Author Spotlight Book Review: E.S. Pete Sixth Grade Sense

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E.S. Pete is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

E.S. Pete is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

This month’s author spotlight review is on E.S. Pete Sixth Grade Sense by Arnold Rudnick. I always like a good story with a psychic twist. Pete, like other boys, wants to be normal. But has a strange twist to life; he can read minds. Most of us would love to have this super power. For Pete, sometimes it’s a curse. Like being able to read the mind of a teacher that is going to rob the school and no one believes him. Sometimes he wishes he couldn’t do what he could. Factor in his crush on his friend Casey, and you got a recipe for a mystery adventure.

This middle grade novel is a cross between Encyclopedia Brown and the Mentalist, except with a school boy crush in the middle. Unlike Encyclopedia, Pete has fallen for his sidekick or at least she becomes his sidekick in the first of what proves to be an interesting series. From trying to save the day to going on a field trip as bait for the robbery, Pete is the unsung hero. He has to believe that he is right even with the ability to read people’s minds. He still has doubts on whether he should use the information or not. It often gets him in trouble.

I liked this twist of fate. What would happen if you could read minds? Rudnick digs deep into this dilemma giving Pete that morality of good vs. evil that is often missing from today’s literature for children. With the basics of a good ole’ fashion mystery, ESPete: Sixth Grade Sense will charm any child reader into believing that reading minds isn’t easy, and having super powers means you have to still be like everyone else. I think they’ll relate to Pete on an everyday level and enjoy the idea that reading minds wouldn’t be easy. I recommend for children that enjoy a good mystery series that might enjoy fantasy or paranormal twists.

Rating: Four Stars  ****

ISBN: 0981587909

Publisher: Paraphrase, LLC

****Available on: Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

FB Fan Page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/ES-Pete-Sixth-Grade-Sense/239256356097969

ARNOLD RUDNICK has written for many television shows, including THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, STAR TREK: VOYAGER and THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY.

Author Website: http://espete.com

Follow on

Twitter: arnoldrudnick

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/arnold.rudnick

May Author Spotlight: Arnold Rudnick

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WOI Banner for Arnold Rudnick April 2015 webI’d like to introduce you to a new feature here on the Indie Children’s Connection. Each month, I’ll be featuring a new Indie Children’s Author with links to their books and a spotlight, book review, and author interview or giveaway.

We’re starting off May with a feature on Arnold Rudnick. He writes several different types of books including middle grade novels and picture books. His books have a new twist on different genres. He fills his books with realistic characters that are easy to relate to. Often, they have some unique obstacle they have to face.

Little Green coverArnold Rudnick has a gift for creating fascinating stories to challenge children toward self-improvement and self esteem. In LITTLE GREEN he introduces a little green frog (beautifully realized by illustrator Marcelo Goreman) who has big dreams to be special.

ISBN: 0981587976

Publisher Paraphrase, LLC

​E.S. Pete: Sixth Grade Sense is about the perils of a paranormal preteen.

Pete knew there would be a lot more homework in Sixth Grade, but he didn’t plan on the reading list including the minds of his teachers and classmates. Knowing what they think can be helpful sometimes, but it also gets complicated — ESPecially when Pete thinks the substitute teacher is planning a big robbery.espetecvr

ISBN: 0981587909

Publisher: Paraphrase, LLC

 ARNOLD RUDNICK has written for many television shows, including THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, STAR TREK: VOYAGER and THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY.

Author Website: http://isntitpossible.com and http://espete.com

Follow on

Twitter @isntitpossible or arnoldrudnick

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/arnold.rudnick

FB Fan Pages:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Green/367225250007330

http://www.facebook.com/pages/ES-Pete-Sixth-Grade-Sense/239256356097969

World of Ink Virtual Tour http://www.worldofinknetwork.com/arnold-rudnick-april-15.html

***Stay tuned this week for Author Interview and Book Review of E.S. Pete: Sixth Grade Sense.

Enter Giveaway for an Nintendo 3DS XL: Clues to Free Picture Books April 5-9, 2015

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promo2-revealApril is a time to give gifts for the start of Spring. I’ve paired up with a ton of other Indie Children’s Authors to bring you a giveaway and promotions to beat all others. You can enter to win a Nintendo 3DS XL, and then download a book to get a whole new set of picture books for free on Amazon.com. It is for a limited time only. The promotion and giveaway run from today April 5 to April 9.

