BOOK BLAST: HOW OLD IS GRANDMA? by Antoinette Simmonds

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A humorous family mystery about a Grandma’s big secret! Kendall and Kayson love going to visit their grandparents and their Grandma’s birthday means CAKE, but how many candles to put on it? As the story unfolds, and misunderstandings abound, inquisitive Kendall is surprised to find out more than he bargained for. “How Old is Grandma?” joyfully illustrates the interactions amongst a loving African American family; children, parents, and grandparents and the learning experiences they share. Warm story-telling with a humor and charm that illustrates an understanding of the funniness and peace of mind that is so commonly found in children. The first in a series of books written for children ages 4 and up.


Antoinette Simmonds will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Antoinette SimmondsAntoinette Simmonds has more than 25 years’ experience as a teacher. She is an Adjunct Professor at two community colleges and has worked in the past as a teacher of software and a high school business teacher. She holds a BA in Business Education and a master’s degree in Instructional Technology.

As an African American woman, mother of 3, and grandmother of 3, over the years she has found fun, joy, and shared experiences sharing books with children. Now as a grandmother and an emerging voice in writing, her goal is to produce a memorable series of humorous family-oriented stories featuring people of color to share, “Teaching is my passion and I am thankful that I am sharing my joy and passing it forward.”

Dayna Linton
Dayna Linton
Dayna is the owner of not only Novels Alive but of Day Agency, a full-service self-publishing agency for independent authors. She has been assisting independent authors to achieve their dreams of becoming published authors for over 15 years. From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors to the first-time author to every author in between. Dayna is a self-professed bibliophile. While dancing has always been her first love, reading came as a very, very close second, with gardening coming in as a close third. Dayna is also the divorced mom of four adult children and a very proud grandma. She is also a web designer, social media specialist, book blogger, and reviewer. She's a long-time Disney lover and a Utah Jazz, Utah Utes, and Dallas Cowboys fan. See Dayna's reviews here: Dayna's Reviews


  1. Thanks so much for hosting us!

    We’d love to hear if any of you have a fun memory with your grandparents that you’d like to share. Any funny misunderstandings?

    We hope you enjoy the book and learning about Antoinette’s family experiences as well!

    Ian Dale (@iandaleart)
    Illustrator of “How Old is Grandma?”

    • We are happy to do so!

      I have more funny stories to tell about my grandma than you can imagine! She was so gullible, which made it VERY easy for us to tease her. I remember my great uncles talking about teasing Grandma when she was younger as well. Oh, but she was so very sweet.

      Your illustrations are gorgeous!

      • Thanks! I’m glad you enjoy the illustrations!! And thanks for sharing your story! Sounds like a lot of fun opportunities for well-mannered mayhem 🙂

        My mom used to tell me of a story that as a little kid, grandma was coming to visit at Christmas time, and I needed to keep a secret about her gift. Of course, the moment she arrived at our door, I ran up to her and said “Grandma! We got you bedroom shoes!!”

        • LOL! That is so funny! You sound like me as a kid. Everyone knew you NEVER asked me to keep a secret regarding a gift because I’d be too excited and would always find some way of letting the secret slip. I’m still horrible about allowing “good” secrets slip.

  2. Thank you for sharing,

    With grandparent’s day coming on September 13, I hope that you can enjoy the book as well as the trailer. I had fun writing it and look forward to continuing family related stories.

    I hope you enjoy the book.

    Antoinette Simmonds
    Author, “How Old Is Grandma?”


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