Learn to Tie a Bow, Have Fun Too

Today’s blog is a book tour featuring a children’s teaching book. It is designed to help children learn how to tie a bow in Cleo Can Tie a Bow: A Rabbit and a Fox Story by Sybrina Durant. Along with book details and an interview I was provided with the book to review.

BOOK DETAIL SPOTLIGHT

Book Title: Cleo Can Tie a Bow by Sybrina Durant

Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7) 38 pages

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Publisher: Sybrina Publishing

Release date: Sept 27th, 2020

Content Rating: G for everyone

Cleo can tie a bow. She learned from a rabbit and a fox. They can help you learn to tie one, too. Great parent-child activity for learning to tie a bow with any ribbon or string – including shoe laces.

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MEET THE AUTHOR

I’ve been writing creative and technical works for years. Many of my songs are on Youtube and Itunes. Two of my books are available as ebooks online. They are “Learn To Tie A Tie WIth The Rabbit And The Fox” and “Sybrina’s Phrase Thesaurus”.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Win soft-back copy of CLEO CAN TIE A BOW, t-shirt, & $25 Amazon Gift Card (1 winner)(USA only) (ends Apr 26). Here is the link to the contest. Let me know if you win!

REVIEW

This is a colorful book from the text to the illustrations. This is a story designed to help chidren tie a bow and does so well. It makes this important skill fun to learn. Read the story and then the detailed instructions follow. The book is well designed. It featues a little girl named Cleo and she loves bows, but this is a story that teaches a useful skill featuring animals so all little ones in your life can enjoy and learn from it.

This is a creative book with many bows as well as many butterflies. Cleo even talks about a variety of bows including the pinwheel and side loop. When the story part featuring the animals begins the cute element. It is a sweet way to help and to know it is a series of learning with other fun ways to help youth learn things makes it even better. It means there other books and more things to learn from these cute characters. It is helpful to enjoy learning and have a fun way to pay attention while learning. This book helps with that. There are some important skills that are difficult to learn, but are needed. It is nice to have a little help.

The instructions give illustrations and explainations to help teach how to tie a bow and it helps with tying shoe laces too. This story is a cute idea to help teach. There is even a song with a link to a video so you can listen and you can sing to the the song. We are also reminded to be nice to animals! I look forward to reading other books in this important learning series such as “Learn to Tie a Tie with the Rabbit and the Fox”.

We recommend this book. If you are working on teaching your little ones to tie a bow or tie their shoes this is a great help. Start out with this book, use it to help or if you are having some trouble it might help tie everything together for you and your little one.

INTERVIEW

  1. Why did you decide to write a book about how to tie a bow? 

I had already written several books in my “Learn To Tie With The Rabbit and The Fox” series, that were based on a desire to come up with a fun way to instruct others how to tie a neck tie.  Tying a bow is in the same realm as tying a neck tie and I had wanted to write a book about tying bows for a long time. Cleo’s Tie A Bow story didn’t come along until many years after the publication of the first books. I just couldn’t figure out how to use the same methodology that I had used in the tie a tie books.  You know how you get stuck in a particular way of thinking? Well, I was stuck on the idea that, like in the other books, the instructions had to be based on the fox chasing the rabbit through a forest. It takes several more movements to tie a bow, than to tie a neck tie so it was just too complicated to figure out how to do it like that. When I was finally able to break away from that concept I was free to come up with an even more fun way to present the instructions. In Cleo’s story, a helpful fox actually assists a long eared rabbit to keep her ears from dragging on the ground. This story is much more kid friendly. 

  1. You say it’s “kid friendly” and yet you show a fox tying a rabbit’s ears into a bow. I know you caution kids to never tie an actual rabbit’s ears into a bow as that would be cruel but aren’t you worried you are placing bad ideas into their heads? 

