Prince and Pirate

I know, I know. 

I’ve been on this adorable children’s book kick. But can you blame me? I’ve got two little preschoolers at home and these books are the cutest!

I mean, look at this!

Adult or not, I can’t not share about this!

Especially since the huge majority of books I read are kids books. (Thirty-five in April, actually. Yes, I keep track.)

So without further Ado, here’s some more details about Prince and Pirate: (and happy book birthday!)


When two little fish with big personalities have to share the same tank, there are rough seas ahead!

Prince loved being the monarch of his tiny kingdom and Pirate enjoyed having his own little sea to rule, but when the two are plopped into a tank together, each feels that the other is trespassing on his territory. Insults and cunning traps don’t drive either fish away, so Prince and Pirate scoot, bump, and shove pebbles down the middle of the tank to mark off their sides. But when a smaller fish arrives and seems frightened by his new surroundings, Prince and Pirate set aside their feud so they can all get along.



Charlotte Gunnufson has never, ever had any trouble sharing. Okay, maybe one time. But that was her big sister’s fault. And the other time, her little brother started it. Anyway, Charlotte is author of Halloween Hustle and lots of funny poems for Highlights and Cricket magazines. She lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Mike Lowery is the illustrator of The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Firetruck. His work appears in everything from greeting cards to children’s books and the Kid’s Awesome Activity Calendar. He is a professor of illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta.

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#Readathon Mini Challenge: The Meet-Up

Edit: Winner!

Congrats to ErikaB who wrote:

CR: The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon, LR: Panic by Lauren Oliver
Natasha was far too busy for this. What with her family being deported in T-minus 8 hours. What was up with this model esque blonde chick anyway? She’s actually flipping her hair around. As though that would make the fact that she practically ran her over acceptable.
“I’m so sorry! I was trying to catch my sister before she ran off. Are you okay? You look okay. Please say you’re okay.”
Now she was just babbling. Natasha adjusted her headphones and nodded curtly. She did not have time for this.

I love, love, love, love that Erika placed Panic‘s MC into the actual story of The Sun is Also a Star! This scene takes place at the very beginning of the book, and Erika’s version is absolutely perfect for this challenge!


Friends, I am the biggest dork on the freaking planet! I must delay the winning announcement until tomorrow (Tuesday) instead of the promised Monday. On any other week, I could finish reading entries today, since I work on bookish things on Mondays.


Today if my seven year wedding anniversary and I completely forgot!!! The dude man requested the entire day off of work to hang out with me, so I should probably not work on the blog and ignore him.

Check back tomorrow!

Welcome to Hour Four!

Go make yourself another cup of coffee or tea. While it brews, complete this challenge! It should take you no more than 5 to 10 minutes, so you can get back to reading.

The Challenge:

Write a short story/paragraph describing a meet-up between your current read’s main character and your last read’s main character. It’s gonna be either chaos or awesomeness, right?

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The 2017 #SerendipiTEAtour with Amber R. Duell

I am so excited to share with you this stop on the SerendipiTEA Tour, in which 2017 debut authors have created tea based on their debut novel!
Now hold on to your hats, friends. We’re not talking about a hypothetical, “Oh, I wish my tea was like….” No, no, no. This is real life, actual tea that has been created for each book in the tour. And even better – you can win it!
(But only after you read all about Amber R Duell’s debut novel Fragile Chaos. Here we go!)

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Books That Cured My Winter Blues

Oh, my goodness gracious! Where did I go?

Honestly, I have no idea. Apparently I needed to go on an unannounced, unintentional hiatus for a month and a half. But I’m back now, friends!

As an update, I would love to type up every review I missed. And that’s…. a lot. Since I posted my Pride and Prejudice review, I’ve read twenty-three books. No, seriously. 23! I’ll make a list of them at the end of this post. Actually, I’ll make a list of ALL of my winter reads, since that’s what this post is about.

A winter post! A book in the snow!

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STARFALL Launch Blitz

Hi, booklovers!

I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m so excited to launch STARFALL, the second and final book in my Starflight duology! This story picks up shortly after the first book ends, but now Cassia and Kane are the main characters, with Doran, Solara, and the rest of the Banshee crew pitching in to help take down an intergalactic mafia. (You know, just an ordinary day in space.) And while saying goodbye to characters is never easy, I think I gave the crew a proper sendoff with plenty of humor, heart, and action. I hope you love STARFALL as much as I do!

Haven’t read the first book? You’re in luck, because for a limited time, Starflight is on sale for 99 cents in all e-formats. Now you can binge read the entire duology in one sitting!



If you love sci-fi adventure with a dash of romance, I hope you’ll pick up the Starflight duology today. Starflight and Starfall are both available in stores and online.


Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indie Bound

STARFALL (book 2)

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indie Bound

Happy reading!


Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information or just to say hello, visit

Praise for Starflight:

“Smart, action-packed and utterly addictive!” –New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman

Starflight has the cinematic appeal, warp-speed action and unlikely heroes of Star Wars.” –Justine Magazine

“A lively tale of romance, space pirates, conspiracy, and made (as opposed to genetic) families.” –Booklist

“A great choice for fans of raw sci-fi action, reminiscent of the lawlessness presented in the television series Firefly.” –School Library Journal