SCOTT GORDON & FRIENDS
KIDTASTIC GIVEAWAY
April 5th – 9th, 2015

This raffle is for children 12 or younger and expecting mothers. By submitting your name, you are confirming that you are eligible to the receive a prize if your name is drawn. International children are welcome to participate provided they have a reliable address that can receive packages. Not responsible for items lost in the mail.

And most importantly–NO CHEATING!

Please do not enter more than once or your entry will be invalidated.

Grand Prize

(1) New 3DS XL ($199.99 or less), color of your choice (black or red) +
(1) 3DS game of your choice (up to a $39.99 value) +
(1) Amiibo of your choice (up to a $14.99 value)

Additional Prizes

Win one of Louise Lintvelt’s fabulous children’s books:

* Goodnight, Sleep Tight: What a Wonderful Flight
* Sing-Along Construction Song
* How Andrew Got His Spots

Entries will be accepted from April 5-9. The drawing will take place on April 10th, and the winners will be announced shortly afterwards.

Terms may be amended at any time.

HOW TO ENTER

This raffle is being hosted by Rafflecopter. Please use the link below to enter. Although the form asks you to comment on the blog, it is completely optional and doesn’t prohibit you from entering. Just click on “I commented” to be entered into the raffle.

LINK FOR THE RAFFLECOPTER ENTRY!

***Amazing Free Picture Book Promotion from April 5-9***

Below are a list of all the books that will be listed for free from April 5-9. You can go find the ones you are interested in at Amazon.com, and download. Or you can go to Scott Gordon’s blog/website for information on the books and links to download for free. The whole list is also available in his free book, “Pigtastic”.

FREE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

  • Pigtastic by Scott Gordon
  • Eggtastic by Scott Gordon
  • The Pig Princess by Angela Muse
  • Monster Ruzz has to go to the dentist by Sarah Holmlund
  • Puppy Come Home by Laura Yirak
  • How Far Will It Fly?: (My Yellow Kite) by D.C. Swain
  • Things You Might See on an African Safari: A Counting Journey Through Africa by Louise Lintvelt
  • Things You Might See Swimming Under the Sea: A colourful underwater adventure by Louse Lintvelt
  • Alphabet All-Stars: Animal Flashcards by Scott Gordon
  • The Fisherman’s Son by Marilyn Peake
  • The Snarls: A Hair Combing Story by Becca Price
  • Sharee by Daria Aran
  • Curse of the Creeper Part 1: Minecraft Books for Kids (Unofficial) by Daniel Ashley
  • Ming Li and the Charmed Phoenix by Marina Bonomi
  • Bheki and the Magic Light by Janet Hurst-Nicholson
  • Where Do Ghosts Go When They’re Not Spooking and Scaring? by Alira Bell
  • Quick, Quick, I Feel Sick! by Allira Bell
  • Pumper the Pumpkin by Tiffany Turner
  • How My Farts Made Me Famous! by Max Hinky
  • Game On Boys! The PlayStation Play-offs: A Hilarious adventure for children 9-12 with illustrations by Kate Cullen
  • The Search for the Sheriff’s Star: A Lost Bookshop Adventure by Adam Maxwell
  • Quien Quiere Ser Un Robot por Scott Gordon (Spanish)
  • Cuori Sani e Felici di Scott Gordon (Bilingual Italian and English)

Happy Easter and Spring from all of the participating Indie Children’s Authors!-Tiffany Turner

Spring Break “The Lost Secret of Fairies” Giveaway on Amazon

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Print book giveaway for the first Crystal Keeper Chronicle book on Amazon April 1-7.

