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This is my own version of a weekly book haul and all things new on fuonlyknew.

I’m also linking up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Sunday Post

Some chit chat.

I’m so happy this week is behind me. It’s been freezing. In my job, I work outside and have had to start late each day while waiting for it to warm up enough to actually work. That left me cold and tired so my blogging suffered for it. I only reviewed one book this week! But never fear, I have a bunch ready for next week. And the weather is back to 60s and 70s finally!  Doing my happy dance. LOL

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My new books this week.

16162069  36381475  Mars Journey: Call to Action: Book 1: A SciFi Thriller Series by [Hargenrader, Bill]

Trackers: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Series by [Smith, Nicholas Sansbury]  Trackers 2: The Hunted (A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Series) by [Smith, Nicholas Sansbury]  Trackers 3: The Storm (A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Series) by [Smith, Nicholas Sansbury]

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And here are some FREEBIES for ya. Click on the covers to get your copies. Remember to make sure they’re still free before you hit that buy button.

Creek Crisis (An Ollie Stratford Mystery Book 2) by [Lewis, N.C.]  Lightweight by [McManus, Kirsty]  Miss Frost Solves A Cold Case: A Nocturne Falls Mystery (Jayne Frost Book 1) by [Painter, Kristen]

Dangerous Habits (Leah Nash Mysteries Book 1) by [Hunter, Susan]  SPIRITS IN THE TREES (The Spirits Series Book 1) by [MacDonald, Morgan Hannah]  Deadly Secrets: A Mapleton Mystery by [Odell, Terry]

AMONG WOLVES (Children Of The Mountain Book 1) by [Hakok, R.A.]  New World: a Frontier Fantasy Novel (Tales of the New World Book 1) by [White, Steven W.]  The Awakening (The Awakening Series Book 1) by [Lilly, Lisa M.]

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This weeks reviews. Click on the covers to view them.

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Other posts on my blog this week.

The Anthony Hollownton Series ~ Trailer and Giveaway

Teaser Tuesday #230 ~ Murder With Ganache

The Adventures Of Mitee Mite ~ Learning Can Be Fun

My Favorite Story ~ A Horror Podcast Anthology Giveaway

The Friday 56 #175 ~ Look For Her

The Freeze Is Over … It’s A Beautiful Morning

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The Adventures of Mitee Mite Series
Author: David John
Publisher: Mitee Mite
Pages: 120 pages total in series
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
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My Review

This is a set of five books teaching children about measuring, recognizing shapes, counting money, and learning to tell time, with the fifth book being an advanced book about time. Each page has a question and when you turn the page the answer is provided. And the pages are filled with brightly colored illustrations to add to the fun while learning.

I was surprised by how many questions I got wrong. Especially with measuring. My son, who is now grown, also had trouble with some of the questions. Do you know how many feet are in a mile? How about how many sides does a pentagon have? We went through all five books, having a good time and laughing at some of the fun pictures. If we had this much fun, imagine how much fun your little ones will have.

Parents and teachers will find these to be handy educational tools and the young ones will have so much fun they’ll forget they’re learning.

And Mitee Mite gives back. Each time a book is sold, one is given away and donations are made to teachers and children in need from book sale proceeds.

5 Stars

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Description

Building on a desire to teach children about time, shapes, measurements, and money, author David John created THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE series. In the same way that many of us learned our ABCs, the book and app (available on Google Play and iTunes) collection helps young readers learn how many seconds are in a minute, the number of sides different shapes contain, and more, using a catchy tune that captures their attention and motivates learning.
Focusing on children from age 3 to 11 years old, THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series offers its readers a dynamic female superhero, Mitee Mite, as their guide through the often tricky terrain involved with mastering time, shapes, measurements, and money. In her matching red cape and boots, Mitee Mite, accompanied by her alarm clock sidekick, Terry the Ticker, activates her superpowers by using her manners, respecting others, and accurately answering questions in the games she encounters during her adventures.
The five books in THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series include The Time Frame Game and The Time Frame Game Advanced, which break down seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, and years to teach readers the fundamentals of time. The Measuring Game explores the components of feet, yards, and miles, as well as cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. Mitee Mite teaches kids about currency in The Money Game and dives into a colorful world of triangles, squares, hexagons, and more in The Shape Game. The companion song for this series (available at www.miteemite.com) helps kinds absorb the skills in an enjoyable and interactive way.
The idea for THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series came about when David was faced with a dire challenge. “One day as I was babysitting my friends’ children, and not having any idea what to do, I made up fun games to help them learn,” David revealed. The goal of the series is to expose children to a variety of lessons in a manner that is fun, relatable, and memorable. David says, “Mitee Mite was created to help give children a head start on the basics of time, measurements, shapes, and money.”
David’s daughter, whom he calls his “Little Mite,” is the inspiration for the main character and the themes of the series. David’s desire to teach his daughter the basic skills featured in THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series has expanded into the goal of sharing these lessons with other children through his “You Buy, They Read” program. “We plan to give away one book for every one bought to kids in need.” In addition, David will donate $1 for every $2 of the gross sales of apps to teachers “who are going into their own pockets to buy supplies.”
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About Author David John

David John is the author of The Adventures of Mitee Mite book and app series. The series follows the adventures of superhero Mitee Mite and her sidekick, Terry the Ticker. The five titles in the series are The Time Frame Game (Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-0-2; Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-6-4), The Measuring Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-2-6), The Money Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-4-0), The Shape Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-3-3), and The Time Frame Game Advanced (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-5-7). Complementary apps for each book are available on Google Play and iTunes.  The companion song is available at the website:  www.miteemite.com.
David lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife and daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing hockey, and creating new stories for The Adventures of Mitee Mite book and app series.
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This is my own version of a weekly book haul and all things new on fuonlyknew.

I’m also linking up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Sunday Post

Some chit chat.

Well, the first week back at work was uneventful. As was anything else this week. I did read some good books and tuned in to the telly for some fun movies and shows. But it seems the weather is utmost on my mind. Crazy stuff this year. We had a nice warm up into the 70s. Then it started to get blustery and cold Friday. Dipped below freezing overnight and freezing winds out there now. It looks like most of next week will be freakish cold too. Please let spring come. Please! LOL

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My new books this week.

Voodoo on the Bayou (A Cajun Magic Mystery Book 1) by [James, Elle]  St James Gate: A Brew City Revenge Thriller (A James Webb Novel Book 1) by [Burke, BL]  The Mermaid's Revenge by [Cross, Amy]

The Pulse Super Boxset: EMP Post Apocalyptic Fiction by [Clarke, Alexandria]  Desolate - The Complete Trilogy by [Brumm, Robert]

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And here are some FREEBIES for ya. Click on the covers to get your copies. Remember to make sure they’re still free before you hit that buy button.

Bellamy and the Brute: A retelling inspired by the story of Beauty and the Beast. by [Michaels, Alicia]  Falling (Girl With Broken Wings Book 1) by [Bennett, J]  Enchant: Beauty and the Beast Retold (Romance a Medieval Fairytale Book 1) by [Carlton, Demelza]

FORGOTTEN TIME (A Time Travel Romance) : Ravenhurst Series, Book 1: (New & Lengthened 2018 Edition) by [Beaumont, Lorraine]  A Throne for Sisters (Book One) by [Rice, Morgan]  Temple of Indra's Jewel (Time Traveling Bibliophile) by [Stapleton, Rachael]

Extinct by [Hamill, Ike]  Hunger by [Briar, Perrin]  Homecoming (A Finn McCoy Paranormal Thriller Book 1) by [Langrel, Scott]

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This weeks reviews. Click on the covers to view them.

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Other posts on my blog this week.

My Monday Minis #35 ~ The Tannenbaum Tailors And The Secret Snowball

Teaser Tuesday #229 ~ Hearse And Gardens

The Kid’s Korner #27 ~ If You Were Me And Lived In …. Renaissance Italy

Lullaby & The Keeper ~ More From The Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper Series

Heroines & Hellions ~ Blitz and Giveaway

Visionary X Starlight by Yumoyori Wilson ~ Excerpt and Giveaway

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I love the Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper series and got two new reviews to share with you. There’s no spoilers as I don’t reveal any events besides things already mentioned in the blurbs. Check out what the ghost trapping team have been up to.

The first book is free right now.

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper by [Bryan, JL]

Click on the links below to grab a copy.

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Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #7

by J. L. Bryan

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Genre: Horror / Paranormal

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My Review

They say bad things come in threes.

Ellie was able to stop a murderous foe from killing her friends, but it came at a cost. Her boyfriend now languishes in a coma. The paranormal investigation business has new owners and her new boss is as deadly as some of the ghosts she comes up against. And her newest case pits her against a monster who’s sights are set on an innocent child. Ellie and her assistant and best friend, Stacey, will have to be creative to get through the times ahead in one piece.

Just like the previous books, the action gets going and never stops. Ellie is one tough cookie. Sleep deprived and physically battered and exhausted, she’s like the Energizer Bunny…she keeps on going. I love that she stands tall, even when she’s scared. And she has plenty to fear.

