Tuesday, July 7, 2015

4th of July and #WW #Linky

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We spent our American 4th of July eating wood fired pizzas at a wine cellar and deli twenty minutes drive from our home in South Africa. I spotted the American flag (above) in Simon's Town near Cape Town the following day. Below are photos of our drive and visit to the wine cellar and deli at Du Toitskloof. I recommend you click on the images to view them larger.






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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sammy Steals the Show

Sammy Steals the Show by Emlyn Chand


About the Book

Title: Sammy Steals the Show (a Bird Brain Book, #10) | Author: Emlyn Chand | Illustrator: Noelle Giffin | Publication Date: May 28, 2014 | Publisher: Evolved Publishing | Pages: 56 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8


Book Description: Sammy is a talented young cockatiel who loves to sing out of his open apartment window for all of Australia to hear. One day, he watches a reality singing competition with his human friend, Lisa, and knows that if he could just audition, he would surely win.

What follows is a masterful escape, an eventful journey to the Sydney Opera House, and an audition the crew of "Sing Your Heart Out" will never forget. Will Sammy take home the title of Australia’s next rising star, or will he find something more important along the way?

There’s only one way to find out: join Sammy in his humorous adventure of fame, friendship, and fun.




My Review

Sammy Steals the Show is a lighthearted story about the pitfalls of fame and the value of friendship. Sammy, a cockatiel, has one very special friend, his owner, Lisa. It's set in Sydney, Australia and today's world of reality TV shows. It has lots of illustrations that are full of expression. The story can easily be read allowed in one sitting.
  
Amanda (my 7 year-old daughter) agreed with the decision that Sammy made towards the end of the story. She and I enjoyed this book very much. I would highly recommend it for children ages 3 to 8. 

About the Author:
Emlyn Chand

Emlyn (4)

From an early age, Emlyn Chand has counted books among her best friends. She loves to hear and tell stories and emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). Her affinity for the written word extends to absolutely every area of her life: she has published fiction across multiple genres, oversees and contributes as both an editor and an author to the Novel Publicity Guides for Writing & Marketing Fiction series, and loves the written word so much, she even married author Falcon Storm! Don’t forget that she is the founder and president of Novel Publicity too.

The book that changed Emlyn’s life is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson. It opened her eyes to the world that could exist if only she was willing to create it—a lesson she has never forgotten. Maybe that’s why she loves writing her Bird Brain Book series for children so much!

Emlyn’s first novel, Farsighted, won the prestigious Writer’s Digest Self-Published Novel of the Year award in 2012 for the YA category. She now writes most of her fiction under her real name, Melissa Storm.


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Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July and Weekend Linky!

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This is my garden in Spring. I love taking photos of my flowers and sharing them with you. My last few weekend posts are examples of that. I really appreciate my garden, but I'm not much of a gardener and I find gardening programs on the TV extremely boring. I love watching home shows, but I'm not much of a DIY-er either.

Here in South Africa, our kids are on their winter break right now. We have our winter months in June and July. They are also in the middle of their school year. The school term ends in December and the new school year begins in January. Over December and January they have their summer break. Our son is home from university for the holiday and we had our first family outing last Sunday to Tulbagh. Be sure to check out that post if you missed it!





Wishing all my American
family members and friends
a Happy 4th of July!







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A Peek at Our Family
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Wind Catcher

Wind Catcher - Cover


About the Book

Title: Wind Catcher (Chosen, Book 1) | Authors: Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef | Publication Date: March 21, 2015 | Publisher: Evolved Publishing | Pages: 324 | Recommended Ages: 10+


Book Description:
Winner: Mom's Choice Award -- Silver Medal
Winner: 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award - Best YA Fiction
Winner: Awesome Indies -- Seal of Approval
Recipient: Readers' Favorite -- 5 Star Review

Evolved Publishing presents the first thrilling installment in "Chosen" by award-winning author Jeff Altabef, and his daughter Erynn Altabef. This fantasy adventure series is steeped in American Indian culture and so much more.

Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can't make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense.

When she stumbles upon a series of murders, she can't help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school and her Native American heritage. Once she uncovers an ancient secret society formed over two hundred years ago to keep her safe, she starts to wonder whether there's some truth to those old stories her grandfather has been telling her.

All she wants is to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but she has never been average-could never be average. Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.




Samantha's Review
(My 14 year-old Daughter)

“I am Juliet Wildfire Stone, Jake Clearwater Stone’s granddaughter, the Chosen.” Juliet, our hero of this story, winds up in a situation which, at first, is undesirable to her. Ever since she moved to a new school, she could not fit in and only wished to be normal. She found that she was not accepted in her new surroundings and that she had grown further apart from her friends. Unfortunately, for our poor Juliet, she is chosen by the Wind Spirit and must embark on a very dangerous journey. Throughout the many happenings, her character develops and Juliet discovers who she truly is... the Chosen.

I was thankful to find a book that piqued my interest. An enjoyable read; this book has an adventurous and action packed feel to it. There were many exciting and tense-filled moments. The hint of romance satisfied my need for a bit of ‘ooh-la-la’. With complete ease of mind, I can happily say that I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

My admiration and good luck to the authors.


The Buzz About the Book

"Overall I thought the book was really entertaining and cool. I would give it 4 1/2 stars. I think boys and girls 13 and older would like this book." ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews, Daughter's Review
"This is an enjoyable read for all ages that goes by as fast as the authors can unspool it. " ~ Kirkus Reviews
"This very unique and refreshingly original contemporary fantasy has elements of high epic fantasy woven throughout it, and it will surprise and delight even the most jaded fantasy readers." ~ Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorite Book Reviews
"Wind Catcher stands out from the crowd. It's... a powerful young adult adventure steeped in Native American legend and tradition." ~ Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"A treat to read." ~ Awesome Indies


About the Authors:
Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef
Jeffrey and Erynn Altabef

Wind Catcher is a joint project between the father/daughter team of Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef. Jeff is an award-winning author with two published thrillers. He has a column on The Examiner focused on writing, and volunteers at the local community college. Erynn is an avid reader, dancer, and community activist who has just earned her Girl Scout Gold Award. When she's not in high school, she loves reading, performing in school musicals, baking, and watching movies with her friends.




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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mousebirds in My Garden with #WW #Linky

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This past week I saw the prettiest birds for the first time in my winter garden. Some of their neat features include blue beaks, pinkish-red feet and long tail feathers. I looked them up and they are a type of mousebird. In case you are confused why it's winter here, I need to explain that we live in South Africa and our seasons are opposite to my friends in the Northern Hemisphere. I took all these photos from Samantha's bedroom window.





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Friday, June 26, 2015

Flowers with #Weekend #Linky

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Make My Saturday Sweet #133!

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