Feature Follow Friday (July 25)

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the Friday Feature Follow!

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (links above) and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
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The Question:

What is your favorite TV series that you can watch over and over again on Netflix?

My Answer: 

We don’t have cable, and the “basic” cable we have is pretty much all Spanish channels, so we have Netflix and we use it to our full advantage.

However, I don’t watch reruns (or in this case, repeats since we can choose episodes). I’ve never been like my friend, who can watch the same FRIENDS episode every other day and never tire of it. I watch it once and I’m pretty much done. The only one that I will watch out of order, or if it’s on at someone’s house, is How I Met Your Mother.

I binge watch shows. I’ve watched Pretty Little Liars, The Secret Life of an American Teenager, Revenge (I REALLY like this show and will have to go back and rewatch to make sure I didn’t miss things), Andy Griffith Show, Heartland, How I Met Your Mother, Downtown Abbey and Sherlock. I finished all of the seasons that were on Netflix at the time that I watched each of those shows, except for Andy Griffith. I love the show, and I love Andy Griffith, but all I can seem to do is fall asleep when I put it on.

Right now I am watching Murder She Wrote, which D has actually started watching with me! And he likes it! He’ll come home and tell me to put on the next episode. 🙂

 {Next Week: What is the biggest city you live near (or interesting landmark)? Show us a postcard picture.}

What are some of your favorite funny YouTube vidoes? Leave me a comment with your response and your Friday Follow. 

Blast + Giveaway: Son of War, Daughter of Chaos

Son of War Daughter of Chaos Blog Tour

Title: Son of War, Daughter of Chaos
Author: Janette Rallison
Release Date: July 2014
Length: 326 pages
Series?: ?
Genre: YA, Paranormal

Find the book: Website | Goodreads | Amazon 

To check out all the stops on the tour, check out the tour schedule.

*****Synopsis*****

22493296Aislynn is accustomed to watching for the enemy. Her parents instructed her from the time she was young to look for the signs: people with greater than normal strength, eyes that can glow green, and have the ability to jump long distances. Over the years, Aislynn has come to view her parents’ fears as quirks—things that get in the way of having a normal high school life.

When Aislynn’s mother dies under suspicious conditions, her father doubles his restrictions. But all his precautions can’t stop the boy with glowing green eyes from finding Aislynn. She realizes too late she’s been drafted into an ancient Egyptian war, whether she’s prepared or not.

*****About the Author*****

Janette RallisonJanette Rallison is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that.

Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off.

Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

*****Giveaway*****

There is $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cashup for grabs in this giveaway. Ends 8/17/14.

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the publisher. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Review+ Giveaway: Becoming Lady Lockwood

Title: Becoming Lady Lockwood
Author: Jennifer Moore
Publisher: Covenant
Release Date: July 2014
Series?: no
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: e-book
Source: I Am A Reader

Find the book: Website | Goodreads | AmazonB&N

For all stops on the tour, please hop on over to the tour schedule.

*****Synopsis*****

Becoming Lady LockwoodAmelia Beckett is delighted to be a widow. Married by proxy to a man she’d never met, Amelia recognizes that a fortuitous entry into widowhood frees her from meddlesome chaperones and matchmakers. Heiress to her mother’s sugar plantation in Jamaica, she happily anticipates working in a man’s world, with the additional credibility of her new title: Lady Lockwood. But with the arrival of Captain Sir William Drake, her plans quickly go awry . . . William has traversed the Atlantic with one purpose. If he cannot prove that Amelia’s marriage to his brother was a fraud, she will be entitled to a sizeable portion of his family’s estate. He is determined to return this duplicitous Lady to London for an official hearing, and he carries with him a letter that will ensure her cooperation . . . Left with no choice, Amelia joins the captain on his return voyage to England, and the two quickly find that ship life does not allow for evasion. Amelia and William are ceaselessly thrown together, and amidst fierce storms and ocean battles, what began as antipathy seems to be evolving quite unexpectedly. But as they draw ever closer to their destination, will the impossibility of their circumstances shatter any hope of a future together?

