Monday, March 23, 2015

Donkey’s Kite: A Horse Valley Adventure {+ Giveaway}

Donkey's Kite by Liana-Melissa AllenIt’s a pleasure to be participating in author Liane-Melissa Allen’s iRead Book Tours virtual tour for her children’s fictional book, DONKEY’S KITE: A HORSE VALLEY ADVENTURE.

As part of the tour, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on this charming book and tell you a bit about the author, as well as tell you about her first book. You have a chance to win one of ten sets of A Horse Valley Adventure books! In addition, one winner will also get a $30 Amazon gift card. Please see the end of the post for more details.

Here’s a brief description of DONKEY’S KITE:

        The three horses Jack, Max, Lax and their friend Donkey are back!
        In Horse Valley, it's a perfect day to go kite flying. Jack, Max, Lax, and Donkey decide to get creative by putting together their own homemade kites. However, Donkey's kite doesn't work. No matter how hard he tries to get it to fly, it just keeps tumbling to the ground. How will poor Donkey get his kite to fly? A friendly goose named Gusty is delighted to help him out.
        In this Horse Valley Adventure, Donkey learns not to give up when all seems hopeless. The friends all learn a lesson about helping others and true friendship.

Now for my thoughts on this fun book:

This is an enchanting story that teaches youngsters a valuable lesson without them realizing they are learning. Youngsters will delight in the characters’ adventure as it inspires them to do the right thing.

Author Liane-Melissa Allen also does an excellent job bringing the characters to life through her illustrations. The beautiful, vivid drawings capture the readers’ attention and hold them spellbound as the story unfolds. The colorful illustrations will bring a smile to the reader’s face.

The story teaches youngsters of all ages the importance of friendship and how working together can be a good thing. Readers learn about morals and understanding while the characters also have a good time. Geared toward youngsters ages 2 to 9, DONKEY’S KITE can be fun and entertaining for all ages. 

This entertaining story would make a wonderful addition to any child’s library and a perfect bedtime story.

Donkey’s Kite by Liane-Melissa Allen, A Horse Valley Adventure Book #2, Illustrated by Liane-Melissa Allen, CreateSpace, @2015, ISBN: 978-1505604610, Paperback, 44 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey-1Here’s a brief description of Liane-Melissa’s first book, The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey:

        A tale (based on the “Three Little Pigs”) about three little horse brothers who suddenly lose their house that is destroyed by a fire. The young horses are totally alone and thrust into the reality of having to depend on themselves and each other against a bully donkey, who wanders the forest wrecking homes and bullying the other animals.

        This warm-hearted tale promotes strong values and has a fun premise. Written and humorously illustrated in vivid color throughout by Liana-Melissa Allen, the story is a proven winner for reading aloud to children.


Liana-Melissa Allen is a young author and illustrator of children's books and books for youth. She has written, illustrated and published six books. Her most recent one is the colorfully illustrated children's book "Donkey's Kite", the second book of "A Horse Valley Adventure" series. The first was "The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey". The lovable cartoon characters, Max, Lax, Jack and Donkey makes them a favorite of first and second grade students. She is now working on her third book of "A Horse Valley Adventure".

The magical world of fantasy has inspired Liana's imagination since as long as she can remember. Part of this was fueled by her dad reading aloud to her every day when she was younger. As a result, reading is her primary passion along with music. These two passions feed her imagination into stories and drawings, which she joyously sketches out into storyboards for a potential book. 

Liana-Melissa is also a dedicated classical/jazz pianist, and mostly enjoys older music, especially from the big band era and the 1940's, 50's and 60's. While playing the piano, her imagination often leads to a great amount of improvising. Frequently, Liana will improvise a theme for one of the stories she is writing. Capturing this improvised music became a priority, which ultimately resulted in theme music for "A Horse Valley Adventure". The "Horse Valley" theme will be used for a short animated video featuring her Horse Valley characters. 

Liana-Melissa loves to hear from her young readers. Please visit her website at for more information, and to contact her by email. Visit her on Facebook too.

