Thursday, March 23, 2017

YooHoo and Friends from the Green Kids Club

YooHoo and Friends
from the
Green Kids Club


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How it all began...

Sylvia Medina is someone who is passionate about the environment and the animals that live in this world. As a youngster she loved to hike and enjoy the wilderness and especially loved animals. She took this passion and dedicated herself to becoming an Environmental Engineer where she could help make a difference.

Another passion Sylvia found was children! When her twins were born she knew she wanted to instill in them the passion of being steward of our environment. So when Sylvia's twins were infants - she found herself watching television shows for kids. This made her realize that there were few programs about environmental stewardship and endangered species preservation for children. So one early morning - about 1:30 am - while rocking her baby girl to sleep she came up with the idea of creating stories and products that teach children about the environment and the world around them. So the Green Kids Club was created.


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Pammee and the Looking Pond


Our Review of Pammee
and the Looking Pond:

Pammee and the Looking Pond was Amanda's favorite book in the YooHoo and Friends series. Pammee is an adorable fennec fox who loves looking at her reflection in the looking pond. However, she gets a fright when her reflection is distorted. What could the problem be? Pammee has a friend named Maya who helps her solve the case. At the end of the story are some fun facts about the fennec fox and tips on how to save our water. I highly recommend this picture book for kids ages 4 - 8.



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Sparkee and the Stinky Treasure


Our Review of Sparkee
and the Stinky Treasure:

Sparkee and the Stinky Treasure was Amanda's second favorite book in the YooHoo and Friends series. The illustrations are bright and friendly and the characters are adorable. Sparkee is a skunk and his friend Lemmee is a lemur. They meet up with their friend Tiago.

There is a mysterious bad smell that gets blamed on Sparkee, but then Tiago and Lemmee go investigate where the smell is coming from. Follow their adventure and learn some fun facts about skunks and help prevent pollution. I highly recommend this picture book for kids ages 4 - 8.



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YooHoo's Swimming Trip


Our Review of YooHoo's
Swimming Trip:

Amanda enjoyed the adventure story of YooHoo's Swimming Trip. YooHoo is a bush baby and his friend's name is Victor. They want to go swimming, but discover that the river is drying up. Where is the water going? Can they save the fish in time? Follow their adventure and learn some fun facts about bush babies. Also, learn about water and how to save and care for this natural resource of ours. I highly recommend this picture book for kids ages 4 - 8.



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About the Author:
Sylvia Medina



Role in Green Kids:

•President and Founder of Green Kids Club, Inc.
•Primary Author, Creative Director
•Environmental Engineer & Scientist

Sylvia is the President and Creative Director of the Green Kids Club. She has spent her career focused on environmental issues and helping to preserve animal welfare.

When she had twins, she became aware that she truly wanted her children to grow up with an environmental conscience and an understand the basics of environmental stewardship. With this in mind, she developed the Green Kids Club concept which would help her children as well as other children around the world learn early the environmental habits they could share with others.

Disclosure: We received free copies of these books for our honest review.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Guineafowl and Peacocks with Linky and also FREE eBooks!

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The guineafowl and peacocks hang around our house. Our neighbor feeds them bird seed every day, so they are happy to stick around. Our cats are used to the big birds and ignore them. I have a couple of shots of Prince, Samantha's cat, outside our front gate with the peacock and peahens.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Introducing the Unbounded Series

The Change
Book 1 in the
Unbounded Series

The Change (Unbounded Series Book 1) by [Branton, Teyla]

About the Book:

Title: The Change | Author: Teyla Branton | Publisher: White Star Press | Pages: 358 | Genre: Urban Fantasy

Book Description:

Death, Life, or Love—Unbounded Always Play for Keeps


There are only two ways to kill Unbounded, and fire isn’t one of them—as law school dropout Erin Radkey learns the hard way. By fluke of a recessive gene, she has become Unbounded, a nearly immortal being with paranormal abilities.

Erin’s Change separates her from her loved ones and alters everything she believes to be true. A week earlier she was considering a marriage proposal; now she contemplates the best way to stay alive. Caught in a battle between two Unbounded groups, the Emporium and the Renegades, she is also hunted by a secret mortal society sworn to eradicate the Unbounded gene.

As Erin plunges into this dangerous new life, she must carve out her own place in the madness, protect her mortal family, and decide which group she should join. Her unique ability is vital to both groups in the race to secure an identification software that spells death for all Unbounded—or enslavement for the entire mortal world. Some will stop at nothing to use Erin as one more pawn in a battle that has spanned centuries. Erin’s undeniable attraction to Ritter Langton, whose family was massacred by opposing Unbounded two hundred and forty years ago, complicates her choices. There are no second chances. Death, life, or love—Unbounded always play for keeps.

