New Release: Willa and the Alliance of Inquisitors

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#NewRelease from Rhiannon Michelle. An action packed adventure filled with magic, intrigue, and puberty. #MiddleGradeReader #RMGilmore #KillerBooksForKids #99Cents

☩In an alliance of three her fates will arrive☩

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Can magic really fix everything?

Willa discovers the answer to that question is more complicated than it appears.

In a desperate attempt to bring her father home and reunite her once perfect family, Willa falls—literally—into a mess of magic, mayhem, and mystery.

Before long, Willa learns the hard way that everything she does has a consequence.

Join Willa as she discovers her own strength, and learns the powers within the pages of her new book may not be what they seem.

*Recommended for ages 9 and up

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Following Willa and the Book of Malediction, the Alliance of Inquisitors brings young readers an action packed adventure filled with magic, intrigue, and puberty when Willa faces her worst adversary yet. Middle school.

Join Willa as she uncovers the secrets of her family and learns she is so much more than Willa the weirdo.

*Recommended for ages 10 and up!

 

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Release Blitz: Ready to Love by Franca Storm

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Ready to Love
by Franca Storm
A Damaged Hearts Novel #1
Publication Date: August 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Tour: Ready to Love by Franca Storm

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She is the one woman who is always off limits…

College rocker and infamous playboy, John Kingston, has screwed his way through most of the women on campus. But there’s one woman he will never touch: his best friend and band mate, Nicki. For four years, he’s been her protector and her confidant.

When arrogant frat guy, Axel, attempts to make a claim on her, John suffers a painful wakeup call, quickly realizing that his feelings for Nicki are not purely platonic. Recognizing that Axel’s intentions are anything but innocent, John’s possessiveness spirals out of control, sparking a dangerous feud.

Nicola Lewis can’t bear to be touched. Haunted by an awful past that she has been unable to escape, she has kept her distance from the opposite sex. And she’s been just fine living her life that way: safe and uncomplicated with no chance of getting hurt again.

Until an unexpected kiss changes everything…

But John and Nicki must decide whether the burgeoning desire between them is worth the risk. Is this a case of love conquers all, or a huge mistake that could destroy everything?

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About Franca Storm

Franca was born in Surrey, England and currently lives in Niagara Falls, Canada with her husband and their labrador, Rocky.

She is a long-time lover of erotica and romance novels, especially those with sexy-as-sin alpha males. She decided to try her hand at writing her own and writing romance is now her obsession and the perfect way to put her dirty mind to good use!

Her writing spans many different sub-genres of romance: contemporary, biker romance, paranormal romance, new adult, romantic erotica and romance suspense. She’s got a ton of stories to tell and many more works up her sleeve.

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Tour Stop: Escucha Means Listen by Talia Aikens-Munez

From the mowing of the lawn to the splish-splashing of rain puddles, Talia Aikens-Nuñez’s bilingual picture book Escucha Means Listen introduces toddlers and babies to the sweet sounds around them.
Welcome to the blog tour for Escucha Means Listen by Talia Aidens-Nuñez.

Follow the tour and read about the book, read reviews, and make sure to enter the gift card giveaway!!

About Escucha Means Listen:

Take a journey through the world—just listening. Escucha Means Listen helps children discover sounds around them in English and Spanish.

Book information:Title: Escucha Means Listen

Author Name: Talia Aidens-Nuñez

ISBN-13: 978-1-61937-590-1

Genre: Fairy Tales, Multicultural, Family, Grade School, Animals

Read An Excerpt:

Buzz. Buzz. Qué oyes? (What do you hear?)

Las abejas (The bees) circling the flowers.

Woosh. Woosh. What do you hear?

El viento (The wind) is whistling by.

Shh. Shh. Qué oyes? (What do you hear?)

Las hojas (The leaves) are dancing on the trees.

Purchase Links:

Musa ($.99) Escucha Means Listen

Amazon ($2.99) Escucha Means Listen

Bookaholic’s Review:

This is a cute book. The story focuses on the sounds that children hear in the world around them: bees, birds, trucks, rain… As you can see from the excerpt above, the English translation for the Spanish words are in parentheses after the word making it easy for the children (and parents) to learn the words in both languages.

I personally love bilingual texts like this. It gives some children the opportunity to celebrate their heritage and others the chance to increase understanding of the world around them. It warms my heart to see stories about children learning another language or even sign language in order to make new friends. One of my goals is to become multilingual and I encourage my children to learn other languages as well. (Right now, I’m studying Gaelic and my daughter is working on Spanish).

The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful. My favorite is the one depicting the wind- I love the colors in the background and the way the wind was illustrated. This is a five-star, young children’s book and even though my children are older, I luckily have nieces and nephews I can read to, so this one is going to rack up frequent reader miles.

About the Author:

Talia Aikens-Nunez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. It was raising her bilingual children that inspired Talia to write multicultural children’s books. Her family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water, so now they live on a river in Connecticut.

Find Talia Online:

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6581341.Talia_Aikens_Nunez

Amazon Author:

http://www.amazon.com/Talia-Aikens-Nu%C3%B1ez/e/B00AQ91SCE

http://talia-aikens-nunez.vpweb.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/taliaaikensnunezchildrenswriter

Twitter: @Talia_N

Link to Tour Schedule:

http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/blog-tour-kick-off-escucha-means-listen_15.html

Tour Coordinated by:

~ Amber M. ~

Promotions Specialist and Media Contact at Musa Publishing amber.musa.ps@gmail.com

Owner of Sapphyria’s Book Promotions saphsbookblog@gmail.com

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Review: Gift of Charms by Julia Suzuki

Blurb:

Julia Suzuki’s Award Winning ‘Land of Dragor’ series will entrance readers of any age. The Gift of Charms, the first volume of Julia Suzuki’s series is an epic fantasy story set to enchant and entertain…

In a secret land, far away from the habitation of man, dwell the world’s remaining dragons — hoping the dragsaur beasts have vanished forever. In their mystical valley, they live their daily lives, but all is not well and their talents are fading.
Things change, however, when, from a strange egg, Yoshiko is born – a dragon with a unique destiny. Great adventure lies ahead as many challenges must be overcome, leading to a dangerous mission to the human world in attempt to return to the clans their missing magic!

