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1. Spotlight and Giveaway: At the Spy’s Pleasure by Tina Gabrielle

This morning I have an excerpt and giveaway for At the Spy’s Pleasure by Tina Gabrielle!

At the Spy’s Pleasure
In the Crown’s Secret Service # 2

By: Tina Gabrielle

Releasing May 26th, 2015

Entangled: Scandalous


Every gentleman has his secrets…

London 1821

After years of marriage to a selfish man who preferred gambling to his young bride, Jane, the widowed countess of Stanwell, now seeks what she was long denied-a satisfying lover. Naturally, a lady needs a list of eligible candidates, which doesn’t include the dangerously handsome (if far too arrogant) Gareth Ramsey…until he steals a sinful kiss from Jane’s all-too-willing lips.

Reputed as an arrogant barrister, Gareth’s real occupation is as a spy in the service of His Majesty, and his suspect is on Jane’s list of possible lovers. With her life in danger, there’s no safer place for Jane than with him-and in his bed. But Jane is as distracting as she is infuriating, and keeping her by his side while he pursues his mission might just endanger them both…

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Tina Gabrielle, an award-winning author, is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She’s the author of adventurous Regency romances In The Barrister’s Bed, In The Barrister’s Chambers, Lady Of Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Kensington Books. “A Spy Unmasked” is the first book in her new Regency romance series, “In The Crown’s Secret Service,” and will be released from Entangled Publishing on November 10, 2014. “At The Spy’s Pleasure” will be available in April 2015. Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of Scandal, was nominated as best first historical by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

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Footsteps sounded behind Jane. She quickly pasted a smile on her face and turned to greet her escort.

Gareth Ramsey entered the theatre box instead.

Shock flew through her, and she jumped to her feet. “What the devil!”

“Shh.” He grasped her arm and pulled her deep into the theater box, behind the curtains, away from any prying eyes. He wore a dark blue coat that heightened his ruggedly handsome features. Her heart hammered foolishly as a shudder heated her body at his nearness.

She tugged on her arm. “You’re insane! This is entirely improper,” she hissed.

“No one can see or hear us.”

“My escort will return,” she protested.

“Not for a while.”

“How on earth could you know that?”

“I know,” he said, a cold edge of irony in his voice.

Gareth Ramsey was arrogant and infuriating. He was also a tall dark-haired devil who brought her senses to life. “You can’t keep pulling me into secluded corners at your whim.”

“You never answered my question in the park.”

Her mind faltered. “What question?”

“Why choose Simon Marbury to be your future lover?”

She was caught off guard by the sudden intensity of his gaze. He’d barged into a private box and hauled her behind a curtain just to ask her that?

“It’s none of your concern. Besides, why should you care? You’re escorting a lady tonight.” Her voice sounded shrewish to her own ears.

He arched a dark eyebrow. “Jealous, are you?”

“Never. Just pointing out a fact.”

“She’s my cousin.”

She looked at him in disbelief. “Your cousin? Don’t you dare treat me like a fool—”

“You are jealous.”

Narrowing her eyes, she pointed to the exit. “Get out.”

“Not without a price.”

“A price?”

“A kiss.”

She gasped. “You arrogant oaf!”

He pulled her into his arms.

As soon as he touched her, her skin sizzled and she felt an immediate and total attraction. Panic followed, welling in her throat. “We will be discovered.”

“No, we won’t.”

She looked up into his eyes. “Why do you insist upon a kiss?”

Reaching out he, trailed a finger down her cheek. “You intrigue me. I want to be your lover. Burn your list, Jane. Let me be the one.”

Her heart raced. She watched in fascinated horror as he lowered his head. His lips were soft and warm as they brushed hers. She should push him away. Instead a blast of heat skittered along her nerves and her lips parted. He took advantage and thrust his tongue inside to explore her mouth. Her hands settled on his shoulders and his muscles flexed beneath her fingers. He groaned and pressed her closer.

She gasped as her soft curves molded fully against the hard planes of his body. It felt forbidden and delicious and she wanted more. She forgot they were hidden behind a curtain and that her escort could return at any moment. She forgot everything but the pleasure of his kiss.

He would be skilled, no doubt. But she couldn’t trust him. She would never trust any man again. Every instinct in her body told her that Gareth was dangerous. Not in a physical sense. She didn’t fear his strength and size, but there were other kinds of wounds, emotional ones, and she’d sworn never to allow herself to lose control of her emotions again.

No. An affair with Gareth Ramsey would be perilous.

Breaking the kiss, she pushed against his hard chest. “No,” she said as firmly as she could.

He pulled back, his eyes dark with desire. “Then I insist on pursuing you and changing your mind.”

Her composure was a fragile shell around her. He made her feel weak and warm and she had to put an end to these feelings once and for all.

Her chin jutted forward, and she met his eyes. “Suit yourself, Mr. Ramsey. But your efforts will lead you nowhere.”

“A challenge, Jane? I accept.”

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2. Acche Din aane wale hain

365 दिन  यानि एक साल चला भी गया पर अभी भी यही सुनने को मिल रहा है कि Acche Din aane wale hain

cartoon days monicaAcche Din aane wale hain  ना जाने कब आएगे अच्छे दिन ???

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3. Hello Dino!

New touch and feel/sound book series for 2015!
Lot's of things to touch and feel like dino eggs, shapes and patterns!
and of course plenty of roaring dinosaur sounds!

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4. SketchCrawling in Doncaster: Great Architecture!

I can't believe that I have lived in Sheffield for so many years and yet never before visited Doncaster, which is just half an hour away on the train. 

I discovered by chance that there was a lovely Minster there, so did a quick search to see what else there was to draw. That's how I found out about the gorgeous Corn Exchange, which made my mind up to go there, for the next meeting of Urban Sketchers Yorkshire.

That was last Saturday and, at last, we had a lovely day with NO RAIN - hurrah! It was so relaxing, sitting on the grass, peacefully drawing the Minster in the sunshine. It was very gnarly, with loads of gargoyles and a fabulous rose window. I intended to do various sketches, inside and out, but got very into one complex drawing, so ended up spending the entire morning on just that. I used my Koh-i-Noor 'Magic' pencil to get the multi-coloured line, which gives a softer finish than black and doesn't overpower the subtlety of watercolour:

I'd made yet another concertina book before the visit (I can't use the 35 I made recently, as they are to be saved for my residency). The concertina format was perfect, because it could expand with me as I worked my way up the building. I like to draw big enough to explore the nooks and crannies, so would never have been able to fit it in otherwise.

