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Sophie

Sophie is a duchess and is divorced from her husband.  She divorced her husband in 1865 in the middle of the 19th century.  She had had enough of her husband.  He was a philanderer.  Now she likes boys and girls in their twenties.  After her divorce, with some good money from her ex-husband, James de Kerstrat, she sets sail to Monaco to forget him and for a new life.

In Monaco, Sophie buys a house and hires two servants, Thomas and Sylvie. She makes the acquaintance of John, the Count Delgado. They become close but John does not know that, behind his back, Sophie is having a dalliance with Sylvie. However, in the end, John and Sophie marry. 

Excerpt

“At 9.45 a.m. on Saturday, John and Sophie talk about their plans to get married.  Of course, it will be in the church not very far from Sophie’s cottage and, of course, she will invite her parents.  However, John doesn’t have parents, siblings or other relatives.  His parents are dead for a few years now.  So it is just Sophie, her parents and, Sarah, her sister, and Thomas and Sylvie.

Sophie asks John, “Can we be married as soon as possible?”

“Yes, of course, my darling,” replies John.  “Maybe next Saturday?”

“Yes, my darling,” says Sophie.  “It’s a good idea, darling.  So it will be Saturday, 30 July.  Yes, at 11am in the church.”

“Yes, okay!” says John.

At 11.30am Sophie thinks to present John to her parents and her sister.  So Sophie and John decide to go and see her parents.  It’s not too far away.  They get ready, a good jacket for Sophie and a hat each, and then they leave.  Both like to walk in the town of Monte Carlo, because it’s not very big.  After forty-five minutes of walking, Sophie sees her parents’ house.  It is the white house with the blue door and the blue shutters, with the name Hensley written on the door.

Sophie knocks on the door.  After a few minutes, a man opens the door.  Pierre, her father, says, “Hello, my daughter, you are welcome.”

About the Author

Denis Devaux was born in Nantes in France and now lives in England.    He trained as a cook. He has no diploma or academic qualifications and taught himself English.

“Sophie:  The Duchess of Kerstrat and Her Adventures in Monaco” by Denis Devaux is available in paperback from Amazon at:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 020 8339 6060
E-mail: info@grosvenorhousepublishing.co.uk

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When do Monsters Come?

Witty, Empowering Book Keeps Kids (Happily) Compliant   

Written from the masterful imagination of Roochi Sahi, ‘When Do Monsters Come?’ takes young readers into the lives of siblings Bella and Ethan, whose resistance to everyday occurrences summons a series of quirky monsters. But Mum has a secret to make them go away, shared with readers through rhyming, thought-provoking stories. This is a relatable book unlike anything else on the market, and one that will keep kids good, willingly!

United Kingdom – Dentist Roochi Sahi owes all her success, achievement and zest to her parents; two noble mavericks who have had unwavering support for her every day.

It’s no wonder they supported her latest venture, a breakthrough children’s book – and it’s no surprise Sahi used a mother’s powerful word as a main theme in the story!

‘When Do Monsters Come?’ uses humour and rhyme to keep kids willingly compliant for the everyday tasks that can so often be arduous. The secret? A few monsters, perhaps!

‘When Do Monsters Come?’ Learning resources pack: https://www.drbyroochi.com/collections/inspired-books-for-children-parents/products/learning-resources-pack

Spokesperson video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqX6eKNzAFU

About the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvD0JNcEOe4

Dance routine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCCC8_AvF0M&t=4s

Sing-a-long song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCCC8_AvF0M&t=4s

About the Author

I was born in America, in the state of Philadelphia. When I was three years old, my family moved to Africa- and Kenya was where I spent most of my childhood. Engulfed in a world of beautiful climate, wildlife, beaches and exceptional nature, I organically grew poetic in my mind. My environment nurtured my development and both my parents being Dentists, I was inspired by them to study Dentistry. Jumping from a life surrounded by nature, I moved to the bustling city of London; to establish my education, and this put my imagination into context with my new London reality.

A fully qualified Dentist, I went on to gain post-graduate qualifications in Aesthetic Medicine. Alongside this academic but scientific upbringing, I was always fascinated with Holistic Health. After completing a study of Hypnotherapy and gaining qualifications in Complementary Medicine, I changed a great deal for myself. As a result, I became the founder of an empowering mindfulness system, called ‘Dr. By Roochi’, where ‘Discover Radiance’ uses a method of subconscious programming in adults to create powerful and positive beliefs.

