Book Review & Giveaway: In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings

Book Title: In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 28 pages
Genre:  Children/ Holiday
Publisher:  Make A Way Media
Release date:  November 2019

Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book

A Timely Tale about a Little Brown Boy who Saves Christmas. Nick Saint never really put a lot of thought into his name until one snowy day in December when he accidentally receives a letter meant for Saint Nick. Realizing there is not much time left until Christmas, Nick opens the letter. The unexpected message inside ultimately leads him on a journey of understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit.


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My Review

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

What a great Christmas story for children! One of the things I like most about this book is that the characters are realistic. Nick is really into playing video games, and he has a bad habit of calling things stupid. He’s a typical kid!

One thing that’s not typical about him is his name: Nick Saint. He never realized it before, but when the mailman makes a mistake and delivers a letter that was addressed to Saint Nick, at first he calls him stupid but realizes that he’s not that stupid after all.

When Nick’s mom encourages him to find out more about his homeless classmate, Nick learns quite a lot. He never realized that many kids at his school don’t have things as good as him. I’m sure there are a lot of kids like him because it’s not something that many parents talk about to their children.

Nick not only saves someone else’s Christmas but he learns about the act of giving. He was also impressed that Cooper was asking Santa for things for his mom and brother but nothing for himself!

In the Nick of Time is a sweet and timely holiday story. It has colorful pictures, good-hearted characters, and a great lesson about our world and how we can help others.

About the Author

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

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Review of A Touch of the African Sun by P.H. Newall

This saga is led by that complex character von Tabis, a psychopath, whose monumental ego, and fantasies of power and grandeur, were given fortuitous reign by his unexpected transfer to tranquil Tanganyika (Tanzania) just before World War II. His South African co-conspirators who fell under the spell of von Tabis, illustrate how his charismatic and compelling personality stimulated their latent dreams and ambitions. A colourful diversity of characters adds atmosphere and mystery that is unique to Africa. Despite a remarkable degree of success towards his madcap schemes, von Tabis, blinded by reality, stumbles inexorably towards his ultimate destiny.

My Review

A Touch of the African Sun is a saga about a Nazi, von Tabis, a psychopath on a mission to advance himself in the party as well as make himself a wealthy man. He was crazy but charismatic, and those who conspired with him soon regretted it, but he was ruthless and once they were in, there was no going back. Even though his co-conspirators were unsavory, I had to feel sorry for them.

The novel is in three parts. The first part is about von Tabis and how he came to be in Africa and started his many enterprises, including building a small army and setting up restaurant/bar to gain information from the British clientele. What’s really crazy is the Nazi party funded his insane ideas.

The second part of the novel is about other characters who play an important part in eventually trying to take down von Tabis. And the third part is what transpires once everything comes together.

There are a lot of characters in this saga, but I had no trouble keeping up with them. Most of the Germans weren’t very likeable, but they were definitely interesting. I did like Heidi, the secretary that von Tabis “stole” from a co-worker. She had morals and was professional, and she didn’t deserve what happened to her. Some, but not all, of the British characters were more likeable.

I thought A Touch of the African Sun was amazing, and anyone who likes historical fiction will definitely enjoy it.

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A Touch of the African Sun

This saga is led by that complex character von Tabis, a psychopath, whose monumental ego, and fantasies of power and grandeur, were given fortuitous reign by his unexpected transfer to tranquil Tanganyika (Tanzania) just before World War II. His South African co-conspirators who fell under the spell of von Tabis, illustrate how his charismatic and compelling personality stimulated their latent dreams and ambitions. A colourful diversity of characters adds atmosphere and mystery that is unique to Africa. Despite a remarkable degree of success towards his madcap schemes, von Tabis, blinded by reality, stumbles inexorably towards his ultimate destiny.

Excerpt from the book:

“The gaunt, pasty sweating body lay quietly in the vast bed. Georgio was alarmed and took the weakening pulse. He realised that nothing short of a miracle could save Jeremy now. The sheets were sodden, but Jeremy’s lips were dry and cracked. Georgio tried lifting his head and helping him to some water, but his lips barely moved. Then suddenly he opened his eyes and gave Georgio a happy smile before again shutting them. He gave a heavy sigh and left this world to join his beloved Cynthia.

Karumba was stunned. He stood there silently, but huge tears coursed down his shiny black cheeks. Georgio lifted the sheet and pulled it over the dead man’s face.

“Where is Straker?” he demanded.

“I will fetch him, bwana,” said Karumba.

