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What Else am I Feeling?

Third book in an award-winning series helping children to express their emotions

About the Book:

From the international award-winning author Katie Flanagan, ‘What else am I feeling?’ is the sequel to ‘What am I feeling?’

‘What else am I feeling?’ helps to introduce and extend further the vocabulary linked to the emotions children are likely to experience. It offers valuable insights for adults in helping to expand their child’s knowledge, understanding and vocabulary regarding a wide range of emotions. Its gentle approach and warm illustrations helps provide the opportunity to open up discussions with children about a wider variety of feelings in a non-intrusive way.

The forewords for children and adults provide a useful background to help develop understanding of the importance of learning about our emotions and growing in our skills to help children become more comfortable with everyday feelings they encounter.

Through useful questions and suggestions, it also offers ideas and guidance for how best to support children with their emotional experiences. It is a versatile resource; easy for carers, educators and family members to use.

Look out for the accompanying journal coming soon for children to use to personalise their own experience of the emotions covered in this picture discussion book.

About the Author:

Katie Flanagan has worked as a teacher for over a decade and currently works as the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.  She has always had a keen interest in helping children to develop emotional literacy skills. When she was teaching, she used to help the children expand their vocabulary around the emotions they experience by getting them to answer how they felt during register time.

She used the opportunity to help teach them new words for different feelings. During this time and in her parenting, she found herself trying to define emotions in a child-friendly way to help describe the emotion and when they might be feeling it. This inspired her to create pictures book with a wide range of emotions to help increase children’s understanding of the emotions and the words they could use. She also decided to create a journal so children had a place where they could explore their own experience of their emotions.

She published the first book, What am I feeling? Defining Emotions in 2017 and has had lots of positive feedback from Educational Psychologists and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. She won the American Bookfest International Book Award for children’s ‘mind body and spirit’ category 2018. She has had positive reviews from the SEN resources blog, top parenting blogger ‘What the Redhead Said’ and Melissa Hood, Co-Founder of the Parent Practice.

Katie has qualifications in Psychology, PGCE, National SENCo Award, Time out for Parents, and Group facilitator for charity Care for The Family.

 

What Else Am I Feeling?  Defining More Emotions by Katie Flanagan is available in paperback from Amazon at:

Katie’s first book and journal are also available from Amazon at:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 0208 339 6060
E-mail: info@grosvenorhousepublishing.co.uk

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Tales from Tipperary

The first book in a series of fictional southern Irish tales

About the Book:

The book is set in Tipperary – in the unreal world of the hillslopes below Keeper Hill. Essentially, it is an unashamed homage to a typical past rural community, written in the colloquial and colourful language of the times. It opens with Dandy-the-Galwayman’s arrival in Tipperary shortly after the Famine. The generation that follows him lead a colourful life, weaving a rich tapestry.

Tales include:

  • The reliance of families on children’s rabbit-poaching with ferrets acts of adolescent rebelliousness like setting fire to a load of hay, or building a snowman as a surprise ‘gift’ in an enemy’s back room
  • The death of a young hurler in his very first match
  • The story of a child-saint and her ghostly return to see the new baby
  • The tale of a bonesetter, his place in the community
  • The days of a silenced priest, involving his heroism
  • The confession of an old lady
  • Children cattle-droving at dawn
  • Jealousy when a mountainy man wins the Show-Fair Cup

About the Author:

Edward Forde Hickey lives in Kent with his wife. They have three sons. During the years 1962 until 1998, he taught in inner city primary schools (laterally as a headteacher for 18 years). In early life, he was a pop star with Decca records (see ‘Eddie Hickey/Lady May’) and later sang with the Glenside Ceilidhe Band in The Galtymore Dancehall, Cricklewood (1965/1975).

Born of Irish parents during the Blitz of London, he spent his first five years of life nurtured and moulded by his grandmother in the foothills above Dolla, near Nenagh in County Tipperary. His grandmother is and always was his inspiration; she had a natural gift with words.

