Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I'm back with UNCLE JOHN’S BATHROOM READER Author Interview

I am back from my blogging break. Well kind of because I don't have as much time right now as I used to have but I will try to post at least once a week. Today I have an author interview to share with you guys!



About Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader For Kids Only!:

Here is an exciting chance to own the very first Uncle John's Bathroom Reader For Kids Only! in a hardcover edition with all new illustrations!

When our younger readers demanded a Bathroom Reader of their own, Uncle John put together this brain-boggling easy-to-read collection of facts, fads, quotes, history, science, origins, pop culture, mythology, humor, and more! Plus it's full of wacky and fun illustrations and Uncle John's famous "running feet" — those fun and fascinating facts on the bottom of every page.

Curious young readers will learn about the real Dr. Seuss, baseball superstitions, the birth of The Simpsons, how carnival games are rigged, the history of dining on scorpions and tarantulas, shocking truths about thunder and lightning, and disgusting bodily functions like ear wax production and digestion (and why they're important), and much, much more..

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Author Interview

How or who thought of the idea to write Uncle John's Bathroom Reader For Kids?
The idea came from my brother, who was the original Uncle John. As kids, we loved to read comic books AND the encyclopedia. The encyclopedia because it was full of fascinating facts; and comic books because stories were short, easy to follow, full of action, and fun to read. That was kind of the basis for the adult Bathroom Reader series and it seemed logical to extend that to a For Kids Only series. (Plus it gave us an excuse to add illustrations.)

How are all the interesting facts and information in this book found?

We look under rocks, behind closed doors, inside the refrigerator, on top of Old Smokey, and in the thousands of books in the Bathroom Readers’ Institute’s research library.

What are some facts we will read and learn about in this book?
Well, did you know that:
An albatross can fly as fast as 25 miles per hour…while sleeping.
NASA invented the Dustbuster.
The slowest mammal is the three-toed sloth. (Top speed: 6-8 feet per minute.)
Every baseball used in the major leagues is produced in Costa Rica.
A typical fast food milkshake contains more than 50 chemicals.
Plants grow better when you pet them.
In high school, Tom Cruise was voted “Least Likely to Succeed.”
Girls’ hearts beat faster than boys’ hearts.
In Medieval Europe, some dogs wore suits of armor.


Is there any difference in a Bathroom Readers book and a Bathroom Reader for kids book?
Yes. Pictures! The content is slightly different, too. For instance you won’t find much about taxes, politics, or other boring adult stuff in a BR For Kids Only. You will, however, find flying octopi, doodle bugs, and gooey facts about ear wax in a BR For Kids, which you (probably) won’t find in an adult version. Also, the kids books have fewer pages and shorter articles so that kids can find fantastic new stories on almost every page.

Is there or will there be more Bathroom Readers for Kids?

Yes, indeed! We’ve already published five annual editions (including Smell-O-Scopic, which just won an award from the the Independent Book Publishers Association for Best Children’s Non-Fiction of 2013) and we’re about to come out with our sixth, Uncle John’s Totally Quacked Bathroom Reader For Kids Only. But we also have several other For Kids Only titles—Kid-Topia, iFlush, Infomania, Enchanted Toilet, and The Haunted Outhouse, to name a few.

About Gordon Javna:

The life of Gordon “Uncle John” Javna, editor-in-chief and publisher of the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series, reads like one of his books. There’s a lot of fun, intriguing—often odd—information lurking around every corner. He went to art school, and then went on to become a musician, real-estate developer, writer, restaurateur, president of a pre-school, brew pub owner, and editor—not all at once, mind you, but he has been all of these things.

Eventually, though, he realized that because of his love of fascinating facts (and being a bathroom reader himself), he was naturally suited, perhaps even destined, to bring the joy of trivia to the world in a fun, informative way. He assumed the pseudonym Uncle John for the Bathroom Reader series and since then, Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader has become the longest-running, most popular series of its kind in the publishing industry. To date, there are more than 15 million Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers in print and his fanatical flock of followers span from Australia to the United Kingdom and beyond.

Guided by their obsession with unusual trivia, amazing origins, and forgotten history, Gordon “Uncle John” Javna and his staff at the Bathroom Readers' Institute have made Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers a must-have for book and gift stores worldwide for over two decades. Gordon continues to expand his porcelain province from his throne room in Ashland, Oregon.



