Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Pen Pieyu Adventures Book Blast

Pen Pieyu Diane Mae Robinson


About the Books

Book 1:

Sir princess petra pen pieyu adventures
Title: Sir Princess Petra (The Pen Pieyu Adventures Book #1) | Author: Diane Mae Robinson | Year published: 2012 | Publisher: Tate Publishing | Number of pages: 68 | Recommended age: 5+
Summary: Princess Petra's unusual birthday request sends the royal court into a frenzy, but when she agrees to undertake a knight's quest they can't stop her. Armed with a cake knife and outfitted in the best royal pots and pans, Petra sets off to face a dragon and win her real armor before encountering a bog witch, and an army of the kingdom's worst enemies. Will Petra's kindness and acceptance prove to be more valuable than weapons and armor?
Awards for book one, Sir Princess Petra:
2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (Literary Arts). 2012 First Runner Up in the Purple Dragonfly Book Award in the Children's Chapter Book category 2013 Honorable Mention in the Reader's Favorite International Book Awards 2013 Finalist in the “50 Great Writers You Should be Reading” Award

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Book 2:

Sir Princess Petra's Talent by Diane Mae Robinson
Title: Sir Princess Petra's Talent (The Pen Pieyu Adventures Book 2) | Author: Diane Mae Robinson | Publication Date: September 24, 2013 | Publisher: Tate Publishing | Number of pages: 92 | Recommended age: Read-aloud ~ 5+
Summary: Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a kind and noble knight. This, however, does not please the king and queen---they want her to behave like a princess and forget this silly knight nonsense of hers! But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra, reluctantly, agrees to go. But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be?
Awards for book two, Sir Princess Petra's Talent:
2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards, finalist in three categories:
Children's Fantasy SciFi Children's Grade K - 3rd Children's Grade 4- 6th

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The Buzz About the Books

Book 1: "I really feel that this little book is a gem. It is a relatively short book (70-ish pages) that can easily be read aloud to children in one sitting. My kids and I were completely captivated by this fun, adventure-filled tale about a very charming and unorthodox princess. I highly recommend this book to families with children under the age of 10 and as young as 5 who love a good tale filled with fairy-tale characters such as dragons, witches, princesses, and knights." ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Book 1: "I liked this book because it has a great story line and a great message about believing in yourself. Petra proves that she and all girls can be daring, adventurous and brave. I think Petra was a great character and I liked Snarls (the dragon) even better because he had good sense and dragons are just cool. The book is a beginning chapter book so there isn't a lot of details in it but it tells a complete story. The black and white illustrations in the book are really great too. The book is part of "The Pen Pieyu Adventures." I hope that means there will be more books about Petra coming out! This book is an awesome beginning chapter book and a great read aloud." ~ Erik @ This Kid Reviews Books
Book 1: "Sir Princess Petra is one of those stories that will appeal to most everyone. It is charmingly funny. Petra sets out to prove she has what it takes to be a royal knight and proves she can do nearly anything. Snarls, the howling dragon, is endearing and lovable. If stuffed, sitting on a toy store shelf, every kid would want him. The story is short enough to be read in one sitting, say at bedtime. There are many opportunities for humorous, wacky, high-pitched voices, making Sir Princess Petra fun to read aloud. The author's imagination is appropriately childlike. Petra is a child every parent will love. I know a child would have sweet, funny dreams after hearing mom or dad read this at bedtime."~ Sue M. @ Kid Lit Reviews
Book 2: "Sir Princess Petra's Talent is precisely everything an early middle grade book should be with a multi-dimensional main character who is a great role model for young girls; a great supporting cast of unique and quirky characters; a plot largely driven through clever dialogue amongst the characters and involving much adventure and folly; and unexpected turns and twists that willleave parents and their children laughing out loud. " ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Book 2: "This is an adventurous story, which gets going from the very first page and doesn't stop. The characters are all enjoyable, and the situations, although sometimes challenging for Princess Petra, are very appropriate for the age group." ~ Tonja @ Bookworm for Kids
Book 2: "The[se books] are early chapter books, fun and suitable for children ages six and up. They move very quickly and are quite short, so I think they’d be particularly suitable for reluctant readers. I also think boys would enjoy these books as Sir Princess Petra thinks and behaves in the way I imagine most boys wish girls would think and behave – kind, down-to-earth, adventurous, and never squeamish or manipulative." ~ Tina @ Mommynificent

About the Author: Diane Mae Robinson

Diane Mae Robinson

Diane lives in a small hilltop castle nestled amongst a very old and magical forest. In this mystical forest, all the fantasy creatures one can imagine live and audition for parts in the author’s next book. Diane has a journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature. The author also teaches acrylic and watercolor art to children, and is a writing instructor at the Creative Writing Institute. The author’s first book in this series, Sir Princess Petra, has won three prestigious awards, and was a finalist for another award. The author recently acquired an agent with Gotham Artists Agency in New York.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

FareWell Paperie: AWESOMESAUCE!

