Fundraising for Lazy People: Hurricane Relief Review-A-Thon


I’ve been playing with the idea of hosting a Review-A-Thon for a while. I certainly have enough reviews I need to write. The books are read and notes made; I just need to put it all together.

Then Sandy hit and I wanted to do something but I had no idea what. I just sat around feeling hopeless for a day or so until an author friend living in New York posted that her entire neighborhood was devastated. The photos were bad enough, but actually knowing someone who had lost her home gave me the kick I needed. Continue reading

Survey Results Part 2: Your Book Preferences


Life smacked me upside the head this month, so this took longer than I planned. It was not my goal to publish one results post each month. :-O I did not get a response from the winner of the Amazon gift card, so I’ve picked and emailed another winner. Go check your email.

The first set of results was all about demographics. This post is all about your reading preferences. For reference purposes, there were 34 respondents. Continue reading

Online Bookseller Discount Codes/Coupons (10/27)

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Guest Post: The Day We Went Camping

I’m still in the process of writing a post about our camping trip. Meanwhile, we had a school paper due about “a special day”. So we picked one chock-full of interesting things. He’s actually combined some things from all three days into one day. Most of this happened on one day, though. He said I could post it, but I couldn’t put his name on it. So here is a condensed version of our camping trip written by my ten-year-old son who shall remain nameless. (He wanted the title in big blue letters, but I couldn’t let him do that on his actual paper.) Continue reading

Stuff Kids Said Long Ago

I’m going through old emails and I found this from Feb 2006. Jeffrey would have been 4 then.

As Jeffrey was getting ready for bed, out of nowhere he starts telling me about his class at church this morning. He says they learned about “loving each other.” “We should love people as we love each other. ‘Cept they didn’t say anything about being sunshines.” (Every morning when he wakes up, I sing ‘You Are My Sunshine” to him. Now he sings it to me all the time, and he’s all the time saying, “You’re my sunshine.”) “Maybe another time they’ll talk about that.” LOL Continue reading

Review and Giveaway: The Three Lost Kids and the Death of the Sugar Fairy by Kimberly Kinrade

Halloween is here and Lexie, Bella and Maddie couldn’t be happier. But why does everything feel so different? Fewer houses are decorated and fewer kids are out trick-or-treating. Still, that’s not going to stop the three girls from eating as much candy as they can before their parents can stop them, even if that means fighting each other for it.
When they finally discover a haunted house worthy of their favorite holiday, they forget their parents’ warnings and go in alone, only to discover that the house really is haunted, and not only that, but they’ve been transported to a whole different world!
A dying Sugar Fairy in one of the abandoned rooms send them on a quest to find her Sugar Baby and the magic Sugar Flower in order to save her and Halloween. If they fail, Halloween will be gone forever, and they’ll never return to their family.

But with Sugar Bug attacks, the Cavity Caves where they must face their deepest fears, and giant gummy bears armed with candy cane swords, the girls aren’t sure they’ll make it.
Their only chance is to work together, using each of their strengths to help each other. Can they stop fighting over candy long enough? Or will they be trapped in the dying Sugar Land forever? Continue reading

Review and Giveaway: Millicent Marie Is Not My Name by Karen Pokras Toz

Millicent Marie Tour

Twelve-year-old Millicent Marie does not like her name. After all, she was named for a woman who died more than fifty years ago and was not the most loveable member of the Harris family. Her friends call her Millie, but when she writes in her diary she refers to herself as Amanda – the name she always wished she had.

When Millie’s younger brother finds her diary on her computer, he decides to publish it as a blog for the entire world to see, including the boy Millie has a crush on. In the midst of all the mayhem, Millie/Amanda discovers she is suddenly Springside Elementary’s most sought after sixth-grade mystery gossip and advice columnist.

But not all is fun and games, as Millie quickly learns, once she realizes feelings are at stake. Nobody, least of all Millie, expects things to turn out as they do in this tale of friendship and respect. Continue reading