Long Way North

 

 

 

Long Way North is set in the late-19th-century Saint Petersburg. Sacha, a young girl from the Russian aristocracy has always been fascinated by the exciting life of her grandfather, Oloukine, a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer who has yet to return from his latest expedition to conquer the North Pole. But Sacha’s parents, who have already made arrangements for her marriage, strongly disapprove of her fascination, to say the least. Defying her parents’ wishes, Sacha flees her home and launches an adventure-filled quest toward the Great North in search of Oloukine and his ship.

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Children of Icarus Blog Tour & Giveaway

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the young adult fantasy Children of Icarus written by Caighlan Smith. The tour will run from August 10 – August 24, 2016

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About the Book

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Title: Children of Icarus | Author: Caighlan Smith | Publisher: Switch Press | Publication Date: August 1, 2016 | Genre: Young Adult Fantasy | Number of Pages: 312

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Book Description:

It’s Clara who’s desperate to enter the labyrinth and its Clara who’s bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It’s no surprise when she’s chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.

History and Inspiration Behind the Book

Since I was a wee kidlit, I’ve loved Greek Mythology. That love has only grown and nowadays heavily influences my writing, some more than others. Children of Icarus, my new novel, is counted among the “some”. The inspiration for this book was, of course, drawn from the myth of Icarus—the boy who flew into the sun. But a lot of the setting of the book comes from the myths about Icarus’ father, Daedalus, who built the labyrinth. Children of Icarus takes place within a labyrinth, which the main character has been chosen to enter. She was promised paradise should she find her way out of the labyrinth, but paradise seems more unlikely than ever as she’s forced to confront one horror after another. Many of said horrors have been inspired by Greek mythology, mainly the adorable monsters that populate every great hero’s tale.

The thing is, I had the idea for Children of Icarus back in junior high. The plot was different in every way back then, aside from the setting of the labyrinth. Even the protagonist was an older, altered version of the way she is now. I actually started writing the story back then, but barely got a page in before giving up and moving on to something else. Fast-forward many a year, and I’m studying Greek mythology for my Classics minor at university. It reminds me of that old idea I had, so I revisit it and decide to tell the story of how my protagonist ended up in the labyrinth. I started writing from there, and everything about the story changed. For the better. And now we have a book. Ta-da!

About the Author

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Caighlan Smith was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador on June 1st, 1994. She grew up in the scenic coastal community of St. Philip’s, overlooking the dramatic north-west Atlantic. As a kid, she loved to play in the woods around her house, loved to tell stories and believed in magic.

Caighlan, who is studying English, Classics and Creative Writing at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, is a supporter of universal girl-child education and has been involved with the Teachers Action for Girls campaign in Uganda.

Her great loves are reading, gaming and, of course, writing. The “C” in her name is hard, the “gh” is silent.

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Bumbini is a great place to purchase all your gifts for the new baby in your family or the one that is already here. You now have a chance to win $50 credit to Bumbini from this great giveaway hosted by www.MamatheFox.com. Be sure to check out items by Bumbini at http://www.bumbini.ca.

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Journey To Space Review & Giveaway

 

 

When I was a child, I was always interested in space. I remember doing a few projects on our solar system and learning about each planet.  My children also love learning about the solar system.  We are close to the hometown of one astronaut named Chris Hatfield. Chris Hatfield has come to my children’s school to talk about being up in space in the space station. So watching Journey to Space made it feel more real about what he talked about in an assembly.

 

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Journey to Space || Narrated By Sir Patrick Stewart || 45 minutes approx. || Shout! Factory in conjunction with Big Picture Digital Productions.

Available to purchase on ShoutFactory.com and Amazon.ca

Synopsis:

Discover how NASA’s shuttle program has led to its exciting new era of space exploration. Learn about the important role of the International Space Station. Uncover what NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they face to carry out bold missions such as capturing asteroids and landing astronauts on Mars. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart.

This movie is perfect for children to learn about the space station and what kind of work they are doing up there. Also to help teachers teach outside regular textbook material. To bring to life what is happening up in space with the space program.

This is a wonderful movie that even had me learning stuff that I didn’t know that was happening with the space program.

