Thursday, July 3, 2014

Starchild $25 Book Blast Hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews (ends 8/1/14)

While Stanley & I work on editing our second book, this summer, we'll be sharing these fun book blast giveaways, courtesy of the lovely Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Enjoy!

~ Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge

About the Books

Book 1: The Age of Akra

Age of Akra (Starchild, Book 1)
Title: Starchild: The Age of Akra (Book 1) | Author: Vacen Taylor | Publication Date: March 6, 2013 | Publisher: Odyssey Books | Pages: 135 | Recommended Ages: 10+ | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother) Summary: When Mai is chosen to take a pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts to train with the oldest and wisest master of their people, an ancient prophecy is set in motion. The events to come have been predicted but are not unchangeable. When the Starchild returns to the planet of Sage, the foreknowledge of the prophecy begins to gain strength. Four children come together and become linked to the events that lie ahead. In The Age of Akra, the first stage of their journey has them facing the deadly spiderflax, only then to be confronted by a creature of the underworld, an evil Dementra called Amual. The struggle to bring peace to the world of powerful energies lies in the hands of these four children and a strange little lizard. And it will not come easy. This journey is only the beginning.   

Buzz About Book 1

"The Age of Akra is a riveting, well-written, and imaginative story featuring an intricate plot and stellar cast of characters that is sure to be thoroughly enjoyed by tweens, teens, and even adults who love a great science fiction tale. This is a real page-turner and I highly recommend this book to children aged 10 and older. I just loved it and to think the author has seven books planned for the series ... I'm salivating." ~ Renee, Mother Daughter Book Reviews

"What an imagination!! Absolutely fabulous. What a great read. The characters came to life so easily. Their physical descriptions have me a visual idea but their personalities evolved and developed quickly so they were my friends and heroes before very long. I cried when Mia was selected and was on the edge of my seat when it looked like Long wouldn't make it. I couldn't put it down. A very clever story with wonderful likable characters in amazing places with fascinating skills and weird animals. I went through a range is emotions with these characters where I wanted to hug them, love them, give them a good slap, protect and spend time with. I cannot wait for book 2. Highly recommend this series of books and hope they make a movie from it would be a blockbuster!!!" ~ 5 Star Review, Dannielle S., Goodreads

"Masterfully told from different viewpoints, Starchild is neither a "boy" nor "girl" book, but rather an everyone book. Struggling readers will enjoy the simple truths of the characters, and more advanced readers will delight in the journey of Mai, Long, and Akra. A journey that introduces multifaceted characters, whom I hope will make an appearance in subsequent titles in The Starchild Series, because I'm already attached to them. Even the slightest of creatures was placed in Starchild with the greatest of skill, care, and thought. Outstanding job, Ms. Taylor, and I look forward to continuing my journey through the series." ~ 5 Star Review, C. Bullard, Amazon
 

Purchase Book 1

*Available as a 99 cent E-Book through Amazon *

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Book 2: The City of Souls

Starchild: The City of Souls by Vacen Taylor
Title: Starchild: The City of Souls (Book 2) | Author: Vacen Taylor | Publication Date:October 14, 2013 | Publisher: Odyssey Books | Pages: 137 | Recommended Ages: 10+ | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother) Summary: In The City of Souls, the pilgrimage to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts continues. Having already triumphed against dangerous adversaries in The Age of Akra, the four children -- Mai, Long, Akra and Sahib -- now face the evil melkarie and must escape to the City of Souls. When they reach the safety of the land of Naroan, in a city hidden under a blanket of living green, the children are confronted with the challenge of locating the Singing Soul. But the underworld is searching for it too, and will do anything to stop the young pilgrims from finding it. The prophesy is at risk of being extinguished unless the children succeed in their quest.   

Buzz About Book 2

"The City of Souls is the second book in a science fiction fantasy featuring an intricate and engaging plot, well-developed characters who are faced with new challenges, a well-described setting reminiscent of Star Wars with a hint of Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones-style action and suspense. I’m in this series for the whole haul as I feel completely invested in what happens next as the prophecy continues to roll forward. I highly recommend this book as well as the series to science fiction aficionados ages 10 years and older looking for something a little different. ~ Renee, Mother Daughter Book Reviews

"The author graciously sent a signed copy of this 2nd book in her series to my daughter Emily. Emily read Vacen Taylor's first book in the Starchild series: The Age of Akra. She very much enjoyed the adventure and getting to know the characters. Emily eagerly anticipated the next book! Emily was thrilled when her copy of The City of Souls arrived and did what she could do to avoid her homework so that she could sneak and read The City of Souls. She read the book with much interest and said that she loved every bit of it. As a parent, it's a big comfort and joy to me when my kids find stories written for their enjoyment! The Starchild series captured the heart and imagination of my daughter. And she very much looks forward to book three." ~ 5 Star Review, Vonda N., Goodreads

"Ms Taylor provides masterful descriptions that don't bore the reader. Thank you. I think the writing is at its best in the action, but the character building, backstory and forewarning is all there and relevant to the overall building of good storytelling. I'm assuming the introductions to some of the other multifaceted characters will have relevance in future books. I do hope so. Overall, a great read for children who are looking for something refreshingly new and unique." ~ 5 Star Review, Kirt T., Amazon
 

Purchase Book 2

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About the Author: Vacen Taylor

Vacen Taylor Author
Vacen Taylor is an Australian author, writer, occasional artist and amateur photographer. She loves creating stories for children and reading to her young readers. She is a happy person with a zest for life and exploring the world at large. Vacen collects comics and loves superheroes. Her favourite superhero is Spider-Man. Vacen also believes in expressing the uniqueness of self. She has had several short stories published for adults online. Starchild is her first novel for children and is the first book in a series of seven.

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* Book Blast Giveaway *

Amazon 25 gift card Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) Contest ends: August 1, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. 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, Vacen Taylor and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Chocolate Challenge Stops By Stanley & Katrina's Blog

Erik Weibel, author of The Adventures of Tomato and Pea, and book reviewer extraordinaire, recently tagged me, (Felicia), to join The Chocolate Challenge. Erik is the wonder-kid who was in HuffPost Live's Tell Me Why Program with me, interviewing Mr. Rick Riordan. Not only is he one of the best book reviewers around, he is also a great author.
CharlesShulzChocolateQuote
The goal of The Chocolate Challenge is to pair books with chocolates. Yippee, what a great combination! I decided to pair chocolates with a book series - four of my favorites that I didn't see tagged in Erik's post (we like many of the same books).

My Chocolate/Book Pairings



A Series of Unfortunate Events Chocolate Pairing


A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket with 
Dark Chocolate with Almonds

I think this is a good match because the book is very dark and mysterious (dark chocolate), and has lots of surprises (almonds).



The Mysterious Benedict Society Chocolate Pairing

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
with 
M&Ms

I matched these because there is TONS of adventure (chocolate) but has a bunch of fun in it too (candy coating).


Peeps Pic  is from CandyWarehouse.com





Nanny Piggins by R. A. Spratt 
with
Chocolate Covered Peeps

I think this is a good match because the book is very funny, and has awesome illustrations (bird shaped marshmallow). Also, the main character has a LOVE for chocolate (chocolate).

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Chocolate Pairing

The Incorrigible Children 
of Ashton Place by MaryRose Wood 
with
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

I matched these because the book is playful (peanut butter) but is also kind of serious (chocolate).


Who is next on the Chocolate Challenge? I am able to tag two awesome bloggers who are some of my top supporters:


Rebecca Flansburg of Frantic Mommy, Queen of the Kingdom of Tired


Valarie Budayr of Jump Into a Book, Making Kids Books Come Alive


Look for their posts in the near future and follow them on Twitter or Facebook for all of their fantastic updates.


Oh, and my tech support (Mom) will be adding this to the 42nd Kid Lit Blog Hop.
Kid Lit Blog Hop

Thank you for reading and sharing,


Felicia (Neighbor Girl)


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Destiny and Faith $50 Book Blast Hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews (ends 7/30/14)

While Stanley & I work on editing our second book, this summer, we'll be sharing these fun book blast giveaways, courtesy of the lovely Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Enjoy!

~ Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating this Book Blast on behalf of author Jourden Cleghorn who writes under the pen name of Teddy O'Malley.

Destiny and Faith by Teddy O'MalleyJourden was recently involved in a serious automobile accident resulting in severe injuries just days after her new book, Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy, was published in May 2014. The indie author community has come together to support this young author/illustrator during this challenging time. Please read below to see what you can do to help in a small way. 

About the Book

Title: Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy | Author: Teddy O'Malley | Publication Date: May 11, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 62 | Recommended Ages: 6 to 10 Summary: Destiny and Faith are going into second grade and their mom has a great idea. She's going to send them to a school for twins! They're not sure whether to be excited or terrified. Come join them and see what happens!
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The Buzz

"Anyone who's tried to buy a book or birthday card for a child who isn't white will know how few are available. Golden hair and blue eyes rule. I was delighted by Destiny and Faith, who are mixed race/bi-racial, perfect for some children very close to me. However, let me quickly say that this is a story for all children. A school for twins is such a great idea and Destiny and Faith's adventures have a universal message about friendship and learning how to get along with each other. This would also be a good book for actual twins as some of the issues that arise in twin relationships come up in the story." ~ 5 Star Review, Mary Josephina Cade, Amazon
"I just finished reading this book. I got it for my daughter and decided to read it myself. It is so ORIGINAL and totally ADORABLE! A MUST READ for young children looking to read their FIRST CHAPTER BOOK! My daughter LOVES it!! I highly recommend this book!! " ~ 5 Star Review, radams, Amazon
"A great story for young girls, with lots of fun dialogue. Accompanied throughout by black and white drawings. These capture the body language and expressions of the different characters perfectly. Looking forward to more in the Destiny and Faith series." ~ 5 Star Review, M.J. Kinsman, Amazon
 

About the Author: Teddy O'Malley

Teddy O'Malley AuthorJourden Cleghorn, who writes and illustrates children’s books under the pen name Teddy O' Malley, was born in in Saint Louis, Missouri. She has traveled all over the United States and enjoys learning about new things and other cultures. She dreams of visiting a foreign country. She has enjoyed studying Spanish, German, and now Italian as well. Jourden paired her language skills with pictures of puppies to write Tell Me How You Say Good Night, a bedtime story. And a childhood friendship with a biracial girl named Hope influenced Jourden to make the Destiny and Faith characters biracial in her series about twins. Many of her books include a thread about friendship and acceptance of others. Jourden previously worked part time as a nurse assistant helping the disabled and elderly.

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How You Can Help

On Thursday, May 15, 2014, Jourden was the passenger in a small car when a much larger truck turned in front of them. She suffered severe injuries as a result of this accident including a cracked sternum, punctured lung, broken arm, and broken foot. Unforutnately, the nature and severity of Jourden's injuries have limited her ability to promote her books effectively. I was very moved when I was approached by a member of the Facebook group, "Fun-tastic Children’s Books " (of which Jourden is an active member) to help this young author. This wonderful group took it upon themselves to promote Jourden’s books on her behalf. They bought, reviewed, tweeted and shared her books throughout social media and are sponsoring (along with MDBR) the giveaway below. If you should choose to enter the giveaway below (open worldwide), you will see an option to earn 10 extra entries in the giveaway by purchasing a copy of Teddy O'Malley's latest book, Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy from Amazon for only 99 cents. I hope you will consider helping out the author in this small way. Of note, during her recovery, Jourden found the inspiration for another children’s book. It will be about a child recovering from a car crash and having to cope with learning to write with the opposite hand, and other hardships that must be overcome during the healing process. Jourden usually writes with her right hand, but plans to illustrate the book using her left. She wants to show that hardships can be overcome if one does not give up.  

* $50 Book Blast Giveaway *

Amazon $50 Gift Card
Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) Contest ends: July 30, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. 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 author PJ LaRue/Fun-tastic Children’s Books and Mother Daughter Book Reviews, and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com. a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Muhlenberg WOWs are traveling the world, and Kids are Writers Free Online Summer Writing Camp

The Words of the Week are traveling the world! Follow along on Muhlenberg Elementary Center's Facebook Page. Click here to go there. Stanley and I made our first contribution with this picture and these words:

Stanley and I ENDEAVORED to drive a bus, today. We were not successful.  However, we did canoe with ALACRITY, and found that SYNERGY is important in a canoe. Thanks to Northbrook Canoe Company for the great trip, and to Muhlenberg Elementary Center for the WOW sign (and words). Would you like more info on the words of the week? Visit Kid Lit Printables, now. Oh, yeah, Neighbor Girl was there, too.  

For something completely different, Kids Are Writers is hosting a free online summer writing camp. It starts tomorrow (July 1, 2014). Click here to sign up and join the fun. 
KAW SUMMER CAMP

Neighbor Girl is a Kid Coach at Kids are Writers, a great site created just for kids!

What else? Well, Neighbor Girl, Stanley & I are busy working on our second book (and some other projects) so we have only a few scheduled original posts for the summer. However, we will be sharing a bunch of Book Blasts hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews. We encourage you to enter them all. 

Have a paw-riffic day!

Thank you for reading and sharing,


Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)