Flying Against The Odds Book Tour

 

Join us for this tour from May 17 to June 4, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  FLYING AGAINST THE ODDS: One Man’s Journey to New Ways of Healing by Jean-Jacques Trochon with Heather Whitehall-Trochon
CategoryAdult Non-Fiction (18+),  249 pages
Genre:  Memoir
PublisherIkhaya Publishing
Release date:   November 2020
Format available for review:  print (Internationally), ebook (mobi, epub)
Tour dates: May 17 to June 4, 2021
Content Rating:  G. Memoir for General Audience.

 


Book Description:


“IT TAKES A DIFFERENT KIND OF THINKING TO SOLVE A PROBLEM THAN THE KIND OF THINKING THAT PRODUCED THE PROBLEM.” —Albert Einstein

JJ had a devastating problem. At age fifty-one, he was diagnosed with stage four cancer and given three years to live. Rather than accept that outcome, JJ did what he always does: he set out to find a solution. Desiring to look beyond traditional treatments and their often harmful side effects, he put his unconventionally wired mind to work. JJ was relentless as he investigated alternative therapies and pursued global trailblazers in cancer research. Moving from the role of patient to patient-researcher, he became a trailblazer in his own right, being sought after for his latest findings. Ultimately, JJ brought together the most innovative international minds at the Rethinking Cancer 2017 conference in Paris. Together, they found common ground, and they continue to create integrative, synergistic approaches to treatment. Today, almost a decade after his diagnosis, JJ has defied the odds and is cancer-free. Recently retired from his career as a commercial airline captain on the Airbus A380, he now devotes himself to sharing his ongoing research with scientists and patients. JJ’s story illustrates how looking at things differently often enables us to see them in a whole new light.

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Meet the Authors: 


Jean-Jacques Trochon (or JJ as he is more commonly known) spent thirty-two years as a commercial airline pilot for Air France. A French national, he enjoyed an early childhood in Tahiti before finishing his schooling in France and the USA. In 2003, JJ was diagnosed with aggressive kidney cancer and subsequently underwent the removal of his left kidney. In 2012 and 2014, he underwent further surgeries following the discovery of multiple metastases in both lungs. Despite being given a slim chance of survival, JJ again returned to work in 2016. He captained the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380, until his retirement in spring 2020. Today, Jean-Jacques devotes his spare time to helping other cancer sufferers and spreading the word about his revolutionary approach to the disease. He was the initiator of Rethinking Cancer 2017, a groundbreaking conference held in Paris on September 21, 2017, at Institut Gustave Roussy, the leading cancer center in Europe.

Heather Whitehall-Trochon is a lover of languages and translator of French and German into English. A British national, she completed studies in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion before moving to Munich, Germany, where she worked in public relations for fashion and film. After relocating to Vienna, Austria, she had a brief stint as an editor at the Associated Press, prior to becoming a freelance translator and seasoned backpacker. Heather met JJ in Paris in 2007, marrying him the following year. The couple, together with their cat, Zulu, have now settled in Biarritz, France.


Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Goodread
 
Tour Schedule:
May 17 – Olio By Marilyn – book review / giveaway
May 17 – Olio By Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
May 18 – Kam’s Place – book review
May 19 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
May 20 – Lisa’s Reading – book spotlight
May 20 – Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
May 21 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 24 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
May 25 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
May 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 26 – Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 26 – The Culture Hunter – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 27 – jayme_reads – book review
May 28 – Books Lattes & Tiaras – book spotlight
May 31 – Books for Books – book spotlight
June 1 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
June 1 – @twilight_reader  – book review
June 2 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 2 – Book Reviews by Shreya Vijay – book review / author interview
June 3 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 3 – Over Coffee Conversations – book review / giveaway
June 4 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

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FLYING AGAINST THE ODDS: One Man’s Journey to New Ways of Healing Book Tour Giveaway

 


 

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The Adventures of Molly & Ollie Moving Day Book Review Tour

Post in partnership with iReadBookTours and Sally Beale. All opinions are my own.


 

Join us for this tour from May 10 to May 21, 2021!

