Thursday, July 28, 2011

What Are You Giving Away This Thursday? BOOK Giveaway Linky - 7/28-8/3

If you have a BOOK-RELATED giveaway going on your blog/site please list it below - this means books (paper or eBook), bookmarks, book swag, booklights, eReaders and other things that are directly related to book reading.

If you have ANY OTHER TYPE of giveaway feel free to link the on my mommy blog giveaway linky: The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood.

Please link DIRECTLY to the book giveaway and not just to your blog's homepage.
Please keep your listings Family Friendly (if the item itself is adult in nature please include ADULT in your listing)

Please use this format:
Your Name: Blog Title (abbr ok) Item Description End Date
Your URL: a direct link to the giveaway

EXAMPLE:
Your Name: BWG2SM Bring Back Beatrice! By Jennifer Griffin ends 4/15
Your URL: http://sapphirereads.blogspot.com/2011/01/interiew-and-giveaway-said-spider-by.html


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review: Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson

Book Description: Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world."




Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.

About the Author: LARRY PETERSON was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. "Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes" is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 30 years.

Here's What I Think: I always love books that have a message and there is no better message than accepting each other's differences. This children's book takes it a step further and reminds us to accept our own differences. I also like the Peterson was able to convey his message without it being totally obvious that a lesson was being learned. My sons loved the illustrations of this book as well as the story.

Disclaimer: Although I did receive this book for review purposes, I was in no other way compensated to publish this post.
If you are an author or publisher and would like an honest review of your title, please contact me at polsen11atcomcastdotnet

Whatcha Reading Wednesdays - July 27th, 2011


I just noticed that this didn't post today - got saved as a draft! =( Here it is - better late than never right?

This week's Whatcha Reading Wednesday works like this:
What's the next book in your TBR Pile?
You can participate by leaving your WRW teaser in a comment below, or you can make a post on your own blog and link back to this post in the linky below. Feel free to use the WRW graphic, just please be sure to link back to Busy Moms Who Love to Read.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

So tell me: Whatcha Reading??

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Giveaway: Only Time Will Tell by Jeffery Archer - 5 Winners! Review Coming SOON

Only Time Will Tell by Jeffery Archer

Book Description: From the internationally bestselling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph.About the Author: Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain’s House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections--including And Thereby Hangs a Tale, Kane and Abel, Paths of Glory and False Impression--have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge. Here's What I Think: REVIEW COMING SOON!

The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war.” A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again.
As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question, was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?
This introductory novel in Archer’s ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler’s Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.









WIN IT!! - FIVE Very Lucky BMWL2R Readers will each get a copy of Only Time Will Tell by Jeffery Archer

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This Giveaway will end on August 16th at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be selected the following day and have 48 hours to respond to the email notification.

Disclaimer: Although I did receive this book for review purposes, I was in no other way compensated to publish this post.
If you are an author or publisher and would like an honest review of your title, please contact me at polsen11atcomcastdotnet

What Are You Giving Away This Thursday? BOOK Giveaway Linky - 7/21-7/27

If you have a BOOK-RELATED giveaway going on your blog/site please list it below - this means books (paper or eBook), bookmarks, book swag, booklights, eReaders and other things that are directly related to book reading.

If you have ANY OTHER TYPE of giveaway feel free to link the on my mommy blog giveaway linky: The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood.

Please link DIRECTLY to the book giveaway and not just to your blog's homepage.
Please keep your listings Family Friendly (if the item itself is adult in nature please include ADULT in your listing)

Please use this format:
Your Name: Blog Title (abbr ok) Item Description End Date
Your URL: a direct link to the giveaway

EXAMPLE:
Your Name: BWG2SM Bring Back Beatrice! By Jennifer Griffin ends 4/15
Your URL: http://sapphirereads.blogspot.com/2011/01/interiew-and-giveaway-said-spider-by.html


After you use the link please leave a comment, letting me know you were here (I just love comments, this is totally not required! LOL)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Whatcha Reading Wednesdays - July 20th, 2011


This week's Whatcha Reading Wednesday works like this:
Type in the Title of NEXT Book on your TBR List!
You can participate by leaving your WRW teaser in a comment below, or you can make a post on your own blog and link back to this post in the linky below. Feel free to use the WRW graphic, just please be sure to link back to Busy Moms Who Love to Read.

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

So tell me: Whatcha Reading??

