Friday, July 29, 2016

Blog Tour (Guest Post, Review and Giveaway): DOUGLAS, YOU NEED GLASSES! by Ged Adamson (C)

by Ged Adamson
Release date: May 17th, 2016
Published by Schwartz & Wade (RandomHouse)
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Format: Hardcover, eBook 
Format reviewed: Finished hardcover from the publisher.


Meet Douglas, a dog with a big problem: he needs eyeglasses but doesn't know it, and his bad eyesight tends to land him in some pretty hairy situations. 

Readers will laugh along with the new picture book character Douglas as he chases a leaf that he mistakes for a squirrel, walks through wet cement because he can't see the warning sign, and annoys the neighbor's dog by mistakenly eating out of his bowl. And when Douglas's owner Nancy finally takes him to what is clearly an eyeglass store and Douglas asks, "Why are you taking me to a shoe store?" everyone will be giggling.

After an eye exam confirms that Douglas needs glasses, and Nancy helps him find the perfect pair, readers will rejoice with Douglas as he sees all the amazing things he's been missing!

Both kids and parents will laugh out loud - and may even recognize themselves! - while reading this utterly irresistible, hilarious picture book. 


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Probably the most frequent question people ask me is "Is it ok to draw birds with teeth?"
My answer is always the same: "Why would anybody draw a bird without teeth?"
The way you illustrate things says a lot about how your mind works. The things you draw represent your aesthetic leanings and your artistic influences. Every artist or illustrator has stuff they really like that inspires their work in a big way. These influences can last a lifetime or they can simply be a passing phase, it doesn't matter. No man or woman is an island and it's impossible to build a Donald Trump wall that stops other people's stuff getting into your work. And who would want to? 

It's a common thing that when people take up drawing or painting or any creative pursuit, they start off imitating something else. Your influences are everything at this early stage and usually, you will gravitate towards one of them and simply copy. This isn't a bad thing - it's almost a necessity because if you're lucky the process of imitation will teach you how to get to your own style. Other influences will be added and mixed. The more you do, the more those different influences will keep crashing together until they form something new: art that's yours and nobody else's. 

There's a whole load of things that go into my own style of drawing and writing. I was lucky enough to be a kid before the Internet. I say 'lucky' because the downsides of having so much instant choice at your fingertips are: 
1. You tend to look at the same kind of things and never encounter stuff that might spark some new ideas and thoughts. 
2. It's harder to be bored. Boredom as a kid is a great thing. It can make you use your brain and explore new territory. 

In that distant pre Internet age, you were stuck with what was scheduled on TV and what was available in your immediate environment. So some of the most memorable things from my childhood that kept me amused are not kid-related at all. What I wasn't drawing, I was watching telly and quite often it would be a programme that was thrown into the listings to fill a gap. Like an old public information film about what to do when a pipe bursts - or an episode of an ancient animated series about chess strategy. TV oddities like these seemed to occupy strange and forgotten worlds and, as a child who was obsessed by the past, they held a strong fascination. 

But there was one thing that, for me, made a wet Tuesday afternoon absolute heaven and that was watching an old British movie. But it had to be a certain kind of British movie. What I really loved were Ealing comedies - The Man In The White Suite, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Lady Killers, I loved them all. But occasionally there were Norman Wisdom films too, Morcambe and Wise features and Will Hay pictures from the 30s. Here was humour from a different source and it seeped into mine and my brother's own sense of what makes something funny. 

Another British film favourite were the St Trinians movies. These always started with a title sequence illustrated by Ronald Searle from whose original comic strip the series was adapted. 

Ronald Searle is one of the most influential illustrators/artists of the last hundred years. His draughtsmanship alone was incredible and his output was staggering. Searle's characters - famous of not - are instantly recognisable as his. His humour is dark but never vicious. His love of Victorian architecture and ornamentation is evident everywhere in his work. There are so many illustrators, including myself, who have taken that aspect of Searle's work and mixed it into their own. 

A big American influence of mine who was a contemporary of Ronald Searle's is Charles Schultz. 

