The Real McCoys by: Matthew Swanson & Robbi Behr Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY

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A Middle-Grade Mystery

The Real McCoys


Her name’s Moxie. Moxie McCoy.

Bold, opinionated, and haplessly self-confident, the world’s greatest fourth-grade detective faces her biggest challenge! When someone kidnaps beloved school mascot Eddie the Owl, Moxie is on the case—but she’s forced to fly solo now that her best friend (and crime-solving partner) has moved away.

Moxie must interview her classmates—both as potential new best friends and as possible suspects. She finds clues and points fingers but can’t save the owl on her own. Enter Moxie’s little brother, Milton. Quiet, cautious, and boring as a butter knife, he’s a good listener.

Can the Real McCoys form an unlikely alliance and solve the crime of the century?

Bursting with interactive illustrations on every page, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr’s The Real McCoys delivers clever storytelling, laugh-out-loud humor, and heartwarming insight. This is the first book in a series.



“Readers will breeze through this ingenious combination of text and art, eager for Moxie and Milton’s next case.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Swanson’s witty text is enhanced exponentially by Behr’s bold, original artwork to create a uniquely told whodunit with wide appeal … An exceptional book.” —Booklist, starred review

“An exceptional middle-grade read packed with giggles for young sleuths who love to explore a little off the beaten path.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This clever, funny, delightful book is just what this crazy world needs. The surprising and inventive interaction between text and illustration shows that two brains are, indeed, better than one–especially when they belong to Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr.” —Andrea Beaty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ada Twist Scientist


About the Authors

Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr


Combining Robbi’s illustrations and Matthew’s words, we run two small presses— Idiots’Books (illustrated picture books for adults) and Bobbledy Books, (a picture book and music club for kids). Together, we have published more than 60 volumes, including titles with MacmillanChronicle Books and LB KidsWe speak, teach, and run workshops on collaboration and creative entrepreneurship (with appearances at TEDx, Mom 2.0,Alt Summit, and ICON7). And we blog about our ongoing adventures in creative mishap.

ROBBI BEHR is an illustrator/print maker/commercial salmon fisherwoman who earned a BA from Williams College and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. When she is not drawing stuff or eating ice cream or watching sappy late-90s chick movies, she is, in all likelihood, fast asleep.

MATTHEW SWANSON is a writer/art director/blues harmonica player who has so far failed in every attempt to be swashbuckling. He managed to secure a BA from Williams but was summarily rejected from every MFA program to which he applied—thus emboldening Robbi to remind him almost daily that he is a master of nothing.

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My Review:
This is an adorable, fun and exciting middle grade read.  If your child is into solving mysteries, this is a great place to start.  Our mini sleuth Moxie has to solve even the smallest of mysteries and she will do anything to solve them.  I love the quirkiness of Moxi and her little brother Milton.  There is much more to the story then the mystery itself.  It is about friendship and family and caring more for someone else than yourself.
I also love that the story doesn’t end after the book is over.  There is more to read and look at online.  What a great interactive series.  The illustrations in this book are wonderful and detailed.  It is almost like reading a graphic novel.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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– 20 Winners will receive a Copy of THE REAL MCCOYS by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr.

ENDS: December 8, 2017
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Nourished by: Lia Huber



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ScallywagAThon TBR


This is a read-a-thon created by Ali at the HardbackHoarder and Amanda from Readallthebooks on Booktube.  This read-a-thon takes place from Nov. 5th -Nov. 11th and has a treasure map to follow to help you set your TBR.

Here is a link to Ali’s video:

Here is the map for the TBR challenges:


So I have set up my TBR for the ScallywagAThon.  Here it is:

I will start with number 4 which states the book must involve death…I will read Vanilla Beaned by Jenn McKinlay (a cozy murder mystery).  My path then gives me two choices and I picked number 7 which is a New Release I’ve had my eye on…I am going to read Nourished by Lia Huber ( I have to read this for a review anyway).  Then I get detoured to B. and have to read part of a series I want to finish…I have two choices here I can read the last book in the Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series called Caramel Crush or I can read Knives & Ink (this one is shorter, I may go with this).  My last stop before the treasure chest is number 9 to read a book from my owned TBR.  Good news is, all of this books are from my owned TBR and I can double dip since it wasn’t stated in the rules that I couldn’t.  YAY!  The treasure is now mine!

Let me know if you are participating in this read-a-thon!


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Wrap Up


I want to do something different with this blog.  I read a  lot so it has become a bit of a burden to write reviews for everything I have read.  I am not sure exactly how I am going to update this blog, but I will think of something.  For now here is my Wrap Up:

Books Read/Listened to:  11

5 crown reads: 6

4 crown reads: 3

3 crown reads: 2

I really enjoyed the books I read this month.  I started and finished the White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter.  That was a fun series to read.  I love the characters; each of them were such a great addition to the story.  I also listened to Heartless by Marissa Meyer on audiobook and can’t recommend this enough.  It was fabulous to listen to.  The narrator did such a wonderful job with the voices, I felt as if I was watching a show.  I also read and enjoyed another book in my guilty pleasure cozy mystery series A Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay.  This series is tons of fun!

Can’t wait to see what November has in store for me.

Happy Reading!


