Thursday, June 30, 2011


The winner of  The Red Umbrella is . . .


Congratulations, You are the winner.   :)
Please contact me at to claim your prize
and let me know where to send it.

Everyone keep checking in and see what's happening. . .there are still books with out winners.

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Day THIRTY---Last day :(


Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler

KJ Carson lives an outdoor lover's dream. The only daughter of a fishing and wildlife guide, KJ can hold her own on the water or in the mountains near her hometown outside Yellowstone National Park. But when she meets the shaggy-haired, intensely appealing Virgil, KJ loses all self-possession. And she's not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing that they're assigned to work together on a school newspaper article about the famous wolves of Yellowstone. As KJ spends time with Virgil, she also spends more time getting to know a part of her world that she always took for granted . . . and she begins to see herself and her town in a whole new light.

This book is awesome! And in case you were wondering, no there are no sparkling vampires and the wolves are just wolves. The story is amazing, you will love it!  Enter, Enter, Enter. You'll be sorry to miss out on this one  :)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011



Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words.
Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings.
In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.

This is the first book in a four book series. The second is Spells, and the third, Illusions, are all out. The final book(the name is not yet available) will be out next April.
I love these books. They are fun and well written. You'll love them too.

So. . .
you know the drill, Follow, Comment, Check back often.  :)

June is almost over and this FABULOUS party is almost done. Tomorrow is my last book and I hope y'all come back and enter to win.  :) But let's not let the fun end there. Come back to check out what's new, bring a friend, there will be more fun all summer long.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011


The WINNER of Al Capone Does My Shirts is. . .

to claim your prize.  :)

Monday, June 27, 2011


The LUCKY winner of Janitors by Tyler Whitesides is. . .


 Please contact me at to claim your prize
and let me know where to send it.



The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

The Red Umbrella is the moving tale of a 14-year-old girl's journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan—an organized exodus of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro's revolution.

In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. Her friends feel like strangers. And her family is being watched.

As the revolution's impact becomes more oppressive, Lucía's parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States—on their own.

Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucía struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life. But what of her old life? Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?

The Red Umbrella is a moving story of country, culture, family, and the true meaning of home.

To win this book:
1) you MUST be a follower of this blog
3) check back often for more books and to see if you have won

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Saturday, June 25, 2011


Day TWENTY ONE Winner is. . .

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Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
This book is signed and written by the same author as Notes by a Liar and Her Dog from Day ELEVEN
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Thursday, June 23, 2011



Janitors by Tyler Whitesides

This is another advanced reader copy, the book will hit the shelves on August 3rd this year.  And YUP, the book is signed.  :)

. Have you ever fallen asleep during math class? Are you easily distracted while listening to your English teacher? Do you find yourself completely uninterested in geography? Well, it may not be your fault. The janitors at Welcher Elementary know a secret, and it s draining all the smarts out of the kids. Twelve year-old Spencer Zumbro, with the help of his classmate Daisy Gullible Gates, must fight with and against a secret, janitorial society that wields wizard-like powers. Who can Spencer and Daisy trust and how will they protect their school and possibly the world? Janitors is book 1 in a new children s fantasy series by debut novelist Tyler Whitesides. You ll never look at a mop the same way again.

Sounds good right? Well to get this book for your very own, follow the blog and leave a comment. :)
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Day NINETEEN winner of the two picture books is. . .

Trina H.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I Am Not Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos
  Just when Joey Pigza's wired world finally seems to be under control, his good-for-nothing dad pops back into his life. This time, though, Carter Pigza is a new man - literally. After a lucky lotto win, Carter Pigza has a crazy new outlook on life, and he's even changed his name to Charles Heinz. He thinks Joey and his mom should become new people, too. Soon Joey finds himself bombarded with changes: a new name, a new home, and a new family business - running the beat-up Beehive Diner. He knows he should forgive his dad as his mom wants him to, and get with the new family program. But Joey is afraid that in changing names and going with the flow he will lose sight of who he really is.
In this rocket-paced new chapter in Joey Pigza's life, a favorite hero discovers what identity and forgiveness really mean, and how to cook a delicious turkey burger.

