged scar trailing down the side of his scalp beneath the curls—curving behind his left ear and ending about halfway down the back of his neck—probably because I haven’t been quite this up-close-and-personal before.  It’s way too crooked to be a surgical scar, and it makes the one above his eyebrow look like a paper cut.  I imagine there’s probably a captivatingly grisly story to go with it; but frankly I couldn’t have less interest in asking about it right now.
I’ve had all the excitement I can handle for one day.


Although 612 pages is quite heavy for a YA, it was a smooth and interesting enough read to make it flow by without any problem--I got to stay with the characters longer, which was a real plus.

Layla is a great character with an interesting life. She's home schooled, already a novelist at seventeen, lives with her mother and aunt, since her father has disappeared, and is forced to move to a new city every year on her birthday. Despite this life of isolation, she's a very normal teenage girl. She has flaws, is a little snarky and opinionated, tends to be a bit emotionally driven but is able to take care of herself. In other words, she was easy to relate to and a lot of fun to accompany during this story.

The story itself is quite original--a 'type' of humans who are able to transform into an aqua state. It kind of reminds of Atlantis in that they have underwater cities, a form of government and have remained hidden from humanity for years. These creatures were definitely a refreshing twist to the normal paranormal monster presented in current literature.

The plot was enjoyable. It wasn't action packed, but still, there was enough to keep me turning the pages. There were enough unexpected twists and turns to make it unpredictable. It was interesting enough to make me forgive the several unanswered questions and general logic holes, which when filled out, really would have made this an amazing read. The romance was sweet, although I felt it was lacking the necessary tension. Still, the hero was hot and sweet and everything a girl dreams of.

I'd recommend this to YA paranormal fans, who simply are looking for an enjoyable read. It will take them into a new world and let their hearts flutter.

In other words, I give this a . . .


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M. A. George is part proud mother of two adorable children, part super top secret agent…Oops, probably just lost that job.

Writing is what keeps her up into the wee hours of the night.  Fortunately, she has a lot of energy (Read: caffeine is her friend).  She has a bit of an obsession with music (It does a fantastic job of tuning out rambunctious children while she attempts to focus).

She sincerely hopes people out there enjoy reading her work as much as she enjoys writing it.  And if anyone hears of work for a super top secret agent, she’s now available (Discretion guaranteed…).

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mrs. D's Book Extravaganza


The Trees Have Hearts
 The Trees Have Hearts

by Mrs. D

Mrs.D. Books Publisher 

41 pages 

for ages 6 to 10

A Mom's Choice Award Winner The story of a young girl, left friendless because she could not speak a new language, will touch your heart. It will take your child into the imaginary world of a little girl who moved to America from a different country. Unable to speak English, the lonely girl could not find friends. She lived in an old house with a small garden, where three blooming trees and the mysterious wind became her first imaginary friends. The garden friends developed a wonderful friendship with the lonely girl, and helped her overcome her fears and worries. Through the story, they taught her how to make real friends and helped her cope with difficult moments while adapting to new surroundings. Unforgettable characters will open a beautiful imaginary world to young readers, inviting them to share the fears, tears and joys of a little girl. The story will teach the true meaning of friendship while showing readers the beauty of nature. This book will open an unknown imaginary world through the eyes of a child...


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The City Kittens and the Old House Cat
 The City Kittens and the Old House Cat

by Mrs. D 
Dog Ear Publishing
 37 pages
for ages 6 to 10 

 This story revolves around Christmastime and a family who once adopted a lost kitten, naming it Nyda. Nyda has now grown old and has settled into a calm, uneventful life with her new family-until the day before Christmas, when the family's older daughter brings two playful kittens, Mickey and Jack, home for the holidays. The two kittens from the big city are a change for the family, and for Nyda. The old cat likes her settled life and is not happy about the new arrivals. She's also very protective of her belongings. The city kittens annoy her, and the old cat grumbles about the new additions to the family- until she hears a story one night that makes her feel bad. The kittens aren't the soft or spoiled brats she had thought they were . .


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The Trees Have Hearts: "This is a lovely book for young girls, and especially young girls who face loneliness because of being in a new place. They are sure to find peace and encouragement in the special values taught in The Trees Have Hearts. Mrs. D does a wonderful job of reaching out to kids in a unique way in this book. The beautiful trees give warmth and peace as they spread their blooms throughout the garden and into the hearts of those who read this book." ~ Joy Hannabass, Readers' Favorite

The Trees Have Hearts: "In The Trees Have Hearts, Mrs. D. demonstrates love, compassion and a touch of mystical ability as she manifests what the trees might say, if they spoke to a lonely little girl. Then again, maybe she writes to alert us all to listen with our hearts. I highly recommend this book." ~ 5 Star Review, sunnyrock, Amazon

The Trees Have Hearts: "The author writes a lovely story about a lonely little girl with a great big imagination. She turns her beautiful garden into her sanctuary of imaginary friends that remain in her heart and follow her into adulthood. The lessons to be learned in this story is love of nature, respect for nature and changes of nature from one season to the next. Just as children go through many changes from season to season. This would be a good bedtime story. reading a few pages each night nurturing your child's imagination and leaving them with sweet dreams." ~ 5 Star Review, It's Time to Read Mamaw, Amazon

The City Kittens and the Old House Cat: "The City Kittens and the Old House Cat is an inspiring story written from a cat's point of view. The story can be understood by all pet lovers. The book has some beautiful and colorful illustrations. That makes the book very attractive and visually appealing, something which all the kids love. Children's books should be colorful and bright. The message of tolerance is very important in the current living situation. The book has a nice moral which can be explained to children and they can be asked to practice it too." ~ 5 Star Review, Mamta Madhavan, Readers' Favorite

