Sunday, September 19, 2021

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Welcome to Dweeb Club by Betsy Uhrig

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the WELCOME TO DWEEB CLUB by Betsy Uhrig Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: WELCOME TO DWEEB CLUB

Author: Betsy Uhrig

Pub. Date: September 28, 2021

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 272

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBDBookshop.org

What if a school club changed your life forever?

In the second week of seventh grade, Jason Sloan signs up for the brand-new HAIR Club. He and his friends have no idea what it’s about, but since they’re the first to sign up they figure they’ll be in charge in no time. The club turns out to be super weird: using fancy new equipment donated by a mysterious benefactor, the members are supposed to monitor school security footage. Their first assignment: find out what is stealing the cafeteria’s croutons.

Instead of the expected dark cafeteria, the computers show the club members something else entirely: actual footage of themselves as high school seniors, five years in the future! What on earth could be happening? Is it some kind of time warp, or alternate reality? Or is it just an un-funny prank? As they scramble to solve the mystery, they can’t help but notice something else—none of them like what they see five years from now. Is there any way to change the future—and their fates? 

  

My Review: 

Welcome to Dweeb Club is my first introduction to the talented Betsy Uhrig’s books. I thought it was great. Even though I am not the targeted audience for it but I was entertained and found myself laughing often. I kept thinking where in the world did the author come up with this stuff. It was fun finding out how it would end for Jason and his friends. I liked the concept of showing everyone what they would be like in the years to come.

I am giving Welcome to Dweeb Club a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for readers who are between the ages of seven and thirteen and enjoy reading a fun filled book with a lot of humor. 

I received a copy of Welcome to Dweeb Club from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 


 

About Betsy Uhrig: 

Betsy Uhrig was born and raised in Greater Boston, where she lives with her family and way more books than you are picturing. She graduated from Smith College with a degree in English and has worked in publishing ever since. She writes books for children instead of doing things that aren’t as fun. Betsy is the author of Double the Danger and Zero Zucchini and Welcome to Dweeb Club. Visit her at BetsyUhrig.com for more information about her books and her cats.

 

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of WELCOME TO DWEEB CLUB, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/13/2021

I'm Shelfish

Excerpt

9/14/2021

Nay's Pink Bookshelf

Review

9/15/2021

A Dream Within A Dream

Guest Post

9/16/2021

Jazzy Book Reviews

Excerpt

9/17/2021

celiamcmahonreads

Review

9/18/2021

Nonbinary Knight Reads

Review

Week Two:

9/19/2021

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

9/20/2021

Perusewithcoffee

Review

9/21/2021

Cindy's Love of Books

Review

9/22/2021

The Momma Spot

Review

9/23/2021

@Curlygrannylovestoread

Review

9/24/2021

Midnightbooklover

Review

9/25/2021

Nerdophiles

Review

Week Three:

9/26/2021

Pick a good book

Review

9/27/2021

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

9/28/2021

YA Books Central

Interview

9/29/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

9/30/2021

Don't Judge, Read

Interview

10/1/2021

Fyrekatz Blog

Review

10/2/2021

Onemused

Review/IG Spotlight

Week Four:

10/3/2021

BookHounds YA

Guest Post

10/4/2021

booksaremagictoo

Review

10/5/2021

Book-Keeping

Review

10/6/2021

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt

10/7/2021

The Pages In-Between

Review

10/8/2021

Two Points of Interest

Review


Blog Tour and Giveaway: Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue by Steve Searfoss

About the Book

Book: Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue

Author: Steve Searfoss

Genre: Fiction

Release date: January 26, 2020

Chance Sterling launches a pool cleaning business over the summer. Join Chance as he looks for new customers, discovers how much to charge them, recruits an employee, deals with difficult clients, and figures out how to make a profit. Oh, and his sister Addie wants in on the action too. Will they learn how to be business partners?  He has twelve weeks to reach his goal. Will he make it? Only if he takes some chances.

