The Kairos Makers Book Tour & Giveaway!!

Jamestown’s Deliverance
The Kairos Makers Book 2
by C.A. Gray
Genre: Children’s Adventure
Fresh from their brief adventure to colonial times, Gabe, Elizabeth, and Marty receive their next summons from Thrylos, warning them that this will be a longer adventure, and to pack appropriately. Not knowing what ‘longer’ means, the kids do as they’re told, and arrive on a deserted island in 1609, just in time to see a shipwreck on the reefs!
It turns out that the ship is called the Sea Venture, and it was originally bound for the colony of Jamestown, Virginia. The deserted island is called Bermuda, reputed at the time to be surrounded by monsters. All the passengers of the Sea Venture survived the wreck, including one dog whom Elizabeth happily adopts, but the ship itself did not. Gabe, Elizabeth, and Marty find themselves stranded with the would-be settlers as they build two new ships and learn to survive off the land.
Nine months later, when the kids are really starting to wonder what they’re doing there, they finally set sail in the new vessels for Jamestown—only to find that the remaining settlers there are at death’s door! The kids learn from a mysterious prophetess that a resupply ship from England is on the way. But the crew of the original Sea Venture doesn’t know this; they consider the colony a lost cause, and they are on the verge of returning to England and letting it fail. Can Gabe, Elizabeth, and Marty convince them to just hang on in Jamestown for a few more days, even when it looks like all is lost?
Christmas Night 1776
The Kairos Makers Book 1
Ten year old Gabriel Jordan always wanted to be a magician. He just isn’t very good at it. His godmother writes to a mysterious traveling magician named Thrylos and begs him to visit Gabe, just to encourage him. To her surprise and Gabe’s, Thrylos does so—only it turns out that Thrylos doesn’t just do “magic tricks.” He’s a real magician, and he offers Gabe a magical adventure—any adventure—of his choice.
Gabe thinks long and hard about this. Because Gabe’s godparents adopted him when he lost his mom and dad, he knows what it is to be sad, and to need something exciting to cheer him up. So he tells Thrylos when he returns that he wants to give his adventure away to another kid who needs it more than he does. Thrylos is so impressed with Gabe’s unselfish choice that he offers to make Gabe his apprentice instead. Thrylos reveals that he is a time-traveling magician, and he travels throughout history to various critical, kairos moments in time to make sure they happen the way they should. But he can’t do it alone. Gabe asks if he can bring his adopted little sister Elizabeth and his bookish friend Marty as apprentices too, and Thrylos agrees.
Together, the three kids travel to Christmas Night, 1776: the pivotal night of the American Revolutionary War. Whether or not America ever becomes a nation hinges on General George Washington’s decision that night, when it seems like everything has gone wrong. Can Gabe, Elizabeth, and Marty convince General Washington to press on in the face of incredible odds? The fate of the future United States of America hangs in the balance!
C.A. Gray is the author of three YA Amazon bestselling trilogies: PIERCING THE VEIL (magic and quantum physics meet Arthurian legends), THE LIBERTY BOX (dystopian metaphysics and mind control technology), and UNCANNY VALLEY (dystopian coming-of-age with neuroscience and super intelligent A.I). She starts with some scientific concept that she’s interested in learning more about herself, and then creates lots of epic chaos and high-stakes action to go along with it. Her stories are free of gratuitous violence, language, and sexual content, and she abhors depressing endings… but they’re not all kittens and rainbows either! She also listens to and reviews audiobooks on her website (www.authorcagray.com), Goodreads, Instagram, and on her podcast, Clean Audiobook Reviews, where she also occasionally interviews other authors.
By day, C.A. Gray practices naturopathic medicine, podcasts, and writes medical non-fiction under her maiden name (Lauren Deville). She lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband Frank, and together they maintain an occasionally contentious film review blog (under her real name: Lauren Baden. Three names. Yes.) She’s kind of the queen of multitasking–so in her spare time, she creates whatever meals or crafts she found most recently on Pinterest, drinks lots of coffee (Aeropress btw) and occasional wine (reds–and she saves the corks for craft projects), works out (while listening to audiobooks), and studies the Bible (about half of the podcasts on Christian Natural Health are scripture meditations). …She does sleep, too.
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Lazlo Learns Recorder, by Vicky Weber (Illustrated by Masha Klot) – 5 Star Review!!

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Cover Rating: A

This is an adorable children’s story about a lemur named Lazlo who starts a new school and gets to learn how to play recorder in music class. I enjoyed reading the story to my son and thought it had several valuable lessons hidden in the story. First, the book encourages a love of music (which my son definitely has) and second, it shares insight into starting a new school and making new friends.

My son, age two, loved the story. He pointed to the pictures as we read and identified what he knew, asked questions about what he didn’t. The illustrations are beautiful, colorful, and highly detailed.

The cover is very eye-catching and offers an accurate depiction of what readers should expect to find inside the book.

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Knucklehead Fred Book Tour & Giveaway!!

