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The Bifrost Bridge by James ClarkTitle: The Bifrost Bridge | Author: James Bradley Clarke | Illustrator: Marcus Gran | Publication Date: January, 2013 | Publisher: Wynwidyn Press | Pages: 92 | Recommended Ages: 8+

Summary: The Bifrost Bridge is a Viking princess fairy tale intertwined with Norse mythology. Silya, the feisty ten year old Princess of Norway, eagerly awaits the arrival of her cousin and best friend, Princess Hedda of Denmark. The princesses are both looking forward to the summer solstice celebration, but trouble lurks in their future as magical villains see the girls as being vital for their deadly conspiracy. Hedda and Silya find themselves cast into a dangerous adventure filled with fire giants, female warrior angels and the God of Thunder.

 

 

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The Buzz

“A delightful and endearing adventure that winds Norse mythology and two young girls through a whirlwind of danger, friendship and standing up to evil-doers. The Princess heroines, Silya and Hedda, engage the reader with their charming day to day life at the celebrated summer solstice festival in ancient Norway… The book moves along easily and the characters are likable at once. A fun read for the parents, and challenging enough for the children because it may have a few new words and characters they may not know. It is an adorable story that will soon become a favorite.” ~ 5 Star Review, Janet, Amazon

“Bifrost Bridge is a beautiful fairytale, mixing legend and adventure and creating a wonderful reading experience for both children and adults alike. I read this to my 7 year old daughter, and my 10 year old daughter read it for herself; both of them were captivated by the story. My 7 year old loved the idea of two princesses being such close friends, and my 10 year old loved all of the action and suspense in the story. I enjoyed the Norse mythology woven into the tale. It’s a wonderful family story. I will be reading it to my sons next!” ~ 5 Star Review, Rebecca F., Amazon

“When I first looked into this book, I was sure that the world of fairy tales had been overdone so many times that I wouldn’t see much difference between this one & my other classic favorites that I enjoyed over the years with my children… However, I was proven wrong.. This is such a beautiful and entrancing fairy tale! Mr. Clarke takes the often repetitive world of fairy tales and adds an elegant, dramatic twist to it, producing an epic and moving adventure that children will forever cherish! My daughter and I read it together and had many nights where we just didn’t want to put it down! His characters, including the feisty Silya, are memorable and seem so very real! It’s a hard thing to do that with children’s fairy tales and again, I commend Mr. Clarke for releasing a wonderful new fairy tale to pass on to generations to come!” ~ 5 Star Review, Vicky R., Amazon

 

About the Author: James Bradley Clarke

James Bradley Clarke

James Bradley Clarke

James Bradley Clarke is a graduate of Hiram College, The University of Houston, and the University of Michigan. He currently resides in Oxford, Ohio, where he works as an academic librarian for Miami University. He grew up near Ann Arbor, Michigan, and he has spent most of his life in the Great Lakes region.

The Bifrost Bridge is Clarke’s first work of fiction. The children’s book was first developed as stories Clarke started telling to his two daughters back in the summer of 2003. Both girls shared a love for classic princess fairy tales, so he invented original princess characters for both of them. As residents in Riverside, Illinois, Clarke’s family lived in walking distance of the Brookfield Zoo where the girls regularly admired the Norwegian fjord horses. When he learned this ancient breed of horse was used by the Vikings, a specific medieval setting for the stories came into focus.

As a Hiram College student, Clarke had developed a love for the epic poems of Homer and Virgil, so he chose to borrow from mythology to provide magical elements. The girls became instantly enamored with these stories and they insisted on developing new adventures for the two Nordic princess characters. The first draft of a manuscript was produced during the summer of 2005. Clarke’s daughters were delighted with the bound copy they received as a Christmas gift later that year, so he began the process of becoming an author. Clarke has a love for history and a taste for plot driven stories about extraordinary individualism. Themes of fortitude and self-determination lay at the heart of Clarke’s writing interests.

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Author interview: Lindsey Carmichael #amreading

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About the Book

Title: Fox Talk

Author: L.E. Carmichael, PhD

Book Designer: Michael Penman

Illustrator: Jody Bronson

Photography: Brian Dust

Publication Date: August 8, 2013

Publisher: Ashby-BP Publishing

Pages: 62

Recommended Age: 8+

 

Summary

When you talk to a dog, does the dog talk back? Many people think so. But for a long time, scientists didn’t know how our furry friends learned to communicate with people. Luckily, Russian scientist Dmitri Belyaev had a plan. If he could tame wild red foxes, he could learn how dogs first came from wolves. By studying the way these foxes changed during domestication, the mystery of communication would be solved at a last. More than 50 years after the experiment began, Belyaev’s foxes have become so tame, you can have one as a pet! Packed with eye-popping photos and first-hand research, FOX TALK reveals the story of these amazing animals… and everything they’ve taught us about wolves, dogs, and communication.