Book Details:

Book TitleThe Adventures of Mollie & Ollie: Moving Day by Sally Beale
CategoryChildren’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
PublisherMascot Books
Release date:   March, 2021
Book available in hardback
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

Every child experiences change in their life. Moving can be difficult, but in this Mom’s Choice award-winning book, when eight-year-old Molly Day meets a new friend, a magical owl named Oliver Winston Howell III, her move to a new house in a new town becomes easier than she expected. Be on the lookout for Molly and Ollie’s next adventure!
 
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Photo by Adrienne Reich Photography

Meet the Author:

The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day was inspired by Beale’s own experiences as a young child. Her father’s occupation required that her family move across the country every two years. Beale’s childhood was filled with adventures that captured her imagination in each new home. She continued her passion for adventure while raising her two daughters and working as a costume designer for local theaters. Now she is channeling her sense of fun and her youthful spirit into her children’s stories. Beale is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day, a Mom’s Choice Award winner, is the first book in the Molly & Ollie series.

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Tour Schedule:

May 10 –
Reading is My Passion – book review / author interview
May 10 – Pick a good book – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 10 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
May 11 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
May 11 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 13 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
May 13 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
May 14 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 14 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 17 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
May 17 – My Journey Back – book review / giveaway
May 18 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
May 18 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 18 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
May 19 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 19 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review / author interview
May 19 – Booking With Janelle – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 20 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 20 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 21 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 21 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
 
Enter the Giveaway:
 

Sally Beale’s THE ADVENTURES OF MOLLY AND OLLIE: MOVING DAY Book Tour Giveaway


 

Guest Post: Writing A Children’s Book

On a Saturday morning, I woke up early. The freshly brewed coffee was waiting for me; it was so comforting. I cannot remember a time that I did not drink coffee in the mornings…even as a child on “wash day” I would have a cup with my mom (it was mostly milk!). I took my second cup of coffee upstairs to my office and sat at my desk. My children’s book, The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day, was almost ready to send to the publisher.

I reached for my worn notebook and took it with my coffee to the futon in my office. That was where I pondered all kinds of ideas and challenges. Nostalgia set in as I flipped through the pages. It contained all my thoughts for a story about a little girl having to move—a subject I am familiar with. I find the planning pyramid, with its jagged lines going up the page and down for the plot arc. I looked over the notes to see how close the book came to the plan.

When I came across the research notes for Molly’s animals, it made me smile. I looked over at the shelf full of toy animals that continually gave me inspiration and encouragement (and still do!). The research on animals was so important. Each one of Molly’s animals needed to be special in their own way and not picked at random.

Towards the back of the notebook, I found the character notes for both Molly & Ollie. I had not read those notes for a while. Re-reading them now, made me realize how important it was to know who they were for the action and voice of the story.

I took a few moments to reflect over this process of writing a children’s book. I looked up and smiled at my large white board that my husband made. The 28 pages for the book was marked off as a grid. It worked perfectly for establishing the flow of the story. Different colors for different elements and crude drawings for possible illustrations.

I went back to my desk and opened my computer. I read the manuscript one last time…then clicked send.

My Review

The Adventures of Molly & Ollie Moving Day is going to be loved by many children. Moving away can be so traumatic for children as they leave their friends and everything they’ve grown to know and love. In this adorable book, Molly is a little girl who is saying goodbye to everything. She looks around at the boxes in her room and sees a box marked Molly’s Books, Molly’s Clothes, Molly’s Animals, and one box marked, “Open Me First.”

Molly is very sad because everything will be different. Just then the doorbell rings and her friend comes over and brings a yummy plate of chocolate chip cookies. As she later waves goodbye to her friend she says everything will be different.

When she arrives in her new town, the car pulls up to her new home. It does look different. But, when she goes upstairs it’s nice to see that someone marked her door, “Molly’s Room” in bright purple letters. She goes in and there are the boxes of her Animals, Clothes, and Books. There is also the box marked Open Me First.

Molly is startled to hear a “Who” sound. She turns around to see an owl in the window. She answers the owl when he says, Who are you? She asked the owl who he is, too. He said his name is Oliver Winston Howell III, but Molly calls him Ollie, for short. She is sad and tells Ollie how everything is different. Your children will want to read this book and find out how Molly and Ollie become good friends. It will be fun for them to learn how although things are different, they are also the same.

