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Picture Book Saturday: A Kiss Goodbye

Moving is hard on everyone, but especially children. Chester Raccoon, whom readers have come to know and love through the New York Times bestseller The Kissing Hand, and its sequel, A Pocket Full of Kisses, is facing another dilemma common to the lives of many children; he and his family are moving. Young readers will love the way Chester says goodbye to his old home and learns that there are some exciting aspects to his new home.

Chester the raccoon is back! If you enjoyed The Kissing Hand, you will enjoy Chester's lessons in A Kiss Goodbye.

Chester has to move, and he is not happy about it! In fact, he does not want to go. But mama raccoon explains in a child-friendly-- and raccoon friendly-- way why it can be exciting to try something new. Reluctantly, Chester leaves his home and finds a way to keep a part of it with him. (It's very endearing-- be warned.)

When he gets to his new home, he finds many things that make it unique. As he begins to explore his new surroundings h…

Review: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Louise Rozett)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 288
Publisher:  June 25th 2013 by Harlequin
ISBN: 9780373210657
genre: contemporary
Source: eARC from publisher via Netgalley

Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...

...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.

I am NOT a fan of contemporary books, but I love this series! Rose never lets me down. The first book, Confessions of an Angry Girl, blew me away and Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend did not disappoint.

What do I …

Review: 45 Pounds (K.A. Barson)

The Deets:
Audience: anyone, YA
Pages: 272
Publisher: July 11th 2013 by Viking Juvenile
ISBN: 9780670784820
Genre: contemporary
Source: eARC from publisher via Netgalley

Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi’s life:

She is 16.
And a size 17.
Her perfect mother is a size 6.
Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 8 weeks, and wants Ann to be her bridesmaid.
So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less) in two

Welcome to the world of informercial diet plans, terrifying wedding dance lessons, endless run-ins with the cutest guy Ann’s ever seen—and some surprises about her NOT-so-perfect mother.

And there’s one more thing. It’s all about feeling comfortable in your own skin -- no matter how you add it up!

This book is a must read. Period. I loved everything about it! Everything.

Ann is hilarious. She is so real, it will be hard not to relate to her. The opening scene begins with her bathing suit shopping while her mom picks up a "motivational" teeny ti…

Mermaids meet Sephora

I was looking around for fun things to do at Disney when I came across an announcement for a new make up line at Sephora. Since it's Splash Into Summer month at A Backwards Story and Mermaid Vision Books, I just had to share. One of my all time favorite Disney princesses is Ariel, so it should go without saying that I nearly fell out of my seat when I saw this line. Check out the Youtube ad: Eek! Right?! So excited about these. Not only are the colors beautiful and perfect for Florida (my home state) but it is also a mermaid. So that just makes it doubly awesome. Look for this new line to hit stores in August. They will be available on-line in September.

Top 5 vacation spots for mermaids: A Spalsh into Summer event kickoff

I love the summer for many reasons, and the Splash into Summer event ranks very high on that list! I am super excited to be a part of this event for the third year. Splash into Summer is hosted by Bonnie at A Backwards Story and Angel at A Mermaid Vision Books.   Angel is highlighting mermaids in Asia today on her blog. Yours truly is guest posting at A Backwards Story today. Since summer time is all about vacations, my post spotlights the top 5 vacation spots for mermaids (or mermaid wannabes). Some may surprise you... For instance, you may not think of the frigid waters off the coast of Alaska as a high-ranking vacation spot for the merfolk, but it is. In fact, several books have featured that setting. For instance, the mermaid army in Sarah Porter's Waking Storms hide out in Alaska before moving down the coast. Then there is the latest Emily Windsnap book (Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun) which features Alaska as the setting. What other proof do you need? May…

Book Blast + giveaway for Ghost Light (Ivy Granger #2) by E.J. Stevens

Title: Ghost Light

Series: Ivy Granger #2

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Author: E.J. Stevens

Publisher: Sacred Oaks Press

ISBN: 9780984247592

Find more about the author, E.J. Stevens, (author of the Spirit Guide and Ivy Granger series) here:
Ivy Granger Series / Spirit Guide Series / Goodreads / Amazon / Twitter / Blog

    Ivy Granger, psychic detective, thought she'd seen it all...until now.

With a vengeful lamia that only she can see on the city streets, reports of specters walking Harborsmouth cemeteries, and an angry mob of faerie clients at her office door, it's bound to be a long night. Add in an offense against the faerie courts and a few foolish bargains and one thing is clear--Ivy Granger is in some seriously deep trouble.

Ivy Granger is back, gathering clues in the darkest shadows of downtown Harborsmouth. With the lives of multiple clients on the line, she's in a race against time. Ivy finally has a lead to the whereabouts of the o…

Ghost Light by E.J. Stevens Release Day Party + Giveaway

There's a party on the block.... the Ghost Light Twitter party. Consider this your invitation to awesomeness. To help celebrate the release date of Ghost Light, join the author (and many others) TODAY-- July 9, 2013-- for 24 hours full of fab prizes and bookish fun.Use hashtag #GhostLightParty to participate.

Want more information about Ghost Light? Wish granted!

The Deets:
Full title: Ghost Light (Ivy Granger #2)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Author: E. J. Stevens
Publisher: Sacred Oak Press
ISBN: 9780984247592
On sale July 09, 2013. $14.99 Trade Paperback $3.99 Ebook (Kindle/NOOK/Epub)

Ivy Granger, psychic detective, thought she'd seen it all...until now.

With a vengeful lamia that only she can see on the city streets, reports of specters walking Harborsmouth cemeteries, and an angry mob of faerie clients at her office door, it's bound to be a long night. Add in an offense against the faerie courts and a few foolish bargains and one thing is clear--Ivy Granger is …

Review: Some Quiet Place (Kelsey Sutton)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 350
Publisher: July 8th 2013 by Flux
ISBN: 9780738736433
Genre: mystery, paranormal romance, fantasy
Source: eARC from the publisher via Netgalley

I can’t weep. I can’t fear. I’ve grown talented at pretending.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them. Longing, Shame, and Courage materialize around her classmates. Fury and Resentment appear in her dysfunctional home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, save one—Fear. He’s intrigued by her, as desperate to understand the accident that changed Elizabeth’s life as she is herself.

Elizabeth and Fear both sense that the key to her past is hidden in the dream paintings she hides in the family barn. But a shadowy menace has begun to stalk her, and try as she might, Elizabeth can barely avoid the brutality of her life long enough to uncover the truth about herself. When it matters most, will she be able to rely on Fear to save her?