Wednesday, November 15, 2017

THE REAL MCCOYS by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr Official Blog Tour





Synopsis 

Her name’s Moxie. Moxie McCoy.

Bold, opinionated, and haplessly self-confident, the world’s greatest fourth-grade detective faces her biggest challenge! When someone kidnaps beloved school mascot Eddie the Owl, Moxie is on the case—but she’s forced to fly solo now that her best friend (and crime-solving partner) has moved away.

Moxie must interview her classmates—both as potential new best friends and as possible suspects. She finds clues and points fingers but can’t save the owl on her own. Enter Moxie’s little brother, Milton. Quiet, cautious, and boring as a butter knife, he’s a good listener.

Can the Real McCoys form an unlikely alliance and solve the crime of the century?

Bursting with interactive illustrations on every page, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr’s The Real McCoys delivers clever storytelling, laugh-out-loud humor, and heartwarming insight. This is the first book in a series.


Praise for THE REAL MCCOYS

"Readers will breeze through this ingenious combination of text and art, eager for Moxie and Milton’s next case." —School Library Journal, starred review

"Swanson’s witty text is enhanced exponentially by Behr’s bold, original artwork to create a uniquely told whodunit with wide appeal ... An exceptional book." —Booklist, starred review

"An exceptional middle-grade read packed with giggles for young sleuths who love to explore a little off the beaten path." —Kirkus Reviews

"This clever, funny, delightful book is just what this crazy world needs. The surprising and inventive interaction between text and illustration shows that two brains are, indeed, better than one--especially when they belong to Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr." —Andrea Beaty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ada Twist Scientist


My Review

Moxie starts out the school day on a mission....to find a new best friend.  Her best friend moved away, and Moxie desperately needs a new best friend and fellow detective.  However, this mission gets put to the side when Eddie, the school mascot, has been stolen...and Eddie needs to be found or the highly anticipated award ceremony won't take place.

Moxie gathers her clues, and using her investigating skills she has learned from her idol, tries to make the pieces fit to find the culprit behind this horrible crime to their school.

Artwork, fancy text, and a funny mystery makes this such an enjoyable read.  I am so jealous of middle grade students.  The artwork in this book was just so much fun to behold...it fit so well with the story and made it ooze with frenzy!  I laughed so much while reading this story. Moxie's personality and energy is so infectious, and her drive to never give up adorable and commendable. 

Wow...just wow....as an adult, this was such a fun read.  For a middle school student's imagination, this story is
phenomenal.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS


WE LIVE AND WORK AND MAKE STUFF TOGETHER IN THE HAYLOFT OF AN OLD BARN ON THE EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND.

Combining Robbi’s illustrations and Matthew’s words, we run two small presses— Idiots’Books (illustrated picture books for adults) and Bobbledy Books, (a picture book and music club for kids). Together, we have published more than 60 volumes, including titles with MacmillanChronicle Books and LB KidsWe speak, teach, and run workshops on collaboration and creative entrepreneurship (with appearances at TEDx, Mom 2.0,Alt Summit, and ICON7). And we blog about our ongoing adventures in creative mishap.

ROBBI BEHR is an illustrator/print maker/commercial salmon fisherwoman who earned a BA from Williams College and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. When she is not drawing stuff or eating ice cream or watching sappy late-90s chick movies, she is, in all likelihood, fast asleep.
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MATTHEW SWANSON is a writer/art director/blues harmonica player who has so far failed in every attempt to be swashbuckling. He managed to secure a BA from Williams but was summarily rejected from every MFA program to which he applied—thus emboldening Robbi to remind him almost daily that he is a master of nothing.



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Friday, November 10, 2017

THE DARK INTERCEPT by Julia Keller Official Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway




Synopsis 

The State controls your emotions. What would you pay to feel free?

In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors and provokes emotion. But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he's hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she's ever known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.


