Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bernie and the Putty Released!

Hey guys! 
Earlier this month I did a review on the soon to be released Bernie and the Putty and now we're even CLOSER to its release!  It is available on Amazon (the link to purchase the book is available at the very bottom of this post) 
Just 99 cents!
For now, it is only available as an ebook, but the paperback will be coming soon. For 99 cents though you can read it now ;)





4/5 Stars

Gods are not simply born with amazing gifts and abilities. Well, I suppose they are, but that doesn't mean they can use them right away. They must be trained to use their powers appropriately and to their fullest potential (a.k.a. they go to school). They grow and learn and make mistakes until they are competent enough to find their place in a world full of gods with amazing potential where they will settle down and ride out eternity in peace and prosperity. All gods that is, except for Bernie.

Bernie is a young god just out of school looking for a universe building career. His father was one of the greats, winning award after award for his amazing building skills creating worlds beyond any gods wildest dreams. Having tasted success, Bernie's father left him and his mother behind forcing him and his mother to move to the outskirts of the cities into the poorest of neighborhoods. To top off being fatherless and poor, Bernie has a chaos cloud that does just that; Creates chaos. Bernie tries to control his cloud, he accepts his and his mothers situation and he works his little god butt off to rise to the top to save his mother from destitution.

Upon graduating with a builders degree, the most coveted degree in their world, he immediately applies for a builders position. His chaos cloud, doing what it does best, makes a mess of his appearance forcing his interviewer to second guess giving Bernie a position with their company. Luckily, Bernie does have one friend who convinces Ezrah to give Bernie the chance he desperately needs.

Bernie's first assignment at his new job is to build whatever he wants. Anything he can imagine he is given free range to do. Problem is, his new position and promise of a happy life is being compromised by an old school mate, Billy (who I can adamantly and fiercely say I hate with a passion) who still holds a grudge over a fight back in school he brought upon himself. Out of vanity for his slightly scarred face (courtesy of The Fight) and from pure evil desire to use his Uncle Shemal's high position with the company, Billy creates an influence over fellow coworkers to get what he wants. And what he wants is to ruin Bernie's life.

Get ready to grind your teeth and churn your stomach acid into ulcers as you sit back and beg for Bernie to succeed. The constant sabotage Billy bestows upon poor Bernie will make you want to carve another scar into his face. But Bernie has allies! Hold out hope for his friends. Bernie and the Putty has a very unique story to tell full of deep characters wonderfully flawed and real. I believe there is more to the story than we are shown (Mr. LeBel does offer a short story of Bernie and Billy's fight that I can't wait to read) and I would love to go deeper into the world of the gods. Where DO the gods come from? Who gave them unending life and youth? Where do the worlds go that are blinked out? Bernie has so many questions left to answer and I hope we have the opportunity to discover the secrets behind the gods.

Bernie and the Putty is releasing early! You can buy a copy here: 
Purchase Bernie and the Putty

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Fallen #1


5/5 Stars

Chavali is clan seer and she takes her job seriously. Her people need her, not only for making money when they stop in towns, but also to use the spirits to guide and protect them. She does not regret her position within her people and she keeps her peoples secrets close to her heart. She knows everyone in her clan inside and out, she has seen her families dreams and even her sister has taken to thinking what she wants to say to Chavali instead of speaking private conversations aloud.

Her gift of reading minds and occasionally seeing into the future is rare and coveted leading to her people being attacked to obtain it. When she loses everything, the Fallen take her in and she devotes the next five years of her life to their cause, but not before attempting to rescue the last of her clan. Clan is everything. Clan is happiness, clan is hope. If she is not the last then the clan can rebuild and survive.

Many secrets still lie hidden, many held by Chavali herself as she refuses to share with any but clan. The world outside her clan is strange and stagnate, filled with unique gifts among the Fallen as well as their enemies giving advantages to each side. In book one the reader learns of Chavali and how she came to be in the service of the Fallen. We learn little about the Fallen and their quest of reunification and only glimpse the potential of this world.