 He hurried from the room and across the yard to the manager’s house. He banged on the door, and Straker came bleary eyed to open it, his pyjamas hanging obscenely open in front as he fumbled with a threadbare dressing gown.

“What the bloody ‘ell are you doing waking me at this time of night, eh?”

“It’s Bwana Forbes,” said Karumba tearfully. “He is dead, bwana.”

“A Touch of the African Sun” by P. H. Newall is available in paperback from Amazon at:

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Memoirs of a British Bobby

PC155, Les Morris looks back over his time in the police force and how much things have changed over the years, not just in the force itself but in the wider world beyond.

Technology, communication, new laws and legislation have changed policing, almost beyond recognition, and this unique insight reveals much about how the force used to run and the changes that made it into the organisation we recognise today.

These memoirs are based on the personal experiences of a young man making his way through the ranks and those characters and challenges he meets along the way.

The author hopes the book will give anyone interested in joining the police force a real insight into the recent history of this organisation.

Two excerpts from the book:

“One of the first jobs I was given was to investigate the theft of eggs from a broody grouse. I had more success with the next incident, when I was sent to investigate the theft of a bayonet that had been taken from a school house at Wootton. I questioned a few boys and noticed that one of them kept avoiding me and refused to look me in the eye. He was 14 years old and a foster child under the care of one of the teachers. I took him aside to question on his own and he then admitted that he had taken the bayonet. I asked him to accompany me in the car so that he could show me where he had hidden it. We retrieved the bayonet and, after telling him how foolish he had been, I drove him home to his foster parents.  I was convinced that this was his first theft and told his foster parents of my decision not to take things further, but that I would be making a note of the event.  I then returned the bayonet to its rightful owner.” (pgs. 58 – 59)

“A call came through from a police sergeant at Oxford city to assist in the arrest of a murder suspect and I drove straight to Green Road in Kidlington. When the interim detective sergeant from Witney and our detective inspector arrived, I was already at the house. The inspector ordered a search of the premises and instructed the interim detective sergeant to arrest the man and take him to Woodstock Police Station. The necessary paperwork and charge sheet could be completed, as the suspect had admitted the offence. On questioning, the man, who was in his 60s, told us that he lived with his mother, who was in her 90s. She had taken to using her walking stick to lash out at him whenever he got anywhere near her. Finally, he had lost his temper and decided that he could take no more, so killed her by smothering her with a pillow.” (pg. 71)

“Memoirs of a British Bobby:  PC155 – Les Morris” is available in paperback from Amazon at:

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Book Review: The Dirt Girl by Jodi Dee

When Zafera goes to school for the first time, all the children laugh and tease. But, Zafera does not understand so she just smiles. A beautiful story about shining bright no matter what, because our differences are our greatest gifts. And if you do, others will eventually see. Now available on Amazon! Zafera is a normal, beautiful little girl, yet she often has dirt on her hands and twigs in her hair. When Zafera goes to school for the first time, all the children stare and tease. Find out how she becomes the most popular girl in school!

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My Review

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

What an amazing book! Who doesn’t like the story of an outsider who is finally understood and accepted? The Dirt Girl teaches that being different is not only okay, but it’s a gift.

Zafera is a remarkable girl whose parents teach her all about living with nature. When she starts school, she doesn’t understand that the boys and girls at school are making fun of her, so she just smiles. The children don’t understand why she’s always so happy! Eventually, they decide that they want to find out why Zafera is so different.

This story of acceptance, kindness, and friendship is one I look forward to reading to my grandchildren. It has bright and colorful illustrations to go along with the educational but sweet story.

About the Author

Jodi Dee is a multi-award winning Author, regular columnist for Bay State Parent Magazine, and an avid blogger. She is a mother of three with more than 20 years’ experience in early childhood and education. Jodi has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology & History and a Master’s in Education from Clark University. She is a passionate advocate and teacher of emotional maturity, early childhood education, and empowering children to learn through creativity, autonomy, self-exploration, and discovery.
Jodi grew up in a rich learning environment with an Early Childhood Center/Preschool attached to her home, which her mother ran for over thirty years. Jodi spent her first eighteen years participating in, helping, facilitating, and supporting the Center.
Jodi’s immersion in this field sparked her passion for early childhood education, Emotional Intelligence, maturity, and self-awareness. After reading three children books for almost a decade, Jodi felt frustrated there were so few children’s books that dealt with real life experiences, especially navigating feelings and social development. This frustration let to Jodi writing children’s books.
For more information visit “Author Jodi Dee” or “Jodi Dee” on Amazon, all social media platforms, her blog at jodidee.com.