I am very glad that you’ve asked that question. Cleo, the main character of the book actually ties her doll bunny’s ears into a bow.  She remembers how to tie a bow by recalling a story about a cartoon fox tying a cartoon bunny’s ears into a bow. This book is meant to be used as an interactive activity between parents and their very young children.  It offers a perfect opportunity for parents to explain concepts like how to recognize the differences between fantasy and reality to their kids. I watched many cartoons while growing up. Many had impossible situations like showing a roadrunner dropping an anvil on a coyote’s head or a rabbit plugging the end of a gun with its finger or a carrot to have it explode in the hunter’s face.  I read fairy tales where an evil woman fed a poison apple to an innocent princess but that only made her sleep until a kiss woke her up; or a red queen yelled “chop off their heads” for every perceived slight. Somehow, I and millions of others who were introduced to the same fantasy ideas grew up to recognize the differences between right and wrong.  

  1. What were your favorite cartoons when you were growing up?  

I loved The Flintstones and The Jetsons. One took place in ancient times and one in the distant future.  The pre-historic stone agers lived a thoroughly modern life despite being cave dwellers. They had a full complement of household appliances and construction equipment such as garbage disposals (pigasaurus), bowling balls (armadillo), vacuum cleaners (elephant), electric ovens (powered by electric eels), construction cranes (brontosauruses) and so much more. They even had cars powered by Fred Flintstone’s feet! Those cartoon writers had amazing imaginations. If PETA had existed in the ’60’s I’m sure that cartoon would have been much more boring as they probably would have fought to relieve the Flintstones of all their animal powered conveniences. The Jetsons traded all of that dino power for robot technology. OK I will admit I was more than a little bit influenced by that cartoon.  I really thought we’d have flying cars by now. 

  1. What is your favorite type of music?  

I guess I’d have to say Pop or Pop Rock music is my favorite.  I’ve written a lot of songs in those genres over the years and I write songs for most of my books, too. The song at the back of Cleo Can Tie A Bow is the background music for the book trailer.  Well, there are actually 3 book trailers for Cleo.  I just couldn’t get one to look exactly how I wanted it. You can see them all on Youtube on my Girls Love Bows Play List. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLybqF-7D4W3FyCzzaOhdwEZPFuVspqeOz  

  1. What is your favorite craft besides writing?  

Marketing and promoting have as much appeal for me as writing does, maybe even more so. That’s why I call myself an author/entrepreneur.  One idea always leads to another.  I promote Cleo Can Tie A bow (and my other books) every single day on several social media sites. I use a service called Postfity to schedule daily posts on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Every weekend, I spend time building the graphics to post.  In addition to that, I also schedule blog posts to be published every day. These posts are not all necessarily about the book itself. This is where the entrepreneur part comes in.  The Rabbit and Fox book series has inspired two online stores for Sybrina’s Book Blog. One is The Rabbit and The Fox Book Store where you can find rabbit and fox books by other authors as well as lots of fun rabbit and fox themed gifts. Cleo’s love of bows inspired the other online store, “Girls Love Bows Gift Shop.” There are hundreds of bow-themed gifts there for any bow-crazy girl. How do I do this? Since I am an Amazon associate, I can find related products to post on my blog and maybe make a little extra coin here and there. You can also find Sybrina’s Unicorn Book Store on my blog. I list nearly 1,000 unicorn books by hundreds of authors for sale on it. Anyone can do the same thing I’m doing with ideas and characters from their books. Having an online store is fun and can be potentially profitable, too. https://sybrinapublishing.wordpress.com/girls-love-bows-gift-shop-glbgs-1/ and https://sybrinapublishing.wordpress.com/sybrinas-unicorn-book-store-main/  

BOOK TRAILER

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If you want to learn about other stops on the tour or read other reviews here is the link.

NOTE: This blog was written with and provided by media kit information from the iBOOK BOOK TOURS Host team. The review is my own idea as the book was provided.

Another Blog Year, Year of Experiences, More Writing, Published Items

Another year of the blog today. Thanks to our loyal readers and our new readers that joined us this year!

