City of Ghosts Review (Paranormal Fantasy)

Title: City of Ghosts | Author: J.H. Moncrief | Publisher: Death Zone Books | Pub. Date: 2017-5-20 | ISBN13: 9780987712936 | Genre: Paranormal Fantasy & Mystery | Language: English | Triggers: Drowning | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley for review consideration |


City of Ghosts

On the day the villagers were forced to flee Hensu, not everyone got out alive.

Jackson Stone is touring the abandoned Chinese city when he slips away from the group to spend the night, determined to publish an account of his ghostly experiences there.

Then he meets Yuèhai, a strange, soft-spoken woman who can tell him the city’s secrets—secrets the Chinese government would kill to keep hidden.

As Jackson uncovers the truth about Yuèhai and the ghost city, he’s drawn into a web of conspiracy, betrayal, and murder. He must risk everything to save himself and bring honor back to Yuèhai and her family. – GoodreadsBook cover for City of Ghosts

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Book Tour: Rosie and Friends by Helen Hipp

Rosie and Friends


By Helen Hipp


I have always found writing difficult and after years of producing numerous college papers, I felt exhausted. It came as a huge surprise that writing would eventually become a cathartic and enjoyable experience for me. I found myself preoccupied with a story that was stuck in my head about my family’s own experience while on safari in Africa. But my thoughts were not the same as sitting down to write, although they were the spark!

Inspired, I decided to share the story with the world by weaving it into a children’s adventure book that celebrates differences – a desire that drove me to create, as I knew that the real-life lessons learned by my son were both significant and relatable to other children with special needs and their parents. Clearly, the motivation behind my writing had clearly shifted. Putting pen to paper no longer feels like work or something I have to trudge through. Instead, it is a passion fueled with purpose.

What made the difference? For me it was, and still is, a meaningful creative process that allows for my enthusiasm, imagination, expression and creativity to unfold in its own time.

What motivates you to pursue your dreams?

What sparks creativity in you?

Are you meant to be a writer?


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Rosie and Friends Positively Different Synopsis:

Rosie the Pink Hippo asks readers “What advice would you give your friends who want to feel better about themselves” in this adventure book to help readers see that being different can be positive. Join Rosie the Pink Hippo, Olivia the Ostrich, and many others in this educational and eye-opening 28-page illustrated children’s book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different, a creative and fun teaching tool intended for parents, caregivers, teachers, and children who may have felt at some point in their life that they were different from their peers.

Rosie and Friends Review

Rosie and Friends is a book that teaches kids to look at the world through a different lens, from the very first pages. It teaches them that it’s okay to be different. It’s okay to stand out. Kids face too much pressure from their peers and society, in general, to conform. There are certain standards of beauty and behavior that are completely ridiculous that we can’t shield them from. We need more books like this which make it abundantly clear that being different is fine.

Rosie and Friends picture book perfect for parents to read with their children, or kids to read on their own. Simple words and cute illustrations make this an age-appropriate and inviting read.  It has a section at the end for kids to fill out to celebrate their differences and provides several talking points for parents throughout.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Can We Keep Them ?(Ocean Edition) Review

What’s it about?

A family’s visit to the seashore, where the daughter discovers all sorts of new ocean creatures for the first time, and her parents teach her a lesson about leaving wildlife in its home.

My Review of Can We Keep Them

A cute rhyming book that teaches children to respect animals and their environment is always going to score high in my book. When you add in the fact that the family featured is non-white, therefore adding more diversity to the childrens’ book pool, it just pushes it even higher up.

This was an adorable book with a good message and cute illustrations. The only issue I had with it was that a couple times the rhyme seemed a bit awkward, and didn’t really flow off the tongue like it should have.

Overall, though, Carla Faraldo is an author I’m happy to have found, and I’ll definitely be checking out more of her kids books!

 4 Star Rating
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Title: Can We Keep Them? (The Ocean Edition) | Author: Carla Faraldo | Publisher: Noodle House Publishing (site) | Pub. Date: 2015-12-24 | Pages: 15 | ASIN: B019SIH8HM | Genre: Children’s | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2015-12-26 | Source:  Kindle Unlimited

Reblogged – Needed: Diversity in Children’s Book Writers and Characters

This blogger has a very valid point. We do need more diversity in children’s books.

Are we unconsciously enforcing a form of racism by excluding minorities in kid’s books? I mean…if all kids see is white people doing all the cool things?

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Source: Needed: Diversity in Children’s Book Writers and Characters