*****Review*****

Amelia Becket has enjoyed the sun and relaxed social constricts of Jamaican society. She has put herself fully into making her late mother’s sugar plantation a success, engaged in all aspects of plantation life. She lives alone in her house, as her father is an admiral in the British Navy. Since her mother’s death when she was 10, her father has been to Jamaica only twice, the first time to fight to get rights to the plantation and the second time to have her marry an earl by proxy.

Within the first few pages, I had no love for Amelia’s father. He reminded me of someone I know: wants everything for himself, even if it is his, will contrive any way to obtain what he wants, and uses his power and title to belittle and threaten to help “sway” others decisions. In essence, as self-centered, greedy jerk masquerading as an upstanding man of the British Navy.

But Captain William Drake does not know any of this. He has been sent to Jamaica to collect Amelia and take her to London to settle the suit he has brought against her father regarding her marriage to his late brother. Awkward! Right from the start he is cold and rude, but his right hand man, Sidney, provides the warmth and civility that Drake is lacking. They develop a fast friendship after boarding, as Amelia does with all of the crew…all except one Captain William Drake.

Just as with her plantation, Amelia immerses herself into ship life. She helps out everywhere she can, and does everything but loading and firing cannons. She endears herself to all, and I thought there would come a moment when the crew would turn mutinous against the captain for some silly brained punishment to met out to Amelia, but that didn’t happen.

William Drake is a very astute man. Despite his personal feelings about Amelia’s marriage to his late brother, he does not let that blind him to some of the smaller details Amelia reveals about her life, and he quickly picks up on them and puzzles over them, trying to see the larger picture and understand her relationship with her father. He quickly comes to correct conclusions, and during all of his trying to figure it out, we see a different side of Captain William Drake, a man worthy of admiration, compassion and love.

That is all about to be ruined, as the Captain’s mission orders take his ship and crew of 800+ directly into French waters and danger. Soon they learn that his exact location and mission route was released to the French. There is a traitor somewhere in the British Navy that wants somebody aboard his ship dead, and Drake can’t help but wonder if Amelia is the target.

I loved Amelia Becket. She is the kind of woman who I would want to be friends with, and if I had lived during her time, I think I would be very much like her. She may not be as “refined” as some of the London ton, but she doesn’t need that kind of refinery. She is fine just the way she is, and Captain Drake soon realizes this, too.

There were several parts of the book that I loved. When Amelia takes her first meal with the officers of the ship, it is a dry, dull meal, until she makes a joke at the Captain’s expense. That was the first moment of her acceptance on the ship, which is an unusual thing since having a woman aboard is known wide and far to be bad luck.

Another of my favorite parts was Amelia’s birthday. The officers organized something for her birthday, and the men were very accommodating and sweet about the whole thing. It made me glad that she was surrounded by people who truly cared about her…until Captain Drake walks in because all the men are all late. After dismissing all but one of his crew, he requests something quite scandalous of Amelia for that time. That scene was wonderful to read about, and when Amelia returned to her cabin there was a gift for her. 🙂

This was a fast-paced, intriguing and wonderful read. I would like to see what happens to some of the characters after the conclusion of this book, but I don’t believe it will be a series.

*****About the Author*****

Jenny MooreJennifer Moore is a Passionate reader and writer of all things romance, helping her find balance with the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family. You can learn more about her at authorjmoore.com. The author’s first book, Becoming Lady Lockwood, is a regency romance centered on the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 1800s.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

*****Giveaway*****

There is a $25 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash) up for grabs. Ends 8/7/14.

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the publisher. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Blast + Giveaway: Have You Seen My Tail?

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the adorable picture book “Have You Seen My Tail?” by Kathryn Harper.