 

* Stitch Says had a chance to catch up with Lindsey
When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
I was ten – I started writing a “novel” for fun and had so much fun I decided not to stop! When I was finishing high school, though, people kept telling me how writers have to have “day jobs” to pay the bills, so I decided to study genetics in university, with the goal of becoming a forensic scientist when I was through. I was part way through my PhD when I realized I may have misunderstood the concept of “day job” but by then it was too late to quit.

Those day jobs can be tough.em> 

I knew that the only way for me to start being a writer, though, was to stop being a scientist. So I finished my degree and now I write about science instead of doing it. It meant taking a massive pay cut, but I’m so much happier.

Money really isn’t everything.

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
Fox Talk is about one of the greatest experiments that’s ever been done in the field of biology – the intentional domestication of foxes. By studying generations of foxes as they went through the evolutionary process, scientists discovered how we got dogs and other domestic animals in the first place. And now, these amazing animals are teaching us how dogs learned to communicate with humans, which when you think about it, is an incredible ability considering the differences between the ways animals communicate and the ways humans communicate.
I was in my first year of graduate school, in 2000, when I read an article about these foxes written by one of the scientists on the project. My first thought was “I want one!” Then, I became totally fascinated by the science in the experiment and what it all meant. I am thrilled that I’ve had a chance to share this amazing story with kids!

As someone who works with dogs I thought thus was an excellent resource book for kids!

What are your future aspirations as an author?
I’m going to keep writing nonfiction – I have so many ideas it will take a lifetime to get through them all – but I’d really like to publish a novel this year or next. I’ve got one that’s mostly finished and several that are started. I’ve always loved reading fiction, but I find nonfiction much easier to write. Novels will really stretch me as a writer, and that’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.

It’s great to know where you want to head and to have goals in different areas.

Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
Getting ideas isn’t the problem for me – figuring out what to do with them is! For nonfiction, what usually happens is I’ll see a news story or something on the internet that catches my interest, and off I go. My training as a scientist is really useful, too – science is about being curious and asking questions, and sometimes all I have to do is observe something amazing in the natural world that I want to understand better. I understand things best by writing about them.
Since I write for kids and teens, my fiction ideas usually come from my own childhood or those of people I know. The final story usually ends up a long way away from its inspiration, though.

I agree – always have lots of ideas, it’s about time and focus.

What do you do to improve yourself as a writer?
I read. I read the kinds of books I want to write and study how writers much better than I am do what they do. I also read a lot of books about being a writer – the theory of writing and storytelling. And books on time management, because there are never enough hours in the day.

I also belong to a critique group, where other children’s writers read my stuff and tell me what’s not working. They are talented ladies and I learn so much from them. Writer’s groups and conferences are also helpful. Learning from other people’s mistakes is much faster than making them all yourself. 

Both excellent ways to better your craft.

Tell us a little bit about your next WIP

In August, Ashby-BP will release Fuzzy Forensics: DNA Fingerprinting Gets Wild. It’s about the place where wildlife conservation and forensic science meet, and the main thread of the book is an elk-kidnapping case I helped with as graduate student. I’ve been working on this project since 2008 and I’m so excited to finally see it published.

Sounds interesting – I love forensic science books.

Where can people contact you?
The best place to start is my website, http://www.lecarmichael.com You can find information about all of my books, as well as the school visits and writing workshops I offer. My blog is hosted at that site, too. There is also a contact form for sending me messages and links to my social media accounts – I’d love to connect!

What works best for you when writing? Meaning do you outline or write freely when you feel inspired to do so?
I’m a planner. I have to have a solid idea of what I’m going to cover, in what order, and where I want to end up before I start. This is probably because my books are nonfiction – new information is very difficult to understand unless it’s well-organized.
Because most of my books are written under tight deadlines, I can’t wait for inspiration. I have to treat writing like a 9-5 job. If I don’t put in the hours, I won’t make the deadline. And if I’m late, all of the things that happen after me (editing, photo research, design, layout, printing…) will be late too, which could mean the book doesn’t get released on time – disaster!

Thanks for taking the time to share with us here at Stitch Says – we will post a review of Fox Talks soon and look forward to seeing more books from you!
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Early Buzz About the Book

“Fox Talk is an educational non-fiction title exploring the domestication of dogs by studying fox behaviour and communication. The information is presented with beautiful photographs, illustrations, bubbles/boxes of brief information, and descriptions of the research findings using age-appropriate language. I think this would be an excellent resource in elementary schools or for homeschoolers in particular and I highly recommend it.” ~ 5-Star Review, Mother Daughter Book Reviews

 

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About The Author: L.E. Carmichael

L.E. Carmichael Author

L.E. Carmichael

Lindsey Carmichael never outgrew that stage of childhood when nothing’s more fun than amazing your friends (and correcting your teachers!) with your stockpile of weird and wonderful facts. Her sense of wonder came in handy during her career as a scientist, and in 2006, she received the Governor General’s Medal for her PhD thesis, Ecological Genetics of Northern Wolves and Arctic Foxes. Lindsey finds talking about science more fun than doing it, however, and now writes for kids, teens, and occasionally adults (a sense of wonder is essential for this, too). Lindsey publishes under the name L E Carmichael, and her work has appeared in Dig, Highlights for Children, Kiki, and Canadian Tales of the Fantastic. Her published science books cover everything from animal migration to hybrid cars. When not digging up obscure or wacky details for her next nonfiction project, Lindsey’s probably working on her young adult fantasy novel.

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Fox Talk Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

January 27

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch)

Books Direct (Author Interview)

January 28

Victoria Simcox’s Blog (Guest Post)

Once Upon a Time (Review)

January 29

Baby Bookworms in Black Words – White Pages (Review)

Giveaway Breaking News for Indonesia (Book Spotlight)

January 30

Generation iKid (Guest Post)

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

January 31

Bound 4 Escape (Review)

No Doubt Learning (Review)

February 1

Cherry Mischievous (Guest Post)

We are the DinoFamily (Review)

February 2

Deal Sharing Aunt (Review)

February 3

Stitch Says (Author Interview)

February 4

Maude’s Web (Review)

February 5

Musings by Jay Faulkner (Guest Post)

Brooke Blogs (Review)

February 6

Books, Books The Magical Fruit (Review)

February 7

Kay LaLone I Love Books (Review)

Bailey’s Book Blog (Author Interview)

Mel’s Shelves (Review)

February 8

On the Go With Zeppi (Book Spotlight)

February 10

The Squishable Baby (Review)

Hershey Wishes and Kisses (Review)

February 11

Christy’s Houseful of Chaos (Review & Author Interview)

Lakshmi Gosyne (Book Excerpt)

February 12

Christy’s Cozy Corners (Review)

Dawn’s Disaster (Review & Guest Post)

February 13

Manic Mama of 2 (Review)

The Adventures of Lovable Lobo (Author Interview)

February 14

Domestic Randomness (Review)

The Dragyn’s Lair (Review)

February 15

Crystal’s Tiny Treasures (Review)

February 16

Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

 

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Book Review: Zoe and Zak and the Tiger Temple #amreading

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About the Book

Title: Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple (Zoe & Zak Series, Book #3)

Author: Lars Guignard

Publisher: Fantastic Press

Publication Date: January 1, 2014

Number of Pages: 267

Recommended Age: 8+

Summary

Last semester, Zoe and Zak returned the first lost Noble Truth to its rightful home. Now, Zoe and Zak are back in India for their second semester at Moonstock Himalayan Academy. School kicks off with the Activity Week Challenge in the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan where the students must deliver medical supplies. Things, however, take a turn for the worse, when Zak becomes deathly ill after an encounter with a strange floating bubble. On returning to Moonstock, Zoe and Zak discover that a creature has come through the lava hole far below their dormitory. When Zoe and Zak follow the creature, they soon discover what they must do. They have been tasked with finding the second lost Noble Truth — the Tiger Eye of Justice. Finding the Tiger Eye sounds like an impossible mission, and it’s only made more confusing when Zak discovers that he has been given a supernatural power to help them with their task– a power which Zak, for the life of him, just can’t control. But he’s going to have to learn how to use his new ability, because if Zoe and Zak can’t find the Tiger Eye quickly, Zak’s time will run out.

 

* Here is the Stitch Says Review:
Zoe and Zak are back at it again. This time they need to find the second noble truth before others get their hands on it. Zak plays a bigger role in this story as his life is in danger. He also gains some powers to control animals. Zoe has to work out how to save his life and uncover the mystery of the Tiger’s Temple.
The Adventures of Zoe and Zak keep getting better. Each story is filled with action, adventure and mystery. They are a fantastic read for boys and girls.

Stitch Says gives it 5 woofs! *

 

Buzz About the Zoe & Zak Series

Book 1: “Awesome! ~ I am 11 and I liked the book because I love adventures. It was a different kind of adventure from what I usually read and it was funny too. ” ~ 5-Star Review from J. Olsen, Amazon

Book 1: “This was a fun read. This book was like a kid’s version of Indiana Jones. It’s also very educational as Zoe tells you real facts about what she sees and the history. I enjoyed it immensely. If you have a 10-12 year old child that loves adventure books, this is definitely a must read. ” ~ 5-Star review from Simone Lilly-Egerter, Amazon

Book 1: “I’m sure this book was written for children who are around the age of the two children in the book, 11 or so. But, this 35 year old loved this book! It had action, adventure and imagination galore! It was exactly the kind of adventure that a lot of kids that age dream of.” ~ 5-Star review from The Novice Christian, Amazon

Book 2: “I have a 10 year old son who is an avid reader!! He loves books, (but he’s picky too) he loved Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. He was so excited to read the 2nd book in this series! When I presented him the first book he was not sure he would like it but changed his mind quickly, then when I heard about the 2nd book being released he almost jumped out of his chair! (no exaggeration) He is anxiously awaiting the 3rd book! I would say that any child who enjoys fantasy/adventure books should read this series! It is a well written page turner! It’s a fun story that adults can even enjoy the storyline without getting bored! According to my son, ‘every kid should read this series’. ” ~ 5-Star review from SavyGreenSaver, Amazon

Book 2: “I loved this book, even as an adult reading it. I was completely sucked into the plot and was constantly finding myself staying up “just a little longer” to read one more chapter. Different twists and turns in the book have you constantly guessing who is behind what and who Zak and Zoe can trust. I could definitely see myself being involved in this series as a middle schooler considering how much I enjoyed it even now. Another thing I liked about it is if you missed the first book, you could still follow along with this one and not be lost.” ~ 5-Star review from Staci, Amazon

Book 2: “Lars Guignard has done a fabulous job with this series. I loved the `Ghost Leopard’ & love this one even more. For late-elementary to middle school age readers, you can’t beat this series. It’s fun and fast-paced. Even my picky fifth grader enjoyed every page. There are bits of magic thrown in keep the action exciting. Mr. Guignard has a brilliant imagination & readers are blessed that he’s chosen to use it for YA fiction. If you’ve yet to read the first installment in this series, do yourself a favor and read these books back to back. Don’t limit it just to kids! Adults will have a blast reading these too!” ~ 5-Star review from Liz Terek, Amazon

 

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About The Author: Lars Guignard

Lars Guignard

Lars Guignard

Prior to writing novels, Lars Guignard wrote for film and television. As a teenager he attended boarding school in the Indian Himalayas and his experiences there provided the inspiration for the Zoe and Zak series which now include: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse, and Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple.

He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he dodges bears and cougars while hiking & skiing the magnificent Coast Mountain Range.

For news about new releases, please join his email list by contacting the author: Zoe&ZakAdventures@gmail.com

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Tiger Temple Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

January 15

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

Mary-andering Among the Pages (Review)

January 16

Jump Into a Book (Review)

January 17

Brooke Blogs (Review)

January 19

Nik’s Picks Book Reviews (Review)

January 20

Houseful of Chaos (Review)

January 21

Black Words – White Pages Kids (Review)

January 22

For the Love of Books (Review)

January 23

Fiona Ingram (Review)

January 24

Stitch Says (Review)

January 25

Just Thinking (Review)

January 27

Bound 4 Escape (Review)

January 28

Fantasy Fun With Kirstin Pulioff (Review)

January 29

We are the DinoFamily (Review)

Cheryl Carpinello’s Writing Pages (Review)

January 30

Pragmatic Mom (Review)

January 31

Giveaway Breaking News for Indonesia (Review)

February 1

The Dragyn’s Lair (Review)

February 2

Kids Book Group (Review)

February 3

Bookworm for Kids (Review)

February 4

The World of ContestPatti (Review)

February 5

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

February 6

Best Kids’ Reads (Review)

Kay LaLone I Love Books (Review)

February 7

InkSpired: A Blog (Review)

February 8

Jemima Pett, Author (Review)

February 9

The Omnibus Publishing (Review)

February 10

Geo Librarian (Review)

February 11

Books, Reviews, Etc. (Review)

February 12

Victoria Simcox (Review)

February 13

Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

February 14

Dalene’s Book Reviews (Review)

Cassandra Lost in Books (Review)

 

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Prize: One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash).