Non-stop action, terrifying consequences, and powerful romance make The Change an exciting addition to the world of romantic urban fantasy.


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My Review

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this action-packed urban fantasy novel, The Change. The characters were complex and the plot was unique with several twists. You don't always know who you can trust. At one point it was obvious that someone wasn't to be trusted, but the author had Erin not suspect anything. That did annoy me. However, Erin was a great protagonist and I want to read more of her. I also fell in love with one male Unbounded and one male mortal. I don't want to give names away, because I don't want to spoil anything. The story contains violence, but it wasn't overly dark. It's got all the right romance elements too. I highly recommend it for teens to adult.


Ava's Revenge
Book 7 in the
Unbounded Series

Ava's Revenge (Unbounded Series Book 7) by [Branton, Teyla]

About the Book:

Title: Ava's Revenge | Author: Teyla Branton | Publisher: White Star Press | Pages: 140 | Genre: Dark Historical Fantasy

Book Description:

To Seek Revenge, The First Step is to Survive


Ava O’Hare just wanted to love her child and live in peace, but a normal life was never her destiny. One stark day in 1745, everything she loved was taken from her, ripped away by the very man who should have protected her.

Somehow, miraculously, Ava survived.

Now it was time for revenge.

Long before Ava O’Hare became the successful leader of a modern-day Renegade cell, she had other battles to fight. If you’ve enjoyed the Unbounded series, you will love this extra peek into the events that shaped Ava’s life and made her a Guardian of Humanity.

Please note: Ava’s Revenge is not as long as the books from Erin's viewpoint. It is a tie-in to the series and can be enjoyed at any time. However, the last scene is present day and fits into the Unbounded timeline just after the end of The Change (Unbounded Book 1), so readers may better appreciate Ava’s Revenge after reading the first book.


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My Review

Ava's Revenge is an Unbounded novella and should be read after The Change (Book 1). It takes place in the past and continues a bit after the last chapter of Book 1. The genre is dark historical fantasy. The story is from Ava's point of view and definitely in keeping with the character of Ava. I became impressed with her character after reading Ava's Revenge. In the first book I pictured a matriarchal aunt, but now she is so much more than that!

The story moves quickly, the plot is well thought out, and the characters are interesting. Please read with caution as some violent scenes describe sexual assault and a baby is murdered. I highly recommend this book, but it's not appropriate for everyone even though it does fall under young adult fiction.


About the Author:
Teyla Branton

Teyla Branton

International bestselling author Teyla Branton grew up avidly reading science fiction and fantasy and watching Star Trek reruns with her large family. They lived on a little farm where she loved to visit the solitary cow and collect (and juggle) the eggs, usually making it back to the house with most of them intact. On that same farm she once owned thirty-three gerbils and eighteen cats, not a good mix, as it turns out. Teyla always had her nose in a book and daydreamed about someday creating her own worlds. She is now married, mostly grown up, and has seven kids, including a five-year-old, so life at her house can be very interesting (and loud), but writing keeps her sane. She thrives on the energy, inspiration, and daily amusement offered by her children. Grabbing any snatch of free time from her hectic life, Teyla writes novels, often with a child on her lap. She loves guns, martial arts, and belly dancing. Teyla writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction. She also writes romance and romantic suspense under the name Rachel Branton.



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Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Free eBooks with Linky

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This is what Amanda wore to school for St. Patrick's Day this morning. It's the closest green she owns. The shorts have a really cute detail on the front pocket. The schools in South Africa have uniforms, so it's nice when the kids get to wear civvies.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The POWEs and The Disappearing Tusks

The POWEs and
The Disappearing Tusks


Introducing the first book
in a new series of children’s
wildlife stories the POWEs
(Protectors Of Wildlife Endangered)



The POWEs series of children’s books are about wildlife conservation and take children on adventures all around the world – each story is set in a different country and covers a different wildlife conservation issue.

The books are not only fun, they teach children about the environment, about wildlife and how they can make a difference to their world. A percentage of the profits from each book goes to wildlife charities.


The Disappearing Tusks...

In this exciting first adventure in the POWEs series, the POWEs help save elephants and rhinos by coming up with an ingenious plan.

Full of brightly coloured illustrations and many different animals this story introduces the plight facing elephants and rhinos perfectly for a young audience. An educational and entertaining story about these majestic animals, the environment they live in and the people they live along side.

20% of the profits go directly to Tusk, the Lilayi Elephant Nursery in Zambia and The Rhino Orphanage in South Africa (wildlife charities that are working to protect rhinos and elephants).

“A beautifully illustrated and written book...perfect for any child who loves wildlife and adventure.”


