Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book Blast: "Karmack" by J.C. (Jacqui) Whyte.

Karmack by J.C. Whyte
Title: Karmack 
Author: J.C. Whyte 
Publication Date: June 6, 2013 
Publisher: Muse it Up Publishing 
Pages: 140 
Recommended Age: 7+

Summary: A strange little creature enters the lives of three tough guys at Higgins Elementary. And from that point on, pranks come back like boomerangs, smacking the bullies right in their fifth grade butts! Sully, the leader of the gang, is the only one who can see this creature, which he names Karmack. Sully learns that the creature’s job is to balance all the bad pranks the bullies have pulled over the years. Karmack warns that if this fails, “dreadful, awful doom” awaits them all. Sully soon realizes that he must save not only himself but his friends, who have no idea why they keep getting boomeranged by Karmack!

"Karmack" won First Place in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Writing contest, a national contest for children's book authors, in the category of chapter books (e-Books).

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Purchase the Book

Amazon (US) * Amazon (UK) * Muse It Up Publishing

Barnes and Noble * Omnilit * Bookstrand

 

The Buzz About the Book

"Karmack is a well-written, middle grade book tackling the difficult topic of bullying from the perspective of the bully. The character development is absolutely brilliant as the reader witnesses the transformation of Sully from an aggressive, angry bully to a positive role model and respected leader among his peers. While the concept of karma is not for everyone, I found myself agreeing with the main message of how our actions have consequences, intended or otherwise. I would recommend this book to middle grade classrooms as a great book to generate discussion around bullying." ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

"A wonderful story about growing up and treating others with respect, Karmack is well paced, funny, and manages to teach important lessons without coming off preachy." ~ Jess W., Amazon
"A fun read with important lessons for us all about Karma, and why bullies have more to balance than most people. Great for ages 9 up, child centered, non-preachy, action packed, great classroom read aloud." ~ Carolyn W., Amazon

"What an AMAZINGLY FUN story! EVERYONE needs to read it! Full of FUN, FANTASY, and FANTASTIC REVENGE on a bully! Fun for ALL ages!" ~ Shauna W., Amazon

"Karmack is a captivating pre-teen fantasy and author J.C. Whyte has created a strong cast of characters that are well developed and quite likable. As the story progresses, the suspense builds to a delightful outcome that is sure to keep readers anticipating Whyte's next round of literary treasures. We look forward to seeing more from this author." ~ Literary Classics Book Review, Amazon
 

About The Author: J.C. Whyte

J.C. White Author of KarmackWhen J.C. Whyte was eleven, her 6th grade teacher gave a class assignment to write a poem about a sport. Realizing her classmates would probably choose popular American sports like baseball or football, J.C. decided to write about something different: golf. And to her complete surprise, the teacher found it comical; she was thereby encouraged to keep writing. Then over summer break, students were told to choose 26 books from a reading list and write a book report on each. J.C. was horrified! She wanted to enjoy her summer, not spend it reading! You see, J.C. was a very slow reader and didn’t much enjoy the experience. Plus, kids back then didn’t have all the fun books to choose from today. But that same teacher who had assigned the sports poem told J.C.’s mother she could write 26 stories instead of reading them. That was absolute genius! Although she didn’t actually write 26 stories (perhaps six?), J.C. submitted one which made her teacher laugh out loud in class. And she got an “A” on her summer reading assignment. J.C. has never forgotten that wise teacher who let her play to her strengths. So from the age of eleven, J.C. knew she wanted to be a writer. Yet by the time she reached college, she understood that writing stories seldom paid the bills. So she got her degrees in Journalism and Communications Management. Then for many years she channeled her creative energies in the field of Public Relations. Marriage, kids, and several more degrees and occupations later (including stints as a travel agent and paralegal), J.C. entered law school – mostly for the challenge of writing creative arguments for the court. But while in law school, she became a columnist for the student newsletter, writing humorous pieces on the strange and quirky life of a law student. She was absolutely thrilled when one of these articles was chosen for publication in The National Jurist, a magazine distributed to law students throughout the US. But after graduating and passing the Bar, J.C. realized within a few years that creative writing was still what made her heart sing. So now, as a grandma, she’s returned to writing. And with publication of her middle grade novel Karmack, she’s come full circle, back to where her writing journey began.