Contest runs: January 15 to February 21, 11:59 pm, 2014

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winners will then have 72 hours to respond. If a 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 Lars Guignard and Fantastic Press and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.
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Book Review: Zoe and Zak and the Yogi’s Curse #amreading

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About the Book

Title: Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse (Zoe & Zak Series, Book #2)

Author: Lars Guignard

Publishers: Fantastic Press

Publication Date: September 9, 2013

Pages: 340

Recommended Age: 8+

Summary

Zoe and Zak are back in India. Again. And this time they’re attending Moonstock Himalayan Boarding School, which might seem fun except for the fact that the school itself is a little strange. Students ride elephants instead of school buses, snarling monkeys work as security guards, and angry parrots monitor the halls. And even when they manage to get used to the wildlife, the food is absolutely terrible. But living with a bunch of other kids their age can be a lot of fun, too, or at least it seems that way until Zoe’s roommate goes missing. Following the directions written on a steamy bathroom mirror, Zoe and Zak fly through the clouds on their magic carpet to learn that the two of them have been chosen yet again. This time they’ve been asked to lift the Yogi’s Curse. It’s not going to be easy. Zoe and Zak don’t even know what the Yogi’s Curse is let alone how to lift it, but like it or not, they soon discover that a whole lot of people are depending on them. Now, if they’re going to save the day, Zoe and Zak are going to have to fool the monkey guards, avoid the nasty parrots, and maybe even develop a supernatural ability or two. Because lurking beneath Moonstock is a powerful new enemy. And if Zoe and Zak can’t stop him, nobody can.

 

Here is what Stitch thought:
Zoe and Zak are sent to boarding school, only to be lead on another swashbuckling adventure to ignite your imaginations. This time they need to break the Yogi curse and rescue a magical egg. This book has more than your wildest dreams. From flying elephants, security guard monkeys, to mysterious monsters. Kids who love to live in their own worlds will enjoy venturing into Zoe and Zak’s second big adventure.

Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs!

 

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The Buzz

“I have a 10 year old son who is an avid reader!! He loves books, (but he’s picky too) he loved Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. He was so excited to read the 2nd book in this series! When I presented him the first book he was not sure he would like it but changed his mind quickly, then when I heard about the 2nd book being released he almost jumped out of his chair! (no exaggeration) He is anxiously awaiting the 3rd book! I would say that any child who enjoys fantasy/adventure books should read this series! It is a well written page turner! It’s a fun story that adults can even enjoy the storyline without getting bored! According to my son, ‘every kid should read this series’. ” ~ 5-Star review from SavyGreenSaver, Amazon

“I loved this book, even as an adult reading it. I was completely sucked into the plot and was constantly finding myself staying up “just a little longer” to read one more chapter. Different twists and turns in the book have you constantly guessing who is behind what and who Zak and Zoe can trust. I could definitely see myself being involved in this series as a middle schooler considering how much I enjoyed it even now. Another thing I liked about it is if you missed the first book, you could still follow along with this one and not be lost.” ~ 5-Star review from Staci, Amazon

“Lars Guignard has done a fabulous job with this series. I loved the `Ghost Leopard’ & love this one even more. For late-elementary to middle school age readers, you can’t beat this series. It’s fun and fast-paced. Even my picky fifth grader enjoyed every page. There are bits of magic thrown in keep the action exciting. Mr. Guignard has a brilliant imagination & readers are blessed that he’s chosen to use it for YA fiction. If you’ve yet to read the first installment in this series, do yourself a favor and read these books back to back. Don’t limit it just to kids! Adults will have a blast reading these too!” ~ 5-Star review from Liz Terek, Amazon

 

About The Author: Lars Guignard

Lars Guignard

Lars Guignard

Prior to writing novels, Lars Guignard wrote for film and television. As a teenager he attended boarding school in the Indian Himalayas and his experiences there provided the inspiration for the Zoe and Zak series which now include: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse, and Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple.

He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he dodges bears and cougars while hiking & skiing the magnificent Coast Mountain Range.

For news about new releases, please join his email list here: Zoe&ZakAdventures@gmail.com

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The Yogi’s Curse Blog Tour Schedule (2013/2014)

December 15

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

December 16

Brooke Blogs (Review)

December 17

Houseful of Chaos (Review)

December 18

For the Love of Books (Review)

Mary-andering Among the Pages (Review)

December 19

Giveaway Breaking News for Indonesia (Review)

December 20

Fiona Ingram (Review)

December 22

We are the DinoFamily (Review)

December 24

Fantasy Fun With Kirstin Pulioff (Review)

December 26

Black Words – White Pages Kids (Review)

December 29

Victoria Simcox (Review)

December 30

Stitch Says (Review)

December 31

Bound 4 Escape (Review)

January 2

The World of ContestPatti (Review)

January 3

Carpinello’s Writing Pages (Review)

Best Kids’ Reads (Review)

January 5

Bibliothecary Prescriptions (Review)

January 6

InKspired: A Blog (Review)

January 7

GeoLibrarian (Review)

January 8

Bookworm for Kids (Review)

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

January 9

Generation iKid (Review)

Kay LaLone I Love Books (Review)

January 10

Books, Reviews, Etc. (Review)

January 11

Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom (Review)

January 13

Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

January 14

Dalene’s Book Reviews (Review)

