Books Children

Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep by Julia Dweck

I have had so much fun lately I hardly know where to begin! I’ve been reading a bunch of books by my new bestie and fellow teacher person, Julia Dweck! Jules, as only I can call her, writes books for the younger set and you know how happy that makes me! JuliaCollage.jpg   You know a kindred spirit when she has a cartoon avatar with a koala; swoon! So, Jules is a writer of children’s books.  They are available for your device and you’re just going to love them! One of my faves is Where are Dinos? A question I ask almost every day.

Where are the Dinosaurs?

If you’ve spent any time at all around little ones, I’m sure you’ve engaged in the dinosaur discussion. The little guy in this story wants to know where the dinosaurs shop, where they eat, where to go for dinner. They are logical questions any child might ask!

The next fun book is called Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep.  Poor Mary, that guy just won’t wake up!

Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep

So then, after I laughed with little Mary, I recognized myself in Faux Paw, a story of a little guy who wants to be a bear when he grows up.

faux paw

Fun, right? Who SAYS you can’t grow up to be a bear or a wolf?

And guess what?

Kid’s will LOVE the rhyme in some of the stories; I did!

Your littles will love these stories as much as I do. I can’t believe she has TWO pirate books in her repertoire and didn’t tell me?!

Visit Jules here:  and on her YouTube channel.  Who knows, you might see me on her channel one day..?



Syskosa is Free on Kindle!

Back in April I brought you a book review about a great 18+YA novel called Sykosa.

Click the link to re read its awesomeness!

This fabulous read will be available for


on June 6th and 7th!

Get your FREE copy now!

Did I mention it was FREE?

Free is good, right?


what are you waiting for????

Adult Fiction Books Challenges Giveaways

Ford 99 Test: #Too Many Lies by @Daphine Glenn Robinson

So here we are at the Ford 99 Test for Too Many Lies. What’s the Ford 99 test? It’s simple really:

  • Open your book to page 99
  • the author will discuss the scene, sort of an inside look at what’s going on

Deidre, having been “burned” for real by her husband, finally had a chance to escape her reality and be up close and personal with her teen idol, LL Cool J. They were dancing the way she imagined star crossed lovers would dance, and just when he was about to go in for the kill and plant those juicy pink lips onto hers, Stanley calls, interrupting her dream.

The record was scratched, just like in the old movies when some out-of-towner waltzes into a saloon.
In her mind she was thinking, do you have to mess up EVERYTHING? Even my dreams? Really? [email protected]$# you, Stanley Thompson!

I wrote this scene to show that even as naïve as Deidre appeared at times, she still fantasized about normal things like finding LL to be a “hunky” man. Stanley made her sick and she didn’t care that she was about to kiss LL in her dream. She may have even thrown herself on him if Stanley had let her dream on. That is why she was so irritated with his conversation, or lack thereof. At this point in the story, the distance had totally disconnected her from her husband.

This is the beginning of the new Deidre.

YAY for new beginnings!  As readers, we are glad that Deidre finally realizes that she needs to get out of her bad marriage.  And of course, we can’t wait to see what happens, although we think we know…

In celebration of Deidre’s new beginning Daphine is offering one lucky reader a SIGNED copy of her latest release!

How do you enter? See below:

Books Reviews

A Christmas Screwup

I recently attended one of the most interesting book club meetings ever.  To be sure, the opinions are usually quite mixed but generally friendly.  Last night’s discussion, however, was completely different.

I was about the only person in the group who enjoyed the book.  I thought it a fun, light, silly poke at Christmas movies and mankind.

I was in the minority (not a new feeling, for sure).  As the discussions heated up we noticed a few disturbing points and it seemed as if everyone had read a different book. We noticed discrepancies in:

  • the main character’s hometown (Chicago or Minneapolis)
  • the wealth of the main character (wealthy or not)
  • an epilogue (have or have not)
  • method of transport (commercial or private airline)
  • own or not own a condo
  • owner or employee of a power drink company

Are you starting to understand?  Our discussion of the book turned from “I love how crazy gun toting Liz got her comeuppance” (me) to “wait a minute, Sparrow lives in Chicago not Minneapolis!!!” (everyone)

It turns out that the version I read, the first image, is the latest out in time for Christmas 2011. An original version published in 2009 the image in red, offers a slightly different story.

All of this leads me to wonder: What the heck was Keillor thinking?

To be sure, Keillor’s found great success with A Prairie Home Companion and many Lake Wobegon tales.

So, if a writer is so successful, how did  this book become such a hack?  Did he slack off on purpose? Was it put together hastily? Did he have interns or assistants write it?

Or was it a prank, a very bad publicity stunt?

I don’t know the answer but as our book club wrangler said: you will probably never run into this kind of situation again.

I hope not.

What do you think?

I’m linking up to  Serenity Now’s bloggy reading party.