Edward has always been interested in folklore and the Irish past (its music, dance and literature). He was a champion Irish step-dancer. He taught and adjudicated it, even as far afield as in Australia, before dedicating himself to research into hillside communities in north Tipperary, from where he brought back tapes of original songs for The English Folk Dance and Song Society.

He keeps a small farm in the foothills of north Tipperary and visits it often.

Review of the Book:

“A wonderful collection of tales delivered by a natural storyteller completely beguiling an effortless evocation of an almost forgotten world a wonderfully personable narration endlessly charming characterisation

Life and death are treated with simplicity, profundity and a lightness of touch. Every individual tale is undoubtedly very strong.”

Jakob von Beyer, Director of Addison and Cole

 

Tales from Tipperary by Edward Forde Hickey is available in paperback from Amazon at:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 0208 339 6060
E-mail: info@grosvenorhousepublishing.co.uk

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Butcher Boy

A nostalgic story about a young Mancunian lad with a love for loud music and misadventure

About the Book:

There was nothing extraordinary about Pugnatious Smelt. He was just an ordinary boy, born to an ordinary family in a small South Manchester suburb in the 1960s.

This book documents his growing pains as he learns what life is about and how easy it is to make the wrong decisions and yet end with the right result, sometimes.

Excerpt from the book:

“Pugnatious would look at the adverts each week to see if any of the album bands were on live that Saturday and if they were off he would go with a select bunch of friends to experience them first-hand. He was still nowhere near driving age and so it was a bus into the centre and then a walk, a walk he had done all those years before with his father to see the Spinners, this was very different, it seemed that this new generation of musicians felt the need to play loud. Now there is a difference between loud, as measured by Mrs Smelt when he played his records at home, loud as in the volume he played them at when his mother was out and loud at the Free Trade Hall, this was proper loud. So loud he could feel the bass drum in his chest, his teeth would hurt when the guitars hit high notes in the middle of solos and his ears hurt from the overall cacophony of sound. A good night at the Hall would be measured by the ringing and hissing in his ears once he left the building.

Pugnatious like his peers wanted the volume, the louder the better, the greater the ringing in the ears the better the night had been, the more his parents advised against it the more he wanted it, Van Der Graaf Generator gave it to him, Cream gave it to him, Yes gave it to him, Mr and Mrs Smelt gave it to him warning of the dangers of deafness in later life.”

“Butcher Boy:  Pugnatious Smelt – an ordinary boy” by Dik Cavanagh is available to purchase in paperback from Amazon.co.uk at:

Press/Media Contact Details:

New Generation Publishing
Tel. 01234 712 064
E-mail: info@newgeneration-publishing.com

Book Review & Giveaway: Murphy Murphy and the Case of Serious Crisis by Keith Hirshland

Murphy Murphy and the Case of Serious Crisis by Keith Hirshland

Publisher:  Beacon Publishing Group (May 1, 2020)
Category: Mystery, Humor

ISBN: 978-1949472124
Available in Print and ebook, 308 pages

Murphy Murphy comes from a long line of male Murphys. All were named Murphy and all were cops. This Murphy heads the Department of Redundancy Department and his superior officer, Captain David “Dud” Hill has found him a case. The Captain’s niece is in a rock ‘n roll band called Serious Crisis, and it seems items belonging to members of the band have started to disappear.

Were these items stolen? Were they simply lost? As Murphy Murphy works the case, he must chase down the clues all the while dealing with grammatical anomalies that drive him crazy.  As Murphy gets closer to the answers he seeks, one more “thing” goes missing; the Captain’s niece. Suddenly, in an instant, the stakes in the case of Serious Crisis become a lot more dire.

Part Jasper Fforde, part Michael Connelly; Murphy Murphy and the Case of Serious Crisis combines humor, mystery, and grammar goofs as the detective pursues clues and suspects from coast to coast. It’s an entertaining and educational read for all ages.

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Guest Review by Nora S.

“Yes,” Murphy said, not skipping a beat. “Some examples of redundancy would be ‘foreign imports’, or ‘pair of twins’, or ‘round in shape’, or,” he paused half a beat and made sure Turrell was paying attention, ‘serious crisis’”. Turrell was indeed paying attention and gave the detective a warm, broad, smile. “Now why don’t you tell me what was stolen from you and when.”

