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Review: The Christmas Town @douglaselyse

TheChristmasTownPublisher: CreateSpace
Author: Elyse Douglas
Genre: Holiday, Romance, Fiction

★ ☆★ ☆★ 5 Stars!

Summary
The Christmas Town, by Elyse Douglas, is a new time travel, mystery, romance novel that was released on October 11, 2013.
Traveling home for Christmas, two young women in their 20s are forced to drive together during a snowstorm, and they get lost. They cross a covered bridge and, suddenly, they enter the past, finding themselves in a small picturesque Vermont town in 1943. They meet two handsome soldiers, who are about to be sent off to war, and they fall in love with them, while also struggling to find a way to return home to their own time.
With the soldiers’ help, on Christmas Eve, the two women finally have one chance to return to their own time, but they are caught between their love for the soldiers, and their desire to return to the present. At the last moment, they must make the difficult decision and, because it is Christmas, a miracle happens.

Review
The Christmas town is a beautifully written story. It didn’t suck me in right away, but eventually I was glued around Chapter Four! I wanted to know more, and couldn’t put it down until I knew what was happening. This is a wild, sweet, funny, happy, romantic time travel novel that will make you want to keep flipping pages.
I absolutely loved watching Jackie and Megan’s friendship blossom more than just a couple of strangers fighting over a rental car, ha! I actually enjoyed reading a story that depth was in the 1940s, definitely gave ya a little back in time aspect. A cute, cute read all the way to the end. Would recommend to anyone who loves a little time travel and mystery!
The girls meet 2 soldiers about to go off to World War II, they fall in love, but they don’t tell them their secret. The guys don’t want them to leave. So, do the girls stay? or do their loves come with them into the future?

Jackie said, “This morning, if someone had told me I’d be lying in bed with a complete stranger, in an old town out in the middle of nowhere… well…’ her voice drifted into silence.
‘Jackie’
‘Yes.’
‘Have you noticed that all the old things don’t look that old, even though they are old? They look, well new old.’
‘Huh?’
‘Everything in this town looks vintage, but it looks authentic.’
Jackie didn’t speak…
‘Maybe these people are like Amish people. Maybe they don’t believe in modern day world.’…
‘Jackie?’
‘Yes, Megan,’ she said yawning…
‘Did you see the calendar hanging in the kitchen? The Coca-Cola calendar with the picture of the three Army guys, each drinking a Coke from a little bottle?’
‘No, I didn’t.’
‘Just before Aunt Betty turned off the kitchen light, I glanced at it. The calendar said it was Monday, December 20th, 1943.’

About the Author
ElyseDouglasElyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in English Literature. Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers. Some of Elyse Douglas’ novels include: “The Astrologer’s Daughter,” “Wanting Rita,” “The Christmas Diary” and “The Christmas Town.” They currently reside in New York City.

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Review: Stuck in the Doldrums

StuckInDoldrumsPublisher: Createspace
Author: Carole P. Roman
Genre: Children’s, Picture Book, Adventure
Review Source: Author

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary
When the wind stops blowing, Captain No Beard and his crew, including First Mate Hallie, Linus the Lion, Fribbet the Frog, Mongo the Monkey and Polly the Parrot, are stuck on a desert island. Maroon with nothing to do, they begin to play and enjoy themselves. However, Captain No Beard has other ideas, bossing his crew around and making playtime cheerless for everyone.
Soon, Captain No Beard decides he has had enough and storms off. When his ship is attacked by a giant squid, he realizes he needs his crew more than ever.
Captain No Beard and his crew show young readers that’s it’s important to cooperate and share your belongings. The crew teaches us that if you want to have friends, then you must be a friend too.

Review
Goodness, Mrs. Carole has done it again! I can NOT express how much I love her books! My daughter’s face, to see her smile, as she reads through a book is such a joy to watch.
“Stuck in the Doldrums” is a perfect read and teaches children the importance of sharing, respect and teamwork. Captain No Beard teaches children the value of everyday life, and how to help: sharing, respect, etc. it keeps young ones in-tuned to learning, even when they don’t know it.
The illustrations in the book are amazing, and go well with the story. Of course I will continue to read Carole P. Roman’s books to my children. With that being said, I would recommend this book to you and your family.

