Monday, May 21, 2018

Review: Spamly Warthington: (almost) Secret Agent by Kyle Schaberg & Jack Schaberg


SPAMLY WARTHINGTON:
(almost) SECRET AGENT
A Royal Mystery
by Kyle Schaberg & Jack Schabert
Illustrated by Amber Schaberg
WriteWind Press
Middle Grade Mystery / Spy



Sure, being a spy-in-training is cool, especially when your best friend Mortimer Goldpots is a genius inventor of gadgets and you get to cruise around town in your very own mini-convertible. Still, after all the training and study Spamly's gone through, he's itching to get out in the field and prove himself. 
  
You know that saying about being careful what you wish for? When the royal pig is swiped from the royal palace, the grown-ups who run the spy-in-training agency assign Spamly the task of retrieving it. Diving headfirst into the case, the pint-size hero soon finds himself in a battle of wits with his soon-to-be arch enemy. One thing's for certain: it'll take every last drop of what Spamly's learned—and some of what he hasn’t—to save the pig's royal bacon. 

A Royal Mystery delivers a roller coaster of adventure, excitement, laughs, twists, turns, and intrigue all without having to stand in line or sit in the seat recently vacated by a kid with bladder-control issues. 

Find your favorite reading spot and settle in—Spamly's epic journey awaits. Just don't turn the pages too fast—we'd hate for your fingers to catch on fire. 

Hey, it happens.



MY TIDBITS

James Bond, watch out! Here comes Spamly, and he's as interesting as his name.

Spamly was a normal kid until a boring day of listening in on a courtroom for educational reasons leads to a short adventure. Next thing Spamly knows, he's a spy in training.High tech gadgets, fighting skills and all that other good stuff become part of his daily life. When a mission has him trying to discover the kidnapper of the royal pig, the real adventure begins.

While stuffed with all the excitement and action of a 007 movie, this story is still as quirky as the character's name. Spamly is a very good spy with a wonderful, high-tech partner at his side. The two go back and forth in a fun relationship. But then, all of the characters are colorful and carry whimsical traits to keep the humor high. It's fast-paced with surprises around every bend, and a bad guy to really enjoy.

The book as a distinct narration style, which holds thick most of the way through. It jumps around as energetic as the bouncy thoughts of Spamly's brain and adds humorous tidbits all over the place. It's a style readers will either love or have troubles connecting to. Either way, Spamly never has a boring moment, and spy fans are going to get their fill of thrills.

And here they are. . .


Kyle Schaberg is a guy that believes just because you get older doesn’t mean you have to grow up. When he isn’t documenting the adventures of Spamly, Kyle enjoys collecting action figures, watching movies, and trying to keep up with his little boy. 

Jack Schaberg is a mid-Michigan-based author who enjoys sharing his slightly off-kilter writing style with readers everywhere. In addition to the Spamly Warthington book series (book #2 is in the works), Jack's co-written two books on business and several screenplays, three of which he also produced and directed. When he's not writing, he's deciding what to write next.



Cover Reveal: Relegation by Karri Thompson

 



Release Date: June 4, 2018

  The end is near—and I’m fated to save humanity. I’m feared, yet revered. The presidents are leery of me, but I’ve read the files. And I know the truth—at least, I think I do. And I’m the one who is going to tell the clones. They deserve to know. Michael and I have been forced to fight, to kill. We’ll do anything to keep our daughters safe and free. But we can’t do it alone. There’s a rumor about a secret society eager for battle… and we’re going to find them. Help them end the government’s corruption. It’s my duty, my calling as the first mother of the new world I want to create. This started with me, and that’s where it’s going to end.  

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  I was born more than a thousand years ago. Put into a cryogenic tube at age seventeen, forgotten during a holocaust that decimated the world, I've finally been awakened to a more serene and peaceful future. But things at the hospital are new and strange. And it's starting to scare me. Everyone is young. Everyone is banded and tracked. And everyone is keeping secrets. The cute geneticist Michael Bennett might be the only good thing in this crazy new world where "life is precious" but no one seems free to live it. The problem is, I don't think he's being totally honest with me, either. When I'm told only I can save the human race from extinction, it's clear my freeze didn't avoid a dreadful fate. It only delayed the horror…  



All about Karri Thompson!
   
  Growing up in San Diego, California, Karri Thompson spent much of her years at the beach, reading novels, tanning, and listening to music. At SDSU, she earned a BA in English, MA in education, and her teaching credential. As a wife, mother, and high-school English teacher, she began writing novels, giving all of the compelling plots and unique characters in her head a home. Victorian literature rocks her socks, and when she's not writing, jogging, going to concerts, or watching her son play football, she's reading Dickens.  

