Sunday, January 12, 2020

Falling for Her Bodyguard By Amy Vastine Review

Falling for Her Bodyguard
(Grace Note Records #4)
By Amy Vastine
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
August 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She needs his protection…

But can he protect his heart?

Radio personality Kelly Bonner isn’t convinced she needs a bodyguard, especially one as intensely good-looking as Detective Donovan Walsh. Yet beneath Donovan’s tough-guy facade is a man struggling to raise his sister’s children. A man Kelly could care about…if he’d let her. Now she’ll have to find a way to convince her big, bad bodyguard that his family—and his heart—are safe in her hands.

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About the Author

Amy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read. Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart husband, three teenagers who keep her on her toes, and their two sweet but mischievous pups.

My Review:
This is one of those stories where you want the bad guy to get caught early on, so you can read about the main characters. I wanted Kelly to stop fighting Donovan's help so much. She was naive at times, and I thought that she was being stupid with her life. Is a promotion really that important? To some people it is. I really liked Donovan's love for his niece and nephew, and I enjoyed watching Kelly fall in love with the whole family. Even though she did not realize it. At the end of the book I was surprised who the stalker was, but not really. I should have seen it coming. I also hoped that Kelly and Donovan could raise the kids and be one big happy family. However they are both stubborn. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy. All opinions are my own.  

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Saturday, January 11, 2020


Happy 2020 Everyone. It has been a busy couple of months. From Craft fairs every weekend, to stocking up in stores that we vend in. I have made more this year than ever before. I made some awesome Amigurumi that sold. Charlie Brown, Binxy, rabbit, and so many more!

Here is to more fun in 2020!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Think & Play the Social Scouts™ Way: Firefighter Leo to the Rescue! by Heather Marenda-Miller & Amy Wilhelm Review

Unplug & Have Fun!
While technology has no doubt enhanced the speed and breadth of our communication, there is growing concern that reliance on screen time can often have a negative effect on young children. In fact, recent studies have shown with the increase in screen time, there is a decrease in children’s reading for fun, outside time and imaginary play, all of which are crucial for speech and language development.
Every single day in their pediatric practice in Los Angeles, speech-language pathologists Heather Marenda-Miller and Amy Wilhelm see first-hand how increased screen time is impacting speech and social development as well as the ability to do what most of us think as automatic in children – the ability to play.
In their therapeutic groups, aptly named Social Scouts™, Heather and Amy actually teach children how to play, helping them use their words to communicate ideas with others, thereby enhancing social skills while inspiring creativity and imagination.
In the first of a ten-book series created to bring their techniques to a wider audience, Heather and Amy, along with illustrator Alen Haljevac, have just published Think & Play the Social Scouts™ Way: Firefighter Leo to the Rescue! Intended to be read interactively with children from ages 3 to 7, this book follows Leo as he discovers how to think and play like a firefighter! Through thematic vocabulary and vibrant illustrations, kids will learn what firefighters do, where they work, what they wear, what special gear they need and all the ways they help the community. With opportunities for child participation throughout, as well as cut-out sequence pictures included for practice after reading the story, children can actively follow along and have their very own firefighting adventure, just like Leo! The authors hope this book will be fun for young children -- as well as parents and grandparents, teachers and nannies, brothers and sisters -- encouraging everyone to unplug, read, pretend and play!
About the Authors:
Heather Marenda-Miller, MS, CCC-SLP and Amy Wilhelm, MS, CCC-SLP are licensed and certified pediatric speech-language pathologists with a successful private practice in Los Angeles. Heather and Amy are co-founders of the Social Scouts™ therapeutic program, which they developed in 2010 to help children struggling with making and sustaining friendships. They share a passion for working with children and providing a fun, friendly and nurturing environment for them to think, learn, play and grow.
After searching high and low to no avail for children’s books that teach imagination and pretend play skills, they decided to create their own series of interactive books to do just that. This new title, Think & Play the Social Scouts™ Way: Firefighter Leo to the Rescue! is the first in that series.
About the Illustrator:
Alen Haljevac came to Los Angeles in 1994 with a passion for illustration, design and fashion. He earned his degree in Advanced Fashion Design from FIDM in Los Angeles. He gained his experience working for various entertainment and design companies and is currently working in the toy industry. Says Alen, “I feel extremely excited to be part of the Social Scouts™ book project, working with an amazing creative duo such as Heather Marenda-Miller and Amy Wilhelm.”
My Review:
This is a great book that has great photos that show every aspect of being a firefighter. There were interactive questions that the readers have to answer, and even spots to fill in their own word bubbles and illustrations. At the end of the book Leo has his own pretend Firefighter game with his toys. I really liked the realism and the way that the book is interacting with the reader. There was also a part at the end with sequence cards to use during pretend play. Including gathering items and cleaning up. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy. All opinions are my own. 

Heirs of the Round Table: Reclaiming Camelot by Al Ford Review and Giveaway


Imagine discovering that your ancestors were part of King Arthur’s court and that you are expected to find a way back in time to Camelot, defeat the evil queen, Morgana Pendragon, and return the rightful heir to the throne, all while trying to pass the 11th grade. That is exactly what happens to 17-year-old Michael Merlin and his friends.

My Review:

I love reading about history. Can you imagine being related to King Arthur? Okay, that is awesome in itself, nevermind being able to find Camelot. This is a great book for young adults that know the legends, and also know the pressure of high school. Everything I loved about The Round Table was here, added with the author's new tale, weaved togother to make a great fantasy for today's readers. I am giving this book a 5/5. All opinions are my own.

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Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he’s a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband’s life a misery, and she’ll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces none other than West Ravenel.

West is a man with a tarnished past. No apologies, no excuses. However, from the moment he meets Phoebe, West is consumed by irresistible desire...not to mention the bitter awareness that a woman like her is far out of his reach. What West doesn’t bargain on is that Phoebe is no straitlaced aristocratic lady. She’s the daughter of a strong-willed wallflower who long ago eloped with Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent—the most devilishly wicked rake in England.

Before long, Phoebe sets out to seduce the man who has awakened her fiery nature and shown her unimaginable pleasure. Will their overwhelming passion be enough to overcome the obstacles of the past?

Only the devil’s daughter knows…

My Review:
This is a great book that reminds us not to believe what you hear about others, but to rather come to your own conclusions. Phoebe took her husband's word about West, and never thought that she would meet him. I enjoyed the scene when they did finally meet, and how Phoebe's son reacted. West was hardened by his past, and he did not think anyone would make his heart soften, until he met Phoebe. What ensued was a lot of denial. There is a lot more to this book besides the romance. Phoebe is a strong woman who makes "manly" decisions, especially in business.  Not to mention who her father is and how she got married in the first place. She is strong willed and gets the job done! Will they both be able to let go of the past and live in the present? I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy. All opinions are my own.