Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
We love getting new books and seriously can't wait to dive into them.
How about you? What new books did you get?
Recruit (Bodyguard #1 [#1, part 1]) Hostage (Bodyguard #2 [#1, part 2]) Hijack (Bodyguard #3 [#2, part 1]) Ransom (Bodyguard #4 [#2, part 2]) Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark, #18) Borrowed Souls (Soul Charmer #1) The Simplicity of Cider Public Relations

Opposition Shadows

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Amy's Story by Anna Lawton

Amy's Story unfolds on the background of American history, from the late 60's up until 2011, and takes us through the timeline of how Italian-native Amy, full name America, creates her success story.
Amy experiences love, heartbreak, friendship, obstacles, success, and more as she moves from Italy to New York City to live near her American father. Following in her father's footsteps, Amy becomes a successful publisher. Her story is intertwined with Stella, her childhood friend, whose unfinished memoir she intends to publish. As Amy edits the manuscript, Stella's life is revealed as she also leaves Italy with her American lover Jim, a heartthrob who conceals his sensitive nature under a bravado facade.
Stella faces career achievements, setbacks and heartbreaking love as her journey runs parallel to major historical events ―the Vietnam War, student protests and the Kent State shooting, the birth of radicalism and feminism, presidential elections and assassinations, immigration, the Watergate scandal, up to the 9/11 attack and beyond― providing an interesting commentary on the highlights in history that influenced the development of American society over the past 40 years and brought about the current outcome.
Additional captivating characters complete the picture and sustain the action: Steve, Stella's husband, conformist and uninspiring; Nik, a passionate and extravagant Russian intellectual; Rosa, once a maid at Amy's grandmother's country estate and now married to the owner of a New York pizzeria; and others.
Stella's memoir never gets published, because Amy transforms it into a very successful novel. This twist will have readers reimagining the entire story, and Amy and Stella's tale will remain with them for a long time.

What happened . . . I earned my PhD in Russian Literature at UCLA. As a professor, I taught courses in literature, cinema and visual culture at Purdue University and subsequently Georgetown University until I retired in 2013. At some point in my career, I took a leave and went to Moscow, where I worked for USIA at the American Embassy as the Deputy Director of Public Information and Media Outreach and the Editor-In-Chief of the magazine Connections. Back in DC, I alternated between teaching and working at the World Bank as the managing editor of the magazine Development Outreach. I also served on the Advisory Film Committee of the National Gallery of Art. Toward the end of my academic career, I ventured into the private sector and founded the publishing house New Academia Publishing, which is today a successful enterprise.
Writing has been an important activity in all my jobs over the years. I am the author of three scholarly books, edited volumes, and numerous articles and essays in academic collections. My book, Imaging Russia 2000: Film and Facts, received the CHOICE Award as Outstanding Academic Title 2005. Then, the time came when I switched to fiction, and my first novel, Family Album, was published in Italy. It will soon come out in the English translation.
Now my second novel, Amy’s Story, has just been released.
Although inspired by some real places and circumstances, it is not autobiographic. It is pure fiction.

Book Review and Giveaway: Animal Planet: Animal Bites books

The Forgetting (The Forgetting, #1)Title: Animal Planet: Animal Bites, Baby Animals
Author: Dorothea DePrisco
Publisher: Time Inc. Books
Release Date: March 7th, 2017
Pages: 80
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher - Thank You!
Age Group: Children (Suggested age: 7-10 years)
Genre: Nonfiction Children's


With more than 200 adorable photos of baby animals and their families, there's serious "aw" factor on every page of Animal Planet Baby Animals. This fun addition to the Animal Bites series provides kids in the first years of schooling with the perfect bite-sized view of their favorite animals. Arranged thematically with a focus on animal behavior and family relationships, young readers will explore sections about life cycles, feeding, play time, conservation, getting around, and so much more. Special book features designed for this age group include simple infographics and 'All Grown Up' animal facts to help kids learn more about how young and adult animals differ- just like humans!

For more Animal Bites books, check out Animal Planet Ocean Animals, Animal Planet Polar Animals, Animal Planet Wild Animals, Animal Planet Farm Animals, and Animal Planet Animals on the Move.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of books in the Animal Bites series benefits the principal partners of R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond.), Animal Planet's initiative dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our communities and in the wild.    

I have to start by mentioning that these books are so cool! We received the Baby Animals as well as Animals on the Move for review. My littles love looking at animal and nature books, so receiving these two books was very exciting! 

The pictures are high quality and stunning. The pages are full of, not only gorgeous pictures of animals, but also interesting facts and little tidbits about the animals themselves. We loved looking through the books to see the pictures and also learning something new about each animal as we read through. We've looked through these a few times and they are so packed with facts and gorgeous photos that each time we look through, we learn something new. 

Even though the age suggestion on these books is 7-10, my 4 year old and 1.5 year old still had a lot of fun looking at the animals and learning their names. In Baby Animals we talked about what the baby animals looked like in comparison to their adult parents. We also talked about the different animals habitats in both books. In Animals on the Move we talked about how different animals move and if there was a race which animal would win. Although, the age range is 7-10, I’d say that any age could get some fun use out of this book and there's plenty to look at and learn about for everyone. Even I learned a few new things reading these books! 

