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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

LSBBT BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Yazzy's Amazing Yarn Cathey Graham Nickell (Children's)

Illustrated by Emily Calimlim
Genre: Children's Picture Book, Ages 4-8 
Publisher: Twenty-Eight Creative
Date of Publication: August 1, 2019
Number of Pages: 32

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Yazzy is a creative girl, always sketching out her next adventure. She loves yarn, and she loves to knit! Her neighborhood park is dull and rusty, but Yazzy has a grand plan. With a little help from her friends, Yazzy’s knitted wonders transform Penny Park into a fuzzy rainbow of warmth and color. What yarn-tastic idea will Yazzy think of next? The book includes a “History of Yarn Bombing” page for readers who are not familiar with this creative and whimsical type of art.

“As a teacher, it's refreshing to find a book that exposes children to an alternative art form. I'm inspired by Yazzy's story, and I know my students will be, too.” -- Deborah Horwitz, Art Teacher, The Emery/Weiner School, Houston, Texas.

I received a copy of this book for free. This is my honest and thoughtful review.

Growing up, I was surrounded by fiber arts. My mom crochets, my mother-in-law knits, and the majority of women in my family dabble in one form or the other. While I have tried both crocheting and knitting, yarn crafting just never became a go to craft for me, but I have always admired the many items that I have received for myself and my kids. There is just something so magical about having something handmade especially for you or even better if you can make it yourself! 

I absolutely enjoy reading picture books about yarn with my children to share their grandmothers' love for this hobby with them; however, there just aren't that many available! I jumped at the chance to read this one because I had a feeling it would be "amazing," and it absolutely was!

"A kaleidoscope of designs spiraled the swing set. The park statue even sported leg warmers!"

Inspired by the yarn bombing movement in which urban landscapes are transformed by decorating everyday objects with colorful knit and crochet works, Yazzy is a highly creative and imaginative young girl who decides to bring life back into the neighborhood park, which has become dull and boring. After teaching her friends how to knit, they all work together to create unique items to place around the playground, ultimately creating a cozy environment that welcomes everyone to play or relax. 

The illustrations are realistic and beautifully showcase the warmth and gentleness of the story, while also conveying a sense of whimsy to this type of street art. The text is simple and straight forward enough for a wide range of attention spans and reading levels. All three of my kids (6, 3, and 2) were delighted and engaged by the story, especially the little knitting squirrel at the end who really added that humorous and endearing touch children love to see!

Overall, this is a remarkably well done children's book that will hopefully inspire readers to pursue their own individual creative art forms. The story also pays wonderful tribute to a kinder form of public expression that encourages positive community relationships as well as fostering our sense of humor!

Cathey Nickell is a busy author and elementary school speaker, having presented at more than seventy schools to date. Yazzy’s Amazing Yarn is her second children’s book about creativity and outside-the-box artistic endeavors. She is also the author of Arthur Zarr’s Amazing Art Car, which was awarded first place by the Texas Association of Authors in the category of Children’s Picture Books-All Ages. Cathey lives with her husband, Kevin, in Houston, where they raised their four children.


Emily Calimlim, while not a knitting whiz herself, loves creating art with humorous and lively watercolor pictures for children. She lives in Houston with her fiancé, George, and silly studio bird, Simon. Emily spends her days capturing her ideas and imagination with paint and pencil.



August 27-September 6, 2019

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Many thanks to Lone Star Book Tours and Cathey Graham Nickell! It was a pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!


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CHARACTER GUEST POST: The Desire Card by Lee Matthew Goldberg (Thriller)

Lee Matthew Goldberg

Genre: Crime/Thriller
Publisher: Fahrenheit Press
Date of PublicationFebruary 20, 2019
Number of Pages: 311

Any wish fulfilled for the right price.

That’s the promise the Desire Card gives to its elite clients. But if the Card doesn’t feel like they’ve been justly compensated, the “price” will be more menacing than the clients could ever imagine. Harrison Stockton learns this lesson all too well. Harrison has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street along with a fondness for alcohol and pills, and a family he adores, yet has no time for. All of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his executive job and discovers he has liver cirrhosis with mere months left to live. After finding himself far down on the donor list, Harrison takes matters into his own hands. This decision sparks a gritty and gripping quest that takes him to the slums of Mumbai in search of a black market organ and forces him under the Desire Card’s thumb. When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what’s right and put a stop to the Card. THE DESIRE CARD is a taut international thriller that explores what a man will do to survive when money isn’t always enough to get everything he desires. It’s the first book in a series followed by PREY NO MORE that focuses on other people indebted to this sinister organization, where the actual price is the cost of one’s soul.