What They Want Us to Know Book Tour

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What They Want Us to Know: Messages of Hope, Meaning and Unity From the Animal Kingdom

by Shawndra Mcwhorter

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GENRE: Non-fiction Inspirational

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BLURB:

What They Want Us To Know: Messages of Hope, Meaning and Unity From the Animal Kingdom.

Have you ever wondered what animals would tell us if they could? This book will give you that chance to find out! By being able to receive downloaded messages from wild and domestic animals, Shawndra translates their messages for us. These animals have shared powerful messages of unity, connection and purpose, and steps that each of us are able to take to deepen the connection, find more meaning in our lives, and become the humans that the animals know we can be. You’ll hear messages from 12 different animals on what they want us to know in order to live a more profoundly amazing life. You’ll be given the opportunity to learn ways to be more compassionate, tolerant and heart-centered, to the animals and to each other.

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Excerpt One:

Chapter Seven Hippopotamus

HIPPO WAS THE FIRST TO open the door to what I could be, something that has made me more connected to my higher self than I ever thought possible. After Dr. Jeri Ryan had helped me communicate with my dog Joey, I took her animal communication class and Hippo was the first one that I connected with telepathically. I can still vividly remember how I felt when I tuned in to Hippo. It felt completely different from speaking to a human or even daydreaming. I was connected to something outside myself that I didn’t even know was there but that felt instantly familiar. It felt more real and genuine than most of the conversations I’ve had with humans. It felt clear, honest, kind, and deeper than what I was used to with most humans. And it happened in a matter of minutes, not months or years of building trust. While Joey was the catalyst to bring me to this moment, Hippo was the one who I listened to for the first time and who opened my heart to more awareness of this new path.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Shawndra McWhorter has been an animal communicator since 2000, and is also an Usui and KarunaⓇ Reiki Master, working with humans and animals. Shawndra has helped more than 500 animals and their humans with her communication and healing skills. Shawndra is a past president of Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART), and also serves on the Board of Directors with Kindred Souls Foundation, both 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations dedicated to helping animals. Shawndra began her disaster animal rescue work in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, where she deployed outside of New Orleans, LA to help rescue and care for the animals left behind. She has deployed to Chile, Peru, and to several states in the US volunteering helping animals recover from disasters. Shawndra also volunteered with Wolf Haven International in Tenino, WA for nearly eight years, and is still active in supporting their mission. She is the owner of Sanskrit Healing, using her skills to help humans, animals and the environment find balance. Shawndra has spent most of her life helping others and won an Emmy for a documentary that she directed and edited on illegal aliens in Southern California. Her approach is to educate and help others make mindful, ethical choices based on facts and data. Shawndra currently lives in Washington State with her dog Norman, who survived the EF5 tornado that hit Moore, OK in 2013.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Shawndra-Mcwhorter-Author-106688011143920

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shawndramcwhorter/

Shawndra Mcwhorter – https://shawndramcwhorter.com/

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/What-They-Want-Us-Know-ebook/dp/B08PJ28NWQ/ref=sr_1_1

Goodreads.com:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56422248-what-they-want-us-to-know

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-they-want-us-to-know-shawndra-mcwhorter/1138596437

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Six Thousand Doughnuts

This post is written in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Dooney Press.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Six Thousand Doughnuts

Written by Thomas Tosi

Illustrated by Meaghan Tosi

Ages 8-12 | 284 Pages

Publisher: Dooney Press | ISBN-13 : 978-1954782013

Publisher’s Synopsis: Why would anyone need six thousand doughnuts?

Big family…little house… Fifth-grader Abe Mitchell is fed up with sharing. All he wants is something to call his own. And he just might get it when he finds a loophole in the fine print of a doughnut shop coupon. Abe thinks it entitles him to a fresh-baked mountain of crullers, dunkers, and chocolate-frosteds. But cashing in means war with Marlene Paczki, the daughter of the doughnut shop owner and Abe’s new crush.

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Thomas Tosi

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thomas Tosi is a writer/filmmaker who, together with his wife, Heidi, has produced an award-winning children’s website, educational multimedia games, and dramatic films which have aired on national television, PBS affiliate stations, and screened in numerous film festivals. He was born and raised in New Hampshire, where he and Heidi still reside. He takes pride in the fact that they now live in a solar-powered home where they grow and can organic vegetables.

For more information visit thomastosi.com.

