Friday, February 27, 2015

"Stellarcadia" (Julie Anne Grasso) Book Blast hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews


Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be hosting a Book Blast for the third and final book in the "Adventures of Caramel Cardamom" middle grade science fiction trilogy by Julie Anne Grasso: "Stellarcadia".

Stellarcadia by Julie Anne Grasso

About the Book

Title: Stellarcadia (Adventures of Caramel Cardamom, Book 3) | Author: Julie Anne Grasso | Publication Date: December 24, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 128 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12 Book Description: Caramel Cinnamon is one lucky elf. She can hardly believe she’s invited to attend the first Intergalactic Youth Summit, on-board the Stellarcadia. Her friends can’t wait to go “hyper,” but even the thought of it chills Caramel to the bone. However, nothing could compare to the icy reception she receives upon her arrival. Keen to get to the bottom of it, Caramel stumbles on a dangerous conspiracy, but no one will believe her. In the exciting conclusion to The Adventures of Caramel Cardamom Trilogy, Caramel will have to do more than outwit her enemies, she will have to convince her friends to take her seriously. For ages 8-12.

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The Early Buzz

"The book is also a perfect mix of magic, science, and technology. Don’t be surprised if readers get to use their imaginations and learn something. Julie Anne Grasso has proven herself to be an original and versatile author..." ~ 5 Stars, Ilana W., Amazon
"Couldn't put it down." ~ Jemima P., Goodreads
 

About the Author: Julie Anne Grasso

Julie Anne Grasso

With 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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  Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) Contest ends: March 25, 11:59 pm, 2015 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. 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 author, Julie Anne Grasso 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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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"Fearless Joe Dearborne" Book Blast



Fearless Joe Dearborne by Lisa Whitney Mitchell  

About the Book

Title: Fearless Joe Dearborne | Author: Lisa Whitney Mitchell | Publication Date: July 11, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 198 | Recommended Ages: 8+ 

Summary: Some might say he’s courageous, while others would say he’s daring, maybe even a little crazy. But when Joe Dearborne risked his life and ran into a burning building to save a puppy, the local newspaper referred to him as “fearless”—and that’s a pretty big title for a sixth-grader to live up to.
Plus, Joe already has plenty else to worry about. After other daring feats in the past, Joe promised his father he wouldn’t do anything dangerous again, and, alas, he’s just broken that promise. But whatever trouble he expects to get into with his father, and despite the dangers he’s triumphed over in the past, nothing could prepare Joe for what he’s about to encounter when a cold, bitterness creeps into his home. A mysterious and peculiar woman named Mrs. Chill has just been hired to care for Joe while his father is away on business. In no time, however, Joe discovers that she’s up to more than cooking and cleaning, and she has plans to destroy his family. Joe’s effort to save them results in perilous, sometimes humorous, encounters, and leads him on a journey through the threatening wilderness where he faces his greatest challenge yet.
 

The Buzz About the Book

Be sure to check out the Book Review Blitz Wrap-Up for Fearless Joe Dearborne were you can read excerpts from the 40+ reviews generated through the blitz. Here are some of the things reviewers had to say about Fearless Joe Dearborne:
Leigh Shearin: "Children from age 8-12 should love this story. It is full of suspense and excitement, but also provides well-disguised learning opportunities, which should please parents as well. I simply can't say enough good things about this wonderful debut novel. Lisa Whitney Mitchell has come out fearlessly, treating us all to what could become an iconic novel!"
Heart of a Philanthropist: "This reader was impressed with how many subplots are in Fearless Joe Dearborne. It is a short easy read. The book can easily be finished in just a few reading sessions. If you are looking for a good mystery embedded with humor, this book is for you! Recommended for 9-13 year old readers."
Identity Discovery: "I thought this was a fantastic book. Each chapter starts with a word being defined and then the word is used within the chapter. I absolutely love this aspect. It not only is an entertaining story, but it helps kids to learn new words and how to use them. The character development really showed Joe's transformation. I loved it."
Christy's Cozy Corners: "There is so much to love about this book...The storyline, setting, characters and pacing make this a great book for your kids to read alone or with you. I know I enjoyed it, so I recommend reading it with your child. I highly recommend it!"
1:25 am Reviews: "I read this entire book in one sitting. I just couldn't bear to put it down because there was never a dull moment!!"
BeachBoundBooks: "This is such a fantastic story. There is so much going on to keep children entertained throughout the book... The story teaches children about character and believing in yourself."
Bookworm for Kids: "Of course, I'm always a fan of shorter adventures. The 135 pages invites even hesitant readers to take a peek and get swept away in the fun. In other words, I can recommend this to boys and girls who love adventure, a few chills and tons of fun thrown in."
Sunshine, Bubbles and Books: "One of the strongest points of this book is how it shows the difference between being brave and being fearless. Often books portray recklessness as a positive trait... as a mother, I love that this paints it in a more realistic light. That there are consequences to actions."
A Leisure Moment: "This story is filled with adventure and mystery which can be inferred through the book cover... The attention to detail, along with the description of events really creates an atmosphere of a great story that upper elementary/middle level students will truly enjoy!"
Brooke Blogs: "I enjoyed the story as much as my 12 year old daughter did. This was a quick read and a page turner that we didn't want to put down until we were finished."

