Friday, October 31, 2014


Mothers Love Can Conquer Any Fear - cover - Kommuru books

About the Book

Title: Mother's Love Can Conquer Any Fear! | Author: Subhash Kommuru | Illustrator: Sujata Kommuru | Publication Date: October, 2014 | Publisher: Kommuru Books | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8

Book Description: Shastriji is a wise old chicken who always has an answer for How.... until comes the vile crow Kaalia who is up to no good. All of Shastriji's ideas to deal with Kaalia one after other backfires. What if the right question was not "How" but “Why”? Could there be an end to the tyranny of Kaalia?

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Sneak Peek

Mothers Love Can Conquer Any Fear - inside page 1 - Kommuru Books

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About the Author & Illustrator: Subhash & Sujata Kommuru

Subhash and Sujata KommuruSubhash and Sujata Kommuru hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself.

Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea!

These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Haha! This wasn't supposed to post until tomorrow. Welcome Wednesday a day early.
The mind is a beautiful thing, except when it quits working.

If you have a chance, stop by Donna McDine's blog and visit with us a bit. We'd love to hear your comments. Thanks.

Guess what greeted me this morning when I looked out my window. My two deer. Yes, my deer. At least I've come to think of them as mine. I put corn out every evening and they eat and hang around, I suppose hoping for more. But I've read where you shouldn't feed them too much, so I limit their treat. Last night they didn't run from me when I went outside. I snapped a couple of pictures, though it was getting dark and I'm still learning how to use my new camera.

These are white tail.
Now if I could just convince them to stay in our pasture for the next few months, they'd be safe. Fences don't hold the deer. They leap over as though nothing is there.
What's happening in your world?
Happy Reading.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Monday Musings
If my former teachers could see me now, they wouldn't believe it. I'm reading about two books a week, reviewing them, and working on three books of my own. This from a girl who hated to read and hated book reports even more.
Today, I'm happy to host Kelly Hashway and her MG novel THE CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE #1.

Title: Curse of the Granville Fortune (Granville Fortune #1)
Publication Date:  October 21, 2014
Publisher:  Tantrum Books
Author: Kelly Hashway

Find the fortune, break the curse!


The hunt is on for an ancient treasure tied to nine-year-old J.B.’s family history. He’s been having visions that make him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into some kind of freak—or worse, going insane. But things are worse than he imagined. The visions stem from a family curse. An ancient ancestor was accused of stealing the massive Granville fortune, and now J.B.’s entirely family will suffer.


To break the curse, J.B. must find and return the Granville’s stolen property. But he’s not the only one searching for the treasure. As he sets out on his journey through a dark and foreboding forest, he’ll battle his worst fears and fight terrifying creatures along the way. And when he meets two others who share the missing pieces of his visions and suffer from the same curse, the three soon realize they need to work together to break the curse before it’s too late.

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My Review
By Kelly Hashway

What do you think of when you hear the words “Enchanted Forest?” Lovely fairy like creatures with transparent wings flittering about? The sound of music drifting through the air? Sweet smelling flowers and shiny leafed trees? A forest you’d love to visit?

In Author Kelly Hashway’s MG novel, THE CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE, J. B. and his sister, Holly, become lost in a forest, a forest where their worst nightmares become a reality. J. B. has visions. An old woman tells him he’ll be cursed until he returns what was taken. In his vision two others are with him. He doesn’t know who they are or what was taken, just that he was cursed. In their search for meaning to his visions, J. B. and Holly end up in Braeden Forest, where they might possibly find the answers.

THE CURSE OF THE GRANVILLE FORTUNE has a lot of characters, a lot of twists and turns and surprises. People are not always what they seem, and J. B., along with Holly and a girl named Noelle, don’t know who to trust in their quest to discover what was stolen, by whom, and what it means to each of the kids and their families. There’s plenty of action for young readers. J. B. is a good older brother, protective of his sister and Noelle. And you may just be surprised at some of the twists and turns in the story. This book would make a nice addition to school libraries, public libraries and your own personal library.

I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.




Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.


Author Links:  Website  | Twitter Facebook | Goodreads

Giveaway Information:  Winner will be drawn November 21, 2014

·        Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Curse of the Granville Fortune by Kelly Hashway (INT)

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Also, C. Lee McKenzie is reviewing STAR OF THE TEAM today on her blog. Stop by and say "Hi."

Happy Reading.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Welcome Wednesday
I never realized how much in life I take for granted.
My family, my home, my cats. Being able to see, to hear, to talk, to walk.
Then Sunday, when I'm usually at church but came home early because of my back,
I was blessed to watch the young man, Nick Vujicic, speak on TV. I laughed, I cried,
most of all I was inspired. He has the most positive outlook on life I've ever seen. If you haven't heard of this young man, look him up. I think you'll be inspired too.
Now, when you have a minute, stop by Suzanne's Thoughts for the Day and read her great interview with me,  "You Know How Girls Think." Thanks.
Happy Reading.

Monday, October 20, 2014


Monday Musings.
This week is starting out busy. Do I have some treats for you today. Let's get started.
First, meet Author Tim J. Myers and his latest children's book

It's amazing!  Ancient Mongols actually did put raw meat under their saddles to "tenderize" it!  And fortune cookies--gasp--don't come from China!  Tim J. Myers' Rude Dude's Book of Food is just out, a humorous, anecdote-filled history of popular foods (hamburgers, chocolate, etc.) tied to the Common Core and intended for upper-elementary/ middle-school students.  You know you're hungry--dig in!