Be sure to Follow and Comment to win this cute book! Also check out for more books to win all June.  :)

Monday, June 20, 2011


And the winner of Silver Phoenix is. . .

Contact me to claim your book. Congrats!
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Sunday, June 19, 2011



What's Opposite? AND Guess Whose Shadow? by Stephen R. Swinburne

Yup you read that right today is a two-fer! These are two cute little picture books.
And both are signed. So for some super happy reading, Follow, and Comment  :)
Sorry , no clicking to see inside, I stole the pic from Amazon. :)

Winner, Winner!

The winner for Day FIFTEEN, Dead End in Norvelt is. . .

Gayle Humpherys!!

Contact me at to claim your book!
Congrats on winning!!

Remember to check back often for more books and then jump over to because she's having a Summer Book Party too  :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Feature

So I'm going to do a little something new. Every Friday I'm going to feature a song I like, a band that's good or a video that is just plain awesome.

So for the first video I thought I would share a band that's new to me, The Band Perry. They are a trio from Alabama and they are siblings  :)  They sing country and also get a little play on the top 40 stations. They recently won AMC's Top New Artist. I love a pure sounding female lead so this band is already a favorite of mine. Their current #1 hit is If I Die Young, Check it out!

Here is the YouTube link for the video 'If I Die Young':
This is the band website:



Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

This book is about Ai Ling who is actually relived that no one wanted her for their wife, despite the dishonor it brings to her family. But now she knows there is something after her, and unseen but terrifying force and Ai Ling must figure out how to overcome it, save her father and use the mysterious power that she can feel growing inside her. But she will also need help--Chen Yong, who is on a quest of his own my be able to offer her that. . .maybe more.

Leave a comment to  win this great book which is the first in the Kingdom of Xia series. (I love when a good book has more good books :)  ) Number two is Fury of the Phoenix:
So comment to win! And come back often :) Head over to to win over there.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Winner for Day THIRTEEN

The Winner of Trapped by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen is. . .

Natalie Kay!

Please contact me at to claim your prize and let me know where to send it :)

3 EASY Steps to win 
1.  Become a Follower of my blog. ( If you are already a Follower, skip to the next step)
2.  Leave a comment.
3.  Check back to see if you won or to sign up for other book give-aways

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Winner for day ELEVEN!

AND the WINNER is. . .

Mama's Boys
(sorry, I don't know what your Name is. . . would you email me so I can know?)
You have five days or the prize goes to someone else.  :(


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**Remember: You MUST  be a follower of the blog to win.



Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

This in an advanced reader copy, book will be officially out in September of this year. So the lucky winner will be among the first to read the story!!  :)
This is a growing up story and the blurb says: making readers crack up at the most shocking things in a dead-funny depiction of growing up in an off-kilter world where the characters are as unpredictable and over-the-top as they come.

Sounds good! So. . .who wants it?

You know the drill,

Follow and comment.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

More pictures. . .

 On a totally random note....
We are currently in the process of determining what to do with our darling daughter's rooms. Should they be all together? How would that go? (there are three) So I thought I would look around and see how other's have done it. Here is a sampling of my favorite options:

 This bunk set looks fun, but a permanent option
 This one looks fun but the decor could get irritating after a while.
              perhaps a bit unsafe?

cute. . .
I love the pics over the beds as well as the quote.
What has worked for you?
Having their own rooms? Sharing? Bunks?
HELP!!  :)

Monday, June 13, 2011


Trapped by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

A forged letter, a golden vial, an ancient curse. . .

Emi is the Firstborn She---the first born female in hundreds of years and only she can break the curse that has haunted her family and will soon haunt her as well before it's too late. But who can she trust? Between feuding families and those who would use her for their own gain, Emi learns everything is not as it seems.

You will love this book. And to top it all off, it's signed!
So enter lots and check back to see if you have won. And yes you are allowed to win more than once, so enter every day, here and at

Day NINE Winner!