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Mary Rose by: Geoffrey Girard BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY

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Mary Rose


Mary Rose Moreland and Simon Blake are the perfect couple: successful young professionals in Philadelphia, attractive, madly in love, and ready to start a life together. When they travel to England for Simon to ask her parents’ permission to marry Mary Rose, he learns an unsettling secret: Mary Rose disappeared when she was a little girl while the family was vacationing on a remote Scottish island. She reappeared mysteriously thirty-three days later in the exact same spot without a scratch on her and no memory of what had happened.

After Simon hears about this disturbing episode in Mary Rose’s childhood, he becomes obsessed with finding out what happened. He proceeds to launch his own investigation and arranges during their honeymoon for them to visit the island where she disappeared. But as Mary Rose’s behavior gets stranger after their engagement, the need for Simon to unlock the truth about her past grows even more urgent. What he uncovers is beyond his most terrifying fears.

Mary Rose is author Geoffrey Girard’s chilling and modern take on a classic ghost story originally written by J. M. Barrie. And for years, master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock attempted to adapt Mary Rose into a film but was never successful. With this novel, Girard taps into the nightmarish fears that inspired both Barrie and Hitchcock, while also bringing the story to the present day with his own unique voice.


Praise for MARY ROSE

“An exceptional gothic thriller. Girard’s literary roots shine through, and the dread rises with every turn of the page. Mary Rose will send a true chill down your spine. A haunting, scary, and beautifully written novel.” ―J.T. Ellison, NYT bestselling author of LIE TO ME

“Girard’s eerie descriptions exploit the fear of the unknown and the unnatural; and secretive characters, including the enigmatic island, hide their intentions. This is a nightmarish tale of repressed memories and misdirection.” ―Publishers Weekly

“The supernatural terror in MARY ROSE is masterfully invoked via a setting that quietly feeds on the past. Yet the novel’s most chilling element is its aching and desperate love story. The titular character is as multifaceted as a dark gem, and Geoffrey Girard’s genius is in his ability to cause fear of, and for, Mary Rose at the same time. MARY ROSEhas the effect of burrowing under your skin, lodging next to your throat – and then your heart.” ―Vicki Pettersson, NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author of SWERVE and SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC series

“Mary Rose is an elegant, classic ghost story that is, at once, truly literate and truly scary. Geoffrey Girard is a storyteller at the top of his game.” ―Jacquelyn Mitchard, #1 NY Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Two if by Sea


Geoffrey Girard



Geoffrey Girard writes thrillers, historicals, and dark speculative fiction. His first book, Tales of the Jersey Devil, thirteen original tales based on American folklore, was published by Middle Atlantic Pressin 2005, followed by Tales of the Atlantic Pirates (2006) and Tales of the Eastern Indians (2007). Simon and Schuster published two Girard novels simultaneously in 2013: CAIN’S BLOOD, a techno thriller, and PROJECT CAIN, a companion novel for teen/YA readers which was nominated for a Bram Stoker award for “Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel.”

In 2017, Carolrhoda Books published TRUTHERS, a YA novel about the 9/11 conspiracy, and Adaptive Books published MARY ROSE, a psychological thriller/ghost novel.

Girard’s short fiction has appeared in several best-selling anthologies and magazines, including Writers of the Future (a 2003 winner), Prime Codex, Aoife’s Kiss, The Willows, Murky Depths, Apex Horror & Science Fiction Digest, and the Stoker-nominated Dark Faith anthology. The debut collection of his short fiction, first communions, was published by Apex Books in May, 2016.

Born in Germany and shaped in New Jersey, Geoffrey currently lives in Ohio and is the English Department Chair at a famed private boys’ high school. Prior to teaching, he worked as an advertising copywriter, web developer and marketing manager. He has a BA in English literature from Washington College and an MA in creative writing from Miami University, where he is now working on an MFA. He has presented and led workshops on creative writing at schools, bookstores and various writers’ conventions/events.

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This was a very interesting and different type of book for me.  I really didn’t know what to expect when I started it and was pleasantly surprised.  This was the perfect October read and did provide me with the perfect amount of creeps and chills.  Part mystery, part ghost story; this is an intriguing tale.  How far would you go to protect the one that you love?
I don’t know the original story of Mary Rose by J.M. Barrie but I will look into it in the future.  Geoffrey has an excellent way of describing the setting and characters of the story.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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Cookbook Review: Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker

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This is my favorite season of the year.  I love the Fall.  It is time to get out the warmer clothes and dress in layers, open up the windows in the house and let the fresh air in and get out my crock pot so that my family can come home to a hot dinner already made for us.

This cookbook has over 100 recipes for the slow cooker.  The title is not ingenious but the recipes sound delicious.  The images throughout the book are mouth watering.  Now, this is from Martha Stewart so I know that not all the ingredients will be easy to find or inexpensive but I know I can substitute them for things that I can get.  I can’t wait to dig deeper into this cookbook and feed my family delicious meals without taking away valuable time to cook them.

I give this book 5 crowns.


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Wrap Up


Books Read/Listened to:  11

5 crown reads: 3

4 crown reads: 7

3 crown reads: 1

DNF: 1

No Star read: 1

I had a better reading month than last month; YAY!  I read a fairly decent amount of books about Yoga as that was my theme for the month.  I did have something out of the ordinary happen to me this month though.  I put down a book with less than 100 pages to go and I reviewed it but gave it no stars.  That book made me so mad.  Anyway, I am finally making a dent in my TBR shelf and there is once again a bit of wiggle room between my books.  How was your reading this month?

This is my favorite season and I wish you Happy Reading!


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