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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Taking a Break

I am taking a break from blogging but I'm not sure for how long yet, I am hoping it will only be a few months.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cursed by Takena Prevost Guest Post and Giveaway


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Cursed
by Takena Prevost
Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Date Published: December 13, 2013


Book Description:
Half-succubus Jazz Watkins spends her days navigating the halls of Moreland High and her nights knee deep in Chicago drug dens hunting Suecai – an evil kind of incubi and succubae who devour the souls of humans. But when a leader of the Suecai curses her, Jazz has to track him down. Either she kills him before the curse burns through her, or she’ll become a full-fledged, out of control, soul sucking monster.

She’s got a handful of weeks, absolutely no leads, and her sexy best guy-friend and team member, Khan, covering her back. But will the growing attraction she feels for Khan get in the way of her mission to save her own life?

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cursed-The-Guardian-Chronicles-Volume/dp/1771306750

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cursed-trakena-prevost/1117759805?ean=2940045520911

Guest Post:
Starting Off As a Writer: 5 Things You Need To Know
As a writer who’s just getting her foot into the door within this industry, there are a lot of tips I found online and through years of research that I wish I’d known when I first got started. Below are the top 5 of my, “I Wish I’d Have Known That” tips:
  1. Find your writing style/process and stick to that: When I first started writing I did what everyone else did, tap away on my laptop and willed the genius to come to the surface. Pretty soon into that I realized that my first drafts were complete crap and I wasn’t comfy with that process. It was after some real inner searching that I realized how I’d always liked to write was long-hand at first, and then to type it out. Once I discovered that, all went so smoothly for me.
  2. A good critique group is priceless: There is no one you will find that will support you like a good critique group. They tell you when your plot is off and when your characters are not realistic, or when your dialogue doesn’t sound true to the characters you’ve built. Good critique groups are pivotal to making progress as a writer.
  3. You’ll have to go through many rounds of edits: Like everyone, I believed that my work was the stuff of genius and needed no changes. It was my critique group that pointed out its flaws and taught me how to make my work even better. They also taught me the importance and inevitability of second round – even third and fourth round – edits.
  4. Write everyday: Even when you don’t want it, it’s important to put some words down on paper. Being a writer is like having a second job. You have to work at it, practice every day until you’ve honed your craft.
  5. Get used to the word “No!”: It’s inevitable that you’ll be rejected at some point as a writer. When it comes down to it, it’s a very subjective business, and even though your work may be brilliant (and I’m sure it is!) what you may like may not be what the agent or editor is looking for. Try not to take it too personally and keep submitting. Personally, I constantly just tell myself that the person rejecting me can’t get my genius =).


Trakena Prevost

Trakena Prevost was born and raised in the great state of Texas, where everything IS bigger and the people are very friendly. She spends most of her time oscillating between being completely obsessed with reading and Korean dramas (to her wonderful boyfriends chagrin) and writing down the fantastic tales rumbling around in her head. When not reading and writing, Trakena spends her time working in HR for a major medical system in Houston, and hanging out with her family and friends.

Trakena has always loved the many worlds she's found in books, where everything was possible. As a child, you would often catch her enjoying a good story in the comfort of the AC, instead of wilting in the Houston heat (she showed great intelligence...even then). It didn't occur to Trakena that the fanciful stories she made up for fun could one day be out in the world, but now that they are she can't imagine it any other way!

Website: www.trakenaprevost.com

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

Twitter: @trakenaprevost

Blog: http://theeternalwritingoptimist.blogspot.com/


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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Allons Danser! (Let's Dance!) CD Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


Product Description:
Allons chanter! (Let’s sing!) Allons danser (Let’s dance!) Apprenons le français (Let’s learn French!) Get in the language-learning groove with this fun-filled collection of original tunes and beloved traditional favorites performed by internationally-acclaimed French artists Marie-Louise Desage and Didier Prossaird. From “Bonjour Les Amis” to “Au Revoir”, kids and adults will want to dance and sing along to these irresistible rhythms and catchy lyrics that introduce French words and phrases such as numbers (“Un, Deux et Trois”), parts of the body (“La Tête, Les Épaules/Head, Shoulders”) and children’s favorite topics (“Quand Je Serai Grand/When I’m Big” and “Y’a Pas de Fête Sans Gâteau/It’s Not a Party Without Cake.”) A rollicking rendition of “Le Vieux MacDonald (Old MacDonald)” puts a French twist on a beloved classic. Take the music and fun along with this French learning CD which makes learning French as easy as un, deux, trois!


