Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Rocket-Bye by Carole P. Roman

Carole P. Roman travels to the stars, orbiting the moon and rocketing past planets in this adorable journey to the far reaches of the galaxy. A beautiful bedtime poem, this verse is sure to delight any child before they go to sleep.

My Thoughts:

Looking for a fast children's book to read. Well look no further. Its a nice books to read to your children's or even have them read it to you. The pictures are really detailed so there is no doubt that they wont be excited. Not only does it captivate children but it does teach them at the same time. it provides a vivid knowledge to your younger children and broadens there imagination. 

Carole P. Roman

Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with her husband that employs close to five hundred people. Her most favorite job is being grandmother to her many grandchildren. Roman has two wonderful sons and hit the jackpot in the daughter-in-law department. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband.

Her first book, Captain No Beard - An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life has been named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 as well garnered the star of remarkable merit. It was named in the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children's Fiction 2012. Captain No Beard has developed in a series of 6 more books. She is the author of the best selling book, I Want To Do Yoga Too. Currently, she is working on her educational series that explores different cultures from a child's point of view. If You Were Me and Lived in...Mexico, received the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children's non-fiction 2012. If You Were Me and Lived in...Kenya received 5 Stars from the ForeWord Clarion Review. She just completed Russia with the help of her five year old grandson and loved every minute of it.

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

When Lars Thorvald's wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine--and a dashing sommelier--he's left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He's determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter--starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva's journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that's a testament to her spirit and resilience.

Each chapter in J. Ryan Stradal's startlingly original debut tells the story of a single dish and character, at once capturing the zeitgeist of the Midwest, the rise of foodie culture, and delving into the ways food creates community and a sense of identity. By turns quirky, hilarious, and vividly sensory, Kitchens of the Great Midwest is an unexpected mother-daughter story about the bittersweet nature of life--its missed opportunities and its joyful surprises. It marks the entry of a brilliant new talent.

My Thoughts:

Now when I saw this book I thought of recipes in my mind. I was excited, but then I starting to skim and found none. Instead I found a love story waiting to burst out at me. 

Now I know what you are thinking oh boy it might not be so good or "OMG" I have to get it. It was not a bad read. i finished it in a week due to the busy homework scheduled I had. Stradal's characters annoyed me at times. What I wanted the main characters do to what I wanted it never occurred. :(. Nonetheless I liked the story line in which he was trying to head the story. It was a bit hard to connect because I tried to get into the characters shoes. A little bit of persistence came through and I found the book LOVELY. It was a liitle well writen enevn though it did need a little bit of time to build up. 

J. Ryan Stradal:

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Fire Season: A Memoir by Hollye Dexter

Who would you be if you lost everything?

Hollye Dexter and her husband Troy woke one night to find their house ablaze. To escape the fire, they had to jump from their second-story window with their toddler son—and then watch their house and home-based businesses burn to the ground. Over the next two years, the family went bankrupt, lost their cars and another home, and got dropped by their best friends. As the outer layers of her life were stripped away, Dexter began to unravel emotionally; but then she found herself on the brink of losing her marriage, and she realized that if she was going to save her family, she would have to pull herself back together somehow. 

As she fought to reassemble the pieces of the life she’d had, Dexter discovered that a shattered heart has the ability to regenerate in a mighty way; that even in the midst of disaster, you can find your place; and that when everything you identify with is gone, you are free to discover who you really are. Poignant and inspiring, Fire Season is a story for anyone who has ever lost hope—and found it again.

My Thoughts:

Dexter's memoir warmed my heart. I really enjoyed the read. It showed me a valuable life lesson and to be more grateful for what I have. Yes, at times we do complain about what we can't have. Hearing Dexter's story really had me thinking that at times I do sound ungrateful. I could have been in her shoes and I wouldn't know what to do. This story has power beyond control and I encourage many of you young readers to give this book a go. The mentality that Dexter's has shows me that I can see uncover new things that life has to offer me. I don't have to have the fanciest thing, but just enough to make me happy, At times I don't remember that there are people who would beg to be in my shoes and I shouldn't take life itself for granted.

Hollye Dexter: 

Hollye Dexter is author of the memoir Fire Season (She Writes Press, 2015) and co-editor of Dancing at the Shame Prom (Seal Press)-- praised by bestselling author Gloria Feldt (former CEO of Planned Parenthood) as “…a brilliant book that just might change your life.” Her essays and articles about women’s issues, activism and parenting have been published in anthologies as well as in Maria Shriver’s Architects of Change, Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire and more. In 2003, she founded the award-winning nonprofit Art and Soul, running arts workshops for teenagers in the foster care system. She currently teaches writing workshops and works as an activist for gun violence prevention in L.A., where she lives with her husband and a houseful of kids and 

Summer by Summer by Heather Burch

When Summer took a job as a nanny for a couple vacationing in Belize, she imagined it would be a fresh start before starting college in the fall. And while she adores her charge, Josh, she can’t say the same for her employers’ oldest son, Bray. He’s cocky, inconsiderate, and makes her feel she’s a chore he has to put up with. In short, he’s everything she dislikes in a guy.

