Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Happy Winter Solstice, Merry Christmas, and Blessed However You Celebrate!

 Just a quick note at the end of 2023 to say thank you to each of you for being a part of my writing and editing journey. There are SO many holidays being enjoyed over these next weeks. Whatever is celebrated in your home, I hope it is delightful and free from stress and brings joy to your heart.

Here's to a 2024 full of blessings for each of you!

Merry Christmas from Cheetara/Snickerdoodle and all of us here at Serenity Mountain Publishing!

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Happy Anniversary, Hiro!

 This month marks the 10 year publication anniversary of Vacation Hiro! Hiro thinks this means she should get all the treats and only be touched by Daddy, but that just sounds like every normal day of her life. At 17, Hiro is the only one of the original four who is still with us, so we will celebrate her however she jolly well chooses. You can celebrate by picking up a copy of her story!

Happy Book Anniversary, Hiro!!

Hiro's book at Amazon

I ran across a post on Facebook from November of 2011, when we were on holiday in Cocoa Beach, Florida, before I'd even published Why Kimba Saved The World. My head was already spinning with what else could happen to those feline characters. 

"Second book is writing itself while we are here. The first thing we saw off the balcony was a cat sitting on the sidewalk. Agents have followed us to track us on vacation. Soon there were four. One for each of us. They have been named and are gaining a backstory. Taking me on vacation where I have nothing else to think about can be dangerous and highly productive."

All of that made it into Vacation Hiro, though the journey to publication took a couple more years. Writers are always writing (mentally, at least). 

Personally, I feel like I've celebrated both Kimba and Hiro's books' 10 year anniversaries this year by publishing Book 6 in the series: Snickerdoodle's Shenanigans. It may be the last one. At least for a while. But you never know when inspiration will strike! 

It's also the last days for event prices at my Square store. You can still pick up the whole Cats in the Mirror Series for $50 in paperback. 

Tap the image to check it out.

Monday, October 9, 2023

Free Kidlit and Upcoming Events

 I have two events left for the fall season. Great chances to pick up signed and personalized paperbacks without having to pay shipping. Come by and say hello!

You can always purchased signed/personalized copies through my Square store.

And don't miss out on this fun kidlit ebook giveaway. 

Copies of two of my books are included!

October 1 - 31 only!

Happy Fall, Y'all!!

Friday, July 28, 2023

Free Books, Multiple Authors

BookFunnel and I have become great friends this year. Besides offering a clean route to a free short story at the end of The Tigran Chronicles, it's also a chance to find new readers by offering a free title or two. Check out these three promotions I joined. The last two end soon, so don't miss out! Tap on the image to review all the books offered for free in each promotion. Signing up for the author's newsletter is probably required. (That's the whole point of the promo!) 

Happy Reading!!

Friday, July 14, 2023

Snickerdoodle's Shenanigans: Almost Time!

 For fans of my Cats in the Mirror series, the wait for Book 6 is nearly over. You can even pre-order the ebook of Snickerdoodle's Shenanigans right now and have it delivered to you on August 1.

This kitty has been waiting for nine years to have her own story, and I hope you enjoy it!

Do you notice anyone else on the cover? Crossover adventure!

To pre-order the ebook at Amazon, tap here

Do not pay $15.99 for the paperback if you find it today. That's a bookstore and library version that should not be showing yet. The Amazon version will be more like $11.99. Coming soon!! 

Friday, June 30, 2023

The Most Important Animal of All: New Book Review

I had the chance to read this book before its release through NetGalley, and it is thoroughly delightful and creative. 

Seven children champion an animal for the top spot. Is it the ELEPHANT or the BEAVER, who both create habitats where other creatures can live and thrive? Is it the TIGER or the SHARK, who are both top predators, or the BAT, who keeps insect populations down? Is it the tiny KRILL, a food source for many sea creatures, or the BEE, the master pollinator? Join the children to find out how special these creatures are in this introduction to ecosystems.

