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War at the Ice Cream Store

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The first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends series, War at the Ice Cream Store tells the story of one night at the Frozen Frogg.

About War at the Ice Cream Store

The first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends series, War at the Ice Cream Store tells the story of one night at the Frozen Frogg, when Mustachio Pistachio and his “flavorite” flavor friends teach Bulli Vanilli a lesson in kindness and acceptance.

Our Thoughts

The War at the Ice Cream Store is a clever book with a very important message for children.

Bulli Vanilli ice cream can be quite a bully with the other flavours in the ice cream store, especially with Mustachio Pistachio (who unfortunately does not seem to be the most popular flavour in the store). Bulli Vanilli is actually quite mean and my heart was a bit sore for the other flavours. But what happens when others stand up to Bulli Vanilli? And try to teach this bully that it isn’t nice to treat others that way, we are each special and unique in our own way.

This is an adorable, well written, catchy book for children that teaches a very important lesson. Bulli Vanilli doesn’t realize how hurtful his comments are and it isn’t until the others teach Bulli Vanilli that words hurt, does it click that what Bulli was doing was wrong. Every person (and in this case dessert) brings something special to the world and when we include and respect everyone, the world is a better place.

We loved the way the book was written, it was fun and catchy which helps to gain the interest of young children and makes it easier for them to understand this important message. The illustrations were fun and really help to bring the story to life. It is a definite must read book that your child will love to read over and over.

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon.

About the Author

Cheryl is an award-winning songwriter, children’s song recording artist (as the cartoon character CADi Grace), and the co-creator of the puppet musical and comedy show, The Waterhole Bunch. After the success of The Waterhole Bunch, Cheryl along with co-creator Dave Gibson, spun off the main character, Frank TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s entertainment concept, Frank TL Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets in a magical town called Lucky Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and Friends includes books, songs, videos, games, and more for younger audiences. War at the Ice Cream Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends children’s book series.

Dave is an award-winning Nashville-based songwriter, having written hundreds of hit songs for artists including Alabama, Montgomery Gentry and Marie Osmond. Dave’s own group, The Gibson/Miller Band, won the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award for best new group in the early nineties. He is the co-creator of the puppet musical and comedy show, The Waterhole Bunch. After the success of The Waterhole Bunch, Dave, along with co-creator Cheryl DaVeiga, spun off the main character, Frank TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s entertainment concept, Frank TL Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets in a magical town called Lucky Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and Friends includes books, songs, videos, games, and more for younger audiences. War at the Ice Cream Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends children’s book series.

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It Happened in Tuscany

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From the multiple-award-winning author of To Tuscany with Love comes a captivating story of the epic tug of war between honor and duty, the irrepressible power of love, and the concept of family.

About It Happened in Tuscany

From the multiple-award-winning author of To Tuscany with Love comes a captivating story of the epic tug of war between honor and duty, the irrepressible power of love, and the concept of family.

In 1945, Will Mills and his fellow soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division scaled Italy’s treacherous Riva Ridge in the frigid night to break through the nearly impenetrable German line of defense. Severely wounded, Will was rescued by Italian partisans and one, a beautiful girl, tended his injuries until he had the strength to rejoin the U.S. troops.

Tormented and haunted by his decisions and actions during wartime, Will knows he has unfinished missions in Italy to complete. The passage of time and years of carrying this unfulfilled need have molded Will into a bitter, angry man.

Seventy-five years later, Will’s spunky thirty-two-year-old neighbor, Sophie Sparke, faces disaster in her life. Everything is going wrong—her job, her love life, even her dog. Part of the problem is that confident and fiercely independent Sophie lets her quick mouth get her into trouble.

Grouchy, mean-spirited Will finagles Sophie into traveling with him to Tuscany to find the partisan who saved his life. Will also secretly hopes to confront the demons his wartime actions created. Sophie and Will comb enchanting Tuscan hill towns on an improbable and unfolding mission with few clues to aid them. Will’s passionate tenacity drives their quest and in the process exposes their darkest secrets. The journey alters the course of their lives, and Will and Sophie find more than they had imagined in the hills of Tuscany.

My Thoughts

A beautiful story from start to finish, It Happened in Tuscany made me laugh and cry and I did not want to put the novel down.

Will fought in Italy during WWII and was rescued by the incredible Francesca. Like so many fellow soldiers, Will carried guilt, regret and many more emotions from the time he spent during the war in Italy. Like so many individuals his age, he guards his secrets well. He lets Sophie in but only a little at a time. After the death of his wife, and likely facing the end of his of his own life, he wants to write the wrongs he did and find the love of his life. He enlists the help of Sophie, although she was reluctant at first. Why would she want to help her angry and grumpy neighbour? But as Sophie begins to get to know Will a bit better, she begins to grow fond of this soft man with a hard shell and all of the secrets he holds close to his heart.

Together the two of them undertake quite the journey – to find his lost love in Italy after seventy five years! What a journey this becomes – a journey that seems almost doomed from the start. But on their way, the pair make friends, make peace with their past and their future, something that Will so desperately needed. We watch the pair struggle, become lost and their despair and frustration. You are on their side cheering them on, hoping and praying that they find the lost Francesca. The rich plot brings to life Italy and their search for love.

It Happened in Tuscany is a beautiful and rich story, full of hope, faith and forgiveness. The characters hold a special place in your heart, their story will bring tears to your eyes and you will not want to put the story down as you have to know what happens. It is a beautiful story of forgiveness, healing, hope and love. This is a definite must read novel!

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon, Audible, B&N and Indiebound.

Rating: 5/5

About the Author

Gail Mencini is the acclaimed author of It Happened in Tuscany and To Tuscany with Love, both of which are Denver Post #1 bestsellers and award winners. Gail grew up in DeWitt, Nebraska, graduated from Wartburg College with a BA in Accounting and Economics, and earned a master of taxation degree from the University of Denver. A frequent visitor to Tuscany and a homegrown gourmet cook, Gail has toured Italy by car, train, bus, Vespa, and foot. She lives in Colorado with her husband.

You can connect with her on her website, Twitter and Facebook.

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Rhythm Rescue Spotlight Tour

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In Rhythm Rescue, welcome to Music Metropolis, where there’s always a song to sing and instruments playing all around.

About Rhythm Rescue

Welcome to Music Metropolis, where there’s always a song to sing and instruments playing all around. Everyone has something special to share, but Beat Street is where the real magic happens… The musicians of Beat Street have super abilities. The people who live here can do extraordinary things…with the power of music! When Tala’s day begins with a phone call from a friend, she is SUPER excited…but she’ll need your help to make it there in time! You won’t want to miss this interactive musical adventure.

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon, B&N and Trunk Up Books.

About the Author

Vicky Weber is a musician and an elementary educator with a love for children’s literature. While she has taught a variety of grade levels, primary level education is where her passion lies. It has long been a dream of hers to teach children through the magic of books and she hopes you love reading her works as much as she loved writing them.

You can connect with her on her website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days

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Can you va va voom? Do you light up the room? Marvellous Macey does! 

About Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days

Can you va va voom? Do you light up the room? Marvellous Macey does! She may not quite fit the mould, but she is living delightful days. Embrace Macey’s world of imagination and ability to love and accept everyone. Life may not be perfect and some things might be hard, but Macey shows us how to live in the moment and find the delight! Be inspired by Macey to make everyday the BEST day.

Our Thoughts

Marvellous Macey is a wonderful, feel good story about Macey. Macey is full of joy and light and loves sharing her happiness with the world. From the simple things like saying please and thank you, to spreading kindness and love and even having an incredible memory of people and names. She is full of happiness and love, ready to share it with the world. But her happiness does not mean that she has not dealt with her share of sadness and struggles. We do learn that she has had some difficulties at school and has had her own battles to fight. But this has not taken away from the love and joy she shares with others.

This was a beautiful story from start to finish, with great attention to detail. I love the font and the illustrations and the way it matched the wording and flow of the story. It helped to bring Macey to life for us. Macey has a very important message for young children (and some adults too!) about the importance of sharing our joy and happiness with others. It is important for us to live each day to the fullest and to bring joy to others. I would have loved to learn a little bit more about Macey’s struggles but it does not take away from the story as the focus is on living in the moment. Marvellous Macey is a feel good, inspirational book for young children that you will enjoy reading together.

You can purchase a copy of this book on the author’s website and Amazon.

Rating: 5/5

About the Author

Caitlin Bangsund is the author of Marvellous Macey, The Delightful Days. It is the first in a series based on true life. Caitlin knows the trial and trauma of childhood cancer, childhood disability, and the fear of almost losing her daughter — the star of the series — Macey. She encourages readers to look for the treasures that hide in the rubble and gloom. Life is beautiful chaos and her message is to press on and conquer. Read her stories and help create a world that is full of kindness and acceptance.

You can connect with her on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

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Retribution Book Spotlight

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Retribution exposes the hard truth about what happens when law fails the innocent and leads them down a dark path from which they may never return.

About Retribution

Can the pursuit of justice go too far? The kidnapping, torture, rape, and murder of Dr. Joshua West’s nine-year-old daughter, Mattie, shatters his life. He lives for the capture, trial, conviction, and punishment of her killer. Fate, however, has its own grotesque form of justice—the killer’s release on a technicality, never to be tried again. A gripping story of a grieving father’s thirst for justice, Retribution exposes the hard truth about what happens when law fails the innocent and leads them down a dark path from which they may never return.

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon.

About the Author

Lawrence Gold practiced internal medicine and nephrology (diseases of the kidney) in Berkeley, CA for 23 years. In 1995, he retired and set sail with his wife Dorlis and Furina the cat. They cruised Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Canada. Dr. Gold has published 17 published novels and 2 nonfiction books. He is back on land in Grass Valley, CA.

You can connect with him on his website, Facebook and Goodreads.

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