Leave No Book Behind (Review)

 

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Book Review: Zoe & Zac and the Ghost Leopard #amreading #bookreview

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About the Book

Title: Ghost Leopard (Zoe and Zak Series, Book #1)

Authors: Lars Guignard

Publication Date: July 21, 2012

Publisher: Fantastic Press

Pages: 338

Recommended Age: 8+

Summary (Amazon):

Zoe and Zak are lost in exotic India, where gods and magic still exist. Before they can find their way home, they just have to do one little thing… …Save a mythical creature from an ancient evil that wants to rule the world. When Zoe Guire goes along on her mom’s business trip to India, things get very weird, very quickly. An elephant god speaks to her from the bottom of a swimming pool… She and her classmate Zak get locked in a trunk and shipped off to a strange city near the foothills of the Himalayas… and a crazy snake charmer tells them they’ve been chosen to protect a mythical creature called the Ghost Leopard from an ancient evil that wants to take over the world. As they travel deeper into the majestic mountains known as the Realm of the Gods, things get even weirder. If she and Zak want to make it back to their parents, they’re going to have to tap into powers they never knew existed. Because if they don’t, things will never be the same for any of us ever again.

 

* Here is what Stitch has to Say about Zoe & Zac:
Zoe and Zac are trapped together in India while their parents work. Told to stay in the hotel, they end up on an amazing adventure. Together they must save the mythical Ghost Leopard. Along the way they uncover an age long mystery and must work together to succeed. This is a fast adventure story that is filled with fantasy. The main characters Zoe and Zac are engaging and easy to relate to. Children will enjoy the never ending excitement. I look forward to reading the next Zoe and Zac adventure.
Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs!

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The Buzz

“Awesome! ~ I am 11 and I liked the book because I love adventures. It was a different kind of adventure from what I usually read and it was funny too. ” ~ 5-Star Review from J. Olsen, Amazon

“This was a fun read. This book was like a kid’s version of Indiana Jones. It’s also very educational as Zoe tells you real facts about what she sees and the history. I enjoyed it immensely. If you have a 10-12 year old child that loves adventure books, this is definitely a must read. ” ~ 5-Star review from Simone Lilly-Egerter, Amazon

“I’m sure this book was written for children who are around the age of the two children in the book, 11 or so. But, this 35 year old loved this book! It had action, adventure and imagination galore! It was exactly the kind of adventure that a lot of kids that age dream of.” ~ 5-Star review from The Novice Christian, Amazon

 

About The Author: Lars Guignard

Lars Guignard

Lars Guignard

Prior to writing novels, Lars Guignard wrote for film and television. As a teenager he attended boarding school in the Indian Himalayas and his experiences there provided the inspiration for the Zoe and Zak series which now include: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse, and Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple.

He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he dodges bears and cougars while hiking & skiing the magnificent Coast Mountain Range.

For news about new releases, please join his email list here: http://www.larsguignard.com/contact/

 

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Ask Lars Guignard a Question on Goodreads

Fantastic Press is pleased to announce that Lars Guignard will be answering questions about Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard throughout the day on Monday, December 16th, 2013 on Goodreads. If you have any questions for Lars or just want to introduce yourself, you can head on over to Goodreads and say hello now. Also, everyone who joins the Forum will earn an entry into the Ghost Leopard Blog Tour giveaway (see below for more details).

Click on the Goodreads Button below to go to the Mon, Dec 16 – “Ask Lars Guignard about Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard” event and leave a question for the author anytime from now until December 16th, 2013.

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The Ghost Leopard Blog Tour Schedule (2013)

November 15

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

Jump Into a Book (Review)

November 16

Brooke Blogs (Author Interview)

November 18

Giveaway Breaking News for Indonesia (Review)

November 19

Black Words – White Pages Kids (Review)

Fantasy Fun With Kirsten Pulioff (Review)

November 20

For the Love of Books (Review)

Mary-andering Among the Pages (Review)

November 21

Fiona Ingram (Author Interview & Review)

November 22

Stitch Says (Review)

November 24

When I Grow Up, I Wanna Write a Kid’s Book (Review)

November 25

Bibliothecary Prescriptions (Review)

November 26

Bound 4 Escape (Review)

Victoria Simcox (Review)

November 27

We are the DinoFamily (Review)

Sher A. Hart: Written Art (Review)

November 28

The World of ContestPatti (Review)

November 29

Best Kids’ Reads (Review)

December 1

Every Free Chance Book Reviews (Review)

December 2

The Owl’s Skull (Review)

December 3

InkSpired: A Blog (Review)

December 4

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

December 5

Geo Librarian (Author Interview)

December 7

Generation iKid (Review)

December 10

That Girl Reads (Spotlight)

December 11

Bookworm for Kids (Review)

Cheryl Carpinello’s Writing Pages (Author Interview)

December 12

Books, Reviews, Etc. (Review)

December 14

Dalene’s Book Reviews (Review)

** Be sure to look for the upcoming Blog Tour for Book 2 in the Zoe and Zak Series, “Yogi’s Curse” coming December 15, 2013. **

 

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Prize: Three winners will receive a print (U.S. & Canada) or electronic (international winners) copy of Ghost Leopard by Lars Guignard.