My Opinion:
Allons Danser! (Let's Dance!) is a CD for children who want to learn French. The CD has the lyrics with translation to make it easier to follow along. Even with that French is hard though! You would have to listen to this Cd a lot to learn all the words in the songs but that probably wouldn't be a problem because it's pretty fun trying to repeat the words. I listened to Allons Danser! (Let's Dance!) with my 6 year old daughter and after we repeated something I would translate what we had just said. Our favorite songs are Old MacDonald and Head, Shouders because we already know these songs and that makes it easier to understand the songs.

The website has Spanish and French CDs and DVDs for children

Website: http://www.whistlefritz.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whistlefritz


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Fractured by Leanne Pearson Teaser and Giveaway

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To celebrate the release of Fractured we have a teaser tour for you all to go along with a great giveaway! Fractured is a New Adult Contemporary Romance by Leanne Pearson.  It just released June 1st, 2014.
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Fractured by Leanne Pearson


For twenty three year old Katrina Smith, the events of one day irrevocably changed her life.

Life in Christchurch, New Zealand, couldn't have been better. She was in love with a wonderful man, had a job she enjoyed, and had her life mapped out before her...

What dawned as a typical summer’s day, changed into a day of devastation and overwhelming loss. An insidious danger lay beneath the benign land surface, seismic tension, like a ticking time-bomb, was counting down to a catastrophe. And Kate and her boyfriend, Daniel, were in its path. It took mere seconds for the world to be ripped out from under her. Suddenly, Kate was deluged by a vortex of Post Traumatic Stress, guilt and crippling anguish.

Dominic Dell’Antonio, an American marine working in New Zealand, was a man hiding from his own demons which lurked behind depthless blue eyes that read so much, yet yielded so little. He kept himself aloof and isolated. Nightmares regularly plagued him.

As Kate slipped under a suffocating wave of heartache, she blocks out the world behind self imposed walls, drowning in the torrents of grief. Quiet, yet commanding, Dominic connects with Kate on some inexplicably deeper level. He wants to protect her. He wants to make her his.

Two damaged and guarded souls drawn together through tragic circumstances. Two lonely hearts drawn to one another to find comfort.


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TEASER 1:
I have to take a deep breath. Having this fragile, yet exquisite woman lying in my bed two feet away is pure torture. She's facing me, legs tucked up towards her chest; eyes closed. The moonlight streaming through the window is casting a muted light over her delicate features. Her blonde hair is fanned across my pillow in soft waves. Forcing myself to focus on her face, I dare not let my eyes roam south. Her sweet musky scent hits my nostrils, and I have to clench my fists, talking myself down from the really stupid impulse I have to reach down and run my hand through those golden locks. Despite the outdoor temperature, this woman has set my body on slow burn. I feel drawn to her. From that first moment our eyes met, I felt it. An inexplicable pull.


TEASER 2:
 He leans across the table and moves the hair out of my face to touch my cheek. I inwardly cringe; my ugly scar now fully exposed.
"So easy to coax a blush outta this gorgeous face, ain’t it?" he murmurs.
My cheek tingles where his fingers brushed across it and butterflies take flight in my stomach. Oddly, I have the urge to cry though, as his touch stirs memories of a forgotten longing: The yearning to be touched intimately. Held. Comforted. That must be it. I'm lonely. It's the only logical explanation for the confusing feelings I’m experiencing around this man.
"My face is scarred, Dominic. It's an ugly reminder I have to look at every day."
Dominic takes my hand in his, and my breath hitches. He pins me with his eyes.
"It's not somethin' I even notice, sweetheart. It's invisible to me. What I do see is an exquisitely beautiful woman who has experienced unimaginable loss and hurt, but she survived. Don't allow this to define you. Every time you look in the mirror, let that scar be a reminder that you've been given another chance at life."
"I can't, Dominic. Every time I look at it, it reminds me of what I've lost."


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About the Author:
Leanne Pearson grew up in Durban, South Africa. She later immigrated to New Zealand, where she now lives with her husband and two children. During her down time, if she's not reading, she can be found relaxing outside, sipping on an apple cider, soaking up the sights and sounds of rural New Zealand. Leanne has had a few feature articles published in the newspaper over the years and has had a flair for creative writing from a very young age.



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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Gypsy by Trisha Leigh Book Blitz and Giveaway


Release Date: 05/13/14
378 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Inconsequential: not important or significant.
Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant

In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.

The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.

When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.

Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their "talents" came to be in the first place.

When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.




