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Book Review: Mr. Finley’s Amazing Umbrella by Chris Divine

15 Nov

MR FINLEY LOVES CAR BOOT SALES. ONE FATEFUL DAY AND ONE LUCKY FIND LATER AND MR FINLEY HAS THE CHANCE TO BRING PEOPLE HOPE. WILL IT WORK?

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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.

Mr. Finely’s Amazing Umbrella is creative and beautifully illustrated. It teaches children about the different areas in the world that are in serious need of rain as well how amazing it feels to help others.

With all of the vibrant colors, it would definitely keep the attention of a young child. Older children who can read will enjoy it too because the text is simple and the illustrations are not only colorful but a little quirky. I would suggest an edit though since there are quite a few errors.

 

 

About the Author

Hi, my name is Chris Divine and I live in the South Wales valleys of the U.K. A Plasterer by trade I’m also a singer/songwriter which is my passion. I have won awards for some of my songs but soon after my daughter was born I started reading her bedtime stories and soon progressed to telling her my own stories which she loved. I thought the stories were good enough for other children to enjoy so I set about having beautiful illustrations done by a professional illustrator.

The stories I put in print are a fairytale, enchanting and educational, about animals, the environment and how we live today. They are magical and catch the imagination of children.

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Book Review: Little Monsters it’s time to go to bed! by Olivia Longray

14 Nov

Do your kids not like to brush their teeth or go to bed? Neither do little bacteria monsters! They live in the mouths of adults and children and they like to play all day and all night. How can you put them to bed and put things in order in your mouth?

This bedtime story will introduce your children to amazing creatures that are so easy to make friends with. You’ll learn to put the monsters to sleep with a toothbrush, dental floss and affectionate words.

Little monsters, it’s time to go to bed!
Perfect for ages: 3, 4, 5, 6 and up

This children’s picture book is beautifully illustrated in happy and bright colors.

 

 

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.

Little Monsters it’s time to go to bed! is a cute way to teach young children the importance of brushing their teeth before they go to bed. It has brightly colored illustrations that will keep the attention of young children. It’s the best kind of book for young children: it teaches an important lesson with a cute story and colorful illustrations. After reading this book, children should be excited to brush their teeth at night!

 

 

About the Author

Olivia Longray, born September 06, 1980, is а journalist and author who loves her family and the surrounding world. Perceives life as a gift given to us for self-improvement, creative work and growing in love.

Books have always been a big part of my life. As a kid, I cherished a dream about becoming a librarian or a journalist. I grew up, got a degree in journalism, started to work as a reporter in the news agency, was an editor and a TV producer. After my baby boy arrived, I tried to write a children’s book. The writing process filled me with immense (overwhelming) joy and true sense of artistic self-expression. Then came a book for grown-ups. It was the story of the weigh-loss journey of my husband that marked the start of a healthy life for our family. Now I feel blessed that I have my family, our morning jogging and healthy meals, travels and this big amazing world.

Book Review: Don’t Call Me Princess! by Kate Evans

5 Nov

 

A children’s picture book which takes down the concept of ‘princess’. A sassy child narrator chooses six well-known fairy tales involving princesses. With simple rhyme and lively pictures she takes the stories apart with incredulous humour and charm. This is a book to inspire children of all ages and adults to to think beyond the superficial.

Well-known cartoonist Kate Evans takes a punchy pop at six ‘classic’ fairytales: The Princess and the Pea, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel and The Little Mermaid.

 

 

My Review 

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

Kate Evans uses classic fairy tales to present the idea that girls don’t have to be rescued by a knight in shining armor. It’s a good concept to introduce to girls, and Kate Evans has found a good way to present it. Most of the illustrations are great (the one on the title page makes the girl look scary though). 

The text is good and is appropriate for the age that it’s directed at. The one thing I noticed was that it rhymes sometimes, almost rhymes other times, and then it doesn’t rhyme at all. It would be just as good if there wasn’t an attempt to rhyme at all.

My favorite paragraph says it all: “Women do all kinds of things while wearing lovely clothes, but please don’t call me Princess ‘cos I’m never one of those. My mum is not a Queen, you see. My dad is not a King. Instead of being a Princess…I can be anything!”

I have a niece who is the perfect age for this book and I’m giving it to her over the holidays. She’ll love it!

 

 

 

Book Review: My Sister is a Monster by Agnes Green

3 Nov

Sometimes, the scary thing that goes bump in the night is none other than your new baby sister!
“My Sister Is a Monster” is a tale of an older brother coming into terms with a new addition to the family; a family who is oblivious to the little monster living under their very roof.

Between all the kicks, screams, weird smells, and messes, this brother comes to find a new friend who he can go on all kinds of adventures with.
And before he knows it, apprehension and even fear turn into what this story is all about: unconditional love.

