About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Oddball Ornaments: The Story of Christmas by Terry Overton: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

 Oddball Ornaments

Author: Terry Overton

Genre: Middle Grade Christmas Story

Release date: November 16, 2021

The ornaments in the attic are excited. It’s almost Turkey Day, and they know when they start smelling turkey, they’re going to be pulled down out of the attic and hung on a tree for the humans to enjoy. After all, Box Day is all about admiring the ornaments, isn’t it? But when Grandma joins them for Turkey Day instead of Box Day and brings a bunch of new ornaments with her, the Oddball Ornaments know something isn’t right. Determined to find out the source of Grandma’s sadness and what Box Day is really about, Nutcracker sets out on a quest to climb to the top of the tree to ask Angel about the true meaning of Christmas and discovers the truth is much more wonderful than they could ever have imagined.


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This is a sweet story about a few Christmas tree ornaments who live most of the year in a box in the attic and only spend a short time with the humans who live below them. These ornaments that have been labeled Oddball Ornaments are immediately confused when they hear and feel commotion in the attic and it doesn't appear to be the right time. They haven't yet smelled turkey cooking or pies and cookies baking! What could be going on?

Author Terry Overton imagines what these oddball ornaments are thinking as they join other ornaments on the family Christmas tree. One of them. a beautiful angel, sits at the top of the tree and she tells them about the birth of a baby named Jesus. The oddball ornaments learn that He is the reason that we decorate trees, give presents, and celebrate the Christmas holiday!

This chapter book targets middle readers but Oddball Ornaments is truly a story that the whole family can enjoy. Reading it as a family would be a wonderful way to usher in the Christmas season each year and the perfect way to teach children about the true meaning of the Christmas holiday! It also opens up a way to discuss faith, prayer, and eternal life in Heaven.

I received a digital copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Author

Terry Overton is a retired university professor of educational and school psychology. She has an Ed.D. in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Psychology. Her professional experience includes teaching public school, teaching at the university level, and being a college dean. She has two children and six grandchildren. Her writing and publication experiences include textbook and journal articles in the fields of special education and school psychology. She seeks to answer God’s call to share the good news and grow the church by writing Christian books and devotionals. Her book Both Sides of the Border is a Firebird Book Award winner in the categories of Cross-Genre, Socio-Political Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. Both Sides of the Border also won the American Writing Awards in the Multicultural Fiction category, Social Change category, and a finalist for the Women’s Fiction category. Her book, America of We the People was awarded the Firebird Book Award for Socio-Political and Political categories. She and her husband live in the southern tip of Texas where they enjoy semi-tropical weather and spending time with their friends and family.


More from Terry

Oddball Ornaments: The Story of Christmas was written one late fall while I looked at my own Christmas tree. I wondered, “If the ornaments could talk, what would they say? Would they even know why they were hung on the tree?” And that was how the book began. I played Christmas music and imagined a cast of characters like toys in Toy Story but ornaments and humans. It was such fun to write. I ran a few things by my regional experts (grand Angels) and they approved. It always means so much more when family are involved in my writing projects.

Not long after the book was out, the sequel was completed, and it will be released late summer 2022. “Oddball Ornaments: The Story of Forgiveness.”

I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it!

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, July 2

Inklings and notions, July 3

Lights in the Dark World, July 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, July 5

Girls in White Dresses, July 6

Older & Smarter?, July 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 8

For Him and My Family, July 9

deb’s Book Review, July 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 11

Mary Hake, July 11

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, July 12

For the Love of Literature, July 12

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, July 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 13

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 14

Blogging With Carol, July 15


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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Critical Alliance (Rocky Mountain Courage #3) by Elizabeth Goddard

Critical Alliance (Rocky Mountain Courage, #3)

Mackenzie Hanson's special set of skills opened the door to a successful career as a professor of cybersecurity at a Michigan university, allowing her to put her criminal past behind her. But when a long-ago partner in crime delivers a cryptic message about her father's tech company being under cyberattack, she heads for Montana to secure exposed assets, close security breaches, and hopefully save lives.

Diplomatic Security Services special agent Alex Knight is back home in Montana to decompress from a mission gone wrong. But even as he's trying to relax, he's drawn into another mystery, complete with suspicious deaths, lethal threats, and whispers of espionage that all have one thing in common--a beautiful cybersecurity expert with a dark past.

