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ASCENDERS by C.L. Gaber: perfect summer reading for moms or young adults

 

“Paranormal romance” isn’t usually my thing, but this one sounded appealing, so I dove right in.

Blurb:

Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago.Ascenders Updated..and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences.

Walker Callaghan, 16, is dead.

She doesn’t go to Heaven or Hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were that morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.

These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. “There are even cheerleaders in death,” Walker observes. It’s not a coincidence that the music

teacher is a guy named Kurt who “used to have this band.” The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie as the Joker.

Principal King explains the rules — there are none. Why? You can’t die twice.

There is no homework.

No tests.

No SATS.

You’re just there to learn because the human brain isn’t fully formed until you’re 24. By the way, you can’t get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do …because no one knows how long you’ll stay in this realm or what’s next. Walker falls hard for tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He’s looking for a portal to return back to the living realm.

Ascenders….An epic adventure of an after-life time.

Ascenders: High School for the Recently Deceased (Ascenders Saga) (Volume 1) was a very enjoyable, quick, light read, and I had a great time with it. As someone who remembers the 90s very well, I felt a few of the hints dropped were glaring and heavy, and I found myself wondering how our hero, Walker, could POSSIBLY have failed to realize that her new town is populated entirely by the dead… but then I remembered that this is aimed at an audience that thinks of the 90s as the “olden days,” as far removed from them as the Vietnam War or the discovery of the Americas, and I realized that the text cues are probably dead on for the genre.

I hesitate to describe a story about life after death as “believable,” since I have absolutely no personal experience against which to compare it- and I sincerely hope that you don’t, either- but the interactions between characters in Ascenders felt natural. The descriptive passages are vivid and set the stage for the action perfectly, and CL Gaber does a particularly good job, I think, with portraying the relationship between Walker and her mother. I won’t tell you exactly what happens that makes me say so (spoilers, sweetie!) but as a mom, I frequently find it glaringly obvious when an author trying to get into the workings of that relationship is not a mom. (Nothing against people who aren’t moms. But the intensity of being a mom is something that it’s hard to write, I think, if you haven’t lived it.)

I would not hesitate to allow a teen- even a young teen- to read this book. It touches on subjects like sex, hormones, smoking, and drugs, but not in a way that I don’t think is appropriate for a YA novel. I don’t think anything in this book (again, without spoiling it for you) would advance a teen’s knowledge beyond their years, or handled in a way that should make a sensitive teen uncomfortable. Unlike many of the things our kids adore that make us want to poke out our eyes (Not to name any names, but say, anything that rhymes with SignRaft), reading this book, either to check its appropriateness for your particular child, or so you’ll be able to discuss it with them after they’ve read it, is no punishment at all. It will be right at home next to your deck chair or in the hammock, or even waiting for the action at spring sports practice.

ASCENDERS (Ascenders 1) by CL Gaber

YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy

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C.L. Gaber is the co-author of the bestselling YA novel “Jex Malone.”

She is also an entertainment journalist, syndicated worldwide through the New York Times Syndicate. She interviews A-lister movie, TV and music stars for the Chicago Sun-Times. A movie-loving kid in Chicago, she grew up to earn a degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State. Now she lives Nevada with her husband Ron, once her high school boyfriend; her stepdaughter, Sabrina; and their dogs, Colt and Georgie.

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We had a Kids’ Cookie Baking Adventure Party, and you can too!

Proud Bakers Mimi's Adventures in Baking Review Joy Makin' MamasThanks to the review copy I received from Mimi’s Adventures in Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies, we embarked on a Cookie adventure with our friends! Baking is a fantastic way to introduce kids to the kitchen, because they are really interested in the results. (I mean… chocolate chip cookies! Who doesn’t want those?) Mimi’s Adventures in Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies presents kitchen processes and food safety in a warm, engaging storybook format. These aspects of learning to cook are extremely important, but also pretty boring, so a picture book is a great way to get kids to take in the information before they start playing with sharp things and working near a hot oven.

As we all know, my kiddos are prone to orthodoxies, where they want things one way and only one way, and nothing else will do. So no amount of encouragement would get consent to experiment on an ENTIRE batch of chocolate chip cookies… so we made a big batch of the straight-up cookie recipe, and created a “cookie bar” where each child could add their own mix-ins to their cookie. The rest of the dough was baked up into “just plain” chocolate chip cookies, and with a safety net of standard cookies on board, off they went on their own adventures.

