GIVEAWAY: Dr. Fell and the Playground of DOOM

We hope you’re enjoying the blog tour for David Neilsen’s Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom! In case you missed yesterday’s post, head over to The Boy Reader to check it out. The tour continues tomorrow on Batch of Books.

“Such deliciously creepy fun! I fell in love with Dr. Fell! So will urchins and whippersnappers everywhere.” —Chris Grabenstein, author of the New York Times bestsellers Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and The Island of Dr. Libris

When the mysterious Dr. Fell moves into the abandoned house that had once been the neighborhood kids’ hangout, he immediately builds a playground to win them over. But as the ever-changing play space becomes bigger and more elaborate, the children and their parents fall deeper under the doctor’s spell.

Only Jerry, Nancy, and Gail are immune to the lure of his extravagant wonderland. And they alone notice that when the injuries begin to pile up on the jungle gym, somehow Dr. Fell is able to heal each one with miraculous speed. Now the three children must find a way to uncover the doctor’s secret power without being captivated by his trickery.

David Neilsen is a classically trained actor/storyteller, a journalist, and a theater/improvisation teacher for children and adults. During the Halloween season, David can be found telling spooky tales to audiences of all ages, or performing one of his one-man shows based on the stories of horror author H.P. Lovecraft. David lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, with his family. "Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom" is his first novel. Visit him at

REVIEW: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up. She graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.  Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant and has a total soft spot for Lily; and the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his no dating rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.  As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan, her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.  With this bold and deeply personal novel Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all too human characters, “It Ends with Us” is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
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4 out of 5 stars 
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 ★ ★ ★

Prior to reading It Ends With Us, I had no idea what it was about. Based off my other reading experiences with Colleen Hoover books, I thought that this book would be a quick and fast read. Prime entertainment. Little did I know that this book was written on a topic that was very personal to the author. Little did I know that I picked up a book that covered the topic of abuse. Little did I know that It Ends With Us would be one of my favorite novels by master storyteller Colleen Hoover. 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: If You Were Me and Lived In... series by Carole P. Roman

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What a fascinating way to introduce young children to the world as it was, so that they may begin to learn about their roots and how the world and the people in it have evolved. Yes, Carole P. Roman, thanks to you, it is time for readers to hop aboard their time travel machines. Where will they go first?
Readers will learn about things like housing, land, cooking, diet, clothing, and the jobs and hobbies people had in different times. Questions are often asked to inspire deeper thinking and encourage young learners to look for changes between the historical period and our current times. The end pages usually include more specific information about the importance of the time period itself, a list and brief biography of famous people, and a glossary of foreign words.

Discover Ancient Greece, Renaissance Italy, Elizabethan England, Colonial America, Ancient China, American West, and the Middle Ages.

Coming soon: Viking Europe and Mayan Empire

The complete series is available on Amazon.


In IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … AN INTRODUCTION TO CULTURES AROUND THE WORLD, readers learn what it is like to live in other countries, see famous architecture, celebrate a favorite holiday, discover popular names for both boys and girls, and they will be fascinated with diverse and rich history and colorful traditions. On the way, they might also learn a foreign word or two!
Explore Mexico, France, South Korea, Turkey, Norway, Kenya, Australia, India, Greece, Peru, Russia, Portugal, Hungary, Scotland, China, Italy, Egypt, and Brazil.

Coming soon: Poland and Israel

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Carole P. Roman is the award winning author of the nonfiction series of children’s books, If You Were Me and Lived in … . The first title in the collection, If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico, won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Nonfiction in 2012. If You Were Me and Lived in…Russia and If You Were Me and Lived in…France were finalists in the Indie Fab Foreword Review Book of the Year. Norway and South Korea have also been named as Book of the Year with Rebecca’s Reads and Children’s Reader’s View Book of the Year. Roman has also found success with her Captain No Beard children’s books. Her debut, Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life, was named a Kirkus Best of 2012, received a Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award in 2012. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and very near her children.

How did you do your research?
I have a huge library in my home, a collection of books I began in college. In fact, my children never had to use a public library (this was the days before the web). I enjoy reading textbooks, so I knew a lot of the information already. This year alone, I must have read twenty or so books on assorted time periods I enjoy (Medieval, The Renaissance, Tudor England). I just finished a biography about Mary Tudor, sister to Henry VIII. I am reading at the same time a book about Jane Seymour (wife number three).
Working on these books reminded me somewhat of writing a paper for school. I listed the areas I wanted to research, and then checked some of my books and rechecked information I found on the web.

Do you use your real life as inspiration for your work?
Captain No Beard is based on my grandchildren and some of the issues we've dealt with like bullying, new siblings, tolerance, and getting along. I write those books the same way I handle those problems.  My grandsons and I are total star gazing geeks. I wrote Rocket-Bye as an ode to our nighttime activity of searching the cosmos. I wrote Can a Princess be a Firefighter? to remind my granddaughters not to let anyone limit their dreams. They both adore all things princess, and I love this stage of their life. I remember my love of all those things, and will admit that despite having several successful careers, I have a very beautiful and sparkling tiara on my bedside table to remind me that I can do my job and still be what my heart tells me as well.