From the first chapter I was hooked. The characters and their dialogue are real, personable and intriguing. The reader steps into their world and feels welcome pulling you in making it difficult to put down. Chavali is a strong woman with all the right reactions and decisions which you don't find often in a book and I thoroughly enjoyed her character. The book has the right pace and the right amount of secrets leaving you wanting book 2. The Fallen is a great fantasy book that I will continue to read through to the end.

Karmack




4/5 Stars



Sully is the Big Cheese in his middle school and he does not take his job lightly. He leads his band of miscreants in a barrage of pranks they consider funny and harmless, though their classmates would not agree. Sully sees his fellow students as "wanna-be's" unable to be as cool as he and his gang. He feels they see no fun in his pranks because they're jealous of him and his status.


That is until Karmack is forced to do his job. Karmack balances the world, he does what the universe tells him to, and when he gets the message that Sully and his gang need to be balanced before their Karma (what Karmack calls a skyscraper) comes crashing down on them in a pile of destruction, he goes about the task full force. 


In attempt to save Sully and his friends, Karmack is spotted by Sully who quickly captures him and asks him to stop. Sully tries every trick in the book to get Karmack to stop picking on him and his friends, not liking the taste of his own medicine.


Karmack is an adorable tale that anyone who has ever been bullied will enjoy and wish the little guy had been around to teach their bullies a lesson. This is a good, quick read with a good message and let's hope Karmack is out there somewhere showing the worlds bullies they're not so tough.


*Spoilers Below*


I do have an issue with the way Sully's skyscraper is removed and balanced back out. He has to grow up, which is understandable, but in growing up he has to deny himself for the good of all. His class can't go on the field trip until someone fesses up to defacing an important photograph of their teacher's mother. Sully knows he didn't do it, but in order for the class to go he lies and says he did do it and takes the punishment so the class can go. While that's thoughtful, I don't see this as growing up since it's still lying. The real issue though is Karmack tells him since he gave up his own happiness for the happiness of everyone else, that means he has grown up and that's why he no longer has his skyscraper. I don't want children to get the idea that they should deny themselves as long as everyone else is happy, nor should they think that is how it is to be grown up. I hope they don't get the wrong idea.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kids Book Week Book Hop and Giveaway!



It's Kid Book Week starting Monday! Mother Daughter Books and Youth Literature Reviews are hosting a giveaway hop where a plethora of wonderful kids books are being given away! Don't miss out. I will be giving away a copy of my book, Sticks n' Stones and the Garden of Phea on Goodreads and Twitter as well as on Mother Daughter Book Reviews website. (Click all 3 links to enter all 3 giveaways!)

My book up for grabs:


Sticks n' Stones and the Garden of Phea




This book is for young adult readers and adult readers who love reading young adult fantasy. 
Rather than spending one more day amongst the humiliating remarks to the amusement of her fellow peers, Emily Fickeltin runs away. Or, rather, walks away. Emily is misunderstood and disliked by what seems to be every other child her age and on top of it all, she is overweight. Her attempt to escape her pain leads her to discover a hidden place with new hope for friends and acceptance, though she cannot stay long. In this magical garden, Emily meets Phea and finds that she is not the only one looking for an escape. Together they battle their inner most demons. Will they ever discover peace and acceptance? These two lost and disheartened souls must find who they are before they are both lost forever.



More book giveaways can be found on the host sites, Youth Literature Reviews HERE and Mother Daughter Book Reviews HERE so take the opportunity to find more great books for FREE! All contests end May 18th.


Are you a children's book or teen literature blogger, an author, a publisher, or a publicist looking to share copies of a fabulous book? Mother Daughter Book Reviews  and Youth Literature Reviews  are joining forces to provide you with the opportunity to take part in the Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop 2014, featuring links to giveaways for fabulous children/teen's books, gift cards, cash, or other prizes.  What better way to celebrate Children's Book Week?



Sunday, May 11, 2014

Bernie and the Putty




4/5 Stars

Gods are not simply born with amazing gifts and abilities. Well, I suppose they are, but that doesn't mean they can use them right away. They must be trained to use their powers appropriately and to their fullest potential (a.k.a. they go to school). They grow and learn and make mistakes until they are competent enough to find their place in a world full of gods with amazing potential where they will settle down and ride out eternity in peace and prosperity. All gods that is, except for Bernie.

Bernie is a young god just out of school looking for a universe building career. His father was one of the greats, winning award after award for his amazing building skills creating worlds beyond any gods wildest dreams. Having tasted success, Bernie's father left him and his mother behind forcing him and his mother to move to the outskirts of the cities into the poorest of neighborhoods. To top off being fatherless and poor, Bernie has a chaos cloud that does just that; Creates chaos. Bernie tries to control his cloud, he accepts his and his mothers situation and he works his little god butt off to rise to the top to save his mother from destitution.

Upon graduating with a builders degree, the most coveted degree in their world, he immediately applies for a builders position. His chaos cloud, doing what it does best, makes a mess of his appearance forcing his interviewer to second guess giving Bernie a position with their company. Luckily, Bernie does have one friend who convinces Ezrah to give Bernie the chance he desperately needs.

Bernie's first assignment at his new job is to build whatever he wants. Anything he can imagine he is given free range to do. Problem is, his new position and promise of a happy life is being compromised by an old school mate, Billy (who I can adamantly and fiercely say I hate with a passion) who still holds a grudge over a fight back in school he brought upon himself. Out of vanity for his slightly scarred face (courtesy of The Fight) and from pure evil desire to use his Uncle Shemal's high position with the company, Billy creates an influence over fellow coworkers to get what he wants. And what he wants is to ruin Bernie's life.

Get ready to grind your teeth and churn your stomach acid into ulcers as you sit back and beg for Bernie to succeed. The constant sabotage Billy bestows upon poor Bernie will make you want to carve another scar into his face. But Bernie has allies! Hold out hope for his friends. Bernie and the Putty has a very unique story to tell full of deep characters wonderfully flawed and real. I believe there is more to the story than we are shown (Mr. LeBel does offer a short story of Bernie and Billy's fight that I can't wait to read) and I would love to go deeper into the world of the gods. Where DO the gods come from? Who gave them unending life and youth? Where do the worlds go that are blinked out? Bernie has so many questions left to answer and I hope we have the opportunity to discover the secrets behind the gods.

Bernie and the Putty is releasing early! May 30th you can buy a copy here: 

Purchase Bernie and the Putty

Friday, May 2, 2014

Artist Appreciation Day


Today was Artist Appreciation Day at Waco Elementary School and several artists came out to share their love of arts and crafts with the students. So many students love to read and write and tell tall tales, quite a few of which I heard today. Most exciting of all was the number of students who want to be writers, beta readers, and one who decided editing is best for them because they despise books with grammatical errors (Their words, not mine)


I shared my tall tale with them, I even ate lunch with a few (oh cafeteria food how Ive missed you) It is so encouraging to hear children say "I want to read your book!" Or "You did a great job" and even "PLEASE GIVE ME THIS BOOK!" I left a few copies for thr school book fair and to be catalogued into their library and I really hope they enjoy.


All of these students said they were required to keep journals and daily logs that many went above the requirement admitting they write and illustrate their own books! We discussed writers needs for good illustrators, which they are learning about through Captain Underpants drawing guide ;) Next event I'm bringing paper and pencils because they all wanted to write me a story.





After begging and pleading for copies of the book I admitted I had planned on leaving a few surprise copies and we worked out the deal with the teacher in charge of the book fair to give everyone a fair chance at getting a copy :) A few couldn't wait to start reading...


(I love the kid in the back's enthusiasm)
Activity time suddenly turned into reading time 
(I did not instigate this, kids took my books and ran... as well as my wallet but I got that back intact. Note to Self: Kids like to take things they're not allowed to have)




There were several more artists and though it was a long day, I feel it was an amazing opportunity to encourage kids to read (and write!) more.  Now I seriously need a nap.