Praise for THE DARK INTERCEPT

“The Dark Intercept grabbed me from the first page and shook me until the last. A riveting and suspenseful story of love, risk, and betrayal.” —EMMY LAYBOURNE, author of Berserker, Sweet, and the Monument 14 trilogy

“A chilling and thought-provoking look at the power of weaponized emotion.” —MELISSA LANDERS, author of the Alienated trilogy and Starflight

“Both cautionary and hopeful—a rare, literary feat.” —GENNIFER ALBIN, New York Times bestselling author of the Crewel World trilogy

“A stormy, spine-tingling ride in which everything remembered and once felt in your life can be used against you.” —BLUE BALLIETT, author of Chasing Vermeer and The Calder Game

“The Dark Intercept goes straight to the heart of why privacy matters in today's world. Keller has written an accessible coming-of-age adventure where the teenage protagonist comes to understand the consequences of living in a society that monitors everyone's emotions, including her own.” —MICHAEL C. ROBINSON, Chair of the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee's Privacy Subcommittee

“Julia Keller writes so viscerally that she takes the readers with her into the worlds she has created. The Intercept is a fascinating springboard which she uses to explore the importance of feelings, and how they affect our lives and choices.” —BETSY FRASER, Selector, Calgary Public Library (Alberta, Canada), and 2016 YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award-winner



My Review

Dystopian Books are my all time favorite reads, so I just knew I would fall for this story from the first page to the very last.

Old earth is in shambles because of all the wars and destruction. Something has to be done.  So Violet's father created a New Earth, where everything is clean, everyone is healthy and living in a utopia. However, Crowley needed something to help keep the peace and tranquility.  Rumors started about an invention that will collect all emotions...and this invention could push emotions back to the person, controlling them.  This is how Kendall and Danny Mayhew was allowed admittance into New Earth.

The Intercept is thought to be foolproof.  All emotions are collected and stored to use against a person if needed.  But as everyone knows, nothing is foolproof.

Violet's crush Danny has secrets.

And she is on a mission to find them out.

Rebels want to take down the Intercept.

You don't know who you can trust.

This creative world was fascinating to read and experience.  It had quite a few unexpected twists that caused quite an impact on the story.  It was fast paced with a massive amount of suspense.  I really enjoyed learning more about the characters and their stories.  I would have enjoyed learning a little more about how Old Earth came to a crumbling mess, however I found it interesting and disturbing at the same time how the two worlds exist. Old Earth is dark and cruel and suffering, which makes this world feel real with despair.  Mixed in with this dystopian world, is the Science fiction imagination how New earth was created and how the Intercept came to be.  That creative imagination alone makes for a great read.  (How do authors come up with this stuff??)

The story ends beautifully with no cliffhanger, so you have that feel of closure at the end.  I highly recommend this book.  If you enjoy a creative imagination with TONS of emotion, you will get a thrill out of this read.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Julia Keller, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and former cultural critic at the Chicago Tribune, is the author of many books for adults and young readers, including A Killing in the Hills, the first book in the Bell Elkins series and winner of the Barry Award for Best First Novel (2013); Back Home; and The Dark Intercept. Keller has a Ph.D. in English literature from Ohio State and was awarded Harvard University’s Nieman Fellowship. She was born in West Virginia and lives in Ohio.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Release Week Blitz: Haven by Mary Lindsey

 
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Haven by Mary Lindsey
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"We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed."
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s use to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart. Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running rom trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for. Ancient magic and modern society collide in a sexy, spellbinding romance perfect for fans of C. C. Hunter and Maggie Stiefvater that proves sometimes beauty is the beast…


Haven by Mary Lindsey Publication Date: November 7, 2017 Publisher: Entangled Teen
 
 
 
Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband. Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 "pet" Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the "pet" roaches found a home... somewhere else.
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Monday, October 30, 2017

TRUTHERS by Geoffrey Girard Official Nerd Blast




Synopsis 

Katie Wallace has never given much thought to 9/11. She was only a year old when terrorists struck American soil. But now her dad has landed in a mental institution after claiming to know what really happened. He insists the attacks were part of a government conspiracy. And he claims that Katie is living proof: the lone survivor of a massive cover-up.