What is your next project? 
Just released If You Were Me and Lived in...the Middle Ages. I’m working on Poland and Israel for the older series.  I have a few ideas percolating, but I want to concentrate on publicity on the new historical series.

Out of all your books, which one was your favorite to work on? 
Aw, that's like choosing children. I love them all, equally. I really do. I have such a feeling of pride when I look at them.

Are there any specific scenes in any of your books that really stand out to you?
I always love Kelsea Weirenga's two page spreads in my culture books. They are so vibrant and colorful and really capture the essence of the series. She makes sure she is accurate, as well as respectful. I always get a laugh when I see what Bonnie' Lamaire has done with the captain and the crew. She has never seen my kids and we created the whole group through email. My entire house is filled with prints of her gorgeous artwork from the No Beard series. I am delighted with Mateya Arkove, my new illustrator from Bulgaria. Her whimsical and dreamy illustrations inspired me to write rhyming books I never thought I'd ever do. I explained how I wanted the children to look and she understood my intent. I asked her to have the parent ambiguous by just showing legs, and she totally created a charming story that I think helps parents enjoy the book as much as the kids listening to it. I liked her work so much, I asked her to do three or four books in the new series. Paula Tabor has added a very detailed and accurate addition to the new series, that brings humor and sweetness to the history books.

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Get Your Summer Reading On!

Kids??? Kids??? Get your summer reading on with these cool new reads!

 A sly and hilarious mystery by debut author Denis Markell, CLICK HERE TO START (A NOVEL) (Delacorte Press | On sale July 19, 2016 | Ages 10 and up | $16.99) is the perfect read for kids who want only one thing: video games. With shocking twists and turns and fiercely independent characters, this stand-alone novel is filled with puzzles inspired by video games and keeps readers guessing until the very end. All twelve-year-old Ted is good at is video games—especially escape-the-room puzzles. When he inherits his great-uncle’s apartment and all the quirky treasures inside, he can’t help looking at it like a real-life puzzle. Suddely, he discovers that it actually is one, and that his uncle has hidden treasure from his days in the Nisai brigade in World War II. The apartment is just the start, and this tricky game takes Ted all across his neighborhood. But someone else is on the hunt for the treasure, too, and Ted’s search becomes more than just a game. Can he and his friends solve his great-uncle’s puzzles to make sure the treasure gets into the right hands? CLICK HERE TO START (A NOVEL) is bursting with energy and a fresh, spellbinding new voice sure to captivate reluctant readers and gaming addicts.

DENIS MARKELL has written an award-winning Off-Broadway musical revue; a few musical comedies for the stage; various and sundry sitcoms; a play with Joan Rivers; an episode of Thundercats; and two picture books illustrated by his wife, Melissa Iwai: The Great Stroller Adventure and Hush, Little Monster. CLICK HERE TO START (A NOVEL) is his debut novel. Markell lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son. You can find him on Twitter at @DenisMarkell.

 From New York Times bestselling author Daniel O’Brien and illustrator Winston Rowntree comes YOUR PRESIDENTIAL FANTASY DREAM TEAM (Crown Books for Young Readers | On sale June 28, 2016 | Ages 10 and up | $13.99), a book where readers create their own presidential dream team to save the country from a (made-up) national crisis, based on humorous fact-based profiles of former leaders. Just in time for the 2016 presidential election, this nonfiction middle-grade book features illustrations throughout and is a fresh, fun take on learning about U.S. presidents. Armed with the essential facts, readers draft their own dream team of presidents to face any dangers, real or imagined. By studying the most successful squads in history, O’Brien has identified the perfect ingredients for a victorious team. Which presidents should you choose for your team the Brain, the Brawn, the Moral Compass, the Loose Cannon, and the Roosevelt? Choose wisely—the fate of the country is in your hands! Combining presidential history with fantasy football tactics, this laugh-out-loud book is a fresh, fun take on nonfiction—history made fun for reluctant readers!
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DANIEL O’BRIEN is the head writer for His work has been featured on Comedy Central, Splitsider, Forbes, USA Today, and the Huffington Post. Daniel is the co-editor of the New York Times bestselling You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News. He is also the pop culture expert on History Channel’s Your BLEEPED Up Brain. Follow him on Twitter at @DOB_INC. 

WINSTON ROWNTREE is a columnist at and the author of the webcomic Subnormality. He recently won the Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year for Watching

GIVEAWAY: Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond

Eighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows. Girl in the Shadows is a companion novel to Girl on a Wire, and will be out on July 5, 2016.


Gwenda Bond writes for children and young adults. Her novels include Lois Lane: Fallout and Double Down, which bring the iconic comic book character front and center in her own YA novel series, and Girl on a Wire, about a daredevil heroine who discovers magic and mystery lurking at the Cirque American. Next up in 2016 are Girl in the Shadows and the comic book miniseries/graphic novel Girl Over Paris (with Kate Leth and Ming Doyle), companions to Girl on a Wire. She has also written for Publishers Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and many other publications. She has an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie. Visit her online at or @gwenda on twitter.

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