About the Author-Illustrator:
Imogen Taylor


Having worked for several years as a lawyer (for an international firm in London and for an environmental charity), I decided on a career change to pursue my first love - illustration and story writing.

It was very important to me that wildlife conservation was the main focus of my books and this led to the creation of The POWEs series. The characters (particularly Immy, Jonny and Moby) were inspired by a year long road trip I did some years ago around Australia with my partner in a campervan!

I feel extremely lucky to be doing what I love - raising awareness and funds for wildlife conservation through my illustrations and stories!

I believe, that for success in the conservation of our wilderness and endangered species, we have to engage with children as young as those who are just starting school.



My Review:


Amanda and I both enjoyed the first zany adventure of The POWEs and The Disappearing Tusks. POWEs stands for Protectors of Wildlife Endangered. In the team is Immy and Jonny who are both 7 years old. Then there is a little dragon friend named Shu and a butterfly named Boffy. Even the campervan is part of the team and his name is Moby.

We liked the illustrations and the creative ideas that the POWEs team come up with. We were impressed to find a kid-friendly map of the world with Africa highlighted. It's a great way to introduce kids to where the African elephant and rhino come from. Sadly, both the elephant and rhino are endangered because of evil people, called poachers, who kill them for their tusks and horns. The kids and their friends have to find a way to stop the poachers.

Every page has something fun and interesting with some great learning moments too! Besides learning where Africa is on the map and about poachers, kids also get introduced to a few Swahili words. The last page also has lots of interesting facts about elephants and rhinos.

This is a great book for girls and boys ages 5 - 9.


Here's a peek inside...



Disclosure: We received a free book from Imogen Taylor for our honest review.
She asked us to donate the book to a local library once we were finished with
our review. Our book will go to Amanda's primary school's library.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Two CIA Novellas with Agent Lucy James by DJ Erfert

Window of Secrets
by DJ Erfert

Window of Secrets: Mission: Oasis de Huacachina by [Erfert, DJ]

About the Book:

Title: Window of Secrets | Author: DJ Erfert | Pages: 56 | Genre: Paranormal Suspense | Age Level: Young Adult


Book Description:

CIA courier Lucy James never gets used to seeing innocent people killed, but she copes with it—every day. Cursed with the ability to glimpse into the future when a death is about to happen, she has a short window of time to interfere—risking her life in order to change it.

A hot guy, a hot desert, and abducted teenaged girls spin CIA agent Lucy James’ simple mission to Peru into a deadly game of hide and seek.


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My Review


Window of Secrets is the prequel to Window of Time (Book 1). It can be read first or second. Agent Lucy James sees something happen while she's collecting a package for the CIA and decides to take on a mission that wasn't assigned to anyone. She is willing to go alone, but the handsome agent whom she had to meet up with in Peru decides to join her.

Debra brings to light the evil world of human trafficking in this fast paced novella. It is a topic close to my heart. I'm glad that Agent Lucy James gets involved, even if it is only in fiction. Hopefully, she'll be able to inspire more people to get involved for real.

A Deadly Glimpse
by DJ Erfert

A Deadly Glimpse: A Lucy James CIA NOVELLA by [Erfert, DJ]

About the Book:

Title: A Deadly Glimpse | Author: DJ Erfert | Pages: 34 | Genre: Paranormal Suspense | Age Level: Young Adult


Book Description:

CIA Agent Lucy James’s undercover reentry into the US doesn’t go as planned. The human coyote smuggling her and more than a dozen illegal aliens across the southern border into Arizona abandons them. Their group scatters. Ruthless border bandits methodically track and kill the illegals for the contraband-filled backpacks each man carries. With the help of two USBP agents who rescue her, she must stop the bandits from continuing their murder spree, and find the missing backpacks containing the deadly packages before the US has its first mass terrorist attack since 9-11.


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My Review


A Deadly Glimpse: A Lucy James CIA Novella is really not a novella, but a short story. It's actually the first 4 chapters of Window of Death (Book 2) and follows straight after Window of Time (Book 1). The books that I have read in this series have been fast paced, but this one felt a bit rushed. It could use some more developing. It's still a fun story. Agent Lucy James is always on an intriguing adventure. You can purchase the full eBook on Amazon: Window of Death.


About the Author:
DJ (Debra) Erfert

Debra Erfert

While growing up, going to libraries felt like an adventure filled with mystery and wonder to Debra. The hushed tones invoked secrets, and the dusty, sometimes moldy, smell of paper was the same in each city she lived. Leaving the library with just a single book never happened. Years later, her love of reading turned to a passion for writing stories others might enjoy. She’s an award winning fine artist who lives in a southwest Arizona city with her husband, a retired police lieutenant, where the average summer temperatures are well above 100 degrees--truly hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.

Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of both books for my honest review.

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