Last year I stopped posting on this blog because I was frustrated at the new format that had been instituted. The ability to design creative and colorful posts was lacking, partly due to my inexperience but mainly because of the new dashboard. I’m sure that WordPress would eventually like all of their bloggers to upgrade from the free blogs to the blog platform. Perhaps this is the reason why they made the new dashboard so user-unfriendly, or maybe it’s just me, lol !! Whatever the reason, I’ve moved to Blogger and have a very cool – and definitely more user friendly – new Mommasez… blog. If you want to win some prizes, read new and entertaining posts, and follow me at my new home, enter the rafflecopter contest at Mommasez… ON BLOGGER!

M9B Friday Reveal: Cover Reveal – Super Freak by Vanessa Barger with Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals

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Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!

This week, we are revealing the cover for

Super Freak by Vanessa Barger

an MG title presented by Tantrum Books!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Super Freak

Thirteen-year-old Caroline is a freak. Her parents have uprooted her to a town full of Supernaturals. You’d think she’d be thrilled. But, with someone without a magical bone in her body, this daughter of tree sprites feels like even more of an outcast than she has ever before.

To make matters worse, her new home is cursed. But when Caroline takes to investigating the mysterious and strange happenings of Harridan House, her BFF goes missing. Seems someone doesn’t want Caroline sticking her non-magical nose where it most certainly does not belong. Determined to prove herself, Caroline uncovers a plot to destroy her new hometown.

Undeterred, Caroline can’t give up. But what’s a human without magical powers to do? Caroline better figure it out fast, before she loses everything she has ever loved and the whispers she’s heard all her life prove true: Caroline is a useless superfreak.


Super Freak by Vanessa Barger
Publication Date:  October 13, 2015
Publisher:  Tantrum Books
Genre:  MG, Fantasy

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Vanessa Barger was born in West Virginia, and through several moves ended up spending the majority of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, and has degrees in Graphic Design, a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and a Masters in Technology Education. She has had articles published in Altered Arts Magazine, has had some artwork displayed in galleries in Ohio and online, and currently teaches engineering, practical physics, drafting and other technological things to high school students in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the Virginia Writer’s Club, and the Hampton Roads Writers. When not writing or teaching, she’s a bookaholic, movie fanatic, and loves to travel. She is married to a fabulous man, and has one cat, who believes Vanessa lives only to open cat food cans, and can often be found baking when she should be editing.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads Pinterest |YouTube

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I am a Guest Blogger on Roof Beam Reader’s blog today in honor of Austen in August. Check it out here! I’m also doing a giveaway RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW for a What Would Jane Do book of quotations.


All you need to do is read my guest post and comment below with your thoughts on the subject. Please include your email address with your comment. Due to shipping rates, this is a US only contest. I still love my international followers!! I will choose a winner at random on August 25th.


My son, Tyler, is 21 and a prolific writer. He hasn’t been published yet but is constantly writing. As a matter of fact, he can’t walk from one room to the next without carrying a notebook and mechanical pencil!! He has asked me to post this short questionnaire on my blog to see what readers are interested in reading currently. He’s written sci-fi, military fiction, romance, erotic, paranormal, etc. And he’s actually an excellent writer. I’ll publish some of his writing in the next blog post for those interested in checking out his work. Thanks in advance for filling this form out and keep an eye out on AUGUST 19TH for my AUSTEN IN AUGUST Giveaway!!!

Master Post: #AustenInAugustRBR 2015

AustenInAugustRBR-ButtonWelcome to the Master Post for our 4th Annual Austen In August event! This is a one-month event focused on all things Jane Austen, including her primary texts, any re-imaginings of her works, biographies, critical texts, etc.

In late May, I announced sign-ups for the event, and was, as always, excited and encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response from all different types of readers & bloggers! I know many of you, like me, have been anxious to get started; so thank you all for your interest, for signing-up, and for spreading the word!

51qbyy-TmrL._SX300_BO1,204,203,200_I have a lot of things planned for this month-including giveaways, guest posts, and, of course, my own reading and reviewing of Jane Austen works. I plan to read the Penguin Clothbound Classics edition of Austen’s Love and Freindship and Other Youthful Writings. If I finish this, I’ll have read all of Austen’s published works, including juvenilia and unfinished pieces. Woo!

But first, let’s talk logistics.

At the bottom of this post is a “Mister Linky” widget. Whenever you review a book or write a post related to the event, please link it on this master post. Please include the title or subject of whatever your post is AND your blog name in the “Name” section of the link. It should look something like:

Review of Emma (Roof Beam Reader).”

This will ensure that all the links are in a similar format, and that others will know what your post is about before they click on it. I will make sure that the button on the left-side of my blog will take you to this master post. Please make sure to only link-up your posts on this main list!

