Book Blast: Princess Madeline Trilogy by Kirstin Pulioff

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be hosting a Book Blast showing off the new covers of the “Princess Madeline Trilogy”by Kirstin Pulioff.

Princess Madeline Trilogy
The Princess Madeline Trilogy

About the Books

The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin PulioffTitle: The Escape of Princess Madeline (Princess Madeline Trilogy, Book #1) * Author: Kirstin Pulioff * Publication Date: November 4, 2012 * Publisher: Caliburn Books * Number of pages: 138 * Recommended age: 10+
Summary: Madeline, princess of Soron, awakens on her sixteenth birthday to find that her father has already made preparations for her betrothal. When she disappears unexpectedly, her suitors and knight champion rush to the rescue. But all is not as it seems, and the errant princess’s flight has put the kingdom at stake…

Can Madeline find freedom or does it come with too high a price?

Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure full of twists and turns as she tries to find her freedom and answers to her questions about life and love.

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The Battle for Princess Madeline by Kirstin PulioffTitle: The Battle for Princess Madeline (Princess Madeline Trilogy, Book #2) Author: Kirstin Pulioff Publication Date: May 21, 2013 Publisher: Caliburn Books Number of pages: 159 Recommended age: 10+

Summary: Princess Madeline rejected Prince Paulsen’s advances, but he’s not about to take it lying down. In the middle of Soron’s festival preparations, when his obsession jeopardizes the kingdom, mysterious figures from the kingdom’s past arrive. Can Madeline risk accepting their help or will their information about a family secret be too much for her to handle?

Can Madeline trust anyone or will saving the kingdom come down to her own bravery?

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The Dragon and Princess Madeline Title: The Dragon and Princess Madeline (Princess Madeline Trilogy, Book #3) Author: Kirstin Pulioff   Publication Date: November 26, 2013 Publisher: Caliburn Books Number of pages: 135 Recommended       age: 10+

Summary: Princess Madeline is ready to celebrate. With the foundation of her future in place, it seems nothing can hurt her. Then the return of a mysterious green dragon threatens her kingdom and king. Will this challenge prove to be too much for Princess Madeline and Prince Braden or will they find the answers they seek hidden in cryptic messages from the past?

Can Madeline save her kingdom from the dragon or is the real danger something else?

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 The Buzz

Book 1: “Well-written, fast-paced, and entirely appropriate for its target audience (middle grade fantasy), this short but succinct novel (novella? It was maybe a little between a novella and a novel) tells a delightful tale of a naive princess who learns the real meaning of freedom. Kirsten gives her characters a sufficient amount of depth to make them genuinely likeable, and she leaves room for much, much more to come.” ~ 5 Star Review, Ally, Amazon

Book 1: “An inspiring thought provoking, and wonderfully written fairy tale by an author who transports us to a time in our imagination where everything is magical and possibilities are real.” ~ 5 Star Review, kathyls, Amazon

Book 2: “Fairy tales are filled with knights and princesses and castles and a special magical feel that takes the reader far, far, away into another world, another place, another time. The Battle for Princess Madeline fits the bill to a tee! Author Kirstin Pulioff has created a special feel to the tale of Princess Madeline with her own special talent for using words to paint pictures in our minds.” ~ 5 Star Review, Dii, Amazon

Book 2: “The story is well developed and easy to follow. The vivid scenes will transport young readers into the magical world of fairy tales with thrilling characters that have come to life. Another splendid read for young readers! I can hardly wait for a new book, Princess Madeline and the Dragon. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Mrs. D., Amazon

Book 3: “The story is engaging on many levels, as is Pulioff’s writing, but on this occasion I was mostly drawn into the action and the mystery as how to prevent the worst from happening. This is great entertainment and should do well across a wider age range.” ~ 5 Star Review,ChristophFischerBooks, Amazon

Book 3: “Kirstin Pulioff has saved the best for last. ‘Princess Madeline and the Dragon’ is the final instalment in the ‘Princess Madeline Trilogy’. I thought the first two books were finely wrought stories, but this novel surpasses its predecessors. Prophesies, family tragedies, magic and – of course – dragons, combine to produce a tale that is an instant classic. Written with a great deal of charm, ‘Princess Madeline and the Dragon’ will not disappoint Ms Pulioff’s young fans. I look forward to seeing where next her imagination will take this natural storyteller. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Diogenes, Amazon

 

About the Author: Kirstin Pulioff

Kirstin Pulioff
Kirstin Pulioff

Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in the foothills of Colorado. When she’s not writing an adventure, she’s busy living one.

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* $25 Book Blast Giveaway *

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Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: April 4, 11:59 pm, 2015

Open: 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, Kirstin Pulioff 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 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.

The Buzz

“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 www.randh71productions.com. 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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The Anguish of Submitting a Manuscript

Happy first day of summer.

I have to share a post that I recently wrote for the MeeGenius blog, “The Anguish of Submitting.”  If you’d like a peek into a writer’s heart and mind you’ll enjoy.  If you’re a fellow writer, you’ll relate.  I try to keep a sense of humor in everything I do.  I’d love to hear any comments, unless they are to correct spelling or grammar mistakes, those types of comments I won’t approve.

Click here to view post:  The Anguish of Submitting

 

By the way, if you think you can overcome the anguish of submitting, MeeGenius is in the throngs of their Author Challenge for aspiring children’s authors. Check out my previous blog post for details.  

I have two picture books published and live on the MeeGenius site (click link or see my sidebar to the right).   You’ll love their narration, page turn and the read to myself options.  They’ve got books for all sorts of readers.

MeeGenius Children’s Author Challenge

Calling all children’s book authors, the MeeGenius Author Challenge has begun.  MeeGenius is searching for the next great author.  All aspiring authors can submit, published or not.   There are no fees to enter, and you must be 18 years or older.   MeeGenius is looking for kids books about animals, sports, and any stories with an engaging voice.  Have fun and create.

The winning manuscript wins a publishing contract and $1500.00.

The last day to enter is July 13th, 2014.

 Click the image below to view past winners of the MeeGenius Author Challenge:

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MeeGenuis! Writers Challenge

I have to do a little shameless self-promotion. I entered the MeeGenius! Author Challenge and made it to the voting round. Now all I need are some votes! I’ve posted to Facebook, Tweeted, e-mailed and posted to Linkedin. All that’s left is my blog. I would kindly appreciate if you would visit the MeeGeniuns site – via the link below, read and vote for my story, “Mrs. Pantisquatch Won’t Wear Her Glasses.” Oh, and if you feel like it, please share on your Facebook and Twitter.

My link: http://www.meegenius.com/challenge/mrs-pantisquatch-wont-wear-her-glasses-by-sally-spratt

PS The grand prize is a published e-book!