Monday, July 18, 2011

Review & GIVEAWAY! To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal - 2 winners!

To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal

Book Description: Judith Whitman always believed in the kind of love that "picks you up in Akron and sets you down in Rio." Long ago, she once experienced that love. Willy Blunt was a carpenter with a dry wit and a steadfast sense of honor. Marrying him seemed like a natural thing to promise. But Willy Blunt was not a person you could pick up in Nebraska and transport to Stanford. When Judith left home, she didn't look back.

Twenty years later, Judith's marriage is hazy with secrets. In her hand is what may be the phone number for the man who believed she meant it when she said she loved him. If she called, what would he say?

TO BE SUNG UNDERWATER is the epic love story of a woman trying to remember, and the man who could not even begin to forget.

About the Author: Tom was born in Santa Ana, California. His father was a native Californian who raised oranges, and his mother grew up on a farm in northwest Nebraska, where Tom spent his childhood summers. After earning a BA and a teaching credential from UC Berkeley, Tom moved to Hay Springs, Nebraska, taught high school English, drove a school bus, substituted briefly in a one-room schoolhouse, and began work on what would become Goodnight, Nebraska. Tom holds an MA in creative writing from UC Irvine and was a Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. His short stories have been widely anthologized, and "What Happened to Tully" was made into a film. He is the author, with his wife, Laura, of four young adult novels published by Knopf and a picture book called The Dog Who Lost his Bob. He has two sons and lives in Southern California, where he grows oranges.Here's What I Think: This book is incredibly real. It may be a very sad story but it is so well written that you want to finish it. The characters are so dynamic and complete, that you feel like you know them. McNeal has a very strong voice for storytelling. This may sound sexist on my part but I will say that I am shocked that a man can write such a realistic view of the relationship between a man and a woman, not because men don't understand this concept but because they usually have difficulty expressing that understanding. I really enjoyed this novel.




WIN IT!! - Two Very Lucky BMWL2R Readers will each get a copy of To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal

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Open to US Residents ONLY. GOOD LUCK!

This Giveaway will end on August 9th at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be selected the following day and have 48 hours to respond to the email notification.

Disclaimer: Although I did receive this book for review purposes, I was in no other way compensated to publish this post.
If you are an author or publisher and would like an honest review of your title, please contact me at polsen11atcomcastdotnet

Friday, July 15, 2011

Review & GIVEAWAY! The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox

The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox


Book Description: Dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and an evil queen – all these and more can be found in The Magic Warble, an enchanting tale of adventure and friendship.
Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz.



In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.



About the Author: Victoria, known as Vicki, was born in 1966, in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She has one older sister, Jeannette. When Vicki was 7, she moved with her family to British Columbia. In her early twenties Vicki moved to Western Washington and now resides in Marysville WA. She has been married to her husband Russ, for nineteen years and they have three children; Toby, who is fifteen, Kristina, thirteen, and William, eight. She has home schooled her children for the past nine years, and she also teaches elementary school art. Vicki’s other family members are, a Chihuahua, named Pipsy, two cats, Frodo, and Fritz, and two parakeets, Charlie, and Paulie. She did have a pet rat named Raymond when she started writing The Magic Warble, but sad to say, he has since passed away of old age. Vicki enjoys writing, painting watercolors, watching movies, hanging out with her family, and chauffeuring her kids around to their many activities. Her favorite author is C.S. Lewis, and one of her fondest memories is when she was twelve. She would sit at the kitchen table and read The Chronicles of Narnia to her mother while she cooked dinner. These magical stories were very dear to Vicki and she remembers wishing, If only I could go to Narnia like Lucy and Susan. Vicki hopes that maybe, she can touch someone with her story in a similar way.


Here's What I Think: If you are looking for a book to read along with your tween daughter- this is it. The story is intriguing and captivating enough to keep your own interest while whimsical and interesting enough for a young reader. The book lists as being geared to kids aged 9-12 but even my 14 year old niece enjoyed it. The book is a great study in character development as each character has it's own moment, all while not allowing the book to become overly descriptive. The same goes for some very vivid imagery. I really enjoy the great messages in this story that make it easy for a young girl to relate, and I love Kristina's story.


WIN IT!! - ONE Very Lucky BMWL2R Reader will get a copy of The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox


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This Giveaway will end on July 31st at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be selected the following day and have 48 hours to respond to the email notification.


