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Monday, February 26, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: The Adventures of Mitee Mite by David John (Children's)


Greetings Friends!

Today, I have a review for the children's book and app series, THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE, which focuses on helping teach concepts of time, measurements, shapes, and money in a way that captures attention and motivates learning.


SYNOPSIS

The five books in THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series include:  The Time Frame Game and The Time Frame Game Advanced, which break down seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, and years to teach readers the fundamentals of time. The Measuring Game explores the components of feet, yards, and miles, as well as cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. Mitee Mite teaches kids about currency in The Money Game and dives into a colorful world of triangles, squares, hexagons, and more in The Shape Game. The companion song for this series (available at www.miteemite.com) helps kinds absorb the skills in an enjoyable and interactive way.  
Focusing on children from age 3 to 11 years old, this series offers its readers a dynamic female superhero, Mitee Mite, as their guide through the often tricky terrain involved with mastering time, shapes,measurements, and money. In her matching red cape and boots, Mitee Mite, accompanied by her alarm clock sidekick, Terry the Ticker, activates her superpowers by using her manners, respecting others, and accurately answering questions in the games she encounters during her adventures.
You can order your copy on Amazon HERE. Complimentary apps for each book are available on Google Play and iTunes.


RATING


Genre:  Children's
Publication Date:  November 2016


REVIEW


I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

This vivid and dynamically illustrated set of books is a useful educational resource that keeps readers engaged. Its compact design makes it handy to have available for any moment even while out and about. One page asks a question with several potential answers and when the page is turned, the answer is provided. In this sense, the app and books are similar, so you can use either one depending on what you and your children are most comfortable with. I'm not one to let me kids play around with my phone, so it was nice that they could use the books, and then while supervised, seamlessly move over to the app without any issue in understanding.

In my opinion, these books work better for reinforcement of the concepts rather than as an introduction. If a reader has some familiarity, the books and app are great and work more like flashcards so that answering the questions correctly is rewarding. Essentially, these books are like wordless picture books except for the questions, and for readers with no exposure to the information, there it no prior setup to learning the concepts in order to answer those questions. However, in much the same way that the author chose to create these books, if you craft your own game or story using the characters, these books would be a fun tool for new learners. I ultimately would have liked a story attached to the characters as they teach the information to readers rather than just them moving along through the pages of questions, but personal preference aside, these colorful books will grab any young reader's attention and keep them learning!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR



David John is the author of THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series. The series follows the adventures of superhero Mitee Mite and her sidekick, Terry the Ticker. The five titles in the series are The Time Frame Game (Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-0-2; Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-6-4), The Measuring Game(Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-2-6), The Money Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-4-0), The Shape Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-3-3), and The Time Frame Game Advanced (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-5-7). Complimentary apps for each book are available on Google Play and iTunes.  The companion song is available at the website:  www.miteemite.com.
The idea for THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series came about when David was faced with a dire challenge. “One day as I was babysitting my friends’ children, and not having any idea what to do, I made up fun games to help them learn,” David revealed. The goal of the series is to expose children to a variety of lessons in a manner that is fun, relatable, and memorable. David says, “Mitee Mite was created to help give children a head start on the basics of time, measurements, shapes, and money.”
David’s daughter, whom he calls his “Little Mite,” is the inspiration for the main character and the themes of the series. David’s desire to teach his daughter the basic skills featured in THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series has expanded into the goal of sharing these lessons with other children through his “You Buy, They Read” program. “We plan to give away one book for every one bought to kids in need.” In addition, David will donate $1 for every $2 of the gross sales of apps to teachers “who are going into their own pockets to buy supplies.”
You can connect with him on:
TWITTER  |  FACEBOOK  |  INSTAGRAM  |  WEBSITE


Many thanks to David John and Pump Up Your Book for the opportunity to read and review this series! And be sure to check out the other blogs on the tour for more opinions and author extras!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Murder is a Dirty Business by Tricia L. Sanders (Cozy Mystery)


Greetings Friends!

Today, I have a REVIEW of the mystery MURDER IS A DIRTY BUSINESS, the first book in the Grime Pays series by Tricia L. Sanders.


