Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer Fun with Norwegian Cruise Line and The Children’s Place! (GIVEAWAY)

Are you planning to take a vacation with your family this summer? Now that my children are out of the baby and toddler stages, I’ve often thought it would be a lot of fun to take a cruise together! Norwegian Cruise Line, I’m told, has a wonderful complimentary program for kids called Splash Academy. It’s like summer camp on a ship! Kids enjoy exciting, supervised activities with kids their own age while Mom and Dad do their own thing. And, it turns out, I could have gone cruising with my boys even when they were younger because Splash Academy is for kids from 6 months to 12 years old! There’s even a program for teens called Entourage. This sounds like the perfect vacation for everyone!

Before heading off to your Norwegian Cruise Line vacation, you’ll want to pick up some summer clothes for the kids from The Children’s Place! My boys have many clothing items from The Children’s Place because we love their high quality and style. Check out my son, Caleb, in his newest outfit from The Children’s Place. Looks like he’s ready for some fun on a Norwegian Cruise Line trip!

We’ve already got our vacation plans made for this summer, but we’re definitely going to consider a family cruise for a future trip. Thanks to Splash Academy, a vacation with Norwegian Cruise Line sounds like a fantastic option for our family. And we’ll be sure to take along some terrific kids’ clothes from The Children’s Place!

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a Norwegian Cruise Line prize pack, which includes a fun Norwegian Cruise Line beach bag and travel mug! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Open to U.S. residents only. This giveaway ends on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.

Frequent Traveller Book Tour: Enter to Win a $50 Amazon Gift Code!

From the blue oceans of Antigua to the bustling streets of Vietnam, the racing adrenaline at the Green Hell, the devastating natural disaster in Japan and the stunning architecture in Germany, Cathy Dixon finds herself in a whirlwind of fine dining, plush clothes and sheer extravagance.

But is perfection a mask for untold disaster? What is Cathy’s secret, and how will her world change when the world knows? Will her secrets ever catch up with her or will Cathy continue to sail alongside perfection in the world she has created for herself as a Frequent Traveller?

In conjunction with the launch of MoonStar Luxury’s new website (http://moonstarluxury.com/), we invite you to step into Cathy Dixon’s world where more goodies, surprises and a little mystery awaits.

Frequent Traveller, the first book in the Cathy Dixon series, will be free from May 31 to June 4, 2012. (Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Frequent-Traveller-Cathy-Dixon-ebook/dp/B0067BKK6K)

GIVEAWAY

Giveaway Details - 11 winners!
Grand prize: 1 x $50 Amazon.com voucher
Additional prizes: 10 x $5 Amazon.com vouchers

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Eating Light: 400 Calories or Less! (Spring 2012)

There’s a new issue out of Hearst’s popular bookazine, Eating Light: 400 Calories or Less! You can find this wonderful recipe book on newsstands until July 3, 2012 or electronically at Zinio. All 103 easy recipes in this issue actually contain just 400 calories or less and have been developed and tested by the editors of Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Country Living, and Woman’s Day. There are mouth-watering recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour, and Dessert! Here are some that caught my eye (thanks to the colorful photos for each recipe):

Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns
Pumpkin Bread
Cheddar-Apple Bisque
Turkey Chili
Seven-Layer Dip
Lasagna Rolls
Beef & Beer Stew
Chicken Marsala
Key Lime Pie
Cream Puffs with Dark Chocolate Sauce

Extra articles include “Rethinking Your Groceries,” “Takeout Tips,” “Restaurant Choices,” and “Do the Math” -- all focused on helping you to save calories! It’s time to revamp your family’s menu choices for summer. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Eating Light: 400 Calories or Less! at your newsstand or www.zinio.com today!