Sneak Peek: Midnight Moss by Carissa Ann Lynch with Giveaway




Midnight Moss
by Carissa Ann Lynch
YA Fantasy







Fresh out of high school and stalling on college, all Dorothea wants is a little freedom. So when she's offered the opportunity to move into her late grandmother's house in Black Cat Springs, she simply can't refuse the deal. Cheap rent and distance from her parents is exactly what she's always wanted...and a handsome new neighbor seals the deal.


But as soon as she moves in, she's drawn to a mysterious fence in the woods. Despite her better judgement and dark stories beyond, she sneaks inside, learning that some things from her past are better left contained...

A twisted town with a mind-boggling past is about to become Dorothea's future. And one thing is certain–she cannot trust her instincts.



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Today is the day I had dreamed of…
Ever since I hit puberty and grew to hate my mother, I’d wanted to live on my
own. At the age of twenty, I’d since grown to like her again. Nevertheless, the
day was still here. Time to move out, or “leave the nest,” as my old psychology
teacher used to put it.
I had gotten a part-time job as soon as I had been old enough, and I’d been
saving up my tiny paychecks for as long as I could remember.
While most kids spent their weekends partying and playing Xbox, I had been
working the backline at Burger Barn and babysitting kids in the neighborhood.
When I hadn’t been working, I had been shopping…but not for clothes or
makeup, or anything teenagers generally like.
No, I had spent my days off at Costco and Target, planning,
dreaming…organizing my perfect future life.
But all I’d planned for was the stuff, not what I’d do with it once the time
came or who I’d do it with.
My closet was filled with hand towels and unopened bars of soap. Plastic
packs of salt and pepper shakers were wedged between shampoo bottles and
shaving cream, and stacks of washrags were piled on top of a brand new vacuum
in its box.
Another box, labeled ‘Cleaning Supplies,’ contained everything I could
possibly need to keep my house germ and dirt-free, bleach, detergent, Magic
Erasers…enough cleaners to last me a lifetime. And did I mention that I rarely
clean?
Everything was labeled with neat yellow stickers.
There were candles and frames in this box, and there were plates, bowls, and
cups in another. One had oven mitts, tin foil, and a jumbo roll of plastic wrap.
There was even an entire box dedicated solely to ‘Spices’.
Staring at the boxes now, I couldn’t help feeling a little lame. I’d put so much
stock in this moment, this move, that now it seemed like a letdown.
All of this planning for one moment, and now the moment was here.
But why did it feel so colorless?
And what’s with this feeling of guilt? Why can’t I shake this feeling that,
despite all of my preparations, I’m totally unprepared for what lies ahead?
My mother wasn’t angry at me for moving out, but she wasn’t eager to get rid
of me, either. During this whole process, her attitude was a perfect blend of,
“You don’t have to go, but I’ll support you if you think you’re ready.”
She’d helped me pick out furniture and had even paid for the U-Haul.
I tried to imagine her sitting down to eat dinner, one lonely dinner plate in a
sea of overstuffed food platters, sipping white wine by herself.
Would she eat at the table, maintaining our seven o’clock dinner schedule? Or
would she take her plate and wine, wander out to the back porch, maybe watch
the sun dip down low behind the mountains? What if she got lonely?
I guess what it boiled down to was, I was worried about her. She had never
been the type to get depressed, but she had never been all alone, either.
My dad had left when I was little. Memories of him were mostly hazy or
nonexistent.
After all these years, she had never even dated. All she’d had for company
was me, until now.
My milky white reflection in the dresser mirror looked older than I
remembered, more like stone than flesh.
There was a soft knock on my bedroom door.
“Ready to load up?” Mom opened the door, letting herself in.
I tried to feign excitement, nodding and smiling as I scurried over to the closet
to grab my first load of boxes.
We carried one after the other, and just when it was time to lift the heavy
furniture, my brother Nolan showed up.
He was fashionably late, as usual. His dark black hair was a mess, with
cowlicks all over. It looked like he’d just gotten out of bed. Unlike me, Nolan
didn’t plan for anything. He was older than me, by three years, and he had no
plans to go to college. He worked part-time at a local bar, drinking for free and
spending his tips on God knows what. You’d think that with his lifestyle he
would still live at home with us, but he mostly crashed at his best friend
Cooper’s house or his girlfriend’s place, but his “girlfriend” changed every other
week, so I couldn’t keep up with the latest.
“A little late, aren’t ya?” I teased, smiling despite myself. His green eyes
looked droopy and bloodshot, but they twinkled all the same.
“Ready for your big day?” He went straight for the red fabric sectional,
breaking it apart to make the process of lifting it easier.
“I guess. I’m a little nervous,” I admitted, moving to the other end of one half
of the sectional, lifting when he told me to. I’d been storing it in one of our spare
bedrooms, but Mom and I had managed to drag it outside on our own before he
arrived.
Lifting it up and into the U-Haul left me feeling breathless.
He smirked. “You, nervous? Yeah right. You’ve been planning this forever.”
My mom came outside, pleased to see Nolan. She was carrying a painted blue
box that looked like it was about a hundred years old. It wasn’t that big, but from
the way she was carrying it, it looked heavy and important.
There was a hand-painted peacock on the front of the lid, the colors faded by
time but still brilliant.
“Uh…that’s not mine,” I said, coming over to help her.
“It’s not mine, either.” She gave me a strange smile. Nolan moved over beside
us, looking at the box with a bored expression.
“This was your grandmother’s. It’s been in my closet for years. I found it after
she died, stored away in the attic.” She carried the box to the back of the U-Haul,
resting it on the edge of the cargo area. There was an ornate latch with a rusty
brass knob to open it.
Grinning at my brother and me, she turned the box toward us, and it made a
small creak as she opened it.
I don’t know what I expected. Treasure or secrets, perhaps?
Whatever I had expected, it had been something more interesting than what I
saw, faded scraps of paper and cheap looking costume jewelry.
My mom stuck her hand in and shuffled through the papers and plastic.
“Here it is!” She pulled out a vintage skeleton key. It was bigger than any key
I’d ever seen, and it glistened in the fading sunlight. I took it from her hand,
surprised by how heavy it felt. It appeared to be made of gold.
“That’s the key to your house,” Mom said, her voice barely above a whisper.
“But we had keys made.” I stared at the crooked shiny key, mesmerized by its
intricate design.
“Yes. But that is the original key to Doris’s house. It belongs to you, now.”