We had lunch at The Red Lion, which looked from the outside like a little, traditional pub, but unfolded like a tardis once you got inside. Wetherspoons had recently spent millions on it. The indoor restaurant was a bit busy, but there was a lovely courtyard garden: a real suntrap. We pulled 4 tables together and spent a very enjoyable hour chatting, eating and, of course, doing quick sketches of one another. This is me, between two newbies sketchcrawlers, Richard and Alec, sketched by another first-timer, Steve Beadle:

We had about 6 new members this time, so there was loads to talk about. As we were leaving, one of our first-timers, from Doncaster, pointed out two enormous paintings on the wall of the restaurant, one of Doncaster Market and another of the race course. He had been commissioned to do them by Wetherspoons. We were all suitably impressed!

The Corn Exchange had the sun behind it. I could tell that squinting at it all afternoon would give me a headache, so I wandered around the adjacent market for a while, looking for other things to sketch. It was no good though - the grandiose building pulled me back. 

Again, I got caught up and so spent all my time on the one drawing and never even got to see the inside. The concertina did its work again: this time expanding sideways. The building was huge (I had to work really hard to make myself fit it into the height of the book). There was a lot of fiddly detail, so I worked in pen this time, tinting it right at the end.

Here's a photo I remembered to take (for once) of some of the group in action:

We went back to The Red Lion for the sharing. There was some amazing work done - really inspiring stuff. I always enjoy nosying through people's sketchbooks. Having so many new members gave me plenty to look at and there was lots of 'wow'ing.

It was quite late by the time we started for home. I ended up on the train by myself, and was lucky enough to have a 'snoozer' opposite, so got out my rainbow pencil again. I showed it to him as I got off.

I had a really smashing day and I met some lovely people. I've got to go back some time though, and have another go at some of the other views of that Minster.

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5. A Week Full of Reading Celebrations!

We have 6 days of school left. It is hard to believe that the school year is ending.  Last week, I looked at my camera roll and realized that the last full week of school, in many ways served as a celebration of our reading.  

On Thursday, we had a FABULOUS Skype visit with Liesl Shurtliff.  Rump was our last read aloud of the year and it was FABULOUS! Kids loved it and many have added Jack to their summer reading list already!

Irma asks Liesl Shurtliff a question about Rump.

On Friday, we had our last "Books and Breakfast". It was a full house with 15 students coming to school early to enjoy donuts and discussion about the first book in a new series by Bruce Hale--The Big Bad Detective Agency.  The kids loved this book and have enjoyed the 6 Books and Breakfasts we've had throughout the year. 

Our Last Books and Breakfast of the year!

On Friday, we had an All-Day Read in our classroom (every 3rd grade classroom did!). It was pretty low-key --something kids have been asking for for months. We talked about the joy of a full day for reading and kids started to think about books they'd bring from home.  That morning, some kids brought in bags of books--favorites from their home reading life. They reread these and shared them with friends. 

Kids brought in bags of favorite books for the All Day Read!

The day before the All-Day-Read, we decided to pull some books that we'd loved this year to put out so they could be easily reread during the All-Day-Read. For the last 30 minutes of the day, there was a whirlwind of favorite books being pulled. I overheard lots of, "Oh, remember this one? We loved it!" as they rediscovered books from earlier in the year.  

Some of our favorite books of the year.

Some of our favorite books of the year.

One of my favorite moments happened last week in the midst of reading workshop. A few kids were choosing new books when one of my past students came in to get a book.  I have a few students who stop down frequently to grab a book they know I have, ask for book recommendations or just browse.  What was fun about this visit was how she just became part of the conversation already happening at the bookshelf where kids were sharing books as they browsed.  Love how even though these kids didn't know each other, they trusted each other about books just by standing together browsing:-)

I love reflecting during these last weeks of the school year and I love how naturally things happen around reading at this time of year.  I am going to miss this community of readers but  I am enjoying sitting back and watching them interact these last few weeks, hoping that this feeling they have as readers stays with them.

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6. Looking for Blog Contributor for Adventures in YA Publishing - Plus WHITE ROSE ARC Giveaway

Things have been a little bit hectic here at Adventures lately. We're all on crazy deadlines, dealing with sick family members, last days of school, getting kids off to Madagascar (That would be my daughter, who's headed there for eight weeks) and, of course, book festivals, school visits, and so on.

Which brings me to my point. We could use a little help! : )

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We have an opening here at AYAP for an intern who, if things work out, would become a permanent contributor. 

The selected intern will help coordinate giveaways and interviews, which involves contact with authors, data entry,  and html formatting. We will teach you everything you need to know, so if you have an interest in blogging about YA books, either because you love to read them or because you're an aspiring author, this is the perfect opportunity. The position is virtual and you set your own hours and pace.

Adventures in YA Publishing is a three-time Writers Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers Blog, and depending on the time of the year and what we're up to, we get between 80,000 to 200,000 visitors a month, not counting RSS feeds and email subscriptions.

If you're interested, please send your resume or summary of qualifications and interest to us at ayaplit at gmail dot com.


The White Rose (The Lone City #2)
by Amy Ewing
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Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a n ew ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.

Question of the Week

I'm looking at my calendar for the summer and having mini-meltdowns already. Somehow, summer is such a time sink and I have final pass pages for Persuasion, and revisions for Book Three (which I think has a title I can't wait to share!). I also have a whole new book to write. And a TON of books I need to critique or read.

If you struggle like I do, here are my favorite quotes on finding time to write and making time to read:

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he'd had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, "Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”
~ Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instruction on Writing and Life

“I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they "don't have time to read." This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn't have time to buy any rope or pitons.” 
~ Stephen King

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7. mario sughi aka nerosunero at the RHA 185th Annual Exhibition, Dublin

185th Annual Exhibition
RHA Gallery
May 25, 2015 - August 08, 2015
See the full set from the opening night here

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8. Spotlight and Giveaway: Cherry Lane by Rochelle Alers

This morning I have a spotlight and giveaway for Rochelle Alers’ latest, Cherry Lane.


In New York City, attorney Devon Gilmore devoted all her time and energy to fast-track her career. She lost her boyfriend . . . but found herself with a surprise baby on the way. To begin a new life, Devon needs a place to settle down-a place like Cavanaugh Island, where the pace is slow, the weather is fine, and the men are even finer.

From the moment David Sullivan meets Devon, he knows he can’t fight the laws of attraction. Whether it’s helping fix up the old cottage she just bought on Cherry Lane or working together on a pro bono legal case, he can’t help feeling a little protective. But will the most eligible bachelor in town be ready for an instant family? Only if he can convince Devon to put her heart on the line one more time-for all time.

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About Rochelle Alers

Bestselling author, Rochelle Alers has nearly two million copies of her novels in print. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gold Pen Award, the Emma Award, Vivian Stephens Award for Excellence in Romance Writing, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award and the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award. 








Devon had been so lost in her thoughts that she hadn’t realized David had turned onto King Street, stopping in front of the hotel. The evening was warm enough for people to sit outside at bistro tables.

She unbuckled her belt at the time he got out the car and came around to assist her. Placing her hand on his outstretched palm, she smiled when his fingers closed over hers, he gently pulling her to stand. Standing on the sidewalk close to him suddenly made Devon aware of his height. She stood five-five in her bare feet and even with three-inch pumps David was almost a full head taller.

Tilting her chin, she gave him an open smile. “Thank you again for driving me back.”

“No problem. Do you need me to walk you to your room?”

She found David the quintessential gentleman, enjoyed talking with him, and for a reason she couldn’t fathom Devon didn’t want her time with him to end. Under another set of circumstances she would’ve invited him to relax with her in the Swamp Fox bar over cocktails, while listening to piano jazz music. But at this time in her life she couldn’t afford to become involved with a man – even one as close to perfect as the man standing so close to her she could feel his body’s warmth and inhale the lingering scent of his hauntingly sexy masculine cologne.

“No thank you. I believe I can find my way,” she said teasingly. A slight gasp escaped her parted lips when he leaned down and kissed her cheek.

“Good night, Devon.”

“Good night, David,” she whispered, struggling to breathe normally. He’d only kissed her cheek, the gesture lasting mere seconds, but somehow Devon couldn’t help thinking something momentous had just happened.

She was still standing in the same spot when he returned to his car and drove off. Turning on her heels, Devon smiled at the doorman when he opened the door to the hotel lobby. “I hope you’re enjoying your evening, miss.”

Devon’s smile said it all. “I am.” And she was. Everything about her evening was nothing short of perfection from Francine’s birthday celebration, the delicious cuisine, and the people who’d come together in the Tanner dining room. She hadn’t expected to meet David Sullivan or be seated next to him, and have him offer to drive her back to the hotel.

She liked him. A lot. However, she knew nothing about her liking him could go beyond friendship. Not as long as she carried another man’s baby under her heart.

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9. पानी- एक गम्भीर समस्या

पानी- एक गम्भीर समस्या….  कम होता पानी का भंडार … जिस तरह से पानी के भंडार की क्षमता घट रही है 2025 तक भारत पानी की कमी महसूस करने लगेगा

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तापमान बढता जा रहा है और जिस तरह से पानी का भंडार कम होता जा रहा है  पानी इतना ही आना कम होता जा रहा है. मुश्किल  से आधा घंटा पानी आता है वो भी बूंद बूंद टपक कर… और कई नलकों से तो पानी की बजाय हवा ही आती है … ऐसे के क्या होगा … एक गम्भीर समस्या है …

पानी एक गम्भीर समस्या – 2025

नई दिल्ली। भारत में जल्द ही पानी की कमी हो जाएगी। भारत पानी की कमी को 2025 तक महसूस करने लगेगा। यह कहना है पानी के क्षेत्र की अग्रणी परामर्श कंपनी ईए-वाटर का। ईए-वाटर के विशेषज्ञों का कहना है कि भारत में तेजी से पानी के भंडार में कमी हो रही है। Read more…

प्राकृतिक संसाधनों का अन्धाधुंध दोहन यथा वृक्षों की कटाई, अत्यधिक जल दोहन, अनियंत्रित खनन, आदि से पर्यावरण प्रदूषण की समस्या विकराल रूप धारण करती जा रही है । इसी तरह बढ़ती आबादी के कारण सभी जगह की आबोहवा बिगड़ रही है.ऐसे में संकट मुंह बाए खडा है क्या करे या क्या न करें

पानी की समस्या से बचने के लिए श्रम दान

प्राचीन काल से ही श्रमदान का महत्व रहा हैं ब्रज में वर्षा खूब होती थी जिससे यमुना नदी में प्रायः बाढ़ आती रहती थी। ब्रज मैदानी भाग था यहां की अधिकांश भूमि ” गोचर ” थी पर अति वृष्टि के कारण बरसात के बाद तक यह क्षेत्र जल मग्न बना रहता था। एक बार ऐसी बाढ़ आई कि घर सम्पत्ति संभालना कठिन हो गया। लोगों ने गाये हटा दी और घर छोड़कर भागने लगे। श्रीकृष्ण ने इस स्थिति पर गम्भीरता से विचार किया तो मालूम हुआ इस तरह के गम्भीर संकटों का सामना अकेले नहीं हो सकता। उसके लिए सामूहिक श्रमदान और लोक मंगल की भावना से मिल-जुलकर काम करना आवश्यक होता है। उन्होंने वर्षा के जल और बाढ़ से गांव को बचाने के लिए उस क्षेत्र के सभी निवासियों को इकटठा कर सामूहिक श्रमदान की प्रेरणा दी और सबको पत्थर ढोने में लगा दिया। देखते ही देखते 14 मील लम्बा और आधा मील चौड़ा बांध बनकर तैयार हो गया और इस तरह ब्रज को श्रमदान के द्वारा बाढ़ की परेशानी से निजात मिल गयी । मानव जीवन एवं हमारी संस्कृति में दान का अत्यधिक महत्व है, अपनी क्षमता के अनुरूप किसी भी सुपात्र को दान देना बहुत महान कार्य है दान कई रूप में किया जा सकता है। श्रमदान भी इसी का एक हिस्सा है। श्रमदान से बढ़ा कोई दान नहीं है । श्रमदान सबसे बढ़कर है। यह दान हर कोई कर सकता हैं । धनदान धनिक ही कर सकता हैं एवं धन का उपयोग श्रम से ही होता हैं । इस दान के माध्यम से कई लोगों को राहत मिलती है। इसमें तन और मन साथ-साथ काम करते हैं। शरीर स्वस्थ रहता हैं । इससे तन और मन संकल्पित होते हैं और व्यक्ति और समाज में सकारात्मकता आती है तो क्यों न हम पर्यावरण सन्तुलन एवं जल संसाधनो की घटती संख्या को ध्यान में रखते हुए आने वाले मानसून में अपने अपने गांव, कस्बे, शहर में एक समूह बना कर वृक्षारोपण करने, परंपरागत जल स्त्रोतों को पुनजीर्वित कर अपने नगर ,कस्बे, गांव के साथ देश की तस्वीर बदलने में महती भूमिका निभा कर आने वाली पीढ़ी को सामाजिक चेतना का सन्देश दे । See more…

