Bizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea Awareness Tour

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Bizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea

Written by Travis Peagler

Illustrated by Blueberry Illustrations

Ages 4-8 | 32 Pages

Publisher: Script Novel Publishing | ISBN-13: 978-1732563551

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Publisher’s Synopsis: Every morning at seven o’ three, I wake up just in time to watch Grandpa play with Bizzy Bzzz the Bee.

Bizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea is reading made fun. Told through the eyes of a child, this is an entertaining story about a boy who gets a good laugh watching Grandpa’s encounter with a bee every morning while trying to enjoy his cup of tea. Teetering on the edge of frustration, Grandpa has a heightened escalation with Bizzy.

The boy comes up with a quick solution that allows Grandpa to enjoy his morning tea and lets Bizzy stay. It’s safe to say, the Grandson saved the day. This story has playful rhyme, problem solving, and is sure to put a smile on faces of children every time.

Bizzy Bzzz zips around Grandpa’s head three times and makes him dizzy. It’s funny when his eyes cross. He looks so silly.


Travis Peagler, author


Travis Peagler is a unique individual, being the youngest of seven kids, raised partially in low-income apartments on the East side of Dayton, Ohio, until the age of nine. Humble beginnings growing up in a somewhat multi-racial neighborhood gave Travis an inimitable perspective on life at an incredibly young age.

His imagination has always been his outlet. Thinking back to grade-school when he was in an uncomfortable situation or when he didn’t handle conflict well, Travis would always replay the scene again in his mind where things played out the way he wished. An innate defense mechanism, he assumes, which led to the discovery of his extraordinary talent.

Be sure to leave Travis a book review. You also can keep up with Travis for future promotions, giveaways, and etc., at the following: | Facebook @TravisWriterPeagler | Instagram @TravisWriterPeagler


Monday, May 24, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Tuesday, May 25, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview withTravis Peagler
Wednesday, May 26, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Thursday, May 27, 2021Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Friday, May 28, 2021Heart to HeartA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Monday, May 31, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Tuesday, June 1, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Wednesday, June 2, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Thursday, June 3, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
Monday, June 7, 2021Over Coffee ConversationAn interview withTravis Peagler
Tuesday, June 8, 2021icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofBizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea

My Review

Bizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea is a sweet children’s book describing how a bee “plays” with Grandpa every morning. Grandpa wakes early to put in his teeth, pray, and then fix his cup of tea. He loves going out on the porch to drink his tea during the sunrise each morning. His young grandson finds it very entertaining to watch the bee bothering his grandpa. As the bee buzzes around Grandpa’s head the little boy thinks it’s funny.

Grandpa doesn’t think it’s funny, because he just wants to drink his tea in peace. Then the little boy thinks of an idea to help his grandpa find peace. He goes to fix a cup of water mixed with honey. He sets it out next to his grandpa and the bee goes right to the cup. He wanted honey just like the honey in Grandpa’s tea. This adorable children’s book has lovely illustrations and shows a great family relationship between grandson and grandfather. Little children will like the way Sparks the dog and the grandson save the day!



One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A copy of Bizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea
  • A $100 Visa gift card

Six (6) winners receive:

  • A copy of Bizzy Bzzz the Bee and Grandpa’s Tea

The giveaway begins May 24, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 24, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

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The Fire Inside Book Tour


Wherever you are in your creative life—just tiptoeing in or fully immersed, The Fire Inside can be a source of encouragement and inspiration…

By Lucy Adkins & Becky Breed

Author: Lucy Adkins & Becky Breed
Publisher: WriteLife Publishing
Pages: 290
Genre: Creativity / Self-Help


The underlying principle of The Fire Inside is that we all have within us vast untapped reservoirs of creativity, and when we recognize and begin to connect with that potential, our lives will open in ways we cannot begin to imagine. Many books have been written about the art and craft of individual disciplines of creativity. Yet few are so inclusive, so welcoming as this book, offering insight not only for furthering ones abilities in the traditional arts, but also in our day to day creativity, which so enriches our lives.

