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Critically-Acclaimed Author to Give Away New Book in August

Heather Letto, author of the new young adult fiction book entitled Impervious  (Bookfish), is offering readers a chance to download her entire book for free, one chapter each day, during the month of August.

Just by reading the synopsis on the back cover I was pretty sure this would be something I would enjoy.  It shares a  popular dystopian theme with books like The Hunger Games and Divergent, which are popular in young adult fiction.

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'The Big Book of Symptoms' Book Review & Giveaway

Last week I received a media copy of The Big Book of Symptoms: A-Z Guide to Your Child's Health, in the mail.  Where was this book 18 years ago?! I asked myself as I paged through it.

It's a fantastic resource for every parent to have on hand.  Whether you're wondering if you should take your child to the pediatrician for a cough or if you don't know how to soothe an earache for your child, this book is full of advice of what you can do for your children if they are exhibiting physical symptoms and provides good indicators on when you can relax about the issue, when to make an appointment with your pediatrician or when to vist the ER or call 911.

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Review and Giveaway: Celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week!

Peter Pauper Press invites you to join them in celebrating National Zoo Keeper Week, July 20-26, with two special books that celebrate zoos as well as zoo keepers and their dedication to animal care, conservation and education.  Your little ones are sure to go "wild" over these books and they are great companions to your summer outing to your local zoo!

The Zoo is Closed Today written by Evelyn Beilenson, illustrated by Anne Kennedy

It was a warm sunny day
with not much to do.
So Sue and John walked
to the Kalamazoo.

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Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering

Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has calmed down some, Fleur Landis, a former girlfriend, reappears, in dire need of his help. She's married now, no longer an actress--but the lead actor in her former troupe's production of The Mikado has been murdered, and Fleur is the police's number one suspect.

Drew would rather focus on his fiancée, Madeline Parker, and their upcoming wedding, but he can't leave Fleur and her family in the lurch--even if she did break his heart once.

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5 Good Reads for Summer ~ Including Heather Gudenkauf's Novel 'Little Mercies' & a Giveaway

I used to read.  All. The. Time.  And then life started getting in the way ;)  I say that jokingly, a bit... but between homeschooling, blogging and driving my un-licensed teenager everywhere she needs to go, the past few years haven't given me as much time as I'd like for leisure reading like I used to.  Until now.

The homeschooling is done.  The teenager is on vacation from now until she moves into her dorm room in August. So now I have time for the books I WANT to read, for pleasure

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Woman's Day - 7 Years Younger Instant Makeovers

On May 29th, Hearst Books released 7 Years Younger Instant Makeovers!

It is the latest book in the trusted anti-aging series, 7 Years Younger. The first book, 7 Years Younger, was a New York Times best seller and was backed by Dr. Oz!  The second, 7 Years Younger: The Anti-Aging Breakthrough Diet, has been a runaway hit with readers.

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What Is Relativity? or as Jeffrey Bennett Explains: Black Holes Don't Suck

As our homeschooling journey is now complete, I've been winding down on those kind of review posts and topics.  But I couldn't resist taking just one more on even right when Amber was graduating.  I mean how can you not be intrigued by a book written by a prominent author and astrophysicist that explains the fact that despite what our TV and DVDs tell us; Black Holes Don't Suck, but also in a way that the average Joe (or Tammy in this case) can actually understand it?! 

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Book Review: A Pretty Age

Book Description

In 1910, a missionary visitor arrives at Sophiny Mumm’s convent boarding school in Concord, Kansas. Sophiny is smitten. Her best friend Antoinette Dominguez is not—and begins a series of strange behaviors breaking all the rules. In an ensuing investigation of puzzling enigmas, Sophiny has to use all the resources of emerging women’s rights, family relationships, social networks, the new technologies (telephone, photography, and transportation), and patron saints.

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The Perfect Cookbook for Mother's Day, Barbecues and Beyond: The Greek Yogurt Kitchen

Toby Amidor provides delicious, yet healthy recipes to whip up for mom on Mother’s Day or to add pizazz to summer barbecues and celebrations, all featuring Greek yogurt in her new cookbook: The Greek Yogurt Kitchen!

Toby is a leading nutritionist, dietician and recipe developer who currently contributes to the Healthy Eats Blog for the Food Network, US News & World Report, and many others.  She’s also a sought after recipe development consultant who’s worked with celebrity chefs including Elie Krieger, Jamie and Bobby Deen, among others.

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Giveaway - Alone Yet Not Alone

Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven is inspired by a true story, which her grandmother Leininger first told her when she was young after tracing their family’s genealogy.

In 1755, Allegheny warriors ambush sisters Barbara and Regina Leininger's, 12 and 9, house, killing their father and older brother, kidnapping the young girls and taking them to their village.  There they were forced to adapt to the warriors’ way of living—which included dyeing their faces, wearing warrior clothes and adopting the Allegheny ways of worship.

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