पानी बचाओ को के लिए सबसे महत्वपूर्ण है कि शुरुआत अपने आप से करें. फालतू पानी न बहने दे और कम पानी का भरपूर प्रयोग लें . अगर कोई पानी व्यर्थ गिरा रहा है तो उसे टोके अवश्य… क्योकि समझाना हमारा फर्ज है … बाकि आप खुद समझदार हैं … है ना :)

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10. "first person"

Question: I have a question about first person narration. The story is non-fiction, but I am wondering which is correct to use; Your author or I and me.

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11. Interview and Giveaway: Wedding Bells in Christmas by Debbie Mason

This morning I have an interview with Debbie Mason, author of Wedding Bells in Christmas.  Be sure to enter the giveaway, too!

What’s one thing you won’t leave home without? Cell phone.

Name three things on your desk right now. Lilacs, a cup of coffee, and at least a hundred scraps of paper with notes for my new proposal scribbled on them.

What’s your favorite snack when you’re working on a deadline? Chocolate.

If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be? My oldest daughter. She’s studying at King’s College in London, England.

You have been granted the use of one superpower for one week. Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it? Time travel. I’d travel back to 18th century Scotland in hopes of finding Jamie Frazer. Yes, I know he’s a fictional character, but a girl can dream.

WEDDING BELLS IN CHRISTMAS by Debbie Mason (May 26, 2015; Forever Mass Market)

To have and to hold from this day forward
Wedding bells are ringing in the charming town of Christmas, but not for Vivian Westfield. She’s just had her heart trampled under the cowboy boots of Chance McBride and lost her dream job at a big-city newspaper. But when she returns for a wedding, she stumbles on a story that could resurrect her career. First, though, she’ll have to deal with the handsome man standing in her way . . . and a still-burning flame that’s too hot to ignore.
Chance recognizes trouble when he sees it. He just didn’t expect to find it in the first-class cabin on the flight home for his father’s wedding. Yet there she is, as gorgeous as ever. Vivi dared Chance to want things he knew he could never have. It’s why he left her. But Christmas’s meddling matchmakers have them firmly in their sights. So if they want to survive the next week, they’ll have to play the part of an adoring couple-an irresistible charade that may give them a second chance at the real thing . . .

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Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their “likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots” (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

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“I thought we’d already settled this, Slick.” His hand wrapped around the neck of the bottle, he moved it between them. “You and me, we’re together now.”

“We are, but I wasn’t sure if that meant you wanted me to—”

She bowed her head when he gave his a frustrated shake, set his beer bottle on the dock, and got to his feet.

He held out his hand. “Come on.”

“No, I want to talk about this.”

“We will, once I have you naked and in my arms.”

She smiled and patted the blanket. “We can do that right here.”

He kept his eyes on her as he undid his shorts and stripped them off. “In the water. Now.” Without waiting for her response, which she was having trouble forming due to the delectable view he provided, he turned around, giving her a brief look at his muscled back, tight backside, and powerful legs before diving into the water.

He reappeared moments later, looking like he belonged on a movie set or in a magazine as he smoothed his hair back from his gorgeous face with his hands. “Come to me.”

There was something beneath the command in his deep voice that had her rising to her feet. Her eyes locked to his as she walked to the edge of the dock. The dancing moonlight shimmered across the water, illuminating his serious, almost pained expression. For some reason this was important to him. Maybe he needed to know she trusted him to take care of her, to protect her.

She looked into the dark depths. Oh God, she really didn’t want to get in the water. But from day one this man had pushed her out of her comfort zone. Why did she expect him to change now? Taking a deep breath, she loosened her towel, letting it drop to her feet.

“Jesus, God,” Chance said, his voice gruff, his eyes drinking her in.

He’d seen every inch of her body, kissed and caressed it, too, but the way he looked at her now felt strangely more intimate. She lifted her hands, about to cover herself, but dropped them to her sides when he said, “Don’t ever hide yourself from me. You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen, Vivi Westfield. I . . .” He had that pained look on his face again, then he smiled and held up

his hands. “I’ll catch you.”

Vivi didn’t let herself think; she just closed her eyes and jumped.

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12. {Quick-fire Review} DAUGHTER OF DEEP SILENCE by Carrie Ryan

by andye DAUGHTER OF DEEP SILENCEby Carrie RyanHardcover: 384 pagesPublisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (May 26, 2015)Language: EnglishGoodreads | Amazon I’m the daughter of murdered parents. I’m the friend of a dead girl. I’m the lover of my enemy. And I will have my revenge. In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell

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13. Spotlight and Giveaway: Passionately Yours by Cara Elliott

This morning I have an excerpt from Cara Elliott’s latest release Passionately Yours. as well as a giveaway for you to enter. Enjoy!

PASSIONATELY YOURS by Cara Elliott (May 26, 2015; Forever Mass Market; The Hellions of High Street #3)

Proper young ladies of the ton-especially ones who have very small dowries-are not encouraged to have an interest in intellectual pursuits. Indeed, the only things they are encouraged to pursue are eligible bachelors. So, the headstrong Sloane sisters must keep their passions a secret. Ah, but secret passions are wont to lead a lady into trouble . . .

With her older sisters both happily married, Caro Sloane yearns for a romantic adventure of her own. Unfortunately the muddy, sulfur-scented waters of Bath seem the least likely setting for love or excitement. But the aspiring young poet soon finds inspiration when she runs into a familiar-and achingly handsome-Scottish laird.

