Thursday, 25 July 2019

Michael Okon’s Witches Protection Program Blog Tour and Giveaway!!


DISCLOSURE

Per FTC guidelines, I disclose partnership with TCBR and Michael Okon.


ABOUT THE BOOK




Written by Michael Okon
Publisher’s Synopsis: Wes Rockville, a disgraced law-enforcement agent, gets one last chance to prove himself and save his career when he’s reassigned to a 232-year-old secret government organization.
The Witches Protection Program.
His first assignment: uncover a billion-dollar cosmetics company’s diabolical plan to use witchcraft for global domination, while protecting its heiress Morgan Pendragon from her aunt’s evil deeds. Reluctantly paired with veteran witch protector, Alastair Verne, Wes must learn to believe in witches…and believe in himself.
Filled with adventure and suspense, Michael Okon creates a rousing, tongue-in-cheek alternate reality where witches cast spells and wreak havoc in modern-day New York City.
Ages 18+ | Publisher: WordFire Press | June 3, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1614759942

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MY REVIEW

  Privileged to yet again read a book by Michael Okon. After the whirlwind reads of Monsterland / Monsterland Reanimated, I was on the edge of my seat to read Witches Protection Program. His descriptive prowess is out in full force again with Witches Protection Program. Making you feel as though you are there, right in the story giving your imagination a full work out. You can read your way to seeing the story physically unfold around you. 
  Some Witchy intrigue with that Hollywood spin of course making for a great read. Bedsides what true Witch wouldn't want to use their powers for World Domination or at least a fraction of it !?! 
  The characters come to life; you know them, you interact with them, and most of all you embark on their journey with them. Though whose side are you on? That of the Defenders of The Craft and the Davinas or the Willas. Only takes a read to find out for yourself.  How are you with the World of Magick , do you hold a skepticism and cynical attitude as Wes does in the beginning?
  Michael has brought many sub characters alive and together to create a  wondrous second story to the main characters as well. 




It truly is unfair to see these Book Trailers, they are just to good to just be  trailer, come on feature length film. I would even settle for an audio read of the book set to an accompanying silent film.

GIVEAWAY
Enter For A Chance To Win An Autographed Copy Of Witches Protection Program And A $100 Amazon Gift Card!
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
  • A copy of Witches Protection Program autographed by Michael Okon
  • A $100 Amazon gift card
Three (3) winners receive:
  • A copy of Witches Protection Program autographed by Michael Okon
Giveaway begins July 8, 2019, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends August 8, 2019, at 11:59 P.M. MT.
Open to legal residents of Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are eighteen years of age or older in their state or territory of residence at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.
Michael Okon is responsible for prize fulfillment.

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July 8, 2019
The Children's Book Review
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July 9, 2019
A Dream Within A Dream
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July 10, 2019
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July 11, 2019
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July 12, 2019
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July 23, 2019
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July 24, 2019
Barbara Ann Mojica's Blog
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July 25, 2019
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
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July 30, 2019
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Life with 4 Crazy Girls
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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Day at THEMUSEUM

*Sponsored entrance in order to facilitate our review. Though gifted free entrance all opinions are our own and honest.
*Links throughout taking you directly to webpage for each exhibit, so you can have the full course and wealth of info needed to go along with our day out.


If you have an inquisitive , who loves museums child; then take a trip to THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener Ontario.  A new kind of museum full of interactive areas. No stuffy don't touch rooms. As an unschooling with homeschooling tendencies household , the play and interaction on each floor boasts learning through play for my little guy. Hands on experiences allow you to retain and hold the information longer when seeing and doing is your learning style.
THEMUSEUM is 5 floors with interactive exhibits, some of which are permanent for your day trip delights.

It was tough getting Zach to leave the the first few floors behind and start at the top and work our way down. With a little convincing we headed up the stair case to the 4th Floor Level.

The Galleries on the 4th floor houses the Spectrum Exhibit . All facets of light and colour. One you do not want to miss at all. Spectrum runs until Sept 2019.
https://themuseum.ca/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/spectrum-pops-up-this-january/


The entrance to get into spectrum exhibit , walking the rainbow. Zach is a green freak so he only wanted to enter through the green chains. It was just like being at a carnival walking through. I took full advantage and weaved through the rainbow. the interaction isn't just for the kids.
There were a few interactive places on the walls and throughout for you to test your knowledge and try. I tried to skim them all as much as possible but anything that caught Zachs eye and he went off like a shot.