KidVenture stories are business adventures where kids figure out how to market their company, understand risk, and negotiate. Each chapter ends with a challenge, including business decisions, ethical dilemmas and interpersonal conflict for young readers to wrestle with. As the story progresses, the characters track revenue, costs, profit margin, and other key metrics which are explained in simple, fun ways that tie into the story.

I am a Christian and a parent. My wife and I pay close attention to the books and media our four children consume, and try to make sure the content is edifying, just as Paul exhorts us in Philippians 4:8. I wanted to write a book that met that standard, and was also fun and engaging. KidVenture teaches kids the importance of hard work, of keeping your word and being trustworthy, and telling the truth, even when it means delivering bad news. As the story progresses, the protagonist understands that business is about more than making money as he appreciates  the responsibility he has to his customers, his employee and his partner. How you treat people matters in tangible ways.

At the center of the story is a strong family. The two main characters are a brother and sister, who engage in their share of sibling rivalry, but also learn how to work together and forgive each other. At key junctures when they face big dilemmas, they turn to their parents for advice. The kids learn a healthy mix of independence, risk taking and learning through trial and error — balanced with knowing when to ask for help. All of this is presented in a way that is not preachy or hokey, but wrapped inside a story full of unexpected plot twists, witty banter and memorable characters.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

I wrote my first KidVenture book after years of making up stories to teach my kids about business and economics. Whenever they’d ask how something works or why things were a certain way, I would say, “Let’s pretend you have a business that sells…” and off we’d go. What would start as a simple hypothetical to explain a concept would become an adventure spanning several days as my kids would come back with new questions which would spawn more plot twists. Rather than give them quick answers, I tried to create cliffhangers to get them to really think through an idea and make the experience as interactive as possible.

I try to bring that same spirit of fun, curiosity and challenge to each KidVenture book. That’s why every chapter ends with a dilemma and a set of questions. KidVenture books are fun for kids to read alone, and even more fun to read together and discuss. There are plenty of books where kids learn about being doctors and astronauts and firefighters. There are hardly any where they learn what it’s like to run small business. KidVenture is different. The companies the kids start are modest and simple, but the themes are serious and important.

I’m an entrepreneur who has started a half dozen or so businesses and have had my share of failures. My dad was an entrepreneur and as a kid I used to love asking him about his business and learning the ins and outs of what to do and not do. Mistakes make the best stories — and the best lessons. I wanted to write a business book that was realistic, where you get to see the characters stumble and wander and reset, the way entrepreneurs do in real life. Unlike most books and movies where business is portrayed as easy, where all you need is one good idea and the desire to be successful, the characters in KidVenture find that every day brings new problems to solve.

More from Steve

I am a Christian and a parent. My wife and I pay close attention to the books and
media our four children consume, and try to make sure the content is edifying,
just as Paul exhorts us in Philippians 4:8. I wanted to write a book that met that
standard, and was also fun and engaging. KidVenture teaches kids the importance
of hard work, of keeping your word and being trustworthy, and telling the truth,
even when it means delivering bad news. As the story progresses, the protagonist
understands that business is about more than making money as he appreciates
the responsibility he has to his customers, his employee and his partner. How you
treat people matters in tangible ways.

At the center of the story is a strong family. The two main characters are a
brother and sister, who engage in their share of sibling rivalry, but also learn how
to work together and forgive each other. At key junctures when they face big
dilemmas, they turn to their parents for advice. The kids learn a healthy mix of
independence, risk taking and learning through trial and error — balanced with
knowing when to ask for help. All of this is presented in a way that is not preachy
or hokey, but wrapped inside a story full of unexpected plot twists, witty banter
and memorable characters.

Blog Stops

Lots of Helpers, September 8

Cats in the Cradle Blog, September 8

Texas Book-aholic, September 9

For Him and My Family, September 10

Boondock Ramblings, September 10

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 12

Mary Hake, September 12

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 13

Inklings and notions, September 14

Blogging With Carol, September 14

deb’s Book Review, September 15

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 16

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, September 17

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 18

Splashes of Joy, September 18

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 19

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 20

Lights in a Dark World, September 20

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 21

Giveaway

To celebrate his tour, Steve is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/11817/twelve-weeks-to-midnight-blue-celebration-tour-giveaway


My Review

I found KidVenture: Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue by Steve Searfoss to be a great book. It teaches kids some valuable lessons of how to keep a business going. I liked following Chance and seeing how his pool cleaning company would do. I admired his courage and his hard work in getting through all of the challenges his faces. 