I am an example of how I used the right nutrition for my body, combined with healing past mental blockages to “Discover Radiance” in my own life. I reversed my Thyroid condition, cured my PCOS, found the love of my life and managed to have beautiful children even when medicine claimed infertility. Not to mention I dropped about 35 kilograms in weight, and feel more body confident than ever.

My books for children work with a similar methodology- and what better way to help children form such pathways for thought; so that they can begin to achieve, create, learn and understand their own capabilities as early as possible.

My books aim to encourage the practice of mindfulness for children as young as 2 years old and help them cope with both imaginative interpretation and emotion as they evolve.

My mother has believed in my ability as a Children’s book author since as long as I can remember. Always forging on with the waves of life I always had an excuse to why it was never the right time. Until the tide went out, and now, here I am, writing books that have truly come from my heart.

My books, like the countless amazing ventures in my life, reflect the utmost gratitude to my supportive and loving family. Thank you for everything Dad, Mum and my best friend- my husband.

Please see below for online retailers which currently list this title:

https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-do-monsters-come-roochi-sahi/1137345791?ean=9781839751431

https://www.waterstones.com/book/when-do-monsters-come/roochi-sahi/9781839751431

https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/childrens/when-do-monsters-come,roochi-sahi-9781839751431?term=When+do+monsters

Excerpt

Mum screams-

Stop fighting!

Wear your coat!

Don’t be rude!

Cut your nails!

Wash your hair!

Clean your hands!

Nobody listens.

Mum can now stop screaming.

Contact:

Roochi Sahi
Email: roochipatel@gmail.com
Telephone: 07565461118

Book Review: Wilbur Wolf by Sally Lee Baker

A fun read-aloud tongue twisting tale brought to you by the letter “W”. Wilbur Wolf worries when the winter wind whistles wildly through the willows in the Wyoming wilderness. Number 23 in a series of ABC alliterative stories, “Wilbur Wolf” emphasizes each letter “w” or “W” with a bold font. Children will enjoy the fun story while learning the many uses of the letter “W” and finding the hidden letter in each picture.

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My Review

This is the first book in the series that I’ve read. Each book in the series focuses on a letter of the alphabet. Obviously, “W” is the focus in Wilbur Wolf. I was impressed by how many “W” words the author was able to use while coming up with a story that children will enjoy. The illustrations are also cute and will help keep the attention of young children.

Wilbur Wolf worries about everything, even the wind! Wyatt is the smartest wolf in the pack, and he decides that Wilbur worries because he has no self-confidence. Wyatt comes up with a plan for the wolves to help Wilbur and, in turn, will keep him from disturbing everyone with his worries.

This my favorite kind of children’s book. It is fun to read, it teaches children about the letter “W” and it teaches about self-esteem. That makes it triple good!

About the Author

Sally Lee Baker is incredibly excited to announce that she has been recognized as a Book Excellence Award Finalist in the Children’s Fiction Category for her books, “Toni Tanager” and “Vinny The Vegetarian Vulture”.

Out of hundreds of books that were entered into the Book Excellence Awards competition, her books were selected for their high quality writing, design and overall market appeal.

To view her complete award listing, you can visit: https://honorees.bookexcellenceawards.com/#!/Toni-Tanager-Childrens-Fiction/p/143373756/category=36034731 and/or https://honorees.bookexcellenceawards.com/#!/Vinny-the-Vegetarian-Vulture-Childrens-Fiction/p/178508618/category=46250245

“Toni Tanager” was released in 2018 and is about Toni Tanager, a small bird, who teases two three-toed tree toads until Terri Tanager takes her to task to treat the tree toads like she would like to be treated.

“Vinny The Vegetarian Vulture” was released in 2019 and is about a vulture who claims to be a vegetarian. The virtuous Violet Vole videos Vinny to vet his claim.

The books are perfect for elementary students and teachers who want to increase vocabulary.

You can get copies for yourself on Amazon or by ordering through your favorite bookstore.