I recently had the fortune of visiting The FareWell Paperie studio. Seattle Bloggers Unite (a local blogger group I'm a new member of) had a meetup there. Before this trip, I didn't know much about letterpress, but I might be a little obsessed now!
This is a wall of love! These are (most likely) just some of the wedding invitations FareWell Paperie has done over the years. By the way, they started back in 2009 and at one point, Lisa and Jen (creative minds behind FP) had a long-distance business relationship. I'm glad they stuck it out and moved here to Seattle!
If stationery heaven is a place, this could be it. Envelopes of all different colors, at an arms reach.
FareWell Paperie even makes wrapping paper! "Sorry it's not cash." Isn't that what some of us think when we get a gift?! This can be found in their Etsy shop. #sorrynotsorry
Our letterpress plates were waiting for us!
Jen from FP showing us how to work "Bill" (their 1905 Chandler & Price machine). Each of us not only got to design cute notecards, we got to use this machine ourselves! It was a little weird at first, but like many things, once you get the hang of it, it's easy-peasy. ;)
 And this is how my notecards turned out! Good mantra, don't you think?
These are the goodies I got to leave with after my notecards were done. Thanks goes out to: The Container Store, The Ravenna Girls, TuttaLou Press, Chronicle Books, Sasquatch Books, Tattly,, and Cameos & Crowns. Also, thank you to DRY Soda for the mocktails and the can I took to-go (not pictured because I shared with my boyfriend)!
I had to include this card in my post because I love it so much. It's perfect! It can be found here!

And this one we can all relate to. This birthday card can be found here!

Find them:
Instagram (Jen)       Instagram (Lisa)
and of course,

Thank you FareWell Paperie and Lyndsey from Seattle Bloggers Unite!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Supportive Saturday (17)

This week's theme is postcards. I used to collect postcards many years ago. I still have my collection, and I'm actually inspired to start it up again. I don't limit my collection to state postcards (touristy), but artsy ones too. :) I also just discovered Postcrossing which sounds great! Since I love postcards so much, this Supportive Saturday edition will be bigger (10 items instead of 6)! Enjoy this Etsy love!
1. Cupcake Personalities, byMMcC (set of 3 cards $6 USD, ships from U.S.) 2. San Francisco City Map Letterpress Postcard, GooseberryDesigns ($2.50 USD ships from U.S.)

3. Panda and Dinosaur Go Walkies Postcard, JurassicPanda ($1.22 USD ships from United Kingdom) 4. Little Red Riding Hood Be My Valentine, minoule ($3.50 USD ships from U.S.)
5. MarieAntoinette Postcard, TheNebulousKingdom ($3.30 USD ships from France) 6. Edward Scissorhands Postcard, TheNebulousKingdom ($3.30 USD ships from France)
 7. Friendship (Where the Wild Things Are) Postcard, sandragrafik ($2.50 USD ships from U.S.) 8. 'All I Want To Do Is Read' Postcard, meganlee ($7.50 USD for set of 5, ships from U.S.)
9. Set of 10 Summer Postcards, Sweetdreamtoys ($13.79 USD ships from Spain) 10. Illustrated Postcards-You Pick 5, movezerb ($13.79 USD ships from Belgium)
I did include 2 postcards from the same Etsy seller (TheNebulousKingdom) because I love them both! These listings make me really!
Do you have any collections? Or which postcard from above do you like the most?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Review: Shadows of Asphodel by Karen Kincy

Disclaimer: I receive a free e-copy in order to facilitate an honest review.
Book Description:
When Ardis discovers a man bleeding to death on the battlefield, she knows she has to walk away.

1913. In her work as a mercenary for Austria-Hungary, Ardis has killed many men without hesitation. One more man shouldn’t matter, even if he manages to be a charming bastard while he stands dying in the snow.
But when he raises the dead to fight for him, she realizes she must save his life.
If a necromancer like Wendel dies, he will return as a monster—or so the rumors say. Ardis decides to play it safe and rescues him. What she doesn’t expect is Wendel falling to one knee and swearing fealty. Ardis never asked for the undying loyalty of a necromancer, but it’s too late now.
Ardis and Wendel forge an uneasy alliance underscored with sexual tension. Together, they confront rebels, assassins, and a conspiracy involving a military secret: robotically-enhanced soldiers for a world on the brink of war. But as Ardis starts to fall for Wendel, she realizes the scars from his past run more deeply than she ever imagined. Can Ardis stop Wendel before his thirst for revenge destroys him and everyone else around him?
(Dieselpunk romance. Because steampunk wasn’t dirty enough.)
My review:
I had never heard of steampunk or dieselpunk before this book. It's not really my thing, but I did enjoy the book.
Ardis and Wendel make you root for them with their fantastic chemistry. The flirting between Ardis and Wendel was entertaining at times and it was nice to see their relationship develop throughout the course of the story. It must be said: the sex scenes were written very well! They were believable and the author even has her characters use a "preventative" each time! ;)
 Shadows of Asphodel is more than that though. The storyline was very interesting from the get-go. I love Ardis! I mean, who wouldn't love a bad-ass female slashing throats left and right?! Think Kill Bill. The necromancy thing kind of weirded me out at first, but I quickly got used to it. Honestly, that is new to me just as dieselpunk is.
I'm glad the ending didn't leave as a cliffhanger. It does make me wonder where Ardis goes next. Also, I wonder about the Hex and another character, Konstantin. I didn't get to know him as much as the other main characters, but he did interest me.
There is good news though! There is a giveaway on Goodreads right now for this book! Also, there is a second book (Storms of Lazarus) and Goodreads has a giveaway for it as well!

4 out of 5 stars

Author Bio:
Karen Kincy (Redmond, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.

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Special thanks to Candace's Book Blog!