Shout! Factory would like one Basically Speaking reader the chance to win their own copy of Journey to Space.

Open to Canadian Residents.

Ends 08/22/16

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*I received the product above to review but the opinion expressed in this blog is my own. * 

Wrapless Burrito with Seeds of Change Rice Recipe

 

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I love coming up with new recipes that I can make for my family that are good for us and also taste great. Since having my kidney transplant, I like making sure that we are eating the best for our bodies.

So yesterday, I decided that I would make Wrapless Refried Bean Burritos with Organic Spanish Style Rice from SEEDS OF CHANGE® with fresh vegetables from my garden. The SEEDS OF CHANGE® Spanish Style Rice is organic wholegrain rice with quinoa, red bell peppers and corn.

The best part? (Besides being organic) It heats up in the microwave for 90 seconds or on the stove for a few minutes. It isn’t often that ready-to-heat foods are good for you. While I don’t mind cooking, I love products that will heat up in no time for those nights that I don’t feel like cooking.

I cooked the SEEDS OF CHANGE® Spanish Rice in no time on the stove in no time on the stove. Mixed in the chopped vegetables and heated the refried beans. The whole meal took about 10 minutes for me to make and really is one I will make again. It was so good, I ate leftovers the next day for lunch.

 

 

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SEEDS OF CHANGE® has:

  • NO Preservatives
  • NO artificial colours
  • NO artificial flavours
  • IS Vegetarian Appropriate

SEEDS OF CHANGE® contains the finest organically grown ingredients.  And is the ONLY ready-to-heat rice and grain brand available in Canada. 

SEEDS OF CHANGE® also donates 1% of sales to support and develop sustainable community based gardening and farming programs worldwide. 

In Canada, SEEDS OF CHANGE® worked with local partner Evergreen to identify 12 community gardens from coast to coast who need grant money to get their garden started and keep them going all season long.

SEEDS OF CHANGE® established in 1989 as a small organic seed company and evolved into a strong producer of organic foods. 

As a mother and a citizen in a farming community, I like supporting a company like SEEDS OF CHANGE® because they support not only bringing healthy great tasting food to our homes but also helping those in our communities around the globe. 

To fine out more about SEEDS OF CHANGE® check out their website by going to seedsofchange.ca

The Seeds of Change® Canada Facebook page is also a  great resource for Canadians who are interested in growing or cooking with organic ingredients.

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SEEDS OF CHANGE® has partnered with celebrity chef and farmer Jamie Kennedy to offer a grand prize trip to Prince Edward County, Ontario to enjoy some recipes from the chef with SEEDS OF CHANGE® products and local produce.

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Wrapless Refried Bean Burrito with Organic Rice
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Ingredients

  • 1 package of Seeds of Change Spanish Style rice
  • 2 Green Pepper (you can add 2 if you want more.)
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 1 cup of light shredded cheese. (I used marble)

Instructions

  1. Dice up tomatoes and peppers.
  2. Heat rice in pot for 90 seconds with 2 Tbsps of water.
  3. In a frying pan, add green peppers and tomatoes just warming them up while the rice is cooking.
  4. Place rice in with vegetables and turn pan on low.
  5. Heat up refried beans on stove or microwave.
  6. Place rice on plate and top with refried beans then add sour cream and top with shredded cheese.
  7. Optional: Salsa.
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Done Growed Up Book Giveaway

 

Below is the interview of the author from Done Growed Up, Mary Morony.

You can purchase the book here.

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Tell us about yourself.

Having been blessed with a love for telling stories and a life full of drama/trauma loving to write, putting them all together seemed like a no brainer. It has turned out to be one of my greatest ideas in a life full of hair brain ideas. Writing about life issues, human foibles and family dysfunction even generally has given me a wonderfully healing prospective on my own life. Although some of the things I write about I have experienced these books are works of fiction.

What inspired your book Done Growed Up?

Mainly, I wanted Ginny Mackey to have a chance at redemption for her actions in my previous novel. Women in that time didn’t have it easy and Ginny lacked the resources for mental health. I wanted her to get help so my readers could see that she has a heart and soul.

Tell us about your main character.

