Giveaway and Book Blast: The Pen Pieyu Adventures by Diane Mae Robinson!

Pen Pieyu Diane Mae Robinson

About the Books

Book 1:

Sir princess petra pen pieyu adventuresTitle: Sir Princess Petra (The Pen Pieyu Adventures Book #1) | Author: Diane Mae Robinson | Year published: 2012 | Publisher: Tate Publishing | Number of pages: 68 | Recommended age: 5+

Summary: Princess Petra’s unusual birthday request sends the royal court into a frenzy, but when she agrees to undertake a knight’s quest they can’t stop her. Armed with a cake knife and outfitted in the best royal pots and pans, Petra sets off to face a dragon and win her real armor before encountering a bog witch, and an army of the kingdom’s worst enemies. Will Petra’s kindness and acceptance prove to be more valuable than weapons and armor?

Awards for book one, Sir Princess Petra:

  • 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (Literary Arts).
  • 2012 First Runner Up in the Purple Dragonfly Book Award in the Children’s Chapter Book category
  • 2013 Honorable Mention in the Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards
  • 2013 Finalist in the “50 Great Writers You Should be Reading” Award

Purchase:

Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Tate Publishing * Goodreads

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Book 2:

Sir Princess Petra's Talent by Diane Mae RobinsonTitle: Sir Princess Petra’s Talent (The Pen Pieyu Adventures Book 2) | Author: Diane Mae Robinson | Publication Date: September 24, 2013 | Publisher: Tate Publishing | Number of pages: 92 | Recommended age: Read-aloud ~ 5+

Summary: Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a kind and noble knight. This, however, does not please the king and queen—they want her to behave like a princess and forget this silly knight nonsense of hers! But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra, reluctantly, agrees to go. But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be?

Awards for book two, Sir Princess Petra’s Talent:

  • 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, finalist in three categories:
  1. Children’s Fantasy SciFi
  2. Children’s Grade K – 3rd
  3. Children’s Grade 4- 6th

Purchase:

Amazon * Barnes and Noble * Tate Publishing * Goodreads

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The Buzz About the Books

Book 1: “I really feel that this little book is a gem. It is a relatively short book (70-ish pages) that can easily be read aloud to children in one sitting. My kids and I were completely captivated by this fun, adventure-filled tale about a very charming and unorthodox princess. I highly recommend this book to families with children under the age of 10 and as young as 5 who love a good tale filled with fairy-tale characters such as dragons, witches, princesses, and knights.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Book 1: “I liked this book because it has a great story line and a great message about believing in yourself. Petra proves that she and all girls can be daring, adventurous and brave. I think Petra was a great character and I liked Snarls (the dragon) even better because he had good sense and dragons are just cool. The book is a beginning chapter book so there isn’t a lot of details in it but it tells a complete story. The black and white illustrations in the book are really great too. The book is part of “The Pen Pieyu Adventures.” I hope that means there will be more books about Petra coming out! This book is an awesome beginning chapter book and a great read aloud.” ~ Erik @ This Kid Reviews Books

Book 1: “Sir Princess Petra is one of those stories that will appeal to most everyone. It is charmingly funny. Petra sets out to prove she has what it takes to be a royal knight and proves she can do nearly anything. Snarls, the howling dragon, is endearing and lovable. If stuffed, sitting on a toy store shelf, every kid would want him. The story is short enough to be read in one sitting, say at bedtime. There are many opportunities for humorous, wacky, high-pitched voices, making Sir Princess Petra fun to read aloud. The author’s imagination is appropriately childlike. Petra is a child every parent will love. I know a child would have sweet, funny dreams after hearing mom or dad read this at bedtime.”~ Sue M. @ Kid Lit Reviews

Book 2: Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is precisely everything an early middle grade book should be with a multi-dimensional main character who is a great role model for young girls; a great supporting cast of unique and quirky characters; a plot largely driven through clever dialogue amongst the characters and involving much adventure and folly; and unexpected turns and twists that willleave parents and their children laughing out loud. ” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Book 2: “This is an adventurous story, which gets going from the very first page and doesn’t stop. The characters are all enjoyable, and the situations, although sometimes challenging for Princess Petra, are very appropriate for the age group.” ~ Tonja @ Bookworm for Kids

