Thursday, January 4, 2018

BLOG TOUR / REVIEW FOR: POTION MASTERS - THE ETERNITY ELIXIR - BY FRANK L. COLE



Welcome to my stop on this fabulous tour:

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DESCRIPTION:

For hundreds of years, all of our medical findings, our technological advancements, and even our weapons are a direct result of magical potions. Few people know about the truth because few people are aware of the hidden potion community known as B.R.E.W.–the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide.
Twelve-year-old Gordy knows all about the importance of cauldrons, flasks, and Bunsen burners. He has an extensive knowledge of hundreds of ingredients including Toadflax, porcupine quills, and catfish eyes because Gordy’s mother is the Director of B.R.E.W., and he is an apprentice potion master with a secret lab in his family’s basement.
When the world’s most powerful potion–the Eternity Elixir–disappears and then mysteriously ends up in Gordy’s possession, he must use all of his skills to protect the “forbidden potion” before enemies of B.R.E.W. find and use it to destroy the world as we know it.
Gordy recruits his two best friends, Max and Adeline, to assist him while his mother leaves to confront the most powerful elixirist of all time-the great Mezzarix-who happens to be Gordy’s grandfather.
The Eternity Elixir is the first book in the Potion Masters trilogy.
MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:
Let us just start with the cover.  It's awesome.  I always fall in love with a cover before I even look at what the book is about.  Sometimes that is a good thing, and sometimes not.  This time it is definitely a good thing.  This book was so much fun to read. 

This is great book for any age reader, but will probably be particularly good for middle grade.  Although I am no longer in middle grade, and I loved the book...so I guess it's good for old people too :).

I read that this book was about potions, so I just assumed it meant it was about magic as well.  I was wrong.  I guess I just assumed they went hand in hand.  Well, we all know what assuming does.  I am happy to say that this is just about potion brewing, and it was so exciting.  We all know how powerful potions can be.....and in this book we get to explore the world of potion making with Gordy.  His love for brewing sends us on an exciting adventure.


Gordy is a 12 year old boy and is already a master potions-maker just like his mom Wanda.  Wanda is an Elixirist, Fourth Class, and one of the greatest concoters of potions in the country.

Gordy learns that his mom works for B.R.E.W. and gets to visit work with her.  There Gordy learns what his mother really does for work.  When, Wanda gets an urgent message during Gordy's visit, they return home, and his mother leaves immediately.  

Gordy has two great friends that accidentally learned about his ability to make potions during a dinner one night.  Gordy, begged his mother not to erase all their memories, and allow him to share his gift with his two best friends, Max and Adilene.  Although, Gordy's mom would rather him work with other kids like him, Gordy has convinced his mother that his friends are trust worthy.  Good thing!

While Gordy's mother is away a strange package is delivered to their home, and Gordy decides to open it.  I guess he wasn't taught not to open things that are not addressed to him.  Once Gordy opens the package a world of chaos is opened upon his family and friends.

Who knew opening a package could be so dangerous?  

The ride I got to enjoy with Gordy, his friends and family was so exciting.  I read most of the book before bed one night.  It is a fast, fun, and exciting read.  If you or your kids like adventure, potions, mummies?, danger, and excitement this book is for you.  Pick it up!  Read it with your children, and enjoy the ride.  I am so excited to see where the next book takes us.  What an awesome beginning to a series!

Here is a fun book trailer to help you get even more excited about the book!!

I was given this book as part of a tour in return for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.



MY RATING:


A SPECIAL THANKS TO:

for allwoing me to be part of this tour!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Frank L. Cole lives with his wife and three children out West. When he's not writing books, Frank enjoys going to the movies and traveling. He is the author of nine books. He is an active promoter of reading and using your imagination and has been to more than 120 schools presenting to kids. His philosophy is “With a good imagination you can solve any problem you ever come up against in life!


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

I KNOW!!! I KNOW!!!! I ALWAYS SAY THIS.......