Title: Have You Seen My Tail?
Author: Kathryn Harper
Publisher: Green Cup Publishing
Release Date: July 2014
Length: 36 pages
Series?: Katie-Jane, Book #2
Recommended Ages: 3 to 8
Source: Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Find the book: Website | Goodreads | Amazon

You can also purchase the first book in the Katie-Jane Series, “Am I a Chameleon?” by clicking the book cover below:

Am I a Chameleon by Kathrn Harper

*****Synopsis*****

Have You Seen My Tail? by Kathryn HarperAnyone who has ever struggled to accept – or longed to experience – change of any kind will be able to relate to Katie-Jane’s second story, “Have You Seen My Tail?” Using rhyming verse, and laugh-out-loud moments, Katie-Jane begins this story feeling bored. She is surprised and shocked as she meets a butterfly, a frog and a snake; who are all struggling to accept the recent big changes in their lives. Different perspectives help all four characters to accept their own situations, and embrace change in the way life offers it to them. “Have You Seen My Tail?” is the second book in the six-part Katie-Jane series, designed to encourage the reader to ‘be the very best version of you.’

*****Sneak Peek*****

Have You Seen My Tail? by Kathrn Harper - Inside Page

***** Early Buzz About the Book*****

“Author Kathryn Harper offers insightful questions and answers at the end of the book explaining how she feels about change. I love how these insightful thoughts give the reader a chance to verbalize their own feelings. Like her other books, the illustrations are beautiful and vivid. Each of the animals has a wonderfully rich texture, color, and personality. The Katie-Jane books continue to not disappoint, I look forward to seeing the next books in the series.” ~ 5 Star Review, Katherine R., Amazon

“Katie-Jane is a very sweet character in “Have You Seen My Tail?” She helps to explain change in a gentle and unsuspecting way. This is the second book in the series for Author, Kathryn Harper. She writes a relatable story that children all over the world can grasp and understand. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Mary Jo P., Amazon

******About the Author*****

Kathryn HarperI have always loved to write, draw and create, but my books are inspired by more than my love for their medium.

As a child I was selective mute. Both my struggles and my breakthroughs are a source of inspiration toward creating Katie-Jane and her stories.

I grew up in the UK, after living in Johannesburg between the ages of two and five. Today I live in Wanaka, New Zealand, with my two gorgeous children and partner, Simon. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to call this place home, where an adventure can begin every time we step outside.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Goodreads

*****Giveaway*****

There is a  $25 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash) up for grabs in this Amazon 25 gift cardgiveaway. Open internationally. Contest ends August 21, 11:59 pm, 2014.

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER ORMDBR Book Promotion Services WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A 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 the 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, Kathryn Harper 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.

WWW Wednesdays (July 23)

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This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Should Be Reading. To join in, click on the image above, and answer these three questions: 

What are you currently reading?

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Doesn’t it look lovely? I LOVE the cover. The colors and the fading overlays was done perfectly. It’s gorgeous and (I’m betting) representative of the book.

I have just started reading so I’m not too far in to share much, but it is the first book in a trilogy series and written by a Cameroonian author.

Young tribal girl, Yefon Labam, knows she’s different. During the 1950’s, in her Central African village, women are uneducated and are expected to either work on a farm or be one of many wives, but Yefon dares for more—she wants to learn how to read, even if looking at a book could mean her death. Although everyone thinks she’s an abomination, including her mother and sisters, her father knows she’s destined for greater things. When he is murdered, Yefon clings to the gift he gave her for inspiration—a red necklace. She soon comes to realize that the necklace is no ordinary ornament, but a talisman crafted by the spirits. Yefon walks a dangerous path that could lead to her freedom…or her death. 

What did you recently finish reading?

Look for the review for Wild Iris Ridge next week – and today for Becoming Lady Lockwood!

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What do you think you’ll read next?

I might get a head start on my next tour book, Life Interrupted, or Elizabeth McKenna’s Venice in the Moonlight, but I am dying to start in on Storms of Lazarus. Find out next week which one I choose!

