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  1. Riley’s Lost Tooth by Diane Cantrell

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    January 21, 2014 by FPP

    About the Books

    Riley's Lost Tooth by Diane CantrellTitle: Riley’s Lost Tooth Author: Diane Cantrell Illustrator: Heather Castles Publication Date: February 16, 2010 Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group Number of pages: 24 Recommended age: 4+

    Summary:

    Oh no! One of Sunday’s very favorite humans, Riley, has lost her tooth! But where did it go? How did she lose it? Why does no one besides Sunday seem to care? It isn’t long before the tooth fairy steps in and tries to teach the pups all about growing up. Join Sunday and her two puppy-pals, Precious and Mr. Lee, as they try to hunt down . . . Riley s lost tooth!

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    Good-bye Baby Max by Diane CantrellTitle: Good-bye Baby Max Author: Diane Cantrell Illustrator: Heather Castles Publication Date: February, 2008 Publisher: Bridgeway Books Number of pages: 32 Recommended age: 4+

    Summary: Mrs. B’s class excitedly awaits the birth of three baby chicks. When Max is unable to crack open his shell, the children’s loving teacher assists them in expressing their feelings of loss and planning a special good-bye.

     

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    Riley’s Lost Tooth: “The book is well written and the illustrations are beautiful. The book will definitely appeal to all children (including children at heart like this reviewer) and their parents / grandparents / elder siblings and other care givers. The book is strongly recommended as a good gift that is educational and also entertaining.” ~ 5 Star Review, S.V. Swamy, Amazon

    Good-bye Baby Max: “This book is amazing! I have given it as several gifts to my friends with children. It is very well written and the illustrations are fun and colorful. This book it a great tool to help parents and teachers talk to children about loss of a pet and a loved one in general. I would highly recommend this book to everyone!” ~ 5 Star Review, Dawn N., Amazon

    Good-bye Baby Max: “This colorful, hardcover children’s title Good-bye, Baby Max (Bridgeway Books, Texas, 2007) by Diane Cantrell & Heather Castles is special in its purpose of teaching an invaluable lesson: that of properly saying the final farewell to a loved one who is no more … Diane Cantrell has created a very purposeful book for children-one that is at once a story, a poem, and a healthy course of helping children get over grief. The book’s illustrations by Heather Castles are very appealing to a child’s imagination. There is a good deal here in Good-bye, Baby Max to learn for children ages 4 to 8 years and the 32-pages book is a must read for all kids of this age category.” ~ Ernest Dempsey, Book Corner

    Good-bye Baby Max: “I bought this book to help my nieces and nephews deal with the loss of a beloved pet. The storyline and illustrations were used as a springboard to discuss their own loss. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has young children and is looking for a way to help them cope with a loss in their lives.” ~ 5 Star Review, Jeanne B., Amazon

    Good-bye Baby Max: “[Good-bye, Baby Max] is a tender story about death, a tough topic for young children. Kindergarteners eagerly await spring and the hatching of the class’ three chick eggs. But one chick, Max, dies. What ensues is a gentle exploration of grief and its many expressions — from tears to songs to artwork. At the end, the surviving chicks’ peeps encourage the children to embrace the living without forgetting the dead.” ~ Michele Siuda Jacques, Detroit Free Press

     

    About the Author: Diane Cantrell

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    Diane Cantrell began her career in education teaching Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Transitional First Grade. She also worked as a counselor providing assistance to parenting teens in a local school district. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Diane has provided therapy for adults, families, and children in agencies and private practice settings. As part of her private practice, she offers parent training to her clients and to parents in local schools. Diane is presently writing and publishing children’s books as well as provides counseling services to adults and children in her private practice, Life Designs Counseling.

    Diane’s time at Fort Sam Houston I.S.D. provided inspiration for Good-bye, Baby Max. The book, which is based on a true story, describes how Ms. B helps her kindergarten class cope with the loss of a classroom pet. At the time Diane wrote the book she was working with many children who were experiencing a great deal of loss in their lives. Her hope in writing Good-bye, Baby Max was that the story would help parents, children, and other caring professionals begin talking about losses rather than responding to their losses from a state of fear. Her second book, Riley’s Lost Tooth, was written for her granddaughter, Riley as a Valentine’s Day present. Mr. Lee, and Sunday are main characters in the book as is Precious, who died before the book was written.

    When Diane is not involved in writing or listening to people’s stories, she enjoys being with her husband, Rich, and their two dogs, Sunday and Mr. Lee. Diane and Rich live in San Antonio, Texas.

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  2. Dragon Defender by J.A. Blackburn

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    January 16, 2014 by FPP

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    About the Book

    Title: Dragon Defender (Dragon Defense League, Book #1)

    Author: J.A. Blackburn

    Publication Date: October 19, 2013

    Publisher: Pip & Grey

    Number of pages: 242

    Recommended age: 10+

    Summary (Amazon):

    For over a thousand years dragons have existed in secret . . .

    Peter Clark can build a robot from scratch and pick a lock in two minutes or less. But he can’t figure out why his mother left or why his grandma refuses to talk about her. When Uncle Dominick shows up on Peter’s twelfth birthday with a letter that hints at answers and an incredible story about dragons, Peter follows him, determined to find out the truth about his mother’s disappearance.

    What he finds is a reality far different from what he ever could have imagined – where dragons live in hiding, hunted by poachers for their magical parts, and a small group of men and women work tirelessly to protect them. These are the Dragon Defenders. Peter’s uncle is one. So was his mother. Now it’s Peter’s turn.

    * Finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2013 Literary Contest *

     

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    “We read an advance copy of this book on kindle earlier this year and our 5th grade son read it twice and is anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Great adventure, really kept our interest reading it together at night. This was one of the kids books I most enjoyed reading myself as well. The characters and the plot are well developed, and appealing to a wide range of kids (both genders). The writing is sophisticated but easy to understand, not ‘dumbed down’ like many kids books. The subject of dragons was so well crafted that it’s easy believe that dragons just might exist, after all.” ~ 5 Star Review, Leigh A., Amazon

    “Reminiscent of the Fablehaven series (with just the right touch of Harry P.) this middle grade book is both an adventure and a pleasure…Fast-paced and full of wonder, this book takes middle grade readers on a vivid journey from the southwestern U.S. to Mexico; where jungles, ancient ruins and local folklore add to the enchantment that Peter finds when he discovers that dragons are in fact, real. As a former elementary school teacher, my strong feeling is that kids will eat this book whole, and then turn to searching for dragon eggs in their own backyards!” ~ 5 Star Review, Grace W., Amazon

    “Dragon Defender was an absorbing action packed read! The author pulls you in from the first page and I’m not sorry to say I read it all in the first day. I’m 33 but still! This is a fun book for a chapter a night with your 5 year old (my son is loving it so far) or for yourself. The characters are well developed so you feel like you’re really there, and the dragon is so believable. I’d venture so far as to say I had to remind myself that dragons don’t really exist…. or do they?” ~ 5 Star Review, MGC, Amazon

     

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    About the Author: J.A. Blackburn

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    J. A. Blackburn lives in Seattle, Washington in a small white house overlooking the sea with her husband, Jason, her son, Camden, and their dog, Bella. Dragon Defender is her first novel.

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    Dragon Defender Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

    January 6

    Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

    Victoria Simcox (Interview)

    January 7

    The Dragyn’s Lair (Dual Reviews)

    Cherry Mischievous (Guest Post)

    January 8

    Reading and Sharing (Book Review)

    January 9

    Brooke Blogs (Review)

    Carpinello’s Writing Pages (Author Interview)

    January 10

    The World of ContestPatti (Author Interview)

    Bound 4 Escape (Review)

    January 11

    Deal Sharing Aunt (Review)

    January 12

    Mythical Books (Guest Post)

    Book Room Reviews (Review)

    January 13

    The Hippie Bookworm (Review)

    Books Direct (Author Interview)

    January 14

    BeachBoundBooks (Review)

    January 15

    A Year of Jubilee Reviews (Review)

    January 16

    Reviews By Karen (Review)

    Stitch Says (Author Interview)

    January 17

    We are the Noisy DinoFamily (Review)

    Musings by Jay Faulkner (Guest Post)

    January 18

    Kay LaLone I Love Books (Review)

    January 19

    Lakshmi Gosyne (Guest Post & Review)

    January 20

    Sher A. Hart: Written Art (Review)

    WS Momma Readers Nook (Guest Post/Excerpt)

    January 21

    Mel’s Shelves (Review)

    January 22

    Cassandra Lost in Books (Review)

    Word Magic: Articles & Tips for Authors (Review)

    January 23

    Tales of a Bookworm (Review)