Bray had a plan for the summer: party, hang out with friends, and forget all the responsibilities waiting for him back home. But every time he’s forced to be around Summer, her dour, serious mood sets him off. Not to mention she has a habit of picking up on what he already knows is wrong with him.

Then the two find themselves on a dive trip gone wrong, stranded on a remote island. As they focus on survival, their differences melt away, and they find being together may be what both needed all along.

My Thoughts:

This book was so romantic and sweet. This story reminded me so much of "The Blue Lagoon". 

I loved the story line so much. Coming together and meeting your romantic interest in a weird position. Summer get's a job as a nanny and but gets stranded on an island with Bray. The two can hardly stand each other but setting their differences when they have to come together and try to get some help to survive on there own. What a perfect story to some my be a bit cliche to other but I promise you it's not. I fell for the story and Burch had me diving deep in the book I finished it in two days. I love the chemistry between the two and it was so believable. Read the book I'm telling you it's a nice summer read on a rainy day or cool day with some lemonade and cookies.  

Heather Burch:

Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel

On a cool October morning, Lauren Wilder is shaken when she comes close to striking Bo Laughlin with her car as he’s walking along the road’s edge. A young man well known in their small town of Hardys Walk, Texas, Bo seems fine, even if Lauren’s intuition says otherwise. Since the accident two years ago that left her brain in a fragile state, she can’t trust her own instincts—and neither can her family. Then Bo vanishes, and as the search for him ensues, the police question whether she’s responsible. Lauren is terrified, not of what she remembers but of what she doesn’t.
Unable to trust herself and unwilling to trust anyone else, Lauren begins her own investigation into the mystery of Bo’s disappearance. But the truth can prove to be as shocking as any lie, and as Lauren exposes each one, from her family, from her friends, she isn’t the only one who will face heart-stopping repercussions.

My Thoughts:

Let's have a moment of silence. This book was too amazing for me to handle. I had such a great time reading. Look at the beautiful cover. Going blind into the book I didn't know what to expect. I thought oh boy I might not enjoy the book as much as I would like, but Sissel proved me wrong. The plot was great. I felt like it had a good sequence and it was never a dull moment in which I wanted to give up on the book. It went deep and I love when a book has so many descriptive words where I can vividly imagine it in my mind and come alive. Booksparks introduced me to a great book that I cannot believe turning out to be one of my books that I must reread. Enjoy the book because it is well written and has a lot of potential.

Barbara Taylor Sissel
Barbara Taylor Sissel writes issue oriented, upmarket women’s fiction that is threaded with elements of suspense and defined by its particular emphasis on how crime affects the family. She is the author of six novels, CROOKED LITTLE LIES, SAFE KEEPING, EVIDENCE 0F LIFE, THE NINTH STEP, THE VOLUNTEER, and THE LAST INNOCENT HOUR.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she was raised in various locations across the Midwest and once lived on the grounds of a first offender prison facility, where her experience, interacting with the inmates, their families, and the people who worked with them, made a profound impression and provided her with a unique insight into the circumstances of the crimes that were committed and the often surprising ways the justice system moved to deal with them.

An avid gardener, Barbara has two sons and lives on a farm in the Texas Hill Country, outside Austin.

The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner

From a phenomenal new voice in suspense fiction comes a book that will forever change the way you look at the people closest to you…
Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about—quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That’s what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah’s happiness.
Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers a shocking secret that forces her to doubt everything she thought was true—about her neighbors, her friends, and even her marriage. With each stunning revelation, Sarah must ask herself, Can we ever really know the ones we love?

My Thoughts: 
Now I really didn't know what I would think of this book by seeing some of the reviews on Goodreads. I was kind of nervous to see what I would enjoy. Now the concept of the book wasn't bad, but I think I would of like a longer plot. It was a thriller that did at some point had me at the tips of my toes. However I did have in the back of my mind that the story was not going to have my attention, but boy was I wrong. I could understand some of the reviews viewpoints on how they felt but I thought Banner did a good job. I liked the characters of the book but they could have used a bit of spice here and there but I didn't get less for what I settled for. 

A.J. Banner
A. J. Banner grew up reading Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, and other masters of love and mystery. She enjoyed sneaking thrillers from her parents' library, which gave her excellent fodder for her first novel of psychological suspense, The Good Neighbor. Born in India and raised in North America, she always dreamed of writing gripping stories in which nothing is what it seems. She's hard at work on her next novel in her home office overlooking a Pacific Northwest forest.