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How about you? Have you read or TBRed any of these? What are you reading this week? Please leave a comment with either the link to your own WWW Wednesday post, or share your answers in the comments here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! 🙂

21 Free E-Books About Witches for Kindle

Thanks to our wonderful world of blogging, I stumbled upon this great find at Books That Hook! 20 Free e-books about Witches for the Nook…but not for Kindle, as the title listed. 😦

I verified that all the listed titles are indeed free from Amazon for Kindle, and actually found one more freebie! I found that I already had downloaded several of the books, and snagged a few more!

The links for Amazon are listed below. If you are looking for the Nook links scoot on over to Books That Hook.

These e-books were free as of 7/22/14. Please check current price before downloading.
1. Liz Schulte: Easy Bake Coven

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2. Kristen Middleton: Enchanted Secrets

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3. Karice Bolton: Lonely Souls

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4. Chelsea Bellingeri: New England Witch Chronicles

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5. Lacey Weatherford: The Trouble With Spells

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6. Angie Fox: The Accidental Demon Slayer

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7. Dianna Hardy: The Witching Pen

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8. Dianna Hardy: Wilted

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9. H.P. Mallory: To Kill a Warlock

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10. Sarah Makela: The Witch Who Cried Wolf

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11. Deanna Chase: Haunted on Bourbon Street

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12. Tara West: Witch Flame

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13. SM Reine: Witch Hunt

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14. Tabitha Shay: Witch’s Brew

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15. Amber Argyle: Witch Song

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16. Olivia Harden: Witch Way Bends

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17. Tonya Kappes: A Charming Crime

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18. Odette C. Bell: Witch’s Bell Book One

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19. Elizabeth A. Reeves: How (Not) to Play With Magic

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20. H.P. Mallory: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

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21. Odette C. Bell: Magical Influence Book One

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Review: The Husband Maker

The Husband Maker by Karey WhiteTitle: The Husband Maker
Author: Karey White
Publisher: Orange Door Press
Release Date: July 2015
Length: 226 pages
Series?: Husband Maker #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: e-book
Source: I Am A Reader

Find the book: Website | Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

*****Synopsis*****

Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband maker” and sadly, it fits. Every guy she’s dated since high school has become his next girlfriend’s husband. Not hers. Not three girlfriends down the road. The next.

Is she doing something wrong or is she just cursed?

When Kyle Aldsworth enters the picture and sweeps her off her feet, Charlotte begins to hope that maybe she’s not destined to be single forever. A senator’s son with political aspirations of his own, Kyle’s wealthy, handsome, and in need of a wife. Will Charlotte be disappointed yet again, or will she finally be able to make a husband for herself?

*****Review*****

She has a track record, and she’s whispered to be the husband maker.

And it’s true. Every guy she’s dated has gone on to marry the next woman…and Charlotte overhears this from her college roommate’s mother at – you guessed it! – her ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

Charlotte is a twin. She’s been teased endlessly by her twin brother and their lifetime best friend, Angus. Angus is always there to clean up shop for Charlotte. Breakup? They go to “therapy” at their favorite BBQ joint. Angus and I were on the same page: why does Charlotte continue to put herself through torture by going to her ex-boyfriends’ weddings?

On top of her nickname, Charlotte’s twin is already married and so is her little sister!

The book frequently flashed back to the past, sharing insights about Charlotte and her history, in alignment for the current situation…almost like Charlotte’s stream of consciousness when put in some of the situations she finds herself in.

Once Charlotte finds out about the nickname her friends call her behind her back, her boss is dying to set her up with her husband’s best friend. And she’s not even ashamed to use Charlotte’s notoriety as the husband maker to her advantage. She wants her husband’s friend married already!

Charlotte finally agrees, but after much trepidation. The guy is nearly 10 years older than her…and he comes from money. Like, senator’s son money. Charlotte enjoys her dates with Kyle, and he’s a nice, kind, caring, genuine guy.

It had been a perfect date, and I was sad for it to end.

“Snort again for me,” Kyle said on the drive home.

