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Monday, October 10, 2016

Check Out the Friends and Family Sale at I See Me! #ad

Here's some info that I wanted to pass along to you from I See Me. They are having this incredible sale of 30% off everything!  Christmas is soon approaching, and the personalized items that you can only find at I See Me will make great gifts for your children and grandchildren.

Coming soon - A review and giveaway of the I See Me Personalized Christmas Sing-Along Book and CD!

Be sure to follow I See Me to keep up with their latest offerings and sales on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+.

Disclosure: I was not paid for this post. I just wanted to share this with you.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Giveaway - It's a Race Against Time in Ross Welford's "Time Traveling With A Hamster"

If your looking for a good time travel adventure, you'll find it in  Ross Welford's Time Traveling With a Hamster.  I am so thankful to Random House Children's Books that sent me a copy of this wonderful tale to share with you.

"My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty-nine, and again four years later when he was twelve."

There isn't anything like a good book that gives you a race across time. I love time traveling stories. They give such interesting perspectives on what happens when you try to change the past.  In Time Traveling With a Hamster the hero of our story, Al Chaudhury, life really isn't the greatest. After the untimely death of his father, he is now in a new family where his stepdad is a nice guy, but his stepsister seems like she just stepped out of the underworld.

On his 12th birthday, Al receives two gifts: a hamster and a letter from his dad, who died four years ago. The letter point Al to a time machine, an very unimpressive-looking zinc-tub-and-laptop contraption in the secret bunker of their old house. It also describes a mind-blowing mission! Can Al travel back as a twelve-year-old boy, then maybe he can alter the course of history thus preventing his father's death?

As Al soon discovers, whizzing back thirty years requires not only imagination and courage, but also garage break-ins, midnight rides on his grandfather's scooter, and even setting his school on fire! Through it all, he has to keep his hamster safe...

This book has it all, and it's a story that middle grade readers to adults will love. Yes, I do recommend children's books to adults!

About the author: Ross Welford worked as a business journalist before becoming a freelance writer and television producer. He has worked on shows such as The Big Breakfast, The Morning, and Bridezillas. This is his first novel. Follow @rosswelford on Twitter.

My thoughts on Time Traveling With a Hamster. Following Al through all of his adventures really kept my interest. This is definitely a page turning book that I could not put down until I was finished with it. The book is set in, I think, the North East coastal part of England. I like how Mr. Welford's description of the characters in a very concise way - by numbering them. Since I am not up on Brit slang, there are a few words that were not familiar to me, but I don't think that they are really anything bad, just a bit racial. I would say that parental discretion is advised for this book. There are two sexual references and the kids do take God's name in vain.

Time Traveling With a Hamster becomes available to own on October 4, 2016.  Purchase it as a hardcover, eBook, or audio at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

With many thanks to Random House Kids, one person is going to win their very own copy of Time Traveling With a Hamster by Ross Welford. This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on October 8, 2016.  Good luck!

Time Traveling With A Hamster Blog Tour (9/26-10/24)
Some of these blogs are having a giveaway for the book, too. So travel around and check out the post
Cracking the Cover  – September 26
Mommy Ramblings – September 27
Comfort Books  – September 28
Oh! For the Hook of a Book – September 29
I'm Shelf-ish – September 30 y
Mrs. Yingling Reads – October 4
Parajunkee – October 5
Eclectic Bookworms – October 6
As They Grow Up – October 11
Quite the Novel Idea – October 12
The Hiding Spot – October 17
Fandom Monthly Magazine – October 18
YA Books Central – October 20
Swoony Boys Podcast – October 21
The Boy Reader – October 24

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Giveaway - Disney's Queen of Katwe Opens In Theaters Nationwide on September 30, 2016

Inspirational stories unquestionably sing to me, and this new movie from Disney, Queen of Katwe, is full of everything I hope for in a movie.

Here is the story of a girl whose life rapidly changes after being introduced to a game of exceeding strategy, the game of chess.

Disney’s Queen of Katwe is based on the inspiring true story of Robert Katende and Phiona Mutesi.  Phiona was a young girl 10 year old girl living in the slums of Katwe, Uganda.  One day she stumbles upon Katende and a group of children playing chess in a makeshift church.

Through the guidance of Katende and the game of chess, Phiona is encouraged to believe in herself.  Eventually, she finds herself not only competing in local chess matches, but winning in international competitions.  Robert and Phiona’s story celebrates the notion that champions can come from the most unlikely places.

After seeing the rave reviews for this movie, it sounds like a winner.  All of the reviews that I read all say that the actors deliver brilliant performances.  Older children and adults are going to love this heartwarming movie of how one girl rose up to achieve a great dream.  Even though it has only a PG rating (for thematic elements, an accident scene and some suggestive material), it might not keep the interest of little children.  

This inspiring movie opens nationwide on Friday, September 30, 2016. Be sure to check your local theater for showtimes. 

See the trailer and more featurettes at the Queen of Katwe website where you will also find links to purchase tickets.

To celebrate the opening of Queen of Katwe, Royalegacy Reviews and More has a $25 Target Gift Card to giveaway to one lucky winner that will be selected at random. I will personally mail the gift card to the winner via USPS with tracking.  This giveaway will end on October 12, 2016 and is open to US residents. To enter, just complete the entries below. Good luck!

Disclosure: The above information was provided to me to share with you, and will be compensated with a gift card for posting this information.

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