SYNOPSIS

When Cece Cavanaugh’s husband empties their joint bank account, steals her designer luggage, and runs off with a younger woman, Cece must decide whether to ask her manipulative mother-in-law for a handout or get a job. Choosing the easier path, Cece lands a job cleaning a crime scene where a high school coach was murdered. When his wife is implicated—a young woman Cece practically raised—Cece finds herself mopping floors, balancing an empty checkbook, and ferreting out a killer.

Amid all this messy business, Cece bumps heads with a handsome detective. She tries to ignore her growing attraction to the detective, but he gives new meaning to the term “hot flash.”

After she stumbles onto a clue that could vindicate her friend, her elation turns to panic when she haphazardly confronts the killer. Through the danger and romance, Cece discovers self-reliance and inner strength.

And that crime – at least, someone else’s – does pay the bills.
You can order your copy on Amazon HERE.



RATING



Genre:  Mystery
Publication Date:  November 2017



REVIEW


I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

I have always had an interest in reading books or watching programs about crime scenes, especially from the coroner's or medical examiner's perspective. Recently, I watched a short documentary about a crime scene cleanup company and went down the rabbit hole of videos available on YouTube. When this book showed up featuring this unique profession, I had to read it! I'm so glad that I did, especially since I got to it at the beginning of what I hope will become a larger series!

Cece is a fantastic lead! She's sassy, holds her own, and has an amazing strength of character. I admired that from the moment her husband left, she was picking up the pieces and figuring out what she needed to do next in order for her family to survive. I really appreciated how much resolve Cece exhibited and that while she was by no means in denial about the predicament her husband left her in, she hardly spent any time wallowing in negativity. She was definitely wronged and expresses her emotions about it; however, she focuses a greater amount of her energy on how she is going to keep things running as smoothly as possible not only for herself, but more importantly for her children. When things get tough, the tough get going and Cece has her work cut out for her! She surprises everyone close to her, including herself, and ultimately realizes that it's never too late to start over.

An interesting aspect of the writing that I thought worked amazingly well was how each chapter began with a humorous quote from a different character which read more like an answer to a interrogation question. These insights provided a lot of great information about each character that added layers to their individual stories as well as the overall mystery. They weren't repeated in context within the book, but contributed to the sharp wit of the story. I don't see this done well very often, but this was a great example of incorporating that kind of element into the story especially within the framework of a mystery.

Given that the story focuses on crime scene cleanup, there aren't any of the gory details, so no worries for anyone who may be squeamish. This is a fast-paced, entertaining, and engaging story with a highly believable accidental amateur sleuth that was hard to put down. This is a great addition to the cozy world and I look forward to reading what Cece has to cleanup next!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Tricia L. Sanders writes about women with class, sass, and a touch of kickass.  A former instructional designer and corporate trainer, she traded in curriculum writing for novel writing, because she hates bullet points and loves to make stuff up. And fiction is more fun than training guides and lesson plans.
When she isn’t writing, Tricia is busy crossing dreams off her bucket list. With all 50 states checked, she’s concentrating on foreign interests. She’s an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, so don’t get between her and the television when a game is on. Currently, she is working on a mystery series set in the fictional town of Wickford, Missouri. Another project in the works is a women’s fiction road trip adventure.
Her essays have appeared in SaseeByLineThe Cuivre River Anthology and Great American Outhouse Stories; The Whole Truth and Nothing Butt. She is a proud member of The Lit Ladies, six women writing their truths into fiction.
You can connect with her on:

FACEBOOK  |  WEBSITE 


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Many thanks to Great Escapes Book Tours and Tricia L. Sanders for the opportunity to read and review this book! It was an absolute pleasure!

Be sure to check out the other blogs on the tour for more opinions and author extras!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

COZY BLOG TOUR + BOOK REVIEW + INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAYS: Pressing the Issue by Daryl Wood Gerber (Cozy Mystery)

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Greetings Friends!

Today, I am so excited to be a part of the Cozy Blog Tour with some incredible features! The newest book in the Cookbook Nook mystery series, PRESSING THE ISSUE by Daryl Wood Gerber, is now available and to celebrate its release, the author has graciously answered a few questions as well as providing two chances for you to win some awesome bookish swag!


