$200 September Blogger Appreciation Giveaway

Welcome to the $200 September Blogger Appreciation Giveaway 2014 hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews.

 

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Prize: One winner will receive a $200 Amazon gift card or a PayPal cash prize (winner’s choice)

Contest Ends: September 30, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored, hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Book Review of Julie Anne Grasso’s Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor

Today, Bignificent and I are both excited to share with you Julie Anne Grasso’s new book, Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor! We both read this book and enjoyed it very much! The plot is clever, quirky, and innovative.

Bignificent really liked the characters, both the good guys and the bad guys! She said she liked how the bad guys were so tricky without being evil. She also really enjoyed the descriptions of the cool equipment Frankie has and the cupcakes he got to eat. She said she could almost taste them!

I really appreciated the lack of evil in this book! I always appreciate an author who can craft a good plot without terrifying my children, and Julie has never yet failed to deliver in that department!

Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor by Julie Anne Grasso

About the Book

Title: Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor |  Author:  Julie Anne Grasso |  Illustrators: David Blackwell & Samantha Yallope |  Publication Date: July 10, 2014 |  Publisher: Independent |  Pages: 75  |  Recommended Ages:  8 to 12

Summary: When his cousin Kat disappears from Enderby Manor, Frankie Dupont jumps on the scene, only to find bumbling Inspector Cluesome beat him to it. Cluesome thinks Kat simply wandered off. Frankie isn’t buying it.

He follows the evidence to find a conniving concierge, a six-fingered chef, a talking parrot, and a shifty dwarf. Quite frankly, none of them are making any sense until Frankie discovers, Kat’s time is running out.

An exciting new illustrated mystery series for ages 8-12.

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About the Author: Julie Anne Grasso

Julie Anne GrassoWith a background in paediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed great courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to encourage and entertain them.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Danny and their little girl, Giselle.

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Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #60

Hello all! Happy Booknificent Thursday! We are having major internet woes here today so I’m hoping I can actually get this post up. If you see this post, that will be a victory for me! :)
I’m excited to hear what great books and literacy ideas you have to recommend and share today!
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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

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  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.

 

  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)

 

  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.

 

  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

 

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #59

Hi all! I just noticed when I signed on today that last week’s post was buried in the archives instead of on the front page where it belongs! I’m really sorry about that but happy that so many of you managed to still find it and link up your books from last week!

I’m feeling much better and, thankfully, haven’t had any more sinus headaches this week. I even got to read three really enjoyable books this week!

First off was the long-awaited next book in the Psalm 23 mysteries, The Shadow of Death! Both Daddynificent and I loved it! It is so well-written and even though there are four more books slated for this series, this one tied together a lot of loose ends from previous books. It was an extremely satisfying read! Well done, yet again, Debbie Viguie!

Next were two books by Cathy Marie Hake, Forevermore and Whirlwind. I’d never before read this author, but I found her characters delightful, especially in Forevermore where the main character reminded me of a grown-up, extremely loveable version of Amelia Bedelia! I loved her!

How about you? Did you come across any new authors that surprised you with fresh characters and fun plots? Or did you finally get your hands on a book you’ve been dying to read? I can’t wait to hear about it!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.

 

  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.

 

  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)

 

  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.

 

  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #58

Hi all! I have been so sick this week with three straight days of sinus migraines that I can hardly sit up straight at my computer to type this! That also means I haven’t made it to your links from last week yet, so please forgive me! I will do my best to check them out as well as whatever you’ve got for this week! If you are a pray-er, please pray that I will feel better soon! This is miserable!!!
I am excited to see what you’ve been reading and reviewing lately!
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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.

 

  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.

 

  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)

 

  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.

 

  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

 

Happy linking and have a great week!

Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom Book Blast

There are heaps and heaps of book blasts going on this summer, but I decided to only participate in ones for books I have actually read and can recommend. This book, Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom, definitely fits that bill. Both Bignificent and I absolutely loved it and are really hoping for a sequel! You can see our review here. If you haven’t read this one yet, this is definitely a great time to pick it up, especially if any of your children will be studying medieval times or Arthurian legend this year in school!

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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

 

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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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Contest ends: September 9, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Cheryl Carpinello and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #57

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Booknificent Thursday! We are finishing up our first week of our homeschool year, and it has gone really well so far for which I am exceedingly grateful. We’ve changed almost every aspect of our curriculum and added a third homeschooler this year so I was expecting the first few days to be a little rocky, but so far, it has been smooth sailing. What a relief!
I’ve been so surprised as I look through my facebook feed to see how many people are already back to school in the US while others don’t go back until September. I don’t remember it being so variable there when I was a kid. Are the kids in your life back to school yet or are you still reveling in the joys of summer? Or do you live somewhere that you’re in the middle of winter and the middle of the school year? I’d love to hear in the comments!
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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.

 

  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.

 

  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)

 

  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.

 

  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more for each post you link up.

 

Happy linking and have a great week!