“I don’t snort on demand. You have to earn my snorts.”

“I wish I could spend the evening trying to make you snort.”

They have this lighthearted, fun and sweet relationship that often had me smiling like a lunatic or giggling like a schoolgirl, especially the part about snorting. 🙂

Until something unfortunate happens: an accident. Charlotte is confronted with the first sign of dating a “celebrity.” It immediately set a bad taste in my mouth, and I knew it was just the beginning.

And then the inevitable happens: an invitation to a charity function. That’s when Charlotte started showing conflict within her own self. Kyle’s political aspirations came before being true to herself. For a long time she didn’t even realize this, she just wanted to be with Kyle, and she’d do what she needed. This struggle makes up a large portion of the book.

Unfortunately for her, things start going downhill from that charity function. Charlotte loves Kyle and his family, and they think she is wonderful, but politics and image come first.

In the midst of all of this, Charlotte’s family learns there will be a new addition, and Angus deals with the dilemma of staying close to home or going to New York for his five-year medical internship. Angus is the care-free kind of best friend that every girl wants to have in their life, and he sticks by Charlotte’s side through all of it. He’s like her Jiminy Cricket. He’s there for her when she has no one else to really turn to for true comfort. But there’s one big thing he doesn’t tell Charlotte until it’s almost too late, and it lands them in a hospital waiting room. Having such a strong bond from essentially a lifetime of friendship, Charlotte was not turning her back on Angus…and it lands her in some really hot water with Kyle’s family’s PR people.

“Now hold your horses. Let’s not jump off a cliff to save a peanut butter sandwich.”

Charlotte overhears a conversation she was never meant to her, but it is exactly what she needed to hear. She can’t ask Kyle to change his aspirations, so it’s inevitable that she become a politician wife. She still is battling being true to herself, and finally makes a decision that’s all for her.

The ending was so perfect and heartbreaking and angsty. White knew exactly how to end the novel on a cliffhanger, and all it took was a picture. I can’t tell you any more, but I am going crazy trying to figure out who is in the picture.

I highly recommend this book for all women! It has a mix of various important elements in our lives: family, friendship, dating, as well as a central conflict that I think we all at times struggle with, even well into adulthood.

*****About the Author*****

I am the oldest of eleven children, born to parents who were either saints or crazy, maybe both. They thought we were all capable of being professional athletes or broadway stars. They weren’t right, of course, but they did help us have self-confidence.

I have the greatest family. A patient husband who makes me laugh and four clever, good-looking children–two boys and two girls. I adore them all.

Author Karey WhiteThrough the years I’ve been a student, a teacher, a secretary, a clothing designer and seamstress, a wedding cake maker, a crafter, a scrapbooker, a cook, a homework helper (until they pass me in math, somewhere around the third grade), and a fan at my children’s sporting events. Before I die, I’d either like to be a great housekeeper or have the money to hire a maid.

I’ve been writing since Jr. High, when I was hired by a county newspaper to do a Happenings column about our little town of about 300 people. I got paid by the word so every week I called every family in town and got their news. It wasn’t high-brow journalism but the column earned me a little spending money.

On our way to Aspen, CO, my sister, my two oldest kids and I were hit head-on by a drunk driver in a stolen car. Although we suffered serious injuries, we all survived.

Candy isn’t worth eating unless it’s chocolate. (See’s are the best.)

When I was seven years old, I fell and broke my arm . . . on a dirtclod.

When I was a child, my family bought and renovated an old school-house. It was a wonderful place to live in spite of the bats that flew over our heads at night.

I’ve been told that my naturally curly hair doesn’t get longer, it gets bigger.

I’ve always liked game shows. Everything from Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy to the reality-style game shows like Amazing Race, Survivor, and Top Chef.

