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Book Details:

Book Title: Buckaroo Buckeye: A Little Nut with Big Dreams
Author: Kristin Anderson Cetone
Illustrator: Nadia Komorova
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 36 pages
Genre: Friendship, Social Skills & School Life, Bullies, Growing Up & Facts of Life
Publisher: KLAC Enterprises, LLC
Release date: September 1, 2012
Tour dates: May 21 to June 15, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Winner of the Mom’s Choice Silver and OneBookAZ Awards!

There’s a new cowboy in town! Hit the trail with Buckaroo Buckeye, a lovable little nut who falls from his tree in Ohio, as he dodges the bumps and bullies along the way in a magical journey to find his true place in the world.

Created by Reading Specialist Kristin Cetone, Buckaroo Buckeye teaches children 4-8 to: • Learn to ignore bullies
• Improve their self-esteem
• Connect with reading
• “Dream, Believe and Achieve” no matter their size!

Your child will be inspired by Buckaroo’s determination in this touching story with unforgettable characters illustrated by Nadia Komorova. Get yours today!


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Buckaroo Buckeye grew out of author Kristin Anderson Cetone’s imagination and joy of reading.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, she traveled many miles before putting down roots in the Arizona desert. Influenced by family, education, life experiences, and a desire to teach others, Mrs. Cetone discovered her purpose—just like Buckaroo Buckeye did.

Her true calling and passion is writing and helping others become successful readers. She created Buckaroo to encourage children to believe in themselves and follow their dreams while dodging the bumps and bullies along the way. Reading will help guide the way. Being a Reading Specialist, she has also created Nuts About Reading™ an informal, supplemental, online reading service. She shares her insights and suggestions to help parents strengthen their children’s reading process and become successful readers.

Her joy now is to inspire and help kids to find the Buckaroo Buckeye in themselves.

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Finding Your Voice: Writing in First Person (or Third)

My stories come from my heart.  The words of my stories are intended to create emotions and feelings in the reader based on my own feelings and emotions about the character.  I design one main character with several lesser characters that are met along the way.  My main characters speak about themselves and share events that they are experiencing.  My goal is to develop a closeness with my audience and bring the reader into my experience as the writer.  I feel that children connect to the character and story more through use of dialogue, so my stories use many quotation marks, allowing the reader to feel they are taking part in the character’s experiences.  I have always been able to express my feelings and opinions better through writing and not verbally.  First person is perfect for me to express the feelings of my characters.  I must add, I have my father’s mischievous gene and twinkling eye, so I like to infuse a little humor, whether through words or the illustrations.

BUT more importantly, for children, I feel very strongly that the pictures need to support and bring the text to life.  The foundation to good comprehension is visual processing.  Young children have not yet developed the ability to comprehend through words alone.  They need help to picture the words and the story.  The more they picture, the better they remember the story and understand the writer’s message(s).  Young children develop their own reading success through pictures, representing the text, up to third grade.  In third grade, they switch to using only the words for meaning and comprehension, as pictures are used less.  Now they must master the art of visual processing on their own…creating their own pictures in their minds for the words they read.  Thus, for the older children the task becomes more challenging for the writer to illicit these visuals through their word choice.

 “Success comes from a tiny ‘seed’ within each of us.  This tiny seed contains our hopes and dreams and passions in life.  When we receive encouragement and nourishment from family, culture, education, and life experiences, the seed will sprout and grow mighty, and rise above the bumps and bullies and setbacks along the way.

Discouraging words…discourage dreams,

Encouraging words…sprout dreams,

Parents plant the seeds.”

-Kristin Anderson Cetone

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Curse of the Ancients

Book Details:

Book Title: Curse of the Ancients by Hawk MacKinney
Series: The Moccasin Hollow Series Book 3
Category: Adult Fiction, 278 pages
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Sage Words Publishing
Release date: April 2018
Tour dates: May 28 to June 15, 2018
Content Rating: R (This book is rated R for explicit murder scenes.)

Book Description:

As Craige Ingram climbed the stairs of the derelict building, that peculiar stench of a dead body hit him. It was the same smell no matter where—SpecOps SEAL encounter gone sour, or in a vacant, roach-infested apartment. Inside, his SEAL buddy-turned head of Buckingham Parish Homicide’s Investigative Support Division, Grayson MacGerald, was huddled with the coroner next to a swollen decaying corpse that was days old and hardly more than oozing dead meat.

The PI inside Craige had a gut feeling that there was more to this than a dead body, and Craige’s Grannie always told him, “Trust your feelin’s.” But that was before Mihály Keaulescu set down two of his Black Falcon choppers on Craige’s Moccasin Hollow private airstrip in an uninvited stopover. It got worse. From his airstrip to Israel, to Turkey and a nightmare-dream of one-of-a-kind ancient artifacts that not only threatened the serene life Craige knew and loved at Moccasin Hollow, it would destroy the world.

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With postgraduate degrees and faculty positions at several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to his work in classrooms and laboratories, he has written numerous professional articles on chordate neuroembryology and authored several novels that reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for both the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his protagonist in the Moccasin Hollow Mystery Series. Hidden Vault of Secrets and Westobou Gold, Books 1 and 2 in the series, have received national and international attention. Hawk is also writing a science fiction series, The Cairns of Sainctuarie.Connect with the author: Website

My Review

5 stars

A young woman’s body has been discovered but during the autopsy it is clear that there is more going on than just a basic murder. It seems her neck has been broken and she was poisoned. Grayson MacGerald knows the best person to help him investigate this death is Craige Ingram and calls him in. But soon enough both men find themselves in the middle of terrorists, biochemical warfare, attacks, and a ton more. Both men are going to have to keep on their toes if they are going to solve this mystery.

Craige Ingram is back and on the run trying to solve the mysterious death of several people. But it clear that there is more to this adventure than first impressions. But Craige is a bad-ass and is up to the challenge.

If you are looking for an action packed thrill ride, look no further. This book has a bit of everything that you will suck you in and leave you wanting more. There were a couple great twists to keep me guessing. I do recommend reading this series in order or you will miss something.

This is an amazing series filled with action and adventure. I can’t wait to check out other books from Hawk MacKinney.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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