Book 2: “The[se books] are early chapter books, fun and suitable for children ages six and up. They move very quickly and are quite short, so I think they’d be particularly suitable for reluctant readers. I also think boys would enjoy these books as Sir Princess Petra thinks and behaves in the way I imagine most boys wish girls would think and behave – kind, down-to-earth, adventurous, and never squeamish or manipulative.” ~ Tina @ Mommynificent

About the Author: Diane Mae Robinson

Diane Mae Robinson

Diane lives in a small hilltop castle nestled amongst a very old and magical forest. In this mystical forest, all the fantasy creatures one can imagine live and audition for parts in the author’s next book. Diane has a journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature. The author also teaches acrylic and watercolor art to children, and is a writing instructor at the Creative Writing Institute.

The author’s first book in this series, Sir Princess Petra, has won three prestigious awards, and was a finalist for another award. The author recently acquired an agent with Gotham Artists Agency in New York.

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* $50 Book Blast Giveaway *

Amazon $50 Gift CardPrize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) + BONUS SECOND PRIZE = Hardcover copies of both The Pen Pieyu Adventures Books by Diane Mae Robinson

Contest ends: August 28, 11:59 pm, 2014

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winners will then have 72 hours to respond. If a 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, Diane Mae Robinson 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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July 2014 Link Loves!

Hey guys!

Whoa… Another month gone by. Time flies of late.Don’t you agree with me?. I cannot believe Ramadan and Eid is over already!. I hope you all enjoyed with your family for Eid.

On to my favorite posts of this month!

1) Teri of Mom to Bed by 8 did a post titled Five Ingredients For a Beauty Salad, which I found to be very informative. I don’t use a lot of those mentioned and I am now considering doing so. Check out the post to find out what those 5 ingredients are!

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2) Michelle of Swanky Point of View wrote a cool post which lists alternative uses for salt so that you can save money. Some are really cool tips!

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3) Sarah of Blend N Smack did a wonderful comparison post between the real and fake The Balm Nude’tude palette. She has done a freaking awesome job at the comparison. I look forward to more such posts from this lovely blogger!

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4) Abidha of Abidha Ayyoob’s Blog and Irene of Drab 2 Fabz, who are two of my close blogger friends, are doing a collaboration giveaway and are giving away an Aldo Smoldt satchel and a UD Naked 2 palette!. It’s open to UAE residents only. This is such a generous giveaway, so I urge you to check it out now and enter. Last date is 20th Aug 2014. You have to enter on both the blogs, so the links are below:

Abidha’s post – Click here

Irene’s post – Click here

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1) Abidha of Abidha Ayyoob’s Blog mentioned my iHerb haul post in her Half year favorites of 2014 post. Thanks Abi :)

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That’s it for this month!. By the way, from the mid of this month, I started posting daily. Probably this will be kept up until Spetember and then I will go back to my regular ‘every other day’ posting schedule. I hope to review more products, more books and post more interesting new arrivals in the beauty industry. Stay tuned :)

I hope you have an awesome August ahead of you!

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Review : Nivea BB Cream – 5 in 1 Beautifying Moisturizer!

Hi guys!

BB creams have made it big in the beauty industry since a long time now. I recently jumped on the wagon too and tried Nivea’s BB cream which is a 5 in 1 beautifying moisturizer.

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It contains Minerals, Provitamin B5, a hint of makeup and offers an SPF of 10. I  am pleasantly in love with this product. If you have blemishes/age spots, you can hide them well with this cream. It’s scent is refreshingly the same as Nivea‘s original scent. It gives a matte look to the skin, which is gorgeous!.

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Unlike certain foundations that dry out your skin, this BB cream moisturizes at the same time as giving a balanced, even tone to your skin. It’s easy to apply it onto your skin with a brush or just with your finger tips. You do need to use a makeup remover to wash this off at the end of the day since it does have makeup in it and it’s not advisable to go to bed with makeup on.

Blog pix 045Just a little goes a long way!. This is the ‘Medium’ shade.

Blog pix 046Skin looks noticeably brighter and more even toned!

The one I tried is in the shade ‘Medium’ which I believe is the darkest available in the UAE market at the moment. I have a dark skin tone and I find that the medium tone of this cream is slightly light for me. However, I combine it with half the amount of foundation I usually use and I get the perfect coverage and moisturization. Usually, I apply a moisturizer with SPF in it as a base before applying my liquid foundation. However, this product takes away the need for that since it offers SPF 10 and also moisturizes your skin in that familiar way, only Nivea knows how to!