Kids Will Love to Brush with Star Wars Toothbrushes from Sunstar GUM (GIVEAWAY)

My eight-year-old son, Austen, was hanging out in a neighbor’s swimming pool the other day when he had an unexpected sneeze and hit his mouth on the edge of the pool, chipping one of his front teeth. Unfortunately, we can’t always prevent these kinds of dental accidents, but we can definitely achieve greater success in preventing cavities. The problem is that it requires getting our children to brush regularly, a task they often resist. The key for most families is making brushing more fun for kids by getting toothbrushes with their favorite characters, using “power” brushes that spin, and choosing toothpaste flavors that your children like. My boys rarely ever agree on anything, so naturally one of them prefers fruit-flavored toothpaste while the other prefers mint!

But one thing they both agree on is that they love the Star Wars toothbrushes from Sunstar GUM. The Power toothbrushes have a small spinning brush that’s the perfect size for their little mouths. They also have a suction cup on the bottom so kids can store them standing up on the countertop. Children can choose from Darth Vader and Clone Captain Rex. My boys also love the Lightsaber brushes, which look just like Jedi lightsabers. Plus, a built-in light flashes for a minute so they know how long to brush! They’re available in Anakin Skywalker, Yoda, and Darth Vader. And for those who like to keep things simple, you can also get manual Star Wars toothbrushes featuring the characters your kids love.

It’s not always easy to get our children to brush their teeth regularly, but it is so important. If you’re experiencing the “battle of the brush” with your kids, pick up some themed toothbrushes from Sunstar GUM, like the Star Wars brushes! No kid can resist activating the spinning head on the Power toothbrushes or turning on the Lightsaber for loads of fun while brushing. Visit www.gumbrand.com to learn more.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a GUM Star Wars toothbrush combo pack, which consists of two (2) Star Wars Lightsaber toothbrushes and two (2) Star Wars Power toothbrushes! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.

Top Pros and Cons for Transitioning from High School to College

Guest post by Amy Moczynski

Your kids have likely been itching to get out of the rigid control of high school and are eagerly awaiting their upcoming graduation to begin the transition to college. In the next few weeks, you’ll watch your child walk across that graduation stage, get their diploma, and begin making plans and growing excited for their transition to collegiate independence.

Something most 18-year-old high school graduates won’t realize is that there are going to be several unanticipated changes they’ll have to deal with. In college, they’ll be completely responsible for everything for the first time. They will discover there won’t be a multitude of people to help them along the way like there was in high school when they lived at home with you. The next few months will be exciting and difficult for your child to face, but making them aware of what they can expect will help ease the transition.

Here is a list of the pros and cons of moving on to college that you can share with your recent high school graduate.

Pros

1. You get to have your own apartment. One huge advantage will be your new freedom. You’ll get your own place, but you have to take care of it to keep it nice. Your landlord will charge you for any damages you cause and your mom won’t be around to do your laundry, wash your dishes, and clean up after you. Now is the time to explore your options for areas to live, and there are likely many options near your school, whether you choose a dorm, apartment, or house. (Check out this cool tool for finding apartments in Orlando and see if there are any options for your new city.)

2. Your parents no longer make the rules. Now, you get to make your own rules about your life. You can stay up as late as you want, sleep in as long as your class schedule dictates, and you can have pizza every night if you wish.

3. You have options for choosing your classes. Whatever you want to do or be, there are classes you can take at your college to help you get there. Most classes are offered at a variety of times, so if you’re not a morning person, you can choose afternoon or evening classes. You might even be able to adjust your schedule so you only have classes a few days a week.

4. You have everything you need in one place. College campuses now have just about everything you need to live in one place – fitness centers, restaurants, a variety of stores, and more. Campuses are adding more and more amenities in order to gain an edge on competing schools, so you might have more options compared to your hometown.

5. You can get to know many interesting people. People come from all over the nation to go to various colleges. You will meet many different and sometimes eccentric people that you might not have been able to meet if you stayed in your hometown.

Cons

Not everything is roses, however. There are many challenges associated with going to college:

1. It’s expensive. College costs are quickly outpacing students’ ability to pay them, and this may be the case even if you land a good job after college. Some students end up working two or more jobs just to make ends meet after graduation as they have to repay their loans but haven’t found a full-time job to help cover the costs.

