Congratulations to the 2017 N. N. Light Book Awards Finalists #awards #books #TuesdayBookBlog


NNLBA 2017 Finalists

 

Last weekend, MR N called a board meeting of the N. N. Light Book Awards committee (just the two of us). We gathered all of the books we read and reviewed from December 2016 – November 2017 and spend hours discussing which books deserved the honor of an award. All five star reviewed books were eligible.  We expanded the genres and are thrilled to announce the finalists:

 

Children’s Books

Halito Gianna by Becky Villareal

The Bridge of the Golden Wood by Karl Beckstrand

Bartholomew Buggins by Crystal Marcos

 

Contemporary Romance

Fat Girl Begone! By D. E. Haggerty

Just Friends by Stacy Gold

Tempted by Mr. Wrong by Jacquie Biggar

 

Erotic Romance

Tales of the Golden Mask by Alexa Lynsey and Belle DeVer

 

Fiction

Edna and Luna by Gleah Powers

The Trials of Adrian Wheeler by Steve Shear

Curva Peligosa by Lily Iona Mackenzie

 

Historical Romance

Only a Hero Will Do by Alanna Lucas

Christmas Revels IV by Hannah Meredith et al.

A Chance at Christmas by Beppie Harrison

 

Memoir

The Road to Transition by Bree Record

 

Mystery and Suspense

The Fragrance of a Violet by Lin Wilder

A Price of Genius by Lin Wilder

Angelica by Clabe Polk

 

Nonfiction

How the Brain Connects by Dr. Robert Lavine

Living in Italy by Stef Smulders

Fukushima and the Coming Tokyo Earthquake by Tony Smyth

 

Paranormal/Supernatural/Occult

The Everett Exorcism by Lincoln Cole

Reflections by Clifton Kenny

Blood Moon by Livia Quinn

 

Romantic Suspense

A Midnight Clear by Jeannie Hall

Missing: The Lady Said No by Jacquie Biggar

Snowbound in Havenport by Ruth A. Casie

 

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Tales of the Faie by Diana Wicker

Penny White and the Temptation of Dragons by Chrys Cymri

Merry Christmas, Henry by Aubrey Wynne

 

Short Stories

Eating Ice Cream by Gabriel Bacopa

Eating Ice Cream II by Gabriel Bacopa

To Cast a Cliché by Aubrey Wynne

 

Thriller

Viable Threat by Julie Rowe

Idiot’s Tale by Anthony Land

 

Middle Grade and Young Adult

Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief by Diane Moat

Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Curse by Diane Moat

Guardian of the Way by Diane Moat

 

 

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, December 19.

 

Congratulations to all of the finalists!

 

N.N. Light

 

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The Supernatural Pet Sitter series by @DianeMoatAuthor #fantasy #middlegrade #TuesdayBookBlog


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Not since Harry Potter, have I read an engrossing paranormal series for kids and adults. If you like all things Potter, give Pepper and the Supernatural Pet-Sitter series a try. You won’t regret it! – N. N. Light

 

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

 

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.
 

Buy Links:

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

 

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

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/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

 

Supernatural Pet Sitter The Curse

 

Title The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Curse (Book 2)

 

Author Diane Moat

 

Genre Middle Grade Adventure/Fantasy

 

Book Blurb

Pepper Neely is no stranger to dangerous situations. In The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief, the young gnome defeated an evil witch who was stealing magic from the Familiars that Pepper took care of. She wouldn’t have survived without the intervention of a pack of werewolves, who endured painful, fiery spells to save Pepper’s life.

 

Now Pepper is determined to repay the werewolves for their sacrifice, no matter what it takes. She decides to break the centuries-old curse that keeps them in wolf form. At first, she keeps her plans a secret, but it’s not long before Pepper realizes she will need all the help she can get to end this curse. Magic is everywhere as enemy witches cast dangerous spells to stop Pepper.

 
Pepper and her family must trust the local witches and work together with them to fend off the deadly spells, find the curse, and break it—before the hostile witches get the best of them.

 

Excerpt

Scattered around the room were seven women, including Momma Fran and Maggie. An older version of Maggie nodded to them. “Welcome, Neelys. As you know, I am Naomi, of the Samson coven. We have gathered in response to your request to meet. So without further delay, I invite you to speak.”