Carissa Ann Lynch is the USA TODAY Bestselling and award winning author of the Flocksdale Files trilogy, Horror High series, Dark Legends, Searching for Sullivan, Things Only the Darkness Knows, Shattered Time, 13, Grayson's Ridge, and This Is Not About Love. She resides in Floyds Knobs, Indiana. 


When she's not writing, she's reading and collecting books. She has a background in psychology and corrections.




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Sunday, May 20, 2018

New Covers: The Ever Chance Chronicles by Susan Harris

A NEW LOOK AND A FREE SERIES?


The Ever Chace Chronicles by Susan Harris got a new look to better showcase it's exciting paranormal romance vibes. Check out the brand new covers above and be sure to leave us a comment or two to let us know what you think of the new look. Plus, readers can now read this whole series for free on Amazon if they have a Kindle Unlimited membership. What better time to jump start your Summer reading pile than now with this exciting series that received a RONE Award nomination for the best paranormal romance of 2017! (Readers can also purchase the novels on Amazon Kindle or on the Kindle app.)


START READING THIS SERIES TODAY!

READ THIS SERIES FOR FREE TODAY IF YOU HAVE KINDLE UNLIMITED.

Don't have Kindle Unlimited? That's okay, readers can still get each novel at a great price here.










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Pre-order book five in The Ever Chace Chronicles today on AMAZON.


And here she is. . .

Susan Harris is a writer from Cork in Ireland. An avid reader, she quickly grew to love books in the supernatural/fantasy and Dystopian genre. She writes books for young adults and adults alike. When she is not writing or reading, she loves music, oriental cultures, tattoos, creepy snow globes, DC shoes, stationary, anything Disney, Marvel movies, psychology and far too many TV shows. If she wasn't a writer, she would love to be a FBI profiler or a PA for Dave Grohl or Jared Leto.

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Review: Really Woolly I Love You, Little One by


REALLY WOOLLY
I LOVE YOU, LITTLE ONE
by Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Illustrated by Donna Chapman
Thomas Nelson
Board Book/ Religious
40 pages
ages 3 and up


Your children will feel safe and loved. 

Children build confidence when they know they are loved. In Really Woolly® I Love You, Little One, our favorite lamb and his friends discover how much they are loved by their families and, most of all, by God.

Reading these comforting rhymes, Bible verses, and prayers will help you create a special bonding moment with your child, building a foundation of love that lasts a lifetime.