SYNOPSIS

The Agatha Award–winning author of GRILLING THE SUBJECT returns to the Cookbook Nook in Crystal Cove, where the annual Renaissance Fair serves up a helping of crafty courtiers, damsels in distress, and medieval murder.
As the annual Renaissance Fair comes to Crystal Cove, Jenna Hart’s Cookbook Nook is packed with tasty treats and all things medieval, while her pal Bailey is ready to swoon over her upcoming nuptials at a local vineyard. But when the two friends discover the body of the vineyard’s owner bludgeoned by a wine press, all their merriment fades, along with their hopes for a vintage year.

Which churlish varlet did the deed? Was it the victim’s errant brother, who stood to inherit the vineyards? Or the owner’s crestfallen ex-girlfriend? Mayhap it was the newly arrived lusty wench, or her jealous husband. Fie on them all! Verily, Jenna can’t rest until justice is served, and she vows to track down the killer. But can she sniff out the truth before the villainous culprit strikes again? 
You can order your copy on Amazon HERE.


RATING:



Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publication Date:  January 2018


REVIEW


I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

I recently had the pleasure of reading the author's previous release A DEADLY ECLAIR and really enjoyed it. You can check out my review HERE. As I had mentioned in that review, I was interested in reading more of her books, so I was so excited to receive the chance to review PRESSING THE ISSUE. While this was my first experience reading the Cookbook Nook series, I'm definitely looking forward to picking up the others to learn more about Crystal Cove and its residents from the very beginning.

Although this is the sixth book in the series, the characters are so well developed and the story flowed so consistently without feeling any loss of continuity. Jenna is another feisty protagonist that truly holds her own within this vast and eclectic cast of characters who are just quirky enough to keep you guessing until the very end. Jenna's investigative skills can come across as overly confident, but this could easily feel that way simply because the actual law enforcement officials appear so aloof. They may in fact be doing much more, but because it obviously happens apart from Jenna, they seem uninterested and uninvolved, yet overly antagonistic towards Jenna's participation.

Given that the Renaissance Fair is the primary setting and focal point for the characters, it was understandable that very little attention is given to the book store and its inner workings; however, it was certainly fun to watch everyone play along and dress up for all the activities. It would be quite entertaining to work and live in a community that becomes that involved in creating such an engaging atmosphere for residents and guests alike. The provided recipes at the end will certainly help bring this quaint place a little closer to your own home!

This delightful read is the perfect addition for fans of bookish or culinary cozies and I look forward to spending some more time with Jenna at her nook!



INTERVIEW


Day 3 of the continuing interview with Daryl Wood Gerber, author of PRESSING THE ISSUE, the 6th Cookbook Nook Mystery.

Where does your inspiration as a writer come from?

I allow my mind to think “what if” all the time. I read the newspaper and use that as a launching type of question. What if this happened in my book? What if this person existed in my book? What if that food (honestly, yes, from the food section on Sundays) were the theme of my next book? I try never to close my mind down to a new idea. I have pages and pages of ideas written in my computer with ideas. Sometimes I browse through them, although once I’ve written them down, they do seem to stick somewhere in my psyche. My kids gave me an inspirational idea notebook for Christmas so I can write down ideas if I’m on the road and not near my computer. I love observing people. Sometimes I’ll make up scenarios for couples I see at coffee shops or on the street. Who are they? Where are they from? What do they do? When did they meet? I find that kind of story building a great way to keep my mind working creatively at all times.


What was your favorite book growing up? Did that book help in inspiring you to become a writer?

I loved A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, but no, it did not inspire me to become a writer. I loved the fantasy of it, but I don’t typically read fantasy. Although I did read the entire Dragons of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey and adored them, and I did write a children’s fiction screenplay about dragons because of that. I had no luck selling it, and I’m saddened by that, because it was a real war of the worlds story. It was reading Nancy Drew that got me started writing. I wanted to write mystery. Then I graduated to Agatha Christie and knew that was what I had to write. Then I read a bunch of thrillers and knew that was where my passion lay. You see, I have a lot of interests, which is why I write in multiple genres. My audience, though, is primarily cozy mystery readers, so I will have a tough time finding a broader audience for my other work. Therefore, I write those for “me,” and if others wish to read them, great. PS A Wrinkle in Time is coming out as a movie this year, and I can’t wait to see it. I hope it doesn’t ruin the book for me. LOL


Why did you pick to write about the Renaissance Fair in PRESSING THE ISSUE? Was it based on some event in your life?

Yes. I went to my first Renaissance Fair back in college, and the event made a huge impression on me. I loved the costume-play or cosplay action. I went with a group and we all dressed up. One of my friends was really into interacting with the players at the fair. Though I loved acting, I was not yet a professional actress, so I was a bit intimidated by his free spirit. Since then, however, I’ve become much more bold. I’ve attended a number of fairs, and I always interact—with a British accent. I thought it would be fun to bring a fair to Crystal Cove, on a small scale. The man who is the king of the fair (he also owns the vineyard where Bailey intends to get married) is loosely based on my gregarious friend, may he rest in peace.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the brand new French Bistro Mysteries as well as the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries.  As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop MysteriesA DEADLY ƊCLAIR, the first French Bistro Mystery, comes out November 2017. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense: DAY OF SECRETS and GIRL ON THE RUN. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!

You can connect with her on:

FACEBOOK  |  TWITTER  |  INSTAGRAM  |  WEBSITE  


GIVEAWAY


To one commenter, Daryl is giving away the choice of one of the first five Cookbook Nook Mysteries or any of the Cheese Shop Mysteries PLUS some fun swag, including recipe cards and a utility measuring spoon.  

To enter, please comment below and leave your email address in the safe format using [at] and [dot] such as thatswhatshesreading[at]gmail[dot]com. You can also CLICK THIS LINK to comment and share my Facebook post. The giveaway will run through the end of the tour and closes at midnight PST on February 26. Winner will be randomly chosen and contacted through the email provided. Eligible to US residents only.



GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY


If the commenter visits ALL the blogs on the Cozy Blog Tour (there are 7 in a row), he or she can be entered for the big prize.  This is not a rafflecopter.  Just drop in and visit them all and leave a comment. The links are below. What’s the prize? A Cookbook Nook Mystery, A Cheese Shop Mystery, a darling cat tea towel, a darling plush Tigger, and a Medieval Tapestries coloring book to honor the Renaissance theme in the book.


COZY BLOG TOUR:


February 20 – The Power of Words – REVIEW, INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 

February 21 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW, INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 

February 22 – That's What She's Reading – REVIEW, INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 

February 23 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 

February 24 – My Devotional Thoughts – REVIEW, INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 

February 25 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW, INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 

February 26 – The Book's the Thing – REVIEW, INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 

GOOD LUCK!




I hope that you enjoyed this post and will be picking up this book and series soon!  Many thanks to Daryl and Great Escapes Book Tours for this unique opportunity! It was an absolute pleasure hosting and providing a review. And be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more author extras and chances to win!

Monday, February 19, 2018

COVER REVEAL: Dead as a Doornail by Tonya Kappes (Cozy Mystery)


Greetings Friends!

Today's feature is a cover reveal for the newest book in a cozy mystery series coming out in May!  DEAD AS A DOORNAIL is the sixth book in the Kenni Lowry series.

SYNOPSIS


Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone. And doesn’t our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things. 
Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes. 
But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body. 
His presence can only mean one thing: Murder! 
Since Kenni’s relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move. 
Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost of her poppa? 
It’s blowin’ up a storm and only Kenni knows how it’ll end.

Ready…..












                   

Set…..

                     













Reveal!!




Coming May 15, 2018 from Henery Press!


You can PREORDER your copy on Amazon HERE today!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Tonya Kappes

For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been publishing numerous mysteries with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plot lines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.

You can connect with her on:

FACEBOOK  |  TWITTER  |  WEBSITE




I hope you enjoyed today's feature and I look forward to hearing if you will be adding this book and series to your TBR!

Friday, February 16, 2018

GUEST POST: Dead Cold by Jennifer Chase (Thriller)


Greetings Friends!

Today, I have a guest post from Jennifer Chase, author of DEAD COLD, the sixth book in the Emily Stone mystery series, in which she discusses how she develops her characters!

I also reviewed this book in December, which you can check out HERE. I absolutely loved this one and am starting from the very beginning. Plus, it's an absolute steal on Kindle at 99 cents!


