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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elepahnt book series by Marci & Elle Fair!ellies-adventures/c2157
"The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant - Ellie Makes A New Friend”

Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner! A beautiful blend of real life and make-believe, The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant series recounts the everyday life of a stuffed animal. The debut book, Ellie Makes a New Friend, follows the plush elephant as she moves to a new neighborhood and has to find a new playmate.

Written and photographed by mother Marci Fair and her ten-year-old daughter Elle Fair, the story is uniquely illustrated with delightful photos of the little elephant’s journeys through the neighborhood as she tries to settle into her new home. Children will love seeing a toy living in a real-world setting, and parents and teachers will appreciate Ellie’s positive and creative approach to finding answers to her problems.
Fun, playful, and packed with imagination, you won’t want to miss the upcoming adventures of Ellie—and her new friend!

 Ellie Makes A New Friend

"The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant - Ellie’s First Plane Ride”
fair release
Mother-daughter duo Marci Fair and Elle Fair have coauthored a series of books about eleven-year-old Elle’s two favorite stuffed animals, Ellie the Elephant and Pudgy the Penguin. Even as a working mother of four, Marci has always made time to read bedtime stories to her kids and encouraged them to read on their own, as well. A big fan of both books and stuffed animals, Elle enjoys working on this special project with her mom. They are delighted that their first book “Ellie Makes A New Friend” has already won a Gold Mom’s Choice award.
Always on the lookout for a new adventure, Ellie the Elephant can hardly believe her good fortune when she gets to go on her first plane ride and visit her faraway relatives. The only thing that could make this trip better is sharing it with a friend, so Ellie invites Pudgy the Penguin to join her.
The newest book in The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant series, Ellie’s First Plane Ride follows the two plush toys as they navigate the airport, experience flight for the first time, revel in hotel luxury, and face the daunting task of finding their way through a massive zoo in search of Ellie’s real-life elephant relatives.
The Ellie books are books that come alive with pictures.  They are books that children are going to relate to because they are written by a 10 year old girl and her mother.  Easy to read in every way.  Children will fall in love with Ellie, the elephant, and her friends as they flip through these adventure books.  Most of the pictures in these books are regular photo type pictures that give the books a scrapbook effect memory of their adventure.  Ellie and her friends are stuffed animals and they are in each photo.  These books are well thought out and very nicely done.   I'm looking forward to reading more of Ellie's adventures and meeting new friends that Ellie has. 

About the author:
Marci Fair is a business owner and a mother of four who has worked in real estate for over twenty years. She and her husband own several real estate businesses, some which are ranked in the US.
In addition to her professional career, Marci is the founder of Kares 4 Kids, a nonprofit organization that has served more than 18,000 children in need since 2005. She is also the author of the award-winning book TILT: 7 Solutions to Be a Guilt-Free Working Mom, liberating other women with her hard-won wisdom—“Balance is impossible; memories are better.”
 A copy of these books were provided by Bostick Communications and the author in exchange for my honest review.
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Monday, May 25, 2015

When Hope Rises by Dora Heirs

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
When Hope Rises
Pelican Book Group (May 2015)
Dora Heirs


After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son no longer wanted her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing Heart Racing, God-Gracing romance. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and her local chapter, Carolina Romance Writers.

Dora and her real life hero make their home in North Carolina. When she takes a break from cranking out stories, she enjoys reading, family gatherings, and mountain cabin getaways. She despises traffic, bad coffee, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her books always end with a happily-ever-after!


Art teacher Shelby Coltman transforms junk into treasure and longs for a place to showcase her creations. She’s thrilled when her friend volunteers to room with her. Shelby can finally buy a storefront. Unfortunately, Kennedi’s brother can't seem to let go.

Abandoned as a teenager, guidance counselor Tate Malone has become surrogate and over-protective father to his sister. Life is great until Shelby Coltman wheedles his impressionable sister into sharing an apartment. Raised in wealth, the beautiful Shelby could never understand poverty or rejection, and Tate doesn't appreciate her uprooting his sister. When Shelby hands over her savings to a homeless student, will God obliterate Tate's fears and deliver all of Shelby’s dreams...when hope rises?

If you would like to read the first chapter of When Hope Rises, go HERE.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Treasure at Devil’s Hole by Jody Mabry

PUYB Inside the Book

The Treasure at Devil's Hole 3Title: The Treasure at Devil’s Hole
Author: Jody Mabry
Publisher: Maybury and Gilliam Literary
Pages: 220
Genre: Middle Grade Children’s
Format: Paperback/Kindle
How would you feel if you knew you had a legendary treasure right in your own back yard? Francis “Bug” Mosser knows, and will do nearly anything to find it, even if it means defying the most villainous person he knows—Mom!
Standing in Bug’s way is his nemesis Tad Pricket, the red headed, pock-holed bully who’s suddenly been seen walking Bug’s girl, Melanie, home from school—worse, the walk ends with a kiss. Then there is the mysterious bald stranger and Miss Julia Brandon’s boyfriend who seems a little “too-classy” for the town of Possum Trot.
With the help of his brothers, and best friend Billy—along with his not-so-secret desire to impress Melanie Grainger—Bug goes off in search of fortune and glory, thwarting bad guys, stolen clothes, and explosions to find the one surprise about the treasure that he would have never dreamed of…
“Jody M. Mabry’s “The Treasure at Devil’s Hole” is a refreshing return to classic adventure, a genuine stand-out among modern YA fare. It calls to mind works such as “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” right down to the requisite treasure hunting, villains, expansive caverns, complicated young love, and rule-breaking exploits intelligent, free-spirited boys simply can’t resist. Well written and wonderfully paced, it keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, with a clever resolution you never saw coming. I found this to be a delightful read, and in fact completed the book in one sitting, unable to put it down. Looking forward to Mabry’s next work, I hope one is in the works.” – Amazon reviewer

For More Information

  • The Treasure at Devil’s Hole is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

I enjoyed reading this adventure with Bug and his gang as they do want all boys like to do.  A beautiful summer read-along that I just might have to share with the students I will have in my summer school class.  The author keeps you on your toes and wanting for more.  There are so many places to stop and wonder and let the students want to return to the book.  If there was one thing I would change about the book would be some of the words.  I do not use curse/slang word; however, there were a few sprinkled throughout the 213 pages of the book.  (See my view on words here.)  It wasn't bad and much, but if you want a book with none then I must make you aware they are there.  The Treasure of Devil's Hole will capture almost any middle school aged, adventurous student.  It's a book you are bound to get lost in. 

PUYB Meet the Author

Jody MabryBorn at Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois, Jody has had the opportunity to live in places such as Cuba, St. Croix USVI, Mississippi, Illinois, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he spent the teen years of his life in an 1800’s farmhouse that was, of course, haunted. At fourteen Jody first heard the story of Arizona’s “Lost Dutchman Mine,” sparking an interest in adventure, ghost towns, and lost treasure. Always prone to telling a good story, Jody now passes on the tradition to his children who will no doubt find their own treasure someday. Jody and his family live in the charming Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
His lastest book is the middle grade novel, The Treasure at Devil’s Hole.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

​E.S. Pete: Sixth Grade Sense by Arnold Rudnick

E.S. Pete: Sixth Grade Sense is about the perils of a paranormal preteen.
Pete knew there would be a lot more homework in Sixth Grade, but he didn't plan on the reading list including the minds of his teachers and classmates. Knowing what they think can be helpful sometimes, but it also gets complicated -- ESPecially when Pete thinks the substitute teacher is planning a big robbery.
Winner of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and Reader’s Favorite Book Awards
ISBN: 0981587909
Publisher: Paraphrase, LLC

Oh, I loved reading this book.  However, since I work in a school setting I'm finding that they are becoming more and more sensitive to stories written about booms and shootings.  In this book these are the robbers two arms of defense.  I found the story good, but any talk of guns and things in schools isn't permitted these days.  I think before I put this in my classroom library I'll have to get it approved because of this one scene toward the end of the book.   Also I did notice about 4 or 5 times through out book the author used curse words.  (see my view of word choices here.) 

About the Author: ARNOLD RUDNICK has written for many television shows, including THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, STAR TREK: VOYAGER and THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY.
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A copy of this book was provided in exchange for this post by World of Ink

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Finishes and Starts.....

Well for May's FNSi I was able to get two projects completed and one started. It is always a good feeling to get projects done.  My completed projects were....

A bag I started making for my mom back in March I believe.  I ran out of hot pink thread last month so had to finish sewing the handles down.  It is now completed.  Ready to ship.  Not in time for Mother's Day, but almost. 

Then I got my sewing machine cover completed.  I've been working on it for quite some time now.  I had to put on the bottom cream flowered fabric piece and bottom eyelet layer. 

Now I'm starting a walker bag for my dad.  This is my own made up in my mind pattern.  My mom requested a bag with three pockets that qt. size jars will fit in.  So hopefully this turns out ok.  He has two that are just basket type all one compartment.  So I started cutting last night.....

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Friday, May 15, 2015

another Sewing weekend. Yahoo!

I'm in how about you.  Check out all the details here..I gotta get sewing. 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Wood's Edge
WaterBrook Press (April 21, 2015)
Lori Benton


Lori Benton spent her late teens and early twenties pursuing a career as a wildlife artist, attending the Maryland College of Art & Design before she began painting professionally. When not writing or researching, Lori can be found exploring the mountains of southern Oregon with her husband, Brian. Lori's first novel, Burning Sky was nominated as an ECPA 2014 Christian Book Award Finalist and also received double nominations for 2014 Christy Awards. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn is her second novel.


At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both—Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Wood's Edge, go HERE.

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