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Here are a few of the books I have received recently.



Sixteen-year-old Mia Kish’s small town of Fenton, Colorado is known for three things: being home to the world’s tallest sycamore tree, the national chicken-thigh-eating contest and one of the ritziest boarding schools in the country, Westbrook Academy. But when emergency sirens start blaring and Westbrook is put on lockdown, quarantined and surrounded by soldiers who shoot first and ask questions later, Mia realizes she’s only just beginning to discover what makes Fenton special.

And the answer is behind the wall of the Cave, aka Fenton Electronics, of which her father is the Director. Mia’s dad has always been secretive about his work, allowing only that he’s working for the government. But unless Mia’s willing to let the whole town succumb to a strange illness that ages people years in a matter of hours, the end result death, she’s got to break quarantine, escape the school grounds and outsmart armed soldiers to uncover the truth.


“An enthralling fantasy in the Harry Potter tradition.”— Time magazine

“A bewitching new thriller.” — The Wall Street Journal

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?

In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


It s every busy mother’s dream-come-true: dinner that makes itself! With the help of your trusty slow cooker and these healthy, easy recipes like Peppery Cilantro Salmon, Sausage Stew, and Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes, you can put dinner on the table even on the craziest of days. Don t let the whirlwind of life stop you from feeding your family the food they deserve — delicious, home-cooked meals straight from your slow cooker.


Synopsis: God asks a field full of playful little lambs to help Him with a very important mission. He tells them that the people of Earth have forgotten to be loving and kind to each other. God needs their help to remind the people of Earth how much He loves them. With the little lambs’ help, the world becomes a better place. 
  • The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission offers children, families, and adults comfort, hope, and grief support after the death of a loved one.  
  • For children and adults experiencing death and grieving, this book is full of love, kindness, and empathy, and recognizes the emotions and feelings of loss.  
  • It is a book with strong Christian and family values with references to Heaven, Angels, Jesus, and the after life. 
  •  In a gentle way, The Little Lambs and the Very Special Mission deals with growing up, facts of life, and difficult discussions like death and dying, life after death, health and safety, religion and inspiration.  
  • The main message of the story is the BE Attitudes.  If we follow the little lambs’ BE messages: BE Kind, BE Gentle, BE a Friend, BE a Leader, etc., the whole world will be a better place.  
This sweet, gentle book came to the author during her prayers for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy (Newtown, CT) . It represents Universal Christian values and teachings and is dedicated to ALL victims of violence and their families with prayers for a better world for everyone.

All profits from the sale of this book goes to the “Angels in Charge Scholarship.” This award honors the fallen teachers and children, and goes to graduating seniors from the Newtown (CT) School District who are planning a career in elementary education.


Doonsey is a happy, friendly little crab who lives on the ocean floor. One morning he wakes up with a tickle in his tummy! He knows what that means!  It’s an Exploring Day! Doonsey is so excited! Where will he go? What will he do? What will he see? Doonsey decides to explore the beach, but what he doesn’t know is that his peaceful Exploring Day will suddenly become a very busy Great Rescue Day! Along the way, Doonsey becomes a hero and makes some very unusual, but very special new friends. A beach adventure for kids who will want to create “Beach Buddies” of their own!!  

Doonsey Returns, the Great Rescue, Part 2 is now available for kindle and in paperback.


Doonsey tells his story, Doonsey’s Beach Adventure, the Great Rescue, in coloring and fun activities pages. Kids will meet Doonsey’s new friends, the Beach Buddies, and learn more about them! In addition to coloring pages, there are things to match, count, discover, and create. There are even a few more silly knock, knock jokes. Have fun!!



  1. I may have bought Half Bad because of the authors name. But it worked out cause it’s a book I was actually interested in. 🙂

  2. Oooh. The Well’s End and Half Bad look really good!

  3. I have Half Bad. I haven’t gotten to it yet. Really want to read it, though. Love books from the guy’s POV. Enjoy them! My STS