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Excerpt:“Oh, Lordy, I am so sorry! My mom's always sayin' I'm so clumsy I could trip over a cordless phone.”
A breathless, sweet, female voice chatters the apology as hands try, with little success, to drag me back to my feet using the straps of my backpack. She's behind me, so not the person whose age of death I just saw in my first two minutes here.
Fail, Gypsy.
“Are you okay?” A second voice, male and with a smooth, local drawl, mingles with the first.
The dead kid is a boy.
I jerk my hands into my chest, trying not to be obvious about it. Wishing with all my might I could take it back. Forget. Turn away without seeing the attached face. Of course there isn't, and when my body remembers how to breathe again, I open my eyes.
He's tall, a few inches over six feet, with hair the color of sand and eyes that shift between gold and brown, like maple syrup in the sunlight. More than the intriguing shade, it's the genuine kindness in them that stands out to me. My heart flutters, then seizes.
Dead. He’s dead.
“It's okay, I'll live.” I wince at my choice of words and busy myself with brushing imaginary dust off the skirt of my uniform.
The clumsy girl stands as high as my shoulders, and the upturned nose and smattering of freckles combine with her chin-length white-blond hair to remind me of Tinkerbell. At least she seems to have a better attitude than the jealous, spiteful fairy.
Her pale eyes fling more apologies my direction, but I hold up my hand. “Really. No big deal.”
“Oh my gosh, thank you for being cool.” She grins, and it lights up her entire body. “I'm Maya.”
“Norah.”
“You're new?”
“How could you guess?”
“Because they rest of us learned to avoid Maya while she's double-fisting coffee and a cell phone back in the seventh grade.” Oh, goodnight nurse. The boy who’s going to die before he graduates from high school would have eyes that make my stomach attempt to fly.
I imagine literal, iron plates of armor clicking into place over my face, my skin, my heart, then flick a glance his direction. I snatch my cell phone from his palm. “Thanks.”
“I'm Jude.” He sticks out his hand.
Even though my aversion remains, even though I don't want to confirm what I saw, there's no point in keeping to my hands off rule. Not touching him now won't change anything.
“Norah,” I say again, laughing a little at the absurdity of repeating my name. Our hands touch, his skin soft and electric at the same time, like he scooted his feet across a shag carpet. The little hairs on my arms, at the back of my neck, stand up.
18. 18. 18.
I pull my hand away, fixing my smile and swinging back toward Maya. “You caught me, I'm new. And I'm supposed to be in the office but I have no idea where that is, so this is at least half my fault, stopping in the middle of the hall like that.”
“I'll walk you. It's right on my way,” the boy offers.
Maya rolls her eyes at me in a manner that suggests we've been sharing nonverbal cues for more than two minutes. “If you don't want to be alone with Jude, I understand. But if you don't care, I'm going to let him take you because I'm supposed to meet with the yearbook sponsor...” She glances at her phone. “Five minutes ago.”
“No, it's fine. He's fine.” Lord in heaven, did I just say that?
Maya snorts, and the heat in my face promises she didn't miss my unintentional comment.
I grew up around boys, so snorts at double entendre isn’t exactly new to me, which only makes the fire in my cheeks all the more vexing. It's surprising to learn that things can still embarrass me.
“You know, it's not the first time I've heard that,” Jude jokes, his smile catching my attention.
My lips return it without permission, even though my face is about to melt off.
“Yes, it is,” Maya chirps. “It so is the first time he's heard that. Norah, we'll have lunch instead, okay?”
I nod, but she doesn't see me because she's already halfway down the hall, waving over her shoulder.


About the Author:
Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies,  reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s.

Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who numerous, loud, full of love, and the kind of people that make the world better. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories—made up, of course, but true enough in their way.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Just Sing by Rene Gilley Book Blitz and Giveaway


Release Date: 06/05/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Lily O’Brien has one goal in life—to sing. Her dream is to get into a topnotch college vocal program, but the summer before her junior year, her high school cuts their awarding-winning vocal ensemble. She might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.

When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden.

He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. Through her newfound friendship, she finds the strength to step outside the comfort of her plan and follow her dream.

But when Lily’s family is about to lose their home, she puts her wishes aside and finds the answer to save their generations-old ranch in the last place she expected.



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About the Author:
I’m René Gilley, a young adult and new adult author. I’m a mom, wife, and breast cancer survivor. A portion of every book royalty I receive will go to support breast cancer patients, awareness, and research for a cure.

JUST SING, my debut young adult book, will be available in ebook and paperback, June 5, 2014. Published by The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House TWCS.

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