It comes in a little tube containing 50 ml. It’s perfect to carry around in your purse and costs AED 23.50 in local super markets. If you haven’t tried a BB cream yet, I would suggest this product to you!.

Have you tried this product?. If you haven’t yet, let me know which BB cream is your favorite, by leaving a comment below.

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Note: I was provided this product for review purpose and all opinions are 100% my own.

How to stay hydrated this summer!

Water is crucial for human life. It accounts for around 70% of body weight, depending upon age. Loosing just 2% of this water leads to dehydration. Dehydration is the loss of water and salts essential for normal body function. Even a fluid loss of 1-2% can have adverse affect on physical and mental performance. It is essential we consume enough water every day to stay healthy and fit.

Dehydration is a common problem during the summer and it is essential to stay cool during this period. It is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to making you feel tired. Some of the symptoms of dehydration include thirst, lethargy, headaches, dizziness, and confusion. With the help of Christina Doublichevitche, Regional Nutrition and Health Manager at Unilever North Africa Middle East, let’s find out why it is important to stay hydrated and how to do the same:

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Why is Hydration important?

  • Water plays an important role in our body. It is a medium for all chemical reactions in the body and helps in regulating body temperature.
  • Maintaining hydration provides vitality and flexibility of joints.
  • It also helps maintain the elasticity of the skin, and the sparkle in the eyes

How to avoid Dehydration?

  • Drinking Water : Water is a great way to stay hydrated. Around 20% of our daily fluid requirements come from foods we eat, the rest we need to get from water and other healthy beverages. It is recommended to have 8 glasses of water daily and more in hot months. Drinking plenty of water and consuming fluids is ideal during summer.
  • Drinking Tea : Tea is the second best drink for hydration after water. Lipton Clear Green without milk and sugar is a zero calorie beverage and is a great hydration choice. Each cup of this delicious green tea refreshes and hydrates you enabling you to boost your energy levels and enjoy your day to the full.

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  • Eating Water-rich Fruits and Vegetables : You could also stay hydrated by eating water-rich fruits and vegetables. Lettuce, oranges and apples are some examples of high water content foods.

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Note: This is a press release, aiming at promotion to a wider audience. I am not compensated in any way for the publication of this post.

Book Review : Killer Within by Jeff Gunhus!

Hello!

Today’s review is about a crime/ suspense thriller, Killer Within by Jeff Gunhus. Let’s first get to know the author!.

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Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Middle Grade/YA series The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. Jeff is also the co-CEO of a national company with over 4,000 employees that has been featured in national media for its unique opportunity for college students to learn entrepreneurial skills.

He is the author of the motivational career guides No Parachute Required (Hyperion) and Wake Up Call (Seven Guns Press). After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland by trying to constantly keep up with his kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

Book Summary

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Arnie Milhouse is a murderer. A millionaire with dozens of kills in his past and no one the wiser. But when his name surfaces in connection with the death of a D.C. call girl, Arnie knows it’s only a matter of time before the FBI puts the pieces together. As he makes plans to disappear and leave his life in Annapolis behind forever, he meets a beautiful, mysterious woman who takes an interest in him. The perfect final victim. He can’t believe his luck.

Only luck has nothing to do with it.

Allison McNeil has returned to Annapolis, a city that she promised herself she would never come back to, not while the cruel memories of her time at the United States Naval Academy still haunt her. But she’s willing to do just about anything to get close to Arnie, even if it means having to face down the demons of her past. Her plans work and soon she and Arnie find themselves locked in a dangerous dance of seduction and betrayal.

But Arnie isn’t the only one who carries a secret and the dark truth about Allison McNeil makes a final confrontation between them inevitable. Neither of them know it, but they’re on a collision course that only one of them will survive.

My review

This is the second book the author has written for adults. The book cover is really beautiful. The book revolves around the protagonist Arnie Millhouse and his life with his son, Jason whom he loves immensely. Then there is the gorgeous Allison McNeil who for some reason is really interested in Arnie. Allison is a mysterious woman, going by a fake last name and the aura of mystery around her keeps you wanting more..

