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Bogart Listens (Bogart Series Book 2) by Diane Rose Duffy

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Who cannot love the amazing Bogart? The most adorable family pet, always trying to help his family, join in the fun, and make people happy.

The only problem is that Bogart is a Golden Retriever dog, and his schemes to cheer up his people can sometimes go horribly wrong, like the time when he thought Grandpa Mike would like some of Ginger’s toys to cheer him up…

In this the second Bogart book, Bogart and his family have to adjust to the arrival of their extended family when ‘Little Mike’ has to go abroad with the army and his heavily pregnant wife and their little girl Ashley come to stay.

It is an adjustment everyone has to make and Bogart in his own way tries to make it right for all, listening to their worries and selflessly offering kisses and tummy rubs for free at times of stress.

The listening Bogart however uncovers many insecurities suffered by young and old alike and also highlights the worries of those who serve, or are the relatives of those serving in the armed forces.

Blame Bogart, the first book in the series had become such a favourite story for my grandchildren, that when I realised Bogart Listens had been released I downloaded it straight away on my Kindle Unlimited subscription. The children and I loved the story, and I must admit it made my husband chuckle too when I continually read excerpt out to him.

About the Author: Diane Rose Duffy is a California native who has a passion for books, a whopping coffee addiction and a perpetual craving for chocolate. After recently retiring from a lengthy accounting career in Silicon Valley, Diane presently enjoys the peaceful serenity of daily life in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. Diane Rose Duffy has completed two humorous romance novels and a funny children’s chapter book with the support of her husband whom she proclaims to be her ‘happily ever after’.

About the Book: Imagine being a dog and living in a family with a mom, dad, three little girls, a grandpa, a bird and a cat.

That’s my life!

Hi, I’m Bogart and I am a Golden Retriever. My family calls me their dog but I prefer to think of myself as a member of the Clark family.

Last year, we adopted Ginger, a very pampered and spoiled cat from the same big place I came from. My family says it’s an animal shelter. At first, Ginger and I had some major issues. However, we’ve finally reached a truce – sort of – to get along and let sleeping dogs lie, so to speak. Just a little doggie humor, folks.

Just when I think it’s safe to kick back and enjoy life, I discover our little clan will soon be growing again – with more people! Oh dear! Our house is getting pretty crowded. More importantly, I wonder who will steal all the attention away from me this time?

If only I could do more than just listen. How I long to speak in a human voice so I could talk to my beloved family and let them know how much they are loved.

Available in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Bogart-Listens-Book-2-ebook/dp/B01D3WP31W/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

and Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Bogart-Listens-Diane-Rose-Duffy/dp/1530517524/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1458911864&sr=8-1

 

 

Ruby ShinesBright and the Birthday Cake by RosaBella Bloom

RubyshinesRuby ShinesBright is a very special little girl. She lives in a place called Flooperville and has a red stone on her tummy which shines bright when she is happy and well.

She is very excited because tomorrow is going to be a special day for her, it’s her fifth birthday.

Her granny Ruth has made her a beautiful cake and it’s sitting in the kitchen ready, however, Ruby can’t wait until her party, and so naughtily she sneaks down in the night and accompanied by her little black kitten Dotty, she eats it all!

The next morning her granny is very unhappy with her, and poor little Ruby’s stone on her tummy is very dull. She feels very unwell and deeply regrets eating all that cake. What’s more, her granny wants to know what they are going to give her friends to eat when they arrive for her party later.

Then, Ruby has a great idea, and with help from her granny she makes a delicious cake of fruits which all her family and friends love.

And when the time comes for her to blow out her candles, can you guess what she wishes for?

To find out, you’ll have to read the book!

This is a wonderful story for children and is beautifully illustrated by the talented artist Jackie Atkin.

 

Genre: children’s (from ages 3 and up)

 

About the Book: Fun New Book Invites Kids to Take a Slice of Vital Lessons in Sharing, Healthy Eating & Consequences! 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/RubyShinesBright

 Available from:

Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1505282837/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1419984474&sr=8-1  

Amazon.ca http://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/1505282837/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1420160673&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40 

Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1505282837/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1420042703&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX110_SY165  

The One of Us by John Needham

The_One_Of_Us_cover_latest_001NEW RELEASE:  The One of Us by John Needham

A compelling and fascinating story.

