Friday, February 27, 2015

NICK'S INTRVIEW WITH KAI

Friday Fun!
The weekend to look forward to.
Did you know that yesterday was "Tell a Fairy Tale Day?" It was.
 
Feb. 26th is a day that Fairy Tales are made of. Since I didn't post yesterday, I wanted to do it today. This is a great opportunity to read to your kids. If the kids aren't around, read to yourself.
 
To qualify as a fairy tale, a story does not have to begin with "Once upon a time." It is a requirement that the story has a happy ending. There's nothing better than a good story that ends with "and they all lived happily ever after".      

 What is your favorite fairy tale? I can't name just one. Some of my favorites are:

The Princess and the Pea
Sleeping Beauty
Beauty and the Beast
Little Red Riding Hood


Now, this story isn't a fairy tale, but if you have a chance today, stop by Kai Strand's blog. She interviews Nick from I LIVE IN A DOGHOUSE. Nick would love for you to stop by and say "Hi." He might even tell you why he lives in a doghouse sometimes.



Have a great weekend.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

COVER REVEAL SOON

Welcome Wednesday!
 
How has your week been so far?
Has your weather improved? We went from spring to winter. A little snow, but mostly ice. I'm not complaining because it's nothing compared to other states. Most area schools closed Monday and started late Tuesday. I hibernated.
 
 
I also had some great news yesterday. I saw the galley for WEIRD NOISES IN THE  NIGHT.
This is a picture book mystery for ages 6-9, from Guardian Angel Publishing. I've been waiting a long time for this one. Watch for a cover reveal soon.
 
Happy Reading.

Monday, February 23, 2015

READING, WRITING, AND ARITHMETIC

Monday Musings!
 
I've been busy reading, reading, reading.
Now I have to write, write, write reviews.
I'm way behind and hope to catch up by the first of March. We'll see.
I have several new books to read, looking forward to them.
I'm not sure where the arithmetic comes in.
Counting the books, maybe? Adding up pages read?
 
Patches helped me choose contest winners one time.
 
She couldn't read the name, so I read it for her.
 
 
Happy Reading!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AOLEON THE MARTIAN GIRL PART 2

Welcome Wednesday!
She's back, our favorite Martian Girl, with more adventures and fun
in AOLEON THE MARTIAN GIRL: A SCIENCE FICTION AND
FANTASY SAGA PART 2 - THE LUMINESS OF MARS
by Author Brent LeVasseur.
 
 
 
Book Description:
Aoléon and Gilbert receive a special mission from PAX, a wanted criminal and leader of the Martian resistance movement to investigate the Luminon of Mars, who he suspects is planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her during a procession, and the duo are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard.

At Aoléon’s home, Gilbert meets Aoléon’s family, her sister Una, mother Phobos and father Deimos as well as her overzealous pet Zoot. He is also introduced to Bizwat, a covert operator and Procyon Commando, who uses his Saturn Pizza delivery job as a cover.

Gilbert then gets to visit the Martian Space Academy (Aoléon’s school) where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton and her friend Quarkina, as well as receiving a history lesson on the Martian people by Plutarch Xenocrates. After class, Gilbert and Aoléon get to train in zero-G and Gilbert is treated to a Psi-ball match between Martian Space Academy and Martian Science Academy.
 
 
 
Book Details:
Book Title: Aoléon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga - Part 2: The Luminess of Mars, written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur
Category:  Middle-Grade, 90 pages
Genre: Science-fiction and Fantasy
Publisher: Aoléon Press
Release date: February 23, 2015
Available for review in:  PDF
Will send books: Internationally
Tour dates: February 2015
Content Rating: G

 
Buy the Book:
Pre-order your copy today!
 
 


 
 
Buy The Martian Girl Song!
 
Another World - Single
Featuring 
Élan Noelle

Download on iTunes

Meet the Author:

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:   
Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoléon: The Martian Girl 
 
My Review:
 
AOLEON: THE MARTIAN GIRL PART 2
By Brent LeVasseur
 
Aoleon, our lovable Martian girl, and Gilbert, our adventuresome Earthling boy, are back. Author Brent LeVasseur’s AOLEON: THE MARTIAN GIRL, PART 2, follows our hero and heroine on another wild adventure as Aoleon introduces Gilbert to life on her planet. The reader learns a lot about Mars. For instance, on Mars, Gilbert has almost super human strength and speed. Nice. We also learn there is an age difference: Aoleon is a teenager on Mars, but according to Earth time she’s around 108 years old. The Martians can read each other’s minds, too, which sounds like fun, but it does have disadvantages. You can’t tell a lie because everyone knows when you do.  
Gilbert and Aoleon do a lot of fun things on Mars, like eat pizza, even though it’s quite a bit different to Earth pizza. They also attend school with students from Mars and “exchange students” from other planets, which is pretty interesting. Everything about Mars isn’t fun though. Danger also threatens the kids, and they soon find themselves on a mission to discover exactly what’s going on.
Mr. LeVasseur has invented some very unusual characters. Or has he? Do we really know what’s out there on other planets? Aoleon and the other characters in the story could be real. Who knows? The author also scatters colorful and fascinating illustrations throughout the story that give the reader a visual image of the characters and the planet. AOLEON: THE MARTIAN GIRL PART 2 is a nice follow up to the first book. I wonder what the daring duo will be up to in book 3.
This is a fun read for middle grade/tween readers. Adults will enjoy it too.
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Monday, February 16, 2015

SUPER BAD COVER REVEAL

Monday Musings!
Another fabulous book will soon be released. Super Bad, the third book in
Author Kai Strand's SVA series. How about that cover. Congratulations, Kai.



