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Saturday, January 14, 2017

When You're Feeling Sick Blog Tour (picture book review)

When You’re Feeling Sick
By Coy Bowles
Illustrated by Andy Elkerton
January 10, 2017
Doubleday BFYR

This laugh-out-loud picture book from Coy Bowles, guitarist for the Grammy Award–winning Zac Brown Band, will have sick kids feeling better in no time!
Sneezing? Coughing? Taking a sick day? Don’t worry, you’ll be feeling better soon thanks to this hilarious picture book from Coy Bowles, guitarist of the Grammy Award–winning Zac Brown Band. Full of encouraging—and super-silly—rhyming advice on how to face sick days with courage and a positive attitude, When You’re Feeling Sick is just what the doctor ordered! Comes with a sheet of stickers to bring a smile to every sick kid’s face.


Coy Bowles' When You're Feeling Sick is a clever, charming picture book that will have little readers laughing out loud and feeling better in a jiffy! 

With whimsical and sing-song silly, rhyming text, the story in When You're Feeling Sick seems to excitedly jump right off the page. Bowles uses age-appropriate and giggle-inducing humor to perfectly describe what it feels like to be sick and provides wonderfully wacky do's and don'ts to deal with the sick monsters.

I love the bright, engaging illustrations, that are full of splashes of color, very expressive faces, and a lot of diverse characters. 

Funny enough, as I type this review I, like the book's characters, am dealing with my own yucky sick monsters, but When You're Feeling Sick, with its Sickness Song and sickness monster face, have definitely made me feel better!

*I received an ARC of this book for review purposes

COY BOWLES plays guitar and organ and writes songs for the multiplatinum Zac Brown Band. They have won three Grammys and since 2009 have earned 55 award nominations from the Grammys, Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, and Country Music Television. Born in Thomaston, Georgia, Coy was raised on love, support, and the idea that he could do anything he put his heart and soul into. After earning a degree from Georgia State University’s Jazz Studies program, Coy formed the band Coy Bowles and the Fellowship. In 2006, they opened for the Zac Brown Band, and soon after Zac asked Coy to join his band full time. Coy’s first book, the self-published Amy Giggles: Laugh Out Loud, teaches kids to accept themselves as they are. Visit Coy at

Friday, January 13, 2017

6th Annual March MG Madness Sign-ups NOW OPEN

It's a new year, which means another round of
 March Middle Grade Madness!

I am SO excited to start planning and organizing the 6th Annual March MG Madness! If you're new to this event, it's a month long celebration of middle-grade that features tons of reviews, author interviews, guest posts, giveaways, and more. For more info, check out the 1st MMGM2nd MMGM3rd MMGM, the 4th MMGM, and the 5th MMGM!

 I LOVE middle-grade literature and this event is my absolute favorite of the year! But, I can't do this event alone, I need some awesome middle-grade authors and publishers to participate as well. In the past four years, I have had some AMAZING authors and pubs get involved and it has been AWESOME!

So, what's this MMGM thang all about? Glad you asked! Basically, throughout March different middle-grade authors and/or books will be featured. Here are some guidelines:

  • the event will run from March 1-31
  • the event is open to ALL middle-grade authors and pubs (traditional, indie, self-published)
  • as long as the book(s) you want featured has been released within the last two years or will be released within the year, then it's allowed
  • authors will have a wide range of posts to choose from (reviews by me, interviews, guest posts, spotlights, giveaways, etc)
  • it doesn't cost a thing to participate, but a shout-out about the event on your websites/social media accounts is always appreciated
  • I will have about 20 spots available, so sign-up early and guarantee a date

In the past, each day in March has had an MMGM post...this year I do not have the time for such a large event, so I'll be limiting the event to 20 spots/posts. I will also be limiting the amount of reviews offered during this event. But, like in the past, authors can participate in the following types of posts:

  • Spotlight Only (basic book/author info is posted, author sponsored giveaway is required)
  • Guest Post (you may choose any topic related to middle-grade lit, your book(s), character(s), etc. guest posts should between 300-1000 words)
  • 5 Questions Interview (i will provide the questions)
  • Top Ten List (you may choose any topic that would appeal to the middle-grade audience)
  • Excerpt (no more than 750 words)
  • Author Sponsored Giveaway (you may give away any prize(s) you'd like: books, ebooks, swag, gift cards, etc)
  • Review
  • sign-ups will run from Jan. 13th-31st
  • you will hear from me during the first week of Feb. with specific info about dates, contents, etc.
If you'd like to participate, please fill out this

If you have any questions please email me at

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Spotlight Tour: Twisted True Tales from Science (giveaway)

Twisted True Tales from Science
by Stephanie Bearce
Release Date: February 1, 2017
Publisher: Prufrock Press

Did you know that Nikola Tesla invented a death ray gun and was also afraid of women who wore jewelry? How about the Chinese scientists from two-thousand years ago who were trying to create a medicine that would make them live forever but accidentally blew up their lab and discovered gun powder?

Find out more about the strange history of science in Twisted True Tales from Science, a new non-fiction series that introduces kids to some of the most twisted yet completely true stories from science. These books are perfect for the gross-but-true legends of the Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not! stories.  

Freaky Facts from Insane Inventors

Tycho Brahe was an amazing scientist. He catalogued the stars and worked on the theory of gravity. But he was also crazy proud and once fought a duel to defend a math equation. He lost the duel and got his nose cut off. He spent the rest of his life doing research wearing a fake metal nose, but he never gave up fighting.

Nikola Tesla was crazy smart. He discovered alternating current, radio waves, lasers and wireless communications, but he was also scared of germs, insects, and women who wore pearls. One time his secretary made the mistake of wearing pearls to work and he sent her home. Tesla also loved pigeons and considered them his dearest friends. He kept so many in his apartment that neighbors complained of the stench. But despite his weird antics Tesla was one of the most prolific inventors in the world and held 700 patents when he died.

Win the entire
Twisted True Tales from Science series!
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