Inderpreet's Eloquent Articulation : " This is one adventure that children will enjoy reading and will learn a lot of things along the way. It is a lesson about how life changes when we lose a parent and how a home turns into just a house. A lot of emotions are explored and friendships forged at the unlikeliest of places."
 

About the Author: Lisa Whitney Mitchell

Lisa Whitney Mitchell lives in Florida with her husband, two sons, and their dog. When she’s not writing, she practices law. Fearless Joe Dearborne is her first novel.  

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Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) Contest ends: March 18, 11:59 pm, 2015 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. 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 author, Lisa Whitney Mitchell 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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Monday, February 23, 2015

Sundari's Short Quest!


My guest today has graced the pages of this blog before and I intend to ensure that she does it time and again! Yes, I am a fan and you would be too if you have read any of her books. Her books are full of homely charm, simple grace and sweet sentences strung together turned into seemingly effortless novels. Today I welcome once again Sundari Venkatraman. When I reviewed Marriages Made In Heaven it was a delight to read the bite sized nuggets of love and understanding.

Sundari Venkatraman

So today I ask her the reason for writing and publishing a short story collection after so many full length novels. Also how it felt to get the whole story in a few short pages rather than the novel?  

Over to Sundari Venkatraman!



Hello Inderpreet,
Thank you so much for inviting me to write on your blog.

I started my writing life first as a novelist. After three novels and a couple of novel ideas that were repeatedly rejected by publishers, a friend of mine told me that short stories will probably get published more easily. At the time she made the suggestion, I got quite irritated with her. I felt that it was near impossible to write stories that are less than 45000-50000 words. At least, not by me.

But she had got me thinking. Snippets of news, snatches on TV, set my mind off and send my imagination reeling. One fine day, Soul Mates was born. That was many years ago. I got different kinds of feedback for this one. Some felt that I had put in too many characters in such a little story of less than 4000 words, many felt it was a chunk of heaven. I strongly felt that I had discovered a whole new way of writing.

Doing social media (FB & Twitter) for Ratan Rajput on the Swayamvar Reality show conducted by Imagine TV, brought forth Shweta Ka Swayamvar.

I keep getting these spam mails from matchmaking websites and that’s how I thought of creating Madeinheaven.com.


A friend of mine loved the idea of a dating agency. She had indeed successfully brought together a few couples after encouraging them on blind dates. When she mentioned her experience, she created the foundation for Red Rose Dating Agency.

Most of the time, my characters chase me and it’s not the other way round. Ritu and Yash insisted on their story being told in An Arranged Match. It was the same with Krish and Nikita in The Reluctant Bride. They insisted on a story too, and didn’t leave me with a choice until it was out on paper. Yeah, that was a time when I used to write in long notebooks and type the stories out diligently on my PC.

Chahti Hoon Tumhe is the one time the title happened before the story. I suppose I can say it’s inspired, as it went around in my head for a number of weeks before I could finally bring it together as one piece.

Some agency had conducted a contest against using fairness creams. I came across a number of blog articles denouncing the use of these products spouting a lot of negativity. That’s when I decided I should come up with something positive about dark skin. And Beauty is but skin deep was born.

Whenever the mood took off, I kept writing short stories, not necessarily all romances. That’s when I began to venture into human interest stories. Over the years, I wrote seventeen stories. Out of these, only ten were from the romance genre.

When I began self-publishing my books, I decided that my short stories also deserved a stint in the limelight. I somehow love the number thirteen and decided to write three more shorts in the romance genre. That’s how Pappa’s Girl; Reema’s Matchmakers and Love Match for Velan were written.

What I discovered through this journey is that writing a small story is quite possible for me. It’s a challenge as well as fun watching one characters’ take shape within a few pages and still have a bite-sized piece of fiction that enthrals.


Thank you so much Sundari, wish you many more amazing best seller books ahead.
To know more about Sundari just click on the links below.