MY TIDBITS


Love, strength, comfort and hope fill every page.

This is a sturdy, thicker little board book, perfect for small hands. The cover and pages can survive small accidents and are robust enough for little fingers. The cover is slightly padded, making it a joy to hold. In other words, this book is built for young readers/listeners.

Each two-page spread holds a short, yet meaningful glimpse into daily life and helps center thoughts on God. There's a short title, which is followed by a Bible verse. Then, a two verse poem (4 lines each) makes it clear how the thought from the verse can fit into life. At the end, is a short prayer.

The poems are easy to understand and are directly related to things which happen in the intended age group's lives—fort building with blankets, story time, swimming, a day at the park and more. Everything is meaningful and kept super short, insuring something for even those very small attention spans.

Sweet illustrations accompany every two-page spread, and these are what catches younger listeners' attention. Woolly is accompanied by two friends, a rabbit and a duckling, as they head from what fitting adventure into the next. The atmosphere is always cheerful and filled with hope. To add a little more fun, little details are dropped in, which are sure to catch the eye.

In other words, this is a cute book and great for daily readings to help young listeners learn more about their relationship with God in daily life.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Cover Reveal: Hiro Loves Kite by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

BY POPULAR DEMAND: HIRO LOVES KITE



Author Lauren Nicolle Taylor holding Nora and Kettle in print for the first time.
It isn't every day that you get the chance to read a novel that sticks with you for days, months, and years. That's exactly what readers have described Nora and Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor as. Requests for a follow-up story poured in after the release of this Award-Winning and Best-Selling novel that was written as a stand-alone, and requests have continued to flood author Lauren Nicolle Taylor's inbox up to two years later. Readers and well, even us here at Clean Teen Publishing, wanted to know where Nora and Kettle's story would take them. Thankfully Author Lauren Nicolle Taylor listened to her many fan requests and wrote an amazing follow-up novel that will not disappoint. Hiro Loves Kite is scheduled to release on September 17, 2018 in digital format. Be sure to add this title to your To Be Read List on Goodreads and check out the cover reveal below. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this cover and what you think about this exciting follow-up novel. Please drop us a line or two in the comments.

COVER REVEAL: HIRO LOVES KITE by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

Available in digital format on September 17, 2018 and paperback on March 4, 2019.

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The captivating story of Nora and Kettle continues in Hiro and Kite, the second installment in the award-winning Paper Stars historical fiction series by Lauren Nicole Taylor.
We offer our wounds and scars. Understanding that is part of what makes us beautiful.
Nora finally has her beloved sister Frankie back, but that's just the beginning of their struggles. She must now become Kite; a stronger, more independent version of herself — a king and a guardian.
Kettle has Kite's heart. But something holds him back; a feeling that he doesn't deserve good things. It's a looming shadow that threatens to separate them. Kettle must accept that he is also Hiro: A Japanese American with every right to happiness and freedom.
Hiro loves Kite — but Kite won't wait forever for him to tell her. And now they're standing on icy ground. The leverage they had on Kite's abusive father has wavered, and life on the street is affecting Frankie's health. Snow is gathering at the station doors, and doubts are piling high…they must rely on each other; believe in the magic that got them this far. If they don't, it's not just their future in jeopardy—but the fates of all the street kids in their care; all the Kings.
Fans of Nora and Kettle have asked for more of their story since it first hit shelves. By popular demand, Lauren Nicolle Taylor has written this follow-up that is sure to please her readers. Find out why reviewers are calling this series "unforgettable," "powerful," and a "remarkable reimagining of Peter Pan."
 

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Nora & Kettle Lauren Nicolle Taylor Published by: Clean Teen Publishing Genres: Historical, Young Adult
2017 IPPY Book Awards Winner! A “remarkable” (Booklist Magazine) reimagining of Peter Pan. After World War II, orphaned Kettle faces prejudice as a Japanese American but manages to scrape by and care for his makeshift family of homeless children. When he crosses paths with the privileged but traumatized Nora, both of their lives are forever changed... Lauren Nicolle Taylor’s Nora & Kettle is a heart-wrenching historical fiction novel that will appeal to fans of books by John Green and Ned Vizzini, novels such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Beginning of Everything, Eleanor & Park, The Book Thief, and classics like The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye.



