Friday 27 March 2015

3rd Book In Award-Winning Adventure Series On The Way

Sir Princess Petra's Mission - The Pen Pieyu Adventures, book 3, forthcoming in the fall of 2015

Synopsis: Sir Princess Petra has already attained her Knighthood  in the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu and her non-princess-like Talent Certificate from Talent School, neither of which pleases her father, the king.
The king writes up more silly rules in the royal rule book to deter Sir Princess Petra from her knightly ways and useless talent , and turn her into a real princess once and for all.

Will the king finally succeed with this newly written, ridiculous  mission for Petra?

Diane M. Robinson has created a heroine unlike any other in children’s literature. Sir Princess Petra sets a fine example for young readers, and for young girls, as the Princess teaches them what’s really important, like friends, being true, brave, honest, and always having faith in your Dragon! Ms. Robinson sets the bar by writing a truly charming and imaginative adventure series and I heartily recommend it.
Jeanne E. Rogers, Author of the award winning middle grade fantasy, The Sword of Demelza.

Book Awards for Sir Princess Petra and Sir Princess Petra's Talent:

2013 Finalist, 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading contest:
2013  Honorable Mention, Readers’ Favorite International Book Award:
2014 Bronze Medal, Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards:

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Sunday 15 March 2015

"Seal of Approval" From Children's Literary Classics

Sir Princess Petra's Talent Honored With "Seal of Approval" from Children's Literary Classics, and has qualified for the 2015 Children's Literary Classics Book Awards.


Literary Classics is an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in literature. Through our AWARDS, BOOK REVIEWS, and SEAL OF APPROVAL PROGRAM, we help you sort through the many books in circulation today. It is our goal to help you select the finest books available. Additionally, our programs offer opportunities for publishers, authors and illustrators to receive recognition for providing excellence in literature.

Children’s Literary Classics, 5 stars

When Petra, a precocious young princess, earns her knighthood, her father the king is not at all pleased.  In order to prepare his daughter to one day become a suitable queen, he insists she attend talent school where she will learn to behave like a proper princess.
Armed with her quick wit, and a fierce determination, Princess Petra sets off to earn a talent.  As she journeys to talent school, traveling with her trusty dragon, Snarls, she acquires new friends along the way.  Together, Princess Petra's motley entourage makes enlightening discoveries and encounters merry adventures throughout their expedition.
Princess stereotypes are gloriously debunked in this book about a royal who dares to be herself. Princess Petra will charm and inspire youngsters as she fearlessly outwits those who would thwart her progress in achieving her own goals, all the while helping others realize their own dreams.  Author Diane Mae Robinson's second book in the Pen Pieyu Adventures is a delightful read and one that is sure to engage and enthrall young readers.  Sir Princess Petra's Talent is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Illustration by Samantha Kickingbird

Saturday 7 March 2015

Book Review: The Legend of Wally Gonkers

Author: R. R. Howroar
Illustrator: Tiffany England
Kindle edition
File Size: 14991 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Zanzabar Valley Publishing (February 11, 2015)
  • ASIN: B00TJ64S0Y

Book Synopsis: One of the hardest things about life is the discouragement we feel when we fail. This can be especially true when we fail to reach our goals or dreams. This fantastical account follows one fellow's life-long journey of achieving his dream of winning a sport that he invented. It shows that we should never give up, even when we face the challenges of advancing years. Above all else, we must never lose sight of the importance of pursuits that others or we ourselves might consider silly. A zany lesson for children and adults alike.

About the story: Wally the Gonk invents a sport using gold plated helmets to bounce golden goo balls into hoops on top of lemon meringue mountains in the Valley of Konk. If a Gonk can bonk off 300 goo piles in a row, he will win the prize to sit next to the king and drink the ruby tears of a dragon that will ensure living a long, healthy life. Each year Wally was the star Gonker and got the farthest of all the players, but he never made it to goo pile 300. When Wally gets older, he gives up the sport until the king persuade him to try one more time.

What I thought: This is a wonderful zany and absolutely fun story written in witty rhyme. The Legend of Wally Gonkers is an original and very creative story. Wally shows the reader how to never give up on achieving your dream no matter what your age is, how you need to use your head as well as your body to achieve excellence in a sport, and how, sometimes, you may need a little bit of help from your friends. This is a great first book for author, R. R. Howroar.

   The illustrations are superb and capture the story's essence to a tee.

   The only criticism I had with the book was that I thought the type setting of the text was rather small and hard to read for a children's book, but that may only be in the kindle edition.


About the author: R.R. Howroar was born and still resides in the Midwest. He has been writing all of his life and finally decided to pursue it as a career of writing Children's stories. What prompted him to make this bold move? R.R. says "After many years of putting it off, last year I finally sat down and put my thoughts onto paper, or pad in this case, the result was quite satisfying. As Wayne Gretsky once said, " you miss 100% of the shots you don't take." "So just writing the book and taking the shot has proven to be a great victory for me. Achieving this has given me all of the confidence in the world to reach out for something I feel I've been destined to do all along." Feel free to contact R.R. and view more of his work at:

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