SYNOPSIS:

What happens when one California community has a disturbing spike in homicides? It catapults cops into a deadly game of murder. Frozen human body parts hideously displayed at the crime scenes offers a horrifying interpretation that only a sadistic serial killer could design—and execute. 

On the hunt for a complex serial killer, vigilante detective Emily Stone must face her most daring case yet. Stone’s proven top-notch profiling skills and forensic expertise may not be enough this time. 

Young and ambitious, Detective Danny Starr, catches the homicide cases and discovers that it will test everything he knows about police work and the criminal mind. Can he handle these escalating cases or will the police department have to call in reinforcements—the FBI.

Emily Stone’s covert team pushes with extreme urgency to unravel the grisly clues, while keeping their identities hidden from the police. With one last-ditch effort, Stone dangles someone she loves as bait to draw out the killer. She then forces the killer out of their comfort zone with her partner Rick Lopez, and with help from a longtime friend Jordan Smith. A revelation of the serial killer’s identity leaves the team with volatile emotions that could destroy them. 

The killer continues to taunt and expertly manipulate the police, as well as Stone’s team, and as they run out of time—they leave behind everyone and everything—in Dead Cold.
Order your copy on Amazon HERE.


BOOK EXCERPT:


ESCAPE WAS IMPOSSIBLE. TEARS STREAMED down her face as she sat in the darkness and waited for the man to return. There was no other choice—but to wait.
She hadn’t eaten anything in three days and had only a limited amount of water—her strength continued to fade with every hour. With her wrists and ankles secured with duct tape, her skin stung with pain every time she struggled to move. At least the man had peeled the tape from her eyes and mouth so that she could see something besides pitch-blackness.
Even if she could escape, the only way to safety was jumping into the frigid water, but she could not swim and would drown before ever reaching the shore.
The only thing thirteen-year-old Kayla Swanson thought about was home. Fond memories flashed through her mind of her parents, her little brother, and her dog Charlie. She was never going to see them again. Their smiling faces were forever etched in Kayla’s mind, and she constantly held them close to her heart.
The boat rocked, and seemed to sway more violently as the tide flooded in and out of the harbor. Kayla could hear a consistent clanking noise above her as the boat rolled back and forth. The sound had a hypnotic quality, and kept her mind on something else besides when the man would return and what he would do next.
Her lips were dry and cracked as she bordered on dehydration. Even her tears dried on her cheeks, leaving her skin stiff and drawn. Her body began to shake, not only from fear, but also because of the extreme exhaustion and the constant dampness all around her.
The boat rocked more, but this time it shifted from the opposite sides. Kayla heard soft footsteps above, which she knew wasn’t her captor’s heavy walk. She strained her eyes in the darkness and thought she saw a thin shadow stealthily move along the upper deck. 
Was it a ghost?  
Kayla remembered a television series where a team of people hunted ghosts and they had said that ghosts could occupy any type of space, house, property, and even a boat.
She blinked her eyes several times and hoped that she could catch a glimpse of the ghost again. With every ounce of declining strength, Kayla scooted her body closer to the narrow stairs leading to the upper deck.
Painfully craning her neck, she strained to see something up in the darkness.
The dark shadowed areas played tricks on her eyes—it was there, then it wasn’t.
She waited for several minutes.
Nothing appeared.
The only sounds she heard were the usual boat noises she had grown accustomed to hearing. Whatever she thought she heard was gone now. It was most likely her imagination trying to give her some hope and a few moments break from her dire circumstances.
As she relaxed her shoulders and leaned back against the wall, the reality of her world pressing down hard. Tears streamed down her face. She tasted the saltiness that settled around her mouth. Her last moments were approaching, and there was nothing she could do.


GUEST POST:


A Day In the Life of Jennifer Chase

I write in one hour or two hour increments during the day and evening. This allows me to be able to complete other things such as household chores, promotion, exercise, and errands. One of my favorite things is when I begin one of my new thriller projects, I love creating the bad guys. I work out my Big Three: Physical, Background, and Psychological. 

When I outline the bad guys for my novels, it often reads like a police rap sheet and a psychological profile. I cannot overstate the effectiveness for research and outlining in fiction writing. There are those little pieces of nuggets that you can weave into the story that gives it the added realism and authenticity. These nuggets are like pieces of gold for me, and I love hunting for them. 

