Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Book Review on Nadia Cavagliere Evans's Children Book Lime Light

Lime Light  By Nadia Cavagliere Evans

Herndon, VA; April 2, 2019: Mascot Books announces the release of Lime Light by Nadia Cavagliere Evans; Illustrated by Chiara Civati
The 5th grade Spring Talent Show is coming up at Squirrel Tail Elementary School. Lennon Lime's friends can rap sweet songs, swallow sharp skewers, and zap colors away, but Lennon can't do any of those cool things. He's just a boring, average kid. What could he possibly do for the 5th grade Spring Talent Show?

Lime Light is a fun, humorous story about facing your fears and learning that everyone has a special talent to offer. With colorful illustrations and a memorable set of characters, Lime Light is sure to help young readers discover their own unique gifts that really make them shine.

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This book really hits home to me. I felt for Lennon Lime because like Lennon I have had many times where I wasn't credited for a job I did.  It hurts. The illustration simple but colorful. The illustration helps the story flow.  Nadia Cavagliere Evans put some big words in there. For example, Flummoxed, Plodded, and intone. I like how she wasn't scared using big words such as these. 

Some cute sentences in the book were the:
 "Ms. Pair was one of those rare species of a teacher (Rara Teacherificus Meraviglia),"
"Peacocks don't speak English, only Esperanto.."
There is a lot of words so I would say this book would be best for 3rd-4th graders. I would recommend adding this to your library of children books.  


Born in the US to immigrant parents, Nadia Evans only spoke Italian for the first four years of her life until she discovered English from watching Sesame Street and Mister Rogers. Reading, books, and libraries make her very happy, as does spending time with her big family. She believes in magic and the power of words.

Check out her website at Click here

About Mascot Books:

 Mascot Books is a full-service, multi-genre, hybrid book publisher and distributor headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. Co-founded in 2003 by Naren Aryal, Mascot has published more than 2,500 books in a variety of genres, including fiction, nonfiction, children's, cookbooks, and coffee table books. Learn more at www.mascotbooks.com. 

Lime Light is registered with the American Wholesale Book Company, Baker & Taylor, Follett Library Resources, and Ingram, and available online with the following retailers:

                                  Amazon  |     BAM!  |   Barnes and Noble  |  Mascot Books

 To set up an interview, reading, signing, or for information regarding Lime Light, please contact Chris Baker at chris@mascotbooks.com.

"Mascot books sent me a copy for an honest opinion."

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Book Review on Abracadabra Whoopsie by Adam Kargman Illustrated by Tristan Tait

 Mascot Books Publishes Children’s Book 
Abracadabra Whoopsie by Adam Kargman


Herndon, VA; April 2, 2019: Mascot Books announces the release of Abracadabra Whoopsie by Adam Kargman; Illustrated by Tristan Tait

What if you could make your little sister disappear?

When Jordy discovers a magic wand, he learns he can do just that. Whenever he wants some peace and quiet, all he has to do is say “Abracadabra Whoopsie,” and . . . Poof! His little sister Keeka vanishes. When he’s ready for her to come back, he simply says it reversed: “Whoopsie Abracadabra.” Easy as that.

But after the wand is stolen, Jordy must recover it or risk losing his sister forever!


This is a very cute children's book talking about a first child having to deal with the new baby. When it comes to grade level reading I would say 2nd-3rd grade because there are some tricky long words in this book. Tristian Tait did an amazing job with the illustration. Every page had some really fun details. Some of the drawings remind a little of Manga.  This is a great bedtime story. The best part about this book it had a surprise twist I never saw coming.


Adam Kargman

Adam Kargman, an award-winning filmmaker, novelist, and attorney, lives in Encino, California, with his wife and their two children. Abracadabra Whoopsie is his first foray into children’s fiction. The story was inspired by the sibling rivalry he witnessed between his kids, which led him to wonder what would really happen if one sibling’s dream to make the other one vanish came true. His goal was to write a book that was equally fun to children and the adults reading to them. With wacky humor and richly detailed illustrations, Abracadabra Whoopsie is a story that anyone with a sibling can relate to, capped with exciting twists and an ending that may bring a tear to your eye. The book teaches that remembering happy moments is a good corrective to moments of anger or jealousy.
Adam is also the author of the novel Nagle’s Mercy, which was hailed by Kirkus as a "thoroughly enjoyable edge-of-your-seat read" with "nonstop action and palpable psychological tension," and designated a SELF-e Select title by the staff of Library Journal. He has also written and directed several award-winning films.

Tristan Tait
Tristan Tait is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to illustrating children’s picture books, he has done art for albums, comic books, magazines, films and video games.
Follow on Facebook: @AbracadabraWhoopsie
To set up an interview, reading, or signing, or for more information about Abracadabra Whoopsie, please contact Chris Baker at chris@mascotbooks.com.

About Mascot Books
Mascot Books, located in Herndon, Virginia was co-founded in 2003 by Naren Aryal. Mascot has published more than 2,500 books in a variety of genres, including fiction, nonfiction, children's, cookbooks, and coffee table books. Learn more at www.mascotbooks.com.

Abracadabra Whoopsie is registered with the American Wholesale Book Company, Baker & Taylor, Follett Library Resources, and Ingram, and available online with the following retailers:
               Amazon.com   |    BAM!    |    Barnes and Noble  | Mascot Books 

"Author sent me the book to review it and give it my honest opinion."

