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Kid Lit Blog Hop 37: Love Your Library

16 Apr

I’m a big believer in libraries. I especially love free and public libraries. When I lived in southern Maine I had access to a well-funded library with 2 full-time children’s librarians and an excellent selection of new-release books. Now that we are living Downeast, things are different. Our new community faces a lot of economic hardship–which leaves the local library underfunded. It’s unfortunate, because in a community such as this, access to a library is more important than ever. The children’s room here is wonderful–it is warm and welcoming, and my daughter loves going there to read and play. However, the book collection is smaller, and has fewer shiny new books in it. They also only have one children’s librarian, who is there only 12 hours a week.

As a family spending a year living on my partner’s Americorps stipend, we’re not in a position to help financially. As much as I’d love to personally purchase a beautiful new selection of books for our library, it’s just not possible. However, I did realize last week that I can give my time. It’s actually a perfect fit in terms of volunteer opportunity. I did work-study at the campus library in college, so I have some experience already. Since I’m volunteering in the children’s room, I can bring my daughter along with me. I LOVE kids lit. And, I am supporting an organization about which I am incredibly passionate.

There are benefits, too. Obviously there’s the warm feeling I get from helping out my community. But I also get the chance to see what other people are reading when I re-shelf books. I’ve already started to find some gems I might have otherwise overlooked. I know that many of us feel like our lives are so busy, it seems impossible to squeeze in yet one more thing. But I would really like to encourage you to consider volunteering at your library. Even if you just spend an hour or two a week re-shelving, or repairing, or covering books, you’ll free up time for your librarian to focus their skills on bigger projects. And remember that most libraries accept donations of gently-used books. If your kid has outgrown those board books, they could find a new home at your local library, where many more children can enjoy and benefit from them.

 

The Kid Lit Blog Hop hostesses are super-excited to unveil our new Kid Lit Blog Hop button. Tada!!!

Kid Lit Blog Hop Button

The Kid Lit Blog Hop began roughly 1 1/2 years ago and the original design for the button was drawn by my then 9 year old daughter, who complained that she could have drawn something much better if I hadn’t insisted on stick figures. While the old logo is certainly recognizable, we felt it was time to breathe new life into the Hop. Please feel free to grab the code for the button (below) and pop it up into your sidebar or elsewhere on your site.

Big thank you to designbox1, who we found through Fiverr, for working closely with us in creating our beautiful new button.

 

Children’s Book Week ~ Kid Lit Giveaway Hop 2014

CBW Kid Lit Giveaway Hop 2014 - Banner - FINALWe also want to invite you to participate in the Children’s Book Week Kid Lit Giveaway Hop 2014 (May 12 to 18). Are you a children’s book or teen literature blogger, an author, a publisher, or a publicist looking to share copies of a fabulous book? Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews are joining forces to provide you with the opportunity to take part in a Blog Hop featuring links to giveaways for fabulous children/teen’s books, gift cards, cash, or other prizes. What better way to celebrate Children’s Book Week?

SIGN UP NOW!

 

On to the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

Welcome to the 37th Kid Lit Blog Hop where twice per month (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday) we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children’s books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

We are pleased to welcome Divina from Beauty of the Picture Book as co-host this week. Please pop on over and give her a quick hello and welcome and be sure to follow her as specified below. Welcome Divina!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

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Kid Lit Blog Hop Rules *Please Read*

1. We ask that you kindly follow your hosts. You can follow us any way you choose (Email, GFC, Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pinterest, etc.), but we’ve added our preferences below. If you could just give us a quick “follow” or “like” that would be much appreciated! Make sure to leave us a message if you are following us (i.e., on Twitter or Facebook or on our websites) and we will be sure to follow you back. Thanks! 🙂

Hostesses:

Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews Facebook * Twitter

Jaymie @ Snacks for Max Twitter * Facebook

Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews Twitter * Facebook

Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Reshama @ Stacking Books Twitter * Facebook

Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks Twitter * Facebook

Destiny @ Reading and Sharing Twitter * Facebook

Mia @ Pragmatic Mom Twitter * Facebook

Lina @ Best 4 Future: Bringing Up Baby Bilingual Twitter * Facebook

Co-Host:

Beauty of the Picture Book Email * Facebook

2. Link up any Kid Lit related post. This can be a link to a children’s book review, a discussion about children’s literature/literacy, or a post on a recently-read children’s book or one that you love from your childhood.

