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Book Review: Lil’ Sass and The Adventure of Anger by Christie Mann

21 Oct

This new colorfully illustrated emotional wellness children’s book series, The Adventures of Lil’ Sass, follows the adventures of a spunky 10-year-old and her friends as it teaches children how to recognize and understand their emotions and to be able to express them in a healthy way. Children will identify with Lil’ Sass, the series’ main character, and will feel empowered to explore and take responsibility for their emotions. Each book in the series is available on AmazonBarnes and Noble and other fine retailers. Adults and kids will soon be able to get their own Lil’ Sass Red Capes on Amazon.com. The first three in the series focus on JoySadness and Anger, with several more titles to follow. The series is already making a splash with readers and has dozens of 5-star ratings on Amazon and received Best Seller statuses right away.

You can also find the books on Goodreads.

 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Lil’ Sass and the Adventure of Anger is an excellent way to teach children about emotions and that feeling anger is okay. The important thing is to be able to deal with the anger in a constructive way. Lil’s Sass’s neighbor gave her a red cape and told her to express her emotions by putting her cape on.

When she puts her cape on after becoming angry, she thinks about all of the other times that she has felt anger. She realizes that most of her anger stems from her dad leaving. Then she realizes that she’s no longer angry! Just thinking it through has helped her.

Lil’ Sass and the Adventure of Anger teaches a good lesson with a cute story and colorful illustrations. At the end it include a Discussion Guide for parents with helpful questions to get children talking about their emotions. This is definitely a handy tool for parents and others who care for children.

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About the Author

Christie Mann has made it her mission to be an ‘ever-student’ to fulfill her purpose of being a leader who develops leaders, who develop leaders. Christie is an author, spiritual psychologist, leadership coach, learning consultant, trainer, speaker and Kundalini Yoga & Meditation teacher who designs and facilitates transformational content and experiences that make our world a happier, healthier and more connected place to be. At 13-years-old, Christie’s life suddenly and dramatically shifted when she suffered some devastating losses and was thrust into a leadership position, which subsequently, impacted her relationship with her own emotional growth. She has spent the better part of the past two decades on her own corrective path and, because of this, has a sincere desire to encourage others to have a healthier and more responsible relationship with their emotions.

She is the creator of The Adventures of Lil’ Sass, a series of personal development books for young people, accompanied by supporting accessories & experiences – a brand that teaches the importance and value of being with our own emotions and shows us how much JOY we can experience when we allow ourselves to be fully self-expressed. She draws inspiration for the characters, stories and accessories from her own life experiences and her learnings from Therapy, the Co-Active methodology through CTI, a Master’s Degree in the Practices and Principles of Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and her practice of the ancient technology of Kundalini Yoga. Christie also obtained an Undergraduate-Degree in Media, Information and Technoculture from the University of Western Ontario.

Originally from a small town in Ontario, Canada, Christie now lives in Venice Beach, California where you can find her at the Venice Roller Rink, the sunny shores of the Santa Monica Pier or at RAMA, a local Kundalini Yoga studio. An Auntie many times over, she’s in awe of children’s resilience and emotional flexibility and champions adults’ rights to have and express emotions too. 

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20 Oct

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Book Review: Scavenger Girl: Season of Hytalia by Jennifer Arnston

20 Oct

 

 


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Una feels herself changing and for good reason. With new blood and new life comes new responsibility. Against Una’s warnings, Calish takes matters into his own hands. In a desperate act to protect the woman he loves, he makes an irrevocable agreement with the one person in Ashlund he should avoid. But when the promises given to Calish seem to turn against him, Una finds refuge in an unlikely place. All traditions and social status are turned upside down in the blink of an eye and suddenly birthright doesn’t matter so much. There is a secret hidden in the hills, and the rains of Hytalia are not the only storms that Una will be forced to face.

Available on Amazon Free 10/20 to 10/22!

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My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Scavenger Girl series is one of my favorites. Jennifer Arntson pulled me into this world she created and I can’t get enough of it. I fell in love with the first book and I don’t know how she does it, but each book gets better.

