Getting Over a Painful Experience

26 Aug


Book Review & Giveaway: Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards

26 Aug


About the Book


Title: Rice & Rocksl | Author: Sandra L. Richards | Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing | Publication Date: August 23, 2016 Genre: Children’s Picture Book | Number of Pages: 32



Book Description

Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity. Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed he does not like ‘rice and rocks’ and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni’s pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.

Available on Amazon.


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Giovanni’s aunt gave him Jasper, a special parrot. Initially, I thought Jasper was special because he could carry on a conversation but it was much more than that. He was able to make Giovanni and his aunt small enough to ride on his back so he could take them places!

One Sunday, when Giovanni’s friends are coming over, his aunt tells him that they’re having rice and beans which is a traditional Jamaican meal. Giovanni is mortified. He calls the beans rocks and gives them to the dogs.

Jasper and Giovanni’s aunt take him the the places of his friends’ ancestors to show him that they have traditional rice and bean dishes too.

Rice and Rocks is beautifully illustrated and teaches children about some traditions of different places. It shows that even though we’re all different, maybe we’re not as different as we think! This is a great book for children and a good one for reading aloud to young children.


About the Author


Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity.

Learn more about Sandra at

Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads | LinkedIn Amazon | Books a Million | Seattle Book Company

About the Illustrator


Megan Kayleigh Sullivan graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 with a degree in Illustration. She is currently working as a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist, and aspires towards a career in the film and animation industry as a concept artist, character designer, or visual development artist (or d., all of the above). She enjoys traveling, writing, telling stories, and hula-hooping. Visit her at

LinkedIn | Instagram


Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice


Rafflecopter giveaway


Measuring Success

25 Aug



The Smallest Deed

25 Aug


Book Review & Giveaway: Fresh Brewed by Pamela Ford

25 Aug


02_PF_Fresh Brewed_R17


Breanna Mitchell is on her way to a relaxing vacation at the ocean. Maybe she’ll even have a beachside fling to help her get over a recent breakup.

But when a tropical storm makes her destination hotel uninhabitable, a chance encounter at continental breakfast delivers a fabulous option—with a catch. She and her friends can stay at a privately-owned, three-story oceanfront home—if she pretends to be the girlfriend of the owner’s heartbreaker grandson, Ethan. Since he won’t even be there, how hard could it be?

Everything is going swimmingly until Bree drinks too much wine and regales the family with romantic tales about her relationship with Ethan. His adorable brother Adam gets suspicious. His marriage-minded grandma gets engagement fever. The beautiful woman next door gets teary-eyed.

And then, Ethan unexpectedly arrives. Suddenly Bree is about to get everything she’s ever wished for—but is it what she really wants?


Buy the book: Amazon.



My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

I just read Over Easy and was looking forward to seeing what adventure the girls in The Continental Breakfast Club were going on this time (or getting themselves into). I found it interesting that Over Easy was what I would consider a mystery and Fresh Brewed is chick lit. It shows Pamela Ford’s diversity as an author and also makes me wonder what the next book will bring.

Fresh Brewed is told from Bree’s point of view. She is going on vacation with her friends Allie and Megan. Their vacation is turned upside down by a tropical storm. They’re still able to go but their hotel is damaged so they end up staying with the family of Kristin, a girl they met at a continental breakfast, of all things.

I really like Bree, Allie, and Megan. They’re independent single women who are looking for “the one.” Actually, Allie thinks she may have found hers and Megan was burned when she was young so she’s happy being single. Their new friend, Kristin, fits right in although she tends to try to “fix” things for her brother Ethan.

Fresh Brewed is fun, fast reading. It’s chick lit at its best with lots of humor and a little romance. I can’t wait to read the next book in The Continental Breakfast Club series! 



Author’s Bio

2016-08-15_11-32-28Pamela Ford is the award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She grew up watching old movies, blissfully sighing over the romance; and reading sci-fi and adventure novels, vicariously living the action. The combination probably explains why the books she writes are romantic, happily-ever-afters with plenty of plot – and often lots of laughter.

After graduating from college with a degree in Advertising, Pam merrily set off to earn a living, searching for that perfect career as she became a graphic designer, print buyer, pantyhose sales rep, public relations specialist, copywriter, freelance writer – and finally author. Pam has won numerous awards including the Booksellers Best, the Laurel Wreath, and a gold medal IPPY in the Independent Book Publisher Awards. She is a Kindle Book Awards finalist and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist. She lives in Wisconsin where she is working on her next novel.


Connect with the author:  Website   Twitter   Facebook   Goodreads




Five winners total:

2 winners will get a print copy of Over Easy + a $10 Starbucks gift card,

2 winners will get a print copy of Fresh Brewed + a $10 Starbucks gift card,

1 winner will get a print copy of both books + a $25 Starbucks gift card

Ends Sept 17

Rafflecopter giveaway




It’s Gonna Hurt Because it Matters

24 Aug


I said I was a writer…

24 Aug


Shower Curtain

24 Aug




23 Aug


Shoot for the Moon

23 Aug

b227cabb207daaa15a03cc0d08a720d4 (1)via


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,837 other followers

%d bloggers like this: