Friday, August 22, 2014

A Poem and #Weekend #Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #95!


I have a poetry blog that sits quietly on the web.
If you like poems, you can visit the link and




Our lives are like stories acted out in a play
Yet at times those stories get jumbled in some way
Maybe we read the wrong script or misread how it goes
And then find ourselves caught in the middle of life’s throws

To him that overcomes is victory living
Our strength comes from God and He keeps on giving
No man can go down where God cannot go
And God is a jealous God, His love He will show

If we miss out on the best, that’s not the end to our story
All things work together for the good to God’s glory
He came to give us life and life abundantly
It’s a joy-filled life He’s given both you and me

He knows we’ll get hurt and experience life’s stings
So He reminds us not to focus on these things
But to focus on Him is life evermore
And He’ll bring us to that glorious shore

The story is not over, it’s just begun
The race is not finished till the crown is won

by Christina Morley


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by Jacub Krechowicz  


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Copy-Cats and #WW #Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #104!


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Free Stock Photos and My #Weekend #Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #94!

Source: RGB Stock
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by Jacub Krechowicz  

When I first began blogging, I hardly ever used my own photos. I was usually writing on topics where I needed images that I didn't have. I would spend frustrating hours looking on the internet for free stock photos that didn't include a watermark unless you purchased it. Eventually I found a source that didn't let me down... RGB Stock. Today I'm sharing one of my mini series from a blog of mine where I used RGB Stock images often. Just Click on the Title Links.












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Latest Book Reviews

and $50 Giveaway
Young Knights of the Round Table:  The King's Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello



and $75 Giveaway
Skies Like These by Tess Hilmo



Review by
Samantha (age 13)
Dream Warriors by D. Robert Pease


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Now on to my blog hop...

Amanda’s Books and More

It's time for another Make My Saturday Sweet blog hop!

Join me (your host) for this fun and easy hop.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

The King's Ransom and $50 Giveaway

Young Knights of the Round Table:
The King's Ransom
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Young Knights of the Round Table:  The King's Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello

About the Book

Title: Young Knights of the Round Table: The King's Ransom | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Year published: April 17, 2013 | Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing | Number of pages: 120 | Recommended age: 9+

Summary: Three Friends. Three Quests. Three Mysterious Predictions.
At Pembroke Castle in medieval Wales, 11-year-old Prince Gavin, 13-year-old orphan Philip, and 15-year-old blacksmith's apprentice Bryan, brought together in friendship by the one they call The Wild Man, embark upon a quest to save The Wild Man's life when he is accused of murder and robbery. If they have any hope of succeeding, the three will have to confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all. But it is the arrival of King Arthur and what he reveals that surprises characters and readers.

Awards

  • 2013 EVVY Finalist and EVVY Merit Award for Juvenile/Young Adult from Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc
  • 2013 Ariana Cover Finalist
  • 2012 Silver Award Recipient for YA Fiction from Children's Literary Classics and the CLC's 2012 Seal of Approval
  • 2012 Finalist E-Book Children from USA 2012 Best Book Awards

Purchase

Amazon * Barnes & Noble * iBookstore

Smashwords * MuseItUp Publishing


Free Educational Supplement

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The Buzz About the Book

"Young Knights of the Round Table is a short, fast-paced adventure set in Arthurian times which features great character development, an intriguing and engaging plot, and a surprise ending (in more ways than one!). I would highly recommend this book to tween and teen boys and girls who love mysteries or stories set in the time of King Arthur." ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
"I so enjoyed the factual information about weapons, clothing, daily life, and places, cleverly interspersed in the text and dialogue to inform without overwhelming young readers. The author has a gift for delving into the depths of each young hero’s psyche. The way each one of the trio faces their fears, learns to believe in themselves, and finds their true meaning and path in life is moving. This is a superb coming-of-age story, set in a time of chivalry and pageantry, and harking back to an age when a hero was truly a hero. Five stars! " ~ Fiona Ingram, Author

"There is much to rave about this book, and I don’t want to give anything away because it’s a quick paced, thrilling, new classic about the knights. Witches, white stags, and a Wild Man make the plot exciting, along with cheering along the young knights. There are quite a few surprises at the end that really make the book a great read. We highly recommend this book for any young reader; sure, boys might convinced by the action and title, but I’m positive all young readers will enjoy the mystery and chivalry of Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom! " ~ Tales of a Bookworm

"I absolutely loved this book... [T]his book has just enough Arthurian legend to tie it to and draw from that period of history while being jam-packed with fantastic new characters and fresh plot twists. I am rarely surprised by things in books, but this book really surprised me with a few events I totally did not see coming! I highly recommend this book for young readers! It would be an excellent tie-in to a unit study about King Arthur." ~ Mommynificent

"This is a fast-paced story that children and adults will both enjoy! It's well-written and exciting as we read about the fears each boy faces and how they are able to triumph. It's a great story about loyalty, friendship and overcoming obstacles. Because of the length, it doesn't drag or slow down at all, so it's fun to read and hard to put down. And the ending is full of surprises! I highly recommend reading this book! " ~ Mel's Shelves

About the Author:
Cheryl Carpinello

Cheryl Carpinello, Author

I love the Ancient and Medieval Worlds! As a retired English teacher, I hope to inspire young readers to read more and to reach reluctant readers with my Arthurian Tales and soon a series of stories from ancient lands and legends that will take readers on adventurous quests throughout history.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cats Like to Cuddle and More on this #WW with #Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #103!

