Book Review: Farty Pants by C. Jordan

Do you have a Farty Pants in your house? A toddler that find farting/tooting hilarious? Then, Farty Pants is the book for you!

Ethan loves his mom and dad very much.

He loves them so much that he likes to give them gifts each and every day.

Sometimes Ethan paints them pictures.

Sometimes Ethan gives them cool rocks or good pointy sticks from outside.

Sometimes he gives them a kiss on the cheek.

But most of the time he gives them his favorite gift, a “special gift”… and that gift… is to fart on them!

Ethan thinks farts are the best, funniest things ever… so he is a bit confused why other people don’t like it when he farts on them.

Farts can be funny… but other people don’t always feel the same way.

Will Ethan be farting on people forever?

Will his mom and dad manage to stop him?

Who else will fall victim to one of Ethan’s “special gifts”?

This is a book to teach little ones all about the appropriateness of farting.

It also teaches them that you should never do something to others that you wouldn’t want done to yourself.

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My Review

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

Ethan thinks it’s funny to fart on other people, especially those he loves. His mom and dad and even his grandmother tell him that it’s not appropriate or funny, but he keeps on farting.

His parents use an unorthodox way to teach Ethan how it feels to be farted on. Children who read this book will probably find it hilarious, but some parents may find it inappropriate. That being said, it works, and he learns not to fart on others, when it’s appropriate to fart, and that he shouldn’t do something that someone asks him not to do.

The illustrations are colorful and cute. As much as kids get tickled by farts, this book will be one they enjoy. It does, however, need editing.

About the Author

C. Jordan grew up in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with dreams of becoming an author someday. As a young adult Jordan spend time working as an EMT and civil servant. Nowadays, Jordan spends her time with her family and creating a variety of different books for adults and children.

Book Review: Flicker’s Garden Rescue by Jodie Parachini

Aitchoo! Queen Bee has the sneezies and is having trouble organizing this year’s pollination. Without pollen, the plants won’t be able to make the seeds and fruits for the annual Garden Party. Luckily, Flicker and her friends are on hand to save the day.

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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.

It’s a workday at the Grand Bug Hotel, but Flicker hears someone sneezing. As he looks around, everyone is working (and not sneezing) until he finds Queen Bee who has the sneezies from allergies and is afraid that she won’t be able to organize this year’s pollination. Flicker gets busy to rally the troops to get the pollination done.

Flicker’s Garden Rescue is a great story with beautiful illustrations. It also teaches children about the importance of pollination and how it works. And it shows how helping others can be important. It’s definitely a book that will be in my grandchildren’s library.

About the Author

Jodie Parachini is a children’s author and editor. She lives in a village in Hertfordshire, England, where she loves swimming, gardening, and taking long, rambling hikes with a smelly dog. She can be found at www.JodieParachini.com

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Book Review: Sir Badalot and the Cranky Danky Dragon by Rachel Jankovic

In a tiny magic kingdom, by a heave under a willow, Sir Badalot’s castle just fell down. Again. He stomps and hollers and shouts…never knowing that the Cranky Danky Dragon is right behind, knocking down his castle and brewing Sir Badalot’s howls into a delicious whine. When Sir Badalot finally realizes what’s ruining his kingdom, he knows he has to find a way to keep that nasty dragon out forever.

Your child will be captivated by this whimsical guide to emotional self-control by Rachel Jankovic (with lush illustrations from Forrest Dickison), and you will be surprised how often Sir Badalot’s story will pop up as they fight their own dragons!

Does your child struggle with anger management and emotional self-control? Banish the fussiness with this adorable tale of Sir Badalot: the grumpy knight who just can’t seem to build his sand castle, and it’s all his fault. Will he learn to beat the dragon who keeps ruining everything?

Give your children a hero they can laugh at and imitate. With Sir Badalot, young kids will learn to love their home and rejoice in fighting life’s dragons–starting with the dragon in their own heart.

Need a birthday gift or holiday gift for kids? Give them this fun read-aloud picture book! Sir Badalot, like all good knights, learns to fight the dragon…but you might be surprised at who the dragon really is. Before the story ends, Sir Badalot will be your kids’ new favorite household name.

Kids will love this story written by Rachel Jankovic (Loving the Little Years) with its whimsical rhyming tale. Every page features beautiful watercolor illustrations by award-winning artist Forrest Dickison (Netflix’s Hello Ninja). 

This book is published by Canonball Books. Canonball Books is the children’s imprint of Canon Press. At Canonball, we believe stories are soul food, so you can expect excitement, danger, loyalty, virtue, and family in your Canonball books. Feed your kids the right books!

Souls will be fed and shaped from the inside out. That much is inescapable.

