Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise Book Review

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote SunriseThe Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a beautifully written book, and I loved the idea of inclusiveness and overcoming grief that it presented. The "one of each" that came with the passengers they gain hit me as a bit forced, but there's probably no way to win on that these days.

Through most of the story, I was sure I'd give it 5 stars, but then it started to hit me that this poor child had been on a bus with a man who was clearly not mentally stable for FIVE YEARS. I admit, I'm reading this as an adult, but what social worker in her right mind would have let them go back to that over and over? And it's not like "Captain Fantastic," where he was at least educating his kids. Coyote had been on the bus since she was EIGHT? She could read, but there was never any mention of any other education. Zero technology. Besides the obvious things like bathing and going to the doctor or dentist, my first question to children as a teacher would be to discuss the issues this poor girl is going to have trying to start middle school. What? She would be ridiculously far behind. And that's not even getting started on social skills. She has been deprived of friends for FIVE YEARS! Maybe if had been only a year or so it wouldn't have upset me so much, but the whole thing just started to feel so neglectful that I couldn't get past it. How did her grandmother allow it? Too far for me.

That's my two cents on that. But there was a cat, so that always gets you bonus points in my reviews.


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Thursday, January 24, 2019

"Becoming" Review

BecomingBecoming by Michelle Obama
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well written and everything you might want to know, sometimes too much, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. My only gripe would be her insistence on saying "me and Barack" or "me and X" instead of using correct grammar as she does in every other aspect of the book. Not sure the reasoning for that, but it grated on me. Most readers won't notice, I suppose.


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Monday, January 21, 2019

Cat Takeover Giveaway


Things get boring in the winter, so I'm participating in a silly Author Cat Takeover at the Fellowship of Fantasy Facebook page. We'd love to have you join us. Today, for instance, you can vote for Kimba as the Best Author Cat. I have no idea what this really means, but I hope Kimba wins the first round at least.

During this event, my book Why Kimba Saved The World is free at a few sites:

As part of the fun and games, the Facebook page is hosting a Rafflecopter Giveaway. Here's the details.
At Smashwords
At Kobo
At Barnes & Noble
and Amazon has it for 99 cents

GIVEAWAY!
Prize 1: $26 to Amazon.com
Prize 2: Paperback of Paws, Claws, and Magic Tales a Fellowship of Fantasy story anthology (US shipping only)
Prize 3: Paperback of The Edge of Nothing by Crystal Crawford (US shipping only)
Prize 4: Ebook of Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon by H. L. Burke
Prize 5: Paperback of Psygens and Space Cats: A Mew Threat by Aaron Demott (US Shipping Only)

Giveaway starts 1/20 and goes until 1/29.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


You can go to Rafflecopter by clicking here. 

It's also a chance to meet some other amazing authors. Here's a list of who is participating, though I think you will visit them all if you do the Rafflecopter clicking challenge.

Giveaway hosted by:
https://www.facebook.com/events/393833991425596/
https://www.facebook.com/angiegrigaliunaszewriter
https://www.facebook.com/authorpamhalter
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAaronDemott/
Http://facebook.com/ccrawfordwriting
https://www.facebook.com/sharonlhughson/
https://www.facebook.com/NPCAuthor/
https://www.facebook.com/hlburkewriter/
https://www.facebook.com/authorkarindehavin/
https://www.facebook.com/jasoncjoyner
https://www.facebook.com/MegDendlerAuthor
https://www.facebook.com/selinajeckert
https://www.facebook.com/diannejwilsonauthor
https://facebook.com/leadoueauthor/
https://www.facebook.com/KaraJaynesAuthor/
https://www.facebook.com/jl.hathaway.12

Enjoy! And stop by the Fellowship of Fantasy event to vote for Kimba!



Thursday, November 29, 2018

Holiday Book Sale

My holiday book sale is starting now! Hop on over to my website to get in on the deals while they last. Whatever you do, don't wait until the last minute because shipping rates get crazy. If you order now, you can get in on the low media rate shipping deals. On any order, I'd be happy to not only sign but personalize the books however you would like. All books come with a matching bookmark.

Holiday deals include all children's paperbacks for only $7.00 each (normally $10.00) and At the Corner of Magnetic and Main for $10.00 (normally $14.00).

ALSO--I'm running a special on the whole Cats in the Mirror series: all four cat books for only $25.00 (a savings of $15.00 on the set). This includes Why Kimba Saved The World, Vacation Hiro, Miss Fatty Cat's Revenge, and Slinky Steps Out. 




Click here to check out my holiday sales, now through either January 2 or when supplies run out! Shipping is figured by PayPal during checkout. If you have a large order, it can get a bit wonky, so contact me directly and I can adjust things. These prices are not available at Amazon or other sites. Just on my web page.

Now I'm off to start formatting Vacation Hiro for hardcover. Should be out in early 2019, along with the rest of the cat books. Kimba's Christmas is heading to editing shortly and should be ready in July of 2019. Then I can get back to work on my new YA story that I completed a large chunk of during NaNoWriMo this month. There will be tigers . . . of a sort.




Never a dull day!


Kimba thinks it's a bit early to say "Merry Christmas,"
but it's never too early to buy books as holiday gifts!







Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Book Review: "Girl, Wash Your Face"

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to BeGirl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wonderful book. Some chapters were a bit repetitive of others, but maybe that was just in case folks were skipping around. I almost woke my husband up for the "I'm going to marry Matt Damon" chapter. Sadly, he's my boyfriend, so Rachel can't have him. :) Overall, this book is full of good advice and pep talks. Definitely with a Christian slant, but not so much that it is in your face and judgy.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

War Eagle Craft Fair This Weekend!!

Come one, come all!! If you've never been to the four days of craft fair craziness in Northwest Arkansas, you are missing out. There are dozens and dozens of events all around the area. For my fifth year now, I will be at the War Eagle Craft Fair (Thursday 18th - Sunday 21st). My booth is normally in Sharp's Field in the first aisle right across from the mill.

Since this is one of my last events for the year, I often use it as a chance to clean out my 2018 paperback inventory. This year is no different. All paperbacks are on sale, and my children's books are only $7 each!! Don't miss out on your chance to grab the books in the series that you are missing or pick up some gifts for children you love. And there are toys to match each book to help make your present a complete package. I even have a dragon to go with Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess, my new book this year.



I hope to see you there!!

You can find out more about the fair at these links:

https://www.facebook.com/events/262471397654170/

https://wareaglemill.com/fall-craft-fair/

Friday, October 5, 2018

Paws, Claws, and Magic Tales Blog Tour

It's my turn today to share the exciting news about a new book release: an anthology all about cats and their magnificent magicalness. I did not submit a story for this collection (maybe next time), but I have thoroughly enjoyed it and am happy to recommend it!


Preorder Links:

Goodreads:


You are welcome to join the Fellowship of Fantasy Group or the Fellowship of Fantasy Book Club group on Facebook. We are a jovial group, though we do tend to talk about dragons and fairies more than cats. In the book club, a fantasy book is selected and discussed each month.  

My favorite stories in this anthology were "Whisker Width" with its magically traveling cat (so much easier than all the transfer technology I have in my books), "Black Knight" with a delightful take on how our cats may see themselves, and "The Honorable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew." One of the shorter stories, "Death Always Collects," had a much darker theme than the others, but it certainly held cats in the honor we cat lovers know they deserve. 

You can try to win a free copy of the book if you participate in this Rafflecopter giveaway.

And since we are being all about cat love, here's a fun video from my favorite cat blog:  

Cole and Marmalade! 




Based on this video, my cats most certainly love me, though I wish they didn't feel the need to love bite quite so much. Cheetara is famous for that. Try to nose bop her with a finger when she's feeling feisty, and she will give it a chomp every time. Her way of saying "Got ya!" She likes to attack my feet at night too.

Be sure to check under the bed for cat monsters.
But then she cuddles up with me and sleeps all night long. Cats are weird like that. They thoroughly deserve a whole book dedicated to stories about them.

Here's a bit about each story so you can see which strike your fancy.

Blurbs

The Witching Hour by Savannah Jezowski
As shadows encroach on the city of Lite, one cat stands between humanity and the hounds of darkness. Will true love save the day?
Tail of Two Kitlings by Sharon Hughson
Two kitlings. One tail. A mother's sacrifice and a brother's betrayal. Who will survive the Siamese curse?
Black Knight by Laura L. Laura Croman Zimmerman
When a jingly bell goes missing, there’s only one supercat to solve this crime—the mysterious Black Knight.
Sulphur & Sunshine by Grace Bridges
How to Handle a Dragon, Feline Edition: on a volcanic shore, the accidental appearance of a local fire-guardian has unusual consequences for a street cat.
The Magic of Catnip by A. J. Aletha Bakke
An impulse purchase of catnip leads to unexpected shenanigans.
The Secret Treasons of the World by J. L. Rowan
When Braelin stumbles upon an outlawed Guardian, she must choose between his safety and her own—and the cost may be more than she can bear.
The Poor Miller and the Cat by Lelia Rose Foremann
When a poor miller rescues a cat, it promises to make him a wealthy man. But what is true wealth?
Alex the Cat and Alex the Prince by Ace G. Pilkington
The prince’s parents are telling him he has to marry for money, and his cat says it could cost him his life.
Whisker Width by H. L. Burke
Get a cat they said. It'll be fun, they said. No one mentioned the portals to a mysterious realm opening up in Kara's bathroom.
The Honorable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew by Pamela Sharp
When two princesses of the realm claim the same cat, how far will their loyal retainers go to see that each princess gets her way?
The Witch's Cat by Rachel Ann Michael Rachel Harris
Walk under ladders. October the 13th. A black cat. Perhaps the only way to bring two lovers together is through the worst luck.
The Cat-Dragon and the Unicorn by Janeen Ippolito
Ademis the cat-dragon only wants his freedom but must graciously help a scared unicorn girl who should be glad of his benevolent assistance.
Destined for Greatness by Jenelle Leanne Leanne Schmidt
Kendall knows he is destined for great things. The problem is, the Fates — if they even exist — don't seem to agree.
Sammy's Secret by Karin De Havin
A ring is lost. A friendship is ruined. A cadre of cats is on the case!
Death Always Collects by Jeremy Rodden
Loki, a regular old Siamese cat, finds Death looming to take his human. Bargain as much as you want, but remember: Death always collects.
The Wild Hunt by Naomi P. Cohen
When an immigrant violinist's music enchants a Cait Sidhe, she's entangled in the secret world of the New York Fae.