Sally Lee Baker, storyteller, author and illustrator wrote her first tongue twisters for kids using the letter “B” in a Writing for Juveniles class in college. After marrying, raising two girls and then reading to grandchildren, she was inspired to write alliterative stories using each letter of the alphabet.

Not knowing where to turn for a good illustrator, Sally attempted some drawings herself. After several efforts she surprised herself at being able to draw characters which she could scan on to her computer to color and manipulate through a drawing program. By the time she wrote the “H” alliterative story she was able to do all the drawing on the computer alone.

As library clerk at her local public school she had many opportunities to read to students and note which books were well received and which were not. With one daughter and family near Edmonton, Alberta, Sally takes advantage of visits there to read in other public schools.

Sally and her husband, Ted, have retired as missionaries, from SEND International and live near their other daughter and family in Faro, Yukon Territory of Canada.

Website: https://sallyleebaker.wixsite.com/books
Twitter: Sally Lee Baker

Audiobook Review: Wombat & Jones: The Great Banana Mystery by Arran Francis

Wombat and Jones are excited to attend the famous Boris Beaker’s banana bread baking class and like many other friends in town they can’t wait to get to work on making scrumptious banana bread. However, there’s just one problem — before class gets underway, Boris discovers that all of the bananas have gone missing!

Boris Beaker and his disappointed students know there is no chance they can make banana bread without this key ingredient, but Wombat isn’t willing to give up that easily. Putting her investigative skills to the test, she gets help from her trusty sidekick — Furlock Jones — and together they attempt to solve The Great Banana Mystery.

Written by author Arran Francis, creator of multiple series for BBC’s CBeebies Radio, Wombat & Jones: The Great Banana Mystery is a funny tale about friendship, problem-solving, and teamwork. Simple mistakes and jumping to conclusions can happen after all, but Wombat & Jones try their best to put it right and learn from them. 

Where to get it:

https://www.wombatandjones.org/thegreatbananamystery

It can be streamed or borrowed from libraries too.

My Review

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

What a cute story! It’s written for children, but adults will enjoy listening to it as well. It’s pretty short but lots of fun.

When bananas and a monkey go missing at the same time, Wombat and Jones know that they can hunt down the missing bananas…and maybe the missing monkey who is the prime suspect. Wombat and Jones go on an amusing adventure as they search for the missing bananas. The baking class can’t make banana bread without them!

As soon as I began listening to this story, I recognized the narrator as one of my favorites from another series. That made it even better.

Wombat & Jones: The Great Banana Mystery would be a fun activity for children during these long summer months.

About the Author

Arran Francis is the creator of multiple series for BBC’s CBeebies Radio and has worked as an audiobook producer on behalf of MacMillan Audio, Audible and Harper Collins. He launched Wombat and Jones Audio in 2019 with the aim of writing children’s novels to be released exclusively in audiobook format.

The audiobooks for the Daisy May’s Daydream Parade and Wombat & Jones series were released last summer with further books in the series and standalone titles being scheduled for publication in 2020.

Social Media Links

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Book Review: Secret Doors: The Challenge by Brian D. Meeks

What if a girl who lost everything met a boy who had nothing? How might it change their lives?

For Abby and Stevie it’s the start of their Thanksgiving break. Abby’s foster family has left her behind, locked in their home with nothing but TV dinners and the walls for company. She has a plan, though, and a friend in Stevie that will make the weekend an adventure.
There ‘s more in store than she could possibly imagine.

Life can be challenging, especially when you’re twelve. For Abby and Stevie, the true challenge waits behind a tiny door at the back of Mr. Kim’s store. When Stevie tries their secret knock (as a joke, because the door is only big enough for a mouse), they are magically taken to a strange place where a room full of kids await selection.

The Challenge, which has taken place all over the world, every year for the last thousand, is for a special group of children. It‘s a test of team work, cleverness, and willingness to trust. For Abby, Stevie and their new friends, it is much more because there are those behind the scenes who are not playing fair.

It will be a grand adventure that, if they survive, will change their lives forever.

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My Review

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

Abby and Stevie quickly become good friends when she moves in with her foster family. Her life is hard because they don’t treat her well, and Stevie lives at an orphanage. Abby misses her parents, of course, but Stevie’s friendship and positive attitude help a lot.