To make reading these books extra fun, the publisher has made activity sheets for all 6 books that can increase your learning experience and interaction with these awesome books. You can access the activity sheets in this dropbox, by clicking here

Something super cool the publisher has going with these books is that with each book bought a portion of the proceeds benefits the principal partners of R.O.A.R. (Reach Out. Act. Respond.), which is Animal Planet's initiative dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our communities and in the wild. With Earth day being tomorrow, what a perfect way to celebrate than by purchasing a book to learn and support the environment! 

Also really cool is that the publisher has offered to give away a set of all 6 books! This giveaway is US only. The whole set includes Animal Planet Ocean Animals, Animal Planet Polar Animals, Animal Planet Wild Animals, Animal Planet Farm Animals, Animal Planet Animals on the Move, and of course, Animal Planet Baby Animals. There is a rafflecopter down below to enter and good luck!

Animal Planet Ocean Animals (Animal Bites Series) Animal Planet Polar Animals (Animal Bites Series) Animal Planet Wild Animals (Animal Bites Series) 

Animal Planet Farm Animals (Animal Bites Series) Animal Planet Animals on the Move (Animal Bites Series) Animal Planet Baby Animals (Animal Bites Series)

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Book Review: Wonderful You: An Adoption Story

The Forgetting (The Forgetting, #1)Title: Wonderful You: An Adoption Story
Author: Lauren McLaughlin. Illustrated by Meilo So
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 25th, 2017
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher - Thank You!
Age Group: Children (Suggested age: 3-7 years)
Genre: Children


A lyrical adoption story that tenderly addresses a baby's transition from the care of her birth mother to that of her adoptive parents.  This lovely poem illuminates the role of an adopted child' birth mother, respecting her choice to give her child to a loving family. We follow a mother's journey as she carries her child, searches for deserving parents, and ultimately creates a new family. The story offers a version of the process that is full of warmth, care, and joy.

An adoptive mother herself, author Lauren McLaughlin was glad for an opportunity to memorialize her family's own fairy tale, and Meilo So' ethereal illustrations breathe magic into an already wondrous experience.

Let’s talk about this wonderful book called, Wonderful You by Lauren McLaughlin. This book is own voices, as the author, Lauren McLaughlin, as an adoptive mother herself, shares a beautiful story of adoption that she created for her own kids and experience as an adoptive parent. I want to preface this review by saying my review isn’t own voices. I don’t have much inside knowledge on adoption. However, I am always looking for ways to show and teach my children about the different types of families and people that are in our world. I felt this story had a beautiful way of showing an adoption story. I loved the way the story was told with so much love. The love really was shown through the love that was expressed by both the birth mother and the adoptive parents.

Wonderful You uses such beautiful and lyrical language. It’s almost sort of dream-like. The illustrations are stunning as well. Bright and colorful, they pair well with the lyrical and beautiful language. The age level here is 3-7. My 4 year-old loved the story as did my 1.5 year old. Though my younger little didn’t understand the story, the pictures and language kept him interested and entertained. 

I’d recommend this book to anyone. Adoption is a story I feel should be told more often, like many other stories. Each family has their own beauty to show and I loved getting to see beauty and love in Wonderful You. 

Cover Revealed: Mister Romance (Masters of Love #1) by Leisa Rayven

Mister Romance (Masters of Love, #1)

Max Riley is the man of your dreams. Or at least he will be, for a price.
As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is an escort-with-a-difference. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York's socialites can't get enough. Whether they want a dominating billionaire, bad boy with a heart of gold, hot geek, sexy biker, or best friend who secretly loves them from afar, Max can make it all happen, but he's careful to keep his real identity a secret.
Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mr. Romance, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes.
Desperate to protect his anonymity, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn't fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies. Can the professional romantic win over the hardened cynic? Or will Eden choose a career-making tell-all over the fascinating man with the mysterious past?
Writing has always been a passion for Leisa, and even though she originally intended to be an actress, it wasn’t long into her time at drama school that she began writing plays. Those plays were bad. Very bad. Well, her friends thought they were good, but that’s because they were always cast in them and any opportunity to be on stage was met with an obnoxious amount of enthusiasm. Since then, she’s honed her craft, and several of her plays have been produced and toured throughout Australia. These days, playwriting has given way to fiction writing, and Leisa’s debut novel, BAD ROMEO, was published through Macmillan New York in December 2014. The sequel, BROKEN JULIET was released in April 2015, and the final book in Leisa’s Starcrossed series, WICKED HEART, will hit bookstores and kindles on May 3rd, 2016. The Starcrossed series has gained hordes of passionate fans all over the world, and the books have now been translated into eight foreign languages. Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet have also featured on international best seller lists in Brazil and Germany. Leisa Rayven lives in Australia with her husband, two little boys, three cats, and a kangaroo named Howard.
(Howard may or may not be her imaginary marsupial friend. Everyone should have one.)
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