 

About the book: Jim and Maureen Harrison ache to have a child. Glyn and Sioned Rees want a brother or sister for their daughter Lowri. But for both couples, further pregnancy is impossible. So what to do?

The answers to both their dreams are sucking their thumbs in the Strawberry Field children’s home in Liverpool: foundlings, twin baby boys. Glyn and Sioned adopt one, whom they bring up in Wales. Jim and Maureen adopt the other, rearing him in north Yorkshire.

And so the boys are brought up in very different social and family environments, developing markedly different personalities and aspirations. But are they entirely different? After all, they are monozygotic: identical. Does their genetic commonality confer similar character traits deep down? John Needham’s third novel explores nature/nurture theory, weaving it into an absorbing, at times exquisitely moving tale of brothers.

Readers of his previous book, Forebears, will be re-acquainted with warm-hearted, buff, call-a-spade-a-bloody-shovel Yorkshire lass Helen, now taking a larger role, telling her story from an earlier time.

This gentle, compelling, sometimes poignant novel tells the boys’ stories in parallel as they grow to manhood, converging to a dramatic, heart-wrenching reunion that will wring your emotions dry. 

A heart-warming tale of identical, foundling twin brothers separated as babies and adopted to be brought up in very different environments. The boy’s stories are told in parallel as they grow to manhood, converging to an unusual, emotionally-searing reunion.

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My first impression of this book was, what a strange title, however, having read it, there could be no more perfect one.

How could Julie have known, way back in 1984 when she left her native Ireland to live in Liverpool that her fancying Paul, at a nightclub, the consequences of that night, and the relationship which followed would change so many people’s lives, including her own?

Glyn and Sioned love their daughter Lowri, yet they yearn for another child. Jim and Maureen are trying to come to terms with Maureen’s inability to carry a baby to term. Two couples who, for two very different reasons, decide to adopt a baby, but each of their choices leave them inextricably tied in a way they could never imagine.

Life has a way of changing just when we think we are settled, and as a result, Glyn, Sioned, Lowri and little adopted Tomos find themselves moving back to their native Wales. Whilst Jim, Maureen and their little adopted son Wayne relocate to Northallerton in North Yorkshire.

This is the story of these two boys, each having very different childhoods, achievements, plans and dreams. As they grow into men, however, it is discovered that they have one thing in common, and in the end, does anything else matter?

I found this story un-put-down-able, it has a very unusual storyline, plenty of twists and turns, and a real surprise ending.

Those of us who love this author’s very humane way of writing are, yet again, treated to another beautifully written story. At the end of the book, as an added bonus, the author has included a couple of chapters of ‘Forebears’ one of his previously published novels, which also features one of the characters in this story.

 

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About the Author: I have had a love affair with the written word all my life. An avid reader as a child, my passion for print moved up a gear when I was apprenticed into the compositor’s art in the bygone age of hot-metal letterpress, long before the advent of computers, high-tech printing and ebooks.

Much of my career continued in a parallel vein, in copywriting and as a graphic designer. Now retired from all that, I write books: issues-based and exploring the human condition. I have produced two house renovation books although not yet published them, and an autobiography, Wishing for the Better, is being published free-to-read on my website, wordsfromjohn.wordpress.com.

In fiction, my debut novel was Convergence, a story of elderly, interracial love. This was followed by Forebears, a family saga set in the east of England spanning 106 years from the early 20th century almost to the present day.

My third novel, The One of Us, about the trials and tribulations and nature/nurture theory of separated-as-babies, adopted identical twins, will be followed by a fourth that tells the story of another character in that novel.

I live and produce my words in west Wales.

Author’s Website: http://wordsfromjohn.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/nature-or-nurture/

The One of Us is available to purchase from:

Autharium  http://www.autharium.com/Ebook/wordsfrom%20john/the-one-of-us

and in Kindle format from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Us-John-Needham-ebook/dp/B00OAAUOPW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412837081&sr=8-1&keywords=the+one+of+us+by+john+needham

 

The Treebobs and the Dizzy Broomsticks by Declan Harney

Ever wondered how broomsticks fly – find out in this magical story.

DIZZY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the book:

Mischief and magic abound when the two wicked witches of the magical forest, Badlot Barbara and Rotten Rena, decide to open up their very own broomstick shop in the middle of the forest. Of course witches from miles around pay a visit and cause mayhem while test driving their broomsticks. However, the Treebobs come up with a most cunning plan to put the two wicked witches out of business with quite dizzying results.

 

When the peace of the forest is broken by the sound of tree saws and evil cackling, Treebob Bluebell and two fairies are sent to discover what is happening.

In a clearing, they find Rotten Rena and her cousin Badlot Barbara waving their wands and cackling with laughter as giant saws move through the air cutting down trees and scaring all the tree dwelling animals.

It’s not long before the Treebobs and fairies find out what they are doing, posters start appearing for a broomstick shop. As witches arrive from near and far, and try out broomsticks, the forest dwellers become very unhappy and they form an action committee, but what can it do?

Well, have you ever wondered what magic makes broomsticks fly?  You can discover the secret in this story, and then find out if Rotten Rena and Badlot Barbara’s plans can be thwarted, or is the forest doomed to the sound of witches zooming around, cackling with laughter, as they try out broomsticks?

A brilliantly entertaining story, which is wonderfully narrated by Lindsay Abbott.

Available from:

the Tales4All website as an Audio CD or for MP3: http://www.tales4all.co.uk/buytreebobsnow/

Amazon.com as an Audiobook http://www.amazon.com/Treebobs-Dizzy-Broomsticks/dp/B00A44447W/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1390045419

in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Treebobs-Dizzy-Broomsticks-Once-Treebob/dp/0956987303/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1390045419&sr=8-1

AudiobookCD http://www.amazon.com/Treebobs-Dizzy-Broomsticks-Declan-Harney/dp/0956987311/ref=tmm_abk_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1390045419

also from:

Amazon.co.uk as an Audiobook download http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Treebobs-Dizzy-Broomsticks-Unabridged/dp/B00A45QGW2/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

 

The Treebobs Rescue Rotten Rena by Declan Harney

 A magical story.

ROTTEN RENA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the book:

In this magical story from the ever-popular Treebob series, Rotten Rena, the wicked witch of the enchanted forest, comes up with yet another mad scheme involving one of her very own magical potions. Of course since Rotten Rena isn’t the cleverest of witches it all goes wrong with hilarious results! Of course its up to the Treebobs to rescue her.

 

 

Poor Rotten Rena is not very good at magic, however, when she finds an old book she decides one of the potions will be the perfect way for her to make her fortune.

Potion made, she sets up a stall in the forest, unfortunately, the forest dwellers are frightened of her, and the only person to appear is her cousin, Badlot Barbara, who is also a wicked witch.

Taunted, Rotten Rena takes her own potion, only to discover it was not what she thought it was…

Luckily, good fairy Bindweed Bell has seen it all, and knows Badlot Barbara will be far worse than Rotten Rena for the forest dwellers, so the Treebobs and fairies send out a search party.

They soon find her, but will they be able to help, and if so, how?

This is a wonderful story, the comical wicked witches and clever working together of the inhabitants of the Enchanted Forest are brought magically to life by the narrator Lindsay Abbott.

Available from:

the Tales4All website in MP3 format: http://www.tales4all.co.uk/product/treebobs-rescue-rotten-rena-mp3/

and also as an audiobook from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/The-Treebobs-Rescue-Rotten-Rena/dp/B00A46MQJI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389879899&sr=8-1&keywords=the+treebobs+rescue+rotten+rena

and Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Treebobs-Rescue-Rotten-Rena-Unabridged/dp/B00A45QKQ4/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

The Treebobs and the Giant Mole by Declan Harney

Magic and mayhem in the Enchanted Forest.

