Bella Saves the Beach Tour – an Award – a Blog Hop


Many of you may have noticed the review of Bella Saves the Beach appeared on April 29th not May 2nd. Well, that would be my fault.  I am in such a hurry to get rid of the cold weather, that at the first available chance, I rushed ahead two days.  My brain told me April 29th was May 2nd and I posted the tour book review.  I apologize to Nancy Stewart (author), Samantha Bell (illustrator), Guardian Angel Publishing, and Cheryl C. Malandrinos (publicity @

Bella Saves the Beach Book Blog Tour

Thursday, May 2nd   REVIEW IS HERE!  PLEASE CLICK!

Book review at Kid Lit Reviews

Friday, May 3rd

Guest post at Lori’s Reading Corner

Monday, May 6th

Interview at Tribute Books Reviews and Giveaways

Tuesday, May 7th

Book reviewed at The Picture Book Review

Wednesday, May 8th

Book reviewed at My Devotional Thoughts

Thursday, May 9th

Book review at It’s About Time Mamaw

Friday, May 10th

Book review at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Monday, May 13th

Book review at 4 the Love of Books

Tuesday, May 14th

Book spotlight at Review from Here

Book review at The Jenny Revolution

Wednesday, May 15th

Guest post at Literarily Speaking

Thursday, May 16th

Book review at Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Reviews

Friday, May 17th

Book spotlight at I’m A Reader, Not A Writer


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I Am Part of the WordPress Family Award

The WordPress Family Award is reserved for folks in Cyberspace who are  unceasingly kind, sympathetic, encouraging, and open to laughter—and who keep each other going by sharing, commenting, and making personal connections even though they may actually be virtual strangers.

Kind, Sympathetic, Encouraging, Laughter, Sharing, Commenting, and Connecting.    Boy, those are a lot of nice things, don’t you think?  I am honored Bette Stevens,(, actually thought I deserved this award.


The Rules

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.√
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.√
  3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.√
  4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them.√

my nominees are, in no particular order:

This Kid Reviews Books — Erik was one of the first to comment on my reviews and continues to this day.  He is also one of the best reviewers of children’s books.

All About Children’s Books — Diane began commenting and encourtaging me at the start of year 2.  Now my best virtual friend, and just a few hours older, Diane thinks I can, no, she expects, me to write a novel.  Diane posts easy explanations to some tough grammar and punctuation rules, which I now understand!  Plus, she has imagined the best dragon to wander through a book.

Mother Daughter Book Reviews — Renee has been instrumental in expanding my virtual world with her Kid Lit Blog Hops, of which I hostess.  She is also compassionate and merciful, and sends my mail to spam!

Reading with Rhythm — Rhythm is a faithful friend.  He trots over to Kid Lit and reads nearly every review and post.  For a dog, he reads at an extremely high level, often to children at libraries and hospitals.  His human is just as sweet and kindly posts for Rhythm.  He may be able to read but writing, especially on a computer, is a bone he has yet to chew.

Susanna Leonard Hill — Susanna produces a wonderful site full of writing prompts and contests.  She keeps me sharp, teaches things I need to know, and doesn’t complain when I am too busy to join an activity.  Erik shines during most contests with superb entries.

Cupcake Speaks — Cupcake is another canine friend.  Ever since I got involved with a dog rescue I have been hounded by these dogs . . . and I love it, appreciate every comment, and would never release the leash and say, “GO!”  Cupcake’s mom, Genevieve, posts for him and often adds a nice comment.  The two rarely miss a review or post.  In this virtual world, these types of friends should never be cast aside. 

When I Grow Up I Wanna Write a Kids Book — Julie has not grown up yet, but wait, you did write a kid’s book, so you are grown up.  Phew! What a relief.  In this crazy world, too many kids–and dogs– can get an adult in , wait again, I am not an adult, so this is not a problem.  Julie’s humor and mellow down-under character is inspiring.

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) — Tara’s Picture Book Month is one of the best monthly activities on the Internet for kid lit writers.  I enjoy her guests, which are phenomenal, and I reap almost 30 days of ideas these guests inspire.  Tara also has a take-no-prisoners attitude and often says what others are thinking. Bravo!

Over the Hedge Over the Hedge is Michael Fry’s hilarious comic strip that, he claims, resides in a few hundred newspapers around the world.  He means real newspapers, that crunch when you touch them and are retrieved by dogs like my friends Rhythm and Cupcake (though he may be too small).  I laugh opening the emails I get from Hammy, RJ, and Verne. I saw a movie with these three in it.  I wonder if they have been kidnapped from their real Hollywood lives and made to live a virtual existence?  Well, I guess that’s good for my email, and my funny bone.

AND . . . 

4 Writers and Readers — I cannot, in good conscience, make a list of those who have inspired, encouraged, commented, connected, sympathized, and showed kindness without naming Bette to that list.  Bette has re-blogged more of my reviews than anyone, consistently comments, encourages, inspires, and connects in a way only a faithful reader can.  I know it is redundant, and a pain for Bette, to nominate the one who nominated you, but I would be an ogre, a witch, a grumpy gump if I did not re-blog her nomination.  Thanks Bette!

A final word:  I love all my readers, even the ones I’ll never meet.  Keep on reading and commenting, writing and posting, drawing and sharing.  Till tomorrow!


Kid Lit Blog Hop 15


Welcome to the 15th Kid Lit Blog Hop. The Kid Lit Blog Hop takes place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.  We have managed to create a dynamic and engaged community of children’s books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists, as well as parents seeking out their next great read.  So, you are more than welcome to link in and take some time to make some new friends.  To join in CLICK HERE for the linky.

I want to take this opportunity to welcome a new permanent hostess on the Hop: Cheryl Carpinello. Cheryl is the author of Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend and The King’s Ransom (The Young Knights of the Round Table) — REVIEW — and she also blogs over at Carpinello’s Writing Pages. Big, big welcome to you Cheryl! 🙂

Before we get on with the Hop I do want to remind you that the sign-ups for the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop, co-hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviewsand Youth Literature Reviews is NOW OPEN but they will close May 10th.  The Kid Lit Giveaway Hop is taking place to honor Children’s Book Week (May 13 to 19, 2013). Children’s book or teen literature bloggers, authors, publishers, or publicists looking to share copies of a great book are welcome to join in.  Each host will giveaway a fabulous children’s, middle grade, or teen’s books; or gift cards, cash, and other prizes — you can only guess what they might be.

If you want to join in as a host, hurry the links will be closing soon (May 10th).  Have a wonderful Children’s Book Week, May 13 to 19, 2013).

To join the Kid Lit Blog Hop 15 CLICK HERE, NOW!

Kid Lit Reviews is hosting two giveaways.  Stay tuned!

25 thoughts on “Bella Saves the Beach Tour – an Award – a Blog Hop

  1. Sorry I’m late! I was at Disney World! What’d I miss? 😉 Sadly, think I won’t be able to join in on Ms. Hill’s contest because I was away – I am stil going to try… Thanks for nominating me! 😀


    • Disney World!? What a great place. It has been years since I have been there, but I hear it has some great new attractions. Like Harry Potter (that is Disney and not Universal?). I hope you had a terrific time. You deserve the award, no question there.


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  4. Well, thank you so much for my nomination. I am truly honored and touched! 🙂 I have every single one of your emails and I open them up daily and just look at them. Sigh… ❤


  5. Oh Wow Sue, what an honour to be included and of course you deserve this award. Your reviews are consistent, insightful, encouraging and just all round good fun so from the southern hemisphere, I take my beach hat off to you. Brrr, we are entering winter, so I hope you enjoy your new found sunshine……. cheers Julie


    • Winter? How cold is an Australian winter? Who wears a beach hat on a cold winter day, unless that day is a nice sunny and warm winter day? :mrgreen:

      Thaks for the compliments. Right back at ya’! 😀


    • You may not know me, your site has hundreds of others working on picture book ideas every November, but I enjoy every post. I loved the message versus fun and enjoyment post. I need to comment more often, instead of read and run to the next blog, trying to get the most read while time is free. I would love to know how you snag all of the great guest posters. I am impressed with your site and what you have done.; Maybe I can review one of your picture books?


  6. Thank you so much for the shout out and for passing this award on to me, Sue! I am honored. Especially because I’m technically a blogspotter and because I don’t comment here as much as I wish I could! Thanks so much! 🙂


    • I was once a blogspotter, too. I would love to read more comments from you–your critique of the review is always helpful. Nice thing about having writers and authors comment on my own writing is the skill they bring.


  7. No apology is necessary. We’re thrilled to have you hosting Nancy during her book tour to promote Bella Saves the Beach. Thanks for taking the time to review it. Off to read the review now. 🙂


    • I should have been more vigilant about the date. Who does not know what the date is? Today is May 14th, so I am finally back on track. Wait, maybe it’s the 13th . . . no, it’s the 15th. That’s right it’s the 16th today.

      Thanks for giving me an out. I enjoyed reading the book and working with you on this project.


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