Murphy Murphy is a simple man. He likes the music of Mozart and a good cup of Darjeeling tea. He hates redundancies in any form, particularly in patterns of speech. He is a detective, and a good one, luckily for the characters in this book.
See, there is this band called Serious Crisis and they have had some items go missing lately. Little things at first, like a lighter or a corkscrew. Both of those things were absurdly expensive but not nearly as worrying as when the disappearances begin escalating and suddenly it’s people that are going missing.

This is where Murphy Murphy comes in. Since one of the band members is the niece of Murphy’s Captain, Murphy is given the case and told to solve it quickly.
However, when things begin to heat up, Murphy finds that his own life might be in danger as well as the lives of those around him.

Readers will love everything about ‘Murphy Murphy and the Case of the Serious Crisis,’ particularly the unanticipated twists of the mystery and the romance between Murphy Murphy and Charlie Carlucci, the bartender at the club where Serious Crisis often performs. I, for one, thought the writing between those two was really witty and cute. Just when you think you have everything figured out in this case, you will find out that you were wrong and there are even more shocking surprises waiting ahead. This book gets 5 stars.

Awards and Recognition for Keith Hirshland

Book Talk Radio Club Memoir of the Year (Cover Me Boys I’m Going In)

New Apple Awards Solo Medalist True Crime Category (Big Flies)

Shelf Abound Award Winner Indie Book Competition (Big Flies)

About the Author

Keith Hirshland is an Emmy Award–winning sports television producer with more than three decades of experience producing live and pre-recorded programs that aired on ESPN and ESPN2. Among the first forty people to be hired by the Golf Channel in 1994, Hirshland was in the middle of the action when that network debuted in 1995. He provided his talents for Golf Channel, as its live tournament producer, for two decades.

Cover Me BoysI’m Going In: Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat is a memoir about his experiences in the television industry. Published by Beacon Publishing Group, Cover Me Boys was recognized as the Book Talk Radio Club Memoir of the Year. Hirshland’s second book, and first work of fiction, Big Flies, was published in 2016 and is the recipient of the New Apple Awards “Solo Medalist” in the True Crime Category. Hirshland followed that success with his third book, The Flower Girl Murder. In 2020 Beacon Publishing Group will release Murphy Murphy and the Case of Serious Crisis, Hirshland’s third mystery novel. All four books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other bookstores.

Keith Hirshland lives in Colorado with his wife and two dogs.

Website:  https://www.keithhirshland.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/khhauthor
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Giveaway

This giveaway is for 3 print copies and  is open to the U.S. only.. There will be 3 winners. This giveaway ends August 1, 2020,midnight pacific time. Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Bus Ride by Joanie Chevalier

The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure

When Devon discovers his car stolen, he must find transportation to get to his destination before the deadline to get what’s rightfully his: the urn containing one-fifth of his deceased momma. He hops on Bus No. 255 and changes the course of the route. As the passengers’ personalities and needs emerge, they go from being strangers to a bonded family within hours as they fight for each other, and themselves… in more ways than one. Funny and sentimental, this story will grab your heart as you cheer everyone on Bus Route No. 255, maybe even the busnapper.

Meet the passengers on Bus No. 255, an unlikely group of people who have no choice but to try to get along and survive when their bus gets busnapped. Meet Devon, who has a deadline he must meet, or risk losing what’s his; Doug, a dreamer of a better life, but first must face a sad truth; Frankie, a life full of loneliness, but unexpectedly becomes a hero; Gloria, a woman who finds validation in the most unexpected place; Autumn, a girl who desires a family, and a sense of belonging; Dave, a man seeking justice and equality, learns to love himself as he is; and the Garcia family, whose family ties brings them to the brink of danger. Follow these passengers as they each fulfill their destinies, together.

Purchase Link – http://getbook.at/TheBusRide

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.

Doug drives a bus and works a lot of overtime to try to give his greedy wife the lifestyle she demands. When his bus is “busnapped” one day, he doesn’t really mind.

Every person on the bus that day has issues of his or her own. I like how the reader learns about each person as the story unfolds. At the beginning of each chapter, the day and time are listed so that you know if it’s today on the bus or previously – usually yesterday or earlier today. By the end of the book, all of the characters have been developed, and even the busnapper is endearing. I found myself wanting the best for each person.

The bus trip changes the lives of every passenger on the bus. Even though there is some danger and even though the people on the bus have big problems, the story is written in a lighthearted way which made it even more enjoyable. One of my favorite parts is the end when the outcome for each person is told. I definitely recommend The Bus Trip.

About the Author

Joanie Chevalier is a multi-genre Indie Author; Founder & Editor of RAC Online Magazine: Promoting and Encouraging the Reader/Author Connection; and Founder of Our Indie Author Room FB Group, a place where writers in all stages of their career go to learn, inspire, and teach.

Joanie loves the outdoors and nature, reading and supporting fellow indie authors. Her writing is a blend of everything she likes to read: suspense, horror, crime, psychological, non-fiction, and a good short story. She thinks her two Chihuahuas look adorable in sweaters.

Social Media Links –

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Joanie-Chevalier/e/B00P1946MS 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoanieChevalier  

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JoanieC

RAC Website: https://readerauthorconnection.com/ 

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Book Review: Initiation in Paradise (Book 17) by Deborah Brown

Margaritas, mangroves, murder. Just another day at the office. 

One minute, Madison Weston and her bestie, Fab, are tailing Creole and Didier to figure out what they’re hiding. The next, a hail of bullets sends them swamp slogging for their lives. So much for cute shoes. 

Eventually, Creole and Didier come clean: Bodies are turning up in shallow graves, and they didn’t want their women catching wind of it. Too bad, boys, this mystery is too juicy to pass up.

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My Review

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

I’ve read most of the books in this series and I love these characters. They’ve become like good friends, and I’m always looking forward to their next story or adventure. Madison and Fab are best friends and although they’ve calmed down over the years, they’re still good private investigators. They’ve also both gotten married recently and have great relationships with their men.

Although Madison and Fab are trying to stay away from the more dangerous cases, danger seems to seek them out whether they’re on a case or not.

Initiation in Paradise has several cases that the girls take from serving divorce papers to a welfare check. None of their cases are simple no matter how easy they sound which results in danger, humor, or both. I can always count on a good laugh when I’m reading a Paradise book.

As with all of the Paradise books, Initiation in Paradise was a quick and enjoyable read. Deborah Brown has a good sense of humor and you never know what’s going to happen. I especially liked the ending although it was not what I expected, and I’m looking forward to Madison and Fab’s next adventure.

Although this series is best read in order, all of the books stand alone. I definitely recommend them if you like independent women who are loyal and passionate about family, life and love. 

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About the Author

The Paradise series, are Florida Keys mysteries, “great as stand-alone reads, but they’re like chips…you won’t be able to devour just one!”

I’ve been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; poetry, sappy short stories (my best friend made me swear that I’d never show anyone until I changed the names), and a romance novel shoved under my bed.

I wanted to create books with a wide-range of unforgettable characters, with heat and romance, and lots of guns. It wouldn’t be complete without a slice of humor and charm.

I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

Find the author on the following sites…

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Book Review: Overdose in Paradise by Deborah Brown

A woman’s been found dead in Dr. A’s beach house, facedown in enough cocaine to put him away for life. It’s going to take more than trading a couple of favors to help the doctor, who’s always been there for Madison, no questions asked, no blood left behind. 

Hard as Madison and Fab have tried to keep their promise to stop playing sneak-around-chick, prying up the evidence that could set their friend free requires a skillset from their shady past. When they open up this set of Pandora’s boxes, it’s too late to mind their own business. 

Plus being on the radar of a big-time drug dealer, shoots up the street value on their lives a million-fold. They could be in a felonious hot mess.Nice things about living in Tarpon Cove?
Favors are traded like cryptocurrency. 

If anybody asks, nobody saw anything. And even the worst day can end with a pitcher of margaritas–glass optional.

 

 

My Review

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

I’ve read most of the books in this series and I’ve fallen in love with the characters. They’ve become like good friends, and I’m always looking forward to their next story or adventure. Madison and Fab are best friends and although they’ve calmed down over the years, they’re still good private investigators. They are just trying to stay away from the more dangerous cases. Somehow, though, that doesn’t always work out.

Dr. A needs a good lawyer after his girlfriend is found dead of an overdose in his house. He’s accused of supplying her with the drugs that killed her. Madison promises to find him a lawyer but of course she and Fab can’t leave it there. Even though Creole and Didier (boyfriend and husband, respectively) keep reminding them that it’s not their case and they’ve done all that they promised, they continue to work the case, find leads that may exonerate the good Dr. A, and find themselves in danger once again.

As with all of the Paradise books, Overdose in Paradise was a quick and enjoyable read. Deborah Brown has a good sense of humor and you never know what’s going to happen, especially at Madison’s property The Cottages. I especially liked the ending, and I’m looking forward to Madison and Fab’s next adventure.

Although this series is best read in order, all of the books stand alone. I definitely recommend them if you like independent women who are loyal and passionate about family, life and love. 

 

 

About the Author

The Paradise series, are Florida Keys mysteries, “great as stand-alone reads, but they’re like chips…you won’t be able to devour just one!”

I’ve been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; poetry, sappy short stories (my best friend made me swear that I’d never show anyone until I changed the names), and a romance novel shoved under my bed.

I wanted to create books with a wide-range of unforgettable characters, with heat and romance, and lots of guns. It wouldn’t be complete without a slice of humor and charm.

I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

 

Find the author on the following sites…

Website  Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest  Goodreads  Amazon Author page  Bookbub

Book Review & Giveaway: American Corporate by Jeb Stewart Harrison

 

 

American Corporate by Jeb Stewart HarrisonAmerican Corporate by Jeb Stewart Harrison

Publisher:  Baby Bingus Books (Nov 27, 2018)
Category: Literary fiction, humor, family life
Tour dates: Apr/May, 2019
ISBN: 978-1986937863
Available in Print and ebook, 258 pages

American Corporate

 

 

Description 

A playful, big-hearted tragicomedy in the Russo/Irving mold, American Corporate chronicles the misadventures of middle-aged Jack Sullivan and his family as they bounce across the country in search of gainful employment, domestic tranquility, and a few people they can trust.

It is a story that working parents past, present and future will see as part of their own: the triumphs, the tragedies, the innocent mistakes and the not-so-innocent mistakes, and above all the forgiveness that keeps families together to face another challenge.

 

 

Guest Review by Betty B.

“American Corporate” by Jeb Stewart Harrison is a story about marriage, poverty, illness and feeding the corporate machine. And yet, somehow it is absolutely hilarious! Jack Sullivan is a middle-aged, married father of two who is looking for employment. Having lost his job eight months previously, Jack has been begging and borrowing wherever and whenever he can in order to maintain his expensive southern California lifestyle. Unfortunately for him, he hasn’t been having much luck finding jobs and when his father informs him that he can no longer help Jack pay his mortgage, Jack has to cross the country to take a job in the comparative ghost town of Indianapolis.

 Like I said, this novel is a comedy about some actually pretty serious subjects. Jeb Stewart Harrison manages to take the subject of unemployment and make it funny. I laughed out loud when Jack had to go to a job interview after being sprayed by a skunk and when his wife, Carrie, started talking to other men on Craigslist by accident. There were a lot of funny situations set up to make the characters come across like sitcom stars—that is, hilarious if not very easy to relate to.

In the book, part of the reason that Jack cannot find a job is that he isn’t actually interested in working in the corporate world. His actual passion is music and he creates the picture of somewhat of a former rock star who accidentally became a corporate stooge. Whereas his wife, Carrie is a beauty queen type, who isn’t very smart but makes up for that with earnestness and kindness. I’m giving this five stars for keeping me laughing throughout the entire book! I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a good, funny read that is well written and descriptive.