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I keep saying I am going to be better at blogging and posting.  I really try.  I know it doesn't seem like it, but I do.  This year, I plan to do better.......but I have said that before..hehe.  Well, I can say it, and I just hope it happens.  

My fathers health declined quickly for a few months and I was unable to do anything but help my mother take care of things around the house, and shopping while she took care of my dad.  Now he has kind of leveled off, and it's not so iffy, I hope to be able to do more.  Although, I do have a lot more on my plate now, with helping my mother, I wouldn't change it for anything in the world.  They are the greatest people on the planet and I am honored to be able to help them at this time in their lives.  

Who knows what the future holds.  I just hope to do some more things that I enjoy while helping at the same time.  This life is too short not to enjoy the things we love.  There is a time and a season for everything.  It might not be my time or season to blog everyday right now, but I do hope to do better.  

Thank you to all of those who still check on me, and read my blog, even though it's patchy.  I love this blogging community and have learned so much from all of you!  

Happy New Year!  I hope that this year brings you all good things!

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

BLOG TOUR / REVIEW FOR - LIES JANE AUSTEN TOLD ME - BY JULIE WRIGHT


Welcome to my tour stop for this awesome book!

pic taken from blog tour info, description taken from shadowmountain.com

DESCRIPTION:


Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she’s been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.



But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she’s good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake’s younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.



What she can’t understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake’s arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him. It isn’t until Lucas reveals to Emma that he was adopted into the Hampton family that she begins to understand his loyalty to Blake as well as his devotion to the child April-she is Lucas’s biological niece.



Emma opens up to Lucas about the feelings of abandonment she has harbored ever since she was a child and her mother left the family. As she helps Lucas deal with his past demons, she is able to exorcise some of her own.



Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it’s time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it’s time for him to love her back.

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

Again, Proper Romance hits it out of the ball park.  This was an absolutely delightful read.  I am in love with the cover.

While I was reading this I got a "While You Were Sleeping" feeling, which is wonderful, because that is my favorite movie of all time.

Let me start by saying that I love all things Proper Romance.  They are such amazing, clean, entertaining and well written books.  If you want to see more books in this series you can go here.  I have read every single one of them and each one has been amazing.  I mean, A MAY ZING!  This book is no different.

Emma thought she was in love with Blake Hampton.  A young, wealthy bachelor who chose her.  Emma was getting more responsibilities at work, that she had worked very hard for.  Blake invites Emma to his parents house for the weekend, but Emma doesn't feel like she can go.  She tells Blake she won't make it, but her team encourages her to have their work meeting, and then drive out to meet Blake and surprise him.

Emma's team is convinced it is going to be a marriage proposal.  When Emma showed up at the Hampton's Estate, it was she who got the surprise not Blake.  It was then Emma realized she loved Blake more than he loved her.  

While leaving the Hampton house Emma upset, and angry, she realizes she doesn't have a way to get back home.  When she stomps down the driveway, a car pulls up and asks if he can help.  When Emma realizes it's Blake's brother she doesn't want to have anything to do with him, but also realized she would never make it back home without his help.

Making it home, sad, disappointed, and hurt, Emma decides she is just going to focus all on work from now on.  

Then she gets put in charge of finding new locations for her business and they bring on someone new to help out.  Of course, you guessed it, Lucas Hampton.  Emma was NOT happy about the new companion she would have to deal with while trying to get over her ex.  Now she is expected to find new locations, and work with her exes brother.

A comedy of errors (okay maybe not comedic errors, but you'll get it) , and misunderstandings happen from that point on.  Emma loving Jane Austen so much has decided she lied about how men were, and was going to give up on them and break up with Austen.  Little by little she sees that her resolve is waining, and she is finding Lucas agreeable and easy to work with.

I don't want to say much more because I want you to go and read it for yourself.  The writing is beautiful.  I felt as though I was a fly on the wall whenever Emma was around.  I love it when a book pulls me in that way.  If you like Jane Austen, then you will love this book.  Like I said at the beginning it gave me a "While You Were Sleeping" feel, and it was FAN FREAKING TASTIC!