Visiting Bath with his sickly sister, Alec McClellan is shocked to be reunited with Caro Sloane. He hasn’t been able to forget the English beauty since their brief but exhilarating first meeting. But Bath is not nearly as serene as it appears, and soon Alec must protect Caro from a danger that threatens to extinguish the sparks flying between them. Little does he know that a bit of danger is exactly what Caro is looking for . . .

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SINFULLY YOURS by Cara Elliott (The Hellions of High Street #2)

Proper young ladies of the ton-especially ones who have very small dowries-are not encouraged to have an interest in intellectual pursuits. Indeed, the only things they are encouraged to pursue are eligible bachelors. So, the headstrong Sloane sisters must keep their passions a secret. Ah, but secret passions are wont to lead a lady into trouble . . .

After an eventful Season, Anna Sloane longs for some peace and quiet to pursue her writing. Though her plots might be full of harrowing adventure and heated passion, she’d much prefer to leave such exploits on the page rather than experience them in real life. Or so she thinks until she encounters the darkly dissolute-and gorgeously charming-Marquess of Davenport.

Davenport has a reputation as a notorious rake whose only forte is wanton seduction. However the real reason he’s a guest at the same remote Scottish castle has nothing to do with Anna . . . until a series of mysterious threats leave him no choice but to turn to her for help in stopping a dangerous conspiracy. As desire erupts between them, Davenport soon learns he’s not the only one using a carefully crafted image to hide his true talents. And he’s more than ready to show Anna that sometimes reality can be even better than her wildest imaginings . . .

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SCANDALOUSLY YOURS by Cara Elliott (The Hellions of High Street #1)

Proper young ladies of the ton-especially ones who have very small dowries-are not encouraged to have an interest in intellectual pursuits. Indeed, the only things they are encouraged to pursue are eligible bachelors. So, the headstrong Sloane sisters must keep their passions a secret. Ah, but secret passions are wont to lead a lady into trouble . . .

The eldest of the three Sloane sisters, Olivia is unafraid to question the boundaries of Society-even if it does frequently land her in trouble. Disdaining the glittery world of balls and courtship, Olivia prefers to spend her time writing fiery political essays under a pseudonym for London’s leading newspaper. But when her columns attract the attention of the oh-so-proper Earl of Wrexham, Olivia suddenly finds herself dancing on the razor’s edge of scandal. With the help of her sisters, she tries to stay one step ahead of trouble . . .

However, after a series of madcap misadventures, Wrexham, a former military hero who is fighting for social reform in Parliament, discovers Olivia’s secret. To her surprise, he proposes a temporary alliance to help win passage of his bill. Passion flares between them, but when a political enemy kidnaps the earl’s young son, they must make some dangerous decisions . . . and trust that love will conquer all. 

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Cara Elliott started writing Western novels at the age of five. However, she traded in her cowboy boots for Regency high-top Hessians after reading Pride and Prejudice in junior high school and hasn’t looked back. She graduated from Yale University, and she now lives and works in New York City.

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“One would almost think you were going out of your way to avoid speaking to me.”

“We’re speaking now,” he pointed out.

“I would call it verbal sparring.” Caro edged around impatiently, forcing him to look her in the face. “But now that I have you alone, I’d rather not keep trading thrusts and parries. I would rather discuss far more important matters—such as whether you have learned anything new about the attack on your sister?”

Pursing his lips, Alec shifted his stance just enough to allow him to return to his perusal of the lettering on the column. “Not really.”

“Ye gods.” She restrained the urge to take hold of his arm and give him a hard shake. “What sort of answer is that?”

“The only one I intend to give,” he replied calmly.

“Fine.” Caro watched the breeze ruffle his long hair, causing a tangle of red-gold strands to curl around his ear and dance down the freshly shaven line of his jaw. The faint scent of bay rum tickled at her nostrils.

“Fine,” she repeated, after forcing herself to exhale. “Then I’ll just have to do a little poking around on my own.”

That got his attention. He looked around abruptly, his gaze narrowing to a slitted stare. The movement was quick, but not quick enough to hide the sudden darkening of his eyes.

“That wouldn’t be wise,” he growled. “The only thing I will add for now is that you should stay well away from Edward Thayer.”


“Because…” He let out an exasperated grunt. “Must you always plague me with questions?”

“I wouldn’t have to if you would stop treating me like a feather-headed wigeon.”

Alec’s scowl became more pronounced.

“Haven’t I proved myself trustworthy and capable?”

A small muscle on his jaw twitched. “I am not at liberty to give you any more details right now. All I can say is that…” As he drew in a breath, he seemed to change his mind about what to say. “Thayer is a charming fellow. No doubt his smooth words are more to your liking.”

Deciding Alec deserved a bit of teasing, Caro pretended not to notice the roughness edging his voice. “Yes, he’s exceedingly charming.”

If his storm-blue stare squeezed any tighter, it would be sharper than a razor’s edge.

“And scrupulously polite,” she added.

Alec was becoming more flustered. Small sounds were beginning to rumble in his throat, like the growling of a bear. “I do not have Thayer’s gift of making myself agreeable. He has a honeyed tongue, which seems to appeal to all the ladies.”

“Honey is, after all, a great deal more palatable than vinegar,” Caro pointed out.

He now looked utterly nonplussed.

Caro let him stew for a moment longer before huffing an exasperated sigh. “Oh, for heaven’s sake, give me some credit for having a brain, Lord Strathcona! Of course I don’t find Thayer appealing. When honey drips that freely, it ought to catch naught but flies.”

The growls ceased.

Caro waited for him to speak.

Ever so slowly, Alec shifted his feet, stirring tiny puffs of pale dust beneath his boots.

The flicker of dark leather caused a momentary spasm of doubt as she recalled her chilling encounter in the churchyard.

Alec as evil? She couldn’t explain how, but she knew with a certainty that resonated right down to her very heartbeat that it couldn’t be true.

“Are you saying you would trust my word over his?”

“Yes, you big lummox! I don’t know why I should, but I prefer your snaps and growls.”

A dappling of sunlight seemed to catch on the curl of his lashes, gilding them to a gleaming gold.

“You are forthright, you are honorable in your own maddening way,” she went on. Oh, no man ought to have such beautiful eyes.

She found herself staring, and at that moment, all rational thought seemed to dance away in the breeze. His face was utterly intriguing—a mix of chiseled planes and well-defined features that hinted at hidden secrets.

“And… well, you are quite the most interesting man I have ever met.” Her legs suddenly seemed a little unsteady, so Caro reached out and caught hold of his lapels.