I am a huge fan of the show Criminal Minds, which shows how the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) of FBI functions. After having seen countless episodes of it, reading this book became immensely intriguing since Arnie killed people and staged them in ways to trip the profilers. That was really thrilling. Arnie knew how the profilers think and try to solve a case, so he did everything to mislead them and thus always stayed under the radar, never been caught.

This book shows how the mind of a psychopath works. He is a maniac, killing for the sheer thrill of it. Even half way through the book, you wouldn’t understand why Allison is keen on being around Arnie, getting to know him. The author has written in such a way that there is not a single second you are relaxed. The whole time you will be on the edge of your seat!.

There are a lot of key characters in this story namely Richard, Mason, Charlie and Craig Gerty, whose characters are developed well. Allison is not currently in any relationship and that was quite refreshing to read.

You think you know how the story is going to be but no, everything is unexpected. Twists happen when you think it’s least possible. This is one of the best books I have read. Crime/suspense writing at it’s best. I just reviewed this author’s first book for adults. Even compared to that, his writing style has improved leaps and bounds. I will definitely look forward to more of the Allison McNeil series.

I give this book 5 out 5 which by Goodreads standards mean ‘it was amazing’!

Links to the book

Goodreads ~ Amazon

Source : I received a complimentary ebook copy of Saving Raine from the author, for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Book Review : Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus!

Hello!

Today’s review is about a horror thriller, Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus. Let’s first get to know the author!.

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Jeff Gunhus is the author of the Middle Grade/YA series The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. Jeff is also the co-CEO of a national company with over 4,000 employees that has been featured in national media for its unique opportunity for college students to learn entrepreneurial skills.

He is the author of the motivational career guides No Parachute Required (Hyperion) and Wake Up Call (Seven Guns Press). After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland by trying to constantly keep up with his kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the CIty Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

Book Summary

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From the author of Jack Templar Monster Hunter comes a supernatural thriller for adult audiences. Jack Tremont moves his family to the quiet mountains of Western Maryland hoping to leave behind a troubled past and restart his life. Instead, he finds himself caught up in a nightmare when his daughter Sarah is targeted by Nate Huckley, a mysterious and horrifying stranger driven by a dark power that will stop at nothing to possess Sarah.

When Sarah goes missing, suspicion falls on Jack and he must uncover the secrets of the small mountain town of Prescott City and face the evil secret hidden there. As he digs further, he learns the conspiracy reaches more deeply than he could have imagined. Finally, he will have to face the question, What is a father willing to do to save his child? The answer? Anything. Anything at all.

My review

The book cover is creepy and instantly drew my attention to it. It features a girl with a stuffed teddy bear in her hand. Seeing this plus the creepy title, I assumed this would be a story about some kind of haunting involving a child ghost. Child ghosts creep me out the most since children are so innocent but showing them as dangerous is creepy in itself!. So, I decided to read this but was a bit disappointed because that scene shown on the cover is not even a part of the story.

From the summary, I knew Nate Huckley was the villain character. So, I was quite surprised to see him featured in the first chapter itself. But for that same reason, the book started out interestingly. You get to see how the maniac’s mind works. The encounter the Tremont family has with Nate Huckley at the rest area, is absolutely chilling, to say the least. It’s written very nicely. It’s creepy enough to give you goosebumps. I feel like Nate is fear personified.

Sarah seems to be special from beginning. She is little but shows psychic abilities. I thought it would be explained as to why she is so but it is not. Jack is an amazing father and is willing to do anything even kill to protect his family. Different chapters are written from different character’s POV and I really liked it. The author has written in such a way that every page is thrilling and you cannot simply put it down!. You have no idea what comes next. Some people in Prescott City, where this family is based in, are hiding something. You will never know which character is bad or which character can be trusted!.. There is a conspiracy going on and you got to read this book to know it!. I really like the character called Joe Lonetree who is mysterious and intriguing.

There are some really witty remarks here and there that were really funny!. In situations where the character should be serious, the author has maintained that level perfectly unlike some authors who tend to write jestingly even in serious situations, that can be plain annoying. I have got to say that there were some inconsistencies in the story, editing errors maybe.

If you are interested in stories that are/relating to supernatural, creepy, mind control, ancient civilizations, spelunking, then this book is for you!.

I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5, which by Goodreads standards mean that I ‘really liked it’.

Links to the book

Goodreads ~ Amazon

Source : I received a complimentary ebook copy of Saving Raine from the author, for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

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