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“Don’t eat this cookie until you take a picture? You DO realize I’ve already taken a bite, right?”

I will admit that I increased the chocolate chips in our “base” recipe to two full cups. I’M NOT ASHAMED. Then I created a cookie decorating station (ok, so it was also an “M&M eating station”) where each of my little chefs could add candy, craisins, MORE chocolate chips, and chopped pecans to their cookies. They were sufficiently proud of their creations to pose graciously (mostly) for photos with their masterpieces before eating them. Possibly they were already half full on the cookie decorating supplies they munched while they waited for the timer. I can’t say for sure.

For food safety reasons, remember to wash hands before and after the decorating. Also, um, you probably shouldn’t let them eat from the bowls they’ve been dipping their hands in while they are decorating. Nobody died after doing it at my place, but let’s just say I don’t recommend it.Baking with mommy is amazing Mimis Baking review Joy Makin' Mamas

"Base" Cookie Recipe
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Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt with a fork in a small bowl.
  3. In your stand mixer (or using a hand mixer and a large bowl) cream together the butter, sugars, and vanilla extract until they are, for want of a better word, creamy.
  4. Add eggs and beat on medium low until fluffy.
  5. Continue mixing while you add flour mixture SLOWLY. (this is a good part to let the kids help with.)
  6. Carefully fold in chocolate chips. Don't let the kids dump them in while the mixer is running fast enough to pound them into chocolate crumbs. I don't know why I'm mentioning this, because it's not like they ask first, so just go with it.
  7. Create one biggish cookie for each child to decorate. (This took about 1 scant quarter cup of dough each.) Drop the rest onto your cookie sheets in rounded teaspoonfulls, and bake 8-10 minutes or until the edges are crispy and the centers are lightly browned. I recommend you start the first pan while your chefs are decorating, that way maybe you can get them to eat cookies instead of your supplies... good luck
Notes
I have no idea how many cookies you'll get out of this recipe... I guess it depends on how many big ones you do, and how small the rest are? Regardless, everyone ate mine before I could count, so... Also, mine took longer to bake than specified- but I also put the bowl in the fridge for a bit while we were organizing, so your mileage may vary.

 

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Embark on a baking adventure with Mimi where she will measure, mix and bake her way to the perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies!

This fun storybook cookbook enables adults and children alike to not only learn the fundamentals of baking, but to have fun at the same time. If Mimi can do it, so can you!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Alyssa Gangeri is a Pastry Chef in New York City. She’s loved baking even from a young age. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America she traveled north and south working for companies such as The Ritz Carlton to gain knowledge and experience of the ever-growing hospitality industry. She has also competed on The Food Network’s Sweet Genius.

Alyssa SparkleShe developed Mimi’s Adventures in Baking as a new way of learning for the younger generation of bakers. Her love for baking shines through in this storybook cookbook. In her eyes baking should be a fun experience adults and children can share together. What better way to do that then with an interactive story that makes learning your way around the kitchen exciting and easy!

When she is not making specialty cakes and pastries for her business AllyCakesNYC, you can find her in Central Park with her lively Jack Russell Terrier, Rudy and the love of her life, Jonathan.

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Reviewed by www.mikishope.com This is a perfect 1st cookbook for children to start learning the art of baking. There is only one recipe but it comes with a storyline. Mimi wants to bake cookies and Grandma is going to teach her the correct way!! What fun–you have to be real careful with the measurements and ingredients and you also have to know when to let a grown up take over! This little book has it all covered. Actually I might even be able to bake cookies after having read this!! This is only one in a series of books with recipes-one to a book that this chef author has written. I suggest you read about the author below-it is intriguing. Then go and pre order this book for your little chef/baker!

Reviewed by Kirstin Pulioff at www.kirstinpulioff.com My Review – 5 Stars Since my daughter wants to be a chef when she grows up, I have read several cooking books and cookbooks with her, but nothing comparable to Mimi’s Adventure in Baking Chocolate Cookies. What a fabulous book! Not only does this book describe the technique and recipe for baking cookies, but it also focuses on a story. There are many ways to read this story. You can simple read it as a wonderful book. You can focus on the bright illustrations. The ingredients and steps make for the perfect math focus… and it also reads as an activity book that you can read while you bake. In every way, this book earns my 5 star review… And now, I’m going to bake some cookies.

