Monday, September 1, 2014

Just Released in Middle Grade... The New Captain Underpants Book

New on Shelves-
Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey.

(Blurb)When the Incredible Robo-Plunger defeated the evil Turbo Toilet 2000, George and Harold thought their toilet troubles were over. Unfortunately, their porcelain problems were only beginning . . .

Just when you thought it was safe to flush . . .

The Turbo Toilet 2000 strikes back! The carnivorous commode known for devouring everything in its path has built up a real appetite . . . for REVENGE! Join Captain Underpants for another epic showdown of Wedgie Power vs. Potty Power as our tighty-whitey-wearing superhero GOES TO ELEVEN!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Summer Dreamin' Book Giveaways Week 14

Welcome to a summer of book giveaways! Every Saturday I will be posting a new giveaway. The books range from children's to adult, from romance to cookbook, from fiction to non-fiction- so something for everyone! This week is being sponsored by Chuck Tyrell, J. Lloyd Morgan, and Laurie Lewis. To enter fill out the raffleocpter form. Open to the US and Canada. Please read terms and conditions.

Chuck Tyrell- Return to Silver Creek- A Solstice Western
Arizona, 1882. Laura and Garet Havelock’s cabin on Silver Creek is only temporary until Garet can build their dream horse ranch. But first he must leave her and go north for horseflesh to stock their range and make their dream a reality.
The dream turns into a nightmare when Laura is attacked and abused by a vicious stranger.
Garet returns to an empty home… and a heart-rending mystery. While he searches for his wife, he stumbles on a potential range war between sheep herders and cattlemen.
When he and Laura are finally reunited, their troubles are far from over. Will they ever live to enjoy their dream ranch, or will the nightmare go on…?
Beaten and broken, Garet must endure much to save his love and set the record straight – with vengeance and blood.

Laurie Lewis- Free Men and Dreamers- Dark Sky at Dawn book 1

A historical fiction surrounding the years after the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812. Free people who dream and pursue what liberty and independence should be for their families lives.

Twilight's Last Gleaming book 2
While cannons roar and rockets ignite American skies, disease ravages the upper Connecticut Valley. Few notice the sufferings of the families . . . Of a single child . . . A remarkable lad named Joseph. Attentions are forced elsewhere on the Chesapeake, which guards the entrance to the infant nation's threatened capital. It is the height of the War of 1812. As the beleaguered American forces begin to rally, Britain's military is divided between battlefronts on two continents. Until Napoleaon can be toppled and all of the crow's resources can be diverted to the American campaign, Britain needs a tactical diversion. They attack the Chesapeake Bay! Lieutenant Jed Pearson heads to war, leaving his beloved Willows estate in the care of powerless freed slaves. But soon circumstances will blur the line between adversary and friend, family and foe, British and American. In this second volume of the epic historical series Free Men and Dreamers, witness the saga of five families caught in the tumult of the oft-forgotten war that cemented American Liberty and set the stage for the great work of the Restoration.

J.Lloyd Morgan- Bring Down The Rain 

Starting at a new high school is hard, especially as a senior. At age 17, Derek moves with his family from North Carolina to Utah. Derek learns about the unwritten laws of dating in Utah, and that his mom and dad have a history at his new school—a history that threatens his future.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Rebellion by Karen Sandler

Today I am reviewing the concluding book in the tankborn trilogy, Rebellion, by Karen Sandler.

The Story-
 Kayla awakes from the bomb blast from the end of book two to find herself in FHE's hidden headquarters. She is told that Devak, her boyfriend, died in the blast and that now she must join the terrorist GEN (genetically engineered nonhuman) organization. She is reunited with her biological mother and introduced to the FHE leader, Ohin. But, something just isn't right and Kayla is determined to find out what it is and then escape.

Devak awakes inside a gen-tank two months after the blast. His spine is still injured, but his grandfather has used up their entire inheritance  and he is kicked out of treatment. Without his inheritance, both Devak and his grandfather go from being high trueborns to lowborns. Devak is told that Kayla died, but he has strange memories of someone carrying her body away from the bombed building. He decides to use whatever strength he has to find out the truth about Kayla.

As Kayla and Devak try to find each other, FHE has other plans, plans that involve freeing all GEN's, but at the cost of hundreds of lives, including all trueborns.

My Thoughts-
All three books have done a great job in dealing with racism and prejudice. This one brings everything full circle, with an ending that puts everyone on a more level playing field. I enjoyed the story being told in two different parts, it added depth to the plot and the characters.

Kayla is underground, a prisoner. She knows her one chance is to escape, but everyone who helps her seems to disappear. She finally teams up with Shakki, another girl attempting escape. Together they come up with a brilliant plan and it is fun to read about their endeavors.

Devak is loyal and true. He knows in his heart that Kayla isn't dead and will risk everything to find her. His journey is actually his final remaking. As a lowborn, he sees how the other half live and while on the run he meets GENs and others that are considered inhuman. When he reaches Kayla he is truly ready to accept their relationship.

A really good wrap-up to a unique series. 4 stars!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

And the winners are...

A couple of winners to announce today-

Congrats to Jeanna- winner of the Cedar Fort books giveaway!

