Monday, February 20, 2017

The Adventures of Sherlock Bones Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway for a Pet Prize Pack!


Title: THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK BONES: DOGGONE
Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Pub. Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 150
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD | Kobo | Google Play Books | Indiebound

The Adventures of Sherlock Bones turns snooping on its floppy ear when one day, Dr. Jane Catson, a surgeon injured in the Cat Wars, has an afternoon nap interrupted by a most unusual occurrence.

On the front lawn of her home, rather loud footsteps disturb her peace as Sherlock Bones, a Great Dane in a deerstalker claiming to be the greatest detective in the world, arrives.

After a quick, critical examination of the intrusive dog, whose enormous body blocks the entire sun from view, Catson has her doubts. But that’s not all. The monstrously sized creature makes an even more astonishing claim: He has come to live with her!

Before Catson can collect her thoughts into an intelligent rebuttal, Sherlock Bones has made himself quite at home, inventing things like a jetpack for her Castilian housekeeper-cook, a turtle named Mr. Javier, and placing his gigantic food and water dishes next to hers.

But there’s no time for protest. The great detective and Dr. Catson have caught themselves their first case: a suspiciously dead human in a nearby abandoned building. Can Sherlock Bones and Dr. Catson crack the case before the killer strikes again? Or will their differences get in the way of solving Case File No. 1? One thing’s for sure, that would be a doggone shame.

Title: THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK BONES: DOG NOT GONE
Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Pub. Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format:Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 150
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD | Kobo | Google Play Books | Indiebound

After being introduced to Sherlock Bones, the Greatest Detective in the World, in Case File #1: Dogged to Death, Dr. Jane Catson -- surgeon and veteran of the Cat Wars -- is back to share an all-new mystery adventure with readers. Despite all of Jane's resistance, Bones is now living with her and her housekeeper/chef, the turtle with a jetpack, Mr. Javier. This time out, the mismatched duo's investigations lead them to a case involving murder, of course, and -- wait for it! -- Utah. If there's one thing readers can be certain of it's that in this world, the animals are always smarter than the humans. Also, did we mention ... Utah?

Guest Post: Ask the Author

You've written a lot of books, including books for children, teens and adults. Which is your favorite audience to write for and why?

I love them all for different reasons! I love writing for adults because no topics are off limits there. I love writing for teens because even if sometimes they think they’re too cool for school, ideas can still be new to them in the way they can’t for adult readers. And I love writing for children because they give so much back -- I’ve received more emails and letters, literally thousands, from kids who love The Sisters 8 series, which I created with my husband and daughter, and I can only hope kids love The Adventures of Sherlock Bones as much.

Spin-offs of the Sherlock Holmes books are plentiful. In what ways do your Sherlock Bones books differ from others?

You’re right that spin-offs are plentiful -- even the amazing basketball player and writer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recently launched a mystery series for adults in which Mycroft Holmes is the hero. The way mine stands apart is that I don’t think anyone else is doing adaptations of the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories for the 7- to 11-year-old reading set and, if they are, I doubt they feature a Great Dane as the Great Detective; or a female cat, Dr. Jane Catson, in the Watson role; and they definitely don’t have, as housekeeper/chef, a Castilian turtle with a jet pack named Mr. Javier.

Your bio says that you struggled to get published when you first started writing. What advice do you have for people who love to write and dream of being published?

It took nearly eight years and seven novels written before I finally sold my first book. Since then, I’ve had over thirty books published. My advice to others who dream of publication is the same as it’s always been: read, read, read everything you can get your hands on, because you can’t be a good writer without first being a great reader; and always remember, the only person who can ever really take you out of the game is you.

About Lauren:
Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 25 books for adults, teens and kids, including The Sisters 8 series for young readers, which she created with her husband and daughter. She lives in Danbury, CT, with that husband and daughter as well as their marvelous cat, Yoyo.

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Giveaway Details:
(1) winner will receive a pair of Great Dane Socks (pictured below) and a Bag of Wellness Brand Dog or Cat Treats, US Only.


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Tour Schedule:
Week 1:
2/20/2017 - Susan Heim on Parenting - Guest Post
2/21/2017 - Boom Review Becca - Review
2/22/2017 - Page Turners Blog - Excerpt
2/23/2017 - Month9Books - Interview
2/24/2017 - Lisa's Loves (Books of Course) - Guest Post

Week 2:
2/27/2017 - So Few Books - Interview
2/28/2017 - Don't Judge, Read - Interview
3/1/2017 - S.E. Muir - Excerpt
3/2/2017 - Mundie Kids - Excerpt
3/3/2017 - I am not a bookworm! - Review

Friday, February 17, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (February 18, 2017)

Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. If you like to enter giveaways and win prizes, you've come to the right place! Check back daily to see the awesome giveaways that have been added to the linky below, as well as to my right sidebar. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, feel free to share it with us in the linky. Don't forget to post a link to this page on your social media sites. Good luck!