* Don’t link directly to your blog, it must be a specific post.*

* For Authors, we prefer you to link to your blog if you have one. Please link unique posts each time ~ no repeats please. *

* Make sure you include an image relevant to the POST (e.g., book cover), not your blog button or photo of yourself.*

* Feel free to link more than one post.*

3. Please visit AT LEAST the TWO LINKS directly ahead of your own and leave them some love in the form of a comment. We are trying to build a community of bloggers, readers, parents, authors, and others who are as passionate about children’s literature as we are so please CONNECT and follow any or all of the blogs that interest you! 4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you’re linking up. If you’d prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links! 5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!

Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? If you’ve joined us before, you are welcome to join us again! Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.

Happy Hopping!

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Spring Forward

31 Mar

Winter was rough at my household. It wasn’t the oppressive cold or excess precipitation. Having grown up in the mountains of Maine, I am equipped to handle that stuff. It drains my emotional reserves some, but generally I’m good at hunkering down with books and knitting for the winter. However, when you throw in illness, health issues, and death in the family… well, it’s hard to prioritize blogging.

It’s still not looking much like spring here–but the days are longer and the angle of the sun has shifted just enough to give me a renewed sense of vitality. My health issues are sorted, and no one in the household has had a life-sucking cold in a while. So, I decided it was time to get back on the proverbial horse and return to blogging.

My hiatus gave me some time to think about what direction I want to take my blog in the future. I plan to continue to review children’s books, but will scale back to 2 book reviews a week. I need to be realistic about the level of activity I can sustain for the long-term. However, I plan to post more about parenting and related topics. It’s a shift that I think will be good for me and for my family.

Thank you for your patience during this unanticipated break. And a big thank you to my co-hostesses at the Kid Lit Blog Hop for being supportive and understanding while I dealt with real life. My fingers are crossed that April will be a great month for all of us.

Kid Lit Blog Hop #32

5 Feb

It’s time for one of my favorite times of the week (well, every other week)–The Kid Lit Blog Hop! It’s always such a treat to see what books have gotten other people excited. Will I discover something new and amazing? Will I get to share in a moment of “I love that book, too!”?

As for me, I’ve been busy with family, health, and housekeeping. But I’m still finding plenty of time to read with my 2-year old. We received a present from her great aunt a couple days ago titled Max Makes a Cake, which is a sweet story about a little boy who gets impatient while waiting for his father and decide to make his mother’s (Kosher for Passover) birthday cake all by himself. Daughter memorized the character’s names after a single reading and seems pretty enthused. I like the themes of problem-solving and independence. We’ve also been reading One, by Kathryn Otoshi, which is absolutely charming. I love the minimalist watercolor illustrations, strong anti-bullying message, and incorporation of color and number concepts. My daughter likes it when it’s time to take a stand and she gets to say “NO!” to bullying. We’ve got a pile of 10 library books in our current circulation, as well as selections from her ever-growing personal library.

As for my blog–I’ve got the following reviews coming up in my queue: White Spaces: Book One of the Dark Passages, Secrets Underground, Good Crooks Book One: Missing Monkey, Suitcase of Stars, Starring Me and You, How to Make a Planet, Ava and Pip, and more! Right now I’m in the position of having so many wonderful sounding books to read that I’m never sure where to start. I can think of worse problems to have.

So, that’s where I am this week. How about you? Please, take a moment to link up to the hop and comment on some of the awesome posts I’m sure you’ll discover.