About the Author
Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman who has successfully run a family business with her husband for more than 40 years. Her first book, “Captain No Beard: An imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life,” has been named to the Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 as well as garnered the star of remarkable merit. She currently lives on Long Island near all her children and grandchildren and strives to sees them as much as she can.

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Review: If You Were Me and Lived In…

Publisher: CreateSpace
Author: Carole P. Roman
Genre: Children’s, Picture Book
Series: If You Were Me and Lived In…
Age: 2+
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All of the books are available in paperback and are 20-30 pages in length. They are intended for children preschool to age 8, although older children might enjoy them as well.

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Mexico

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If You Were Me and Lived In… Mexico
-A child’s introduction to Cultures Around the World

“If You Were Me and Lived In… Mexico – A Child’s Introduction to World Culture,” is the first entry in this educational series that takes children on journey to our exciting neighbor to the south.. Mexico! Perfect for children from Pre-K to age eight, this little book is a ground breaking new experience in exposing children the joy of culture differences.

France

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“If You Were Me And Lived In… France – A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World” is the second book in a remarkable series about countries all over the globe. With each book covering a different nation, Roman opens up a world of wonder while highlighting the fact that underneath it all we are far more alike than we might have imagined. Focusing on what life would be like from a child’s viewpoint, she examines the diversity of the people who make up our planet.

South Korea

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“If You Were Me and Lived in… South Korea – An Introduction to Learning about other Cultures,” is the third entry in this educational series that takes children on journey to Asia, this time landing in.. South Korea! Once again, children can learn how life is like for young people on the other side of the globe. From food to famous landmarks, they will learn that’s it’s easy to find something in common with people in different countries.

Norway

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“If You Were me and Lived in.. Norway -An Introduction to Learning about other Cultures,” another entry in this educational series that takes children on a journey through Norway. Children from Pre-K to the age of eight learn how life is like for other children around the globe.

Kenya

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“If You Were Me and You Lived… Kenya – An Introduction to Learning about other Cultures,” Number five in this exciting series travels to Africa to learn about the thrilling country of Kenya. This extraordinary book “If You Were Me and Lived in…Kenya- A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World” explores life for children on a new continent. The book touches on many familiar topics such as names, money, games,and food as well the sites and sounds that come with living in Africa. Embraced by educators, parents, and children, the series gently and respectfully introduces the subjects of cultures and customs around the world.

Review
Absolutely, always love Carole’s writing! My daughter always feels involved when Carole’s new book hits the mailbox. The information that are within the series are great. I really enjoyed the pronunciation guide, it was very informative.  I have never left the South, so I have learned a lot through the books as well.
If You Were Me and You Lived… series shows exactly the location of each place. My daughter says it is her “vacation” books, haha! (Got to love the mind of a 5 year old). You learn the diversity within each culture: language, food, currency, landmarks, activities, holidays, clothing, etc.
The series of If You Were Me and You Lived.. are well written and the illustrations are playful and colorful. All these books are very educational: an interesting fact or two about the country or it’s capital city, fun, easy read, that not only would you enjoy as a parent, but your child will enjoy teaching others about other cultures!

About the Author
Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with her husband that employs close to five hundred people. Her most favorite job is being grandmother to her many grandchildren. Roman has two wonderful sons and hit the jackpot in the daughter-in-law department. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband.
Her first book, Captain No Beard – An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life has been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 as well garnered the star of remarkable merit. Captain No Beard has developed in a series of 3 more books. Her next project is the book series I Want To Do Yoga Too. She is currently working on a new educational series that explores different cultures from a child’s point of view.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Review: The Night Horses

The Night HorsesPublisher: Createspace
Author: Anaka Jones
Genre: Children’s Book: Animals, Picture Book
Review Source: Author

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary:
The beginning of this story is about the daily life of horses.  It’s everything we’re used to reading about life on a horse farm.  The horses eat, race each other in the fields, have their showers, and eat their dinners.  However, once their human caretakers go in for the night — the disco ball comes out and the party begins. The horses start playing cards with sugar cubes (instead of poker chips), the mares paint each others’ hooves and do each others’ hair, and there’s even a horse comedian that makes, “the ladies laugh so hard they fall off their buckets.”  After a midnight snack and some dancing, the horses call it a night and go to sleep.

