New Book Arrivals

Here are some books that arrived recently in one way or another. These came from the publisher.

Book 1

Gena (short for Genevieve) and Finn (short for Stephanie) have little in common. Book-smart Gena is preparing to leave her posh boarding school for college; down-to-earth Finn is a twenty-something struggling to make ends meet in the big city. Gena’s romantic life is a series of reluctant one-night-stands; Finn is making a go of it with long-term boyfriend Charlie. But they share a passion for Up Below, a buddy cop TV show with a cult fan following. Gena is a darling of the fangirl scene, keeping a popular blog and writing fan fiction. Finn’s online life is a secret, even from Charlie. The pair spark an unlikely online friendship that deepens quickly (so quickly it scares them both), and as their individual “real” lives begin to fall apart, they increasingly seek shelter online, and with each other.



On Haven, a six-mile long, half-mile-wide stretch of barrier island, Mira Banul and her Year-Rounder friends have proudly risen to every challenge. But when a superstorm defies all predictions and devastates the island, when it strands Mira’s mother and brother on the mainland and upends all logic, nothing will ever be as it was. A stranger appears in the wreck of Mira’s home. A friend obsessed with vanishing is gone. As the mysteries deepen, Mira must find the strength to carry on—to somehow hold her memories in place while learning to trust a radically reinvented future.

Gripping and poetic, This Is the Story of You is about the beauty of nature and the power of family, about finding hope in the wake of tragedy and recovery in the face of overwhelming loss.


In the war-ravaged England of 1940, Charlotte Bromley is sure of only one thing: Kitty McLaughlin is her best friend in the whole world. But when Charlotte’s scientist father makes an astonishing discovery that the Germans will covet for themselves, Charlotte is faced with an impossible choice between danger and safety. Should she remain with her friend or journey to another time and place? Her split-second decision has huge consequences, and when she finds herself alone in the world, unsure of Kitty’s fate, she knows that somehow, some way, she must find her way back to her friend. Written in the spirit of classic time-travel tales, this book is an imaginative and heartfelt tribute to the unbreakable ties of friendship.

These came from the library book sale. Sure can’t beat audio books that are 4/$1.

Book 4

Eleven-year-old Sallie March is a whip-smart tomboy and voracious reader of Western adventure novels. When she and her sister Maude escape their self-serving guardians for the wilds of the frontier, they begin an adventure the likes of which Sallie has only read about. This time however, the “wanted woman” isn’t a dime-novel villian, it’s Sallie’s very own sister! What follows is not the lies the papers printed, but the honest-to-goodness truth of how two sisters went from being orphans to being outlaws—and lived to tell the tale!

Book 5

Tiger Ann Parker is smart in school and good at baseball, but she’s forever teased about her family by the girls in class. Tiger Ann knows her folks are different from others in their small town of Saitter, Louisiana. They are mentally slow, and Tiger Ann keeps her pain and embarrassment hidden as long as her strong and smart Granny runs the household. Then Granny dies suddenly and Aunt Dorie Kay arrives, offering Tiger Ann a way out. Now Tiger Ann must make the most important decision of her life.

Book 2

Eleven-year-old Abigail Jane Stewart records the despair and hope of the difficult winter between 1777-1778–when she witnessed George Washington readying his young soldiers on the frozen fields of Valley Forge.

Book 3

Twelve-year-old Mem presents a diary account of the trip she and her family made on the Mayflower in 1620 and their first year in the New World.


Keeper of the Black Stones by PT McHugh


Jason Evans, a shy, introverted high school freshman, thought that his mundane life was all there was – girls, golf, physics, and the occasional bully. Until he found out about the secrets his grandfather had been keeping from him … a set of stones that allowed them to jump through time … a maniacal madman who used the stones to shape history to his liking … and Jason’s role as one of the few people in the world who could stop that man.

Against impossible odds, a fourteen-year-old boy must take up his legacy, learn everything he needs to know within one short day, and travel helter skelter into the Middle Ages, to join Henry VII’s fight against Richard III, end the Dark Ages, and stop the man who now holds his grandfather captive. In this romp through history, Jason and his friends must race against time to accomplish not one, but two missions.

Save his grandfather.

And save the world.

Purchase from Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

PT McHugh didn’t start out as a storyteller. He was, however, born into a family of that encouraged imagination. He became a fan of history in school and then went to college to become a construction engineer, to build a world of straight lines, angles, and equations.P.T.-McHugh-197x300

He was just as surprised as everyone else when he realized that he believed in magic, and might just know the secret of how to jump through time. Since then, he’s been researching the possibility and learning everything he can about history. Just in case the opportunity arises.

PT was born and raised in New Hampshire and currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, two daughters, and a dog named Bob, daring to dream of alternate worlds and cheering for his beloved New England Patriots.

His latest book is the YA fantasy/time travel, Keeper of the Stones.