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My Review

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

What a cute book! Sir Badalot sure whines and fusses a lot because his kingdom keeps getting ruined. When he realizes what he needs to do, though, things turn out much better. And no whining!

The story is good. It rhymes and it has a good lesson. The illustrations are amazing! They’re bright and colorful and kids will love them. I love the dragon illustrations.

This is definitely a book that should be added to your child’s library. I can’t wait to read it to my grandsons!

About the Author

Rachel Jankovic is a wife, homemaker, and mother. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts & Culture from New Saint Andrews College, but mostly reads cookbooks now to avoid story grip (being highly susceptible). In 2003, she married her husband Luke, and they have seven children who know how to party. Rachel loves color, fabric, yarn to knit with, kids to laugh with, and laundry (not so much).

Short Story Review: Hide from the Light by Tirzah M.M. Hawkins

When is it government overreach, and when is it something more sinister? Palaha is willing to go along with forced confessions and mandated antibiotics, but her husband Maksim is critical of the government interference. When their little girl begins to have visions, the family realizes that resistance may be futile.
Hide From the Light is a 5,000-word short story set in modern-day Belarus during Maslenitsa. It contains elements from multiple fun horror genres such as psychological, supernatural, folk, and religious. 

My Review

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

Hide from the Light is an intense and horrific short story about a family who quietly decides not to take the antibiotics that the government has ordered everyone to take. When Palaha admits to the priest that she didn’t take the antibiotics, the story takes an unbelievable turn.

If you’re looking for a short read or don’t have much time to read, and you like horror, this is a book you might like. I think I might have nightmares tonight!

About the Author

Tirzah M.M. Hawkins is an author of all things dark including horror, fantasy, and snippets of sci-fi. She began writing stories when she was ten years old. Some of her favorites at that age were The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia.

After watching too many horror movies at a young age, she has only recently been able to start sleeping with her feet uncovered at night.

She lives with her husband and their many fur (and feathered) babies including at any given time dogs, cats, horses, goats, pigs (that have happy lives until they are eaten), and chickens (who are only around for eggs).

Her favorite hobbies are reading, writing, researching, school (she currently is board certified as a holistic health practitioner and is enrolled in a doctorate of natural medicine program), singing, and listening to music.

Book Review: Doomed Legacy by Matt Coyle

Private investigator Rick Cahill has been running from his past and chasing the truth his whole life. But his past is relentless—and so is his CTE, a disease caused by repeated head traumas that has attacked his body and his mind. As his CTE progresses, he realizes that the disease not only threatens his life but also endangers his family’s wellbeing.

As Rick struggles to keep his family together, he does a favor for Sara Bhandari, a business contact. Then, Sara is murdered, and the police believe her to be yet another victim of a serial rapist who has been terrorizing greater San Diego. But Rick has reason to question their theory. Determined to find the truth at any cost, and against his wife’s warnings, he investigates on his own.

Along the way, he bumps up against a sinister private investigative agency and a shady shell corporation that may be hiding more than company secrets. As Rick digs for the truth about Sara’s death, he risks his own life and the lives of countless innocents caught in his relentless crusade. Ultimately, Rick must decide if his quest is worth the risk of losing his family forever.

My Review

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

Rick is a private investigator whose life seems to be falling apart. He has CTE which is getting worse, and it’s affecting his relationship with his wife, Leah, especially since he hasn’t told her how bad it’s gotten. She’s also angry at him because after playing it safe for a couple of years by not taking cases “out in the field,” he feels he has to investigate the murder of a client. It scares her because she doesn’t want him (or her and their child) to be put in danger.

Although Rick has plenty of problems, deep down he’s a good guy. He takes responsibility for things even when he doesn’t have to. His character is well-developed, and I felt so sad for him.

The conversations in Doomed Legacy need to be formatted better. It was difficult to follow them sometimes, especially when a new paragraph wasn’t started for a new speaker.

I enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down at times. The ending was particularly exciting! I look forward to reading more by Matt Coyle.

About the Author

Matt Coyle is the best-selling author of the Rick Cahill PI Crime Series. He was named the 2021 San Diego Writer’s Festival Mystery Writer of the Year, and his novels have won the Anthony Award, the Shamus Award, the Lefty Award, the San Diego Book Award, among others. He has also received nominations for numerous Anthony, Macavity, Shamus, and Lefty Awards. Doomed Legacy is the ninth in this award-winning series.

Learn more at MattCoyleBooks.com

Audiobook Review & Giveaway: The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn by Amber A. Logan

Book Title:  The Secret Garden of Yanagi Inn by Amber A. Logan
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  336 pages
Genre: Paranormal Mystery
Publisher:  CamCat Books
Release date:  Nov 15, 2022

Content Rating:  PG. The book is clean, without excessive swearing, no sexual content or graphic violent scenes, etc.  