Jackson and Matthew following Jackson enter National Honor Society this year.

There have been many changes this year with the blog as well as it has been a different year in life than a typical year.

Readership has grown this year. This is much because of the reading tours that have joined our blog. These tours provide us with book spotlights, author information and other details. Some of the tours provide me with the books to read and review. I have been given ebooks, audiobooks and physical books, which is great because many of the companies I review books with have gotten away from providing physical books.

I’ve noticed some new readership from different countries including Ghana and written more book reviews. There has been more time this year for many things since I have been home. This includes writing more allowing for submitting more. Therefore, I have been published more this year than in the last few years. A few journals have articles I have published my work. I also guest-edited a website and book featuring poetry and some stories. I have enjoyed writing articles for the area historical society, which has been a real highlight in writing since history is an interest of mine. I have a goal of writing nonfiction history books someday.

I haven’t been in the classroom this year either. Not only have I missed it I haven’t had that income. Mostly I have missed the time with students. Yet, it has given me time to write and more time with my kids, which is extremely special. I have been blessed being with the family creating more cherished memories. I have been overjoyed working with the kids as they have learned this year on their education path.

When last year’s shutdown happened it was didn’t to think about what the future would hold. Pretty much everything was closed such as getting hair cuts was difficult and even though I handle the kids’ hair cuts they decided they would grow out their hair during this time. They wondered how long their hair would get, but they didn’t expect the lockdown or the situation to last as long as it did or has really. We got to a point they have decided to grow out their hair to donate. It is their way of giving back and finding a positive from the last year. We have looked at all the positive we can. There has been many things and people lost. There has been many sad things experienced from the last year.

This year has brought wonderful experiences as well that would not have been possible otherwise. An example is the extra time we have truly been blessed with each day. Also, experiences and events through zoom as well. Some things we would have never experienced without zoom opportunities happened this year. We have taken part in book clubs, various semnars and events featuring music, museum events, educational, games, field trips, church and so much more.

We are grateful for another year of this blog. As many things were missed and lost this year we choose to think of the things gain or experienced that otherwise would not have been. Let’s see what next year has in store for us and we hope we don’t have to think too much on finding the positive!

Crunch into a Tasty Almond Snack Smokehouse Today

Check out this snack! April’s product is a delicious and savory snack. If you want something to fight midday hunger or something a little healthier as a snack this is a great option. It is Blue Diamond Almonds — particularily Smokehouse flavor.

This tasty snack is available in stores. It is Blue Diamond Almonds Smokehouse.

If you are looking for a carb friendly snack this is a good option. It has 2 net carbs per serving. Smokehouse® Almonds is the signature of Blue Diamond, which has been around since 1958 and is a top seller. There is no wonder it is popular because it is so good. This is a snack we recommend. If you enjoy almonds and want a savory snack then this is a winner!

Blue Diamond Almonds Smokehouse

These are available in different sizes including cans, snack sizes and big bags. We were given a great snack size perfect for on-the-go such as to take to work or lunch. You can see in the picture the ingredients and other important nutritional facts.

These are crunchy with a smoky bold flavor. Even though the delicious flavor is bold it is not too strong or overpowering. These almonds are roasted perfectly with flavor and help when you need to reach for a little something between meals.

This product is available in stores and online. It is found at Amazon.com in various sizes and flavors. The 40 oz. one pack is being sold for less than $12. Walmart.com also provides a variety of sizes and flavors including a 14 oz. option for less than $7.

Find Something Good for Spring Cleaning

Springtime means it is time for Spring cleaning. Today’s product is designed to help with this process. Libman provides many different cleaning products and we were provided with Libman’s Freedom! Spray Mop Microfiber Cleaning Pad to try.

Libman’s Freedom! Spray Mop Microfiber Cleaning Pad

This product is available online and in stores. There are options available. Be sure you find the right option to fit your mop.