Una is the main character and is a scavenger girl which means that she has no birthright. She has been purchased by a man named Blue but she doesn’t plan on going to him. He has betrayed her in more ways than one, including having her put in prison for 30 days to prove that she is not yet a woman. Una lives with her parents and two brothers, except she recently found out that they aren’t her biological brothers. That’s a good thing since she’s in love with Calish and is pregnant with his child. Calish would do anything to protect Una and their unborn child. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what he does and it’s not a good decision.

Una ends up in the Resistance camp and it takes time for her to accept that she is considered an equal there. She’s never been treated as a peer so it’s a big adjustment. She makes several friends, the most important being Nik who started the camp and is a seer like Una. 

Scavenger Girl: Season of Hytalia is full of loyalty, betrayal, lies, true love, adventure and more. I laughed, I smiled, I wept, and I wept some more. This book is intense and I couldn’t put it down. If you like dystopian novels, especially ones that are a little different, you can’t go wrong with this series. I’m looking forward to the next book. Actually, I can’t wait for the next book!

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About the Author

Author, dreamer, and sworn enemy of Caillou

Jennifer Arntson has a long history of crafting tales that people find unbelievable, but often true. As an observer of human and social development through the ages, a curiosity of faith, and dedication to the underprivileged of the developing world, Jennifer finds her creative outlet in stories and fables. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children, and a mini-farm of otherwise useless animals where the family eagerly caters to their every need.

 

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19 Oct

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Book Review: 3 Hour Dad: Reading is Believing by Adam T. Hourlution

17 Oct

What would you do if you were suddenly told you were going to be a mum or dad without any notice? How would you react? What thoughts would go through your head? You haven’t prepared to be a parent, you’ve not made any arrangements and nobody in your family is aware.
Now imagine that not even the mum-to-be knew that she had been hiding a little person inside her tummy the entire time.
One day Adam, just your average, typical guy receives a call from his mother-in-law (to be !) summoning him to the hospital following his girlfriend being rushed in with suspected appendicitis only to discover that she is in fact having contractions and has been admitted to the labour ward.
This heart-warming and true story invites readers to step into Adam’s shoes and experience what it is like to be a 3 Hour Dad.
A proportion of sales is donated to a random act of kindness fund.
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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What a wonderful true story! This is a short book but it is delightful. The author and narrator is Adam and he got a phone call one night that his girlfriend was in the hospital…having a baby! Neither one of them had any clue that she was pregnant and she was in denial that she was even in labor. Of course, once she was pushing she had to accept their new reality. Although Adam was in shock, he stepped up and was immediately a caring father who learned quickly how to take care of his daughter.

If you’re looking for a book that will put a smile on your face, this is the book. It even made me giggle at times. Poor Adam really had a rough couple of days at first!

 

 

 

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Happy National Dictionary Day

16 Oct

Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Truth Kills by Nanci Rathbun

16 Oct

 

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Author: Nanci Rathbun

Narrator: Kieren Calland Metts

Series: Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 1

Publisher: Dark Chocolate Press LLC

Released: Nov. 17, 2017

Length: 9 hours 17 minutes

Genre: Modern Detective; Mystery

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A murdered mistress. An accused mob boss. Can two detectives put their differences aside to find the real killer?

Angelina Bonaparte is starting from square one. After a messy divorce, the middle-aged librarian put down her books and picked up a new gig as a private investigator. When a mob boss heads to jail for his mistress’ murder, she has no issue with the womanizing scumbag rotting in prison. But when the suspect’s pregnant wife swears his innocence, Angelina can’t find it in her heart to refuse the case.

Already reluctant to get involved, her frustration grows when she’s forced to work alongside Ted Wukowski, a homicide detective who thinks a crime scene is no place for a woman. In the search for clues along the mistress’ long record of broken hearts and promises, Angelina’s natural charm is the perfect complement to her temporary partner’s take-no-prisoners interrogation style. And before long, she and Ted can feel their grudging respect transform into an undeniable attraction.

To solve the case and catch the murderer, the PI and the cop must learn to trust each other completely before an innocent man goes to jail for a crime he didn’t commit…

Truth Kills is the first book in the suspenseful Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like fierce female detectives, unlikely partners, and nail-biting whodunits, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s gripping crime thriller.

Buy Truth Kills today, and ride along with a hard-hitting detective who’s not afraid to reinvent herself!

 

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Nanci Rathbun is a lifelong reader of mysteries – historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, hard-boiled, cozy … you can find them all on her bookshelves. She brings logic and planning to her writing from a background as an IT project manager, and attention to characters and dialog from her second career as a Congregationalist minister.
Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Green Bay Packers fan.

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Narrator Bio

Kieren Calland Metts is addicted to audiobooks. She has almost 1,000 in her Audible.com library and has listened to most of them! She tends toward mysteries of all kinds, especially cozies, and YA dystopia.

She grew up a diplomat brat, traveling to tours in Baghdad, Iraq; and Kabul, Afghanistan. After several more moves in the U.S., the family settled in Ohio.

Kieren has a background in copy editing, book & newspaper design, and web production; adores arts and crafts; and has a weakness for fluffy orange kitties.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nanci Rathbun. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Truth Kills is a cozy mystery in which the lead character is not your typical one. Angelina Bonaparte is a in her fifties, is divorced, has grown children, and is a PI. She doesn’t need a man but doesn’t want to spend the rest of her life alone either. She has a “bozo” ex-husband and there’s a touch of romance with another man or two in this book that makes the story even more interesting.

The mystery in Truth Kills is pretty cut and dried and there aren’t any big surprises. It’s still an enjoyable read (or listen) because of the author’s humor and the character’s views on life. Being her age, I can identify with her well. The other characters are memorable and many of them aren’t what I’d consider “normal.” Her friends are quirky but the other people Angelina meets on the case have some warped views. 

The narrator has a nice voice to listen to and did a good job with flow and timing. I was also able to distinguish between the different people and enjoyed a couple of her accents.

I enjoyed listening to Truth Kills and I’m looking forward to starting the next book in the Angelina Bonaparte series, Cash Kills, hopefully tomorrow!

 

 

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Though my soul may set in darkness…

15 Oct

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Book Review: Big Bad Wolf by Nancy Gray

15 Oct

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Jane is ecstatic when she gets the role of Red Riding Hood in her school play, but she didn’t realize that they’d be using the stuffed wolf prop as the Big Bad Wolf. That tattered old prop has always scared her and, lately, she has been having strange dreams about it that make it seem like it’s something more.

Jane will have to get help to save herself from the hungry spirit that has haunted her people and her nightmares before it consumes her, or worse, escapes the prison of the last creature it took to sate its horrible appetite.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Big Bad Wolf is a scary story for middle grade readers and I think it would at least send a chill down the spine of young readers. Jane is in middle school and gets the lead part in a play as Red Riding Hood. The wolf is an old stuffed wolf that was donated by a family and it scares her and gives her bad dreams.

Of course Jane tries to tell herself that she’s silly for being scared which is a normal reaction, but she finally gives in to the realization that something is very wrong and it’s more than her imagination. She eventually enlists the help of other students who also end up believing that the wolf is evil. Will they be able to get rid of the evil that lurks inside the wolf?

This is a good story for this time of year. Not only is it scary and a fun story to read but it touches a little on some Native American beliefs which may be of interest to readers. It’s definitely a story for middle grade readers and it could be one of those stories that will help get reluctant readers to pick up a books.

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About the Author

Nancy Gray has published a number of works including her middle grade series Spine Chillers. She also published her YA fantasy series Blood Rain. Her short story “Chosen” appeared in Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Author Quest: a Penguin Special from Grosset & Dunlap. Her work also appears in various anthologies.

Nancy Gray has been writing for over ten years. Gray lives in South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys books, video games, anime, manga, and horror.

Her latest book is the mid-grade horror, Spine Chillers: Big Bad Wolf.

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