One day they stumble on a tiny door and decide to give it a try. Not only do they make it through the door but they embark upon an adventure that will change their lives.

They’re not alone though. Their group also includes George, Jo, and Cindy, all of whom have their own special gifts. Even though the children come from completely different lifestyles, they learn to work together along the way. Is it possible that they’ve made new best friends? And will they make it through The Challenge? It doesn’t look good when they end up facing challenges they weren’t supposed to face!

A short but fun read that middle school age children are bound to enjoy.

About the Author

Brian D. Meeks is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Economics. He is the author of the Henry Wood Detective Series, a satire series, Underwood, Scotch, and Wry, and has some stand alone YA, a science fiction series, and in 2019 is working on a 10 book Epic Fantasy series.

He lives on the Las Vegas strip.

And really loves people who post pictures of guinea pigs on Facebook.

They are adorable!

Website http://ExtremelyAverage.com
Twitter ExtremelyAvg

Book Review: Will You Give Me Your Toy? by Abigail Faure

Max the Fox wants to have all the toys in the forest. He doesn’t like to share his own things and takes others’ toys. When everyone turns away from the little fox cub, he starts thinking of what’s going on. Will Max solve the issue? Which way will he choose? And finally, will he find friends among animals whose toys he took?

This is an educational and inspirational book on manners and mannerisms for little kids, starring animals we are excited about. 3-5-year old children are just at the age when they need to develop communication skills. This is the age when one needs to learn considering not only their own desires, but also the needs of others.

You might enjoy the book even in an older age thanks to an evergreen social story and bright cute illustrations. You will meet friends and foes, animals nobody loves and ones who impress everyone, and make sure – friendship is magic! Even adults should realize these basic truths for children’s sake.

Take this adventure together with Max – one of the foxes kids who wants to get friends like these cute little animals in the Green forest.

What’s more, the book contains an entertaining bonus – an extra game for attentive kids. 😉

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My Review

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

Max is a cute little fox who has a lot of toys but he doesn’t want to share them. In fact, he hoards everyone else’s toys as well. He soon realizes that it’s not so fun to have all those toys when you can’t play with them with others.

The lesson of sharing is so important! Will You Give Me Your Toy? is a good way to help teach children about sharing. It also has cute illustrations with bright colors that will keep a young child’s attention. This would definitely be a good addition to a child’s library.

About the Author

The youngest from five children, a little dreamer, and future tales author grew up in the town of Ellsworth, Maine. She started her career by telling stories to her neighbors and friends, then started writing them on paper. Next, Abigail tried herself as a journalist and after almost eight years of a successful career decided to switch to her hobby.

The main reason for that was her family – husband and two daughters with whom she lives in Portland now. They have two adopted cats, so animals and children are the main characters of Abby’s books.

Abigail considers her main mission to make this world more kind and comfortable for everyone. She believes that kindness should be nurtured from the very childhood. So, books are the way to convey this bright thought to even the youngest kids.

Book Review & Giveaway: The Magic Home: A Displaced Boy Finds a Way to Feel Better by Isabella Cassina

“The Magic Home is an endearing and enduring story of a child’s journey to deal with unimaginable feelings of sadness, loss and displacement. This touching story teaches us how to tap into the child’s resilience using the healing power of play and expressive arts. The Magic Home is a must-have book for child clinicians, caregivers and child professionals to use with children displaced from their homes, regardless of the situation.”
— Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, MA, RPT-S, founder and president emeritus of the New York Association for Play Therapy.

“The Magic Home is a comforting story about a little boy who loses all that is familiar and faces many uncertainties in his new life until he meets Ina, who helps him feel that he is not alone. This gently told story and sweet illustrations offer children who have faced disruptions in their families a sense of control over their circumstances and hope for a brighter future.”
— Sue Bratton, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, director emerita, Center for Play Therapy at University of North Texas

“The Magic Home takes us on a journey that is dealing with loss, adjustment and, most importantly, feelings. This book helps adults help children with big feelings that are hard to understand. The added suggestions on how to use the book and reusable figures are a valuable addition. A delightful and helpful book that helps us all know we have a magic home.”
— Linda E. Homeyer, PhD, LPCS, RPT-S, distinguished professor emerita and past president of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) board of directors.

