Monday, April 7, 2014

A Soul's Kiss by Debra Chapoton ~ New Release

Creative Prose Publishing launched their imprint this year dedicated to representing all genres of clean fiction from middle grade through adult.

One of their first offerings is the paranormal romance A SOUL'S KISS by Debra Chapoton. Chapoton is a best-selling international author.

When a tragic accident leaves Jessica comatose, her spirit  escapes her body. Navigating a supernatural realm is tough, but being half dead has its advantages.
Like getting into people’s thoughts.

Like taking over someone’s body.

Like experiencing romance on a whole new plane - literally.

Jessica learns an amazing truth as she struggles to return to her body before the doctors pull the plug, only she can’t do it alone. Now the only two people willing to help Jessica’s splintered soul are the two she’s hurt the most. They must find a way to guide her soul back to her body ... before it’s too late.

A SOUL'S KISS - Chapter 1 excerpt

Here's what's being said about A SOUL'S KISS:

“Sensational, satisfying and surreal. A thrilling tale, beautifully imagined and carefully crafted. A must read 'coming of age' novel. I hope to see more of Chapoton in the future.”
~Lucy Morris, Lucy Reads

 “Very intriguing. With elements of friendship, romance, and the supernatural, A Soul’s Kiss is a fun novel with a good message and perfect for fans of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay.”
~Paola Benevides, Don’t Fold the Page

 “A unique novel filled with engaging characters that captivate our heart as well as the imagination. An emotional ride loaded with intrigue, secrets, romance, and the paranormal that hooks the reader till the very last page.”
~Mandy Sickle, The Reading Diaries

"A Soul's Kiss is a compelling story of a group of teenagers struggling to find their place in the world. It's a fresh reminder that what we think we want isn't always what we need and that sometimes what we need was right in front of us all along."
~Ashley Gafford, Wholly Books!

"Ms Chapoton created living characters and gave us a gripping story. One word: awesome!
                                                                 ~Hira Mushtaq, Views and Reviews

Get your copy today!

Debra Chapoton is an internationally published author who holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English. She resides at Big Pine Lodge with her husband, Paul, where she enjoys the company of friends and family. 

Find Debra at her blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

HEY, DADDY! Animal Fathers and Babies written by Mary Batten, illustrated by Higgins Bond

An excellent introduction to the varied and remarkable ways animal fathers care for their young.
In the vast animal kingdom, mommies are often solely responsible for the birth and upbringing of their young. But daddies can, and do, help in a variety of surprising ways. In this new natural science book for children, award-winning writer Mary Batten offers a fascinating and entertaining look at paternal behavior in the animal world.
From birds and amphibians to small mammals and primates, numerous examples of males caring for their young are presented in accurate and clear language. Among the featured fathers are the blue jay, the marmoset and the beaver, who share parenting responsibilities with the mother, as well as several animal daddies (such as the seahorse, the penguin, and Darwin's frog) that perform more extraordinary roles. Finally, the human father is singled out for devoting the most time of all to raising his young until they can survive on their own. Factual information on animal development and behavior is provided throughout the text.
Higgins Bond's realistic and detailed illustrations accurately depict the animal families in their natural habitats, and warmly bring to life the animal daddies interacting with their babies.

  • ISBN-13: 9781561452729
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)
Where to purchase. here

Author Mary Batten, an award-winning writer for television, film and publishing, was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the Children's Television Workshop's science series 3-2-1 Contact and has written more than fifty nature documentaries for television, including the syndicated series Wild Wild World of Animals. She lives in Virginia.
You can visit Mary Batten’s website here.

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Illustrator Higgins Bond received a BFA from the Memphis College of Art and has illustrated many books for children. She lives in Tennessee.
You can visit Higgins Bond’s website here.

Monday, March 24, 2014

About Habitats: Forests, Written by Cathryn Sill, Illustrated by John Sill

About Book
 The latest book in this acclaimed series showcases the beauty and remarkable diversity of the forest biome.
Through simple, easy-to-understand language and beautifully detailed paintings, this guide describes the characteristics of different types of forests - from the cold boreal forests of the northern hemisphere to the warm tropical forests near the equator - and shows how various species of animals and plants have adapted to life in these habitats.

Age 3-7
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication Date: 3/1/2014
ISBN: 978-1-56145-734-2 
Total Pages: 48 
Size: 10 x 8 1/2 
Language: English

Where to Purchase: Peachtree Online, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Cathryn Sill, a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for thirty years. She lives in North Carolina.
Author Photo
John Sill holds a BS in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. Combining his knowledge of wildlife and artistic skill, John has achieved an impressive reputation as a wildlife artist and received several awards. He lives in North Carolina.
You can visit John Sill’s website here.

The Grudge Keeper, written by Mara Rockliff Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

About Book

No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge. No one, that is, except old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper.

Ruffled feathers, petty snits, minor tiffs and major huffs, insults, umbrage, squabbles, dust-ups, and imbroglios-the Grudge Keeper received them all, large and small, tucking each one carefully away in his ramshackle cottage.

When a fierce wind blows through Bonnyripple, the residents are forced to rescue Cornelius and deal with their various disputes.

Ages 4-8 
  • ISBN-13: 9781561457298
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 32

Where to Purchase:  Peachtree Online, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Mara Rockliff is the author of several children's books, including Me and Momma and Big John, winner of the Golden Kite Award and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book. She lives in Pennsylvania.
You can visit Mara Rockliff’s website here.
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Eliza Wheeler wrote and illustrated Miss Maple's Seeds, aNew York Times best seller. She lives in California.
You can visit Eliza Wheeler’s website here.

Blog Tour for Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome

LCharlie is ready to play the bad guy in the class play, but Mrs. Burke has other ideas!

Charlie Bumpers has his heart set on playing the role of the evil Sorcerer in the fourth grade play. He's even got the laugh down pat: Mwa-ha-ha-ha! But his dreams of villainous stardom go up in smoke when he finds out that Mrs. Burke has cast him as the Nice Gnome! Determined to rectify this terrible injustice, Charlie concocts one plan after another, but nothing seems to work.To make matters worse, his dad has assigned chores to all the kids in the family and Charlie's job is walking Ginger - the diggiest, sniffiest, and poopiest dog in the universe. Can Charlie deal with these challenges without causing havoc all around him?

Follow along the Blog Tour:

Monday, 3/24 Sally’s Bookshelf
Tuesday, 3/25 The World of Peachtree Publishers
Wednesday, 3/26 Shelf Media Group
Thursday, 3/27 Kid Lit Reviews
Friday, 3/28 Geo Librarian

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


I know you must be curious as to why I have not been posting any book reviews.   My husband's health is failing and is at home on Hospice Care. It has been hard to concentrate on anything but him. 

I have managed to read several books and  now I will attempt to do a few blog posts and reviews on both of my blogs. 

I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding in my not meeting scheduled post dates. Also thanks for all the prayers.

Blessings to All,
Patricia aka Mamaw

CHURCHILL'S TALE OF TAILS written & illustrated by ANCA SANDU

About Book

Churchill couldn't be prouder of his perfect tail. And then one day it goes missing...

When Churchill the pig loses his precious tail, his friends help him hunt for a new one. But trying new tails is so much fun that soon Churchill has forgotten his friends completely. Can Churchill learn to put friendship first and solve the mystery of his missing tail?

  • Published by Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication Date: 3/1/2013
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-56145-738-0
  • Total Pages: 32
  • Size: 10 1/4 x 9
  • Language: English

Where to purchase: Peachtree Online, Amazon, Barnes & Noble 

About Author
Anca Sandu was born in Romania and studied children's illustration in England. Churchill's Tale of Tails is her first picture book. She lives in Oregon. 

You can visit Anca Sandu’s website here.

My Thoughts
Churchill is very proud of his tail and what a cute tail he had. Then one day his tail disappeared and he searched all over for his tail.  He decided to find a new tail because he did not like not having a tail.  He tried many tails. zebra, peacock, fish all kinds of tails. Some of the tails made him feel different. Strong, big, brave many different feelings and emotions. Then he began to ignore his friends and became very full of himself all because of his new many tails. 

Would Churchill ever be himself again? Whatever happened to his tail? His friends missed the old Churchill. 

This was a funny tale that turned into a sad tale. The author spun a tale about a very self centered pig.  The illustrations of Churchill trying on the tails was hilarious and will have children giggling over the silliness, as did I when I saw him with a fish tail. What an imagination the author and illustrator must have.  

Most importantly his tale teaches the importance of friends.  Be sure to make time for your friends.  Maybe you could read this tale of tails with them.

I highly recommend this book. 

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.

LOST FOR WORDS written and illustrated by NATALIE RUSSELL

About Book

A gentle story about finding your creative spark
Tapir wants to express himself, but he can't find the words! He and his friends all have nice new notebooks, just waiting to be filled. Giraffe decides to write a poem, Hippo writes a story, and Flamingo composes a beautiful song. But poor Tapir can't think of anything to write - and the harder he tries the more upset he becomes! But everything starts to change when Tapir stops trying to write and begins to draw...
  • Age 4-8
  • Hardcover
  • Published March 1st 2014 by Peachtree Publishers
  • ISBN: 978-1-56145-739-7
  • Total Pages: 32
  • Size: 9 7/8 x 9 7/8
  • Language: English

Where to Purchase:  Peachtree Online, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Natalie Russell is an author, illustrator, and printmaker whose work has been widely exhibited. When she's not in her studio creating books, she can be found at Dundee University in Scotland where she teaches illustration.
You can visit Natalie Russell’s website here.

My Thoughts
Tapir was so eager to write yet with pencil to paper he was as blank as the paper sitting in front of him.  All of his friends were creative writers. 

Giraffe was so very poetic in his writings. 

Hippo knew the beginning and the end to his stories before he ever put pencil to paper.

The words to Flamingo's songs come to her easily as she hums a tune.

He tried all the muses that inspired his friends to write.  His friends tried their best to encourage Tapir.  Nothing worked.  So he took off to find a place be alone and think.  Then something came over him and the beauty of the sun began to inspire him. 

What do you think was Tapir's muse? Did he have a hidden talent like his friends? Do you have a muse which inspires you?

Such a lovely story the author and illustrator has provided for our children!  Words to encourage and illustrations to stimulate their imagination. She encourage children to find their hidden talent. 

Friends and family can be a child's biggest cheerleader and sometimes unintentionally the cause for discouragement.  Are you in tune enough to your child to recognize their talents? 

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book 5 out of 5.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Where Is Baby? written by Kathryn O. Galbraith, illustrated by John Butler

Adorable illustrations and a soothing text depict the many ways animal babies hide.
Babies love to hide. Beneath blankets, under tables, and behind chairs. And some babies like to hide in unexpected places. Like baby deer, who disappear in dappled spring sunlight. Or baby leopards, who scramble high in the African trees. Or baby elephants, who fade behind a forest of legs. But all hidden babies, no matter where they hide, can always be found by their loving parents.

Purchase book here.

Author Kathryn O. Galbraith is an award-winning children's book author with more than a dozen picture books to her credit, including Boo, Bunny!Arbor Day SquareTraveling Babies; and Laura Charlotte. She teaches writing for children at the University of Washington.
You can visit Kathryn O. Galbraith’s website here.

Illustrated by John Butler, illustrator of more than sixty children’s nature books. See more of his art work at 

My Thoughts

Where Is Baby?  That's a good a question. All babies are small which makes it hard to see them. Baby animals are camouflaged so they blend in to their surroundings. We can all guess some of the places a human baby might be hidden.  Do you know where baby animals might hide? The author and illustrator give us some perfect examples of these precious babies hidden in their surroundings. You and your children will want to, oh so gently, pick up these babies giving them a tender hug because they are so cute and the illustrations are so realistic. This book will peak your child's imagination and have them searching for the baby animal in the tall and short grasses in fields and pastures.  Just explain they are hidden to keep them safe but sometimes it can be a fun game.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book 5 baby monsters out of 5.