Meaghan Tosi

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Meaghan Tosi, after being born on April Fools’ Day in New Hampshire, has collected a BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design. She illustrated this book and the graphic novel Squashed alongside author Thomas Tosi. She has also self-published DWEEDY: The Imagined Adventures of My Deceased Cat. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, for the art, coffee shops, vegan food, and the constantly lingering smell of rain.

TOUR SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 19, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Thursday, May 20, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Friday, May 21, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Monday, May 24, 2021Shooting Stars MagA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Tuesday, May 25, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Wednesday, May 26, 2021icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Friday, May 28, 2021Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Monday, May 31, 2021A Dream Within A DreamA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Tuesday, June 1, 2021Lille Punkin’A book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Wednesday, June 2, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Thursday, June 3, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Friday, June 4, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts
Monday, June 6, 2021Glass of Wine, Glass of MilkA book review ofSix Thousand Doughnuts

My Review

This is just the type of book that children will love to read again and again. The children will be drawn to the cute illustrations with the funny expressions. There is nothing more enticing to middle grade boys and girls than this silly kind of humor.

The story is narrated by a little boy named Abe who has a big family and a small house. He has three sisters and twin brothers. They’re all forced to live upstairs in the attic room, because their cousin Celia is moving in. She’s a college student who lost her dorm room and takes the girl’s room. They all end up together with a sheet curtain hanging between the two sides of the room.

Abe’s dad has a cup of coffee with a peel-off reward for a free doughnut. On the back of the reward card some legal words say that it is the equivalent of 1/20th of a penny. Abe comes up with the idea that this means he should be able to buy 6,000 doughnuts with only $3. He and his student-lawyer cousin show up at the doughnut store and try to cash in. The owner says no and and after some arguing the owners daughter, Marlene throws doughnuts at Abe. Then, everyone in the restaurant gets involved in a huge food fight.

After a video of this food fight goes viral, the Judge Sally tv show offers to bring the two sides on to settle the argument. Celia is going to serve as Abe’s lawyer. The doughnut shop owner has a lawyer given to him by the doughnut store chain, and they are countersuing Abe. This could turn out well or it could be a disaster. What do you think will happen? You’ll want to get this one for your children or grandchildren, because it’s really funny!

Giveaway

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a hardcover Six Thousand Doughnuts prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of Six Thousand Doughnuts, autographed by Thomas Tosi
  • A high-quality ceramic Six Thousand Doughnuts diner mug featuring the Sweetly Crisp doughnuts logo.

Three (3) grand winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of Six Thousand Doughnuts, autographed by Thomas Tosi

The giveaway begins May 19, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 19, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

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Sing To Me of Rain Book Tour/Giveaway



Middle-Grade Fantasy

Date Published: 5/22/21

An innocent naiad. A wounded boy. An adventure that will change their lives forever.

Plip is a naiad of the Great Waterfall, destined to one day sing the songs that send rain out into the world.

Akino isn’t destined for anything but trouble. His father long gone, his mother working on a plantation far away, he doesn’t really belong in the village below the Waterfall. And the villagers don’t let him forget it.

When Akino convinces Plip to travel down the mountain with him, for his own selfish purposes, he launches them into a world more dangerous than either of them could imagine. A world where people are not always what they seem and the rain does not fall evenly across the land.


About the Author


E.B. Dawson was born out of time. Raised in the remote regions of a developing nation, traveling to America was as good as traveling thirty years into the future. Now she writes science fiction and fantasy to make sense of her unusual perspectives on life. Her stories acknowledge darkness, but empower and encourage people to keep on fighting, no matter how difficult their circumstances may be. She currently lives in Idaho with her family and her cat Maximus.

Excerpt

Plip shook herself and looked about tentatively. Out the opening of the globe, the caravan of kempelas strode on tirelessly over an endless sea of yellow sand. The bright blue sky hung low and thick all about them, almost tangible. Plip had the sensation for a moment that they were actually walking along the bottom of a great river, surrounded not by sky, but water.

                    Strange gray outcroppings began to emerge out of the blue. Porous rock which had been carved by the wind into sharp, jagged formations, like the teeth of some great monster.

                    But the illusion of water only reminded her how very far she was from the clear streams of the Mountain. She turned her attention to the orange sphere which housed her.