It's hard to put across how much I loved Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus and Lucy when I was a child. They were the best thing in the world. I literally dreamt about them. We amassed a large collection of Peanuts books in our house. We were all fans including my dad. In contrast to the simplicity of the art, there was a sophistication to the humour that kids and adults appreciated pretty much in the same way. That's another aspect of the genius of Schultz - his humour didn't work on two levels (like we're always hearing the Pixar movies do for instance); both children and adults could sympathize with Charlie Brown's insecurities and Linus's curiosity and sense of right and wrong. Through the Peanuts books we had at home, I loved to trace Schultz's development as an artist and the evolution of his style. It intrigued me that the 1950s Charlie Brown and Snoopy looked so different to their 19802 counterparts. 

Every Christmas there would be a new Giles annual in our house. Giles was a hugely popular cartoonist for the Daily Express. Being a Conservative newspaper, it wasn't one we took ourselves but Giles was so loved by us, we bought his annual anyway regardless of who was paying his wages. 

The cartoons centred around a large beleaguered family. They were very Middle England, Southern - whilst we were Northern, working class. But they were so well drawn - in the human sense as well as the artistic sense - it was easy to like them and laugh at their predicaments. But the things I particularly loved about Giles was his mastery of landscape and the portrayal of our uncompromising British weather. Nobody could do a rainy street in so perfect a way as him. His study of the gardens and backs of suburban houses covered in deep snow, overseen by black bare branched trees rivalled anything by Lowry in my opinion. Somewhere in this scene would be the dad working on his boat saying something (usually about the gran) to one of the kids. The gag was rarely memorable but, to me, the art itself was breathtaking. 

I could mention even more strange and wonderful things that have lodged in my brain and given me inspiration over the years but to mention them all would turn this into a small book. So the next time you’ve created something, remember to thank all those little influences that collaborate in your brain to make you who you are.

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OH how I wish I had this book when my oldest, who is now 12, had to get glasses!
You see, we didn't know that my son needed glasses at such a young age - he was having some problems engaging in certain activities, etc. But not even his doctors were aware that it may have been an eyesight problem. It took us a whole year to discover that he needed glasses! And by then, my son had learned to identify things by shapes and colors... he's now been wearing glasses since he was 4 years old, and will have to wear them for the rest of his life! He's not the only one in our family to have to wear glasses, so he's not alone now - but, it would have been so very nice to have a dog named Douglas to help him transition and accept that he wasn't the only one that had to wear glasses at his age... 

The story is so sweet, fun and humorus! Douglas gets into a bit of mischief because of his bad eyesight - something that we can all relate too! His 'hooman' does that best that she can, but soon realizes that her pup needs more help than she can give. Which is something that I can relate too! It's so hard, especially as a parent, to admit that something may be wrong with your child or anyone else that you love dearly. Being able to accept them as who they are is very important - especially if there is a way to help them improve their way of living. 

What I love about this book the most is the watercolor pictures - they give you exactly what and how the dog sees the world. Vibrant and colorful, and yet, a little blurry and shadowy, exactly how one struggling to see correctly would probably views the world - great blobs of colors!

My older boys, 12 and 10, really enjoyed the story - they thought it was cute and funny. And enjoy reading it, over and over again, to their littlest brother who is now 2 1/2. Littlest brother loves the "so funny part" and all the bright "pretty colors". 

Definitely a book for everyone!!! 

*A hardcover copy of the book was sent to me by the publisher for an honest review.
All thoughts are wholeheartedly my very own. 

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(Bumbles and Fairy-Tales will not be held responsible for any lost, damaged, unclaimed, etc. prizes.)

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Ged Adamson is a writer and illustrator. His first two books, Elsie Clarke and the Vampire Hairdresser and Meet the McKaws, are both published by Sky Pony Press. A third, Douglas, You Need Glasses! will be published in May 2016 by Random House. He sees two books published in 2017 - Shark Dog in Summer 2017 and published by HarperCollins and I Want to Grow will be released in Fall 2017 by Boyds Mill Press. 

His cartoons have appeared in magazines such as Punch and Prospect, in books and on film. He's been a storyboard artist and a caricaturist. He also works as a composer for TV and film. 

He lives in London with his partner Helen and their son Rex. 

Links: Website / Instagram / Twitter

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Don't forget to enter the amazing giveaway, and leave a comment!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #149: REPLICA by Lauren Oliver (YA)

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This is where we get to 'spotlight' the books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!!

It has been TOO long since I have done a W.o.W. post! And I am SOOO excited to get back into posting and blogging regularly again!!!
Can't wait to catch up and see what you all have added to your wishlists :) 

by Lauren Oliver
Expected release date: October 4th, 2016
Published by HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult 
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook 


Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. 'A sickly child', her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father's connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she's always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father's name seems inextricably linked to it. 

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute's walls, Lyra - or number 24 as she is known as at Haven - and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing, they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven's purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever. 

Why am I SOOO looking forward to reading REPLICA???... 

First, if you haven't seen, I am a HUGE Lauren Oliver fan! And I have the "Lauren Oliver" bookshelf to back me up on that, lol! 

Next... have you seen the format of this book?!?!?
It's two books in one! On one side, you get to read Gemma's side of the story. And on the other side, you read Lyra's side of the story. Oliver has also said that you can read both their stories at the same time!!! Just by flipping over back and forth with each chapter!!! How amazing is that??? 

And lastly, just because!!! 
OMG, I seriously cannot wait to read this one!!!

P.S. If anyone has a REPLICA ARC that they would like to trade, even if it's in the near future, I'd be happy to try to work something out with you! I would truly love to have a copy to add to my 'Lauren Oliver Collection' *hee hee*

SO, what are you waiting for???

Hello booknerd friends!!! Update...

Hello there!!!
Oh my, you all really don't know how much I've missed being a part of the bookish community!
I miss chatting with you all! Blogging! And talking about books!
I've been reading, but not nearly as much as I used to. 
However, there have been some big changes around here... 

Our biggest news is that we are in the middle of moving into our new home!!!

Did you see??? 
It's YELLOW!!! *giggles* 
We are SO happy to finally have our "forever home"!
It's a bit tiny, but just enough room for us and our books :) 

Have you ever had to pack over 500 books??? 
Seriously, I do now wish to do this ever again!!!  

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And, in between all the "moving stuff" my boys have been very busy with their summer vacation activities... and a our new PUPPY!!! 

This here is our lovable furball... Lillie Bee :) 

Lillie Bee is a 16 week old Cockapoo that has been the most perfect addition to our family!
She is so sweet, cuddly and patient... we are SO in love :) 

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I'm really, really excited to start sharing some new things with you, here on the blog... 
I have a few upcoming blog tours for children's and middle grade books! 
I also have a HUGE "catch-up" book haul post to share... 

I've got some "rewind" book things to share with you too!
Unfortunately, in the middle of our "chaos" this spring and early summer, I've missed some blog posts and have had to apologize to some people in regards to missing deadlines on posting reviews and book tours. I am hoping to still feature these books in upcoming posts :) 

ALSO, as you have probably seen, especially on my Instagram - 
I am heavily into creative-planning and journaling, and hope to share more of that here soon!
AND, after we are settled in our new home and I can fully setup my library/art room - I hope to share more of my art journaling, doodles and artwork soon too!!!

SO much is happening and I am SO thrilled that I will be able to share more with you all so very soon!!!

Thank you to all who are still around, and I'll talk to you all soon!!! xoxo 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Blog Tour (Quote and Giveaway): FLAWED by Cecelia Ahern (YA)

Welcome to today's book blog tour for FLAWED!!! 

I am so very excited to be a part of FLAWED's global book blog tour!

Cecelia Ahern is most known for her bestselling novel, P.S. I Love You!
Which was also adapted into a movie by the same title, starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler... 

FLAWED is Cecelia's Young Adult debut, and it is amazing! I am currently in the middle of reading it and I can hardly put it down!

Flawed, Book One
by Cecelia Ahern
Release date: April 5th, 2016
Published by Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan) 
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian 
Format: Hardback, eBook


You will be punished…

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. 

She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.



- ONE winner will receive an international prize pack from the publisher: 
Swag and BOTH editions of FLAWED!
- Giveaway starts April 7th and will end on Friday, April 15th, 2016 11:59PM EST.
- U.S. and Canada only, sorry.

(Bumbles and Fairy-Tales and its owners will not be held responsible for any lost, damaged, unclaimed, etc. prizes.)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern was born on September 30, 1981 in Dublin, Ireland. She is the daughter of the former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. On 14th December 2009 it was announced that Cecelia had given birth to her first child with partner David Keoghan, a girl named Robin. She was secretly married on 11 June 2010 in County Kildare, Ireland. Her older sister, Georgina Ahern is married to Nicky Byrne of Irish pop group Westlife. Cecelia was a member of the Irish pop group Shimma who finished third in the Irish national for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000. She attended Griffith College Dublin and obtained a degree in Journalism and Media Communications. 

Cecelia Ahern wrote her first novel, PS. I Love You when she was twenty-one. It was published in 2004, the number 1 bestseller in Ireland for 19 weeks and sold in over forty countries. The book was adapted as a motion picture directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler and released in 2007 in the United States. 

Her second book, Where Rainbows End (US title: Love, Rosie or Rosie Dunne) won the German CORINE Award in 2005. She contributed with short stories to charity books and is also the co-creator and producer of the ABC comedy Samantha Who?

Her other works include If You Could See Me Now (US title: A Silver Lining), A Place Called Here (US title: There's No Place Like HereThanks for the Memories (US title: Desire LinesThe Gift The Book of Tomorrow.

Full Blog Tour Schedule

April 5- Nite Lite Book Reviews (US)
April 5- Two Chicks on Books (US)
April 5- Green Bean Teen Queen (US)
April 5- (Ireland)
April 5- Overflowing Library (UK)
April 6- Icey Books (US)
April 6- Supernatural Snark (US)
April 6- Paper Cuts Blog (US)
April 6- Serendipity Reviews (UK)
April 6- Bleach House Library (Ireland)
April 6- Bart's Bookshelf (UK)
April 7- Forever Young Adult (US)
April 7- Bumbles and Fairytales (US)
April 7- Rainy Day Ramblings (US)
April 7- Swoony Boys Podcast (US)
April 7- A Daydreamer's Thoughts (UK)
April 7- The Bibliomaniac (UK)
April 7- Kirstyes (UK)
April 7- Wrath Queen's Books (UK)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #148: ETERNAL SACRIFICE (Mortal Enchantment #4) by Stacey O'Neale (YA)

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

This is where we get to 'spotlight' the books that we are anxiously waiting to be released!!! The ones that we are dying to get our hands on and read into the wee hours of the night!!!

Mortal Enchantment, Book 4
by Stacey O'Neale
Expected release date: June 28th, 2016
Published by: Phoenix Reign Publishing
Genre: Young Adult
Format: eBook


The explosive conclusion to Stacey O’Neale’s award-winning Mortal Enchantment series reveals the secrets of the fantasy world!

Valac has stolen two of the sacred objects. In a bid to rule all four courts, he has threatened to use Excalibur to cut the mist that protects Avalon — ultimately ending the lives of thousands of elementals. As the Akasha, Kalin has the power to stop him. And she refuses to lose anyone else she loves.

Will she have to sacrifice herself to save them?

Desperate to save Kalin’s life, Rowan searches for the long-lost creator of the mist. But what he finds is the very last thing he expected. Everything he thought he knew about his past is turned upside down, and he questions whether he’s meant to be the savior or the elemental that destroys them all.

Told from Kalin, Rowan, and Marcus’s perspective, the final installment to the series follows their journey of courage, duty, sacrifice, and love.


Why I am waiting on the edge of my seat for ETERNAL SACRIFICE... 

First, if you haven't read these books yet, or if they're not even on your TBR or wishlist, I don't think we can stay friends unless you listen to me! You need these books in your life! You need to know Rowan!!!...
(and by that I mean that you just need to get to know him and stuff, because, he's kinda mine and I'll share his story, but not him! He was mine first! Ha!!!)

But, seriously, you need to read it!
Here's the link to book one's ebook - it's free!!!

Second, if you loved Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series (which I love!!!), you will definitely love the Mortal Enchantment series... similar world, but very different and both are written SO amazingly!

Next... I just need to get back into this world! So many wonderful characters, elements and world-building! I miss being in it!!!

And, lastly, but certainly not in the least... ROWAN!!!

(I'll act my age when I'm too old to act differently!!!)

You can read my reviews here:

(Also, all thoughts, opinions, reviews, etc. are mine and mine alone. I did not get compensated in anyway for this post.)

SO, what are you currently waiting for??? 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Brimbles Box Unboxing: April PlannerNerd Box

Hello there!

A few days ago, I received some planner happy mail that I would like to share with you!

A subscription box from the UK... 

The items shown here all came in the Personal-size Planner Box.
(If you purchased a different subscription box from Mrs Brimbles, some items may very well be different.)

I love cool packaging! 
It definitely feels like I have received a gift today :) 

The Mrs Brimbles Washi Tape is a lovely shade of what I would call, baby pink; 
with purple hearts!

As always, Mrs Brimbles designs are impeccable!

Here is a package of ephemera designed by Anna herself!
Everything is matchy-matchy, which I love!!!
And all is so versatile - I can punch these into my planners! Use them as Project Life bits! Or add them to other things for happy mail, bookmarks and mixed media art... 

I love that she has her stickers on clear acetate so I don't have to take them off to see if they'll fit in a spot, or match my pages... I can just place the sheet or cut the sticker out and try before I stick it down!!! 

Included in this month's box is a emoji sheet of stickers from Beautiful Planning (use code BRIMBLES15 for 15% off your order!), an adorable donut charm and a planner-clip by Cherry Blossom! These are all things that I definitely would have purchased myself :) 

In the planner subscription boxes, you can always expect an amazing dashboard!
Very sturdy and high quality! You can use it as is for decor, or, as the dashboard it's meant to be - add your sticky notes, washi tape, etc to it... I usually add it to the back as I do not want to cover or ruin Anna's artwork :) 

Here's a peek at my planner decor now :) 

As always, do not hesitate to leave a comment or contact me with any questions, requests, etc.

Just a reminder - the items shown here were sent to me for being a part of the Brimbles Design Team. All thoughts, opinions, etc. are my own :) 

Thank you so very much for stopping by!
Be sure to check out Mrs Brimbles Blog too!!! 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Cover Reveal: YOU BEFORE ANYONE ELSE by Julie Cross and Mark Perini (NA)

Good Monday to you all!!!
And, welcome to today's bookcover reveal...

by Julie Cross and Mark Perini
Expected release date: August 1st, 2016
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: New Adult
Format: Paperback, eBook


Model Finley needs someone to help her shed her "good girl" persona, so she'll try Eddie on for size.

New York City model Finley is fed up with hearing the same feedback at castings: she needs to take some serious action to wipe the "good girl" stamp from her resume if she wants to launch to stardom.

Enter Eddie Wells. He's shallow, predictable…and just as lost as Finley feels. Deep down, Finley is drawn to Eddie's bravado, his intensity. Except Eddie is hiding something. A big something. And when it surfaces, both loving and leaving Finley will become so much harder.



Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She's a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. She's a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. 

Outside of her reading and writing credibility's, Julie Cross is a committed--but not talented--long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

Mark Perini, is a New York City based author debuting his first YA novel, Halfway Perfect. Additionally, Mark is a featured author in the upcoming anthology, 50 First Times.

Mark began his career as an international fashion model 8 years ago, while simultaneously obtaining a business degree from Seton Hall University. He has a passion for traveling the world, and he's made a blood pact with friends to see all seven ancient wonders of the world before he's thirty. Four down three to go.

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