***I received an advance reader copy of this book to facilitate my review. I was not compensated in any way for the creation of this post, and all opinions expressed by me are my own. Your mileage may vary.

Teeth Fairies by Ingrid Bencosme Review & Giveaway ends 4/12

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Teeth Fairies A Baby Teeth Tradition Hardcover – Box set, 2015 by Ingrid Bencosme {Aff Link}
Teeth Fairies A Baby Teeth Tradition Hardcover – Box set, 2015 by Ingrid Bencosme {Aff Link}

Part game, part family tradition, part incentive to brush their teeth, your kiddo is sure to love their teeth fairies doll and story no matter how and when you introduce her. (Both of my boys, 7.5 and 3.5, tried to make off with her while I was reading the story book to see what it’s all about! She really is that adorable.)

If you love Dinovember and the Elf on the Shelf or any other whimsical tradition where you get to surprise your child by setting up something cute for them to find, then the Teeth Fairies gift set is DEFINITELY for you. Your child is encouraged to name their very own, special “fairy in training” who will get to be a full fledged fairy at last when she has taken all your child’s baby teeth back to the head Tooth Fairy. (Apparently, they sort them and keep them in jars at the Teeth Fairy headquarters. For what purpose, we humans are not allowed to know.)

Each Teeth Fairy comes with a story book that includes a tooth journal (to keep track of when each tooth was lost and what was left in return.) So while you may be able to re-purpose the box and the doll for subsequent kids, you will need a new copy of the book, unless you enforce the “no writing in a book” rule and copy the two pages that are intended for your child to personalize. (That’s my own plan. I want them to understand that books are special, and need to be cared for, so this will fit right in.)

Every aspect of this set is very attractive and thought out. The inside of the box- including the part hidden by the doll and the book- is covered in a full color illustration. The box is a sturdy cardboard with a wipeable surface and a magnetic closure that is clearly meant to last. The doll and her clothing are well constructed, with embroidered features and firmly attached limbs and durable fabrics. I personally find dolls easily cross over into “creepy” territory- not necessarily a bad thing, by the way- but this one is endearing and sweet.

Whether you want a happy way to discuss losing baby teeth with a nervous kiddo or a way for a grandparent to be involved in the excitement of the tooth fairy tradition, I think this box set is going to make a fine addition to your special occasion collection. The doll and her box are of heirloom quality, so passing her down to family members or friends will be another opportunity to use this box set to build connections between people. Enter to win one of your very own, below!

Teeth Fairies are available on Amazon.com or at the Teeth Fairies Website. Be sure to visit them on Pinterest for lots of fun and whimsical ideas to remind your kids to brush and floss! I think some of these are great fun even if there is no one in your family with a wiggly tooth… in fact I think all future new tooth brushes around here may be delivered by Fairy Express.

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Housewitch: A Novel by Katie Schickel review + #giveaway ends 3/28

housewitch: A Novel A captivating debut by Katie SchickelThe thing about any debut novel is that you just don’t know what you’re going to get. The press release for Housewitch, however, was highly promising. Schickel and her protagonist are both mothers of three trying to navigate the world we live in as moms every day. Trying to balance remembering who we are with meeting the needs of our families can feel precarious, stressful, pointless, fulfilling, and joyful by turns. Trying to meet the needs of a houseful of people equally at all times is like spinning plates in the air with your hands tied behind your back- or like performing magic when you’ve long forgotten to believe it exists. Allison Darling, our hero in Housewitch, must do all of the above, and I think you’ll love her for it as much as I did.

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From a literary standpoint, it’s easy to go wrong when you are telling a large part of the story through flashbacks while trying to simultaneously advance the narrative in the present day- a problem Schickel does not have. The flashbacks are compelling and mysterious and slowly allow us to gain insight into the characters over the course of the book. My biggest problem with any mystery- and there is an element of mystery in this novel, although it’s not a “mystery” per se- is when you see the ending coming a mile away. This ending wasn’t exactly a suprise, but there were enough revelations at every stage of the game to continually push the reader to gain more and deeper understanding of each character. A series of tiny epiphanies don’t erase the harm that’s done during the course of the story, but they do open windows into deeper understanding and keep the relationship between good guys and bad guys sufficiently complex and intense to keep you on your toes.

This story had just enough grit and darkness to be taken seriously, and enough light moments to keep me involved in the story and hopeful for a happy ending. The characters are bizarrely believable, considering their histories and abilities, and those of us who live in a world that expects too much perfection from us every day will understand Allison Darling entirely too well. Art again imitates life in that Allison is also a mom whose family are by turns pulled apart and pushed together by factors outside their control. By the end, you’ll be cheering for Allison and her family to triumph- together, as a team- over their foes. This book is light enough for the beach and has enough meat on its bones to carry you through a rainy day.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

KATIE SCHICKEL graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in English. A former newspaper reporter, Schickel’s writing career and passion for scuba diving has taken her to Pensacola and Key West, FL, as well as throughout the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. She has been a freelancer for several scuba magazines, including Scuba Times Magazine and Outside Magazine. Schickel lives in Massachusetts where she spends her time writing and with family. When she’s not doing that, Schickel also surfs the chilly waters of New England, even in the winter. HOUSEWITCH is her first novel.

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Texas K-9 Unit series: Smut free romance + giveaway ENDS 3/23

Texas K-9 seriesHarlequin’s Love Inspired books are a nice alternative for those people who want a sweet romance without all of the graphic sex scenes.  A steamy love scene can be fun, but it also has been known to let an author or two take the easy way out.  I always find these books to be a nice change of pace because the format forces the authors to focus more on the plot and writing.  There are also times and places where the book we are reading needs to be G-rated. While all the characters in these books are people of faith they do not tend to be overly preachy and are subtle enough to work for a broad range of Christianity.

This month I took a look at their Texas K-9 Unit Suspense Series: a little bit of romance and a little bit of mystery all rolled up into one.  Although they are all set in the same police department in the same world, each book is written by a different author.  Each book revolves around a different detective in the department solving a smaller sub-plot that weaves into the larger plot-line .  The added element of a K-9 unit is a nice twist.  With each dog having a different specialty, the books stay fresh and offer a reasonable explanation why each book would have its officers working in different ways.  The series begins with the chief’s father being attacked and his dog stolen.  Throughout the series, the detectives continue the search for their chief’s K-9 companion while trying to discover the larger criminal activity involved.  Of course, each additional book reveals a little more of the overall puzzle.  The first book, “Tracking Justice” by Shirlee McCoy, starts with a small boy who is kidnapped after witnessing the crime and one detective’s search and rescue of the child.  The second book, ‘Detection Mission’ by Margaret Daley, follows up on a mysterious woman with amnesia who was discovered with the kidnapped child, while the third novel, ‘Guard Duty’ by Sharon Dunn,  continues the story with one of the detectives and a FBI agent who try to track down the leaders of the criminal ring as threats are being brought to bear against their loved ones.  I read the first three books and I have to say I am absolutely intrigued! I will be following the rest of the series with interest.

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Love Inspired Suspense authors Shirlee McCoy, Margaret Daley and Sharon Dunn will get your pulse racing with tales of Texas cops and their loyal K-9 dogs tracking down a crime ring. Enjoy three action-packed Texas K-9 Unit romantic suspense novels in one box set! When a boy goes missing from his bedroom, a police detective must assure a desperate single mother that he and his trusty bloodhound will find her son. A woman with amnesia has to rely on an officer and his border collie to stay alive when she can’t remember who tried to kill her. An FBI agent is called in to protect a single mother when the rookie K-9 officer witnesses a murder and becomes the killer’s target.

About the authors:

Shirlee McCoy

Shirlee McCoy has always loved making up stories. As a child she daydreamed elaborate tales in which she was the heroine — gutsy, strong and invincible. Though she soon grew out of her superhero fantasies, her love for storytelling never diminished. Shirlee knew early that she wanted to write inspirational fiction and began writing her first novel when she was a teenager. Still, it wasn’t until her third son was born that she truly began pursuing her dream of being published. Three years later she sold her first book. Now a busy mother of four, Shirlee is a homeschool mom by day and an inspirational author by night. She and her husband and children live in Maryland and share their home with a dog and a guinea pig.

Margaret Daley

Margaret has been writing for over 35 years. She started writing in the late 1970s because she wanted to see if she could put a whole story down on paper. That book is still in the drawer and will never see the light of day. But she was able to finish a book, which was her goal. She loved teaching and working with students with special needs, and recently retired from teaching to write full-time. When she isn’t working, she loves to read, travel, and go to lunch and a movie with a friend. She and her husband, Mike, to whom she has been married for over 40 years live in Tulsa. Besides teaching and writing, she is also a mother of one. Her son, Shaun, is married with four daughters.