From Loving Healing Press www.LHPress.com

Available to buy from…

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

My Review

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

The Magic Home is a great book for children who have suffered loss and/or been displaced for any reason. It shows how life can be happy one moment and change the next moment. It’s also a story of hope, though.

The little boy in The Magic Home has to leave with his mom and isn’t given any explanation. He feels signs of anxiety: a crushing feeling in his chest, spinning head, sweaty hands, and weak or trembling legs. Once he starts school and meets his new teacher, things get a lot better. She teaches him that he’s not alone and helps him to deal with his loss through kind words and his love of coloring. With her help, he learns to enjoy life again and realizes that he no longer has those feelings of anxiety!

At the end of the book, there are different types of play therapy that adults can use to help children through the rough times. There are also figures of people that can be colored and used as needed.

The Magic Home looks like a useful tool to help children deal with loss and change.

Enjoy our book excerpt

Page from The Magic Home: A Displaced Boy Finds a Way to Feel Better by Isabella Cassina
Page from The Magic Home: A Displaced Boy Finds a Way to Feel Better by Isabella Cassina

About the Author

Isabella Cassina is a Swiss social worker specialized in International Cooperation and Therapeutic Play. She holds a Master of Arts from The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies IHEID in Geneva, and she is recognized Therapeutic Play Specialist by the Association for Play Therapy Italy APTI. She worked for the Swiss Red Cross as Head of the Social Services in the refugees sector. Isabella has acknowledged significant experience as humanitarian worker, trainer and international speaker. She is co-founder and project manager for INA International Academy for Play Therapy studies and PsychoSocial Projects based in Switzerland, and consultant for the APTI. She has undertaken a Ph.D. in Expressive Arts Therapy in Switzerland..

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Book Review: Portrait Drawing for kids by Angela Rizza

Draw the people and faces around you―a kid’s guide to portrait drawing

Anyone can take a picture―but drawing a person with recognizable likeness takes practice. Portrait drawing offers a completely unique interpretation of your subject, and Portrait Drawing for Kids gives budding artists the skill set they need to draw pictures of themselves, their family, and friends.

Broken down into simple, step-by-step instructions, this book will teach you every aspect of portraiture, from features of the face, to capturing emotions, to techniques like shading and highlighting. This drawing for kids book will help you take your artistic talents to the next level―beginning with a sharpened pencil.

Portrait Drawing for Kids includes:

  • Selfie know-how―Not only will you learn to create pictures of other people, but you’ll also learn the art of self-portraits.
  • Inspirational activities―Each lesson offers separate drawing for kids exercises to inspire you to establish your abilities on your own.
  • A painter’s toolbox―Get introductions to your full range of art instruments―from sketch pads to colored pencils―as well as terms of the trade like contour, midtones, exposure, and more.

Interested in a drawing for kids book but not sure where to start? Portrait Drawing for Kids is ideal for budding artists!

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My Review

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

Although it says that this book is for ages 9-12, I think that any age will learn a lot from this book. All you need is a pencil and an eraser and something to draw on. She gives a list of other tools that would be nice to have on hand, but they’re not necessary, especially to begin with.

Portrait Drawing for kids begins with the basics. First, framing the face, then adding the eyes and eyebrows and finally, the nose and mouth. The last thing under basics are expressions, which are a little more difficult than just drawing an expressionless face.

Once you have the basics of the face down, the book goes into more advanced things such as ears and hair, profiles, shading, etc. Toward the end, she shows a few portraits from history followed by how to draw your own portraits.

There is so much detailed information in Portrait Drawing for kids that one thing needed is patience. It takes a lot of practice to get good at something. There are a lot of pages dedicated to practice and those should be taken advantage of (over and over).

I recommend Portrait Drawing for Kids for anyone of any age who wants to learn more about drawing people.

About the Author

Angela Rizza graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC in 2011 and since, has been creating artwork in Mahopac, NY. Her work is inspired greatly by the wildlife around her home, and her favorite stories she read growing up. When working on children’s books, she creates images that appeal to her inner child, drawings with lots of details, color, and quality that captures the attention of the viewer. The intricate work is hand-drawn in ink and color is applied digitally, and she is greatly influenced by classical storybook illustrators and her favorite plants and animals.

Book Review: Jokes for Kids by Rob Willis

Kids love jokes!

  • 330+ jokes!
  • BONUS – gift for you!
  • Short/not boring for kids
  • Kids become more confident
  • Have fun anytime and anywhere
  • Great gift idea for any child.

Jokes for Kids is chock-full of Q&A, knock-knock jokes, and short stories for kids for endless hours of fun and laughter.

Keep kids laughing, learning, and reading for hours with this book of jokes of the day for kids.

There are jokes about animals, food, monster, school, knock-knock jokes for children, and funny stories for kids!

Joke telling is a very effective and fun way of building a child’s confidence.

This book is especially great for traveling, waiting rooms, and reading aloud at home.

If you’re looking for a fun way of getting even reluctant readers to read, this book will not disappoint.

My Review

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

Jokes for Kids is a fun book for kids to read. Most of the jokes are pretty funny, and they’re separated into categories: animals, food, monsters, school, other, knock-knock. There are also some short and cute stories at the end and three coloring pages.

There’s an introduction at the beginning of each section. As the book points out, not only is the book fun for kids, but it means that they’re reading. That’s always a plus!

I’ve included a couple samples from Jokes for Kids. The first one tickled me:

I think this is one kids will like:

I picked two jokes that were illustrated but most of them aren’t. The illustrations that are included, though, are adorable as well as bright and colorful!

This would be a great book for kids during the summer months to help prevent boredom as well as get some reading time in.

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The Adventures of a Creature Called Blog: Blob and the elephant

There are two types of elephant that Blob could fly to see, African and Asian, which one would it be, African elephants are bigger and have enormous ears. The oldest ones can live for nearly a hundred years. The first in a series of picture book stories about a small, yellow, adventurous creature called Blob. Follow his fun-filled adventures all over the world and join children, from the age of two upwards, who have been fascinated and delighted by these charming tales.

About the Author:

Rupert Stewart Cox’s father was a soldier in the Royal Artillery, back in the day when soldiers were posted all over the world, so he has had that old travelling bone in him forever. His childhood was spent between England, Malaya, Kenya and Germany. Then Australia, the Caribbean, India, the Far East were added to destinations for that bone. Rupert’s working life was spent on farms. Sheep, arable, beef, potatoes and dairy farms. He has always been enamoured by the countryside and animals

Rupert now lives in southwest France with his wife Mary. They have two daughters and two grandsons. Rupert has been telling them all stories for the last 30 odd years and more recently stories about Blob. He fills days walking and restoring chairs, children’s chairs, benches, stools, baskets and the like.

Rupert has now passed the travelling bone on to Blob and has begun documenting his travels and adventures.

Excerpt from the Book:

“Blob and the Elephant” is available in paperback from Amazon UK at:

This charming book can also be downloaded in e-book format from Amazon UK at:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (Rupert Stewart Cox’s literary agent)
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
darin@theinspiragroup.com
tel. UK +208 292 5163

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Where is Tommy?

Whilst working in a hospital in Arusha in 1933, an unknown force sends Ocean McKenzie back in time to Arusha 1933 where she meets and falls in love with a young anthropologist. Their adventure has only just begun, however, as the unknown force conveys them further back, to a time when Homo erectus still roams the world. After two years, Marie risks their lives and that of their son with devastating consequences. Spurning friendship with the only man who knows what happened to her family; can she find the courage to put aside her heartache and take the first hesitant steps to salvation?

About the Author:

Susan Harpham was born in North Wales but moved around the country with her parents and sister until she settled in South Yorkshire when she was six years old.  She has worked as an Administrator for most of her life though she did work for some years as a Technology Assistant in a Systems Department.  Sue and her husband Martin live in a village near Sheffield.  They have two sons.  She started writing this novel thirty years ago but abandoned it for a while simply because life got in the way but ten years ago she picked it up again and started developing the detail.  She has always scribbled stories or poems, but this novel became a mission that she needed to complete, as she came to realise that it kept her grounded and sane in a somewhat turbulent world.

Excerpt from the book:

“’Ali, where is Tommy?’

He looked at her steadily for a few seconds and then decided he had to tell her the truth.

‘I’m sorry, my dear, I really don’t know.  I haven’t seen him since he left your room this morning.’