Whenever you link a post, you will become eligible to win the giveaways that will be happening (frequently!) here and on other participating blogs throughout the month. The only way to be entered for these prizes is to make sure your posts are linked-uphere (this includes reviews of the books you’ve read, commentary on Austen topics, giveaways, or any other posts directly related to this event).

Specific details for each of these giveaways may be different, so be sure to read the rules on each giveaway post carefully and enter if you are interested! For any of the giveaways, here or at other participants’ blogs, you will need to be pre-registered (by August 5th) for this event in order to win.

Be sure to use #AustenInAugustRBR to chat about this event on Twitter & Facebook.

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Blood in the Water by Tash McAdams

Glass House Press is proud – and slightly giddy – to announce Tash McAdam’s latest YA Fantasy novella, BLOOD IN THE WATER – the first in the Warp Weavers series!

BLOOD IN THE WATER is Glass House’s first book by a queer author, and features brand new LGBTQ characters and storylines. We’re very excited about this novella, and hope you will be, too!
If you covered the release of Tash’s first novella SLAM, you know what an exciting read this is going to be!
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There have always been warps—tears between realities—and they’ve always been a threat to humanity. Most people are blind to them. But Hallie’s eyes are opening. Now that she’s going to school at the Protectorate, she’s learning there’s more to life than fun and games.
The truth is, she’s just become part of Earth’s only shield against the monsters of the warps. Before, she didn’t think she was anything special. Now, yanked from her relatively normal life, she realizes that she doesn’t have a choice.
When the emergency alarm sounds, calling everyone in the school to arms, even the young and inexperienced are needed. As one of the warp weavers—capable of closing the warps and stopping the monsters—Hallie must now work to save lives. And she must do it in the most complicated situation she’s ever experienced. Because there are sea serpents in the Thames, and Hallie has to close the doors that are letting them in.
The problem is, the warps are underwater. And the sea monsters are hungry.
Now everyone is relying on her, and Hallie must find a way to do her job—with a brand new partner—before it’s too late. Because if she fails she’ll die, along with everyone who’s depending on her.
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Percy Pack — Feature & Giveaway


It’s the 10 year anniversary of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson Series and STUCK IN BOOKS is celebrating!

Over the next 6 months, they will be featuring special content and offering special giveaways just for their followers!

If you’ve never read this series, now is the perfect time to start!

THIS week, book 1 is only 99¢ on all eBook platforms!

PLUS this book will include a sneak peek chapter from

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One:  The Sword of Summer



Catch a sneak peek of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer available online at!



The perfect gift for new and faithful Percy fans: Barnes & Noble offers customers an exclusive Collector’s Edition of The Lightning Thief to celebrate the 10th anniversary. This version includes extra content from both author and illustrator as well as a specially designed jacket and endpapers. Purchase here 



Available starting June 12th, visit to download a special 10th anniversary Percy Pack Activity Kit.


Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse–Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends–one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena–Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.


CELEBRATE PERCY’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY with The Lightning Thief, the book that started the internationally best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

THE LIGHTNING THIEF has sold millions of copies worldwide, appears on school reading lists nationwide, and inspired a major motion picture. Accolades include:

  • Included in Time Magazine’s 2014 List of 100 best Young-Adult Books of All Times
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 20015
  • A Child Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of 2005
  • More than 6 year on the New York Times Best Sellers List (and counting!)



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Loving Night by Brynette L. Turner Blog Tour

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Loving Night: Dream Catcher Series –
Book 2
by Brynette L. Turner
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Chaz took a desk job at the FBI to protect the woman he loves from the psychic connection that pulls her into the middle of his dangerous investigations. Yet, when he is forced to lead another undercover assignment, she must be the one to keep him safe.
They think they understand how her predictive dreams work; but neither of them anticipates the way her gift is evolving. Nighttime dreams turn into daytime visions. Knowledge of what is happening with Chaz turns into an acute awareness of what other people are feeling. It’s new. It’s unpredictable. Neither of them understands these changes until an old enemy that she fears appears in new dreams.
Paul Watkins still wants Chaz dead. As Chaz and Stephanie work more closely on this new dangerous mission, it’s clear that there is no room for failure. They must bring this man to justice.
With danger moving closer to home, the threat becomes greater than ever. It only makes Stephanie and Chaz more determined. No one will destroy the life they are building. No one will weaken their bond. Every night they spend in each other’s arms only makes them stronger. But will they be strong enough to survive Paul Watkins and the evil that always surrounds him?