Sharon Dunn

Sharon Dunn first fell in love with mystery and suspense about the time she read Nancy Drew mysteries in the fifth grade. Her first book in the Ruby Taylor mysteries Romance Rustlers and Thunderbird Thieves was a finalist for the Romantic Times Inspirational Book of the Year. The second book in that series Sassy Cinderella and the Valiant Vigilante was voted Book of the Year by American Christian Fiction Writers. Her hobbies include reading, working out, hiking, trying to find things around the house and making pets out of the dust bunnies under the furniture. Before she started writing, she used to sew. Now she just collects fabric and patterns and fantasizes about projects. After nearly twenty seven years of marriage, Sharon lost her beloved husband in 2014. She lives with her three nearly grown children, two cats and a nervous border collie named Bart.

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Leontyne Pryce, Voice of a Century

Leontyne Price Voice of A Century by Carole Boston Weatherford a Joy Makin' Mamas ReviewI confess, it has taken me a lot longer to do this review than I think it should have, because ever since my review copy arrived, I have been taking it out and looking at it, and then putting it away. It’s not that I didn’t love it more each time I looked at it. Quite the contrary- I kepr feeling that there was no way I could do it justice. Perhaps feeling it will be hard to do a subject justice is one I have shared with Carole Boston Weatherford, because Leontyne Price’s accomplishments are as impressive as she is. To recount all of them in a single children’s book would be impossible, and Weatherford has thankfully not tried to do that. Instead, this book (beautifully and evocatively illustrated by Raul Colón) tells the story of a little girl who had a talent that turned into a dream, neatly encapsulating her amazing career and life without writing her biography. Leontyne Price Voice of A Century by Carole Boston Weatherford

Weatherford’s lyrical prose packs a great deal of imagery and information into few words at every point throughout the book. The mark of a truly gifted writer is to be able to make us feel emotions and gain understaning with few words,  and this book is an impressive example of just such writing. Every sentence and every phrase are on the mark, conveying not only information but context and emotion. I get the sense that Weatherford feels a strong emotional connection to her subject, which she shares with me very effectively.

The language is appropriate for the grade level (K-4, according to Amazon.com) but will speak to the adult reader as well- something I always value as a gem without price, as someone who is pressed into reading the same stories again, and again, and again.

This book is another, like Maddi’s Fridge, that has taken some pretty big concepts and given me, the parent, a manageable way to introduce them to my child. Life in Mississippi in 1927 was very different from what it is here, and now, but rather than try to give all the historical background, Weatherford includes just enough to give Price’s story context, and then moves on.

I also love that this book contains references to operas and musical theater. I think it’s important to expose my kids to a variety of things so they can find what they love. It’s not that I won’t allow my child to watch Annoying Orange (although I would be pleased never, ever, ever to hear it again) but that I want to expand his horizons. A well written, well illustrated story book about an opera singer is a wonderful way not only celebrate Price’s accomplishments, but to introduce my child to another form of artistic expression.

Last but not least, I love that Weatherford included the role that television played in breaking down social barriers. There is a lot of meat in this book for jumping off into conversations about how the world has been and how it is different, in addition to a story that shows what can happen when you believe in yourself, and when those who love you believe in you as well.

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Leontyne Price Voice of A Century by Carole Boston Weatherford

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A stunning picture-book biography of iconic African American opera star Leontyne Price.Born in a small town in Mississippi in 1927, the daughter of a midwife and a sawmill worker, Leontyne Price might have grown up singing the blues. But Leontyne had big dreams—and plenty to be thankful for—as she surrounded herself with church hymns and hallelujahs, soaked up opera arias on the radio, and watched the great Marian Anderson grace the stage.While racism made it unlikely that a poor black girl from the South would pursue an opera career, Leontyne’s wondrous voice and unconquerable spirit prevailed. Bursting through the door Marian had cracked open, Leontyne was soon recognized and celebrated for her leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera and around the world—most notably as the majestic Ethiopian princess in Aida, the part she felt she was born to sing.From award-winners Carole Boston Weatherford and Raul Colón comes the story of a little girl from Mississippi who became a beloved star—one whose song soared on the breath of her ancestors and paved the way for those who followed.

Want to know more about Leontyne Price? Proceed carefully, because I predict you are about to fall in love with her. Not only is her career impressive, but she very admirably does not downplay her accomplishments.

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**I received a copy of this book at no cost to me to facilitate my review. As always, I offer only my full and honest opinion.