Book Review: The Day Teo Put His Toys Away by Laura Lane

Full of color with wonderful illustrations this book draw you into the story about cute small bear.
The main lessons of the story to teach children to help parents, to tidy up their toys and to keep their rooms clean.

Every page of this book provides parents with advice how to teach their children to be responsible and organized.

This cute story is intended to be read aloud to kids 3-5 years old.

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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.

Teo is a little bear who loves to play with his many toys, but when it comes time to put them away, he procrastinates. His parents come up with a great way to not only get him to clean up his toys, but they teach him that there are consequences to his actions (or non-action).

I love children’s books that teach a lesson and have a good story. I can see parents going a stop further and saying, “You don’t want to lose your toys like Teo almost did, do you?” What a great tool!

The Day Teo Put His Toys Away teaches a great lesson in a creative way, it has a cute story, and the illustrations on every page are vibrant and colorful.

About the Author

Laura Lane is writer and creator of children’s books. She is a wife, PhD and mother of two energetic boys who love books. She has been writing since she was in University. Firstly she writes scientific literature but then she became inspired to start writing and illustrating children books. She saw a need for a book that can help nurture the key traits in children: trust, patience, responsibility, empathy, self-reliance.
She loves kids and tries to spread messages of love, faith, hope, health, and happiness. She hopes that her stories help children to become the best that they can be.
When she isn’t writing she is baking amazing pies or traveling to new places together with husband and kids!

Book Review: The Coast-to-Coast Murders by James Patterson and J.D. Barker

I reviewed this book in June. It’s now available!

There’s a killer on the road, and nobody is safe.

Michael and Megan Fitzgerald are siblings who share a terrifying past. Both adopted, and now grown — Michael is a long-haul truck driver, Megan a college student majoring in psychology — they trust each other before anyone else. They’ve had to.


In Los Angeles, Detective Garrett Hobbs and FBI Agent Jessica Gimble have joined forces to work a murder that seems like a dead cinch. Their chief suspect is quickly identified and apprehended –but then there’s another killing just like the one they’ve been investigating. And another. And not just in Los Angeles — the spree spreads across the country. The Fitzgerald family comes to the investigators’ attention, but Dobbs and Gimble are at a loss — if one of the four is involved, which Fitzgerald might it be?


From coastal California to upstate New York, Dobbs and Gimble race against time and across state lines to stop an ingenious and deeply deranged killer — one whose dark and twisted appetites put them outside the range of logic or experience.

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My Review

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

J.D. Barker is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read most of his books, and when I have the chance to read another one, I get so excited! I haven’t read any James Patterson books in a few years, but I was happy to see them team up. I’m hoping J.D. Barker gets more exposure, which he richly deserves.

The Coast-to-Coast Murders is like being on a roller coaster, and at the end, I was dumbfounded. There are so many twists and so much going on, it is one of those books I kept telling myself, “One more chapter… One more chapter.” There are times I can just ignore everything in my life and read a book from beginning to end; unfortunately, I have too many deadlines at the moment. I couldn’t wait to get back to my book!

The characters all appear to be normal people until you look behind the façade. There’s all kinds of crazy there. Detective Garrett Hobbs and FBI Agent Jessica Gimble have their hands full figuring out who is committing these murders and if they’re random killings or if they’re connected somehow. How many more murders will there be before they figure it out?

If you liked The Fourth Monkey or just like page turners with suspense and twists, I definitely recommend The Coast-to-Coast Murders.

About the Authors

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller. He has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. He has sold over 380 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. In addition to writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, among them The President Is Missing with President Bill Clinton, Patterson also writes fiction for young readers of all ages, including the Max Einstein series, produced in partnership with the Albert Einstein Estate. He is also the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children’s bestseller lists.

Website http://www.jamespatterson.com/
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J.D. Barker (Jonathan Dylan Barker) is an international bestselling American author whose work has been broadly described as suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction, and the supernatural.

Website: https://jdbarker.com/books/the-coast-to-coast-murders/

Book Review: A Vegetable Garden is not for Cows by Anita Stafford

Farmer Ben’s cows have everything they need. They have a shade tree for sunny days, a barn for rainy days, and a fence to keep them safe. They have all the tasty green grass they want to eat.But one of the cows has been eating the vegetables in Farmer Ben’s garden. How will he find out which one?Annabelle knows someone needs to step up and be honest.

My Review

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

Annabelle is told to stay out of Farmer Ben’s vegetable garden, but she goes in anyway. When he asks all of the cows who destroyed his garden, she comes forward. Farmer Brown is impressed that Annabelle came forward, and he says that she’s curious and honest but to stay out.

