#ReleaseDay — The Supernatural Pet Sitter by @DianeMoatAuthor #paranormal #kidlit #MGlit


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Title: The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief

Author: Diane Moat

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.

Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.

Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.

In order to protect the animal’s magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.

 

Excerpt:

Luna focused on the candle to her far left. Ten minutes later, the candle was still going strong. Pepper bit her lip, feeling sorry for Luna. She turned to stare at the uncooperative candle, and imagined a little wind blowing the candle out. Puff.

 

Suddenly, the uncooperative candle blinked out as if someone had snuffed it with their fingers.

 

Amazon 5 Star Review:

“Pepper Neely is a very special pet sitter because not only is she a little different in and of her own self—she’s a gnome—but the animals she’s responsible for are rather unusual, too. Most are witch’s familiars, and they’re magic. Now someone is trying to mess with them, and thirteen-year-old Pepper is on the case. This is a fun book with no rough edges for parents to worry about. The action is sweet but with many exciting twists and turns that show Pepper’s sterling qualities—and the gnome family is decent and tightly knit. Definitely something young people will enjoy and with nothing for a parent to worry about. Good story and I’m looking forward to the sequel.” –

 

Buy Links:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Supernatural-Pet-Sitter-Magic-Thief-ebook/dp/B06XFQRV74

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34320532-the-supernatural-pet-sitter

 

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Author Biography:

Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. Dog Gone is her debut novel, born from years of hearing animal rescuers say about animal abusers, “If only I could get my hands on that person…” Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DianeMoatAuthor/

Website http://www.dianemoatauthor.com/

Twitter @DianeMoatAuthor

#CoverReveal: The Supernatural Pet Sitter by @DianeMoatAuthor #MG #FridayReads #fantasy


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Title: The Supernatural Pet Sitter (#1 The Magic Thief)

Author: Diane Moat

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

Familiars don’t do well when they are separated from their witches. That was how Pepper got into the business of pet sitting.

 

Pepper is a 12-year-old who pet sits magical animals. When someone steals their magic, Pepper must find the thief before the thief finds her!

 

Excerpts:

Luna focused on the candle to her far left. Ten minutes later, the candle was still going strong. Pepper bit her lip, feeling sorry for Luna. She turned to stare at the uncooperative candle, and imagined a little wind blowing the candle out. Puff.

 

Suddenly, the uncooperative candle blinked out as if someone had snuffed it with their fingers.

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Pepper reached for King Arthur, but didn’t get to pick him up. As soon as her hands touched his shell, a strange thing happened: she saw and felt something that seemed like a terrible memory. A sharp pain began in her head as a picture flashed of someone wearing a cloak with the hood pulled up.

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Pepper wasn’t sure what she was asking. “Maybe…could I… maybe I could help?”

Witches started shaking their heads, but Maggie elbowed them all away, moving toward Pepper. “Please. Please try to help her. She liked you when she met you before.”

 

 

Buy Links:

Coming Soon! Go to http://www.dianemoatauthor.com/ for all the latest updates.

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34320532-the-supernatural-pet-sitter

 

Author Biography:

Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. Dog Gone is her debut novel, born from years of hearing animal rescuers say about animal abusers, “If only I could get my hands on that person…” Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DianeMoatAuthor/

Website http://www.dianemoatauthor.com/

Twitter @DianeMoatAuthor

 

 

Scarab: A Colt Wilder Adventure by @nkarstulovich #BookReview #YA #Adventure


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Title: Scarab: A Colt Wilder Adventure

Author: Nathan Karstulovich

Genre: Middle-Grade Adventure

Book Blurb:

Colt Wilder surfs big waves and fights bad guys too. It’s 1941 and a young spy is on a mission to deliver a powerful package to the Ally forces during World War II. A large explosion derails her assignment. In 2018, more explosions leave citizens without fresh water. The CAPE team of teenaged special agents go into action to find the villains responsible. Come along on the adventures of Colt Wilder and his new friends, as they sail the high seas and attempt to protect the rights to freedom and fresh water.

My Review:

I am a huge fan of adventure books and this book intrigued me. Spies, surfing and adventure. I mean, what could be better?

Colt Wilder is a clash between Young Indiana Jones and the surfers from Point Break. He’s a normal teen who loves to hang out, surf and oh yes, save the world.

Someone has contaminated the water and it’s up to the CAPE team to discover who is responsible. Can Colt and his buddies find those responsible or will they get in over their head?