I couldn’t have stopped reading if I wanted to. I ate this up in one sitting, loving every creepy, nail biting bit of it. If you haven’t been reading this series yet, you should. And the first book is free. Go grab a copy and get started.

5 Stars

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Synopsis

Life is more difficult than ever at Savannah’s only ghost-hunting detective agency. While Ellie copes with her mentor’s departure and other unwelcome developments, she also worries about the supernatural injuries keeping her boyfriend caught in an endless slumber.

At the same time, Ellie and Stacey are called in to investigate an eerie entity haunting a baby’s nursery room. The ghost appears late at night, its face barely visible on the baby monitor, and sings a chilling song.

Soon, Ellie learns there are more ghosts in the house, and at least one of them is a dangerous, child-hunting monster who must be stopped before it kills again.

Amazon / B&N / Audible

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The Keeper

Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper #8

by J. L. Bryan

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Genre: Horror / Paranormal

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My Review

As soon as I finished the previous book I downloaded this one and dove in. This time we’re following Ellie and Stacey as they investigate a haunting at a famous movie stars new home. Attached is an old lighthouse with a lot of history. Attached to all of that is some nasty spirits. Time to get trapping.

Ellie’s still tiptoeing around her nasty new boss. She’s putting up with an annoying new team member. And she’s unsure what her next move should be. That’s all put on hold while she deals with a whole bunch of angry ghosts that are threatening the lives of the new client and her family.

I always thought a lighthouse would be a good place for a ghost to haunt. It’s isolated and creepy, especially by the ocean, where there are only so many ways to run. I knew Ellie would ignore the warnings about staying away from it because its falling apart. What I didn’t expect was how smart and creative she was in going about it. Sure, it didn’t go as smoothly as she had planned, but it worked.

I had just finished the last book and dove right into this one, once again reading straight through without stopping. The suspense wouldn’t let go and I had to see how it all played out. A few things that had been worrying me worked out nicely at the end. I couldn’t see how the author would pull it off but he did a bang up job if it. I’m now on the next book, The Tower, and its promising to be just as good. Looks like another night of reading into the wee hours. But I don’t mind the lack of sleep. The stories are that fun.

5  Stars

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Synopsis

The South Channel lighthouse is a crumbling antique at the mouth of the Savannah River, abandoned and forgotten for generations. Local stories still tell of a mysterious woman in white who often stood at the old lighthouse, watching the sailors come into port…even long after she died.

Now the property by the lighthouse is owned by a famous movie star in search of a remote beach getaway on sleepy Tybee Island. Unfortunately, old ghosts haunt her new retreat, stirred up by the construction of a luxurious new mansion. Ellie, Stacey, and their team must remove the ghosts, who grow more dangerous and aggressive every night, threatening the lives of the client and her family and personal staff.

The lighthouse has a dark history, with many ghosts, and mysteries to unravel before Ellie can send them on to the other side.

Amazon / B&N / Audible

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Welcome to The Kid’s Korner.

I decided to do this feature as I have so many great children’s books to share. From picture books, to books for beginning readers, to middle graders, I have plenty of fun ones.

Today I’m sharing another fun book in the If You Were Me And Lived In…  series by Carole P. Roman.

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If You Were Me And Lived In…

Renaissance Italy

by Carole P. Roman

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Genre: Education / Adventure / Historical / Children’s Book

Grade Level: 5 – 14

 My Review

Carole P. Roman once again takes us back in time. This stop, Renaissance Italy.

You’ll learn all about some of the famous people and artists of the times like Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo Galalei, Michelangelo and many more. And the wonderful illustrations show you how people lived, what they wore and what they celebrated, among other things. And the glossary provided at the end of the book proves quite handy.

I particularly liked learning about what the people ate, and how the practice of art evolved. And I always wondered how they cleaned their clothes. They didn’t have washing machines. What I discovered was fascinating.

Just like the other books I’ve read in this series, I learned a lot and your children will too. This book is a wonderful teaching tool and also a grand adventure.

5 Stars

Here’s a glimpse inside.

You might have lived in a home like this, called a palazzo. This was fun to learn as I’d seen homes like these in many movies but never knew they had a name for the style.

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And here’s what you might have worn. It took a long time to get dressed, as there were many layers.

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Synopsis

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Florence, Italy, the clothes you wore in the 15th century, what your name could be, and what children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

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Welcome to my Monday Minis where I share shorter reviews of books I’ve read.

Today’s book is one from my holiday list. So cute and fun.

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The Tannenbaum Tailors and the Secret Snowball

by JB Michaels

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Genre: Holiday / Adventure / Children’s Book

My Review

Strap yourself in. It’s going to be a bumpy ride aboard the Icicle ship. Will Captain Brendan and the Tannenbaum Tailors be able to save Christmas from the Spiritless Elves?

