Timmy the Turtle ~ Book Blast

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Sometimes just visiting a friend is an adventure all by itself.




A peek at the story…

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About the Author ~ James D. Bates

James D Bates is a young author from British Columbia Canada. An avid lover of hockey, his favorite team is the Vancouver Canucks. He’s interested in hockey, marvel comics, movies, and travelling.

To learn more about him you can check out his blog at http://jdbatesauthor.blogspot.ca/

Tour Schedule can be found HERE!

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Happy Reading,


Will You Be My Friend? ~ Book Blast & Giveaway

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Will You Be My Friend
Title: Will You Be My Friend?

Genre: Childrens

Author: Kim Heaton Ramsay

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Pages: 16

Language: English

ISBN – 978-1-47729-503-8

Marley Mouse wants to make some new friends. During Marley’s search she meets four kind creatures who are very different from her. Sweet Marley offers her friendship to each of them despite their differences and has lots of fun with her new friends.


Giveaway Time!!!

Pump Up Your Book and Kim are teaming up to give you a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Terms & Conditions:

■By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.

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■This giveaway begins January 7 and ends on January 21.

■Winners will be contacted via email on January 22, 2014.

■Winner has 48 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!


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About the Author ~ Kim Heaton Ramsay

Kim Heaton Ramsay works in healthcare and has spent her career helping people. Will You Be My Friend? is Kim’s first illustrated children’s book. She lives near Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, to whom she has been married for 27 years. Kim has two grown children, a son and a daughter.

Happy Reading,


Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Surpise Tour & Giveaway

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Kirby Puckernut is Santa’s cleverest little elf. While dreaming up marvelous toys for good girls and boys, Kirby has his best idea yet – a real elf in every home, all through the holidays, spreading Christmas Magic Santa finds the perfect family and allows Kirby to serve as the test elf for the first momentous visit. Fun and adventure are at every turn, but not everything goes as planned…

Will Kirby’s idea be a success.


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Author Alicia Richardson has created a new Christmas classic with her children’s book, Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Surprise.

Alicia Richardson resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and four children. She has always had a flair for storytelling, and has given life to a special little elf named Kirby Puckernut.

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Tour Giveaways


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5 winners will each recieve a copy of Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Suprise + Kirby Elf

Open to US Only

Ends 12/31/13

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Giveaway #2

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 12/31/13


Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Runabouts by P.J. Jenkins Book Blast & Giveaway

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Join P.J. Jenkins, author of the parenting/bullying book, Runabouts, as she tours the blogosphere September 9 – September 20 on her first Book Blast with Pump Up Your Book! P.J. will be giving away a $25 Amazon GC/Paypal Cash to one lucky winner! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form on the participating blogs below and good luck! If you would like to host P.J., please email Tracee at tgleichner (at) gmail.com.



Runabouts is a story about friends having fun together, as well as dealing with unpleasant situations. Sunny is a very good friend and tries to make sure that his friends are not taken advantage of by bullies. He also shows us how we can make choices for our own behavior even if others don’t want to change their behavior. Sunny could leave Sharky stuck in the mud or he could choose to help him. What would you do? Enjoy the fun of zooming through the water and feeling the water spray over your face. I hope it will make you anxious to enjoy the water and warm weather just like Sunny.

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I’m married and have two daughters, and seven and a half grandchildren. We enjoy spending time with our grandchildren and love to take them for rides on our boat. We are lucky to live in Michigan where lakes are plentiful as well as beautiful. I taught elementary school for over 35 years. Reading books is such a joy for children. Life often brings problems dealing with different kinds of people, and children need to now that they choose how they want to behave regardless of what others do. I hope they can see other options as well as enjoy a fun story.

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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Amazon Gift Certificate or Paypal Cash.
  • This giveaway begins September 9 – September 20.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Saturday September 21, 2013.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!


