Wednesday, June 9, 2021


In a change of pace for Notes From a Romantic’s Heart, I am pleased to welcome children’s author, Renée James to the blog. We’re going to get a peek at her new book, Patroosh, The Cheeky Pelican. You can find all the stops for Patroosh's tour at Goddess Fish Promotions. Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. The form is at the bottom of this post.

GENRE: Children's


About the Book

Patroosh is a cheeky pelican who always wants more. He'll even take the food right out of your hand, or flap his big wings until you drop it in the sand.

But after an unexpected event, and a random act of kindness, this pelican's life is about to change forever.


Enjoy an Excerpt

There’s a town called Yamba where the Clarence River meets the sea. It’s in New South Wales, Australia, and it’s a great place to be. There are beaches, boats, and fish galore. It’s home to a very cheeky pelican, who always wants more. You’ll know if you meet him; his name is Patroosh. He’ll even take food right out of your hand, or flap his big wings until you drop it in the sand.

Get Patroosh on Kindle and in Paperback from Amazon, B&N &

the Book Depository.

The Review(s)

4 Grandmotherly Stars

As a grandmother of five, I’ve read my share of children’s books. Some I’ve enjoyed, other not as much. I was impressed with Patroosh, the Cheeky Pelican for a couple of reasons. Most importantly, it taught a lesson. Gently. I believe all children’s books should have some sort of a moral, or lesson. Yet, it shouldn’t hit the child over the head in a way that leaves a negative impression. The author did a very good job of delivering on my expectations.

The illustrations are beautiful. Unfortunately, for me, at some points I felt they overwhelmed the story. Still, the true youngest family...loved them and that’s all that really matters in a good children’s book.

Here is their take on the story:

And, from William's three-year old cousin, Evan:

Meet the Author

Renée James comes from a background in communications and the commercial television industry. She has worked on a variety of creative projects both nationally and internationally.

She loves nothing more than spending time with family and friends, which includes their much-loved dog. She is passionate about travel, beach days, and, of course, story-time. Her children are the bee's knees as they're constant reminders to be present, and always make time to play.

Renee's Website ~ Facebook ~ Instagram


Enter the Giveaway

Renée James will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


It has been my pleasure hosting Renée today. Please come back again tomorrow and Friday for more authors, books, and giveaways. Next week, will be jam-packed as well.

Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well-read.




  1. Thank you for your review! We are happy you enjoyed the book.

  2. Thank you for reviewing and sharing both William’s and Evan’s impressions with us.
    They're just gorgeous! I'm thrilled your youngest family enjoyed the book.