Based on the authors’ combined fifty-five years of teaching, working with writing groups and providing workshops on writing and creativity, The Fire Inside is written in a spirit of warmth and generosity. It invites the reader to:

Say yes to creativity and the nurturing it provides

Choose to live a bigger life

Uncover inner sources of inspiration and discover how “the magic” happens

Become a part of the creative community

Let go of forces that try to limit you

Develop skills for what it takes to live more creatively

Locate the “sweet spot” needed to build your life as an artist and creative being

Wherever  one may be in his or her creative life—just tiptoeing in or fully immersed in the life of the imagination, The Fire Inside will be a companion in that life, a source of encouragement and inspiration. The manuscript is composed short essays designed to provide a daily dose of support and motivation. It includes anecdotes, inspirational quotations and end of chapter meditations and exercises which ask Why not me? What gets in my way of being creative? In what unknown ways am I waiting to blossom. 

More and more, we hunger for meaning and for opportunities of self-expression. The Fire Inside, in its bite-sized essays which can be read in five or ten minute increments, speaks to that hunger, and provides a source of the creative nourishment we all need.

Deep within us, we have a yearning, a passion, a desire to make and to do, to create something out of our hearts and imaginations that did not exist before. To bring forth something new upon the earth. It is innate in us, this intense wanting, and when we are engaged in the specific type of creativity we were meant to do—whether it be painting, writing, making music, or designing a new way to educate our children—we experience what Martha Graham calls “a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening.” It’s what puts the spark in our eyes, the skip in our steps. It is the fire inside.
         Do you know that fire? Sometimes it manifests itself as restlessness,a vague dissatisfaction, a feeling that there is something important you must do, you have to do, to be true to yourself. It is the little ache you feel when you read a story that is heartbreakingly true and think I want to do that, or when you see a painting that stuns you with its power, and your fingers itch to pick up a paintbrush. Maybe it isn’t exactly clear what is burning inside, what you want and are put on earth to do. Or perhaps you know in your bones that you must write poetry, you must dance or die, you must create gardens of incredible beauty, but maybe you’re afraid that if you try you will fall flat on your face. You doubt yourself and your abilities. This is the way we humans are, having an intense wanting on one hand, fear and doubt on the other. But let us accept as an essential truth that we are all creative, wildly creative, each and every one of us— that we have vast reserves of untapped talents and abilities—songs only we can write, sculptures waiting to be born from the unique spirit that is us; and when we accept that belief and act on it, oh, then! We wake each day with a new animation, a vibrancy and passion. We feel like children let out of a stuffy classroom into a blue-sky spring day, and we can’t wait to see what we can do with it.
         The fire inside is the “something” that fascinates you, intrigues you, so that you go to sleep and wake up thinking about it. You want to study it from all its interesting angles and make it central to your life, keep working at it, falling short in your aspirations at times, but trying and trying again. And if you are not currently involved with something that brings with it such zeal, if you’ve kept your fire tamped down, unable to act on your passion for whatever reason, know that it is still there—the beginning of days filled with intense purpose and meaning, waiting for you.

The Highest Kite
         Imagination is the highest kite that can fly.
         —Lauren Bacall, By Myself and Then Some          The human brain is a remarkable thing. It keeps the body going, stores knowledge, analyzes, remembers, puts two and two together to make sense of the world, and somehow allows for the miracle of imagination. When we were children, we lived in worlds rich in imagination, allowing us to transform a blanket draped over a chair into a cave, the tree-filled ditch behind the house into a secret forest. We carried out endless adventures in the worlds we created, the synapses in our brains sparking with delight and excitement.
         But when we become adults and take on duty and responsibility, we don’t invite imagination out to play as much as we used to. The good news—especially for those wanting to live more creative lives—is that we can become just as involved in flights of fancy as we used to be, rediscovering the world in all its beauty, its design as well as its asymmetrical magnificence. Ask yourself: if you were a little seed in the ground waiting for spring to warm you and pull the green livingness of you up to the sun, what would that be like? If you were a baby robin in a blue egg in a nest, how would it be pecking your way into the world? Crazy questions, maybe, but ones that can stimulate us to bursts of creativity, and as Lauren Bacall suggests, that is a joyous way of living in this world.
         So, if you haven’t exercised the muscles of your imagination lately, why not start now? Not that you have to embark on a novel, necessarily, or begin work on the next Mona Lisa; you can begin simply and joyfully as children do. Look at pictures of art and imagine stepping inside the frames. Who would you talk to and what would you see? Or look outside your window and take note of the different elements there. Maybe you see a bird flying or tree branches swaying in the breeze, then imagine a conversation with that bird or that tree. It may come haltingly at first, in fits and starts, but when you let whimsy back into your life, the brain begins to work in new ways, mapping out new neural pathways. And like muscles gradually becoming stronger as you exercise, so does the imagination become livelier and more free-wheeling. You will find your life opening up, becoming richer as your mind discovers ideas for your next artistic project in the pattern of the night sky or the sound of the wind before a storm. Imagination can be the be-all and end-all for you; it can be everything.



Lucy Adkins earned her MFA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and her first poetry chapbook, One Life Shining, was published by Pudding House Press. She co-presents the Nebraska Humanities program “Diaries and Letters of Early Nebraska Settlers,” and is a frequent writing instructor for OLLI, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and the Larksong Writers’ Workshops. Her book, Two-Toned Dress, was the winner of the 2019 Blue Light Press poetry chapbook contest.



Becky Breed, a veteran educator, poet, and essayist, co-wrote and facilitated “Women at the Springs,” a Nebraska Humanities program empowering women to live more courageously, as well as “The Intergenerational Project” connecting elders and teens through stories to promote communication, writing, and use of the media. She has an Ed.D. in Education, and in addition to teaching at the university level, was the principal of a Gold Star School which was awarded recognition for significant improvements in reading, writing, and math. The students’ resiliency and drive to be the best they can be helped shape the fabric for several of the enclosed essays.

Together the two co-authored Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer’s Block and Transform Your Life, which was awarded an “IPPY” in the Independent Publishers Book Awards. Writing in Community, the first book in their “Essential Writing and Creativity” series, along with the impact of Adkins’ and Breed’s many presentations and workshops led to their being named winners of the 2020 Lincoln, Nebraska Mayor’s Arts Award in Artistic Achievement in Literature.





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Capturing the Texas Rancher’s Heart Book Blitz

Capturing the Texas Rancher’s Heart
Debra Holt
(The Tremaynes of Texas, #1)
Published by: Tule Publishing
Publication date: June 3rd 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

She thought she’d protected her heart…

After a tumultuous childhood, nurse Jamie Westmoreland craves the comfort of predictability. She loves her quiet life in a small Texas ranching town and finally feels in control until a handsome rancher becomes her newest patient. He challenges her at every turn, but Jamie is too stubborn to admit she enjoys their sparring, and that he makes her heart race. But when his charming little cowboy son starts following her around, her long-neglected heart opens.

Thomas Tremayne, the eldest son of a well-respected local ranching family, is both mom and dad to his young son and has no plans to change. When a ranch injury requires an in-house expert, the nurse who called him out on his attitude is sent to help him heal. She’s even harder to resist on his ranch than she was at the hospital, but Thomas is determined to try—except he’s out-numbered. His son decided he wants a mom, and nurse Jamie is his choice.

Can two stubborn adults let down their guard long enough to let love in again?

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She returned his silent gaze. Something passed between them. A mercurial, unseen vibration that was felt and unexplainable. A mournful howling of a coyote in the far distance broke the moment, sending her eyes in a frightened race to search out the unseen predator. Thomas felt every one of her nerve endings jump to attention beside him. He straightened his stance into one of immediate protection from some unforeseen menace.

“Relax. It’s just a coyote calling out. He’s far away and won’t come closer. There’s no danger.”

“There’s always danger…” she responded, but not di- rected at him and spoken just above a whisper. She turned and left him alone on the porch. Had he imagined the words? No, he heard them. Coupled with the look in her eyes that had flashed in a second, it left him questioning again what it was that lay hidden in those eyes. And why in that second had he been moved to want to discover and slay whatever real or imagined dragon that caused her pain? His gaze searched the growing darkness. There were answers out there somewhere. He was determined more than ever to find them.

