Micro Review–Dog in Charge by K L Going and Dan Santat

 

 

 

 

Title:  Dog in Charge

Author: K L Going

Illustrator: Dan Santat

Publisher:  Dial

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

When the going gets tough, Dog . . . takes a nap

Dog can Sit.

He can Stay.

He can even Dance.

But when he’s in charge, can he keep the cats in line?

All one, two, three, four, five of them?

With slapstick silliness and utterly earnest charm, Dog will quickly wiggle his way into preschoolers’ hearts.

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Review:

This is one of the best picture books that I have ever read! It is so cute!!  It even had an unsuspected twist that brought a huge smile to my face.  Poor Dog is left in charge when his people have to go out.  He is left in charge of five naughty cats.  The cats, while not devious, love to play, and Dog is having a hard time keeping tabs on all one, two, three, four, five of them.  When the tensions run the highest, and the house couldn’t get any messier, Dog succumbs to a nap to refresh himself, allowing the cats to save the day.  The cats all love Dog, which made me love them. 

If you have young readers at home, this is a fun book with big, bold illustrations that is sure to please. Even if you don’t have young readers, sneak Dog in Charge home from the library for a quick, delightful read.

Grade:  A

Review copy obtained from my local library

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Interview with Meghan Ciana Doidge, Author of Spirit Binder

Meghan Ciana Doidge is the author of Spirit Binder, the kick off for her Cascadian Chronicles. Meghan dropped by the virtual offices to introduce herself and share some info about her book. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Meghan Ciana Doidge] Hmmm, I’m a writer, knitter, baker, & gardener. I create stories constantly, and must eat chocolate every day or collapse from withdrawal.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Spirit Binder?

[Meghan Ciana Doidge] Spirit Binder is my second novel and the first of my series, the Cascadian Chronicles. I wrote the entire first draft by hand each day until my hand cramped or my shoulder seized. I started with the opening scene and let it carry me into the remainder of the story. Partway through I realized it was going to be an ongoing series, seen through the eyes of different narrators for each book. But, Theo, the main character of Spirit Binder, and the events of the first novel, are the lynch pins.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Meghan Ciana Doidge] I wrote it out and found the story as I wrote. I started with the idea of losing ten years of your life, and waking up to find out you are kind of a big deal, but don’t really want to be. The world of Spirit Binder grew up around the character of Theo. It was created to support the idea of her. Then I set it in a location I knew well (because I am blessed to stare at it through my office window everyday) to give it a solid footing.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Theo?

[Meghan Ciana Doidge] Hmmm… spiritual, brave, and caring.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Theo’s single most prized possession?

[Meghan Ciana Doidge] I don’t think she has one … though there is a magic carpet …

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Meghan Ciana Doidge] I am influenced by everything around me … I think I am a bit of a sponge that way. However, if I need inspiration, if I am in a rut, I love to go on a car trip somewhere breathtaking. I am lucky to live where I do and can drive in just about any direction and see amazing scenery: mountains, ocean, forests, and rivers. I crank the music – I make playlists for each story I write – and let the visual backdrop lull me and then guide me back into the story.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Meghan Ciana Doidge] Chocolate, music, and a moment to breathe in the story.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Meghan Ciana Doidge] Blood Red Road.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Meghan Ciana Doidge] Gone With The Wind.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Meghan Ciana Doidge] I knit and bake, or garden (in season). I consume a large amount of entertainment: books, film and tv.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Meghan Ciana Doidge] Find me on my personal blog, http://www.madebymeghan.ca, or on twitter as @mcdoidge, or on Facebook and Goodreads as Meghan Ciana Doidge

Thanks Julie, for the interview and hosting me and Spirit Binder on your blog.

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“… the sword itself wasn’t weak. The sword understood its purpose and power, such a thing should never have been created.”

- Spirit Binder, Book 1 of the Cascadian Chronicles

Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop! Win A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger!

 

Welcome to my  Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway,  hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Colorimetry.  This hop runs from July 27 to August 1, and you can win lots of new reads.  Click here for a complete list of blogs participating in the hop.

I will be giving away a finished copy of A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger.  I thought this book was very readable, though I admit that protagonist Whitley was difficult to like at first, which made it all the more gratifying when I finally developed a fondness for her.

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Cover Shot! Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café. I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share. More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents. There is an allure to a beautiful cover. Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

Alex can talk to the dead! How fun would that be? Probably not much, to be honest.  I am looking forward to seeing how Alex feels about her new ability when Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway hits shelves in August.

 

Recent college grad Alex Conner is thrilled to have landed a job as the Hughes County coroner/medical examiner in Pierre, South Dakota. But when her first day on the job ends with a missing corpse, Alex starts to wonder if she would have been better off collecting unemployment…

When the cops made some cryptic comments about being careful with the body they brought in, Alex just thought the boys in blue were messing with her. That is, until something freaky happens that no amount of med school could have prepared her for. By the time Alex gets herself together, the body has disappeared and the other residents of the morgue start talking her ear off.

After working up the courage to report the missing body, Alex is transferred to the mysterious Precinct 13 where she discovers that her new co-workers—including a cute technomage named Jack—are paranormals just like her. Now, Alex is being encouraged to use her ability to speak to the dead to solve crimes. And despite being in the middle of nowhere, Hughes County sure does have a lot of paranormal activity…

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Interview with Vanessa Kelly, Author of His Mistletoe Bride and Giveaway!

Vanessa Kelly is the author of  several romances, and her latest, His Mistletoe Bride, hits stores in October!  Vanessa dropped by the virtual offices to chat about her new release, and she brought along a present! After the interview, enter for a chance to win an ARC of His Mistletoe Bride!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Vanessa Kelly] A historical romance writer who loves Sci Fi, adventure movies, Jane Austen, & chocolate cake. I think dogs are the best thing ever.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about His Mistletoe Bride?

[Vanessa Kelly] It’s a marriage of convenience story with a Christmas twist. Phoebe Linville is a Quaker from America who travels to London to meet her British grandfather, the Earl of Merritt. Unfortunately, her grandfather dies before she can arrive and Phoebe is confronted with the new Earl of Merritt, Lucas Stanton. Lucas feels responsible for Phoebe—after all, she’s now alone in the world and he did promise her dying grandfather that he would take care of her. As the new earl, Lucas needs a suitable wife so why not Phoebe? Throw in some conniving but good-natured relatives, a decrepit estate called Mistletoe Manor, a Christmas bride determined to make her husband fall in love with her, and you’ve got His Mistletoe Bride. Oh, and there are smugglers in the mix, too!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Vanessa Kelly] It was actually my editor’s idea. This is the 4th and final book in my current series, which revolves around the adventures of the Stanton family. I was originally going to write a darker book that was a bit more action-oriented, with nasty smugglers and lots of danger. But when my editor suggested a Christmas book, I knew that my original idea would be too dark. So, the smugglers turned into a group of local villagers who turned to smuggling in order to support their poverty-stricken families. It falls to Lucas, a law and order kind of guy, to solve the smuggling problem. Phoebe, a Quaker, has a different idea of how the problem should be handled! How they fall in love and learn to compromise on really core beliefs is one of the driving themes of the book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Which of your books was the hardest for you to write?

[Vanessa Kelly] His Mistletoe Bride. As I mentioned above, I started in one direction but had to switch to a different one. I’m really pleased with the result though, and very happy that my editor pushed me to go this way.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Phoebe?

[Vanessa Kelly] Kind, principled, impulsive.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Lucas would never have in his pocket?

[Vanessa Kelly] Hmm. That’s a tough one. He’s a very resourceful person and as a soldier he’s learned never to let anything go to waste. He definitely wouldn’t have gambling markers, but other than that I really can’t think of anything. He might even find a lady’s hairpins a useful tool to have around.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Phoebe’s single most prized possession?

[Vanessa Kelly] A cameo brooch that belonged to her mother.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Vanessa Kelly] Books and television—shows like Sons of Anarchy really kick my brain into high gear.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Vanessa Kelly] A quiet corner, a comfortable chair, and my alpha smart.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Vanessa Kelly] Probably A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness. That or Deanna Raybourn’s The Dark Road to Darjeeling. Beautiful and transporting, both of them.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Vanessa Kelly] You know, I don’t really remember. I was reading before I was five years old, and I haven’t stopped. If I try to nail myself down, I would probably say Ozma Of Oz, by L. Frank Baum.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Vanessa Kelly] Read, watch TV, go for walks with hubby.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Vanessa Kelly] Website: www.vanessakellyauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vanessakellyauthor

Blog: http://vanessakellyauthor.com/vanessa-blog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/VanessaKellyAut

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/vanessakellyaut/

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Excerpt: Night School by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

Check out this excerpt from Night School by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan!

NIGHT SCHOOL: A DASHEEN BELLAMY

VAMPIRE HUNTRESS NOVEL

By Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

Excerpt for Night School: Vampire Hunter by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

Prologue

He smelled her before he saw her, that sweet, spicy aroma that appealed to those of his kind. His tongue tingled at the thought of the warm blood flowing down his throat. He moved as the anticipation of his next meal caused him to draw near. The uncontrollable thirst beat at him as he watched the girl, alone, walk towards her car in the empty parking lot. He chuckled to himself. He had heard many of the Day Walkers’ stories speaking of how unsettling and creepy, he believed their exact words were, Ame Academy’s parking lot was after dark. This was especially true of the Day Walkers’ lot, which was the furthest one from the school, made so to prohibit after hour attendance, unless of course you attended night school. But they came, those foolish Day Walkers who wanted the thrill, the rush, to say that they had dared to break the rule.

He chuckled again as he moved closer. So they came and usually there were no occurrences. But every once in a while, the school would have to report a disappearance, sadly, a tragedy where one of Kincaid, Texas’s most hallowed young ones would meet with an unexpected and violent end.

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Interview with Michelle Cornwell-Jordan, Author of Night School

 

Michelle Cronwell-Jordan is the author of Night School, the kick-off for her YA paranormal series.  Michelle dropped by the virtual offices for a chat about her writing and her books.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Michelle Cronwell-Jordan] I believe I am kind, courteous, helpful…at least I strive to be:)

I also believe I am adventurous, sometimes on the verge of reckless!

(Was that 140 characters???)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Night School?

[Michelle Cronwell-Jordan] This is a story about a 16 year old girl whose parents have disappeared and she is left to watch out for her younger brother. They are sent to a residential school. There Dasheen learns that Vampires are real and that she is a hunter. Before she has a chance to get used to this, she is thrown into a battle to save her brother and the others she cares for.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Michelle Cronwell-Jordan] I love paranormal stories and personally I had not seen an old fashioned, vamps are bad and so there is a butt kicking slayer to save the day…not since Buffy The Vampire Slayer(which I loved;)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Dasheen?

[Michelle Cronwell-Jordan] Loyal, Courageous, Persistent

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Dasheen would never have in her room?

[Michelle Cronwell-Jordan] She would never have anything Pink.

Everything else is fine:)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Dasheen’s single most prized possession?

[Michelle Cronwell-Jordan] A fossilized arrow head encircled in a Silver wire, that Dasheen wears as a necklace. This keepsake was left to Dasheen by her mother before she disappeared, when Dasheen was very young.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Michelle Cronwell-Jordan] Children/Teens

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Michelle Cronwell-Jordan] Solitude

Music

Gummy Bears:)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Michelle Cronwell-Jordan] Twilight series

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Michelle Cronwell-Jordan] Judy Blume books

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Michelle Cronwell-Jordan] Reading:)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Michelle Cronwell-Jordan] Twitter @mcjordan37

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Waiting on Wednesday–Furious by Jill Wolfson

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Oh, look! A new twist on Greek mythology.  The Furies seem to be popular right now, and I’m curious to see what Furious by Jill Wolfson is all about.  In stores April 2013

 

Three high school girls become the avenging Furies of Greek legend.

We were only three angry girls, to begin with. Alix, the hot-tempered surfer chick; Stephanie, the tree-hugging activist; and me, Meg, the quiet foster kid, the one who never quite fit in. We hardly knew each other, but each of us nurtured a burning anger: at the jerks in our class, at our disappointing parents, at the whole flawed, unjust world.

We were only three angry girls, simmering uselessly in our ocean-side California town, until one day a mysterious, beautiful classmate named Ambrosia taught us what else we could be: Powerful. Deadly. Furious.

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