This product from the Libman’s that has been providing family-made products since 1896 is a quality one. It is good for multi-surface cleaning with scratch-free strips good for lifting tough dirt just like it describes. It is designed to work on various floor surfaces including wood and laminate, ceramic tile, marble, vinyl and linoleum and stone. I have a variety of these surfaces including tile and laminate. It did work well on each. A special NOTE on surfaces this product is not best for this product. It includes, “unfinished, oiled or waxed boards or unsealed tiles.”

Reusable and machine washable this is something you can put in the washing machine allowing you no need for disposable refills. Another washing options is to wash it by hand in cold water. Then you hang it to dry. You are NOT to use bleach. When using this product it can be used dry to pick up dirt or as a wetmop. It is designed to use with the Libman Freedom Spray Mop and using the spray refill or wet and dry mop refill. It is explained to use the spray fill correctly for best results.

The cleaning pad is thought to last around 50 uses. Attaching the cleaning pad to the mop is easy and then there are pull tabs on the cleaning pad to help detach it as well. If you are looking for a spray mop for easy cleaning this is a good option and the cleaning pad does a good job too.

A close up featuring the texture of the Libman Freedom! Spray Mop MicroFiber Cleaning Pad.

Listening To Back to the Burgh and Beyond

This is the second book on the Back to the Burgh and Beyond audiobook tour for me. I have enjoyed the book being provided to me. Here is a link to the blog and book details as well as review from earlier this month. Today’s blog will feature Book Details, author details and a book review of the featured book from the tour Back to the Burgh and Beyond.


BOOK DETAILS


Book Title:  Back to the Burgh and Beyond (The Owl’s Nest Mysteries) 
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  Adult Fiction, 208 pages
Run Time: 5 hours, 59 minutes
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  Sep 10, 2020
Content Rating:  G. C.S. McDonald’s books are appropriate for YA readers as well as adults–no bad language or sexual content.

Book Description: 

Meet Alexa Owl. She’s returned home to Pittsburgh after a divorce to start a new life and a new business, The Owl’s Nest Couturier Shoppe. Much to her surprise, she’s getting more than she ever bargained for: Detective Bobby Starr, and he’s no ordinary sleuth. Bobby is an angel who’s returned to Earth in hopes of earning his way into the Guardian Angel Squad. He’s been sent by none other than Saint Pete to acquire Alexa’s help to solve three cold case murders he left behind. Except, here’s the catch: he’s only been allotted four days to solve the first case! How in heaven’s name is she supposed to do that? Alexa is a professional seamstress—not a detective. Bobby insists the only way to solve the first case is to return to 1953, and Alexa’s not in love with that idea at all!

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REVIEW

This audiobook is read well. The reading adds to the enjoyment of this mystery. The writer does a great job from the beginning introducing readers to the story she was telling and bringing us into her world. She created a well-developed group of characters and designed a good lead character Alexa Owl for the Owl’s Nest Mysteries. I was eager to know what was before this character in her story and the mystery we would be joining her on in this book. The details help readers take part in each part of this book as the writer does an excellent job describing events.

The other characters helped bring even more enjoyment and interest into the mystery to each page. You get more than you expect with this one. There are many interesting elements in this story keeping you wondering what would happen next. It was awesome that there is a cold case now on a deadline too and the anxious feeling of the character to solve it could be felt as a reader too. That’s good writing. There were some unexpected and wonderful elements in this story. This really is not an ordinary mystery and that adds to the charm.

This is the first book in the series and I look forward to reading other books in this series. It would be nice to learn more about the main characters, other characters and see what else is in store for this series.


MEET THE AUTHOR

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time, she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series that everyone, including teens and tweens, can read and enjoy. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries nine books with a tenth slated for 2021. The books are also available on audio, narrated by Maren Swenson Waxenberg. Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh. The female protagonist, Alexa Owl, is much different from Fiona Quinn. The Owl’s Next Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy! Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

Enter the Giveaway

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway! Good Luck!! Let me know if you win!!