 
And here she is. . .
Lauren Nicolle Taylor lives in the lush Adelaide Hills. The daughter of a Malaysian nuclear physicist and an Australian scientist, she was expected to follow a science career path, attending Adelaide University and completing a Health Science degree with Honours in obstetrics and gynaecology. She then worked in health research for a short time before having her first child. Due to their extensive health issues, Lauren spent her twenties as a full-time mother/carer to her three children. When her family life settled down, she turned to writing.
She is an IPPY Award Winner, Kindle Book Awards Semi-finalist, and a USA Best Book Awards Finalist.



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Review: How to Trick the Tooth Fairy by Erin Danielle Russell


HOW TO TRICK THE TOOTH FAIRY
by Erin Danielle Russell
Illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli
Aladdin
Picture Book
40 pages
ages 4 to 8

Kaylee loves pulling pranks: from dropping water balloons on passers by to even tricking Santa Claus, she’s a prize-winning prankster!

But is she the Princess of Pranks? No! That title is held by none other than the Tooth Fairy. But when Kaylee loses a tooth and the Tooth Fairy goes about her usual tooth-taking business, Kaylee pranks her with a fake frog. As Kaylee and the Tooth Fairy try to out-prank one another, things get way out of hand, until the two finally see eye and eye and decide to share the crown!



MY TIDBITS

Two star pranksters go head-to-head, and the results demand gasps, giggles and fun.

Kaylee is a serious prankster. She pranks in the morning and at night. No one is safe from her. But when she decides to pull one over on the Tooth Fairy, something unexpected happens—the Tooth Fairy is a prankster herself. The two battle it out, leading to disaster and something more.

The cover and title already demand attention, not only thanks to the little girl's sinister smile, but glitter abounds on both sides. This isn't a pink, glittery book. Rather, it gets pretty gritty. Kaylee isn't one to trust, and the first pages make that clear. Her pranks aren't harmful or spiteful, but she's got a slightly devious side. It makes it hard to like her and almost brings a sense of justice when the tooth fairy fights back. It's clever and silly in a slightly devious way.

The battle which follows is funny and a chaotic disaster. While I, as a mom, wasn't sure what to think of the back and forth, my daughter loved it. The Tooth Fairy definitely looses her sweetness in this book, and shows a slightly naughty side. While the pranks mount, they are never mean or hateful, even when they end in near disaster. But it's exactly this which turns the story around and leads to a more encouraging ending.

This isn't a loving, warm, sweet book. . .not at first, but it does have an important message and will have young listeners laughing.

I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it enough to want to leave my honest thoughts.
 





Friday, May 18, 2018

Review: Golden Sparkles by Catarina R. Peterson


GOLDEN SPARKLES
An Introduction to Mindfulness
by Catarina R. Peterson
Illustrated by Matega Aikova
Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd
Picture Book
28 pages

“Listen to your body. It isn’t hard to do. All it takes is a minute, even if you’re feeling blue”.

Golden Sparkles are in every child’s heart, a gift from the universe connecting them to others and to their own feelings. Colourful, energetic artwork by Mateya Arkova, 2017 International Book Awards Winner and 2017 Gold Medal Reader’s Favorite in Children’s Nonfiction, brings to life the adventures of Dahlia, Victor and Bluu as they grow in mindfulness, learning to listen with all of their senses to what their bodies have to tell them each moment of every day.

Through its transporting story and included glossary and exercises, Golden Sparkles offers a brief and beautifully illustrated introduction to key mindfulness concepts such as breathing, being present, and addressing emotions non-judgmentally for children from ages 5 to 10. This accessible book can be shared by a teacher or parent or read by children on their own to discover and practice a valuable tool that helps them respond to challenging emotions and thrive.
 




MY TIDBITS

With lots of happy feelings, this book offers a way to help children be aware of their own feelings and those of others by remaining mindful.

After a foreword from the author which explains mindfulness and the purpose of the book, it dives into the heart. Every page uplifts with its words, concentrating on the happiness and not being afraid of listening to the feelings inside. at the end, there's a glossary as well as several exercises adults may use to help further mindfulness in children.

The text is short, sweet and always encouraging. It closely snuggles with the idea of sparkles, giving inside feelings a cheerful glow. It's easy for even younger listeners to understand and offers lovely imagery.

The illustrations are beautiful and dance through various cultures and races, allowing not only the people but, through small details, a bit of the foreign settings, to shine through. The illustrations alone are a treat and echo diversity.

With the intent of this book in mind, it is nicely done. It offers a tool to help children become more mindful of themselves and remains in a very positive light.

You can find out more about Catarina here. . .

 http://www.catpeterson.co.uk
 Children’s Author and Mindfulness Educator
 Facebook: @CatRPeterson