Saturday, October 31, 2015

Magelica's Voyage book series

MAGELICA-ENGLISH-COVERTitle: Magelica’s Voyage
Author: Louise Courey Nadeau 
Publication Date: June 1, 2013 
Publisher: Magelica Inc. 
Pages: 48 
Recommended Ages: 5 to 10

Summary: Who ever heard of a girl being hatched from an egg the colour of sapphires? Magelica doesn’t know where she came from or who she really is. But when she’s transported to the Isle of Dreams in a flying bathtub, she launches into an adventure of discovery, and learns that wonderful things can happen when she uses her imagination, believes, opens her heart and trusts in love. Come fly with her and discover for yourself the power of imagination, gratitude, believing in yourself, and love! In this special first voyage, fantasy, adventure, magical illustrations, empowering messages, and a wonderful cast of enchanting characters come together as Magelica takes young girls and the special people in their lives on a fun, inspiring voyage about making your life magical.

Magelica's Voyage introduces youngsters to the world of adventure in of all things a bathtub.  This book is a cute fantasy book full of adventure and imagination.  The characters are fun and loving and wanting to do the right thing.  A very inspiring and enchanting book.   Open young hearts to the world of dreams and adventure.  I loved this book.  It will be going in my classroom library. 

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Magelica The RescueTitle: The Rescue (Magelica’s Voyage, Book 2)
Author: Louise Courey Nadeau 
Publication Date: May 27, 2015 
Publisher: Magelica Inc. 
Pages: 48 
Recommended Ages: 5 to 10

Summary: When Magelica dreams of the prince lost on a deserted island, she realizes that it could lead to his rescue. She returns to the Isle of Dreams to tell Queen Raya what she knows. Can they save Prince Will before it’s too late? Will the power of laughter and love be enough?

Magelica's Voyage: The Rescue is book two in the series fun, colorful and full of  adventure.  Dreams, fantasy and imagination can take readers almost anywhere and fight any villain. Book two is  another very inspiring and enchanting book.  Join in the adventure with Magelica and her friends.  I loved this book.  Another book for my classroom library. 

* Available in English / French / Spanish *



About the Author:

Passionate about empowering and inspiring children around the world, Louise Courey Nadeau, born and raised in Montreal, Canada, and mother of two girls and two boys created her first fairy tale Magelica’s Voyage, with the second book in the series, The Rescue, launched June 2015.

“Through life’s trials and tribulations, I always believed I could. With the Magelica book series my goal is to take young girls and their parents and teachers on empowering adventures and to inspire and encourage them to believe that they are amazing just the way they are, and to discover the power of love, positivity, and believing in themselves.

Magelica’s Voyage is inspired by my life, my family, and the special people and places I love”, says Courey Nadeau. “All of the characters in the story, including Magelica are reflections of the person I am- the wacky part, the funny part, the philosopher, the teacher, the caretaker, the chosen mom, the giver, and of course the dreamer. What would Magelica do, I often ask, and I get the answer. When you fly with Magelica, the possibilities are endless and there is magic all around.”

To read her blogs and learn more about Louise Courey Nadeau please visit Magelica’s Voyage website at You can also follow Magelica on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.







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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Author Diann Mills talks about her book Deadlock

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 1, 2015)
Diann Mills

1. How did you become interested in writing?         
I cant remember when I wasnt in fiction mode. Before I could hold a pencil, I created stories. After I could hold a pencil, I wrote stories. The power of the written word intrigued me then as nowthe sound of words, the look of them on the written page, the ways words are used to entertain, inspire, and encourage others.                                                                                                                                         

2. What can you tell us about the setting of this novel?
Deadlock, a romantic suspense, is set in Houston, Texas. My city. My home. Familiar landscapes add more authenticity.

3. Who are the main characters?
Special Agent Bethany Sanchez steps into the violent crime division of Houstons FBI. Shes a bit of a perfectionist, and her own worst critic. However, she has reservations about her new partner, the same man who put her brother in jail. To make matters worse, he has a reputation of getting the job done, no nonsense, and a womanizer. Are the rumors true?

