Thursday, October 1, 2015

Interview with Holland Haiis for Consciously Connected

Come and join me as I talk with author Holland Haiis about her book Consciously Connecting on Stories From Unknown Authors at 1pm EST today.


In the age of technology we have become disconnected at a cellular level. The time to reconnect to ourselves and each other is now Consciously Connecting is a step-by-step guide that will enlighten and give you the ability to further connect to your inner self. Learn to enrich your relationships with others, take action, and connect within the world around you-and most importantly, with yourself. Develop healthy emotional habits, and decrease stress and anxiety with your connectivity, which will give you the inspiration to lead a more productive and creative life. This adventure will be fun, and the exercises are easy. Engage in a weekly plan of action as you commit to be cognizant and walk away from life's disconnect and distractions. Unlock the secrets to Consciously Connecting as you choose to achieve your goals, embrace your strengths, and define your journey. Give yourself the gift of joy and happiness through connection and watch the possibilities happen.

About the Author:

Holland Haiis is a successful business consultant that mentors and facilitates clients to reach their goals. She coaches on the art of leadership, the value of communication, marketing strategies, and how to reach personal and financial goals. Holland lives with her husband, in Manhattan, and they continue to enthusiastically explore the world together.

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: 1st Books (November 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452597855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452597850

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Review for Lights, Camera, Stilton! by Geronimo Stilton New Graphic Novel

Product Details

Lights, Camera, Stilton! by Geronimo Stilton
Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels (Book 16)
August 4th, 2015
ISBN-10: 1629912085
ISBN-13: 978-1629912080
Ages 7-12 years old
56 Pages

Ever wondered about the birth of movies? In 1895 the Lumière brothers invented the Cinematograph. The two engineers created something that was completely new for their time: a machine that could shoot, develop, and above all, project images. They were credited for inventing the movies.

Like many of the Geronimo Stilton books, there is always something new to learn that will engage and educate readers. In this case the story focuses on the Lumiere brothers and their first attempt at a movie. But they did not know that they were being sabotaged by the pirate cats. The pirate cats wished to be the ones to be recognized for this amazing accomplishment in film. With the help of Professor Von Volt, Geronimo Stilton, Thea, Trap, and Benjamin go back in time to stop the pirate cats from changing history.

Geronimo fans will love reading the 56-page graphic novel Light, Camera, Stilton! though fans of the books will find some differences between reading Geronimo Stilton graphic novels and the Geronimo Stilton books. In the graphic novels many things carry over from one graphic novel to the next so if the reader didn’t read the other graphic novels they might miss some of the references implied. In the graphic novels there seems to be a different tone that is portrayed from Geronimo. In the books he can be funny and silly, with the plot adventurous or mysterious in some way. In the graphic novels the tone is definitely more serious, though adventure or mystery is central and wrapped around a historical event, and of course the characters look a little different.

The great thing about the graphic novel series is that they tend to have separate plots than the books, which is great for the readers and brings diversity. None of the stories are shortened or illustrated versions of the books. They each are unique and have different settings, plots, and educational value. Children who love history, and Geronimo Stilton, will like what this series teaches them.  

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Interview with Kayti Nika Raet for The Outsider Chronicles

Come and join me as I talk with author Kayti Nika Raet about The Outside Chronicles Series on Stories From Unknown Authors at 1pm EST today.


One can live for several weeks without food but only a few days without water, a fact seventeen year old Niko is only too aware of as she struggles to provide for her two younger brothers in a post apocalyptic landscape where the rain burns like acid, food grows increasingly scarce and any Slither that crosses her path is laid low before it can sink its teeth into her. Then one night everything she'd ever worked for and loved is consumed by a raging fire, leaving her with one brother missing, the other dead and herself gravely injured. She's rescued by the Rose Circle, a rogue group of Slither hunters. They sneak her into Amaryllis City, a decadent metropolis where those able to pay the exorbitant entrance fee live a life of relative ease. But for Niko, Amaryllis City is not the haven she grew up believing it would be and her unique abilities as a Slither hunter make her a particularly visible target to a city with hopes of experimentation, replication and other nasty bits. All Niko ever wanted to do was find her baby brother, but that's proving to be harder than expected.

