Different Kind of Knight: Princess of Valendria Series by Mary Waibel

different-kind-of-knight-333x500Through a twist of fate, Princess Gabrielle became First Knight of the King’s Elite Guard, a position always held by the second born male. She’s spent years proving to the Minsters of Faldaera she is capable of leading the king’s Army.

When mythical creatures plague her kingdom, Rielle is sent to capture Captain Brody, the alleged culprit behind the attacks and the man who broke her heart four years ago.

Brody, Crown Prince of Delphine, is living in self-imposed exile, atoning for the sins of his father. But Fate has different plans for him. Tired, beaten down, and ready to give up on life, he is tossed into the path of the one person he would do anything for―Princess Gabrielle.

With a traitor in her ranks, and a mark on her head, Brody joins forces with Rielle, hoping to keep the woman he loves safe.

Happily-ever-after is not guaranteed, and mythical creatures aren’t the only danger the couple face. As battles rage, Rielle has the chance to prove herself a capable leader, but will doing so cost her the love of her life?

Excerpt

Brody lifted his tankard and took a swallow of the bitter brew, wishing he could drown his sorrows away. He knew from experience it was the worst thing to do. Not only would his problems still be there the next day, but if experience held out, they would be worse. A raging headache and upset stomach interfered too much with crewing a ship.

“We could stay here a few more days, if you want,” Ruprecht said.

Brody raised a brow. “Are you reading my mind now?”

“No. I’ve just seen that look before.”

Before Brody could say anything, the door opened. A young woman, dressed in field armor, stepped inside with two knights flanking her. Her gaze swept the room, drifting past him, before returning and locking on him, eyes widening in surprise.

Brody cursed under his breath, recognition dawning as she exchanged words with the two men. The older one shook his head and crossed his arms over his chest. The younger tapped a hand to his chest and slipped out the door. He couldn’t hear what she said, but by the flush that crept into the knight’s face, he was certain she hadn’t liked him disobeying her order.

Of all the people in Faldaera, she was the last person he ever thought to see. She should be at Griffonvul Castle, training with the men, not out for a pint. Surely her appearance here was a coincidence. Or was it? Had his aunt somehow learned of their stolen moment in the garden four years ago? He wouldn’t put it past her to have set something up with the princess.

As she stalked to his table, he took the opportunity to study her. Eyes, like honey flecked with chocolate, looked at him, a flicker of hurt in their amber depths. He wondered at it briefly as he studied the rest of her.

Strands of golden blonde hair pulled loose from her braid. Dirt and dried blood smeared her face and her leathers, as if she had ridden here from the battlefield. She was far from the beautiful princess he had danced with under the stars, but she still made his pulse jump.

“You.”

The derision filled word rang in the room, drawing the attention of his men. They shifted in their seats, hands drifting to weapons. He knew he need only give the sign and they would detain her.

“Princess Gabrielle. What a pleasant surprise.” He smirked, the twist of his lips blossoming into a full smile when her eyes narrowed.

“Surprise?” She laughed, the sound wrapping around him and squeezing his heart. “I don’t think so. What are you doing in Faldaera?”

He took a sip of ale, studying her over the mug. “Just passing through.” When she frowned, he decided to see how far he could push her. “Were you hoping I’d drop by the castle for a visit?”

“Hardly,” she replied, dryly. “Besides, you’d have a hard time finding me there, anyway.”

“Too busy out playing knight?”

“Playing?” The man at her side said, his hands flexing as if he’d like to take a swipe at Brody. “Do you have any idea to whom you are speaking?”

Brody grinned and winked at Rielle. “Oh, I know exactly to whom I’m speaking.”

“Then you should be more respectful,” the knight said.

“I apologize if I have offended you, Your Highness.”

Brody tipped his head forward, a lock of brown hair falling in his eye. He brushed it back just in time to catch Rielle rolling her eyes.

“It would take more than that to offend me. However, my men are a bit touchier on the subject than I am. You’d be wise to be careful with your words.”

Ah, she still had the same rapier wit he’d sampled the last time they met. He wondered if her kisses were still as sweet. If her skin was still as soft. If she would melt in his arms like she had that night.

“My father has requested an audience with you.”

Her words snapped him out of his thoughts. “Me? Whatever for?”

She laughed again, but this time it was a hollow, mirthless sound. “You truly thought no one would put the pieces together and figure it out?”

“Figure what out?”

“Your arrival in Faldaera corresponds perfectly with the increase in creature attacks. Then there’s the trident marking on their manacles. What are you after, Captain Brody?”

He grinned, relieved she hadn’t used his real title. Then her words registered, and he stared, stunned she would think Delphine responsible for what was happening here.

