About Me

This blog is NOT about wizards and fantasy, or paranormal anything.

It is about discovering the magic in all books; the magic of awakening the love of reading in a child; the germination of imagination; of transportation to another world; of fictional characters taking on their own personas as you write. It is about magic in the ordinary, everyday moments we share with our kids, and that most magical moment of all--when the spark of understanding lights up their eyes.    

Although I no longer accept book review requests,
I will review some of my own favorite reads from time to time,
including some from my bookstore.
I really like saying "FROM MY BOOKSTORE."

I want to focus more on my writing and share what I learn along
the way. I will even share excerpts when I get brave enough.
I've always considered myself a quick learner,
but writing has taught me humility. The more I learn the more I
become overwhelmed with all the details that must be kept track of
(i.e., never end a sentence with a prepositional phrase, for starters).
At least I know what a prepositional phrase is now.

Every time I read a really a good book where the writing has me
right there, in the moment, I keep telling myself,
"I will never be able to write like that.
What am I thinking?"

I am a believer of The Law of Attraction.
Obviously, I don't practice it very well.
I use it for things like budgeting, mostly.
It didn't occur to me to use it for my writing.

Every morning I practice writing something from
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.
So here is the morning mantra I adapted for me:

To attract writing talent focus on having talent.
Be grateful for this talent like you already have it.
Feeling happy about your writing now is the
fastest way to bring more talent into your life.
With everything you read, make it your intention
to say to  yourself, "I can write that."
Share your writing in order to bring more of it into your life.
Visualize acceptance letters and manuscript requests.
Tip the balance of your thoughts to talent. You have it!
Now,  get busy and write!

Mary Ann--I am an LDS wife and mother of 5, mother-in-law of 5 more, and grandmother of 18. I love to learn new things. I love to write and research history. I love to write historical fiction and children's books. I cling to my family's past with all sorts of mementos and artifacts. One thing I have in common with all of my girls is the love of reading.

Review Policies

By joiseyshowaa
from Freehold, NJ, USA
 via Wikimedia Commons
"Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all."
  ~Henry David Thoreau

We finished our last solicited review 9/9/2015.

Due to the fact that some authors intentionally leave out details that are not family friendly when they ask for reviews, we have decided that our little Library will no longer post solicited reviews.

Mary Ann, Amy, Kim, and Penni will continue to review books of their own choosing. For the books that we do review we will hold to our policy stated below:

For FTC regs, we do not accept payment for our honest reviews other than a free copy of the book reviewed.  If we can't find anything positive to say we would rather not review it all than to give a negative review. If the book appears on our blog, you can be assured it's worth a read. Movies are not so lucky.

You may contact us at maryanndennis (at) comcast (dot) net
Check out our reviews under the label "Book Reviews".

Giveaway Policies
Give-a-ways are open to those who are 18 years of age or older, residents of the United States (unless otherwise stated), and eligible to enter.
There is usually no purchase necessary, but there may be tasks required for entries (i.e., following our blog, liking our Facebook page, following an author, etc.).
The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
There is no limit to the number of give-a-ways you can enter and win on this site.
Provide a valid email address to enter. The winner will be emailed and will have 72 hours to claim the prize. If we cannot contact you to award the prize your entry is void. If the prize goes unclaimed by the original winner, a new winner may be chosen or prize may be awarded at a later date.
Most items are sponsored and shipped by a 3rd party sponsor. For giveaways sponsored by a 3rd party you give us the right to share your personal information to that third party.
We are not responsible for prizes that don't arrive. We are not responsible for any items lost or damaged in shipping.
All contests can be ended early or extended without notice or reason given.

We reserve the right to substitute a prize if necessary.

We reserve the right to disqualify an entry. Entrants can be disqualified without notification.
Give-a-ways may be run by Google Docs or Rafflecopter. Winner is chosen randomly then announced in a later post.
Give-a-ways are not associated with Google, Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter, or any other entity unless otherwise specified. Sponsors will be posted with the give-a-way.  
Giveaway Hops
A Giveaway Hop is several different blogs hosting giveaways that link up together. This allows followers to hop from blog to blog, giveaway to giveaway, increasing their chances of winning.

For blogs it means lots of new traffic. Everyone wins!

If you host a giveaway on your blog you can also enter all the giveaways on the other blogs.

1. Fill out the form in the Linky tool when provided. Put your shipping information in parenthesis after your blog name. If nothing is listed there I will assume US only. I find that sending gift cards via email opens the door to international visitors = more entries.

2. In your blog post include the Giveaway Hop Image at the beginning and the linky list of participating blogs at the end (html will be provided to you in an email). Make sure you post what you are giving away and how to enter.