Product Details

  • Series: The Outsider Chronicles
  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 23, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1511417285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1511417280

More About the Author


Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kayti Nika Raet moved down South when she was 11, where she was bitten by the writing bug, as well as other, less friendly insects. 
She is the author of the Outsider Chronicles, a five book series starting with NIKO and set in a world where the rain burns like acid and flesh eating monsters roam.
She's also a reviewer for Readers' Favorite and has her own Youtube Channel: Kayti Edition.
When she is not hard at work on her fourth book she has fun reading, listening to K-pop, and photography.
Kayti lives in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Interview with Diane Mayer Christiansen for Her Fantasy Series

Come and join me as I talk with author Diane Mayer Christiansen about Switcher and The Secrets of Woodcrest on Stories From Unknown Authors at 1pm EST today.


Samantha Schmealy is no one special, really. In her thirteen years she has lived a quiet life with her parents on her family farm. Nothing out the ordinary has ever happened to her, not unless you count the strange goings on at the neighbors house a mile away. She has friends and likes school and likes summer vacation even better. Yes, everything is quite normal for Sam.that is until her parents find out about her very unusual secret, her ability to transform, or switch, into a sleek black cat. There is only one thing to be done. Sam must be sent away for "readjustment." Follow her journey through fear and anger to discovery and self acceptance as Sam and her new friends unravel the secrets of St. Levitius. You might even discover that being different is just fact it's amazing!

Secrets of Woodcrest:

In this powerful and thrilling young adult novel, Sam and her friends are institutionalized at St. Levitius for possessing strange abilities, until the day their lives are forever changed when an uprising occurs and they escape. The girls learn there are others like them—called Uniquians—and they undertake a journey to uncover more information about their history. Amid their search for answers, the girls are pulled into strange and dangerous happenings, the outcome of which could affect Uniquians across the world and cause their extinction once and for all.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Interactive Mystery Series for Kids

THE ASSIGNMENT: The Circus for Hire is a whirlwind of an adventure where the Crypto-Capers travel to Russia to save Max and Mia's parents, Mitchem and Martha Holmes, from going to prison for a crime they didn't commit. Finding themselves caught up in a scandal that is beyond their control, they use their skills and talents to try to outsmart the most notorious criminal of all time, but can they do that without sacrificing one of their own? Lies become intermixed with truth, yet, with the help of a new ally, the Crypto-Capers find themselves ahead of the game, but will they find the ending they're looking for? Puzzles of varying degree of difficulty challenge the reader in this award-winning interactive mystery series.

This is a great story filled with mystery and ciphers. It is challenging for the advanced reader, yet interesting and action filled for the reluctant reader.

Here is a review from Amazon's kindle version:

Children between 4th-7th grades are going to love The Crypto-Caper Series. The author does an amazing job involving the reader into the story. The mystery takes the reader to Russia where they will learn about Peter the Great as well as many other historical figures and topics. The reader will use different clues to solve the puzzles in the books. Book 1 through book 4 uses a Substitution Cipher to solve the puzzles, but in books 5 and 6, the author uses an Ottendorf Cipher. Children are always being challenged in each book, which will keep them interested and engaged. This book has won a Preferred Choice Award and it is easy to see why. Readers, teachers, and parents are going to love the smooth way the author keeps the reader's attention by introducing puzzles and history into a well woven mystery.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Interview with Madhuri Blaylock for The Girl (Book 1 in The Sanctum Series)

Come and join me as I talk with author Madhuri Blaylock about Book 1 in The Sanctum Series The Girl on Stories From Unknown Authors at 1pm EST today.


The Sanctum, an all-powerful governing body founded by ten families, entrusted to maintain the peace amongst Magicals and ensure the ignorance of humans, has been corrupted by greed and savagery for generations, but is all Wyatt Clayworth has ever known. A descendant of one of the Founding Families and Class A Warrior, Wyatt has always believed in the ways of The Sanctum, having grown up in the system and thrived under their leadership. A golden boy, renowned for his prowess and skill in battle, Wyatt has never questioned a mission or kill order until the night he crosses paths with a brutally injured and mysterious girl. Scouring Central Park with his best friend and fellow Class A Warrior, Ryker Morrison, for the hybrid demon prophesied to bring an end to The Sanctum and destroy the world for Magicals and humans alike, Wyatt instead finds Dev and his whole life turns upside down. Told he was hunting a killing machine, hellbent on wreaking havoc and destruction upon all it encounters, Wyatt instead sees nothing more than a broken girl with haunted eyes and a bit of a death wish. All Dev wants is for Wyatt to either kill her or leave her alone. When he refuses to do either, she finds herself being pulled into his life while being hunted by warriors everywhere she turns. Drawn to one another for reasons they cannot begin to explain to themselves, much less anyone else, Wyatt is determined to protect Dev and help her realize her mission to avenge the deaths of her family at the hands of The Sanctum. His abdication of his duties and his outright rejection of his responsibilities to The Sanctum create a maelstrom of events beyond anyone’s imagination.

This novel is filled with adventure as it flows steadily towards the revelation of The Girl and her amazing powers. Readers are going to love how the story sucks them in, making them want to know more about Wyatt and Dev and their journey together for which they are forever bonded. The characters are unique as they are beautiful. Though at times the characters seem a little too perfect, they are fun in talents and personality. 

With devoted friends and family, Dev and Wyatt go on an incredible journey, yet not realizing the bigger picture they both are apart of. Will their bond last? Readers will definitely want to find out in this 400 page novel. 

I'm that Indian girl everyone thinks is Black...or Spanish...or Black and Spanish. I'm from down South, have lived in the New York City area for more than twenty years, and am proof that you can take the girl out of the South, but you can't take the South out of the girl. 

I love Old Scout bourbon, french fries, tattoos, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, my mom's Indian food, Friday Night Lights, coffee, and Martha's Vineyard. I can wiggle my ears, flare my nostrils, and curl my tongue.

I am an introvert who can fool people into thinking I am an extrovert, all the while wishing I was home alone, not having to speak to a soul, lost in a fantastical world of my own creation. 

As the great Charles Bukowski said, I write because it comes bursting out of me. I cannot stop it, nor do I want to. 

I do other things to pay the bills.

To learn more about me, you can follow my blog at, follow me on Twitter at or like me on Facebook

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Review for Ellie Makes A New Friend by Marci Fair


About 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!

About the Authors:

Mother-daughter duo Marci Fair and Elle Fair coauthor a series of books about ten-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 books and stuffed animals both, Elle enjoys working on this special project with her mom.
In addition to her professional career, Marci is the founder of Kares 4 Kids, a nonprofit organization that has served over 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.”

Ellie Makes A New Friend is about a stuffed animal named Ellie who moves into a new neighborhood looking for a new friend. She gets some yogurt and goes to the playground, but she feels alone. After doing several activities by herself she goes to the library and reads books about making friends. When she goes back to the playground she meets a penguin named Pudgy. They then begin to do everything together. 

This is a simple story about friendship. In this case when Ellie met Pudgy she found out that Pudgy loves to do everything that she likes to do. She met the perfect friend for her. Many children will be able to relate to Ellie's plight and have been in a similar situation when moving to a new neighborhood. In the back of the book the authors ask the readers to send in pictures of their special friends to facebook. Many children will love to do that. My only quibble is that the pages look like a scrapbook project. The pictures are of the real stuffed animals but the backgrounds are too cluttered with other pictures and colors. At times there's a lot going on that can distract attention away from the story. The story is short and simple, so should be the illustrations and backgrounds. 

Overall, young children will enjoy reading this 28 page picture book.