GIANT MOLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the book: 

Another fun filled Treebob story straight from the magical forest.

When Rotten Rena a truly wicked witch makes an enemy of Mole Hill Marge she does so at her peril as Marge is famous for being a very stubborn mole indeed. However not even Rotten Rena dares to imagine the lengths that Marge will go to in order to get her own back but Rena soon finds out when Mole Hill Marge becomes Mountain Marge and its down to the Treebobs to save the day.

 

 

One day, the peace of the Enchanted Forest is disturbed by Rotten Rena and Mole Hill Marge arguing, Marge is a large mole, and she’s sitting on top of her hill wearing sunglasses, she loves digging and insists she will dig whenever and wherever she likes, despite threats from Rotten Rena.

Later that day, whilst digging, a happy singing Marge comes across the wicked witch Badlot Barbara’s cottage. Badlot Barbara is not friends with her cousin Rotten Rena, today and so she agrees to help Marge take revenge on Rotten Rena, and gives her a magic potion.

The next day the ground trembles as a gigantic Marge tunnels through the earth. As she causes havoc, it is apparent that something has to be done to stop her, but what?

I love listening to audio books and, even as an adult, I find the adventures of the Treebobs relaxing and entertaining. The magic and characters are delightful and the story is brought alive by the wonderful voices of Lindsay Abbott.

Available from:

The Tales4All website for MP3: http://www.tales4all.co.uk/buytreebobsnow/

and as an Audiobook from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/The-Treebobs-Giant-Mole/dp/B00A46MPFS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389701559&sr=8-1&keywords=treebobs+and+the+giant+mole

and Amazon.co.uk http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Treebobs-Giant-Mole-Unabridged/dp/B00A45QCBW/ref=cm_cr-mr-img

ANTics by Dakota Douglas

A captivating children’s story.

Cover for 'ANTics'

About the book: Three young ants are chased by the world’s craziest, smelliest spider – an evil monster with magic powers who has vowed to turn them into ant soup. One is a fun-loving scamp, one is clever and the third is scared of his own shadow. Can they outwit the beast and save themselves, their families and friends? An exciting fantasy adventure for 7-11-year-olds in ebook and print. ANTics is a fun way for children to learn about ants with some interactive suggestions at the end. It’s a story of courage with lessons about the importance of friendship and teamwork. As well as lots of funny moments, the story is a good way for young readers to learn new words, as all the characters have names that describe their personalities and end in ANT

Review by Susan Keefe

Everyone knows that ants are everywhere; they are industrious, clever, work as a team and live in anthills, however, have you ever really thought what life is like for them?

ANTics  is a brilliant adventure story which will capture your imagination and ensure that you never look at ants in the same way again.

Set in a world literally at your feet, ant cadets Zube [ExuberANT] and  Brill [BrilliANT] decide to try and pass their  foraging flag and they agree to take the timid HesitANT with them.

However, their adventure is fraught with unforeseeable dangers, both from the giant two legs world above them, and from some of the other wildlife around them. Together, the intrepid explorers find themselves escaping dangers, overcoming challenges, vanquishing foes and making new friends in this captivating and educational book.

This delightful story, with brilliantly devised character names, not only gives children an insight into the world of ants but most importantly, they are taught through an engaging story about the importance of qualities such as loyalty, teamwork and respect.

About Dakota Douglas: Dakota Douglas is a former newspaper reporter from the North East of England, following her childhood dream of being a novelist. As a kid she read books under the bedclothes by torchlight. Now she dives under the covers, torch in hand, to scribble down conversations between her book characters in case she forgets them in the morning. She has written stories since she was about eight years old. She wrote them on a toy typewriter and her dad did the illustrations. When she wasn’t pounding on her typewriter, she was found smashing a tennis ball against the brick end of a block of garages beside her home. For hours on end she perfected her lob, backhand and forehand shots – all the time spinning stories in her head.