Day NINE, S is for Scientists goes to. . .
Andrea Campbell!
Claim your prize, and remember to check out for more books to win, recipes, and writing/reading tips  :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011



Notes from a Liar and Her Dog by Gennifer Choldenko
This book is about a girl named Antonia (Ant) She has an older sister and a younger and she feels they are both perfect, and her parents don't understand her. Her dog does though. So Ant starts to lie, and it's easier than life for her. Everything is going swimmingly unil a teacher starts to see the truth behind the stories Ant is telling. . .

*This Author is a Newbery Honor winner.*

And as an added bonus, this book is signed! (I totally love signed books)  :)  GOOD LUCK!

3 EASY Steps to win 
1.  Become a Follower of my blog. ( If you are already a Follower, skip to the next step)
2.  Leave a comment.
3.  Check back to see if you won or to sign up for other book give-aways

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Day SEVEN Winner:

The WINNER of  The Maze Runner by James Dashner is.....
Marenda Brown!

Contact me to claim your prize. And everyone should jump over to to enter today!! Good luck to everyone, and remember you have Five days to claim your prize and the book giveaway is all June, tell your friends!

Thursday, June 9, 2011



S is for Scientists by Larry Verstraete Illustrated by David Geister.

I have read this one. . .it's a picture book. And my kids love it! There is a letter of the alphabet for things scientists do. Example: H is for Hypothesize. Then there is a loner couple of paragraphs describing an instance that a scientist used that to further his or her scientific career. So for H, the example talks about how Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis hypothesized about the spread of disease in his hospital in Vienna.

Very interesting. Read it with little ones using the ABC part or older kiddos with the background information. Cool book indeed! So enter and enjoy it yourself.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!!!!

And the WINNER of The Forgotten Locket is......

 Contact me within FIVE days to claim your awesome prize.

FYI: for those of you wondering how we choose the winners hop over to to see a little video of us choosing a winner  :)
And stay tuned, there are MANY awesome books to come. This is just the tip of the iceberg people  :)



The Maze Runner by James Dashner 

I haven't read this one either( I SWEAR I read ...lots!) so here is the back cover blurb:

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. He has no recollection of his parents, his home, or how he got where he is. His memory is empty.
But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade, a large expanse enclosed by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning, for as long as anyone can remember, the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night, for just as long, they've closed tight. Every thirty days a new boy is delivered in the lift. And no one wants to be stuck in the Maze after dark.
The Gladers were expecting Thomas's arrival. But the next day, a girl is sent up-- the first girl ever to arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. The Gladers have always been convinced that if they can solve the maze that surrounds the Glade, the might find their way home. . .wherever that may be. But it's looking more and more as if the Maze is unsolvable.
And something about the girl's arrival is starting to make Thomas feel different. Something is telling him that he just might have some answers-- if he can only find a way to retrieve the dark secrets locked within his own mind.

So, enter and check back to see if you win. FYI: I'm odd days, and Canda is evens so go to both and have a chance to win every day!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Day FOUR Winner!

Matthew Tandy!!

Email me to claim your prize!! Congrats!!

REMINDER: You must claim your prize with in FIVE days or it goes to someone else!!  :(  So if you have won contact me and let me know so I can get your book to you.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


Ok, so I thought it was the fourth this morning and then the sixth this afternoon and I'm like: 'oh, i don't have to post on even days any more.' DUH! And what makes it worse: today (the 5th) is my darling daughter's First Birthday!! Yes, Yes, bad mom right here. I'm hanging my head in shame.

So I'm VERY sorry about the HUGE delay in posting today's book to win, so here it is:


The Forgotten Locket by Lisa Mangum
As this is a fairly new book and I haven't had a chance to read it yet here is the blurb:
The future is uncertain. The battle to control the past has begun. The final book in the riveting Hourglass Door trilogy begins when Abby steps through the black door, and she doesn't dare look back. Though it means leaving Dante—wounded, bleeding, and possibly blind—she knows it is the only way to save her family and stop Zo from manipulating the river of time and throwing the future into chaos. In the end, Abby must face a final confrontation that will take her to the very origins of the hourglass door. 
 FYI: This is book three of the trilogy. The other two are AMAZING and I totally love them. If you haven't read this series yet definitely put it on your list.  ENTER, Enter, enter. You will thank me later.   :)  Oh, and did I mention it is signed? Yup. it is.

Also enter on Canda's blog at tomorrow.

And yeah, I made it up to baby girl. She had a lovely splashy fun time in the sprinklers and we are having lots of super festive family fun tomorrow night.  :)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Day three WINNER!

And the Winner is.........

 Marenda Brown!!

Please email me to confirm your prize and give me your address. and I will send it out to you. Don't forget you are eligible to win again so keep entering and remember, I'm doing books all June and so is Canda:

I'm doing books every day june1-5 and every odd day after that then the 26-30th everyday. if it's confusing then just come everyday to check  :)



Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch

I haven't read this book either so here is the (rather long) blurb from the back cover:
Never chase men or buses. Don't let yourself be seen in a truck in town. There are simple rules passed down through generations of Camellias, one of the oldest debutant societies in Charleston. Sarah Walters is a member of this antiquated club--whether she likes it or not. The society is a privilege one is born to, and it offers rules of etiquette meant to prepare a girl for a charmed life with an appropriate husband. The only problem is, Sarah has a tendency to make life choices that are anything but polite. With humor and keen observation, Katie Crouch takes Sarah from sweaty-palmed eighth grader at Cotillion dancing lessons  to a slightly numb thirty-five-year-old living in New York City. It takes a strange turn of events to make Sarah realize that as much as she tries ti deny it, where she comes from will always affect where she ends up.  

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Winner, Winner!

Day TWO Winner:

Andrea Campbell

You have five days to email your address to me. 

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next AMAZING book and see who will win for Day THREE  :)
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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

I personally have not read this book so here is what the cover blurb says:
September is a girl who longs for adventure. When she is invited to Fairlyand by a Green Wind and a Leopard, well, of course she accepts. (Mightn't you?) But Fairland is in turmoil, and it will take one twelve-year-old girl, a book-loving dragon, and a strange and almost human boy named Saturday to vanquish an evil Marquess and restore order.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011


Day ONE winner is.........

                           Donna K. Weaver

Congratulations! you need to send an email over to me at and let me know your address so I can send it out to you. Remember you have five days to get that to me or I draw a new winner. And yes, you may continue to enter and win more books!   :)

Problems Commenting....

SO, Blogger is having some issues with comments. If you are experiencing this, please follow the blog and comment on my facebook account. You still have to be a follower on the blog in order to win.  :) Best of luck!  Winner for book one will be drawn tonight and posted at 6pm so hurry hurry hurry!

Day TWO!


Willow and the Snow Day Dance by Denise Brennan Nelson

Willow is a spunky little girl, whose creative outlook brings imagination back to life in an older neighbor.

This is an adorable kid's picture book and yes my friends, it is signed. Happy dance!

Remember: You must be a follower and comment to win. Come back often to see what's going on. You may enter for as many books as you'd like. Head over to my mom's blog to enter to win books from her. Good Luck!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Day ONE!


Matched by Ally Condie

This is the story of Cassia Reyes. She is seventeen and being 'matched' with the person she will spend her life with. When it turns out to be her best friend Xander, she trusts the society and is sure he is the one for her...until another face flashed briefly across the screen. Now she has two choices, Xander and Ky. Between perfection and passion.

LOVE this book personally. I read it and re-read it and still love it...yup one of those books you just have to own because one time through won't be enough.

 And on a high note: this book is signed :) yay!


So what do you need to do if you want this book for your very own?

Follow this blog(MUST be a follower to win), comment and check back often. If you are the random winner you must email me at with your name and home address(continental U.S. only) with in (5) five days to have the book sent to you so you can read and re-read it all for yourself.

FYI: I'm giving away a book everyday for the next five days and every other odd day after that (5,7,9,11,13 etc...) My mom is giving away books too, check her out at