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I think I’ve missed posting a few of these lately, but wanted to let you know I posted a book review for one of my favorite Advent devotionals at Christian Children’s Authors today. You can find it at

Cover Reveal: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer



Publisher: Kensington Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Ebook/Paperback

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick is used to pressure.

He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it out for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, gets that. She’s got a kid of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could end her life without a moment’s notice.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s “bad luck.” Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. There will be blood on the ground tonight…








Brigid KemmererBrigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years. (Though sometimes that just makes her sound nuts.)

Brigid writes anywhere she can find a place to sit down (and she’s embarrassed to say a great many pages of The Elemental Series were written while sitting on the floor in the basement of a hotel while she was attending a writers’ conference). Most writers enjoy peace and quiet while writing, but Brigid prefers pandemonium. A good thing, considering she has three boys in the house, ranging in age from an infant to a teenager.

While writing STORM, it’s ironic to note that Brigid’s personal life was plagued by water problems: her basement flooded three times, her roof leaked, her kitchen faucet broke, causing the cabinet underneath to be destroyed by water, the wall in her son’s room had to be torn down because water had crept into the wall, and her bedroom wall recently developed a minor leak. Considering SPARK, book 2 in the series, is about the brother who controls fire, Brigid is currently making sure all the smoke detectors in her house have batteries.

Brigid loves hearing from people, and she probably won’t refer to herself in the third person like this if you actually correspond with her. She has a smartphone surgically attached to her person nearby at all times, and email is the best way to reach her. Her email address is

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What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Your Teen Succeed by Leslie Josel

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Tired of rushing to get your teen out of the door on time each morning? Frustrated by last-minute trips to the store to buy supplies for that school project your child has known about for months? Concerned that your teen is simply overwhelmed by all she has to manage? Let What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Your Teen Succeed by Leslie Josel help.

In less than 100 pages, Josel is able to guide you on how to help your teenage son or daughter get organized and develop the time management skills that will carry them through life. Not only did this book help me to understand how to phrase questions in ways that hone these lifelong skills; it also made me realize that my actions could either encourage or impede my children’s progress.

What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management will provide you with the information you need to make a change in your family’s lives. From insight into learning styles, to homework strategies, to dealing with procrastination, to managing distractions and more, Josel offers realistic expert advice and achievable goals for your teen. I firmly believe every family with teens or soon to be teens can benefit from reading this book.

Highly recommended!

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Publisher:People Tested Books
Publication date: 01/29/2015

Purchase at: Amazon/Barnes & Noble

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

Diego’s Dragon, Book Two: Dragons of the Dark Rift by Kevin Gerard


Filled with adventure, Diego’s Dragon, the second book in the Dragons of the Dark Rift series will captivate young readers.

With the fifth sun promising a time of peace for all creatures, the Sol Dragones and their leaders eagerly await the new age; but Vipero wants to alter the ancient prophecy by eliminating the Sol Dragones, which would endanger Diego’s world. Guides, Diego and Rachel travel with their dragons to the Dark Rift to battle Vipero’s immense army, the fate of earth hanging in the balance.

Middle grade readers will enjoy this exciting tale of dragons, ancient prophecy, and a human guide that must learn to harness his powers to fight effectively. Whenever there is a story with an epic battle, getting to know the characters is important to understanding the desires of both sides and being able to root for one side to triumph. Kevin Gerard did a fine job of creating his characters and the world in which they live in order to make that happen. The affection between and Magnifico and Estrella was heartwarming, while the dedication of Mr. Sullivan and Magnifico to training Diego is admirable. They, along with Rachel (Estrella’s guide), make a fabulous team.

While the opening of Diego’s Dragon didn’t capture me right away, I was swiftly caught up in the story and racing to its satisfying conclusion. I’m eager to see what happens next.

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Series: Diego’s Dragon
Paperback: 214 pages
Publisher: Crying Cougar Press; 2 edition (April 6, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0985980249
ISBN-13: 978-0985980245

Purchase at:


Barnes & Noble



I received a digital copy of this book from the author through, Mother Daughter Book Reviews. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Kindle Bargain: Rivka’s Way by Teri Kanefield


Rivka has never been beyond the walls of Prague’s Jewish quarter. One day she ventures outside . . and nothing will ever be the same.

File Size: 923 KB
Print Length: 154 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Armon Books (October 20, 2011)
Publication Date: October 20, 2011
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Purchase here for only 99 cents!

Teri writes novels, short stories, essays, stories for children, nonfiction for both children and adults, and lots of legal briefs.

Her stories and essays have appeared in publications as diverse as Education Week, Scope Magazine, The Iowa Review, Cricket Magazine, and The American Literary Review.

Teri’s law practice is limited to representing indigents on appeal from adverse rulings. She believes that when the rights of society’s most vulnerable members are denied, everybody’s rights are imperiled. She also believes that the purpose of literature is to expand our sympathies.

She lives in California near the beach.

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Pre-order Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper


Horace and Hattie are hedgehogs, and the very best of friends. Together, they make daisy chains, splash in puddles, and have tea parties. But there is one thing they can’t do—hug! They are just too spiky. Throughout the seasons, these two hedgehogs will try many different ways to hug. But will Horace and Hattie find a hug that feels just right? 

STEVE WILSON AND LUCY TAPPER are the husband-and-wife team behind hedgehogs Horace and Hattie and their debut picture book, Hedgehugs.

Age Range: 2 – 6 years
Hardcover: 30 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); Brdbk edition (December 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627794131
ISBN-13: 978-1627794138

Pre-order here for a December release!

The Worst Day Ever! by Debbie Reece

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James loves school and spending time with his friends Will and Molly until one day when he struggles with the school rules and some friends pick on him. Thankfully, he learns there is someone to hug him no matter how bad his day is. He also learns that sometimes his friends can have bad days and they could use a hug too. Counselors, teachers, and parents appreciate the valuable lessons about impulsive behaviors, friendship, compassion, and unconditional love.

Recipient of both the Dove Family Seal of Approval and Mom’s Choice Gold honoring family friendly content. Winner of 3 children’s book awards.IMG_3012

Debbie started BeeBop Books Publishing in order to share stories that teach young readers, ages 4-9, about self-confidence, compassion, and family values. Preschool and early elementary school are valuable and formative years in a child’s life. Books are a key resource for teaching so much more than just reading. These stories have appropriate content to help children have the confidence to be themselves, understand some of their impulsive behaviors, navigating young friendships, and how adjust to school rules. School and family counselors, teachers, and parents have the tools to teach the children not only how to read, but how to navigate life’s lessons during those years. Her stories are inspired by her son and his classmates and are based on actual events that often occur in many children’s lives. Both The Christmas Pumpkin and The Worst Day Ever! have Mom’s Choice Gold award and the Dove Seal of Approval. Two accolades given to products that honor excellence in family-friendly content provided in a quality form of entertainment. In addition, they have earned several children’s book awards.

BeeBop Books was honored as 1 of 8 finalists considered“The Best of Texas Strong” in the 2014 Texas Rural Challenge for having developed products and services that can benefit rural Texas communities.

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