NOTE: This blog was written with and provided by media kit information from the iBOOK BOOK TOURS Host team. The review is my own idea as the audiobook was provided.

If you want to check out other places on the tour and read some of the blogs here is the link for more information. There are several reviews!

Guest Blog with the Talented Matthew: Ranger in Time Series

Matthew was assigned an essay from his high-ability English class recently. The assignment was to write a persuasive essay and encourage people to read a book he has read. When I read his essay and saw the grade I thought it was perfect for the blog. I know how much Matthew not only enjoys reading but enjoys reading this book series. He also put tons of time into this writing to get it just right and the way he wanted it. I asked Matthew if it would be OK if I’d place it here and he could be a guest blogger. He said “yes” and I think was proud to be asked. He enjoys writing. Here is our first and I think many guest blogs by Matthew.

Ranger in Time

Matthew loves attending the school book fair. It is something we have all enjoyed and it has been a big part of our life. The Ranger in Time book series latest book is something he looks for at each Scholastic Book Fair. Here is a link to the author’s website.

Ranger in Time written by Kate Messner is a fun and interesting book series about a dog that travels through time learning about history and helps people in need. He interacts with historical people and events while readers learn about these things.

There are many different chapter books in this series featuring a variety of historical events. According to the author’s website there are currently 12 books. She started publishing in 2015 and the latest books were published in 2020. These books are educational and fun. Ranger has visited such as times and places as the Oregon Trail, Ancient Rome, South Pole, Hurricane Katrinia, Titanic and D-Day. This golden retriever “with search-and-rescue training” according to the author, uses his training to help the people he meets in the stories. While traveling and helping people in history readers learn about what important things happened in history when he is visiting.


One of the books is “Journey Through Ash and Smoke” about when Ranger traveled in time to Iceland during the time of the Vikings. He meets people to help but sometimes, such as in this story they help him. This helps create an interesting story that teaches too, but it is more entertaining than teaching us. The stories are so entertaining we don’t even realize we are learning too. An added bonus is learning about that time and learning about the history of what happened in that time along the way, which makes it a great book and book series for these reasons.


These are fantastic books for older elementary and middle school students wanting something easier to read. They are quick and fun as well as educational. A reviewer with Kirkus agrees, “The quality of the research behind these stories shines through: the setting is vivid, the characters are well-drawn, and the writing flows.”

I recommend this series and look forward to each new book that is published!

Saddle Up Murder Review as Part of The Back to the Burgh and Beyond Book Tour

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This is my first audiobook tour and I have enjoyed the book being provided to me. Today’s blog will feature book details, author details and a review. First up is one of the author’s earlier releases Saddle Up for Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery #7 by C.S. McDonald. Then there is another book provided as well from this author, which is the main book of the tour and I will feature that book review in another blog later this month — Back to the Burgh and Beyond: The Owl’s Next Mysteries.


BOOK DETAILS

Book Title:  Saddle Up for Murder:  A Fiona Quinn Mystery #7
Author:  C.S. McDonald
Category:  YA Fiction, 178 pages
Run Time: 4 hours, 47 minutes
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  McWriter Books
Release date:  May 14, 2019 Formats Available for review: audiobook (audible download), ebook (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf) Content Rating:  G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)


BOOK DESCRIPTION

Fiona is in total shock when her mother arrives unannounced on her doorstep. What’s going on? Why, she’s left Fiona’s father, that’s what. Yikes! Worse, a horse trainer is murdered outside his ex-wife’s home in Pittsburgh, and the trail leads directly to a Thoroughbred racetrack in the neighboring state of West Virginia. Get ready, because the suspects are mounting up and heading down the stretch. Whoa! Fiona and Detective Landry aren’t horsing around with this homicide! 