Sheela and Prince cuddling
on the office chair

Sheela and Amanda

Amanda and her sister, Samantha,
built this tower with Planx blocks

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Welcome to the Boland wine region, and my neck of the woods. This South Africa website calls it "the ultimate wine tasting destination." It goes on to say that "some of the world's most popular wine routes pass through the Boland region of the Western Cape in South Africa. This beautiful area, which boasts splendid Cape-Dutch buildings amid its natural greenery, is ideal for anyone wanting to trace the spread of European settlement in South Africa. The Boland region in the Western Cape is perhaps best known for its world-class wines and brandies, its selection of fresh fruit, as well as for its exquisite mountain scenery..."

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to see my latest photos.

B.C. Wines Outing 

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Skies Like These and $75 #Giveaway

Skies Like These
Book Blast and
$75 Giveaway


Skies Like These by Tess Hilmo

About the Book

Title: Skies Like These | Author: Tess Hilmo | Publication Date: July 15, 2014 | Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), sold by MacMillan | Pages: 240 | Recommended Age: 7 to 12

Summary: Twelve-year-old Jade’s perfect summers have always been spent reading and watching TV reruns, so she’s not happy when her parents send her off to Wyoming to her aunt’s house. She meets a boy who calls himself Roy Parker—just like the real name of the legendary rebel cowboy Butch Cassidy. Roy’s dad’s hardware store has closed because a chain store has opened up in town, and Roy thinks it is just like the big cattle barons in Butch’s day who put the local ranchers out of business. He wants Jade to be his Sundance Kid and help him pull some stunts worthy of Butch Cassidy. Sabotage the big store? Outsmart the store’s owner by doing reconnaissance on his ranch? Jade wants to be a good friend, but she’s not so sure about Roy’s schemes.

Purchase

Amazon * Barnes & Noble


The Buzz About the Book

"A robust cast of well-developed characters and a delightful, swiftly moving plot will leave readers wishing for Jade to extend her stay in Wyoming." ~ School Library Journal, Amanda Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, Madison, WI

"Drawing on rich Western lore and creating characters as gritty as the earth itself, Hilmo paints a picture of a town where everyone is connected . . . A heartening, comforting story with enough tension to keep readers hooked." - Kirkus Reviews

"Writing with humor and heart, Hilmo gently reminds readers of the benefits of being shaken out of one's routine, especially the sense of perspective gained by traveling to new places and trying new things." ~ Publishers Weekly

"A fantastic story for the 7-12 age range it is full of lighthearted humor and goings on. The characters are fully developed and loads of fun, the dialogue is engaging and the scenery is captivating. Jade a spunky city girl and Roy a down to earth cowboy create an incredible chemistry that draws you deep into their adventures. Full of suspense, good nature, childhood problems, loyalty and friendship this is one you definitely want your children to read (and is fun for the adults too). I highly recommend it!" ~ 5-Star review, Ally M., Amazon

"Mystery, intrigue, friendship and the true essence of childhood all form the backbone of this astounding book that will surly become a classic. I felt Author Tess Hilmo’s character descriptions are perfect with a deep POV that had me walking alongside both Jade and Roy on there fun filed adventure. As mentioned this is perfect for a summer reading list and highly recommend to all. 5 Stars!!!" ~ 5-Star review, Michael B., Amazon

About The Author:
Tess Hilmo

Tess Hilmo

Tess lives with her husband and three children in Highland, Utah. Her first book, With a Name Like Love, received three starred reviews and was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and an ABC New Voices title. Skies Like These is her second novel.

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Contest ends: September 3, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The 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 a 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, Tess Hilmo 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.



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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dream Warriors Review

A newly-released
young adult book
by D. Robert Pease

Dream Warriors by D. Robert Pease

About the Book

Title: Dream Warriors (Joey Cola, Book 1)  |  Author: D. Robert Pease  Publication Date: July 7, 2014  |  Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC  |   Pages: 232  |  Recommended Ages: 12+


Summary:  Joseph Colafranceschi is a fifteen-year-old, self-described geek, living in the Bronx. The second youngest of twelve sons of the former U.S. ambassador to Italy, Joey discovers that a small Egyptian statuette, given to him by his father, endows him with power to control his dreams.

After his brothers throw him down a manhole, Joey is drawn into a hidden society of warriors who have been battling a reincarnated Egyptian Pharaoh for over 3,000 years. In the dream world, everyone is not what they appear to be, and it’s impossible to tell who to trust. As Joey slips deeper into a world of gladiator battles and clandestine missions within other people’s dreams, he catches the eye of a beautiful Egyptian princess.

The only thing that keeps him grounded in reality is his best friend Alex, but even she may not be who he thought she was.


Samantha Morley's Review (age 13)


In the beginning of the book, Joseph is portrayed as a 'Mamma's boy'. What can he do? Of course his mother is going to be looking out for him, but Joseph wants to take matters into his own hands. Although Joseph gets along well with his mother, his father is a different story altogether. A man who enjoys a good adventure, but nevertheless a man who doesn't speak many words to his son.

Joseph, age sixteen, comes across ancient powers. Powers that allow him to see people’s dreams. While discovering his powers, Joseph meets an oh-so-beautiful Cleopatra. What are these feelings he holds for her? She is as attractive as she is intimidating and he feels just a little scared. Who can blame him? For Joseph, when he took on these powers, everything changed.

This style of fantasy book wasn't the kind that I usually read, but it was well written. I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 14.


About the Author:
D. Robert Pease

D. Robert Pease

D. 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 creates.

D. Robert lives in the gray-skied world of Northeast Ohio with his wife, two kids (a boy and a girl) and two pets (a dog and a cat) and a pond full of goldfish. When not writing he loves to travel the U.S. via RV with his trusty Jeep in tow, or ride the hills of Ohio on his bike..

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