                    It seemed to be made of thick skin, stretched taut over a strong wooden frame. All about her were sacks of spices, piles of soft carpets, and various objects of fine metal, plus a plethora of items she could not identify. But just to her right was a cage with a very frightened looking bird inside. He was rather small and black, with a tuft of brilliant blue on his breast and matching blue rings around his eyes.

                    He kept tilting his head back and forth as he watched Plip and hopping left and right every few seconds.

                    “Poor thing. You’re as frightened as I am.”

                    The bird shrieked in alarm. His feathers puffed out all around his head and breast, forming a great black oval and revealing a larger stripe of bright blue. He shuffled back and forth in a funny little dance. His head seemed to have disappeared entirely.

                    Plip watched silently, thoroughly impressed but a bit confused, until the dance ended, and the little bird’s feathers settled back into place, revealing his head once more.

                    “Amazing!” Plip whispered.

                    The bird hopped backwards, lowered its head towards the floor and tilted its beak up suspiciously. “You did speak!” he cried, in a shrill voice. “Oh, this is terrible. What kind of a demon are you?”

                    “But you’re talking too,” Plip protested.

                    “I’m a shangrila bird, of course I can talk.” 

                    “I never knew any birds that could talk,” Plip said.

                    The shangrila bird ruffled his feathers. “And how many birds have you known?”

                    “Well, none really.”

                    “Hmph. I thought as much. Birds are wildly misunderstood by bottom dwellers.”

                    “Bottom dwellers?”

                    “That’s what I said. Most of the world is made up of sky. Or do you never bother to look up?”

                    “I never thought of it that way,” Plip admitted, though she didn’t particularly like the bird’s tone.

                    “What am I thinking, trying to explain things to a sprite?” The bird straightened his neck.

                    “Who’s a sprite?”

                    “You are!” He flapped his wings impatiently.

                    “I’m not a sprite, I’m a naiad!”

                    “What’s the difference?”

                    Plip frowned. “As a matter of fact, I don’t know. What’s a sprite, exactly?”

                    “They live in the clouds,” the shangrila said. “They’re the ones who make it rain…or not rain, as the case may be.” He began pruning himself absentmindedly.

                    “They’re not the ones who make rain,” Plip protested. “The naiads and Weather Masters do that.”

                    “What nonsense are you babbling?”

                    Plip crossed her arms in irritation. “It isn’t nonsense, and I should think I know more about it than you, anyway.”

                    “Oh, really? You didn’t even know what a sprite was!” The shangrila crossed his wings comically.

                    Plip did a quick somersault inside her jar. “Well, I’ve never been inside a cloud.”

                    “My point exactly.” The shangrila would not look at her.

                    Curiosity softened Plip’s temper. “So, what is a sprite, exactly? Do they look like me?”

                    “A great deal…though now that I come to think of it, there are significant differences. You wouldn’t last long in the clouds; you are entirely too solid.”

                    Plip was beginning to suspect that there was no real ill will behind the shangrila’s insults. “And they don’t talk?”

                    “Certainly not. They haven’t the capacity for it. They aren’t really sentient, you know.”

                    “I didn’t know,” Plip said somberly.

                    “Well,” said the bird in a satisfied tone, “you are young.”

                    “I wonder if the Weather Masters know about the sprites,” Plip said softly to herself. “Please, Mr. Bird—”

                    “Mr. Burung, if you please.”

                    “Please, Mr. Burung, do you know how they make it rain?”

                    Burung stuck his chest out and cleared his throat. “Ah, well you see, it’s all rather involved and multifaceted and one might even say interdimensional.”

                    Plip’s eyes grew wide.

                    “It would take an expert to explain the process thoroughly, which I am not—though I understand why you may think I am. But I do think even the experts would agree that it could all be summed up by the word evaporation.”

                    Plip frowned.

                    “Yes, evaporation is that complicated process by which a cloud sheds its water and rain falls to the earth.”

                    “And the sprites help with this process?”

                    “Just so. And it must be quite a messy business, too. For they seem to always be squabbling among themselves.”

                    “This is all so much more complicated than I ever understood,” Plip sighed.

                    “As is life,” Burung said with a dramatic sigh, “as is life.”

                    “I wish Akino were here.”

                    “Who’s Akino?” Burung asked.