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Keeper of the Black Stones Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule


Friday, February 15

Cover Reveal at The Writer’s Life

Guest Blogging at Epic Robot Danni

Book Review & Interview at Alivia Landers

Monday, February 18

Book Review at Vic’s Media Room

Book Review & Guest Post at Me, MyShelf & I

Book Cover Reveal at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, February 20

Book Review at Library of Clean Reads

Friday, February 22

Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer

Book Review & Guest Post at Literary Exploration

Sunday, February 24

Interview at Zizag Timeline

Monday, February 25

Book Review at Working for the Android

Book Review, Guest Post & Book Giveaway at The Reading Geek

Tuesday, February 26

Interview at The Sisters’ Tale

Wednesday, February 27

Interview at Millie D’s Words

Thursday, February 28

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Friday, March 1

Book Review at Blog of Erised

Monday, March 4

Book Review at Day By Day In Our World

Book Review at Bound By Words

Tuesday, March 5

Book Review at Inside BJ’s Head

Book Review & Guest Post at Hopeless Bibliophile

Thursday, March 7

Book Review at My Cozie Corner

Monday, March 11

Book Review at Books Books and More Books

Book Spotlight at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Tuesday, March 12

Book Review & Interview at Word Spelunking

Guest Blogging at City Girl Who Loves to Read

Wednesday, March 13

Book Review at Community Bookstop

Friday, March 15

Book Review at Blooming with Books

Book Review at All Grown Up


A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup

 Hold onto your hats for one wild and hilarious adventure in A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup.

Mr. Cheesman has invented a device so powerful that all sorts of evildoers want to get their hands on it. The LVR can do an amazing thing–which I won’t tell you because you need to read the book–and what that means for Mr. Cheeseman and his “three attractive, polite, relatively odor-free children” is running from town to town to stay away from the bad guys and changing their names, hoping to stay in one place long enough for the kids to make friends and maybe explore their interests.

I’ll have to tell my husband that I have officially found my lost sense of humor. He believes I have none. But I laughed so much while reading this book, I thought he was going to have me committed. Not only has Dr. Soup created a great group of zany characters in A Whole Nother Story, this book has an exciting plot with a story told by an engaging and entertaining narrator.

Since Dr. Soup is the founder and president of the National Center for Unsolicited Advice, the reader will also find several bits of unsolicited advice within the pages of A Whole Nother Story. A brief interview with Dr. Soup appears at the end of the book, along with a short excerpt from the next book, Another Whole Nother Story, which I look forward to reading soon.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Soup and his books, I suggest you visit his amazing website at

If every book was as funny and engaging as this one, there would be no such thing as reluctant readers.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599905183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599905181
  • SRP:  $7.99 (paperback) and $16.99 (hardcover)
  • Also available in audio and Kindle editions.

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    Interview with Dr. Cuthbert Soup, Author of A Whole Nother Story and Another Whole Nother Story

    Joining us today is Dr. Cuthbert Soup, President of the National Center for Unsolicited Advice and author of A Whole Nother Story, and the recently released, Another Whole Nother Story. We’re going to talk to the good doctor today about his work and his writing. Maybe we’ll see if there is “Another, Another Whole Nother Story” in the works. 

    Welcome to The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection, Dr. Soup. It is an honor to have you with us. Can you please tell us a bit about your distinguished career?

    Thank you.  I am honored to be here and I would be more than happy to share some of my many career highlights.It all began when I enrolled at Harvard Jr. College, whereupon graduating with honors, I transferred to Southwestern North Dakota State University and earned my Ph.D. in Unsolicited Advice.

    As the founder, president and vice president of the National Center for Unsolicited Advice I have traveled the globe, doling out advice to the masses as well as to celebrities and world leaders.  For instance, I recently advised the Dalai Lama to change his name to Dolly Llama and become a female country western singer.  I’m not sure if he/she ever took my advice as I’ve been very busy and have not had time to follow up.

    I know this is probably a silly question, but how is it that you ended up with three first names? Or is it two first names and a middle name? Or perhaps a first name and two middle names?

    You’re right.  There is a very high probability that this is a silly question.  However, there is also a very good chance that it is not.  To find out for sure, I have had it sent off to the lab for analysis.  While we eagerly await the results I will attempt to answer the question, silly or not. 

    My full name is Cuthbert Hubert Egbert Soup, which includes one first name, two middle names and the last name, Soup, which was originally Schoupenstein but was shortened by immigration officials when my family moved from Austria to the United States.  The fact that they chose to shorten my family name doesn’t really bother me, though, to be honest, it annoys the heck out of my cousin, Campbell.

    I understand you are a high school dropout. That doesn’t seem to have hampered your career. What are some of the jobs you held prior to becoming president of the National Center for Unsolicited Advice?

    Now hold on a minute here.  Just because I dropped out of high school does not make me a high school dropout.  Oh, wait a minute.  I suppose it does, doesn’t it?  Hmm.  Okay, well first of all, let me clarify that I do not recommend dropping out of high school.  This ill-advised decision forced me to take many undesirable jobs just to survive.  For example, I once worked at the mall as a smoke detector until I was fired and replaced by a machine.  I also worked as a professional musician, playing elevator music, until I was fired when my trombone kept smacking other people in the elevator.  And, if all that weren’t bad enough, I’ve suffered permanent knuckle damage from two years as a door-to-door hearing aid salesman.  (When selling hearing aids door-to-door, one must knock very loudly and continually.)