Annabelle doesn’t like how she feels when Farmer Brown shows his disappointment, but she feels proud of herself for being called a curious and honest cow. She realizes that she has all she needs and stays out of the vegetable garden from then on.

I like Annabelle’s personality and the illustrations are colorful. The cow illustrations are great. This is a sweet story that children will enjoy.

About the Author

Anita Stafford makes her home in the peaceful hills of northern Arkansas. She grew up on a dairy farm surrounded by a large, loving, and always entertaining extended family. She is a wife and the mother of a son and two daughters. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked in public school as a teacher and a counselor.

Books by Anita Stafford:
The Legend of Sassafras House
The Legend of Sassafras House Teacher Guide
Treasure in Catclaw Canyon
Treasure in Catclaw Canyon Teacher Guide
A Vegetable Garden is Not for Cows
Confessions of a Cell Phone Loser

Also find Anita at:
http://www.anitastafford.com
Twitter: @staffordanita
Facebook: facebook.com/anitastaffordauth

Book Review & Giveaway: The Rue Stone by Janet Stock

The rue is a mysterious and rare being who is rarely seen, and Janna is amazed when one arrives at the inn where she works, looking for a room. The next morning, her life has changed, and she is left wondering whether she will ever see him again, but only time and the rue stone know the answer to that question.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07YG3Z3VM

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YG3Z3VM

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.

The Rue Stone is a short and sweet fantasy story, right around 100 pages. The world is a lot like our own but there are a few differences, such as the rue. I enjoyed the history of the rue, and Arval’s reaction when he meets Janna for the first time at the inn. Can you imagine waiting on someone whose hair and eyes keep changing colors? I would think it’d be difficult to concentrate on what they were ordering.

I liked The Rue Stone as far as it went. I wish there had been more about Janna and Arval’s relationship and more about Arval himself. Hopefully, there’s more to come in this world. One thing that would have made the story even better for me is if it had been edited.

About the Author

Having written all of my life, I decided to self-publish my writing when I turned 50. I have published four books since then. Two are collections of short stories; Dark & Fluffy; Dark & Fluffy II and 500 Words, which is flash fiction. My latest book The Rue Stone is a fantasy novella.

My passion is medieval fiction, and I am working on my first novel The Little Servant – The Wait’s Son, set in the 12th century, in Lincoln, where I live.

All four books are available on Amazon.

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Book Review: Flood and Fire by Deirdra Eden

Flood and Fire (Book #3 of The Watchers Series) by Deirdra Eden
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About the Book

Auriella joins the ranks of the Immortals, but Azrael has vanished in the depths of war.

She is forced to choose between love or loyalty when the druids charge her with finding Alamar, an unruly Watcher who can control the seas. Though witty and charming, Alamar and his blood thirsty friends can’t be trusted.

Now, it’s a race against time to find Azrael before he is killed, and Alamar before he is recruited by the Shadow Legion.

Available on Amazon.

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The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural. The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Traditional Apocrypha, the Pearl of Great Price and the Kabbalah. The Watchers are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad.

 

Deirdra Eden’s, The Watcher’s Series, is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.

My Review

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

I read the first three books in The Watchers Series, Knight of Light and Hidden Fire, Flood and Fire. I had written a review of Flood and Fire in 2017, and the author contacted me because she had made some changes and offered to send me a copy to read the updated one.

Auriella has been asleep for 50 years while her body recovers from death. When she awakens, Azreal, the love of her life, is not there. She eventually finds out that Azreal thought that she would choose not to return to Earth as an Immortal so he left to fight against Erebus and the Shadow Legion. Since being with Azreal is the only reason Auriella chose to be an Immortal, she is devastated. Her main goal is to find him but first she has to learn to control her fire powers.

After training for a short time, Auriella is sent on her first mission and then she plans on finding Azreal. Her mission is to find Alamar, whose power is water. If Erebus gets a hold of him first, and he joins the Shadow Legion, all hope could be lost.

I like the character of Auriella. She is a little impulsive at times but she knows what she wants and she’s determined to get it. Alamar is a complex character who has a good soul even though he’s a pirate. The love/hate relationship between the two of them makes an interesting read, but poor Auriella doesn’t know what to make of it.

She did it! The changes that she made were perfect. Now I have three more books that I have to fit in my schedule because I can’t wait to read them!

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About The Author

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Deirdra Eden has spent the last decade captivating audiences of all ages with her Amazon Bestselling novels and fairy tales. Her specialty is paranormal theology that delves into documented historical phenomenon and natural disasters of biblical proportions that entices indulgence of a fine line between fact and fantasy.

