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November Wrap Up

Hello readers!!!
Well this was a bit of a slowww reading month for me. Here are the books that I read, which include two advanced copies of books for blog tours, a giveaway book, and a book I beta read.
Blog Tour books:
Infinite Limits by Megan Duke (released December 16, 2014)
Pinny the Bowling Pin by Leah Ward
Giveaway book:
Fragile Facade (The Blind Barriers Trilogy #1) by Sophie Davis

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Goodreads Synopsis:
You’ve heard their stories. You’ve felt their pain. Now, in this thought-provoking conclusion to Small Circles, the characters we’ve come to love are faced with an abundance of difficult choices. It’s time for each of them to choose a path, but who’s to say which is the right one? Between a wedding, a pregnancy, a disappearance, and a disturbing dream turned reality, there are an infinite number of ways this story could end. But there is a limit to every infinity, and everyone has a breaking point.

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Goodreads Synopsis:
Bowling Pin’s have feelings, too, in this funny, uplifting and overcoming story of the pin who felt alone because he couldn’t seem to do what all the other pins did – fall.

Poor Pinny just wants to fit in. He is tired of being the last bowling pin standing, making it nearly impossible for kids to bowl a strike. Everyone dislikes the last pin, the lone pin, the one who won’t fall no matter how many others do. As if it isn’t bad enough that the kids don’t like him, even the other pin’s don’t! He is making them look bad after all. But maybe, Pinny wasn’t meant to fit in? Maybe he was meant for something greater! Perhaps a doctor, a rockstar, or even the President!

Kids will be imagining their own humorous occupations for Pinny, and sharing a laugh with the lovable character and the author who finally revealed the truth behind the bowling pins lives. This story is a perfect gift for anti-bullying, for a reminder to kids to never give up, and for those who just want to know why it’s so difficult to bowl a strike!
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Lark Kingsley had the perfect family, the perfect future, the perfect life. Born and raised in affluent Manhattan society, she was bred for success. Lark had it all. Until one day things go terribly wrong, and she vanishes without a trace.

Raven Ferragamo is starting a new life. Taking a year off after high school, she moves to Washington, D.C., leaving her friends, her family, and her problems behind. The clean break with her past starts off better than she could’ve dreamed. For the first time in her short life, Raven really feels as though anything is possible.

Until one day, in the midst of a nationwide hunt for the Kinsgley Diamonds heiress, Raven happens upon Lark’s diary. Without warning, she is drawn in to the life of a girl with many secrets. Lark knew of the fate that would befall her before she ever disappeared. Her desperate pleas for help draw Raven in to a labyrinth of mysteries.

Seemingly coming from different worlds, the two have more in common than either could ever imagine.

What happened to Lark? And why was she building a hidden life? Will Raven find the answers before she is ensnared as well?

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Penny’s Blog Tour Day 2: Pinny the Bowling Pin Review

Hello readers!!
Welcome to day two of Pinny’s Blog Tour!
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Bowling Pin’s have feelings, too, in this funny, uplifting and overcoming story of the pin who felt alone because he couldn’t seem to do what all the other pins did – fall. 
Poor Pinny just wants to fit in. He is tired of being the last bowling pin standing, making it nearly impossible for kids to bowl a strike. Everyone dislikes the last pin, the lone pin, the one who won’t fall no matter how many others do. As if it isn’t bad enough that the kids don’t like him, even the other pin’s don’t! He is making them look bad after all. But maybe, Pinny wasn’t meant to fit in? Maybe he was meant for something greater! Perhaps a doctor, a rockstar, or even the President! 
Kids will be imagining their own humorous occupations for Pinny, and sharing a laugh with the lovable character and the author who finally revealed the truth behind the bowling pins lives. This story is a perfect gift for anti-bullying, for a reminder to kids to never give up, and for those who just want to know why it’s so difficult to bowl a strike!

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars

My review:

This is my first official children’s book review!
I absolutely LOVED the concept of this story. I have NEVER read about a story that centers on the struggles of a bowling pin that just can’t seem to fall down!
I enjoyed that the story was written in first person AND from the perspective of Pinny, rather than the child. This gives the story a unique twist, and will sure to engage children. Children and adults can easily relate to Johnny or Pinny. The characters go through the frustration of not being able to do something the first time around. I liked the fact that even though DREAMS of being the head pin, he would dream of others “careers” he thought he may be good at, which is okay. This will teach kids that there are endless possibilities for them.
I am always glad when children’s authors address issues of bullying. This, unfortunately is a topic that seems to be pushed off to the side because it’s something that we shouldn’t talk about. Too often children get bullied and teased at such a young age, that when they grow older, the pain becomes too much. I am glad that the book addresses a consequence for the bullies in the book, which is extremely important.
I HIGHLY recommend this book! I think that this is a fantastic book for children and adults to enjoy. You are sure to root for Pinny on his journey of becoming the head pin!
Oh and by the way… remember that picture at the top? Well that Pinny represents my hopes to finally become a teacher. Make sure to get your own copy of Pinny the Bowling Pin November 21st!!!


Pinny Blog Tour Day 1: intro to tour and author Q&A!!!!

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Hello readers!! And welcome to the first day of the Pinny Blog Tour!! I am so excited to be hosting the first day of this blog tour! I will be covering the first two days of the tour and then I will pass the reins to Ajoyceanodyssey! Click here to see the other stops on this tour: http://leahwardauthor.com/blog-tour-2014/4585105256

For my portion of the tour, I will be posting my Q&A with author Leah Ward for today and tomorrow I will be posting my review about Pinny the Bowling Pin.
For those of you who don’t know, this is the story about a bowling pin who just can’t seem to fall down, no matter how hard he tries. He encounters being teased by the other pins and dreams of other things he could possibly do should being a pin not work out in his favor. 
This is the first children’s book written by Leah Ward, who is known for writing poetry and a YA novel. I actually found out about this author when she contacted me after looking at my blog. She told me she loved my reviews and wanted to know if I would like to be a part of her blog tour for her first children’s novel. Well, you know what my response was!
So here’s the first portion of my blog tour…the Q&A with author Leah Ward

1. I really enjoyed reading the story about Pinny and how the story was written from Pinny’s point of view. What led you to want to write the story from his perspective?
– Thank you! I really enjoyed writing from Pinny’s perspective because it made the story so much more personable. I think, especially with children’s books, that writing from their point of view really engages kids. Instead of me telling a story to them, Pinny tells it to them. Plus, Pinny is hilarious and he deserved the floor!

2. What did you enjoy writing the most: YA, poetry, or a children’s novel?
I enjoyed writing each of them differently so it’s hard to say which was my favorite. Poetry I wrote because of my feelings (as cliche as that sounds). It was just easier to express myself with rhyme, pen and paper. Young Adult was super fun because of the length. It has a sense of accomplishment to it unlike anything else. In school I complained about 
writing a page essay, yet I can get on the computer with no trouble and type out a scene that’s ten pages long. Developing the characters too, that was definitely a plus. Unlike Pinny, we are with him for a few sentences, but Edwin and Lena we are with for 230+ pages! I will say that Pinny was extremely fun to write! I wanted to make it comical, yet 
still have a moral to the story. I really hope that I hit the nail on the head with that concept!

3. What do you think children will take away after reading this story?
– I want them to read Pinny, have a few laughs, understand that bullying is not okay, and then open it back up to read their favorite parts again! I really think the illustrations do wonders for the book. When I got the proofs, I loved just looking at the pictures and seeing all of the humorous detail.

4. Were any of the characters in your children’s story inspired by anyone from your life?
– Not specifically, no they weren’t. The characters are a little more general so that they can correlate with any child.

5. What is your favorite thing to do besides writing?
– Hmm… My favorite things consist of traveling (road trips!), hanging out with my pup, going to the park for a run, eating NY style pizza, and of course SLEEPING!

6. What has been your all time favorite thing about writing?
– My favorite is just the feeling of accomplishment, and the feeling I get from my readers. Hearing that your story is inspiring and that people enjoy reading it is exhilarating! Seriously, every time I get a compliment or just into a conversation about my books, it is like an author’s high!

7. What was the last book that you read and what did you like most about the book?
– The book that I’m reading currently is The Land of Stories Book 3. The first two are AMAZING and I’m seriously jealous of Chris Colfer’s writing style and humor. If you haven’t read the first book, you should. The concept is brilliant and the plot twists and turns as you read like 
a reading roller coaster.

Author info:
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Leah Ward is a 21 year old author of YA and children’s picture books. She lives in NC with her beloved jack russell terrier Luna. She decided to pursue writing only two years ago after her bestfriend, singer Taylor Leopold, told her how amazing her poetry was and encouraged her to get it published. After releasing her poetry book, The Art of Words (2013), she decided to try writing her favorite genre book – fantasy YA. 2014 brought the release of her first YA novel Searching for Darkness. Currently Leah is working on a childrens book that all ages will find to love. You can follow Leah on Twitter @LeahWardAuthor and Instagram @LeahWardAuthor. You can also visit her Facebook page for a frequent update of what she is up to and book memes that will give you a laugh!

I hope you enjoyed the post! Tune in tomorrow for my review on the book!
Enjoy!
And don’t forget….
HAPPY READING!!


Pinny’s Blog Tour 2014

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Hello readers!

Pinny The Bowling Pin is the debut children’s book of Leah Ward and next month I will be participating in “Pinny’s Blog Tour 2014” for her debut children’s book.

From Leah Ward: “Who’s ready to meet PINNY!!! The bowling pin who just can’t seem to fall down. Promotes anti-bullying and teaches kids to never give up on their dreams! Coming to you November 21st!!

Click on the picture below for more information about the blog tour including dates and blog websites

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 Leah Ward is a 21 year old author of YA and children’s picture books. She lives in NC with her beloved jack          russell terrier Luna. She decided to pursue writing only two years ago after her bestfriend, singer Taylor Leopold, told her how amazing her poetry was and encouraged her to get it published. After releasing her poetry book, The Art of Words (2013), she decided to try writing her favorite genre book – fantasy YA. 2014 brought the release of her first YA novel Searching for Darkness. Currently Leah is working on a childrens book that all ages will find to love. You can follow Leah on Twitter @LeahWardAuthor and Instagram @LeahWardAuthor. You can also visit her Facebook page for a frequent update of what she is up to and book memes that will give you a laugh!

 


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