A-Very-Merry-un-Birthday-To-Me! Giveaway: Kindle Fire HDX

A Very Merry-un-birthday-to-me!

This month I am not celebrating my birthday, so I decided that I would not celebrate with all of you during the entire month of February.

A very merry-un-birthday-to-me!


To celebrate my un-birthday, several bloggers & authors have teamed up to sponsor this stellar giveaway. The winner will have the option to choose from a Kindle Fire HDX, $200 Amazon Gift Card or $200 Paypal Cash. 

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A Very Merry-un-birthday-to-me!


Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or PayPal Cash. No purchase necessary. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. You must be 18 or older to enter. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Amy from Lady Reader’s Bookstuff and sponsored by the mentioned authors & bloggers.
Books Reviews

Storm Song by Nancy Viau Giveaway

I’m always looking for books with illustrations of children who are multicultural.  That’s why I love Nancy Viau’s latest book, Storm Song. Nancy is a local author who writes great books for kids who look just like you and me.  I’m especially fond of Samantha Hansen has Rocks in Her Head: think Piper Reed meets Junie B Jones; a fun loving girl who doesn’t always do the right thing (and who can’t relate to that??)!

Samantha Hansen has Rocks in Her Head

Nancy has also written Look What I Can Do! Another title I love, because it empowers the littles to be proud of the things they CAN do!

Nancy Collage

There are so many things to love about Storm Song: the illustrations depict ethnically ambivalent children, which is a plus, AND the text reads just like the sounds heard in a thunderstorm:

Boom. Boom. Bang!

Rumble, rap,


Isn’t that delightful?

Children will all ages will love to hear this story again and again.  In fact, I love it SO much, I’m offering a signed copy just for you!

Enter through the Rafflecopter below.  Enter as many times as you wish.

I hope you win!

p.s. Don’t forget to visit Nancy‘s website at  !

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Guest Post by Jesse Wilson, author of The Night the Moon Ate My Room

Wanna hear me sing “Jesse’s Girl” by Rick Springfield? No? (sigh) I don’t blame you.

Who is Jesse, anyway, you ask?

Jesse is Jesse Wilson, author of The Night the Moon Ate My Room, a fun book for kids that I’m excited about.

Jesse Wilson is an author, motivational performer, illustrator, and teacher.A life-long involvement with theatre and film as both performer and writer began early, growing up in Hollywood, CA, where he performed in plays, TV shows and commercials. A graduate of the LA High School for the Performing Arts, Jesse traveled east to attain a BFA for theatre in the prestigious Juilliard School. Remaining in New York, and later Philadelphia, he developed material for his one-man shows, performed throughout the region. His most recent production, “Face the City,” written for high school and college audiences, combines visual and animation projections in a multimedia presentation of the artist’s journey to find themselves in the “real world.” “The Night the Moon Ate My Room!” written and performed with music for young audiences to experience self-discovery, is created with the support of The Kennedy Center’s Imagination Celebration and Pikes Peak Library District.

Coming soon this year, building upon the success of “The Night the Moon Ate My Room!” a series of empowering books for children, written and illustrated by Jesse Wilson, will be published under the title “Brilliant Mistakes!”

Here’s a bit about the book:

The moon was bright and full that night, bigger than I could ever even remember it.

Maybe because it was moving towards me…

ACover - TheNighttheMoonAteMyRoomfter giving the worst violin recital of his life, and being laughed at by the entire school, the boy vows to never play music again. Later that night, when the moon swallows up his bedroom, it shares the secrets of being a true artist, helping the boy re-claim his self-confidence, overcome the pitfalls of perfectionism, and believe in his own dream.

Each of the five stories in The Night the Moon Ate My Room! is designed for young readers to experience the joy of self-discovery, valuable life lessons, and the adventure of turning their greatest dreams into reality.

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Book Depository

How fun does THAT sound??

I know, right? As if that isn’t fun enough, read Jesse’s homage to me guest post and two chances to win!

 Hopefully, after experiencing the performance of “The Night the Moon Ate My Room!” on stage, students at the schools that I perform and teach at will now begin to take risks in integrating music, theatre and technology (video/photography projection), and step outside of their comfort zone.  It’s their turn now! As a teacher and performer, my purpose is not simply to give information, but rather act as a guide and model for what the idea of life long learning really means.  So often we tell children that learning never stops, but fail to demonstrate that concept for them.

One of my goals as a performer and teacher for children is that students begin to see that every idea that ‘s floating around in their dream world can be brought to life through the integration of the arts.  Drama is no longer simply the performing of plays and musicals.  Music is not just performance of a written piece.  Art is not just paint on canvas.  These concepts are parts of a much larger experience looked at and examined up close in the classroom.  Students should be able to create dramatic and creative expressions of their own, as well as able to be participants in the creation of fantastic creatures, dramatic interpretations, movement, and musical expression that they might not otherwise be willing to experience.