The City Kittens and the Old House Cat: "Snuggle up in front of the fire and share this sweet kitty tale with your little ones. Bright, richly detailed illustrations bring the story to life as the old cat learns to accept two little intrusions. Fun book to put on your wish list, especially around the holiday season. A delight for any cat or animal lover!" ~ 5 Star Review, CLMurphy, Amazon

The City Kittens and the Old House Cat: "Mrs. D. weaves wonderful lessons of acceptance, adoption and not judging other people without getting to know them into this sweet children's picture book. I highly recommend it for young children." ~ 5 Star Review, P.J. LaRue, Amazon

About the Author: Mrs. D

Mrs D ~ Olga D'Agostino

Mrs. D. (Olga D’Agostino), an award-winning children’s author, was born in western Ukraine. She lived in the historical city of Lviv, where she studied business in Lviv Business College and worked in the food industry. In 1992, she immigrated to the USA with her two small daughters and for years worked in her own business. In 2011, she began her career as a writer, focusing on writing children’s books that have meaning and provide valuable lessons. Two of her children’s books, The Trees Have Hearts and Good Morning, World!, won Mom’s Choice Awards in 2013. She is a member of SCBWI and speaks a few languages fluently. She lives in the famous town of Smithville, NJ, with her husband Patrick and a meticulous old cat named Nyda. Published books by Mrs. D. include Carlo the Mouse on Vacation, The Trees Have Hearts, The City Kittens and the Old House Cat, Good Morning, World!, and Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse and The Little Girl Praying on the Hill(a short story for an older audience). Coming in 2014: The Royal Palmand Carlo the Mouse, Book 2: Now We're Talking! The full series of Carlo the Mouse and her new books, The Mysterious Life Inside a Closet, That Is How Things Are (two connected stories): The Autumn Wind, and The Kitten and the Sparrow, and three rhyming stories in Who Is Most Important in the Fridge? will be published in the near future. Her books are available in print on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and as e-books for most popular electronic devices. For updates on Mrs. D.’s books, please visit her website:

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver with Giveaway

a Young Adult Paranormal Adventure
published by Patchwork Press

Forget everything you know about grim reapers.
Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.
Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.
“Forget everything you know about grim reapers, Ophelia. Humans have it wrong. It’s easier to believe in angels and demons, than to see what’s right in front of you. Who wants to believe the undead walk among us with beating hearts? It would frighten humans. It would probably send many to their graves faster,” Edon said.

About the Author: Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing. Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy young adult stories. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mighty Dads by Joan Holub and James Dean with Giveaway

Mighty Dads by Joan Holub and James Dean
Mighty Dads 

by Joan Holub

Illustrated by James Dean

Scholastic Press

40 Pages 

Ages: 3+ 


A new constructacular picture book from the New York Times bestselling creator of Pete the Cat, James Dean and bestselling author, Joan Holub.

Mighty dads, strong and tall,
help their children, young and small.
They keep them safe and bolted tight
and show them how to build things right.

Inventively told through James Dean's colorful construction vehicle characters, MIGHTY DADS is an adoring dedication to hardworking fathers and the subtle ways they teach their boys and girls to follow in their tracks. The Dump Trucks learn to get dirty. Crane keeps his little one safe from harm. The busy Cement Mixer gives his daughter a hug. The Forklift cheers his son on. A surprising and touching view of a father's love for his children, MIGHTY DADS is the perfect way to say: I'm proud of you!  


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"Like the best 21st-century human dads, the vehicles don’t just show their kids the ropes—they also offer plenty of TLC (“Cement Mixer Busy/ gives a hug if Mixie’s dizzy”) and affirmation (“Forklift Wise/ cheers whenever Forky tries”). Dean’s decision to anthropomorphize the construction equipment solely through a highly stylized, often single, forward-facing eye takes some getting used to—imagine a cross between the Eye of Providence on the dollar bill and a Egyptian hieroglyph. But his construction sign–inspired palette and ability to convey calm, steady affection between parent and progeny quickly outweighs this visual idiosyncrasy, making this a book worthy of any young armchair foreman." ~ Publisher's Weekly

"This will make a good read aloud for those looking to update their trucks/machines storytimes." ~ Goodreads Review

"The simple rhyming text will be fun at read alouds as children can do motions (roll, roll, roll or smooth, smooth, smooth)" ~ Goodreads Review

And here she is. . .

Joan Holub!!!

Joan Holub author Mighty Dads
Joan Holub is co-author of the best-selling Goddess Girls series, the Grimmtastic Girls series, and the Heroes in Training series. Her picture book Little Red Writing received three starred reviews and has been named to many Best-of lists. Her mighty cool dad inspired the creation of the picture book, Mighty Dads.

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And meet the Illustrator. . . James Dean!!!

James Dean Author Pete the Cat

James Dean is the creator of the best-selling Pete the Cat. Before James started painting Pete the Cat as a full-time profession in 1999, he wanted to paint cars and trucks. He loves things that go, and currently drives a 1971 VW bus camper and a 1959 Chevy truck. He worked as an electrical engineer for fifteen years before he decided to try to make a living with his paintings. James lives with his wife, five cats, and a pug named Little Emma.

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Be sure to head on over to our review and giveaway of Mighty Dads for your chance to win a copy. Open US/Canada. Ends May 19, 2014. Just click on the cover below. Mighty Dads by Joan Holub and James Dean  

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