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Click Here to purchase the eBook - MEGHNA


Click Here to purchase the eBook - THE RUNAWAY BRIDEGROOM

Click Here to purchase the eBook - Flaming Sun Collection 1: HAPPILY EVER AFTERS 




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METRO DIARIES Book Blitz




Book Blitz 

Metro Diaries 
By 
Namrata

Touching, amusing and deeply moving, 
Metro Diaries - Love Classics are tales that will hold you from start till end.





Blurb 

Love is one of the most amazing feelings on this earth, one that makes you the most powerful person or the most helpless person in a split second. 
These stories capture those feelings of despair, longing, love, lust, desire, want, dejection and admiration to create deja vu. 
Hold onto your hearts as you flip through these pages and take a walk down the memory lane as "Metro Diaries" will revive your innermost feelings and imbibe in you the magic of love. 
Touching, amusing and deeply moving, Metro Diaries - Love Classics are tales that will hold you from start till end.


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About Namrata



Namrata is a prolific blogger known by the name Privy Trifles in the blogosphere who romances life through her writings and aspires to make love the universal language. She dons various hats between that of a contributing author to 6 anthologies a reviewer for leading publishing houses an editor to various books and a columnist. Apart from that she is also the editor for an online magazine called Writer's Ezine. Having mastered the nuances of finance till recently she also held the title of an investment banker closely to let it go to embrace her love for writing fully.



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Friday, February 20, 2015

#SnapYourWeek 8

Cackling Calm!


Had plenty peaceful minutes after a hectic few days with these beautiful birds.They were enjoying the water and I enjoyed watching them.


 How to  #SnapYourWeek


1.  Take a picture that you feel was the most memorable or influential moment of your week and post it on your blog. Use the hash-tag #SnapYourWeek

2.  Describe the picture in 20 words or less if you wish. No more than 20 words but none if you don’t want to!

3.  Please share the URL to your post by clicking the “Add your link” button at the end of this post and filling out the information. 

4. Add the linky to your post by using the button "Get the InLinkz Code".

5.  Very significant! Please sharethe #SnapYourWeek linkup post with your blog readers.  Kindly do visit some of the blogs listed in the linkup and comment on their posts

6.  Do it every week for 52 weeks every Friday.









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Find the previous entries here for #SnapYourWeek

Start Young #1000Speak



Compassion for us and others is what we all talk about; here is my voice for the 1000 voices of compassion! For me the concept of being compassionate and kind starts at home. Yes, I know home is all about parents and kids and family and loved ones, so surely we can expect compassion for ourselves. Sadly in our everyday hurried life we tend to brush past this most needed humble emotion.

I feel that in order to make the world a compassionate place we need to start with our homes. How specifically can we add and nurture compassion in our homes and families? If being kind and emphatic is the building block of our home and the upbringing of our children then we shall have compassionate adults everywhere. Just imagine; within a generation the outlook and attitude of a nation, our world will change. 


Compassion, kindness, empathy, helpful, generous, are all different facets of a happy, healthy and generous life.
Kids play a crucial role in life – don’t they?
We yearn for them.
We earn for them.
We pray for them.
We sway for them.
We teach them.
We preach them.
We groom them.
We guide them.
Yet do we remind them?
What is truly the bedrock of a good life?
What is actually important in life?


For the initiative of #1000voices for compassion and kindness my thoughts are that just flooding the internet with posts and thoughts of compassion is not enough. We should take it a step further by teaching kindness to our children and emulating kindness in our lives every day.

If we start with our children when they are babies then within a generation or two we would have spread kindness the world over. Those who do not have kindness yet in their lives will learn from others and by being treated with kindness themselves. 


As mothers, sisters, wives, daughters and loved ones of a family we must inculcate this sweet emotion in all those around us.
By teaching our children to be compassionate.
By making compassion a way of life.
By being compassionate with our parents, friends and family.

My mother always reminds me that “courtesy costs nothing”. I agree it sure does not cost much; just a bit of patience and kindness. Yet do we remember to indoctrinate this in our lives and those of our children?



In our daily life how often do we remember to “do unto others as you want them to do unto you”?

Life is just but a circle and “what goes around comes around” so come let us join hands and spread some love, kindness and compassion.

Start small, start right now; say something sweet and kind to your loved one!

Go and praise the first person you meet after reading this post.


So, can you mention the first act of kindness you did today?















Every voice matters - together we're stronger - let's BE the Village.
Join the 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion group on Facebook.
This post is for the link-up for 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion; on February 20th, 2015, over 1000 of us will raise our voices and our writing, and flood the internet (and our real worlds) with GOOD and COMPASSION.