2. Going to college doesn’t guarantee you a job. Even though you may have gone to school for four years or more, your education doesn’t guarantee you will receive a job. Right now, the unemployment rate is 8.1 percent, which is 3 percent higher than the rate from four years ago. Only time will tell what the unemployment rate will be when the class of 2016 graduates, so college freshmen could have just as difficult, or an even more difficult time, finding a job once college ends. You may have to work a less desirable job, or in a completely different career field, than you intended while you search for your dream job.

3. Sometimes you feel like a number. For students, the sheer number of new people on campus can be overwhelming. The college experience is so different that it may become difficult to make friends. You might be one of hundreds of students in a class so coming from a class of 30 to 40 students can be a big transition. Depending on if you go to a public or private university, the number of people in a class can range from 10 to 1,000, depending on university and the type of class.

4. Going to school is expensive. In order to pay for that apartment, pizza, and your car, the money has to come from somewhere – you. Many students go to school and work to make ends meet. It can be difficult to manage a full class load and a job, so you might look back at the days when you lived with your parents and wish you had it so easy. You’ll have to spend hundreds of dollars each semester buying textbooks and buying your own groceries for the first time. If you need help finding loans, scholarships, or other ways to save money in college, Wisebread offers resources that can help keep your college expenses under control.

5. Creating your own structure in life can be difficult. Enjoy your freedom and the ability to set your own schedule, but not too much. Some students struggle with spending the right amount of time studying, working, and having fun. Make sure you balance your free time wisely. While skipping class to go to the pool or waiting until the day before a test to do your required reading might not seem like a bad idea at the time, you’ll be kicking yourself during your all-night study session once you realize you’ve fallen too far behind to keep your grades up.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Book Review: French Kids Eat Everything, by Karen Le Billon

My love for the French goes way back. As a child, I adored the adventures of the little orphan, Madeline, and the elephant king, Babar. I took French language lessons in high school and served as president of the French Club. I joined my classmates on trips to Montreal and France. My favorite Impressionist painter has always been Pierre-Auguste Renoir. I like to think that the French would be pleased to know these things, but there’s one part of my life at which I’m certain they would be appalled: my family’s eating habits. I learned this after reading the new book, French Kids Eat Everything, by Karen Le Billon.

A Canadian married to a Frenchman, the author moved with her husband and two young daughters to northern France for a year. However, she was totally unprepared for the culture shock she experienced when it came to food. She discovered that French children, almost without exception, do not eat unscheduled snacks, behave impeccably at the table for hours at a time, and eat almost any food! Le Billon’s daughters, on the other hand, were typical North American children (like mine) -- turning their noses up at new foods, begging for snacks all the time, and misbehaving at the dinner table. When she enrolled her oldest daughter in preschool, the author discovered that the children ate a well-rounded hot meal for lunch, and everyone ate the same thing -- and liked it! And food was never used as a reward or treat for the children. Needless to say, it was a tough adjustment for the family!

Food appreciation is a deeply engrained part of French life that often results in healthier eating habits, easer weight control, and even better manners on the part of children. Most Americans would find it very difficult to suddenly switch to the French way of eating and serving meals, but Le Billon was determined to try. In the process, she came up with 10 simple rules for families that include items such as: “Eat mostly real, homemade food, and save treats for special occasions. Hint: Anything processed is not ‘real’ food” and “Parents schedule meals and menus. Kids eat what adults eat: no substitutes and no short-order cooking.” Through a gradual adaptation of the rules, Le Billon was able to turn her picky eaters into excellent eaters. Of course, that was easier to accomplish in France when societal norms supported this way of life. But could Le Billon sustain this progress when her family returned to North America? (I’ll let you read the book to find the answer to that question!)