In workshops that dovetail “The Night the Moon Ate My Room!” many extra shy students who are already technologically savvy will benefit “getting out of their comfort zones” as well.  They will be able to use one of their strengths, technological knowledge, to be an integral part of the classroom experience together.  Not everyone is inspired to be a performer, after all, and bringing technology into the drama and music workshop allows every student to play a part in a performance or a creative exercise.  Demonstrating for these students that technology can play a tremendous part in the creative process will allow them to step out of their comfort zone and think more critically about just how to integrate their talents into the process itself.  They will be able to demonstrate their creativity in ways that are meaningful and purposeful for them.

The whole idea is to get kids to think outside of the box, no matter what the approach is.  The jobs that they will be applying for later in life will utilize this creative thinking and the ability to integrate the ordinary in new and exciting ways to create something completely different.  The implementation of the arts in the classroom will also allow students to experiment with so many ideas safe, supportive environment, teaching them that taking risks and doing something out of the ordinary can result in a fantastic creation… no matter how it appears in a given medium.

My goal for children is that they become creative thinkers who are not afraid to do something out of the ordinary and challenge the status quo.

So here’s the deal: to win a free copy of Jesse’s ebook, comment as many times as you’d like to on this post.  Contest ends February 4th so that’s TWO FULL WEEKS to enter!

To win the grand prize,a  signed paperback copy of The Night the Moon Ate My Room along with an “11 x 15” custom illustration, enter the Rafflecopter contest below.


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Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters and #BEA

I’m back from Book Expo America and if you haven’t heard, I laid waste to the good city of Gotham.  I read, I partied, I met lots of authors, I drank coffee and I got lots and lots and lots of goodies.

I scored so many goodies that YOU are gonna benefit!

Watch this video below for your first way to score!

Have you ever loved a book so much you want to own more than the book? Now you Can! Do you remember when I reviewed Meredith Zeitlin’s Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters? Now you can win a SIGNED Team Finkelstein tote bag like the one in the video.  You’ll be the envy of all your friends because this is a one of a kind bag!!

All ya hafta do is this: retweet my tweets. No no, not ALL of my tweets, you’ll go nutty (er) but in order to win, you must retweet one or more of the following tweets:

RT @pamlovesbooks @zeitlingeist I’m the Captain of Team Finkelstein! #FYAOUD


RT @pamlovesbooks @zeitlingeist Team Finkelstein FTW! #FYAOUD

You can RT as many times as you’d like.

OPTIONALLY, you can enter thru Rafflecopter (not required).  Contest begins June 19th and is open for two weeks.  When it’s over, I’ll aggregate the tweets and pick a winner.  I hope it’s you!
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Jump Into 2012

Are you ready to jump into 2012 with some cold hard cash? Do you have a resolution that is going to take a little bit of money or are you just in need of some spending money? Whatever your reason, OutnumberedMama from The Busy Woman’s Guide to Surviving Motherhood has organized a cold hard – PayPal – Cash Payday of $500 for you to Jump Start 2012. A second prize of a $50 eGiftCard and a third prize of a $30 Amazon eGiftCard is also up for grabs.

All you have to do is use the Rafflecopter below to follow, friend, like, and subscribe to the participating blogs and you are entered to win one of these great prizes. You can do all or just some of them, it’s totally up to you. Remember whenever you are using a Rafflecopter it is best that you are only viewing that particular post on the blog you are using. If you are having trouble, refresh the page.
Since this prize will be awarded using PayPal and email, this giveaway is open Worldwide – if you have a PayPal and/or an email address you can win!

Giveaway Starts January 7th and ends January 31st at 11:59PM PST. Winner will be selected by using via Rafflecopter and will have 48 hours to respond to their notification email before another winner is selected.

Please visit all of the Participating Blogs: 
The Busy Woman’s Guide to Surviving Motherhood
Retail Therapy Lounge
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Chic Monkey Boutique
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3 Boys and a Dog
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Deal Seeking Bliss
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Simple Wyrdings 
Craft Yourself
My Little House of Treasures
Tidbits from a Mom
Counting My Kisses
Babushka’s Baile
Healthy Concepts
Libby’s Library Reviews & Giveaways
Family Fun and Life
$uper $aving Momma
Money Saving Mindy 
Mom on the Run 
Mark Your Savings
Coupon Scribbles
Babes and Kids Review
Theresa’s Mixed Nuts
Write What Inspires You! Donna McDine 
The Working Writer’s Club
Rants and Raves of a Crazed Mom
Madame Deals
Carol Fraser Hagen – Literacy Specialist
Punk Rock Mommy
A Family Village
Foodie Gems
Diary of a Working Mom
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Mompreneur Mogul

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Disclaimer: This cash was collected from each of the blogs listed in this post. There was no outside sponsorship by a major corporation. Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries.