Friday, November 21, 2014

"The Rabbit Ate My Homework," a Middle-Grade Novel by Rachel Elizabeth Cole: Book Spotlight and Paperback Giveaway (US/CAN)

The Rabbit Ate My Homework
by Rachel Elizabeth Cole
Genre: contemporary humorous middle-grade novel

Eleven-year-old Drew Montgomery has not, does not, and will not ever want a stupid old rabbit. All they do is sit in their cages, eat carrots, and poop. Then his annoying little sister blackmails him into hiding a bunny in his closet. She knows what really happened to his "stolen" bike, and she's threatening to tell. Now Drew's in a real jam. If his "No pets!" parents find the rabbit or, worse, his sister blabs the truth, he'll be grounded till grade seven for sure.

And if that's not enough trouble, two girls at school drag him into a prank war that goes from bad to worse -- and it's all the rabbit's fault. Plus, the weirdest girl in his class wants to be his science partner. If she tells him she wants to be his girlfriend, he just knows he's gonna die.

Drew must find a way to outwit the mean girls, wiggle out of the blackmail deal, and get rid of the rabbit before it destroys his bedroom and his life.

Goodreads page
Buy on Amazon

About the author:
Rachel Elizabeth Cole writes a mix of genres, from heartfelt to humorous -- but her favorite will always be middle grade fiction. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines both online and in print, including Cahoots, Literary Mama, and Flashquake.

When she's not writing, Rachel works as a graphic designer specializing in book covers. She enjoys refurbishing old furniture rescued from thrift shops and garage sales, puttering in the garden despite her lack of green thumbs, carving down the local mountains on her snowboard, or shouting at the TV during Hockey Night in Canada. Her favorite season is autumn, she prefers tea to coffee, and wishes every morning began at ten a.m.

Born on Vancouver Island, she's had a life-long love affair with its rugged coasts and windswept beaches. Many of her stories are set there. She hopes to return to ‘the Island’ one day, but for now, even though she hates the rain, she lives just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, their two sons, and two very spoiled house rabbits.

Visit her website: www.rachelelizabethcole.com



GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a print copy of The Rabbit Ate My Homework, by Rachel Elizabeth Cole. Open to residents of the US and Canada only. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 5, 2014.

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Disclosure: This post contains my Amazon affiliate link. The author is generously donating a book for this giveaway. I received no products or compensation.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paddington Arrives in Theaters on January 16th: Watch the Movie Trailer & Download Activity Pages! #PaddingtonMovie

PADDINGTON
The Weinstein Company
In theaters January 16
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined -- until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you." and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman.

Watch the movie trailer!


Coloring Pages and Activities
Paddington loves adventure. Enjoy these fun, free printable activities below!
Connect the Dots
Paddington Memory Game
Printable Gift Tag
Learn to Draw Paddington’s Hat
Paddington Coloring Pages here and here.

PADDINGTON arrives in theaters January 16!


Official Paddington Websites #PaddingtonMovie
Like Paddington on Facebook
Follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

Stay tuned for an upcoming Paddington giveaway!




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Celebrate the Holidays with Peppa Pig: Giveaway for Two New DVDs!

The holidays are almost here! Light up your little ones’ faces with these two adorable new Peppa Pig DVDs from Entertainment One! With Peppa’s Christmas and Bubbles, young fans all across the country will have lots of festive fun with their favorite cheeky little piggy!

Peppa’s Christmas is a fun-filled new holiday DVD featuring 12 hilarious “peppasodes” full of snorts, laughter -- and lots of muddy puddles! In Peppa’s Christmas, little fans will join the exuberant Peppa and her family as they celebrate the holidays by decorating the tree, penning letters to Santa, singing carols and more! Other adventures include a voyage to Pirate Island, a visit to the dentist, an exploration of Granny and Grandpa’s attic, and a walk in the countryside.

In Bubbles, Peppa brings kids along on lots of exciting adventures, beginning with learning how to make really big bubbles. She also meets a special new friend, solves a mystery, goes on a family picnic, enjoys a visit from Granny and Grandpa’s Polly Parrot, discovers a time capsule and much more! With more than an hour of engaging entertainment, including two bonus episodes, Bubbles is bursting with fun!

Airing daily on Nick Jr., Peppa Pig follows the adventures of Peppa, a loveable, exuberant little piggy who lives with her brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa’s favorite things include playing games, dressing up, spending days outdoors, and jumping in muddy puddles. All episodes are wholesome entertainment for the entire family; Peppa’s adventures always end happily with loud snorts of laughter.