It's hard to be good when it's so much fun to be bad

Excerpt from Super Bad:

After sliding the card out of
the envelope, she stared at it for so long Lexa finally said, “Well?”
Sandra glanced at her friend
before frowning again at the card. Finally she handed it to Lexa and stared at
the flowers.

Seeing you last night was as refreshing as the clean smell after a
rainstorm.
—Set

Lexi’s lip curled up. “What does
this mean?”
“I’m not sure.” Sandra spoke
tentatively. “He obviously has a thing for weather.”
“And you,” Lexa said.
“Maybe.”
Lexa rolled her eyes. “What do
you mean, maybe? He became a stalker at the party last night, and now he’s sent
you your very first flowers.”
Sandra shook her head. “There’s
something…I don’t know.”
A thought somewhere deep in her gray matter teased
her, but kept getting overridden by images of Set’s beautiful face lowering
toward hers in the dark of the hedge cave. She mentally scolded herself to
focus, but then she remembered the feel of his power pulsing from him and
making her skin thrum when he came within a few inches of her, and her
concentration scattered.
She shook her head not wanting
to relive those memories. “I don’t know. I don’t really think it’s me he
wants.”
Lexa smelled an oversized rose unfurled in full bloom
in the middle of a bouquet that somehow looked like a summer storm stuffed into
a vase—all whites and lavenders, purples and deep blues. “It sure looks like
he’s focused on you, Sand.”

SUPER BAD The unexpected conclusion to the
Super Villain Academy series.

The world is in chaos. Violence and thievery reign. And with
the supers still balanced, it’s only getting worse. Without good versus evil,
the supers care less and less. In order to restore purpose, the world needs its
super heroes and its super villains, but the one who balanced them in the first
place is missing.

Sandra’s concern over finding her brother, Jeff, isn’t her
only problem. Her pathetic excuse for super powers has left her needing a new
ankle. And though she’s still very much committed to her boyfriend, Source,
she’s growing unreasonably attracted to Set, the boy who double crossed Jeff by
stealing his girlfriend.

When Sandra is taken and held as bait by kids who want to
unbalance the super world, it becomes the inciting event that changes things
for supers everywhere and forces them to answer the question, “Hero or
villain?”
***
Super Bad is scheduled for release in June, but there have been whispers
of it releasing sooner. Don’t miss out. Subscribe to Kai’s mailing list and be
among the first to know.
***
King of Bad - Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules. He wears his bad
boy image like a favorite old hoodie; until he learns he has superpowers and is
recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad.
Is Jeff bad enough for SVA?

Polar Opposites - Heroes and villains are balanced.
After Oceanus is kidnapped, Jeff learns the supers are so balanced, they no
longer care to get involved. Ironically Jeff’s superpowers are spiraling out of
control. Will they find Oci before he looses it completely, and will they find
her alive?
***
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About the author:



When
her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her
family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her
boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an
award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to
provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for
young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for the younger ones,
Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Learn more about Kai and
her books on her website, www.kaistrand.com.

Friday, February 13, 2015

LOOKING FOR LOVE COVER REVEAL

Fun Friday!
What can be more fun than the cover reveal for Author Ashelyn Drake's new book,
LOOKING FOR LOVE? Isn't it gorgeous?
 
 

 
 


Fans asked, and Ashelyn Drake agreed. Mike from the Campus Crush companion series needed another story. The final installment of the Campus Crush series, Looking For Love, will release on March 17th. Because this is a companion series, the books stand on their own and do not need to be read in order.

Right now, you can read the other books in the series for FREE. Find them on Kindle and Nook as individual books

or all together in one boxset. (The boxset does not include Looking For Love.)


And now for the cover of Looking For Love!


Mike Hannigan is looking for love in all the wrong places. Maybe that’s because having his heart torn to shreds by who he thought was the perfect girl left some emotional scarring. But that’s about to change. 

Summer Patterson isn’t like anyone Mike’s dated before, and he can’t help but be intrigued by her. Now if only he could keep his foot out of his mouth long enough to win her over. But when a secret involving Summer brings Mike’s past crashing back to the present, he’ll need some backup from his best friend and wingwoman, Mindy, to sort out the mess.

Will Mike find love before he leaves Timberland College for good?

Add it on Goodreads.



*This is a New Adult title and is not suitable for younger readers.*





Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult
romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or
her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her
family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and
there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She is represented by Sarah
Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
















Wednesday, February 11, 2015

FINDING THOR COVER REVEAL


 
 
Welcome Wednesday!
I'm so excited. I have a treat for you today. It just arrived in my mail last night.
"What is it?" you ask.
I'm glad you asked.
We're talking about the cover for Author Kai Strand's latest novel. It is a beauty.
 
 
Gorgeous.
 

FINDING THOR 

The wait is almost over! 

 
Tragedy has left Cara Cassidy broken and the only thing keeping her from giving in completely is her guilt. Until Nik Rock.

Nik stirs up feelings in degrees she has never experienced, and causes her to do things that most assuredly give him the wrong impression – like kiss him before their first date. Somehow, he breaks down the walls around her emotions until she has no choice but to forgive herself and feel again.

But a mysterious, troubled past follows Nik, and Cara may prove to be his weakest link.

When a royal princess shows up looking for Nik, and an international gang arrives looking for missing jewels, Cara lands in mortal danger. Will she be able to save herself? What will happen to her newly repaired psyche if she loses Nik?

Romance, mystery, and high stakes – just another day in high school.
Early reviews say:

 -
Hold onto your seats when you open this book!
-R
omance that grips you by the collar and doesn't let you go until the end.
-Could not put this book down!
 
Click here to add to Goodreads - then click below to claim your exclusive offer
Exclusive: Free Chapter (drop me an email after you've added it to your shelf)
Congratulations, Kai.
Happy Reading.