Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Giveaway from Peanut Hottie: The Delicious New Hot Peanut Butter Drink!

I recently told you about a fantastic new hot peanut-butter drink called Peanut Hottie! It comes in two flavors: Peanut Butter (which tastes like a peanut-butter cookie that just came out of the oven) and Peanut Butter and Chocolate (with the smooth taste of your favorite peanut-butter cup). Each cup of Peanut Hottie is only 83 calories, and it’s easy to make -- just add hot water to 4-5 teaspoons of this powdered drink. Peanut Hottie is also caffeine-free, and made with no artificial additives or colors. It does, however, have real peanuts!

You can find Peanut Hottie at Walmart, the Peanut Hottie website, and on Facebook and Twitter. And now you have the opportunity here to enter to win both flavors of Peanut Hottie! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Treat by Shutterfly: Buy One Card, Get One Free!

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Curse of the Granville Fortune Book Tour: Read a Guest Post and Enter to Win the eBook ~ 5 Winners!

Title: Curse of the Granville Fortune (Granville Fortune #1)
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Tantrum Books
Author: Kelly Hashway


Find the fortune, break the curse!

The hunt is on for an ancient treasure tied to nine-year-old J.B.’s family history. He’s been having visions that make him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into some kind of freak -- or worse, going insane. But things are worse than he imagined. The visions stem from a family curse. An ancient ancestor was accused of stealing the massive Granville fortune, and now J.B.’s entire family will suffer.

To break the curse, J.B. must find and return the Granvilles’ stolen property. But he’s not the only one searching for the treasure. As he sets out on his journey through a dark and foreboding forest, he’ll battle his worst fears and fight terrifying creatures along the way. And when he meets two others who share the missing pieces of his visions and suffer from the same curse, the three soon realize they need to work together to break the curse before it’s too late.


J.B. and the Creatures of Braeden Forest

One of J.B.’s struggles in Curse of the Granville Fortune is battling the creatures inside Braeden Forest. Of course, there are your typical forest animals -- bears, squirrels, vultures, and wolves. But Braeden Forest is linked to the curse on J.B. and his family. That means the forest preys on fears and actually brings those fears to life.

What does that mean for J.B. and his sister Holly? Every time one of them voices a fear, the forest makes it real. That’s right. Mention a bear, and the tree next to you will turn into a giant leafy bear. And don’t be fooled into thinking leaf teeth can’t hurt you. Just imagine what a scary cave could transform into. Or a giant boulder. If you can imagine it and it scares you, it can happen inside Braeden Forest.

The idea for this kind of setting came to me when I was doing laundry of all things. I looked out the window and saw a tree branch that looked like a crouching tiger. It reminded me of when I was a child, and I’d try to find pictures in the trees. It’s a lot like finding pictures in clouds, but I used to do this on long road trips using the trees on the side of the highway. From there, my mind created all sorts of creatures, both real and imagined. I ran with that idea because it really brought the setting of Braeden Forest to life and made it another character in the book.

Finding out what happens when your fears come to life became a huge part of this story and was really fun to write.

Follow the Tour!


Purchase at:
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Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a master's degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle-school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle-grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Giveaway Information: Winner will be drawn November 21, 2014

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Curse of the Granville Fortune by Kelly Hashway (INT). Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (October 18, 2014)

Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky, which runs all week! If you are hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please enter it in the linky below and then share this page with your social media friends and fans. If you're just here to win some prizes, you've come to the right place! Check out the giveaways listed in my right sidebar, as well as those in the linky below. Keep coming back throughout the week as more giveaways are listed. Good luck!

Warm Up with a Delicious New Hot Drink This Winter: Peanut Hottie!

Winter will soon be here, and we’ll be burrowed up inside with a warm blanket and a toasty hot drink. Coffee, tea or hot cocoa are usually the go-to beverages on a cold winter day, but I have a suggestion for a delicious new alternative: Peanut Hottie! This hot peanut-butter drink may sound odd, but you might be surprised at how scrumptious it tastes! There are two flavors: Peanut Butter, which tastes like a peanut-butter cookie that just came out of the oven, and Peanut Butter and Chocolate, with the smooth taste of your favorite peanut-butter cup. Honestly, I can’t decide which flavor I like better. They are both fantastic!

Here’s more great news: Each cup of Peanut Hottie is only 83 calories. And it’s super easy to make -- just add hot water to 4-5 teaspoons of this powdered drink. Stir it up, and you’re in peanut-butter heaven! Peanut Hottie is also caffeine-free, so you can enjoy a cup at bedtime without worrying that it will keep you awake. And there are no artificial additives or colors. It’s made with real peanuts. Yum!