Looking up, she found his mouth was only inches from hers.

“Oh, bosh—I shall probably regret this…” Standing on tiptoes, Caro kissed him. Not a mere feathering of flesh against flesh, but a hard, hungry embrace that she let go on for far, far longer than any proper young lady should dare.

“There, I have no doubt shocked you.”

The tip of his tongue traced along the swell of his lower lip.

“I imagine you think me a wanton hellion, and I suppose I am. It must be my eccentric upbringing. I don’t care very much for rules.”

Caro knew she was babbling but she couldn’t seem to stop. “You may consign me to the Devil. But at least I shall dance a merry jig on my way to perdition.”

Was that finally a hint of smile?

She finally dared pause to take a breath. A long, shuddering breath. Now was the time to flee, before she made an even bigger fool of herself.

But Alec suddenly shifted again, blocking her way.

“I, too, shall probably regret this,” he said as he slowly circled his arms around her and pulled her close.

She opened her mouth. To protest?

Before she could make any sense of what she had set in motion, their lips met again, setting off a fierce jolt of fire.

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You might recall that we posted a picture of Frizzy in her underbits that was the start of a new project. Well, now we have sketches of ALL of us Izzies in our underbits.  (These pix are all quite modest and proper, we hasten to add.)  To make Frizzy feel less embarrassed about being posted without her usual tunic on, Deedy (Dorothea Jensen to you) has decided to post the sketches of all the rest of us!

Here's the first one:  BIZZY

(The rest of us are all quite amazed that Bizzy wears striped undershorts. He doesn't seem like the type!)

Anyway, keep checking back to our blog for the sketches of the rest of us!


The (somewhat embarrassed) Izzy Elves

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15. Edwards Award: Who Was Margaret A Edwards?

If all these posts about the Edwards Award makes you want to know more about the woman the Award was named for, here you go!

At the YALSA website: Who Is Margaret Edwards and What Is This Award Being Given In Her Honor? by Betty Carter. This is an article that originally appeared in The ALAN Review, Spring 1992, 45 - 48.

And, also at the YALSA website, some Award Facts.

Amazon Affiliate. If you click from here to Amazon and buy something, I receive a percentage of the purchase price.

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16. dinosaur police: getting ready

It's so exciting having a picture book launching right now, but getting the word out about it is a real team effort! Here's my friend, the sculptor Eddie Smith, turning his hand to millinery to make my hat for my event at the Hay Festival this Thursday. I think it will just about fit in my enormous suitcase. Maybe! We'll see.

And wonderful Ghanaian tailor Esther Marfo has been sewing my dress, from some wonderful African material I found in a shop near my studio. I love walking into her tailor shop: so much colour and amazing patterns everywhere.

So, see you at my first Dinosaur Police event, if you're at the festival in Wales. A brand-new event for a book is always slightly nerve-wracking, but my fab publicist Dave Sanger is going to help me when we sing the new Dinosaur Police song, and I got help with that, too: Philip Reeve wrote the lyrics and Sarah Reeve wrote the music and found some ukulele chords I could manage to play. I need help, I just make books, but there's so much more to telling people ABOUT those books!

In the meantime, it's great seeing what other people are getting up to. Check out these wonderful pictures tweeted by Mercedez Ortiz (@Literati101)!

Mercedez has set herself a great project. Here's what she writes on her blog:

There are no illustration courses in my city, and I couldn’t decide on what books to pick or which online classes could offer me the training I need. Not knowing where to start, I was sketching everything I saw, picking tips and tidbits of information here and there, drawing like a headless cucaracha. No matter how hard I tried, I knew all that wasn’t taking me anywhere.

Fortunately, on January I found The Guardian’s How to Draw… series, with piles of easy to follow step-by-step guides, prepared by some of the most amazing children's book illustrators in the world, and that treasure-trove inspired me to come up with this project!

The Project: Every day for a year, from February 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016, I will make an illustration inspired on what I’ll learn from each of these guides, doing some crazy experiments based on such lessons, and post the resulting illustration on this blog.

I’ll try to find my style throughout the whole project, which means that I’ll be trying to add my own flavor to the illustrations, besides exploring and experimenting with different materials and techniques.

Isn't that terrific? Here's her drawing based on my Trevor the T-Rex doing the Charleston, and Astra, from my 'How to Draw Astra' sheet on the Cakes in Space webpage.

I love it when people don't wait to be assigned art projects and actually go looking for them. That's pretty much what it was like when I studied for my Master's Degree at Camberwell art college; the people who waited around to be told to do things didn't get very far, and the people who excelled were the ones who grabbed every opportunity. They weren't so worried about good marks: they were looking for holes in their experience and skills, and how they could find ways to plug those holes with training and practice, wherever they could find it. Mercedez looks like one of those people, setting herself projects and going for it.

And here are two more plugs for my BIG OFFICIAL DINOSAUR POLICE launch day! Saturday, 6 June, mark your diaries!

* Storytime and drawing fun at Dulwich Books at 11am (see their website for details).

* A big party with snacks (and a bit of bubbly for the grownups), story, drawing and music at Tales on Moon Lane at 2pm! (Here's their events website).

Be sure to pre-book, and hope you can come along! Here are the two different event posters:

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17. Draw Tip Tuesday : Draw It Like It's Hot!

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!
Although this little video I made is not your regular weekly draw tip... I am sure you don't mind me sharing this to celebrate that my 4-week online workshop on drawing food and illustrating recipes is starting this Monday, June 1st!
Make sure you get yourself a seat in the online classroom, by clicking here.

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18. Architecture According to Pigeons

Architecture According to Pigeons by Speck Lee Tailfeather

by Stella Gurney and Natsko Seki (Phaidon, 2013)

Do kids’ books have room for one more smart pigeon? You’ll be glad you let this one in, because Speck Lee Tailfeather is another flier with a healthy confidence and a chatty nature.

Architecture According to Pigeons by Speck Lee Tailfeather Architecture According to Pigeons by Speck Lee Tailfeather

Speck’s mission is world travel, focusing on buildings from a bird’s point of view. He sees things differently.

His words are a travel journal of sorts to his pigeon friends. To his love, Elsie. And to us.