Wouldn’t it be super if these wee folks were real? Imagine tiny elves scampering on your Christmas tree, making sure there’s no faulty wiring that will cause a fire and polishing the bulbs to make it merry and bright.

And with any good adventure, there’s usually a bad guy or two. The Spiritless elves try to ruin the festivities and that’s where the action really begins.

 This was such a fun, action packed adventure and a whole new look at Christmas. I’d say it’s aimed at middle grade readers but don’t let that stop you mature readers from jumping in. I think you’ll find this joining your holiday reading list.

4 Stars

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Synopsis

They are the Tannenbaum Tailors: elves charged with maintaining Christmas trees in homes around the world. Without the Tailors’ efforts, families might lose their Christmas spirit. And this year, one team of Tailors will be tested like never before.

With the North Pole itself under attack, newly promoted Captain Brendan is assigned a special mission: conceal the source of Santa’s power within a Christmas tree in Chicago. On Christmas Eve, Santa will pick it up.

The job would be simple, but the Tailors find themselves facing a serious threat””the thieving Spiritless elves, already responsible for sabotaging the North Pole Home Tree, will do anything to gain control of the very thing that makes Christmas possible.

Equally bad, Christmas spirit is at an all-time low in the Chicago home where Brendan’s assigned.

The family’s mother even wants to take the tree down before Christmas Eve! To save Christmas, Captain Brendan and his Tailors will have to use every spirit-raising trick they know””and possibly even bend a few rules to pull it off.

 Combining holiday cheer with action and thrills,

The Tannenbaum Tailors and the Secret Snowball reads like Raiders of the Lost Ark in a Christmas tree.

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I got this as a free download. Click on the links above to grab a copy.

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This is my own version of a weekly book haul and all things new on fuonlyknew.

I’m also linking up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Sunday Post

Some chit chat.

It’s a new year and I’m hoping the rest of it is better than the start. These frigid temps are crazy. I know many may laugh at our dips into the 20s, but, if you’re not used to it, it’s horrible. Enough already! I can’t recall ever having a winter vortex last this long. I miss warm salty breezes, birds singing, flip flops and the pool. If I got in now, I’d probably die of shock. LOL

Remember this photo from last week? How beautiful and green this was?

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Well, after temps in the low 20s every night this week, it now looks like this. But, it will bounce back in the spring and probably be even larger.

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My banana trees got frozen. For those who don’t know, the trees are filled with water so they freeze easily. While these look dead now, once I trim them back in a couple of months they will grow quickly and hopefully I will get some bananas again this year. I’m thinking of doing a running feature about the process once I get started.

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The oranges are hanging in there. I’ve noticed the branches are dipping closer to the ground and I’m afraid they might have frozen. I’ll pick some and check them out this week.

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That’s it for this week. I hope you had a Happy New Year!

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My new books this week.

36262498  GAELAN'S WAR (Gaelan Kelly Book 1) by [McGrath, Thaddeus]

Murder on New Year's Eve (A Ridgeway Rescue Mystery Book 1) by [Creeden, P.]  34564921

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And here are some FREEBIES for ya. Click on the covers to get your copies. Remember to make sure they’re still free before you hit that buy button.

The Ripple Trilogy: Books 1-3 of The Ripple Series by [Swanson, Cidney]  Death at Glacier Lake by [Stucky, Pam]  The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls by [Autumn, Emilie]

Holding Fire by [Borgos, Bruce]  Change of Address (A Spencer Manning Mystery Book 1) by [Polad, Rick]  In Times Like These: A Time Travel Adventure by [Coops, Nathan Van]

Something (Wisteria, #1) by [Lamb, Shelby]  A Harmless Little Game (Harmless #1) by [Raine, Meli]  Dark, Witch & Creamy (BEWITCHED BY CHOCOLATE Mysteries ~ Book 1) by [Hanna, H.Y.]

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This weeks reviews. Click on the covers to view them.

 

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Other posts on my blog this week.

Giveaway ~ Hothouse Flower by Taylor Dean

My Monday Minis #34 ~ Hell Divers!

Some Of My Reading Challenges For 2018

Teaser Tuesday #228 ~ Better Homes And Corpses

The Kid’s Korner #26 ~ If You Were Me And Lived In ….. Elizabethan England

Girl Divided by Willow Rose ~ Tour and Giveaway

The Friday 56 #174 ~ Murder On New Year’s Eve

Freakin Fridays #62 ~ Eight ….. Eight What?

Saturday Screams #44 ~ Maze Of Souls & Nibble Nibble Crunch

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