‘You’re worried about him, aren’t you?’

‘A little.’

‘I know it’s my fault but you must know now how very sorry I am.  Do you think he might have gone to the Gorge?’

‘It is possible, Ocean.  I thought that too and I believe what he has taken with him suggests just that.’

‘He’s not gone for good then?  I mean if he’s left some of his possessions behind he must be coming back.’

‘Yes, I think you’re right.’

Ali knew he was being evasive.  A silence developed as both sat with their own thoughts.  All of a sudden Ocean thought of something.  She felt inside the pocket of the cardigan she was wearing and brought out a beautiful embroidered handkerchief and as she looked at it, she smiled as if remembering something before then glancing across to Ali.  He was startled to see a mischievous sparkle in her eye and had to admit it was beautiful and, he realised, how much he had missed it, but hadn’t realised quite how much.”

 

 

“Where is Tommy?” is available in paperback from Amazon at:

 You can also download a digital (e-book) version of this book at:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 020 8339 6060
E-mail: info@grosvenorhousepublishing.co.uk

Book Review & Giveaway: Yummy Me Feels So Good by Lion Iam

Book Title: Yummy Me Feels So Good by Lion Iam
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 36 pages
Genre: children’s feelings. baby animals, children’s social situations, self esteem, mindfulness, parenting
Publisher: Funny Bird Production
Release date: January, 2020

Yummy Me Feels So Good isn’t just another story book. It is something you can use with your kids and grandkids for many years. Simple and childlike, kids identify with the gentle creatures within. Absolutely beautiful, Yummy Me is a genius way of helping children immediately connect with the world of emotions through enchanting animal friends. The images and words are so simple and therefore can be grasped by children and adults of all ages. The book can easily open up space for a dialogue about emotions between an adult and a child, all the while being playfully disguised as animal talk. Children laugh and grimace as they flip through the pages, mirroring the emotions they feel on the pages. Yummy Me is a great doorway to explore the sometimes difficult arena of emotions, both for children, teachers and parents.

Rather than labeling certain emotions as “good” or “bad”, these emotions simply get space to be as they are, and encourage the reader to remember that they too will pass. The final message of the book that we are in fact “none of these” me’s is a loving reminder that at any moment we can start our day again from joy. “I have seen firsthand how taking out this book can transform a child’s tantrum into a smile and eventually bursts of laughter.


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My Review

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

As an adult, I understand that the goal of the text is to explain to children that it’s okay to feel different emotions and that each emotion is temporary. Because children won’t understand that when reading this book on their own, it should be read aloud and discussed at least the first time or two.

Yummy Me Feels So Good has great illustrations. They’re colorful, some are well done, while others look like they were drawn by a child. The different animals clearly show the different emotions being discussed. I think children will enjoy all of them.

I haven’t had a chance to read this to my niece, but I can see it becoming something she’ll use often: “I’m angry me” or “I’m hungry me.” I look forward to sharing this book with her and my grandchildren!

“Lion I AM validates and assists children to experience emotions in a conscious manner — essential to learning and gaining self-knowledge.  Scientific research has demonstrated that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships.   Yummy Me Feels So Good will help you and your child learn to be “Lions of Love,” to consciously choose and express effectively what you are feeling.  Being watchful and strong like the Lion brings acceptance and maturity in the ever changing world of feelings. Then everyone can share this “feeling of magic” and joy with others.”  – Harold H Bloomfield MD, N.Y. Times bestselling author

About the Author

The author Lion I Am lives on a beautiful island with lots of trees and animals. He likes quiet spaces in nature just like his animal friends. He enjoys talking to the turtles, dolphins and whales when they’re around. Like the Lion he enjoys relaxing in nature and listening to the sounds of the birds and animals and that of the wind in the trees and bamboos. He especially loves the beach and the ocean surf. One of his favorite things is swimming in the strong waves in the ocean. He loves playing with children and animals. They help him laugh at all his passing Me’s and his funny moods. The children and animals remind him to be grateful for life here on this beautiful Earth. ​ Lion I Am loves to visit with teachers and children who read the Lion I Am books together and share their feelings and playfulness together. The Funny Bird Productions mop top birds sing “All there is is Love, Love is all there is. Love is all there is, All you need is Love” They know the important things in life.

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