Knucklehead Fred
by Arias Williams
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Knucklehead Fred is a whimsical, rhyming story about a fun-loving, energetic boy named Fred.
His parents just can’t figure out how to make him sit still and listen!
But when Fred finds himself in need of a favor, Mom and Dad use it as a perfect opportunity to teach him a thing or two about responsibility.
Arias Williams is a creative based in Los Angeles, CA.
He is a father of two children, a husband, and currently teaches 7th Grade in South Los Angeles.
When he isn’t working on Knucklehead Fred, Arias can be found in his home studio making beats, hanging with his family, or working to educate the future of Los Angeles.
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The Grim and the Fantastic Book Tour & Giveaway!!

The Grim and the Fantastic
by Marissa Miller
Genre: Children’s / Middle Grade Fantasy
The Grim and The Fantastic tells the story of Merton Clarke, and his journey battling a major illness, when a magical realm–filled with splendor and danger lurking in the shadows– reveals itself to him. There, he must face some terrible beasts in a battle to rid himself of his sickness. Along the way, Merton makes two new friends who must fight their own monsters alongside him. If they can defeat their beasts from the realm in battle, just maybe, they will win the battle against their sickness in the real world too. Together, they test their limits, and their understanding of friendship, grief, bravery, and, above all, the power of hope.
A story of marvel, battles, and hardship, The Grim and the Fantastic takes a serious subject and seeks to breathe color back into the lives of those affected. The fantastical tale truly provides a whimsical place for children with troubles to escape to.
Marissa Miller is an up and coming author, who has spent the last few years working on novels and children’s books. She currently resides in northern California with her husband, two little dogs (Alice and Diggory), and two cats (Burt and Winry).
Miller has been an aspiring storyteller since she was a young girl and began more seriously pursuing the art of writing in her teens. After a happy accident with miscommunication in 2017, Miller began producing illustrations to accompany her work; she now attempts to incorporate in her illustrative style with all of her works.
Miller’s first published work is the wonderfully imaginative children’s book, Chasing Figments. Following her picture book, Miller published an illustrated young reader’s book, The Grim and The Fantastic. Both books embody Miller’s brand, which is finding the splendor in one’s life, no matter the circumstance, and using imagination to overcome obstacles.
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The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Share by Argyro Graphy – 5 Star Review!


Story Rating: *****
Cover Rating: A

This was a very cute, fun book that not only spoke about children learning to share but also about accepting children who are different or unique. Bentley is a hippo who is different from everyone else, and he has big dreams. He reaches out to another kid, a monkey, who is also a little different – despite a rough start. I think the message is beautiful and the way the message is represented is compelling, entertaining for children, and well thought out.

The cover is eye-catching and offers readers a good depiction of what they should expect to find within the book.

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A Trail of Honesty, by J.A. Angelo – 5 Star Review!

download.jpgStory Rating: *****
Cover Rating: B

I read this book with both of my children to get a good idea of how their age ranges would react to it, in addition to how I felt about it. My son, age two, didn’t quite grasp the story arc but he adored the colorful pictures. My daughter, age ten, liked the story and followed along with the “moral of the story,” answering the questions in the back and opening up a more mature discussion about obedience and honesty. I adored the book, and especially loved there there was a section in the back for discussions. Brilliant.

The cover is moderately eye-catching and offers an accurate depiction of what readers should expect to find within the story.

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**Special Note: 20% of all book royalties made from purchases of this story are donated to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Coalition to Support American’s Heroes to help Armed Forces members and their families during difficult times.**

The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss – 5 Star Review!

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Cover Rating: B

This is a cute book filled with simple vocabulary for the earliest speakers (like toddlers) or earliest readers (like preschoolers). As with all Dr. Seuss books, this one has bright, fun, imaginative illustrations that keeps children thoroughly entertained. It’s silly and fun while still being educational and useful.

The cover is moderately eye-catching and offers an accurate description of what readers should expect to find within the story.

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The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart by Kristiana Gregory (Dear America Series) – 5 Star Review!

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Cover Rating: A

The Dear America series encompasses the books that once made me fall in love with the fictional dairy book format. This one tells the story of a young girl during the American revolutionary war. It is a heart-breaking story of change, despair, and hope during the late 1700’s, as told through the eyes of a young girl – which is a way that people do not often get to experience history. I highly recommend this book for all preteens and teenagers, as it is both a historically sound book and one that allows people of that age a glimpse into the history books in a way that is personal for them.

The cover is eye-catching and offers an accurate description of what readers should expect to find within the story.

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Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor – 4 Star Review!

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Cover Rating: A

This is a classic middle-grade aged book that features a loving story between a boy an a dog, thrills, mystery, and adventure. It literally has a little bit of everything. It’s written in a compelling way that is both detailed and simplistic enough for younger audiences. The main character, Marty, shows a lot of determination and moxie for a young boy, and infused into the story is an important lesson on working for the things you want most.

The cover is eye-catching and offers an accurate description of what readers should expect to find within the pages.

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Old MacDonald Had A Farm: A Glittery Nursery Rhyme Book by Flying Frog – 4 Star Review!

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Cover Rating: A

This is an adaptation of an old nursery rhyme, but the illustrations have made it one of my son’s all-time favorite books. (In other words, THIS is the book he’ll have me read to him a dozen times a night if he had a choice.) The book is larger, so the images are easier for my son to pick out the different animals and recognize the other items (trees, farmer, fence, etc.) Very cute book.

The cover is eye-catching and offers an accurate description of what readers should expect to find inside the book.

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