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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Lone Star Book Blogger Tour: MAX ATTACKS by Kathi Appelt ***BOOK BLITZ GIVEAWAY***

MAX ... ATTACKS
by
KATHI APPELT
illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan
Children's Picture Book / Humor / Stories in Verse
Publisher: Atheneum / Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Date of Publication: June 11, 2019
Number of Pages: 40

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Fish and birds and lizards and socksis there anything Max won’t attack? 
Watch your ankles and find out in this clever, rhyming picture book about a very naughty kitty cat. Max is a cat. He attacks. From socks to strings to many a fish, attacking, for Max, is most de-lish. But how many of these things can he actually catch? Well, let’s just say it’s no even match.
Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honoree, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary Award–winning, and bestselling The Underneath as well as the National Book Award finalist The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Maybe a Fox (with Alison McGhee), Keeper, and many picture books including Counting Crows and Max ... Attacks
She has two grown children and lives in College Station, Texas, with her husband and their six cats. She serves as a faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts in their MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.
Penelope Dullaghan is an award-winning illustrator whose work includes illustrations for ad campaigns, book publishers, magazines, newspapers, products, videos and most recently, children. Max ... Attacks is her debut picture.
Penelope works from her home studio in Indianapolis, Indiana where she also home schools her daughter, plays in the river behind her house. and tends to her front-yard garden.
She is especially interested in collaborating with brands that support sustainability, simplicity and wellness. Connect with Penelope on her Website.
The real Max was neither blue, nor did he have a switchy tail. In fact, he didn’t have a tail at all. He was an American Bobtail, almost fire red, and in his prime he weighed in at over twenty pounds. For seventeen years, he served as best friend and roommate to the author’s oldest son Jacob Appelt, who adopted Max from the local animal shelter. Together they wrote music, traveled, entertained friends and family, and kept an eye on the neighborhood parrots. Even though Max was famous for attacking anything that moved, he was, and always will be, the biggest, sweetest cat ever! 
And many thanks to Jacob for the line: “a mighty nap attacked our Max.” Best line in the book!
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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Lone Star Book Bloggers Tour: CAPTAIN FIN by Amanda Thrasher ***REVIEW & GIVEAWAY***

CAPTAIN FIN
by
AMANDA M. THRASHER
based on a screenplay by Kevin James O'Neill
  Genre: Young Adult / Adventure / Family
Date of Publication: May 1, 2019
Number of Pages: 432

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Hannah Gunner, once a carefree child, is faced with secrets, lies, and betrayal. A life-changing event during her adolescent years forces her to confront a past that she no longer recognizes. Now, questioning everything she thought she knew, Hannah struggles with the person she is supposed to be! With the help of her boyfriend and her closest friend, they discover several clues that may hold the missing links to her life. A tattered box filled with worn-out letters holds some of the answers that she needs, but not all of them. With an assist from her aunt, and a visitor from her past, Hannah manages to track down the only person in the world who can answer her questions—the Captain! But why did those closest to her lie in the first place? Will Hannah ever find the answers that she needs to bring her peace? 
Suspenseful, engaging, and with twists and turns that make it impossible to put down, this is a book filled with surprises.


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In Captain Fin by Amanda Thrasher, Hannah Gunner carries the memories of her father, Hank, through the pirate role-playing they did when she was a small child. It's these memories that help her cope with her father's absence due to unfortunate circumstances. In this novel adaptation of Kevin James O'Neill's screenplay, Thrasher brings you into the life of a childhood lost due to lies, betrayal, and manipulation. Growing up without her father, whom she also calls "Captain Fin," Hannah and her mother move from town to town trying to have a better life. But, Hannah's mother Gloria has a secret she's been keeping, and it's something that will change the life of her daughter forever. 

Told through the eyes of all the characters, Captain Fin is an emotional roller-coaster! It's a story of betrayal, love, forgiveness, and redemption. This book will pull at your heartstrings! Thrasher does an excellent job of showing the reader the pain and suffering of losing someone you love and finding the strength to move on. The decisions made by Hannah's mother and father have a lifetime of consequences for themselves and Hannah. It's heartbreaking to see how Gloria handles the complex situation with her husband and the lifelong impact that had on her daughter's life. It makes the reader wonder what they would do if they were in her shoes, and how life for Hannah and her parents would have been different. Thrasher does a great job of bringing you into the story, especially since you get to see what is happening from different points of view. One of my favorite parts of the story was seeing the interaction between Hank and Hannah.  You can feel the love he has for his daughter and how horrible it must have been for him to be away from his family.  Hannah was a great character who loved with all her heart, and you can't help but feel sorry for her broken childhood. Captain Fin was definitely an emotional page-turner! A great start to a new series!