Author Bio:

Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers. Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most. She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and planning high-end weddings (ah, romance!).
Debra’s real pride and joys, however, are her son, an aspiring film actor, and a daughter with aspirations to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (more story ideas!) When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure. She read her first romance…Janet Dailey’s Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary western romances, is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles…and sighs… to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s.
Debra invites you to visit her website at She loves to hear from other aspiring authors or readers via email at

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Magical Neighbors Audiobook Tour

Author: Mary Ellen Spencer

Narrator: Rosemary Benson

Length: 40 minutes

Publisher: One Night Stand Studios

Released: April 21, 2021

Genre: Children’s; Fantasy

The sudden appearance of a portly gnome on a humdrum, ordinary day definitely threw me for a loop. When this gnome began to speak to me about building him a home in our neighborhood, I know my eyes were as big as saucers, but I tried to appear casual. And I even managed to answer graciously, “Sure, I’d be glad to.” Then other gnomes who wanted to live in my neck of the woods showed up. Fairies, too! They all became part of my world. And their world became part of mine. Life’s been astonishing ever since. Maybe you’ve never met anyone who lives beyond fairy doors. Well, I’d like you to meet my new neighbors. They’re really quite wonderful in their own magical way. Knock on their doors and have a chat. Make friends with fairies and garden gnomes. Come spend some time with us!

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Mary Ellen Spencer lives in a forested neighborhood near Harrods Creek in Kentucky with her cute husband Hank and her trusty dog Annie. She likes to make things—fairy doors and birdhouses from gourds, men of the forest carved from stone, and woodspirits carved into cedar. She enjoys growing things—like trees and hostas and oak leaf hydrangeas. And sometimes stories spill out.

Narrator Bio

Rosemary Benson is an award-winning Audible #1 best-selling narrator, singer, educator, and stage actress. She has appeared across the U.S., Canada, and Italy, and regularly performs with several ensembles and big bands. A passionate learner and audiobook fan, she is at home in many genres. Her musical ear allows her to produce myriad accents for storytelling, while her expertise in differentiating instruction guides her abilities in nonfiction. She lives across the river from Philadelphia with her husband in a house full of musical instruments and books.

Q&A with Author Mary Ellen Spencer

Q: Were there any real life experiences behind your writing?

A: Despite suggestions over the years that I had a book in me, I just never quite saw a path forward with that idea. Maybe it was a matter of timing or the absence of the right topic. Now I know why I couldn’t write a book before now. Magical Neighbors has required a lifetime to write, and a certain amount of serendipity. I have borrowed experiences and words and names from my growing-up time to my interactions with my neighbors during the last few years.Q: How did Magical Neighbors come about?

A: Magical Neighbors has been an inspired work. As an avid gardener, I first created a fairy garden, then I built fairy doors and gnome homes. Stories about the fairies who live behind the doors rather magically appeared in my mind. A little girl teared up when I told her a fairy story. A young boy was empathetic to a fairy who was ridiculed and harassed. “I’ll be danged,” I thought to myself, “These stories have power!” My neighbor suggested that I should write those stories down. Write a book! “Hmmmm… Maybe I could… Maybe I should.. Maybe I will…” Then I did. Words and ideas flowed onto a blank computer screen. Of course, I had to do a bunch of rewrites. My editor at One Night Stand Studios was definitely a tough critic. But she made Magical Neighbors so much better!Q: How did you select your narrator?

A: The first time I had Magical Neighbors read aloud to me, I liked the way it sounded, and I thought to myself, “This is good. These are good stories!” I was actually a bit surprised how alive the stories became! That’s when I knew that Magical Neighbors was best read aloud.

One Night Stand Studios stepped up to help me find a narrator. We chose Rosemary Benson from the 53 auditions that were submitted. We knew she was the right one to narrate Magical Neighbors. She was the right voice, and had just a touch of grit, which was perfect. We both smiled when we heard her interpretation of this book which included several accents. Q: Do you believe certain kinds of writing translate better into audiobook format?

A: I think the dialogue in Magical Neighbors makes the audiobook much more vibrant, alive, and interesting. I encourage people to not only read the print book, but listen to it as well. Because the magical neighbors hail from different places, Japan, England, the Wild West and the Deep South in the USA, the narrator created voices to match the character which a casual reader may well not do. Rosemary Benson just kicks Magical Neighbors up a notch so that no nuance goes missing. “Rosemary sounds even better than the voice in my head!” I said. “Wonderful!” Because Meg Roby’s wonderful illustrations can be accessed with the audiobook as a downloadable PDF, the stories take on yet another dimension.Q: Did you give the narrator any pronunciation tips?

