Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Cassie Hoyt’s Hatch! Awareness Tour with Giveaway and Beyond the Book Craft



 ABOUT THE BOOK


Hatch!

Written by Cassie Hoyt

Illustrated by Amanda Crawford Brown

Publisher’s Synopsis: Hatch! is a picture book exploring the animals that hatch from eggs. Colorful, captivating pictures paired with singsong rhyming text make this book a perfect fit for curious babies and toddlers.

Ages 2-5 | Publisher: Cassie Hoyt | ISBN-13: 978-1735401102

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cassie Hoyt is a children’s author and perfusionist. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. Inspiration for her books typically comes from her silly boys or fond memories of her childhood. Learn more about Cassie’s upcoming works on www.cassiehoyt.com.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Amanda Crawford Brown is an artist in the greater Nashville, TN area. She has been creative her whole life but began working on her art career seriously in 2017. She specializes in watercolor and fluid art mediums but has recently been recreating those mediums in digital format. Creating children’s book art has been a dream of Amanda’s since she was very young! Amanda also makes digital artwork and is a marketing director for a Professional Twitch streamer, has shown her work in galleries and has had award-winning booths at art and craft shows all around Tennessee!

OFFICIAL LINK


www.cassiehoyt.com

PURCHASE LINK


Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ROvF91



GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win the Hatch! prize pack.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A paperback copy of Hatch, autographed by author Cassie Hoyt

  • A canvas tote printed with artwork from Hatch

  • A $100 Amazon gift card for purchasing books to fill your new tote

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A paperback copy of Hatch, autographed by author Cassie Hoyt

Giveaway begins October 5, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends November 5, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.











SUNCATCHER WHAT HATCHED FROM MY EGG CRAFT

You need markers( any kind but must be a marker), coffee filters, scissors to cut filters into egg shape, and your kithen sink. Of course with the messy mess it can create cover your work station and have something set up beside the sink to lay your wet filters on to dry before the final step. Of course some tape to place on the window or whole punch a hole and tie with string to hang from the curtain rod.



Let them use their imagination and colour their filter. If you need inspiration you can take their favorite animal from the book and use those colours to match their egg before they draw said favorite animal on the dried filter.
Transfer the finished egg to the sink and sprinkle some water on it. You can watch as the colours swirl together. Let your little do this part the water play and watching the colours mesh together to form a new pattern is a great sensory play tool. Of course fingers will get messy but that is the fun of it.
Lift up and transfer to the dry station beside your sink. Depending on how crazy your little went with the water , you may need to be careful when lifting to the dry station as the more waterlogged the filter it could tear. You need to leave the newly coloured filters on the drying spot for about an hour or hour and a half. I flip them over once or twice, so that they dry completely both sides. Once dry get your little to draw animals from the book on their newly crafted egg. Next hang up for the sun to catch.





DISCLOSURE

Per FTC guidelines, I disclose partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Cassie Hoyt.























Friday, 4 September 2020

Bradley's Dragons Tour






ABOUT THE BOOK
Bradley’s Dragons
Publisher’s Synopsis: The Hunters are Coming
The first time a hunter came for him, Bradley Nash was only nine years old. That was three years ago.
Now, he lives with his family in a Florida trailer park. He doesn’t remember the attack, doesn’t know anything about hunters, or dragons, or even magic.
As his twelfth birthday approaches, however, his peaceful life starts falling apart.
The hunters are coming, and if Bradley doesn’t figure out exactly who and what he is, everything he’s ever known will be destroyed.
“The novel teems with drama from the first page, and readers will be swept up by intrigue and action.” —The Children’s Book Review
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Second Story Up | July 7, 2020 | ISBN-13: 978-1733077743

PURCHASE LINK



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A newspaper columnist, editor, and award-winning game designer, Patrick Matthews’ first novel was published by Scholastic in 2013. Bradley’s Dragons is his third published novel. Mr. Matthews writes fast-paced fiction that takes readers on exciting adventures but also gives them a chance to think about the world around them, to consider hard questions before they need to be answered.
OFFICIAL LINKS


REVIEW 
Stalked and hunted without a clue as to why, wait you are a what?; Oh heavens , oh my! A magickal family secret, but how could it be?
 A young boy named Bradley who thinks at his core that he is a scared and anxious nobody is then tasked with a pivotal adventure.  Thus, shaping his World and that of those around him as he goes through his adventure full of suspense, elation, confusion, knowledge and power.
Hard hitting adventure with perceived life skills abilities and refinement at its core.  
 You are pulled right in to the story as you begin on page one through a rousing curiosity to what comes next. You are given a glimpse to what is going to happen, but in truth you have no idea. 

