Sunday, December 21, 2014

Review for Woof by Dakota Douglas

Book Description

October 29, 2013
WOOF is a magical tale for ages 7 plus about a friendship between an unusual dog and a boy struggling to fit in. Jeremy Turner is the new boy at school. He’s shy and struggles to make friends. When he follows his classmates to the park, the last thing he expects is to be off on a freaky adventure. But when he meets a stray dog, weird things start to happen. The pair share an unusual secret that will put Jeremy in danger if it leaks out. An ambitious scientist is determined to use Jeremy to get 15 minutes of fame and nasty crooks will go to any lengths to keep their own secret. Can Jeremy stop them? If not, will he ever see his family and friends again? Kids & dog lovers of all ages will enjoy this action-packed fantasy tale filled with humour and suspense. A great middle grade read for adults and children to get their teeth into and enjoy together.

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149354196X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493541966


“Woof” by Dakota Douglas is a delightful book to spark a child’s imagination. Jeremy and his family just moved to Castlebridge. His parents are lawyers and work long hours. Jeremy often feels alone, as most children who move do until they make friends. One day at the park he passes by some children from his school. They are going to play soccer. Jeremy loves to play soccer but one of the children thinks he is stuck up so doesn't give him a chance. Jeremy feels more alone then ever, until a dog comes up to him. Always wanting a dog, Jeremy and him became fast friends. But the dog is a special dog and after hearing Jeremy's wish that he would rather be a dog than a human, the dog makes the wish come true. They change bodies, like in the movie Freaky Friday, and experience the others life. When Jeremy realizes that the grass is not greener on the other side, and in fact much worse, he wishes to be human again. But can he help save them both and discover some inner purpose when he helps catch some nasty crooks?  

This 192 page chapter book is a story with a great message. Children who have moved will be able to relate to the character's plight. They will also enjoy the twists and turns in the story that are woven in a fantasy way. The chapters are only a few pages long so is appropriate for young readers 7-11 years of age. There are also a few pictures. These are simple and sweet, though at times the kindness of the character pictures doesn't always match up with the characters true ambitions but they do give a good representation. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Interview with Jimmy Olsen for Things in Ditches-A Murder Mystery Novel

Come and join me as I talk with author Jimmy Olsen about his novel Things in Ditches -A Murder Mystery Novel on Stories From Unknown Authors at 1pm EST today.


"Vicky Johnson's killer rolled onto his right side, drew his knees up under the warm covers and cautiously peeked through the darkness at the crisp digits of the clock-radio counting his last moments on earth, death waiting patiently for him to shower and dress. The secret he thought, is not to open your eyes and let the world in.
"So begins the story of Dutch Cleland, a man with a hidden past and a future about to explode in his face. A seemingly average man whose love for two women drives him to such extremes that deception, even murder and suicide are no longer unthinkable."

  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Hoffman House Press (October 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045OUHSM

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    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    #RRBC Member of the Month for Milele Safari: An Eternal Journey

    DECEMBER, 2014
    I was born in 1958 in Plymouth, Devon to the best parents in the world who are still thankfully with us…(in spirit, in my father’s case) who went on to present me with three more sisters.  We weren’t too well off to start with, but my father was a talented sign-writer and maker and ended up with his own successful business.  We grew up surrounded by paint and paper and so we all loved to draw and make things.  We were all pretty good at it.  I used to draw for my younger sisters:  characters from games we used to play and cowboys and horses were popular themes, as well (we inherited Dad’s Wild West fixation).  Our childhood was pretty stable and though we all got into the usual childhood scrapes, the error of our ways were gently pointed out to us.  We were taught that treating others as you would like to be treated yourself was the sensible way to be happy in life.  It still works, too, Mum and Dad, so thank you more than I can express.
    Jan is the author of Milele Safari:  An Eternal Journey and she also loves writing poetry.
    She’d love to have you visit her on her blog;  Follow her on Twitter @JanHawke , as well asFacebook.

    Jan  is one of those uber-supportive members here at Rave Reviews Book Club!  You will find her tweets all over the place for everrrrryyyybody!   She is very deserving of this award and she will also receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card!  Please support our MEMBER OF THE MONTH by picking up a copy of either of her books listed below, if you can, supporting her on Social Media and by all means, tweet, re-tweet and share this page thru the month of December in honor of her! @JanHawke

    Monday, December 1, 2014

    Review for Fairy Dust by WJ Scott

    Book Description

     August 2, 2014  6 - 12
    Mischief and magic. Tinkers and fairies. Do you believe in magic?

    Farran Sherwin cupped a hand to his ear and said, “I can’t hear you. Do you believe in fairies?”
    The hall erupted into chaos as children sprang out of their seats, spilling popcorn under their feet as they yelled, “Yes!”
    The tinker staggered as if he had been struck by a sound-wave and the children giggled.
    Farran cocked his head. “Listen. Can you hear someone?”
    A hush settled over the children. They perched on the edge of their seats, palms gripping the armrests. Their faces were pinched tight as they gazed up at the stage.
    He widened his eyes and whispered, “She’s coming.”

    Evelyn, an orphan, doesn’t believe in magic anymore, but then the meddlesome tinkers arrive in her village and change her world forever.

    A bedtime tale to delight younger readers or those still young at heart.

    A heart-lifting tale suitable for junior readers or a perfect bedtime read by parents and grandparents for younger children.