When the situation turns deadly, Alex and Mackenzie will have to work together to find the answers they need--before someone silences Mackenzie for good.

USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard weaves a tangled web of nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping romance in this fast-paced conclusion to her Rocky Mountain Courage series.


Cybercrime is an ever-increasing occurrence in our world today and author Elizabeth Goddard gives us a scary and compelling peek in this book. Former hacker Mackenzie Hanson thinks that she's left her criminal past behind until she finds herself a target of someone who's after her and her family. After saving her life, Alex Knight becomes her bodyguard and joins her in a perilous race to identify the hacker who's determined to destroy her family's tech company. Will Mackenzie succeed in finding the identity of this very talented hacker? Is it just one person or a group masquerading as one? Mackenzie may be a master in this game, but can she outwit more than one person?

This is the third book in the Rocky Mountain Courage series and Goddard gives readers an exciting and satisfying conclusion. Well-developed characters, a thrilling plot, the beauty of Montana, and the addition of faith and prayer make this an enjoyable and compelling read. We're also treated to the return of two couples from the previous books. Jack and Terra are happily engaged, as are Erin and Nathan. Does this mean that romance may be in the cards for Mackenzie and Alex?

If you're looking for non-stop action and a story that leaves you guessing, search no more! Critical Alliance is intriguing romantic suspense!

I received a copy from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than thirty romance novels, including the romantic mystery, The Camera Never Lies—a 2011 Carol Award winner. A 7th-generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfilling her dreams of becoming an author.

Learn more by visiting her Website    

Check out my reviews of the other books in this series!

Rocky Mountain Courage by Elizabeth Goddard

Friday, July 1, 2022

Free Fall (The Quantico Files #3) by Nancy Mehl

Free Fall (The Quantico Files, #3)

Someone has been abducting women with long dark hair across Virginia. When the FBI is called in to help, Alex Donovan, a behavioral analyst, is tasked with putting together a profile. She's aided by her friend and colleague Logan Hart, but he has been acting strangely and won't say why. When the kidnapper demands that Alex meet him at an abandoned amusement park in exchange for the location of all his captives, she takes the bait. But the meeting proves to be a trap, and the building she's in explodes.

Finding herself imprisoned with several other women, Alex works to think one step ahead of her captor. But the more Logan and the BAU learn about the kidnapper, the more they fear Alex may not make it out alive this time.


The Quantico Files has been an exciting series and Free Fall is certainly a thrilling addition! I'm always amazed by author Nancy Mehl's ability to create such evil villains and the Ghost Rider may be one of the worst yet. Alex Donovan's commitment to stopping his madness and Logan Hart's efforts to protect her make this an intense tale filled with twists, turns, and non-stop danger. As they continue to encounter immense obstacles, there are many times when hope seems lost, but Alex and Logan possess great faith. They are true examples of believing in, and trusting in, the power of God!

This is the third book with Alex and Logan, and we get to see their professional and personal relationship progress to a much deeper level. Yes, there is some romance but Free Fall is primarily a psychological thriller that is laced with a compelling faith message. I recommend it to all who enjoy Christian suspense novels.

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband, Norman, and her very active puggle, Watson. First published in 2001, she has now authored nine books, including an omnibus mystery collection, Cozy in Kansas, which contains three of her previously published Ivy Towers mysteries. Book three in the series, For Whom the Wedding Bell Tolls, won the American Christian Fiction Writers Mystery Book of the Year award. Nancy's main writing interests lie in mystery although her new Harmony Series leans more toward the romantic suspense genre. Nancy runs a HUD program for the city of Wichita and is president of a volunteer organization, Wichita Homebound Outreach. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Kansas Authors Club.

Learn more about Nancy at her      Website     Facebook     Twitter 

Check out my thoughts about the other books in this amazing series!

The Quantico Files 

Free Fall

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

An Unlikely Alliance by Toni Shiloh

An Unlikely Alliance

With her emotional support dog at her side, Jalissa Tucker will do whatever it takes to ensure the survival of the local animal rescue -- even ally herself with her nemesis, firefighter Jeremy Rider. As working together dredges up old hurts, putting the past aside could be the key to their future joy...

Mills & Boon Love Inspired -- Heartfelt stories that show that faith, forgiveness and hope have the power to lift spirits and change lives.


Author Toni Shiloh offers another heartwarming story with all of the elements we love. An Unlikely Alliance has intriguing characters with realistic challenges, some adorable pets to sweeten the tale, and a lovely faith message that is woven into its plot. Yes, there is a promise of romance, but it doesn't come easy in this 'enemies to friends, friends to lovers' story. I often found myself frustrated with Jalissa because she's very candid with her disdain for Rider, but I kept reminding myself that she'd suffered a tremendous loss. Rider's attempts to get along and his unwavering faith are a joy to see, and I was truly taken with him! He's strong and loyal, and he isn't afraid to defend his beliefs when Jalissa questions God's presence in her own life. Will Rider's Christian witness be enough to influence Jalissa's journey to faith and acceptance?

An Unlikely Alliance is a delightful story and a perfect choice for fans of inspirational romance!

I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novels, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist, Risking Love a 2020 Selah Award finalist, and The Truth About Fame a 2021 Holt Medallion finalist.
A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to encourage authors in the writing industry. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. You can learn more about her writing at http://tonishiloh.com.

The Amish Greenhouse Mysteries: 3 Amish Novels by Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Amish Greenhouse Mysteries: 3 Amish Novels

Where Is the Hope in Grief?

A terrible accident leaves three women as the sole providers of the family they have left. Their only income must come from the greenhouse in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, but someone seems to be trying to force them out of business in their darkest hour of grief and despair. Can hope be restored in three novels from bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter?
The Crow’s Call
When her father, brother, and brother-in-law are killed in a traffic accident, Amy King leaves a job she loves and halts a promising courtship with Jared to help run the family greenhouse. Can things get any worse for a young Amish woman who has already made several sacrifices?
The Mockingbird’s Song
Widow with two children, Sylvia feels her mother is being too over-protective and meddlesome when she meets Dennis Weaver while birdwatching. When the budding romance is squelched and troubling events start happening again at the family-run greenhouse, Sylvia must confront her reoccurring anxieties.
The Robin’s Greeting
Suddenly widowed with the weight of her family and business on her shoulders, Belinda King struggles to remain strong and at peace. When the pressures mysteriously increase, will she crumble, or can she turn to one of two new suitors?


I read the three books in this collection when they were originally published and thoroughly enjoyed each one. Now, they are together in one volume, and I am once again reliving the joys, the sorrows, and the triumphs of the King and Beiler families. Author Wanda E. Brunstetter shows that Amish people aren't immune to problems, heartaches, and even doubts, but in the end, their faith helps carry them through. I recommended these books to all who enjoy Amish fiction and I gave all of them 5 stars in my original reviews. Here are snippets from each review:

The Crow's Call has everything that I've come to expect in a Brunstetter book and it offers readers a reunion with characters from The Prayer Jars series. An inspiring faith message and a mystery that is left unsolved certainly makes it a book to recommend and I am eagerly waiting to read The Mockingbird's Song, book two of the Amish Greenhouse Mystery.

The Mockingbird's Song is an inspiring, intriguing, and entertaining addition to the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series and fans of Brunstetter and Amish fiction won't be disappointed!

The Robin's Greeting is the perfect way to wrap up the Amish Greenhouse Mystery series, and I recommend it to all who enjoy reading about family, faith, and the Amish way of life.

I received copies of these books from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for favorable reviews. These are my opinions.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. With over 11 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nation's most prestigious bestseller lists and receive numerous awards.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and family ties. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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       The Crow's Call

Monday, June 27, 2022

Fatal Forensic Investigation by Darlene L. Turner

Fatal Forensic Investigation

Remembering a serial killer’s face…could be deadly

While interviewing the Coastline Strangler’s only surviving victim, forensic artist Scarlet Wells is attacked and left with amnesia. Now she’s his next mark and has no choice but to work with constable Jace Allen to unlock the criminal’s true identity trapped in her mind. Will they be able to recover the hidden memory and hunt down the killer before he strikes again?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.


Wow! Author Darlene L. Turner has written an action-filled, danger-ridden story that kept me turning the pages to learn what would happen next. Imagine losing your memory and then becoming the target of a killer that only you can describe! This is Scarlet Well's predicament as she and her protector work to unlock the secrets locked in her memory. Will the serial killer continue to claim more victims? Can Jase Allen keep Scarlet safe until she remembers?

Turner once again proves her ability to write books that I can't put down. She made me care for her characters, she left me digging for clues, and she succeeded in keeping me in the dark until the very end. Lethal Forensic Investigation is romantic suspense at its best!

