Thursday, March 23, 2017

God's Easter Miracles by Lee Ann Mancini - Character Interview with Jimmy and Giveaway

DIY Mom is participating in the My Book Tour virtual book tour for God's Easter Miracles by Lee Ann Mancini. Lee Ann's interview with one of the book's main characters, Jimmy, is an adorable way to show the true essence of this uplifting and inspirational book! You can read the DIY Mom book review here. 

  • Publisher: GLM PUBLISHING (February 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0997332514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0997332513 


Paul, Jimmy, Brian and the whole town witness God's Easter miracles in this unique story. God’s Easter Miracles highlights God’s love and provision to His children. The lessons learned are not only about Jesus’s resurrection, but also awareness of treating children with Autism with love and respect, and taking care of God’s creations.

As in previous books, God’s Easter Miracles establishes characters that children can relate to, while capturing their imagination and touching their hearts in a loving way. Written in a fun and endearing way, God’s Easter Miracles also provides interactive entertainment by including hidden symbols for children to locate throughout the book.



Lee Ann Mancini’s desire is for children to begin to know and love Jesus from an early age. This passion led her to seek out books for her own children that portrayed an active relationship with Jesus in a relatable way. She knew communicating God’s truth through captivating words and compelling illustrations is a crucial part of establishing that foundation.

An adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary, Mancini holds a master’s degree in Christian studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as well as Knox Theological Seminary. She holds a board position with the Florida Authors and Publishers Association and the Alexandrian Forum and maintains memberships with organizations such as the Christian Small Publishers Association and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Mancini is an active member in her local community, visiting schools to share the Adventures of the Sea Kids series with children, as well as speaking to women’s groups about the redemptive power of the Gospel represented through the types of brides of the church. Learn more about Mancini and the Adventures of the Sea Kids at

God’s Easter Miracles Character Interview with Jimmy

Background: In God’s Easter Miracles, Jimmy’s character accepts Christ in his heart.

Q: I understand you have accepted Christ in your heart! How wonderful! What did you think of Jesus before you accepted him into your heart?

A: I knew Jesus was special because my mommy and daddy prayed to him. And every Sunday we went to his house and it’s called a Church. But, I really didn’t know Jesus. But He gave me a new heart!!

Q: How did Jesus give you a new heart?

A: Well, I went to Sunday school, and Miss Linda hid some Easter Eggs. I found the two special eggs!! So I got two prizes. Paul wanted one, and Miss Linda asked me to share. I didn’t think it was fair that I had to share with Paul when I found them not him! Miss Linda said it wasn’t fair that Jesus died for my sins. I went home and I felt bad. I didn’t know Jesus did that! So I asked Jesus to help me to be a good boy and be like him. The next morning, I woke up and I felt happy to give one of my eggs to Paul. It made me feel good to share it with him. Jesus changed my heart. He made it nicer! And because I believe in Jesus, I will live in heaven, forever! Mommy said heaven is so beautiful and her and daddy will be there too!

Q: Do you pray to him now that you believe in him?

A: Well, at night, I used to pray to him, but I didn’t really feel anything. But NOW when I pray to Him I feel He is listening to me and I love Him.

Q: Why do you love him?

A: Because he loves me, silly!

Q: Do you tell other kids about Him?

A: I told my baby brother and my friend, Bobby, who lives next door. I told them that Jesus was a real man who is God. They didn’t know, so they were surprised. I like surprising people, it’s fun!

Q: How did Paul feel when you gave him your egg?

A: He was SO happy! He was crying before when he didn’t get one. You know what He did?

Q: What did Paul do?

A: He gave his egg to Lenny who was in the hospital. Lenny was hurt. I prayed to Jesus for Lenny to get better. You know what happened then?

Q: What happened then?

A: Jesus gave Lenny a miracle! He was all better and could go home. Jesus gave me a miracle of a new heart and Lenny a miracle of being all better!

Q: Did you have a fun Easter?

A: It was the best Easter of all! I got lots of candy in my eggs and a chocolate Easter bunny, but the best gift was getting a new best friend. You want to know his name?

Q: What is his name?

A: Jesus, silly! 


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

An Excellent Easter Gift - God's Easter Miracles by Lee Ann Mancini

God’s Easter Miracles takes place on Easter Sunday. The sea kids are at Sunday school and are having fun making Easter-themed crafts. Miss Linda, the Sunday school teacher, organizes an Easter egg hunt for the children. Paul has a difficult time understanding the process and feelings get hurt. Miss Linda takes the opportunity to teach the children about sharing, friendship and the true meaning of Easter.

This is the second book I’ve read by Lee Ann Mancini and I was just as impressed with God’s Easter Miracles as I was with God’s Gift. The story is kid-friendly, with gorgeous and expressive illustrations. Ms. Mancini explains some unique and complex subjects in terms that children will understand.

The book is a sturdy book, in a generous size. This would make an excellent gift. As a care provider, mother and grandmother I’m sure God’s Easter Miracles will be a much-loved addition to the family library. Thanks to the publisher and BookCrash for providing me with a complimentary copy!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Spotlight on Accidental Arrangements Romance Novel by Alexandra Warren

Publication Date: December 20, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English

ASIN: B01N4GE312


Not all arrangements are truly by design. Some happen by chance, by fate, by… accident.

Jules Tyler is in desperate need of a roommate. Levi Graham is in desperate need of a room. And while it may seem like the perfect match from the outside, it doesn’t take long for egos, expectations, and experiences to say otherwise.

But what happens when the proximity builds a chemistry between them that neither is prepared to handle? Will living as roommates become too much to bear? Or will it be the perfect jumpstart to a happily ever after?

*Note: While it can be read as a standalone, this book does contain major spoilers for the Spite Series.


Alexandra Warren is a twenty-something year old Nebraska girl who enjoys teaching, blogging, traveling, and of course, writing. Contemporary Romance novellas are her absolute favorite to write as well as to read. With thirteen books under her belt, and more on the way, she is excited to see what 2017 will bring!

Readers can learn more about Alexandra on her website.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Lost Treasure of Loma Grande by Richard Clark is an Action-Packed Book for Kids!


Rudy McCafferty is a fifth-grader who is just trying to get through life and school with as few problems as possible. He tries to stay out of the way of a few local bullies and his mother’s obnoxious boyfriend. To do this, Rudy spends his free time digging in the caves below the new Loma Grande mall. His dream is to become an archaeologist one day like his idol C.J. Drake. Little does Rudy know he’ll soon get the chance to meet the famous Drake AND get a shot at finding an important piece of archaeological treasure.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Lost Treasure of Loma Grande. There is so much for middle graders (and adults) to like. The author has captured the voice of a ten-year-old boy extremely well. It’s not a long book, but there’s plenty of action, adventure and suspense to keep kids reading along. Rudy McCafferty’s character is genuinely likable and relatable. I highly recommend this book! 

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

Thursday, February 23, 2017

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner Book Review

When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner will be available for purchase on February 28! 

When God Made You is an inspirational book, designed to assure young children that they are indeed unique in his or her own way in God’s eyes.

The first thing that caught my attention about this book, and the reason why I wanted to read and review it in the first place, was the colorful, whimsical front cover. I LOVED that the cover illustration depicted an African-American girl – something we don’t see often in Christian-based books for kids.

Using simple rhyming verse, When God Made You lets children know just how special he or she is to God. There are very few (minor) challenging words, but this provides the perfect opportunity for adults to discuss the book further. I’m a great believer that books aren’t simply to be “read” to children – they’re excellent opportunities to have meaningful dialogue with children.

The author again interjects diversity with “Out of billions of faces from cultures, all races, people God made, from all different places, God knew your name.” This is an AWESOME message for children AND adults.

The illustrations are quirky, colorful and highly expressive.  The entire book is positive and encouraging. What more could you want from a children’s book? As an early childhood educator, mother, grandmother and caregiver I can highly recommend this book! Thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary ARC of this book!

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Spotlight on Honeysuckle Holiday by Kathleen M. Jacobs - BOOK GIVEAWAY

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Little Creek Books (May 11, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939289904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939289902


Honeysuckle Holiday centers on the life of twelve-year-old protagonist, Lucy. It takes place in the south, in the late 1960s. Lucy struggles internally to come to terms with her parents' sudden and mysterious divorce. She finds herself thrust almost overnight from a world of comfort and privilege into one of near marginality.

When Lucy’s mother hires a black woman to help her, the situation intensifies. As the story progresses, Lucy learns the mystery behind her parents' divorce and her father's uncharacteristic, almost unforgivable immersion in the KKK. Lucy comes to shed her unknowing racism, taking her beyond the ideals of youth, her love of books and the trappings of childhood knit closely to her very fiber. She learns to peel back the layers of human frailty (her own included) painful piece by painful piece, while struggling to hold on to the comforts of innocence. Honeysuckle Holiday is young adult, to adult reading.



Kathleen M. Jacobs’s work has appeared in regional and national publications. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Humanistic Studies, and has taught English and Creative Writing on the high school and college levels.

Kathleen divides her time between the Appalachian region and New York City. Honeysuckle Holiday is her first young adult novel. She encourages readers to connect with her on her website, and on Facebook and Twitter.


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Spotlight on MargolisPineoItalia Etsy Shop - Fine Italian Clothing for Women and Men

We have another Etsy shop feature to share with readers! MargolisPineoItalia sells stunning accessories from Italy. Shop owner Elizabeth Margolis-Pineo recently stopped by to chat with us about her business, her Etsy shop and her life.

Elizabeth Margolis-Pineo, aka Libby, says that her shop’s tagline “Italian Warmth for Maine Winters” says it all and she’s right. Anyone who has spent a winter in Maine knows the true meaning of cold! What better way is there to stay warm, toasty and fashionable than to wrap up with a luxurious Italian poncho, shawl or scarf?

With a combined art and design, and travel-writing background Libby contemplated starting a business in 2000 after the eldest of her three daughters went off to college. “My husband and I realized we could never travel again – unless we made a business out of it. So we began to hunt for something, anything, that we thought we could sell in our hometown of Portland, Maine,” Libby says. MargolisPineoItalia was the perfect answer.

Now, after seventeen years of designing and procuring high quality apparel, Libby continues to offer her clients the very best Italian garments available. All of our accessories are manufactured with the highest standards of Old World craftsmanship, which means a lot to us,” says Libby. “We strive to find authentic Italian styles, textiles and designs that will consistently appeal to our loyal customer base,” she adds.


Although the MargolisPineoItalia Etsy shop has been open for two years, Libby and her husband have been selling their beautiful garments via their website, as well as through several New England shops, since 2000. Additionally, MargolisPineoItalia sponsors a giant overstock sale every year, the week after Thanksgiving. Libby reports this yearly event is always packed. “We sell a lot of items at that sale. It’s become an institution. Portland is just small enough for a tradition like that to become a “thing” in a very short amount of time. It attracts an almost cult following!”Libby says.

There's no doubt that MargolisPineoItalia will be in business for many years to come. With an endless supply of unique handcrafted items, Libby and her husband are certain they'll continue to offer the very best in superior quality accessories. From the start, Libby says she and her husband quickly discovered that Italy has some of the finest woolen pieces on the planet - scarves, shawls, ruana wraps, ponchos - all made from beautiful blends of merino wool, cashmere, mohair, lamb's wool, camelhair, angora, alpaca, SILK and other luxurious blends.

"We began by buying a small number of very plain lamb's wool shawls and mufflers. In fact, we still carry them. We hope to have them in our line forever - they are our first born, if you will," Libby says. Inventory has steadily increased over the years and there's definitely something available for just about everyone - including men.

"Did I mention that we also have men's accessories? Well, we do! Men can choose from a delectable array of silk neckties, bowties (farfalle), fabulous knitted ties (very chic), silk foulards, mufflers, incredible socks and more," Libby is happy to add. 

Libby encourages readers to visit her Etsy shop, the MargolisPineoItalia website and her travel website. She's currently offering a generous coupon to Etsy users (SPRING10) so be sure to use it when making your next purchase!