Spooktacular Annual Giveaway Hop 2013


Spooktacular Annual Blog Hop 2013

This is the Spooktacular Annual Blog Hop, hosted by   ‘I Am A Reader, Not A Writer’,  with almost 400 Bloggers participating.  Click on the link or the image above to find all the other Blogs and the masses of  other giveaways.

So… welcome Spooktacular hoppers et al.  Thank you all for dropping by.  I thought I would keep it simple, and  I know you all have a lot more Blogs to whizz over to. So here goes…

I AM GIVING AWAY one  $10 Amazon Gift Card and three Paperback copies of  Mungai and the Goa Constrictor .  The winners will be announced by November 3rd.  All you have to do is ‘LIKE’ my Facebook page or ‘Follow’ my blog.  Whichever you prefer; or both if you wish. I much prefer being followed by people who have a genuine interest in my blog, so there is no pressure to follow if it is not for you. (Oh! and please let me know in the comments below)

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‘Beware of predators in the guise of friends’

Mungai, a jungle creature of indeterminate origin, happily ambles through life dreaming up scandalous get-rich-quick schemes. On his travels he meets Goa, an equally ruthless and selfish Boa Constrictor. Having explained to her  “the usefulness of the lesser species”,  and his latest highly profitable master plan, Mungai tempts Goa into joining him in his search for as many unsuspecting creatures as they can muster.  Successful in this quest, they set about stripping the rainforest of its valuable assets.

Told through the eyes of animals, the reader is taken on a compelling journey through the jungle; together with a wealth of colourful and enjoyable characters, conspiracies and the unlikely friendships forged between the various species of the animal kingdom.

A timeless tale for children and adults alike

An excerpt from Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

They journeyed on, getting deeper and deeper into the jungle, and then changed tack and veered towards the edge, but not in the direction of the two-legs. They were, in fact, quite far away from them when they eventually managed to track down the mysterious monkey.

They caught a fleeting glimpse of him, just as he caught a glimpse of Hogbog, and watched in awe as he disappeared with unparalleled speed into the branches above.

“Wow!” said Bodger. “Did you see that?” he asked anyone who was listening. “No wonder he’s never been captured.”

“Hogbog,” called Caw-Caw. “You’re on again.”

Hogbog scurried round in circles near the spot where they had last seen him, and within minutes was on the trail again.  He forged ahead, sniffing and snuffling after his quarry, refusing to be beaten (after all, he did have a reputation to uphold) until finally, there above him, high in the canopy, sat the Oracle.

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Ta dah! – And the winners are…


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Sorry to be so late with this announcement.

I am pleased to announce the following winners of the three paperback copies of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

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Tammy Hudson

Michelle Willms

I shall contact you all by email to see where you would like your copies to be sent.   🙂

Thanks to everyone who participated.  It was great fun.  See you all at the next hop.

Book Tour and Spotlight: Sir Stan the Bogeyman by Stacie Morrell


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Welcome to the Spotlight of Sir Stan the Bogeyman.  I am rather partial to rhyming books, and this one is particularly good.   The rhyming is excellent and the story just right for children  –  not too scary,  but carrying just the right amount of intrigue to keep them sitting to attention.  
Plus,  there is a bonus  –  Enter the rafflecopter and you could win a signed paperback copy of Sir Stan the Bogeyman.
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Sir Stan the BogeymanBook Description:

Do dark places bother you?

The space under your bed…

The closet, door slightly ajar…

Do you believe in the Bogeyman?

Who is he?

Where did he come from?

What does he want?

Maybe he has a story to tell,

And we should listen.

 
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Author Stacie Morrell

About Stacie:

Accomplishments: Started a used bookstore for the Friends of the Wilsonville Library, subject of Oregonian article, published in: Antiques and Collectibles Magazine, Bookman’s AB Magazine, Antique Trader, Writer’s Digest (writing clinic), Book Magazine. Started the E-Commerce collectibles department for Goodwill of the Columbia Willamette. Currently pursuing an Associates of Applied Science in Business and Management at Portland Community College, holding a 3.98 GPA, member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, on Dean’s and President’s List.

Interests: Reading (pretty much anything even the cereal box if nothing else is available), writing (all genres), family (wife and mother), growing in and spreading my faith, learning (information geek), travel (but I rarely ever get to), volunteering, bargain hunting at garage sales, thrift stores, flea markets, etc.

In one sentence, who am I? Stacie Morrell is an eccentrically entertaining neurotic bibliophile who sells collectibles, tries to have patience with her precocious daughter, fearlessly tries to do everything, and writes because she is driven to as part of her genetic composition.

If I could go back and do one thing over: I would have figured out what I wanted from life way before now and gone back to school to get it (much, much sooner than I did).

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Off to Oz – Giveaway Hop


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Welcome to all blog hoppers and other visitors
This week I am thrilled to be part of another fabulous event hosted by I Am a Reader Not a Writer and Angela’s Anxious Life

To celebrate this happening,  I am giving away three paperback copies of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor.
To enter;  all you need to do is follow this blog (right sidebar) or LIKE Mungai’s page on Facebook (left sidebar) – as simple as that  🙂

There are over 80 wonderful blogs participating and masses of prizes to be won.
Click here to view the list and follow the fun 

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About Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

Mungai,  a jungle creature of indeterminate origin,  happily ambles through life dreaming up scandalous get-rich-quick schemes.   On his travels he meets Goa,  an equally ruthless and selfish Boa Constrictor.   Having explained to her “the usefulness of the lesser species”,  and his latest highly profitable master plan,  Mungai tempts Goa into joining him in his search for as many unsuspecting creatures as they can muster.