Print book giveaway for the first Crystal Keeper Chronicle book on Amazon April 1-7.

It’s time for Spring Break for many of us. And I thought it would be great to have something fun to celebrate vacation, a giveaway. Nothing better than reading over a break. Plus, Amazon is my co-sponsor. So, to get in on the fun, go to this link and enter. Up to five copies will be given away. There is a winner after a certain number of entries. Only I know the secret number. It will continue until all copies are given away or until April 7. I love giving away reading opportunities. Please share what you think of the book if you’re a winner. I always love reading reviews and keep all feedback in mind when writing.

Link to Win Your COPY of The Lost Secret of Fairies

AND THE OTHER GOOD NEWS:

I’ve started writing the next installment in the Crystal Keeper Chronicles series. It’s called: “The Lost Secret of Time”. I’ll be partnering with the fabulous writing motivational website, Camp NaNo. The “NaNo” stands for National Write A Novel Month which started out in November. It has been such a popular event, the non-profit company has started Camp NaNo to motivate writing at different times of the year. I’ll be participating in the April Camp. I’ve set a word goal of 10,000 words. The next camp is in July in which I can set a word goal to finish the book. Come join me and start your writing dream.

Link to Camp NANO: http://campnanowrimo.org/

Monster Surprise Package: Secret List in Free Ebook Today ONLY!

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A special gift for you in the book "Taming Your Monster" at Amazon.com March 4-8, 2015.

A special gift for you in the book “Taming Your Monster” at Amazon.com March 4-8, 2015.

Today is the day! You can download the free picture ebook with all of the authors listed for free downloadable books for today. Many of the books listed are also free for the next couple of days, including mine. So, here are the special instructions to follow:

  1. Download the free ebook on Amazon: Taming Your Pet Monster: An Operational Guide
  2. Click the “A Special Gift for You!” in the Table of Contents
  3. Scroll through the books available. “The Lost Secret of Fairies” is listed as the fourteenth book in the list.
  4. Download fabulous free children’s ebooks!

Thanks for participating in Read Across America and Read An Ebook Week! Hope you have a fabulous week and month ahead of ebook reading.

Read An Ebook Week: Specials to Promote Reading March 3-7

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readebook2015bannerIf you picked up the special free copy yesterday, I promised an extra surprise today. To continue with the reading support, I’ve set up a special deal to go along with the Smashwords “Read An Ebook Week” all week along. So, I’ve included the second book in the series, The Lost Secret of the Greenman to be free for only this week. Here is the code to pick up your free copy of The Lost Secret of the Greenman: RAE75

Here is the link to Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/6090

I hope you enjoy your free copies of both books to help celebrate ereading this week. If by chance you liked them both, please remember that a book review is a great way to say thank you. Plus, I enjoy hearing what you thought about the books. Happy Ebook Reading!

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1076313.Tiffany_Turner

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: Celebrating Read Across America, Free Ebook Coupon

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Happy Read Across America Day today on March 2. Read all week for free with ebook coupons.

Happy Read Across America Day today on March 2. Read all week for free with ebook coupons.

Happy Read Across America Day! To celebrate, I’ve got my first children’s novel set-up on Smashwords to be free this week. You can pick up your copy here at Smashwords.

Here is the coupon: FL57N

I also promised some information on fabulous gifts available this week. On Wed. March 4, a free book called: Taming Your Pet Monster: An Operational Guide is the trigger for all of the free gifts. You’ll be able to find it on Amazon. Inside the free copy will be a list of 25 books all free for that day. They range from picture books to middle grade. They are listed by the author below. So, you’ll see the link when clicked in the promo list in the book. So, the books that are free will be officially revealed that day. Can’t give it all totally away today! :-)

The Lost Secret of Fairies is available for free on Read Across America Week with a Smashwords coupon.

The Lost Secret of Fairies is available for free on Read Across America Week with a Smashwords coupon.

Here is the list of authors so you can check out their books ahead of time. The books included in the March 4th promotion are listed by the number of each in the series by that author. Enjoy! Don’t forget, read, read, read!

  • Taming Your Pet Monster: An Operational Guide
  • Sarah Holmlund title #1
  • Sarah Holmlund title #2
  • D.C. Swain title #1
  • D.C. Swain title #2
  • Emily Martha Sorensen title #1
  • Louise Lintvelt title #1
  • M.J. Storm title #1
  • T.J. Lantz title #1
  • Rebecca Price title #1
  • Rebecca Price title #2
  • Jan Hurst-Nicholson title #1
  • Jan Hurst-Nicholson title #2
  • Jan Hurst-Nicholson title #3
  • Tiffany Turner title #1
  • Monica L. LaSarre title #1
  • 4eyesbooks title #1
  • Winston Rose title #1
  • Winston Rose title #2
  • Allira Bell title #1
  • P.M. Richter title #1
  • P.M. Richter title #2
  • Werner Stejskal title #1
  • Rhonda Tyler title #1
  • Little Chickadee
  • A Little Book About You

***Shhhh! There is another free ebook secret. It has to do with more free reading. I’ll be revealing all of the info in a post on the blog tomorrow. So, please check back!

Read Across America Free EBook Coupon

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Read Across America is Mon. March 2, 2015.

Read Across America is Mon. March 2, 2015.

A lot of readers are going digital. What better way to celebrate that than joining in Read Across America with a free ebook. So, this year I’m offering my first novel in the Crystal Keeper Chronicles as a free book up through March 3. Enjoy the adventures of Wanda as she discovers fairies are real, and full of problems.

The free coupon is available for downloads on Smashwords with formats for several different ereaders.

The Lost Secret of Fairies by Tiffany Turner

Wanda had always read about adventure. Now she was in the middle of one. The World of Fairies is real, and she is their new Crystal Keeper, human caretaker to the World of Fairies. But the Fairy World is in trouble. The fairies are falling ill from the pollution that ravages the world above. Wanda has to find the key to their cure, before it’s too late.

Coupon Code: FL57N

Plus, I’ll post on Wed. March 4  special promo package information. It will tell you how to find several free ebooks that can be picked up through free coupons. They are hidden at the end of a free book by one of my fellow children’s writers. We’ve gone in together to help celebrate reading, and now you’re in on the secret. So, make reading a part of your life now by going digital and Read Across America all next week. More details will appear on my blog on Read Across America Day, March 2.

Special gift package instructions will be sent out on March 2 to celebrate Read Across America.

Special gift package instructions will be sent out on March 2 to celebrate Read Across America.

Back To School Blog Tour Giveaway: Ending Sept. 8

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b2schblogtour2014Just wanted to give one more shout out for the Back to School Blog Tour Giveaway. Though the tour wrapped on Friday Sept. 5, the giveaway is still open until midnight on Sept. 8 PST.

So, if you haven’t entered, there is still a chance to enter for the next 8 hours. Simple things such as liking an author on Facebook or tweeting about the giveaway will grant an entry. You can enter several times by doing different social media activities. Help out an Indie Children’s Author by spreading the word about them, and enter a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the blog within 48 hours of the giveaway closure. Good luck!

 

Link to Win Here:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/20834f9e4/

Back To School Blog Tour 2014: Featured Book Review/Interview Vivienne Mathews

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Wb2schblogtour2014elcome to Day 5 of the Back to School Blog Tour 2014! If you haven’t signed up for the Book Bundle Giveaway, there are still few days left. Entering is easy. From liking authors on Facebook to commenting on their blog, you can enter to win the fabulous book bundle of children’s book each day. So, keep coming back each day and enter.

ENTER HERE TO WIN THE BOOK BUNDLE GIVEAWAY! Open until Sept. 8!

I Want to Be an Athlete And a Teacher by Garrett Carter is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

I Want to Be an Athlete And a Teacher by Garrett Carter is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Featured today is the book review for I Want To Be An Athlete And A Teacher by Garrett Carter. Coby is an enthusiastic boy that wants to do something he loves, like play sports. He learns that he can do anything, including teaching others. In this picture book, limiting yourself is explored as Coby discovers all of his capabilities. Being good at many things and exploring your skills is part of growing up. In the end, he realizes that he can do anything, especially if he’s good at it.

This is the first in a series of picture books, and is a great start for exploring your potential. It’s a good read aloud for the beginning of school when teaching kids to look into themselves and build confidence is emphasized. Of course, saying what you will be when you grow up isn’t set in stone. Trying out new things and thinking about what you are good at is part of growing up. I liked the way this picture book gets a child to think about their skills and that they can be good at MANY things. It’s ok to do it all.

**** Four Star Rating

Available at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Want-Athlete-Teacher-Cobys-Career/dp/1499152647

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-want-to-be-an-athlete-and-an-entrepreneur-garrett-carter/1119911646

For more information on the author: http://www.garrettcarterbooks.com/

Plus, our last featured author interview is with Vivienne Mathews.  Last year, Vivienne was a featured author on the blog tour. So, I wanted to catch up and ask her what things had been like for her as an Indie Children’s author.

Vivienne Mathews is the author of The Sons of Masguard series.

Vivienne Mathews is the author of The Sons of Masguard series.

1) What new books have you released in the last year?
Since we last spoke, Jax and Mack has been my only release. It’s been a very full writing year, but a very lean publishing one — which is bound to make for a busy 2015. Book three in the Sons of Masguard series is on the release schedule for early in the year, followed by a trilogy of chapter books, and another picture book by next Christmas.

2) What do you have planned to release soon?
The Dangerous Life of the Honey Bee (Image attached) – a non-fiction picture book for young kids. It follows a worker bee as she goes about an average day; dodging threats, collecting honey, coping with her surroundings. Bees are an incredibly important part of our ecosystem. As a complete fangirl of one of the coolest insects on the planet, I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about sharing the amazing things they have to accomplish in order to maintain a healthy hive.

3) What has inspired you the most along your writer journey?
I was lucky enough to grow up in a reading family. My mother never, ever dismissed the importance of a book and went to some pretty fantastic lengths (example:http://www.viviennemathews.blogspot.com/2013/05/why-i-will-always-love-print-and-my.html ) to encourage her children to view them in the same light. Even now, I have a hard time picturing her without a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. Despite the fact that she was (and IS) a frugal and practical woman, never once did she tell me that writing was something I shouldn’t do. She never pointed out that this might be a difficult field or that I’d do better to turn my eye in a more financially viable direction “just to be safe.” Instead, she’d give me another romance, another classic, another strange and ragged cult novel that she found on a shelf in that one secondhand store downtown. To this day, she still sends me home from any visit with a bag full of reading materials. If creativity is indeed a well, she’s done everything in her power to make sure that it never runs dry. And I couldn’t love her more for it.

The Sons of Masguard by Vivienne Mathews is available on Amazon.

The Sons of Masguard by Vivienne Mathews is available on Amazon.

Current Book links:
The Mosque Hill Fortune: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CCID3ZW
Guardian’s Rise: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DUZOU9E
The Sons of Masguard – The Companion Guide: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DX52HCI
Jax and Mack: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G600G48

To Connect to Vivienne Mathews:

Blog: http://www.viviennemathews.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VivienneMathews

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7051589.Vivienne_Mathews

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vivienne-Mathews-MG-Writer-Extraordinaire/445474412218828?ref=bookmarks

 

Today, we wrap up the blog tour. I want to thank all of the authors for participating this week. To show the love, stop by and visit their websites and check out their books. It’s a good way to start the school year. I always need to build up my classroom library. For one more bow, here are the authors for the 2014 Back To School Blog Tour:

I’d also like to thank all of the followers of the Indie Children’s Authors Connection. You’ve helped build the blog by your views and comments over the last 3 years. For that, I am truly grateful. Again, I salute another successful Back to School. As I finish writing this post, it’s time for me to start writing Back to School Night handouts and work on a presentation. So, to all those busy teachers out there, I know what you’re going through. Thank you for all that you do. Have a great school year!