Thanksgiving is coming! – Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #72

Hello all! Can you believe it’s only one week until American Thanksgiving? One thing about the lack of seasons here in Malaysia is that I very often have no clue what month it is or what holiday is just around the corner! If I didn’t have a school calendar to follow for homeschooling, I would be a complete mess!

If you are still looking for new ways to celebrate, don’t forget to check out my Thanksgiving series. And I’ll also link up below my posts about Thanksgiving picture books and chapter books that we love. I’m excited to see what you have to share this week!

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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!

Conversations with Authors: Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #71

Good Thursday to you all! I am feeling pretty miserable today with a cold, but the nice thing about those days is that I can usually at least read!

I had an interesting conversation with Karen Witemeyer, an author I enjoy, this week. She has written several books about a family of boys whose parents died when the oldest boy was only 15. The boys ended up raising themselves and maintaining the family’s ranch in Texas. The books take place when they are grown men but there are numerous references to the exploits of their childhood. I wrote to the author to tell her that I think she should consider writing up some of the boys’ exploits in a series for middle-grade boys. I truly thought I would be about the millionth person to have said this to her! But it turns out, I was the first. She responded (quite quickly) that she had never thought of it before but that it was a really fun idea. She said that unfortunately her contractual obligations will keep her from exploring it for a while, but that she’s going to keep it on the back burner. I thought it was pretty cool how responsive she was and that I had a good idea! :)

If you’re interested in these books, here are my Amazon affiliate links for them. The second one is especially hilarious with a lot of laugh-out-loud moments!

 Short-Straw Bride

 Stealing the Preacher

What’s the most interesting conversation you’ve ever had with an author? Please tell us about it 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.

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #70

Hello, dear friends. I hope you’ve had a great week! I really enjoyed reading all your posts from last week and look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!

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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!

Kindle Fire Kids Edition Holiday Giveaway!

 

 

Today I have a great opportunity to share with you! I hope one of you wins!!!Holiday Giveaway Kindle Fire Kids Edition 2014 - button

About the Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition 7″ Tablet

Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet

I was pretty excited to see this pretty cool new product available through Amazon. This is a HOT PRODUCT! The all-new Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet also comes with 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited (which means kids get unlimited access to 5,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games—at no additional cost!). It includes a quad-core processor for great performance, a vivid HD display, front and rear-facing cameras, and Dolby Audio PLUS comes with a Kid-Proof Case, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee – if they break it, return it and Amazon replaces it for free. No questions asked! Um… can you say Christmas present?

 

Fabulous Sponsors (Bloggers)

Thank you to the following bloggers who are sponsoring this giveaway. Please consider visiting at least one or two and thanking them personally.

Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Enter Here Canada

Lavender Likes, Loves, Finds and Dreams

I am a Reader

Addicted Readers

Crystal’s Tiny Treasures

A Bit Bookish

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Book, Reviews and Giveaways

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Fabulous Sponsors (Authors and Publishers)

A big thank you to all of the participating authors and publishers who are sponsoring this giveaway. Below you will find their fabulous books

Please consider purchasing one, two or more books that interest you as a “Thank You” to these generous sponsors. Some books are free, others only 99 cents!