My Review:
Oh My Goodness!! Definitely recommend this book to others. Who knew that horses continue “living” after the owners go off to bed. The Night Horses described everything perfectly, and you can tell the author thought every horse out while she was writing this book, it was so creative.  Did you know that horses painted their hooves pink, braiding manes, telling jokes, and etc.? You will just need to read this book to see for yourself!
I absolutely love that my 5-year-old is a beginner reader, and the words was easy for her. The Night Horses is also a great way to bring out her imagination.

About the Author:
Anaka Jones, the 12 year old author of  The Night Horses.  She was born and raised in Ann Arbor Michigan.  She lives with her parents and has two older brothers, a frog, a lizard and two dogs.

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Randy the Raindrop

Randy the RaindropPublisher: CreateSpace
Author:Patty Jean Wiese
Genre: Children’s, Age 4+
Review Source:  Author

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Summary: (Amazon)
Randy the Raindrop is about a raindrop character who loves to make friends with boys and girls and see them having fun on a rainy day. Randy enjoys dropping by to make new friends and visiting those he already knows, wherever it may be raining. You never know where in the world he may land–on your front porch, in your backyard or in the park nearby. He loves to see children having a happy day, rain or shine. To Randy the Raindrop, every boy and girl is a special friend. This book is a story rhyme and a song–I’m a little raindrop. You can listen to the song and download free coloring pages and much more!

My Review:
Thank you Patty for letting me have the opportunity to review this book! Randy, the raindrop, is such a fun read! My Daughter loved it, and even when we had bad weather come through, she reminded me that “Randy” was just visiting!
The pictures are wonderful, the story behind the rhyme is great, and I will definitely will keep this book as a must read at bed time!

About the Author:
Patty Jean Wiese has loved to write since she was a child. Her meteorologist husband’s“weather on the brain” has rubbed off on her and inspired her fun weather characters for children. Patty, who enjoys caring for animals, loves the outdoors and gardening, and resides in Portland, Oregon, with their dog Buster.

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Review: Hair Spray, High Heels, & Second Hand Smoke

Hair Spray, High Heels and Second Hand SmokePublisher: CreateSpace
Author: Frank Meyner
Genre: Humor, Memoir

★ ☆★ – 3 Stars

Hair Spray, High Heels, & Second Hand Smoke:
When twenty-year-old cosmetologist Frank Meyner moved from a tiny West Texas town to the big city of Fort Worth, he had no inkling of the places his cutting shears would take him. Now, his warmhearted, colorful retelling, Hair Spray, High Heels, and Second Hand Smoke, shares his journey from a small-town boy to the founder of one of the city’s leading salons. With its wealth of big hearts and great hair, Meyner’s captivating tale follows him from humble Hamlin to Fort Worth for his first job at the exclusive Neiman Marcus, where he served as assistant to the legendary stylist Phillip Trotter. There, he was initiated into the upper echelons of Fort Worth society,giving audience to their colorful lifestyle, myriad eccentricities, and graceful charm. After he leaves the salon for his own chair elsewhere, Meyner eventually grabs the brass curling iron and opens his own salon, in which he styles a high spirited who’s who list of always-entertaining patrons for the next thirty years. Amid these “Steel Magnolias” of Fort Worth, Meyner wields his scissors and humor with grace, wit, and humanity. His heartwarming success story turns the salon chair to reveal the generosity, selflessness, and boundless love of this delightful community of customers and colleagues. It’s a must for anyone looking for a fabulous lift that’s sure to produce a permanent smile.