 

 

Praise Healing of Howard Brown by Jeb Stewart Harrison

“If you enjoy beautiful prose, complex themes of family and race, and a refreshingly original narrator, this book is for you. Harrison is among the select few contemporary fiction writers who still write for serious readers.” – Jim Heynen, author, best known for The One Room Schoolhouse , The Boys’ HouseYou Know What is Right , The Man Who Kept Cigars in His Cap and many more.

“This book starts off with a bang and keeps on going. Howard is a character with a specific voice and story. I’m sure you’ll be provoked and entertained.”- Jessica Barksdale Inclan, author of The Believe TrilogyThe Being Trilogy, and many more.

“In The Healing of Howard Brown, author Jeb Stewart Harrison weaves an intriguing contemporary literary. The author provides a wonderful mixture of drama, humor, and seriousness to the story that easily keeps the reader’s interest as Howard’s journey unfolds. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I really enjoyed the author’s rich and vividly descriptive style of writing, especially the wonderful descriptions of the California and Louisiana settings.
The Healing of Howard Brown is a thought-provoking contemporary literary tale that will draw you in, touch your soul, and leave a smile on your face.”- Kathleen Higgins-Anderson, Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“ I’m so happy that I read this book. It is beautifully written, wonderful imagery, and has such a heartwarming story as you follow along with Howard healing from the past. This is a wonderful story and one that I strongly recommend.”- jbronderbookreviews

“Jeb Stewart Harrison’s novel, THE HEALING of HOWARD BROWN brought to mind the novels of Roland Merullo, particularly, BREAKFAST WITH BUDDAH. Along the way, to his childhood home, and hopefully his sister, Howard finds more than expected and what he’s missing in the most unlikely places. The journey allows Howard to meditate on family relationships, issues such as love,life, death, fear and ultimately finding one’s personal peace. We the readers, if open, are able to learn from some of Howard, Mr. Booper and even the author, Jeb’s experiences.”- Cindy Roesel, Cindy Reads and Writes

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Book Review & Giveaway: Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind by Amanda Jayne

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Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind by Amanda JaynePublisher:  Waldorf Publishing (July 1, 2018)
Category: Essays, Travelogues , Travel, Adventure
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2018
ISBN: 978-1642556797
Available in Print and ebook, 140 pages

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Description

This collection of near-death (and a few almost-near-death) stories take you on adventures in Africa, South America, Nepal, Japan and Thailand. Close Encounters with an angry snake, the edge of an abyss, an unfriendly African tribe, a fake guide or two, a mean Dutch man, a magic whirlpool, a nasty case of Typhoid and a severe case of mountain stupidity are told with the confidence of a traveler who has discovered that no matter what happens, everything works out in the end.

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If you like travel and adventure, even if it is just from an arm chair, you are going to want this book!  Amanda Jayne has traveled to many different countries and at every turn has encountered near death experiences. 

In Japan, on a drunken night, a bunch of English teachers agreed they would climb Mt. Fuji.  They found out that most people climb at night so set a time to meet the next evening.  Only one person showed up besides Amanda.  It would have been evident to anyone who has done mountain climbing that they both arrived ill equipped.  They learned two valuable lessons: do what the locals do and be prepared for everything.  “Reasons for near-death: Ignoring all advice on mountains and mountain sickness; Stupidity.”

In Nepal, on the Bhote Kosi River, Amanda went rafting.  Just getting to the river was an adventure which included hiking, giardia (and finding place to have diarrhea), and a packed bumpy bus ride.  Then the real fun and danger began.  “Reasons for near-death: Attempting to tackle a set of rapids without a raft; a vicious whirlpool.”

The Amazon, Bolivia, Amanda signed up for an eco-friendly raft trip down the river with a so called, experienced guide.  “Reasons for near-death: Inexperienced guide on his first trip; getting lost in serpent infested waters; possible implosion due to infuriating Dutch man.”

These are just a few of the experiences Amanda Jayne had during her travels.  To read the full stories and about her other hair rising travels, you will have to read the book.  It is well written, with lots of humor and captures the places and situations so well that I felt as if I were there.  You can get lost in this book in the safety of your arm chair and avoid the danger Amanda Jayne got in too.  If you are a real adventure traveler, you can learn to avoid some of the pit falls.  I give this book five stars!

