*Closed* Banned Books Giveaway Hop

Banned Books Week is September 24-October 1. Many books are challenged every year when they are deemed unacceptable for libraries for some reason.

I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and I Read Banned Books are hosting the Banned Books Giveaway Hop. I’m giving away a new copy of George Orwell’s 1984. Just leave a comment to enter, then go check out the other blogs giving away books.

To enter, just leave a comment. (Please note this drawing is open to US mailing addresses only.)

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Entry will close at 11:59 PM EDT, Saturday, October 1, 2011. Winner will be chosen using www.randomizer.org and will be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to reply to claim the book. Sorry, US only.

After you enter my drawing, go enter the drawings at all these great blogs. Good luck and have fun!

It Was Up There Before It Fell

Do your kids assign personalities to inanimate objects? Every stuffed animal and half the toys in my house have names and “personalities”. It could be creepy if I thought about it too much.

I was in the bedroom on the computer this morning checking to see if have any library books due today when I heard a loud crash. As it didn’t sound like a human body flinging itself to the floor, I was concerned. As I’m getting up, I hear, “Bennett!” Well that narrows it down.

Bennett had opened the fridge and one of the door shelves had fallen off. Fortunately nothing broke and I put the shelf back. Bennett kept saying, “It did it all by itself.” I’m sure it did, son. It happens all the time. (Not) That’s not the best part, though. I put it back in the wrong spot and he told me, “It was higher before it fell all by itself.”

When he finally told me why he opened the door in the first place, it was, “Because Moo-moo was hungry.” You might have guessed that Moo-moo is NOT a real cow. Never a dull moment around here.

Unspoken Stories by B.C. Young Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Amazon summary
A collection of five short stories to entertain and stimulate the mind. These stories were almost never told, but they were saved from being unspoken.

The collection includes the following science fiction stories:

“Copy Bird”: Bill is trapped and lonely. He breaks free of his prison and finds something he doesn’t expect.

“Going Home”: Promises are important to keep, and Commander Patrick Murphy never wants to forget that.

“Josie Dorri And The Coffee Ban”: What if the government banned coffee? See what happens to Josie Dorri when they do.

“The Present”: Miles Gray has a good life, but doesn’t realize it. Often, a trip through time is all that is needed to open up a person’s eyes to how good they have it.

“Running To Keep Her”: Neil is obsessed with exercise and eating right, but it’s not for his health that he does it. He does it to keep her.

Read, enjoy, and open up your mind…

 
My review
Science fiction can be hit or miss for me. I’ll read it, and I mostly like it, but it’s not one my favorite genres so I don’t seek it out. Short stories are iffy, as well. I’m sure it’s hard to fit a complete story into such a small word count. And many authors who write short stories, should be writing novels. They just try to put too much story into a small space, and the reader ends up feeling like we’ve missed something important.
 
Neither one of these issues was a problem when I read Unspoken Stories – Volume 1 by B.C. Young. The stories were interesting, complete, and even though they’re only a few pages each, they’re long enough to get you hooked and make you care about the characters. In fact, one of the stories made me cry, and we all know that’s not allowed. Even so, I’ll be giving this book five stars on Amazon. (I really need to get a rating system in place on here.)

You can read the official summary of the stories above. Keep reading for my summary of the stories and to learn how you can win your own ebook of Unspoken Stories.

“Copy Bird”: A post-apocalyptic survivor and what may be the smartest bird ever.
“Going Home”: An emotional story of a soldier visiting his family.
“Josie Dorri and the Coffee Ban”: An interesting story about choices. And coffee.
“The Present”: This is one of those “Be careful what you wish for” stories. It’s kind of weird, and the time travel loop threw me a bit, but it was still good.
“Running to Keep Her”: This is a sweet story about lost love, but it’s also a bit creepy because the guy is a tad bit obsessed.

Win your own ebook
Ben has given me a Smashwords code to give away to one of my readers. If you’re not familiar with Smashwords, it’s a great site (for readers and authors) that allows you to download an ebook in any format. So anyone can enter. If you don’t have an ereader, you can still read the book on your computer. (And the book is short enough that your butt won’t get tired while you’re reading.) My usual rules apply for entry. I’ll take entries until Saturday morning. (I’d say midnight Friday, but I’m not staying up that late.)

To enter, just leave a comment.

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Where to find Ben
Web Site/Blog
Facebook Author Page
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About the book
Title: Unspoken Stories – Volume 1
Author: B.C. Young
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release date: August 25, 2011
Pages: 68
Where I got the book: I got this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Reviews: The Everlasting and Fantastical Adventures of Elannah and Sam by Sean Noonan

Today I’m actually reviewing two books. Of Lights in the Night; Friends and Adventure: The Everlasting and Fantastical Adventures of Elannah and Sam and A First Christmas; Friends and Festivity: Book Two of the Everlasting and Fantastical Adventures of Elannah and Sam by Sean Noonan. These are chapter books for kids ages 9-12.

Amazon summary: Of Lights in the Night 

Beyond the half-sleep lies a land of dreams where anything can happen….

Join Elannah and Sam as the half sleep takes them to their secret Tree-House in the Jungle … where they meet in their dreams.

This time they’re off to see Rodger the Badger, on their flying bikes – up, up into the night sky … and onto another everlasting fantastical adventure …

“An Adventure you say? On flying Bikes? And where do you suggest that we go on such a cold and bright night?”

“This is the perfect night for fireworks.” Sam stated. He was full of the fun filled memories from earlier in the evening.

“Yes. Fireworks.” Elannah backed Sam’s suggestion up and looked expectantly at the badger.

“Ah yes…. Fireworks.” Rodger removed his feathered cap and scratched his head. “Do you know where the best fireworks are to be seen on such a night as this?” A bright gleam came to his eyes and he looked pleased with the thoughts within his mind’s eye.

A delicious and delightful night of lights and laughter, music and magic. awaits them in the Great Northern Mountains, where the Great Wizard Grumphspawn tells us of his fireworks …

“I have a series of assorted sensations for you to enjoy this evening. Seven to be precise.” He paused for dramatic effect. “We will start off with the Goblin Racer, move on to the Highlander’s Delight; the Jolly Jester; the King’s Coronation Ball; the Long Light Liberation; the Parrots, Pirates and Pancakes Piratical Pyrotechnics; and finally the Troll’s Totally Titanic Terribly Triumphant Toothy Tongue Tingler!”


My review
This is a cute little book. It mostly serves as an introduction to the characters in the series. There is not a lot of action in this book; kids will have to use their imaginations (and that’s not a bad thing). Sean has created an amazing dream world where anything can happen. I want to see those fireworks. 🙂


Jeffrey’s review
As these are kid’s books, I asked Jeffrey (9) to read them and tell me what he thought. He said, “I like it, but there’s not much going on.” (After reading it, though, he declared that we’re keeping the books, so don’t look for these books in my weekly giveaway.)


Amazon summary: A First Christmas 

Beyond the half-sleep lies a land of dreams where anything can happen….

Join Elannah and Sam as they drift off happily into the fantastical world of their dreams where they visit Rodger the Badger and the Bridge Troll for some festive fun…or so they think…until ….

“Well” Rodger said, “The Twelve Toed Ugly Troll never did celebrate Christmas”

“Never celebrated Christmas!?” Sam exclaimed incredulously, a look of such bewilderment on his face. All thoughts of missing presents were forgotten. “That’s not possible! What about his friends and family?”

“The Bridge Troll never knew his parents and, until the night of the fireworks, he has never had anyone to call a friend”

“This is not good.” Elannah stated thoughtfully. She mused for a second and then announced, “Let’s throw him a Christmas party, not just any Christmas party, but rather the best party there has ever been. We will make up for all the missing Christmases in this one night!”

From a harmless snowball fight to a terrifying tumble down the side of a mountain, a trek through the Mines of Abundance and the Magical Night Flower Garden. Will these traveling companions manage to gather the perfect ingredients to amaze and astound the Twelve Toed Ugly Troll!?

Follow Elannah, Sam and their dream world friends as they prepare for the most fantastical Christmas Party ever!


My review
Any action missing from Book One is all here in Book Two. Flying bikes, magical sleds, mining-car chases… and other fun stuff. (I don’t want to give it all away.) Kids also learn about giving to others and teamwork in a fun way. There are two more books coming and I can’t wait to read them!


Jeffrey’s review
“I really like this one!” (He’s a man of few words unless Pokemon is involved.) 


About the books
Titles: Of Lights in the Night; Friends and Adventure: The Everlasting and Fantastical Adventures of Elannah and Sam and A First Christmas; Friends and Festivity: Book Two of of the Everlasting and Fantastical Adventures of Elannah and Sam
Author: Sean Noonan
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Release date: March 15, 2010 & September 3, 2010
Pages: 68 & 162
Where I got the books: I got these books for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. (Now I have someone to visit when I go to Scotland. Just kidding, Sean. Maybe.)

*Closed*”Make It Mine” Monday – Seeing Ezra Book Giveaway

Seeing Ezra: A Mother's Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal

This week’s book is an ARC of Seeing Ezra: A Mother’s Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal by Kerry Cohen.

If you missed my review of Seeing Ezra, you can read it here.

To enter, just leave a comment.

If you want additional entries, you can:
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You can easily do those three things right from this post, using the buttons at the bottom of the post. Each entry needs to be in a separate comment. (To get the link for the fb post or tweet, just click on the time stamp below your post.) Make sure that your email address is in the comment or that I can contact you through your profile.

Entry will close at 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, September 23, 2011. Winner will be chosen using www.randomizer.org and will be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to reply to claim the book. For more information, see the “Make It Mine” Monday page. Sorry, US only.

Sunday Summary

Amazon and Blogger are not playing well together this week, so I don’t have links or pictures.

Recap of last week
Last week, I posted reviews of Dreams and Nightmares and The Bone House.
I can’t believe I forgot to mention this last Sunday, but on September 9, one of my posts was featured on BlogHer! It’s still on rotation at the top of the Blogging and Social Media page.

Sneak peak at next week
Reviews
Unspoken by B.C. Young
The Everlasting and Fantastical Adventures of Elannah and Sam: Books one and two by Sean Noonan

Giveaways
Tomorrow’s “Make It Mine” Monday book will be Seeing Ezra by Kerry Cohen. There is still time to vote, so if you prefer a different book, go place your vote!

As part of a blog tour for B.C. Young’s Unspoken, I’ll be giving away a Smashwords code for Unspoken on Wednesday. (With Smashwords, you can get the ebook in whatever format you want.)

Banned & Challenged Books Week is 9/24 – 10/1. As part of a giveaway hop hosted by I Read Banned Books and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, I’ll be giving away a copy of a challenged book.