Ginny Mackey is a recently divorced mother of four struggling to put her life back together after loosing a baby, going through a divorce and drowning her sorrows in alcohol.

What other books have you written?

Apron Strings the first in the Apron Strings

What do you think readers will find most appealing about your book?

I think my characters are multidimensional with redeemable qualities and hateful qualities…sometimes both. People really care what is going to happen to them.

How did you come up with the idea for your book cover?

Childhood is supposed to be a free and easy time. The girl flying the kite is representative of that feeling, but the child is a sillouette and there is an ominous darkness around her. Her representative mother is present in the scene to offer comfort, yet is not entirely focused on that task. It seemed that being “Done Growed Up” was represented well on all counts and the main characters’ personalities also shine through on this cover.

What are you currently working on?

My fourth novel entitled Shooting in the Dark at Scarce Birds is a novel set in Oak Ridge Tennessee during the war. It is about secrets in a secret city.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

GO to my website MaryMorony.com

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Dino Dan + Mack & Moxy! #NCircle #Giveaway

 

My son is a huge Dino Dan fan. Spencer loves watching the movies and enjoys them time and time again. Spencer has a television in his own room so he can watch one movie before bed and he usually chooses one from the Dino Dan Trek’s Adventures series.

The Dino Dan movies have several stories included in them to keep your child entertained. It is a great reason to pop in a movie and have a family movie night at home with popcorn!

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Dino Dan Dino Busters || NCircle Entertainment || 90 minutes approx. running time. 

Join junior dinosaur expert Trek Henderson as he imagines dinosaurs into the real world dinobusters edition! When his friends come over, Trek tells them the story of a haunted house, which turns out to not have ghosts but instead has dinosaurs! Who ya gonna call? Dinobusters! Enjoy six more dino-rrific adventures with Trek and friends!

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Mack & Moxie Review and Giveaway

Mack & Moxy The Great Helpee Heroes || NCircle Entertainment 

Join Mack, a lovable, moose-like lummox, and Moxy, a feisty whirlwind of a raccoon/fox go-getter, on four exciting adventures! Together with a helpful Trooper, Mack & Moxy set out to rescue another Great Helpee in a far off mystical place called HelpeeLand. Along the way, Mack & Moxy meet a new Friend in Need who ends up teaching us a new important cause. Let’s embark on the first adventure! Mack & Moxy set out on a colorful adventure to HelpeeLand in search of a Great Helpee. Along the way, they met Nolie, a loveable little puffball who has never had any friends to play with. As the Heroes become her first friends, they share and sing about the joys of reading books. Guest celebrity, Josh Duhamel (Transformers, All My Children), helps the Heroes mission in support of Save the Children, providing quality preschool programs to underserved children around the world since 1932. In this DVD, Mack & Moxy introduce us to Save the Children, American Red Cross, Feeding America, and World Wildlife Fund. Other guest celebrities featured include Kal Penn (House M.D., How I Met Your Mother) and Eva LaRue (CSI Miami, All My Children). Mack & Moxy teaches children life-long lessons of charity and compassion while celebrating the joy of helping others.

Great lessons for kids to learn! My niece loves Mack & Moxy and I love that it teaches her great lessons while she watches. I also enjoy that Mack & Moxy share about great charity programs that are available.

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Udderly Smooth Summer Giveaway {ended

 

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Summer is here and even though you need to take care of your skin year round. It is just as important when you are outside even more during this season.

Not only should you be wearing an SPF sunscreen but you should also think about keeping it moisturized. Dry skin can still happen in the heat of the summer.

Udderly Smooth® is one product we always have on hand in our home to keep our skin moisturized.

About the Company:

Family owned and operated, Redex Industries, has manufactured Udderly Smooth® products for over 30 years. Manufactured in Salem, Ohio, under the direct guidance of Bill Kennedy, CEO and Registered Pharmacist. Originally invented for use on dairy cows and now used for dry and chapped skin. 

Find out where you can purchase Udderly Smooth® in the U.S. and Canada.

 

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Udderly Smooth® wants to offer one Basically Speaking reader a chance to win a $50 prize pack.

Open to Canada and U.S. (excl. Quebec)

Ends 08/10/16

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