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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.

My Sister is a Monster is a cute book about a little boy who has a new baby sister. He doesn’t understand why this little monster gets so much attention from everyone. All it does is poop and scream. As his little sister gets older, though, he learns to love her and realizes that she’s not such a monster after all.

This is a cute story with colorful pictures and rhyming text. It would be fun to read to young children but is a must-read for children who are about to have a baby brother or sister. My Sister is a Monster could help them understand that what seems to be an attention grabbing monster will soon be a sibling that they will truly love.

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About the Author

Agnes Green is a passionate children’s book author, poetess, and mother, known for her uplifting, engaging storylines and relatable, lovable characters. To Agnes, children really are what her life is all about (her family, vocation, aspirations).

From her early childhood, Agnes had an affinity for the written word, which was fueled by her vivid imagination. About a decade ago, when searching for her oldest son’s first books, she decided to transform her passion into a vocation

Currently, Agnes serves as the Founder of the soon-to-launch independent publishing house, April Tale Books. Her debut book is in entitled “Today I’m a Monster.” In the near future, she will be releasing “The Perfect Potty Zoo” and “Ellie’s First Day in Class.” As a dedicated mother, she is a proud part of Parent’s Club, when kids and parents create crafts and read together.

When she isn’t crafting children’s stories, Agnes Green enjoys dancing, practicing yoga, and going on adventures. She also has an avid interest in psychology. Above all, she cherishes spending quality family time with her three beautiful children (a 10-year-old, 4-year-old, and 15-month-old). More often than not, her children influence her new story ideas and inspire her to be her best version daily. 

websitehttps://www.apriltalebooks.com/

Book Review & Giveaway: A Rainbow in Her Pocket by Amanda Jayne

2 Nov


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A Rainbow In Her Pocket by Amanda Jayne
Publisher:  Waldorf Publishing (October 15, 2018)
Category: Children Ages 3-7, Picture Book,  Animals, Social Themes (Emotions and Feelings
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2018
ISBN: 978-1642048308
Available in Print and ebook, 32 pages

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Description 

Have you ever seen a sheep standing tiptoe on the ears
of a very tall giraffe while a crowd looks on and cheers?
And have you seen an owl helping them to tug
a rainbow from the sky, like a multi-colored rug?

This is the story of Mala the rhino who can’t help feeling blue after her friend moves away. Her friends, an owl, a sheep and a not-so-humble giraffe get together with sun and create a crazumptious plan to show Mala that blue is as beautiful as all the other colors. This colorful story of friendship, love and loss will delight children while encouraging them to embrace their emotions in a healthy way.

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Guest Review by Sal

This is such a cute and engaging book for children.  I read it with my 4 year old niece.  It’s a great book for teaching kids about colors and identifying animals but it also teaches about emotions, including sadness.  I really like the way Amanda Jayne teaches children about emotion using color.

Mala the rhino is sad because her good friend the gorilla went away.  Her other friend tried to cheer her up but couldn’t.  They consulted the cloud and the sun and they came up with an idea on how to cheer her up.

A Rainbow in Her Pocket is a well written picture book and the illustrations are creative and vibrant.  The book is popping with color!  It teaches children that all emotions are normal, even sadness.  I highly recommend you read it with children.  It was so much fun reading it with my niece and my sister told me that she wants to read it every night before bed now.  It would also make an excellent gift to a child in your life.  I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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Praise for Rainbow In Her Pocket 

“A delightful story with so much heart. A gorgeous book for all ages!” – Tej Steiner, author of ‘Waking Up With Everyone Around us’. USA”

“Truly glorious! This book shares the wisdom that all feelings are not only of value, but make us who we are, in all our splendor – if we are only able to see. Amanda Jayne, in her tale, beseeches us to see.” – Natalie Prior, Child and Adolescent Therapist, UK.

“I would love to share this wonderful story with my kindergarten students and can use it to teach across our curriculum.” – Caprice Allen, Kindergarten Teacher, USA

“At last, a beautiful children’s story with depth. Amanda Jayne has cleverly managed to weave the importance of friendship, understanding and acceptance of the self and each other in a heartwarming rhyme. We loved it!” – Diane Bundy, Businesswoman and Mum, UK

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About the AuthorDescription Rainbow In Her Pocket by Amanda Jayne

Amanda Jayne is a teacher, heart circle coach and a holistic health practitioner who is finally getting around to writing those books she has always wanted to write. As a child, Amanda found safety, comfort and a gateway to imagination in the books she read, and the desire to create this for others is what led her to begin writing books for children.

In an effort to help young readers see the magical pictures and colors she imagines, she decided to have a go at illustrating them herself.