REVIEW

I haven’t read anything from this writer before being introduced to her work for this book tour. When looking through the descriptions of her books each looked interesting, but when given a chance to read the main book of the tour and another of her books the book I read — well listened to since it is an audiobook — stood out. Sure it stood out because it involved horses and I adore horses, but the story idea sounded interesting too. I made the right choice though many of her book descriptions looked interesting so I am sure I’d find another choice a good choice as well.

The audio reading of this book is well done and a pleasant listen. It is entertaining and fits with the story as well as characters very well. The writer has created an interesting story with many well-developed characters. The story overall was interesting right out of the gate. It is a great mystery and a fun read that really is great for everyone, which is nice. So if you want to listen and your kids walk in the room you don’t have to worry about them walking in the room because it is “G” rated. Also, it is something you could listen to with the family perhaps with your older children. We enjoy family book time and this is good if your family enjoys mysteries. This is a murder mystery and so It would be a good one for the older members in your family.

She wrote a well progressed story keeping action throughout and the reader engaged from page one to the end. Her descriptions within this book are well-written giving readers a wonderful idea of what is happening and helping them see things, which is important especially in a mystery. She writes in a way that helps the reader keep track of what is happening, which also helps follow the mystery. You can tell she has knowledge of writing, mystery and horses with the great work she does with her writing. I enjoyed the ride.

I look forward to reading more from this author.

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MEET THE AUTHOR

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For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time, she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series that everyone, including teens and tweens, can read and enjoy. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries nine books with a tenth slated for 2021. The books are also available on audio, narrated by Maren Swenson Waxenberg. Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh. The female protagonist, Alexa Owl, is much different from Fiona Quinn. The Owl’s Next Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy! Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway! Good Luck!! Let me know if you win!!

Check out the next stop for me on this book tour on March 25 when I review the featured book.

NOTE: This blog was written with and provided by media kit information from the iBOOK BOOK TOURS Host team. The review is my own idea as the audiobook was provided.

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If you want to check out other places on the tour and read some of the blogs here is the link for more information. There are several reviews!

Join Greenbeard the Pirate Pig on an Adventure

Today’s blog is full of adventure! It is full of treasure from book details to author information and a giveaway to my review of this book. Read on to join this pirate journey.

Greenbeard the Pirate Pig

by Andrea Torrey Balsara

Genre: Children’s Adventure

Ahoy, my Piggywinkles! Sail with GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG as he sails the Seven Seas in search of ADVENTURE! With his ratty first mate, Snug Rumkin, Greenbeard sets sail on THE GOLDEN LETTUCE, determined to become a proper pirate!

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31664326-greenbeard-the-pirate-pig

BUY LINKS
Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTKZ3D2
Website:
https://torreybalsara.com/books/greenbeard-the-pirate-pig

BOOK TRAILER

SAVE A FOX, is dedicated to the wellbeing of rescued fur foxes, these beautiful creatures are suffering at fur farms.

Most of the farmed foxes at SaveAFox are handed to them because they are sick, injured, or rejected, and therefore a liability or of no value to a fur farmer.

Mikayla Raines, founder / rescuer and her wonderful team are passionate about what they do and devoted to making a difference.

Their purpose is reflected in SaveAFox’s Mission Statement:

“To rescue and provide forever homes for captive-born, non-releasable wildlife.”

Balsara Boutique will be donating a % of proceeds raised from the Balsara Fox series of pieces to Save A Fox. https://www.balsaraboutique.com/shop-collections

There are many reasons to enjoy the Greenbeard the Pirate Pig book. This is a cute and fun book that brings laughter. Your young one that enjoys adventures, pirate stories, animals or all of these will find what they enjoy in this story too. The formatting of the story is fun too and keeps the reading lively making it a fun adventure to read it as well. The ways the words are placed on the pages fit as if they are moving along with the story’s adventure — Perfect idea. Then there are the creative and dynamic illlustrations. The author has not just written this delightful story, but she has talently created the artwork for it as well. These are very well done and lead readers throughout the story helping introduce them to characters and the adventure. It is amazing the adventure a guinea pig with a greenbeard can experience. We are lucky to experience everything along with him in this delightful story. It is full of action words and creative pirate adventure perfect for those age 3 and older. There are also some silly moments children can enjoy great for an adventue with a pirate guinea pig. An extra special element of this book is Greenbeard’s special pirate song that is adorable and a perfect song for his adventure. You might find yourself singing it after reading this story we recommend. We look forward to more adventures with Greenbeard the Pirate Pig. This book is only the beginning to the fun adventures of Greenbeard and his friends.