4. Special Agent Thatcher Graves is ready to work with his new partner, but shes hard to get to know. Hes uncertain if he can trust her, and he has to know she has his back. Recently he made a decision to become a Christian, but his past party-image stops him from revealing the changes in his life.

5. Which of the characters surprised you the most in this story, and how so?
Bethany refused to give up on her relationship with her family, even though they chose her felon brother over her.

6. How did the writing of this story impact you as a person or as an author?
Definitely the family dynamics. We all have family members who dont share our beliefs or values. This deepened my awareness of unconditional love woven with obedience to Gods principles.

7. Why is this story important to you?
Three reasons:
1.      The complexities of dealing with a depraved mind.
2.      Showing the cultural differences between Bethany and Thatcher and their friendship resulting in love.
3.      Creating an action-packed story about Houstons FBI, their dedication and commitment to keeping people safe. 

8. What would you like your readers to take away from this story?
Gods sovereignty in all situations of lifefamily, career, friendships, love, and obeying laws that correspond with Gods principles.

9. Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
God is bigger than our problems - whether that be career, spiritual, or personal. In Deadlock, not only did professional problems attack my hero and heroine, but family dynamics.
10.  When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy reading, cooking, gardening, and grandkids! Im very much into good health and exercise to keep my body and mind in the best shape possible.
11. What can you tell us about Deadlock? 
Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?

That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldnt be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.

When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.

Where can readers find you on the Internet?

Sign up for my blog on my website! I love to hear from readers!

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at her website.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

New Pony Day! by: Jen K. Blom

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New Pony Day!Title: New Pony Day!
Author: Jen K. Blom
Publisher: Jen K. Blom
Pages: 28
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Today’s the day Josie gets her new pony – if she can find him, that is! Her cat Pasta’s along for the ride, too, but there’s no telling if he’ll help or not – he’s a cat!
 New Pony Day is a cute rhyming meter book.  It's a fun book for Preschooler and an easy short story book for beginner readers.  The illustrations are bold, bright and colorful.  It's an exciting adventure that youngsters will love. 

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Jen K BlomJen K Blom is an international award-winning author living in Berlin, Germany with her daughter, husband and hairless cat Yoda. Visit to get all sorts of great updates and activity sheets featuring Josie, Floki and Pasta!
Her latest book is the children’s picture book, New Pony Day!
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Powder Monkey by: Donna McDine
Title: Powder Monkey
Author: Donna McDine
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 24
Genre: Children
Forced into a life at sea by the Royal Navy Press Gangs, 12-year-old Tommy Kitt finds himself in a floating sea of misery. Poor living conditions and beatings occur daily. Despite his runt like size, Tommy must summon the courage and physical ability to prevail in a situation he cannot escape.

Powder Monkey is an excellent book to teach children to not give up and be thankful for what they have.  Also good for teaching kids what is was like back in the days when children were forced to work.  This is book has a very powerful message. 

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A Promise to Keep by Elizabeth Younts

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Promise to Keep
Howard Books (October 13, 2015)
Elizabeth Younts


A Word from the Author:

I’m Elizabeth, a blessed child of The King. I’m a middle-born daughter, military officer’s wife, homeschooling mama, writer, closet DIYer, and, dare I say it, Downton Abbey addict. May I also mention that I love both my history and my coffee rich.

I am formerly Amish and my heritage is very dear to me and thankful to be so accepted among my still Amish family. I can still speak PA Dutch, too! You can learn more about my Amish family in my first book Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl.

My three book series with Howard Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) is a dream come true. The series is titled The Promise of Sunrise. In this series you will live through World War 2 from an Amish perspective and experience their unique struggles as conscientious objectors during wartime. What happened if one of their members enlisted? What was it like to serve at the Civilian Public Service Camps for years with almost no compensation? How did Amish women and families cope when a son or father was drafted? I look forward to taking you back into the richness of these years of Amish history through fiction.