Book Spotlight and Review: "My Teenage Zombie," by David L. Henderson, MD


My Teenage Zombie
Resurrecting the Undead Adolescent in Your Home
by David L. Henderson, MD

About the Book:
Zombies are not just found in horror movies, sometimes they’re lying on your living room couch. These are undead adolescents whose psychological and social development have come to a screeching halt. Torn by their yearning for freedom and their fear of surviving the outside world, they have stalled in their maturity, motivation, and purpose in life, hijacked by a helplessness and fear of responsibility. Parents often feel ill-equipped to love, support, and guide their teens -- especially when they find themselves facing personal midlife crises, battling some of the same struggles they've witnessed in their kids.

In My Teenage Zombie, board-certified psychiatrist and medical doctor David L. Henderson explains the parts of a teenage zombie (brain, heart, and spirit), how teenagers got into this undead state, and how to resurrect them back to life. Using real-life examples of families he has counseled, he describes both their physical and psychological characteristics and offers practical suggestions on how to deal with, and in many cases avoid, having an undead adolescent in your home.

Discover how to:
Understand the Nature of a Teenage Zombie
Face the Anxiety of Confronting a Teenage Zombie
Resurrect Your Teenage Zombie to a Life Worth Living

If you are the parent of an undead adolescent, there is hope for you and your child. Or maybe you have children who are not yet adolescents. It’s never too early to prepare for the challenges that await you. Either way, stay calm and start resurrecting zombies!

My Thoughts:
Parents need a sense of humor to handle the many crises that come with parenting, and comparing teenagers to zombies is certainly a fun way to get parents to pick up this book. But, humor aside, My Teenage Zombie is a serious book about how to get your teenagers back on track when they lack motivation, direction, or determination. In this book, Dr. Henderson explains why today's teens are more likely to suffer from these issues, shares how parents can overcome their fears in addressing them, and provides practical advice, examples and, best of all, hope for parents who are raising "undead adolescents"!

About the Author:
Dr. David Henderson is a board-certified psychiatrist, author, and speaker. He is the founder and president of Four Stones Collaborative, a mental health consulting practice in Dallas, Texas. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for Drug Prevention Resources, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing youth substance abuse. For more information, visit his website at www.drdavidhenderson.com.







Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through my link.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Enter to Win a VIP Ski Getaway in Rockin' Refuel's Rockin' the Slopes Sweepstakes!


Rockin’ Refuel, the official protein beverage of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding Team and U.S. Free Skiing Team, has launched its Rockin’ the Slopes Sweepstakes!

Here's your chance to win a VIP ski getaway to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for two on March 23-26, 2017. The prize includes two VIP tickets to the Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championships, roundtrip airfare for two, three nights lodging in the Steamboat Grand hotel, three days of lift passes for two, a chance for a meet-and-greet with top U.S. skiers and snowboarders, and enough Rockin’ Refuel to keep you fueled all weekend long.

The sweeps is scheduled to run through February 22, 2017, so make sure to get your entry in! Enter the sweepstakes here or via Rockin’ Refuel’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.





Friday, February 10, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (February 11, 2017)

Welcome to the Valentine's Day edition of the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. You don't have to have a sweetheart to get a gift when you win one in a giveaway! Check back daily to see the awesome giveaways that have been added to the linky below, as well as to my right sidebar. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, feel free to share it with us in the linky. Don't forget to post a link to this page on your social media sites. Happy Hearts Day!







Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Hold Your Sweetheart's Hand This Valentine's Day Thanks to Softsoap Hand Wash Plus Lotion

Valentine’s Day will soon be here, and when you’re holding hands with your sweetheart, you want to be sure that your hands are soft to the touch! Fortunately, Softsoap has come out with a new hand wash that contains lotion. Now you can combine cleansing and moisturizing in one step with Softsoap Hand Wash Plus Lotion.

Winter weather can be really rough on our hands. And with it being cold and flu season, we need to keep our hands as clean as possible. However, plain soap and water can be drying. We need every defense we can get against chapped and rough skin. That’s why it’s better to wash with Softsoap Hand Wash Plus Lotion to help lock in the moisture so your hands feel smooth.

I have really been enjoying Softsoap Hand Wash Plus Lotion. Even though it has lotion, it doesn’t feel greasy. It just makes my hands feel wonderfully clean and silky. I love the three varieties: Shea & Cocoa Butter, Orchid & Coconut Milk, and Aloe Water & Lime. I really have a hard time picking a favorite. And with these tropical scents, I almost forget that it’s cold outside! (And for those of you who know I live in Florida, we’ve had some very chilly weather here, too!)

I’ll definitely be looking for more Softsoap Hand Wash Plus Lotion at the store this winter. By cleansing and moisturizing together, it’s a real time-saver. And I won’t be worried about holding hands this Valentine’s Day!



Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples from Colgate-Palmolive Company to facilitate my honest review.

Monday, February 06, 2017

It's Your Love Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win a 3-DVD Prize Pack from Shout! Kids Worth $42 ~ 2 Winners!


Love is in the air! What would make February even better? Being able to enter a bunch of amazing giveaways! Anderson's Angels, This Mamas Life, The More The Merrier and Woven by Words are very excited to help create It’s Your Love! We've teamed up with many other wonderful bloggers to bring you another great giveaway event! Each blog has gathered a prize package for the It’s Your Love Giveaway Event!

For my giveaway, I am offering the following DVD prize pack to TWO lucky winners! Each winner will receive all three of the DVDs featured below for plenty of family fun!

This February, celebrate the season of love with adorable family TV shows on DVD from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. Three DVDs from the My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop and Transformers Rescue Bots lines are being released this February as the perfect way for kids to spend Valentine’s Day with the characters they love.

My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Exploring the Crystal Empire

My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Exploring the Crystal Empire is coming to DVD on February 7, 2017 in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.

Join Twilight Sparkle, every pony's favorite studious princess, and her very best friends – Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie and Spike – as they explore the wondrous arctic kingdom, the Crystal Empire! Old enemies return and new friends are made in this collection of episodes that will have you exploring the Crystal Empire with magical adventure!

Episodes Include:
· The Cutie Re-mark, Part 1
· The Cutie Re-mark, Part 1
· The Cutie Re-mark, Part 2
· The Crystalling, Part 1
· The Crystalling, Part 2
· The Times They Are A Changeling

Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Stars


A pet star is born! On February 14, 2017, buddy up with Blythe and her superstar pet pals with Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Stars on DVD from Shout! Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.

Sinister king cobras! Comedy festivals! Pet hotels! And a monkey on Mars?! It's all here, as Blythe and her best friends – Russell the Hedgehog, Pepper the Skunk, Zoe the Spaniel, Minka the Monkey, Sunil the Mongoose, Penny the Panda and Vinnie the Gecko – share one outrageous adventure after another in The Littlest Pet Shop: Pet Stars!

Episodes Include:
· Heart Of Parkness
· Standup Stinker
· The Secret Recipe
· A Night At The Pawza
· Sue Syndrome

Transformers Rescue Bots: Protect and Explore


Get ready for big adventures and rescues in the great outdoors! Transformers Rescue Bots: Protect and Explore will be released on DVD on February 21, 2017 from Shout! Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, featuring five exciting episodes that the whole family can enjoy.

When a mysterious iceberg is spotted off the coast of Griffin Rock, it brings both danger and the interest of an old nemesis. On a nature hike, the Rescue Bots team will have to battle escaped snakes. And when the Burns family is stranded at sea by a swarm of jellyfish, the Bots must control miniature souvenir replicas of themselves. Enjoy these adventures and more in Transformers Rescue Bots: Protect and Explore!

Episodes Include:
· Tip of the Iceberg
· Buddy System
· No Place Like Dome
· Thieves Like Us
· The New Recruits

GIVEAWAY

Two lucky winners in the United States will win all three of the DVDs featured above. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, February 20, 2017.

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Now hop around to the other blogs participating in this hop for the opportunity to win more great prizes!









Disclosure: These DVDs have been generously donated by Shout! Factory and will be shipped by them. Susan Heim on Parenting is not responsible for sponsors who fail to ship prizes.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (February 4, 2017)

Welcome to the latest edition of the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. It's hard to believe that it's February already! Let's kick off the new month by entering some giveaways! Check back daily to see what's been added to the linky below, as well as to my right sidebar. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, feel free to share it in the linky. And don't forget to post a link to this page on your social media sites. Have a great month!







Celebrate Mardi Gras with Community Coffee Company's Limited Edition King Cake Flavor!

February is best known for its Valentine's Day celebrations, but this year we also get to celebrate another fun holiday -- Mardi Gras! To help us get into the spirit of the season, Community Coffee Company has launched the “king” of all flavored coffees: Community® Mardi Gras King Cake. (What is "king cake"? Find out here!)

I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to try this Limited Time Offer King Cake flavor, and it is fantastic! Made with high-quality coffee beans (like all Community coffees), it's also made with a perfectly balanced combination of cinnamon and vanilla. Yum! It's a great way to start off my  morning! This awesome coffee is available in both 12-ounce bags and single-serve K-Cup® boxes.

While supplies last,  you can find Community® Mardi Gras King Cake coffee through February 28th in select areas and online at CommunityCoffee.com.

And here's another awesome reason to check out Community Coffee...

Community Coffee's Military Match Program

When you buy 4 of a Military Match set of coffees, they match your order -- plus add four more -- and send all eight items to the APO/FPO or military base address that you provide! They even include a mug with your shipment. What a wonderful treat for our military personnel!

So, head on over to Community Coffee and check out all of their scrumptious products, especially their Mardi Gras King Cake flavor! Community Coffees are available in many options, such as K-cups, ground, whole beans, and even instant coffees. Enjoy!



Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.