Nothing makes me happier than being with family and friends eating good food, sharing good conversation and a few laughs. That might be why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Blast + Giveaway: Flight the Mite

Title: Flight the Mite
Author: Grayson Smith
Publisher: Peppermint Toast Publishing: Independent
Release Date: January 2013
Length: 32 pages
Recommended Age: 3 to 8
Source: Mother Daughter Book Tours

Peppermint Toast Publishing is happy to be contributing $3 from the sales for each copy of Flight of the Mite sold, going to help sick kids get better at BC Children’s Hospital. Visit their Online Store to purchase your copy!

Peppermint Toast Publishing | Amazon (Canada) | Facebook Goodreads

Flight of the Mite

*****Synopsis*****

A tale of wonder and imagination, Flight of the Mite is a children’s read-aloud picture book, written by Grayson Smith and illustrated by Alana Kyle. As a tiny mite stares in wonder at the nighttime stars, she becomes certain that if she were only able to travel to them, she would meet a world of wondrous creatures. She determines to build a flying contraption, and through persistence, ingenuity, and wise counsel, journeys to the nearest star. There she encounters the Others of her dreams and finds herself on an adventure where she learns that her imagination is her most important tool! This story of imagination, courage, and determination is perfect for the little mite in your life! Flight of the Mite is the first book published by the independent small press, Peppermint Toast Publishing, out of New Westminster, British Columbia. Peppermint Toast Publishing strives to work with emerging authors and artists towards the high-quality and environmentally-friendly publication of children’s picture books and literature, in profit-sharing partnership with local charitable organizations.

*****Buzz About the Book*****

Mother and Son Review by MDBR: “Flight of the Mite is a delightful, rhyming picture book featuring an adorable little mite who dreams big as the main character; a magical story underscoring the importance of imagination in children’s development; and absolutely gorgeous and whimsical illustrations. I highly recommend this book to children ages 3 to 8 and I think it would be a great choice for reading aloud to children in a classroom or library setting.”

“This is our new favourite story to read and will be a book that we will be keeping to pass down to future member of our family.” ~ Raincity Parent

“This wonderful piece of children’s literature is well crafted and appropriate for children and adults, the message is clear, embrace diversity, ones weakness may actually be strength. The most interesting and entertaining part is that there is a consistent rhythm and rhyme to the story, keeping the powerful message light and playful.” ~ Active Lee Dadding

” I have read the sweetest story!…The combination of these two talents [i.e., the author and illustrator] working together has left us with a sweet rhyming story about a little mites big imagination.” ~ Moments in Mommyland

“I recently received a new children’s book to review called Flight of the Mite. So of course I went to the best critic in the house – my 4 year old son[…]. We sat down to read the story together and discovered a delightful tale about imagination and discovery… The illustrations are delightful and [my son] insisted that we stop to discuss some of them along the way. There was more than one “wow!” over a picture of the mite climbing a dandelion.” ~ Prenatal to Parenting

*****About the Author*****

Grayson SmithGrayson Smith was born in Alberta, but attended a boarding school in Germany for 11 years. After high school, he attended SFU, where he obtained a degree in Criminology and met his beautiful wife, Linda. Throughout university, Grayson wrote stories when he should have been paying attention in class. After completing his degree, he became a police officer, and still enjoys that job thoroughly. As of 2012, Grayson gets to re-envision the world through the eyes of his baby son, Josiah. Writing is a wonderful way for Grayson to express the silliness and vagary that simmers beneath his well-practiced outer layer of respectability and professionalism.

 Illustrator

Alana Kyle, IllustratorAlana Kyle was born and raised in the Lower Mainland. As a small child, she was sweet, quiet, and frequently lost inside her own head. Ever since she was young, she was motivated by her love of artistic creativity and attention to detail, and remains captivated by storybooks and imagination. Alana attended and graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and also obtained a three-year diploma of Illustration and Design from Capilano University. She works as an illustrator and graphic designer, and lives in Coquitlam.

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*****Giveaway*****

There is a $25 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash) up for grabs in this giveaway. Open internationally. Contest ends August 19, 11:59 pm, 2014.