 The main room holds Play the Rainbow. We could have stayed in that room forever. Lights strung in fabulous arches that you could manipulate and change the color of and add sound.



Some comfy bean bag chairs to just sit in wonder as you looked above you, like under a twinkling of a million stars.
 The piano was a huge hit for Zach and I am sure you could have heard his chorus throughout. Here have a listen for yourself

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There was a third room to venture forth into in the Spectrum Exhibit, though I decided that it was going to be a no for me. They had a huge Ball Pit and did not realize till after there was a Balloon room. Balloons floor to ceiling. On the environmental side the balloon room should not be there from my perspective, and well I feel some type of way about the unsanitary conditions contained inside ball pits so I just pulled a mom move and we headed down to the 3rd Floor. The room was clean though and everyone was to take shoes off, just is not something for me. Plus I am pretty sure I would never have gotten my kid out of there and we had just started our adventure.  Well just started the adventure inside THEMUSEUM; we are just going to forget the bus ride in and yep the bus ride home to.


The 3rd floor Main Gallery holds the brain exhibit.
https://themuseum.ca/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/brain-2018-19/





There was just to much here to get through with my little in toe. While he learned many new things about our brains and how they work , his interest was not as enthusiastic as I had hoped it would be. Granted at 7 and knowing my kid I was expecting much , I just would have liked to have spent more time myself going through each item and module that were on display. There was one interactive experience we both loved though and that was the highlight for Zach on this floor. While he did do other things putting your head against a contraption and having you see your brain activity on the screen was so fascinating for him. It was interesting to see just how different each of our brain waves were. There is just so much in this exhibit if you have the time take it and immerse yourself in the Brain.


Heading down to 2nd Floor Family Experience level, there was the electricity Ball and you have to no matter what touch it. I was hoping his hair would go crazy cray , but just did really cool like sparks to his fingers as he moved. I am pretty sure this is a museum staple everywhere and to me it wouldn't be a Museum without it.

So regardless of the intentions I had for the Blog and the wealth of info I wanted to display, all hopes for anything went away the second we rounded the corner on the 2nd floor. With great reason. This floor holds permanent interactive Exhibits and the Creation Station Area. We were there in between events for the day so we missed out on any of the Creative stuff , though I am sure Zach would not have sat through anything esp with all the stuff on that floor.
Huge Lego blocks, bricks, water table, huge magnet wall, floor piano, and so much more. Here mommy go to just take a seat and Zach had free reign to do anything he wanted. run from thing to thing, play , explore, get wet, and just have fun. The water table we had a few school lessons and mommy played there to. The water had cleaner in it which was and is huge plus.


You can check out the events here: https://themuseum.ca/events/



He stayed here and played quite a while on this floor. Great place for younger kids to hang, learn and just explore.

We took a look at the Urban Streetscape project on that same floor before heading to the Grand Atrium on the ground floor. It was neat to see the street view in art. Glad we did also because of the concave mirror. Those are the best, Funhouse giggles. So many giggles and he made endless funny faces, here are 2.




Grand Floor holds the Main Entrance, Gift Shop, Visitor Services, Permanent Exhibits,Fish Tanks Cafeteria, Toddler Area, Cloak Room and entrance to B@THEMUSEUM Restaurant.

Cafeteria was not open for us to use or check out and while the restaurant was very cute and quaint , little bit to pricey and not to Zach friendly. Best to bring snacks.( Nut free is the intention and hope but being a public area not a guarantee, and they have that posted ) There is a large seating area to sit while kids play on the really cool  staple exhibits on the ground floor. Tables and floors not very clean there. But kids play , eat to be expected really. The tots room for little under 4 is a great place for your little littles to hang and not have to worry about intrusion of the bigger kids. The massive building blocks were what kept Zach and needing the prodding to just go past and start at the top.
Tiny little gift shop is very well laid out but expect to pay a fair amount if you want to purchase anything.Par for course it is Gift Shop.

