Book Tours: Starter Day Party Harvey Hippo Wants To Fly


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for children’s book / picture book “Harvey Hippo Wants To Fly”. The tour runs from August 1 to September 1. Stay tuned for my character interview during the tour!

Tour Schedule

August 1st: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

August 2nd: Book Excerpt @ Domestic Chanteuse

August 3rd: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

August 5th: Book Excerpt @ The Reading Guru

August 6th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

August 7th: Book Excerpt @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

August 9th: Book Excerpt @ Bookworm for Kids

August 11th: Book Excerpt @ The Single Librarian

August 12th: Character Interview @ I Heart Reading

August 13th: Book Excerpt @ Books are Forever

August 15th: Character Interview @ Fascinating Quest

August 17th: Book Excerpt @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

August 18th: Book Excerpt @ Bookaholic Ramblings

August 20th: Book Excerpt and Character Interview @ The Book Return

August 21st: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

August 22nd:  Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

August 23rd: Author Interview @ Bedazzled Reading

August 25th: Book Excerpt and Character Interview @ Books are Love

August 27th: Book Excerpt @ 365 Days of Reading

August 29th: Book Excerpt @ Maari Loves Her Indies

August 31st: Book Excerpt @ Hollow Readers

September 1st:  Character Interview @ The Book Daily

About the Book

coverTitle: Harvey Hippo Wants To Fly

Author: Lisa Sankar-Zhu

Genre: Children’s Book / Picture Book

Harvey Hippo wants to fly,

But no one knows why.

No matter, he is determined to try.

But can he REALLY do it?

Author Bio

Lisa Sankar-Zhu is from the Caribbean, but lives in China where she runs her business Golden Mushroom (Henan) Cultural Industry Company Limited.  The first book she published, an illustrated Chinese fairy tale, was presented as a state gift by the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago to the President of China, in 2013.  Currently, she is developing a few intellectual properties for the Chinese market and the rest of the world.  If you ask Lisa Sankar-Zhu what she does best, she would answer that it’s being herself, because she’s been doing it all her life and, therefore, has become pretty good at it.



Currently the book is available on Amazon Kindle and the iBooks Store.


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Book Tours: Starter Day Party The Cloudosaurus Rex


We’re hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for children’s book “The Cloudosaurus Rex”. The tour runs from March 21 to April 4. Enjoy the tour, and scroll down for the giveaway and a chance to win one of 5 signed copies of this book!

Tour Schedule

March 21st: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

March 21st: Book Excerpt @ Stormy Night Reviewing

March 21st: Book Review @ Domestic Chanteuse

March 24th: Book Excerpt @ 5 Girls Book Reviews

March 26th: Book Review @ The Mommies Reviews

March 28th: Book Excerpt @ Quest for More

April 1st: Book Review @ SolaFide Publishing

April 1st: Book Review and Author Interview @ Fascinating Quest

April 2nd: Book Excerpt @ Maari loves Her Indies

April 3rd: Book Review @ Bookworm for Kids

April 4th: Book Review @ Books are Love

About the Book

9780993080654Title: The Cloudosaurus Rex

Author: Emma R. McNally

Genre: Children’s Book / Picture Book

May, Adelle and Eddie go outside to play,
but the weather keeps changing every day.
They see a Cloudosaurus Rex, kind of the sky;
it’s he who decides if it’s wet or dry.
You can learn the days of the week together,
as the Cloudosaurus Rex changes the weather.

Author Bio

Emma R McNally.1I have always loved reading and writing. In fact, I had the idea for my first book when I was only 8 years old. As a child we didn’t have a TV, so I was always writing stories, poems, reading or making things out of left over fabric. I studied English Literature and languages at school and gained my Master’s Degree with distinction in 2004. My love of reading has helped me throughout my career and I want to encourage children today to develop their own love of books, which I believe will help them to reach their future potential.

After a successful 25 year corporate career, I took the step to set up my own business two years ago and write, illustrate and publish children’s books – an ambition of mine for many years. I have had amazing reviews and articles written about my work. I believe the greatest critic for a children’s author is the children themselves and they are always honest! It is when a group of children are captivated by my story, mesmerised and hanging off every word, joining in with the rhyming verse and actions and then, when I have finished, ask to hear the book again – this is when I know I have written a great story.

