Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons (Book #5) Book Blast: $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway


  Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons (The Templar Chronicles #5). With two of the Jerusalem Stones in hand, Jack and his friends must race the clock to find the remaining Stones as Ren Lucre’s Creach forces gather strength. With two of their group now with Creach blood flowing in their veins, the team will be tested as never before. They must unite together if they have any hope of surviving their journey to the Underworld and their battle with the vicious Lord of the Demons. The fate of the entire world hangs in the balance. Grab Your […] Read more »

NatGeo Teaches Kids How to Take Amazing Pictures

NatGeo Photography

As far as photography skills go, Jacob has some pretty amazing genes. My grandfather was a Navy photographer back at the end of WWII, before it was an official rating. When he got out of the Navy, he worked for several different television companies. He even did the closed-circuit video for the Miss America Pageants. I always joked that if my grandfather could have a camera surgically implanted in his eyes, he would! Jake’s dad is also a photographer. He spent 6 years as a Navy journalist, then years as a news photographer (mostly video). He also worked at the […] Read more »

We Got Carried Away with Summer Reading + Giveaway #SummerReading

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This post is brought to you by Scholastic and ENERGIZER® Batteries. All opinions are my own. As you know, Jacob has been participating in the Scholastic Summer Reading challenge this year. He does it every year. I think it’s a great way to encourage kids to read, especially since they have such fun rewards throughout the season. Jacob’s been unlocking cool extras, like bonus stories from some of the hottest children’s authors. I’ve been checking out all the amazing resources for parents. Throughout the month of July, we participated in some fun challenges with Scholastic! I shared them on my social […] Read more »

Touch of Betrayal Promo Blast + Book Giveaway


For fans of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent comes the second novella in the scintillating SIN & HONEY series featuring the Bible’s most powerful and seductive women… So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength.”—Judges 16:6 Delilah would do anything to escape her past. Falling for Samson only got in the way. Taryn Scarlett’s lush reimagining of Samson and Delilah uncovers the hidden truth behind the girl who became the most infamous seductress in history. Delilah has come to the quiet valley of Sorek to start a new life, but when a man blackmails her […] Read more »

Required Reading: 7 Novels You Actually WANT to Read Before College


When I was in high school, the words “required reading” sent my rebellious self flying into a combative rage. Required reading? Why should I be required to read anything? Everyone should be free to choose which books speak to them! After all, as long as you’re reading something, it’s a good thing. Who decided that Faulkner was better than Rowling? That Shakespeare was better than King? The “classics” are completely subjective. You might think Canterbury Tales is brilliant, but I found it a complete yawn. Still, throughout my high school years, I did find a few required reading books that […] Read more »

Fractured Not Broken Book Blast: $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


A Real Life Story of Heroic Virtue Parts of this memoir appeared on ESPN and in Rosie Warsaw, Indiana July 08, 2015 Award-winning and best-selling author, Michelle Weidenbenner, announces the release of Kelly Schaefer’s memoir, Fractured Not Broken. Years ago, parts of Kelly’s story appeared on ESPN and in Rosie, but now Kelly reveals the rest of the story in her new book, Fractured Not Broken. Nineteen-year-old Kelly had it all—a healthy and athletic body, a star basketball-player boyfriend, and a fun college life with close friends. But everything changed when a drunk driver rendered her a quadriplegic. Kelly was […] Read more »

Bonnie Paulson Talks Survival, Vegans & Edible Bugs: Worth of Souls Blog Tour

Worth of Souls

Back in June, I shared Bonnie Paulson’s awesome Worth of Souls book trailer with you, featuring the spectacular author herself. Today, Bonnie is sharing her thoughts on survival skills. Specifically, the major adjustment non-meat-eaters will have to make. I don’t eat most meat myself. I was a vegetarian for 17 years. Now, I only eat chicken and turkey. I don’t eat mammals for personal reasons and I don’t like fish because, well, I just don’t like it. Would I be able to survive on bugs? Hmmm. I don’t know. I guess when you’re faced with eating something icky or dying, […] Read more »

Don’t Tell Her to Relax Book Review


When you’re coping with infertility, the last thing you want to hear is someone telling you to relax. I’ve been there. I’ve heard it all. Well-meaning friends telling me that “it’ll happen when it happens” or “you’re trying too hard, just relax!” or any other number of things that made me want to shake them. Words hurt, even if you really don’t mean for them to hurt. I wish I had a guidebook to give my friends and family back then. Something to let them know what I was going through without having to explain it over and over. Something […] Read more »

Summer Reading Across the US: Fabulous Writers in Every State

Looking for an idea to motivate you to read more? Check this out: summer reading across the U.S, with one great writer from every state! Covers all genres!

There are a plethora of summer reading ideas for kids out there. Between the amazing Scholastic Summer Reading program, all the free programs at book stores and libraries and tons of online resources, we pretty much have kids covered. I even did like three posts already this summer specifically geared towards kids! You can check them out under my Summer Reading tab. What about ideas for adults though? Maybe you’re thinking we don’t need motivation. We’re grownups, right? We can motivate ourselves simply by saying “I’m going to read tonight.” Sometimes, though, it doesn’t really work out that way. I […] Read more »

Go on a Summer Reading Adventure with Imaginary Friends

Imaginary Friends_Book Titles

Looking for a book series that takes you on a real summer reading adventure? You have to check out Imaginary Friends! It’s more than a book, it’s an entire interactive kit that brings the story to life. Imaginary Friends is a series designed for kids ages 8-12, which makes me really happy because Jacob falls right in the middle of that group. I feel like that group is under-represented, as more people tend to focus on smaller children. Each book unlocks a new adventure, literally. Check out this video to see how it works: What begins as a story on […] Read more »