Andrea Torrey Balsara is a Canadian children’s author and illustrator who writes and illustrates for ages 3 and up. She is involved with children’s empowerment, and works to create stories that not only make children laugh, but makes them think. Her latest illustrated book, GREENBEARD THE PIRATE PIG, is a whimsical adventure about a guinea pig with a dream.

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

Author Links

Website: https://torreybalsara.com
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AndreaTorreyBalsaraAuthorIllustrator

Twitter: https://twitter.com/torreybalsara

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andreatorreybalsara

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/andrea-torrey-balsara

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Torrey-Balsara/e/B077TKWPBY

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5630985.Andrea_Torrey_Balsara

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Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

I have a clear memory of holding a picture book in my hands when I was around 6 years-old, and thinking to myself, “Oh! If I could only make pictures like these when I’m a grown up!” The love of art was there for me from the start. Being an “author,” though? That came in through the back door, as a means to an end to have books to illustrate.

When I threw my hat in the ring and began sending my work out, however, the only positive response I got was for my writing. So, I wrote. No one was more surprised than I was when, lo and behold, I realized I loved writing just as much as illustrating. I now do both and write/illustrate for small children all the way up to young adults. Writing feels like sculpting with words, and I am definitely a word-nerd. I particularly love words that begin with “be.” Bequeath. Beseech. Besmirch (a favourite), unbeknownst, befuddle, bestir…I could go on, but I will spare you from diving too deep into my bedeviling word-nerdery.  

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I practice energy medicine. I have had some ongoing health issues and it got to be too much. I looked into all sorts of healing modalities and came across something I’d never heard of before. I took an intensive course and do the energy training daily. It feels like magic to me, as I’m getting really good at sensing what is “off” and being able to rebalance everything. I am fortunate that my family is supportive of my efforts to heal myself, and don’t bat an eye when they walk into the room and find me swirling the air with my hands, looking like an extra in a Harry Potter movie.

NOTE: This blog was written with and provided by media kit information from the Silver Dagger Book Tour Host team.The book review element is my own as they provided the book for me to read and give my honest thoughts.

Take a Spotlight Look at Lemar and Her Magical Pets

Today’s blog is a stop on the Lemar and Her Magical Pets Spotlight Book Tour. Continue reading for some information about this book and learn some about the author too. I haven’t read this book yet, but after reading the spotlight it sounds interesting to me. What do you thing?

BOOK DETAILS

Book Title: LEMAR AND HER MAGICAL PETS by Nesrine Sleiman

Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 30 pages

Genre: Fiction Pets General

Publisher: Self-Published September 25, 2020

Content Rating: This children’s book is rated G.

Book Description

Perhaps, Pets are more than best friends, they are a huge responsibility. Lemar and her Magical Pets teach simple facts about pets and give children a glimpse of what it means to own a pet; that pets require lots of care and are hard work. Lemar finds a gemstone in her backyard. She will use it to ask for a pet. Little did she know that the gemstone will unfold the truth of owning a pet. With a little bit of time left to try over and over again, will magic work for her after all? This children’s book is full of unexpected magical Outcomes! Children will love to read it over and over again.

Buy the Book

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Meet the Author

Nesrine is a full-time preschool teacher for more than ten years. Nesrine holds a degree in child development and is currently working on a master’s degree in Family and Human Development. Nesrine loves to read fantasy books and believes in the magic of hard work! Currently, she is working on books two of ,both, the Magical Gemstone Series and Learning Through Reflection Series. More on the personal side, Nesrine loves white flowers, horses, birds, and is fascinated with ants’ teamwork.

