Mystery of the Puzzle Bones by T.A. Smith

The Mystery of Puzzle Bones is a story about four 12-year-old boys that find a secret hideout and skateboard spot in an unused sewer between their subdivisions.

But something is leaving a strange Puzzle of Bones in the Boardunders club house.

Something wants to lead them deep down into the sewers – into Hidden Town.

A place that doesn’t want to be found and people who will do anything to protect their secret. Suddenly the danger becomes extreme as they are running for their lives. Who can they trust to help them?

One of the boys, Caleb, is a Christian who shares his faith and trust in Jesus which helps lead one of the other boys to the Lord as they go through the perils of the story.

Puzzle Bones is the first of the Boardunders club series. The four young teenagers find a series of huge unused sewer pipes below an abandon home development and love skateboarding under ground where no one knows they are. They have a cool clubhouse with their own Play station and chairs. But then bones start to appear right at the dark entrance to the old pipes. Something is down there, something is arranging the bones.

The boys go to investigate and find a mysterious hidden town with people who do not want to be found and will protect the secret at any cost.

T.A. Smith has been a non-denominational bible teacher in maximum Security Prisons, Juvenile delinquent centers, Rescue Missions, and Youth Groups for over 15 years. He has traveled from the Yucatan to working in fisheries in Alaska. As a ‘Guys study teacher’, he searched for a hard-hitting action adventure series that actually included thoughts and discussion about God. He wanted real discussions that he actually heard men and boys talk about in his classes over the years. Finally, he simply sat down and started writing stories for the guys he knew – and they asked for more stories which has led to a dozen popular tween/teen adventure books. 

To read more about T.A. Smith and his adventure books visit

  • Publisher:Borderline Publishers
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:0984184716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984184712
  • Also available in a Kindle version (current price 99 cents!)

MY SALON DOLL Giveaway Ends Tomorrow!

What Ever you can Imagine, You can Create. Wow, My Salon Doll’s Really Great!

A young girl and her doll quickly develop a fast and lasting friendship. This new relationship will provide hours of creativity, imaginary play, dress up and YES hair styles.

My Salon Doll delivers a real treat! Uniquely designed, each doll is manufactured with real human hair. Their hair can be curled with a curling iron, straightened, crimped and blown dry. What ever you can imagine you can create.

My Salon Dolls are vinyl; this design makes it possible to join her best friend everywhere… places like the pool, sprinklers, or tub are no longer off limits. Every moment with My Salon Doll is memorable and enjoyable. Another fun feature from My Salon Doll are her pierced ears, making it easy to add glam with real earings and other accessories.

Currently My Salon Doll has three dolls available Brynn, Malaree, Kendrey with a rapidly expanding product line. Each girl has her on personality, hobbies, and talents. The adventures are just waiting to begin! While exploring the website, visit the Styles and Smiles link. This is a fun place where you are taught different things like styling your My Salon Doll’s hair, special techniques, and safety tips. Styles you can recreate on your own hair!

My Salon Doll is hosting a Christmas giveaway.
Enter to win a your very own, MY SALON DOLL.
The First and Original Doll with Real Hair.

TO PARTICIPATE: For a chance to win you must complete the following three (3) steps below between November 7, 2011 and December 15, 2011 to qualify;

Step 1: Visit and get to know the three different dolls: Brynn, Malaree, and Kendrey. Then decide if chosen, which doll you’d like to win.

Step 2: Send an email to with your first name, last name, email address, doll of your choice, and share where you heard about the contest.

Step 3: “Like” the My Salon Doll Facebook page

CONTEST DATES: The contest will be active from November 1, 2011 through December 15, 2011.

GIVEAWAY RULES: Open to USA and Canadian residents, age 18+ to enter, one entry per household. Winner announced on Facebook on December 16, 2011. No purchase necessary. Thanks for entering and good luck! Winner selected through and notified by email.

Blog, Tweet or Share on Facebook about the giveaway and be entered twice in the contest. Make sure you leave a message on the My Salon Doll facebook page letting us know that you’ve done this.

Humbug A Christmas Carol by Lee Baker

A tale of Christmas joy working its magic in a small town that has long since grown cold is what you’ll find in Humbug A Christmas Carol.

Mimi arrives in the small frozen town of Winterton where the neighbors don’t speak to each other and the people have all gone cold inside. Christmas hasn’t come in so long, no one remembers it. But Mimi and her Humbug are determined to spread warmth and to bring the reindeer and Santa back to town.

Lee Baker has created a unique magical tale of the season that will delight every member of your family. Mimi has been passed along from orphanage to orphanage, the latest being the one run by Mrs. Sleet in Winterton. While the people here seem strange, Mimi is not going to be deterred from trying to make new friends. Mimi is a wonderful character that will charm young readers, as she reaches out to the cold-hearted people of the town.

With Stephen Sobisky, the CEO of Sandman Studios, working as the Creative Director, and Kienan Lafferty, an artist at Sandman Studios, providing the illustrations, you can imagine the artwork in Humbug A Christmas Carol is stunning. It’s truly like out of a movie. There’s even a Foreword from Ebenezer Scrooge.

Humbug A Christmas Carol is destined to become a classic seasonal tale that readers enjoy time and again. I highly recommend it.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Brigham Distributing
  • ISBN-10:0615338399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615338392
  • SRP:  $15.95

I received a FREE copy of this book from the author’s publicist in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind for this review.


This is an additional title I read for The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge. To see my original list visit here. I have now read 5 books for this challenge.


What Are You Thinking? by Valerie Ackley

Thoughts are powerful–good ones and bad ones. What Are You Thinking? by Valerie Ackley, helps young readers to understand how their positive and negative thoughts impact their lives, and how important it is to keep thinking positively, even when bad things happen.

I read  What Are You Thinking? by Valerie Ackley with the Lil Diva (10) and the Lil Princess (8). They were easily able to grasp the concept of how powerful positive thinking can be. I liked how the author used famous historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, the Wright Brothers and Alexander Graham Bell to relay the idea that “anything ever created or achieved first began as a thought!”

The vibrant artwork by Lori Nawyn works so well with What Are You Thinking? From lightbulbs filled with ideas to happily dancing kids and pets, this book will captivate its audience.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Brigham Distributing
  • ISBN-10:0981674917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981674919
  • SRP:  $16.95

You can read more about Valerie Ackley and her book, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? by visiting her website at