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Review: The Fart That Saved Christmas – Jacob Morningside

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
Price: $4.99
Format: Ebook
Pages: 40 illustrated
Publisher: Publish Green
Release: September 6, 2012
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Santa Clause – An Antagonistic Boss
Reindeer – Disgruntled Employees on Strike


The behind the scenes story of what really happened “The Night Before Christmas.”

It’s Christmas Eve. The reindeer go on strike with a list of demands for Santa, the elves and Mrs. Claus. Santa gets “loaded” and threatens to cancel Christmas, fire the deer and divorce Mrs. Claus. But, just when all seems lost, Christmas is saved by a timely fart.


A poem along the lines of Clement Moore’s Twas’ The Night Before Christmas. I found the narrative to be very comical and entertaining, and the images from Nadja Andrasev that accompanied it to be fun to look at and tied to the narrative.

If there was one drawback, it would be with the electronic edition. The Epub version that I received for the nook had graphic files that were extremely large and made it impossible for the nook to load. Hopefully with the production version of the product, they’ve resolved that issue.

[12/12/2012: Mr Morningside contacted me in regards to the problem I had downloading and had the following information to provide

“I believe that the reason you had trouble with the DL of the graphics is because my book is exclusive to the distribution site and is not meant for download to anything but the iPad; iPod or iPhone. Apple was the only system that could accommodate the graphics for e-distribution.”

So I am happy to add this to explain the one issue and to let you know in case you decide to go out and purchase it. If it becomes available for other formats later on, we’ll be sure to let you know.]

Mr. Morningside does list this as a Christmas Story for adults, so it’s not something you might want to give your children. For you adults who just want a fun little Christmas story of your own, I’d recommend it.

About the Author

Born into a body inhabited by multiple muse personalities, I create stories by stretching the “normal” beyond the boundaries of the absurd. The result is a worm-hole ride to the Far Side. I love a good story — so, I wrote one. Enjoy it with my wishes for a happy holiday season.

Tour Schedule

December 1
Great Minds Think Aloud (spotlight)

December 10
Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews (review)
Cheryl’s Book Nook (review)

December 11
Gina’s Library
Rhodes Review (review)

December 12
jbarrett5 (review, spotlight & giveaway)
Tic Toc (review)

December 13
The Book Connection (spotlight & giveaway)
Concert Katie (review)

December 14
Every Free Chance Book Reviews (review)

December 15
Putting Words Down on Paper (review)
Mornings Start with Em (review)

December 17
Simple Wyrdings (review)
The Bibliophilic Book Blog (spotlight & giveaway)

December 18
Celtic Lady’s Reviews (review)

December 19
Reading Challenged (review)

December 20
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers (review)
D A Bale Publishing (review)
ReadEng. Didi’s Press (review)

December 22
From the TBR Pile (review)

December 23
Culture Shock (review)

December 27
Lissette E. Manning (review)

December 28
Christie’s Book Reviews (spotlight & giveaway)

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Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Nicole at Tribute Book Tours for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

Review: Publish Like The Pros – Michele DeFilippo

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
Paperback: 88 pages
1106 Design (June 10, 2012)
ISBN-10: 985489901
ISBN-13: 978-0985489908
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Have you ever wanted to write a book, but wasn’t sure how to publish it. Self-Publishing is a big trend now in book publishing, and this small guide shows you how to do it, and avoid some of the pitfalls at the same time.


I found this book to be very interesting and easy to read. I learned a lot about the various jobs that occur in the publishing process, such as the difference between an edit and a substantial edit, or a proofreader vs. a copywriter. The book was very informative in these areas, and if you are an author or dream of being an author, I’d suggest it as a good place to get started.

There were some slight drawbacks. The book is published by a company that works with you to self-publish, so of course they are going to mention throughout the book that they offer these very services. So while the information is valuable, I think the reader has to take it with a grain of salt and still do their own investigations and decide what works well for them.

I would say that it’s suitable for any age.

About the Author

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Rebecca at Cadence Marketing for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

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God and Dog – Wendy Francisco

Sunday, September 19th, 2010
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Center Street (September 20, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 159995379X
ISBN-13: 978-1599953793
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There was very little to this book. It took all of 5 minutes to read and enjoy the pictures. But good things come in small packages, and in this package is what amounts to the lyrics to a song about the love of God and the love of Dog. The author makes many comparisons to the two, and in the end it becomes a very sweet little book. There is no strong language, no adult content, so it’s appropriate for any age. I think it would make a nice gift book, especially for a dog lover.

This book is simply a printed version of the Youtube Video. I’ve included the video here for your enjoyment.

YouTube Preview Image

About the Author:

From the author’s Website:

Wendy was born in 1955 in Boston, Mass. She grew up in Del Mar, California and graduated from San Diego State University.

Wendy has been involved with music, art, writing, photography, nature and animals since she was a kid. Her mother graduated from Boston School of Fine Arts and her father was a graduate of Harvard and worked as an electrical enginneer. He was also a brilliant musician. Wendy spent summers as a dude ranch wrangler throughout her jr high, high school and college years.

Wendy’s involvement with music began at a young age. She learned guitar at age 8 and began to write her own songs. She was asked to perform often and in 1979, was signed to Sparrow Records. Wendy has since traveled all over the United States and beyond doing concerts. You may remember her voice at the front of the NBC sitcom “Dear John” with Jud Hersh.

In 1973, Wendy had an experience which ignited a lifelong passion. Much of her music and writings center around the belief that there is a loving God who created the universe. She struggles with modern religion which limits many people and women in particular, but feels that God Himself is real and loves people.

In 2008, Wendy was asked to participate in the editing of a book, “Wesley The Owl” by author Stacey O’ Brien. It was published by Simon and Schuster and became a New York Times and Los Angeles Times best seller.

Most recently, Wendy created the You Tube video, GoD and Dog. Her first animation, the video received a million views in it’s first 40 days. GoD and DoG will be released as a book in the fall of 2010.

Wendy has a married daughter, recording artist Annie Brooks. Wendy resides with her husband, singer/songwriter Don Francisco, in the mountains of Colorado where she has many animals, and continues to produce art, writings, and music.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Anna at Hachette Book Groups for a review copy. It in no way influenced my review.

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