I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Darlene L. Turner is an award-winning author and lives with her husband, Jeff in Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message. You can connect with Darlene at www.darlenelturner.com where there’s suspense beyond borders. 

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Hunted in the Wilderness by Kellie VanHorn

Hunted in the Wilderness

Protecting the evidence means facing down assassins and an unforgiving wilderness…

Framed for murder and corporate espionage, future aerotech company CEO Haley Whitcombe flees in her plane with a camera full of evidence that could clear her name—until she’s shot out of the sky. Now trapped in North Cascades National Park, her survival in the wilderness depends on park ranger Ezra Dalton. Yet escaping the wild will mean nothing if they can’t outrun their merciless hunters…

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

                          HARLEQUIN     AMAZON     BARNES & NOBLE


If you're looking for intense, non-stop action, look no further. Author Kellie Van Horn has written a hair-raising, pulse-altering adventure that starts with a plane crash in the North Cascades National Park, and continues, page after page, chapter after chapter. I found myself wondering how Haley Whitcombe and Park Ranger Ezra Dalton would ever live long enough to prove that she hadn't committed murder and corporate espionage. VanHorn paints a vivid picture of their fear, their determination to escape the killers, and their efforts to overcome the hurts from their past. Ezra still mourns the loss of his wife and young daughter, and rejects any involvement that might be considered betrayal. How can he allow his awakening feelings for Haley to jeopardize his precious memories?

Hunted in the Wilderness
is VanHorn's third book, and her writing keeps getting better! She made me care about her characters in their battle for survival and their search for happiness. I highly recommend this exciting, romantic suspense novel laced with faith and hope.

I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Kellie VanHorn is an award-winning author of inspirational romance and romantic suspense. She has college degrees in biology and nautical archaeology, but she’s always found her sense of adventure most satisfied by a great story. When not writing, Kellie can be found teaching her four children, camping, baking, and gardening. She lives with her family in west Michigan.

A member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers, Kellie is a 2022 and double 2020 HOLT Medallion finalist, 2019 Golden Heart® finalist, 2018 Daphne du Maurier award winner (unpublished), and double 2018 Genesis semi-finalist.

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Kellie shares her thoughts about Hunted in the Wilderness in this interview.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

In Honor's Defense (Hanger's Horsemen, #3) by Karen Witemeyer

In Honor's Defense (Hanger's Horsemen, #3)

He's faced countless perils on the battlefield, but nothing so dangerous as falling in love.

Luke Davenport has been fighting all his life—for respect, for country, and for those unable to fight for themselves. But now that his Horsemen brothers are domesticated, he's left alone to battle the wildness within. When an opportunity arises to take a job on his own, tracking down a group of rustlers, he jumps at the chance.

Damaris Baxter has mastered the art of invisibility. Plain and quiet, she hides in books and needlework, content to be overlooked. Until her brother dies suddenly, leaving her custody of her nephew. She moves to Texas to care for Nathaniel, determined to create the family for herself that she never thought she'd have and to give him the family he desperately needs.

When Nate finds himself knee-deep in trouble, Luke's attempt to protect him leaves Damaris feeling indebted to the Horseman. But suspicions grow regarding the mysterious death of Damaris's brother. And the more questions they ask, the more danger appears, threatening the family Luke may be unable to live without.


The books in this Hanger's Horsemen series have featured some very special men but one of them quickly grabbed a piece of my heart and wouldn't let go. This man had experienced many hardships but still found saving grace and comfort through God's Word. Luke Davenport was able to quote scripture like a preacher and he definitely needed his own story. Thankfully, author Karen Witemeyer has given it to him! This third book in the Hanger's Horsemen series allows Luke aka "Preach" to shine and hopefully work his way to a happy ending. Courage abounds, hearts are exposed, and lives are changed as Luke comes to the rescue of Damaris Baxter and her orphaned nephew Nathaniel. Will he be able to protect them?

In Honor's Defense is a well-written story filled with hope, faith, and redemption. I was fully invested in the well-developed characters and exciting plot, and I couldn't have asked for a better ending to a series! Best of all, the other horsemen make appearances, and their loyalty and friendship are a joy to witness. Well done, Ms. Witemeyer, you've outdone yourself with this story!

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


After growing up in California, Karen moved to Texas to attend Abilene Christian University where she earned bachelor and master's degrees in Psychology. It was also there that she met and married her own Texas hero. He roped her in good, for she has lived in Texas ever since. In fact, she fell so in love with this rugged land of sweeping sunsets and enduring pioneer spirit, that she incorporates it into the pages of her novels, setting her stories in the small towns of a state that burgeoned into greatness in the mid- to late1800s.

Winner of the HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, National Reader's Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, please visit http://www.karenwitemeyer.com. Learn more at  Facebook   Goodreads   Bookbub

Friday, June 24, 2022

Dairy, Dairy, Quite Contrary (A Sunflower Café Mystery #1) by Amy Lillard

Dairy, Dairy, Quite Contrary (A Sunflower Café Mystery #1)

Looking for a fresh start, advice columnist Sissy Yoder heads to small-town Yoder, Kansas, to help in her aunt’s café. But when a milkman is murdered, the newcomer becomes the prime suspect . . .

After Sissy’s rodeo cowboy boyfriend turns out to be more of a rodeo clown, she packs a bag; picks up her Yorkshire terrier Duke; and leaves Tulsa, Oklahoma, bound for her parents’ former hometown. There are still plenty of Yoders in Yoder, Kansas, including Sissy’s aunt Bethel, who owns the Sunflower Café but recently broke her leg. It’s a homecoming of sorts as Sissy arrives to help in the café and reunite with her pregnant cousin Lizzie. Plus she can continue to secretly write her newspaper advice column as seventy-year-old “Aunt Bess.” But it’s Sissy who could use some advice when she finds the milk deliveryman out behind the café with a knife in his back. As the sheriff’s prime suspect, it’s up to Sissy to catch the backstabber herself—before someone else gets creamed . . .


Amy Lillard has a new series, and this first book is definitely a winner. Dairy, Dairy Quite Contrary is a Sunflower Cafe Mystery book, and I absolutely loved it! It's a fun story filled with unique characters, an intriguing mystery, and a special setting. Sissy Yoder thinks that spending some time in Yoder, Kansas will kill two birds with one stone---she'll get away from the scene of a failed relationship and also help her Aunt Bethel as she recuperates from a broken leg. What she doesn't count on is finding a murdered milkman in the back of the Sunflower Cafe. Who would want to kill a milkman? Worse still, why would anyone think that newcomer Sissy is the killer?

Yoder is a small town with several Amish families and Lillard offers entertaining interaction between the English and Amish citizens. Sissy can help her Amish family members at the Sunflower Cafe and still offer advice, anonymously, as elderly newspaper columnist 'Aunt Bess'. I enjoyed that some of Aunt Bess's delightful advice is offered at the beginning of each chapter! I also liked that there may be someone in Yoder to help Sissy forget her former boyfriend. Will she still be anxious to return to her home in Tulsa?

If you like cozy mysteries and Amish fiction, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of Dairy, Dairy Quite Contrary. I hope to enjoy another Sunflower Cafe Mystery very soon!

I received an ARC from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review, and I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Amy loves nothing more than a good book. Except for her family…and maybe homemade tacos…and nail polish. But reading and writing are definitely way up on the list.

Born and bred in Mississippi, Amy is a transplanted Southern Belle who now lives in Oklahoma with her deputy husband, their genius son, and three spoiled cats. ^..^

When she’s not creating happy endings, she has a variety of hobbies, but her favorite is whatever gets her out of housework.

Amy is an award winning author with more than forty novels and novellas in print. She loves to hear from readers. 

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

The Elegant Emu by Karen M. Bobos: Review, Author Interview, & Giveaway with iRead Book Tours

Join us for this tour from June 14 to July 8, 2022!

Book Details:

Book Title:  THE ELEGANT EMU (a Harmony Adventure) by Karen M. Bobos
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 40 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book, Fairy Tale
Publisher:  Bobos Babes, Ltd.
Release date:   June 2022
Content Rating:  G for everyone.  



Book Description:

The magical sisters are enrolled in an etiquette class when their manners are not fit for the king and queen of the enchanted land of Harmony. Can Elizabeth the Emu help the royal sisters?

In the beautiful and peaceful land of Harmony, three magical sisters, the Bobos Babes, uproot the kingdom's tranquility with some not-so-polite actions -nose-picking, belching, and other noisy...expulsions. Their parents, the King and Queen, enroll the sisters in the elegant Elizabeth the Emu's etiquette class where they learn manners and other ways to self-improve like being on time, politeness, and proper personal hygiene.