The Great Blog Train – Destination: Penang, Malaysia

I am excited today that I have the privilege of being a co-host on The Great Blog Train with some amazing women, and on top of that I get to share a little bit about the beautiful place we are blessed to live.  So hop aboard The Great Blog Train and come for a little visit to our home in Penang, Malaysia!


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If you link up that means your blog will be seen on 6 different blogs!!!


Please meet our Destination Co-host:
This month we will be travelling to Penang, MALAYSIA


Also, remember to visit the DINING CAR on one of the Engineer’s blogs!
 
If you are interested in being a Co-host for the Great Blog Train then please click HERE and fill out the form (THANK YOU!!)

 

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The Great Blog Train’s 13th Great Giveaway!!!
1 Lucky winner will win the following:
- 2 Bars of Lye Soap by Marci (you must live in the lower 48 of the USA to win this prize – otherwise it becomes a second place prize)- 1 Zippered Pouch by Marci (choice of 2 colors)(you must live in the lower 48 of the USA to win this prize – otherwise it becomes a second place prize)- 1 Monthly Ad Space on Angie’s blog (you must have a blog to win this prize – otherwise it becomes a second place prize)- $10 Paypal Cash (you must have a Paypal account to win this prize otherwise it becomes a second place prize)
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Map of Southeast Asia with Penang

Destination: Penang, Malaysia

Penang is one of 13 states in Malaysia.  Most of the state is the Island of Penang, that rests just west of the Malay Peninsula in the Strait of Malacca; the rest is the mainland.  
Penang is a place to see history.  The city of George Town, the state capital, was declared a World Heritage Site in 2008.  You can walk along streets in Little India and Chinatown and see spices and goods still being sold along the sidewalk.  The old buildings from the colonial era and earlier are being restored and preserved for people to enjoy.  If you look carefully, you can even see lampposts with shrapnel scars from when the Japanese bombed during WWII.

Penang is a place to see cultures.  There are relatively large populations of a number of people groups here in Penang, including Malay, Indian, Chinese, Indonesian, Bangla, Burmese, Nepali, and many more. Every major religion seems to celebrate or observe their festivals in Penang.  This past month (July 2014) we saw the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, end with the big holiday, Aidul Fitri.  The Hungry Ghost Festival began for the Chinese Buddhists.  The Anglicans put on a huge Festival for St. Anne, that will go on into August.  October will host the Deepavali Hindu festival of lights.  And that barely scratches the surface of all the holidays and festivals you can experience in Penang.  As a foreigner. you are more than welcome to come and photograph and even participate.  In fact, good luck staying dry during the Thai Songkran Water Festival!

Perhaps, most famously, Penang is a place to eat!  CNN Travel, Lonely Planet and a host of other travel sites all agree, Penang has the number one street food in Asia, if not the world.  Wealthy people from Singapore will actually fly up to Penang for dinner, we’ve been told. You can start your day with a Roti Canai and a Teh Tarik at an Indian stand.  Enjoy a lunch of Dim Sum or a bowl of noodles at a food court or a hawker stall. If you want adventure and spice, try out  Tom Yam Fried Rice, not found in Thailand, but instead a uniquely Malaysian dish. Lavish upscale restaurants are all over Penang, for those who want haute cuisine. One of our family’s favorites is Ayam Kapitan, a curry that is a fusion of the best of Chinese, Malay, and Indian flavors. The recipe is my most popular post here on Mommynificent.com. I can very nearly guarantee that you’ll enjoy it!

There’s much to see, experience and eat in Penang.  We’ve found kids activities like visiting a goat farm, and painting traditional batik cloth.  If you want to learn more about Penang and see some of the activities our family has done here, please visit my husband’s blog, Living in Penang. I blog here at Mommynificent primarly about the food we eat and the books we read. (We are a family of book-fiends!) The kids and I also blog about our homeschool adventures at Desperate Homeschoolers.

Finally, I’ll leave you with this picture that shows why I love living here and why it’s such a great place to raise a family. Several of the walls of our house are actually giant sliding doors so we can just open them up and our beautiful yard becomes an extension of the house. You can see that our backyard juts right up against a full-on tropical jungle, complete with exotic birds, plants, and animals, including monkeys who steal our laundry and spy on us while we’re sleeping! Can you imagine a better classroom and place to grow up? We can’t!

Thanks for visiting us here in Penang! We hope you’ve enjoyed a little taste of this beautiful place!

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Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #56

Hello and welcome to Booknificent Thursday! I’ve been reading a lot lately and have actually run out of books in my TBR! So please, help me out and give me some good suggestions!!!
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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.

 

  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.

 

  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)

 

  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.

 

  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

 

Happy linking and have a great week!

Congratulations to our Winners! and Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #55

Congratulations to the three winners of our Booknificent Birthday Bash Giveaway last week! They are Laura P., Hannah N., and Tina M. The winners have been contacted by email, and I’m waiting to hear which book they will each choose! Thanks to all who participated and shared about the giveaway!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.
  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.
  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)
  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.
  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

Happy linking and have a great week!