French Kids Eat Everything is an honest and highly enjoyable read. The author admits to feelings of guilt and inadequacy in feeding her children, which I can relate to, and acknowledges that life in France was much more difficult than she had anticipated. But with the rising rates of obesity, especially among children in North America, I think we could learn some valuable lessons about feeding our families from the French -- with adaptations for life in North America. Like any new way of doing something, changes must take place gradually and with flexibility. But by adapting at least some of Le Billon’s food rules in French Kids Eat Everything, we may begin to see more enjoyable meals, healthier bodies, and fewer food battles at home.

BOOK TRAILER:



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LINKS

Author's blog: http://karenlebillon.com
About the Book: http://karenlebillon.com/books
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/karenlebillon
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/karenlebillon





Betrayed Book Blast: Enter to Win a $100 Amazon Gift Code!

Betrayed
Lil isn’t just an average teenager. She’s one of the Nephilim -- the descendants of humans and angels -- which gives her some serious psi skills and a mission for redemption. Just when Lil thinks she’s found a balance between her normal life with human friends and her training to become a Guardian, she’s warned that someone close to her will betray her. When the boy she loves starts acting strangely and one of her human friends acquires a supernatural ability, Lil begins to realize that someone is manipulating the people she loves ... and won’t stop until she’s been lured to the dark side. Betrayed is a Young Adult book.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:

Just like Awakened, Betrayed has risen above all the other books in this genre. She has created such an amazing world for her Guardians & demons where good and evil are not as simple as it seems they should be.
~J. Whitus (Book Junkies), Walking On Bookshelves

I just love a spunky heroine so I was excited to keep reading about Lil, the demon hunter I got to know in Awakened (book one of The Guardian Legacy series). Walters takes the story and world she built so well in Awakened and adds in an intense plot with lots of twists to make for a strong sequel.
~Kelli (I’d So Rather Be Reading)

Lil is one of my favorite female leads, with all of the traits that you want a strong female lead to have. She’s smart, strong, loyal and doesn’t know how to back down.
~Missy (Missy’s Reads & Reviews)

Lil has her work cut out for her in this book and she never failed me once! There is action in this book as well as a lot of emotional turmoil.
~Cathy Garcia on Goodreads

ABOUT EDNAH WALTERS: I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy boys mysteries and fell in love with books. I enjoy good love stories, tingly mysteries and epic adventures. When I finished college and decided to be a stay-at-home mother, I devoured books like they were going out of production until reading just wasn’t enough. So I started to write. I’ve written picture books (unpublished), contemporary and romantic suspense (under the pen name E.B. Walters), and finally YA fantasy (as Ednah Walters).

AWAKENED (2010) is the prequel to the YA series about the Nephilim, The Guardian Legacy series. BETRAYED (book # 1) is now available wherever books are sold. HUNTED (book # 2) will be released in February 2013 and FORGOTTEN later in 2013. My adult contemporary with or without suspense is about a west coast Irish-American family series. I’ve published four Fitzgerald books: SLOW BURN (April 5, 2011), MINE UNTIL DAWN (June 29, 2011), KISS ME CRAZY (Sept. 25, 2011) and DANGEROUS LOVE (Jan. 29, 2012).

When I’m not writing, I do things with my family: five children and my darling husband of 18 years. I live in a picturesque valley in northern Utah, the setting for my YA series.

LINKS:

WEBSITE: http://www.ednahwalters.com/
BLOG: http://ednahwalters.blogspot.com/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ednahyaauthor#!/GuardianLegacyBooks
YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtkmEprzYaY
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/#!/yaednah_walters
GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4188120.Ednah_Walters
GOOGLE+:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/113199492695974871853#113199492695974871853/posts
AMAZON:
http://www.amazon.com/Betrayed-A-Guardian-Legacy-Book/dp/1937053180/
B&N:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/betrayed-ednah-walters/1111124607?ean=9781937053185
BOOK DEPOSITORY:
http://www.bookdepository.com/Betrayed-Ednah-Walters/9781937053185

GIVEAWAY

The author is generously giving away a $100 Amazon.com Gift Code! This giveaway ends on June 5, 2012.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day

Please take a moment on this Memorial Day to remember and honor all those who gave their lives in service to our country. Thank you.