World War II Marine Joe Garrison returns home from war longing to be a father to his deaf daughter, Daisy, only to find that she is attached to Esther Detweiler, the Amish woman who has raised her since his wife’s death in this touching historical romance.

Orphaned as a child, Esther Detweiler is used to caring for herself and her ailing grandmother. They made the best out of a hard life and poverty without asking for help. They even take in her shunned cousin’s deaf daughter, Daisy, when her mother dies and her father goes off to war. When Esther’s grandmother dies, Daisy is all she has.

When war veteran Joe Garrison returns, all he can think about is recovering from the horrors of war and building a relationship with his seven-year-old daughter. Daisy, however, is unwilling to leave Esther, whom she loves. Joe and Daisy get to know each other again, but Joe struggles with nightmares and fatherhood is proving to be more difficult than he imagined. Esther loves Daisy and despite her Amish ways, Joe finds himself drawn to her as a woman and not just a caregiver.

As their love blossoms, Joe decides to send Daisy away to a school for the deaf which propels their lives into turmoil and a battle for love and family.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Promise to Keep, go HERE.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Reimburse the Universe by Lisa McDonald

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Reimburse the UniverseTitle: Reimburse the Universe
Author: Lisa McDonald
Publisher: Lisa McDonald
Pages: 36
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
In REIMBURSE THE UNIVERSE, a diverse cast of characters continue the theme of people sharing their best selves with the world. The message of this book focuses on giving back to the universe by honoring and respecting ourselves and others and understanding that all human beings are part of a collective whole. Each page in the book offers examples of how individuals can give back to the collective out of appreciation for the many gifts that the universe has provided all of us.

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This is a beautiful book that teaches children a moral:  That we each have something we can give.  We have to look deep in ourselves to find what it is that we can give to others in return others will give to us and we can keep the cycle going.  This is an excellent resource to use in a classroom setting teaching how we can each help each other to reimburse the world around us.  I loved the personifications used in this story.  The illustrations are bold and colorful as well. 

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Lisa McDonaldLisa McDonald is an author and radio host. Her children’s books, LITTLE BOY GAN FROM PASSION-FILLED EVERLAND and REIMBURSE THE UNIVERSE, take readers, young and old, on journeys with diverse characters that teach lessons of acceptance, understanding, and sharing. Lisa’s radio program, Carpe Diem, promotes personal empowerment and showcases world-renowned authors, speakers, and musicians.
Writing has been a long-time passion for Lisa. “I have been writing since the age of five. I always wrote poetry, short stories, anthologies, essays. My maternal grandmother foresaw me being a writer/author from a very young age and encouraged me to pursue it. As a result of reinventing myself due to a change in personal/familial circumstances, it became clear to me that writing was not meant to be a hobby but rather my vocation.”
Lisa’s third and fourth books, PLANET POME-GRANITE and KISMET TALES FROM HAPPY TRAILS, are forthcoming in late 2015 and early 2016.
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Monday, October 19, 2015

Lonly Planet Kids book tour

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the new titles recently released by Lonely Planet Kids (an imprint from Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel publisher), from October 15 to 31, 2015.  

Lonely Planet Kids aims to enhance learning, interaction and appreciation for the planet’s rich diversity of people, places and cultures. Immersive, engaging and educational, the new Lonely Planet Kids books continue to explore the world and inspire a whole new generation of travelers as only Lonely Planet can.

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About The Travel Book

The Travel Book Title: Lonely Planet Kids - The Travel Book: A journey through every country in the world
Publication Date: September, 2015 
Publisher: Lonely Planet Kids 
Pages: 212 
Recommended Ages: 8+  

Description: Where can you climb a giant tower of sticky buns? What is a bokikokiko? Discover the answer to these questions and hundreds more with Lonely Planet Kids The Travel Book: A Journey through Every Country in the World the new, kid-friendly (ages 8+) version of Lonely Planet’s best-selling The Travel Book.