Website | Goodreads

 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How the Octopus got Eight Arms by Yvonne Arroyo

About the book:
How the Octopus Got Eight Arms by Yvonne Arroyo
ISBN: 978-1-4327-9369-2
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of publish: April 2013
Pages: 45
S.R.P.: $23.95
 website

When Oscar Octopus meets, and is smitten by, the lovely Sharkey McGhee, the pair quickly becomes an item, lavish meals, thrilling movies and long, romantic strolls along the ocean floor. After a whirl-wind romance and fairy-tale wedding, they are blessed with eight offspring.
The trouble is that Oscar doesn’t have enough arms to hold them all. In this delightfully illustrated book, readers will discover how Oscar adjusts to the demands of family life … and how the octopus got eight arms.
This sure-fire pleaser features rich vocabulary, lively rhyming text and attractive illustrations that will warm every young reader's heart.
How the Octopus Got Eight Arms is a cute whimsical tale.  It's sure to delight young readers with it's illustrations and rhyming meter throughout the book. I'm excited to share this book with my students this fall.   
About the author:
Yvonne Arroyo spent 32 years as a bilingual Spanish teacher for the Chicago and Trenton school systems. She has written several poems and chants for children and currently lives in Vacaville, Calif.
About the Illustrator:
Carl Wanzung has taught both Art and Preschool to Second Language learners in Chicago Public Schools for the past 30 years. His own art work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Japan and Scotland and is privately collected.


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countdown is on...10 and counting


Just thought I'd share I accepted a position over the weekend for my new place of employment.  I'm so excited to be part of the teaching staff and can't wait to get the school year started. 

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Monday, August 18, 2014

The Night Horses by Anaka Jones

The horses may work or frolic all day, but when the sun goes down it is time to party in the barn.  This lovely story is a thumbs up for this young author.  There is definitely a future for her in children's literature if you ask me.  I was so awe struck when I got the book and put the two together.  Any animal lovers will love this book and it is a plus if you are a horse lover.  It is whimsical in nature and the mode, setting, plot are superb.  Jones has budding talent for the art or writing that is for sure.  The book is playfully humorous as well as a mix of reality and fantasy.  It's a party in the barn after a hard days work in the field. I read this to a group of Kindergarteners and 1 graders and they absolutely loved it. 



About the book:
The Night Horses by Anaka Jones
ISBN: 978-1452882789
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of publish: February 2013
Pages: 28

The Night Horses follows the animals’ daily lives. Each morning, the horse herd takes their
breakfast at the hay feeder. Mulling around, they exchange gossip and share their plans for the
day. There’s May, an old mare whose giddy-up spirit fuels her energetic personality. She wants to challenge Cloud to a race even though she is three times his age. Frisco and Bella are an inseparable married couple, and plenty of young foals timidly hide behind their mothers’ legs
amongst the group.

After a long day of work, the horses clean up, head to their stalls for dinner, and wait in the barn until their owners head back to the house. With humans out of the picture, the horses get busy creating their own rural night life, effectively turning the farm into their own little three-ring circus.


About the author: 
Anaka Jones is a 12-year-old girl in the sixth grade who was born and raised in the rural area outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she lives with her parents, two older brothers, two dogs, a lizard and a frog. Riding, grooming and maintaining horses is one of her favorite pastimes.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

It was Calling My Name!!!

Wait! What was that?  Did you hear it????  I heard it ...it was calling my name.  Yep!  I went to Hobby Lobby and right there in the fabric department....I heard it...yep it was my name....AAAABBBBIIIII, Abi it was calling out loud and clear.  Hobby Lobby is the W-R-O-N-G place to go if you are in need of a RUSH hour project fix.  ;P ......


oh, but it doesn't do it justice...I have to open it up for you.  








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Sew we Sew


This weekend I was left alone sew what did I do???? I sewed what else would I do.  I participated in the FNSi... 
 Handmade by Heidi
 if you don't know what that is check out the details here.
I worked on a paper piece project for ....
 
Here are some sneak snips and teasers of what I did this weekend.

First I started the first leg of my flannel board getting a new face lift...

Yep! it has been stored in the basement and gotten some moisture damage, sew I started taking off the old flannel to replace it.  want to see the new look????  That is to be revealed at a later date, because I don't have the fabric yet.  ;P   (In another words it didn't get finished.) After removing the flannel I decided to move to my machine project 
Here are the paper piecing items that I worked on.  Sew you could say What I got accomplished.


I must say this pp pattern has been a rather challenging one.  Now I have to get off here and go shopping.  Hobby Lobby here I come!!!!! 

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Friday, August 15, 2014

The Veil of Tears DVD


I'm not real big on documentary films, but this one was truly an eye opener.  It is very well done and will keep the attention of most anyone interested in mission work and wanting to make a difference in a culture that is seeking for a new way of life, a culture that needs hope, a culture that needs the Lord.  It is a movie that would be worth the while to show to a youth group seeking to do a mission work in a needy place. 


ABOUT VEIL OF TEARS
This gripping new documentary film tells the untold story of millions of women in India who are culturally oppressed for no other reason than the fact that they are women. However, despite the centuries of oppression, there are those who are reaching out and bringing hope to these women.

These are the faces of true survivors. Those who have withstood a lifetime of adversity in the face of a culture stacked against them. Take a heartfelt journey through the eyes of these women, and others, who unveil their personal stories of persecution, rejection, abandonment, tragedy and even triumph. Get a glimpse of the true resilience of the human spirit and the hope that has changed the lives of millions like these and is helping change millions more.