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Amanda M. Thrasher was born in England, moved to Texas, and resides there still. Amanda has authored picture books, middle-grade chapter books, early readers, young adult pieces, and a graphic novel written specifically for the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center. Amanda is a multiple Gold Recipient of The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) for YA, General Fiction, and early reader chapter books, a Readers’ Favorite International Book Award winner for YA Social Issues, an NTBF winner for YA and General Fiction, and she was awarded a New Apple Literary Award for YA and general fiction. As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, she assists other authors with their work and shares her writing process and publishing experience with them. Her latest release, CAPTAIN FIN, was based on a contract to adapt a screenplay into a novel for the director, actor, and producer Kevin James O’Neill. Her works-in-progress are the sequel to CAPTAIN FIN and the fourth installment of her Mischief Series.
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June 4-14, 2019
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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Lone Star Book Bloggers Tour: HITCHIN' POST AND THE TORNADO TWISTIN' 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION by Julie Barker ***BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY***

HITCHIN' POST and the Tornado Twistin' 4th of July Celebration
by
JULIE BARKER
illustrated by Carolyn Altman
  Genre: Children's Picture Book / Western / Fantasy
Publisher: BookBaby
Date of Publication: September 28, 2018
Number of Pages: 50

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Hitchin Post, the cowboy jackrabbit, is back with an all new adventure on the 6Bs' Ranch. 
Hitch’s brothers come to visit for the annual 4th of July rodeo and dance, but they get much more than a long-awaited visit with their brother. When a giant tornado threatens to cut their Independence Day celebration short, Hitchin Post, his brothers, and the rest of the cowboys have to work hard to save the ranch and the celebration. Hitchin’ Post shows that even though he is just a small jackrabbit, he has the courage it takes to bring everyone together to rebuild what the tornado destroyed. Because of old Hitch being a great leader, the 6Bs' 4th of July celebration will go on! 
This is the second book in the Hitchin Post series by Julie Barker, where Julie once again collaborates with her mother, artist Carolyn Altman, who provides the illustrations in this romping, stomping, cowboy adventure!

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
Hitchin Post and the Tornado Twistin’ 4th of July Celebration is a brilliantly woven story with a strong plot that will easily entertain anyone. The illustrations by Carolyn Altman are fun and engaging, complementing the story. I love how Barker has written an interesting story that will teach kids how working together as a team makes the hard work a whole lot lighter and much more rewarding. – Readers’ Favorite, 5 STARS

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In Julie Barker's latest book, her lovable cowboy jackrabbit Hitch is back and ready to celebrate the Fourth of July!  Along with his brothers and cowboy friends, Hitch is excited to enjoy the holiday at their big red 6Bs' barn.  But when disaster strikes, Hitch must get everyone's help to save their holiday fun.  

Hitchin' Post and the Tornado Twistin' 4th of July Celebration is a story that teaches many valuable life lessons throughout the book.  It shows the reader to never give up, even when certain situations seem impossible to fix.  In the story, Hitch is devastated by what happens to their barn, but he displays great leadership in getting everyone motivated to rebuild what the tornado destroyed.  Friendship and teamwork is another visible theme of the story that will resonate with young readers.  Everyone comes together to help rebuild the 6Bs' barn, and it portrays what can be achieved by working as a team.

Barker's use of rhyme makes her cowboy themed story a great read aloud for children of all ages and keeps the story lighthearted and easy to follow.  It is also beautifully illustrated by the talented Carolyn Altman with her distinct and original color paintings. Something you don't find in picture books these days! Each page takes the reader inside Hitch's world and delivers a great perspective of a cowboy's country lifestyle and their everyday struggles.  You can see the emotions of the characters as they deal with what is happening in the story and it is something young children will easily relate to.

With a lovable cast of characters, Barker's newest book in her Hitch' Post series is a must read! A heartfelt story from start to finish! You won't want to miss this cowboy jackrabbit's next ride!


Julie Barker is the author of Hitchin' Post, her debut children's storybook. With inspiration from her west Texas roots and being surrounded by the ranching heritage, Julie is fulfilling her dream of becoming a children's author. Along with the encouragement and beautiful illustrations from her mother and artist, Carolyn Altman, the story of Hitchin' Post the cowboy jackrabbit was born and is now officially a series. The second book, Hitchin' Post and the Tornado Twistin' 4th of July Celebration, was released September 2018.
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Carolyn Altman is and artist and illustrator of the Hitchin Post children’s book series, in which she collaborated with her daughter, Julie Barker, author. Carolyn resides in Vernon, Texas, with her husband Stanley. They have two daughters and six grandchildren, all of whom live nearby. “Touch the Heart with Original Art” is Carolyn’s slogan she has used for the past 40 years as she creates lighthearted and inspiring art with subjects such as wildlife, horses, cattle, and cowboys, in hopes of helping to preserve this way of life for many years to come. 
The beginning of her art career consisted of using mostly oil and acrylic mediums, then Carolyn began creating baby memory books in which she incorporates her art into each page.  Each baby memory book is personalized and truly a work of art in itself. Carolyn believes that her experiences throughout her life are what inspires her art. 
She has spent her life in west Texas surrounded by wide open spaces and the beauty of the farming and ranching heritage, and that way of life will always show up in her paintings and illustrations. Her latest creations include a series of angel paintings depicting what she deems most important in her life-her faith. 
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Author & Illustrator Signed Copy of Hitchin' Post and the Tornado Twistin 4th of July Celebration + $50 gift certificate to CarolynAltmanArt.com; 

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Signed Copy of the Book.

May 29-June 7, 2019
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