My Review:
I have to say, I was looking forward to this book. I was ecstatic to receive it, but when I started reading it was like I was having to force myself to turn the page. I am not saying the writing is bad, because it is not. I am saying I just couldn’t get the “connect” to the book/author.
I will say that it brought back a lot of memories with my Grandparents, as they helped raise me too, with being raised by Grandparents you learn the value of money, respect, and love. You would understand if  you read even the first chapter of Hair Spray, High Heels, and Second Hand Smoke.
I loved the fact that he went back and wrote about the times he spent with his Grandparents, he will always have those memories in his book, and in everyday life.
The book is about Frank’s journey to become a hairdresser/beauty operator, from a life-changing move to the big city of Forth Worth to his funny tales of what happens behind the beauty chair, and he is still going strong thirty years later.
If you want to find out what it is like looking in on a life of a hairdresser, I would suggest this book! It is funny, and I did laugh through some of it. I just couldn’t keep turning the pages.
This book may not have been for me, but it could be for you. Don’t let my review turn your nose, at least give it a try!

About the Author:
A cosmetologist for the past 37 years, Frank Meyner earned his certification at the Glen and Lottie’s Pivot Point School of Cosmetology. He has owned his own salon, Frank Meyner’s Mane Event, for 28 years in Fort Worth, where he lives.

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Review: The Spinsterlicious Life

The Spinsterlicious LifePublisher: CreateSpace
Author: Eleanore Wells
Genre: Self-Help/Memoir

★ ☆★ ☆ – 4 Stars

The Spinsterlicious Life:
The Chronicles of life is about adventures, joys, and realities of a happy single woman in a “married-is-normal” world. It is a funny, clever, and insightful read for any woman who is single… for the time being or for a lifetime.

My Review:
I love the authors writing style, and humor within the book. You can totally relate to her (even with being married), and become understanding of the reason to be single & child-free life that she has chosen to lead.
She is honest through the entire book, and lays out her everyday life just for the reader. While you read you will discover 20 lessons, or chapters, as to why she has chosen this life style and she has simple made it her own. Twenty lessons are shared personal experiences, not only the good side of things, but some potential bumps in the road as well.
Potential bumps are like; if she would have a husband, then he would change the light bulb, catch the mouse in the house, and fix the tenants water problems, but instead everything is up to her.

About the Author:
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Eleanore Wells now lives in and loves New York City. Her very popular blog –The Spinsterlicious Life—celebrates the joys and realities of life as a happily single woman. Due to its widespread popularity, the obvious next step was a book by the same name. Funny, insightful, and wise, The Spinsterlicious Life: Twenty Life Lessons for Living Happily Single and Child-free, is part memoir, part-self help. It chronicles Eleanore’s life and lessons, and enlightens us all that there’s a lot that’s really good about being single, free, and unencumbered. When she’s not writing about “the single life”, Eleanore runs her own consumer research and strategy firm, Golden Door Consulting.

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Review: Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience

Pepper ParrotPublisher: CreateSpace
Age: 2+
Author: Carole Roman

★ ☆★ ☆★ – 5 Stars!

Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life by Carole Roman has decided to continue her series with Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience. This time, new crew member, Pepper Parrot is having a hard time keeping up with the drills. Captain No Beard and his mates join together to help Pepper achieve her goals with patience and tolerance.

The main characters from the first outing: Alexander, Captain No Beard, his cousin Hallie, his first mate, and the stuffed animals Mongo the monkey, Linus the lion and Fribbet the frog, who quite amazingly become animated crew members once Alexander’s bed is transformed in a prate ship, The Flying Dragon.

We loved reading about Captain No Beard again! My daughter yelled “Yay Yay Yay” through the hallway when we was getting ready for a bed time read! Even when Pepper Parrot gets confused on which side of the desk to go, my daughter was smiling and saying, “nooo this way!” It is always a  great thing to know which is right/left and I loved Carole’s approach to this! Again, another awesome book!

About the Author:
Award-winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman who has successfully run a family business with her husband for more than 40 years. Her first book, “Captain No Beard: An imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life,” has been named to the Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 as well as garnered the star of remarkable merit. She currently lives on Long Island near all her children and grandchildren and strives to sees them as much as she can.

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