A: Yes, I did. Certain names could have been troublesome.Q: Could you envisionMagical Neighbors as a made-for-TV movie series?

A: Yes, I could imagine that maybe Disney could take up the project of a 12-part series for The Disney Channel. The fairies and gnomes would require animation, with voiceover, of course. Each fairy and gnome character could be expanded for a time slot. The scenery is beautiful as well. The Storyteller could be someone 65 or so, maybe Angela Lansbury.Q: Why do you think Magical Neighbors resonates in a listener?

A: Magical Neighbors taps a variety of emotions, emotions that are some of the noble elements of the human spirit. The tap on hearts is a soft one that hints of ways that we should treat each other.

I believe that in Magical Neighbors there are stories that need to be told. Our world does not seem as gentle or as kind as it needs to be. Too much discord. The magical neighbors suggest that doing the right thing is a good thing; that we, too, can stand in the breach for those who cannot defend themselves; that character is not determined from appearance; that we can take action to be helpful and encourage others toward their success.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by One Night Stand Studios. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

What a charming collection of stories! The author introduces us to each visitor in the fairy garden and the narrator speaks in their unique voice to portray the character. You might expect a higher-pitch fairy sounding voice, but the narrator has a deep, warm voice. Her timing is impeccable as she creates each whimsical scene. The outstanding illustrations are added in a pdf so that you can see the characters. The stories of gnomes and fairies is captivating because they are easy to visualize, even without the pictures. What lovely quiet time or bedtime stories these would make for youngsters.

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Ting Ting, The Girl Who Saved China Book Tour

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Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China

Written by Ryan O’Connor

Illustrated by Xiang Minghui

Ages 6-10 | 48 Pages

Publisher: Xlibris Corp | ISBN-13 : 978-1664153189

Publisher’s Synopsis: Li Li Wang is enjoying Chinese New Year with her family when her grandparents ask her to sit with them. Before giving Li Li her holiday gift, they tell her the story of Ting Ting Wang, Li Li’s ancestor, and how she became a Chinese hero. Li Li carefully listens as her grandparents tell her about Ting Ting, the monster Nian, and the origin of the Chinese New Year celebration. Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China provides insight into China’s biggest holiday, gives a sense of its culture, and shows that girls are just as strong and brave as boys.



Ryan O’Connor is a literature and writing teacher in Shanghai, China, and the author of the children’s book series Bobby the Bear. With a background in sports journalism and education, Ryan has turned his focus to writing children’s books. Through unique characters, Ryan provides children with moral and life lessons. Ryan has earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in education; he has also won numerous awards for sports writing. Ryan is a native of Pittsburg, Kansas, but has spent the past ten years living in Shanghai.

To learn more about Ryan and his books, visit his website at


Tuesday, June 1, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewTour Kick-OffTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Tuesday, June 1, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Wednesday, June 2, 2021A Dream Within a DreamA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Thursday, June 3, 2021Library Lady’s Kid LitA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Friday, June 4, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Sunday, June 6, 2021Feminist Books for KidsA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Monday, June 7, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Tuesday, June 8, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview withRyan O’Connor
Wednesday, June 9, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Thursday, June 10, 2021Over Coffee ConversationA Beyond the Book ActivityTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Friday, June 11, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Wednesday, June 16, 2021Heart to HeartA book giveaway ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Thursday, June 17, 2021The Momma SpotA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Friday, June 18, 2021Books Are Magic TooAn interview withRyan O’Connor

My Review

Ting Ting, the Girl who Saved China is a lovely picture book with colorful illustrations. The story is centered around the dinner table of Li Li Wang, her parents and grandparents. It’s the eve of Chinese New Year and the family is preparing to celebrate the important holiday. Li Li’s grandfather asks her if she knows the story of their ancestor, Ting Ting Wang? Li Li hasn’t heard that this hero of China was a member of their family.

