Book Review & Giveaway: Mother’s Love by Diana Aleksandrova

Book Title: Mother’s Love: Animal moms and their babies by Diana Aleksandrova
Category: Children’s Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Book
Publisher: Dedoni Books
Release date: November 5, 2021
Content Rating: G. Suitable for everyone.

A mother’s love is like the air;
you may not see it, but it’s there.

A mother’s love is universal; and yet the way each species shows its love is unique.

In a cloud, I’ll build a nest.
For you, I want the very best.
My love is fierce and very bright.
It makes the world feel safe and right.

Mother’s Love is a lyrical celebration of the unconditional bond every mother has with her child. The book is written from the point of view of ten different animal moms, ranging from elephants to eagles and depicts the various sides of motherhood, including joy, resilience, and sacrifice.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a sweet book about different kinds of mothers. All mothers love their children but sometimes they show it in different ways, and they take care of their babies in different ways. For example, a koala has a pouch where her baby grows or a king penguin shares incubating time with her mate. Even though species are different, all moms love their babies.

Mother’s Love is written in rhymes and is easy to read. Both adults and children will enjoy the information at the end about the different moms and babies as well as what the babies are called. I didn’t know octopus babies were called larvae!

About the Author

Born and raised in Bulgaria, Diana Aleksandrova moved across the ocean in pursuit of the American dream, only to realize that her dream was not limited to any one country, or even continent. Rather, it was within her all along.

Diana finds joy in creating stories that make kids of all ages laugh-out-loud, open up their minds and hearts, and let their imaginations run freely.

“Books are our tickets to adventure. They let us explore fascinating places, and join charming heroes, crooked villains, and magical creatures through unforgettable journeys. My job is to create the itinerary.”

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Book Review & Giveaway: Please Explain Vaccines to Me: Because I HATE SHOTS! by Laurie Zelinger Ph.D

Shots, injections, needles, and vaccines-whatever their purpose, they all hurt. More than half of children in the 6-17 year-old range report a strong fear of needles. Nearly 25% of adults do as well. This book is for those families who cringe at the thought of getting one.

For some children, getting a shot is a major ordeal. Ramped-up anxiety can lead to tantrums, meltdowns, outbursts and even fainting. That 30-second experience can be a nightmare for parents for and nursing staff alike. This resource will help to improve that dreaded scenario.

The book opens with an engaging story for children where rhyme, colorful illustrations and characters of persity capture a child’s interest as they identify with a girl who has similar fears. The children’s section is followed by a comprehensive guide for parents and caregivers, based on empirical research as well as Dr. Zelinger’s decades of experience as a child psychologist, where she offers information and explicit solutions to help deal with the anxiety surrounding this common medical procedure.


Children will:

• Identify with the main character and her fear of shots

• Enjoy the colorful illustrations and happy story ending

• Learn coping mechanisms to deal with frightening situations

• Feel supported by their parents who will know how to help

• Reduce their anxiety and become more cooperative during medical visits

Parents/Caregivers will:

• Understand the reasoning behind the fear of injections

• Learn strategies to help their child before and during a medical visit

• Be better able to comfort their child

From the Please Explain series at Loving Healing Press.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Please Explain Vaccines to Me is not just a good book to read to children before getting a vaccine, but it is good to read before any shot. Many children are anxious before getting a shot, and this book shows them that it’s normal to be a little scared. It also helps children to understand that vaccines are necessary and that parents are keeping them safe, not being mean.

Children should be less anxious after reading this cute story that is told in rhymes and has bright and colorful illustrations. This is such a timely book when millions of children are needing the vaccine. Please Explain Vaccines to Me is a great resource that will be useful for several years.

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“Dr. Laurie Zelinger has done it again with another excellent child and parent-friendly book that helps to allay fears and empower families and professionals with the tools to help children develop healthy coping skills. Please Explain Vaccines to Me has it all: a relatable and simple yet engaging text in rhyme that is fun to read aloud, as well as colorful illustrations that provide an honest and relatable depiction of the emotions involved. As an experienced nurse and health educator, I see this book as a “must-have” resource for all caregivers, educators and health professionals.”
–Darlene Glasser, RN, MSEd

“Please Explain Vaccines to Me is a book that every parent will want to read to their child before getting a shot. It demystifies vaccinations with language that a child will both understand and want to question further. It also gives both children and parents the language they need to express their anxiety about the process and the tools to lessen that anxiety. It gets 5 stars!”
–Yael Kula, MSW, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

More books from the ‘Please Explain to Me‘ series…

Please Explain Alzheimer’s Disease to Me:

A Children’s Story and Parent Handbook About Dementia

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Please Explain Time Out to Me:

A Story for Children and Do-It-Yourself Manual for Parents

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble Kobo GPlay Paperback Hardcover Audible

Please Explain Terrorism to Me:

A Story for Children, P-E-A-R-L-S of Wisdom for Their Parents

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble Kobo GPlay Paperback Hardcover Audible

Please Explain Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy to Me:

A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Child for Surgery, 3rd Edition

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble Kobo GPlay Paperback Hardcover Audible

Please Explain Anxiety to Me!

Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents, 2nd Edition

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Barnes and Noble Kobo GPlay Paperback Hardcover Audible

About the Author

Dr. Laurie Zelinger, Diplomate, is a Board Certified Psychologist with a specialty in School Psychology, and a Registered Play Therapist with forty years’ experience. She is a licensed New York State psychologist who recently retired from a Long Island public school system and is now devoting her time exclusively to writing, consulting, and her busy private practice. Dr. Laurie’s previous books include: “Please Explain Anxiety to Me: Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents,” The “O MY” in TonsillectOMY & AdenoidectOMY: How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery (in its second edition), A Smart Girl’s Guide to Liking Herself Even on the Bad Days for American Girl, and a chapter on selective mutism in the compendium, School Based Play Therapy (second edition). She is also credited with being a consultant for the Bitty Baby book series by American Girl where she assisted in the development of the “For Parents” sections, as well as editorial development of another American Girl book. Dr. Laurie’s interest in writing began in 4th grade, when a play she wrote was performed by students in her public school. Dr. Zelinger is a fellow and elected officer in the nationally based American Academy of School Psychology and spent four years on the Executive Board of the New York Association of Play Therapy. As a media referral specialist for the American Psychological Association, she has contributed to nearly 200 venues regarding child development. Dr. Laurie and her psychologist husband, Dr. Fred, are both certified Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteers. They have been happily married for over thirty-five years and have raised four children. You can learn more about Dr. Zelinger and her books at DrZelinger dot com.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Cool Kids by Arlene Freeman

Book Title:  Cool Kids by Arlene Freeman
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Publishing
Release date:   October 2021
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for all ages.


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Like most kids, Michael and his friends are so excited for their first day at a new school. They have a lot of questions about what to expect, but most of all, they wonder if they’ll get to join the football team. That would be the perfect way to start the year! However, Michael soon finds out that it’s not as easy as he thinks. The team is filled with bullies, and to join, he has to become one of them. In order to be cool enough to get a spot on the football team, Michael has to start changing his behavior—for the worse! Suddenly, terrible things start happening to him. Finally, he begins to wonder: Was it all worth it?

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Cool Kids is a great story about Michael who has a lot of friends but wants to play football with some older kids. In order to do that, he has to get their attention by bullying other kids just like they do. As Michael changes, he loses his true friends and no longer likes himself. Is this what he really wants?

This is a good lesson about bullying and wanting to fit in. Children will enjoy the story and the illustrations. Although the end is a little unrealistic, we can all hope that bullies respond like Ruffy does.

About the Author

Freeman’s first career was a third-grade schoolteacher in the Passaic School System. Teaching children is her true passion, and she incorporated this passion in her community involvement. Her second career as a real estate broker and appraiser enabled her to open her own real estate company, Prime Realty, with a partner. After thirty-five years, they sold to Coldwell Banker. She loves dogs, playing piano, telling stories, singing, dancing, and sharing wonderful examples of life’s lessons with her grandchildren. Arlene lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey. She has two sons, Dr. Ted Freeman of Long Branch, New Jersey, and Dr. Eric Freeman of Westfield, New Jersey, as well as three grandchildren: Michael, Max, and Quinn. This is her first book and maybe her third career.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by Dr. Rachel B. Wellner M.D.

Book Title:  Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows by
​Rachel B. Wellner
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 42 pages
Genre: Educational Fiction
Publisher: Richter Publishing
Release Date: May 2021
Content Rating:  G – (No Profanity, no nudity, no sexual content, no adult themes)


Book Description:

Doctor Marsha is a series created to entertain children at the preschool through grade school level relying on educational content. The main character, Marsha, will introduce kids to exciting challenges in basic health education as the series explores the world, vanquishing health problems. It is my hope that the characters will stimulate young minds by introducing them to a positive, professional figure that embodies the spirit of cultural competence, creativity, and adventure.

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a cute book featuring Dr. Marsha who is a kangaroo. She and her helpers, Terence and Louie, go with her to Washington D.C. all the way from Australia to help solve a mystery.

Although they’re looking for missing hot dogs and marshmallows, it is mentioned that those are junk food and that eating healthy is the way to go. Eating healthy is mentioned several times, but it’s not the sole focus of the story. Solving the mystery is! Dr. Marsha and the Case of the Missing Hot Dogs and Marshmallows is a cute story with adorable and colorful illustrations. Young children will definitely enjoy it!

About the Author

Dr. Rachel Wellner is a board-certified general surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, most recently the Assistant Professor of surgery at the Monteflore-Einstein Center for Care. She has also been Director of Breast Services at NYEE/Continuum Cancer Center, Pascal Valley Hospital, and Palisades General Hospital. Dr. Wellner graduated Magna Cum Lauda and Phi Betta Kappa from Dartmouth College, earned her medical degree from the University of Connecticut and her Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University. She pursued her surgical training at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and worked to establish a clinical rotation in an underserved region of The Dominican Republic. She completed Society of Surgical Oncology-accredited breast oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, California. She has been featured as a guest expert on several local and national news networks, including WPLX 11, Fox and Friends, and CNN.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Twin Tales: Alike and Different by Brielle and Nadia Dupervil

Book Title:  Twin Tales: Alike and Different by Brielle and Nadia Dupervil
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 28 pages
Genre:  Children
Publisher:  RiaJay Publishing
Release date:  October 2021

Content Rating:  G – Suitable for all readers.

Imagine having someone that is just like you in the world. Or what if there were not just like you, but everyone thought they were? Twin sisters Alexia and Denise might look alike on the outside, but they are very different on the inside. Join the sisters as they reveal what makes them unique. An enduring story of siblings who share a strong bond that parents will appreciate, and children will love.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Alexia and Denise are twins and they look a lot alike but looks can be deceiving. They do like a lot of the same things, but they also like a lot of different things. For example, they don’t have the same favorite color and Alexia is more of a risk taker than Denise.

I like this book because it’s important for children (and adults) to know that even though twins are a lot alike, they are two distinct individuals. Several years ago, I worked with twin girls and when I first met them, I couldn’t tell them apart. As I got to know them, I realized that they were very different in their looks, their personalities, and their preferences. To this day, many years later, if I happen to see one of them, I can tell them apart easily.

Along with the story of the twins’ likes and differences, the illustrations are bright and colorful and will keep the attention of children. The picture of Brielle and Nadia will also be a favorite of children. I know my grandchildren love to see pictures of other “real” kids.

About the Authors

Brielle has a bold and bubbly personality and never meets a stranger. You can call her the life of the party because there is never a dull moment when she is around. Brielle is a curious conversationalist who will talk to anyone who will listen.

Nadia is a soft spoken, articulate, gentle spirit. Initially she is reserved, but once comfortable she will win you over with her contagious laughter and the silly jokes she keeps in her back pocket for the right time. Nadia is caring and always does what she can to help others feel better. She is very in tune with her emotions and very direct when expressing them.



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Book Review & Giveaway: Cut and Run by Annabelle Lewis

Book Title: Cut and Run by Annabelle Lewis
Category: Adult Fiction 18+, 234 pages
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: PePe Press
Release Date: August 2021
Content Rating: PG13 – Lots of cursing, and there are murders, but no graphic violence or graphic sexual content

Book Description:

Their story continues . . .

The four Boston clairvoyants, blessed—or cursed—with special powers, must fight a ruthless enemy and stop injustice. In Dead Cat, Run, the Sisters of Fate drove them together, but at what cost? The God Apollo wasn’t playing around. He’s still dead set on vengeance.

Sinister forces will have a wicked agenda. An energy grab, a mineral rights war, and deadly mercenaries create a mortally serious game. But the psychics’ sibylline abilities aside, they’re only human. At least three of them are. (What’s up with that?)

Can they stop the killers? And who will survive?

​An energetic contemporary thriller, Cut and Run will have you on the edge of your seat as the dance between good and evil resumes.

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is the second book in a series. In the first book, four psychics in Boston found each other and have become a “family.” They truly would do anything for each other. There was a lot of character development in the first book so although Cut and Run does stand on its own, I would recommend reading Dead Cat, Run first for an even better experience.

I thought the first book started a little slowly but Cut and Run is non-stop from the first page. The psychics are good, moral people and know they need to help others, so they are constantly battling evil. Once again, they’re up against horrible people who don’t care how many people they murder. I was on the edge of my seat at times wondering if a young naive couple would survive and if an innocent man would be released from jail.

I like how seemingly unrelated events eventually tie together. If you’re looking for a good thriller, look no further. I hope there are more stories with this group in the future.

About the Author

Annabelle Lewis is a pseudonym for the author who lives in Minneapolis with her husband, children, and a wild thug of a dog who sleeps beside her. A multi-genre writer and publisher of 9 novels to date, her humorous mystery caper books have a theme – taking down the bad guy. Villains beware! She also writes a scathing blog and highly entertaining monthly newsletter. Sign up to follow at her website.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Dead Cat, Run by Annabelle Lewis

Book Title:  Dead Cat, Run by Annabelle Lewis
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 +), 358 pages
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Publisher:  PePe Press
Release dates:   February 2021
Format available for review:  ebook (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF)
Content Rating: PG-13: Lots of cursing, some non-graphic sex and violence


Book Description:

​You’re where you’re meant to be. Run, if you can.

High school senior Jenny Gallagher’s psychic abilities have made life in her small New England town rocky. Her premonitions and déjà vu have given her a reputation, one she’s not happy with. Tragedy is about to strike, however, and oddly, this time, she doesn’t see it coming. Is her gift betraying her?

Not far from Jenny, Wellesley Professor Maximus Dyer also has a gift—a painful and useless one. His ability to see the past has brought him insight into history, but otherwise, he’s never known what to make of it. The psychic shocks he receives through his unprotected hands have made any genuine human relationships beyond his grasp. Then someone who doesn’t trigger a vision enters his life—a dog?

Sidrah Keeling runs determinedly optimistic throughout her life, trying hard not to ask the big questions about why. Her foresight, her ability to see glimpses of the future in her dreams, often drives her to follow a path she doesn’t understand. Alert and listening, with the guardrails of security she’s erected in place, she’s forced again to follow her dreams. This time to a man. Who is he?

Lurking deep in his sensory deprivation tank, Turner Black sees it all. Born out of the great chaos of time, he once again feels the forces of good gathering to move against him. Not in this life. This time, his darkness will reign supreme. The hunt for his antithesis will begin again now. He can’t wait to feel his opponent in destiny bleed.

​A fast-paced contemporary mystery thriller with a supernatural hierarchy, Dead Cat, Run will keep you up all night, glued to your seat.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Jenny, Max, and Sidrah each believe that they are the only ones with supernatural abilities. When they find each other, or maybe they are brought together by some unknown force, they instantly become a family. They are so relieved to be able to share their abilities and not have to hide who they are. There is also my favorite character, Bones, the dog who attaches herself to Max. Bones is adorable and the smartest dog ever and is part of the team.

I say team because this group is a good force, and they are faced with the dark force of Turner Black. They know that Jenny is in danger and do everything to keep her safe. How long can this go on? Will evil win or will good triumph?

Dead Cat, Run is difficult to put down once you start it. It is a must read for anyone who enjoys thrillers of good vs. evil. It does stand alone, but I’m looking forward to reading the next book, Cut and Run.

About the Author

Annabelle Lewis is a pseudonym for the author who lives in Minneapolis with her husband, children, and a wild thug of a dog who sleeps beside her. A multi-genre writer and publisher of 9 novels to date, her humorous mystery caper books have a theme – taking down the bad guy. Villains beware! She also writes a scathing blog and highly entertaining monthly newsletter. Sign up to follow at her website.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Bobos Babes Adventures: A Magical Halloween by Karen M. Bobos

Book Title:  BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: A MAGICAL HALLOWEEN by Karen M. Bobos
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-10),  30 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book, Fairy Tale
Publisher:  Bobos Babes, Ltd.
Release date:   September 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone. It’s a children’s Halloween-themed book about magic and sisterhood.

Book Description:

It’s Halloween time in the land of Harmony, and the Bobos Babes are ready for some fun!

When Angel Scarlett, Fairy Cora, and Princess Daphne visit Lily the Ladybug’s Boutique to look for Halloween costumes, they find Lily has left aside three special masks for them. The ladybug informs the sisters that they must wait until noon on Halloween to try on the mysterious masks but assures them they will have the best costumes in all of the land of Harmony.

The sisters can hardly wait, counting down the minutes on Halloween until they can don their curious masks. When the time comes, they learn their secret masks are enchanted, and the girls are magically transformed into the costumes of their dreams.

​After a fun outing Trick-or-Treating, the little monster, witch, and ghost — or sisters — agree that this was the best Halloween of all.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Angel Scarlett, Fairy Cora, and Princess Daphne are the Bobos Babes. They’re sisters and they’re getting read for Halloween. When they go to Lily the Ladybug’s Boutique, they are given magical masks that make this their best Halloween ever!

A Magical Halloween is told in rhyme and the illustrations are fantastic with bright vibrant colors. The different costumes in the illustrations are creative and will encourage children to use their imagination. This is definitely a good book to read for Halloween or any time during the year.

About the Author

Karen M. Bobos began writing poetry and stories at the early age of ten. She is a life-long Chicagoan who now raises her family in the downtown area. During the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, Chicago also became a city of unrest. Trying to keep her three young daughters in a world of magic during such scary times, the Bobos Babes Adventures were born. Her goal was to create a world of Harmony for her family and hopefully for others to escape, even if only for a moment.

The first book of the series, The Case of the Giggles, was published in December 2020. The Missing Egg launched in March 2021. The Lion’s Secret was published in June 2021, a tribute to her mother and late father’s incredible love story.  The Lovey That Came to Life and The Bobcat Birthday Party will be releasing in the upcoming months.​

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Book Review & Giveaway: A Mother’s Tale and Other Stories by Khanh Ha

A Mother’s Tale and Other Stories by Khanh Ha

Publisher: C&R Press (October 15, 2021)
Category: Linked Short Stories, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction
ISBN: 978-1949540239
Available in Print and ebook, 150 pages


Description

A Mother’s Tale is a tale of salvaging one’s soul from received and inherited war-related trauma. Within the titular beautiful story of a mother’s love for her son is the cruelty and senselessness of the Vietnam War, the poignant human connection, and a haunting narrative whose set ting and atmosphere appear at times otherworldly through their landscape and inhabitants.

Captured in the vivid descriptions of Vietnam’s country and culture are a host of characters, tortured and maimed and generous and still empathetic despite many obstacles, including a culture wrecked by losses. Somewhere in this chaos readers will find a tender link between the present-day survivors and those already gone. Rich and yet buoyant with a vision-like quality, this collection shares a common theme of love and loneliness, longing and compassion, where beauty is discovered in the moments of brutality, and agony is felt in ecstasy.

WINNER C&R PRESS 2021 FICTION AWARD

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Amazon (Coming Soon)

Guest Review by Sal

From award-winning author Khanh Ha, comes a book of short stories revolving around the Vietnam War. Countless lives were impacted by the war, and every story in ‘A Mother’s Tale and Other Stories’ showcases a little slice of that impact in a deeply personal way.

In this collection there are eleven stories, each following different characters who give their perspective on the war. Some of the stories include, ‘Heartbreak Grass,’ the tale of a young man, newly drafted into the war, who spends his last days before shipping out caring for a man that is referred to in the village as ‘Uncle Chung.’

Uncle Chung is a quadruple amputee, having lost all of his limbs in the war. He is also blind. While caring for him, the young man strikes up a friendship with Uncle Chung, and begins to wonder if the man’s wife might not be faithful. She leaves him for many hours at a time while he has to sit in his own filth.

Another story, ‘The River Of White Lilies,’ revolves around an American soldier who is stationed in a Catholic village near the U Minh forest. The soldier laments being stuck in Vietnam until he eventually befriends a beautiful school teacher and begins spending time with her, as well as the other people in the village.

Finally, the titular story, ‘A Mother’s Tale,’ is about a mother who travels from the U.S. to Vietnam years after the war ends in order to find the son that she lost.

Every story in this collection is better than the last! Ha’s writing is atmospheric, magical and very touching. He writes so intimately about the food and culture of Vietnam that, when reading the book, I felt like I was really there.

Each story flowed into the next just like the river of White Lilies from the book, and each one was unforgettable. If you love well written short stories, trust me, you will love this book.

About the Author

Khanh Ha is the author of Flesh, The Demon Who Peddled Longing, and Mrs. Rossi’s Dream. He is a seven-time Pushcart nominee, finalist for the Mary McCarthy Prize, Many Voices Project, Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and The University of New Orleans Press Lab Prize. He is the recipient of the Sand Hills Prize for Best Fiction, the Robert Watson Literary Prize in Fiction, and the Orison Anthology Award for Fiction. Mrs. Rossi’s Dream, was named Best New Book by Booklist and a 2019 Foreword Reviews INDIES Silver Winner and Bronze Winner.  A Mother’s Tale & Other Stories has already won the C&R Press Fiction Prize.

Website: http://www.authorkhanhha.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KhanhHa69784776
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkhanhha

Giveaway

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Book Review & Giveaway: Chipper Makes Merry by Kimber Fox Morgan

Book Title:  Chipper Makes Merry by Kimber Fox Morgan
Category: Children’s Fictions (Ages 3-7)
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Simple Wonder Press, 34 pages
Release date:  October 2021
Content Rating:  Rated G – Suitable for All Ages

Book Description:

A “Mom’s Choice Award Winner”!

​Tip toe, tip toe, crackle, crunch!

​Chipper the Fox sneaks through the forest to spread cheer to his weary friends. Will his merry making be a success? Or will a smelly fish disaster and a log pile tumble ruin his plans?

“Chipper Makes Merry” takes you on Chipper’s arctic quest filled with lessons of love, kindness and determination.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Chipper is a fox who lives in Arctic Land and wants to bring happiness to his friends by surprising them with gifts. He tries to be sneaky but that doesn’t work! His friends are still appreciative, and they all end up having a fun day.

This is a great book for young children during the holidays or any time of year. There are only a few words on each page but the text still rhymes. There are beautiful illustrations on every page just like the one on the front cover. Illustrations are by Kim Sponaugle.

I definitely recommend Chipper Makes Merry for children. It’s not only a good story but it encourages children to be nice to others.

About the Author

Morgan is a fun wife, and imperfect mom of 3 crazy kiddos and 2 little lemon (problematic) dogs. She tries to live her strengths the best she can. She likes to say she is creative, not crafty. Morgan is a homemade Halloween costume type of mom. She lets her kids mix the play doh. She bakes fun birthday cakes (cutely, but far from perfection). She loves a homemade valentine and a school project. Chipper the Fox is an extension of Morgan’s creative strength. Originally designed as character to create merry during the holiday season, Chipper has grown and developed into a story of determination and love.

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