Sleeping With the Enemy by Tracy Solheim

Sleeping With the Enemy blog tour and meet a football team owner who’s a real player, and the woman who’s ready to call him out on everything. Bridgett finds herself working with Jay, the man who broke her heart, but working beside her former lover may be too much for her body—and her heart—to resist.

Genre: Romance 

About the book: Dot-com millionaire Jay McManus is discovering that owning a pro football team like the Baltimore Blaze isn’t easy. An anonymous blogger is out to destroy his reputation, and now his team is being sued by its own cheerleaders. If Jay’s not careful, he could lose big—and not just financially.

Bridgett Janik’s brother may play for the Baltimore Blaze, but she’s not thrilled to be defending Jay McManus, the man who broke her heart. It’s bad enough she has to mingle with Jay during games, but working beside her former lover may be too much for her body—and her heart—to resist.

Jay’s determined not to let Bridgett slip away from him a second time. But, as the two follow the mysterious blogger’s trail, secrets—both past and present—are revealed, and Jay and Bridgett must decide if their relationship can be something more than just sleeping with the enemy.

My Thoughts: Love stories how much I love them. Some love story books are very cheesy and predictable but not this one. Jay was so cute and I loved him most of all. He was a very successful man who own a professional football team. However he finds it to be a challenge. There was just something that made Jay stand out the most and its not because he was the main character. There was just a spark. Now I really don't like reading many love books but the plot in this story did lose my interest at first. Until the story began to pick up. I flew through the book so fast I'm planning to reread it in the near future. I raved about it to one of my book club members Shawn and he's very hard to persuade to read. He feel in love and he told me he read it twice. Get this book and read it ASAP its not a book you would want to pass up. 

Roovillle by Julie Long

 Rooville blog tour and discover the answer the age-old question: can you ever go home again? This enlightening story explores the conflicts that arise between tradition and a changing culture that transformed the once customary small town of Martinville into a hub for alternative lifestyle and culture. With wit, wisdom and warmth, Julie Long debuts her fiction writing with a smart and spellbinding story.

Genre: Women’s Fiction/ General Fiction 

My Thoughts:

Rooville was a great read. However it was a bit hard to get in at the beginning. It took such a while that I thought I was not going to like it but it turn out to be very satisfying. Having to read it taught me how to look at different situations with a mindset. Every situation is different and there are so many different perspective to look at things and Long made it clear in my head. I didn't really connect with the characters so much but the story line was very amusing. I like the mindset of how Long went the story. Give this book a go if fiction is a must to read for you.

About RoovilleEven after thirteen years in Southern California, Owen Martin can feel the corners of his squareness still sharply evident. He’s a TV weatherman bored by the beautiful climate. He wants to coach basketball but all the kids play soccer. And he seems to be the only person who thinks a fruit smoothie is a poor substitute for a vanilla shake. When he’s fired from his job, Owen is relieved to head home to Iowa, to the town his ancestors founded and the simple life he knew before his father died. He can’t predict the atmospheric pressure he's about to encounter, which, as any meteorologist knows, is the key catalyst for change. . . .In his absence, Martinville has become the center of the Transcendental Meditation movement and host to all things alternative. There are golden domes for mass meditations, a vegan café where the burger joint stood, and all the shop doors around Town Square now face east. But far worse than anything is the danger to the Martin family farm. In a town divided between “Regulars” and “Roos” (gurus), Owen is clear where he stands until he falls for a levitator instead of the down-to-earth girl he had in mind. With old customs and open-mindedness clashing like warm and cold fronts, Owen gets caught in a veritable tornado. Can he save the farm, get the girl, and reunite the town? Maybe . . . if he’s willing to embrace a change in the weather.

Beautiful Affliction by Lene Fogelberg

Beautiful Affliction blog tour and explore Lene Fogelberg’s inspiring story of living with an undiagnosed fatal heart disease that threatens her sanity and everything she loves.  This powerful memoir offers a candid look into her struggle to raise a family while her body slowly deteriorates as a result of an undetected fatal heart disease. In Lene’s inspiring account, she faces death while experiencing austerity and loneliness, but ultimately discovers unbending love in unexpected dark places.

Genre: Women’s Memoir
My Thoughts:

Are you debating whether to read this book.Well what are you waiting for this book is for you. It was very warm and heart felt that I couldn't handle it. At the same time, it was every said. The story reminded me of a time when a family friend of my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I understood how the character's felt because I was sick in the hospital with a cold that could of took my life. I didn't let it define me but more so let it influence me to live life to the fullest. Don't take what you have lightly because blessings do come and go. This minute you could be living a lavishing life and the next you could be sick so badly you can't move. I will hold this book dear to my heart and Fogelberg had my emotions floating everywhere. I teared up looking back and seeing what I have overcame and it taught me to be a bit nice to people that I don't know because you never know what the future holds.

About Beautiful Affliction: Lene Fogelberg is dying and she is sure of it, but no doctor in her home country of Sweden believes her. While Lene is battling with the unnerving feeling of death, a love story enfolds her with the man who will become her husband, enchanting surroundings, and later, her two beautiful daughters. Although Lene is overwhelmed with happiness she can’t help but think—Will I die young?—a question that she has carried in her heart since childhood that threatens her sanity and everything she holds close to her.

However, when her young family moves to the United States, her relentless question is finally answered, a diagnosis. Lene is in the last stages of a fatal congenital heart disease that has gone undetected. But is it too late?

Courageously honest and often harrowing, Beautiful Affliction delves into the inspiring account of growing up and living on the verge of death while finding bravery, love and beauty along the way.

The Legacy of Us by Liz Moretti


The Legacy of Us blog tour and discover three generations of women who are connected by love, loss, and a mysterious family heirloom. A story of personal growth and discovering the past, Kristin Contino’s The Legacy of Us is a relatable and intriguing story of a young woman who uses the stories of women before her to navigate difficult changes in her own life. 

Genre: Women’s Fiction 

My Thoughts:

Discovering things about life is the most amazing thing in my opinion. I went in this book thinking that I wouldn't like it as much as I wanted. However my opinion changed. Moretti really has a gift of writing and i cannot get enough. I read this book on a train ride in the city for about 3 hours and I made sure I finished the book. Women's Fiction might seem unexciting to some readers, but I think that you should give this book a shot if your a sucker for some romantic love stories like me. The plot consist of women who have one similar thing in common. The connection of LOVE. This book taught me a lot of growth and open my eyes to how I can view certain situations in life. Pick this book up and dive right into the goodness. I had such a fun filled time reading that I tried not to look away from the book and glue my eyes down the whole ride. 

About The Legacy of Us: Liz Moretti thought she knew almost everything about her grandmother, Ella, from her love of "The Golden Girls" to the perfect pound cake recipe. But when Ella passes away and Liz finds a cameo locket with a marriage proposal engraved inside (from a man who was not her grandfather), she realizes that sometimes a person's secrets are discovered only after they're gone. 

On top of losing Ella, Liz's career as a jewelry designer is stagnant and her love life lacks sparkle, too. When she reconnects with the one who got away, Liz thinks maybe things are finally starting to look up. But after a few drinks and a trip down a flight of stairs, Liz wakes up to realize the cameo is gone. Her ex offers to look for it, but so does Justin, the intriguing new guy in her apartment building. 

While dealing with her feelings for two very different men and generally trying to reinvent her mess of a life, Liz finds answers and solace in Ella's diary. The story of the cameo, and the relationship between her grandmother and great-grandmother, an outspoken socialite from Italy, inspires Liz to grow up and accept responsibility for her missteps. Eventually she must choose between the life she thought she wanted and the promise of something better.

The Witch of Bourbon Street by Suzanne Palmieri

This year, we’re so excited to be traveling with you all summer long as we challenge you to read some phenomenal books. Get jazzy in New Orleans during week thirteen of the Summer Reading Challenge in The Witch of Bourbon Street by Suzanne Palmieri Hayes!


WITCH OF BOURBON_FinalWeek of July 27: The Witch of Bourbon Street by Suzanne Palmieri
Situated deep in the bayou is the formerly opulent Sorrow Estate. Once home to a magical family, the Sorrows, it now lays in ruins, uninhabited since a series of murders in 1902 shocked the entire community. When Frances Green Sorrow is born, the family is on the brink of obscurity and the last remaining Sorrows cling to the hope that she is the one who will finally resurrect the glory of what once was. The Witch of Bourbon Street is a story of love, family, redemption and forgiveness. It’s a story that bridges the nostalgia of time, and brings those that are separated back together again.
 My Thoughts:
Where can I start with this amazing book of wonder? Well lets starts with the plot. While reading this book I had zero dull moments. I could feel all the emotions and feels that came along. As the discription said this book has nostalgia and it attracted me so much. It was a cute book that I edmired so much because it taught me about love and forgivenes. Yes, at times it can be hard to forgive, but what if you did something wrong and wanted someone to forgive you of what you did to them. Karma does happen and it has showed me to be careful what I say and do. Lets take a moment to also add that that cover is soo.... beautiful. I love the city feeling that the book had and I feel in love. The moral of thr story taught me a lot. If you haven't read this book, START. I cannot rave enough about the book and I cannot wait to see what Ms. Palmieri has instored for me next as a reader.
The AuthorSuzanne Palmieri
Suzanne Palmieri is the author of The Witch of Little Italy and the forthcoming The Witch of Belladonna Bay (May, 2014). She is also the co-author of I’ll Be Seeing You under the name Suzanne Hayes. She lives by the ocean with her husband and three darling witches. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.