    January 24

    Dawn’s Disaster (Review)

    Identity Discovery (Guest Post)

    January 25

    Jemima Pett, Princelings Author (Review)

    January 26

    When I Grow Up I Wanna Write a Kids Book (Review)

    Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

     

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  3. Guest post by Kirstin Pulioff

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    January 15, 2014 by FPP

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    The Bookmarks of Life… 

    “Today is a stepping stone for tomorrow. The bigger the stone you climb up today, the higher up you’ll be tomorrow.” – Lorrin L. Lee

    Life is marked by the different experiences and adventures that we encounter. These are often described as stepping stones, turning points, and my favorite “bookmarks of life,” and impact everything, from social, political, business, to creative pursuits.

    Part of the fun is taking a look back and recognizing the patterns, finding the truth about what made something so important. Sometimes I am surprised by what I have forgotten and what ends up leaving a lasting impression.

    I thought it would be fun to share some of the bookmarks of my life- some of the books that have influences my life and inspired my writing.

    Bookmark 1- My first book hording experience

    My love of reading began with a special club- the babysitter’s club. Ann Martin found a way to incorporate relatable characters, normal activities, and deeper issues in this series. This was the first series that I horded, the first series that I chose to read on my own, the first books I spent went broke buying, and most importantly, the first books that I connected with at a deeper level.

    Bookmark 2- Discovering the power of words

    After procrastinating on a book report, I hastily grabbed a short book at the library hoping for a simple quick read to fill the requirements. Little did I know that grabbing The Little Prince would fulfill much more than just a book report. This was the first book that made me ‘think.’ Most books come with a lesson attached and some moral or growth portrayed through the character, but this was the first in which philosophical ideas were presented, challenging the way I thought and looked at the world. This book taught me about the power of words.

    Bookmark 3 – Discovering preference

    Libraries, I found, were a favorite place to explore. Through the long rows of books, I began to understand that there were books for everyone, in any genres. It was through this exploration, that I discovered my preference for traditional fantasy. My favorites quickly became David Eddings and the Belgariad series (my second book obsession). This series expended the love I already had for books and introduced me to the traditional epic fantasy and hero’s quest.

    Bookmark 4 – When the books started to speak to me

    There was a turning point in my life, where books ceased to be a passive activity and became an active part of me. It was no longer just for entertainment and escape (although there are plenty of those moments still) but also became a way of expression, creation, and intellectual stimulation. Orson Scott Card’s Speaker of the Dead series is the perfect example of this for me. It was fascinating to me to watch the seamless way that Card portrayed the scenes but also tackled a deeper issue. And while very calculated in his words, still left room to imagine and imply.

    Ultimately, the books I have read, and these moments have influenced my life and my writing, giving me plenty of growing opportunities and practical application. I have taken the lessons learned and applied them to my writing career, and my middle grade fantasy, The Princess Madeline series. Full of magic, adventure, and dynamic characters, The Escape of Princess Madeline, The Battle for Princess Madeline, and Princess Madeline and the Dragon, offer a coming of age fairytale rich in the tradition of fantasy with a modern touch.

    Thank you Jay for letting me guest post today. If you or any of your readers want to learn more about me or my books, I would love to hear from you! You can find me at www.kirstinpulioff.com.


  4. Princess Madeline and the Dragon by Kirstin Pulioff

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    January 14, 2014 by FPP

    Princess Madeline and the Dragon - Tour Button - 3 Kirstin Pulioff

    About the Book

    Title: Princess Madeline and the Dragon (Princess Madeline Trilogy, Book #3)

    Author: Kirstin Pulioff

    Publication Date: November 26, 2013

    Publisher: Caliburn Books

    Number of pages: 135

    Recommended age: 10+

     

    Summary

    After a season of battle and rebuilding, the Kingdom of Soron is exhausted. With the return of the exiled wizards, the Spring Faire, and her upcoming wedding, Princess Madeline is looking forward to a peaceful season of celebration. When the mysterious green dragon reappears, threatening the kingdom and the king, Princess Madeline and Prince Braden won’t rest for long. Faced with this incredible new danger, Princess Madeline and Prince Braden must find a way to lead their kingdom and secure their future. Can they find the answers hidden within their mother’s cryptic messages from the past, or will the dragon destroy everything they hold dear? Follow Princess Madeline as she embarks on a dangerous new adventure to save her kingdom and her family.

