Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

Thanks for visiting…today is your lucky day.  As part of the I Am A Reader Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop, I’m hosting a giveaway for two children’s e-books.  The books are part of the MeeGenius collection and are beautifully illustrated with full narration.  The narration can be turned off so your young reader can read to themselves or you can read to them.

The two books are:


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Blog Tour: Things Are Not What They Seem

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About the Book

Title: Things Are Not What They Seem | Authors: Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks | Publication Date: April 9, 2014 | Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing | Pages: 268 | Recommended Ages: 10+

Summary: What would you do if you were sitting on a park bench, minding your own business, and one of those annoying pigeons suddenly started to talk to you? And what if the pigeon didn’t just talk to you – in a meticulous British accent, no less – but pleaded with you to help untangle a piece of string that had accidentally attached his leg to a wrought iron fence surrounding the playground? And what if, while you are still convinced that this is all a big nasty trick, a hawk swoops down out of the sky and starts cursing at you, also in the King’s English, for getting in his way when he wanted to execute the pigeon?

That is the quandary in which Jennifer (almost 13 years old and probably a bit too smart for her own good) finds herself one sweltering July morning while babysitting her 11-year-old (very precocious) brother James and his mopey, allergy-prone friend Sleepy. She soon learns that the bird is actually a man named Arthur Whitehair, a 19th-century Englishman who had been turned into an eternally-lived pigeon by misreading an ancient spell that was supposed to give him eternal life as a human. Likewise, an unscrupulous colleague of his, named Malman, had been turned into a hawk by Whitehair’s blunder. After years of searching, Whitehair claims (half-truthfully) that Malman has found him hiding in Central Park and is now out for revenge. On top of all this strange business, Jennifer has recently begun having weird dreams in which a crazy-looking man with curly red hair speaks cryptic phrases in Latin. Are they random phrases, or messages? And why would some sketchy guy be sending her messages in her dreams?

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* My Review *

I enjoyed “Things are Not What They Seem.”  The title holds true to the story as we are taken on a journey with Jennifer and her brother James.   The book is non-stop action from the time Jennifer meets the mysterious talking pigeon to the end.  Warning for adults, there are a few parts that may be too strong for younger readers.  There is some use of a gun being pointed at a child’s head.  Also, there is a death that appears to be murder.  However, keeping that in mind, I do believe that this is a very strong story with carefully crafted characters.  There is mystery, history, magic spells, trust issues, children who are very sorry when they disobey their parents, loving and kind parents and several evil characters.

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“I LOVED “Things Are Not What They Seem”!! It is funny, exciting, and touching, and very fun to read. The characters are relatable and interesting, so I really cared about all of their adventures while I was reading. “~ 5 Stars, Hermione, Amazon

The story line is original and makes for an incredibly fun read. This is a book which is VERY hard to put down, all of their adventures will definitely have you on the edge of your seats and you read from page to page. All of the characters in this book (both large and small) are well developed and their personalities definitely come off the page.~ 5 Stars, Alex, Goodreads

“The characters are well-developed and fun. The story moves along at a brisk pace. Lessons on love, friendship, kindness, and finding your inner strength shine through. And the humor is plentiful! Great for tween readers, as well as a quick, fun read for adults. ” ~ 5 Stars, HFBrainerd, Amazon

“Things Are Not What They Seem is a well written story and a joy to read. I was hooked from the start.” ~ 5 Stars, Granny’s Hill, Amazon

“What a sweet, interesting, and overall wonderful book! I love the interesting, multi-layered, realistic characters, the numerous, unexpected but extremely interesting plot twists, and the use of Latin phrases to enhance the magic. I love the simple, yet powerful message that was woven throughout- that things are not what they seem- even in the rough, harsh world of New York City. That message strongly resonates for kids, teenagers, adults, and anyone in between. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who reads this review!! ” ~ 5 Stars, Pat D., Amazon


About the Authors: Anne Rothman-Hicks & Kenneth Hicks

Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth HicksWhen Anne Rothman was a student at Bryn Mawr College and Kenneth Hicks was a student at Haverford College, they began writing together in an independent-study course with one of Ken’s professors. A brief interlude ensued while Anne wrote wonderful poetry and Ken wrote a book about hitchhiking (The Complete Hitchhiker Tobey Publishing, Dell Distribution), but they soon got back together as writers when Ken was in law school at Columbia University and Anne was paying the rent by working in publishing. They have continued to write together for about forty years and in that time have published four adult novels, eleven non-fiction books for children, two fiction books for middle readers, and two photography books. They also produced three children whom they love even more than writing.

Their most recent middle reader book is Things Are Not What they Seem, published by the MuseItYoung division of MuseItUp Publishing, and available in all formats. Their three latest adult novels are Kate and the Kid, a mainstream novel, Mind me, Milady, a mystery thriller, and Praise Her, Praise Diana, a thriller.

Between projects, they started a web site In case you were wondering about the address, “R” is for Rothman, “H” is for Hicks, and “71” is the year of their marriage. No secret codes or numerology anywhere.

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“Things Are Not What They Seem” Blog Tour Schedule (2015)

February 20

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

Rockin’ Book Reviews (Excerpt)

February 21

2ReadBook (Review)

February 22

Deliciously Savvy (Review)

Adventures of a Military Family of 8 (Review)

February 23

Sher A Hart (Review)

Contest Patti (Excerpt)

February 24

Kay LaLone I Love Books (Review)

Heart of a Philanthropist (Excerpt)

February 25

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews (Review)

February 26

Sally Writes (Review)

Icefairy’s Treasure Chest (Review)

February 27

The Book Lovers’ Lounge (Review)

The Library of the Seen (Review)

February 28

Eloquent Articulation (Review)

Sunshine, Bubbles and Books (Guest Post)

March 1

Sweet Little Pretties (Review)

Stitch Says (Review)

March 2

Debra Shiveley Welch Love and Writing (Review & Author Interview)

March 3

Bookworm for Kids (Review)

For the Love of Reading (Review)

March 4

Cat’s Kid Lit Book Reviews (Review)

March 5

WhenIGrowUpIWannaWriteAKidsBook (Guest Post)


* Blog Tour Giveaway *

Amazon $50 Gift CardPrize: One winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card or $50 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Contest closes: March 19, 11:59 pm, 2015

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 Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Blog Hop Character Post – June Boone

I was asked to participate in the Blog Hop Character Post and share one of my main characters in either something of mine that’s published, or something that’s a work in process. I decided to share June Boone, who is the main character in a three book series I’ve been working on.  June is near and dear to my heart, I see her as a champion for all us geeky girls.

What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

My main character is twelve year old June Boone, she is a fictional person, created and crafted in my imagination. Although, I would say I took bits and pieces of people I know, and perhaps bits of my own personality.

When and where is the story set?
June’s story is set in 1982 in a fictional town of Dunningham, California. There may be such a place, but June’s town is completely fictional.

What should we know about him/her?
June is a bit of a geek. She loves science, astronomy and wants more than anything to be sent to chess club for summer break. Although June is a self-confessed geek, she takes the time to develop friendships and she can handle social situations quite well. Her parents are both professors at the local university. June has a great sense of humor and can be a little snarky at times.

What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
June learns the truth about her nagging suspicion of being adopted. During the early 80’s it was just becoming normal for parents to let their adopted children know they were adopted and perhaps have access to their birth parents. But, June’s parents will not talk about her possible adoption. So, when June goes off to summer camp and finds out the truth, that she’s not only adopted, she’s an alien her conflict kicks into full speed ahead.

What is the personal goal of the character?
June’s personal goal at first is to find out about her adoption. Things move fairly quickly and she realizes that her personal goal is really to become safe from the unknown sources trying to harm her.

Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
I’ve been using the title June Boone Summer Camp and Other Natural Disasters, only because she dreaded going to summer camp so much. Once there she has one disaster after another.

When can we expect the book to be published?
June Boone Summer Camp and Other Natural Disasters, is currently unpublished, and is looking for a home with a wonderful publisher. I am working on the second book in the series.

First tag goes to   Visit Sandy’s page and read about her main character Mari from the book “Odin’s Promise”.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you think about June. Does her character sound interesting too you? Do you want to find out what happens.