 

Here I go. Pepper wished she hadn’t eaten that sandwich a few minutes ago, as there was a fifty-percent chance she was about to throw it up, right here. She felt as if she had argued her case a thousand times. Hopefully this would be the last. She tried to think of the wolves as she took a deep breath around the lump in her throat.

 

Pepper stepped forward and began, “Thank you, Naomi of the Samson coven. I am Pepper Neely of the Neely gnomes. As you know, several months ago, a witch named Kale was caught stealing magic from Familiars. She was caught, in part, thanks to me and my brother, Jax. When she escaped, she came after me, Jax, and my friend, Luna, who is also a witch.” Keep reminding them Luna was saved also.

 

“Luna was nearly killed by Kale. But instead, three wolves attacked Kale, saving all three of us. The wolves took great risks in doing this, and they were set on fire several times, giving us time to get away. I know without a doubt that the wolves saved Luna, myself, and my brother. I have taken on a blood-debt to pay them back. As part—” Pepper didn’t get to finish before the witches started talking.

 

“What does that have to do with us?”

 

“The werewolves are our enemies; nothing will change that.”

 

“Do you even know what that means? How can your parents—”

 

“EXCUSE ME!” A male voice from behind Pepper cut through the chaos. It took Pepper a moment to realize it wasn’t her dad or brother. Everyone quieted instantly, looking behind the Neelys. The male voice continued, as a man stepped out into view. “I believe Ms. Neely wasn’t finished.”

 

Mr. O’Brien! The warlock had vanished after Kale had stolen the magic from from his Familiar, King Arthur. Pepper had thought he needed time to heal from his broken heart. He looked better than the last time she had seen him. He was still thin, but his face didn’t seem as drawn or haunted.

 

Mr. O’Brien continued. “I apologize for being late, but I believe my invitation was lost in the mail.”

 

 

Buy Links

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073QSTN6K/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B073QSTN6K/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B073QSTN6K/

 

Goodreads  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35604746-the-supernatural-pet-sitter

The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Curse by @DianeMoatAuthor Rivals #HarryPotter! #FridayReads


Supernatural Pet Sitter The Curse

 

Title: The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Curse

Author: Diane Moat

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Middle-Grade, Paranormal

 

Book Blurb:

Pepper Neely is no stranger to dangerous situations. In The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief, the young gnome defeated an evil witch who was stealing magic from the Familiars that Pepper took care of. She wouldn’t have survived without the intervention of a pack of werewolves, who endured painful, fiery spells to save Pepper’s life.

 

Now Pepper is determined to repay the werewolves for their sacrifice, no matter what it takes. She decides to break the centuries-old curse that keeps them in wolf form. At first, she keeps her plans a secret, but it’s not long before Pepper realizes she will need all the help she can get to end this curse. Magic is everywhere as enemy witches cast dangerous spells to stop Pepper.
Pepper and her family must trust the local witches and work together with them to fend off the deadly spells, find the curse, and break it—before the hostile witches get the best of them.

 

My Review:

Pepper is back for another great adventure and this time, she’s tackling an ancient curse. In Pepper’s last book (The Supernatural Pet-Sitter: The Magic Thief), she and her best friend, Luna, escaped the clutches of an evil witch, thanks to a pack of werewolves. Pepper wants to pay back the werewolves somehow and even goes so far as to visit the pack leader. He shows her how much pain the curse inflicts on the werewolves and she decides then and there to reverse the curse.

 

When Pepper confronts the local witch council about her blood oath (as well as the blood oath of her family who support her 100%), not all are pleased with Pepper’s decision. It was witches who placed the original curse on the werewolves centuries ago. Several enemy witches cast spells on Pepper and her gnome family in an effort to stop them reversing the curse. Luna, Pepper’s best friend and a fledging witch herself, and her family help the only way they know how. Can Pepper reverse the curse or will she be the blood sacrifice?

 

I loved this middle grade paranormal story even better than the first one. All of my favorite characters are back, even King Arthur. Grandma Nonna is back and has a larger role than in the first book, which I loved. The plot moves quickly with plenty of character development and magical realism. It’s not too dark, though, so it is perfect for ages eight and up. There’s also a well-developed mystical lore that unfolds throughout the book. Moat’s world-building is impressive and realistic, as far as witches, werewolves, gnomes and other creatures go.

