Baby Baby

Baby, Baby! is a short board book that has babies as the primary focus.  It uses lots of colours and kept my sons attention through the entire book!! It uses a rhyming pattern to make it more melodic when being read aloud – but every second page has the rhyme since it is short sentences. It also teaches/reminds children at the end that they are always loved by God – and also has a large reflective surface/mirror at the end.

The book is recommended for children 1-3 years old.

It was written by Diane Stortz and illustrated by Ailie Busby. It is currently available on Amazon.com for $7.99, or Amazon.ca for $10.99

I thought that this book was pretty awesome and ran a giveaway on my facebook page. It was open to anyone who commented, lived in Canada or the United States, and used the hashtag #BabyBaby.

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Tracey C.

Thank so you much to everyone who entered and/or shared my post. I will contact the winner via facebook!

 

 

 

 

Netopia

I initially wanted to review this book because, well, I used to be mega addicted to Neopets. Common… it was before Facebook people… what else was there to do in the year 2000 when you were not watching Pokemon?
 
I received a PDF version, so I am working my way through a little slower than normal as it’s much smaller and harder to see. So far, it’s a decent read, but I need to get a few more chapters in before I can let you know my full opinion on this book. It will be coming out on the 8th of Feb for everyone to buy however, so I wanted to give you the chance to check it out. It is currently on pre-order for 3.99
 
This is how the promoter summarized the book
 
Netopia tells the story of a future world, without a defined time or place, ruled by an advance social network called “Minds”. In this network users communicate through thoughts. You can create any reality and make any fantasy come true. In this perfect aesthetic-sterile world you can even customize the weather.
 
Memory drugs rerun the experiences of the users, who instead of warm human relationships prefer to raise neopets, cloned, engineered and malleable creatures such as red panda-cats, orca-penguins or angora-owls. But those connected to Minds quickly discover that this fantastic network comes with a particularly chilling price tag.

Killer Pursuit: An Allison McNeil Thriller

#killerpursuit is the second novel featuring FBI agent Allison McNeil, but it’s written as a stand-alone so you do not have read the first book to enjoy it.

A book for mature high school readers and adults. There are scenes that describe memories of rape, torture and death. While there is not a lot of graphic details, there are sexual details and this would not be found in a high school library.

I’m not done the book yet, but I have enjoyed it so far!  There is a murder fairly quick into the beginning of the book (a call girl), plus police officers and “bad guys” who are killed as well.

I found it read a little like a soap opera – written in third person omniscient, the author jumps between Allison McNeal – an agent at the BAU (behavioural analysis unit), Samuel Kraw – mass murderer and psychopath, Libby who is trying to keep the tabloids free of political scandal and several others characters.

My only regret with this book is that the chapters are only numbered, not titled. Since we are jumping charters quite a bit, I would have loved to at least see the title be called the main characters name (Allison for example) so it was a little easier to follow (personally speaking).  I’ve read other books who did it that way, and I just found it to be easier… but it is always clear within the first page – if not first sentence – whose point of view/story the chapter is revolving around.

Available on Amazon.ca , Amazon.com and many other online stores (as well as in stores in paperback versions).

Authors synopsis

 

When a high-society call girl is murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is connected to the Internet through an encrypted connection…and no-one knows who’s on the other end.

Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder because of the murder’s similarity to a case she worked a year earlier. Allison knows the most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find the videos, but the rumors that the victim’s client list may have included Mason’s political enemies has her worried about the director’s motives. As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she’s not the only one pursuing the videos. In fact, the most aggressive person racing against her might be the murderer himself.

About the author

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Jeff Gunhus is the author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

Review by another person… 

“A balanced blend of heart-pounding visuals and soul-searching introspection, Killer Within, Gunhus’s second novel, reaches beyond ordinary expectations for the genre. Gunhus exhibits a distinctive style typically found in seasoned authors like Dean Koontz and Stephen King.” —Foreword Clarion Reviews, 5 Stars

#TheWatchers – Knight of Light Book Giveaway

I was sent “Knight of Light” on audible in exchange for my honest review, and I have listened to it now at least 3-4 times — although I did fall asleep once and missed the middle.

Basically, this is a novella that takes place a long time ago in the past (1270AD) about a little red headed orphan named Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella). Her parents died in a fire and she was the sole survivor, doing jobs in different homes to try and earn her keep – for very meager wages. When another fire breaks out in town, the cries of three children can be heard coming from the house, and without thought to her own safety Auriella races in to try and save them. When she exits with the children, rather than praised as a hero, she is called a witch.

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No Grits No Glory #SouthernGhosts

Brianna fled down South to Savannah to escape the voices of the dead. Just when she thought she’d left all paranormal things behind, she discovers her house is haunted—by a family of Southern ghosts.