Hooray to Brittany Haden! You won the Ashfall series giveaway!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Middle Grade Monday Cover Reveal- Arrgh! by Stacey Campbell

ARRGH! is a MG pirate novel, e-book release is September 19th (International speak like a pirate day) and the paper back will come out Thanksgiving day.

 Forced to remain silent after being kidnapped by pirates Christopher must find a way to save an innocent merchant ship’s captain and his daughter from the evil grasp of Captain Redblade proving that friendship and family are worth fighting  for no matter the cost.

About the author-

Stacey R. Campbell lives in the Pacific North West with her husband, three teenage daughters, three dogs, and a pet turtle named Todd.
At the age of seven Stacey was told that she would never be the writer because she has a learning disability called dyslexia.
After having children of her own she found that she could no longer look them in the eyes and tell them they could be whatever they wanted to be if she didn't do the same.
Now Stacey can't stop writing and loves to help children pursue their own dreams.
Hush and Whisper are the first two books in her Lakeview Novel series.
Look for Stacey's picture book Sock Monster, illustrated by E. Sattler, Spring 2015.

Stacey is available for classroom visits via Skype and loves working with writers and readers of any age; especially those with learning disabilities like her own.

Learn more about Stacey R. Campbell and her up coming releases by visiting her website at

Pre-Order today!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Summer Dreamin' Book Giveaways Week 13

Non Fiction Week

Welcome to a summer of book giveaways! Every Saturday I will be posting a new giveaway. The books range from children's to adult, from romance to cookbook, from fiction to non-fiction- so something for everyone! This week is being sponsored by Jennifer Phillips and Michelle Wilson and I'm throwing in a cool cookbook. To enter fill out the raffleocpter form. Open to the US and Canada. Please read terms and conditions.

Jennifer Phillips-  Girls Research! Amazing Tales of Female Scientists
Girls Research! features 56 women scientists who broke barriers, made life-changing discoveries and forever transformed the world. Authored by Jennifer Phillips, the book targets grades 4-6 and is 64 pages.

Michelle Wilson- Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?

Michelle Wilson’s humorous yet poignant insights help women examine the limitations we place on ourselves out of insecurity and self-doubt. We have faith in God, but do we know that He has faith in us?

Cook/Pollock- The Casserole Queens Cookbook
In The Casserole Queens Cookbook, they share their fresh, updated, from-scratch recipes for traditional dishes. Tuna Noodle is brought up a notch with a homemade cream sauce and a kick of cayenne pepper; Halibut Enchiladas with Salsa Verde are surprisingly light and vibrant; Mandarin Meatloaf has a sweet orange flavor that recharges a beloved weeknight staple. There are home-style desserts, like Gooey Apple Butter Cake, and great brunch dishes, such as Frenchy Toast Casserole. The Queens have thought of everything, providing advice on scaling and freezing casseroles so that anyone can stock the freezer with go-to dinners

Friday, August 22, 2014

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Every now and then a publisher sends me a book I wasn't expecting and it totally makes my day. So was the case when Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas from Bloomsbury showed up at my door. Then I realized it was book three in a series, so I went out and bought the first two because I can't stand reading a series out of order. So FYI, the first two books are Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. Heir of Fire is set to be released on September 2nd.

The Story-
Celaena Sardothien is on the path to finding out about the Vord and the Wyrd Keys from Maeve the fairy queen. She has travelled across the ocean only to be stuck outside the walls of the fairy kingdom and forced to prove her worth among half fey. At this way station she trains with Rowan, an ice fairy set to watch over her. She needs to unlock her true fairy powers that have been hidden since her childhood, before the queen will see her.

Meanwhile, back at the castle, Dorian is learning about his own hidden powers through the help of a healer named Sorscha. He also uncovers the truths that Calaena had already learned, about the evil of the king, his ways of controling people and the wyrdkeys. To protect prince Dorian, Chaol secretly begins meeting with Aedion, Calaena's cousin and once betrothed. Aedion is a pawn in the king's game, but has outside allies that will help Chaol learn more about the King's savage magic.

Hidden in the mountains the king is building an army of witches and wyverns, his bid to control all the lands finally coming into place.

My Thoughts- (Spoilers)
I've enjoyed all three books and eagerly delved into this one. I was excited to see Celaena finally use her magic powers, because the reader knows there is some sort of greatness within her. I love her kick-butt character and magic just adds to her awesomeness. I ate up all scenes between Calaena and Rowan. This assassin seems to fall in love easily despite her toughness. I liked that Rowan was the ice to her fire.

The difference between this book and the first two is location. In book three Celaena is off searching for Queen Maeve and leaves Chaol and Dorian behind to their own adventures. Then there are the witches in the mountains. There are several chapters about them that I skimmed over just wanting to get back to the main story. I actually was upset every time the author took me away from the main story line. After the first two books I was mostly focused on Calaena and Dorian.

The ending threw me for a small loop, because Maeve was a let down. After all the time Calaena takes to earn her way to the Queen, we don't really get any answers. However, Calaena gets Rowan, so that is a good twist. The reader is left with Calaena returning to where she came from, the castle, looking for the wyrdkeys just as before. The part that had me itching for the next book is Dorian. We end the story with him in the power of his father and I can't wait to see what happens. This is a full- on action packed series full of magic and intrigue and I'm really enjoying the ongoing story. 4 stars!