Santa's Birthday GiftLobo's Howliday by C.L. MurphyThe Christmas Owl by Angela MuseFrizzy the S.A.D. Elf by Dorothea JensenWhen Violet Was Blue by Deb TroehlerThe Magic WordPlay yayPeter and the Whimper Whineys -coverGimme JimmyMy Fingerpaint Masterpiece - coverABC Adoption and MeGood-bye Baby Max by Diane CantrellCaptain No Beard and the Aurora BorealisIsabella Babysits Baxter by Melissa Perry MorajaThe Tail of a Boy Named Harvey by Gregory BrayThe Time Travel Storm - coverPopcorn: No one makes a mess like a hungry childManner-Man by Sherrill CannonSophias Jungle AdventureSometimes Snow Falls in the SummerIf You Were Me and Lived in GreeceIf You Were Me and Lived in PeruA Different Kind of Safari Helen HippKarmack by J.C. WhyteThe Bravest SquirrelThe WeaverFuzzy ForensicsBefore Happily Ever AfterCamp Bug JuiceThe Mystic Princesses and the WhirlpoolA Whirlwind of DiscoveryFinding Fuzzy by Cat MichaelsSweet T and the North WindThe IfsSecret Dinosaur - Book 1Dewy and the Seeds of Doom by Maggie LyonsDemonic Incident in ChinatownFrankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor by Julie Anne GrassoThe Observations of the Obstreperous AnimalsGeorge Knows by Mindy MymudesA Place to Call Home by G.A. WhitmoreLegend of Ghost Dog IslandKT CS cover 2014WhipEye by Geoffrey SaignSticks n Stones and the Garden of Phea - SidebarPair of DocksDiego's DragonIlmarinenTime Square UFOSpartanicaThe SwiftThe Last Timekeepers and the Arch of AtlantisEscape from the Forbidden Planet julie grassoThePrincelingsoftheEast__FinalThe Secret Sisters Club - coverperf5.0625x7.8125.inddBingo Summer by Dawn MaloneDelores Fletcher - coverThe_Princess_Fables_Cover_for_Kindle - 50The Jewel of PeruThe Null DimensionRagesongGhost Leopard by Lars GuignardJohn Bloom and the Victory Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return to Cardamom by Julie Anne Grasso

 

 

 

 

Giveaway Details

Prize: One winner will receive either a new Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition 7″ Tablet (US only) a $200 Amazon gift card (International) or $200 PayPal cash prize (International)

Contest closes: November 30, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open to: 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. A 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 the 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 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 #69

Welcome to Booknificent Thursday!

I’m so happy to have you here! It’s hard for me to fathom that October is nearly over and the holiday season is upon us! If you’re looking for some ideas for Thanksgiving or just need to inject some gratitude between the gimme-holidays of Halloween and Christmas, check out the series I did last year which highlighted Thanksgiving celebrations from various cultures around the world. I think our celebrations will be fairly muted this year unless I all of a sudden start feeling a whole lot better and more energetic! For now, I’m just thankful to be keeping food down when I eat!

I’m also thankful for you. I can’t wait to see what great books you have to share this week. I’m linking up an adorable book about turkeys that is perfect for both American and Canadian Thanksgivings so be sure to check that out!

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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!

Ten Thankful Turkeys by Angela Muse: $50 Book Blast Giveaway

I’m so pleased to be a part of Mother-Daughter Book Reviews’ book blast giveaway for Angela Muse’s Ten Thankful Turkeys. I was even more pleased to receive a complimentary review copy of this adorable book. :)

Ten Thankful Turkeys by Angela Muse

About the Book

Title: Ten Thankful Turkeys | Author: Angela Muse | Illustrator: Ewa Powdles | Publication Date: October 4, 2014 | Publisher: 4EYESBOOKS | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 2 to 8 Summary: This colorful autumn tale follows ten turkeys as they get ready for an important celebration. This story teaches about gratitude. There are also fun turkey facts in the back of the book.

Kindle version available for only 99 cents from Amazon on October 24 & 25, 2014. Grab your copy now!!

 

Mommynificent’s Review

My review is quite simple: if you celebrate Canadian or American Thanksgiving with little ones, you will love this book and you will read it again and again each year! It is whimsical and sentimental as it counts through ten little turkeys preparing for their Thanksgiving meal. This sweet book culminates with the turkeys gathered around the table, bowing in gratefulness for all their blessings.

The word “bowed” is the most religious this book gets and so it should be suitable for grateful people of any or no religion. The book also avoids the historical details distinct to American Thanksgiving, thus making it suitable for those of any culture celebrating a Thanksgiving festival, as long as they are happy to have the book be about turkeys.

In short, this is an adorable book with fun pictures and good rhyming, rhythmical text. I think you will love it!

