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Bible Bands by Katreina Eden

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rubber band jewelry is the hottest new craze, and now you can try these new designs! Show your faith and inspire others with the uplifting jewelry found in Bible Bands.

Item Description

Looking for a new arts and crafts book?  The book contains descriptive pictures and tons of designs from which to choose from.  There are little statements on each piece of jewelry and very well-detailed instructions.  You do need to get a few items to make these jewelry pieces.  There is a simple pattern and extension that the reader can follow that should be easy enough for middle grade children.  

I really enjoyed the different designs and pretty pictures associated with them.  There is a table of contents with a picture that allows you to quickly choose which design you would like to try.  The designs appear to take as little as 30 minutes to complete.  I liked the creativity of the titles and how the author took care to include biblical verses and titles.  Overall, this book is perfect for young children and their parents.

4 Stars

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The Red Sheet Blog Tour

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person helpful, generous, and chivalrous a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn't recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape.

Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can't hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.

Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He's attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before the change. Where he'd been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he's a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.

Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his superjock former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan's newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he's genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott's trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan's obsession.

Goodreads Summary

What would you do if you suddenly transformed into a superhero?  Bryan is faced with just that decision and the book takes us on a ride as he adjusts to his new life.  Bryan wasn't always the nicest person prior to becoming a superhero...he knows he has to make things right with Scott, someone he bullied.  Scott isn't automatically accepting of the new Bryan and who could blame him?  The book details Bryan's change into a good person, but it is hard to reconcile a good person with a bully even after one has changed.

I did like Bryan's character despite the bullying aspect in the past.  I don't think we would have been friends if he was a real life character, but he was ok.  I felt bad for Scott and thought he handled the situation as well as anyone would have.  I really liked the acts that Bryan did to make up for any unkindness he had done in the past.  The author did a wonderful job of setting the scene and keeping the book moving at a rapid pace.  This book is recommended for young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

Author Bio:

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

My themes I always write about:
Sweetness. Unconventional love, tortured/damaged heroes- only love can save them


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My Year of Epic Rock: Q&A

Sunday, September 7, 2014

1) If you could be any character in your book who would it be?
I’d love to be like Tiernan. He’s friendly, confident in himself, has a good sense of humor, and doesn’t let other people get in the way of his having a good time or making the most out of any situation he’s in. And he’s not afraid to stand up for himself or others. Plus, he has a healthy sense of self and doesn’t get all embarrassed easily the way I do (or the way my main character Nina does).

 2) Who was your favorite character in the book?
Shane—it cracks me up that he thinks he’s an expert about the music industry, even though he’s only in 7th grade.

 3) Which character would be your best friend and why?
I do love my main character, Nina.  I like that she isn’t about drama and just wants people to get along. And I share some of her less appealing characteristics – having a hard time speaking up, getting embarrassed easily—so I could sympathize with her when we hung out.  

 4) How did you get the idea for the book?
It’s actually because of my daughter, who was born with quite a few serious food allergies. I read so much about allergies when we first got the diagnosis so I’d know how to care for her. One thing I read was that tweens and teens take risks with their food allergies—they just want to have fun with their friends and not worry about reading labels or asking about ingredients. Though at the time my daughter was still little, it made me wonder how she and kids like her would deal with their allergies when they got in to middle school. What’s interesting, though, is that when I started writing My Year of Epic Rock, it became so much more about issues that all kids have to deal with: friendship ups and downs, figuring out who you are and how to stand up for yourself, teaching your parents that you want more independence, plus, of course, having crushes and wondering if your crush likes you likes you, or just likes you regular likes you. 

 5) What is your favorite scene?
Oh, tough one! But I think when Nina and her new friends hang out together after school and decide to form their band. I like that it was so hard for them to play together at first, or even figure out how to pick what music to play. Being in a band is hard work! Nina, Tiernan, Shane, Madison and Heidi are cool, funny, smart kids to be around, so the scenes with them together are my favorites.

6) Are you working on anything else we can be excited for?
I’ve just started my next middle grade book which is about a girl whose mother gets breast cancer. My mom got sick with cancer when I was 11, and I still remember how scared and lonely and confused I felt, so it’s a topic I’m interested in exploring.

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Beyond The Pale: Excerpt!

Friday, September 5, 2014
Once there was a village on an island that belonged to the Shark God. Every man in the village was a fisherman, and the women cooked their catch and mended their nets and sails, and painted their little boats. And because that island was sacred to him, the Shark God saw to it that there were always fish to be caught, and seals as well, in the waters beyond the coral reef, and protected the village from the great gray typhoons that came every year to flood other lagoons and blow down the trees and the huts of other islands. Therefore the children of the village grew fat and strong, and the women were beautiful and strong, and the fishermen were strong and high-hearted even when they were old.
In return for his benevolence the Shark God asked little from his people: only tribute of a single goat at the turn of each year. To the accompaniment of music and prayers, and with a wreath of plaited fresh flowers around its neck, it would be tethered in the lagoon at moonrise. Morning would find it gone, flower petals floating on the water, and the Shark God never seen—never in that form, anyway.

Now the Shark God could alter his shape as he pleased, like any god, but he never showed himself on land more than once in a generation. When he did, he was most often known to appear as a handsome young man, light-footed and charming. Only one woman ever recognized the divinity hiding behind the human mask. Her name was Mirali, and this tale is what is known about her, and about her children.
Mirali’s parents were already aging when she was born, and had long since given up the hope of ever having a child—indeed, her name meant “the long-desired one.” Her father had been crippled when the mast of his boat snapped during a storm and crushed his leg, falling on him, and if it had not been for their daughter, the old couple’s lives would have been hard indeed. Mirali could not go out with the fishing fleet herself, of course—as she greatly wished to do, having loved the sea from her earliest memory—but she did every kind of work for any number of island families, whether cleaning houses, marketing, minding young children, or even assisting the midwife when a birthing was difficult or there were simply too many babies coming at the same time. She was equally known as a seamstress, and also as a cook for special feasts; nor was there anyone who could mend a pandanus-leaf thatching as quickly as she, though this is generally man’s work. No drop of rain ever penetrated any pandanus roof that came under Mirali’s hands.

Nor did she complain of her labors, for she was very proud of being able to care for her mother and father as a son would have done. Because of this, she was much admired and respected in the village, and young men came courting just as though she were a great beauty. Which she was not, being small and somewhat square-made, with straight brows—considered unlucky by most—and hips that gave no promise of a large family. But she had kind eyes, deep-set under those regrettable brows, and hair as black and thick as that of any woman on the island. Many, indeed, envied her; but of that Mirali knew nothing. She had no time for envy herself, nor for young men, either.

Now it happened that Mirali was often chosen by the village priest to sweep out the temple of the Shark God. This was not only a grand honor for a child barely turned seventeen but a serious responsibility as well, for sharks are cleanly in their habits, and to leave his spiritual dwelling disorderly would surely be to dishonor and anger the god himself. So Mirali was particularly attentive when she cleaned after the worshippers, making certain that no prayer whistle or burned stick of incense was left behind. And in this manner did the Shark God become aware of Mirali.

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