Monday, September 24, 2012

Uncontrollable Is out!

Yay! Uncontrollable is out today!

Uncontrollable is the second book in "The Nature of Grace" series by S.R. JohannesUntraceable, the first book in the series, has won and been nominated for several awards including Winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Award (YA), 2012 Georgia Author of the Year (YA Nominee), and a finalist in The Kindle Book Review's "Best Indie Book of 2012 (YA)".

Kirkus reviewed Untraceable as "A thrilling story is a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance.  The action flows like a brisk mountain stream interspersed with rapids, holding suspense to last page."

If you like a page turner, you will love this series!

Head over to Mundie Moms for a Big Uncontrollable Launch Party with tons of prizes and then over to SR Johannes blog for even more.

To continue on with the blog tour, check out the line up! Where SR talks about anything from marketing to writing to her books to personal interviews and giveaways.

Book Summary

As 16-year-old Grace recovers from tragedy, her science class is chosen by Agent Sweeney at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to help with research on the new "Red Wolf Reintroduction Program". 

While she’s excited about helping with the conservation of the endangered wolves, Grace knows this means being outdoors in the worst winter recorded, in a place she no longer feels comfortable. It also means working closely with Wyn (her ex) and his annoying girlfriend (Skyler), a girl whose idea of getting close to nature is picking silk plants and growing fake plants. 

After a couple of wolves show up dead, Grace almost quits. However, when a fellow project team member goes missing, Grace continues the assignment under a renewed suspicion that someone might be sabotaging the conservation program. She quietly begins to hunt for clues. 

Little does she know, she is being hunted too. 

On Sale Now! 

Uncontrollable is on sale in paperback and ebook at all major
booksellers including Amazon, iBooks/Apple (coming soon),

If you haven't read Untraceable, you can get it in paperback and ebook
at all major booksellers including AmazonAppleSmashwords,
and B&N.

Author Bio

S.R. Johannes is the author of award-winning and Amazon bestselling Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and new tween paranormal, On The Bright Side. She has also published short novelettes as well as a teen romance anthology with 16 other authors titled, In His Eyes.  Uncontrollable, the sequel to Untraceable, is scheduled for September 2012.

S.R. Johannes is a winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (Young Adult) and was also recently nominated for 2012 Georgia Author of the Year (Young Adult). Untraceable was also recently named a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review's Indie Book of the Year (YA)

After earning an MBA and working in corporate America, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing.  She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world. 


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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Book Review: Change the World Before Bedtime

Change the World Before Bedtime
By Josh Chalmers, Mark Kimball Moulton and Karen Hillard Good
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4238-7
ASIN: 9780764342
Ebook: 32 pages
First published August 1st 2012
By: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Book Source: Publisher
5 Stars
Goodreads summary: Written in simple, engaging rhyme, this story takes an inspirational look into how the little things in life a smile, a kind word, a simple deed can help change the world in a big way. Through 18 stunning illustrations, children will read about eating right, cleaning up the Earth by recycling and conserving, helping the sick and those less fortunate, and working in a group to make bigger miracles. Even an ordinary kid can be a superhero before bedtime! Grades Pre-K to 2.
Marisa's Review: I read this book in e-copy and I really enjoyed it. It talks a lot about the golden rule ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. It is about how the small things in life can really help someone and make their day and therefore “Change the World Before Bedtime”. We often overlook the small things and think we have to do something big to make a difference when the reality is the small things make the most impact. This book grounds us and reminds us that the small things aren’t small at all. I am very happy I had the opportunity to read this book. I hope the schools purchase it for the library. I know many kids who would read this and feel inspired.
About the Authors:
Mark Kimball Moulton:
Author/Photographer Mark Kimball Moulton was born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture.
He is a seasoned traveler and avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and cross country skiing.
Mark also enjoys renovating period homes. His most recent endeavor, Sparrowood of Avon, is a vintage farmhouse in Connecticut and serves as a testament to his passion for nature and belief in a simpler way of life.
Karen Good:
Our dear friends are all around and my best friend, Mark Kimball Moulton (author extraordinaire) lives five doors up the road.
Riverton is our very own Brigadoon . . . only it’s real!
My husband, Bob & I are renovating this 1822 Red Brick Colonial which is perched smack dab in the middle of our town of Riverton. Right next door is the Riverton General Store (which has been in continuous operation since the late 1800′s) where we all meet regularly for coffee and catch up on the latest gossip . . . oops, I mean news!
Riverton is nestled in the valley of People’s Forest and bordered by two wild and scenic rivers, The Farmington and The Still.

Josh Chalmers: Has contacted me with his bio and picture. Thank you Josh!
Josh Chalmers is the CEO (Cheerfully Eager Overachiever) of Earth2, a company that develops socially responsible products, programs and properties. Motivated by a personal and professional mission statement to change the world before bedtime, Josh has designed a company that mobilizes creative and strategic partnerships between for-profit and non-profit projects and companies, to drive revenue, support and awareness to organizations that strive to improve conditions for under-served children, families and institutions.
In 2012, Earth2 launched the Earth2 Edibles philanthropic specialty food division, with a first product, Not Your Mama’s Marinara, hitting shelves in Connecticut and growing into New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts by the end of the year. In addition, Earth2 inspired and collaborated on a new children’s book, Change The World Before Bedtime, published by Schiffer Publishing. Earth2 Events continues to produce socially responsible parties, weddings and fundraisers, and Earth2′s Prints Charming division launches a new line of stationery and special event cards in 2013. Earth2′s ongoing real estate projects, Arcadia and CoolCampus are in development in New England, and the initiatives WELLfed and ARTrageous, focused on the support of clean water systems and school arts programs respectively, will grow in the coming months.
Josh, born and raised in New York City and a graduate of Columbia University, is based on the Connecticut shoreline. For more information, please visit

Monday, September 17, 2012

Book Review: Into the Pumpkin

Into the Pumpkin
By Linda Franklin
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published August 31st 2012
By: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780764341830
Book source:
4 Pumpkins
What Goodreads has to say: The fun of Halloween comes alive in this beautifully illustrated children’s book. The drawings, done each year by the author on the eve of Halloween, follow various “Halloween” characters as they prepare to celebrate this mystical holiday — pumpkins, witches, bats, ravens, black cats, scarecrows, spiders, ghosts, and more. Should they have their party in the graveyard or the pumpkin patch? Should they dress up or simply go as themselves? Take a ride on the witch’s broom and enter the pumpkin for a magical trip both you and your kids will not soon forget. Pre-K through 6th.
Marisa's Review: I love the art in this book! It is abstract yet obvious and has so many warm autumn colors, even the spider is cute (yes you read that right). The story itself is really cute and has a good poetic rhythm to it allowing you to get through it quickly.
For a child who is in grade 1 or so you could really turn it into a sing-song type book and have them memorize it. If you are using this book in the classroom, be it home school or public school you could easily have your child pick one of the beautiful pieces of art to make for Halloween decorations while learning about art techniques. I normally wouldn’t recommend this, however my children studied Matisse in grade 1 and each student did a piece of art copying one by Matisse.
If you are opposed to Halloween then I think it is fairly obvious to not purchase this book because it does talk about ghosts and skeletons and witches and the other “Pagan” things we love about Halloween. 
That said, it is in no way a scary book and I recommend it for kids of all ages as the pictures are interesting to my old eyes and the words are very sweet and easy to read. I can see a lot of potential for this book depending on how you choose to use it.
About the Author:  Linda Franklin is an award-winning artist whose work is widely exhibited in private collections throughout the United States. She is also a celebrated teacher who has launched many aspiring artists onto careers of their own.