GIVEAWAY


Enter for a chance to win a Bradley’s Dragons prize pack!
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
  • A hardcover copy of Bradley’s Dragons, autographed by Patrick Matthews.
  • A Dragon Suncatcher, by the Glassy Geek.
Eight (8) winners receive:
  • A hardcover copy of Bradley’s Dragons, autographed by Patrick Matthews.
Giveaway begins September 1, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends September 30, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

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DISCLOSURE

Per FTC guidelines, I disclose partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Second Story Up .


Wednesday, 2 September 2020

A Whale of the Wild tour





ABOUT THE BOOK


Written by Rosanne Parry
Publisher’s Synopsis: In the stand-alone companion to the New York Times–bestselling A Wolf Called Wander, a young orca whale must lead her brother on a tumultuous journey to be reunited with their pod. This gorgeously illustrated animal adventure novel explores family bonds, survival, global warming, and a changing seascape. Includes information about orcas and their habitats.
For Vega and her family, salmon is life. And Vega is learning to be a salmon finder, preparing for the day when she will be her family’s matriarch. But then she and her brother Deneb are separated from their pod when a devastating earthquake and tsunami render the seascape unrecognizable. Vega must use every skill she has to lead her brother back to their family. The young orcas face a shark attack, hunger, the deep ocean, and polluted waters on their journey. Will Vega become the leader she’s destined to be?
A Whale of the Wild weaves a heart-stopping tale of survival with impeccable research on a delicate ecosystem and threats to marine life. New York Times-bestselling author Rosanne Parry’s fluid writing and Lindsay Moore’s stunning artwork bring the Salish Sea and its inhabitants to vivid life. An excellent read-aloud and read-alone, this companion to A Wolf Called Wander will captivate fans of The One and Only Ivan and Pax.
Includes black-and-white illustrations throughout, a map, and extensive backmatter about orcas and their habitats.
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Greenwillow Books | September 1, 2020 | ISBN-13: 9780062995926
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rosanne Parry is the author of the novels Heart of a Shepherd and Last of the Name, among other acclaimed titles. She lives with her family in an old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon, and writes in a treehouse in her backyard. www.rosanneparry.com


ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Lindsay Moore is an artist and writer with roots in Northern Michigan. She studied marine biology and fine art at Southampton College on Long Island and figure drawing at the Art Students League of New York, and earned her master of science in medical and scientific illustration from Medical College of Georgia, now Augusta University. Lindsay Moore lives with her family in Bowling Green, Ohio.
OFFICIAL LINKS


Instagram: @HarperKids
Twitter @HarperKids



REVIEW 
A split "tail" of intrigue and life through the imagined thoughts of two sibling Whales.
A look through Vega and Deneb's life as they navigate through vast open waters with their herd. 
Trials and tribulations of their aquatic marine life surround their goal of the Great Harvest for Chinook. 
Sadness and despair flank happiness, strength and courage. 
A great rise of chapter switching through each sibling; Vega the Wayfinder and her brother Deneb a protector. 
Such a wonderful YA novel that helps imagine a perspective to an animal's way of life. Every extra nuance brings an empathetic air of knowledge. 
A beautiful story told with the power of family at its core. 


GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Rosanne Parry’s A Whale of the Wild!
Five (5) winners receive:
  • A copy of A Whale of the Wild, by Rosanne Parry
Giveaway begins September 1, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends September 15, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

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DISCLOSURE

Per FTC guidelines, I disclose partnership with The Children’s Book Review and HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Monday, 31 August 2020

A Little Spark awareness tour



ABOUT THE BOOK

Written by Chris Parsons
Illustrated by Mike Motz
Publisher’s Synopsis: When the survival of their hometown is threatened, two unlikely comrades join forces on a quest to defeat a dangerous enemy and bring back the only one who can save them all.
Beyond the frozen mountains there lies an oasis from the frigid cold and the howling winds. A place the animals call Lake Zuron. What a wonderful place, happy creatures of all kinds, living in harmony and warmth thanks to their very own fire-breathing dragon named Daniel.
But one day everything changed when the unthinkable happened. The Dragon fire goes out and immediately the air begins to chill. Things were not looking good but just when all hope was lost, an unlikely hero steps up. Join Spark the mouse on an adventure of a lifetime as he and his friends do their part to save their town from an icy demise.
With the magical power of Daniel, the Dragon there could be hope. But first, they must face and defeat a dangerous enemy, the vile beasts who own these mountains where nobody passes through.
Along this journey maybe you will discover that it’s that little Spark in each of us that really matters, and that a little Spark could save them from the coming cold. The story reminds us that we all need something in life every day to ignite our passion and spirit – to help the world be a “warmer” place and to look for ways to “Be That Spark.”
Ages 7+ | Publisher: Zuroam Media | October 1, 2020 | ISBN-13: 978-1735145501

About the Author

Chris Parsons
Chris Parsons grew up in the small fishing village of Flatrock, Newfoundland where he was surrounded by storytellers. When he became a father, he began creating his own children’s stories, and soon he was sharing them with a wider audience.
Over time, his audience grew up, but he continued to create his stories and colorful characters mostly for his own enjoyment. One day he had a flash of inspiration about a little mouse named Spark and began to create the world of A Little Spark.
Today, Chris lives in Dallas. He has left the high-tech world of innovation and business development behind and is focused on his real passion – to create new meaningful experiences for children centered around powerful and engaging stories like ” A little Spark.”
Together with his wife, Kathleen, daughter, Maggie, and son, Kealan, they share a love for all God’s creatures.