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Author Interview: David Collins

GB Tour Button (1)I know lately interviews have been few and far between, but I am delighted today to welcome author David Collins and with his debut novel, Gaybash. Today is the first day of tour stops, so make sure you check out the rest of the tour stops.

*****Interview*****

Thank you for your interview. Can you tell readers a little about yourself?

I live in the building where my novel takes place so the story feels very close to me. (In fact, my own home served as a nagging reminder when I wasn’t writing!) I’m in my early 40s, a great time to think about the dreams I haven’t yet fulfilled, and why. In addition to writing I also make artwork (handmade structures of paper) and there is a gallery on the book’s website. Creativity is a big part of my life, and where I feel the most free and inspired. This is the year I stopped being afraid of what people would think of my work.

In your own words, can you tell us a little bit about your book?

I wrote this book to take readers on a journey of a shy and reserved man who realizes the potential of his own life. I see a lot of people just getting through their lives instead of living their lives, and I see a lot of myself in Matt and his fears. I wanted to tell a story that was alternately funny and sad, and that would encourage people to be proud of who they are, whoever they are. And also, Tell the people you love that you love them, often and without hesitation.

Which came first, the title or the book?

The title and synopsis came first, in dialogue from another novel I was writing. Two characters were discussing an indie film called Gaybash, about a gay man who fought back against his attackers. I found the idea so intriguing that I put that novel on hold and began writing Gaybash instead.

Can you tell us about the characters in your book?

The main character, Matt, is shy and reserved and holds back a lot. He hasn’t nearly tapped into his potential. His best friend, Greg, is the complete opposite—the Big Man on Campus of their gay neighborhood. Their unlikely friendship works because they support and understand each other in ways that nobody else does. There are also several strong female characters, including Mara, one of Matt’s co-workers, Pat Jensen, a police detective, and Mallory, Matt’s mom. Each supporting character loves and cares for Matt, but shows it in different ways. For example, Ed, Matt’s father, has difficulty accepting that his son is gay but obviously loves Matt and works through his struggle pretty openly and thoughtfully.

What makes your book different from other books within the same genre?

Anyone can read Gaybash and identify with the challenges these characters face. Some themes in the book are truly universal: unrequited love, jealousy, accepting people for who they are, and standing up to aggression. In separate incidents, Matt and Greg both stand up for themselves and deal with the consequences, both good and bad. The easiest thing would have been for these characters to walk away from their confrontations, but Greg isn’t one to walk away and Matt can’t walk away any more. It’s also a commentary on the abusive way that aggressors attack people they consider “less than”. But in these cases, the aggressors—one verbal, one physical—don’t get away so easily.

What would you tell your 15 year old self?

The same thing I would tell my 43 year old self right now: Stop being so concerned about what other people think. You’re doing fine the way you are.

Who are a few of your favorite authors? What are a few of your favorite books?

My favorite book is The Moonstone by William Wilkie Collins. It’s widely regarded as the first mystery novel and I chose it for my senior comp paper in high school. Other favorites include The Magnificent Ambersons, The Man With The Golden Arm, and The Phantom Tollbooth—a childhood favorite. They all have bold, memorable characters and strong narratives.

What is the one book that everyone should read?

I think The Great Gatsby is a great example of what a novel can be. The motivations of people, both bad and good, are laid out very well. There is a certain timelessness to Fitzgerald’s writing that makes the story a great read at different stages of your life. Even if you read it in high school, read it again now.

Since starting out, what has been the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer?

I’ve learned most to trust my instinct, my voice. That’s something I’ve had to learn on my own, and it feels good to “go with your gut” and connect with readers in unexpected ways by taking chances. It’s surprised me what parts of the story speak to certain readers. Very reassuring.

What do you want readers to take away from your book?

I want readers to finish the book inspired, as Matt is, to be alive in his life. I want readers to think about the ways that they can be their own worst enemies and stop it! Sometimes we hold ourselves back more than anyone or anything else. Matt realizes that and I want the reader to realize that as well.