I'm Harrison Stockton. I've just learned that I have liver cirrhosis and that it's hard to move up on the donor list. So, outlook not so good. For the past twenty years, I've moved up the ladder and Sanford & Co. in Mergers & Acquisitions. I made a lot of money and had the ability to get whatever I wanted, but now I have been fired too. My wife Helene nor my children know about my condition. I'm am even hesitant to tell them about being laid off. They can clearly tell my health has declined but do not know the severity. I have been given a beacon of hope. The Desire Card. A company that promises Any wish fulfilled for the right price, included in my severance package when I was let go. Would they have the ability to move me up on a donor list? Or if that is an inpossibility, are there more unsavory methods that could get me the new liver I need? The Card says to call. The line is ringing. What should I say? What would you say if you were desperate?

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of SLOW DOWN and THE MENTOR (St. Martin’s Press), which was acquired by Macmillan Entertainment with the film in development. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The first two books in a thriller series, THE DESIRE CARD and PREY NO MORE, are forthcoming from Fahrenheit Press in winter 2019. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series (guerrillalit.wordpress.com). He lives in New York City. 


Many thanks to the author and Pump Up Your Blog book tours. It was an absolute pleasure hosting. If you are interested in finding out more about the book, check out my review HERE

And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!

Monday, March 4

Book Feature & Tour Kick Off at PUYB Virtual Book Club

Tuesday, March 5

Interview at Pump Up Your Book

Thursday, March 7

Book Featured at What Is That Book About

Friday, March 8

Book Featured at CBY Book Club

Monday, March 11

First Chapter Reveal at The Dark Phantom Reviews

Wednesday, March 13

Guest Blogging at Christine’s Book Corner

Monday, March 18

Book Teaser Featured at PUYB Book Teasers

Thursday, March 21

Guest Blogging at The Pulp and Mystery Bookshelf

Friday, March 22

Interview at Literarily Speaking

Monday, March 25

Book Featured at C.A. Milson’s Author Blog

Thursday, March 28

Book Featured at Book Bloggin’ Princess

Monday, April 1

First Chapter Reveal at Beyond the Books

Tuesday, April 2

Interview at Blogger News Net

Thursday, April 4

Book Featured at Stacking My Bookshelves

Monday, April 8

Book Review at Books for Books

Tuesday, April 9

Interview at The Dark Phantom Reviews

Thursday, April 11

Guest Blogging at Dear Reader, Love Author

Monday, April 15

Book Review at Cheryl’s Book Nook

Friday, April 19

Book Review at Sefina Hawke’s Books

Monday, April 22

Book Featured at T’s Stuff

Wednesday, April 24

Book Featured at Fundinmental

Friday, April 26

Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Monday, May 6

Book Featured at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, May 7

Book Featured at What Is That Book About

Wednesday, May 8

Book Featured at Stacking My Bookshelves

Monday, May 13

Character Guest Blogging at I’m Into Books

Thursday, May 16

Book Review at StoreyBook Reviews

Monday, May 20

First Chapter Reveal at I’m Shelf-ish

Friday, May 24

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Monday, May 27

Interview at SheWrites

Friday, May 31

Book Feature at The Literary Nook

Monday, June 3

First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn

Tuesday, June 4

Book Featured at Nuttin’ But Books

Wednesday, June 5

Interview at A Blue Million Books

Monday, June 10

Interview at I’m Shelf-ish

Tuesday, June 11

Interview at Book Cover Junkie

Thursday, June 13

Book Review at That’s What She’s Reading

Monday, June 17

Interview at As the Pages Turn

Friday, June 21

Interview at The Literary Nook

Monday, June 24

Book Featured at The Bookworm Lodge

Friday, June 28

Interview at The Avid Reader

Monday, July 1

First Chapter Reveal at Read My First Chapter

Tuesday, July 2

Book Featured at My Book Launch

Wednesday, July 3

Interview at My Bookish Pleasures

Monday, July 8

Character Guest Post at The Writer’s Life

Wednesday, July 10

Interview at Beyond the Books

Monday, July 15

Interview at Nuttin’ But Books

Tuesday, July 16

Interview at The Writer’s Life

Monday, July 22

Book Featured at Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic

Friday, July 26

Character Interview at Pimp That Character

Monday, July 29

Interview at Blogging Authors

Wednesday, July 31

Guest Blogging at That’s What She’s Reading

Monday, August 5

Guest Blogging at Write and Take Flight

Tuesday, August 6

Interview at Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic

Wednesday, August 7

Book Featured at Hooked From Page One

Monday, August 12

Interview at Book Publishing Secrets

Wednesday, August 14

Book Featured at What’s On Your Kindle?

Monday, August 19

Interview at Book Bloggin’ Princess

Tuesday, August 20

Guest Blogging at Straight From the Author’s Mouth

Monday, August 26

Book Review at Novel Gossip

Wednesday, August 28

Character Guest Post at That’s What She’s Reading

Friday, August 30

Book Featured at What the Cat Read