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

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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 »

The Fatherless Father’s Day: Tips for Helping Kids Cope

Tiffany Papageorge, author of My Yellow Balloon, shares practical parenting advice on helping children get through the grief of a Fatherless Father's Day.

Today I have a fantastic guest post from Tiffany Papageorge, author of My Yellow Balloon, about children and the fatherless Father’s Day.   Before we get to that, a little background: Father’s Day was always a weird time for me. My dad was alive until I was 29, but I rarely saw him. He wasn’t a major part of my life growing up. He popped in from time to time. When I was 17, he showed up to my graduation and really did try harder to create a relationship with me. Still, we were never close. When he died, I mourned […] Read more »

Rhunu Crossroads Book Tour: Signed Paperback Giveaway

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Rhuna: Crossroads The sequel to Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom, and the second book in an exciting and unique historical Fantasy series, Rhuna: Crossroads is set in exotic Ancient Egypt and features unforgettable characters and a riveting adventure. Some years have passed since Rhuna helped to defeat the Dark Master in her new home of Atlán, and now Rhuna has a teenage daughter who accompanies her on an assignment in Ancient Egypt to investigate some disturbing reports. She soon discovers an astonishing underground network of the Dark Master’s followers, along with the secret group of Atlans dedicated to stopping them. In […] Read more »

Worth of Souls Book Trailer Featuring Bonnie Paulson

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We are so excited to share the covers for this amazing series – Worth of Souls. The first book will be released July 6, book 2 July 8, and book 3 July 10 but you can pre-order NOW so they come to your eReader the day of release! Check out the Book Trailer. Bonnie R Paulson plays the mother!! Cost of Survival, Book #1 Anger isn’t an emotion anymore, it’s more of a survival mode I can’t afford to let go. My dad predicted World War III would happen in his life, but he died two years before… with my […] Read more »

5 Incredible 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Resources for Parents

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This post is brought to you by Scholastic and ENERGIZER® Batteries. All opinions are my own. Summer reading is a pretty huge deal here on Pretty Opinionated because reading has always been a pretty huge part of my life. Ever since Jake was born (before, even!), I’ve done everything possible to encourage him to love books as much as I do. Last month, we kicked off our Scholastic Summer Reading challenge by signing up and gearing up with great books. Check out that post here for some fun tips & my favorite resources for kids who love humor! This month, I […] Read more »

Faerie Song Book Blast: $10 Amazon Gift Card + Books Giveaway

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Book 1 Adventure wasn’t something Lorelei was interested in. Gifted with two otherworldly talents for singing and healing, she’s always shied away from her gifts, preferring anonymity, over attention. But when she meets Adrius, with his dangerous mystique and eyes that peer into her soul, her uneventful life becomes irrevocably altered. Adrius knows more about her than any newcomer should, including the condition of her mother’s mysterious illness. Accepting his offer to help leads her into a terrifying world, where Elves are even hotter than Legolas, and Faeries…. are nothing like Tinkerbell. The two magical beings are fire and ice […] Read more »

Scales Author Pauline Creeden Shares Her Top 10 Favorite TV Shows

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Verona is a bottom feeder. She is the one mer in her clan who is considered the ugliest and least intelligent. Growing up with the constant bullying and abuse wasn’t the worst of what her kind had in store for her. At seventeen years old, she must now endure “The Reckoning.” The scales will measure her worth to her clan. Will she endure thirty days as a land-walker to gather information and knowledge to appease her clan and return a valued member? Will she wait three years, until she is twenty, and find a mer of her kind to accept […] Read more »

Detached: A Rewind Agency Book Blast: $10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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What you do tomorrow, you’ll pay for today. Life was easier in the cage, now Lara Crane’s life is under a microscope. She thought she was out, ready for a normal life, but with the Feds endless questions and tests, Lara realizes she might never be free. Things would be worse if not for Donovan. They promise to ride it out together as Lara is fitted with a time travel restraint, designed to not only stop her, but to save her life as her mind spirals out of control. No more second chances. No more time travel to revert everything […] Read more »

Flash Back to the 80s in Derrolyn Anderson’s After Last Call + Giveaway ($15 Amazon Gift Card & Swag)

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If you’re wondering where you heard the name “Derrolyn Anderson” before, but can’t quite connect it to the cover image and title above, let me help you out. Anderson wrote two brilliantly written young adult series that I absolutely adored: Marina’s Tales and the Athena Affect. Her mellifluous writing style, stunning mind visuals and ability to turn mermaids and genetically altered psychics into completely relatable characters reeled me in from the very first book (Between Land and Sea). When Derrolyn wrote me and asked if I wanted to check out her newest book, After Last Call, I of course said […] Read more »