(Gift Shop , unfortunately the great pic I had of the entrance and guest service area got deleted, before I checked to make sure it uploaded.) 




I have only touched the surface of how much is going on there. But this was our experience. To get a glimpse and see everything THEMUSEUM has to offer , head on over to their website and spend a few minutes checking things out. https://themuseum.ca/
The Lower level has the Underground Studio MakerSpace. really wanted to be able to check it out but we were in a date and time difference of availability. Hit up the link and check it out for yourself, to me would be worth checking out for yourself. https://themuseum.ca/the-underground-studio-makerspace/

We had such a great day there and I am so thankful to have received the experience. You really must get in and see both Spectrum and the Brain exhibits. You have until Sept to check them out. September boasts a new exhibit close to my heart and hopefully can get up there to check it out kid free this time.   https://themuseum.ca/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/afterlife/

Admission : 14+ $13.95 each
3-13 $9.95 each
0-2 free
Seniors 65+ 11.95
If you need to be price conscious which I can relate to $7.00 each for everyone on Wednesdays and they also have seniors day on Thursday $5 for 65+
We bused in from Cambridge so I do not know parking situation so there may be a fee for that to.

All in all a great day out, and one I hope you take the time to experience also.

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

W.B. Tyler’s If I Were Human Blog Tour and Giveaway!



DISCLOSURE

Per FTC guidelines, I disclose partnership with The Children’s Book Review and W.B. Tyler.


ABOUT THE BOOK
Written by W.B. Tyler
Publisher’s Synopsis: Brina, a Scottish Terrier, has lots of fun thinking about what she would do if she were a person! But when she shares those ideas with her friends, she begins to realize just how special it is to be a dog. The simplicity of If I Were Human makes it ideal for early readers, but with its imaginative story and entertaining illustrations, adults and children alike will love it. And who knows―you just may discover that you’d rather be a dog!
Ages 5-6 | Publisher: wbtylercom, llc | July 1, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1543972351

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MY REVIEW

My kid is a goofball and wanted a picture with character to go with his book shot this time around. He gives the book 5 goofball faces.
The book is cute. The story is great for kids and since at young ages littles see magick in so many things; it is of course easy to think animals could think like we do. As an unschooling with homeschooling tendencies family , I love how the book flows for the young learning to read reader in my home. Relatable story line, catchy, and holds real life what ifs thrown in there from the dogs perspective. The illustrations are big, bold , bright and flow so well with the story. Vic has done a fabulous job bringing the words to life. The dogs are so life like as well. it is really nice to see the full circle of even though thinking through as a dog as a human , they would want to be a dog. To me that gives the young reader the perspective that it is okay to want or to think about being someone different , but in the end who you are is just exactly right. I took it that way anyway that there was a little life lesson thrown in there. We thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend everyone grab a copy. My kid did give it 5 goofball faces after all.
I loved the personal touch sent as well with the book right from W.B. Taylor. The personalized card added an extra element to receiving this book to review. Maybe there was a little extra bias since I really loved that extra little touch. Could feel passion from the author in sending their hard earned works and dream fulfilled in print to me to read and share with my little, much appreciated.

GIVEAWAY


Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of If I Were Human, by W.B. Tyler, and a set of 2 adorable plush toy dogs!
One (1) winner receives:
  • An autographed copy of If I Were Human
  • An 8″ plush toy Scottie dog
  • An 8″ plush toy Westie dog
Nine (9) winners will receive:
  • An autographed copy of If I Were Human
Giveaway begins June 24, 2019, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 24, 2019, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
Open to the legal residents of Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are thirteen years of age or older in their state or territory of residence at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.
W.B. Tyler is responsible for prize fulfillment.

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June 25, 2019
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June 26, 2019
J.R.'s Book Reviews
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June 27, 2019
Rosco's Reading Room
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June 28, 2019
Mommy Ramblings
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July 8, 2019
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icefairy's Treasure Chest
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July 11, 2019
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
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July 12, 2019
Inspired by Savannah
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July 17, 2019
The Fairview Review
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July 18, 2019
Confessions of a Book Addict
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July 19, 2019
A Dream Within A Dream
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