Elizabeth the Emu explains to Angel Scarlet, Princess Daphne, and Fairy Cora that having proper etiquette is more than good manners, it's about being kind and courteous. And for the sisters? Well, let's just say that they will be needing more than one lesson from Elizabeth the Emu's etiquette class.



There are so many reasons why children will love this book. A King and Queen live in a castle with their three little girls, and even though their life is good, it could use some improvement. Scarlett, Daphne, and Cora need to learn how to act like a proper angel, princess, and fairy, so their parents could use some help! Who better to help them than Elizabeth, an emu who teaches etiquette classes?

The Elegant Emu is a charming story that is both entertaining and educational. Young people will love the rhyming text and the bright, colorful illustrations, and they'll probably laugh out loud when Elizabeth catches Scarlett, Daphne, and Cora burping, chewing with their mouths open, and picking their noses. Elizabeth gently teaches them the proper way to handle these situations and it's apparent that author Karen M. Bobos knows how to make learning special for children. Who knew that manners and etiquette could be so fun?

I received a copy of this book as part of iRead Book Tours but there was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Meet the Author:

Karen M. Bobos is the multi-award-winning author of the Adventures in Harmony series, which was created in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. While living in a city of unrest, her family left Chicago to stay with her mother in Northwest Indiana for several months. She and her husband were determined to keep life filled with wonder and magic for their three daughters, Scarlett (6), Daphne (5), and Cora (3). The Adventures in Harmony series was created to entertain her daughters during their stay at Gigi’s home and is filled with characters from the sisters’ world. Everyone deserves to escape to a land filled with love and adventure where creatures co-exist and happiness awaits.

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Author Interview

Why did you decide to write The Elegant Emu?

I am constantly trying to teach my daughters proper manners.  At least once a day, I remind them to “Always be a lady.”  In fact, I will say, “Always be a …” and then my daughters say simultaneously, “Lady.” From how they sit to how they eat to how to keep bodily functions in the bathroom, there is constant teaching.  It’s more than acting a certain way, but rather treating others with kindness and respect and respecting themselves.

Why did you choose an Emu for the etiquette school instructor?

The land of Harmony is filled with animal characters that represent people in my daughters’ lives.  I wanted my sister-in-law, Elizabeth, to have a fabulous character that suited her well.  Most of the characters’ first names begin with the same letter as an animal, i.e. Leonard the Lion and Barbara the Butterfly.  While writing, I thought an emu sounded fun.  Then I created a little bird family for her that reflected her real family, and it just kept flowing as I wrote the book.

Did you ever take an etiquette class?

No, I have not, but honestly, I would love to!  I did quite a bit of research for my book.  Living downtown Chicago, we often dine at nice restaurants.  I think it’s important to follow proper etiquette to communicate best with your servers and keep the dining experience smooth.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was probably in third or fourth grade when I fell in love with books and wished that I could write books of my own. I started writing all kinds of stories and stapling them into books. I had very supportive teachers who would have me read the stories to my classmates.

How long does it take you to write a book?

If I am uninterrupted, I can write a short story in one day. It really depends on the book and the flow as I’m writing. Meaning, if while I’m writing, the story keeps evolving quickly in my head. I wrote “The Case of the Giggles” in one day. It took me months to write “The Elegant Emu.” My schedule was so busy that I barely had time to sit down to write.

Have you ever written books for adults?

Funny, I met my husband when I was 32 years old.  I had so many crazy dating stories that I wrote a book about them.  Once I met my husband, I deleted the book.  I know, crazy, right?  And it was several hundred pages.  I just didn’t want those stories out there.  Plus, they were true stories.  I took it as a therapeutic experience that helped me outline what I wanted in a husband, and I married my dream man.  Perhaps some day . . . for now, I’ll focus on my kiddos.

Tour Schedule

June 14 – Faith And Books – book review / giveaway
June 14 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 15 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 16 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
June 16 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
June 16 - Kam's Place – book review
June 17 – icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
June 20 – Bizwings Blog – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 20 - Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 21 - Library Lady's Kid Lit – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 22 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
June 23 – Older & Smarter? – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 24 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
June 28 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 29 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
June 30 – My Reading Getaway – book review / giveaway
July 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
July 6 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
July 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
July 7 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
July 8 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway

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