Will the Land of Dragor have a new hero?

Can Yoshiko make it in time?

Editorial Reviews:

“The story is the perfect combination of the worlds of Harry Potter and Spyro and we already can’t wait for the rest of the series.” — LEGENDARIUM US MEDIA

“This is a classic in the making – a mythical magical fable in the tradition of Tolkein and JK Rowling” — PHIL DAMPIER, ROYAL COMMENTATOR & SUNDAY EXPRESS JOURNALIST.

“A beautifully presented, wonderfully unique debut” — THE SUN

“Fantasy fans will warm to this tale of how being different can be a strength rather than something to be feared” — DAILY MAIL

“Action packed. This book is on fire” — DAVID LLOYD, SPORTS ENTREPRENEUR

From the Author:

“I had been thinking back to the wonderful vintage books I had read and wishing there were more like this – but with unique and modern edge and interactive web presence. I knew first hand what parents were looking for when purchasing a book for their children, yet more than that, I knew also what they sought themselves. They wanted gripping action, loads of adventure – all the classic aspects of heroes and villains, mystery and magic, quests and suspense, and the hope of happy endings.

I wanted to write books with universal appeal, that were fantastical and ‘out there’ and yet still felt somehow real; to fulfil the expectations of book lovers and also hook non-readers back into reading. For me this had to be in the form of a series set in a place we would all be excited to visit – and so the Land of Dragor came to be.

The most beautiful places that I had seen on my international travels were integrated into the setting of Dragor: the amazing mountains of Colorado, the great deserts of Palm Springs, California, the vast waters in the Lake District, and the seaside caves of Cornwall -not forgetting the enchanting wilderness of Scotland. Dragor would be my ideal place to live – full of magnificent scenery, bursting with animals and nature’s magical flowers and plants. A place full of adventure, excitement and promise.” – Julia Suzuki
From the Inside Flap
Many great creatures first roamed the earth with us,” Ma’am Sancy announced to her class, her wings held wide. “There were all different types. Some had trunks and tusks as long as their bodies. Others had claws that enabled them to leap through the highest trees in the forests.”The younglings all gazed at their history teacher, as her words captured their full attention.

“At first they were happy to share the lands with us. But as the years went by, the earth moved and the seas divided” she continued. “Some of the dinosaurs sought survival by breeding with our dragon ancestors against their will creating a super-evil species known as dragsaurs – monsters who were willing do anything to take over the world and destroy us!” One of the orange Mida dragons gasped in horror at the thought of such beasts.

“But despite their efforts, and indeed after many great wars, both dragsaurs and dinosaurs became extinct. It was only us dragons who managed to survive the new climates, though we became slaves to man. That is until one great rebellion, after receiving a special gift we managed to escape and flee to the Land of Dragor, where we now remain hidden below the smoky mists..”

About the Author:

Julia Suzuki was born in Staffordshire, England, adjacent to the Drayton Manor Theme park. The magical sounds of the fairground rides and animals, together with a love of reading, nature and the outdoors, all fed her colourful imagination at an early age.

Julia has a degree in creative writing and has travelled international with her licensing career visiting many of the places that feature in her books. Her philosophy is that ‘a life with lots of magic in it is a more wonderful one’.

Julia was given the British Arts Council Award in 2014.

Review-

I’m sure some of you may be wondering why I read a children’s book. There are several reasons:

1. I am a parent and I believe that not only do my reading habits encourage my children to read, but reading is more meaningful and fun for them when we can have a discussion about the books they read. In order for me to have these conversations, I need to read the book.

2. I have a background in education. I spent more years learning about teaching than I wish to discuss and I have a family FULL of teachers and I have quite a few teacher friends. There is always someone looking for material that can be used in a classroom. (I did use sections of a YA novel to address bullying concerns in my own classroom last year- material I wouldn’t have had on hand had I not been willing to read books intended for younger readers.)

3. I have a major Peter Pan complex. Go ahead and cue the old “I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us Kid” song because it is true. I like to have fun; splash in puddles, climb a tree, jump on the trampoline, or see how high the swing will go. I still believe in magic and fairies and even Santa… I love to embrace the wonder of the world around me and I don’t think that will ever change. (BTW- if you embarrass easily, NEVER go to a toy store, or a library/bookstore, with me and my siblings… We never did learn to act our age and we’re extremely lucky no one has ever kicked us out of these establishments.)

So when I got the chance to review a children’s book about dragons… I dove in without a second thought.

I found this book to be an absolutely amazing story. It immerses you in a world where dragons live on a hidden island safe from the humans that once enslaved them. Unfortunately, safety has it’s price and eventually being isolated from the world takes its toll on the dragons. But a special dragon has been born, one that can bring them back to their former glory.

Yes, it is fantasy BUT there are some really good real life lessons to be learned like learning to embrace your differences, standing up for what’s right, working hard to accomplish goals… These are lessons that children need, in order to become understanding, caring, and successful adults. These lessons are taught through the adventures of the young dragon, Yoshiko, as he discovers his special talents and uncovers his extraordinary destiny.

I thought the story was beautifully written. It was full of rich details and kept me and my inner child interested. The story was compelling; a wonderful epic journey perfect for younger readers. I give this one a 10 out of 10 and I highly recommend it for young readers and those that are young at heart.