Do you have any other books in the works? Will any of your novels to date develop into a series?

Gaybash is my first novel and I intended it to be one-and-done, but I’ve had a number of readers ask about a sequel. That’s a wonderful thing—to know that readers want to hang out with these characters a little longer. In my mind there is a logical point to pick up the story as a sequel but as of right now, I think I leave Matt in a great place. The reader can imagine many exciting possibilities for his future. And in addition to my artwork, I am going back to that first novel I left behind.

*****About the Author*****

davidtestDavid Collins lives and works in Chicago. Gaybash is his first novel.

Find the author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube

*****About the Book*****

Title: Gaybash
Author: David Collins
Release Date: May 2014
Length: 287 pages
Series?: no
Genre:  LGBT Fiction

Gaybash 3DMatt Tompkins, a reserved gay man, has always played by the rules and has created a comfortable but unfulfilling life for himself. When his bold best friend Greg reaps unexpected rewards for standing up for himself in a very public display, Matt’s jealousy leads him to risk everything when he’s confronted by two attackers. Determined to be more like Greg, a split-second reaction brings astonishing changes to Matt’s life–for better and for worse.

Set in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, Gaybash explores the boundaries of love and friendship and the unintended consequences of wanting to be somebody else.

Find the book: Website | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes

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Sunday Post (July 20)

Sunday PostThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I have been sluggish all week, and a little lax in my reading, to my detriment. I cannot seem to get myself back to my normal sleeping schedule, and am up all night and sleeping in very late in the mornings. I had a house guest this week, my oldest’s cousins daughter, who stayed with me because big brother went to off to camp and she can’t go until next year, so she stayed with me!

I went to see my grandfather at his nursing home/rehabilitation facility. I talked about his fall in this post, and his recent situation in this one. He has had a visit home and I think it made a big difference to motivate him. He will be moved soon to a third facility and actually have a roommate, and the new place will be doing more physical therapy with him on his legs. He has gotten past the pain, and is now eating (hallelujah!!), they supposedly took out the feeding tube (although it didn’t look like it) and he is being more of a funny man and social butterfly and seems more “with it” (now that he is all of a sudden off all the medications I discussed with my uncle (POA) and called an ethics conference about). I’ve never heard him cuss (besides “damn it”), and I heard it the first time last week, and it was hilarious. I’m concerned that he doesn’t want to get out of his bed, but hopefully with this new move (and out of “Comfort Care”) he will be. We will be doing some updates on his house for when he comes back home – because that is what we are working toward. For a long while, we were constantly told he was going to die, and most of our family wanted to bring him home. My oldest brother will be living with him when he comes back home, which we hope is within the next 6 months (me, I’m hoping for 4).

Summer’s drawing to an end and that means, back to school for me!

Last Week on G1000W

This Week on G1000W

  • Monday – Author Interview: David Collins (Gaybash)
  • Monday – Blast + Giveaway: Flight the Mite
  • Tuesday – Review + Giveaway: The Husband Maker
  • Wednesday – Review + Giveaway: Becoming Lady Lockwood
  • Wednesday – WWW Wednesday
  • Thursday – Blast + Giveaway: Son of War, Daughter of Chaos
  • Friday – Feature Follow

Other Open Giveaways on G1000W

New Arrivals to Land of 1000 Wonders

I have been trying to reign myself in and be more selective in the books I choose to download onto my Kindle, and I think I can say in the last few weeks I’ve been doing a fairly good job at that, which is why this section has been sparse since then, but here are a few of the more interesting (at least to me) books I nabbed this week:

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Around Town in the Spotlight

I read Charlotte’s post about the banning of three pro-LGBT books, and she raised a very valid point. Public libraries are a place of reference, information and sources. For those who seek information or reference about LGBT, there is little available…and with the banning of these books (with more to follow, I’m sure) there is even less information available. 

Do you feel it is right to ban books just because a group does not like them? (Or of course, banning them at all…)