In Lonely Planet Kids The Travel Book, every country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe gets a dedicated page spread packed with amazing facts on animals, culture, sports, food and much more, bringing the world to life with eye-popping photography and illustrations.

The Travel Book is a one volume world encyclopedia right at you finger tips.  An educational book packed full of information about people, places and cultures.  You'll find statistics and fun facts on each page.  Every country in the world is represented.  Each section is a continent and the countries you'll find in that continent.  The book also includes a section just for islands.  It's a book that will go in my classroom library. 

A copy of this book was provided in exchange for this blog post and my honest review.

About Adventures Around the Globe

Adventures Around the Globe Title: Adventures Around the Globe  
Publication Date: September, 2015 
Publisher: Lonely Planet Kids 
Pages: 60 + 12 pages of stickers 
Recommended Ages: 4+  

Description: Come and explore some of the world’s most amazing places with Adventures Around the Globe, a special edition sticker atlas from the ‘Adventures in…’ activity book series. Young explorers (ages 4+) will discover fun facts, interact with maps and puzzles, decorate real-life locations with over 250 reusable stickers – even create a fold-out 3D model of the globe.

Adventures Around the Globe is a book along the line of the above Travel book; however, it is geared to your younger explorers.  This book has activities there is a page of reading content with facts and information; however, there are pages to place stickers that are included in the back and coloring pages, find the difference activities .  This book is more activity related.  Another book you will find in my classroom library. 

An ecopy of this book was provided in exchange for this blog post and my honest review.

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From the world’s leading travel media company comes Lonely Planet Kids, a children’s imprint that brings the world to life for young explorers everywhere. We’re kickstarting the travel bug and showing kids just how amazing our planet can be. We will inspire and delight curious kids, showing them the rich diversity of people, places and cultures that surrounds us. We promise to share our enthusiasm and love of the world, our sense of humour and continual fascination for what it is that makes the world we live in the diverse and magnificent place it is. It’s going to be a big adventure! Come explore.

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Lonely Planet Kids Blog Tour Schedule

October 15
Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Giveaway)
Cherry Mischievous (Spotlight: Adventures Around the Globe)
Rockin' Book Reviews (Review: How to be an International Spy)
October 16
Domestic Chanteuse (Spotlight: The Travel Book)
Reading Authors (Review: You Rule!)
October 17
Adalinc to Life (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
Geo Librarian (Review: The Travel Book)
October 18
2ReadBook (Review: How to be an International Spy)
Tea Time and Books (Spotlight: You Rule!)
October 19
The Blended Blog (Review: The Travel Book)
Icefairy's Treasure Chest (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
October 20
Bookworm for Kids (Review: You Rule!)
Mami Tales (Review: How to be an International Spy)
October 21
Here's the Story (Review: The Travel Book)
Alwaysjoart (Review: You Rule!)
October 22
Tina the Bookworm (Review: How to be an International Spy)
Sunshine Girl Blog (Spotlight: Adventures Around the Globe)
October 23
Fuonlyknew (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
Books for Books (Review: You Rule!)
October 24
Jemima Pett (Review: The Travel Book)
October 25
Published Bestsellers (Spotlight: How to be an International Spy)
October 26
K&A's Children's Book Reviews (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
Christy's Cozy Corners (Review: The Travel Book)
October 27
My Soul Called Life (Review: How to be an International Spy)
I Read What You Write (Review: You Rule!)
October 28
Blooming Brilliant (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
Writer With Wanderlust (Review: The Travel Book)
October 29
View From the Birdhouse (Spotlight: The Travel Book)
October 30
P is for Preschooler (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
The Logonauts (Review: The Travel Book)
October 31
Oh My Bookness (Review: How to be an International Spy)

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Giveaway ends: November 8, 11:59 pm, 2015  
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