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Monday, November 29, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway- Alicia Connected: Tricked with Treats by Derek Fisher

 

 Join Us for This Tour:  November 22nd to December 10th

Book Details:

Book Title:  Alicia Connected: Tricked with Treats by Derek Fisher
Category:  Middle Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 86 pages
Genre:  Middle School Fiction
Publisher:  Securely Built
Release date:   July 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-softback USA, e-book PDF format
Tour dates: November 22 to December 10
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.
*** 2021 Family Choice Award ***
Book Description:

Halloween is here, and it is Alicia’s favorite time of year. What's not to like about dressing up in a costume and getting free candy? But there is something even more exciting happening this year. For the first time, Alicia and her friends are throwing a virtual party in TullyTown!

Putting together a party in TullyTown isn't easy, and Alicia and her friends want to do the best they can to make sure it is enjoyed by plenty of avatars in TullyTown. For one of Alicia's friends, getting ready to throw a TullyTown party leads to looking for easy treats. But what if it's a trick?

Alicia has been using her tablet for a while and is getting more used to how to use the technology. However, there is always something new for her and her friends to learn.

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Meet the Author:

Fisher is an award-winning author who has spent decades in the computer engineering field, with the last 10 years in cybersecurity as a leader, speaker, and instructor. His passion has been to take complex security topics and make them simple and easy to understand. He holds several security certifications and teaches cybersecurity at Temple University, where he is also an external advisory board member to the cybersecurity program. Alicia Connected: Tricked With Treats is the second book in the Alicia Connected series. The first book, Alicia Connected: The Big Gift, was a second-place recipient of the prestigious Purple Dragonfly Award in the STEM category.


Connect with the Author:  Author's Website ~ Facebook ~Instagram


Guest Post

Writing about cyber security

One of the unique challenges of writing this book was making sure that I wrote it in a way that is appealing to a broad audience of both children and parents while still trying to weave in topics about cyber security. 

Since I teach secure software development at Temple University in Philadelphia PA, and I also lead a team that works to protectsoftware in a financial institution I know how dry to the topic of cyber security can be. In these roles, I have complex conversations around securing technology on a regular basis. Writing about this topic for a younger audience meant that I would have to subtly present security concerns in a way that is friendly and helpfulMost importantly, not boring. 

In Tricked with Treats one of the characters is tempted to find an easy way to accomplish something that she really wants. This leads to some unforeseen problems that require her and her friends to put their heads together to overcome. This is not uncommon to what we all face online. There are certain things that we see that are too good to be true and in the vast majority of cases, they are too good to be true. 

However, there are a lot of good things that children can use technology for, but there is an equal number of negative things. As parents we need to help children build that healthy distrustfor things onlineas much of what is online is either false or looking to get something from us. In Tricked with Treats didn’t want to dwell on the negative activity, but instead wanted tofocus on some of the concepts that can help parents and children build good technology habits.


My Thoughts 

Alicia Connected: Tricked with Treats is written by Derek Fisher. This is a middle grade fiction book aimed towards children that are 8-12 years old. I read this book with my 8 and 10 year old sons and we all enjoyed it.  


I love the lesson that this book teaches. It is a great reminder how we have to be careful on the internet. My children and I talk all the time about dangers of the internet so I loved that this was a change from my lectures. 


Alicia and her friends plan a virtual party in Tully Town - it's going great until someone tries to get free “Tully Bux” and suddenly they are locked out. They realize that the website stole the password. This book teaches how to be safe and touches on bullying which is so present in the age group this is geared towards. 


My children and I enjoyed this book. My 8 year old was able to read without any issues. It lead to great discussion between us. While I strictly monitor what my children are doing there are real dangers out there. 


I received a copy of this book through the author and IRead Book tours all thoughts are my own. 


Tour Schedule:

Nov 22 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 - Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 - Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 24 –
 Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 26 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 - She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 - Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 30 –@twilight_reader – book review
Dec 1 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 2 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 – Kam’s Place – book review
Dec 6 – Laura's Interests – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 7 – icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 10 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight

Enter the Giveaway:

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway- God Is Coming Author: Maggie Philpot On Tour with Celebrate Lit

 

God is Coming

About the Book

Book: God Is Coming

Author: Maggie Philpot

Genre: Children’s books, Christian books

Release date: October 15, 2021

Image 8-3-21 at 1.19 PMIn a search for a book that presented the beauty and mystery of the advent season with elegance and simplicity meant to be enjoyed by the entire family, God Is Coming was born. This Advent Journey traces the story of God’s relentless pursuit of His children and all of the anticipation of the holiday season in simple, rhyme and meter. Children and adults alike will be touched by the reminders of the profound truths of the gospel and families will return to these stories and these iconic images year after year.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Maggie PhilpotMaggie Philpotwrote her first children’s story when she was in middle school (a story about an egg named Eggbert) and she has been dreaming up stories ever since. She lives in Fort Worth with her spectacular husband (whom she calls Husband), her two precocious children, and a rather ridiculous dog, Tucker. She is passionate about anything and anyone who attempts to make beauty, order, and meaning in this crazy world. The simple act of writing is one way to do just that.

