Showing posts from April, 2013

Deadly To Love

Title: Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
Author: Mia Hoddell
ASIN:B00BDQ3QGA ISBN:9781291319170 Genre: YA/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Romance
Description There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenceless.

Serena knew that but still, it didn't stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.

However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret – a secret that threatened her fragile life... But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she had no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger.

Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even g…

The Kissing Hand (Un Beso en Mi Mano)

The Kissing Hand  Un Beso en Mi Mano Audrey Penn Tanglewood Press
*I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. NetGalley is a wonderful company that invites reviewers to request a wide variety of books. They offer books from many publishing companies in a variety of genres. No compensation is given for reviews. Honest reviews are requested, be they good or bad.  You can learn more about NetGalley at In accordance with this and the policy of Alaskan Book Cafe no compensation for this review. All opinions are the honest thoughts of Alaskan Book Cafe.*

In The Kissing Hand we are introduced to Chester Raccoon. Chester is going off to school but, as this is a new  experience, he is scared. He tells his mother he does not want to go and she tells him of The Kissing Hand. 
I read this book and it's follow up, A Pocketful of Kisses, with Junior. It quickly became a favorite read. He also wanted a kissing hand. Once I filled his hand with kisses, he insisted on f…

Review: Can't and Able Children's Book

Can't And Able Cynthia Fabian Daniel Stevens, Illustrator
* I received a copy of this book from the author for review. No compensation was given. The opinions in this review are mine, Junior's and a few other children. * 
When I opened the envelope containing this children's book the first thing that caught my eye was this beautiful cover. The illustrations in this book are amazing. Mr Stevens did a wonderful job. The children who shared this book with me loved them. The most popular illustration was the final one.  The book was shared with children 5 -8 in age. Some had special needs and you all know Junior is on the spectrum. 
The book opens with a poem written by David Higgins. At the bottom it stated he wrote the poem in 6th grade. This was copied by an 8 year old to hang on her wall. It is a wonderful poem that describes the spirit of this book. Here it is.
Little Star David Higgins from the book Can't and Able by Cynthia Fabian
Shine bright little star Never forget what …

Review of John T Edge The Truck Food Cookbook

The Truck Food Cookbook 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels

John T. Edge
* I received a copy of this title from NetGalley for review purposes. I received no compensation for this review. All opinions are my honest thoughts and feelings.*
I come from Chicago. I bought hot dogs from a cart down the street. People would line up as soon as it parked. Puerto Rican food from a truck in Humbodlt Park. Mexican food, well all over the place. Tamales in the morning and elotes, sandia con chili y limon, mangos, fruit cups during the day ending with, to die for, tacos. All purchased from food carts and trucks. I love these foods. So when I saw this book I knew I had to check it out. In my review when I say a recipe is from a food truck what I am referring to is that food truck is where the food is served. The actual recipe may or may not be from that food truck.
The book opens with a little bit of the author's history with truck food. It was interesting to read …

My Resonse to 10 Things You Should Know About Autism

I read  10 Things You Should Know About Autism on Rob Gorski's blog Lost and Tired.  Rob is the father of 3, yes 3, wonderful boys who are all on the autism spectrum. If you have never been to his blog I urge you to check it out. It is a blog for everyone: those who love a person on the spectrum, those who know someone on the spectrum, those who don't know anyone on the spectrum and may not even know what the spectrum is. Quite possibly his blog is especially important for the last group. Those of us loving someone on the spectrum have their own stories. We know what autism is, up close and personal. Blogs like his give us information when we need it, friendships, and most of all acceptance; the understanding of our need to laugh, cry or shout at the top of our lungs, (often all in the same day). People who are not lucky, yes I said lucky, enough to love someone on the spectrum need knowledge so they can understand. Let me stop a moment to explain why I said lucky as I know so…