Cracked doesn’t always mean broken.

Grieving her mother’s death, Mari Lennox travels to Kyoto, Japan to take photographs of Yanagi Inn for a client. As she explores the inn and its grounds, her camera captures striking images, uncovering layers of mystery shrouding the old resort—including an overgrown, secret garden on a forbidden island. But then eerie weeping no one else in the inn seems to hear starts keeping her awake at night.

​Despite the warnings of the staff, Mari searches the deep recesses of the old building to discover the source of the ghostly sound, only to realize that her own family’s history is tied to the inn, its mysterious, forlorn garden . . . and the secrets it holds.

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My Review

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

Mari receives a grant to take photos of Yanagi Inn in Japan. She’d lived in Japan when she was a child. She feels like this may the thing that will help her deal with her grief after her mom dies.

Mari’s time at Yanagi Inn includes a secret island, memories coming to the surface, and a ghost. It’s not a scary story though. It’s more a story of Mari coming to terms with her past and being able to help the people she meets at Yanagi Inn.

The characters at Yanagi Inn are interesting, and Mari’s character is well developed. There is a little more about her thoughts and feelings than I care for, but that’s a personal preference.

If you like a story with a bit of paranormal, this is one you should like.

About the Author

Amber A. Logan is a university instructor, freelance editor, and author of speculative fiction living in Kansas with her husband and two children—Fox and Willow. In addition to her degrees in Psychology, Liberal Arts, and International Relations, Amber holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

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Guest Post: Journaling Every Week by Kelli A. Wilkins

Love the holidays? Can’t stand them? Want to vent about what bothers you? Try Journaling Every Week: 52 Topics to Get You Writing

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the hectic holiday season. For some people, it’s the “most wonderful time of the year”—filled with fun family gatherings, happy holiday parties, and shopping for sales. However, many people have a very different view about this time of year—it can be depressing, stressful, or trigger anxiety. Whether you love “the holidays” or not, it’s always healthy to set aside a few minutes each day to express your feelings and get in touch with your emotions. One of the best ways to do this is by journaling.

Journaling Every Week: 52 Topics to Get You Writing will show you the way.This fun and innovative ebook is filled with hundreds of journaling prompts that cover your childhood, friendships, beliefs and values, your career, coping with grief, fears, forgiveness, your purpose, and much more.

Whether you are experienced in journaling or completely new to the process, this book is designed to get you thinking about—and writing about—your life, relationships, patterns, goals, and some of your fondest memories. You’ll benefit from writing about these thought-provoking prompts and learn something about yourself along the way.

Journaling is a useful tool for self-discovery. In your journal, you can explore a wide range of subjects, themes, and ideas, revisit the past, and vent about anything (or anyone). In a way, you play counselor to yourself by digging deep into your innermost thoughts and emotions and writing about how you feel.

Sample prompts include:

* Holidays always seem more magical when we’re young. Growing up, what were your favorite holidays? Did you look forward to trick-or-treating on Halloween? Couldn’t wait for Thanksgiving dinner? Loved celebrating your birthday? What made each holiday special for you? Free write about it for ten to fifteen minutes.

* List 25 favorite holiday memories from your childhood up until present day. In a few paragraphs, write about each event and what made it special. Who is celebrating with you? Where did you live? How old were you? 

* Make a list of five fun things you did or five fun places you visited when you were a child. Can you recreate these events with your own family now?

* Write for fifteen minutes about the changes in the last ten years of your life, and change in general. Do you embrace change? Resist it? Why? What feelings or emotions does the thought of change bring out in you?

* What parts of your life are working well? Relationships are going great, job is satisfying, etc. All too often we focus on our problems or something that’s troubling us. This week, write about all the positive things in your life.

* Free write about whatever emotions you’re feeling this week. Are you happy, sad, excited, loving, worried, or nervous? Why? What happened that caused you to feel these emotions?

Journaling Every Week makes a great gift for yourself or someone you care about. Order it today and get writing!

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Happy Journaling!

Kelli A. Wilkins

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 20+ romance novels, 7 non-fiction books, and 5 horror ebooks. Her romances span many genres and settings, and she likes to scare readers with her horror stories.

Her latest novel, In Another World, was published in early 2022. This contemporary mystery/romance is set in the world of the paranormal.

She released two horror shorts, More Than I Bargained For and Silent Sentinel in 2021.

Like to write? Check out Journaling Every Week: 52 Topics to Get You Writing.This fun and innovative guide to journaling is filled with hundreds of thought-provoking prompts designed to get you writing about your feelings and emotions.

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Book Review: The Cellar by John Nicholl

Dark, disturbing and gripping. This is not for the faint of heart.

Nurse. Protégé. Murderer.