3. You can use either your comments section, Google Docs, or Rafflecopter for your own giveaway. If you use Rafflecopter, set the Rafflecopter to begin accepting entries the day before the hop and to stop accepting entries the day after the hop ends. Please keep the maximum entries allowed to a minimum. I don't allow more than 5 possible entries in any hop. Use weighted entries carefully. Any task worth more than 3-4 entries will get you deleted from the linky list. All entries must be able to be done in 1 visit, for example, tweeting once a day is not allowed. Require only one mandatory task that is easy to comply with.

4. Your giveaway must be timed for and be specific to the hop. Please have your post up by 11:59 pm EST the night before the hop. You can post sooner or schedule your post, but please make sure it is live prior to midnight. Remember time zones: 11:59 EST = 10:59 CST = 9:59 MST = 8:59 PST.

5. If you require more than one comment for entries turn off word verification/CAPTCHA.

6. Keep your giveaway post easy to find for the duration of the hop. If you post often, post a link to the hop at the top or top sidebar. When you email me the exact address of your post after it has gone live I can update the linky to go directly to your post.

7. You are responsible for obtaining a prize for the giveaway and for paying shipping. Percentage off coupons are not allowed as gifts. Ebooks and gift cards make great gifts that save on shipping.

8. You are responsible to check the linky list on the first day of the hop to be sure you are still on the list and that the link still works. If you were deleted for any reason, other than rule number 10, email me your link and I should be able to add you.

9. Do your part of advertising your giveaway. Use all Social Media at your disposal. If you want more traffic use your social media every day or several times a day.

Last, but not least...
10. We strive to be a family-friendly blog. Please no steamy or gorey images! Both your blog or website and your giveaway must be family friendly. If there are questionable images in your header or sidebars you will be deleted from the linky. NO erotica, steamy pictures, or depicted violence. If I receive complaints from any follower regarding content or images, I will delete the giveaway from the linky. You have the right to post whatever content you like, however, I reserve the right to remove whatever content I deem inappropriate when I host a giveaway. Think movie rating G.  If you have questions please email me at maryanndennis (at) Comcast (dot) net.


This policy is valid from 14 February 2015

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact  Mary Ann (maryanndennis (at)Comcast(dot)net).

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements.

The owner(s) of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers' own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org

Compensation Disclosure
The Stubby Pencil Reviews does not accept compensation for our honest reviews other than a free copy of the book reviewed.
We do receive compensation from Google Ads that run in the sidebars.
We hope to become an Amazon Affiliate soon.
We will rent additional ad space in our bookstore and sidebar for advertising family-friendly books.
We will disclose in each post if it is an affiliate or sponsored post.
Privacy Policies
Your privacy is of paramount importance to us at www.stepintoastorybook.com. We will never sell your private information. However, by virtue of being a blog, this website collects information, such as log files including internet protocol (IP) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider ( ISP ), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track users movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

Cookies and Web Beacons
The Stubby Pencil's Library via Google web domains, does use cookies to store information about visitors preferences, record user-specific information on which pages the user access or visit, customize Web page content based on visitors browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser.

Some of our advertising partners may use cookies and web beacons on our site. Our advertising partners include Google AdSense.

 Third-party ad servers or ad networks like Google AdSense or Amazon, use technology added to the advertisements and links that appear on www.stepintoastorybook.com and send directly to your browsers. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons) may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and / or to personalize the advertising content that you see.

www.stepintoastorybook.com has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.
We do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age.

Your Consent
By using our site, you consent to our web site privacy policy.

Favorite Books                                                                    Favorite Movies
The Book of Mormon                                                         You've Got Mail
The Secret                                                                           Pride and Prejudice
Harry Potter series                                                               Joe Versus the Volcano
Pride and Prejudice                                                              While You Were Sleeping
The Hobbit                                                                           IQ
LOTR trilogy                                                                       Sleepless in Seattle
Sense and Sensibility                                                           An Affair to Remember
Emma                                                                                   National Treasure
Jane Eyre                                                                              Pirates of the Caribbean series
Anne of Green Gables series                                                LOTR trilogy
The Scarlet Pimpernell                                                          Star Trek series
The Three Musketeers                                                           Ben Hur
Twenty Years After                                                               The Ten Commandments
Ten Years Later                                                                      It's a Wonderful Life
The Man in the Iron Mask                                                      Beauty and the Beast
Pelican Brief                                                                           Star Wars 4, 5, 6
The Client                                                                               Toy Story trilogy
The Hunt for Red October
Patriot Games
Clear and Present Danger
Chromosome 6
The Bourne Identity trilogy
Jurassic Park
Angels and Demons
The DaVinci Code