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Sweet T and the Turtle Team Book Review

Sweet T and the Turtle Team Book Review

A big thank you to Stacie Theis at BeachBoundBooks who put together the materials for this post and coordinated the blog tour for Sweet T and the Turtle Team. I’m happy to join the fun and to present my Sweet T and the Turtle Team book review. This children’s book is written by Cat Michaels and beautifully illustrated by Irene A. Johns. The tour will run from July 12 – August 9, 2017.

Note: I received a PDF copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sweet T and the Turtle Team Book Review

About the Book

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Title: Sweet T and the Turtle Team
Author: Cat Michaels
Illustrator:
Irene A. Jahns
Publication Date:
July 2017
Publisher:
2101 Ink
Number of Pages:
72
Recommended Ages:
6 to 11

My Review: I have to say right off that this Sweet T and the Turtle Team book review will be one of the easiest I’ve ever written.  This children’s book by Cat Michaels appeals to me on many levels! Ms. Michaels gently weaves life lessons as the story unfolds. These lessons include environmental consciousness, acceptance, bullying, and helping others overcome issues are deftly covered. Although Sweet T and the Turtle Team is the 3rd book in the series, each book can be read independently.

In this book,  Tara who is nicknamed Sweet T, is  vacationing at her Great Aunt Mae’s home in Gull Island. She is lonely because she hasn’t made friends yet.  The other children make fun of her accent. And what is up with the neighbor, Billy, who is sometimes mean to her? Sweet T learns that Billy has a secret, and hasn’t shared it with her yet.  Will they ever truly become friends so that Billy is comfortable enough to confide?

Sweet T, her sister Jenna and others are asked to watch a sea turtle nest to ensure its safety from sea gulls and other predators. Will the nest survive when a hurricane comes through? And why did Billy crumple the Turtle Team Guidelines and refuse to help?

The book’s treasures don’t end when the charming and educational story is finished. Ms. Michaels added discussion questions for the readers to answer to ensure they understood and retained the story. She also added a glossary of abbreviations used when texting, a glossary of story related terms and a photo gallery of a real sea turtle nest and hatchlings.

I love and highly recommend this story!

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About the Author

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Author, blogger CAT MICHAELS, M.S., Ed., has more than two decades of experience helping students from kindergarten to college with learning disabilities and Asperger’s syndrome.

Her chapter books and Sweet T Tales series for beginning readers tell of every day life with a twist of magic and mischief.  Cat’s books encourage young and reluctant readers to use their imagination and solve kid-sized dilemmas as they enjoy reading.

Cat lives in North Carolina with her family, where she enjoys digital photography and graphic design, creates pocket gardens, works out as often as she can, and writes.

Find Cat’s books on Amazon and iTunes

 Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $75 Amazon gift card or $75 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice Giveaway ends: August 9, 11:59 pm, 2017 Open to: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Cat Michaels and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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Voting Time – indieBRAG 2017 Cover Contest

Voting Time – indieBRAG 2017 Cover Contest

 

After “I Do!” A Marriage Map is a finalist in the non-fiction category!

It’s finally voting time – indieBRAG 2017 Cover Contest. I’d be honored and humbled if you would vote just once for my cover from July 1, 2017 through July 28, 2017.

If you’d like to vote for After “I Do!” please click here.

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May I offer an excerpt from by book as thanks for you stopping by?

I didn’t have a childhood filled with innocence or a doting father whom I could wrap around my little finger. He didn’t tell me how beautiful I was, and he didn’t shield me from the world; in fact, he was the world from which I needed to be shielded, but wasn’t.

My father was an alcoholic who sometimes beat my mother. Anger was the first emotion to surface in our family because we lived in a household founded on fights. I didn’t learn to express my emotions with maturity because I didn’t grow up in a loving, calm and nurturing environment. And because my parents fought first, and sometimes apologized later, I learned to argue rather than discuss disagreements.

This disturbing family dynamic made me distrust men to the point that I’d planned my escape route long before I had a serious boyfriend or fiancé. I had dreams of happily ever after, but that was all they were: Dreams. I thought they were a fairy tale, not reality.

But when my mom left my dad and married my step-father, I saw a couple where respect, admiration and love were the key ingredients. Through watching their love grow, I learned that relationships could be happy, and marriages could last. I began to believe “and they lived happily ever after” wasn’t just a fairy tale ending after all.

I began to open up to the idea that not all men were bad, but my dad’s inappropriate behavior was the yardstick in which I measured the characteristics of the men I dated. I didn’t date bad boys. Guys had to kind and respectful before I would date them.  If they reminded me of my dad in any way, I didn’t date them.