“I thought you knew me better.”

“So did I,” she whispered.

He swore he could see pain in her eyes, and he hated to think he had put it there.

“I have my orders. Will you come willingly?”

He looked at the man at her side again and grinned. “Traveling light, Princess?”

“My other men will be here soon.”

“Ah, but mine are here now.” He leaned forward. “Who do you think would win?”

Her face paled, and for a moment, he thought he’d gone too far.

“You’ve never seen me fight, Captain.”

“There’s a first time for everything. Do you remember our other firsts?” Her cheeks tinged, and she swayed. Brody frowned. “Are you all right?”

She looked up at him, and he saw fear in her eyes. Her mouth opened, but no sound came out.

“Rielle?”

Her eyes rolled back as her body went limp. Brody jumped to his feet, scooping her into her arms before she collided with the floor.

Books in this series:

Quest of the Hart (MuseItUp)

Charmed Memories (MuseItUp)

Different Kind of Knight (MuseItUp, 1/31/14)

Faery Marked (BookFishBooks, 2014)

Visit the author online at marywaibel.blogspot.com

The Maisy Files: Maisy and the Missing Mice by Elizabeth Woodrum

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Young mystery lovers will want to read this imaginative and funny story about a fourth grader with a special skill for solving mysteries.

Maisy and the Missing Mice by Elizabeth Woodrum is the first book in The Maisy Files series. It features Maisy, a fourth grader who loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. She also has a knack for solving mysteries. In Maisy and the Missing Mice, Maisy must follow the clues to discover who stole the school’s mascots and the stash of cherry lollipops she keeps in her locker.

This is the best book. I loved everything about it: the way Maisy was introduced, how the case unfolded, the way Maisy is admired by her peers and the staff of the school for her mystery-solving skills, and how everything turns gray when she’s working a case and then returns to normal colors once she’s solved the mystery. The ending of the book also hints at what the next book in this series will be about, similar to how Sam from the show Quantum Leap would leap into the next time period as soon as he fixed what was wrong; giving viewers a glimpse at what would come next.

Woodrum shows off her skills as an educator by being in tune with what kids will enjoy. With Maisy and the Missing Mice she has created an easy and fun to read story for your young mystery lover. Though the detective is a girl, there are several male characters whose actions will capture the attention of boys, and they’ll delight in figuring out the mystery right along with Maisy.

Highly recommended!

Series: The Maisy Files
Paperback: 74 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 14, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1492922056
ISBN-13: 978-1492922056

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Elizabeth Woodrum is a full time elementary teacher. Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup. 

You can view more about Elizabeth Woodrum at www.elizabethwoodrum.com

 

I received a copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tours. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

 

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Interview with Thea Fielding-Lowe, Author of Hey Auntie, What Color is God?

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Thea Fielding-Lowe was born in Brooklyn, New York, but spent the majority of my youth growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. After graduating from high school, she moved to Providence, Rhode Island to attend Johnson and Wales University, where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Marketing.

From 1997 until the present time, she has worked with children and families in various capacities. Some positions include working with family child care providers in supporting their home daycares through access to resources. Also, coordinating programs such “Mother Goose Asks Why?”, Toys for Tots, and food drives. Working as a community organizer, she has empowered residents to be proactive within their communities and government to make change.

Thea has a servant’s heart for the people and her Lord Jesus Christ. She was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write her first book, “Hey Auntie, What Color is God?”. This children’s story is based on a conversation that she had with her niece when she was 4 years old. Five years ago, while fasting, praying, and reading the Bible, the Holy Spirit brought the conversation back to remembrance. She wrote the conversation down and continue to edit and illustrate the story over the years. Finally completed, she heard the words of her Father in heaven “it is finished”.

Visit the author online at www.booksbythea.com ,https://www.facebook.com/thea.fieldinglowe.5 and https://twitter.com/booksbythea

Thank you for joining us today, Thea. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I was born in Brooklyn, New York, but spent the majority of my youth growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  After graduating from high school, I moved to Providence, Rhode Island to attend Johnson and Wales University, where I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Business Marketing.

From 1997 until the present time, I worked with children and families in various capacities.  Some positions include working with family child care providers in supporting their home daycare by providing access to resources.  Also, coordinating programs such as “Mother Goose Asks Why?”, Toys for Tots, and food drives.  Working as a community organizer, I have empowered residents to be proactive within their communities and government to make change.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

After initially writing down the conversation I had with my niece, I did not think about making it into a story nor was I even thinking about becoming a writer.  I was just moving in the Spirit of God and following his direction.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

After writing the first manuscript for Hey Auntie, What color is God?, I decided that I wanted to continue to write for children, because I wanted to show children how great God is and what it means to have a friend in Jesus.