Stephanie woke up and stared at her husband. His face was inches from hers, his warm breath slid across her cheek, and his arm rested protectively around her waist. But her heart was pounding, thanks to the images that had floated through her mind while she slept.
The strangest thing about her dream was that it was clear, even though this was the first time she’d had it. Usually, the dreams were vague and she would have them more than once before all of the details were decipherable.
There was no ambiguity this time. History taught her that either the event had happened or it was going to happen within the next day or two. Instinct told her that it would happen that day. She choked back a whisper of panic. Hadn’t she promised to be tough? Hadn’t she made a conscious decision
that she would support Chaz in whatever he wanted to do with his career? Everyone thought he was happier as an undercover agent, and now the day had come when she would have to prove her fortitude.
She glanced at the bedside clock. The alarm would ring in half an hour. Carefully removing Chaz’s arm, she slipped from beneath the covers and quietly made her way to the walk-in closet. She closed the door behind her before turning on the light. It only took a few minutes to decide what she would wear to work and set the outfit aside. During that time, she decided that she’d tell her husband about the dream over breakfast. They had agreed to handle her dreams that way—no delaying anything that involved him or his job. She nodded as if agreeing with herself, took a deep breath, forced down her
anxiety, and went downstairs.
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Cooking would relax her. They’d have a big breakfast today.
Chaz wanted to laugh when he walked into the kitchen an hour later and took a look at the counter. Bacon, sausage patties, potato pancakes, biscuits, fruit salad, and juice. The scent of coffee mingled with everything else and made his mouth water. Stephanie, who was standing in front of the
stove with her back to him, was vigorously whisking eggs.
“Good morning, honey,” she said a little too brightly. “How did you sleep?”
Chaz didn’t answer right away. Instead, he poured himself a cup of coffee, leaned against the counter while he sipped it, and studied his wife until she turned to him with a puzzled expression on her face.
“You always cook when you’re upset,” he explained after kissing her forehead. “Do you want to tell me now or after we eat?”
“Eggs will be ready in a couple of minutes.” She gave him a weak smile before turning her attention back to the stove. “I forgot to buy jelly, so there’s only honey for the biscuits.”
A few minutes later, she dumped half of the eggs onto each plate and joined Chaz at the table where he was already munching on a slice of bacon. She could feel him staring at her as he chewed and she took her time spreading butter on the fluffy bread. How she phrased her next words would be very important.
“I dreamed about your job. Steve is in town, even though you didn’t expect to see him yet. He’s a great guy, Chaz. I’m glad he’ll be the person helping with your transition. You’ll make a wonderful team leader.” She looked directly into his eyes now. “I don’t know how your going undercover again will affect our marriage, so I’m a little concerned. But, it’s our destiny to be together, Chaz, so we’ll be all right.” She paused briefly and let out a sigh. “You should take the job.”
He nodded and took a sip of juice. His eyes never left hers.
“What if I don’t want the job? Your dream told you what’s going to be discussed, but did it tell you how I feel?”
“Conflicted,” she answered.
“That’s right. This might be a good decision for my career, but honestly, I don’t want to be away from you,” he admitted. “I also don’t want to miss celebrating one single special moment with our child. I want to be on the floor teaching her to roll a ball and holding her hands while she’s learning to balance and taking her first steps. She’ll need to hear my voice reading goodnight stories from the moment she comes home from the hospital and feel my hands cuddling her when she’s grouchy from teething. She needs to know how much love is in my heart just for her. She deserves that; I deserve it.” He reached across the table and linked his fingers with his wife’s. “Besides, I don’t want you being a single parent for months at a time—and that’s what it might be. We’re building this life together, Stephanie. Together.” He stood and pulled her into his arms.
“When you were in Pennsylvania and I was here without you, part of my soul was missing, sweetheart. We were both miserable.” He kissed her very lightly. “I don’t want us to go through that again.” Another kiss. “And I don’t want you to be afraid, or lonely, or overwhelmed. I’ll figure out my
career; there has to be another way. Leaving you isn’t worth it.”
Stephanie tightened her arms around him. What he said sounded wonderful. But she knew what she had seen, and her gift was rarely wrong. She returned his kisses and kept quiet.
Author Bio:
Brynette Turner writes contemporary romances and African American romances, and has recently written two novels in a paranormal (psychic) romantic suspense series. Premonitions, Dream Catcher Series – Book 1, was the first installment of that series. Loving Night, Dream Catcher Series – Book 2 is the latest addition, published June 1, 2015. 
She’s the author of Detour, Time for Tenderness, Monica’s Healing, Premonitions, and Loving Night. With decades of ideas and half-finished novels that were pushed aside while she pursued a different career and raised her children, she’s eager to share her talents with the world. She’s currently working on three projects to be released before the end of 2015.
Brynette writes about romance with the occasional steamy sex scene and honestly believes in love at first sight, the perfect match, and happily ever after.
Brynette is the mother of two grown daughters, lives in central Ohio, and is trying desperately not to become the Crazy Cat Lady even though she loves the animals, has two, and can’t resist feeding any strays that wind up on her doorstep. When she’s not busy trying to keep her furry children from laying on the keyboard while she’s typing, she’s tutoring with a literacy program or volunteering as a political advocate. For fun, she likes to sit in the sun with a fishing pole or her Kindle, cook, or visit the local casino.


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