October Book Giveaway winners
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Seasons of Joy: Every Day Is for Outdoor Play (2 Copies)
Claudia Marie Lenart
Loving Healing Press
The pure and simple delight of children playing outside is captured in needle-felted wool paintings created by Claudia Marie Lenart in Seasons of Joy: Everyday is for Outdoor Play. The picture book pairs dreamy images of multi-cultural children, animals, flowers and trees with verse that expresses the joy young children experience in nature's seasons. Children can see themselves in the diverse characters and can be inspired to spend more time playing outdoors and connecting to nature.
Winners: Karen Barnett, Beverly Oakman
Living in Italy: The Real Deal - How to Survive the Good Life ( 1 Copy)
In 2008 Stef Smulders, his partner Nico and their dog Saar emigrated to Italy to start a new life and set up their B&B Villa I Due Padroni. They sold their home, left their friends and family behind and took a leap into the unknown. Now Stef shares his experiences in a collection of 60 witty short stories.
The book treats the trials and tribulations of an emigration: what it was like to buy and renovate a house, to import a car, to gain residency, and much more. The reader is introduced to a full range of Italian characters, from the trustworthy to the rogue, from the gentle to the shameless, flesh and blood Italians. Some are stereotype, others unexpectedly original. Yet they never fail to amuse and entertain.
Lovers of Michelle Damiani's Il Bel Centro, Katherine Wilson's Only in Naples and Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun will love this book!
Winner: Angie Clarke-Smith
A Girl Like You (2 Copies)
She Writes Press
Henrietta Von Harmon works as a 26 girl at a corner bar on Chicago’s northwest side. It’s 1935, but things still aren’t looking up since the big crash and her father’s subsequent suicide, leaving Henrietta to care for her antagonistic mother and younger siblings. Henrietta is eventually persuaded to take a job as a taxi dancer at a local dance hall―and just when she’s beginning to enjoy herself, the floor matron turns up dead.
When aloof Inspector Clive Howard appears on the scene, Henrietta agrees to go undercover for him―and is plunged into Chicago’s grittier underworld. Meanwhile, she’s still busy playing mother hen to her younger siblings, as well as to pesky neighborhood boy Stanley, who believes himself in love with her and keeps popping up in the most unlikely places, determined to keep Henrietta safe―even from the Inspector, if need be. Despite his efforts, however, and his penchant for messing up the Inspector’s investigation, the lovely Henrietta and the impenetrable Inspector find themselves drawn to each other in most unsuitable ways.
Winners: Nelda Boyce, Kara Lauren
Time Zero (2 Copies)
She Writes Press
Fifteen-year-old Mina Clark lives in a future Manhattan that is ruled by extremists. Girls aren’t allowed to get an education, they need permission to speak to boys, and all marriages are negotiated by contract. But Mina’s grandmother has secretly been teaching her to read, leading Mina down a path of rebellion, romance, and danger that not only threatens to destroy her family’s reputation, it could get Mina killed.
Suspenseful and empowering, Time Zero is about what it’s like to be powerless, underestimated, and manipulated and what it takes to go against society to assert who you actually want to be.
Winners: Heather Scott, Jychelle Newhouse
The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba: Zealy's Very First Swim (1 Copy)
Those two, heartwarming characters, Zealy and Whubba, develop their relationship through learning, loving and protecting one another. Although this little "killer" whale and fluffy little sealpup would normally be the most unlikely of friends, they become the most, adorable, fun-loving pair in the sea! Zealy learns to swim in this episode with her daddy's guidance and Whubba practices with her, while having tons of fun doing all kinds of tricks that Zealy never knew she could do! Just by practicing with Whubba, she learns so many moves, splishing and splashing, diving over and under Whubba and even riding on his back! Float along with Zealy and Whubba and enjoy the learning and the fun! The little "killer" and fluffy sealpup will kill you with their kindness and sweetness, melting your heart as they put a smile on your face and your little one's, too. Let the world of Zealy and Whubba light up your world with happiness!
Winner: Alan Sicherman
The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba: Zealy and Whubba Go Fishing (1 Copy)
This third edition of the Zealy and Whubba first series spotlights on Zealy's ability to catch fish which is one of the most important facets of survival for any marine mammal. Eating fish is their lifesource. It is a skill that almost comes naturally to sea animals yet follows the process of a parent training their young, teaching them to grow and endure life's lessons. So, along with Whubba's help and her daddy's teaching, Zealy becomes a wonderful fisherman! Throughout this learning process, Zealy grows closer to Whubba, enjoying his sharing and caring and watchful eye, protecting Zealy as they play and have the greatest fun in the sun. Zealy loves every minute and looks forward to a new day with her sweetest friend, Whubba, when she can learn something else new in her brand new world of surprises! Enjoy these two precious characters and watch your little ones smile as they relate to the love and special caring that Zealy and Whubba portray in their everyday life- growing together, side by side.
