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Redundancy

This book is intended for anyone who has been, or is being, made redundant.

It explains how redundancy is a natural process in today’s modern world, and nothing to be embarrassed about or ashamed of.

It gives practical, sage advice on how to approach redundancy, and how to put it in proportion and perspective.

Written in a readable, flowing and pithy style, this book provides peace of mind and explains how redundancy is not something to be feared, but a true lifetime, golden opportunity.

About the Author:

Paul Williams is a consultant, author and speaker, specialising in organisational culture, transition management, team dynamics, individual behaviour and collaborative working.

His disarmingly readable style marks him out as a uniquely effective author, willing to address the issues concerned with people, and building high performance teams.  Using his inimitable, pithy style he has tackled the thorny subject of redundancy in a succinct, readable and empathetic way.

Excerpt from the book:

“Being made redundant can come as a terrible shock, and be seen as an almost fatal personal blow.  It can set loose a tide of despair which, if left unarrested, can result in a self-fulfilling prophecy of personal failure.

It needn’t be like that!

This short book has been written for those who are facing the threat of redundancy, those who have been made redundant, or indeed anyone – be it a friend, family member, colleague or manager – who know someone who is facing what they will perceive as a daunting process.

Hopefully reading this book will help everyone to realise that redundancy should not be the harbinger of personal failure, but be perceived as a real and genuine golden opportunity.”

Review on Amazon for this book:

Wordly Traveller

5.0 out of 5 stars  Change is good

27 November 2020

“With the coronavirus lockdown and unemployment increasing in general, it’s a difficult time for many of us. What I particularly like about this book is it’s written in a colloquial way which makes the advice provided really easy to understand and follow. The author has many years of business experience and shares his commercial expertise by encouraging us to see being made redundant as an opportunity for change and personal growth, which is a good thing and not something to be feared or loathed.

They say the measure of a person is how they deal with change and move forward. This book guides us on how to do so.

If you’re facing redundancy, pick up this book and give it a read. It’ll help you realise the opportunity that change provides, both in term of understanding the possibilities and fulfilling your potential.”

“Redundancy:  A Golden Opportunity”by Paul Williams is available in hardback from Amazon at:

This book is also available to download in e-book format from:

Press/Media Contact Details:

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

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Abigail Bear – The Lockdown

Abigail is a little bear – with a big love of dance. She loves to dance with her friends at Madame Swan’s dance school, and she really enjoys telling her class all about it at school.

So, what will happen when both her dance class and her school must close suddenly, without warning? Will Abigail ever get used to the new normal?

A heart-warming story of hope and resilience – even in the toughest of times.

About the Author:

Shona Stringer is a Mum to three children (Abigail, Toby & Jude), and a Dance Teacher/Principal of ZEST Dance Studios in Leeds.

During lockdown#1 2020, Shona decided to write a short story for her younger students, as it was becoming apparent many were struggling with the confusion of their newly-imposed normal. They were missing their friends & family as well as missing their school and dance lessons.

Abigail Bear is the dance studio mascot and has been loved for many years by generations of dancers. Shona hopes now that Abigail can bring more joy and happiness to children far and wide.

Excerpt from the book:

“She went to her bedroom, lay on her bed, and thought about what Mummy Bear had said.  She didn’t really want a new normal; she was quite happy with her old normal, so why did things have to change?

She turned over to look at the photographs next to her – all of Abigail in her sparkly costumes and tutus.  She missed her dancing friends, too.”

“Abigail Bear – The Lockdown”by Shona Stringer is available in paperback from Book Depository and Amazon at:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Abigail-Bear-Lockdown-Shona-Stringer/9781839752773

Press/Media Contact Details:

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

Book Review & Giveaway: My Hair Went on Vacation by Paula Quinn

Book Title:  My Hair Went on Vacation by Paula Quinn
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   August, 2020

Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

This story is about Rosie, who lives in Chicago. Within three weeks she lost all of her hair and asked, “Where did it go?” Rosie loved to rock the bald, without even skipping a beat. She happily wore sunscreen -not even a hat!- in the summer heat. At bedtime, Rosie would tell her own stories with a smile on her face. She’d imagine her hair going on magical adventures all over the place. From a young age, Rosie loved herself and was not phased by her look, So her mother decided to share her spirit to teach others through this book. Come on this adventure with a confident bald girl, Who tells us Bald is beautiful! as she smiles with a twirl. We hope this book can inspire you to love others as they are, And to love yourself every day, whether your hair is near or far.

Buy the Book
Amazon.com ~ Coming Up Rosies
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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.

What an inspiring story for children as well as adults! Rosie is a real person and her mom is the author, Paula Quinn. When Rosie lost all of her hair, she wasn’t fazed. She was diagnosed with alopecia, but she would tell people that her hair went on vacation. She showed others how to love yourself even if you’re a little different…especially because you’re a little different.

It’s obvious that Rosie and her mother feel that helping those with low self-esteem is important. They’ve even started a mission to help others who are struggling to restore confidence, happiness, and pride.

My Hair Went on Vacation is adorable and has cute and colorful illustrations and rhyming text. It teaches children and adults to love yourself and others as they are. This is definitely a book I recommend!

About the Author

Paula and Rosie Quinn are the founders of Coming Up Rosies, a nonprofit dedicated to fulfilling Rosie’s dream to make bald kids like her smile confidently. At two years old, Rosie was diagnosed with alopecia universalis, an incurable autoimmune disease that results in baldness. From a young age, Rosie taught her parents how to embrace her difference by coming up with magical adventures of her hair each night before bed. Despite Rosie’s confidence, awkward questions and comments about her baldness started to bother Rosie. One day, her parents surprised her with a head scarf made from one of her paintings. Rosie immediately felt confident again, and wanted to share this feeling of pride with all bald children. Rosie lives in Chicago with her sister Caroline, her parents Paula and Larry, and their bernedoodle, Enzo. As a family, they love to go to Cubs games, have dance parties, and cook Italian dinners at home.

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New Releases

Hugo and Daddy’s Night-time Adventures

This children’s bereavement book ties in pictures with simple heartfelt words from Hugo’s daddy, Ric. Written as a poem and linked by colourful illustrations to capture moments, memories and feelings around the loss of Hugo’s mummy, it is also for the future.  It might just provide some help with a little one’s loss.

When Hugo lost his mummy ‘Jade’ straight after birth, many beautiful things were made for him, including a special ‘mummy cushion’ and a lavender scented teddy, which was created from one of her dresses. Hugo’s mummy t-shirts, which are hanging as buntin in his room, have been worn in many charity 10K and half marathon runs in memory. A personalised travel belt for clipping on Hugo and daddy’s backpacks reflects all the adventures to come.  The heart symbols lay on mummy’s resting place – red representing Daddy, green for Mummy and blue for Hugo. There is also a shooting star included for mummy and as hope for Hugo and Daddy’s future, the H symbol also represents this as a sign of hope and for the initials for Hugo Hart.

About the Author:

Ric Hart is father to Hugo Jaden Hart who lost his mummy shortly after birth in July 2018.  Ric lost his best friend, wife and soulmate. He is two years into his journey as a single parent and widower and has found huge inspiration, peace and acceptance from the loss of his wife by keeping her memory alive through the creation of his books and finding new hobbies and projects that he knows will make Jade so very proud and keep the fire inside him alight. 

For more on the life and love of Jade, see:  http://www.jadehartpupylove.co.uk

Excerpt from the book:

 “Hugo’s and Daddy’s Night-time Adventures” by Ric Hart is available in paperback from the following retailers:

https://www.waterstones.com/book/hugo-and-daddys-night-time-adventures/ric-hart/jacqueline-tee/9781839752018

https://www.bookdepository.com/Hugo-Daddys-Night-time-Adventures-Ric-Hart/9781839752018

Press/Media Contact Details:

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

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A change of expectations is one of the keys. 

A change of intentions is another.

About the Book:

Throughout your life, what you think, say and do are determined by emotional undercurrents running beneath your conscious level. Those undercurrents have evolved through earlier experience, some that enhance your life with pride and happiness, others that impact on the decisions you take each day without your recognizing it. Keys to Your Life invites you to see how, by releasing the disappointments from the past, you open to an excellence and a higher level of consciousness that you did not previously know was in your nature. If you are someone that wants to manifest the most excellent aspects of your nature, this is a book through which you will derive much inspiration.

About the Author:

Leon Norell is not a psychologist. He is a businessman. His qualifications for writing “Keys to Your Life” are his 80+ years’ life experience; in particular, his emotional early years, two years in the R.A.F, 60 years in the business world and a series of personal development seminars in the 1980s that changed his life.

Through his many years of experience, Leon came to recognise how people sabotage themselves in subtle ways and penalise others for their own unhappiness. He also saw how people are the authors of much of their own misfortune, and that by realising and releasing grievances and your mistakes of the past, they can achieve so much more.

Based on his own life experience, Leon’s intention in writing this book is to guide anyone who genuinely wants to advance from his or her current level of existence to a more fulfilled, meaningful and purposeful life.

If you are someone who wants to manifest the finest aspects of your nature, “The Keys to Your Life” is a book through which you will derive some valuable inspiration.

Excerpt from the Book:

 

Contents

                       A Word from the Author   
                       Introduction   

Chapter 1 Your Brain Decides
Chapter 2 You Decide
Chapter 3 Undercurrents that Drive You
Chapter 4 Your Beliefs and the Truth
Chapter 5 The Excellence of Your Nature
Chapter 6 The Release Process
Chapter 6 Toward Neutrality and Peace
Chapter 7 The Non-physical Dimension
Review your Consciousness

“The Keys to Your Life” by Leon Norell is available in paperback from Amazon at:

This inspirational book about personal development can also be downloaded in e-book format from:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (Leon Norell’s Literary Agent)
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

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.