About the Narrator

Brandon McInnis
Brandon McInnis is a voice actor and singer known primarily for his work on animation and video games. He voices Sir Nighteye in My Hero Academia, Ganos in Dragon Ball Super, Finral Roulacase in Black Clover, Asagiri Gen in Dr. Stone, Yuna D. Kaito in Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings Online, Patrick Phelps in Black Butler, Sonosuke Izayoi in Danganronpa 3, Erlang Shen in SMITE, and many more.
With a deep love for music production and originally trained as an opera singer, Brandon also produces music for release on YouTube and Spotify. He can be followed on Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram: @BranMci

About the Illustrator

Mike Motz is a children’s book illustrator and publishing professional based out of Toronto, Canada. Motz has helped writers around the world fulfill their dreams of publishing their works. To date, Motz has been responsible for the creation of the artwork for over 300 self-published children’s books.

About the Music Producer

Bruce Faulconer
Bruce Faulconer is a musician, composer, and record producer based in Dallas, Texas. He is the owner and founder of Faulconer Productions Music, and CakeMix Recording Studio. Faulconer writes music for orchestra, various instrumental and choral groups, along with the music for feature films, and TV series, including the anime Dragon Ball Z. He recently completed twelve songs for A Little Spark, included in a new audiobook, an interactive children’s book, and an animated feature film in development.
He resides in Dallas with his wife Lisa and is the father of two sons.

PURCHASE LINK

Before October 1st, pre-order your copy, email the team at Zuroam Media, and they’ll give you the audiobook free so you can enjoy it while you wait for the book to arrive. You can find all the email address and links to your favorite bookstore here: https://bethatspark.com/shop/.

OFFICIAL LINKS

REVIEW 

Prepare yourself as you step into a multimedia reading experience. 
  In my personal opinion as it pertains to my own household; a breakthrough learning awareness for struggling dyslexic readers. Combination components of visual, audio, and technology provide more than one interaction and stimulus to help grab the child's attention. 
  You are transported into a modern-day novel musical. Likened to Annie and Grease; the characters jump into song through a quick web link or QR code on your page at opportune timed moments throughout the story.
  We are all different and we are all valuable. Join the main character Spark as he encourages everyone to have their own voice be equal and heard. We may stand apart on differences but in doing so those who may have the most important voice get lost. What happens when you are a perceived non player in the grand scheme? 
  Through perseverance, a little Magick, working together, and embracing a new way of thinking; guides all animals to come together to get the fire back on with a Little Spark. 
  Working through hardship endeavours to overcome ordeal and slog, A Little Spark takes old time moral stories into this new interactive and electronic Century. 
 Such a wonderful story , illustrated lovingly through the book. If that weren't enough the interactive pages at the end that follow is brilliant. There are times when you want more to the story, don't want the adventure to end and these pages provide the run on your imagination may be missing.

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GIVEAWAY


Enter for a chance to win the A Little Spark prize pack.
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
  • A hardcover copy of A Little Spark, autographed by author Chris Parsons.
  • A downloadable audiobook of A Little Spark.
  • A Little Spark USB drive with the A Little Spark music album.
  • One set of Apple AirPods Pro for listening to the outstanding audiobook and music!
Two (2) winners receive:
  • A hardcover copy of A Little Spark, autographed by author Chris Parsons.
  • A downloadable audiobook of A Little Spark.
Giveaway begins August 24, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends September 24, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

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DISCLOSURE

Per FTC guidelines, I disclose partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Zuroam Media.

TOUR SCHEDULE


August 24
The Children's Book Review
Book Review
August 25
Jrsbookreviews
Book Review
August 26
Over Coffee Conversations
Giveaway
August 27
Heart to Heart
Giveaway
August 28
The Children's Book Review
Interview
August 30
Barbara Ann Mojica's Blog
Book Review
August 31
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
Book Review
September 1
A Dream Within A Dream
Book Review
September 3
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Guest Post
September 8
Fairview Elementary School (Library)
Book Review
September 9
icefairy's Treasure Chest
Book Review
September 15
Library Lady's Kid Lit
Interview