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Grand Finale Bookblast!! The Battle for Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff

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The Battle for Princess MadelineThe Battle for Princess Madeline

by Kirstin Pulioff

156 pages

Published May 29, 2013



The Kingdom of Soron bustled with activity as preparations for the Fall Festival began. Lively merchants, hardworking farmers, and musicians eagerly awaited this event of harvest and joy. This year’s festival was even more important, as they celebrated Princess Madeline’s betrothal to her knight champion, Daniel. 

Celebration quickly turns to disaster as Prince Paulsen returns with curious demands, either Princess Madeline will be his, or no ones. Rejection turns to obsession and battle is declared.

In a tense struggle to decide her future, Princess Madeline must choose where to put her trust… in the king’s tried and true plan, the wizard’s cryptic messages and maps, or her own sense of bravery. Follow Princess Madeline on this adventure as she battles evil in an attempt to create a future of love and magic.

Catch All the Tour!

5/27 – LAUNCH!  Happy Birthday Kirstin!!


Cover Reveal!

5/28 – Book Deep in Cliffhangers – “The Gift” Excerpt

Slivers of light shone through the boarded up windows- daring to highlight the hidden treasures of the tower room.

          I Am a Reader, Not a Writer – “Disney Princesses with a Kick!” Guest Post

So make a dream, a wish, and follow your heart’s desire.  Take a look at your favorite princess fairytales, and add Princess Madeline to your list.

5/29 – Geo Librarian
          Novels,News & Notes – “Lessons Learned” Guest Post

 Keep a dream journal…Sometimes wisdom can come to you in the most unlikely of places, and you never know where it will lead

5/30 – Dee’s Reads – Review

Madeline is obviously a sheltered girl who literally lives the life “of a princess” and it shows. But she’s endearing. I love that. She isn’t annoying, nor is she a spoiled brat. 

          Tressa’sWishful Endings – “Dream Cast” Guest Post

Part of the fun of reading a new book is discovering the characters and imaging them in your mind.  This is my dream cast for the Princess Madeline series, and who I envision playing the roles.  I hope you agree.

5/31 – Green Mountain Couple – Review

So if you have a TEEN I would recommend these books Highly or if your a kid at heart!

6/2 – JoJo’s Corner – Review

Here at JoJo’s Corner, we are huge fans of Kristin Pulioff, Princess Madeline and this series!!!

6/3 – Mel’s Shelves – Review

I enjoyed reading the power struggle between Madeline and King Theodore. They are both clever and just when you thought one of them outwitted the other, the other one did something to show they weren’t done yet. It was entertaining!  

6/4 – Books for Kids – Review

I love books like this. I really liked the plot and the way events unfolded.

          TheBookish Daydreamer – “My Colorful Cast” Part I

Symbolizing the innocence of youth, and a desire for love, harmony and purity, Princess Madeline is my white princess.

6/5 – Books for Kids – Review

The plot is well thought out and the storyline is great.

6/6 – MisAdventuresof a 20-Something Year Old Girl – “My Colorful Cast” Part II

 I have a thing for rainbows. The magical colors and sparkles add happiness to my life in an instant. With that in mind, I take care to choose my colors carefully, for the imagery they evoke, the symbolism they encompass, and the characters they portray. 

6/7 –  Mel’sShelves  – Review

 I highly recommend this series to any girl with dreams of being a princess and it’s great for the entire family, too!

6/9 – Wonderings of One Person – Review

The Escape of Princess Madeline and The Battle for Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff creates a beautifully enchanting and delightfully touching story of a princess who quickly goes from being a spoiled girl to an amazing woman.

6/10 – Wonderings of One Person – Prince Paulson

“Your Majesty,” he continued, “I am here to claim Princess Madeline’s hand in marriage.  Surely you recall our deal?”

– Cassandra Lost In Books – Review

 I guess I love fairy tales especially when there is a head strong and noble princess who won’t let anyone or anything hold her back from doing what she thinks is right.  I love her sense of personal integrity and courage which is hard to teach or show kids but this book does it 🙂  Kirstin is a fabulous story teller and bard 🙂 

          Jessie’sBook Place – The Wonderful World of Color

Each portion of this world was created carefully, with respect to their colors, the imagery, and the feelings they evoke. I hope you enjoy the Kingdom of Soron, and the wonderful adventures. 

6/11 – Backing Books – Review

A nice, short read about making your own choices… sweet and new.

6/12 – Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile – Review

Continuing the story of Princess Madeline and her royal family, The Battle for Princess Madeline was a short and sweet read. I didn’t have the opportunity to read Madeline’s first story, but I can absolutely say that this reads as a standalone just fine!

6/13 – Fluttereal Flight – Review

In this novel, we see the twisted side to self-entitlement and greed. Prince Paulsen thinks that he deserves Princess Madeline… We see how a pure and brave Prince turns obsessive because of his quest to claim Madeline as his, and it was sad to watch him turn to the dark side because of his greed. I actually really admired Prince Paulsen in the 1st novel, and it was sad to watch him fall from grace 

          MySeryneti “The Battle Begins” Excerpt

Pure panic and fear marred the faces of the crowd as King Theodore ordered the gates raised for his villagers to enter.

6/14 – Grand Finale Blast!
Happy Birthday Kirstin onMay 27th!!
Kirstin PulioffKirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart.   Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management.  Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in North Plains, Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom.  When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids, church and the family business.

Madeline’s story begins…

The Escape of Princess Madeline

The Escape of Princess Madeline

by Kirstin Pulioff

ebook, 66 pages

Published November 5th 2012 by Malachite Quills Publishing

Premise:

The Kingdom of Soron is known for many things, its rolling landscape, haunting history, fiery sunsets, and its beautiful princess. Princess Madeline woke on her sixteenth birthday to realize that her future had been planned out, a life full of privilege, royalty, and boredom… a life with a husband and knight champion that she did not choose. Using her charm, strength and stubbornness, she defies the King at every turn, determined to keep her freedom on her terms.



Freedom quickly turns to disaster as she finds herself seized by a group of wandering bandits. With the kingdom in turmoil over her capture- her Knight Champion eager to prove himself, a group of dedicated suitors determined to win her hand, and a group of exiled wizards join forces in the hunt to rescue her. Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure to find freedom and love.

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* Autographed set of both: The Escape of Princess Madeline & The Battle for Princess Madeline

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* Autographed copy of The Battle for Princess Madeline

* 5 eCopies of The Battle for Princess Madeline

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Book Blast: Evertaster: The Buttersmiths’ Gold by Adam Glendon Sidwell

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I’ll be participating in the Blog Tour for this book next week!! If you haven’t heard of it, be sure to check it out. To enter the giveaway, click on the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom.

The Buttersmiths’ Gold
BATTLES. BLUEBERRIES. BOVINES.
TORBJORN AND STORFJELL’S HISTORY UNFOLDS IN AN EPIC EVERTASTER NOVELLA.
Everyone knows the most coveted treasure of the Viking Age was blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins so succulent that if you sniffed just a whiff, you’d want a whole bite. If you bit a bite, you’d want a batch; if you snatched a batch, you’d stop at nothing short of going to war just to claim them all.
Young Torbjorn Trofastsonn comes from the clan that makes them. He’s a Viking through and
through – he’s thirteen winters old, larger than most respectable rocks, and most of all, a Buttersmith. That’s what he thinks anyway, until a charismatic merchant makes Torbjorn question his place among the muffin-makers. When Torbjorn lets the secret of his clan’s muffin recipe slip, he calls doom and destruction down upon his peaceful village and forces his brother Storfjell and his clansmen to do the one thing they are ill-prepared to do: battle for their lives.

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About The Buttersmiths’ Gold
The Buttersmiths’ Gold is a spin off novella in the Evertaster series that tells the story of two Viking brothers and their adventurous past. The Evertaster series (Book #1 released June 14, 2012) is about Guster Johnsonville, who goes searching for a legendary taste rumored to be the most delicious in all of history. Along the way he meets a slew of mysterious characters, including two Viking brothers Torbjorn and Storfjell. The Buttersmiths’ Gold is their story. 124 pages. By Adam Glendon Sidwell. Published by Future House Publishing.
Evertaster, Book #1:
A legendary taste. Sought after for centuries. Shrouded in secrecy.
When eleven-year-old Guster Johnsonville rejects his mother’s casserole for the umpteenth time, she takes him into the city of New Orleans to find him something to eat. There, in a dark, abandoned corner of the city they meet a dying pastry maker. In his last breath he entrusts them with a secret: an ancient recipe that makes the most delicious taste the world will ever know — a taste that will change the fate of humanity forever.
Forced to flee by a cult of murderous chefs, the Johnsonvilles embark on a perilous journey to ancient ruins, faraway jungles and forgotten caves. Along the way they discover the truth: Guster is an Evertaster — a kid so picky that nothing but the legendary taste itself will save him from starvation. With the sinister chefs hot on Guster’s heels and the chefs’ reign of terror spreading, Guster and his family must find the legendary taste before it’s too late.

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Author Adam Sidwell

In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed adjectives. He’s been eating food since age 7, so feels very qualified to write this book. He once showed a famous movie star where the bathroom was. Adam currently lives in Los Angeles, where he can’t wait to fall into the sea.

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BookBlast Giveaway
$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 6/30/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the participating author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Prize value $50 US.

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Decision

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There are some things I like better here in WordPress and some I like better in Blogger so I’ve decided that I’m going to put some of my posts on here but probably won’t post daily (at least not for a while). I don’t want exact duplicate posts because apparently that can be a flag for spam so there will be some differences or else I will post them here on a different day. My main blog is currently still over at blogger and you can find it at http://melsshelves.blogspot.com/.

Blogger is Back Up!

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I’ve been reinstated at Blogger!! It was pretty painless and I realize that I panicked way too early. I woke up at 4 in the morning and took a quick glance at my email and the one stating that my blog had been deleted got my full attention and woke me up quickly! I started this in panic mode and now I’m not sure what to do with it. I’m going to think on it over the weekend. In the meantime, you can catch my better post for The Battle for Princess Madeline and all my other posts at melsshelves.blogspot.com.

Blog Tour: The Battle for Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff

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On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The Battle for Princess MadelineThe Battle for Princess Madeline

by Kirstin Pulioff

156 pages

Published May 29, 2013



The Kingdom of Soron bustled with activity as preparations for the Fall Festival began. Lively merchants, hardworking farmers, and musicians eagerly awaited this event of harvest and joy. This year’s festival was even more important, as they celebrated Princess Madeline’s betrothal to her knight champion, Daniel. 

Celebration quickly turns to disaster as Prince Paulsen returns with curious demands, either Princess Madeline will be his, or no ones. Rejection turns to obsession and battle is declared.

In a tense struggle to decide her future, Princess Madeline must choose where to put her trust… in the king’s tried and true plan, the wizard’s cryptic messages and maps, or her own sense of bravery. Follow Princess Madeline on this adventure as she battles evil in an attempt to create a future of love and magic.

 

The fun continues!! Princess Madeline is safely home again and she and her father have made compromises. Madeline is being tutored and she and Daniel are engaged. Preparations are under way for the Fall Festival. Prince Paulsen goes to the King to announce he’s there to take Princess Madeline’s hand in marriage. The King reminds him that their deal was that he could marry her if he brought her home safely and since he didn’t do that, he’s not the one Madeline is going to marry. Prince Paulsen becomes angry and decides that he will have Madeline as his wife, no matter what the cost.

A lot happens in this book. We learn more about the wizards and Madeline’s mother, Eleanor. Elias comes back since the time of the dragons is near and the King is not happy to see him again. Prince Paulsen becomes obsessed with Madeline and does some horrible things in his attempt to make her his wife. Madeline feels terrible at what happens because of her and wants to help.

Madeline does show that she has matured some and is more open to letting others in on her plans. However, when they don’t allow her to do what she wants and she feels strongly about it, she is still fine with striking out on her own. Her relationship with Daniel is sweet and I like the two of them together. She’s learning who the wizards are and where she may fit in with them. Her father gave her some land beyond Dragon’s Gate where she and Daniel will live when they are married. She is anxious to explore it but they have to deal with Prince Paulsen first.

The ending again left me ready for more as another new element was introduced. There are more adventures to come with Princess Madeline!! This is a book (and series) that I highly recommend to young readers and families!!

My Rating=5 stars
Happy Birthday Kirstin on May 27th!!
Kirstin PulioffKirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart.   Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management.  Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in North Plains, Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom.  When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids, church and the family business.
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Tour-Wide Giveaway:

International Giveaway. Must be 13 to enter. See below Rafflecopter for more details. Available to WIN:



* Autographed set of both: The Escape of Princess Madeline & The Battle for Princess Madeline

* Autographed copy of The Escape of Princess Madeline

* Autographed copy of The Battle for Princess Madeline

* 5 eCopies of The Battle for Princess Madeline

* $25 Amazon Gift Carda Rafflecopter giveaway

Open only to those who can legally enter. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 13 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on Rafflecopter and Grand Finale posts as well as emailed and the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kirstin Pulioff and  Burgandy Ice & Colorimetry as Prism Book Tours. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


The Tour:

5/27 – LAUNCH!
          I Am aReader, Not a Writer
5/29 – Geo Librarian – Review
          Novels,News & Notes
5/30 – Dee’s Reads – Review
          Tressa’sWishful Endings
5/31 – Green Mountain Couple – Review
6/2 – JoJo’s Corner – Review
6/3 – Mel’s Shelves – Review
6/4 – Books for Kids – Review
          TheBookish Daydreamer
6/5 – Books for Kids – Review
6/7 –  Mel’sShelves  – Review
6/9 – Wonderings of One Person – Review
6/10 – Cassandra Lost In Books – Review
          Jessie’sBook Place
6/11 – Backing Books – Review
6/12 – Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile – Review
6/13 – Fluttereal Flight – Review
          MySeryneti
6/14 – Grand Finale Blast!

Starting Over

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I woke up this morning to find that my blogspot blog had been deleted due to SPAM. I didn’t intentionally do any spamming and they don’t give you a chance to plead your case or chastise you or even warn you–everything is just gone. I know this has happened to other people but since I just barely started blogging in January, I figured I would have some time to switch over to something else. That time came today!

My only consolation is that I didn’t lose years and years of posts. I’ll be working on getting my new address out and, still being new to the blogging world, don’t understand exactly what happened but I’m glad to be part of the WordPress family. It looks to be a better fit for me in the long run. I hope you’ll join me and be patient as I figure out what I’m doing (again)!