Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Book Review with a Giveaway: Rascal's Trip by Kathy J. Perry


About the Book


Book: Bandana Acres: Rascal’s Trip

Author: Kathy J. Perry

Genre: Early Reader Chapter Book

Release date: May 1, 2018

Oh, no! Why didnt I wait?

Rascal the raccoon is sorry he ignored the warning signs. He’s surprised by a whirlwind and he’s taken for the ride of his life. Now it’s up to the Bandana Buddies to help him learn the importance of thinking ahead. Can he stay out of trouble long enough to get back home?

Former teacher Kathy J. Perry has developed this series is for kids to enjoy as they bridge the gap between picture and chapter books. Or, read aloud to the younger. With an easy-to-read font, original illustrations, the series also packs additional educational helps: a glossary and a “What If” page to help readers think about what they’ve read. 

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

Rascal's Trip is a cute story about a friendly, distractable little raccoon whose curiosity gets him into trouble.  But he wants to do what is right, and be safe, so fortunately his new friends help him to learn more about his environment.  He was willing to learn from his mistakes.  I appreciated the wholesome environment that was presented in this book.

The illustrations were cute, but I especially liked the cover design.  On the back, all five books of the series are pictured, and it's a beautiful arrangement.  As an Easy Reader, it included an extensive glossary, plus questions for readers to think about.

I also found myself referring to the map in the front of the book several times.  

I recommend this book to beginning readers. First and second grade independent readers will do well with this one.  Because the characters are animals, most children will like not only Rascals's Trip, but the other books in the series, as well.  

I received an ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

After the passing of my parents, I re-evaluated what I was doing with my life and my contribution to others. A former classroom teacher and homeschool mom, I’ve always had a heart for educating kids.

In 2016 my daughter and I attended a local arts and crafts fair where I stumbled upon some cute children’s art and thought, “That’s what I can do! Write children’s books.”

I set my mission. I would do my best to affect our youth through wonderful stories full of timeless character struggles.


More from Kathy

Even with short attention spans, kids learn to think ahead through consequences. As they mature, they understand that their decisions have a direct bearing on the results. 

Rascal, a young raccoon, knows it’s about time to go home, but he stretches his exploring time just a few minutes longer. Too long. Suddenly, a storm pops up and a whirlwind whisks him away to the top of a tall pine tree. Now lost, he gets in even more trouble as he tries to find his way home. Through several mishaps, he eventually learns that he must think ahead BEFORE he decides and earns a green bandana to wear as a reminder.

 Special things about this book (and series) include:

  1. Proven easy-to-read font for early readers (Sassoon Primary)
  2. In full-color with original watercolor artwork.
  3. Leveled by Lexile and Fountas & Pinnell (F&P) for dialing in to your child’s reading level.
  4. Red words are the character’s inside thoughts (rather than italics, which I thought would be harder to read). Kids enjoy the color. In fact, struggling readers love to read just the colored parts to start – and then want to continue reading! (Each book has its own color for this.)
  5. A glossary of newer words with definitions.
  6. A “What If” section for discussion with five questions about the story, and five questions of how the theme plays out in real life. (Parents and teachers love these books!)
  7. Rascal’s Trip is available in hardcover and softcover.


Help your kids learn to read with this fun story and cute watercolor illustrations. This early reader chapter book is perfect for ages 5-8 and can usually be read alone by 2nd or 3rd grades.

Blog Stops

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 2
Cats in the Cradle Blog, September 2
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 3
Texas Book-aholic, September 4
Inklings and notions, September 5
Blogging With Carol, September 5
For Him and My Family, September 6
deb’s Book Review, September 7
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 8
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 8
Older & Smarter?, September 9
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 10
Mary Hake, September 10
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 11
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 12
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 13
Vicky Sluiter, September 13
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 14
Little Homeschool on the Prairie, September 15


To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card, a softcover copy of the book, digital artwork with motivational phrases, and a custom Hoo-Rag (better bandana), covered with artwork from the Bandana Acres series!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Book Review with a Giveaway: Flipping Hearts by Chautona Havig

About the Book

When a hurricane rips through Hooper Island, a tidal wave of TV crews follows and upsets the locals.

Brooks Crawforth agreed to volunteer crews helping to clean up and repair things on the island, not a whole home and garden series on the total renovation of several houses and a bit of cleanup on the side. He’s furious, and the show host is spitting nails at the person who blew it in the first place.

His and his father’s jobs are in jeopardy, the islanders are about to kill him, and that crazy show host blames him for her assistant’s last-minute, “you’ve-got-to-sign-this-now-or-we-can’t-come” contract.

