Monday, March 2, 2015

Book Review: Cinderella's Secret Slipper

Cinderella's Secret Slipper

Author: Alinka Rutkowska

Illustrations: Konrad Checinski


ISBN: 978-0983154754

Picture Book: Fairy Tale with a twist

From the Back:
Cinderella’s Secret Slipper is a story of our favorite princess who more than anything else wants to wear her famous glass slippers to her son’s birthday party. But she can’t because her four-year-old smashed one of them in an attempt at killing a mosquito on the wall. Where is she going to get a glass slipper now?

About the Author :
Alinka Rutkowska lives in a castle with her family and dragon just like Cinderella and writes picture books for children like you. She has written over 20 books and she received many awards for her work. She is the winner of the prestigious International Readers’ Favorite Book Award Contest and her book series received the acclaimed Mom’s Choice Award.

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MY REVIEW: This is an absolutely brilliant picture book set years into Cinderella's later life when she needs her glass slippers to attend her son's birthday party. But one of the glass slippers gets broken and no one makes those types of slippers anymore. Cinderella runs into her fairy godmother and she has the answer. But guess who else had a fairy godmother? Maybe the Prince?

This book will be a favorite and it includes a summary of the story of Cinderella that we all remember and love. The twist to this new story will keep the reader engaged and the illustrations enhance the wonderful text. It also includes several questions at the end of the story for discussion and to assess the reader's comprehension making this a great book to add to the classroom for young readers. This award winning author has done it again with Cinderella's Secret Slipper.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hey, I''m Here.....

laptop-in-the-grass.jpg I have been missing in action since the first week in January when it comes to writing and blogging for several reasons. Not all reasons for not writing are excusable for sure, procrastination is not a good reason. But broken ribs, a leg injury, along with  pain and swelling kept me slightly immobile.

 I know what you're thinking,,, if I was sitting with my leg up why wasn't I writing. If the leg were the only thing wrong I would totally agree but those broken ribs were much more than I bargained for. I couldn't even change my own clothes for the first few days.

However, my imagination and note taking continued. And reading time was good. I have tried to keep up with my emails, social media, and working on some samples for my quilt shop. All in all, I'm ready to get some book reviews posted this month and get busy joining 12 X 12. I am taking an art class for inspiration with my fabric design and pattern designs. And the ribs are on the mend, recheck is tomorrow.

So stay tuned. More is yet to come in this writing life.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

For the Over Fifty and Beyond Nurses: A View from the Patient

For the Over Fifty and Beyond Nurses: A View from the Patient: A view of health care is different from a patient than from a doctor, nurse or tech.   I have been a nurse for 38 years and for the most ...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Book Review: Sir Buddy and Mr. Pupples......

I am thrilled to be part of the World of Ink tours again for a wonderful author, Richard McEwan. Here is a cute book for young readers that will sure to be read over and over again.

The Adventures of Sir Buddy and Mr Pupples- The Rescue

Author: Richard McEwan

Illustrated by Amy Rottinger

ISBN: 978-1-61244-307-2

Picture Book

Halo Publishing 2014

Book Review: This is a charming picture book for young children about a lost puppy and how lost animals can find a forever home. The author does a great job in weaving a story about the lost puppy and the positive outcome that develops with Mr. Pupples finding a forever home. Sir Buddy shares his difficulty in finding a forever home when he was a puppy and how good it felt to find his forever owner. Mr. Pupples learns a great lesson. The illustrations enhance the story keeping the reader engaged on every page. It is written with the animals doing the speaking and the adult taking a back seat,  which is just how young readers relate to a good story.

The author has a passion for animals and wants the reader to empathize with a lost pet and hopefully open the discussion about responsible pet ownership with parents and teachers. He weaves a true to life story about what goes on with a lost puppy letting the reader in on how it might feel to be lost or unwanted. Mr. McEwan does a great job getting to the heart of the matter for kids so this will soon be a favorite book in a young  readers collection of " read it again" stories.

Monday, November 24, 2014

I love Readers and Writers

I love those who love reading and I totally love those who write books. I am warming up to E-books but I still love to hold the hard copy of a good book as I cozy in for those chilly winter days and grab some writing or reading time. So without rambling on and on or sounding to lame just let me say this:

I am grateful for books, authors, and those who read this blog. I may never be famous or widely published but I join millions of others who cherish the written word and delve into made up towns with made up characters to find a special place. I am friends with famous authors, not so famous ones, and everyone in between whose dream it is to write something others want to read. So this Thanksgiving along with being thankful for health, shelter, and good food on our table I am truly thankful for all of those I have met who love writing and reading. May we all be seen on the page in a good way, and may we all continue to encourage and teach each other along our journey.

Happy Thanksgiving, Happy writing my friends. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Book review: The Adventures of Nutty and Twittles by Dennis Marcoux

It is my pleasure to be part of the World of Ink book tour this month representing The Adventures of Nutty and Twittles, Oh Nuts! I Lost My Little Sister

My Review:

Kudos to Dennis Marcoux for giving children an exciting story with fun animal characters who keep young readers engaged and interested. In an age where children have technology and hand held devices at their finger tips it is refreshing to see and read a great picture book that will get children interested in reading. And what little kiddo hasn't thought about either losing a sibling or being the sibling that gets lost.

Readers and adults reading the story aloud will enjoy the antics of Nutty and Twittles.The cute illustrations go so well and enhance the fun of the story. Where will little sister be found? Come join the fun and find out how Nutty and Twittles get into such a pickle.

Author: Dennis Marcoux

Title:  Adventures of Nutty and Twittles, Oh Nuts! I Lost My Little Sister

ISBN:  978-1-61244-274-7


Hardcover / Paperback 

Children Book

Pages: 24

48-200 pages - 4.00 pounds 

Size of book: 8.5 X 8.5

About the book:

Nutty and his sister Twittles set out to play a fun game of hide "n" seek with their friends. When Twittles is the only one missing, the game quickly changes.  Nutty has to find his sister because she may be lost in the dark and dangerous Forrest.

About the author:

Dennis Marcoux lived in Worcester, Massachusetts for most of his life and now resides in Cape Coral, Florida.  He has been writing children stories and poems for many years and is passionate about children reading to expand their imagination.  In his spare time, you can find him reading books as a volunteer in elementary schools and children's hospitals.  He is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association of Fort Myers, Florida

e-Book Available Nook & Kindle 


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Silent Night Standoff- First Responders Series by Susan Sleeman

Silent Night Standoff

Author: Susan Sleeman

ISBN: 978-0-373-44633-9

Loved Inspired Suspense

First Responders Series

From the Back Cover: Hostage Situation: When armed robbers strike her band, hostage negotiator Skyler Brennan's life is on the line. Rescue comes from the last person she thought she could count on--ex-boyfriend who chose his job over their relationship. FBI agent Logan Hunter knows how much is resting on this case..........

My Review: As a writer I read for both enjoyment but also for the lessons I can learn from good authors.  I love stories where the reader is engaged from the very first page and the author is successful at character development, plot, and creating a story that I can feel apart of. Susan Sleeman has created such a book. With a Christian influence and a wholesome yet complex story line, this first book in the series proves to be both meaty and entertaining.

Ms Sleeman has developed characters like Skyler Brennan that make a reader want to jump into the page and be her friend getting to know her even more. The story keeps the perfect amount of tension going so the reader is kept turning the page to see what happens next. As a writer I appreciate how well this story is crafted and as a reader I was entertained and anticipate the next book in The First Responder Series... it can't come soon enough.

Look for other stories by Susan Sleeman including her story in Holiday Defenders, another Love Inspired Suspense book including stories by author Debby Giusti and Jodie Bailey.



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