My review:

I absolutely loved this delightful book exploring how different animals are vital to their environments and benefit the world ecosystem. When I was teaching preschool, I would have snapped this book up and used it to create a whole unit of study.
One thing I found really interesting was the combination of detailed illustrations and photos. That's not something you see all the time, but it worked wonderfully within this story of students teaching each other about these important animals. I especially loved including the idea of "keystone species" at the end. Great STEM material!

Get your copy here or tap the book cover above.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

In the Lives of Puppets: New Book Review

 If you love science fiction, do not miss this fantastic new book! I immediately bought Klune's other titles (how did I not know about him??!!) and am starting one tonight. 

In a strange little home built into the branches of a grove of trees, live three robots--fatherly inventor android Giovanni Lawson, a pleasantly sadistic nurse machine, and a small vacuum desperate for love and attention. Victor Lawson, a human, lives there too. They're a family, hidden and safe. The day Vic salvages and repairs an unfamiliar android labelled "HAP," he learns of a shared dark past between Hap and Gio-a past spent hunting humans.

When Hap unwittingly alerts robots from Gio's former life to their whereabouts, the family is no longer hidden and safe. Gio is captured and taken back to his old laboratory in the City of Electric Dreams. So together, the rest of Vic's assembled family must journey across an unforgiving and otherworldly country to rescue Gio from decommission, or worse, reprogramming. Along the way to save Gio, amid conflicted feelings of betrayal and affection for Hap, Vic must decide for himself: Can he accept love with strings attached?

Author TJ Klune invites you deep into the heart of a peculiar forest and on the extraordinary journey of a family assembled from spare parts.

Amazon Buy Link (or tap the cover image)

My review from Goodreads/Amazon:

5 stars! 

I loved this story imagining a universe where androids have determined humans are a danger to the environment and Earth and seek to eliminate them. I mean, they aren't wrong. What could be a very dark tale is kept highly humorous through rescued robots Nurse Ratched and Rambo the flaky Roomba-style vacuum. Ratched's sociopathic yet delightful tendencies and Rambo's wandering and babbling lighten up the journey of Victor, possibly the only human left on the planet. 

If you are a fan of science fiction, this book is right up your alley and filled with humor, sadness, and the ultimate questions sci-fi often addresses: What gives life meaning/purpose, and what's the point of life anyhow? Friendship (even with creatures totally different from us), acceptance for who we are, love, and all of the answers follow. 

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a review copy.

Monday, May 15, 2023

The Lion of Lark-Hayes Manor: New Book Review


A charming middle-grade novel about old magic, new adventures, a winged lion learning to roar, and a young girl fighting to be heard—perfect for fans of classics like The NeverEnding Story .
Poppy Woodlock believes in magic, but so far, she hasn’t found any. It’s been two weeks since her parents moved their family to Oregon to undertake their biggest project revitalizing the once-grand Lark-Hayes Manor. Her older brother instantly found his place, but after being thrown into middle school midyear, Poppy is feeling…invisible. So she retreats to where she’s always felt most at books and magic. And if the fantastic and supernatural exist, certainly they can be found in this mysterious old estate.
A late-night prowl leads Poppy to a desperate water nymph, with whom she strikes a dangerous bargain. In exchange for the thing she loves most—her favorite book— Poppy now has the secret of a her very own flying lion. Sampson is exactly what she needs to prove magic  does  exist and, more importantly, that she is not to be so easily dismissed.
But the cost of ancient magic is astronomic.

Tap here for my five-star review on Goodreads.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

You Are Here: Connecting Flights

You Are Here by Ellen Oh

An incident at a TSA security check point sows chaos and rumors, creating a chain of events that impacts twelve young Asian Americans in a crowded and restless airport. As their disrupted journeys crisscross and collide, they encounter fellow travelers--some helpful, some hostile--as they discover the challenges of friendship, the power of courage, the importance of the right word at the right time, and the unexpected significance of a blue Stratocaster electric guitar.