You can find Peanut Hottie in both yummy flavors at Walmart! For more information, check out Peanut Hottie at and on Facebook and Twitter. CLICK HERE for some delicious recipes made with Peanut Hottie, too!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Maya & Miguel on iTunes + This Special Prize Pack Giveaway!

Scholastic Media’s award-winning TV series, Maya & Miguel, is celebrating its 10th anniversary! To mark this special occasion, the series is making its debut on iTunes -- just in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month! For the very first time, all 65 episodes of the adventures of 10-year-old twins Maya and Miguel Santos are now available for download on iTunes in a collection featuring six volumes for hours of hilarious entertainment and multicultural learning. In addition to iTunes, episodes of Maya & Miguel are available for digital download in the LeapFrog App Center.

As of July 1, 2013, the Census Bureau estimates that the Hispanic population in the United States has grown to 54 million! Needless to say, it is more important than ever that all children see themselves and their cultures represented in the media. The long-running Maya & Miguel TV series, airing on PBS KIDS (check local listings), chronicles the exuberant exploits of the dynamic duo, Maya and Miguel, along with their relatives and friends, set against the backdrop of a culturally rich neighborhood. Showcasing a positive portrayal of Latino family life, language and cultures, the series aims to promote the value of a diverse society while supporting English language learning.

I hope you and your children will check out Maya & Miguel on iTunes as part of your Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. And read on to find out how you can enter to win more Maya & Miguel excitement!


One lucky winner will receive a prize package that includes a Spanish First Words book, a Maya & Miguel book (Soccer Around the World OR Paint the Town), and awesome temporary tattoos! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and ends on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Keep Track of Your Family’s Busy Life with Calendars and Planners from Shoplet! #shopletreviews

Like most women these days, I have a full schedule. I have a part-time job outside the home, another part-time job where I work from home, children’s school activities, clubs, and sports, as well as our family’s extracurricular activities. Needless to say, having all of these things on a calendar is extremely important to keep me from going crazy! I have to admit that I still prefer a paper calendar over an electronic one. I use a desktop weekly calendar that enables me to see my week at a glance, as well as easily flip through to see the weeks ahead.

Shoplet has a terrific selection of calendars and planners for busy people. Whether you prefer a weekly, monthly, desk or wall calendar, they’re sure to have one that will fit your needs. They recently sent me two items to check out.

This weekly planner is a generously sized 8.5 x 11 inches so there’s plenty of writing room. It has a heavy cover that will withstand a lot of hauling around if you plan to tuck it in a tote or briefcase to bring with you to work or meetings. Its simple but classy appearance makes it appropriate for men or women. It also includes monthly calendar pages, extra writing space on each page and in the back of the book, an event calendar, a list of holidays for 2015-2018, and a map of time zones. The spiral binding makes it easy to lay the calendar flat for easy writing.

At 12 x 16 ¼, this is also generously sized so you can fit all of your family’s activities in one place! With a copper hanging grommet at the top, you can easily hang this calendar up in a central location so that everyone can consult and add in events. There are lines on each day so even the littlest ones will write neatly. And it’s made of sturdy paper that should last all year!

Shoplet has a huge variety of products, whether you’re looking for office supplies, weekly or monthly planners, wall calendars, 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

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

Enjoy $20 Off Your $50 Purchase of Thank-You Cards from Tiny Prints! (Promo Code)

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When: Now through 11:59pm PT October 21, 2014
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Teach your children to express their appreciation (as well as practice their writing skills) by sending thank-you notes! Tiny Prints has a huge selection of personalized thank-you cards, and now you can save $20 when you place an order of $50 or more ~ that's a 40% savings! Click on the banner above to pick out your cards and use promo code THANKYOU20 when you check out.

The fine print: Offer expires 10/21/14 at 11:59 pm (PT). Save $20 off all thank you card purchases of $50 or more. Merchandise must total $50 before taxes, rush processing, proofs, shipping and other charges for the promotion to apply. This promotion code cannot be combined with other offers. It is not applicable to previously placed orders, shipping, taxes, rush processing charges or greeting cards. Offer is only valid on Tiny Prints and is not applicable on, third party or partner websites. To prevent fraud or abuse, we reserve the right to discontinue or modify this offer or cancel any order.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Children’s Book Review: “The Biggest Burp Ever: Funny Poems for Kids,” by Kenn Nesbitt

I remember getting a call a few years ago from one of my boys’ teachers asking me if I would make an “author visit” to the classroom. Since the books I had published were not intended for children, I wondered what I could read to them. Then my sister, an elementary school teacher, reminded me that I had a written a bunch of silly poetry. I read my poems about fat cats, loose teeth and chocolate cake to the kids, and they were a huge hit! This experience taught me that children love goofy poetry. That’s why I highly recommend Kenn Nesbitt’s new book, The Biggest Burp Ever: Funny Poems for Kids. Nesbitt was named the Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation, so his poems are way better than mine (no surprise there)! He writes about things that kids love to do, such as jump on the bed, text and play video games, eat spaghetti, play with pets and, of course, burp! Here’s one that may describe your child…

Captain Talkalot

They call me Captain Talkalot.
I really don’t know why.
I only talk when I’m awake.
I’m such a quiet guy.

It’s true I talk from sunrise
till the moment I’m in bed,
then spend the evening dreaming
of the things I should have said.

But, really, I don’t talk too much.
I just say what I think,
which could be while I’m chewing food,
or guzzling a drink.

I’m sure I sometimes raise my voice,
and now and then I yell.
But that’s to be expected
when you’ve got a tale to tell.

I’d never interrupt someone
if they were speaking first,
unless, of course, I had to,
or I felt like I would burst.

I’m simply not that talkative.
I’ll show you all the ways
and tell you all the reasons
though it could take several days.

And when I’m done explaining,
then perhaps you’ll tell me why
they call me Captain Talkalot.
I’m such a quiet guy.

CLICK HERE to read more poems from The Biggest Burp Ever!

I had the privilege of meeting Kenn Nesbitt a few years ago when he visited our elementary school for his own author visit, and he had the children rolling in laughter on the cafeteria floor! (Yes, it was gross, but they didn’t seem to mind.) Kenn understands kids’ humor, and all of his books are fabulously popular with children. Visit to learn more about Kenn Nesbitt, his humorous books, and writing poetry! You can find Kenn on Facebook and Twitter, too. And be sure to pick up a copy of The Biggest Burp Ever today ~ available in print or digital.

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The Castle Blues Quake Book Tour and Amazon Gift Cards Giveaway


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The Castle Blues Quake

Children's, Young Adult - Sci Fi / Fantasy
Tour Dates: October 14 - October 24, 2014
Blog Tour with Giveaway

Twelve-year-old Pepper Connelly leaves behind her best friend, Chrissie, when her family moves from New York City to Santa Cruz, CA. Pepper discovers a boy, Corey, hiding in her backyard shed. Unknown to Pepper, Corey is a ghost trying to contact his grandfather, Boppie, before he crosses over. He tells Pepper he must locate Boppie before Social Services finds him. Pepper agrees to help.

While Pepper’s communication with Chrissie dwindles, her friendship with Corey grows. She tells Corey about her passion for writing songs, and throughout the story, she composes a song about Corey. Corey teaches Pepper to play the harmonica. Soon, she’s torn between finding Boppie and knowing when she does, Corey will certainly go back on the road with his traveling-musician grandfather.

Other characters help her on her quest: new classmate Ally Cressman, who dresses in an oddball, non-mall style; Sawtooth Sam, the mysterious saw-playing street musician; and Madame Mchumba, who performs her psychic readings at the Boardwalk amusement park.

Earthquakes, haunted house rides, poltergeists, and crystal ball readings propel Pepper toward the shocking conclusion of her search.




 Linda Covella

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Linda Covella’s varied job experience and education (associate degrees in art, business and mechanical drafting & design, a BS degree in Manufacturing Management) have led her down many paths and enriched her life experiences. But one thing she never strayed from is her love of writing.

A writer for over 30 years, her first official publication was a restaurant review column in a local newspaper, and as a freelance writer, she continued to publish numerous articles in a variety of publications. But when she published articles for children’s magazines (“Games and Toys in Ancient Rome” and “Traveling the Tokaido in 17th Century Japan,” in Learning Through History magazine, and “Barry’s Very Grown Up Day” in Zootles magazine), she realized she’d found her niche: writing for children. She wants to share with kids and teens her love of books: the worlds they open, the things they teach, the feelings they express.

Yakimali’s Gift, a historical novel for young adults published by Astraea Press, and middle-grade paranormal The Castle Blues Quake published by Beau Coup Publishing are her first novels.

She’s a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

No matter what new paths she may travel down, she sees her writing as a lifelong joy and commitment.

You can find Linda at these links:

Linda’s Website     |     Facebook     |     Twitter

Goodreads     |     Pinterest


This Giveaway is open Internationally. You must be 13+ to enter.

2 Winners will each receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card
1 Winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card
Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.