 

Not since Harry Potter, have I read an engrossing paranormal series for kids and adults. If you like all things Potter, give Pepper and the Supernatural Pet-Sitter series a try. You won’t regret it!

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Pepper. I know I said she was my favorite in the first book and the same goes for this sequel. She’s such an honest, engaging character and I’d love to have her as one of my friends in real life. I really got close to her in this book and her integrity and bravery made me wish I was more like her.

 

My Rating: 5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Supernatural-Pet-Sitter-Curse-ebook/dp/B073QSTN6K/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Supernatural-Pet-Sitter-Curse-ebook/dp/B073QSTN6K/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Supernatural-Pet-Sitter-Curse-ebook/dp/B073QSTN6K/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35604746-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

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Where to Start If You Are Thinking About Writing by @DianeMoatAuthor #amwriting #FridayReads #kidlit


Writing post graphic Diane Moat

 

Throughout your life you’ve thought about writing, but it seemed too overwhelming. I’m here to tell you it’s not. That old cliché about everyone having a story to tell? It’s true. Your story may be true, or it may be one you’ve only seen in your mind, but it’s there.

 

When I turned 50, all of my friends were doing spectacular things to celebrate their big birthdays. One friend even trekked the Himalayas. Another parachuted for the first time. So along with the stress of my milestone birthday, there was this invisible bar set for me. I had to come up with something amazing.

 

I hadn’t written anything since my High School essays. Most of my adult life, I had been involved in dog rescue. There were countless times when I’d heard of an animal abuser who’d done something terrible to an animal. I (or another rescuer) would say, “If only I could get my hands on that person, he/she would never do that again.”

 

Over time, I had halfway created a story in my mind, where I was able to stop an animal abuser. Could I write that story? Could I? I began researching how to write, then how to publish a novel, and here’s what I found.

 

Anyone can write, and publish, a book. Really. Whether you put together your family recipes, write about your struggle with weight loss, or create an entirely new world. There are resources out there which can help you every step of the way.

 

The only thing you really need is desire. If you just know you could write something great, you are already there. The internet is a wonderful thing. You can find technical information on writing, support groups for writers, and every type of advice imaginable. Websites like POTL are invaluable.

 

But I would caution you, don’t research yourself to death. The most important thing to do it WRITE. Notepad, iPad, laptop, desktop, chalkboard, stickie notes. It doesn’t matter. Just write. I had only written a few paragraphs to Dog Gone when I fell in love with writing. Do your research when you have a question or hit a bump. Don’t let anyone actually tell you how to do the writing itself.

 

So whether you are 15 or 50, you have a story to tell. Take that leap; I promise you will be glad you did.

 

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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.” – G. Miki Hayden

 

Buy Links:

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

 

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

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/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

 

 

Chase Tinker and the House of Magic by @malia_ann #MGLit #99cents #fantasy


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Title:  Chase Tinker and the House of Magic (The Chase Tinker Series, Book 1)

Author:  Malia Ann Haberman

Genre:  Middle Grade/Tween Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

 

Chase Tinker has never believed in real, honest-to-goodness magic, but that’s all about to change when he’s attacked by a ferocious…soccer ball and t-shirts!?
 
Before he knows what’s hit him, he’s thrust into a frightening, yet thrilling, paranormal world where a missing dad, out-of-control powers, a 560 year old, incredibly magical house, and a dastardly wicked enemy are only part of all the craziness.

Now it’s up to three daring teenagers, one cute middle grader, and one feisty ferret to save the world’s magic, free will, and light…

 

Excerpt:

Andy gripped Chase’s shoulder. “It was me! I did something, but I didn’t mean to. I wanted you to stop. You were going to be squashed!” He wouldn’t stop babbling. “No one was moving. What’s going on? I don’t get it. Why—”

 

“I—I don’t know, Andy. I don’t know,” said Chase, his voice shaking slightly as he clambered to his feet. “Calm down, okay?” He needed time to think. There had to be some kind of reasonable explanation for all the freaky supernatural happenings. He just didn’t know what it was at the moment. “Come on, we better go home. Grab the ball.”

 

Neither boy said anything as they hurried across the noisy, traffic-filled streets and dodged past other pedestrians. Chase, his mind spinning, kept sneaking glances at Andy. He was afraid his brother would faint dead away right there in the middle of the sidewalk.