    “Do you believe in fairies?” 

    • File Size: 960 KB
    • Print Length: 16 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Wendy Scott; 1 edition (August 2, 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00MDACIG4
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 


    Fairy Dust is a short story about a child who lost her parents and lives with her aunt and uncle. She is introverted, hurt from her loss. At a magic show a man named Farran tries to get her to speak and enjoy the fun like the other children, but she says she doesn't believe in magic. It is then that Farran finds a way to help her. Fairies have always been known to attract children and adults alike. The mysteries of their very existence fascinates the world, but to a child with a great imagination anything is possible. That is what Farran shows and in so doing helps the girl believe in something in which she thought she had lost by a tragedy.

    This story is whimsical and light hearted. Children of all ages who love fairies will adore the message the author provides and even though the ending is a mystery all in itself, it is easy to imagine what the girl might have saw on her fairy adventure into the unknown. 

    Saturday, November 29, 2014

    Free Holiday Book Promotion


    Because of the giving of the holiday season, I would like everyone to try out a PDF copy of my newest book in the Crypto-Capers Series Book 6 The Mystery of the Circus For Hire. This book is for 4th graders and up into middle school. All you have to do is just submit your e-mail address and the page will take you to the file you will be able to download. If you enjoy the book and submit a positive review on Amazon, I will send you for free Book 3 in the Joe-Joe Nut Series The Secret of the Missing Arch. This is for 3rd graders and up. Just e-mail me at and send me a link to the review and I will then gift you a copy to your e-mail. Here is the Amazon link to post the review. The Mystery of the Circus For Hire  

    Thank you so much and I hope everyone will enjoy my books.

    Happy Holidays!

    Holiday Promotion Link

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Guest Post For Climbing For Roots by Alan Noble

    Title: Climbing for Roots Author: Alan Noble Genre: Religion/Spiritual Growth/Christian Life Publisher: Axiom
    Climbing for Roots will explain fully the sin that so completely corrupted creation, and the plan of God for our salvation. We learn that Jesus is not only our Savior, but is also the Lord of our lives. What does that mean? That obedience will never earn us God’s love but it will always produce blessing. We learn that our salvation is secure, but we must strive for obedience because we are created to do good works.
    When we trust Jesus for salvation, we become members of a new family—the family of God, also known as the church. Imagine! God is now our Father. As members of this incredible family, certain changes take place within us. We get learn about worship and praise, and have a relationship with Him. Climbing for Roots will teach us about ourselves as new creations, about this church, and about Jesus, the Son of God! We learn about the two ordinances or rites Jesus has given His church that will help us to remember who we are as Christians—baptism, and communion. As a member of God’s church, we learn that we are to serve each other in unity. We must consider others more important than ourselves. We learn that we need to persevere together, so that when Jesus returns, He will find us doing what He has left us here to do—serving Him by serving others.
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    Alan R. Noble is a born-again Christian, schooled in the Word since childhood. He was fortunate to sit under capable preaching and teaching throughout his life. His passion for the spiritual welfare of young people grew out of his years of work experience, and his understanding of the Scriptures. He realizes that young Christians need instruction in the meat as well as the milk of the Word (Hebrews 5:12-14). Mr. Noble was educated at William Paterson University, a liberal arts institute in Northern New Jersey, and received a B.A. in education, with a certificate to teach elementary school. Later, he received an M.A. in Communication Arts, and a certificate in supervision. He worked as an educator for 31 years. After his retirement from public education Mr. Noble enjoyed teaching in Christian Schools in New Jersey and Texas. These days find Alan and his wife Kathie enjoying their travels between Kansas City and northern New Jersey as they visit their daughters’ families that include six beautiful grandchildren.
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    Monday, November 10, 2014

    Review for The Adventures of Nutty and Twittles

    Come and join me as I talk with author Dennis Marcoux about his picture book 

    Adventures of Nutty and Twittles, Oh Nuts! I Lost My Little Sister 

    on Stories From Unknown Authors at 1pm EST today.

    About the Author:
    Dennis Marcoux lived in Worcester, Massachusetts for most of his life and now resides in Cape Coral, Florida.  He has been writing children stories and poems for many years and is passionate about children reading to expand their imagination.  In his spare time, you can find him reading books as a volunteer in elementary schools and children's hospitals.  He is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association of Fort Myers, Florida

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    About the Book:
    Nutty and his sister Twittles set out to play a fun game of hide "n" seek with their friends. When Twittles is the only one missing, the game quickly changes.  Nutty has to find his sister because she may be lost in the dark and dangerous Forrest.

    School is out and Mrs. Hoot gives the young children some good advice. To be careful and to watch out for each other. The children begin to play and forget what their teacher had told them. As they play hide and seek near the woods, Twittles, a young squirrel, goes missing. She is hiding in a very clever place but in so doing becomes lost. Will Nutty be able to find her before their parents find out? What lessons will they learn? Young children will enjoy listening to and reading the tale of these fabulously illustrated creatures. When children play and have fun, they sometimes forget to be careful. Children will be able to relate to the story while parents will love the message the story implies.

    Title:  Adventures of Nutty and Twittles, Oh Nuts! I Lost My Little Sister
    Hardcover / Paperback 
    Children Book
    Pages: 24
    Size of book: 8.5 X 8.5
    Places where available for sale: Halo Publishing International, Amazon and Barnes & Noble 
    e-Book Available Nook & Kindle