Deirdra enjoys jousting in arenas, sword fighting and archery, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures with her family.

 
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Book Review: Dog Haiku by James Weir

A dog is a man’s (or woman’s) best friend. No companion is more loyal, more trust-worthy, and more devoted. They won’t judge you. They’ll love you if you’re rich, or if you’re poor. They love you when you’re happy, and when you’re sad. They’re always glad to see you. They won’t make fun of your clothes.But getting there isn’t always easy. Remember house-training? The chewing? The vet bills? The messes you had to clean up?Join us as we use funny haikus to celebrate the bond between humans and dogs. Get the human’s perspective, then get the dog’s response back. Bet you never thought about what they think about you. You’ll be surprised.

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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.

I read Coronavirus Haiku by James Weir a month or so ago and enjoyed it, so when he offered this book and Cat Haiku, I was happy to read a copy. Dog Haiku has a great format: a haiku from the human’s point of view followed by a haiku from the dog about the same subject. Some are cute and some are laugh out loud funny! A couple examples (I had a hard time picking just two):

Dog eats everything
Especially likes his cheese
Cheddar makes him nuts

Cheese! Cheese! I LOVE CHEESE!
You give me cheese and I will
Kiss you forever!

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Dog drinks from toilet
He thinks it is a fountain
Like he’s ‘raised by wolves’

Dad sits on toilet
That’s not how the fountain works
My dad is silly

One of our dogs is exactly like that with cheese. This is my favorite book of haiku that I received from James Weir. I definitely recommend Dog Haiku.

About the Author

When he’s not busy being a poet (and we use the term poet very loosely here), James Weir is a small animal veterinarian. In addition to clinical practice, he holds graduate degrees in pathology and in public health. He has also worked as a stand-up comedian. He has been published before, but mostly boring science crap. He has four works of funny haikus listed on Amazon, and is currently writing a book of funny stories from his 30 years in veterinary practice.

Book Review: Nomit and Pickle Go Shopping by C. E. Cameron

Title: Nomit and Pickle Go Shopping
Author: C. E. Cameron
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publication Date: 1st September 2020
Page Count: 19
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nomit-Pickle-Go-Shopping-Cameron-ebook/dp/B08GKZBKT9

Book Summary

Friends Nomit and Pickle head off on an adventure to the shops!

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.

This cute story is short with colorful illustrations. I think it is cute that Nomit and Pickle are shapes. With the cute story and bright illustrations, it’s a book that young children, probably 7 years old and younger, will like.

Even though Nomit and Pickle is very short, it needs to be edited. I wasn’t going to mention it, but when Pickle buys “desert,” I decided I had to.

I like children’s books that have a lesson, this one being the importance of compromise. I think young children will enjoy Nomit and Pickle.

About the Author

CE Cameron is very much a family person. Nomit and Pickle have been created through observing and being part of the trials and tribulations of family life, growing up & the brother / sister relationship. The stories take you through various experiences as well as day to day challenges – even when it comes to the simple, daily tasks! She loves family, food and animals and lots of exploring. The characters have lots of adventures coming up, including little challenges, which could go wrong & generally do! There is a ‘thought for the day’ at the end of every adventure. CE Cameron is a private person who loves nature and believes the most important thing in life is family. She hopes the Nomit and Pickle Adventures will be great to read as a bed time story and for children seeing a positive at the end of any challenge!

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Audiobook Review: Daisy McDare and the Deadly Secret Affair by K.M. Morgan

When Daisy McDare goes to Vancouver for the weekend to attend the launch party of her old friend Chloe Wilson’s latest book, she expects revelry to be in the air. Instead, the party devolves into a series of in-fights and blowups between the publishing company’s staff. So, when the egotistical editor-in-chief publishing Chloe’s book turns up dead the next morning, and Chloe is named as one of the suspects in the murder, Daisy jumps into action to exonerate her old friend by finding the real killer. 

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My Review

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

Daisy McDare & the Deadly Secret Affair is a novella with a listening time of about 2 1/2 hours. It’s the seventh book in the Daisy McDare cozy mystery series. I’ve listened to 5 of the first 6 books in the series, and I felt like the last one had a little more to it than the previous ones. Unfortunately, this one is back to being solved by Daisy super fast without much sleuthing at all.

Daisy is an interior decorator, but it seems that every time she turns around, she’s solving a murder instead. It’s not something she really wants to do, but she feels like she can’t just leave it to the police to try to solve a murder. The last time she tried going on vacation, she ended up solving a murder. This time she’s going to a book launch for her friend’s mystery novel, and she’s hoping she can go out of town without having to solve a murder.