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

I don’t believe it is hard to write for young people.  You should write what you know.  Letting your creativity flow then decide who should read your book.

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

Though I have only written one book, my favorite part of writing was watching a child read my book.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?thea

Hey Auntie, What color is God? is about  a young girl named Ysa.  She tells her Auntie Tee Tee that she is afraid of the dark.  Her Auntie Tee Tee tells her when she is afraid, just say the name, Jesus.  Then Ysa asks her auntie, what color is God.  The readers are then walked through the colors of the rainbow and then told not to worry about whether God is a boy or girl or the color of his skin. But be friends with Jesus.

What inspired you to write it?

I was inspired to write Hey Auntie, What Color is God? from the Lord God.  I took a day off from work for some much needed rest and to spend time with the Lord, reading my Bible and praying.  The Holy Spirit brought the conversation back to memory and told me to right it down.  I continued to work on the story over the next 5 years.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

Readers can purchase a copy of Hey, Auntie, What color is God? currently from my personal website, www.booksbythea.com as well as my publisher, www.tatepublishing.com.  On February 4, 2014, copies can be ordered from Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and christianbooks.com.

What is up next for you?

I am finishing up my second book titled, The Birthday Story,  in addition to shooting a pilot for a talk show.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Thea. We wish you much success.

I Don’t Want to go to Bed! by Julie Sykes

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Every parent has heard it. It’s bedtime and you want your little one to snuggle in, but instead she says, “I don’t want to go to bed.” Sigh.

Each night when Mommy Tiger tells Little Tiger it’s bedtime, he says he doesn’t want to go to bed. So, one night she grants his wish by telling him he can stay up all night.

I Don’t Want to go to Bed! is adorable. A perfect blend of a sweet story and colorful illustrations, every little one who tries to avoid bedtime–and even those who haven’t–will enjoy following along Little Tiger’s journey through the jungle as he dashes from one animal family to another trying to be sure he can stay up all night.

Little Tiger is the main character featured in other books by Sykes. I’m definitely interested in reading the others.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales; Reprint edition (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251482
ISBN-13: 978-1589251489

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Pi-Rat! by Maxine Lee

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Pirate-loving youngsters will enjoy meeting Pi-Rat and his brave, swashbuckling crew. They aren’t afraid of sharks and crocodiles. But there might be one thing that frightens them a little.

In this zany, funny pirate adventure, youngsters find a silly story about pirates who will eat your food and steal your booty. They aren’t afraid of anything–or so they say. But even brave pirates must be afraid of something. Kids will love this crazy story and its vibrant illustrations. The partially 3-D image on the front cover as Pi-Rat pops out of the porthole is a nice touch. I plan to pass this book off to my little nephew who will be three next month. He’ll enjoy this one.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251431
ISBN-13: 978-1589251434

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

New from Wee Creek Press

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GOOFUSES ETC. by Rowena
Genre: Children’s Picture Books
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-989-9
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-61160-990-5

Too much homework, tired of takings tests? You can still have fun when Goofuses Etc. come to your school!

Recommended Reading Reading Level: Ages 7-8
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Genre: Children’s Picture Books
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-922-6
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-61160-923-3

All her life, Keri had been told she was cute, cute, cute until one day someone asks what she does besides being a cutie-pie. She doesn’t draw as well as Andrew or count as high as Sarah. Keri wants to be known for more than her pretty face. What’s a cute girl to do? This story whimsically teaches parents to instill in their daughters reasons for valuing themselves beyond their looks.

Recommended Reading Level: Ages 7-8

Visit www.weecreekpress.com for these and other titles from Wee Creek Press!

Abigail by Catherine Rayner

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Looking for a unique counting book? Abigail by author/illustrator Catherine Rayner might just fit the bill.

Abigail loves to count. But her friends (Ladybug, Zebra, and Cheetah) never seem to stand still long enough for her to finish. Finally, she finds something to count, but then she learns her friends aren’t so good at counting. What can she do?

How many counting books can you own? My suggestion is you make room for one more, because Abigail is worth it. She’s trying to count spots and stripes, but her friends keep moving on her. Then there are more issues and it takes some ingenuity before all three friends get together for some counting fun.

The design features giraffe spots on the inside front and back covers, plus there is a special flip up page with a neat surprise inside. Rayner uses warm, soft colors that appeal to the eye and create a calming effect. This would make a nice bedtime book or naptime book.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251474
ISBN-13: 978-1589251472

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.