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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Santa's Bag Sweepstakes from Put Me In The Story {giveaway & review}

I'm so thrilled to be helping the wonderful Put Me In The Story celebrate their awesome Santa's Bag Sweepstakes this holiday season...


Put Me In The Story, the #1 personalized books site in the U.S., has hundreds of personalized books and gifts for newborns, kids, and even grown-ups! With a diverse selection of personalized story books, activity books, adult coloring books, adorable plush and more, Put Me In The Story is a fantastic spot to find personalized gifts that become beloved keepsakes.

As a huge thank you to their customers, Put Me In The Story is hosting SANTA’S BAG SWEEPSTAKES, just in time for Christmas! Now through December 8, enter each day for a chance to win the grand prize in Santa’s bag of goodies.

Santa’s Bag Grand Prize Includes:
·         One $750 Visa Gift Card for your holiday shopping!
·         ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas (NEW personalized book)
·         Our Little Deer
·         Santa is Coming to My House

Open to US & Canada only. Must be 18 or older to enter. Sweepstakes ends 12/8/2015 at 11:59 pm CST. Winner will be contacted on or around 12/9/2015. Official rules

$29.99 personalized book

It’s the night before Christmas and Father Mouse is stirring in YOUR house to the sound of Santa Claus and eight tiny reindeer! Cozy up as Father Mouse shares his story of what happens next. You’ll get a peek at Santa and a glimpse of your gifts under the tree, too. With illustrations that began as original ink drawings, this new spin on a classic Christmas tale is sure to be a hit for the holidays!

Personalize ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas with a name, picture, and cheerful dedication message to welcome this Christmas season with a new holiday tradition for the entire family. 

$29.99 personalized book

Your little “deer” will always know how dear they are to your heart with this special personalized book!
Families will love snuggling up together to read this adorable, personalized book that shows your little one just how special they are. Cute, holiday illustrations and sweet messages of love will have everyone smiling in good cheer!

Show your little star how bright they shine with Sandra Magsamen’s Our Little Deer—personalized with your child’s name and photo, and a special dedication page with a message from you! Share a whole lot of love with your little “deer” this holiday season and all the way through the years ahead!

$29.99 personalized book

Mom’s Choice Gold Award Winner! Your child will light up with joy when they see their name woven into the story with Santa and his elves! Give the gift of a personalized storybook this year by turning your son or daughter into the star of this exciting new holiday classic that soars through Santa’s journey as he delivers presents.

Personalize the story with your child’s name and create a special dedication page with a photo and message from you.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

Put Me In The Story was kind enough to send me a copy of their new personalized book, Twas The Night Before Christmas by Daniel Kirk, for review, and what a charming, utterly adorable book it is!

Daniel Kirk takes the beloved and well-known 'Twas The Night Before Christmas poem and gives it a mousy, fun spin. The rhyming verses of the original remain mostly the same, with a few subtle, cute changes sprinkled throughout. Little readers will  be captivated by the enchanting Christmas tale of Father Mouse and his exciting glimpses of Santa, as it unfolds in lyrical, addicting rhymes. The bright, engaging illustrations have a vintage-y, classic feel and are absolutely gorgeous. Readers will definitely enjoy picking out all the fantastic Christmas details.

And like all of Put Me In The Story's personalized books, my niece's copy of Twas The Night Before Christmas feels extra special because of all the personalized touches. From your own heartfelt dedication to your child's name and photo included throughout the book, Put Me In The Story excels when it comes to all the little details. Your little readers will be thrilled each time they spot their name and photo!

Bursting with sweetness, humor, heart, holiday cheer, and wonderful personalized details, this version of Twas The Night Before Christmas is sure to become a holiday favorite in your home!

5/5 yummy cupcakes

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Monday, November 23, 2015

December Promo Spots Now Open!

Are you an author looking to promote and spread the word about your book or series?! Then you're in luck, because promo spots in December are now open at Word Spelunking...

If you're a Young Adult, Middle-Grade, New Adult, or Picture Book author, I'd be happy to feature you in the following ways:

  • Author or Character Interview
  • Guest Post
  • Book/Series Spotlight
  • Giveaway
You can learn more about each type of posts and my policies by visiting My Policy Page

If you're interested in being featured here at Word Spelunking in December, just send an email to and we'll set something up!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Spotlight: Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle {review & guest post}

I'm thrilled to be spotlighting the awesome new middle-grade book, Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye, by sharing a fun guest post and my review...

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye
by Tania del Rio
created and illustrated by Will Staehle
November 24, 2015
Quirk Books

Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.

Tania and Will’s favorite evil relatives
 (from books, TV or movies)
  • Cinderella’s step sisters (Will)
  • Darth Vader (Will)
  • The Wormwoods in “Matilda (Tania)
  • The Durselys in Harry Potter (Tania)
  • Jane Eyre’s aunt, Mrs. Reed (Tania)
  • King Joffrey from Game of Thrones (Tania)

Warren the 13th is a hardworking, optimistic twelve-year old, who works as a bellhop (and handyman, maid, gardener, etc) at his family’s hotel. The hotel was once a beautiful, busy place, with lots of guests. But since his father, Warren the 12th, passed away, Warren the 13th’s lazy uncle and mean Aunt Annaconda, have let the poor hotel fall into ruin. Wicked, witchy Aunt Annaconda is convinced that the magical and powerful All-Seeing Eye is hidden at the hotel somewhere, and she’s determined to find Warren the 13th and a few unexpected companions set out to find it first!

Tania del Rio’s Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is an imaginative and inventive middle-grade read bursting with clever humor, sparkling storytelling, captivating world-building, and engaging characters.

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye has a deliciously creepy, yet charmingly whimsical atmosphere and a pitch-perfect voice. Tania del Rio does a superb job of creating a vivid, lush, and wondrous setting with excellent world-building. Warren the 13th’s family hotel is a huge Victorian structure full of mysteries, twists and turns, and fantastical things to discover. And this awesome (and surprising) hotel is full of unforgettable characters! Young readers will be enthralled by the eerie, yet enchanting setting and delighted by the quirky characters.

The mystery of the All-Seeing Eye offers readers a fun and fast-paced adventure full of surprises, wicked magic, and clever twists. And as entertaining as the mystery and adventure are, this book is also filled with plenty of heart and tenderness.

The layout and look of Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is absolutely gorgeous, with the stunning and humorous illustrations by Warren’s creator Will Staehle, and eye-catching color palette.

my final thoughts: Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye, with its quirky whimsy, unique look, and wondrous story, makes for a spectacular and fun reading experience!

5/5 yummy cupcakes

Will Staehle is the creator of Warren the 13th, and is an award-winning designer and illustrator. He grew up reading comics and working summers at his parent’s design firm in Wisconsin and uses his design and illustration background to create bold covers, stylized posters, quirky websites and mini-comics to ensure that he gets as little sleep as possible. He lives in Seattle.

Tania del Rio is a professional comic book writer and artist who has spent the past 10 years writing and illustrating, primarily for a young audience. Her clients include Archie Comics, Dark Horse, and Marvel; she is best known for her work writing and drawing the 42-issue run of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. She lives in Los Angeles and you can follow her on twitter @taniadelrio.