    When did you turn your attention to writing?

    Though I have only recently begun writing books, I have been writing in other forms for quite some time.  While working toward my Ph.D. in Unsolicited Advice, I accepted an internship at a Chinese restaurant, where I wrote the bits of wisdom and unsolicited advice found in the fortune cookies that come with every meal.  Some of the gems I came up with include:

    It takes two to tango, but it takes four to tango with a giant squid.

    Quitters never win but, if both sides quit, it’s a tie.

    Bear in mind that those who say honesty is the best policy may be lying.

    Are your dog, Kevin, and your pet snails, Gooey and Squishy supportive of your writing?

    Gooey and Squishy, I would say, are more tolerant than supportive.  They’re very busy with their own lives, training for the Iron Snail competition and hosting their own television program, the Gooey and Squishy Show.  As for Kevin, he supports me one hundred percent because, with the proceeds from the book, he will finally get that operation he needs.  Actually, he doesn’t really need an operation but he feels that a nose job would be beneficial to his acting career.

    So tell us, what will readers discover in A Whole Nother Story?

    They will meet my good friend and former classmate from SWNDSU, Ethan Cheeseman,his three smart, polite, attractive and relatively odor-free children, and their hairless, psychic dog, as they try and stay one step ahead of a host of nasty villains, all vying to get their hands on Ethan’s fantastic invention, known simply as the LVR, which stands for Luminal Velocity Regulator.  I suppose it could also stand for Large Visible Rash but, in this case, it does not.

    The reason that the LVR has attracted so much attention from all kinds ofunsavory individuals, it that it is a time machine which, as you can imagine, could be used for all types of evil purposes.  However, the Cheesemansare very much intent on keeping the LVR out of the hands of these villains because they need this marvelous invention for the most important reason of all; to travel back in time and save the life of Olivia Cheeseman, Ethan’s beautiful wife and mother to his three beloved children. 

    If readers visit your website at and read an excerpt from the book, they might get the impression that you are fascinated by numbers. Would that be true?

    Fascinated by some, terrified of others and highly indifferent to a few.  For instance, I could not be bothered in the least with the number eleven and others of the same tedious ilk.  However, in this instance, I believe you are referring to those insidious, numerically named corporate criminals who work for Plexiwave, the world’s largest and most heartless weapons manufacturer.  Mr. 5, Mr. 29, Mr. 88 and Mr. 207 are all numbers to be avoided at all costs.

    Mr. Cheeseman and his three children return in the sequel, Another Whole Nother Story, which was recently released by Bloomsbury Children’s Books. I understand this one involves some time travel. What new things will readers find in this book?

    Readers will find many new things in this book, including some never-before-used consonants and vowels (such as œ and §) that were only recently discovered by archeologists, digging in an area that is now known as France and was once known as Vr§gœ.

    Readers will also find the Cheesemans coming face to face with a very determined witch hunter, an extremely nasty band of pirates, a plagiarist ghost and a Danish duke who is not all that he appears to be.  All the while they are being shadowed by two mysterious visitors from the future; one who is there to rescue them, the other to enact revenge.

    Now, if I were to ask for some advice, then it wouldn’t be unsolicited; so let’s assume we’re in a café somewhere in Vienna and we get to talking about writing for children. What type of unsolicited advice would you impart to me?

    I would advise you to bear in mind that children these days are a very sophisticated lot, especially when it comes to their understanding of humor.  Therefore, when writing for children, one should avoid talking down to them and explaining too much.  Also, whenever possible, use the word underpants.

    Where can readers purchase A Whole Nother Story and Another Whole Nother Story?

    Unfortunately, as of now, the book is only being sold in taverns and saloons, which I think is a ridiculous way to market a book written for children.  Oh well, I guess the publishers know what they’re doing.  What’s that?  Oh, I see.  I’m now being told that the book is also available in bookstores, on-line and wherever fine books are sold.  And in taverns.

    Are there more of these books in the works?

    I am currently working on the third book in the series, the aptly titled Another Other Whole Nother Story.  After that will come The Mother of Another Other Whole Nother Story, which will pretty much wrap up the series as I have little desire to write a book called, Brother From Another Mother of Another Other Whole Nother Story.

    We’ve talked about your website—which is superb, by the way—can you tell us if we can find you anywhere else on the World Wide Web?

    My web designer – the fabulous Chuck Gamble at Lucky Radish Studios – will be pleased to hear that you found the website agreeable.  Other places I can be found on the web include Facebook and in a very unfortunate video featured on a website called

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As the founder, president and vice president of the National Center for Unsolicited Advice, I think it only appropriate that I leave readers with a bit of advice to help them through their everyday lives. 

    Always remember: Before you judge someone, you should walk a mile in his shoes, which can be particularly difficult if the person you are judging is a circus clown.

    Thank you for a delightful chat, Dr. Soup. I hope you’ll come back and visit us again soon.

    It has been my pleasure indeed.  Also, you’ll be happy to know that the lab results are back and, as it turns out, your earlier question contained only the smallest traces of silliness, thus securing your reputation as a serious journalist.

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