One more thing. Did she have to be so cute?

He’s got even more trouble, though. Islanders are starting to blame Mallory Barrows for the invasion. Not only that, there are rumors of dismantling the association and allowing tourism on the islands. How’s he supposed to fix this mess?

They can’t stand each other, but if they can manage to flip off the enemy switch and flip on some cooperation, maybe their hearts’ll get flipped, too.

This “enemies to romance” novel introduces the next island in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

I've really enjoyed the Independence Islands series.  The characters are connected by geography, and all of the locals know each other, but each story stands alone.

In Flipping Hearts, two very strong main characters butt heads.  It actually took me a while to like Brooks and Bailey, because they are such strong personalities.  Not only that, but everyone on the island is mad at someone!  Islanders are mad at the film crew for trying to steal their privacy, or they are mad at Brooks for allowing the film crew on the island.  Bailey, the host of the renovation show, is offended that her crew would be blamed for anything shady.  But when mishaps continue to transpire, Brooks and Bailey find that working together is the most effective way to get things done.

This story has a little mystery, a lot of drama, and a little romance.  What's not to love?  

I recommend this book for readers of Christian romance.  And if you like HGTV, this is the book for you!

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own. 

About the Author

Author of the bestselling Aggie and Past Forward series, Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.


More from Chautona

How I Almost Missed This Important Life Lesson

He annoyed her. The guy was bossy, demanding, rude, and unwilling to admit fault—mostly. Truth be told, she was pretty much the same. Two people with similar faults. The relationship would never happen.

Now what was I supposed to do?

Without any idea how I’d take two near enemies and turn them into a couple, I kept writing the primary story—the one that was supposed to bring them together. The one that would have driven me far, far away from a guy like Brooks.

Right about the time I thought about that is when Bailey had her revelation. “He likes me.”

I nearly did a spit take. I mean, where did that come from? Why would he like someone who hadn’t bothered to be likeable?

And still the story unfolded. “Life or death” moment? Check. Unintentional sharing of attraction and heart. Check. Still confused author as these characters draw closer and closer… check, check!

It took until after the story’s climax for me to realize that Brooks really did like Bailey for who she was—and vice versa. Only after all that tension diffused and their distrust had been smashed to smithereens were Bailey and Brooks able to examine everything. Only after that was I able to realize a truth I hadn’t expected to learn.

People fall in love with people they argue with.

People in love argue. See, my husband and I don’t do that. We don’t argue. Ever. Do we agree on every little thing? No. We just don’t argue about it.

Look, it’s not like I’ve never written people who argue. I do. But Never have I looked at a fictional relationship, seen that it would produce the kind fireworks that Bailey and Brooks will, and thought, “Oh, they’re perfect for each other.”

Because see… if I were Bailey, I’d run. Fast. Conflict is a natural part of life and relationships, and I’m not so na├»ve as to think it’ll never occur. But entering a relationship knowing it’ll be a regular occurrence? Unthinkable!

So as I pondered all this during those last pages of the book, something hit me.

Jesus enters a rocky relationship with us. Willingly.

Don’t believe me? Think about it. Jesus knew, before He ever spoke light into existence, that His bride would blame Him for… pretty much everything. He knew she’d get him brutally murdered. He knew she’d rail at Him, spit at Him, abandon Him, cheat on Him, and even after forgiveness… she’d do it all over again the next day.

Even knowing all that… He still whispers to our hearts, “Be Mine. I love you.”

If that’s not the most beautiful, unbelievable, amazing thing, I don’t know what is.

It’s probably one of the most important life lessons I’ll ever learn. People choose to be in relationships with people they know they’ll argue with—people who will hurt them, annoy them, demand things of them. And the greatest example of One who does it so beautifully is Jesus. Because see… Jesus entered that relationship with me, knowing I’d be that person. Humbling, yeah. Important life lesson? Most definitely.

Blog Stops

lakesidelivingsite, August 23
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 23
Texas Book-aholic, August 24
CarpeDiem, August 24
Lots of Helpers, August 25
Inklings and notions, August 25
For Him and My Family, August 26
Connect in Fiction, August 26
deb’s Book Review, August 27
Livin’ Lit, August 27
Locks, Hooks and Books, August 28
Blogging With Carol, August 28
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 29
Simple Harvest Reads, August 29 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Mypreciousbitsandmusings, August 30
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 30
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 31
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, August 31
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 1
The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 1
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 2
Splashes of Joy, September 2
Blossoms and Blessings, September 3
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 3
Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, September 4 (Author Interview)
Mary Hake, September 4
She Lives To Read, September 5
Kayem Reads, September 5


To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.