Research into creating new characters works well for me because I love learning new things that I didn’t know yesterday, but it can be a daunting task if you don’t enjoy the process. I’ve managed to streamline my development a bit, so that I don’t get overwhelmed with too much information and avoid a major time void sucking the life out of me. 

PHYSICAL
This is where I create the actual physical qualities of the character, what he/she looks like, mannerisms, specific characteristics, how he/she dresses, and even habits. I begin to get a real picture in my mind how this person looks, walks, and talks. It’s a writer’s character rap sheet with an added dimension.

BACKGROUND 
Now it’s getting to be fun. This is where I begin to develop who they are with a history, life experiences, family, work environment, criminal activity, relationships, living conditions, education, and anything that wasn’t addressed with the physical area.

PSYCHOLOGICAL 
Now, I have an actual image of the character and some background information.  It’s endless in creating the mind of a bad guy, and you can have so much fun with this area of writing. This is no doubt my favorite step to creating a bad guy. I like to have these characters answer a few questions for me, like what they would do if confronted with certain situations. This also includes their internal and external conflicts. Many of my bad guys are serial killers, so they are skewed with distorted perceptions, beliefs, and lack of impulse control. How fun is that?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning crime fiction author and consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master's degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling.  She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.

You can connect with her on:


FACEBOOK  |  TWITTER  |  WEBSITE 


And be sure to check out other blog tour participants HERE for more author extras!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: The Sloppy Okapi by Keith Bosco (Children's)

Greetings Friends!

Today I have a REVIEW of the children's book THE SLOPPY OKAPI by Keith Bosco and illustrated by Taylor Patterson.



SYNOPSIS:


Charlie is a young okapi who wants to be a detective, but his one big flaw causes a big, big problem........ he's a very sloppy okapi!
Join Charlie as he learns the importance of being neat while discovering that his weakness doesn't determine his destiny.
You can order your copy from Yellow Light Publishing HERE.



RATING:



Genre:  Children's
Publication Date:  January 2018



REVIEW:


I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This is a gorgeously illustrated story with a fantastic and meaningful message for children that they can truly understand! If it feels like your kids are constantly misplacing their things and coming to you for help finding them, you're not alone! THE SLOPPY OKAPI is a fantastic way to introduce the concept of tidiness and how that value shows respect and care for beloved personal items.  Additionally, by seeing Charlie's struggles, readers begin to realize that it is our efforts towards improvement that define who we are and not our individual faults and weaknesses.

I couldn't begin talking about the beautiful artwork from this book without sharing a few of my favorites!





The illustrations throughout the story are simply stunning and bring fresh and inviting perspectives that work to further pull readers into Charlie's world. There is a certain dream-like quality to them that captures both the magic and nostalgia of childhood that will definitely captivate both young and older readers alike!

I was and still am a huge fan of children's detective stories, and this was such an incredibly adorable way to introduce a character that I hope we'll see more of! Now that Charlie has figured out where all of his tools are, I would love to see him out and about solving cases for his community or helping others to discover who they really are as well.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Keith Bosco is an author, musician, songwriter, husband and father of four.
Born and raised in the state of Delaware his creative nature was noticeable at a very young age. Through years of songwriting and performing Keith began to hone his knack for storytelling.
Before leaving his job to pursue his dream of publishing his own children’s illustrated book, Keith was the Assistant Director of a non-profit that helped individuals with disabilities obtain and maintain employment. Keith and his family packed up their home and have been traveling in an RV across the country to promote his book THE SLOPPY OKAPI, which is published through his own publishing company, Yellow Light Publishing.  
You can connect with him on:

FACEBOOK  |  INSTAGRAM  |  WEBSITE


ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:



Taylor Patterson grew up in the small state of Delaware. With a degree in Visual Communications from The University of Delaware, he landed a job at a graphic design firm in Los Angeles, CA in early 2015. He is currently a Lead Designer at  Conssol, LLC and a Designer at BLT Communications, LLC.


I hope that you'll add this book your own library and help support self-published and independent authors and illustrators!

Many thanks to Keith, Taylor, and Yellow Light Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book! It was an absolute pleasure!

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