KidVenture: Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue is getting a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for young readers who are between the ages of ten and fourteen. I look forward to reading more books like this from Steve Searfoss in the future. This one would be a great addition to a local or school library. 

I received a copy of KidVenture: Twelve Weeks To Midnight Blue from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Blog Tour and Giveaway: It's Hockey Season by Jayne J Jones Beehler

About the Book

Book:  It’s Hockey Season

Author: Jayne J. Jones Beehler

Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation/Hockey

Release date: August 13, 2021

It’s Hockey Season tells the tale of two brothers, Blaine and Cullen, who love ice
hockey and each other. Cullen is the all-star team captain and his brother Blaine,
who has Down syndrome, is the team manager. Blaine is clearly the unsung hero
of the team; his leadership and unselfish actions speak louder than words. Young
readers are able to learn respect and a better understanding for the challenges
individuals with special needs face on a daily basis.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Jayne J. Jones Beehler is a lifelong hockey fan who is also an advocate for children

with disabilities. She serves as a government and legislative affairs project
management consultant dealing with such issues as opioid addiction, juvenile
justice, foster care, higher education, and education reforms.

Jayne is a former history professor for Concordia University, where she was named
Political Science Professor of the Year in 2017. She holds a B.A. degree in Political
Science and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

She serves as national legal advisor for the American Special Hockey Association
and is the founder of Margaret’s Missions, a chaperone travel program for people
with special needs.

Jayne resides with her husband and daughter in Wisconsin and Florida.

More from Jayne

“This book has great lessons for kids everywhere! I’m so happy my good friend Ann and the

American Special Hockey Association can be an inspiration for so many people!”

- Alex Ovechkin, Captain, Washington Capitals

“I’m a big fan of books that teach kids about hockey and more importantly about the value of

accepting those who may be different and working together as a team.

It’s important to lead by example and treat everyone with the same respect.”

- Claude Giroux, Captain, Philadelphia Flyers

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 11

Texas Book-aholic, September 12

Inklings and notions, September 13

The Space of Grace, September 13

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 14

For Him and My Family, September 15

Remembrancy, September 16

deb’s Book Review, September 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 18

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 19

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 20

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 21

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 22

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 23

Artistic Nobody, September 24 (Spotlight)

Author Adventure, September 24

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Jayne is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card and copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/11822/it-s-hockey-season-celebration-tour-giveaway


Review

It's Hockey Season by Jayne J Jones Beehler begins her Drop the Puck series. I thought this was a great book for younger readers. The story is fun, entertaining and has a valuable lesson to learn. I liked it. 

It's Hockey Season is illustrated by the talents of  Cory Jones . The pictures perfectly follow the story and so vibrant and colorful that hard not to capture one’s eye. The younger readers will be captivated and be able to hold their attention and continue reading to find out what happens all the way to the end.

It's Hockey Season is getting a very well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it for young readers who are between the ages of eight and twelve. I look forward to reading more books like this from Jayne J Jones Beehler in the future, as well as, reading the next installment from the Drop the Puck series, Hooray for Hockey Day!. This would make a great gift and a wonderful addition to the local or school library and even in a classroom for story time. 

I received a copy of It's Hockey Season from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 

Friday, September 17, 2021

Blog Tour and Giveaway: City of Thieves (Battle Dragons #1) by Alex London

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the CITY OF THIEVES (Battle Dragons #1) by Alex London Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: CITY OF THIEVES (Battle Dragons #1)

Author: Alex London

Pub. Date: September 21, 2021

Publisher: Scholastic

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 272

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBDBookshop.org

In a modern mega-city built around dragons, one boy gets caught up in the world of underground dragon battles and a high-stakes gang war that could tear his family apart.

Once, dragons nearly drove themselves to extinction. But in the city of Drakopolis, humans domesticated them centuries ago. Now dragons haul the city’s cargo, taxi its bustling people between skyscrapers, and advertise its wares in bright, neon displays. Most famously of all, the dragons battle. Different breeds take to the skies in nighttime bouts between the infamous kins―criminal gangs who rule through violence and intimidation.

Abel has always loved dragons, but after a disastrous showing in his dragon rider’s exam, he's destined never to fly one himself. All that changes the night his sister appears at his window, entrusting him with a secret...and a stolen dragon.

Turns out, his big sister is a dragon thief! Too bad his older brother is a rising star in Drakopolis law enforcement...

To protect his friends and his family, Abel must partner with the stolen beast, riding in kin battles and keeping more secrets than a dragon has scales.

When everyone wants him fighting on their side, can Abel figure out what's worth fighting for?

Reviews:

"Battle Dragons is the riproaring opener to a surefire hit series. Alex London has envisioned a world as enthralling as it is dangerous―a society much like our own if it was built on the backs of giant fire-breathing dragons. Readers are sure to burn through the pages as they follow Abel through the shadowy underbelly of Drakopolis, dodging dragon-rider street gangs and a ruthless secret police to save his family. Abel is an endearing and relatable hero struggling under expectations as the youngest of three siblings, and his journey in building self-confidence is sure to ring true with young readers. Above all, cutting through the action is a moving tale of friendship and family, which is at the heart of this thrilling fantasy."- Soman Chainani, author of The School for Good and Evil series

 

"A rip-roaring loop-de-loop of action and adventure, Battle Dragons will keep readers at the edge of their seat as they cheer on Abel and his friends."- Kwame Mbalia, author of the Tristan Strong series

 

My Review: 

City of Thieves begins Alex London’s Battle Dragons series. I thought it was a pretty good read. My twelve year old daughter was excited to get her hands on it, as well. She does not usually stay up in bed to read often, but she did with this one. We both enjoyed going on a journey and venture into a new world. It was full of action and I loved the dragon theme of the story. It was great. 

I am giving City of Thieves five stars. I recommend it for readers who are between the ages of eight and thirteen and for those who enjoy fantasy and / or science fiction. I look forward to reading the next installment from the Battle Dragons series,

I received a hard cover copy of City of Thieves from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

 

About Alex London: 

ALEX LONDON is the author of over 25 books for children, teens, and adults with over 2 million copies sold. He’s the author of the middle grade Dog Tags, Tides of War, Wild Ones, and Accidental Adventures series, as well as two titles in The 39 Clues. For young adults, he’s the author of the acclaimed cyberpunk duology Proxy, and the epic fantasy trilogy, The Skybound Saga. A former journalist covering refugee camps and conflict zones, he can now be found somewhere in Philadelphia, where he lives with his husband and daughter or online at

www.calexanderlondon.com.

 

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of CITY OF THIEVES (Battle Dragons #1), US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/13/2021

Nonbinary Knight Reads

Review

9/13/2021

YA Books Central

Excerpt

9/14/2021

celiamcmahonreads

Review

9/14/2021

Don't Judge, Read

Review

9/15/2021

Nerdophiles

Review

9/15/2021

The Bookwyrm's Den

Review

9/16/2021

Book-Keeping

Review

9/16/2021

Rajiv's Reviews

Review

9/17/2021

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

9/17/2021

booksaremagictoo

Review

Week Two:

9/20/2021

The Momma Spot

Review

9/20/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

9/21/2021

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

9/21/2021

Two Points of Interest

Review

9/22/2021

Fyrekatz Blog

Review

9/22/2021

Bibliosini

Review

9/23/2021

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Review

9/23/2021

Books and Zebras @jypsylynn

Review

9/24/2021

A Dream Within A Dream

Excerpt

9/24/2021

BookHounds YA

Excerpt