 

Chase breathed a sigh of relief when they finally reached their apartment building. Andy pushed through the revolving door. Chase was about to follow when, out of the blue, an eerie, icy breeze ruffled his hair and swirled around him. Rubbing the goosebumps popping up on his arms, he started to glance back over his shoulder when someone shoved him from behind and toward the open back door of a waiting cab. Tripping, he whacked his head on the door’s top corner. The shadowy interior loomed closer as stars danced in front of his eyes. A hand grabbed his arm.

 

“Chase! What are you doing?” exclaimed Andy’s voice. Chase shook his head to clear it as Andy pulled him away from the vehicle.

 

“Wh-what?” mumbled Chase.

 

“Quit messing around,” said Andy, tugging Chase across the sidewalk. “We need to go inside.”

 

A hooded man slipped by the boys. As the man turned his head, Chase caught a glimpse of cold, piercing, light-blue eyes that seemed to cut right through him. The strange man slid into the taxi. It swerved into traffic and took off down the street. Feeling oddly threatened, yet not understanding why, Chase followed Andy through the rotating door.

 

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Special Amazon Promotion:

 

Get book 1 for 99 cents at Amazon US (slightly higher at CA and UK)!

Get the whole series (4 books) for $4.96 at Amazon US (slightly higher at CA and UK)!

 

Buy Links for Book 1:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Chase-Tinker-House-Magic-Book-ebook/dp/B01LYDRRVV

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Chase-Tinker-House-Magic-Book-ebook/dp/B01LYDRRVV

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chase-Tinker-House-Magic-Book-ebook/dp/B01LYDRRVV

 

Buy Links for Whole Series:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M30BGEE?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01M30BGEE?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01M30BGEE?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

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Author Biography:

Besides being an Author, Malia is a Ballroom Dance Instructor and Ferret-Sitter. She was bitten by the writing bug in her teens, where at that time she wanted to write sappy love stories with loads of angst and smooching. It was some years later that she changed her mind and decided to study creative writing for middle graders and tweens, and anyone else who would enjoy her wild and crazy imagination. One night she had a dream that she lived in a house where every room had a fabulous magical power in it. And that’s how her “Chase Tinker Series” came to be. (She’s currently working on an Andy Tinker sequel.) She also loves pizza, chocolate, reading, colorful Christmas lights, and watching TV. She’d love to have the awesome abilities to teleport and move things with her mind. Malia lives in the Seattle area with her cute little ferrets.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http://maliaannhaberman.weebly.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/malia_ann

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5769159.Malia_Ann_Haberman

 

 

The Supernatural Pet Sitter by @DianeMoatAuthor is Imaginative and Fun! #bookreview #MG


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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.

 

My Review:

Pepper Neely is not your typical thirteen-year-old girl. She’s a gnome who, in her spare time, pet sits for all the familiars (magical pets for witches/warlocks) in her town. She can communicate with animals and takes care of these pets when their owners are away. It’s only when she gets a phone call from a frantic warlock that Pepper realizes someone is stealing local familiars’ magic. Now, with the help of Pepper’s best friend and witch, Luna, and her brother Jax, Pepper tries to figure out who’s doing this dark magic and save the familiars. Will she be able to stop the magic thief in time or has Pepper put herself in mortal danger?

 

I loved this book! Filled with a magical world trying to co-exist amongst humans, it reminded me of Harry Potter but with gnomes, witches/warlocks, wood sprites and even werewolves. There’s family drama, supernatural elements, life lessons and a mystery to solve all rolled into one story. There’s plenty of action and the characters are fully developed. I’d rate it PG because there’s certain situations in which younger readers might not understand. Overall, a clean fantasy adventure both boys and girls (and adults) will enjoy. I highly recommend and can’t wait for the next installment in this series!

 

Favorite Character: Pepper. I love everything about her from her inner thoughts to her impulsive nature but it’s her love for animals that endears her to me. She cares not for herself but does anything she can to help those pets she sits for. Her caring spirit and her loyalty to her best friend, Luna, bursts from the page and I chuckled to myself each time she got in “trouble”. A true thirteen-year-old in every sense.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

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.

 

Enter to win a copy: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/229341-the-supernatural-pet-sitter

 

Social Media Links:

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

Website http://www.dianemoatauthor.com/

Twitter @DianeMoatAuthor

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

#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