Hoping to free her dad, Katie sets out to investigate his bizarre claims. Soon she's drawn into the strange and secretive world of 9/11 conspiracy theorists known as the "Truthers".

Wading through a dangerous web of fact and fiction, questions and distortion, Katie no longer knows what to believe. But she does know that she's being followed -- and that someone is determined to stop her search for the truth.

A novel for teens, exploring 9/11 & our conspiracy culture...


Praise for TRUTHERS

"In this intense thriller... Girard takes readers down a disturbing, provocative path; both sides start to make sense as information is revealed and theories are debated. It's a fast-paced nail-biter with a resourceful heroine, packed with surprises that force readers to question every revelation and take nothing at face value." ―Publishers Weekly [Starred Review]

"A beautifully written, captivating must-have that will hook readers from beginning to end. Girard has created a well-developed, quirky, tenacious main character for whom teens can't help but root." ―School Library Journal

"[Truthers] moves at a fast clip, and readers will get caught up in both the conspiracy construct (actual Truther theories are explored) and the romance that is as tangled as the web of confusion surrounding September 11." ―Booklist

"A book teens will love. History, mystery, romance, action, and intrigue--all in one!" ―YA Books Central

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Geoffrey Girard writes thrillers, historicals, and dark speculative fiction. His first book, Tales of the Jersey Devil, thirteen original tales based on American folklore, was published by Middle Atlantic Pressin 2005, followed by Tales of the Atlantic Pirates (2006) and Tales of the Eastern Indians (2007). Simon and Schuster published two Girard novels simultaneously in 2013: CAIN'S BLOOD, a techno thriller, and PROJECT CAIN, a companion novel for teen/YA readers which was nominated for a Bram Stoker award for "Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel."

In 2017, Carolrhoda Books published TRUTHERS, a YA novel about the 9/11 conspiracy, and Adaptive Books published MARY ROSE, a psychological thriller/ghost novel.

Girard's short fiction has appeared in several best-selling anthologies and magazines, including Writers of the Future (a 2003 winner), Prime Codex, Aoife's Kiss, The Willows, Murky Depths, Apex Horror & Science Fiction Digest, and the Stoker-nominated Dark Faith anthology. The debut collection of his short fiction, first communions, was published by Apex Books in May, 2016.

Born in Germany and shaped in New Jersey, Geoffrey currently lives in Ohio and is the English Department Chair at a famed private boys' high school. Prior to teaching, he worked as an advertising copywriter, web developer and marketing manager. He has a BA in English literature from Washington College and an MA in creative writing from Miami University, where he is now working on an MFA. He has presented and led workshops on creative writing at schools, bookstores and various writers' conventions/events.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

The Sacred Knights (The Angel Knights #3) by @MaryTing


You can purchase The Sacred Knights HERE on Amazon.


Synopsis

The Chosen Knights think they’ve found all the clues, but the last one leads them to yet another destination. They astral travel back to the massive destruction of the Knights Templar and find a missing element. As they decipher the final puzzle piece, Cyrus continues to grow his army. 

A powerful volcano in Hawaii erupts, and inhabitants are forced to stay and fight the demons or flee. Many people once believed to be dead rise to help defeat Cyrus, and Venators arrive from Crossroads to help. Time is running out, and the Chosen Knights must decide to finish what they started or leave the battle to find the Snow Queen, who some believe is the only one who can defeat Cyrus.

My Review

A powerful read packed with mystery,  The Sacred Knights continues the series with suspense and action.

Cyrus needs to be defeated...but for that to happen, all the clues need to be solved to discover the weapon left behind by the Knights Templar.  Traveling back in time, the Knights will learn more than they bargained for...making the task more difficult than they could ever imagine.  Time is ticking, with the Knights home of Hawaii threatened by an erupting volcano, more lives are in danger than just their own.