In the past, Amanda Jayne worked in the mental health field and in 2009, after gaining her masters in Spiritual Psychology, she became passionate about the importance of emotional and self-cultivation in the midst of a world filled with overwhelming mental stimulation. Amanda has a love of travel, exploring other cultures, trees, art and eating dark chocolate.

‘A Rainbow In Her Pocket’ is Amanda Jayne’s first children’s book.  She is also the author of a travel adventure book, ‘Close Encounters Of the Traveling Kind’. .After living in Bolivia, Japan and the USA, she now lives in a quiet corner of Kent in the UK.

Website: https://www.amandacjayne.com/author
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/amandacjayne
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/amandajayneauthor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandacjayne/

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Giveaway 

This giveaway is for one print copy or ebook copy of the book.  Print is available to the U.S. only but ebook is available worldwide. This giveaway ends on November 30, 2018 at midnight pacific time.  Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.

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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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Book Review: The Pajama Zoo Parade by Agnes Green

14 Oct

It’s time for jammies, blankies, and snuggles with a cozy bedtime story.

Your little one will love to go on an adventure night after night and see something new each time in this adorable, colorful storybook. 
Little baby zoo animals ready for bed make their way to dreamland, but not before they go on an adorable, colorful pajama parade.

It’s time for bed… Hip hip hooray! Let’s all give a cheer! The day is through. We’ve had such fun. Now sleepy time draws near. Before you drift away to dream, let’s check in at the zoo. I hear they’re having a parade and a pajama party too! 

Who’s the favorite tonight?

Happy Oliver the Octopus in his snazzy red PJs? 
Or maybe Polly Panda and her bright yellow jammies? 
It could the very sleepy Wally Walrus!
Each night, little lovable zoo animals walk through vibrant illustrations with whimsical, engaging rhymes by author Agnes Green, making bedtime an amusing adventure. 
Just like Kimberly Koala, who indeed is a snuggle bug, cuddle up with your little one and get ready for a good night’s rest with this entertaining, educational story.
Sleepy little zoo babies march off from A to Z in beautiful illustrations that tell an endearing bedtime story and create a truly engaging learning experience.

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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.

The Pajama Zoo Parade is a children’s book that is geared toward reading at bedtime. All of the zoo animals are on their way to bed and show off their pajamas on their way. They’re listed from A to Z in the parade from Albert the Alpaca to a Zebra named Sally. Every page is beautifully illustrated. 

All of the animals are cute, some are funny. The text is rhyming and the there’s so much to see that it will absolutely keep a child’s attention. After going from A to Z: 

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About the Author

Agnes Green is a passionate children’s book author, poetess, and mother, known for her uplifting, engaging storylines and relatable, lovable characters. To Agnes, children really are what her life is all about (her family, vocation, aspirations).

From her early childhood, Agnes had an affinity for the written word, which was fueled by her vivid imagination. About a decade ago, when searching for her oldest son’s first books, she decided to transform her passion into a vocation

Currently, Agnes serves as the Founder of the soon-to-launch independent publishing house, April Tale Books. Her debut book is in entitled “Today I’m a Monster.” In the near future, she will be releasing “The Perfect Potty Zoo” and “Ellie’s First Day in Class.” As a dedicated mother, she is a proud part of Parent’s Club, when kids and parents create crafts and read together.

When she isn’t crafting children’s stories, Agnes Green enjoys dancing, practicing yoga, and going on adventures. She also has an avid interest in psychology. Above all, she cherishes spending quality family time with her three beautiful children (a 10-year-old, 4-year-old, and 15-month-old). More often than not, her children influence her new story ideas and inspire her to be her best version daily. 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Nana and the “c” by Doris Schneider

7 Oct

 

Nana and the “c” is a book for all ages and all cultures as it is about family and the ability to support a loved one through the challenges of cancer. It is told from a seven-year-old’s perspective as she gathers the courage to face her grandmother’s illness and learns that her irritating younger sister is perhaps smarter than she seems. Together they also learn how to conquer their biggest fear and replace worry with wonder. 


The story is uplifting and often humorous while symbolizing hope. It will make readers of all ages laugh, cry, and remember their own childhood and the relationships and events that influenced who they have become. The goal of this story is to help children through health crises in their family. The illustrator, editor and designer donated their time to help with the project in order to make possible the donation of copies of the book to waiting rooms of cancer clinics.

 

 

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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.

Nana and the “c” is written from the perspective of a 7 year old. Madison and her little sister find out that her grandma has breast cancer and they learn about the side effects of chemo including hair loss. Nana is very good at alleviating their fears about cancer and teaches Madison that it doesn’t help to worry. It’s more important to appreciate the wonder of our life.

Even though this book is a good one for children to read if they’re dealing with a friend or relative who has cancer, it’s also a good reminder for adults to focus on the important things in life. I think it’s an amazing idea to donate copies to hospitals and children’s centers.