Saturday, April 27, 2019

My Book Review on Rachel Hauck's The Memory House plus Giveaway


Embracing the future means remembering the past . . . When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that, either. Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share. Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.
Book: The Memory House    Author: Rachel Hauck
Genre: Christian Romance    Release Date: April 2, 2019
Click here to purchase your copy.
Rachel Hauck wrote this in a dual-timeline, fifty years separate two women who come to know the powerful healing through love and faith. The narrative is told from four POVs: 1. Eveleigh from the 1960s 2. Don from the 1960s, 3. Beck from present 4. Bruno from the present. 
"The Memory House" takes you into two people lives.  Hauck takes you into a life of someone who had a loved one die in the North Trade Center on that horrific day of 9/11.  Now she is a cop with NYPD, a tough sergeant who is dealing with a secret. She is faced with suspension for misconduct. During this time she inherited a house in Florida from a woman she doesn't even remember meeting. Going down there changes her life. She runs into a Bruno Endicott, who she played with as a kid. She was his first kiss and has always held a special place in his heart for you. 
Widow Everleigh Applegate after a horrific tornado tore through her Waco, Texas home. To help with living costs she moved back in with her mother. One day she runs into a man, Don Callahan in a grocery store. Everleigh has a secret in her heart and terrified of letting it out. 
Every one of these characters is relatable. I couldn't help but feel their sadness, happiness, and anger. You read their flaws, you see them finding themselves with their mistakes and how they push through to make a life for themselves. 
Rachel Hauck does an amazing job putting love and forgiveness. The best part is "Memory House" didn't follow your typical "standard" flow of a Christian fiction book.  
It is a beautiful book about tragedy Throughout this book, you see how much God's love comes through for them in so many ways. This book is not preachy. This won't be the last book I read from her. 
"I received a complimentary ebook from CelebrateLit for honest opinions on this book." 

Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower. 
Visit her online at:
Facebook: RachelHauck 
Twitter: @RachelHauck   Instagram: @rachelhauc
Excerpt from The Memory House
When Mama Applegate spoke as if Everleigh were a guest rather than a family member, she embraced it with grace. Because at the end of the day, she was Rhett’s wife. She alone shared his dreams, his heart, his life.
And at night, when she couldn’t sleep, his soft breathing was her lullaby.
“Listen, mister, I have to get back to work or I won’t make it home in time for our dinner.” She tugged at his shirt collar. “So are you going to tell me why you’re here?”
“I was going to wait until tonight, but I got so excited . . .” Rhett stepped over to the desk in front of Everleigh’s and retrieved a long white canister. “Here. Open it. I feel like a kid at Christmas.”
“Rhett, what have you done?” She pried away the cap and slipped out a set of drawings.
“Here, let me.” Rhett unrolled a rendering of a cozy house with a wraparound porch nestled between two cottonwoods. “Our house, Ev. I took those sketches you made after we were married and gave
them to the architect. What do you think?”
“Th-this is our house?” She wrapped her arms around his waist, leaning against his thick arm as she studied the drawing.
“It’s our house, darling.”
Everleigh studied the drawing. It was just like she imagined. “Are you sure?” She gazed up at her husband. “I didn’t think we’d saved enough money.”
“We’ve saved every penny of your salary, and I finally sold the stud bull to Jacob Marshall. He’s been after me for a year . . .” Rhett held her with one hand while flipping through the drawing with the other. “I bought the ten acres by the stream. You know, the one with the trees we loved. Dad wanted to give it to us, but I said no strings.
I wanted to buy it so he can’t hold it over me. Not that he would, but family business can get tricky.” Everleigh leaned to see the name of the road. Memory Lane.
“Darling, the section right off Memory Lane? The spot I wanted?”
Rhett’s grandmother had named the dirt road years ago, when she imagined a large family with lots of grandkids running around.
She envisioned an Applegate community.
But her sons, Melvin and Earl, went to war. Only Earl—nicknamed Spike—returned home the fall of 1918. He inherited the ranch, married Mama Applegate, and fathered Rhett, an only child. Grandma’s two daughters married and moved away.
“Your granny would be proud, darling,” Everleigh said. “We’re beginning her dream.”
“Sh-she would.” Rhett cleared his throat, pressing his fist over his cough. “So, w-what do you think?”
Tell him! The timing could not have been more perfect.
“Rhett, sweetheart—”
He jerked his wrist up, checking his watch. “Oh, Ev, sorry, darling, but I promised Dad I’d pick him up from the hardware store thirty minutes ago.” He gave her a quick, passing kiss. “I’d planned to show you these tonight, but I just couldn’t wait.” He rolled up the drawings and tucked them into the canister. “What is it you wanted to say?” On reflex, he checked his watch again.
“Nothing,” she said, smiling. “I’ll see you later. We can talk then. I have work to do anyway.”
“You sure?”
Everleigh fell into him and pressed her cheek against his chest.
“You make my dreams come true, Rhett Applegate.”
He kissed her one more time, then held her at arm’s length.
“Distraction, girl, you are one beautiful distraction.”
To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize of a copy of The Memory House!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! 

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, April 22
Wishful Endings, April 22
Worthy2Read, April 23
C Jane Read, April 25
Carpe Diem, April 26
Mary Hake, April 27
EmpowerMoms, April 27
BigreadersiteApril 28
Pause for Tales, April 28
Quiet QuilterApril 30
Moments, May 5
Simple Harvest Reads, May 5 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

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