Monday, February 24, 2014

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Duskey Rinker

Dear Readers,
The Queen here with a bedtime book sure to enthrall the biggest Monster Machine Fans. Boys and girls alike who are fascinated by the large construction site trucks will love this book that shows several trucks as they finished a hard day and get ready for bed. A bonus is that there are some fantastic activity sheets provided at the author and illustrator sites. Find links in the Activity Adventure section.

Happy Reading,
The Queen


Book Title: Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Author Sherri Duskey Rinker:                                                         Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Chronicle Books (May 4, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 1 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 32 pages
Genre: Picture book
ISBN: 978-0811877824

Book Summary
As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

Activity Adventures:
Fun Stuff
Download the free Activity Guide for this book here.
Find a Coloring book here.
Print your own bookmark.
Find more activities here

Writing Prompts:
If you could be one of the trucks, which one would you be? Write a short story with illustrations about what your day would be like if you were a truck.

Authors Arena

Author: Sherri Duskey Rinker
Sherri has returned to her passion of writing to indulge her own children's passions. A graphic designer, she lives in Chicago with her photographer husband, a cockapoo named Quincy, several fish, a few hermit crabs, an ever-changing array of insects in jars, toys in every corner, and two energetic and inquisitive young boys: one fascinated by bugs and magic and another obsessed with trucks and trains. She's constantly inspired -- and often exhausted! She created GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE in hopes of happier bedtimes and sweet dreams for all.

This is Sherri's first book.Learn more about this author at her website in the link above. 

First-time author Sherri Duskey Rinker's Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site steadily climbed up the New York Times' Bestseller list throughout 2011, reaching #1 on January 29th, 2012. Here she shares the early inspiration that inspired a career in design, and how another artist brought her vision to life.

Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld's complete bio
Children's book author & illustrator Tom Lichtenheld writes for kids who love to laugh and adults who love to laugh along with them. His books have been featured in Newsweek and Child magazines, as well as the New York Times Best seller list.
He is available for school and library appearances.
See all of Tom's books and get a glimpse of how he creates them at

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cover Reveal for Bloodlust by Nicole Zoltack

Good Day Dearest Readers,
The Queen here with something a little different. Today, I'm introducing to you an upcoming New Adult epic fantasy book. The author has sent me her information, and I'm presenting it to you so you can look for it once it's released February 24, 2014.

I have to say, the cover is stunning and the description intriguing. I will most definitely add this one to my To Be Read shelf, the one I make sure my dragons stay away from. No scorch marks or dirty talon prints on my newest books, indeed.

I do hope you'll explore Nicole Zoltrack's book a bit more.
Until next time,
Happy Reading,
The Queen


Today, I'd like to introduce you to Nicole Zoltack! Take it away, Nicole~

Hi, everyone! Nicole Zoltack here and I'm so happy to share with you the cover for my upcoming release.

Isn't it just beautiful? And it's perfect for the story.

Here's the blurb for BLOODLUST, a NA epic fantasy romance.

In a world torn by prejudice and hatred, six races struggled for supremacy.


Barbarian-Princess Ivy is unwilling to allow her father to provoke the other races into war and forms an unlikely alliance with Lukor the goliath to save her people from utter destruction.


Unbeknownst to her, Lukor blames the barbarians for murdering his sister and plans on sabotaging her goal.


Almost despite each other, they grow to respect each other on their journey to decode secret messages from the trolls. But nothing Ivy can do will prevent the war as her father is blinded by Bloodlust and incites it himself. Not even killing him and becoming Barbaroness can stop the tide. And when Bloodlust claims Ivy, forcing her to kill everyone in her path, she must make a choice to destroy even Lukor, who she may have started to fall for and him in return.

The cover is so fitting, am I right?

The story will be released on February 24th. Ack! So excited. I'd love for you to share this and I'd even kiss you if you add it on Goodreads.

What do you think about the cover? The blurb? Does it sound like something you'd like to read?

Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially fantasy romance. When she's not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend time with her loving husband and three energetic boys. She enjoys riding horses (pretending they're unicorns!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dress in garb. She'll also read anything she can get her hands on. To learn more about Nicole and her writing, visit her blog.