Friday, October 31, 2014

Book Blast: Mother’s Love Can Conquer Any Fear!

About the Book

Title: Mother’s Love Can Conquer Any Fear!
Author: Subhash Kommuru
Illustrator: Sujata Kommuru
Publication Date: October, 2014
Publisher: Kommuru Books
Pages: 32 
Recommended Ages: 3 to 8


Book Description: Shastriji is a wise old chicken who always has an answer for How…. until comes the vile crow Kaalia who is up to no good. All of Shastriji’s ideas to deal with Kaalia one after other backfires. What if the right question was not “How” but “Why”? Could there be an end to the tyranny of Kaalia?

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About the Author & Illustrator: Subhash & Sujata Kommuru

Subhash and Sujata KommuruSubhash and Sujata Kommuru hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself.

Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea!

These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid's Guide to Feelings by Peggy Kruger Tietz, Ph.D.

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Yell and Shout 2Title: Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings
Author: Peggy Kruger Tietz
Publisher: Peggy Kruger Tietz
Pages: 40
Genre: Nonfiction/Psychoeducational
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings is an essential guidebook for adults in steering children through the confusing behaviors that emotions evoke.  When you understand the purpose of emotions, behavior becomes understandable.  Each of the eight emotions is clearly defined thorough vignettes and illustrations, keeping both adult and child captivated, thus creating an opportune time for discussion. By recognizing that all humans experience these emotions throughout their lives, the book provides a true sense of comfort. Emotions are not to be shunned, but rather embraced and explained to provide a positive development environment for all children.

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I don't have enough thumbs to give Peggy Tietz for her book Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout.  This is an excellent tool.  One I'm keeping to reference back to in my classroom.  As a teacher I think all teachers could use one of these guidebooks to refer to and read with their class each and every year.  She's right on the button on every emotion that she presents.  Good to use for class discussion group time.  Use a topic a week or a month there are 8 topics that Tietz writes about:  anger, fear, shame, sadness, happiness, love, disgust and surprise.  Each topic are emotions and all children can relate to in some way. 



Peggy Kruger TietzDr. Peggy Kruger Tietz is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice in Austin, Texas.  She sees a wide range of children with normal developmental problems as well as children who have experienced trauma.  Her Ph.D is in developmental psychology from Bryn Mawr College.  Before entering private practice Dr. Tietz treated children in multiple settings, such as family service agencies and foster care.  Dr. Tietz, trained at the Family Institute of Philadelphia, and then taught there.   She specializes in seeing children individually, as well as, with their families.   She has advanced training in Play Therapy as well as being a certified practitioner of EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, for children and adults).   She has conducted workshops on parenting, sibling relationships, and emotional literacy.

Her latest book is the nonfiction/psychoeducational book, Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Quilted by Christmas
Abingdon Press (October 21, 2014)
by
Jodie Bailey


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A note from the Author: Well, I’m a regular ol’ person. Who just happens to write. A lot. Probably more than I should. I firmly believe that God created me to be a writer. From the time I learned how to string letters together into words I’ve been making up stories. Believe me… I have a very rich imagination. I used to think I was weird; now I know God just put me together that way. I can’t even watch commercials without expanding them into stories in my head. I am humbled and honored all at the same time that God looked down from heaven on me and said, “Jodie, do what you love.” Wow… how awesome is that?

I have always loved to write. I have stories that I wrote when I was in first grade. I used to sit at my grandmother’s yellow electric typewriter for hours, banging out my own little stories. When I was eleven, she bought me a typewriter of my own (It was 1984, okay?) and I would write and write on it. I wrote stories out by hand, and they ran to hundreds of pages. I got my first computer when I was eighteen, and the first thing I did was write a story on it. I wrote for school. I wrote for fun. I wrote for my friends. I’d get them on the phone and make up stories for them. (I earned the nickname “Dreamweaver” for that one. Nobody calls me that anymore, but it still stands as the coolest nickname I ever had.)

ABOUT THE BOOK

Taryn McKenna believes she’s easy to forget. Abandoned by her parents and left behind when her high school sweetheart joined the army, she vows to never love again and throws herself into her love for the outdoors and the pursuit of a college degree—something no one else in her family has ever accomplished. Her goal, as a young teacher in the hills of North Carolina, is to leave a legacy in the lives of the middle-schoolers she teaches. When Taryn’s grandmother Jemma, the only other person who ever held her close, has a heart attack that reveals a fatal medical condition, Taryn is corralled into helping Grandma work on a final project—an Irish chain quilt that tells the story of her history and the love Jemma knows is out there for Taryn. As the pieces of the quilt come together, Taryn begins to see her value. Can she learn to believe that God will never leave her behind even though others have?

