April 21, 2014

Author Feature - Yvonne Ventresca

Author - Yvonne Ventresca - www.YvonneVentresca.com

Book - Pandemic

Genre - YA

Publisher -
Sky Pony Press

Road to Publishing -
  I've been writing seriously for about ten years. Although I had some success getting two nonfiction books published, writing a good novel was much harder. Pandemic was actually my fourth attempt at a novel. (I'm currently going back and revising number three.) It's been a long process, but a rewarding one.

Book Synopsis - Pandemic is a contemporary, realistic young adult novel about an emotionally traumatized teenager struggling to survive a bird flu pandemic.

In Pandemic, only a few people know what caused Lilianna Snyder's sudden change from a model student to a withdrawn pessimist who worries about all kinds of disasters. After her parents are called away on business, Lil’s town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread fatal illness. With her worst fears realized, Lil must find a way to survive not only the outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons.

More Info - I have a blog for writers at www.yvonneventresca.com/blog.html. You can also find me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/YvonneVentresca), Facebook (www.facebook.com/yvonne.ventresca.3), Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/author/show/317481.Yvonne_Ventresca) and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/yvonneventresca).

Disclosure - The questions were answered by the spotlight person in conjunction with my new feature.  I have not read the books.  I received nothing for this post.

April 18, 2014

Nancy B's Microscope and Activity Journal Review and Giveaway

Disclosure - I received a product to review from the below company or their PR Agency.

It's Spring Break, and my 2nd grader has been home all week.  She likes school and she likes staying involved, so we've spent time finding school related activities for her to do.  

Her favorites were staying up late to watch the lunar eclipse,

and trying out the new Nancy B Microscope.

The microscope comes complete with a microscope, an activity journal, 4 premade slides, blank slides to do your own research, and all of the tools you see here.

To use, you put the microscope on the lowest zoom setting, and insert the slide.  Then you slowly raise the slide base until the image is centered and focused.  Then you can adjust the magnification and adjust again.  You can also to choose whether you want a top light, or a bottom light.  Changing the light direction does change how the image looks.

Kiki had never looked in a telescope before, so she was completely amazed that just by adjusting the focus, you could see this peacock feather.

 As cool as that was, her favorite thing was making her own slide out of a piece of her hair.

To Buy - If you have a budding scientist, or are looking to supplement school work at home, the Nancy B Microscope is perfect.  It retails for $39.99 and is available on the educational insights website.

The only cons with the microscope is there are only 4 premade slides, so children will need to create their own for continued exploration.  I also wish there was some type of container to organize the slides. It also takes AAA Batteries.

On another note, Nancy B's Science Club has an amazing contest going on right now.  They have a Summer Science Scholarship – for ages 8 to 17 - now open for entry by May 1st, 2014 on the Nancy B’s Science Club website. The winner will receive $500 plus five science tools to help make their science dreams come true.  So if you have a little girl that loves science, you'll definitely want to check that out in the next two weeks.

To Win - One of my lucky readers here will win their very own Nancy B's Microscope and Activity Journal!  To enter complete any of the entries on the rafflecopter form below.  Open to US and Canada - NO PO Boxes.

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Opinions expressed in this post are strictly my own - I was not influenced in any way. I received no monetary compensation for this post. By entering this giveaway you agree to my giveaway/disclosure guidelines

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