Creative imagination with plot twists that will blow your mind, this story will unravel your emotions. Characters with personality and a true soul, family thicker than blood, you will understand how their bond is unbreakable. With new characters brought in, old characters you pray will make an appearance, THIS is an action packed story that HAS IT ALL.

I have found that when I read Mary's books, it's best to do on my kindle..I can swipe a lot faster with my finger than turn a page.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

New Hobby: Book Folding Art

Book Folding Art

I have seen these books floating around, and always thought they were pretty cool.  So I thought, I wonder if I can do that?  Guess what, I can....It's fun and actually pretty easy and very calming.  So I started a new hobby!  Here are a few of my first creations...they aren't perfect, but I thought they still turned out pretty well.  

If you would like to give it a try, I would recommend this website that i found that offers free patterns.  They have instructions on how to do it too.  I however, decided to do the pattern a little different by doing 90 degree folds, or as close to 90 degree folds as I can.  I think it worked.

Here is an AWESOME website that I recommend.


And the patterns are Free


I downloaded the alphabet patterns to create the READ book.


Harry Potter, just had to do this one.


This is my first try.  Be sure to read the instructions offered.  They are pretty easy to follow.
The first 2 books pictured above, I started using the 90 degree fold option. I  learned that from watching a video.

Try your luck.  Its really fun...and I recommend it to all booknerds.  There are all kinds of patterns to pick, and you can create cool art to give away for gifts!

Let me know if you give it a try. you can tag me on Instagram by @micheleluker or @StalkerMamma on twitter.

Monday, October 23, 2017

BETTER OFF UNDEAD by James Preller Official Nerd Blast and Giveaway



Synopsis 

Liz Szabla at Feiwel and Friends has acquired James Preller's Dead (But Cautiously Optimistic), pitched as The Walking Dead meets The Mysterious Benedict Society. In the “not-too-distant future,” a seventh-grade undead boy has to adjust to middle-school life as a zombie, and with three unlikely friends, he navigates a mystery involving global warming, disappearing bees, and billionaire developers... and more zombies.

It's slated for fall 2016; Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Studio brokered the deal for North American rights.


Praise for BETTER OFF UNDEAD

"Adrian Lazarus is a middle school zombie, the result of an accident that left him “as undead as a toenail and not really thrilled about it.” ...This cautionary tale is more than just a brain-eating gross-out. Set in the not-too-distant future when humanity is suffering from numerous self-inflicted woes, this story’s villains are the Bork Brothers, owners of K & K Industries, “the richest, most powerful corporation on the planet” and also the source of much of the planet’s environmental troubles. ...This uproarious middle grade call to action has considerable kid appeal and a timely message." ―School Library Journal

Praise for THE COURAGE TEST

"Preller stirs doses of American history into a first-rate road trip that does traditional double-duty as plot device and coming-of-age metaphor. . . . Despite the many plot threads, the story never seems overstuffed or weighed down by agendas. . . . Additionally, not only does the author slip cogent historical facts and insights into his simply told narrative without disturbing its flow, he offers more detail, plus sources of information, in an afterword." ―Booklist, starred review

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


James Preller (born 1961) is the children's book author of the Jigsaw Jones Mysteries, which are published by Scholastic Corporation. He grew up in Wantagh, New York and went to college in Oneonta, New York. After graduating from college in 1983, James Preller was employed as a waiter for one year before being hired as a copywriter by Scholastic Corporation, where he was introduced (through their books) to many noatable children's authors. This inspired James Preller to try writing his own books. James Preller published his first book, entitled MAXX TRAX: Avalanche Rescue, in 1986. Since that time, James Preller has written a variety of books, and has written under a number of pen names, including Mitzy Kafka, James Patrick, and Izzy Bonkers. James Preller lives in Delmar, New York with his wife Lisa and their three children.

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