Sammy & Scarlett’s Coral Reef Adventure by Robert Andrew Provan Book Tour, Guest Post, & Giveaway! {Ends 9/25/23}

Sep 5, 2023 | 1 comment

I LOVE books on anything aquatic! I insist I was born as part mermaid. 

I am excited to present a children’s book about underwater activity! It has been a long time since I have had one to promote. I want to thank the author and iReads Book Tours for this opportunity.

Book Details:

Sammy & Scarlett’s Coral Reef Adventure by Robert Andrew Provan
Category: Children’s Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 46 pages
Genre: Children’s Book
Publisher: Archway Pub
Release date: May, 2023
Formats Available for Review: print-hardback (USA), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates: Sep 5 to Sep 18, 2023
Content Rating: G. This children’s book is for everyone.

Book Description:

Sammy, a sergeant major fish, and Scarlett, a yellowtail snapper, are best friends who have found safety in a mangrove forest after being washed out of a tidal pool in a large wave. But they’ve decided to leave the mangroves and their friend Manny and journey across the sea-grass meadows to the barrier reef of the Florida Keys, the place that will be their home in adulthood.

​Along the way, they make a new friend, a hawksbill sea turtle named Howie. Howie is a kind sea turtle who gives the young fish the guidance they need to get where they’re going and stay safe. The three quickly become fast friends and learn that they can trust one another through thick and thin. Howie protects the little fish from predators, and in return they help keep the turtle safe from the dangers of human litter such as plastic bags. Join Sammy, Scarlett, and new friend Howie as their epic journey continues through the magnificent Florida Keys.

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Review By LAWonder10:

Sammy and Scarlett’s Coral Reef Adventure is a very informative and educational picturebook for children. However, I would not recommend it for very young children because it has a large amount of reading in a few places. 

It is a fantasy about a live, talking grove and sea creatures. It has illustrations on almost every page. It is a great tool to educate children on clean environment needed in the water as well as on land.

The illustrations are nice but not my “cup of tea”. The colors are dull and the illustrations of fish are simple and do not give off much energy.

The only things I feel negative about in the writing are: (1. )For a young children’s book, there is too much writing in one place a few times. (2.) It would be more educational if the fish mentioned in the story were labeled. There are a few one can determine is the type of sea creature mentioned, but many are not shown nor labeled. 

All in all, I recommend this book and feel it aids in educating children in a fun way.

I offer a Four Stars rating.

This book was gifted me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.


Guest Post:

Path Notes to a Children’s Book

All three of my published children’s books (plus the fourth which will be out before year’s end) began their literary life as handwritten field notes prior to being fine-tuned and typed up on my laptop in a formal manuscript format. It is not always feasible to carry a laptop on a dive boat or while exploring in the woods. A notebook and writing implement are invaluable.

Regardless of how whimsical the storyline of my children’s books may become, they are always based upon very accurate facts about nature such as species, habitat, and animal behavior. For example, Sergeant Major fish can very frequently be seen together on the coral reefs of Florida alongside Yellow Taile Snapper fish. Because I have personally witnessed them happily co-existing together in tidal pools, mangrove forests and on coral reefs depicting them as friends in “Sammy and Scarlett’s Coral Reef Adventure” came naturally to me.

The transition from field notes to manuscript format has occurred in a wide variety of physical locations. In most instances, the process revealed itself in multiple locations. For example, field notes made during the day often became the outline for the storyline in a hotel room or rental property in the Florida Keys later that same day. Weeks later, I could be found crafting this story line creating enhanced character development back home in central Florida. Still later, when at last pleased with the manuscript I began indicating where I thought images could take the place of the written word. A big deal with children’s
illustrated books.

My phenomenally talented artist Mary Wentzel would ultimately be provided with a manuscript marked up with my suggestions of where we should let artwork “do the storytelling”. I frequently defer to Mary’s unique perspective and always original ideas on the final artwork. In this last phase, our main guiding collaborative rule is, no rule other than “have fun with it”.

The finished product should be a fun, fact-based, story that carries the young readers and their families along “like the outgoing tide”.

Meet the Author:

Robert Andrew Provan is the author of three children’s books Ronnie the Raindrop, Sammy & Scarlett’s Mangrove Adventure, and Sammy & Scarlett’s Coral Reef Adventure.

​Born and raised in Vermont, he has lived most of his adult life in the Sunshine State of Florida. When not writing, he is often to be found in the Florida Keys snorkeling or scuba diving as he conducts research for the next book in his children’s series. You can learn more about Robert at

Connect with the author: website ~ facebookinstagram ~ goodreads 


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Sep 8 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sep 11 – @mamof9 – book review
Sep 12 – Kim’s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s – book review
Sep 12 – Stephanie Jane – boo spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 13 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
Sep 14 – Books With a Chance – book review / author interview / giveaway
Sep 15 – regallywritten – book review / giveaway
Sep 18 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway

Giveaway Details:

Win signed copy of Sammy & Scarlett’s Coral Reef Adventure by Robert Andrew Provan (one winner) (USA only) (ends Sep 25)

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1 Comment
  1. Nancy

    Terrific cover

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