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Attention Sherlock Holmes Fans Find Unconventional Holmes: Three Unnatural Cases

Today’s blog is not a review, but I have read and reviewed books from this author before. I have enjoyed her writing and while I have not read this book yet this one looks great too! I am extremely eager to read it. Here is another provided book spotlight for our blog and more about the book as well as the author. I am also sharing the link of a previous blog featuring her other recent work including my review of that book. Note too this is an audiobook tour!

BOOK: An Unconventional Holmes: Three Unnatural Cases

AUTHOR: Liese Sherwood-Fabre

Narration Performed by RJ Bayley

GENRE: Mystery Short Story Collection

DETAILS: Missing boys, an imposter husband, and a bizarre vampyre murder.

Sherlock Holmes ventures into the realm of the unnatural in these three cases: the disappearance of the Baker Street Irregulars, the true identity of a Great War veteran, and a vampyre’s grisly death. Crossing into the worlds of the Grimm Brothers and Bram Stoker, he seeks the clues needed to unravel the mysteries confronting him. Can Holmes’ conventional methods still function in the unconventional world?”

“[Dr. Sherwood-Fabre] knows her Holmes characterization and her stories do not disappoint.”

Amazon CD * Audiobooks.com * Kobo

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56705760-an-unconventional-holmes

BUY LINKS


Amazon CD:
https://www.amazon.com/Unconventional-Holmes-Three-Unnatural-Cases/dp/1665091657
Audiobooks.com:
https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/unconventional-holmes-three-unnatural-cases/498648
Kobo:
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/audiobook/an-unconventional-holmes-2

Liese Sherwood-Fabre has won awards for her thrillers, romance, and literary short stories, and NYT bestselling author Steve Berry describes her writing as “gimmick-free, old-fashioned storytelling.”

In the second grade, she knew she was destined to write when she got an A+ for her story about Dick, Jane, and Sally’s ruined picnic. After obtaining her PhD from Indiana University, she joined the federal government and had the opportunity to work and live internationally for more than fifteen years. She draws upon these experiences to endow her characters with deep conflicts and emotions.

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Bookbub * Amazon * Goodreads

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: https://liesesherwoodfabre.com
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/liese.sherwoodfabre

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lsfabre

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/liese-sherwood-fabre 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Liese-Sherwood-Fabre/e/B00810INE6

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5758587.Liese_Sherwood_Fabre

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There’s Something about Sherlock

A recent survey in Britain found 20% of respondents identified Sherlock Holmes as an actual, historical figure. Pressed for details, most would likely describe him as wearing a deerstalker hat, smoking a pipe, and carrying a magnifying glass. What makes him so real to readers more than a hundred years since he burst on the scene?

There were few detective stories or series prior to Holmes (think, “Murder in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allen Poe), but Arthur Conan Doyle took it further by creating a serialized character who solved cases in four books and fifty-six short stories. The stories applied science and logic to solve the mystery and carried the reader along for the conclusion. A clever reader could even figure it all out before Holmes brought Watson up to speed.

In more than one case, Holmes applied forensic methods only just being introduced to solve actual crimes: fingerprints, footprints, soil analysis, ink and paper characteristics—to name a few. In some cases, such as typewriter eccentricities, were shared in a story before they even appeared in a court case. More than one historian attributes the development of real-life forensics on the methods presented by Holmes as he solves a case. The concept of preserving the crime scene (and not let the curious trample the evidence) was one of Holmes’ techniques. In one story, Sherlock reminds Watson “You know my methods.” And thanks to his continuing popularity, we know them too.

What aspects of the original or further adventure stories appeal to you? Are you a CSI or forensics buff? Do you think you have the knowledge to pull off “the perfect crime?”

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