The winter holidays are fast approaching and each one inspires the inviting warmth of family and friends. This year, I’d like to introduce a new and loyal friend to your holiday gathering, FROSTBITE! 🙂 

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Summary from publisher, Sleepy Sheep Productions:

Bestselling children’s author, Julia Dweck, shares the magic of the holiday season in a delightful story of a boy’s wish for a dog of his very own. After a wintry mix of snow and love, two icy mounds come to life with a bark, a wiggle and a wag. The wonder of childhood is born in one frisky snowpup named Frostbite. Children will be enchanted by the artistry of Robb Mommaerts, whose illustrations perfectly capture the magic of this imaginative “tail.” Told in rhyme by a boy whose dream comes true, this tale will warm the heart of young readers and any parent who remembers wishing for a dog of their very own.

So that’s the truth amidst the snow—
As day turned into night,
I found a dog to call my own.
I’m glad I caught Frostbite

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Sleepy Sheep Productions LLC; 1 edition (November 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991256263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991256266

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Julia Dweck is a published author of children’s books for digital and print publication. Her stories span the spectrum of humor, fantasy and edutainment in rhyme and in prose.

Julia’s background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read and what makes them giggle. She’s collaborated with leading illustrators in the world of children’s literature to produce over 30 books. Her titles have garnered placement on Amazon’s bestsellers lists, “Kindle Daily Deals” and customer top rated lists.

In her spare time, Julia is a designer of educational adjuncts for children’s literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers. She presented at the 2012 National Center for Family Literacy for her creative use of technology in the classroom.

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GUEST BLOGGER: SALLY ORR~THE RAKE’S HANDBOOK: Including Field Guide~ with Rafflecopter Giveaway,review and excerpt…

Please help us welcome today’s guest…


{Historical Romance author}

The rake's handbook

Welcome, Sally!!

MBA&M: Why write in this time period?

England under Regency rule took place from 1811 to 1821. Now the time period between 1795 and 1837 is considered the greater Regency-era (Wikipedia) as typified by progress in English architecture, industry, politics, and culture. During this time, much of the technical advances that laid the foundation for our modern world took place. So I use these men as my heroes, because they impress my nerd-girl heart more than an aristocrat who inherited his title ever could.

MBA&M: What was the most difficult scene to write?

The most difficult scenes or extended parts to write are the ones that reveal a growing meeting of the minds between the hero and heroine. The greatest sexual organ is the brain, so it’s a difficult dance to create the growing intellectual connection between two people.

MBA&M: Who was your favorite character to write, including the secondary characters? Why?

Easy peasy, the hero will always be my favorite character to write. The hero in The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide is a kind, generous, and very naughty man. His sexual innuendo and sense of humor was a blast to write.
MBA&M: What freaks you out more. creature/animal, words/language, or food?

Please, tell us all your hidden fears.

ALL my fears? Hmm, I’m probably not aware of half of them. But I do fear stupidity. Or should I say a lack of understanding the facts. Some people nowadays get their information from TV shows that are based on opinion, no matter what political side you are on. I think that leads to divisiveness instead of cooperation. Oh, and I fear watermelon. Hate it! I’m probably the only person on the plant that does. Eww. 

Thank you, Sally, for spending time with us and our readers today!

~~Congratulations on your latest release~~


The rake's handbook

The Rake’s Handbook (Including Field Guide) by Sally Orr (Historical Romance; The Rake’s Handbook, Book 1; ISBN: 9781492602118)


The definitive guide to seduction…

The Rake’s Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies—who are, of course, forbidden to read the handbook—but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross’s notoriety is working against him and he flees London painfully aware of the shortcomings of his own jaded heart.

Spirited young widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross’s country estate. She’s appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industrial plans. Elinor is sure she is immune to Ross’s seductive ways. But he keeps coming around…impressing her with his vision for England’s future and stunning her with his smiles.

How does one resist the man who wrote the manual on love?



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Sally Orr Author PhotoAbout the Author:

Sally Orr worked for thirty years in medical research, specializing in the discovery of gene function. After joining an English history message board, she posted many, many examples of absolute tomfoolery. As a result, a cyber-friend challenged her to write a novel. Since she is a hopeless Anglophile, it’s not surprising that her first book is a Regency romance. Sally lives with her husband in San Diego, surrounded by too many nerdy books and not enough old English cars.

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“You really are a rake,” she whispered, the sight and feel of their joined hands warming her cheeks. “A proper gentleman would never hold a lady thus. I have been warned about your charms. Perhaps I too should write everything down. Pen a handbook to instruct my widowed sisters what to expect upon attempted seduction and how to fight it.” “Factual or satirical?” She bit her lower lip to stop an indelicate reply. “I could write that handbook too.” His boast made her smile. “I seem to have found another trait of a rake.” “Humph. I’d be delighted to show you all of my traits. Perhaps start with chapter one?” The determination in his voice indicated he was quite willing to comply. “Please do, sir,” she replied in a facetious tone, tugging her hand free. “But I can already tell that I’ll stop reading your book after the table of contents. You know, all of those funny pages in the front of the book numbered v and i.” He chuckled softly, then stared at her until he captured her gaze. “My handbook starts with fine eyes.” He reached up and swept back a ringlet that had fallen over her eye and carefully tucked the curl under her bonnet. Her heartbeat raced. “The eyes are followed by a notable vee.” His gaze lowered to the upper edge of her bodice and lingered in the center. “Oh my, if that’s the table of contents, I don’t dare read chapter one.” “I’d be pleased to read you all of the chapters. There are a total of . . .” He glanced at her leisurely, from the top of her leghorn bonnet down to her sensible half boots. His focus returned up to her neck—almost. His chest broadened as he inhaled. “Ten.” “Ten.” He gave her a smoldering look from under heavy lashes. “Ten in volume one,” he continued in a silky baritone. “Let’s start with chapter one.” He leaned forward slowly, staring at her mouth, as if he might take liberties and kiss her. The distance between them shortened to inches. Close enough to feel his warm breath.  



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THE RAKE’S HANDBOOK: INCLUDING FIELD GUIDE by Sally Orr is an interesting Regency Historical Romance. #1 in “The Rake’s Handbook” series,  and what a beginning!  You gotta love a sensual, humorous hero and a widow whose still in love with her husband. How unique! We usually see widows, who can’t wait to be a widow,but in “The Rake’s Handbook”, we have a widow who actually loved her husband.

A light-hearted Regency, that will have you laughing out loud at times, as well as a some serious themes. Elinor Colton and Ross Thornbury are not looking for love per say, but what they find is unique, and magical.  Oh, Ross also wrote the “Rake’s Handbook” and can’t seem to live it down.

An interesting tale of second chances, with the right blend of romance and humor. “The Rake’s Handbook” explores the relationship between Ross and Elinor with humor, sexual chemistry and drama with a bit of danger, outside influences to keep the couple apart, and some nefarious characters along the way.

While, this is Ms. Orr first novel, I don’t feel it will be her last. She is a writer to watch for in the future. With her humor and drama, anyone would enjoy this tale of finding love and a HEA. A solid  beginning to a debut author and a new series!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley*

Rating: 4

Heat rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More