Narrated by Grammy-Nominated Recording Artist Natalie Grant, this film was shot on-location across the stunning nation of India in some of the most remote tribal villages in the world today. This is a journey where few outsiders have gone before.

While the film, "Veil of Tears", brings into focus the truth behind a dark reality existing in the world today, we are excited to highlight the hope being given to countless millions of women each day through the work and ministry of GFA.



Visit the Veil of Tears web site here.

A copy of this dvd was provided in exchange for my honest review by Edify Media



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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Book Blast: Young Knights of the Round Table: The King's Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello

Young Knights of the Round Table:  The King's Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello  About the Book
Title: Young Knights of the Round Table: The King's Ransom 
Author: Cheryl Carpinello 
Year published: April 17, 2013 
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing 
Number of pages: 120 
Recommended age: 9+

Summary: Three Friends. Three Quests. Three Mysterious Predictions.
At Pembroke Castle in medieval Wales,11-year-old Prince Gavin, 13-year-old orphan Philip, and 15-year-old blacksmith's apprentice Bryan, brought together in friendship by the one they call The Wild Man, embark upon a quest to save The Wild Man's life when he is accused of murder and robbery. If they have any hope of succeeding, the three will have to confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all. But it is the arrival of King Arthur and what he reveals that surprises characters and readers.  

Awards

2013 EVVY Finalist and EVVY Merit Award for Juvenile/Young Adult from Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.
2013 Ariana Cover Finalist
2012 Silver Award Recipient for YA Fiction from Children's Literary Classics and the CLC's 2012 Seal of Approval.
2012 Finalist E-Book Children from USA 2012 Best Book Awards 

Purchase

Amazon * Barnes & Noble * iBookstore

Smashwords * MuseItUp Publishing

Free Educational Supplement

Visit the Wise Owl Factory for a FREE study guide. Click on the image below.
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The Buzz About the Book

"Young Knights of the Round Table is a short, fast-paced adventure set in Arthurian times which features great character development, an intriguing and engaging plot, and a surprise ending (in more ways than one!). I would highly recommend this book to tween and teen boys and girls who love mysteries or stories set in the time of King Arthur." ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
 
"I so enjoyed the factual information about weapons, clothing, daily life, and places, cleverly interspersed in the text and dialogue to inform without overwhelming young readers. The author has a gift for delving into the depths of each young hero’s psyche. The way each one of the trio faces their fears, learns to believe in themselves, and finds their true meaning and path in life is moving. This is a superb coming-of-age story, set in a time of chivalry and pageantry, and harking back to an age when a hero was truly a hero. Five stars! " ~ Fiona Ingram, Author
 
"There is much to rave about this book, and I don’t want to give anything away because it’s a quick paced, thrilling, new classic about the knights. Witches, white stags, and a Wild Man make the plot exciting, along with cheering along the young knights. There are quite a few surprises at the end that really make the book a great read. We highly recommend this book for any young reader; sure, boys might convinced by the action and title, but I’m positive all young readers will enjoy the mystery and chivalry of Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom! " ~ Tales of a Bookworm
 
"I absolutely loved this book... [T]his book has just enough Arthurian legend to tie it to and draw from that period of history while being jam-packed with fantastic new characters and fresh plot twists. I am rarely surprised by things in books, but this book really surprised me with a few events I totally did not see coming! I highly recommend this book for young readers! It would be an excellent tie-in to a unit study about King Arthur." ~ Mommynificent

"This is a fast-paced story that children and adults will both enjoy! It's well-written and exciting as we read about the fears each boy faces and how they are able to triumph. It's a great story about loyalty, friendship and overcoming obstacles. Because of the length, it doesn't drag or slow down at all, so it's fun to read and hard to put down. And the ending is full of surprises! I highly recommend reading this book! " ~ Mel's Shelves
 

About the Author: Cheryl Carpinello

Cheryl Carpinello, Author 
I love the Ancient and Medieval Worlds! As a retired English teacher, I hope to inspire young readers to read more andto reach reluctant readers with my Arthurian Tales and soon a series of stories from ancient lands and legends that will take readers on adventurous quests throughout history.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sky Zone by Creston Mapes

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Sky Zone
David C. Cook (June 1, 2014)
by
Creston Mapes


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as "The Shop."

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A rally for a controversial presidential candidate.
A terrorist threat.
A nightmare of cataclysmic proportions.


Jack and Pamela Crittendon have hit the breaking point. After months out of work as a reporter, Jack is playing Mr. Mom and working part-time at Festival Arena with his survivalist friend Brian Shakespeare. Meanwhile, Pamela has gone back to work full-time while eight months pregnant. Having her recently widowed mother on hand isn't making matters any easier. With financial pressures boiling, Jack reports for duty at a rally for controversial presidential candidate Martin Sterling where he expects a mindless night on the job. But when Homeland Security picks up intel about a potential terrorist threat, Jack and Shakespeare are thrust into a life-or-death battle to save their own lives--and the lives of thousands of innocent people.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Sky Zone, go HERE.


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