Sweet T and the Turtle Team *Blog Tour & Giveaway*

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the beautiful children’s book written by Cat Michaels and Illustrated by Irene A. Johns, Sweet T and the Turtle Team. The tour will run from July 12 – August 9, 2017.

About the Book


Title: Sweet T and the Turtle Team
Author: Cat Michaels
Illustrator: Irene A. Jahns
Publication Date: July 2017
Publisher: 2101 Ink
Number of Pages: 72
Recommended Ages: 6 to 11
Summary: It’s nesting season for loggerhead sea turtles on North Carolina’s Gull Island. Nine-year old Tara (or Sweet T as her family sometimes calls her) is determined to see hatchlings make it safely from their nests to their ocean home.Summering on Gull Island with Great Aunt Mae could be tons of fun, but T is having a hard time making new friends with island children, let alone finding kids to help her monitor a sea turtle nest.There’s little sister Jenna, but Jenna is, well, little. Fuzzy is around, too, but Jenna’s blue stuffy rabbit gets lost all the time. Besides, a toy bunny can’t help protect turtle nests.Tara befriends Billy, a moody island child. He teaches her skimboarding and shows her the best shelling spots. But Billy stomps away when she asks him to read the “Turtle Team Guide” and join her in saving baby sea turtles.
What’s up with Billy? He’s nice one minute and grumpy the next. And why does he refuse to join T’s Turtle Team? T can’t figure him out. A tropical storm threatens Gull Island just as the sea turtle nest is ready to hatch. T must abandon the nest and prepare for bad weather.

  • Will Sweet T and her friends keep safe from the storm?
  • Will the sea turtle nest survive angry ocean waves?
  • Will Billy reveal his secret?

Dive into adventure, fun and secrets on Gull Island with“Sweet T and the Turtle Team”to find out! “Sweet T and the Turtle Team” is the third book of the Sweet T Tales Series of chapter books for early and reluctant readers by Cat Michaels, MS., Ed. With a glossary, comprehension quiz, sea turtle hatch photo gallery, and discussion questions, “Turtle Team” delivers powerful messages about protecting marine life while helping young readers empathize with children who struggle to read.


My Review

In the third book of the Sweet T series, young readers will imagine themselves summering on Gull Island alongside Tara (Sweet T), her family and new friends. Slip on a pair of flip flops, sip a glass of Aunt Mae’s pink lemonade and nibble on some boiled peanuts, while learning about the loggerhead sea turtles and the great efforts taken to protect the species. The author teaches in a creative manner about the natural world and its hazards that her intended audience will find appealing. Intermittent chapters of text conversation to and from T’s older sister, back home, make a clever and relevant addition. Bonus photos, videos, mind ticklers and so much more are included after the story, for further enrichment. Soft watercolor illustrations add a nostalgic charm to the tale.

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About the Author

Author, blogger CAT MICHAELS, M.S., Ed., has more than two decades of experience helping students from kindergarten to college with learning disabilities and Asperger’s syndrome.
Her chapter books and Sweet T Tales series for beginning readers tell of every day life with a twist of magic and mischief. Cat’s books encourage young and reluctant readers to use their imagination and solve kid-sized dilemmas as they enjoy reading. Cat lives in North Carolina with her family, where she enjoys digital photography and graphic design, creates pocket gardens, works out as often as she can, and writes.

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Find Cat’s books on Amazon and iTunes

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $75 Amazon gift card or $75 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice
Open to: Internationally
Giveaway ends: August 9, 11:59 pm, 2017
How to enter: 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, Cat Michaels 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.


 Tour Schedule

July 12, 2017
Blog Tour Kick-Off

July 12, 2017
Tickling Dragons (Excerpt)
Domestic Chanteuse (Promo)
The Blended Blog (Review)

July 13, 2017
Baby Boomer Bliss (Promo)

July 14, 2017
Java John Z’s (Excerpt & Promo)

July 15, 2017
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima (Excerpt & Promo)
PJ LaRue (Review)
Peggy’s Hope 4U (Excerpt)

July 17, 2017
Untamed Doodler (Review)
Bargnhtress (Excerpt & Promo)

July 18, 2017
A Wildflower Mom (Character Interview w/Sweet T)

July 19, 2017
Rockin’ Book Reviews (Excerpt)

July 20, 2017
Meg’s Blog (Review, Excerpt, Character Interview w/Sweet T & Promo)
Grab the Book (Promo)
Word Magic: All About Books (Review)

July 21, 2017
Sandra Bennett, Author (Review)

July 24, 2017
Raising Kids of Gratitude (Promo)

July 25, 2017
Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog (Review)

July 26, 2017
Kay LaLone (Review)

July 27, 2017
Amanda’s Books & More (Review)

July 28, 2017
Deal Sharing Aunt (Character Interview w/Sweet T)

August 1, 2017
Stitch Says (Review & Character Interview w/Sweet T)

August 2, 2017
Eloquent Articulation (Review, Excerpt & Promo)

August 3, 2017
Reading Authors (Review)

August 4, 2017
Books Direct (Review & Excerpt)

August 7, 2017
Bound 4 Escape (Review)

August 8, 2017
Fundinmental (Review)

August 9, 2017
Bookworm for Kids (Review)

Blog Tour Wrap-Up


My Two Cents on 5 Newly Released Picture Books

How to Raise a Mom

Written by Jean Reagan

Illustrated by Lee Wildish

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

March 28, 2017

Age range: 4-8

32 pages

Another charming book in the HOW TO series. This one instructs the reader on how to raise a happy and healthy mom using creative role reversal techniques. Predictable but very sweet.

Amazon    Barnes & Noble



The Giant Jumperee

Written by Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Published by Dial Books

April 18, 2017

Age range: 3-5

32 pages

A mysterious voice that’s coming from Rabbit’s burrow scares Rabbit and his friends with threatening words. Mama Frog solves the mystery in what seems a very brave way.  Repetitive phrases and some rhyme will keep young listeners’ attention as will the delightful illustrations.  A wonderful collaboration between this well known author and illustrator.

Amazon   Barnes & Noble


Olivia the Spy

Written and illustrated by Ian Falconer

Published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

April 4, 2017

Age range: 4-8

40 pages

Olivia is back in all her porcine glory and with a bit of an attitude. She eavesdrops on her mom’s conversations and it leads her to fear the worst. She learns that partial truths and misinformation can lead to insecurity and suspicion. Ian Falconer’s illustrations masterfully set the tone for his text as Olivia once again steals the (ballet) show.

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Be Quiet!

Written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins

Published by Disney-Hyperion

April 4, 2017

Age range: 2-5

40 pages

Rupert so longs to star in a wordless picture book but it becomes an impossible task with such chatty friends. I adore this author-illustrator’s humor and this one is just as clever as his last two picture books—MOTHER BRUCE and HOTEL BRUCE. Visually appealing and eagerly waiting to be read out loud.

Amazon   Barnes & Noble



Little Ree

Written by Ree Drummond

Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Published by Harper Collins

March 28, 2017

Age range: 4-8

40 pages

Ree Drummond of “The Pioneer Woman” fame, uses her own experiences of moving to the country after living in the big city to draw from, in this new series. Both country dwellers and city slickers will find appeal in this down-home tale as the spunky Little Ree learns how to live on her grandparents’ farm.

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Magelica’s Voyage to the Land of the Fairies *Book Blast*

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for Louise Courey Nadeau’s newest children’s book, Magelica’s Voyage to the Land of the Fairies. The blast will run April 12 – 14, 2017.

About the Book


Title: Magelica’s Voyage to the Land of the Fairies
Author: Louise Courey Nadeau
Illustrator: Nathan Heinze
Publication Date: April 2017
Publisher: Magelica Inc.
Number of Pages: 35
Recommended Ages: 5 to 10
Summary: Five Star Readers Favourite and Story Monster approved! New Magelica’s Voyage to the Land of the Fairies is finally out! It’s the third children’s book in the Magelica trilogy. Put on your magical necklace and join Magelica and her friends as they discover that fairies are real and that love is the most powerful magic of all! In this very special adventure, rainbows light up the sky as Magelica and Prince Will embark on an extraordinary voyage to uncover the mystery of her past. Empowered on her quest by her chosen mother, Magelica and her friends follow the secret scroll to the Land of the Fairies. As they make their way through the forest, fear gets in the way and their courage is tested.
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  Other books in the series…

Title: Magelica’s Voyage
Author: Louise Courey Nadeau
Publication Date: June 1, 2013
Publisher: Magelica Inc.
Number of Pages: 48
Recommended Ages: 5 to 10
Summary: Who ever heard of a girl being hatched from an egg the colour of sapphires? Magelica doesn’t know where she came from or who she really is. But when she’s transported to the Isle of Dreams in a flying bathtub, she launches into an adventure of discovery, and learns that wonderful things can happen when she uses her imagination, believes, opens her heart and trusts in love. Come fly with her and discover for yourself the power of imagination, gratitude, believing in yourself, and love! In this special first voyage, fantasy, adventure, magical illustrations, empowering messages, and a wonderful cast of enchanting characters come together as Magelica takes young girls and the special people in their lives on a fun, inspiring voyage about making your life magical.
* Available in English / French / Spanish * Amazon | Goodreads


Title: The Rescue (Magelica’s Voyage Book 2)
Author: Louise Courey Nadeau
Publication Date: May 27, 2015
Publisher: Magelica Inc.
Number of Pages: 48
Recommended Ages: 5 to 10
Summary: When Magelica dreams of the prince lost on a deserted island, she realizes that it could lead to his rescue. She returns to the Isle of Dreams to tell Queen Raya what she knows. Can they save Prince Will before it’s too late? Will the power of laughter and love be enough?

* Available in English / French / Spanish * Amazon | Goodreads

About the Author


Louise Courey Nadeau, born and raised in Montreal, Canada, wife and mother to two girls and two boys is the creator and author of Magelica’s Voyage, Magelica’s Voyage: The Rescue and Magelica’s Voyage to the Land of the Fairies; an adventure/fantasy trilogy about a young girl on Earth who suddenly grows wings at the age of 12 and sets out on a voyage to discover who she is and where she comes from. Empowered by her Chosen Mother to follow her heart, Magelica and her fun and wacky friends learn that following your dreams is no easy task! Called upon to connect peoples and worlds, and bring balance and harmony, Magelica discovers that the greatest enemy is fear, but realizes that it is no match for courage, believing in herself, and love, the most powerful magic of all. Author, mother, wife, Founder and CEO of Magelica Inc., former marketing and advertising executive, a tireless fundraiser for many charities, a painter, and gardener, Louise’s passions keep growing. Louise’s dream is to create a bond with children and their caregivers around the globe, and make a real difference by entertaining them with exciting stories that stimulate their imagination, and help them discover the power of their own magic. Books are just the beginning. She is simply getting started! “Through life’s trials and tribulations, I always believed I could. With the Magelica book series, my own beliefs, courage, determination and resolve have been tested over and over. Believing I can, has kept me going! My goal is for young girls to be empowered to grow up strong, positive and powerful, and for young boys to have the self-confidence to support girls in their goals, thereby creating a new gender balance for a new generation. “The children of today, will grow up to be the parents of tomorrow. By inspiring them now, the ripple effect will eventually change the world.” “Magelica’s Voyage is inspired by my life, my family, and the special people and places I love”, says Courey Nadeau. “All of the characters in the story, including Magelica are reflections of the person I am- the wacky part, the funny part, the philosopher, the teacher, the caretaker, the chosen mom, the giver, and of course the dreamer. What would Magelica do, I often ask, and I get the answer. When you fly with Magelica, the possibilities are endless and there is magic all around.” To learn more about Louise Courey Nadeau please visit Magelica’s Voyage website at Magelica.com. You can also follow Magelica on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Magelica books and necklaces are available on amazon.com and at selected retailers.

Book Blast Giveaway

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

Giveaway ends: April 26, 11:59 pm, 2017

How to enter: 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, Louise Courey Nadeau 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.



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.




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.




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.



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.