At the book launch, there aren’t many people but that doesn’t stop a disagreement from ruining the evening that had already been a disappointment for Daisy’s friend. The editor-in-chief turns up dead the next morning, so Daisy ends up on the case again and solves the murder in record time.

The narrator, Donna Soto, was okay. Her timing is good, but in this story the voices weren’t as distinct as I’d like. Many of the characters had the same voices. It would have been easier to listen to if she’d just used the same voice throughout the story.

I recommend Daisy McDare & the Deadly Secret Affair to anyone who likes cozy mysteries and quick reads. I think I’d prefer the e-book of these novellas though. I’m looking forward to more of the Daisy McDare series, especially since the last one had some meat to it.

About the Author

K.M. Morgan loves baking, crafts, cute cat videos, and reading mysteries.

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You can contact K.M. with questions and/or comments here: kmmorgancozy@gmail.com

Book Review: Uncovering Justice by Angela Kay

Free from now until Sept 15!

I first posted this review in November 2019. Angela is one of my favorite authors, so I wanted to share the freebie with you!

Harper Matthews’ life changed forever after encountering a strange passenger on the red-eye. She soon finds herself deep undercover to reveal the hidden truth behind one of the largest human trafficking rings in the world. But Harper learns that the truth doesn’t come without cost.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to RescuingHope.com

Although this book is purely fictional, the subject matter is not. This book deals with triggers such as difficult sexual situations and human trafficking. This is not intended for those under 21 years of age. Please be cautious reading and seek help for PTSD, anxiety, and depression caused by such situations.

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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.

I have read Angela Kay’s books and Uncovering Justice is a little different from her usual genre. I like her writing, and this book is my favorite so far; however, it’s not for the faint of heart.

Harper Matthews finds herself deep undercover in a trafficking ring. She’s not a cop but she does have some experience as one. She soon realizes that even though she was scared going in, she had no idea what she was getting into. One important thing she did learn was what an undercover cop told her: “You can’t trust anyone.”

This book made me a nervous wreck! Harper is brave and is one of those people who can’t stand by and watch someone hurting, physically or emotionally. She has to do something about it. She also tends to put herself into situations though without thinking through the possible consequences.

Uncovering Justice brings human trafficking to the forefront. We all think of it occurring in third world countries, but it’s a problem here as well. That should be obvious after Jeffrey Epstein being in the news recently. Something needs to be done!

I definitely recommend Uncovering Justice to adults who can handle reading about physical and sexual abuse.

About the Author

Equipped with a professional writing degree from Augusta State University, Angela Kay is a southern lady who spends her days and nights dreaming up new ways to solve dark murders of normal people.

Angela Kay was one of 23 across the United States to win a 2009 playwright contest for her one-act entitled “Digging Deeper.” Because of this, she was able to spend a week in Atlanta at the Horizon Theater Company.

She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her crazy calico, Maggie.

site: www.angelakay.org

email: angelakaysbooks@gmail.com

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Book Review: Atalan Adventures by Richard Brewin

Whilst staying at her grandma’s during the school holidays, Isla discovers a mystical-looking book which transports her off to the magical land of Atalan. On her arrival, she meets the Unkerdunkies, a tribe of elf-like people who live in the forest. Two of the Unkerdunkies, Fartybubble and Oliver, befriend Isla and help her in her quest to find a way home. What follows is an exciting adventure through Atalan as the trio find themselves chased by dragon-like creatures, encounter giant trolls and battle vicious goblins.


Will Isla be able to find a way back home and return to her family?

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My Review

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

What an awesome book for children! Atalan Adventures has all of the elements of an exciting and adventurous fantasy. It is fast-paced so children won’t get bored, and the humor is the type that children will definitely enjoy. I have to admit that even as a grandma, there were times I got tickled. How can you not laugh at a main character named Fartybubble?

Atalan Adventures will encourage children to use their imaginations in a world filled with strange animals, a magical wizard, and characters who become both friends and foes to Isla, Fartybubble, and Oliver. Although Isla grows to care for her new friends, all she really wants to do is go home.

I definitely recommend this exciting adventure through Atalan. Children will be on the edge of their seats wondering if Isla is going to make it home.

About the Author

Richard Brewin has spent most of his working life within the health and fitness industry. He also has a passion for writing and after years of toying with the idea of writing a book, he has now completed his first children’s fantasy fiction. Inspired by and written for his children, Richard decided to get it published after receiving tremendous feedback from those that read it. Children’s fiction is the genre he enjoys the most and hopes to publish many more titles in the future.