Where to buy the books:
On Author's Website
Barnes & Noble

Blog Tour Schedule:
You can read more about this delightful book and series at the following blogs participating in the author’s virtual book tour.

March 16 - Hello, my name is Alice - review / guest post
March 16 -
The Autistic Gamer - review
March 17 -
Book Dilettante - review
March 17 -
Being Tilly's Mummy - review / guest post / giveaway
March 18 -
Christy's Cozy Corners - review / guest post / giveaway
March 18 -
Rockin' Book Reviews - review of both books / giveaway
March 18 -
Breath of Life - review / author interview / giveaway
March 19 -
Working Mommy Journal - review of both books / giveaway
March 20 -
Pinky's Favorite Reads for Kids - book spotlight
March 23 -
My Devotional Thoughts - review / guest post / giveaway
March 23 -
Thoughts in Progress - review / giveaway
March 24 -
Bound 4 Escape - review of both books / giveaway
March 25 -
A Mama's Corner of the World - review / giveaway
March 26 -
Bluerose's Heart - review / author interview
March 26 -
Experiencing Parenthood - review of Book One
March 27 -
Green and Glassie - review / author interview / giveaway
March 27 -
Walking with Nora - review of both books / giveaway
March 27 -
Just One More Chapter - review of Book One
March 30 -
Just One More Chapter - review
March 31 -
The Cheshire Cat's Looking Glass - review / giveaway
April 1 -
View From the Birdhouse - review of both books / giveaway
April 1 -
Experiencing Parenthood - review 
April 1 -
Life With Katie - review of Book One
April 2 -
Girl With Camera - review of Book One
April 2 -
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - review / giveaway
April 3 -
Girl with Camera - review
April 3 -
Library of Clean Reads - review of Book One
April 6 -
fuonlyknew - review / author interview / giveaway
April 7 -
Life With Katie - review of Book Two / giveaway
April 8 -
Deal Sharing Aunt - review of both books
April 9 -
Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
April 10 -
Jessica Cassidy - review of both books
April 10 -
One Frugal Girl - review  


Win one of ten sets of A Horse Valley Adventure books! One winner will also get a $30 Amazon gift card. The giveaway is open internationally and ends April 17.
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Thanks for stopping by during Liana-Melissa’s tour. I hope I’ve enticed you to check out these charming children’s books. Be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win your copies. Tell us about a favorite book from your childhood.

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  1. These books would be perfect for my greatgrandkids!

  2. What fun. I suspect a good beginning for a lifetime of reading too - which is always a good thing.

  3. Teaching kids to work together is a good thing!

  4. These sound like great books to read with my grandchildren. Love the illustrations.

  5. Mason - Thanks for sharing these. I always have a lot of respect fo authors who write quality children's books that young people will really want to read.

  6. Great thing to do. Congratulations

  7. These delightful books would be wonderful for my grandchildren. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. I would love to win these books because my nephew loves to read!

  9. These sound like very sweet stories.

  10. Those look like adorable books! :)

  11. I want to thank you for your lovely and thoughtful review of my book "Donkey's Kite: A Horse Valley Adventure". I encourage parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, everyone who has children in their lives to read aloud to them everyday, and not just at bedtime. It is the greatest gift of all to children and young people to promote life time readers. I write and illustrate my books with the hope that they will be read aloud time and again to children to stimulate their imaginations.

    Thank you again for taking the time to review my book.

    Liana-Melissa Allen

  12. She's lucky to have such a supportive friend in you! The covers look so charming. Congratulations to Liana-Melissa!

  13. I want to give these books to my grandson. It would be a fun way for him to learn all the lessons that these books teach. Thank you!

  14. I want to win because these would be perfect books for my niece to read.. she loves horses.

  15. I strongly believe my little sister would adore to have one of these books. :)

  16. Id like to win because the author is young and I think my grand kids would enjoy the books. Im impressed that she wrote and illustrated 6 books.

  17. I think my daughter would really like to read these.

  18. They look like books my kids would enjoy reading. Thank you.


  19. These books seems wonderful and Id love to read them

  20. I want to win because my kids would love these books.

  21. I want to win because my son would love them!



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