Professor Owl’s Book Corner #WATWB ~ WWII Veteran Becomes Children’s Book Author

Welcome to the “We are the World BlogFest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference, we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. #WATWB was started in 2017, this month marks our fifty-fifth opportunity to share positive uplifting stories to inspire, give hope and motivate others. This is our last post as sadly #WATWB is ending. I have enjoyed the experience in being part of such a positive project and one I will continue in my own way. The two co-hosts, this month are: myself,

Sylvia McGrath (https://www.professorowlsbookcorner.com) and Belinda Witzenhausen (https://www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

Those who know me can tell you how passionate I am about sharing positive information for and about young people with disabilities and learning challenges also seniors who are still following their dreams despite their age and health.

I can relate to the story this month, as my longtime dream has always been that of writing for children with special needs, at times I must say I wonder if I am too old.

This story is about a 95-year-old man who has recently published his first children’s book which is a remarkable success and. he also has other book on the way. It just goes to show one is never too old to start over again. So, there is hope for me yet.

So, I will not give up and hopefully by the end of the year, I will be able to finish the books I am writing.

 


 

#NetGalley #BookReview Under Lock & Skeleton Key (Secret Staircase Mystery #1) by Gigi Pandian #mystery #cozy #lockedroom

Under Lock & Skeleton Key

(Secret Staircase Mystery #1)

by Gigi Pandian

Release date: March 15th, 2022  

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Under Lock & Skeleton Key (Secret Staircase Mystery #1) by Gigi Pandian from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press /Minotaur Books in order to read and give an honest review.  

As a cozy this really has it all, a complex, interesting mystery with thrill, chills and intrigue along the way….

Being a fan of Gigi Pandian’s Jaya Jones series, I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to read and review Under Lock & Skeleton Key, the first book of her locked room Secret Staircase Mystery Series. Those of you familiar with the Jaya Jones series will find some homage paid to it in this newest series however it works well as a standalone.

As the book opens, we meet Tempest Raj who has recently fallen from grace as a magician in Las Vegas After a trick goes horribly wrong Tempest barely escapes with her life but loses her reputation and is publicly disgraced. After losing everything Tempest returns to her family’s home in California. Tempest’s childhood home was far from normal, she grew up in a home any kid would love, filled with secret staircases and enchanted gardens. Her family owned the Secret Staircase Construction company which specializes in hidden and unique home designs inspired by magic. Her mother, the company’s creative vision, long gone, her father struggles to keep the company afloat. When Tempest was doing well with her Las Vegas act she had been sending money home to help her family but now she is doing all she can to find a way to help them.

When the body of her stage double is found inside a long-sealed wall in her father’s current project, she feels compelled to get to the bottom of it. When strange things begin to happen to Tempest along with her look-alike’s murder it is becoming clear that Tempest is at the heart of the murder, and she must solve it before she becomes the killer’s next victim.

Under Lock & Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian is a unique and extremely fun cozy mystery. I love the fact her books feature diverse, multi-faceted characters who all feel well-formed and really add to the story. As a cozy this really has it all, a complex, interesting mystery with thrill, chills and intrigue along the way….featuring some great Indian food (with recipes at the back), everything a reader could ask for. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the further adventures of Tempest Raj.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ March 13th., 2022

Remember, however, if you need someone to help you with homework, or with problems you are experiencing we are listing some numbers and links below where you can receive help ~ Kids Help Phone Call 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868. Available24hours a day to Canadians aged 5 to 29 who want confidential and anonymous care from trained responders. To access support through Facebook Messenger, see the Kids Help Phone above.

Professor Owls Book Corner still wants you all to stay safe by wearing your masks, maintaining distances required and washing hands in the hope that Covid 19 and all its variants will soon be back to normal.  A lot of countries are now hoping for us all to get back to normal but in the meantime stay safe. Although a few restrictions have been moved, in Canada you still must use a mask. which will be reviewed at the end of March 2022. There are however some school boards that have removed the use of masks while in school after the March Break.

Have yourselves a wonderful March Break but stay safe everyone, and if you should have questions or problems, please feel free to use the numbers above.

These Hollow Vows Hardcover

These Hollow vo

by Lexi Ryan  (Author)

A New York Times Bestseller! 

Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this sexy, action-packed fantasy about a girl who is caught between two treacherous faerie courts and their dangerously seductive princes.

Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court.

Gaining unfettered access to the Seelie court is easier said than done. Brie’s only choice is to pose as a potential bride for Prince Ronan, and she soon finds herself falling for him. Unwilling to let her heart distract her, she accepts help from a band of Unseelie misfits with their own secret agenda. As Brie spends time with their mysterious leader, Finn, she struggles to resist his seductive charm.

Caught between two dangerous courts, Brie must decide who to trust with her loyalty. And with her heart.

This book had me hooked from the first couple of pages I knew then that this was going to be an enjoyable read, and I was not disappointed

The world-building here is great and it is not just your typical fae story. I like reading the Lexi Ryan books. I loved the rules of the curse and the twists and the way the story they were told as kids had so much meaning behind it!
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I really loved how much Brie risked for her sister and the things she was willing to do to save her, but she also discovered so much about herself, and I love the way she embraced it easily be
While this book could be easily be thought to be about a girl having to choose between the two different men in her life, brie was so much more complex than that and it was also a love for her sister that had her so driven and showed how far and willing she was ready to go to save her!
Finn is such a complex character and I’m so excited to see more of him in the next book I love the circle that he has and the found family aspect there’s a lot more to his circle than meets the eye.

Books are available from www.amaon.ca, www.amazon.com, www.kobo.com and other fine Book Stores, and both your local and school Libraries

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ABOUT AUTHOR LEXI RYAN

Contact Lexi by clicking here or finding her on social media.

Award-winning author Lexi Ryan is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of hot contemporary romance and sexy, action-packed YA fantasy. Her books have sold over a million copies. A former English professor, she considers herself lucky to have traded stacks of grading for emotionally charged storytelling. She is happiest when at home in Indiana with her husband and two children, where you can find her lifting weights, reading copiously, hanging out with her family, and thanking her lucky stars.

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Upcoming Events ~ March 2022

  • Toronto Arrows March 50/50 Raffle

    MARCH 1 – MARCH 28  ONLINE

  • Sobeys ‘Feed The Dream’ Tour

    Variety’s Virtual Adventure

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  • Sporting Events

    Out of concern for the health and safety of participants, employees and volunteers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, March of Dimes Canada fundraising sporting events will not be taking place this year. Please check back later for updates.

    For the athletes among you, we host sporting events, too! Come on out and play in one of our charity volleyball or dodgeball tournaments all for a good cause!

    Volleyball and dodgeball players

    Fundraising Events

    Come out to have some fun and support MODC! Our fundraisers include everything from an art exhibition to a fancy high-tea with the stars of the The Young and the Restless. Find out more about fundraising events in the side menu. 

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    Free Community Events

     

    ​We also host free events in communities across the country. These are a chance for people living with disabilities to access local resources, tools, and information that might be useful.

    Select links from the side menu for details on our Opening Doors for Accessibility events that are held across Canada and learn about Income Tax Reduction presentations held in Ontario.
     
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Join us next week for another book review and more information in our learning section of Literacy.

In the meantime, stay safe, wash your hands, and wear your masks until your area authorities remove them. ~ HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK!

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ March 6th., 2022

Remember however, if you need someone to help you with homework, or with problems you are experiencing we are listing some numbers and links below where you can receive help Kids Help Phone Call 1-800-668-6868 (toll-frbaee) or text CONNECT to 686868. Available24hours a day to Canadians aged 5 to 29 who want confidential and anonymous care from trained responders. To access support through Facebook Messenger, see the Kids Help Phone.

Professor Owls Book Corner still wants you all to stay safe by wearing your masks, maintaining distances required and washing hands in the hope that Covid 19 and all its variants will soon be back to normal.  A lot of countries are now hoping for us all to get back to normal but in the meantime stay safe. Although a few restrictions have been moved, in Canada you still have to use a mask. which will be reviewed at the end of March,2022.

by Simon Rose (Author)


The Stone of the Seer, book one in the series, features the Vikings, Leonardo da Vinci, and the political turmoil of the 1640s. At Habingdon House, Lady Elizabeth Usborne, Kate, and Tom encounter a magical black stone, mysterious ancient manuscripts, and the incredible time viewing device known as the tempus inpectoris, all while under constant threat from the murderous witchfinder, Daniel Tombes.

The Stone of the Seer is an exciting historical fantasy series of adventure novels for young adults, primarily set in the turbulent period of the English Civil War.

I really enjoyed this book from one of Professor Owl’s favourite authors Simon Rose, who adds so much research to his stories that they really hold your attention to the very last page.  I really look forward to sharing my reviews on the rest of the books in this series. I give this book *****

About Author Simon Rose

Simon Rose

Simon Rose is the author of The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Doomsday Mask, The Time Camera, The Sphere of Septimus, Flashback, Future Imperfect, Twisted Fate, Parallel Destiny, the Shadowzone series, and the Stone of the Seer series. He is also the author of The Children’s Writer’s Guide, The Working Writer’s Guide, The Social Media Writer’s Guide, The Time Traveler’s Guide, a contributor to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction and has written many non-fiction books with Crabtree Publishing, Beech Street Books, Weigl Publishers, and Capstone.


Books are available from www.amaon.ca, www.amazon.com, www.kobo.com and other fine Book Stores, and both your local and school Libraries

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Upcoming Events ~ March 2022

  • Toronto Arrows March 50/50 Raffle

    MARCH 1 – MARCH 28  ONLINE

    See details about Toronto Arrows March 50/50 Raffle

  • Sobeys ‘Feed The Dream’ Tour

    MARCH 4TH, 2022 3:00PM – 8:00PM VARIETY VILLAGE

    See details about Sobeys 'Feed The Dream' Tour

  • Variety’s Virtual Adventure

     See details about Variety's Virtual Adventure
  • Ability in Action: Virtual Program

    JANUARY 13  

     

    Sporting Events

    volleyball and dodgeball

    Out of concern for the health and safety of participants, employees and volunteers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, March of Dimes Canada fundraising sporting events will not be taking place this year. Please check back later for updates.


    For the athletes among you, we host sporting events, too! Come on out and play in one of our charity volleyball or dodgeball tournaments all for a good cause!

    Volleyball and dodgeball players

    Fundraising Events

     

    Come out to have some fun and support MODC! Our fundraisers include everything from an art exhibition to a fancy high-tea with the stars of the The Young and the Restless. Find out more about fundraising events in the side menu. 

    MODC fundraising events

     

    Free Community Events

     

    ​We also host free events in communities across the country. These are a chance for people living with disabilities to access local resources, tools, and information that might be useful.

     
    Select links from the side menu for details on our Opening Doors for Accessibility events that are held across Canada and learn about Income Tax Reduction presentations held in Ontario.
     
    Free Community Events
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Capes for Kids Lunch & Learn

Thursday, March 3, 2022 12:00pm – 12:20pm ET 

Are you a first time fundraiser or someone who wants to improve your fundraising game for this year’s Capes for Kids? Join our 20-minute Lunch and Learn to get all the info you need. 

CLICK HERE to see our agenda and to register to receive the Zoom link. 

Join our LEGO Caped Crusade 

Sunday, March 6th, 2022 11:00am – 2:00pm

UPDATE: Please join us virtually for a Capes for Kids event. Due to inclement weather, the in-person event has gone virtual. Join us on the GooseChase app!

CLICK HERE to register and take your shot at winning some awesome prizes!

Redefining Possible with Spencer West

Presented by TD Bank
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Wednesday March 9th, 2022
12pm ET 

Join us for a keynote speech with Spencer West as he shares insights gleaned from a lifetime of overcoming obstacles to help leaders and employees identify their own roadblocks and push past them. Spencer invites his audience to experience the transformation that can occur when we “redefine possible.”

 For more information, click here.

Superhero Drawing Class

Wednesday March 9, 2022 7:00pm to 8:00pm ET

Do you want to create your very own Capes For Kids superhero? Now you can! 
Join our very special guest Lunarbaboon for our superhero drawing class.


Register now by making a donation to Lunarbaboon’s page! Click HERE

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Being a hero can be as easy as grabbing a cup of Joe! Simple Coffee‘s superheroes will be donning their capes all week long, AND donating their hard earned tips! 

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Want to host an event for Capes for Kids 2022? 

If you have any questions or want to create an event for Capes for Kids, please reach out to our team at capesforkids@hollandbloorview.ca

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Join us next week for another book review and more information in our learning section of Literacy.

In the meantime, stay safe, wash your hands, and wear your masks until your area authorities remove them. ~ HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK!