Jsack's Mom's Blog

Welcome to my blog where I share my special needs parenting journey with my heart, truth, and love, one story at a time. ❤️

Rachel’s Day in the Garden book review

This sweet book written by Giselle Shardlow and illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla captured my attention as soon as I saw the request to review it in my inbox. I’m so glad that Alexa Bigwarfe from the blog No Holding Back asked me. My son is recently learning how to do yoga as part of his behavioural aid therapy as well as in his preschool. To say this lovely book was helpful is an understatement. My son has autism combined with Sensory Processing Disorder and with that can come problems with emotional regulation. Being able to copy the poses and read all about the character Rachel in the garden was a wonderful learning tool. 

His body and central nervous can go into fight or flight in the sympathetic part of his brain. As soon as he gets into a mindset to do the yoga poses then his para sympathetic part of his brain can take over and rest. The lovely illustrations allow his imagination to take over and be in the garden scenery with Rachel. As well as being comfortable in the yoga postures my son is learning to self regulate and bring all his senses into integration. It allows him to be active, engaged, and doing positive things for his mind, body, and spirit. 

  
What I loved the most about this book was that all the poses were incorporated into the story with using the name and also the demonstration. This book is a valuable tool for children and parents to teach them the value of having a calm body and mind. There is also information on how to use the book as well as the yoga postures broken down individually. This was a joy for me to read and participate in the relaxation and wonderment of enjoying this special time with my son. 

  
Synopsis 
Join Rachel as she and her adorable puppy look for signs of spring in the garden. Crawl like a caterpillar, buzz like a bee, and flutter like a butterfly. Discover spring, explore movement, and learn the colors of the rainbow! Age group: Preschoolers ages 3-6.
  
Author’s Bio

Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga books for kids get children learning, moving, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the yoga stories found on her website. or on Amazon worldwide. The purpose of her yoga books is to foster happy, healthy, and globally educated children. She lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.
  

Where to find the book:

Goodreads link

(It helps so very much just to get in front of readers’ eyes, so it would mean so much to me if you could add Rachel’s Garden to your “Want to Read” Goodreads shelf.)
  
Amazon Link
Book Sales Page:

http://www.kidsyogastories.com/product/rachels-day-in-the-garden/
  

9 Comments »

Book cover reveal for Talon-by Sybil Bartel

Today I’m excited to be part of Xpresso book blog tours for the author Sybil Bartel Talon book cover reveal.  An original cover model from Michael Stokes photography be still my heart! 

  

Cover reveal courteousy of Xpresso Book Tours. 
  

 
Stay tuned for March when I join up with Xpresso for their blog tour for the book review for Talon by the talented Sybil Bartel. 
Book Author and Info:

Talon by Sybil Bartel 

(Uncompromising Series, #1) 

Publication date: March 1st 2016

Genres: Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

Talon
I surf.

I pretend to smile.
Two years ago my life was perfect, until it wasn’t. I scattered my wife’s ashes then walked away from the Marines. I didn’t think I had anything else to lose.
I was wrong.
The blond showed up at my surf shop, beaten and stabbed. I did what I was trained to do—I stitched her up. I didn’t have a clue who she was and I told myself I didn’t care. Until they came looking for her.
I swore I’d take my last breath before I let anyone else hurt her except I didn’t know she was keeping a deadly secret. Now I had two choices, her life or mine.
Marriage and combat taught me the same thing—I was no one’s hero. And I was about to prove it.

Good Reads Link:

  
Author Bio:

I grew up in Northern California with my head in a book and my feet in the sand. I dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew me into the world of storytelling. I love the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes me swoon.
I now live in Southern Florida and while I don’t get to read as much as I like, I still bury my toes in the sand. If I’m not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in my backyard, you can find me spending time with my handsomely tattooed husband, my brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
But Seriously?
Here are ten things you probably really want to know about me.
I grew up a faculty brat. I can swear like a sailor. I love men in uniform. I hate being told what to do. I can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks me out. My favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—I can’t decide. I have a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on me for driving directions, ever. And I have a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell my husband.
Author Links:

https://twitter.com/SybilBartel

http://sybilbartel.com/

https://www.facebook.com/sybilbartelauthor

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1065006266850790/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7893521.Sybil_Bartel

6 Comments »

Walking Among the Cherry Trees Blog Tour

Another day another blog tour, I’m teaming up with Twinsies Talk Book Reviews for the Walking Among the Cherry Trees blog tour. I first read and reviewed the authors Witness Series Being Nobody and Becoming Somebody by Heather D’ Augistno. Stay tuned for my review coming in two weeks!

wotr-attendingauthor

Cherry-Trees-ecover

Release Date: 11/1

Cover Design: Cassy Roop Pink Ink Designs

Cover Models: Dustin Adams and Laura Deal

Photography: Kelsey Keeton @ K. Keeton Designs

synopsis

Taylor Cook was the last thing Morgan McGregor expected to find when she stepped off the train at Cherryville station to spend the summer with her grandmother, Virginia. She didn’t know that the boy who befriended her would one day fill her heart with both joy and pain.

First love can be magical. It can reach inside you and grip your heart with a force that you never see coming, and can’t deny. It’s powerful and sometimes debilitating, but most of all… it can break you in ways you never thought possible.

How do you recover when the one the person you thought would always be there, pushes you away at the time they’re needed the most? How do you move on with your life and forget the boy who stole your heart all those years ago? How do you go back to that place knowing that seeing him will cause your careful façade to crack into a million pieces? It’s simple you can’t, but sometimes you have to.

When Morgan gets the news that her grandmother’s passed away and she’s the heir to her estate, she hardens heart in preparation of going back to face him. What happens when she steps off that train again? Will the feelings she’s worked so hard to forget come rushing back and threaten to drown her? Will he even still be there?

Walking Among the Cherry Trees is the first book in The Cook Brothers Series.

Cherry-Trees2

TBR

Goodreads

trailer

YouTube

teasers

Teaser-4

teaser-3

Buy Links

Amazon

B&N

Kobo

iBooks

about the author

Heather-Headshot (1)

Heather D’Agostino is the author of the Second Chances series and the Shattered Trilogy. She write contemporary and new adult romance set in Boston and New York. Heather has always enjoyed creative writing, but never pursued it as a career option. Born and raised in Harrisburg, NC she received a BA in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After teaching for six years, she decided to leave the profession to be a stay-at-home mom. After finding the world of Fan Fiction, Heather decided to “get her feet wet” in the literary world. With much encouragement and inspiration from the Fan Fiction world, she made the decision to publish her work. Heather prides herself in the fact that the books in the Second Chances series have real life situations with believable characters. These characters could be your best friend or your next door neighbor. Her first book, Unbreak Me, has been welcomed with open arms into the self-published community giving her the encouragement needed to continue to pursue this dream. Heather currently lives in Syracuse, NY with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, and playing chauffeur for all her children’s activities. You can follow Heather on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/H.DAgostino.Author or at hdagostinobooks.weebly.com

Be sure to sign up for my mailing list on the homepage of my website. This will guarantee that you don’t miss anything

Bibliography:

The Second Chances series

Unbreak Me-book one

The Boy Next Door- book two

The One That Got Away-book three

Inside Out- book 3.5 a Second Chances Novella

Fallen From Grace- book 4

The Family Next Door –book 5

The Shattered Trilogy

Shattered (Shattered #1)

Restored (Shattered #2)

Renewed (Shattered #3)

Destined (Shattered #0.5)

Fated (Shattered #4 Cam & Avery)

The Broken Series

Irreparably Broken (Broken #1)

Saving Us (Broken #2)

My Broken Angel (Broken #3)

The Witness Series

Being Nobody

Becoming Somebody

Promise Me Tomorrow – Coming 2016

The Cook Brothers

Walking Among the Cherry Trees

Standalones

Privileged

All books are available on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and CreateSpace

Tour Host - Angie

 

4 Comments »

Unexpected Gifts Blog Tour

4 Comments »

J.C. Cliff’s Bylss Blog tour

I’m jumping aboard J.C. Cliff’s  book tour for her book series titled Blyss, Blyssful Lies, Blyssfuly Undone. Read on to see what the trilogy is all about. 😃


Synopsis:

This is Julianna’s story. She lived a normal life until she was about to turn twenty-one, and then all hell broke loose. Years of diabolical scheming unraveling at the seams, unleashing torrents of lies and deceit. The whirlwind of chaos and heartbreak will forever change the game.


 Her chosen fate is one of stellar proportions, and she struggles to keep sane, trying to hold it together every step of the way. As the matrix of her concealed past unfolds to deliver the final blow, rationality and sanity begin to take on a definition and meaning of its own.

 

Nick thinks he’s the night in shining armor while Travis believes he will be enough to save her from herself, but does she even want to be saved?

 

Both men want her. Both men love her, and both men want to claim her, keeping her for themselves. But, as usual, Julianna has other plans.

 


  

Purchase Links: BLYSS


US Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NLUZ3SA 

UK Amazon Link  http://amzn.to/1q02e2R

AUS Amazon Link:  http://bit.ly/1qIKsvM


Purchase Links: BLYSSFUL LIES


US Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q997I0G

UK Amazon Link http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00Q997I0G?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

AUS Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00Q997I0G?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Purchase Links: BLYSSFULLY UNDONE 

On sale April. 23 rd- April. 26 th

US Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TU9OWDS

UK Amazon Linkhttp://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00TU9OWDS?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

AUS Amazon Link :http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B00TU9OWDS?*Version*=1&*entries*=0


Visit me at: J.C. CLIFF

Visit me at:

www.facebook.com/BLYSS.TRILOGY

Goodreads

  

◈ RAFFLECOPTER:➜ http://on.fb.me/19sqe6E

      ◈ FB PARTY:➜ https://www.facebook.com/events/804220516329494/

Facebook is not responsible for this giveaway.

  
     

Release Day Blitz


* A dark and twisted erotic romance…Kidnapped by the obsessed Nick, Julianna’s only hope is his sexy right-hand man Travis. There’s an undeniable spark between them, but Nick is determined to have her for himself…


Leave a comment »

Book Review for Being Nobody and Becoming Somebody

 

 I had the good fortunate of beta reading for the author Heather D’Augustino I was really happy to be able to read both sequels in the Witness series. I first read Being Nobody and was introduced to the main character. These books had me on the edge of my seat. I didn’t want the first book to end and I couldn’t wait to continue the story of the main character Mallory in Becoming Somebody Book 2 :

 

My Review for Becoming Nobody

I received this book as an ARC for my honest opinion. I’m so happy I had an opportunity to read this book. From the first page in the prologue I was hooked on learning Mallory’s story. Due to her Dad witnessing a crime the police put him and his whole family into the Witness Protection Program. Mallory (who’s really Samatha) changes homes, schools, jobs, and identity’s like she changes her underwear. From the age of 7 to 17 she’s on the run hiding out from this gang that is stalking them from state to state. She falls in love with Devlin and her world becomes confusing. Mallory has yet to move again and leave her first love behind. Soon she’s an adult living on her own and still wrapped up in her life as Mallory. One day a beautiful but dangerous man walks into the bar she’s working in. Mallory’s world is turned upside down and cue hot, sexy, discovery of her world meeting Brian’s. Will Mallory learn to trust him, will Brian let her into his heart and into his secretive world? Or will all their secrets threaten to tear them and their emerging relationship apart? Well you’ll just have to read it and find out! Keep in mind there are detailed, sex scenes and this book is suited for a mature audience. I loved this book, plot, characters, and premise for the story to develop. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel Becoming Somebody in the Witness series. 

 

  

Becoming Somebody

 

What happens when everything you thought you knew suddenly changes with a few simple words? 

 

When Samantha Connelly fell hard for the one person that could rip her world apart she wasn’t prepared for the bomb he would later drop on her. With a few words, Brian completely turned her world upside down and sent her into an emotional spiral. 

 


Forced to leave town once again, she begged him to come with her…pleaded with him to choose her…to love her, but Brian had his own agenda that he couldn’t deviate from.

What happens when two people who are meant for each other are forced apart with no reunion in sight? How do you recover from the reality that you may never see one another again? How do you go back to being a nobody when all you want in life is to be somebody to someone?