Architecture According to Pigeons by Speck Lee TailfeatherArchitecture According to Pigeons by Speck Lee Tailfeather

There’s a lot to look at, from speech bubbles to side bars to fascinating tidbits. The layout and voice are both unusual in the very best way. And if you just shake off what you expect from picture books and settle in, your flight from city to sky and back will be worth it.

Your tour guide, after all, is an expert in the unusual.

Architecture According to Pigeons by Speck Lee Tailfeather Architecture According to Pigeons by Speck Lee TailfeatherArchitecture According to Pigeons by Speck Lee Tailfeather

This one is for treasure hunters, trivia fanatics, architecture buffs, or anyone hungry for some off-the-wall-pigeon-fare. You never know.

Pair it with A Lion in Paris. Speck travels farther than France, but matching up the Parisian buildings (not to mention the books’ head-to-head size battle and their animal points of view) would be a fun thing for storytime.


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19. Super Animals!

Look! In the library! Is it a librarian? Is it a book? Faster than a reading turtle! Able to carry books taller than a giraffe’s neck! Wilder than a monkey checking out library materials! It’s SUPER ANIMALS!

photo by Paige Bentley-Flannery

photo by Paige Bentley-Flannery

Imagine if all of your favorite Super Animals from picture books, chapter books and graphic novels arrived at the library to…Save the Day!  HeroBear and the Kid by Mike Kunkel, Ready Rabbit Gets Ready by Brenna Maloney, Extraordinary Warren, A Super Chicken by Sarah Dillard, Superworm by Julia Donaldson, Fashion Kitty and the Unlikely Hero by Charise Mericle Harper, Super Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold, Superfab Saves the Day by Berengere Delaporte, Turbo the Hamster in Captain Awesome Takes a Dive by Stan Kirby, all of the Super-Pets in the DC Super-Pets series, and a brand new book, Super Fly: The World’s Smallest Superhero! by Todd H. Doodler.  Picture it!  Now we are ready to create comics at the Super Animals! summer reading program at the library.

Read Superworm by Julia Donaldson (or one of your favorite super animal books.)

Create your own comic book:

  • Draw a Super Animal. Supplies for each table include colored 8 x 11 paper, white paper, pencils, markers, glue sticks, and scissors.
  • Draw Big! Draw one Super Animal in action with your group of kids. (If you have more time, have everyone draw one BIG Super Animal and display them around the room. Supplies: colored pencils and butcher paper.
  • Talk about your Super Animal.
  • Describe your super animal. A Super Frog? A Super Flamingo?

    Super Flamingo! by JC and P.  Photo by Paige Bentley-Flannery

    Super Flamingo! by JC and P. Photo by Paige Bentley-Flannery

  • What is their super power? Check out the Big Book of Superheroes by Bart King for super ideas.

    photo by Paige Bentley-Flannery

    photo by Paige Bentley-Flannery

  • Share a story idea.
    One story idea:  The children’s chapter books are disappearing from the library! They start to re-appear a month later in the outside reading garden in the shape of animals.  First, a HUGE penguin book sculpture appears, the following week, a HUGE zebra.  Every Saturday after Book Buzz, another new chapter book disappears.  Who is taking the books out of the library?   Is it Sneaky Snake?  Or Master Mouse?  And why are they making animal sculptures out of children’s chapter books?
  • Who will save the day?
  • Continue to share Super Animal powers around the room.
  • Create a comic with six frames and dialog bubbles so kids can tell their animal’s story: intro to your super animal, where? what? how? and an ending.  (You can always add more.)
  • ZAP! Act out your Super Animal comic book.  (If you have time.)

    photo by Paige Bentley-Flannery

    photo by Paige Bentley-Flannery

Explore more Summer Reading programs at Deschutes Public Library.

Check out some of the other SUPER animal summer reading programs:
Wildlife Superheroes at NYPL
Be a Hero, Save a Butterfly at Arnolds Park Library
Great Stuffed Animal Superhero Sleepover & Storytime at Belvedere Tiburon Library
Animal Superhero Show at Mason Public Library

Comic Book Websites:

The fabulous Dana Horrocks and Lindsey Krabbenhoft share four Superhero and Hero songs to get us ready for Summer Reading at the library! Thank you, Dana and Lindsey. 

Are you ready for Every Hero Has a Story at your library? My library cape is on…SHAZAM! 

Happy Summer Reading!

Super Animals! by JC and PF photo by Paige Bentley-Flannery and the ComicBook! app.

Super Animals! by JC and PF photo by Paige Bentley-Flannery and the ComicBook! app.

Please share your comic book and super animal ideas or photos in the comments below.

Paige Bentley-Flannery is a Community Librarian at Deschutes Public Library. For over fifteen years–from Seattle Art Museum to the New York Public Library to the Deschutes Public Library-Paige’s passion and creative style for art, poetry and literature have been combined with instructing, planning, and providing information. Paige is currently serving on the ALSC Notable Children’s Book Committee, 2015 – 2017. She is a former Chair of the ALSC Digital Content Task Force and member of the ALSC Great Websites Committee.

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20. Text haiku

Tough times when a person's favorite people move away. Sending texts to simply say "We miss you," gets old...to say nothing of annoying. So today, I took another tactic.

"This screen is empty/ no when, no where, no questions/ an expanse of gone."

The reply came line by line. "Memorial day.". " going to the pool soon". "Hope all is well, Mom.". " That's a haiku."

And so it continued.  At one point I got this message. "I could do this all day.".

So could I.

Some more haiku texts: " I don't want to walk.". "But D-c- wants to walk there." " So walking it is."

"Not really walking." "Your dad is carrying you." "And he is tired."

My text haiku deteriorated after my first attempt.

I am finished now. My screen is dressed in letters. My heart is at rest.

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21. ‘Divide, Multiply’ by Keita Onishi

A music video for Julien Mier & Magical Mistakes' "Divide, Multiply."