Disclaimer: Although I did receive this book for review purposes, I was in no other way compensated to publish this post.
If you are an author or publisher and would like an honest review of your title, please contact me at polsen11atcomcastdotnet

Thursday, July 14, 2011

What Are You Giving Away This Thursday? BOOK Giveaway Linky - 7/14-7/20

If you have a BOOK-RELATED giveaway going on your blog/site please list it below - this means books (paper or eBook), bookmarks, book swag, booklights, eReaders and other things that are directly related to book reading.

If you have ANY OTHER TYPE of giveaway feel free to link the on my mommy blog giveaway linky: The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood.

Please link DIRECTLY to the book giveaway and not just to your blog's homepage.
Please keep your listings Family Friendly (if the item itself is adult in nature please include ADULT in your listing)

Please use this format:
Your Name: Blog Title (abbr ok) Item Description End Date
Your URL: a direct link to the giveaway

EXAMPLE:
Your Name: Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand - 2 winners - ends 7/31
Your URL: http://busymomswholovetoread.blogspot.com/2011/07/review-giveaway-silver-girl-by-elin.html


After you use the link please leave a comment, letting me know you were here (I just love comments, this is totally not required! LOL)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Whatcha Reading Wednesdays - July 13th, 2011


This week's Whatcha Reading Wednesday works like this:
Type in the sentence that you are currently reading. (Remember to indicate any spoilers!)
You can participate by leaving your WRW teaser in a comment below, or you can make a post on your own blog and link back to this post in the linky below. Feel free to use the WRW graphic, just please be sure to link back to Busy Moms Who Love to Read.

"I saw it seize her, that compassion and undeniable urget o help others that so often filled her." Shadow Kiss (book 3 of the Vampire Academy Series) by Richelle Mead
So tell me: Whatcha Reading??

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Review & GIVEAWAY! Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand (2 Winners)


Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

Book Description: Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can't offer complete escape, and they're plagued by new and old troubles alike. When Connie's brother Toby - Meredith's high school boyfriend - arrives, Meredith must reconcile the differences between the life she is leading and the life she could have had. Set against the backdrop of a Nantucket summer, Elin Hilderbrand delivers a suspenseful story of the power of friendship, the pull of love, and the beauty of forgiveness.



About the Author: Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.Here's What I Think: If you are looking for the perfect book to read while lazing about in your backyard this summer, this is it. Its the classic tale of one woman's life getting turned upside down in the blink of an eye. This book looks closely at the ideas of friendship, grief, loss, family dynamics, and trust. I have always enjoyed the imagery of Hilderbrand, and she delivers another great read in Silver Girl. Connie and Meredith are well thought out characters that you route for every step of the way.




WIN IT!! - Two Very Lucky BMWL2R Readers will each get a copy of Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

Mandatory Entry: Become a GFC Follower of BMWL2R (see sidebar) Please include your email address (anti-spam version okay) in your comment.

Extra Entries: PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY. You must complete the Mandatory Entry for your extra entries to count.

'Like' BMWL2R on Facebook
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Blog about this giveaway 5 extra entries (leave a separate comment for each entry)

Open to US Residents ONLY. GOOD LUCK!

This Giveaway will end on July 31st at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be selected the following day and have 48 hours to respond to the email notification.

Disclaimer: Although I did receive this book for review purposes, I was in no other way compensated to publish this post.
If you are an author or publisher and would like an honest review of your title, please contact me at polsen11atcomcastdotnet

Thursday, July 7, 2011

What Are You Giving Away This Thursday? BOOK Giveaway Linky - 7/7-7/13

If you have a BOOK-RELATED giveaway going on your blog/site please list it below - this means books (paper or eBook), bookmarks, book swag, booklights, eReaders and other things that are directly related to book reading.

If you have ANY OTHER TYPE of giveaway feel free to link the on my mommy blog giveaway linky: The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood.

Please link DIRECTLY to the book giveaway and not just to your blog's homepage.
Please keep your listings Family Friendly (if the item itself is adult in nature please include ADULT in your listing)

Please use this format:
Your Name: Blog Title (abbr ok) Item Description End Date
Your URL: a direct link to the giveaway

EXAMPLE:
Your Name: BWG2SM Bring Back Beatrice! By Jennifer Griffin ends 4/15
Your URL: http://sapphirereads.blogspot.com/2011/01/interiew-and-giveaway-said-spider-by.html


After you use the link please leave a comment, letting me know you were here (I just love comments, this is totally not required! LOL)