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book blast schedule

Monday, September 9

Margay Leah Justice

Offbeat Vagabond

Minding Spot

Tuesday, September 10

The Writer’s Life

Blooming with Books

Literary Winner


Wednesday, September 11

As the Pages Turn

Bookworm Lisa

Day by Day in Our World

Confessions of a Reader

Thursday, September 12

Beths’ Book Review

Literarily Speaking

Socrates’ Book Reviews

Book Reviews by Dee

Friday, September 13

Mary’s Cup of Tea

Authors and Readers Book Corner

Crystal’s Many Reviews

Monday, September 16

Icefairy’s Treasure Chest

Between the Covers

Tuesday, September 17

The Phantom Paragrapher

Beyond the Books

Wednesday, September 18

Literal Exposure

Inside BJ’s Head

Book Marketing Buzz


Thursday, September 19

Review From Here


Emeraldfire’s Bookmark

Friday, September 20

Queen of All She Reads

I Love to Read and Review Books


Pump Up Your Book

Happy Reading,


Review of Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop


I started reading Beautiful Disaster last night, and if it weren’t for having so much I HAVE to do today, I would have already finished it. I’m LOVIN’ it!! I’ll be out tomorrow, so I’ll probably have a review ready for it either tomorrow night or Friday. In the meantime, I wanted to share my daughter’s absolute FAVORITE book Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop. I actually won this book a couple years ago or so, but it has been my daugther’s favorite “go to” book ever since.


Pretty Penny has lots of big ideas. For instance, she wants to throw a birthday party for her grandmother, Bunny, but there is only one problem—she doesn’t have any money! What’s a creative, industrious girl to do? When Penny notices that Bunny’s attic is cluttered with old things that still have value, Penny has an idea—create a “Small Mall!” Penny will have to clean up and set up shop in the attic to sell the old items to earn the money for Bunny’s surprise celebration. Author/illustrator Devon Kinch has created a charming, stylish character with a signature look, just like such classic children’s book characters as Madeline, Eloise, Pippi Longstocking, and Olivia—Penny is never without her fuschia purse! With Pretty Penny’s help, kids can get money savvy!

My Thoughts
It’s really a win win book with its great message. You can never start too early teaching children about being wise with their money. In writing this review, I was surprised to learn that there are other Pretty Penny books out there. Same illustrations, same theme, different settings. I now know what books to get my daughter for her next birthday! Also, I would recommend the hard cover books versus the e-book version. This is one of those that your little girl will want to be able to turn the pages to. Plus, it’s only a few dollars more.

What are your little ones favorite reads??

Ramblings on Reading

Today we read some more of The Door in the Wall. My boys were thrilled that there was finally some action. They still, however, don’t like the book as a whole. We only have one more chapter left to read tomorrow.

My oldest son just finished Patterson’s I Funny. He really enjoyed it. He LOVES the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, so if your kids like those and are looking for something new, try out Patterson’s Middle School series. Here’s Patterson’s newest & my sons next “To Read”:

What children’s books would you recommend, or not as my kids would say about The Door in the Wall?

Princess Kiah – Three Books in One

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Let me start by saying that my daughter LOVES these cute little princess books. In these stories, Princess Kiah, not a “real” princess – except to her parents, tries to fit the fairytales (The Princess and the Pea, The Princess and the Frog & Cinderella) into her own life. She puts a bag of frozen peas under her bed that turn to mush, she kisses a frog only to get slimy lips, and tries to fit a decorative table-top glass slipper onto her foot. Cute & fun little stories!

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling

WOW! I wish I had remembered what this book was about before reading it to my 5 yr old in the dark!! Snakes tend to star in her nightmares as it is. Fortunately, the mongoose, Rikki Tikki Tavi, kills all the snakes and saves the nice family, but there are a lot of close calls first. Scary!!
The story was actually taken from Kipling’s The Jungle Book. I have a feeling that my boys would like it!

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You can get Rikki-Tikki-Tavi for Kindle FREE on Amazon now.