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22. The Little Red Hen by Mary Finch {Guest Post by Hannah Rials}

**Guest post by Hannah Rials
The Little Red Hen by Mary Finch
The Little Red Hen
The lazy rooster and mischievous mouse can’t be bothered to help the Little Red Hen tend her ear of wheat. They can’t be bothered to help her take it to the miller either, or bake it into bread. But when her loaf of warm, fragrant bread is ready, the Little Red Hen is not at all inclined to share it with them. The rooster and the mouse soon mend their ways!-Amazon
My Summary:
A rooster, a mouse, and a little red hen all lived together in a small barn. When the hen finds a grain of wheat, she decides to plant it, unfortunately without the help of her friends. Each time, she asks for their help in the next step to making bread, and each time they respond, “Not I!” Undaunted, the little red hen makes bread all by herself, and when the time comes to enjoy her delicious creation, she refuses to let her friends taste it. They did not help, so they do not get to try the bread. This teaches them a lesson. When it was time to plant again, the mouse and rooster helped with everything, and they all enjoyed the warm, tasty bread together!
My Opinion:
This wonderful retelling of Margarot Zemoch’s The Little Red Hen is beautiful, clearly displaying the lesson of working together. The lovely illustrations are unique and extremely appealing. Included is a story CD narrated by actress Debra Messing and a recipe to make your own delicious bread! Enjoy!
Something to Do Crafts:
Create own Your Little Red Hen (Using a Red Solo Cup) using the instructions from River’s Edge Curriculum
red hen craft
Create Bread Dough Animals- Using the bread recipe in the back of the book, make your dough into fun shapes. (like our dragon bread featured HERE).
Dragon bread
3. Plant Your Own Red Hen Wheat in these Dirt Cups with Wheat Hair:
Remember planting grass seeds in a cup of dirt, and when the grass was grown, drawing faces on the cups and pretending the grass was hair. Same idea, just plant wheat seeds to grow hair of gold.

Hannha rialsBorn in the hills of Louisiana and raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Hannah Rials is an eighteen year old aspiring author and editor. Now a freshman in college, she’s been writing short stories since she was a little girl, but for the past several years, she has been writing, editing, and re-editing a novel of her own that will soon be published by Audrey Press. Hannah has always loved reading and the world of books. With a librarian grandmother who can tell the most magical stories, how could she not fall in love with the written word? Her library collection and love for books grows every day.


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Enjoy more month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! A Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. AND, it’s on sale for a limited time! Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” http://amzn.to/1DTVnuX

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23. Heat Wave in India

Heat wave in India… देश में आजकल जबरदस्त गरमी का प्रकोप है ऐसे मे कई बार गलत फहमी भी हो जाती है कि न जाने किसका पारा सातवें आसमान पर है


cartoon- hot by monica gupta

देश में जबरदस्त गरमी चल रही है पारा 40 डिग्री के पार पंहुच गया है ऐसे में हंसी मजाक एक तरफ  पर अपना ख्याल और गरमी से बचाव भी बहुत जरुरी है

Heat wave  in India – alert

With temperatures hovering around the 40 degrees Celsius and expected to go up in the coming days, people are advised to stay indoors. According to doctors, one should immediately seek medical help if high grade fever, dizziness and vomiting persist for more than two days. Read more…

Heat Wave in India इसलिए इस गर्मी से बचने की बहुत जरुरत है .. ऐसे मे अगर आप किसी पहाडी क्षेत्र मे जाने की सोच रहे हैं तो प्रोग्राम बना लिजिए अन्यथा ….

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24. Ahhh.

Well, it was an experiment to see just how many would respond to a headline of "SEX!!!"

The result?  A high number of people did. My posting on comics...meh.  "Sex" -"YEAH!"

Feel ashamed.  Feel very very ashamed and do not read any comics for two weeks!

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25. Review for Blue Ocean Bob by Brooks Olbrys

Join Blue Ocean Bob on his journey to protect all life in the Sea of Kerchoo

Blue Ocean Bob loves the sea and wants to dedicate his life to protecting it. He begins a new job as assistant to Mary Marine, the Island of Roses's leading marine biologist, and with his hummingbird guardian, Xena, by his side, works hard to carry out his duties to the sea creatures both on and off the shore.

When the challenges mount, Bob seeks advice from Doc the turtle, Earl the clam, and Wallace the walrus, who each help him to develop the positive attitude he needs to succeed.

The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob: A Challenging Job is the second installment in this colorful and inspiring early chapter book series that provides young readers with an introduction to timeless principles of achievement.

About the Author

A graduate of Stanford University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, and the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, Brooks Olbrys is the founder of Children's Success Unlimited and a managing director at investment bank Ion Partners. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.

From a young age, Kevin Keele has enjoyed creating artwork in many forms: drawing, oil painting, digital painting, even stained glass. His work has been featured in numerous picture books, magazines, board games, and video games. Though he lives far from any coastline, he has always been fascinated by the ocean and enjoys illustrating its various creatures. Kevin is currently an artist for Disney Interactive Studios. He lives in Utah with his wife and two sons. They are the caretakers of one cat, three chickens, and thousands of Italian honeybees.

This chapter picture book contains 5 different chapters. The first is Helping Hand where Bob must help a seal learn to feed in the deep. When he succeeds in his goal the short chapter is over and it flows into the next day where Bob must now help a pelican stuck in a net. In the third chapter Bob must warn the sea life that a storm is coming to the island. Chapter 4 is a Simple Reminder of why Bob wanted to become a marine assistant when he has a bad day and nothing goes right. Chapter 5 is Diving Deep, Bob must help a stingray thats stuck deep in the ocean.

The story is written in rhyme and runs smoothly throughout the story.  Each chapter teaches a good lesson to the reader. The reader learns about confidence, responsibility, communication, gratitude, and success. The illustrations by Kevin Keele are amazing. He does a fabulous job that will immediately engage the reader. His illustrations are realistic, colorful, and true. Readers will feel like they are apart of the story along with the characters.

The characters are from the original book in the series. They carry over into book 2 to help Bob along with his journey. The characters are supportive and encouraging, except for one. Xena is Bob's guardian, and though guardians are meant to keep us safe and and be our reasoning, Xena is constantly negative. She is everyone's subconscious, the thing that holds us back from doing what we really want by showing us the reality, the dangers, and the difficulty of our dreams. Bob has to not only overcome his fears and doubts but overcome Xena's negativity. She tarnishes the lessons being learned. The stories are embedded with her negativity and existence so it would be hard for the author to leave her out as a character without rewriting the whole story, though she is really not needed. Bob has much to deal while solving the problems at hand, discovering what his true destiny and purpose is.

The great things about this story is that it teaches life lessons. Bob learns to overcome his fears while helping other animals overcome theirs. He listens to the wise animals and to Miss Marine and helps the animals on the island live happily. He follows his dreams. Overall, children who love animals and the ocean are going to love this 50 page picture book.

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