These persistent beings not only hide her white shoes after Labor Day, but they wreak havoc on her life to convince her to help them bring their killer to justice.

Steven put Savannah in his rear-view mirror years ago to follow his passion for music. When his band splits up and he can’t reach his little sister for weeks, he races home—only to learn his whole family died in a mysterious house fire. The house Brianna now lives in.

Together, Brianna and Steven learn who murdered Steven’s family and become caught in a web of intrigue that will threaten their careers, their homes–but especially their lives.

I have just started reading No Grits No Glory, which is the first book in a Southern Ghosts Series by Elaine Calloway. It is a romantic suspense tale with ghosts set in Savannah, Georgia and available on Amazon

Nightengale Novel

Imagine being left on the church steps as an infant, the only indication of your past is a note that states “Bron is Free.” From there you get thrown into social services where people imagine you are a problem child, and are moved from one bad home to another, where no one shows any love. And the one couple who does love you, and wants to adopt you at age three is told they can’t encase a birth parent comes to claim you and you’re immediately removed from their home. That was the life of Bron Jones.

Finally, when he was 13 years old and was removed from yet another bad family (think Harry Potter type of slavery) doing all the dishes, chores, etc, but also raising the woman’s other children, he is accused of stealing peaches from his obese foster mother. In his new home, Olivia Hernandez proves to be a good, caring mother… But there is one problem…. She is another species! It turns out Bron is too. But that is just the beginning of their problems. Aliens from a dark guild catch sight of them, and are hunting them. Bron is scared, entering a new school and discovering new powers of his own which might be stronger than has been seen in centuries.

Can the unlikely pair; cold Bron and caring Olivia; overcome their enemies, or will they be captured and be turned into mindless assassins? Read nightingale to find out!!!

I really, and I mean REALLY, loved this book. The main premise kind of reminds me of another novel I’ve read called “I am number four”. I read this over the summer and somehow never blogged about it (luckily I had written all this in a note pad app!!)

The pictures here below are from the promoters page. They were NOT in my e-book version I read but from  the enhanced e-book version of the novel.

 

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I was not able to find this book on Amazon, but it is available on their WEBSITE

You can also check out their book trailer

PURE 5:2 Transformation In 21 Days

WHY in the heck would you want to eat “pure”!? Well, this e-book will explain to you all about the benefits of healthy eating to eradicate a slew of different health concerns from obesity, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and even sugar addiction (that is TOTALLY a thing). I do not think I am too addicted to sugar (maybe more to salt) but I know there are withdrawal symptoms… btw, having a TON of jello shooters while watching shows like Sweeney Todd, and then eating one every time they say Mrs. Loveit, or Benjamin Barker might be fun in your younger age (talking like 8 years ago now) might seem like fun, but TWO days later having a massive headache and feeling more hung-over than you ever have from alcohol… yikes, but thats another story, and WAY against the policy spoken about in this book!!

The first part of the book is largely information about why you want to eat Pure, and the benefits to this life style. Then, in chapter 5 they begin giving you conversions, recipes and tips.

One thing that my mother in law does everyday (and suggested by this book) is to drink a glass of warm lemon water each morning. It is an appetite suppressant, cleanses and “alkalinize”. They also suggest certain tools to use like a juicer, blender, food processor, and dehydrator.

Here is one page showing dressing recipes from the book.
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There are some easy recipes, and some very beautiful ones

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I did not do the 21 day challenge as life is crazy right now, but my mom-in-law has been following a very similar food life style (not really a diet, since it’s a constant for her) and has mentioned that she has lost weight and is feeling much more energized than before. When she “cheats” and has a treat, she can often feel the difference… and does not feel as good afterwards.

This ebook is available here, and HERE you can get a TON of FREE recipes as well from their UK site!!

I received this e-book in exchange for my honest opinion. I feel that there is a LOT of information at the beginning trying to convince you why their method of eating is the best, but that there is a lot of promise in the recipes I looked at, many look to be delicious, and even if you do not want to follow their 21 day diet, you could still pull a lot of healthy recipes to include into your meal planning.

FREE Sally Learns to Sprout

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Grab your FREE copy today and spend some quality time with your child!

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“A valuable lesson for children on one way to eat healthy.” – Charles Ashbacher, Amazon’s top 500 reviewer

“This is both a fun and educational book.” – Israel Drazin, Amazon’s top 1,000 reviewer

“Delightful Family Read and Project!” – Dii, Book Blogger

“Healthy eating habits and understanding the process of growing food begins with teaching our kids early and this is the perfect book to begin that discussion.” – Candace Cheatham, Editor, Kids Corner at Kindle Nation Daily

If you would like to follow this author on her BLOG or FACEBOOK I have them linked here for you as she posts in advance when her books are being promoted free of charge for 24-48 hours 😀