 

More from Maggie

In a search for a book that presented the beauty and mystery of the Advent season with elegance and simplicity, God Is Coming was born. This book traces the story of God’s pursuit of His children and all of the anticipation of the Christmas season in simple, rhyme and meter. This year available in a deluxe hardback edition with full-color illustrations, offering you the opportunity to bring home a truly heirloom-quality book to be a part of your holiday traditions!


My Thoughts 

God Is Coming is written by Maggie Philpot. 

This is a Children’s book that is perfect for the holiday season. This breaks down the month of December in a sing song way that is perfect for children to remember and understand. 


Each day has a poem written with a scripture to tie into the day. My 8 and 10 year old really looked forward to each day to read together. The book is we written and beautifully illustrated. This will be added to our holiday countdown traditions. 


I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program. All thoughts are my own. 


Blog Stops

Lighthouse-Academy, November 17

Vicky Sluiter, November 17

Simple Harvest Reads, November 18 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, November 19

Inklings and notions, November 19

Texas Book-aholic, November 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 21

deb’s Book Review, November 22

The Adventures of a Travelers Wife, November 23

For Him and My Family, November 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 24

Labor Not in Vain, November 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 26

Mary Hake, November 26

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 27

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, November 28

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 29

Maureen’s Musings, November 29

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 30

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Maggie is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of God Is Coming and a hand-crafted wooden advent spiral!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/13cf9/god-is-coming-celebration-tour-giveaway

Friday, November 26, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway- The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle

 


Book Details:


Book Title:  The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle
Category:  Children's Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 38 pages
Genre:  Children's Book
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:   September 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-hardback USA, e-book (PDF)
Tour dates: November 26 to December 17
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.
***** 2021 Family Choice Award Winner *****
Book Description:

During the day, the Miller family’s Christmas tree stands tall in their living room, sparkling with lights and ornaments. Little does the family know that their Christmas tree is anything but ordinary. Each evening, the magic of Christmas brings their tree to life—much to the delight of Hannah and William Miller. Follow along as Hannah and William experience the magic of Christmas in a whole new way.
Buy the Book:
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Author Kristin Sponaugle
Meet the Author:

Kristin Sponaugle was born in Butler, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Duquesne University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies. Kristin had always dreamed of becoming an author, and made that dream a reality with her two published children’s books, The Princess Puppy and The Living Christmas Tree. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cross-stitching, and playing with her Maltese dog, Rosie. Kristin lives with her husband, daughter, and Rosie, and resides wherever the Air Force sends them.

Connect with the Author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram

Author Interview 


 

1. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

It’s so hard to pick just one! I love attending the Christmas Eve service at my church with my family. After the service is over, we drive around town looking at Christmas lights. 

 

2. Did you include any personal touches in your book, The Living Christmas Tree?

I actually have quite a few! The majority of the ornaments are based on real ornaments that hung on my childhood Christmas tree. The Nativity scene under the tree is also based off of the Nativity scene I grew up with. But most importantly, the main character, Hannah, is named after my daughter!

 

3. What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Just keep writing and reading! Write down any ideas you have – a character description you like, a storyline, a title, anything! I also recommend reading as it will keep your imagination going and expose you to different writing styles and genres. 

 

4. There are a lot of Christmas books out there. What makes The Living Christmas Tree stand out?

The Living Christmas Tree differs from the rest because it brings the focus to a different part of Christmas – the tree itself. Our Christmas trees often twinkle brightly in the background of holiday stories, but rarely takes the center stage. I also think it has a magical twist with the ornaments coming to life at night, encouraging the reader to see the beauty of our smallest decorations.  

 

5. When are you releasing another book?

That’s a good question! I published my first two children’s books, The Princess Puppy and The Living Christmas Tree, less than a year apart, so it’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I have a few ideas in mind that I’m really excited about, so hopefully those will get published in the near future!


My Thoughts: 

The Living Christmas Tree is written by Kristin Sponaugle. The book is geared toward children ages 3-7. My sons and I read this book together right before Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday season. My sons are 10 and 8. My 8 year old was able to read this independently with no issues. He plans to take the book to school to share with his classmates. He said that he hopes to see our Christmas tree and ornaments come to life when he sneaks down the stairs. 
The book is well written and aimed for younger kids. This is a great story to read this holiday season. The story brings out the magic of Christmas. Especially through the eyes of children. We will be donating this book to my 8 year old sons classroom since he enjoyed it so much. The illustrations are beautiful and the characters engaging. 
I received a copy of this book through the IRead book tours blogging program, all thoughts are my own. 


Tour Schedule:

Nov 26 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 26 - The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 - Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 29 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Nov 29 -
 My Bookish Bliss - book review / giveaway
Nov 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 30 - Triquetra Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / spotlight
Dec 1 - Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – @twilight_reader – book review
Dec 2 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Dec 3 -
 Rockin' Book Reviews - book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 3 – Books for Books – book review
Dec 6 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 6 – Kam's Place – book review
Dec 7 - icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Dec 8 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – All Booked Up Reviews – Instagram – book review
Dec 9 - Older & Smarter? – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 10 – Sandra's Book Club – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Captive Dreams Window – book review
Dec 14 - She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 - The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 16 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Dec 16 - I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 17 – Cover To Cover CafĂ© – book review

Enter the Giveaway:

BOOK TOUR: DR. MARSHA AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING HOT DOGS AND MARSHMALLOWS by Rachel B. Wellner, M.D. Hosted by IRead

 

BOOK TOUR: DR. MARSHA AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING HOT DOGS AND MARSHMALLOWS by Rachel B. Wellner, M.D.






 Book Details:

​Book Title Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by
​Rachel B. Wellner

Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 42 pages
Genre: Educational Fiction
Publisher: Richter Publishing
Release Date: May 2021
Formats Available for Review: print- Softback (internationally), e-book (EPUB)
Tour dates: November 15 to December 6
Content Rating:  G - (No Profanity, no nudity, no sexual content, no adult themes)
Book Description:

Doctor Marsha is a series created to entertain children at the preschool through grade school level relying on educational content. The main character, Marsha, will introduce kids to exciting challenges in basic health education as the series explores the world, vanquishing health problems. It is my hope that the characters will stimulate young minds by introducing them to a positive, professional figure that embodies the spirit of cultural competence, creativity, and adventure.

Buy the Book
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Meet the Author:

Dr. Rachel Wellner is a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, most recently the Assistant Professor of surgery at the Monteflore-Einstein Center for Care. She has also been Director of Breast Services at NYEE/Continuum Cancer Center, Pascal Valley Hospital, and Palisades General Hospital. Dr. Wellner graduated Magna Cum Lauda and Phi Betta Kappa from Dartmouth College, earned her medical degree from the University of Connecticut and her Master's degree in Public Health from Columbia University. She pursued her surgical training at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and worked to establish a clinical rotation in an underserved region of The Dominican Republic. She completed Society of Surgical Oncology-accredited breast oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California. She has been featured as a guest expert on several local and national news networks, including WPLX 11, Fox and Friends, and CNN.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook 

My Thoughts 

Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by Rachel B. Wellner. This is aimed toward children who are 3-7. I chose to read 42 page book with my 8 and 10 year old sons. We enjoyed the characters and story line. 
The author brought some great educational information in a fun way to kids. Dr. Marsha who is a kangaroo. She travels the world and gives medical advice. Dr. Marsha goes to try and find out who has upset the little children by stealing the hot dogs and marshmallows. While on the case, Dr. Marsha teaches the citizens of Washington D.C. healthier ways to eat and celebrate holidays. 
The book is well written and contains beautiful pictures throughout. It was easy enough to read that my 8 year old had no problems reading it out loud. He took the book to school to share with his classmates. He said that they all loved it. The teacher told him it was a good lesson and reminder to eat foods that are good for you. 

I received a copy of this book through IRead book tours. All thoughts are my own. 



Tour Schedule:

Nov 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 15 - Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post /giveaway
Nov 15 - Splashes of Joy – book review /guest post /giveaway
Nov 15 -Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 16 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 17 – The Page Ladies – book review
Nov 18 –icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Nov 18 - Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Nov 19 – Kam's Place – book review
Nov 19 - Fantastic feathers – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 –Writer with Wanderlust – book spotlight/ guest post / giveaway
Nov 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review/giveaway
Nov 23 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
Nov 29 – @twilight_reader – book review
Nov 29 - Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Nov 30 - Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 - I'd Rather Be At The Beach – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 2 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Dec 3 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 - Reading is My Passion – book review
Dec 6 - Books for Books – book review
Enter the Giveaway: