Saturday, March 21, 2020

STICKS AND STONES | by Dianne Beck #YoungAdult #Contemporary #BookReview #XpressoBookTours #Giveaway



Sticks & Stones
Dianne Beck
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: March 18th, 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
When fifteen-year-old Emily Greene wakes up to police banging on her door, she is shocked to see her mother arrested on drug charges.
Uprooted and in disbelief, Emily moves to a new town to stay with her grandmother, known as Crazy Carol for her outspoken faith and quirky behaviors. As if the arrest isn’t enough, kids at her new school immediately begin to stereotype and judge her based on the news they’ve heard about her mom.
Emily is sure her mother’s fiancé is to blame for the crime. He has conveniently disappeared since the day of the arrest. She’s determined to find him, and prove he’s at fault. But something awful happens, shaking her world yet again.
After this string of tragedies, Emily starts to question God, but is gently and consistently reminded by her grandmother, through stories she tells of all the sticks, leaves, and stones she collects, that God is her good and faithful parent.
Emily must learn that the words others say about her don’t matter, that her mom’s mistakes don’t define her, and she is always deeply loved by her heavenly father. If only she can learn to forgive herself.


My Review:

This delightful novel is all about one girl's brave journey through loneliness and feeling lost to friendship, love, family, and faith.  There was even a dash of romance that was just about right.  It is fast-paced and a story that was easy to fall in love with.  It was both beautiful and inspiring and I recommend it to lovers of faith-based YA novels.

4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received this complimentary book upon request and have voluntarily left my review.  All opinions are my own.


Author Bio:
Dianne Beck has spent the majority of her career teaching students ranging from Kindergarten through adult. No matter what age, her biggest goal is to encourage her students to be their own unique selves, to have confidence in who they are, and to follow their passions.
Dianne’s debut young adult novel, Sticks and Stones, was inspired by her years of teaching, where she saw so many students struggle with varying issues, and also experienced how an understanding ear and relevant literature could make a significant impact on their lives. She hopes young people, as well as adults, can find faith and strength, like her main character Emily does, even when things seem to be falling apart.
Dianne is motivated daily by her faith in God, her husband, and her four adult children. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, sipping coffee, browsing a bookstore, or pursuing a part-time faith and fitness ministry at www.ofcommonground.com.



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Friday, March 20, 2020

ORDINARY | by Starr Z Davies #YA #SciFi #Dystopian #Excerpt #GuestPost #Giveaway #SilverDaggerBookTours



Ordinary 
Ordinary Series Book 1 
by Starr Z. Davies 
Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopian 


Fans of Powerless, The Testing, Hunger Games and the Maze Runner will crave this world of iniquitous secrets, intrigue, and desire to find a place in society. 

Divinic. Somatic. Psionic. Naturalist. Who will you be? 

Having a superpower is ordinary. Your Power determines your job, social class, and future success. 

But Ugene doesn’t have a Power. The only thing special about him is that he isn’t special at all. Ugene is Powerless. 

So when the most prominent biomedical research company in the city offers Ugene a solution, he jumps at the possibility to be ordinary. All he has to do is agree to allow them to use him in their research. But the longer he stays at the research facility, the more he realizes something isn't right. 

Friendships are forged. Trust is broken built and broken. And everything Ugene thought he understood and believed is called into question. 

Who can Ugene trust in his search for answers? What is he willing to sacrifice for Powers? 


Three days define who a person will be for the rest of their life. The day they are born. Testing Day, where their abilities are determined. And, of course, Career Day, where social status, wealth, and future prospects are decided for them by an exhibition hall of employers.

I passed my birth with great pains. According to stories Mom told me, my labor gave her particular difficulty. After arriving too soon, too weak to survive on my own, I lived in an incubator for the first six weeks of my life in a struggle to survive. It’s why she sometimes—annoyingly—calls me, “tough guy.”

Up until Testing Day, everyone—from my teachers to my neighbors—called me a late bloomer and constantly reassured my parents that eventually, I would fall into one of the Four Branches of Powers. They said it as if doing so was something I would just stumble over on the sidewalk one day and say, “Oh look, there’s my Power!”

Testing Day came early in my ninth year of schooling, alongside everyone else in my class. Those who had already developed their ability were divided into groups based on their Branch of Power: Somatic for Powers relating to the body; Naturalist for those with organic Powers; Psionic for the Power of the mind; and Divinic for those with Powers outside our world. Mostly, this division left me and three other kids—Mo, Dave, and Leo—uncategorized. By the end of the day, only I remained unclassified. Testing Day was a bitter disappointment for everyone in my family— including me.

Ordinary people have Powers and prospects. I have neither.

Now I face Career Day, where I get to parade around a convention center with all the other doe-eyed, eleventh-year students and try to convince businesses why my Power is worth employment. Except I still don’t have one, and probably never will.

I’ve dreaded this day for years. Now, there’s no escaping it.

Miraculously, my parents haven’t given up on me. They still hold on to the hope that everything is about to change.

For all our sakes, I hope they are right.
The Inspiration for Ordinary
Ordinary was born from a game my husband, stepson, and I used to play. We would sit in the living room and just come up with “what-if” scenarios. One of those was: “What if there was a boy who lived in a world where everyone had a superpower but him, and the only job he could get was delivering flowers by bicycle?” Obviously, the idea evolved quite a bit from there in my own mind.

It took a few more years before I actually started planning the book. I was in undergrad taking a fiction class and we had to begin writing a book that we shared in small groups to critique. While I had a few book ideas, the concept for Ordinary really took hold with others. They loved the reversal of the hero being someone without special powers instead of someone with them. So I wrote a first draft—and it was terrible. A total mess. But I was determined to finish it, so I joined a writer’s group who helped me identify the problems and sort them out. Then I rewrote the book—twice—before I was satisfied with the final product.

What Comes After the Ordinary Trilogy?
While I still have two books for the Ordinary trilogy to complete, I already have several irons in the fire for what comes next. First, I’ve had an idea since I was in undergrad for a book or series—I’m not sure yet—that takes place in the late 15th century Mongolia. It will be a blend of historical and fantasy fiction. It’s about a young woman who is forced into an arranged marriage, and she has to find out how she fits into this new world she’s been thrust into. There’s a lot more to the story than that, but without giving too much away right now, that’s the best, boiled down description I have to offer.

Another set of series I’ve been working on worldbuilding for a long time is more of a hard epic fantasy than young adult—think along the lines of the brutality and character depth of Songs of Ice and Fire. The first series is about a seemingly endless war between two brothers, and how their decisions affect not only the people around them but the survival of the world itself. The second series takes place about a hundred years after that one and shows how people are still working on recovering from the fallout of that war. These will probably be a few years off still, but I’m excited about the journey.

Exclusive Side Stories for the Ordinary Trilogy
Can I share a secret? People who enjoy Ordinary will want to sign up for my newsletter to get a free short story about Dr. Joyce Cass and her rise to power—a story you can only get from my newsletter. It’s not available anywhere else, and it won’t be there forever.

The story is called Superior. I wrote it as an exploration of Dr. Cass’s character (as a villain) so that I could better understand her motivation. It also sheds some light on a few of the characters readers will see in the rest of the Ordinary trilogy.

I’m also considering writing a short story about one of Ugene’s closest friends—though I don’t want to spoil who it is or what the story is about. If I do, the story will only be available to those on my email list. I will send it out to current subscribers and offer it as a signup bonus for new subscribers. So if readers aren’t on my newsletter list yet, they should consider signing up to get these side stories.

On Writing Ordinary and the Fantastic Characters
Writing a book is like taking a really long journey with a new group of people, only to discover you’re great friends at the end. But sadly, it’s the end. I enjoyed a lot about writing this book: delving into this strange and different world; challenging myself to come up with unusual solutions to ordinary problems; forming a connection with the characters.

I’m the sort of reader that loves great characters, and the characters in Ordinary definitely stood out to me. Ugene often made me laugh, bringing his clever wit to the table even in grim situations. He really evolved as a character as well, finding his footing along the way. I enjoyed writing that and giving him the freedom to take the right path. Miller is the snarky, distant guy who insists he wants to be left alone while simultaneously throwing himself into situations right alongside Ugene. Celeste is a reclusive dreamer who speaks in riddles that make perfect sense to her, even if no one else understands what they mean. Bianca is that typical out-of-reach girl who Ugene pines over, and she sees herself as Ugene’s self-appointed protector.

The cast in the book is actually pretty big, and all of the characters within that cast have their own unique qualities to bring to the table. While most of them have nothing in common, they all trust in Ugene, even when he doesn’t trust himself.

What Makes Ugene Tick: A Character Analysis
Ugene Powers is the nerdy, weak boy in the corner of the classroom that no one really notices until he says or does something that makes him shine. When everyone else developed their Power, Ugene watched and waited. But nothing happened to him. The lack of Power caused a rift between him and his father and the two are constantly at odds with each other.

Because of his lack of Power, Ugene spends a lot of time learning about what causes Powers and how those Powers are part of the DNA. He’s probably the most well-read seventeen-year-old in the city. He studied all the research and studied himself to try and find out why he wasn’t like everyone else. This hunt for answers gave him the exact ammunition he needs later in the book and the series. Ugene can see things that most others can’t because he has learned to adapt, and he knows about as much as he can about Powers.

Though Ugene is great at solving puzzles and putting together pieces when others can’t, he isn’t so great at one-on-one relationship—particularly with girls. Ugene has a lot of compassion for others, but he doesn’t always know how to communicate properly. I feel like this combination of strengths and weaknesses makes him a really unique character to follow.


The Origins of the Ordinary Trilogy Titles
Finding the right title for a book is a tricky business. It needs to paint a picture of what to expect, while also reflecting on the main characters. A lot of authors struggle with this, but titles seem to come naturally to me.

Coming up with the title for Ordinary seemed obvious. Ugene only wants to fit in and be ordinary, and everything he suffers through in the book is in pursuit of that goal. The title came to me almost immediately, as did the titles for the rest of the books: Extraordinary; Unique. Each of these titles shares a goal or clue about what to expect in the book, and what sort of journey Ugene undertakes in each book.

Casting Ordinary
What author doesn’t love casting their characters in a film? Seeing a book turned into a film (with good interpretations like Hunger Games or Harry Potter) is the dream of just about every author I’ve ever met. If I had casting choices for Ordinary, I would choose these actors—or actors similar to them.

-Ugene played by Justice Smith. After watching him in Detective Pikachu, there was really no one else for the role. He’s perfect in every way.
-Bianca Pond played by Auli'i Cravalho (Moana). I haven’t seen her in any live-action shows or films, but her voice acting in Moana was outstanding, and she is almost the perfect image of what Bianca looked like in my mind.
-Miller played by Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four). He has the ideal look and attitude to pull off a great Miller!
-Enid played by Ashely Boettcher (Alone Together). Ashley has the stunning but girl-next-door look that I imagined Enid has—a simple, down-to-earth look. It’s easy to see her as beautiful, even if her character doesn’t see it herself.
-Celeste played by Emily Carey (Wonder Woman). She has the youthful face and wide-eyed innocence that goes with Celeste’s character, and she has the ability to play a tough character as well.
-Forrest Pond played by Wilmer Valderrama (NCIS). He looks young enough, but also is clearly older than the others, and his acting chops are great for a role like this.
-Dr. Joyce Cass played by Sienna Miller (Layer Cake). This woman has the chops and can pull off the perfect balance of severe and sincere.

I share a complete casting of all the characters in the series on my Pinterest board. Check that out!


Why You Must Read Ordinary
I’ve read a lot of young adult and fantasy books, and in almost every one of them, the hero of the story has some greater power than the other characters. Sometimes it’s based on magic or some sort of alteration to their DNA. Sometimes it just happens because of who their parents are. The characters are thrown into a situation outside of their comfort zone and have to find a way to survive.

While Ordinary isn’t so different from those stories, it also isn’t the same. Ugene doesn’t throw himself out of his comfort zone—he loves Power-based research and wanted to work for Paragon—and he doesn’t have a superpower that makes him special. Instead, he uses his brain, finds the logic in various situations, and solves the puzzle to get out of those situations. Early readers compared him to a post-apocalyptic Sherlock Holmes.

Ugene is also a bit of a reluctant hero. People gravitate toward him and listen to him even when he doesn’t understand why, but his natural ability to see things with clarity that others lack, and his compassion for others, draws people to him.

I also loved the idea that Ugene isn’t super powerful like most of the heroes in these sorts of stories tend to be. He has no real power at all, yet he still has to find a way to escape his situation against all odds. After all, how does someone with no power stand up to those with powers?

Favorite Scene Edited out of Ordinary, and How the Book Changed on Rewrites
Writing and editing is a trying process. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears go into creating a great novel. Sometimes, that means cutting out sections of scenes that end up no working for the flow of the plot. In the case of Ordinary, it was actually most of the book. While there are still tidbits of that first draft blended in, most of the story has changed. At first, Ugene underwent a series of grueling tests against each of the Four Branches of Powers. Some were simple smell tests, while others were much more intense.

A favorite that ended up getting cut out of the book was this scene where Ugene is in the hospital wing with Forrest, and there’s a man dying on one of the beds. Forrest just steps back and says, “Fix him” without offering any sort of guidance. Ugene has no medical training and no healing abilities, so he flounders and watches as the guy dies while Forrest does nothing at all to help. The scene was intense, but it ended up not working with the way the story went during rewrites.

Most of the changes were made because the situation wasn’t challenging enough, and the ending wasn’t satisfying enough. Ugene just couldn’t properly transform under the circumstances he was initially put through, but after making serious adjustments, that quickly changed.






STARR Z. DAVIES is a Midwesterner at heart and lives in Wisconsin with her husband and kids. From a young age, Starr has been obsessed with superheroes like Batman and Captain America, which inspired her novel, ORDINARY. If Starr had a superpower, she would be an Empath, because she is an emotional sponge and easily relates to how others feel. 

While pursuing a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin, Starr gained a reputation as the “Character Assassin” because she has a habit of utterly destroying her characters both emotionally and physically. 

In her free time, Starr loves watching Doctor Who or anything with superheroes, reading books (duh!), writing about her favorite fantasy stories (Song of Ice and Fire, Mistborn, The Wheel of Time), and staring out the window as she dreams up more stories. Oh, and sometimes she steps out the door. 




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Thursday, March 19, 2020

EMBERHAWK | by Jamie Foley #YA #Fantasy #BookReview #5Stars #Giveaway #SilverDaggerBookTours



Ember Hawk 
The Katrosi Revolution Book 1 
by Jamie Foley 
Genre: YA Fantasy 


The elementals have decided they're gods, and humans are nothing but fuel for their fire.

A starving trapper.

Merciless drought withers Kira's ranch, leaving her family hungry—and desperate enough to cross the border into the forbidden forest to trap wild game.

But the forest is infested with tree-scorpions and giant cats that wield elemental invisibility, and they're hungry, too. When Kira mistakes one elemental creature for another, she ends up with the last thing she wants in her trap: an enemy soldier.

An invisible spy.

Ryon can't afford to be a prisoner of war. If the Malaano Empire extracts his secrets, the rumors of war will be confirmed—and the tribes stand little chance against the Empire unless they can put aside generations of bad blood for the sake of a Tribal Alliance.

When Ryon's escape leaves Kira injured and her livelihood in flames, Ryon must choose between aiding her… or returning to his chieftess with vital information. But can he survive the trek when an elemental pursues him for his rejected heritage?

A sacrificial princess.

Imperial Princess Vylia is given a powerful ancient stone as her wave singer trials approach. But is the stone's whispering voice from the water goddess, or a masquerading elemental the creator god imprisoned millennia ago?

When Vylia's diplomatic mission to the tribal lands erupts in fiery revenge, she, Kira, and Ryon must work together to survive—or become pawns in the battle of the gods. 



One good look at this cover and I was in love with Emberhawk.  Even better, the story doesn't disappoint one iota!  And such a cool, unique world!  Wow!  I loved the characters.  They were full of empathy,  likeability, relatability, huge dynamics, and well-developed. I especially liked Lysander...lol. The world-building and plot itself were such a great adventure. So if you are looking for a story with high stakes danger, witty banter, and a sprinkle of romance, Emberhawk is for you. 

Highly recommend for 15+ for some romance, peril, injuries, and mild violence.

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received the complimentary book upon request and am leaving my review voluntarily.  All opinions are my own.


Jamie Foley loves strategy games, home-grown berries, and Texas winters. She kills vipers with her great-grandfather’s rifle but she’s terrified of red wasps. As a graphic design ninja and marketing guru, Jamie loves helping other authors when she’s not writing. She’s the typesetter for Enclave Publishing and the creator of Fayette Press. Her books have been featured in Amazon Prime Reading, finaled for reader’s choice awards, and selected as #1 New Releases on Amazon.com. Her husband is her cowboy astronaut muse. They live between Austin and the cattle ranch, where their hyperactive spawnling and wolfpack roam. 







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DRAGON LAD: TALE OF THE TALISMAN | by JC Stevens #MiddleGrade #Fantasy #Series #Excerpt #RABTBookTours




Middle-Grade Fantasy
Publisher: Dragon's Egg Books

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Magic and adventure abound in this second book in the Dragon Lad trilogy.


"Tale of the Talisman" follows our young, dragon-hatched hero as he seeks his parents, his past and his destiny in Roman-ruled Britannia. A boy without a history -- at least one that he can remember -- Dirk turns to his shape-shifting friends for help. They launch him on a quest involving the one clue he has to his previous existence: a magic talisman.

The wizard Beldor gives Dirk a ring that allows him to re-enter the realm he thought he'd left behind. Armed with this ring and a magic map, he travels a trail leading to a raging dragon, a slippery mermaid, two grasping sorcerers and a legion of Roman soldiers. He also rediscovers a long-lost friend and powers he never imagined.

Fast-paced and funny, "Dragon Lad: Tale of the Talisman" is a modern classic that can be read alone or as a companion to the first novel in the trilogy, "Dragon Lad: The Thirteenth Egg."



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CHAPTER ONE

Mist-Spell

Dirk set his satchel on the seacliff, and breathed in the chill salt air.

There are times I wish I were still a dragon. Not forever, but I sure could have used a set of dragon wings for this journey. And dragon-fire to keep me warm....

For the past four days, he‘d slogged over frost, snow and ice at a pace worthy of a Roman legionary. He‘d stopped only to eat, sleep, and rub the numbness out of his frozen, blistered toes.

Determined to reach his destination, he‘d raced across the strange, ancient landscape of Britannia. He‘d wandered through eerie, fog-bound woods, farmsteads and bogs; past centuries-old tin and coppermines and even older moss-covered fingers of rock pointing to the sky. He‘d torn his clothes on bramble thorns, dirtied his shoes crossing sheep and cow tracks and come close to tumbling down the sheer, rugged slopes lining the coast. He‘d gone as far west as he could go without leaping off the bluffs.

A stranger in an unfamiliar yet bewilderingly familiar realm, he hadn‘t lingered to ask about his surroundings. The only history that interested him was his own. The mystery of his origin had compelled him to travel alone during a season better spent huddling by a fire. He hungered for action, hungered for certainty in his uncertain existence, and the journey fed the hunger.

Tall and slim, with raven hair and eyes of a gold hue rare in humans, Dirk possessed the outward appearance of a boy of twelve human years. But he could only remember the past seven months of his existence. For all he knew, his life had begun the previous spring, when he‘d hatched as a dragon.

But just as birds and reptiles molt, casting off their old feathers and scales, the dragon Dorg shed his skin to become Dirk, the boy hatched as a dragon... but perhaps also born human.

And now he dwelled in a world as vague and grey as the approaching dusk: a world in which he was not quite human, not quite dragon, and might revert at any moment. Living in two worlds and welcome in neither, he yearned desperately to learn where he truly belonged.


About the Author


J. C. Stevens began writing fiction, nonfiction and poetry at age five. The author's first and favorite stories were about ghosts, witches and other spooky creatures. As an adult, Stevens served as a newspaper reporter, editor and teacher.

"Dragon Lad: The Thirteenth Egg," the first book in the Dragon Lad trilogy, debuted in 2015. The second book in the trilogy, "Dragon Lad: Tale of the Talisman," appeared in 2017. The third and final book, "Dragon Lad: Wand of the Black Sphere," was published in 2019. Stevens lives in Southern California.


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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy Release Day to FRACTURED FAIRY TALES!!! #Anthology #BenefitingMakeAWish #19Stories #21Authors #SASSEvent #LipServicesPR


FRACTURED FAIRY TALES:
A SASS ANTHOLOGY
Designer: Wicked by Designs
Release Date: March 17, 2020
Benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation
Once upon a time…Happily ever after…all of the fairytales we know and love begin and end the same, but what if they were altered? Fractured? Would the magic still happen? Does that happy ending still come at the stroke of midnight or with a kiss?

Join this group of SaSSy authors as they take you on a journey, weaving their own magic and putting a spin on the fairytales we all know and love to support Make-A-Wish Foundation.

** MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION creates life-changing wishes for children with a critical illness who have reached the age of 2½ and are younger than 18 at the time of referral.

**Anthology will only be available collectively in Ebook. Each story will be available individually from the author in paperback.

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Amy Marie
Lexi C Foss and Cora Kenborn
Maria Vickers
Samatha Harris
Erin Lee
Jennifer Allen
Julie Morgan
Kira Nyte
Sidonia Rose
Cee Marie
Morgan and Jennifer Locklear
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ME Montgomery
Abigail Lee Justice
Kiki Malone
Lora Logan
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THE SECRETS OF HAWTHORNE HOUSE | by Donald Firesmith #YA #MG #UrbanFantasy #Trailer #giveaway #SilverDaggerBookTours



The Secrets of Hawthorne House 
by Donald Firesmith 
Genre: YA/MG Urban Fantasy 


Matt's life changes forever when a family of druids moves into the dilapidated Victorian mansion next door. The story of an unlikely friendship, the clash of two completely different cultures, secret magic, and a search for the lost Hawthorne treasure. 

Fifteen-year-old Matt Mitchell was having the worst summer imaginable. Matt’s misery started when a drunk driver killed his mother. Then his father moved him and his twin sister to the small town of Hawthorne in rural Indiana, as far as his grieving father could take from the ocean that Matt's mother had loved. At the new high school, three bullies are determined to make Matt miserable. And to top it off, Matt learns that the recluse who lives in the 'haunted house" next door is none other than Old Lady Hawthorne, the town’s infamous witch and murderer. Matt’s terrible summer is turning into an awful autumn when something quite unexpected happens. Old Lady Hawthorne’s niece and her three children arrive, and Matt meets Gerallt. 




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A geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He's also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat by his fear that the term "distinguished" makes him sound like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still slightly more red than gray.

By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, and his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and birds. 




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Monday, March 16, 2020

Phrebbel the Phrongol's Vacation Pictures| by Joe Spraga #BookBlast #ChildrensPictureBook #Giveaway #SilverDaggerBookTours


Here's a children's picture book, along with a $50 Amazon gift card giveaway. I wonder if Phrebbel can be a carrier.... perhaps he's the origin of coronavirus.... Open worldwide, you have through 4/12 to enter. Good luck.


Phrebbel the Phrongol's Vacation Pictures 
by Joe Spraga 
Genre: Children's Picture Book 


Phrebbel The Phrongol from planet Phrongolia recently took many pictures while vacationing on planet Earth. He needs help identifying the pictures in his photo album because he has never seen these things before. Can you help him? This is a full color picture book designed to inspire critical thinking in CHILDREN. The pictures are of everyday things like people and animals you would see in nature and on planet Earth in general. The pictures allow the reader to come up with answers to help the main character Phrebbel, identify things he has never seen on planet Earth before. A fun brain teaser for kids that makes learning fun! 




Joe was raised in the Detroit Metropolitan area. An artist at heart, Joe is a graduate of Western Michigan University, with a Bachelor's of Arts in English (Creative Writing) and a Minor in Philosophy. A former musician, Joe legally became disabled in 2015 due to health problems. He enjoys spending time with dogs, as should all right thinking people. 



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