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Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Monster Twins Blog Tour (review & giveaway)


I'm thrilled to have The Monster Twins Blog Tour stopping by today! This tour is sponsored by The Monster Twins and hosted by The Children's Book Review...



Written by Robert and Karen Hanvik 
Illustrated by Ella Ransom 

Bella and Bertie are twins, but they don’t know that, or each other. Separated while babies by bad law, they grew up 6000 miles apart, in Singapore and London. Follow the twins as they discover their shared past and do their best to make a better future for themselves, their families, and others like them. 





The Monster Twins is a sweet picture book about families, written by a family, with a timely message. Readers will join twin monsters Bella and Bertie, who were separated at birth by an awful law, as they and all their parents go on an unforgettable journey full of discovery, courage, and love. 

Robert and Karen Hanvik’s engaging story will pull readers in with its imagination, thoughtful story, and colorful characters. Kids will latch on to Bella and Bertie’s touching story and relatable tales of feeling different. Ella Ransom wonderfully brings the story to life with fun, colorful scenes that highlight the sights of Singapore and London.  

With a beautiful and important message, charming characters, and fun illustrations, The Monster Twins is a delight! 



About the Authors 

Robert, Karen & Ella

The Monster Twins represents Robert’s first foray into children’s literature. Having been trained in journalism, Robert has written for media in the United States and England. As a long-time communications consultant, Robert also has written professionally on behalf of clients and governments around the world. In his various roles, he has traveled extensively in North America, the UK, and Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. 

About the Illustrators 

The Monster Twins is the first book Karen has designed and illustrated, although she has stretched her creative muscles for many years. Having trained at London College of Fashion and Central St. Martins (UK), Karen has channeled her creativity into numerous areas over the years, including her own line of high-fashion scarves (karenhanvik.com) and a successful career as a digital marketing consultant. An avid traveler, Karen has visited numerous locations across North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Singapore, and Australia 

Karen’s and Robert’s daughter Ella has enjoyed drawing monsters for as long as she can remember, starting when she was just six years old. More recently, she has added a deep interest in architectural drawings large and small, which inspired her to include a number of iconic buildings in The Monster Twins. Ella studied art and design at University for the Creative Arts (UK) and is currently studying for her bachelor’s degree in Computer Animation Art and Design at Bournemouth University (UK). With her family, 19-year-old Ella has spent time in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Singapore. 

For more information, visit https://monstertwins.comTwitterFacebook, and Instagram. 




Enter for a chance to win a copy of The Monster Twins and a Visa gift card!

One (1) grand prize winner receives: 
A physical copy of The Monster Twins 
A digital flipbook copy of The Monster Twins 
A $25 Visa gift card to stock up on more books from your favorite bookstore 

Five (5) winners receive: 
  • A choice of: 
  • A physical copy of The Monster Twins 
  • A digital flipbook copy of The Monster Twins 

Giveaway begins July 20, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends August 20, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT. 
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Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with The Children's Book Review. I received a free copy of The Monster Twins to review. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

EQ Explorers Tour (review and giveaway)


I'm excited to have the EQ Explorers Tour stopping by today! This tour is sponsored by EQ Explorers and hosted by The Children's Book Review...



Written by Kim Linette 
Illustrated by James Loram 

The secret to happiness? It’s written on a whale’s tail. At least that’s what Koa hears, and so he sets out in search of Wally Whale and the valuable knowledge that he hopes Wally will share. 

Wally Whale’s Mighty Tail, one of the first books in the EQ Explorers series, teaches the powerful EQ principle: Happiness is a Choice. It’s a lesson of emotional intelligence that is essential for any child—including Koa, who learns as he journeys through the Pacific with Wally Whale. 

Ages 4-12 | Publisher: Kapalua Cove, LLC | August 1, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1950062003

Available Here: https://amzn.to/3deRJ4O 


Written by Kim Linette 
Illustrated by James Loram 

The last thing Danny expects to come across during his hike in the forest is a very insecure bear. And yet, Compare Bear is precisely that—a bear who struggles to see his own strengths, and instead constantly compares himself to other animals, with astonishing results. 

In Compare Bear’s Double Dare, one of the first books in the EQ Explorers series, Danny helps his unique new friend take to heart the powerful EQ principle: Be Yourself. Don’t Compare. It’s a lesson of emotional intelligence that is essential for any young reader. 

Ages 4-12 | Publisher: Kapalua Cove, LLC | August 1, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1950062010 

Available Here: https://amzn.to/2UUXdeS 


Written by Kim Linette 
Illustrated by James Loram 
Jojo Giraffe’s Big Laugh, the third book in the EQ Explorers series, takes children on a journey through the African Savannah, learning what it means to be wonderfully unique along the way—just like the spots on each and every giraffe. 

The story centers around the powerful EQ principle: Don’t Take Things Personally. It’s a lesson of emotional intelligence that is essential for any child—including Kali, who learns through a series of fun adventures with Jojo Giraffe. 

Ages 4-12 | Publisher: Kapalua Cove, LLC | April 21, 2020 | ISBN-13: 978-1950062096 

Available Here: https://amzn.to/3fufdV2 




Kim Linette is the mother of six wonderful children and the founder of Kapalua Cove Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering children to create healthy relationships and joy-filled lives. In ancient Hawaiian, “Kapalua” means “arms embracing the sea.” Passionate about helping children throughout the world, Kim has written her EQ Explorers books to inspire all children and their caretakers to live big, happy lives! Raised in Southern California, Kim now splits her time between Alpine, Utah and Lahaina, Maui.

For more information, visit www.eqexplorers.comFacebook, and Instagram. 



Kim Linette’s EQ Explorers series aims to encourage and inspire readers with tales that explore and teach emotional intelligence (EQ)...and 100% of profits are donated to help children around the world! 

Through charming, clever storytelling; relatable situations; and carefully crafted, pitch-perfect delivery of ideas, each book in this series gently and thoroughly explores an important aspect of emotional intelligence and offers readers valuable life lessons. Linette’s charismatic animal characters and diverse, smart kid characters prove to be entertaining and engaging. James Loram captures the heart and humor of each tale through bright, lush nature scenes full of beautiful details. 

With fun tales, great illustrations, and important lessons, the EQ Explorers series will delight, educate, and captivate young readers. 



Enter for a chance to win an EQ Explorers prize pack! 
One (1) grand prize winner receives: 
  • A copy of Jo Jo Giraffe’s Big Laugh autographed by Kim Linette. 
  • A copy of Compare Bear’s Double Dare autographed by Kim Linette. 
  • A copy of Wally Whale’s Mighty Tail autographed by Kim Linette. 
  • A play fort perfect for reading and imagination play. 

Two (2) winners receive: 
  • A copy of Jo Jo Giraffe’s Big Laugh 
  • A copy of Compare Bear’s Double Dare 
  • A copy of Wally Whale’s Mighty Tail 

Giveaway begins July 6, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends August 6, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT. 
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