Very soon they meet and befriend some innocent animals of the woodland,  including Bodger,  an amiable and easily led badger.   With much flattery and tale spinning,  Mungai cajoles Bodger and his friends into joining forces with him and Goa in his latest ill-founded chicanery.

The gullible little creatures take it all in.   But,  will they come to their senses before their beloved environment is destroyed entirely?

“Great, great, great book!  Excellent lesson,  and almost a vicious-circle type ending,  which I find to be uncommon in most books”  (The Halulkos)

“This was a clever,  enjoyable,  different,  well-crafted story and one I’d love to see as an animated movie. Both the book (and the movie!) would appeal to older children and adults alike” (Beeshon)

“This ought to be a staple in family homes,  schools and libraries across the globe”  (Paul)

“Filled with endearing characters and plenty of action and adventure,  Mungai and the Goa Constrictor would make a perfect addition to any home library” (Bette Stevens)

Click on the menu in the left sidebar to read more review snippets, full reviews and chapter snippets.

Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop: WINNERS


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Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop July 2nd to July 9th 2013

Now that this great giveaway is over, it’s time to announce the winners of the 3 paperback copies of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor. Thanks to all who visited and a special thank you to those of you who left a comment.  It was greatly appreciated.

I have tried to be fair and in the end I put all names on separate bits of paper and threw them into a bowl. One of my children drew out three names.

And the winners are: Ta Dah…. Vanessa Hancock – Bette A Stevens – Dorothy Teel – Congratulations to all of you 🙂 🙂

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Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop


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Freedom to Read Welcome to yet another fantastic Giveaway Hop co-hosted by Bookhounds and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

To celebrate this spectacular event I am giving away three Paperback copies of Mungai and the Goa Constrictor (US only).

To enter to WIN one of these copies, all you have to do is FOLLOW this Blog (right hand sidebar) and LIKE Mungai and the Goa Constrictor on Facebook, and leave your details in the comments section.

There are oodles of fabulous prizes to be won everywhere, so why not join the hop and visit the other sites.   Over 150 blogs are participating, which is pretty phenomenal, so click here on the LINKY and have some fun.

Lots and lots of luck to everyone.

About MUNGAI AND THE GOA CONSTRICTOR

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Mungai, a jungle creature of indeterminate origin, happily ambles through life dreaming up scandalous get-rich-quick schemes. On his travels he meets Goa, an equally ruthless and selfish Boa Constrictor. Having explained to her “the usefulness of the lesser species”, and his latest highly profitable master plan, Mungai tempts Goa into joining him in his search for as many unsuspecting creatures as they can muster.
Very soon they meet and befriend some innocent animals of the woodland, including Bodger, an amiable and easily led badger. With much flattery and tale spinning, Mungai manages to coax Bodger and his friends into joining forces with him and Goa in his latest ill-founded chicanery. So convinced are the little animals by Mungai’s anecdotes of wealth and happiness, the gullible companions persuade multitudes of other species from the woodland, jungle and rainforest to come along as well.
But, things are not quite what they seem, and before long, through the force of sheer greed, the future of their beloved environment is in the balance.
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“Amelia Curzon has created a beautiful fable in “Mungai and the Goa Constrictor” that warns of the effects of destruction of the forest in a fashion that is innocent, entertaining and compelling” – Scarlett Raines

“A witty and fascinating story filled with a splendid collection of characters” – Jason Sullivan

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MUNGAI’S LATEST REVIEW

  Educational and entertaining
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Mungai and the Goa Constrictor” by Amelia E. Curzon is as lovely a story as it is serious. Written for children and adults alike it should provide a good base for adult – child discussions on the ethics of animal welfare and nature preservation.
With a hint of Animal Farm and The Jungle Book this is a wonderful moral tale about two animals, one a boa constrictor, the other unspecified, and their ploy to use other animals and nature reserves to have an easy and wealthy life. Told from an animal perspective,
there are beautiful scenes where animals use their natural abilities to create a mill and constructions and only gradually does it dawn on them what they do to their own habitat and environment.
The characters in the story are well-developed and make the story richer than just a moral tale, which I found quite a relief after reading the blurb. This is unique and intelligently written, exposing the idea behind the manipulating two, the naivety of the animals and the book distinguishes between the good and the bad ‘two-legs’.
Pleasantly sophisticated it may be too much for the very young readers, but could well be transcribed into a picture book with the right illustrator. It is a story and a book worth exploring.

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Spotlight: Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy – Blog Tour


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Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy (Book 2)

After barely surviving the onslaught of monsters that tried to kill him the day before his fourteenth birthday, Jack Templar leaves his hometown on a quest to rescue his father and discover the truth about his past. Joined by his friends Will and T-Rex, and led by Eva, the mysterious one-handed monster hunter, Jack sets out for the Monster Hunter Academy where he hopes to find answers to his questions. Little does he suspect that the Academy is filled with dangers of its own, many of them more terrifying than anything he’s faced so far.

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Jack Templar: Monster Hunter

Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack’s fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it’s great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend “T-Rex” from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he’s the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he’s destined to be in the family business. Second, that there’s a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits…until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.

As if that weren’t enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the “One?” Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.

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Awards for Jack Templar Monster Hunter

Book of the Year Finalist by Forward Magazine

Next Generation Indie Book Finalist

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Indie Excellence Finalist

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Parents Choice Recommended Book Award

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Author Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus grew up in Cyprus, Greece, and Saudi Arabia where there was a distinct lack of television. He quickly found books were the gateway to incredible adventures, fascinating characters and unbelievable discoveries. Now, with five children of his own (all who watch too much television, in his opinion), he has enjoyed revisiting his old books and reliving those adventures all over again.

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Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

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