I am always inspired by people who have pursued their dreams relentlessly – their tenacity and drive motivates me to be successful. My late father was a big influence on me and I have inherited his passion, enthusiasm as well as his love of reading. My favourite authors will always be AA Milne and CS Lewis, purely for the fact that you can read their books at any age and be swept away on the waves of your own imagination.





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Mini-Reviews: Blackhouse, Ghost Boy, A Tale of Two Mommies


Time for some mini-reviews! What are mini-reviews, you ask? As the title suggests, these are short reviews, consisting of one paragraph tops, about a book. It’s a way to catch up on the books I’ve read a while ago, but never got around to reviewing.

The Blackhouse

Tite: The Blackhouse

Author: Peter May

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

When a brutal murder on the Isle of Lewis bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. But since he himself was raised on Lewis, the investigation also represents a journey home and into his past.

Review: Claustrophic, small town setting, a brooding detective haunted by the past, a brutal ritualistic murder, and excellent writing. All that mixes into a chilling, tense novel with a haunting climax. One of my favorites I read this year.

A Tale of Two Mommies

Title: A Tale of Two Mommies

Author: Vanita Oelschlager

Genre: Children’s Book, Picture Book

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

A Tale of Two Mommies is a beach conversation among three children. One boy asks another boy about having two mommies. A young girl listening in asks some questions too.
True to a child’s curiosity, practical questions follow. “Which mom is there when you want to go fishing? / Which mom helps out when Kitty goes missing?” To which he answers: “Mommy helps when I want to go fishing. / Both Mommies help when Kitty goes missing.”
A Tale of Two Mommies is intended for 4-8 year olds.
This book lets us look inside one non-traditional family, a same sex couple and their son. As the children talk, it’s clear this boy lives in a nurturing environment where the biggest issues are the everyday challenges of growing up.

Review: A cute book about a kid with two mommies. We don’t always think about the consequences for kids, and how tough it can be for them to explain to other kids that they have two mommies, or even two daddies, and this book explains in a fun, cute way. The illustrations look lovely too.

Ghost Boy

Title: Ghost Boy

Author: Martin Pistorius

Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

They all thought he was gone. But he was alive and trapped inside his own body for ten years.
In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged twelve, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within eighteen months he was mute and wheelchair-bound. Martin’s parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and less than two years to live.
Martin was moved to care centers for severely disabled children. The stress and heartache shook his parents’ marriage and their family to the core. Their boy was gone. Or so they thought.
Ghost Boy is the heart-wrenching story of one boy’s return to life through the power of love and faith. In these pages, readers see a parent’s resilience, the consequences of misdiagnosis, abuse at the hands of cruel caretakers, and the unthinkable duration of Martin’s mental alertness betrayed by his lifeless body.
We also see a life reclaimed—a business created, a new love kindled—all from a wheelchair. Martin’s emergence from his own darkness invites us to celebrate our own lives and fight for a better life for others.
Review: A young boy falls prey to a mysterious illness, and is put into a home for people with disabilities. He’s trapped inside his own body, and it takes years before a friendly nurse figures out he can communicate, and is a lot more intelligent than they gave him credit for. The book is harsh too, and not just a hopeful story. There’s rape and horrible abuse, all in one boy – and then man’s – fight against darkness. A heart-wrenching story that I’ll never forget.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party for Rani in Search of a Rainbow


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for children’s book  / picture book “Rani in Search of a Rainbow”. The tour runs from November 19 to December 19. I’ll be reviewing the book on December 10. Stay tuned for the review and in the mean itme, visit the other tour stops.