Marcus Gove has been all these things. He’s reached the pinnacle of his art and now it’s time for him to take a protege. Lovely Lucy is perfect for the role, or she will be . . .

Artist. Teacher. Daughter.

Lucy Williams is just like everyone else. She’s had some success as an artist, not so much success in love, but she’s getting by. But soon she’s going to have to become something else if she wants to be a survivor.

Detective. Ex-husband. Underdog.

Ray Lewis’s career isn’t heading anywhere. But he’s a solid detective and he’s determined to find Lucy no matter what the upper brass throw at him.

Three people. Ten days. Who will live and who will die?

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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.

This is the first John Nicholl book I’ve read, but it won’t be the last.

Lucy is an artist who is in a bad marriage and has decided it’s time to end it. Marcus Gove is a serial killer who is obsessed with Lucy and comes up with a ruse to kidnap her because he thinks she’s the one. He enjoys torturing women, and it gets to the point that she’d almost rather be dead.

Detectives work constantly for several days until they finally get a break. But will it be soon enough to save Lucy? The answer is unexpected and one that surprised me.

The Cellar is definitely not for the faint at heart. It’s graphic, a little more than I care for, but it has a strong woman as the main character. She just makes some bad decisions. I liked reading about the detectives and how they worked the case. Overall, it’s a great read.

About the Author

John Nicholl is the bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers and detective series, previously published by Bloodhound, and inspired by his real-life experience as an ex-police officer and child protection social worker. Boldwood will be publishing the next title in his Galbraith series and a new psychological thriller in autumn 2022, and will be reissuing his bestselling backlist from May 2022.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Stealing the Selkie’s Heart by Ella Rose

Stealing the Selkie’s Heart (The Selkie Seas, #1) by Ella Rose

Publisher:  Lightning Platypus Press, (July 19, 2022)
Category: Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 979-8985603811
Available in Print and ebook, 286 pages

Stealing the Selkie’s Heart

A cursed town, a kidnapped selkie…what will happen when love is on the line? 

Powerful selkie warrior Ronan must negotiate with a group of local sirens before war breaks out. The last thing he needs is a desperate human who steals his sealskin, intent on forcing him to help her. He decides to seduce her, get his skin back, and fulfill his mission. But finding out she’s his True Mate changes everything…

Widow Una MacCallan is determined to save her small Scottish fishing town from the curse that fell over it twenty-four years ago, even if it means blackmailing the fierce selkie. Though she knows he is the key to breaking the spell, she doesn’t anticipate the attraction between them. She can’t afford the distraction, and she doesn’t trust that his interest is anything more than a manipulation, a bid for freedom. But she keeps finding herself tempted…

Together, they must race against time to break the curse. But as the two get closer, they find themselves asking: can they give up love to save those around them? What is the price for their newfound passion?

Stealing the Selkie’s Heart is an exciting enemies-to-lovers paranormal romance and the first book in The Selkie Seas series by Ella Rose. Let it steal your heart today!

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Guest Review by Sal

‘Stealing the Selkie’s Heart (The Selkie Seas, #1)’ by Ella Rose is a wild ride from start to finish! Right from the start, I could tell that this book was going to fit my interests and as I read along, I knew that I was correct.

Set in 1861 in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland, the book first introduces us to Ronan, a male selkie. Now, in case you don’t know, selkies are mythical creatures that can change back and forth between a seal form and a human form at will, simply by removing their seal skin. But there is a downside to this. The selkie’s seal skin has to be kept safe and hidden at all costs. If a human were to steal the skin, the selkie would have to bend to their will until it was returned.

This is a real myth that some will be familiar with (especially those of us with Scottish ancestry), but this book takes it to a new level by having Ronan’s selkie skin be stolen by none other than a woman who turns out to be his one true mate.

Una is a young widow who only wishes to seek Ronan’s help in stopping the curse that has been put on her town. However, once she finds out exactly how she is connected to Ronan, well, let’s just say things change a little bit. The two quickly begin to fall for each other, and each moment that they grow closer was a joy to read.

This is a fantastic paranormal romance and I highly recommend it if you enjoy the genre! This is also a great book to start out on if you’ve never read a paranormal romance but would like to try your first. Ella Rose’s writing is beautiful, descriptive and entertaining, and I can’t wait to read more from her in the future!

About the Author

Ella Rose is a paranormal romance author who loves kink, ink, and cake, and hopes you do too. She is a bi-sexual author writing through a Bi-Polar Disorder lens and thinks representation and mental health matter. She is the author of The Selkie Seas series, which includes Losing the Selkie’s Skin and Stealing the Selkie’s Heart.

Her latest selkie short stories will appear in Dark Rose Press’s Worlds Apart and Dragon Soul Press’s Beyond Atlantis anthologies. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Paranormal Romance Guild.

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