Disclosure: I received free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for an honest review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog, Says Be a Buddy, Not a Bully, written by Charmaine Hammond, illustrated by Rose Anne Prevec

About Book

When Toby steps into the path of a dog who shreds his beloved stuffed teddy-bear toy, we see the hurt feelings bullying creates. Beautifully illustrated teaches the importance kindness / being considerate. A great way to start discussions in ages 3 to 10.

  • ISBN-13: 9780983604556
  • Publisher: Bettie Youngs Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2013
Where to purchase paperback and ebook: Amazon, Barnes&Noble

About Author

Creature Comforts:
No Bonz about It, Service Dog Toby Hammond is giving readers Something Good to Growl About!

When On Toby's Terms author Charmaine Hammond and her husband Chris were almost killed in a sailboat accident, they instinctively knew that their priorities needed to shift and when their beloved German Shepherd, Dooks passed on, they knew the right thing to do was to rescue a dog and give it a loving home. Little did Chris and Charmaine know how much their lives would change with the arrival of what they thought was a well behaved Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Toby. 

At first things were going well, but soon after he entered their lives, Toby started acting up, destroying their home, knocking over knife blocks, ripping up toilet seats... Things got so bad that Chris said I was on a first name basis with everyone at the local Home Depot...such begins the enchanting story of Toby Hammond. 

My Eureka moment came when I discovered (from an animal behaviorist) that everyone, including DOGS needs a purpose, says author Charmaine Hammond I immediately signed Toby up for school, training him to become a service dog and he now does extensive charity work. Toby instinctively knows when its time to go to work and there is determination in his step and enthusiasm in his eyes.

Charmaine's new book, On Toby's Terms (September, 2010) is her memoir of the poignant (but not always easy) journey she embarked on with Toby, helping him change his behavior from incorrigible to incredible. The book illuminates many valuable lessons that Charmaine learned along the way, including the importance of leadership, patience, remaining calm, creating purpose, and most conquers all! They say the teacher appears when the student is ready; what Charmaine ultimately learned from Toby is that ironically she was the student...and not the teacher!

IMPACT Motion Pictures has recently confirmed that award-winning veteran film maker Steve Hudis will direct ON TOBY'S TERMS, the movie based on Charmaine's touching memoir.

My Thoughts

Toby is a Pet Therapy Dog and he even wears a uniform. This uniform identifies him as a service dog and gets him  into schools, hospitals and many other places most dogs are not allowed to enter. His task are to make things easier for those with needs and to make them happy. Toby's owner/handler is none other than the author of this book, Charmaine Hammond.

In this book Toby is making a visit to a school. He is being presented with an award for being a buddy, not a bully. Charmaine told the class about how a dog at the park was bullying Toby. When the other dog realized by the kind and friendly gestures of Toby he felt ashamed of his behavior. Toby wanted to be a buddy not a bully. 

What do you think the school children learned from Toby's actions towards the other dog?

Toby spent fun time sharing his backpack of toys with the children, teaching them how it is better to be a buddy than a bully.  Be sure get the book so you can read more about all the fun Toby and the children enjoyed together that day.

Toby very much deserved the award.

The illustrations depict what our imagination can't.  Children will be able to figure out the story without reading the words but I strongly suggest reading the story because the words and illustrations come together making the best story overall.

Charmaine and Toby provide a much needed service for not only our children but for all of us.. Toby teaches with love and kindness. Imagine if Toby can be taught these skills surely we and our children can learn them. The world was never meant to be a me, me, me world. We must be a friend and buddy to all. Even to those whom we see as bullies? 

Kudos to Toby and Charmaine keep up the good work! 

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure: I received  a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review.