Tour Schedule

November 19th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

November 20th: Promo Post @ Hollow Readers

November 22nd: Book Excerpt @ Forever Book Lover

November 23rd: Promo Post @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

November 25th: Guest Post @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

November 27th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

November 28th: Promo Post @ The Single Librarian

November 29th: Book Review @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

December 1st:  Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

December 2nd: Promo Post @ 365 Days of Reading

December 4th : Character Interview @ The Book Daily

December 5th: Book Review @ The Book Daily

December 7th:  Author Interview @ Deal Sharing Aunt

December 9th:  Promo Post @ The Reading Guru

December 10th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

December 11th:  Book Review @ The Single Librarian

December 13th:  Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

December 14th: Book Review @ PRATR

December 15th: Book Excerpt @ The Book Gazette

December 17th: Book Review @  Forever Book Lover

December 19th:  Book Review @ Bedazzled Reading


About The Book

RISR-cover-hrTitle: Rani in Search of a Rainbow

Author: Shaila Abdullah

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Displaced by the Pakistan floods, Rani’s family has taken refuge at a relief camp where they are doing their part to help other flood victims. Eight-year old Rani wants to assist but doesn’t know how. Heeding the advice of her father to help in a way only children can, Rani embarks on a journey to bring true joy to a dear friend on the occasion of Eid.

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Author Bio

Shaila_headshot-300x289Shaila Abdullah is an award-winning author and designer based in Austin, Texas. She is the author of four books: Saffron Dreams, Beyond the Cayenne Wall, My Friend Suhana, and A Manual for Marco. The author has received several awards for her work including the Golden Quill Award and Patras Bukhari Award for English Language. Several academic institutions have adopted her books as course study or recommended reading, including the University of California, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Indiana University, Boston University, California State University, and George Washington University. Learn more about the author at



There’s a tour-wide giveaway for 5 print copies of the book, and a $25 Amazon gift card.

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party All Hallow’s ABC

I’m happy to host the starter day party today for picture book/alphabet book “All Hallow’s ABC”. I’ll be reviewing this cute little book on September 27th. Stay tuned for the review, and meanwhile, visit the other tour stops! 🙂

Tour Schedule

September 18th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

September 19th: Book Excerpt, Review and Giveaway @ Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

September 20th: Book Review @ Rambling Voices In My Head

September 22nd: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

September 24th: Author Interview @ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog

September 25th: Book Review @ In This World of Books

September 27th: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

September 29th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

October 2nd: Author Interview @ Book In The Bag

October 3rd: Book Review @ Mama Knows Books

October 5th:  Book Excerpt @ Editor Charlene

October 7th: Book Review @ Book In The Bag

October 8th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

October 10th: Book Review @ Brooke Blogs

October 12th: Book Excerpt @ Endazzled Reading

October 14th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

October 16th: Book Review @ Sweet Southern Home

October 18th: Book Review @ Deal Sharing Aunt

All Hallow’s ABC

CoverHallowWebTitle: All Hallow’s ABC

Author: Jenni Kaye

Genre: Alphabet Book

From Apples to Zombies, the alphabet has never been spookier! Find visual treats and tricky rhymes in this colorful Halloween primer. All Hallow’s ABC is a delight to read out loud for kids of all ages.

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Buy the print book through special order at Independent Bookstores or through Barnes and Noble or Amazon.


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Book Review: Frizzy Tizzy Goes to the Park by Wendy Hinbest

PrintTitle: Frizzy Tizzy Goes to the Park
Author: Wendy Hinbest
Genre: Picture Book, Children’s Book
Publisher: Lulu
Publication Date: June 22nd 2011
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Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for honest review.

Frizzy Tizzy spends the morning at the park with Mommy and Daddy. She wants to feel like a big girl, so she attempts to go down the bigger slide for the first time in her life.

Of course I’m not a little kid, but I did enjoy reading Frizzy Tizzy Goes to the Park and when I showed the pictures to my little cousin, he was delighted by the drawing style. He thought Frizzy Tizzy’s hair was really cute. The drawings are very colorful, and in an unique style, reminding me slightly of “Hey Arnold!” with the large, oversized heads.

The story starts out with Frizzy Tizzy waking up, and telling her parents she’d like to go to the park. In the park, Frizzy Tizzy makes a new friend, and they play together on the slide. This book is a delightful picture book for young children. They can read it on their own if they’re a bit older, helped by the pictures, of someone can read it to them.