I took this book in all in one day, because that is how much this book grabbed me.  Forget dinners, kids, responsibilities, I mean who can deal with that kind of stuff when your in the throws of love, and hurt.  hehehe.  Okay, I wish I could say I was kidding about ignoring everyone and everything, but I am not.  That his just how much I loved this book.  Pick it up, you won't regret it!

Source:  I was given this book as part of a blog tour, in return for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

MY RATING:
this book deserves my +1!



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Julie Wright wrote her first book when she was fifteen, and has since written twenty-three novels. She has a husband, three kids, a dog, and a varying amount of fish, frogs, and salamanders (depending on attrition). She loves writing, reading, traveling, speaking at schools, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.

A SPECIAL THANKS TO:


for the opportunity to review this amazing book!






Tuesday, October 17, 2017

BLOG TOUR / REVIEW FOR: A IS FOR ADAM AN ALPHABET BOOK OF BIBLE HEROES - BY AUTHOR - HEIDI POELMAN & ILLUSTRATOR - MAGGIE COBURN


Welcome to my stop for this fun tour!

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DESCRIPTION:

Bring your favorite scriptural heroes to life with this fun family ABC book! Discover the amazing men and women God inspired to do great things in His name, from A for Adam to Z for Zacharias. Colorful and entertaining, this book is the perfect way to teach alphabet letters and Bible lessons at the same time!

MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

I love children's books so much.  I don't have little kids anymore so when I get a chance to review them I jump at them.  I am building my "grandma" pile.  One day maybe ;).

This book is perfect for little ones you're trying to teach Bible stories to.  The illustrations are beautiful, and the stories are short and sweet.  I was always searching for books like this when I had little kids to entertain them during church, so this would be good for that as well.

I don't care what age I am,  it's always nice to remind myself of these important stories, and to teach them to my children.  I have two teenagers at home, and even reading it to them brought up questions and spiritual conversations.  That in itself is enough reason to go out and buy it :).

This is a sweet, very well illustrated book of Bible Heroes from A-Z!  Your little ones will enjoy it.  It's a great teaching tool.  I highly recommend this cute book.

Source:  I was given this book as part of a tour.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL  thoughts on the book.

MY RATING:



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A SPECIAL THANKS TO:


 VISIT THESE OTHER TOUR SITES:

“A is for Adam” blog tour schedule:

10/16Cute Everything
10/16Rockin’ Book Reviews
10/17Reading is My Passion
10/18My Book a Day
10/18TWishful Endings
10/18Amanda Nicolle
10/19I Am a Reader
10/19Three Boys and An Old Lady
10/20A.L. Sowards
10/20Head Over Books
10/24 Brooklyn Berry Designs
10/24Singing Librarian
10/24Literary Time Out
10/24Literary Time Out
10/24A Bliss Complete
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR:


Heidi Poelman is the author of A is for Abinadi: An Alphabet Book of Scripture Heroes, A Mother’s Greatest Gift, The Two-Minute Marriage Project: Simple Secrets for Staying in Love, and the upcoming books, I Can Love Like Jesus and A Is for Adam: An Alphabet Book of Scripture Heroes. Heidi received her degrees in communication from Brigham Young University (BA) and Wake Forest University (MA). She lives in Utah with her husband and three children.

Maggie Coburn loves drawing and storytelling. She has her BA in anthropology fromUC Santa Cruz (where she discovered the amazing art form that is scientific illustration), and her MFA in traditional illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She lives with her husband and son in California.
Author Residence: Sandy, UT; Illustrator Residence: Encinco, CA




Monday, September 18, 2017

BOOK REVIEW FOR - SEEKING MANSFIELD - BY KATE WATSON

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DESCRIPTION:

Sixteen-year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend, the Bertram's son Oliver. If she could just take Oliver's constant encouragement to heart and step out of the shadows, she'd finally chase her dream of joining the prestigious Mansfield Theater. 

When teen movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move next door to the Bertram's, they immediately set their sights on Oliver and his cunning sister, Juliette, shaking up Finley and Oliver's stable friendship. As Emma and Oliver grow closer, Harlan finds his attention shifting from Juliette to the quiet, enigmatic, and thoroughly unimpressed Finley. Out of boredom, Harlan decides to make her fall in love with him. Problem is, the harder he seeks to win her, the harder he falls for her. 

But Finley doesn't want to be won, and she doesn't want to see Oliver with anyone else. To claim Oliver's heart—and keep her own—she'll have to find the courage to do what she fears most: step into the spotlight.


MY REVIEW / THOUGHTS:

Well, welcome to the writing world Ms. Watson!  Your debut novel is amazing, and has been a pleasure to read and review!  

Let's take a moment to visit the characters of this book.

Finely - has had a horribly hard life.  It started to look up when the Bertrams took her and her brother Liam in after their fathers death.  At first she is quiet and reserved, and only trusted the Bertram's son Oliver.

Liam - Finley's older brother who is on the search for a professional soccer team to play for.  He's kind, and compassionate.  He has a soft spot for his sister, and misses her terribly when he is gone.

Oliver - is yummy.  Right from the very beginning he is just yummy.  He cares for Finley like an over protective guard dog, but he is finding it harder and harder to fight his feelings for her.

Juliette - is Oliver's evil sister.  I don't think I have much more to say about her.  She's just evil.

Emma - teen movie star who moves in next door to the Bertram's.  Emma is not my favorite person.  She acts like a spoiled princess.  Of course she usually gets her way because she is famous.  She gets the "dislike" (in my eyes) because she has her eyes on Oliver.

Harlan - sounds like your typical teenage throb.  He's famous and he knows it.  He is known for all the shenanigans he puts on.  Let's just say Harlan is my least favorite person in this book.  He is a great guy to hate :).

Finley likes to be in the background.  She has only ever really trusted one person in her life and that is Oliver.  He constantly lifts her up, and watches over her.  Finley believes she might have feelings for Oliver other than friendship and then the Crawford's move in next door.  Ruining Finley's dreams of being with Oliver.

Oliver really likes Finely but doesn't quite know how to tell her.  Then a distraction in the name of Emma moves in next door to him, and he doesn't have to focus so much on Finley any more.  He is constantly concerned for her, but is able to put his feelings for her aside, as he seeks out a relationship with Emma.

Finley feels a little jaded over the whole thing, because now she is forced to spend more time with Harlan, who seems to always be around when Emma is around.  She loathes him.  She thinks he's superficial and arrogant.

Harlan decides he must win Finely over, and while doing so he volunteers to help her with her theater group, and volunteers for Oliver's passion called M.A.D.  While doing this Finley finds out there is more to Harlan than meets the eye.  Slowly he wiggles his way into her life, and Finely accepts him as he is. (which was a horrible idea...just FYI ;))

The relationships in this book are messed up :).  In a way you cannot put the book down because it's like a train wreck, you just cannot turn away.

I love the writing in this book.  I love the setting, and the characters.  They come to life with Watson's words.  You feel their joys and their pains.  It was like watching a movie while reading the book.  Fantastic.

There are so many wonderful things in this book.  Life lessons, acquired love and finding healing in the most unlikely places.  

This book was written by a good friend of one of my nieces.  I have been following her journey to see her dream come to life in this published novel.  If you like love stories, with amazing characters and writing, you will love this book.  Watson is a very talented writer and it has been fun to see her dreams become a reality.

Source:  I bought this book for myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

Content:  Clean and fantastic

MY RATING:


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ABOUT THE AMAZING AUTHOR:

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Kate Watson is a young adult writer, wife, mother of two, and the tenth of thirteen children. Originally from Canada, she attended college in the States and holds a BA in Philosophy from Brigham Young University. A lover of travel, speaking in accents, and experiencing new cultures, she has studied in Israel and lived in Brazil, the American South, and now calls Arizona home. 

Her first novel, SEEKING MANSFIELD, debuts in Spring 2017, with the companion novel to follow in 2018. She is also a contributor to Eric Smith's Welcome Home adoption anthology coming in 2017.