The grandfather starts telling the story of China and how a monster named Nian terrorized the people there. Nian was a Chinese dragon who would come to different villages and eat all the people’s food and animals and tear down their homes. No one could figure out a way to keep Nian from coming to their village.

Then a little girl named Ting Ting came up with an idea. She tried to tell her friends and others in the town, but no one listened to her. Her family members were afraid when they hear a roaring sound. They knew that Nian was coming their way, but had no way to stop him. Would Ting Ting know what to do? Would Nian eat all their food? This delightful book will entertain and inspire children to be a hero like Ting Ting.

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Enter for a chance to win a set of books by Ryan O’Connor, including Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A copy Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
  • A Ting Ting Bookmark
  • A copy of Bobby the Bear and His Missing Dinner
  • A copy of Merry Christmas, Bobby the Bear

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A copy Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China

The giveaway begins June 1, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 30, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

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Balloons For Tiger Book Tour


Join us for this tour from May 4 to May 31, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Balloons for Tiger by Lori Orlinsky
CategoryChildren’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
PublisherMascot Books
Release date:   May 4, 2021
Formats available: hardback
Content Rating:  G for everyone.



Book Description:

How can children begin to heal after losing a pet? Balloons for Tiger takes an imaginative look at this tough topic as colorful balloons travel from the hands of children to their beloved cat who has passed on. This book lets children open up their hearts and imaginations for a magical journey to the farthest corners of the world, where they’ll meet skydivers, astronauts, superheroes, and everything in between. As they watch the balloons voyage to the other side of the rainbow bridge, they learn to positively process their grief. Balloons for Tiger is a great tool for any child who has experienced the loss of a pet- or any other loved one, too.

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Meet the Author:

Lori Orlinsky is a multi-award-winning children’s book author who lives in Chicago. She was inspired to tell this story after her family experienced the loss of their beloved eighteen-year-old cat, Tiger. Unable to find books about pet loss to help her young kids cope with their grief, Lori wrote Balloons for Tiger. She hopes this book will help others, too.

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Tour Schedule:

May 4 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
May 4 – Welcome To MLMOpinion’s Reviews – book review
May 5 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 6 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
May 7 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 10 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
May 11 – Twirling Book Princess – book review
May 11 – Corinne Rodrigues / Booksnista – book spotlight / giveaway
May 12 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 13 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
May 13 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 14 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
May 17 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
May 18 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
May 18 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review
May 19 – The Adventures Of A Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 20 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 20 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
May 21 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
May 24 – I’m Into Books – book review  
May 24 – Reading is My Passion – book review
May 25 –Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 27 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 27 – I Read Kid’s Books – book review / author interview /giveaway
May 28 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
May 31 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 31 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

Author Interview –

  1. You write lesson-based books. Why is incorporating a lesson into a book important to you?
    Lesson-based books teach children about the world around them. Having a conversation with a child about a difficult topic can be tough. Many times, children get defensive and feel they are getting in trouble. Books are the perfect tool to teach these lessons without feeling forced. Children can read about a situation a character faced, and adults can role play with them about how that character reacted, and what they would have done. They walk away having read an entertaining story and learning a valuable life lesson. Win-win.
  • How can we encourage our kids to read more?
    There is so much joy to be had from a good book. Books spur our imagination, take us to other worlds, make us laugh, cry, and teach us so much about life and the world around us. Plus, reading provides a critical foundation for success in school and in life. Fostering a love of reading early in life is important, and the best way to do it is to read together to your children, routinely.
  • Besides reading books the traditional way, with the rise in technology, what are other ways in which kids can read?

I love listening to audio books. Like books, audiobooks create a shared experience between a parent and child. Plus, they make a reading experience more interactive, as actors and actresses perform the stories in various voices. Audio books are also convenient, as families can enjoy them together on road trips, while doing household chores, etc.

  • Are there any reading apps you’d suggest for kids?

My kids really enjoy Caribu, an interactive reading platform/video calling app where they can read with their family and friends. This app was our “go to” during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • What are your favorite books to read with your own kids?

We are big fans of “The Day the Crayons Quit” and “The Day the Crayons Came Home.” My kids never seem to get tired of oldies but goodies, like “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.”

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