Website: http://www.dakotadouglas.co.uk/

ANTics is available:

from Amazon here in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/ANTics-Dakota-Douglas/dp/1477696709/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380542048&sr=1-1&keywords=antics+by+dakota+douglas

on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/ANTics-ebook/dp/B008EKVXB8/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380542048&sr=1-1&keywords=antics+by+dakota+douglas

and at Smashwords here http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/165122

The Treebobs and the Runaway Cauldron by Declan Harney.

Audio Book – The Treebobs and the Runaway Cauldron by Declan Harney.

The Treebobs and the Runaway Cauldron: Runaway Cauldron

 

Rotten Rena the witch is in trouble. She has received receives a gramagram from her very unhappy mother who has said that unless she wins The Great Egg and Cauldron Race she will lose her home. Desolate, Rotten Rena knows that she must win, but how can she?

Her cauldron is not very helpful, but luckily, her Treebob friends and Bindweed Belle the Fairy decide to help her.

But first they have to get her cauldron to agree, and then hatch a plan to win the race.

Will they manage to save the day?

I loved listening to this magical children’s audio book in the Treebob series, written by the talented Declan Harney.

The brilliant narration of Lindsay Abbot bought the characters wonderfully to life, and I would imagine any child would love this book.

 

Available at Tales4all.com http://www.tales4all.com/shop/the-treebobs-and-the-runaway-cauldron/

Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Treebobs-Runaway-Cauldron-Unabridged/dp/B00A45QEOM/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Waterstones http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/declan+harney/leo+brown/lyndsay+abbott/the+treebobs+and+the+runaway+cauldron/9319302/

Me & My Money…A Child’s Story by A. K. Buckroth

A very special story about childhood T1 diabetes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available on Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Money-Childs-Story-ebook/dp/B008QP73GK/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

 

Kali is a young girl who has grown up with T1 diabetes. She has been diabetic since she was two years old but it doesn’t stop her enjoying herself or leading a normal life.

She has a best friend called Wayne and through him, we learn about diabetes and what it means to be diabetic. During the story Kali explains how she manages her diabetes and has learnt to be responsible about what she can, and cannot eat, and how and why she uses her insulin pump.

She is saving up her weekly allowance money and one day she asks her parents for a puppy, suddenly she is responsible for someone else too!

This very special book from an author with real experience, giving an invaluable insight into diabetes but it is also a lovely story about Kali’s love for her puppy Money, his training and the responsibility owning your own puppy brings.

The book is beautifully illustrated by Amy Pichly-Meyer.

When This Is Over, I Will Go To School, And I Will Learn To Read

A revealing insight into life for children in Kenya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this thought provoking book, the author has given us all the opportunity to discover what life is really like in Kenya for children. The pages are full of wonderful drawing by the children of the Maseno North Sunrise Nursery School in Kenya, which they created for the author, bright photographs, and this wonderful woman has promised them the proceeds from the sale of this book.

 

Julius, his brother Hezron and their older sister Sarahare orphans, living in the forest, with their grandmother at her farm in Kenya.

When strangers arrive in their village, they discover Julius and the family are suffering from a bug called Jiggers, which crawls under their skin and lay eggs. They are all taken to the mobile clinic and orphan feeding programme for treatment.

They are treated at the clinic, by the kind staff, even though their grandmother has to return home to look after the farm and their sister still attends school, as for her it is a precious gift and she never misses, even if she is ill.

When the boys eventually return to the village, their home has been made safe and the clinic staff carry them back with gifts of foam pads, mosquito nets and food.

Julius realises that if he eats warm food and learns to walk he will be able to go to school too and he tells everyone “When this is over, I will go to school and, I will learn to read.”

A truly inspiring book, showing us all that in this day and age there are still wonderful people out there, with good hearts, who are willing to give their time, expertise and life to make a difference.

Written by Pamela Sisman Bitterman, Editor Lisa Bruhn, Photographers Ian Lesser and Pamela Sisman Bitterman, Cover Design Katie Rogers.

Available from Amazon in paperback http://www.amazon.com/When-This-Over-School-Learn/dp/1480283274/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1_8WBB

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/When-This-School-Learn-ebook/dp/B0053TRBGE/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_2_PC6M