Winners for the Week of May 20, 2012

AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF STAY CLOSE TO MAMA, BY TONI BUZZEO


Congratulations to the winner: Jessica H.!

HEADLINE SHIRTS: FREE TEE + FREE SHIPPING


Congratulations to the winner: David G.!

DREFT NEW MOM & BABY GIFT BASKET


Congratulations to the winner: Jason V.!

SUPER WHY: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK AND OTHER FAIRYTALE ADVENTURES (DVD)


Congratulations to the winner: Felecia!

CHAR CRUST DRY-RUB SEASONINGS (4 BOXES)


Congratulations to the winner: Ellen L.!

Superior Rev Coffee Now Available from GetCoffee.com!

If you’re a coffee lover, then you know that all coffee is not alike. Rev Coffee in Atlanta has been serving up superior coffee for years, but now you don’t have to be in Atlanta to enjoy it. Just visit GetCoffee.com to enjoy a wide variety of delicious Rev Coffee roasts, such as Belmont Blend, Jonquil Blend, Espresso Nine, and Re-Route Decaf. And they carry 100% Arabica coffees from around the world, from places like Ethiopia, Brazil, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Sumatra, and Panama. This gives you the opportunity to try all different kinds of coffees and discover some new favorites!

GetCoffee.com was kind enough to let me select a bag of coffee for myself, and I chose the Belmont Blend. This dark coffee is described by GetCoffee.com as “the ‘trouble-maker’ of our family … heavy bodied and delightfully rich with an unmatched smoothness. Perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up or an impressive way to satisfy a house guest.” Well, I must have a taste for trouble, because I adored this coffee. It was incredibly smooth and had a really rich, decadent flavor. It has become a real treat for me as I enjoy my morning coffee.

At GetCoffee.com, you can order their coffee by the bag or sign up for their subscription service so you never run out of coffee. With their auto-refill service, you tell them what kind of coffee you’d like and how often you’d like it delivered, and they take care of the rest! You don’t have to worry about picking up coffee again. If you decide to cancel the service or will be out of town for an extended period, just let them know and there’s no problem in canceling or suspending the service. I have a feeling, though, that you’ll love the convenience and high-quality taste of Rev Coffee from GetCoffee.com! Learn more through the links below.

Website: www.getcoffee.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/getcoffeedotcom
Twitter: www.twitter.com/getcoffee




Saturday, May 26, 2012

Welch’s Fruit Snacks Are a Healthier Snack Option for Summer!

When the kids are clamoring for snacks this summer or you’re packing up a lunch for summer camp, put aside the cookies and candy and reach for some Welch’s Fruit Snacks instead! They’re made with real fruit and contain 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C and 25% of Vitamins A and E. They’re also gluten- and fat-free. And since they come in 80-calorie packs, you can be confident that your kids won’t overindulge.

My boys have been taking Welch’s Fruit Snacks in their school lunches, and they LOVE them! They have a delicious, fruit-filled flavor and are available in 10 varieties! Some of their scrumptious flavors include White Grape Raspberry, Island Fruits, and Berries ʼn Cherries! The Reduced Sugar Mixed Fruit variety has been recognized as a Healthier Snacking option by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. My kids have liked every flavor of Welch’s Fruit Snacks they’ve tried.

Help your kids get outdoors this summer for lots of exercise, and serve them healthier snacks like Welch’s Fruit Snacks. Summer is the perfect time to adopt better eating habits for the whole family! You can learn more at www.welchsfruitsnacks.com and pick them up at your local grocery store.




Bringing in Summer Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win a Rockboard Radiate Skateboard ($100 RV)!

Bringing in Summer Giveaway HopWelcome to the Bringing in Summer Giveaway Hop hosted by Karma Media! To celebrate the coming of summer, more than 50 bloggers have come together to offer you some fantastic giveaways. Once you’ve entered my giveaway for an awesome Rockboard Radiate Skateboard, please take a look at all the other giveaways listed at the bottom of this post. You’ll want to hop around to each one and enter for the chance to win more terrific prizes!

ROCKBOARD RADIATE SKATEBOARD


I’m thrilled to announce that my sponsor for this giveaway is Rockboard! They are generously offering a fabulous Radiate Skateboard to one lucky winner! What’s so cool about this skateboard? It’s equipped with 48 multi-colored LED lights on the bottom of the board that flash for a really cool effect! Available in 10 different color combinations, it uses a rechargeable battery that you can turn on and off. The skateboard consists of a hard rock maple deck and low-rolling resistance Abec-5 bearings that are connected to high-end casted pro aluminum trucks for durability. In other words, this is a well-made, high-quality skateboard! My kids received an awesome bright orange board. Here are some pictures of what it looks like:

The Top


The Underside


Flashing Lights!


Watch the video below to see this amazing skateboard in action!



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My boys, age 8, are very beginning skateboarders, but they’ve been having a ball with the Rockboard Radiate Skateboard. The flashing lights definitely add to its “cool factor.” This skateboard would be great for advanced skateboarders, too. I’m really impressed with its quality. My husband was even commenting about what a nice skateboard this is! You can find Rockboard Radiate Skateboards at Amazon.com and Target.com. This makes a great summer activity for the whole family. (Please be sure to wear a helmet!)

LINKS

Website: www.rockboard.com
Twitter: @RBScooter
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Rockboard
YouTube: www.youtube.com/RockboardScooter


GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a Rockboard Radiate Skateboard with a retail value of $99.99! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST.

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Now hop around to the other blogs in the Bringing in Summer Giveaway Hop!







Disclaimer: Please note that Karma Media is not responsible for any giveaway sponsors who do not fulfill their prizes on all of the participating blogs in the Bringing In Summer Giveaway Hop.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (May 26, 2012)

Welcome to the Memorial Day Weekend edition of the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! Please take a few moments to honor those who have given their lives in service for our country, as well as to thank those who are currently serving. And if you're a parent, be sure to talk to your kids about the real reason behind Memorial Day. (And, no, it's not to score a big-screen TV on sale!) If you're hosting some great giveaways this weekend, feel free to share them in the linky below. And be sure to check my right sidebar -- and the links below -- for the opportunity to win some great prizes. Have a safe and family-filled weekend!





Exclusive Interview with Victoria Simcox, Author of “The Magic Warble,” Plus a Giveaway!

What is this book about?

Because I have a synopsis on my website, www.themagicwarble.com, which I think is the best way to describe it without giving too much away, how about I give you the underlying message: Even if you don’t fit in, you feel lonely or maybe you’ve been harassed or bullied, there is always someone out there who will be your friend, and it could be someone you least expected. You may not see yourself as special, but again, there is someone out there who does. Entwined throughout the pages of The Magic Warble is a message of hope, perseverance, love, and faith.

How did you get the idea for this book?

I remember I was sitting in the movie theater watching the first Harry Potter movie when I envisioned my main character, Kristina, walking down a snowy sidewalk. At the time, that’s all of the story I had. Somehow inspired, I went home that night and wrote the first page of my story, not knowing where it would go.

Is this your first book? If not, what else have you written?

This is my first book. I have also written the sequel, The Black Shard, which is now available in book form as well as ebook, on Amazon, B&N and other online bookstores. You can learn more about both books at www.victoriasimcox.blogspot.com.

Do you have any advice for beginning writers?

To aspiring writers: read what you want to write. Hone in on your writing craft and, above all else, “be patient.” Also read other genres of writing other than the type you write. You can get inspiration from totally different genres than your form.

Why did you decide to write a book in this genre?