Contest runs: November 15 to December 17, 11:59 pm, 2013

Open: Worldwide

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winners will then have 72 hours to respond. If a 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 Lars Guignard and Fantastic Press and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Book Review: The Shadows Of Atlantis #amreading

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Now it’s time to review The Shadows of Atlantis!

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About the Book

Title: The Shadow of Atlantis (Shadows From the Past, Book 1)

Author: Wendy Leighton-Porter

Year Published: 2012

Publisher: Mauve Square Publishing

Pages: 196

Recommended Age: 8+

Summary (Amazon):

Ten-year-old twins Joe and Jemima Lancelot have no idea why their parents have disappeared, but a mysterious old book which had belonged to their father holds the answer… and so begins an unusual quest to discover the truth.

Together with Max, their remarkable Tonkinese cat, and Charlie from next door, the children embark on an epic adventure, travelling back in time to the lost city of Atlantis. Once there, however, they soon run into problems.

Can they save the people of Atlantis from the disaster which is about to destroy their land forever?

And will they find their way back to the safety of their own time before it’s too late?

 

The Buzz

“Shadows of Atlantis is a well-written story with a collection of likable main characters, a solid plot line, snippets of educational facts about a historically important location and event, and, is filled with mystery, magic, and suspense. This book grabbed me at the prologue and had me hooked until the end.” ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews, 5 Stars

“… Shadow of Atlantis is an imaginative tale that will draw children in right from the get go. The characters are deftly and warmly established, and Wendy shows a sure touch in enabling these characters to interact in a fun but believable fashion, each playing their own part in the plot’s development….” ~ 5-Star review from John C., Amazon US

“The author makes the legend of Atlantis (and also the story of the Minotaur in the second book) so accessible to kids and in such an imaginative way. My daughter loved the children’s characters and also the comical, lovable cat Max and his ability to help the characters out during times of strife! We will be looking out for future books from this author for sure. A really enjoyable adventure for kids and highly recommended…” ~ 5-Star review from A. Bradshaw, Amazon US

“This story will draw any young reader in will keep them entertained and engaged. It is sometimes hard to find books that will keep children interested, often their subject matter is trivial and insubstantial, this is not true of The Shadow of Atlantis. My daughter can’t wait for the next adventure…” ~ 5-Star review from Annaliese M., Goodreads

 

STITCH SAYS REVIEW:
Books that lead us into different worlds are always fun. This time the children in the story are transported into the world of Atlantis by a book. There they discover some truths about their missing parents, meet new friends and have a wonderful adventure. Their cat Max also goes along for the journey and proves to be anything, but a normal cat. The Shadows of Atlantis is a great book for young people. They will engage with the characters and enjoy the adventure. I look forward to the next instalment.
Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs!

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About The Author, Wendy Leighton-Porter

Wendy Leighton-Porter, AuthorDividing my time between homes in England and South-West France, I live with my husband Simon and our two beautiful Tonkinese cats. I spent 20 years as a teacher of French, Latin and Classical studies, but now write books for children instead of teaching them.

The Shadow of Atlantis is the first book in a series of 15 planned time-travel stories, featuring 3 children and, unsurprisingly, a rather special Tonkinese cat. Having recently completed number #7, The Shadow of the Norman Arrow (coming soon!), I’m currently working on the eighth book in the series.

As I take my young readers on a magical mystery tour through the past, I’m also hoping that my love of history, myth and legend will rub off on them too. Personally, I’m enjoying the journey so much, I don’t ever want it to end! Why not come along with me for the ride?

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Author Interview: Wendy Leighton-Porter #author

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About the Book

Title: The Shadow of Atlantis (Shadows From the Past, Book 1)

Author: Wendy Leighton-Porter

Year Published: 2012

Publisher: Mauve Square Publishing

Pages: 196

Recommended Age: 8+

Summary (Amazon):

Let’s meet Wendy Leighton – Porter the author of Shadow of Atlantis:

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When did you decide to become an author and what impact has this had on your life?
When I gave up my teaching career after almost 20 years, I suddenly found that I had the time for something I’d always wanted to do, and that was to write a book. My husband, Simon, is also an author and he really encouraged me to get started. I knew from the outset that I wanted to write for children, but I had no idea just how much I would love it. Now I can’t imagine not writing. Even when I’m not sitting in front of my computer, I’m thinking and planning (I often get my best ideas when I’m in the bath and should really keep a notebook there to jot them down – it would probably get a bit soggy though!). I try to spend at least a couple of hours each day on my actual writing. And also, when the opportunity arises, I really enjoy going into schools as a visiting author to talk to the pupils; their participation and enthusiasm always make it such a rewarding experience.