This is the author’s first novel and I must say, I was impressed. The plot moved quickly and I was engrossed in the story. The characters were realistic and did typical teen stuff. There were a few twists and turns which I wasn’t expecting. The bits of history kept the story interesting and the author does a wonderful job talking about the need to protect fresh water without preaching about it.

I do believe this is more of a Young Adult book rather than Middle Grade but that’s just my opinion.

If you (or your kids) love adventure, I recommend you pick this up.

Favorite Character: Colt. I really enjoyed him as a character. He was believable and I knew surfers like him when I lived on the West Coast. I think many readers will be inspired by the message Colt is trying to teach: freedom and fresh water belong to everyone.

My Rating: 4 stars

Buy Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Scarab-Wilder-Adventure-Nathan-Karstulovich-ebook/dp/B00YO76RTS

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Author Biography:

Nathan Karstulovich is an adventure seeking traveler, teacher and scuba diving enthusiast. He finds inspiration for his writing from the places that he has traveled and the people that he has met.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nkarstulovich

#BookReview: Danny Chaucer’s Flying Saucer by @CPeter1970 #scifi #MG


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Title: Danny Chaucer’s Flying Saucer

Author: Christopher Peter

Genre: Children’s Books, Science Fiction

Book Blurb:

What would you do if a flying saucer landed outside your home?

Danny Chaucer is lonely. Life’s boring since his best friend moved away.

Nat Ford is the new girl in class and spends half her time trying to dodge the school bullies.

Nothing interesting ever happens in their dead-end village.

Nothing that is until one still, starry night when something lands in the trees behind Danny’s house. And then the sinister Captain Frost turns up …

There might be only one way to escape – and that’s up …

My Review:

Danny is your typical boy living in a small town of Brampton. Danny awakens one night to a humming sound. He looks out his bedroom window to see a flickering light. Could be his overactive imagination or maybe not. The next morning his Uncle Colin starts asking questions.

Danny goes off to school and meets the new girl. Her name is Nat and at once Danny says eww. I told ya, typical boy stuff. Before long, he and Nat start investigating what’s going on and become fast friends.

I love science fiction and I enjoyed this story. The characters are well-developed and it’s filled with a lot of action. As I was reading, I found myself wondering how an eight year old could understand certain words and circumstances. The writing appeared to me better suited for middle grade than 8-12.

Danny and Nat were a great duo and once Danny got over his cooties issue, they were great friends. Captain Frost aka Frosty-Knickers was a great antagonist from the start and I loved every thwarting of her plans.

This book deals with bullying. Yes, I know almost every children’s book nowadays has bullies (thanks to J. K. Rowling) but I personally don’t think it’s necessary to the plot here. The bullying was a little over the top and it turned me off.

This is a book both children and adults will enjoy. I hear there’s more books in the works and I look forward to reading the next installment.

Favorite Character: BOB (Brain on Board). I loved this character and I laughed at his boastfulness. It reminded me of the robot from the movie, Short Circuit.

Favorite Quote:

‘Sorry mate,’ said BOB. ‘The air pressure should be adjusting, innit, but we really are dropping from the sky like a big saucer-shaped stone weighed down with half a dozen pianos. Sit back and try not to stress. I won’t descend too quickly though. Not maximum speed – that would be mad.’

My Rating: 4 stars

Buy on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Danny-Chaucers-Flying-Saucer-Christopher-ebook/dp/B00X2YHCGG

Add it to your bookshelf on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25545121-danny-chaucer-s-flying-saucer

Author Biography:

For more information about me, visit my website: www.christopher-peter.com. But for now, a few random facts…

  • I live and work in the UK, in the Oxford area.
  • I’ve written three novels. One, Danny Chaucer’s Flying Saucer, is for 8-12-year-olds. The other two are aimed at YA / teens – Falling Girl and BASIC Boy.
  • My main hobbies / pastimes, in no particular order are: spending time with my family, writing, reading, church stuff, films, walking and cycling.

What do I write?

Aside from the novels mentioned above, I’ve written a few short stories.

Why do I write?

I’ve always enjoyed it, but hadn’t done much about it until I turned forty. You could call it my mid-life crisis – at least it was safer than buying a motorbike and cheaper than taking up golf.

Which writers have influenced my writing / who are my favourites?

There are so many, but a very important one is Robert Westall. He was my favourite author in my early to mid-teens, and still among my favourites now. Most of his stories had a supernatural theme, and this is a key reason why I like ghost stories so much. He had a fantastically gritty, terse prose style and his characters were always utterly believable. One of his books – The Scarecrows – remains one of my very favourite novels.

What are my writing plans now?

I’m working on two more books in the Danny Chaucer series.

Top 10 Children’s Book Series Every Adult Should Read #amreading #kidlit #books


Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! I love children’s books. There is something innocent about children’s books and every time I re-read a book I read when I was young, nostalgia pours over my soul. I know there are many adults who love to read but didn’t like reading much growing up. It’s never too late, I tell my friends. You can always go back and read them again.  So without further ado, here are my top ten Children’s Book Series every adult should read (or re-read):

1-Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

This was the first fantasy series I read when I was young and it sparked my interest for all things fantasy. Four children bored one day go through a wardrobe into a brand new world. An icy queen and a brave lion battle it out. A superb series filled with fun, colorful characters with an inspirational message. There are seven books in all and I love each one!

2- Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

I know I don’t really have to explain the premise of Harry Potter to you but let me tell you why every adult needs to read this. Remember when you were young and your imagination took you to places you only dreamt possible? This series plays off your imagination and then takes you beyond it. The sheer world-building prowess of J. K. Rowling is reason enough to check out this series. Ignore the hype and just let yourself be immersed in the world of Harry Potter.

3- Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Growing up, I was never one who got excited learning about history. I’d much rather read a book than recite dates and famous people. When I first read this series, I didn’t expect much. I mean, it was a long time ago, right? But my grandparents gave me the set for Christmas one year and I tried it. I loved it and was captivated by how simple life was back then for Laura and the rest of the Ingalls family. Sure, there were chores to be done and pioneer life was hard, but there weren’t any cars and you knew everyone. I highly recommend this series, especially if you love historical fiction and/or historical romance.

4- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Ahhh, Lemony Snicket… how I love the sarcastic wit you bring to literature. Imagine you are an orphan (along with your two siblings) and you have no choice but to live with a distant relative. Now imagine that relative is trying to cause bad things to happen to you (child bride anyone?).  A Series of Unfortunate Events is a smart, clever series that will make you smile and laugh at the same time. The movie didn’t do it justice and the books are so well-written, I re-read them all the time. Plus, they are hardcover and the illustrations are top-notch.

5- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Another fantasy series I discovered when I was young. My mother introduced this series to me and I love it! A dark and stormy night (isn’t that always the case), a stranger invades Meg’s world and tells her great stories of time travel and adventures. Is this what happened to Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared years ago? So beings Meg’s journey and we get to experience vast lands while delving deep into our imaginations. A superb series and I highly recommend it!

6- Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish

Looking for something fun to read? Why not try Amelia Bedelia. While this is a chapter book, the illustrations and the stories make me laugh. Amelia Bedelia is always getting into trouble and things never work out like they’re supposed to. She mistakes words and their meanings which makes for a fun read through the English language. Don’t we all wish life could be this simple? A light-hearted series and I promise you it will bring out the little kid in you.

7- Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riodan

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved Greek myths and monsters. I grew up imagining what a Cyclops looked like and if he had a hearty laugh. I wondered if Hercules could really be that strong. Percy Jackson and the Olympians answers all my questions (and then some) while grabbing my collar and transports me to Mount Olympus. Non-stop action and adventure makes this series fun for everyone. There were many times, I lost track of time while reading this and it’s fantasy at its best. I believe its Zeus approved.

8- Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Who doesn’t like to laugh a lot? From the Simpsons to American Dad, adults everywhere are laughing at hilarious circumstances and the occasional potty humor. Enter Captain Underpants. He’s the superhero everyone needs on their bookshelf. Delightful illustrations and potty humor makes this a keeper!

9- The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Life is hard for these four children: orphaned and hungry while running from a mean grandfather. But suddenly they find an abandoned train car and so begins the series of the Boxcar children. I remember reading this at the library many years ago and loving it. Simple pleasures that most people take for granted are prized possessions to these four children is one of the many themes of this series. I loved the imagery and adventures the Alden children go through. It brings to mind one question: what would you do if you were homeless and found an abandoned train car?

10- I Survived… Lauren Tarshis

I am new to this series and I have tried a few books already. It takes world events like Hurricane Katrina, September 11th and the Great Chicago Fire and makes them relatable to children. Like I have said before, I am not a huge history buff but this series resonates with me. A child’s perspective on the world is a powerful thing and this series is terrific!

What children book series was your favorite growing up? Share in the comments below.

Do you have a book you’re reading now or have just read? Share in the comments below. If you want to be included in next week’s Book Round-Up, send me the title, author, why you recommend it and a social media link to: nnlight@outlook.com before Thursday afternoon. 

 

Happy Reading!

MRS N, Book Addict