Ever since I was a small child, I have always loved fantasy and fairy tales. Now that I’m an adult, juvenile and young adult fantasy fiction are still my favorite genres to read. I chose to write a children’s fantasy because of my great imagination that I felt I’d like to put to good use. I also love children and the fact that they have such vivid imaginations and a sense of wonder. Being an elementary school art teacher, I get to hear all about the books my students are reading, and I love how excited they get when they explain their favorite stories to me.

Do you have a website? How can we order this book?

Yes, www.themagicwarble.com and www.victoriasimcox.blogspot.com. The best price for it will be on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/bwcv9wn.

About the Author:
Victoria was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother and a Dutch immigrant father. She now lives in Western Washington with her husband, Russ, and their three children, Toby, Kristina, and William. Her other family members are a Chihuahua named Pipsy and two cats, Frodo and Fritz. Besides being an author, Victoria is a home-schooling mother of twelve years and an elementary school art teacher of eleven years. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys managing her two older children’s Celtic band. She also loves writing, reading, painting watercolors, hiking, good movies, and just simply hanging out with her family and friends.

LINKS

Book website: www.themagicwarble.com
Author’s blog: www.victoriasimcox.blogspot.com
The Magic Warble on FB:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Magic-Warble/118277634882514
Victoria Simcox on Twitter: http://twitter.com/VictoriaSimcox

GIVEAWAY

Author Victoria Simcox is generously offering to give away one print copy of The Magic Warble (US residents only) and 3 ebooks (international). The Magic Warble is 267 pages long (in print) with 1-2 pictures per chapter, and is a middle-grade novel (ages 9-13). To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, June 8, 2012.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Masters of the Veil Book Tour: Enter to Win a $100 Amazon Gift Code!



Masters of the Veil

Life can't get much better for Sam Lock. Popular, good-looking, and with a future as a professional football player, every guy at Stanton High School wishes he were Sam. That is, until his championship football game, when Sam accidentally links with an ancient source of energy known as the Veil and reveals his potential to become a powerful sorcerer. Sam is whisked off to Atlas Crown, a community of sorcerers who utilize the Veil as a part of everyday life. Once there, he trains beside a mute boy who speaks through music, an eternal sage who's the eyes and ears of the Veil, and a beautiful girl who's pretty sure Sam's an idiot. As it becomes clear Sam's meant for power magic -- the most feared and misunderstood form of sorcery -- people beyond Atlas Crown learn of his dangerous potential. An exiled group of power sorcerers are eager to recruit Sam, believing that he is destined to help them achieve their long-held goal. If they succeed, they could bring about the downfall of not only Atlas Crown, but all humankind.

Book Trailer for Masters of the Veil:



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PRAISE:

"This book was brilliant, creative, and completely magical. If you want an amazing book to read in 2012, I would suggest you go to the bookstore and pick up a copy of Masters of the Veil."
~Julia @Inkbitten

"I loved this book. I could list all the reasons, but there is one piece of praise I think sums up the book best. My son grabbed it as soon as I was finished reading it and hasn't put it down since. Dan Cohen has a winner with this series."
~Author Michelle Pickett

"I absolutely adored Masters of the Veil. It is a unique and creative read in today's sometimes overwhelming YA market. Daniel is taking JK Rowling's lead and putting a whole new twist on fantasy."
~Kristin @ Better Read Than Dead


Author Daniel A. Cohen
Daniel A. Cohen was just your average business student. Microeconomics, finance, marketing … you name it, he had to do a PowerPoint presentation on it. One dark and stormy night, he was bitten by the radioactive realization that memorizing business jargon could possibly be the most boring activity known to man.

After gaining eagle-eye vision, abs that could grate cheese, and a talent for imagining things (including his cheese-grating abs), he wrote his first novel and began his epic battle against the formidable business jargon. He continues to fight the good fight by playing saxophone and writing YA fantasy, forever hoping his Veil trilogy will help inspire others to join his cause.

LINKS:

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Author Daniel Cohen is offering one lucky person a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card!
Last day to enter is May 31st.

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