My sweet romance, Sleeping through the Beauty is free 10/ 16-20. A modern spin on the fairytale, Sleeping Beauty.
Somewhere way deep inside of my weary heart I know
I have to try and try to fail and fail, so I can learn and grow
But I’m tired of taking two steps forward and falling back three
Why does the world only see my failures and never really see me?
Today I’m firing a warning shot over the bow of the world’s ship
To let everyone know I’m no longer pulling any punches or quips
What you see is what you get from now on and forever more
So stand back while I shove my way through life’s closed door
Coming soon. A sweet modern fairy tale loosely based on Cinderella.
Cindy Fellars is determined to keep her young sisters out of the clutches of her evil stepmother, but it's going to take grit, determination and maybe even the help from an unlikely knight in shining business suit.
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Borrowed Wings by Regina Puckett, a baby dragon faces insecurities just like any other baby. His head is too big, his wings are too small, and he can't fly like the other little dragons. His momma notices his distress and then lets him borrow
her wings for the day. What fun! Neither of them forgot that special day, even when baby dragon grew big, and his mother grew grey.
While the text didn't rhyme, it was still enjoyable and age appropriate for a young child...perhaps in the 2-5 age range. Puckett employs several different tricks in writing for children, including repetition, and parent-child relations which will help kids learn. It was a sweet book with a cute moral and is sure to make kids feel appreciated and loved by their parents. My only complaint is that it was too short. I would have loved to see even more dragons and it would be cool to see if Puckett will make this into a series or not.
In my book, it's never too early to get kids interested in fantasy and science fiction. Dragons are the best bridge, because it mixes magic with something that kids are already prone to be fond of: dinosaurs. Regina Puckett embraces this and, as both author and illustrator, does a fantastic job creating a cute and fun world for kids to find. The drawings looked like actual paint, which was cool, and clearly depicted a kid-style version of dragon land. I could see myself trying to draw these when I was a kid and having a total blast.
Reviewed By Natasha Jackson for Readers’ Favorite
In What The Heart Knows, we first meet Bill when he is persuaded to invite Emily to visit him. Of course this is an insane request because Bill hasn’t seen Emily in years and has been secretly in love with her for quite some time. Unfortunately for Bill, Emily has been through a huge ordeal at the hands of a colleague. She is withdrawn, suffers from night terrors and spends much of
her time alone so that no one will know. Bill has been tasked by her family with uncovering this secret without revealing his own. But Regina Puckett couldn’t leave it at that, as we soon learn that Bill was the object of a young Emily’s affection. Throw in persistent threats by her attacker and you have a story primed to keep you guessing and wanting to shake some of the characters.
Regina Puckett has executed this love story laced with tension and fear most brilliantly. I loved that everything that happens has layers to it. It makes What The Heart Knows a multi-faceted tale with depth in both the story as well as the characters. Bill and Emily have loved one another for a long time, but he’s pretending he has migraines and she’s pretending she’s perfectly fine and
not being stalked by her would-be attacker. The emotional spectrum of this story goes from one end to the other, leaving you feeling afraid, frustrated, reluctant and even a bit ‘in the mood’. This is a love story filled with a ton of drama, but it never reaches soap opera proportions; it just leaves you feeling as though you’ve been through the wringer with Bill and Emily.
Among the Living
The day was offered but I wanted to turn it away
I thought that just for once I couldn’t face another day
But there it was staring me in the face with expectation
A beautiful gift, a way to start over, a wonderful creation
So I threw off the covers and did my best not to grumble
For this offering I knew I should be grateful and humble
Because one day that beautiful gift won’t be mine for the giving
It will belong to those who are still here among the living
Concealed in My Heart is a Readers' Favorite winner.
Charity Fields has everything she has ever wanted. She has just married her childhood sweetheart and has landed her first leading role in a major motion film production. But soon a terrible lie and a heartbreaking betrayal turns her life upside down, and she has to rethink her entire future. Charity realizes she needs to put some distance between her and her old love, so she relocates to California to begin a new life. When she’s faced yet again with another loss and betrayal she doesn’t think her heart can handle the pain. Through it all Charity discovers that she has strength she never knew she had, and even if she has to keep her new love concealed in her heart, she will survive no matter what.
Snot Running Down Our Faces
We used to cover ourselves and play in it
Made tasty mud pies with a little added spit
Never caring what soil did to our skin
We had no idea being dirty was such a sin
So here we are all grown up and looking back
Wishing we could race again two-legged in a shack
Crossing our hearts and swearing we would die
If we ever made another person sad or cry
Closing our eyes and returning to play in the dirt
Running until our lungs swelled and cheerfully hurt
Laughing until we cried with snot running down our faces
Never doubting for a second we were in God’s good graces
The Shutting off of the Light
Stuffed animals gathered all around
A beloved teddy bear, puppy and clown
Quietly mocking the innocence of childhood
Silent watchers of evil destroying good
Seeing tears filling a dirty princess pillowcase
Witnesses of a childhood totally erased
A room painted in pink and trimmed in white
Three onlookers to the shutting off of the light