Monday, May 23, 2016

Dragons are Real #picturebook #kidlit Blog Tour

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the charming children's book written by Valarie Budayr and illustrated by Michael Welply, Dragons are Real. The tour will run from May 9 - May 30, 2016




About the Book


Title: Dragons are Real | Author: Valarie Budayr | Illustrator: Michael Welply Publisher: Audrey Press | Publication Date: May 5, 2016 | Genre: Children's Picture Book Number of Pages: 32


Book Description:

What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG? What if I told you that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different than you've ever imagined? Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises? Did you know that they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats? Award winning author Valarie Budayr brings us this fairly true story based on her childhood friendship with a REAL live Dragon.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Black Lightning #newrelease from @KSJones2011 @MirrororWorldPub @Saphs_Books


About Black Lightning:

Life moves on — no matter what...

Following his father’s puzzling disappearance and his mother’s death, ten-year-old Samuel Baker goes through the motions of living in a world turned upside down. He wears an Apache talisman, a long ago gift from his father, in hopes its promise of strength and guidance is true. But what he truly wants is the power to bring his parents back. 

Heartless Aunt Janis is elated at the prospect of becoming Samuel’s legal guardian. She is sure an orphan boy will elicit such an outpouring of public sympathy that her husband will win his Senate bid by a landslide. But when Grandpa Tate arrives, things don’t go as expected, especially when black lightning strikes!



From the award-winning author of Shadow of the Hawk

Title: Black Lightning

Author Name: K.S. Jones

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Length: Approx. 132 pages

Release Date: May 17, 2016

Publisher:  Mirror World Publishing (www.mirrorworldpublishing.com)

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Read an Excerpt:

Samuel stood beside his mother’s rain-speckled casket. He had cried his tears dry, so there was no point in trying to find more.

“Chin up, young man,” Aunt Janis said as her fingers nudged Samuel’s jaw upward. “Death is just part of life, and our photographer needs a good picture of you for the newspapers.”

A camera flashed, leaving Samuel’s red and swollen eyes burning as if stung by the sun instead of grief.

So many important days had come and gone without his father, but surely he would come home today, wouldn’t he? Samuel closed his eyes. He pretended his father was beside him holding his hand. They had a right to hold hands, he told himself. Not because he was ten, but because it was his mother’s funeral. Two years had passed since his father left, never to be seen again. Vanished, was the word his mother had used. Into thin air, she’d said.

“Take that silly thing off.” Aunt Janis flicked Samuel’s wood and bead necklace.

“No,” he said and shook his head. “My dad gave it to me.” It was a pinewood tile, the size of a domino shaved nickel-thin, which hung from a leather cord around his neck. Burned onto the front side of the wood was a lightning bolt. Its flipside bore the blackened imprint of a tribal dancer. It had a turquoise nugget and a shiny black hematite bead strung together on each side. His father had given the talisman to him with a promise: It will guide you and give you strength when you need it most.

Today, dressed in a black suit and starchy white shirt, Samuel wore it in hopes the promise was true.

As mourners gathered, Samuel’s friend Brian came to stand beside him. “Hey,” he said.

“Hey,” Samuel answered without taking his eyes off the casket.

“Is that the necklace your dad gave you? You don’t usually wear it.” Brian’s wire-rimmed glasses slid down his straight arrow nose. He pushed them back up the bridge with one finger until they encircled his eyes again. “Can I see it? I promise I’ll give it right back.”

“It’s not a necklace.” Samuel pulled the leather cord off over his head, mussing his overgrown blond hair. “It’s a talisman.” He handed it to Brian. “My dad said it would help me, but it hasn’t done anything yet. I think it was just one of his stories. It’s probably just an old piece of scrap wood with a couple rocks tied to it.”

Brian shrugged after examining the piece then he handed it back to Samuel. “I think it’s cool. You should keep wearing it anyway.”

Nodding, Samuel hung the talisman around his neck again, but this time he dropped it down beneath his shirt where it was no longer visible. It felt warm against his skin.

“Has anybody told you where you’re going to live now?” Brian asked.

“Probably with Aunt Janis and Uncle Jack.”

Brian frowned. He kicked the tip of his shoe into the muddy soil. “They live so far away. Why can’t you just stay here and live with Mrs. Abel? She doesn’t have any kids.”

Mrs. Abel was their fourth grade teacher. She had plainly stated to all who would listen that her job was to teach the proper use of the English language to children who behaved properly. A babysitter, she had said, she was not. Today, she stood in the rain with the other mourners, eyeing the ground where the hem of her long, gray dress lay caked in mud. Tufts of brown hair jutted out from under her pink plaid scarf. Even though she stood a few feet from him, she had not spoken to Samuel since his mother’s death. Few people had. Everyone had words for Aunt Janis and they talked to Uncle Jack, but no one but Brian and a few classmates had spoken to him. Maybe talking to an orphan was harder than talking to a normal kid.



Purchase Links:



Mirror World Publishing

 http://mirror-world-publishing.myshopify.com/products/black-lightning-ebook



Amazon

http://amzn.to/24H7yrY



Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/black-lightning-ks-jones/1123660287?ean=9781987976120



Quote:

“If you’ve forgotten the magic that lives in a child’s heart, this book will remind you. Black Lightning is a rare and beautiful mythic journey about one boy’s struggle with paralyzing grief and the powerful bonds that can carry a person through this world and beyond...” W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear USA TODAY and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors of People of the Thunder

Meet the Author:


Karen
(K.S.) Jones grew up in California, but now lives in the beautiful Texas Hill
Country northwest of San Antonio with her husband, Richard, and their dogs Jack
Black, Libby Loo, and Red Bleu. Black Lightning is her first middle-grade
novel. She credits her love of fantasy to the early influences of authors
J.R.R. Tolkien, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells. Her award-winning first novel, Shadow
of the Hawk
, a Young Adult Historical, released in 2015.

Visit K.S. Jones:







Wednesday, May 18, 2016

John Bloom and the Victory Garden: #kidlit #HistoricalFiction

BeachBoundbooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the children's historical fiction book John Bloom and the Victory Garden: Digging In by Leigh Shearin from May 10 - May 31, 2016.




About the Book


Title: John Bloom and the Victory Garden: Digging In | Author: Leigh Shearin Genre: Children's Historical Fiction | Number of Pages: 106 | Publication Date: January 22, 2016 | Summary: The fun continues in Appleside, NJ, as John Bloom and his pals live, laugh, and watch the incredible events of late 1942 as they unfold across the world. The attack on Pearl Harbor has brought America into the
global war, and everyone's involved- even children! Join them as they do what they can to help with the war effort, even from a small, rural, American town.



About the Author: Leigh Shearin



Leigh Shearin is a farmer, writer, photographer, baker, and lifetime dreamer.

Leigh earned a B.A. degree in Studio Art at Maryville College and worked as a graphic artist before earning an ASS degree in Culinary Art.  She has worked as a chef, baker and culinary arts instructor.  Most recently, she and her husband bought rural land and are developing Winter'Rest, a small farm in
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Monday, May 2, 2016

Dragons are Real #picturebook #kidlit by Valarie Budayr

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the delightful children's book written by Valarie Budayr and illustrated by Michael Welply, Dragons are Real. The blast will run May 2 - 4, 2016.




About the Book

Title: Dragons are Real | Author: Valarie Budayr | Illustrator: Michael Welply | Publisher: Audrey Press | Publication Date: May 5, 2016 | Genre: Children'sPicture Book | Number of Pages: 32
Book Description:


What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG? What if I told you that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different than you've ever imagined? Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises? Did you know that they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats? Award winning author Valarie Budayr brings us this fairly true story based on her childhood friendship with a REAL live Dragon.

Take a peek inside the book...

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Monday, April 11, 2016

#AprilShowers Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop

The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island are hosting the “Rain Rain Go Away!” Giveaway Hop from April 12th at 12:01 am EST thru April 26th at 11:59 pm EST!


As a special addition to The Bravest Squirrel family, the first three book of The Bravest Squirrel series have been compiled in a special 3 in 1 edition at a significant saving to buying all three books separately. Enter the Rafflecopter below of a chance to win a free print copy (US only).

The Bravest Squirrel: 3 Books 1


The Bravest Squirrel Ever: Scared of thunder, lightning and being "flopped" by the humans, Pippi the squirrel wants to return to her mama's warm, cozy nest. Instead, she and her siblings stumble on a better nest...in forbidden human territory. When she becomes trapped inside, Pippi must depend on her wits to survive, proving to herself and the world just how brave a little squirrel can be.

The Bravest Squirrel in the Forest: Max is determined to prove he is the bravest squirrel ever. He devises a plan to rescue his Uncle Louie. Instead, he is locked in cage, sprayed by a skunk, dumped out of a truck, and abandoned with a hungry coyote hot on his trail. Max has to give up being brave and beg others to help him. When he has the chance to save Uncle Louie or risk his life to save a friend, Max discovers just how brave he really is.

The Bravest Squirrel in School: Lana has no interest in being brave, but she would like to be cuddled by a human. She ends up in a school bus full of children with no other squirrel to take care of her. With no one coming to rescue her, Lana needs to stand up for herself against the playground bullies and figure out a way to get back home. If she’s not brave enough to rescue herself, she’ll be stuck in school forever.

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A Buss from Lafayette by Dorothea Jensen #blogtour


BeachBoundbooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the middle grade/young adult novel A Buss From Lafayette by Dorothea Jensen from April 11 - May 2, 2016.

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About the Book


Title: A Buss From Lafayette
Author: Dorothea Jensen
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Historical Fiction
Recommended Ages: 10-17
Number of Pages: 266
Publisher: BQB Publishing
Publication Date: April 22, 2016
Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Clara Hargraves lives on a farm in Hopkinton, a small New Hampshire town, during the early 19th century. She has a couple of big problems. First of all, she has a stepmother, Priscilla, who used to be her spinster schoolteacher aunt. Clara resents that her late mother’s older sister has not only married her father but is about to have a baby. To make matters worse, “Prissy Priscilla”keeps trying to make the rambunctious, clever, and witty Clara act like a proper young lady. Secondly, Clara has red hair, making her a target for teasing by a handsome older boy, Dickon Weeks, and by her pretty seventeen-year-old Dread Cousin Hetty. Clara, however, has a secret plan she hopes will change this. During the last week of June, 1825, Clara’s town is abuzz because the famous General Lafayette is about to visit their state during his farewell tour of America. In those eventful seven days, Clara learns a lot about her family, Hetty, Dickon, herself, and about Lafayette. She comes to understand the huge and vital role the young French aristocrat played in America’s Revolutionary War and to see that her problems might not be quite so terrible after all.

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Excerpt:

It is June, 1825. On a farm in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, Clara Hargraves, 14, is telling this story. In this excerpt, she is at the supper table with her father, her stepmother (Priscilla, whom Clara thinks of as “Prissy”), and her brother, Joss.


