From the Family Bookshelf


Yes, I’ve been a very bad blogger. Actually, I’ve been blogging, just not here. 🙂 With the release of Little Shepherd at the end of August, I’ve been slammed with book promotion. I started a new blog dedicated solely to my book, which you can find here. I’m also in the midst of planning my two-and-a-half month virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book. The tour starts on October 4th and runs through December 17th. There will be great giveaways during the tour, so make sure you check in with my Little Shepherd blog to find out all the details.

It’s been about a month since I posted a From the Family Bookshelf column. I’ve done a lot of reading in that time, Dad not so much. The Lil Diva and the Lil Princess are now back in school, so their reading has picked up some. Let’s talk about some of these books.

I know you will probably find this hard to believe, but Dad is still reading Vince Flynn’s The Third Option. The poor guy gets home from work and he’s lucky if he gets a page or two in before nodding off each night. My father-in-law just received a bag full of books by one of the hubby’s favorite authors. I wonder when he’ll have time to read those.

The Lil Diva, despite kicking and screaming, now has to read 30 minutes a day in class and 20 minutes each night. Every night she has to write out her reflections from this 20 minutes of reading and turn it in. It has been a battle. Right now she’s readingHarry the Homeless Puppy by Holly Webb. She loves Webb’s books, so she reads them more than once.

I bought the Lil Princess a copy of Purple Princess Wins the Prize by Alyssa Crowne at the book fair a few weeks ago. She’s already plowing through that. She reads a little each night, though often I find her reading to herself after school.

As for me, the mom of this bunch, I finished Renters Win, Home Owners Lose by Tom Graneau and then moved on to complete:

A Friend in the Storm by Cheryl Ricker (Christian nonfiction/devotional)

Firebrand by P.K. Eden (fantasy)

A Woman’s Walk in Grace by Catherine Martin (Christian Living)

The Revolutionary Paul Revere by Joel J. Miller (biography)

Reviews for all the books mentioned above appear at The Book Connection.

I also reviewed A Wish and A Prayer by Beth Bence Reinke, If Babies Went to School by Barbara Lock, The Golden Pathway by Donna McDine, The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale by Sneed Collard III, and The Bedtime of the Sky and Other Sleepy-Bye Stories  by Carolyn Wolfe here.

I finished Grounds for Murder by John Russo, a cozy mystery released by Canadian e-Publisher, MuseItUp Publishing. I’ll be posting my review of that one soon. I’m currently reading the YA novel,  The Space Between Trees, by Katie Williams.

That’s it for this issue of From the Family Bookshelf. I hope you’ll check back again soon for more news of great books.

The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale by Sneed B. Collard III

 For a fascinating look into The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, pick up a copy of the book by the same title, authored by Sneed B. Collard III. Collard, the author of several titles for children in a variety of ages, brings readers up close to the annual event that celebrates rodeos, ranching, and culture.

In this book, filled with stunning photographs and tons of trivia about The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale  and rodeo history, Collard does an excellent job of making the reader feel like she’s there. Thoroughly researched, this account has regional appeal, but will definitely engage readers across the country with its action-filled accounts, interviews with rodeo and ranching professionals, and the thrill of a multi-day event that celebrates the Old West in a modern way.

Here in Massachusetts, we have the Eastern States Exposition, more commonly referred to as, The Big E. This three-week event includes horse shows, and we are sure to stop by each year to watch these beautiful animals in action. Rarely, however, is the danger level anywhere close to what you’ll find at  The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, as depicted in Collard’s book.

While I have to admit to a high level on interest in the pioneering era and the settling of the Wild West, lovers of horses, rodeos, ranching, and anyone who would like to read about an important part of Montana’s history would enjoy  The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale by Sneed Collard III. It makes learning about these topics fun for young people, while also engaging adults. Don’t be surprised if your child asks to move to a ranch in the midwest after they read this one.

I’ll certainly be looking at more of Collard’s work soon.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Bucking Horse Books; first edition
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984446001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984446001
  • SRP:  $18.00

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    Double Eagle by Sneed Collard III – Giveaway at Cafe of Dreams

    My friend April at Cafe of Dreams is giving you the chance to win a copy of Double Eagle by Sneed Collard III.

    April reviewed Double Eagle at her blog last week, saying:

    “I truly feel that Double Eagle is a story that even the most hesitant and picky of reader will dive into and love. Though Double Eagle is the first work by this author that I have read, I am incredibly anxious to read more!”

    She rated the book a 5 out of 5, which I can tell you is a rare thing; so the book must be superb.

    The suggested age range for this one is 9 – 12. You can read April’s entire review here.

    You’ll also find a link to the review in this interview that April performed with Sneed Collard. Your giveaway opportunity is listed in this interview.

    The contest is open to U.S. residents only and will remain open until midnight on March 15th.

    Don’t miss your chance to win a copy of Double Eagle by Sneed Collard III. Stop by Cafe of Dreams today!