Welcome to the 32nd Kid Lit Blog Hop where twice per month (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday) we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children’s books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

We are pleased to welcome with us this week a new full-time permanent hostess on the Hop, Maria from the blog Music Teaching and Parenting is joining us. Plus, we are also happy to have Savannah Mae from the book blog Say What? Savannah Mae Book Reviews. Big welcome to Maria and Savannah Mae!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

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Kid Lit Blog Hop Rules *Please Read*

1. We ask that you kindly follow your hostesses. You can follow us any way you choose (Email, GFC, Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pinterest, etc.), but we’ve added our preferences below. If you could just give us a quick “follow” or “like” that would be much appreciated! Make sure to leave us a message if you are following us (i.e., on Twitter or Facebook or on our websites) and we will be sure to follow you back. Thanks! 🙂

Hostesses:

Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews Facebook * Twitter

Jaymie @ Snacks for Max Twitter * Facebook

Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews Twitter * Facebook

Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Reshama @ Stacking Books Twitter * Facebook

Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks Twitter * Facebook

Destiny @ Reading and Sharing Twitter * Facebook

Maria@ Music Teaching and Parenting Twitter * Facebook

Mia @ Pragmatic Mom Twitter * Facebook

Co-Hostess:

Savannah Mae @ Say What? Savannah Mae Book Reviews Twitter * Facebook

2. Link up any Kid Lit related post. This can be a link to a children’s book review, a discussion about children’s literature/literacy, or a post on a recently-read children’s book or one that you love from your childhood.

* Don’t link directly to your blog, it must be a specific post.*

* For Authors, we prefer you to link to your blog if you have one. Please link unique posts each time ~ no repeats please. *

* Make sure you include an image relevant to the POST (e.g., book cover), not your blog button or photo of yourself.*

* Feel free to link more than one post.*

3. Please visit AT LEAST the TWO LINKS directly ahead of your own and leave them some love in the form of a comment. We are trying to build a community of bloggers, readers, parents, authors, and others who are as passionate about children’s literature as we are so please CONNECT and follow any or all of the blogs that interest you! 4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you’re linking up. If you’d prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links! 5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!

Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.

Happy Hopping!

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Kid Lit Blog Hop #31

22 Jan

Sometimes time just gets away from you–especially when you’ve been sick for a few days. Suddenly, it’s Wednesday, I’m two reviews behind and wondering how I’ll catch up (not to mention dishes, laundry, and other housekeeping). Fortunately I had Monday and Tuesday’s reviews mostly written, so they should be up later today (Mommy and Me Start Cooking by DK and Jungle of Bones by Ben Mikaelsen). And keep watch for upcoming reviews of Breakfast With Bigfoot, The Quantum League: Spell Robbers, Princess Madeline and the Dragon, Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence and more.

In the meantime, it’s time for another Kid Lit Blog Hop! So, get your links ready and prepare to hop around discovering great children’s books.


Welcome to the 31st Kid Lit Blog Hop where twice per month (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday) we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children’s books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

We are pleased to welcome a new full-time permanent hostess on the Hop, Mia from the parenting and book blog, Pragmatic Mom is joining us! Big welcome to Mia and a big THANK YOU to my fellow hostesses – you are all amazing bloggers and authors.

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

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Kid Lit Blog Hop Rules *Please Read*

1. We ask that you kindly follow your hostesses. You can follow us any way you choose (Email, GFC, Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pinterest, etc.), but we’ve added our preferences below. If you could just give us a quick “follow” or “like” that would be much appreciated! Make sure to leave us a message if you are following us (i.e., on Twitter or Facebook or on our websites) and we will be sure to follow you back. Thanks! 🙂

Hostesses:

Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews Facebook * Twitter

Jaymie @ Snacks for Max Twitter * Facebook

Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews Twitter * Facebook

Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Reshama @ Stacking Books Twitter * Facebook

Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks Twitter * Facebook

Destiny @ Reading and Sharing Twitter * Facebook

Lina @ Best 4 Future: Bringing Up Baby Bilingual Twitter * Facebook

Mia @ Pragmatic Mom Twitter * Facebook

2. Link up any Kid Lit related post. This can be a link to a children’s book review, a discussion about children’s literature/literacy, or a post on a recently-read children’s book or one that you love from your childhood.

* Don’t link directly to your blog, it must be a specific post.*

* For Authors, we prefer you to link to your blog if you have one. Please link unique posts each time ~ no repeats please. *

* Make sure you include an image relevant to the POST (e.g., book cover), not your blog button or photo of yourself.*

* Feel free to link more than one post.*

3. Please visit AT LEAST the TWO LINKS directly ahead of your own and leave them some love in the form of a comment. We are trying to build a community of bloggers, readers, parents, authors, and others who are as passionate about children’s literature as we are so please CONNECT and follow any or all of the blogs that interest you!