 

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Praise for Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind 

“A fabulous book that makes you smile all the way through; the stories of Amanda’s adventures and her zest for life flows from the pages and makes you on the one hand, wonder how she has survived and the other embrace her energies. A book that you don’t want to put down and leaves you in a happy place.”- Richard Newey, Amazon Review

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Book Review: 3 Hour Dad: Reading is Believing by Adam T. Hourlution

What would you do if you were suddenly told you were going to be a mum or dad without any notice? How would you react? What thoughts would go through your head? You haven’t prepared to be a parent, you’ve not made any arrangements and nobody in your family is aware.
Now imagine that not even the mum-to-be knew that she had been hiding a little person inside her tummy the entire time.
One day Adam, just your average, typical guy receives a call from his mother-in-law (to be !) summoning him to the hospital following his girlfriend being rushed in with suspected appendicitis only to discover that she is in fact having contractions and has been admitted to the labour ward.
This heart-warming and true story invites readers to step into Adam’s shoes and experience what it is like to be a 3 Hour Dad.
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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.

What a wonderful true story! This is a short book but it is delightful. The author and narrator is Adam and he got a phone call one night that his girlfriend was in the hospital…having a baby! Neither one of them had any clue that she was pregnant and she was in denial that she was even in labor. Of course, once she was pushing she had to accept their new reality. Although Adam was in shock, he stepped up and was immediately a caring father who learned quickly how to take care of his daughter.

If you’re looking for a book that will put a smile on your face, this is the book. It even made me giggle at times. Poor Adam really had a rough couple of days at first!

 

 

 

Book Review & Giveaway: Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl by Bernice Bloom

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Mary Brown is funny, gorgeous and bonkers. She’s also about six stone overweight. When she realises she can’t cross her legs, has trouble bending over to tie her shoelaces without wheezing like an elderly chain-smoker, and discovers that even her hands and feet look fat, it’s time to take action. But what action? She’s tried every diet under the sun.
This is the hysterical story of what happens when Mary joins ‘Fat Club’ where she meets a cast of funny characters and one particular man who catches her eye.
The story is laugh-out-loud funny and will resonate with anyone who has dieted, tried to keep up with any sort of exercise programme or spent 10 minutes in a changing room trying to extricate herself from a way-too-small garment that she ambitiously tried on and is now completely stuck in.

Bernice Bloom is the big, new name in comedy writing…this is the first full-length novel after her series of laugh-out-loud mini books.

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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.

Having been overweight all of my life, I can appreciate both the humor in Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl as well as the horror of realizing that she’s in an embarrassing predicament because of her size. Some of Mary’s situations are hilarious but serious issues are brought up as well. Everyone in Mary’s Fat Club already knows that eating is an emotional response but facing the original triggers and having someone they can call when they’re about to overeat helps, just as AA helps an alcoholic. 

I enjoyed Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl. I was a little disappointed in Mary at times, not because of her low self-esteem but because of her sabotaging a good relationship because of that low self-esteem.  She’s so strong in some ways and has a great sense of humor and I was so proud when she made the right choices when eating out. It can be so difficult! Go Mary!

I hope there will be more stories about Mary’s struggles and triumphs.

 

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About the Author

Hello, my name is Bernice Bloom and I am a writer (I write light-hearted rom-com style novels and also work as a magazine journalist and advertising copywriter) and jewellery designer. My recent series of novels is called ‘Adorable Fat Girl’ and it features a heavily overweight woman called Mary Brown. She is bright, funny, friendly and bonkers. She’s also fat. The books blend the comedy of her efforts to lose weight with a more serious backstory about what happened to her in the past that had led to the issues that make her prone to over-eating. I’m fascinated that there are so few overweight heroines in literature. Women can be manipulative, evil, even murderers in fiction, but not fat! Certainly not fat and beautiful with loads of friends! Then along came Mary and she’s developed quite a fan base of people who love the fact that the heroine is large. She gets lots of letters and I have ended up taking her on lots of adventures!

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