From Rude Dude's Book of Food:

Dude, these are amazing times—you know it, I know it, and the babies in their strollers know it. But historians a thousand years from now won’t talk about computers or space shuttles or cable TV. They’ll call our time the Age of the Hamburger. Because it’s for dang sure that’s one of the coolest things to happen in the last couple centuries.

The average American eats three burgers a week. I guess that makes me two or three average Americans. I'm like, run a burger up the flagpole and I’ll salute. Then I’ll climb up after it. Gajillions of people feel the same. Hamburgers appear on American menus more than any other food. There was even a French chef in the White House—French, I'm saying, the gourmets of the world—who specialized in milk shakes and hamburgers. And at any time, one out of three Americans has downed a burger in the past 24 hours. I've read that all the burgers McDonald's has sold add up to 16 for every person on the planet today.

Wicked lot of ground beef, eh?

As you might expect, the popularity of hamburgers is causing some problems too. I'll talk about that in the final chapter. For now, let's just see how the whole thing happened.

I figure the sacred evolution of the hamburger began back when ancient cave-people knocked on animals with clubs and became meat-eaters. And somewhere along the line, some all-thumbs guy dropped his zebra haunch in the fire. Then he started crying and blubbering, then was dumb enough to snatch it out, and burned his fingers, and stuck them in his mouth to cool them off—and realized his fingertips tasted really, really delicious. (Let’s hope he didn't get confused and accidentally invent cannibalism). So people learned to cook their meat...

I didn't know that. Did you?
Watch those hamburgers, people.
Tim J. Myers is a writer, songwriter, storyteller, and senior lecturer at Santa Clara University. His children’s books--12 out and three on the way--have won recognition from the New York Times, NPR, and the Smithsonian. He’s published over 130 poems, won a first prize in a poetry contest judged by John Updike, has two books of adult poetry out, and won a major prize in science fiction. He won the West Coast Songwriters Saratoga Chapter Song of the Year and the 2012 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Fiction. Find him at or on Facebook at


Monday, October 20, 2014
The blogfest is meant to bring awareness of disease prevention and early detection regarding medical conditions that may be averted or treated if caught in the early stages. Our desire is to motivate people to go in for early screening, and if a condition is caught early and treated, then our world just became a little better place to live.
I have a particular cause that is dear to my heart, well, actually more than one, I'd like to share with you. Diabetes, Alzheimer's, kidney failure, and heart disease. I know, I told you.
Diabetes: Diabetes leads to other problems, so please, please keep track of your blood sugar count, eat healthy meals, take your medication if prescribed, and exercise.
Alzheimer's: This disease robs you of your mind.  There's very little worse than someone you've known for years looking at you as though you're stranger. Many factors play into the disease: age, genetics, environment, lifestyle.. Some risk factors can be changed.
Kidney failure: Manage your diabetes and blood pressure.
Heart Disease:  There are many causes. Again, eat healthy, exercise, don't smoke.
Early diagnosis is important, so keep those doctor appointments.
One more important matter today. Stop by Darby Karchut's blog where she's spotlighting STAR OF THE TEAM. We love comments.
Happy Reading.

Friday, October 17, 2014


Friday Fun.
Another week has flown past. I hope you've had a good one and are ready for a fun weekend.
Today I have a review for  STAR OF THE TEAM from my dear friend, Award Winning Author Darby Karchut. A good review from Darby is priceless. She says I can use the review whenever I want to. I want to now. When you read it, I think you'll see why I'm so happy.
Darby's Review
I've been waiting to read this book for a long time! Once again, Beverly Stowe McClure has written another winning middle grade story.
As with all of McClure's books, the characters are well-rounded and multi-layered. Kate, her family and friends, and even Emily, her enemy (or is she?) all protray typical pre-teen behavior, both enduring and frustrating. Simon, in particualar, is a delight. I love his willingness to try new things, even if he isn't very good at them - a great lesson for all of us.
While the plot revolves around Kate's dream of being the star of her basketball team, it is what Kate learns about herself and other people, that make this such a delightful read. And I have to say, I had to laugh at Kate's creative use of a face mask. Cracked me up!
The only problem I had with the book is that it's too short. I have quickly grown attached to the characters and I want to read more about them. This is my not-so-subtle plug to the author to write a sequel. Hint, hint. The other thing I like about the book is the emphsis of girls and sports. Yes, please - more books like this! McClure even had some boys on the girls' teams and vice versus.
Star of the Team is a terrific book for both girls and boys, espcially those that enjoy basketball. It would make a great addition to any school or classroom library.
Highly recommended.
You see why I'm floating on clouds. This is the second great review.
Star of the Team is available at:  Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Thank you, Darby.
Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. She's been known to run in blizzards and bike in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby writes suburban fantasy for tweens, teens, and adults, and is now trying her hand at contemporary romance. She'd love to talk with you. No. Seriously. She would.
Visit Darby at her blog.
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


It's that time again, Spooktacular Giveaway Hop.
In keeping with the holiday, I'm offering a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card along with an Amazon Gift Card for my YA Paranormal e book LISTEN TO THE GHOST.

And all you have to do is leave a comment about your favorite Halloween story or anything else you have to say. Be sure and add your email so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner.
Good luck!
Stop by the other blogs participating for more exciting prizes.
Happy Reading.