About the Author: Angela Muse

Angela Muse, Author

Angela Muse

Angela Muse was born in California to a military family. This meant that she got used to being the “new kid” in school every couple of years. It was hard trying to make new friends, but Angela discovered she had a knack for writing. In high school Angela began writing poetry and song lyrics. Expressing herself through writing seemed very natural. After becoming a Mom in 2003, Angela continued her storytelling to her own children. In 2009 she wrote and published her first rhyming children’s book aimed at toddlers. Since then she has released several more children’s picture books and released books in her first young adult romance series, The Alpha Girls, in 2013/2014. Her husband, Ben Muse writes suspense/thriller books that can also be found on Amazon.

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Amazon $50 Gift Card Prize: One winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) Contest closes: November 23, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open to: 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. A 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 the 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 Angela Muse 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. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #68

Hello my bookish friends! So happy to have you here again on this lovely Thursday. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what books you’ve been reading lately.

Daddynificent and I are huge Shannon Hale fans, and we’ve just been introducing some of our favorites to Bignificent over the last few weeks. I’ve been loving re-reading some of my favorite books with her and hearing her 10-year old perspective on them.

We just finished Princess Academy and Palace of Stone and were excited to see that a third book is coming out in this series next year! If you enjoy YA lit and/or fantasy even a little bit, do yourself a favor and read these books! You won’t regret 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 #67

Not only is it Booknificent Thursday, but today was also Scholastic-order-arrival day at our house! I may have gone a bit overboard, but that’s what book-lovers do, right, especially when they are so cheap!? :) Look at our haul!!!

Our Scholastic order

Unfortunately, we have the stomach flu going through our family right now so while the kids are lying lethargically on the couch, I’ve been reading our new books out loud to anyone who cares to hear them. All in all, not the worst day.

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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 #66

Hello friends! We are on an unexpected trip to the capital city right now. I’m excitedly awaiting a few release dates for books I’ve been waiting for! The next Psalm 23 mystery comes out on Monday – yippee! And Katherine Reay’s next book is due out later this month. And to top things off, I just found out that Jan Karon recently released another Mitford novel! What??!! How did I miss that?!! I’m hoping to get my hands on that one asap!

What books are you excited about 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:

  • 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!

The Ifs by J.D. Pooker Book Review

I am pleased to be participating in a Book Review Blitz hosted by Mother-Daughter Book Reviews for the middle grade fantasy adventure, The Ifs by J. D. Pooker.

The Ifs

About the Book

Title: The Ifs | Author: J.D. Pooker | Illustrator: Frank Walls | Publication Date: April 22, 2013 | Publisher:Little Devil Books | Pages: 146 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Summary: Landon and Broden are brothers. And some days they DO NOT get along very well. They spend most of their days fighting, arguing and plotting ways to get revenge on each other. Then, strange things start happening…

Noises in their room that are not the cat.

Homework is mysteriously finished.

A broken shoelace repairs all by itself.

Clothes are put in the hamper on their own.

The brothers want to share their weird experiences, but they don’t know if they can trust each other. But when they find out who’s behind all the strange things around the house, they are called to battle. Battle? Whoa! Right there in the forest by their house! A battle with the most unusual creatures and wildest of beasts. And when the battle turns more dangerous than they imagined, Landon and Broden must face their fears, put their grudges aside and learn how to work together.

Mommynificent’s Review

This story has an engaging and well-thought out plot. The characters are believable and act like you’d expect boys their age to act. I wish they didn’t fight quite as much as they do, but I suppose that’s realistic as well. It is exciting to see the brothers band together and save the day. This is an excellent book for boys who are reluctant readers; I think they will relate to it and really enjoy it!

About the Author: J.D. Pooker

J.D. PookerJ.D. Pooker lives in wonderful Wyoming with her husband and two sons, along with a black lab named Ryder and a sweet kitty named Alia. J.D. likes to spend time with her family and go camping, fishing, and snowmobiling.

Her sons are the inspiration for writing children’s stories. She wants to encourage them to be readers and show them how powerful and exciting the imagination can be. She wants them to see that countless worlds exist, and all it takes to get there is a good book.

You can visit J.D. Pooker’s website here.