Twelve powerhouse Asian American authors explore themes of identity and belonging in the entwined experiences of young people whose family roots may extend to East and Southeast Asia, but who are themselves distinctly American.

Written by Linda Sue Park, Erin Entrada Kelly, Grace Lin, Traci Chee, Mike Chen, Meredith Ireland, Mike Jung, Minh Le, Ellen Oh, Randy Ribay, Christina Soontornvat, and Susan Tan, and edited by Ellen Oh.

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it was amazing

I thoroughly enjoyed this interwoven collection of stories about Asian American families from different cultural backgrounds sharing their experiences of struggling to be seen as American and treated with respect. This book would be a wonderful way to start discussions about prejudice and how we respond to anyone/anything different from our own known experience. I loved how the families bumped into, observed, and supported each other in crisis, even though they were strangers and came from completely different Asian cultures themselves. I can't imagine the work that went into creating and weaving these stories by separate authors together. Well done!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a review copy.

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Heavenly Heabutts: Reflections of Hope and Cats and Eternity

Those of you who follow me regularly know our family has had a dog and three cats grow old and cross the Rainbow Bridge over the last few years. It never gets easier, but sometimes there are ideas and books that help us make the transition. Here's a new one for you to check out.

I was given a chance to review this new book, and it is quite lovely. Full of peaceful and assuring quotes. 

"Heaven is where you'll meet all the cats you've ever loved."

I hope that is true, and they all get along with each other.

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it was amazing

As someone who has had a beloved cat cross the Rainbow Bridge recently, I found this book a sweet collection of quotations and thoughts on what lies beyond for both them and us. Personally, I don't take Bible stories this literally (more as proverbial lessons), but there were still nuggets to make me smile.

How could anyone believe cats don't have a soul? And I agree, if heaven is a place without cats, I'm not much interested.

Thank you to the author for providing me a review copy.


Saturday, January 28, 2023

Book Review: Betty White's Pearls of Wisdom

 I did a multi-week, lengthy blog series about Betty White when she passed on (though it was intended to celebrate her 100th birthday), so you can imagine I was excited to see this new book about her. My review is below. 

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really liked it

From the title, I was expecting this to be more a book of quotations or "pearls" from Betty and how they impacted Patty Sullivan. Not having this be the case was disappointing, at first. I have read nearly every book Betty White wrote and did a blog series on her for her 100th birthday (even though she didn't quite make it, though Patty disagrees with that when you count leap years). But the Sullivans' interactions and memories of their time with her still provided a fresh window into her quiet life behind the scenes. Not necessarily earth-shattering revelations, but more confirmations of her kindness, fascination with life and learning new things, and overwhelming devotion to animals and their care that we already hold as a cherished part of our memories of Betty White.

Some sections felt a bit repetitious, but I also read it in a couple of days instead of more spread out, like most people will. Others may not feels this same way.

If you are a fan of Betty White, you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing this review copy.

Monday, January 23, 2023

New Book: Through the Dog's Eyes

 New Book Recommendation: Through the Dog's Eyes, by Sal Sanfilippo

A feel-good love story about a boy and an exceptional dog destined to join him on his journey to manhood.

Jake has a dream to get away from his working-class town, but fate may have a different plan for him. Through heartache and loss, his dog Bull is by his side as Jake searches for meaning in this heartfelt coming-of-age story.

Will fate be Jake's downfall, or will Bull help him find his way? Find out in Through the Dog's eyes.

You can read my review at Goodreads here.*

*I served as editor/proofreader for this novel (which means I have read and enjoyed it multiple times!), but I am under no obligation to give it a review.

Friday, January 6, 2023

Free Syfy and Fantasy Books for the New Year


Looking for some good reads for the new year? This promotion is fabulous! I mean, dozens and dozens of free books with everything from dragons to shifter romance to science fiction. I've grabbed a few myself. The Tigran Chronicles is participating, but that is just one of the books available. 

Downloads are through Book Funnel, which is 100% safe and secure for both readers and authors. Click on the image or this link and fill up your e-reader today!