                    “He’s my friend. He’s clever and brave and used to being on his own.” She sighed again. “Do you know where they’re taking us?”

                    “Somewhere terrible, I expect.” Burung sunk his head into his shoulders. “The Sand Plains are not known for their spiritual enlightenment. They stopped visiting the White Temple decades ago.”

                    “What is the White Temple?” Plip asked.

                    “Bless me,” Burung cawed, “it’s sentient, but it’s a heathen. The White Temple is only the holiest place in all the lands. It is where the physical world and the spirit world connect. All those seeking enlightenment find their way there eventually.”

                    “Have you been there?”

                    Burung rocked back and forth in a self-satisfied manner. “Many times. The White Temple is located in the center of the forest which I call home. The White Monks are kind to my people and often choose us as companions for their lifelong journey toward enlightenment.”

                    “I had no idea!” Plip was duly impressed, even if she didn’t fully understand what it was she was impressed by. “What does enlightenment mean?”

                    Burung sighed. “Spiritual knowledge and understanding of Maha.”

                    “What is maha?”

                    “Maha is the ultimate being, the origin and sustainer of life. The sun rises by his decree.”

                    “Oh, you mean the Creator!” Plip gasped. “He taught the first naiads to sing and gave the Weather Masters their skill.”

                    “I suppose so,” Burung looked a little puzzled, “though I have never heard of you or your weather masters.”

                    Just then a man entered the globe, momentarily blocking out the dazzling sunlight and casting a shadow directly over Burung.

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Bad Fairy Strikes Again Book Tour & Giveaway

Bad Fairy Strikes Again
A Bad Fairy Adventure Book 2
by Elaine Kaye
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Thistle Greenbud thought the nickname Bad Fairy was behind her, but she can’t escape it. Someone is spreading a rumor about her that just isn’t true and can ruin all of her hard work in getting into Advanced School. What fairy would do such a thing? As if that’s not bad enough, Thistle’s dad goes missing. Not a single fairy in Tinselville has seen him. He’s vanished like pixie dust. Her mom is distraught, and Thistle is worried. Where could he be? Thistle and the Flutters, along with Dusty and Moss, are on both cases. Can they find out what happened to her dad and solve the Bad Fairy rumor? Thistle hopes so!
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Bad Fairy
A Bad Fairy Adventure Book 1
Thistle Greenbud is not a bad fairy. She simply doesn’t like rules, and it’s just her luck that her homework is to create a new rule for the fairy handbook. But first, she has more important things to do. Like figure out how to get back at Dusty and Moss for playing tricks on her.
Before she can carry out her plan, though, disaster strikes and she finds herself working alongside the very fairies she wanted revenge on. Can they work together and trust each other, or will things go from bad to worse?
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Elaine Kaye is the author of A Bad Fairy Adventure series AND A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup, thus inspiring the story Pea Soup Disaster.
Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.

As we watch the boys, the wind picks up, making the fern lay flat, exposing us. We gasp and make a dash for the closest tree. Behind it, we huddle together.

“Boogles! A branch just hit me,” Weedy says.

The sky turns black. Wind swirls dust and leaves, and spits pebbles at us. This is not good. We have to get going now or else our payback will get blown away.

“Let’s go!” I scream and lead the group from behind the tree, but the wind makes it hard for us to move forward.

Rose and Lilly grab hands as they run, screaming, toward the creek. Lacey stumbles over a fallen twig, landing flat and hitting her face hard on the ground. When she doesn’t move, I race to her as sand and pine needles prick my skin.

I help Lacey to her feet. Luckily, she only has a few cuts on her face. A tiny bit of blood streaks down her forehead. She looks at me. Fear is bright in her eyes. She needs help. We all need help. I peer toward the creek. The boys are still there, frantically trying to lift the bag full of stones.

Shouting a warning and waving my arms, I hurry to the creek, trying to get their attention. Finally, Dusty sees me. He looks as if he’s been caught with his hand in the pixie jar.

I point to the sky and wave them to come our way. Rain starts to fall. Dusty pulls Moss from the creek. Fat drops of water pelt my head and wings as I wait for the boys to reach me.

“It must be a twisty!” Dusty screams. “We better find shelter.”

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3 signed paperback picture books (Pea Soup Disaster, The Missing Alphabet, Slow Poke),
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