Rice & Rocks *Blog Tour* & Giveaway

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the charming children’s book written by Sandra L. Richards and illustrated by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan, Rice & Rocks. The tour will run from August 23 – September 13, 2016. collages7_orig


About the Book

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Title: Rice & Rocksl | Author: Sandra L. Richards | Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing | Publication Date: August 23, 2016 Genre: Children’s Picture Book | Number of Pages: 32 Book Description: Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity. Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed he does not like ‘rice and rocks’ and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni’s pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.

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Take a look inside the book…

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My thoughts:

This book wonderfully illustrates the powerful message that as much as we are different, we are really all the same. It’s multi-generational, multi-cultural and a beautiful book that shares the importance of tradition and heritage. Magical and imaginative!

 

About the Author: Sandra L. Richards

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Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity.

Learn more about Sandra at www.sandralrichards.com.

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About the Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan

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Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: September 13, 11:59 pm, 2016

Open to: Internationally

Please enter the rafflecopter: HERE.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Sandra L. Richards and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

Hazardous Ways to Gain Attention Towards Your Newly Released Book & Last Stop

Whether you are a traditionally published author or not, there needs to be great thought in how you’ll promote your new book and a plan in place well before it is released into the wild. UnknownIt’s sink or swim in the sea of new books released daily, and you’ll need to get creative to merely stay afloat. May I suggest the following ways to possibly gain attention?

Warning: Some or all suggestions may be hazardous to your health.

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A) Send up smoke signals. Big puffy ones. Yes, I’m suggesting starting a fire in a safe location, like in your barbecue. Make sure you have a nearby hose and follow proper protocol. And if the fire department is mistakenly called because of all the smoke and comes a-calling, make sure you give each crew member a signed copy of your book and maybe homemade cookies. Secretly hope that the incident makes local news and gets picked up by the Associated Press, goes viral and then you’re asked to appear on The Ellen Show, even if it’s just for your cookie recipe.

 

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B) Sell your first born to finance the hiring of the Goodyear Blimp to appear at an outdoor national event with the cover of your book plastered to its side. Does it have a side? Or as a less costly, but more dangerous option, hire a sky writer. Have them write BUY MY BOOK in the sky while you’re sky diving down as you throw copies of your book to the onlooking crowd while yelling “incoming” and/or “fore” and hope you don’t get fined for littering and that you remember to pull your ripcord.

 

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C) Send a gazillion invitations out to peeps begging them for their participation in a blog tour that you decide to host yourself. Question yourself on this decision hourly. Convince yourself that all of the unanswered invitations ended up in the intendeds’ spam folder and were never seen. Make sure you offer a decent prize to entice readers’ interest, even if you have to sacrifice your monthly food budget to finance the giveaway. Be eternally grateful to all those that do accept your invitation and want to help you get the word out.

 

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So…the last stop on my tour is dedicated to the wonderful bloggers, book reviewers, fellow authors and great KidLit peeps that helped to make the blog tour a success in so many ways. How many, you ask?

Let me count the many wonderful ways, as I recap the month…

  1. Cat Michaels asked Lobo questions in his first ever super fun interview.
  2. K. Lamb interviewed C.L. Murphy and said “Ms. Murphy weaves an adorable “tale”of what happens when nature meets technology.”
  3. “Not only is this book cute and entertaining but C.L. Murphy has created a number of activities to go with her new book.”~ Adalinc to Life
  4. “What an adorable book!” ~Bound 4 Escape
  5. Mom Read it joined in the fun and posted on her wonderful blog.
  6. JT of Where Connor and JT go said “I liked it. The animals are silly.”
  7. “I think Selfies In The Wild will get your children “wild” about reading.” ~ Literate for Life
  8. “The drawings of the characters set in real life nature scenes brings more delight to the story.” ~ Books by Rose
  9. “Fun characters. Great illustrations. I loved reading this book.”~ Kay Lalone
  10. “Cute and giggle-worthy, Selfies in the Wild will have your little one laughing out loud and enjoying the yet another adventure from Lovable Lobo!” ~Sassy and Dangerous
  11. Carmela Dutra interviewed C.L. Murphy and said, “What an adorable book!”
  12. “My grandchildren and I are crazy about Lovable Lobo!” ~ Grammy Pags A.K.A. Rhonda Paglia
  13. “Lovable Lobo and his friends teach us a few things along the way…There’s a whole lot in this little book.” ~Books Direct
  14. “Selfies in the Wild is an adorable book that your kids are sure to love!”~Christy’s Cozy Corners
  15. “This book was so much fun to read!” ~Unleashing Readers
  16. “I love how all the animals interact with the camera and put their best foot forward when taking their selfie.” ~ David Chuka
  17. “This book is an absolutely adorable picture book.”~Reading Authors
  18. “Filled with humor and fun this book is certain to become a fast favorite among young readers and parents will enjoy it too!” ~Beach Bound Books
  19. “Lovable Lobo is one of my favorite animal critters.”~ Barbara Ann Mojica
  20. “Amanda and I had fun reading Selfies in the Wild together.” ~Amanda’s Books and More
  21. “Selfies in the Wild is an unexpected, perfectly wild adventure for kids of all ages.” ~Kid Lit Reviews
  22. “The author has an incredible imaginative way with words and art that captures the hearts of children and adults alike.”~One Girl Writes
  23. “…this book adorably speculates conversations among the forest critters.” ~Cymplified

Thank you one and all! I could not have done it without you!

WOW! The POWER of social media continues to amaze, as there were over 15,000 entries in the giveaway! The giveaway ends on August 31 at 11:59 p.m. There may still be time to enter HERE.

SELFIES IN THE WILD *Blog Tour & $200 GC/PP Giveaway*

 

 

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About the Book

Title: The Adventures of Lovable Lobo – Selfies in the Wild

Written and illustrated by C.L. Murphy

Date published:  August 1, 2016

Published by: Peanut Butter Prose

Recommended ages: 3 to 7

Number of pages: 28

Summary: Lobo and his sidekick raven find a trail camera in their neck of the woods, and it attracts the attention of forest friends. Images captured have never been sillier or more candid. Just as their wild dispositions are exposed, the photo shoot comes to an unexpected end and they’re all left wondering why. The reason may be obvious.

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Take a peek inside…

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About C.L. Murphy

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Cathy (C.L.) has been creating with and for kids for many years, and because of it she’s ever armed with crayons and not afraid to use or share them. She’s faster than a speeding turtle, more powerful than a newborn bunny, and nearly able to leap tall tales in a single bound. She’s in a position to use her unassuming powers in a never-ending battle for good and silliness while traveling to the deepest (sometimes dark) part of her imagination. She’s been a member of SCBWI since 2012. She lives in a wonder-filled forest, amongst the wildlife with her husband and other untamed animals. They have two wildly perfect sons and a scrumptious new granddaughter.

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The Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $200 Amazon gift card or $200 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: August 31, 11:59 p.m., 2016

Open to: Worldwide

How to enter: Please enter the Rafflecopter HERE.

Terms and conditions: There is NO purchase necessary to enter or win. One winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget within 48 hours and notified by email once the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is sponsored by the author/illustrator C.L. Murphy, and an anonymous supporter.❤

Blog  Tour Schedule

August 1 – Cat Michaels Writer

August 2 – Author K. Lamb

August 3 – Adalinc to Life

August 4 – Bound 4 Escape

August 5 –  Mom Read It

August 8 –  Where Connor and JT Go

August 8 –  Literate for Life

August 9 –  Books by Rose

August 10 –  Kay Lalone

August 11 –  Sassy and Dangerous

August 12 –  Carmela Dutra’s A Blog for Your Thoughts

August 15 –  Rhonda Paglia, Children’s Author

August 16 –  Books Direct

August 17 –  Christy’s Cozy Corners

August 18 –  Unleashing Readers

August 19 –  David Chuka – Children’s Book Author

August 22 –  Reading Authors

August 23 – Beach Bound Books

August 24 – Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog

August 25 –  Amanda’s Books and More

August 26 – Kid Lit Reviews

August 29 – One Girl Writes

August 30 – Cymplified

August 31 – Untamed Doodler

A big ol’ howl out to all the wonderful bloggers and KidLit peeps that participated in the blog tour and to those that stopped by to visit them.

Thank you!

The SockKids Say NO to Bullying *Blog Tour & Giveaway*

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the children’s book The Sockkids Say NO to Bullying written by Michael John Sullivan and Illustrated by Alexandra Gold. The tour will run from July 18 – August 15, 2016 5275020


About the Book

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Book Description: The SockKids focus on educating children and adults how bullying affects us all and what we can do about it.Do you know where your socks go when they go missing in the washing machine? Well, the SockKids know! The SockKids are a mismatched family of socks that sometimes time travel through the spin cycle, teaching universal lessons of love and kindness, and focusing on creating a greater awareness of the many social issues that children are faced with today. The SockKids help to educate and encourage children from 2 to 92 to find solutions in helping to make this a better world. In this story, Sudsy and Wooly discover their human is being bullied at school and team up against bullies with Ethan’s newest friend, Olivia. They discover bullying hurts everyone and staying silent is not an option. More Inside! Children’s counselor and licensed therapist, Jamie Ross, gives adults and children guidelines on how to handle bullies.
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About the Author: Michael John Sullivan

172142122 Michael John Sullivan is the creator of the SockKids. Constantly searching for his socks, he wondered whether the missing foot comforters had found another pair of feet to warm. Before his interest in socks, Sullivan started writing his first novel while homeless, riding a NYC subway train at night. Sullivan returned to his subway notes in 2007 and began writing Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness (Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books imprint). Library Journal named Necessary Heartbreak one of the year’s best in 2010. His second novel, Everybody’s Daughter (Fiction Studio Books, 2012) was named one of the best books of 2012 by TheExaminer.com. Sullivan has written articles about the plight of homelessness for CNN.com, The Washington Post.com, Beliefnet.com, the Huffington Post, and America Online’s Patch.com service.

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Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: August 15, 11:59 pm, 2016

Open to: Internationally

Please enter the rafflecopter: HERE.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Michael John Sullivan and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.
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Emoji Adventures Volume 1: The Horse Party *Book Blast & Giveaway*

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the children’s adventure book written by P.T. Evans, Emoji Adventures Volume 1: The Horse Party. The blast will run June 20 – June 22, 2016. emoji

About the Book

Title: Emoji Adventures Volume 1: The Horse Party | Author: P.T. Evans | Genre: Children’s Adventure | Number of Pages: 108 | Publisher: Montage Publishing | Publication Date: February 21, 2016 Book Description: OBSESSED WITH EMOJIS? LOL with your favorite emojis as they come to life in this fun, new series. Follow Annie with the constant smile; Kevin, her devilish brother; Billy, poop head and BFF; and Dot, the love-struck jock as they make their way through Emoji Elementary. amazon2 What others have to say about the book… “I LOVE this book! The dialogue is witty (and LOL funny); the characters are endearing; and the theme is universally sweet. The author has created a unique experience, blending modern inventions of emojis with classic lessons for kids (and, truly, all of us). It would make a fun read-aloud as well! Definitely a winner.” – Robin (Amazon) “This book is darling! My girls fell in love with Annie and her emoji buddies! We can’t wait for the next installment so we can laugh and keep on reading!!!” – Amazon Reviewer “The Emoji Adventures combines things that a lot of kids love- silly characters, fun storylines and emojis!” – Amazon Reviewer

Montage Publishing Summer Reading Program

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“We at Montage Publishing are committed to creating quality books for children; as parents and educators, we’re also
aware of the academic backslide that can happen during summer. We’ve created some worksheets, a reading log, and a certificate of achievement to be used alongside our EMOJI ADVENTURES series. Feel free to use them as they are or adapt them to your specific needs. To further encourage summer reading, we’re having a drawing for two sets of EMOJI ADVENTURES books – one for the winning student; one for his/her library.” To print worksheets and enter the drawing visit montagepublishing.com.

About the Author: P.T. Evans

ptevans P.T. Evans has been writing books for children under various names for two decades. With seventeen novels, numerous author visits, and state reading awards, Evans’ books have been translated into two dozen languages.

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Book Blast Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: July 4, 11:59 pm, 2016

Open to: Internationally

Please enter the rafflecopter: HERE.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, P.T. Evans and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.
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Newly Released Picture Books with Dandy Dads

Thunder Boy Jr.

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My thoughts: Thunder Boy Jr. wants a name that is all his own, one that celebrates his very own uniqueness and identity. A nice ode to the Native American culture with striking illustrations that show the special relationship between father and son.

Written by Sherman Alexie
Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
40 pages
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
May 10, 2016

 

 

Hammer and Nails

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My thoughts: Darcy and her dad come up with some innovative ways to tackle their day’s to-do list after Darcy’s friend cancels a play date. Delightful illustrations depict the day’s compromises and a fun connection between daddy and daughter.

Written by Josh Bledsoe
Illustrated by Jessica Warrick
Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
32 pages
Published by Flashlight Press
April 1, 2016

 

 

 

Grandpa Loves You!

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My thoughts: Soft and sweet illustrations along with charming verse tell this tender story about the special bond between a child and his/her grandpa.

Written by Helen Foster James
Illustrated by Petra Brown
Age Range: 2 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 1
32 pages
Published by Sleeping Bear Press
February 15, 2016

 

 

 

A Brave Bear

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My thoughts: Dad Bear and his cub trek to the river to cool down on a very hot day. This book encourages young children to try new things and offers a lesson on bravery. The earthy color palette and textural illustrations are a pleasure to behold.

Written by Sean Taylor
Illustrated by Emily Hughes
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
32 pages
Published by Candlewick
April 12, 2016

 

 

Happy Father’s Day!

Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise *Book Blast & Giveaway*

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the charming children’s book written by Sharon Durgin and illustrated by Joan Coleman, Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise. The blast will run June 7 – June 9, 2016. MartyChristmas

About the Book

Title: Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise | Author: Sharon Durgin | Illustrator: Joan Coleman |Genre: Children’s Holiday Book | Publisher: BookLogix | Expected Release: May 24, 2016
Book Description:
Marty is a little mouse who has lots of fun with his friends as they get ready for Christmas. But when the house cats get involved, you can expect a little bit of mischief. Can Marty save the day in time for Christmas?
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Take a peek inside the book…
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About the Author: Sharon Durgin

Sharon E. Durgin is a designer in the engineering business and an active member of Toastmasters International. With her love of the spoken and written word she has created Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise. This is her first book, and she looks forward to publishing more stories of Marty’s life. Sharon has two adult children and lives and works in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Book Blast Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: June 21, 11:59 pm, 2016

Open to: Internationally

Please enter the rafflecopter: HERE.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Sharon Durgin and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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