     

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    “The story is engaging on many levels, as is Pulioff’s writing, but on this occasion I was mostly drawn into the action and the mystery as how to prevent the worst from happening. This is great entertainment and should do well across a wider age range.” ~ 5 Star Review,ChristophFischerBooks, Amazon

    “Kirstin Pulioff has saved the best for last. ‘Princess Madeline and the Dragon’ is the final instalment in the ‘Princess Madeline Trilogy’. I thought the first two books were finely wrought stories, but this novel surpasses its predecessors. Prophesies, family tragedies, magic and – of course – dragons, combine to produce a tale that is an instant classic. Written with a great deal of charm, ‘Princess Madeline and the Dragon’ will not disappoint Ms Pulioff’s young fans. I look forward to seeing where next her imagination will take this natural storyteller. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Diogenes, Amazon

    “Princess Madeline and the Dragon is an exciting and thoroughly satisfying final chapter in this fantasy/adventure series. As she did with books one and two, the author has created a fantasy world in a rich medieval setting that we can believe in–and want to visit, over and over…Along with adventure, a sweet romance, and a theme that centers on the power of love, you may find a surprise or two! If your tween or teen loves princesses, brave heroes and fairytales of daring-do, they shouldn’t miss this one!” ~ 5 Star Review, Ally S., Goodreads

     

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    Princess Madeline and the Dragon by Kirstin Pulioff

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    About the Author: Kirstin Pulioff

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    Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids and church.

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    Princess Madeline and the Dragon Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

    January 13

    Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

    January 14

    Victoria Simcox’s Blog (Author Interview)

    JoJo’s Corner (Review)

    January 15

    Musings by Jay Faulkner (Guest Post)

    Mel’s Shelves (Review)

    January 16

    Bound 4 Escape (Review)

    Dawn’s Disaster (Guest Post)

    January 17

    Cassandra Lost in Books (Review)

    WS Momma Readers Nook (Review)

    January 18

    A TiffyFit’s Reading Corner (Review)

    Jemima Pett, Author (Review)

    January 19

    Books Direct (Author Interview)

    My Devotional Thoughts (Review)

    January 20

    Amanda’s Books and More (Review)

    For the Love of Books (Review)

    January 21

    BeachBoundBooks (Review)

    When I Grow Up I Wanna Write a Kids Book (Review)

    January 22

    Stitch Says (Author Interview)

    Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog (Review)

    January 23

    Fiona Ingram (Review and Author Interview)

    Brooke Blogs (Review)

    January 24

    We are the DinoFamily (Review)

    Sher A Hart: Written Art (Review)

    January 25

    Becki Gylberte, children’s author (Review)

    Reading and Sharing (Review and Guest Post)

    January 26

    Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

    Dalene’s Book Reviews (Review)

     

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    Contest runs: January 13th to January 31st, 11:59 pm, 2014

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    Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR 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, Kirstin Pulioff 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.

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  5. MERCEDES YARDLEY ANNOUNCES TRILOGY, NAMELESS IS BOOK ONE OF ‘THE BONE ANGEL’

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    January 13, 2014 by FPP

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    HUMOR, HORROR, LOVE, BLOOD, TERROR, LOSS. These are a few of the things readers can expect when they pick up award-winning author Mercedes M. Yardley‘s debut novel, NAMELESS: The Darkness Comes.

    NAMELESS, the first of the “Bone Angel” trilogy, follows demon-seer Luna “the Lunatic” Masterson, flame-haired motorcycle-riding Reed Taylor, and a mouthy demon of some authority quite literally through Hell. “They’re some of my favorite characters I’ve ever written,” Yardley says. “They’re snarky, lonely, and brave.”

    Why a trilogy? “I was brainstorming ideas for the sequel, thinking that it would just be two books, but I realized that things were set up beautifully for a trilogy. The characters were rich and deep enough that there was plenty there to mine. I wanted to see how everything panned out.”

    When asked what spurred her to write the story, Yardley said, “I wrote NAMELESS for my oldest friend. She was going through a bit of a rough patch and I would write a chapter and send it every night. Then we’d call each other and talk about it. It was so much fun!” Now, Ragnarok Publications is pleased to be able to share NAMELESS: The Darkness Comes and the rest of “The Bone Angel” trilogy with readers everywhere.

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    Nameless: The Darkness Comes is scheduled for a January 2014 release. Contact Melanie Meadors for review copies or to schedule interviews with Mercedes M. Yardley.