Winner: Mike Avitabile
Millionaire's Shot (2 copies)
She vowed never to return.
He swore he'd never ask her.
Cassie Edwards fled her family's small horse farm when the man she loved married another woman. But now her ailing grandfather needs her help and she's not going to stay away another minute. It doesn't matter that the all-powerful Sutherland family controls the local polo industry where she once worked, or that they can make life very difficult for an old girlfriend. Besides, after all this time, Alex Sutherland is just a friend. Maybe.
Wealthy Alex Sutherland has given up all his passions. Except for his daughter. And if sacrificing everything that ever made him happy will keep her safe, it's a price he's always been willing to pay. But Cassie still holds his heart, and when her return sparks a vengeful ex-wife's wrath, will their second chance at love turn lethal?
Winners: Stephanie LaPlante, Angel Kendrick
The Tao of Sudoku: Yoga for the Brain (3 Copies)
Cristina Smith, Rick Smith
Both a profound philosophy and fun puzzle book, The Tao of Sudoku is yoga for the brain that stretches your mind, nourishes your soul and touches your heart.
Want continued whole brain health? Enjoy a wonderful way to increase mental skills and boost creativity! Spiritually inclined? Dive in to a delightful personal growth opportunity! Math phobia? Fix it now! Love Sudoku already? Find entertainment and magic here!
The Tao of Sudoku- Yoga for the Brain dishes up fascinating facts, enlightening insights and some surprising benefits of this popular puzzle, providing tasty food for thought. The 100 easy to intermediate puzzles come with an inspiring quote, making every page both a challenge to be solved and a meditation for self-realization.
This book can help you:
Stay sharp with a more flexible brain
Exercise Dharana, a yoga of the mind that enhances concentration
Reduce the risk of early onset dementia and Alzheimer's disease
Have fun with a purpose!
Complete the 100 puzzles inside! In the process, discover that you have also solved more of the puzzle that is your inner self.
Winners: Catherine Clonch, Michael Morrison, Annette Swartzmiller
Talk To Me (2 Copies)
Donna M. Zadunajsky
Crowded halls filled with noisy teenagers.Teachers, homework, and never-ending tests.Hanging with friends, dating boys, gossip, and preparing for the future. Isn't that what high school is supposed to be all about?Carly Boyles was once popular and dated the Captain of the football team. She wanted to be like any other fifteen-year-old teenage girl at Lakeport Central High School, but Taylor Ryans changed everything.Two weeks after their break-up, Carly can't find a reason to live after she finds her best friend Staci Garrison; hanging all over her ex-boyfriend Taylor Ryans. Carly decides to take matters into her own hands, but is it more than just the break-up that has her world falling apart?The rules no longer apply between two best friends when a boy comes between their once forever-friendship since elementary school. One phone message changes everything and Carly's world is shattered to pieces.Will she find a reason to live? Will she tell the one secret that is killing her from the inside out?Talk To Me is a gripping tale of one girl's life that will never be the same again...
Winners: Chris Houlihan, Don Stephan
Kept (3 Copies)
Eureka Street Press
Palm Springs: Jorge Gomez leaves his poor family behind and remakes himself as ambitious George Gomes. Soon young gay George is picked up by Connor Hurst, who takes him to an empty mansion for a night of lust. Connor convinces George to work alongside him in a scam targeting gullible retirees with classic desert homes. George appears to be on a strange path to the American Dream, until his help covering up a violent death propels him toward bigger risks—perhaps even murder, one that seems justified, one promising a sizable payday. George doesn't know his role is to take the fall. Yet he isn’t as stupid as everyone thinks. Left alone, literally hanging on a wire with a corpse, George must fight enemies real and imagined if he has any hope of finding his dream—or even staying alive long enough to enjoy it.
Winners: Melissa Harris, Shawn Motherway, Brittni Jenkins
Vampire Boy (3 Copies)
Grand & Archer
When Alex Vambarey attends his first year at the Carpathian Academy, he has no idea that there are other creatures besides vampires. He's never met a gargoyle, or a pixie for that matter. Of course he's read about them -- in the Vampedia -- but in real life? No way. But now everyone's trying to figure out the Magus riddle and win the school prize. Even the Brownies are all befuddled! (new paragraph) Well, maybe it's natural. It's his first term, and there are all sorts of things that don't make any sense. Like all the janitors collecting dirt. That's just plain weird. No, there was definitely something bigger going on. Way bigger. And if he was right, the secret was somewhere in the Night Gallery. The secret about Carpathia, and the secret about himself!
Winners: Kenneth Helmick, Angie Walker, Albert Peruzzo
There's a Zombie in the Basement (3 Copies)
"Milo won't fall asleep because he thinks the monsters in the basement are gonna get him. And, if he can't get to sleep, no one will. Mom and Dad better hope his wild imagination doesn't get the best of him!"
Winners: Kathryn Evans, Pamela Neth, Frank Martorana
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