4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you’re linking up. If you’d prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links!

5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!

Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.

Happy Hopping!

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A Personal Note

10 Jan

There is no new book review today. That is because my family has been struggling through a crisis and I haven’t had the energy to read or write much. Since the day after Christmas, my 26-year old nephew has been in a coma. Things have been rough and his body has been deteriorating. The decision was finally made to fulfill his wish to be an organ donor. This evening, doctors will perform tests to make sure Richie’s organs are still healthy, and then they will harvest them for the Gift of Life organization. His final gift will be to pay it forward to another family in need.

Throughout all of this, the elephant in the room has been that my family has very little in the way of financial resources. Which means that once Richie does pass, they can’t afford to have a funeral for him. Richie was a vibrant young man with a large family and circle of friends. He deserves a memorial, and his loved ones deserve a chance to say goodbye. No one should have to worry about money during such a difficult time. So, I have set up a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for my nephew’s funeral.

If you have the inclination to help out a vibrant, loving, struggling family in southern New Jersey, I ask you to please consider making a donation to the fund. If you’re not in the position to donate money, even sharing the link could help out. Funerals are expensive–but if we can find enough people to give just a tiny amount, we can make it happen.

The campaign can be found here: http://www.gofundme.com/654uxg
Richie Long and his daughter

I will continue to post updates as we have new information.

Hopefully I will have new book-related content ready for Monday morning. Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

Kid Lit Blog Hop #30

8 Jan

I am thrilled to announce that I am the newest addition to the hostess team for the Kid Lit Blog Hop! When I was just getting started with this whole blogging thing last year, I stumbled upon this event and fell in love. Not only has it given me a great opportunity to discover more wonderful children’s books–it’s also introduced me to some lovely fellow bloggers in the Kid Lit sphere. One of my blogging goals for 2014 was to get more involved with the hop. And I decided that instead of waiting around, I might as well jump in and ask. I’ve realized the past few months that being successful at blogging requires a lot more than generating quality content–for example putting yourself out there to network with others. That means I’ve had to get over some of my hang ups about approaching people. Sometimes that means I ask for a review copy and get turned down. Other times it means that I nervously ask to become a hostess on a blog hop and get a warm, enthusiastic welcome to the team. So, on the balance, I’d say it’s worth it.

And, now, I encourage you all to Read more and Share more.


Welcome to the 30th Kid Lit Blog Hop. This is our first hop of 2014! In 2013, we have welcomed so many wonderful people and we are very excited to continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children’s books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of the new bloggers who have joined the Hop. If you are one of our regulars – thank you so much!

Happy New Year!!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

Kid Lit Blog Hop

Kid Lit Blog Hop Rules *Please Read*

1. We ask that you kindly follow your hosts and co-hosts. You can follow us any way you choose (Email, GFC, Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pinterest, etc.), but we’ve added our preferences below. If you could just give us a quick “follow” or “like” that would be much appreciated! Make sure to leave us a message if you are following us (i.e., on Twitter or Facebook or on our websites) and we will be sure to follow you back. Thanks! 🙂

Hostesses:

Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews Facebook * Twitter

Jaymie @ Snacks for Max Twitter * Facebook

Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews Twitter * Facebook

Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Reshama @ Stacking Books Twitter * Facebook

Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks Twitter * Facebook

Destiny @ Reading and Sharing Twitter * Facebook

2. Link up any Kid Lit related post. This can be a link to a children’s book review, a discussion about children’s literature/literacy, or a post on a recently-read children’s book or one that you love from your childhood.

* Don’t link directly to your blog, it must be a specific post.*

* For Authors, we prefer you to link to your blog if you have one. Please link unique posts each time ~ no repeats please. *

* Make sure you include an image relevant to the POST (e.g., book cover), not your blog button or photo of yourself.*

* Feel free to link more than one post.*

3. Please visit AT LEAST the TWO LINKS directly ahead of your own and leave them some love in the form of a comment. We are trying to build a community of bloggers, readers, parents, authors, and others who are as passionate about children’s literature as we are so please CONNECT and follow any or all of the blogs that interest you!

4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you’re linking up. If you’d prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links!

5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!

Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.

Happy Hopping!

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Tuesdays with My Toddler

10 Dec

As a book lover, one of my parenting goals has been to share that love with my daughter. At 2 years old, she already has quite an impressive book collection. However, the way we’ve been able to read over 300 books before she turned 2 was by visiting the library. So, when we moved one of the first orders of business was to find the local library. We’re living in a smaller community now, with a high level of poverty, so the children’s collection isn’t as large as we have grown accustomed to. But there are still some great books–and most importantly, an enthusiastic children’s librarian.

My big disappointment is that this weekend, the library closed for a 3 week renovation! On the up side, they lifted their borrowing limits until the new year, so I currently have a stack of 35 library books to read with my little one. We haven’t made our way through all of them yet–although we have read about half of them at least once.

So, what have we been reading this week?

  • Right Outside My Window, by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Nicholas Wilton
  • Chill in the Air: Nature Poems for Fall and Winter, by John Frank, illustrated by Mike Reed
  • Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature, by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes
  • All the World, by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee
  • Nothing Like a Puffin, by Sue Soltis, illustrated by Bob Kolar
  • Blue Chicken, by Deborah Freedman
  • The House in the Night, by Susan Marie Swanson, illustrated by Beth Krommes
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, by Simms Taback
  • Night Gliders, by Joanne Ryder, illustrated by Melissa Bay Mathis
  • Little Hoot, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Jen Corace
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, by Dr. Seuss
  • Olivia, by Ian Falconer
  • Crictor, by Tomi Ungerer
  • Madeline in London, by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Madeline and the Cats of Rome, by John Bemelmans Marciano

 

We’ve also been reading books from her personal collection. So far, I’ve been pretty happy with the library selections. I tried to get some good variety in there, and have at least one other poetry collection to read together. Daughter has enjoyed the selections as well.

What have you been reading with your children recently?

You can check out previous books I’ve read with my daughter, including reviews at her Goodreads shelf.

We’re Back, and with a Book Blast, too!

9 Dec

It has been a busy couple of weeks for my family. Besides Thanksgiving and Hanukkah festivities, we also moved across state to Downeast Maine. Moving is simultaneously exciting and draining, so besides unpacking and settling in, I’ve not had the energy to do much else. However, now that most of the boxes are unpacked–I’m ready to get back to posting content. I’ve got some new ideas in the works, too. Lots to look forward to!

Don’t forget that I’ve still got a giveaway open for a hardcover copy of The Severed Tower. Information can be found here.

And today, I’d like to tell you about another book, this one for middle grade readers. It’s called Dragon Defender, and I’m reading it right now. Next month I’ll be reviewing it as part of a blog tour. But for now, I will say that I’ve been hooked into the story and I’m excited to see how it will unfold. So, keep reading to find out more about it–and at the end, there’s a link to a $50 giveaway!

About the Book

Dragon Defender by J.A. BlackburnTitle: Dragon Defender (Dragon Defense League, Book #1)

Author: J.A. Blackburn

Publication Date: October 19, 2013

Publisher: Pip & Grey

Number of pages: 242

Recommended age: 10+

 

 

 

Summary (Amazon):

For over a thousand years dragons have existed in secret . . .

Peter Clark can build a robot from scratch and pick a lock in two minutes or less. But he can’t figure out why his mother left or why his grandma refuses to talk about her. When Uncle Dominick shows up on Peter’s twelfth birthday with a letter that hints at answers and an incredible story about dragons, Peter follows him, determined to find out the truth about his mother’s disappearance.

What he finds is a reality far different from what he ever could have imagined – where dragons live in hiding, hunted by poachers for their magical parts, and a small group of men and women work tirelessly to protect them. These are the Dragon Defenders. Peter’s uncle is one. So was his mother. Now it’s Peter’s turn.

* Finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2013 Literary Contest *

 

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About the Author: J.A. Blackburn

J.A. Blackburn, Author

J.A. Blackburn

 

J. A. Blackburn lives in Seattle, Washington in a small white house overlooking the sea with her husband, Jason, her son, Camden, and their dog, Bella. Dragon Defender is her first novel.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

 

 

 

* $50 Book Blast Giveaway *

Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest runs: December 8, 2013 to January 6, 2014, 11:59 pm, 2013

Open: Internationally

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