Saturday, February 15, 2014

February (Valentines) Kindle Fire HDX Giveaways!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My Friend Suhana Book Blast

About the Book

My Friend Suhana by Shaila & Aanyah AbdullahTitle: My Friend Suhana: A Story of Friendship and Cerebral Palsy |
Authors: Shaila Abdullah & Aanyah Abdullah |
Publication Date: December 16, 2013
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Pages: 17
Recommended Ages: 3+ 
Summary: A simple tale of love and friendship to warm your heart. Award-winning author and designer Shaila Abdullah teams up with her 10-year-old daughter Aanyah to bring you this heartwarming tale of a little girl who forms a close bond with a child with cerebral palsy.    

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The Buzz

“Children with cerebral palsy, like Suhana, the special 7-year-old child in this book, might never take a first step, say their first words or even do the same things other kids can do. But, they can understand kindness, love and true friendship. This is a story about two young 7-year-old girls whose friendship will span a lifetime and whose love will never die … There are so many themes that are brought to light in this wonderfully illustrated book. Friendship, understanding, love, kindness and trust…This mother and daughter have presented a well written, special, colorfully illustrated book that is definitely a must read for children in the lower grades, read aloud in every classroom, hospital groups, book store book signings and even at centers with children who have CP who can learn that they can do anything––all they need to do is try.” ~ Fran Lewis, former Reading and Writing Staff Developer at NYC Public Schools

“Promoting friendship, respect, and support, this children’s book aides in teaching others that art can help overcome and accept the differences of physical characteristics in others. It shows the bond that a mother and daughter share caring and loving those who have physical or mental disabilities as they convey how to be a true friend.” ~ Conny Crisalli, Book Pleasures

“This heartfelt story shares what it would be like to have a friend with cerebral palsy. Parents, teachers and young readers will appreciate the stories purpose and enjoy the colorful illustrations depicting the moods of Suhana and the love and caring she receives from her friend…Both authors have done an excellent job of educating us on how to be role models by opening our minds and hearts to the possibilities.” ~ Kristi’s Book Nook

“My Friend Suhana, for which Kindle and ePub editions are also available, was inspired by the experiences of the authors. While helping her mother with a special needs class at a local community center, a seven year old girl befriends another seven year old girl named Suhana who has cerebral palsy. It is a simple tale of love and friendship that will warm everyone’s heart.” ~ Wayne Walker, Home School Book Reviews

“My Friend Suhana is a delightful read for a children’s book. Very well illustrated with respect, friendship, and advocacy all in mind at the same time.” ~ Dawn Cruzan, President, Camp Craig Allen for all abilities

“This is the story of a seven-year-old’s first attempt at unconditional love. Tough but tender, inspirational yet utterly real, this is a small gem of a tale. Highly recommended for anyone in the position of mentoring a beloved child through the hard places of life.” ~ Paula Huston, author of A Season of Mystery and A Land Without Sin

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About the Authors: Shaila Abdullah & Aanyah Abdullah

Shaila & Aanyah Abdullah
Shaila Abdullah is an author and designer based in Austin, Texas. She is the author of two award-winning books: Saffron Dreams and Beyond the Cayenne Wall. The author has received several awards for her work including the Golden Quill Award, Norumbega Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction, Patras Bukhari Award for English Language, Reader Views Award, Written Art Award, and a grant from Hobson Foundation. My Friend Suhana is Shaila’s first children’s book. In her free time, Shaila loves to run around with her children–Aanyah and Aaliyana.  

Aanyah Abdullah is a creative and compassionate 10-year-old, who is drawn to children born with physical and mental disabilities. When she was in second grade, Aanyah along with her mother Shaila, started volunteering out at a local community center where they helped assist special needs children. Later Aanyah wrote an essay about her friendship with a girl in the class who had cerebral palsy. That essay is the inspiration behind My Friend Suhana. Aanyah dreams of establishing a special school for children with disabilities one day. She is known to always stand up for what is right and is-–in her parents’ and teachers’ eyes––a perfect role model for her baby sister.

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Contest runs: February 12 to March 12, 11:59 pm, 2014 
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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Shaila Abdullah & Loving Healing Press and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

ARC Review: Daring to Trust the Boss by Susan Meier

Daring to Trust the Boss
by Susan Meier
Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Harlequin (first published February 1st 2014)
ISBN 0373742762 (ISBN13: 9780373742769)

The magic of the Mediterranean

When accountant Olivia Prentiss joins Tucker Engle's company, she's unceremoniously demoted to stand in as his PA! However, Tucker's not in for an easy ride. Olivia's worked hard to get where she is now, and refuses to bow to her gorgeous boss's commands; however fearsome his reputation.

But soon Olivia begins to see there is far more to her boss than meets the eye. And on a business trip to Italy, she sees straight through Tucker's hard and proud exterior to a man with a far more vulnerable edge.

~ My Opinion ~

After reading so many high-tension quite steamy romance, it's kind of refreshing to read a romance that didn't exactly involve something down there, if you know what I mean. :p

It's a sweet fun loving story. The one gives you a warm peaceful feeling when you're reading it and done with it. Both characters did feel the chemistry after few days they met, but they didn't take an impulsive steps to do something about it. The uneasiness made them move back and forth, but it's understandable they wanted to take it slow since they're not so sure about what they actually feel inside, especially for Tucker. It's also understandable how someone who usually good with people suddenly don't know what to do when it involves the one he/she loves. And how dreadful that most of the time an assumption made someone withdraw when he/she supposed to move forward, to fight to get what they want, just because they feel less.

I liked how both characters build a comfortable friendly relationship first before they finally realized how much they want one another. I liked the way Olivia put an ease for Tucker with her comments or answers.

Being melancholic, conservative kind of girl, the only disappointment for me was that they didn't really do it in a traditional way. You know, get married first, and then get the baby. :) This is exactly what happens when you have certain expectations for your characters. :D

There were parts in this novel that I felt like needed to be explored/described a bit more, but I'm not sure either, maybe it's just part of me wanting it a little bit more. I mean, you didn't really loose the flow. 

Thank you, Harlequin and Net Galley.

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