These festive new titles are sure to delight preschoolers and families from coast-to-coast. Pick up these DVDs to celebrate the holiday season!



GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive both DVDs: Peppa’s Christmas and Bubbles! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Penguins of Madagascar: Giveaway for a $25 Visa Gift Card, Penguins Ice Cube Tray and Stickers!


PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR
DreamWorks Animation
In theaters November 26, 2014


Penguins of Madagascar are back in their very own feature film -- coming to theaters this Thanksgiving!

Super spy teams aren’t born … they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then … you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it.

Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare and John Malkovich
Directed By: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
Produced By: Executive Producers: Tom McGrath, Mireille Soria, Eric Darnell; Producers: Lara Breay, Mark Swift

The following video introduces you to Skipper, one of the four Penguins of Madagascar!



Play the Cheezy Dibbles web game!

This is no ordinary snack-vending machine! There are penguins stuck inside. Help them escape in our Cheezy Dibbles web game! Play now.

Official websites - #PenguinsMovie
Visit the Official Website
Follow @DWAnimation on Twitter
Like Penguins of Madagascar on Facebook
Follow on Tumblr, Google+

Head to the theater on November 26, 2014 to watch DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar!

GIVEAWAY


One (1) winner receives:
• $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
• Penguins ice cube tray & stickers

Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation & 20th Century Fox
Open to US mailing addresses only

Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Picture Book Review and Giveaway: "Noah," by Mark Ludy (US & Canada)

Sometimes the best stories are told without words, as we find in the wordless picture book, Noah, by Mark Ludy. We all know the basic story -- how Noah builds a giant ark to protect his family and the world’s animals after God tells him that He will destroy the rest of the earth through a flood. But Noah allows us to fill in the words ourselves by viewing the intricate and detailed artwork of Mark Ludy.

The best word I can think of to describe Ludy’s drawings is “alive” because one can truly feel the emotion in the faces of Noah and his family, and one feels like part of the action that’s taking place in the story. This is not your typical children’s book filled with cute little animals; it is a realistic depiction of one of the greatest stories ever told. However, there is one fun detail for the kids: They can look for Squeakers the mouse on every page! (Can you find him on this page?)

Noah is a hardcover book filled with 64 pages of stunning pictures. It makes an ideal gift for families, but also for those who appreciate beautiful artwork.

About the author: Mark Ludy has written or illustrated eight children’s books, including The Farmer, the Flower Man, The Grump, When I was a Boy I Dreamed, When I Was a Girl I Dreamed, and Jujo the Youngest Tribesman. When he’s not immersed in his sketchbooks, you’ll find him in schools promoting art and literacy. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Mark Ludy’s website: www.markludy.com
Official NOAH website: www.plough.com/en/ebooks/n/noah


GIVEAWAY

One lucky family will receive their own hardcover copy of Noah, by Mark Ludy. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Three Dogateers: A Fun Christmas Movie on DVD (GIVEAWAY) #TheThreeDogateers

The Three Dogateers are here to save the holidays! Three pampered pooches left to guard the house on Christmas Eve become fearless DOGATEERS when thieves break in and steal every present, every ornament -- even the yuletide tree! Vowing to save Christmas, the three canines set out in search of Santa, the only one who can help them on their quest.

The Three Dogateers is Dove “Family-Approved”!

The DVD is available at Walmart!

Watch the trailer below for The Three Dogateers!



Enjoy these scenes from The Three Dogateers!



GIVEAWAY


One lucky winner will receive a DVD copy of The Three Dogateers! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, November 28, 2014.

Each household is only eligible to win one (1) The Three Dogateers DVD via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (November 15, 2014)

Christmas is less than 6 weeks away! It's time to get serious about winning some gifts for your friends and family! Be sure to check out my right sidebar and the linky below for a listing of terrific giveaways. Check back throughout the week as more are added. And if you're giving away something amazing on your blog or website, please share it with us in the linky below and then send this page out through your social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).







Shoplet Review: Artistic Executive Desk Pad Organizer with Storage #shopletreviews

Whether you have an office in the home or at a place of business, your productivity increases when you have a well-organized and tidy desk. Between my blogging, freelance editing and personal interests, I spend a lot of time at my desk, which takes up a corner of my bedroom. I carefully selected a desk with an antique look that I love, a whimsical desk lamp that makes me smile, and a cordless mouse and keyboard to cut down on cord clutter. One thing I hadn’t yet thought of, however, was a desk pad … that is, until I received one for review from Shoplet!

They sent me the beautiful Artistic Executive Desk Pad Organizer with storage. With my keyboard and mouse on top of the pad, I don’t have to worry about scratches on my wood desk. The Desk Pad Organizer has an attractive black matte finish that matches any d├ęcor, and small corner flaps on the bottom edge provide an area for me to slip small to-do notes or business cards. The feature that really adds usefulness and uniqueness to this product is the flip-top header panel, which has five compartments that can be used to store paper clips, writing utensils, small sticky pads, and more. I love that it helps to keep the clutter out of sight, but keeps necessary items within easy reach. The only accommodation I had to make was that the pad is a little tall (17 inches) for my skinny desk, but it rests on top of the base of my monitor and actually works perfectly that way by providing extra anchorage for the monitor. The Artistic Executive Desk Pad Organizer adds extra class and utility to my desk, and I’m very pleased with it!

If you’re looking to better organize your home or business office, I suggest you head over to Shoplet! They have a huge variety of products, whether you’re looking for office supplies, office stationery or promotional products for your company. Another branch of the company provides medical supplies, such as wheelchairs and exam gloves. I hope you’ll pay Shoplet a visit at www.shoplet.com. And be sure to pick up an Artistic Executive Desk Pad Organizer while you’re there!



Disclaimer: I received complimentary products through the Shoplet Product Review Program for my honest review.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Warm Up with Delicious TAZO Chai Tea! (Giveaway; 4 Winners) #SweetMeetsSpicy

I was never a fan of drinking tea until a friend introduced me to chai tea, and then I was hooked! Chai tea contains spices such as ginger, cinnamon and cardamom that give it a unique and absolutely scrumptious flavor. Since I’m a frugal person and don’t like to purchase my tea by the cup at a take-out place, I love being able to make chai tea at home thanks to TAZO! Their chai teas taste wonderful and are so easy to make. I especially love the concentrates. I just mix them with milk and heat in the microwave. Delicious! They also have filter bags if you prefer the traditional way of making tea or want to brew a whole pot. And TAZO Chai teas come in many different flavors:

Chai Classic (bags) and Classic Latte (concentrate)
Chai Organic (bags) and Organic Latte (concentrate)
Chai Vanilla Caramel (bags) and Vanilla Caramel Latte (concentrate)
Chai Chocolate (bags) and Chocolate Latte (concentrate)
Chai Pumpkin Spice (bags) and Pumpkin Spice Latte (concentrate)
Chai Decaf (bags) and Decaf Latte (concentrate)
Chai K-Cup Packs

Thanks to Smiley360 and TAZO, I was given the opportunity to try the Vanilla Caramel Chai Latte and the Chocolate Chai. I was already a fan of TAZO Classic Latte, so I knew I would love the other flavors, too. The Vanilla Caramel is especially creamy and delicious, and I am very eager to try the Pumpkin Spice Latte, too, because I love pumpkin-flavored beverages. The Chocolate Chai tea has a unique taste that’s ideal for people who love a chocolate and tea combination. (Give it a try!)

Many of you are already feeling the wrath of winter, so when you’re stuck inside on a cold evening, nothing warms you up better than a cup of TAZO Chai tea or any of the TAZO’s other teas! Visit tazo.com to learn more about TAZO and their fantastic tea products. Visit TAZO on Facebook and Twitter, too.

GIVEAWAY

Let's have a tea party! Four winners will each receive 3 coupons for a FREE box of TAZO Chai Filterbag Tea or Latte Concentrate (Max value per coupon: $5.99; coupons expire 1/31/2015)! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on November 26, 2014.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Gift for the Writer, Boss or Co-Worker: The L-Tech 3.0 Rollerball Pen from Levenger!

If you’re looking for an impressive and useful gift for the boss, co-worker or writer, I have a suggestion: the L-Tech 3.0 rollerball plus stylus from Levenger!

This beautiful pen is made of solid machined brass, but also converts to a stylus pen! And there are two stylus points to choose from, one in silicone and the other in a new patented touchscreen-sensitive mesh fabric. I love the metal storage box this pen comes in. It adds even more class to your gift! The pen writes very smoothly and comes in two different finishes: a matte black Stealth finish or metallic Chrome. I have the Chrome, and it is gorgeous! The octagonal shape is very unique and eye-catching, too. You can even have the pen personalized with the recipient’s name or initials for a small extra charge. The pen is quite heavy (very sturdy!), so it would be especially appropriate for men and those with large hands.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the elegant L-Tech 3.0 Rollerball Pen Plus Stylus from Levenger.

And check out the video below for more great holiday gift ideas from Levenger!






Little Passports Announces Early Explorers Subscription for Preschoolers

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.
I'm excited to announce that Little Passports has a wonderful new program for preschoolers! It's called Early Explorers, and it allows children ages 3 to 5 to experience the joy of learning about new cultures. It's never to early to introduce young children to the world around them!
Each month, your child will be introduced to a new theme like animals, music, and landmarks. Early Explorers is designed with preschoolers in mind and provides fun and educational activities, souvenirs and stickers. During the first month, a Traveler's Kit arrives in a fun orange suitcase. It holds everything a child needs to start learning about the world:
  • An activity book introducing new characters Max, Mia, and their dog Toby
  • A wall-sized world map
  • Stickers and a wall decal
  • A luggage tag
After the first month, a monthly World Theme Kit arrives, which contains:
  • An activity booklet
  • Souvenirs
  • Flashlight Adventures
  • Stickers and wall decals
Early Explorers makes a unique holiday gift for children ages 3 to 5. The little preschooler in your life will be so excited to receive a box in the mail every month! Learn more about Early Explorers from Little Passports.

The Earthkeepers Book Tour: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

earthkeepers
From the author of The Great North Woods Pack series comes a new adventure for middle-grade readers...

The Earthkeepers, by Shawn Underhill

Millions of people talk to animals every day. If you happen to be such a person, there’s nothing terribly unusual about you. But what if animals spoke to you in return? What if you could clearly understand them, while the people around you could not? That would be very unusual, remarkably interesting, and would likely be tremendously fun.

For nine-year-old Ethan Dewfield, talking with his dog is an everyday occurrence. Add to this the fact that he lives not in a regular house but in a sprawling hilltop inn, and what you’ll find is a highly unusual boy with a unique tale to tell. In this personally narrated account, he discovers the depths of his abilities, makes new friends, goes for a long walk in the snow, meets a special pack of wolves known as Earthkeepers, uncovers a nasty scheme devised by his even nastier uncle, eats a stack of pancakes, and does all he can to save his beautiful home from the greedy men plotting to destroy it.

*If you’re someone who likes a wide assortment of animals, with funny names and contrasting views of the world, and you like Christmas decorations, happy endings, and you’re open to the possibility of liking boys named Ethan, there’s a good chance you might enjoy this story.

*If you’re someone who admires deceitful, scheming, selfish people who manipulate others, who dislike animals, kids, beautiful buildings, and beautiful scenery, you might enjoy a long career in politics, but will probably not like this story in the least.

*If you’re someone searching for an epic, unrealistic romance between two people resembling Ken and Barbie, you are looking in the wrong place. You are now terribly lost. I’m shocked you’ve read this far. You should probably hit the back arrow now. There’s no telling what could happen if you don’t.

*If you’re someone shopping for affordable health insurance, you might try a different website.


Shawn Underhill
Author Shawn Underhill

The true story of Shawn Underhill may never be fully realized to the world at large. Theories and rumors abound, ranging from the fantastic to the absurd, but none can be entirely trusted.

Most scholars agree that he is certainly a devoted admirer of Jack London, while less credible claims suggest that he is loosely related to the novelist, merely adopting the false name Underhill as a means to anonymity. The most bizarre of all rumors state that Mr. Underhill actually is Jack London reincarnate, that in his spare time he pilots experimental aircraft on dangerous test missions, and is slated to appear on DWTS.

Attempts by this biographer to uncover solid evidence have proven frustrating at best, and dangerous at worst. Establishing contact with Mr. Underhill's family in the slim hope of acquiring trustworthy information has been, for the most part, an exercise in futility.

The most viable explanation came by a series of mysterious phone calls leading to a secret meeting with an individual claiming to be Shawn's second cousin. This unnamed source (who only spoke with me under cover of darkness behind a Dunkin Donuts off highway 93 in rural New Hampshire) states that the author was last known to be located within his secret writing cave -- a high mountain fortress, heavily defended by steep ledges and rushing waterfalls. The grounds near the secret trail leading to the hidden entrance are said to be patrolled day and night by wolves, watchdogs and bears.

In an interesting side note, UFOs and Bigfoot sightings have been reported in the general area of Mr. Underhill's alleged stronghold, but none have been officially confirmed by any reputable organizations.

The author's Facebook page, Shawn Underhill (Author), is the only known source of contact he has with the outside world.


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Book Blast Giveaway
$50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash
Ends 11/30/14
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