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About the Author

Doris Schneider is an artist, scene designer, writer, and educator. She taught at William Carey University and was a tenured professor of theatre at North Carolina Central University. She published two novels: Borrowed Things and By Way of Water

After her own bout with breast cancer, she wrote this story based on a real event with her granddaughters. While the illustrator, Wenhai Ma, was teaching at Duke University, the two became long term friends—culminating in their collaboration on Nana and the “c”.

 

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About the Illustrator

Wenhai Ma – American-Chinese scene designer, illustrator and educator. He was granted tenured professorship at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He graduated from the Central Academy of Drama, China and Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He has taught at Duke University, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Purdue University and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Central Academy of Drama, China and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. He is the author of Scene Design Rendering and Media (Focus Publishing, USA) and illustrator for 10 children’s picture books in the US. He has designed sets and costumes for various dramas, operas and musicals in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia. His first novel Such An Enchanted Night was published in Taiwan, 2017.

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Book Review: Ruby at the Gate by Robert Moses

4 Oct

Based on a true story, Ruby at the Gate tells the story of Ruby, a lamb born weak and cared for by Robert Moses, a sheep farmer in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Ruby developed a deep bond with her shepherd. Once she became strong enough to join the other sheep, she waited at the gate to greet him every day at feeding time.

This second edition of Ruby at the Gate is updated with delightful illustrations by Erika Cummings.

 

 

My Review

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

Ruby at the Gate is an adorable book about a lamb who was cared for by a sheep farmer. She eventually became strong enough to be with the other sheep but always waited at the gate for the farmer at feeding time. Not only is this a true story but it teaches children about the love animals show to those who care for them.

The illustrations in Ruby at the Gate are colorful and will keep the attention of young children. The text is simple yet it rhymes. This is a great story to read to youngsters!

Book Review: Darci the Drummer Takes Drum Lessons by Jeremy Bridgman

18 Sep

Darci the Drummer is a picture book for children ages 4 to 9 and brings to life the story of a 2nd grade girl who is a passionate drummer at heart, bashing away to the beat with natural rhythm on anything she can find when she hears a good song. Darci dreams of the day when she can play on a real drum set with skill. However, her little brother hates the raucous noises she makes, and she has no idea how she can even become a “real” drummer. Despite the criticism from her brother, and ensuing self-doubt, her parents help show her the way by surprising her with drum lessons and the encouragement to keep working at something she loves. Darci the Drummer invokes the passion of music and of learning how to play an instrument; it introduces children to various musical terms and the names of some influential drummers that span different musical genres; and it highlights the importance of musical education and the determination needed to improve oneself through practice.

The concept for Darci the Drummer formed as a result of Bridgman’s own musical adventures at a young age, along with the experience of music lessons that his own children are blessed to receive today. Bridgman was also inspired by the delight that has been exhibited by many who have sat down at his drum sets for fun, and the perseverance that he encourages in his children when facing doubt, struggle, and criticism.

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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.

Darci is always drumming on things. Rather than telling her to be quiet, her parents encourage her and tell her they think she has real talent. They surprise her with drum lessons! She’s excited but once she finds out how much work it’s going to be to be a good drummer, she momentarily has doubts. Once she has the tools she needs though, she’s ready to get busy learning all she can.

Darci the Drummer has colorful illustrations on every page by Gabbi Steiger that should help keep the interest of younger children. It also has a good story that encourages children to pursue their passion, something I’ve always thought was important. I like how other learning opportunities are included such as showing the names of some of items in the drum set and explaining what a metronome does. My favorite extra learning “extra” was that when a color is mentioned, that word is that color, for example gold.

I definitely think this is a great book for children 4 to 9 to enjoy and learn at the same time.

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ABOUT JEREMY BRIDGMAN:

Jeremy is an active member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators and a life-long musician, currently playing the drums in various music groups along with composing and producing music in his home studio, located in the charming downtown Westchester neighborhood of Bakersfield, California. He is also the proud father of four musical children, and husband to a lovely piano teacher and singer. He manages his own company with multiple distinct aspects, consisting of IT services and support; music recording, production, and performance; book authorship; and more.

Darci the Drumm​er is meant to encourage children to pursue their musical interests and education,” says Bridgman. “In an age where music and arts programs are continuing to see a cut in funding, it’s important to begin fostering the passion for music at a young age.  I hope children of all ages remember the absolute joy Darci experiences when it comes to her love of playing the drums, and to use that joy to connect to their own interests and passions.”

 Darci the Drummer is available for purchase through AmazonBarnes and Noble, and other fine retailers. Learn more by visiting www.darcithedrummer.com, or connect with the author on FacebookInstagram, and Goodreads.

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