Although you, the reader, needed to know this about me, dysfunctional relationships aren’t what this book is about. I’ve written about the keys to communication that will help relationships survive because I would love for you to have a relationship as happy as ours.

The inspiration for After “I Do!” A Marriage Map?

After “I Do!” A Marriage Map was the result of a blog post called “How I Escaped the Domestic Violence Cycle, which can be read here.

 

I’d love your vote for After “IDo!” so I can win this badge and other contest prizes. Thank you!

Voting Time - indieBRAG 2017 Cover Contest

 

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The Gypsy Thorn

The Gypsy Thorn

The Gypsy ThornWhen I first read Midnight Assassin: A Tale of Lust and Revenge, I thought it was a great series starter and wanted the next book immediately. The author, Sherry Rentschler, just released The Gypsy Thornwhich I bought directly from her at a book fair. The Gypsy Thorn provides the “back story” to Midnight Assassin and introduces other characters that will appear later in the series.

I made plans to attend the book fair months ago when I found out Ms. Rentschler was going to be relatively close to my hometown. I drove an hour each way to attend, and I’d do it again. In a heartbeat. Pun intended. Ms. Rentschler is as charming and spicy as I imagined from reading her blog. While talking to Ms. Rentschler, she indicated that Midnight Assassin was a novella to test whether readers would enjoy a new vampire series. Take it from me, Ms. Rentschler, the answer is a resounding “YES!”

I read The Gypsy Thorn in one afternoon and now have to suffer withdrawals while waiting for the next book in the series to be released. I’m not going to recap “the story” here in my review because I’d rather use the space to tell you to go buy both books. Why are you still reading? Go now.

For those of you still not sold, I was already a vampire fan before starting this new series. However, if I weren’t, I would have been “converted” after Drahomira’s bite. She is strong, resilient, beautiful and smart – my kind of lead female character. Couple that with Ms. Rentschler’s descriptive storytelling and readers are in for a treat.

I highly recommend reading Midnight Assassin before The Gypsy Thorn. You will love them both! (Where is the happy face emoji with vampire fangs when you need it?) It was quite fun talking to Ms. Rentschler at the book fair because I found out The Gypsy Thorn is a prequel to Time and Blood. I’m counting the days, but I won’t be holding my breath though because I would need Drahomira to make me into a real vampire to survive until October.

To connect with author Sherry Rentschler, go to her blog .

Forever your fan, Ms. Rentschler! ‘Til we meet again.

Update: This post originally reported that the next book would be called The Evening Bower. It is actually called Time and Blood, #1 in the Evening Bower series, and has been changed in the post.

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7 Nature Pictures for Earth Day

7 Nature Pictures for Earth Day

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Enjoy!

Napali Coast Line, Kauai, HI

 

Spouting Horn, Kauai, HI
Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, WY

 

 

 

 

Polihale Beach, Kauai, HI

 

Artist’s Point, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Kalalau Lookout, Kauai, HI

 

 

Dolphins Playing, Road to Hana Coastline, Maui, HI

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Potential Movie Rights Contract

Potential Movie Rights Contract

 

Potential Movie Rights Contract

Several years ago I had a dream, a crazy dream, but with encouragement from friends and family, I decided to go for it. I wanted to write a children’s book series. With the convenience of the internet, I began making lists of all that I needed to learn.  The list seemed insurmountable, but as with any list, if one takes a step at a time, it is possible. I wrote the book, found an editor and published on Amazon.com.

The Mystic Princesses were more than a dream!

 

Reviews help sell books, so I sought feedback from trusted organizations. I entered my books into the Writers’ Digest Self-Published Book Awards contest. And I submitted them to IndieBRAG, LLC for review. The reviews came back and I was ecstatic with the messages. They listed a few things that could be improved, which I incorporated.

And then the email of my dreams came. I woke up one morning a few months ago and found a message that a studio was interested in a potential movie rights contract.  I’m honored to have been considered. With a little fanfare and a lot of grateful feelings, here is the message:

Dear PJ,

I am trying to track down the film/TV rights to your Mystic Princesses books. Do you have an agent or manager who handles the film/TV rights on your behalf? If so, would you be so kind as to forward me their contact information? We have a database for film/TV rights to books, and one of our clients was interested in your series. I can be reached at e****er@r*********er.com. Thank you and best wishes.

Next, I corresponded with the firm that contacted me, as well as found an agent and an attorney willing to assist with negotiations. However, it didn’t work out, but I thought I’d share the message anyway.

So my message for you is: follow your dream! You never know where it might lead if you don’t try. And if you do try, with a lot of hard work, surrounding yourself with professionals in the field, research and some luck sprinkled in, you could hit the jackpot.

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