Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Introducing No Place Like Home by Dee Romito AND The Wondrous World of Violet Barnaby by Jenny Lundquist

Birthdays are always better when you get to share them with friends. Today is MY birthday, so...



On top of blowing out the candles for my own birthday, two of my friends are celebrating an even better kind of birthday--BOOK BIRTHDAYS! First up is Dee Romito, the author of The BFF Bucket List, which was all kinds of adorable! Plus, Dee's book has actual red glitter. Scroll down to read all about it.


Blurb:


After living a jet-setting lifestyle thanks to her dad's job, twelve-year-old Kenzie decides it's time for her to plant roots in this heartwarming M!X novel.

Kenzie Rhines doesn't have a home--she has too many. Her dad's job keeps them flying around the country, which means "home" is whatever fancy hotel they're currently staying in and "school" takes place 30,000 feet in the air. And since it's just the two of them, she has no choice but to be his travel partner. Kenzie loves the constant adventures, but she wouldn't mind planting her feet in one place for longer than two seconds, having her own bed, and maybe even finding a best friend she can talk to.

When Kenzie's dad surprises her with the news that they'll be in Las Vegas for an extended business trip, she's thrilled he wants to enroll her in a local middle school while they're there. And even though it's the longest she's been in one place in years, Kenzie knows it's only a matter of time before she's on the move yet again. So, for the first time in her life, she decides to take some risks: why not let the cutest boy in school know she's got a bit of a crush on him, give it a shot and audition for the school musical--The Wizard of Oz (her all-time favorite movie), and run for VP of her class?

Thanks to her plan, Kenzie discovers a courage she didn't know she had--and finally feels like she belongs somewhere. But when things start to get complicated, Kenzie discovers that she'll have to face the consequences of everything she's done since her arrival--and that maybe home isn't necessarily a place on a map, but where your heart is.


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Bio:

Dee Romito lives in her hometown of Buffalo, New York, where she and her family are steadily checking items off their own bucket list of adventures. You’re likely to find her at the local ice cream shop, writing at a café, or curled up on the couch with her cats. And while she does her best to be a grown-up most of the time, giggling with her BFFs is still one of her all-time favorite things. To join the fun and create your own bucket list, visit TheBFFBucketList.com.



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Next up is a new book from Jenny Lundquist, whose books always take you back to the magical innocence of childhood.



Blurb:


Violet Barnaby searches for the joy in life after losing her mother in this sweet and funny follow-up to The Charming Life of Izzy Malone.

Violet Barnaby is a having a blue Christmas. She’s still grieving the loss of her mother, and to make things worse, her dad has just married Melanie Harmer, a.k.a. the meanest teacher at Dandelion Hollow Middle School. But on the day Violet and her dad are packing up and moving into the new house they’ll share with Melanie and Melanie’s two children, Violet finds a letter her mother wrote to her before she died, asking Violet to enjoy Christmas, along with a Christmas Wish List—things her mom wants her to do during the holiday season. On the list are exactly the kinds of things Violet doesn’t want to do this year, like Be Someone’s Secret Santa; Give Someone the Gift of Your Time: Volunteer; and Bake Christmas Cookies.

Violet shows the letter to her friend Izzy’s Aunt Mildred, who calls a meeting of the Charm Girls, a club Izzy and Violet belong to along with their friends, Daisy and Sophia. Aunt Mildred decides she will give them each a charm to put on their bracelet if they do all of the tasks on the Christmas Wish List, which Violet is not too happy about. She’d rather forget about the list completely, but feels compelled to honor her mother’s wishes.

And when Izzy’s crush confides a big secret to Violet, Violet feels like she is stuck between her best friend and the boy who she just might have a crush on, too…


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Bio:


Jenny Lundquist grew up in Huntington Beach, California, wearing glasses and wishing they had magic powers. They didn't, but they did help her earn a degree in intercultural studies at Biola University. Jenny has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hopes one day to write a book at a café in Paris. Jenny and her husband live in northern California with their two sons and Rambo, the world's whiniest cat.



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27 comments:

  1. Congratulations Dee and Jenny!
    And a big happy birthday to you, Stephanie. Doing anything fun tonight or saving it for the weekend?

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    1. That's actually right on the nose! We're going to lunch today but saving the big dinner for the weekend. Thank you, Alex!

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  2. Happy Birthday, Stephanie! And congrats to Dee and Jenny! Both books sound good and I'm a fan of both of them.

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    1. YAY! They're both awesome. I was able to get Jenny's book early and then I woke up to see Dee's book on my Kindle, so I get to dig in today!

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  3. Happy birthday, Stephanie and congrats to Jenny and Dee.

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  4. The books sound adorable. Thanks for telling us about them. And... Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday, dear Stephanie. Happy Birthday to you. Have a great one.

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    1. Thank you!!! And double thank you for the song! 🎶

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  5. Happy Birthday, Stephanie! It's my husband's (Richard's) birthday today as well. Great people were born on September 19! :) Enjoy your day. Thank you for sharing Dee and Jenny's books!

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    1. AND it's Talk Like a Pirate Day. So learn how to say Happy Birthday in pirate lingo and he'll really be impressed!

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    1. They are definitely great! Thank you!

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  7. Happy birthday, Stephanie!!!! I hope it's a great day.

    I love your book recommendations. I always find great reads for Ayla. She's like both of these.

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  8. Congrats to Dee and Jenny!!

    And happy birthday to you!!!

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  9. Congrats to See & Jenny for their books. Glitter is always good. A big Happy Birthday to you and enjoy your day and birthday week!

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  10. Hi Stephanie - fun books with their story lines. Have a very happy birthday - am sure the lunch was fun ... and now wonderful weekend to look forward to with dinner, family and friends! Happy days - cheers Hilary

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  11. It's great to meet Dee and Jenny and best wishes for a smashing success for both of them!

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  12. Congrats to Dee and Jenny with what looks like two great books! I hope you had a fab time on your 21st birthday! Hugs...RO

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  13. Congrats to the authors. These are covers I'm happy to look at and the story seems to catch my attention.

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  14. What darling books. I love the sentiment they both share. And happy birthday, Stephanie! Huzzah!

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  15. Happy Birthday! You are a day after me!!
    Congrats to Dee and Jenny!
    Big Hugs!

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  16. Happy Birthday!

    You have a nice blog!

    Would you like to follow each other? (f4f) Let me know on my blog with a comment! ;oD

    Have a great day!

    xoxo Jacqueline
    www.hokis1981.com

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  17. Happy Birthday, Stephanie!!

    Congrats to Dee and Jenny.

    Have a pleasant weekend.

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  18. Happy Birthday to all three of you! Those books have very cute covers.

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  19. This is a good idea thank for sharing on the website
    โคนัน

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