Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Publisher: Quad City Books (October 22, 2013)Genres: Children's Picture Book, ChristmasTour Dates: December, 2013Available in: Print and ebook 32 pages, with Illustrations
The Christmas Cats Chase Christmas Rats is a Seuss-ical tale for young children which builds upon the moral of the first Christmas Cats book to once again teach children a valuable life lesson.
In this second Christmas Cats adventure the lesson to be learned is: In life, always keep an open mind. Don’t accept stereotypes as true or let the unfounded opinions of others prevent you from finding out the truth for yourself. We all need to act without prejudice and learn to accept each other as individuals.
The Christmas Cats learn that rats, too, should be judged as individuals. Another message: all of us should try to help others.
Written for the author’s four-year-old granddaughters, Ava and Elise Wilson, with the assistance of talented professional illustrator Gary McCloskey, The Christmas Cats continue to have adventures while attired in their familiar silly hats from Book One (The Christmas Cats in Silly Hats).
Learning to accept others in a non-judgmental, open-minded fashion is a lesson we all must learn. If children can internalize this behavior while young, learning to help others and to do good works, the world will be a better place.
This is a very cute and entertaining Children's story and far different than I am used to reading from Constance.I read this to my four year old son who was mesmerized by the beautiful illustration and entertained by the story of the Cats and Rats.I liked the fact it was a fun way to teach children not to judge others.A great addition to any child's library and a fun adult read as well.
ABOUT CONSTANCE CORCORAN WILSON:
in English and Journalism, but she began writing for her hometown
(Independence, Iowa) newspaper at the age of 10 and was
Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper. She continued her
education, including a Ferner/Hearst Journalism Scholarship and a
Freshman Merit Scholarship at Iowa, and then at Berkeley, WIU, NIU and
the University of Chicago.
Connie holds a Masters (+30) in English, Journalism and Education.
Her career path led to teaching 7th and 8th grade language arts
(Silvis, Illinois) and teaching writing at 6 IA/IL colleges or
universities, including a class teaching film at Black Hawk Junior
College. She then established the second Sylvan Learning Center in the
state of Iowa and a Prometric Testing site, in conjunction with ETS of
Princeton, NJ. She has taught writing and literature classes at all 6
IA/ILQuad City colleges.
"Constance (aka Connie) was Midwest Writing Center Writer of the
Year, Content Producer of the Year for Yahoo, and Illinois Women's
Press Association Silver Feather Award winner (Chicago chapter.) She
was named one of the "10 Most Creative Teachers in America" in a TAB
Scholastic Books competition. Her Sylvan Learning Center (#3301) in
Bettendorf, Iowa, was named Best Business of the Year by the
Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce that year and the free reading program
for poor kids she established was the largest scholarship program of
its kind among a 900-member chain, for which she was personally
awarded a Bi-State Literacy Award by then sitting First Lady Barbara
Bush in 1993.
Constance lives in East Moline, Illinois with husband Craig and in
Chicago, Illinois, where her son, Scott and daughter-in-law Jessica
and their four-year-old twins Elise and Ava reside. Her daughter,
Stacey, a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee,
recently returned from a year spent living and working in Australia
and now lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee.
Connie's Website: www.WeeklyWilson.com
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Blood From Stone
by Frances Fyfield
on Tour Nov 25 - Dec 25
Book Details:Genre: Crime Thriller Published by: Witness Impulse Publication Date: 11/26/2013 Number of Pages: 336 ISBN: 9780062301864 Purchase Links:
Synopsis:Marianne Shearer is at the height of her career, a dauntingly successful barrister, respected by her peers and revered by her clients. So why has she killed herself? Her latest case had again resulted in an acquittal, although the outcome was principally due to the death of the prime witness after Marianne’s forceful cross-examination. Had this wholly professional and unemotional lawyer been struck by guilt or uncertainty, or is there some secret to be discovered in her blandly comfortable private life? Her tenacious colleague Peter Friel is determined to find out of that last trial held the reason for her taking her own life. The transcript holds intriguing clues, but it is another witness at the trial who holds the key to the truth.
Review:A great thriller starting with the apparent suicide of the ruthless lawyer Marianna Shearer.This book is fast paced and suspenseful exciting from start to finish.A must read for those that like a good thriller.
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Author Bio:"I grew up in rural Derbyshire, but my adult life has been spent mostly in London, with long intervals in Norfolk and Deal, all inspiring places. I was educated mostly in convent schools; then studied English and went on to qualify as a solicitor, working for what is now the Crown Prosecution Service, thus learning a bit about murder at second hand. Years later, writing became the real vocation, although the law and its ramifications still haunt me and inform many of my novels. I’m a novelist, short story writer for magazines and radio, sometime Radio 4 contributor, (Front Row, Quote Unquote, Night Waves,) and presenter of Tales from the Stave. When I’m not working (which is as often as possible), I can be found in the nearest junk/charity shop or auction, looking for the kind of paintings which enhance my life. Otherwise, with a bit of luck, I’m relaxing by the sea with a bottle of wine and a friend or two."-Frances Fyfield
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Monday, November 25, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The Absence of Mercy
by John Burley
on Tour November 19 - December 19
Book Details:Genre: Suspense Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks Publication Date: 11/19/2013 Number of Pages: 352 ISBN: 9780062227379 Note: Graphic violence Purchase Links:
Synopsis:John Burley’s The Absence of Mercy is a harrowing tale of suspense involving a brutal murder and dark secrets that lie beneath the surface of a placid, tight-knit Midwestern town. When a brutally murdered teenager is discovered in the woods surrounding a small Ohio town, Dr. Ben Stevenson—the town’s medical examiner—must decide if he’s willing to put his family’s life in danger to uncover the truth. Finding himself pulled deeper into an investigation with devastating consequences, he discovers shocking information that will shatter his quiet community, and force him to confront a haunting truth. With its eerie portrait of suburban life and nerve-fraying plot twists, The Absence of Mercy is domestic drama at its best for fans of Harlan Coben, Laura Lippman, Jennifer McMahon, and Lisa Gardner.
Review:The first novel by John Burley and a great start .The Absence of Mercury is Suspenseful and intense Psychological thriller.I was captivated starting at page one and the story line kept me glued until the very last page.I would highly recommended
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Author Bio:John Burley attended medical school in Chicago and completed his emergency medicine residency training at University of Maryland Medical Center/Shock Trauma in Baltimore. He currently serves as an emergency medicine physician in northern California, where he lives with his wife, daughter, Great Dane, and English Bulldog. This is his first novel.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Broken Dolls by BR KingsolverPrivate investigator RB Kendrick makes her living nailing cheating spouses, digging up other dirt to help in a divorce, finding long-lost relatives, and occasionally sniffing out criminal activity and fraud. When she takes a job to find a missing girl, she has no idea she is headed for the most dangerous case of her career. Usually, her ability to read minds gives her an edge. But when the people she’s hunting are also telepaths, that advantage is limited. The search takes her into the dark underbelly of telepathic society, where anything, and anyone, is for sale. She discovers that telepathic women and girls are being trafficked as the ultimate sex slaves. With people trying to kill her, she’s on the run, not knowing who she can trust. Will she find the missing girl, or become a victim herself?
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This is a unique Paranormal thriller. I found it hard to put down it is unlike any Paranormal thriller I have ever read truly fascinating.The main character Rhiannon is a British telepathic Private investigator who also aids in the search for a succubi.The story itself never leaves a dull moment I highly recommend to anyone.