“I do not need to take a bath every single Saturday night when I can jump in the pond to wash off anytime I like, at least in the summertime.”
Prissy glanced at Father again. “Yes, I have been meaning to speak to you about that, Clara. Now that you are a young lady, you must not swim in the pond any longer. It is not seemly.”
I looked at my stepmother in disbelief. “It is seemly enough, ma’am. I wear my chemise, and Joss’s old breeches, if anyone is around, so I am well-covered.”
“That’s another thing. Now that you are fourteen, you are too old to wear Joss’s clothes anymore,” she said.
“Not even to ride astride?”
Especially not to ride astride. You are not to do so any more.”
“Wear the breeches or ride astride?”
“Both.”
“But . . .”
Father spoke up. “No ‘buts,’ my girl, you heard your mama. She knows how young ladies must behave. If she says you must ride sidesaddle from now on, that is what you must do.”
“Sidesaddle? But that is so silly!” I protested. “I cannot hold on properly with only one knee around the horse. It is like riding half a horse!”
Father leaned over and patted my hand.
“Nevertheless, daughter, you must use Priscilla’s sidesaddle whenever you ride Feather.” He turned to his wife. “Although that will not be for much longer, I am afraid. I have found a buyer for Feather in Warner. I am taking her up there on Monday. We can certainly use the extra money, with the new baby coming and all.”
“But, Father, there is no other horse I can ride! Fury is getting to be too old for anything but pulling the whisky. And Flame is barely trained to the bridle, let alone any kind of saddle. She’s not even two years old yet!”
“She will be two in a couple of weeks, daughter. Perhaps by the time she is trained, you will have learned to ride properly on your mother’s sidesaddle.”
Something about the way Father said this made my temper flare.
“If you insist, Father. But . . . but she is not my mother, she is only my aunt! My real mother’s old maid sister!” I jumped from my chair and ran from the room, leaving shocked silence behind me.
It is June, 1825. On a farm in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, Clara Hargraves,
14, is telling this story. In this excerpt, she is at the supper table with her father
,
her stepmother (Priscilla, whom Clara thinks of as
Prissy
), and her brother,
Joss.
I do not need to take a bath every single Saturday night when
I can jump in
the pond to wash off anytime I like, at least in the summe
rtime.
Prissy glanced at Father again.
Yes, I have been meaning to speak to you
about that, Clara. Now that you are a young lady, you mus
t not swim in the pond
any longer. It is not seemly.
I looked at my stepmother in disbelief.
It is seemly enough, ma
am. I wear my
chemise, and Joss
s old breeches, if anyone is around, so I am well-cover
ed.
That
s another thing. Now that you are fourteen, you are too old to
wear Joss
s clothes anymore,
she said.
Not even to ride astride?
Especially
not to ride astride. You are not to do so any more.
Wear the breeches or ride astride?
Both.
But . . .
Father spoke up.
No
buts,
my girl, you heard your mama. She knows how
young ladies must behave. If she says you must ride side
saddle from now on, that
is what you must do.
Sidesaddle? But that is so silly!
I protested.
I cannot hold on properly with
only one knee around the horse. It is like riding half a horse
!
Father leaned over and patted my hand.
Nevertheless, daughter, you must use Priscilla
s sidesaddle whenever you ride
Feather.
He turned to his wife.
Although that will not be for much longer, I am
afraid. I have found a buyer for Feather in Warner. I
am taking her up there on
Monday. We can certainly use the extra money, with the n
ew baby coming and
all.
But, Father, there is no other horse I can ride! Fury
is getting to be too old for
anything but pulling the whisky. And Flame is barely trained to
the bridle, let
alone any kind of saddle. She
s not even two years old yet!
She will be two in a couple of weeks, daughter. Perhaps by the t
ime she is
trained, you will have learned to ride properly on your mother
s sidesaddle.
Something about the way Father said this made my temper flar
e.
If you insist, Father. But . . . but she is not my
mother
, she is only my aunt!
My
real
mother
s old maid sister!
I jumped from my chair and ran from the
room, leaving shocked silence behind me
It is June, 1825. On a farm in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, Clara Hargraves,
14, is telling this story. In this excerpt, she is at the supper table with her father
,
her stepmother (Priscilla, whom Clara thinks of as
Prissy
), and her brother,
Joss.
I do not need to take a bath every single Saturday night when
I can jump in
the pond to wash off anytime I like, at least in the summe
rtime.
Prissy glanced at Father again.
Yes, I have been meaning to speak to you
about that, Clara. Now that you are a young lady, you mus
t not swim in the pond
any longer. It is not seemly.
I looked at my stepmother in disbelief.
It is seemly enough, ma
am. I wear my
chemise, and Joss
s old breeches, if anyone is around, so I am well-cover
ed.
That
s another thing. Now that you are fourteen, you are too old to
wear Joss
s clothes anymore,
she said.
Not even to ride astride?
Especially
not to ride astride. You are not to do so any more.
Wear the breeches or ride astride?
Both.
But . . .
Father spoke up.
No
buts,
my girl, you heard your mama. She knows how
young ladies must behave. If she says you must ride side
saddle from now on, that
is what you must do.
Sidesaddle? But that is so silly!
I protested.
I cannot hold on properly with
only one knee around the horse. It is like riding half a horse
!
Father leaned over and patted my hand.
Nevertheless, daughter, you must use Priscilla
s sidesaddle whenever you ride
Feather.
He turned to his wife.
Although that will not be for much longer, I am
afraid. I have found a buyer for Feather in Warner. I
am taking her up there on
Monday. We can certainly use the extra money, with the n
ew baby coming and
all.
But, Father, there is no other horse I can ride! Fury
is getting to be too old for
anything but pulling the whisky. And Flame is barely trained to
the bridle, let
alone any kind of saddle. She
s not even two years old yet!
She will be two in a couple of weeks, daughter. Perhaps by the t
ime she is
trained, you will have learned to ride properly on your mother
s sidesaddle.
Something about the way Father said this made my temper flar
e.
If you insist, Father. But . . . but she is not my
mother
, she is only my aunt!
My
real
mother
s old maid sister!
I jumped from my chair and ran from the
room, leaving shocked silence behind me

About the Author: Dorothea Jensen

Dorothea Jensen, born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois. She majored in English literature at Carleton College. After teaching high-school English and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil, she earned a master s degree in education at the University of New Mexico. In 1989, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich published Dorothea s novel for young readers about the American Revolution, The Riddle of Penncroft Farm. In addition to other honors, it was named an International Reading Association Teacher s Choices Selection and is read in classrooms throughout the U.S. A Buss from Lafayette is set in the small New Hampshire town where Dorothea lives. Two things inspired her to write this story. First, was learning that Lafayette passed right by her house during his 1824-5 Triumphal Tour. Another was meeting a woman whose ancestor received a kiss from Lafayette. That buss, passed down through generations, eventually came to Dorothea. This sparked her interest in Lafayette s contributions to our struggle for independence. Dorothea also enjoys writing rhyming verse. She has written a series of award-winning illustrated modern Christmas stories in verse featuring Santa's Izzy Elves.

For more information about Dorothea and her books, please visit http://www.dorotheajensen.com/.


Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice Giveaway ends: May 2, 11:59 pm, 2016 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Dorothea Jensen and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.



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