Writing is addictive – love that you have such great support from home!

Tell us about your latest work and what motivated you to write it:
When I decided that I’d like to write stories for children, I knew right from the start that I wanted to create a whole series of adventures and I’ve already planned where and how the series will finish. The Shadow of Atlantis is the first step in a journey through time, made by my characters in the quest to find their missing parents who are lost somewhere in the past. I chose a list of myths, historical events and periods in time which I thought would make interesting stop-off points for my young time-travellers. Atlantis seemed like a great place to begin as everyone is fascinated by the legend of that mysterious ancient city.

The first journey was pretty exciting, must read the next one!

What are your future aspirations as an author?
I shall continue to work on my Shadows from the Past books for the foreseeable future. The series will ultimately comprise 16 adventures and as I’m only on number 8 I think that will keep me busy for a while. I know that I’ll feel somewhat bereft when I finally get to the end of the journey; I’m becoming rather fond of my central characters and will be lost without them. But I plan to carry on writing for the Middle Grade age group and already have the grain of an idea for a ghost story.

Always hard to actually complete a series, the characters are a big part of your life!

Where do your ideas come from? What experiences or aspects of your life influence your writing?
They always say “Write about what you know”, don’t they? Well, I don’t actually have experience of time-travel, although I wish I did! However, as a former teacher of Classical Studies, I have a real passion for anything to do with the ancient world, myths and legends, and indeed history in general. I hope that my books are exciting adventures, but I’d like to think I’m also helping my young readers to discover that history can be fun and that they might learn a few things from my stories, perhaps without even realising it – once a teacher, always a teacher, I guess!
My books also feature a rather unusual character – a very large Tonkinese cat called Max, who has the ability to speak, thanks to a magic charm he wears on his collar. I don’t have too far to look when I’m writing Max’s scenes, as he’s based on my very own large Tonkinese cat, Bertie. The only difference is that Bertie can’t speak … or maybe he could, if I could just find him a magic charm to wear!

Stitch wants to meet Bertie!

What do you do to improve yourself and a writer?
Read, read, and read some more! I’m a real bookworm and always have several books on the go, both fiction and non-fiction. When I’m reading a novel, I tend to be quite critical, looking at the way the story is written; the style, the use of language, even the punctuation, and I’m quick to admire things that are done well. I also make a big effort to read lots of books within my own genre of Middle Grade fiction – it’s important to keep up with what else is being published and to take inspiration from my fellow writers who are producing quality work … and there is a huge amount of really good stuff around at the moment – the future of children’s fiction is looking rosy!

Writing for children is getting better and better!

What are the names of your books?
The Shadow of Atlantis
The Shadow of the Minotaur
The Shadow of the Trojan Horse
The Shadow of the Pyramid
The Shadow of the Volcano
The Shadow of Camelot
The Shadow of the Norman Arrow (to be published in November 2013)

Tell us a little bit about your next WIP
I’m currently working on the eighth book in my Shadows from the Past Series. It will be entitled The Shadow of the Two Princes and tells the story of the notorious English king, Richard the Third, who is believed to have killed his two nephews in the Tower of London, in order to usurp the throne in 1483. I was very excited by the recent discovery by archaeologists of the long-lost skeleton of King Richard, buried under a car park in Leicester. Looking at his bones, the archaeologists realised that Richard had suffered from a severe spinal deformity, something which had long been speculated but never proved. I’m really looking forward to writing this one, but it might turn out to be quite a scary adventure when my time-travelling heroes must risk their own lives to rescue the princes!

Where can people contact you?
There is a contact page on my Author’s Website – http://www.wendy-leighton-porter.com and people can also leave me messages on my Facebook Fan Page – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wendy-Leighton-Porter-Writer/495026190556289?ref=hl

My books are available from Amazon.com, both in Kindle format and in paperback versions:
http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Atlantis-Shadows-Past-ebook/dp/B007X2BGVK
http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Atlantis-Wendy-Leighton-Porter/dp/1909411019

Thanks Wendy for joining Stitch Says – remember to hop over and join in the fun on the blog tour. Stitch Says will be posting a review of The Shadows of Atlantis very soon. In the mean time – keep reading, keep writing!

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