My Review for Becoming Somebody

I received this ARC for my honest review. I was happy to read the sequel to Being Nobody. The Cliff hanger at the end of the book had me wanting more! We start the book off with Mallory living in Las Vegas and carrying on as normally as she can. Time passes and in four years she’s found someone to share her bed. I wondered if she could ever share her heart with anyone but Brian. She receives a phone call that changes her life and heads back to Chicago to start over as Samatha. She’s intent on picking up where she left off and finding Brian. There’s a lot of twists and turns in the book. Will Samatha find Brian and rekindle the flame of their love. Only time will will tell so you’ll have to read this book. Another great read from H D’augustino that I devoured in one evening. I’m looking forward to reading more in the Witness series, and discovering new characters. Once again like the prequel this book has adult themes, sexually charged language, and is for mature audiences. 

 

Thank you Heather and her PA Angie for letting me part of this blog tour. I look forward to reading more adventures in the Witness Series. 

  

Goodreads :

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23612642-becoming-somebody?ac=1

 Buy Links

HTML – <iframe style=”width:120px;height:240px;” marginwidth=”0″ marginheight=”0″ scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″ src=”//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=ss_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=twintalk-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00SIIGRB2&asins=B00SIIGRB2&linkId=6HTDQTT62GRXY7LI&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true”>

 OR

Amazon :http://bit.ly/WitnessSeriesBecomingSomebody

 

 

 

OR

PlayList :

Giveaway :
HTML –
<a class=”rcptr” href=”http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/9706570358/&#8221; rel=”nofollow” data-raflid=”9706570358″ data-theme=”classic” data-template=”” id=”rcwidget_jscbpxxv”>a Rafflecopter giveaway</a>
<script src=”//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js”></script>

 http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/9706570358/

 <a href=”http://www.twinsietalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Becoming-Somebody-Tour-Banner.jpg”><img class=”alignnone wp-image-7060 size-full” src=”http://www.twinsietalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Becoming-Somebody-Tour-Banner.jpg&#8221; alt=”Becoming Somebody Tour Banner” width=”851″ height=”315″ /></a>

<a href=”http://www.twinsietalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Becoming-Somebody-ecover.jpg”><img class=”alignnone size-medium wp-image-7061″ src=”http://www.twinsietalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Becoming-Somebody-ecover-200×300.jpg&#8221; alt=”Becoming Somebody ecover” width=”200″ height=”300″ /></a>

<a href=”http://www.twinsietalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/synopsis.png”><img class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-6165″ src=”http://www.twinsietalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/synopsis.png&#8221; alt=”synopsis” width=”156″ height=”54″ /></a>

  

Author Bio

 

Amazon bestselling author of the Second Chances series and the Shattered Trilogy, Heather D’Agostino writes contemporary and newadult romance set in Boston, New York, and North Carolina. Heather has always enjoyed creative writing, but never pursued it as a career option. Born and raised in Harrisburg, NC she received a BA in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After teaching for six years, she decided to leave the profession to be a stay-at-home mom. After finding the world of Fan Fiction, Heather decided to “get her feet wet” in the literary world. With much encouragement and inspiration from the Fan Fiction world, she made the decision to publish her work. Heather prides herself in the fact that her books have real life situations with believable characters. These characters could be your best friend or your next door neighbor. Her first book, Unbreak Me, has been welcomed with open arms into the self-published community giving her the encouragement needed to continue to pursue this dream. Heather currently lives in Syracuse, NY with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, and playing chauffeur for all her children’s activities.

 

 You can follow Heather at http://www.facebook.com/H.DAgostino.Author or http://hdagostinobooks.weeby.com

 

Bibliography:

The Second Chances series

Unbreak Me-book one

The Boy Next Door- book two

The One That Got Away-book three 

Inside Out- book 3.5 a Second Chances Novella

Fallen From Grace- book 4 

The Family Next Door –book 5

The Shattered Trilogy

Shattered (Shattered #1) 

Restored (Shattered #2)

Renewed (Shattered #3

Destined (Shattered #0.5) – Coming January 2015

Fated (Shattered #4 Cam & Avery) – Coming2015

The Broken Series

Irreparably Broken (Broken #1)

Saving Us (Broken #2) – Coming 2015

The Witness Series

Being Nobody – Nov 3, 2014

Becoming Somebody- Coming March 2015

Standalones

Privileged 

All books are available on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and CreateSpace

 

  

 

2 Comments »