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GINNIE WEST ADVENTURES Book Blast

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About the Books

Book 1: The Secret Sisters Club

The Secret Sisters Club - coverTitle: The Secret Sisters Club (Ginnie West Adventures, Book 1)
Author: Monique Bucheger
Illustrator: Mikey Brooks
Publication Date: March 18, 2012
Publisher: True West Publishing
Pages: 238 
Recommended Ages: 8 to 13  

Book Summary: Twelve-year-old BFFs want to be sisters. Tillie's divorced mom plus Ginnie's widowed dad could equal a lifetime of round-the-clock girl talk. Too bad Dad vowed to never marry again. Ginnie and Tillie come up with the perfect mission to change his mind: ‘Operation Secret Sisters.’ Before long, Ginnie suspects Tillie has turned ‘Operation Secret Sisters’ into a scam called ‘Operation Steal My Dad.’ Things get more complicated when Ginnie stumbles across her dead mom’s hidden journals. Ginnie can finally get to know the mother she doesn’t remember and Dad doesn’t talk about … until Dad takes the journals away.

Book 2: Trouble Blows West

Trouble Blows West - coverTitle: Trouble Blows West (Ginnie West Adventures, Book 2)
Author: Monique Bucheger
Illustrator: Mikey Brooks
Publication Date: April 13, 2012
Publisher: True West Publishing
Pages: 234 
Recommended Ages: 8 to 13  

Book Summary: Putting her body in motion before her brain is in gear creates a mountain of problems for 12 year-old Ginnie West. Ginnie is certain that defending her twin brother from the biggest bully in sixth grade was the right thing to do, but she soon finds out she couldn’t be more wrong. Bullies don’t like being embarrassed by girls at school—especially when they are being abused at home. When Ginnie figures out Pierce’s awful secret, she switches gears and decides to be his ally, because he won’t let her be his friend.  

Book 3: Simply West of Heaven

Simply West of Heaven by Monique BuchegerTitle: Simply West of Heaven (Ginnie West Adventures, Book 3)
Author: Monique Bucheger
Illustrator: Mikey Brooks
Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: True West Publishing
Pages: 288 
Recommended Ages: 8 to 13  

Book Summary: Twelve-year-old BFFs are matchmaking geniuses. They schemed to get Ginnie’s widowed dad to fall in love with Tillie’s divorced mom. Then Ginnie stumbled upon her late mom's journals, making life totally awesome sauce … until her dad confiscated the journals. Ginnie is counting on Tillie's help to make Dad change his mind, but Tillie's not sure the ghost of Ginnie's mom will make a good addition to their new family tree. When a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers, Ginnie is torn between helping her BFF and having her questions answered.  

Book 4: Being West is Best

Being West is Best - coverTitle: Being West is Best (Ginnie West Adventures, Book 4)
Author: Monique Bucheger
Illustrator: Mikey Brooks
Publication Date: April 19, 2014
Publisher: True West Publishing
Pages: 350 
Recommended Ages: 8 to 13  

Book Summary: Twelve-year-old BFFs, Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor, are matchmaking geniuses. Together, they maneuvered Ginnie’s widower-dad into proposing to Tillie’s divorcee-mom. Sweet! Certain they are well on their way to sisterhood, each girl is floored when Tillie’s lousy-excuse-for-a-birth-father puts in an appearance after a six year absence. Too bad “lousy dad repellant” doesn’t come in a can. Even though Tillie’s dad has sobered up and is determined to make amends, Tillie would rather he just disappear again. If he stays, “Operation: Secret Sisters” may need to be renamed “Operation: Not Gonna Happen.”

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  About the Author: Monique Bucheger

Author picture MoniqueWhen Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, sons-in-law, and adorable grandchildren, cats, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of the Ginnie West Adventures series, picture book, Popcorn, and plans to write plenty more.

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About the Illustrator: Mikey Brooks

Mikey BrooksMikey Brooks is an author/illustrator that specializes in children’s art. His picture books include the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures, Trouble with Bernie and Bean’s Dragons. He is the illustrator of several picture books such as Popcorn by Monique Bucheger, Bongo Flo by Carolyn Quist, and Lucius and the Christmas Star by Jim Long. He is the author of The Gates of Atlantis: Battle for Acropolis, The Stone of Valhalla the best-selling middle-grade series The Dream Keeper Chronicles. You can find more about him and his books at: www.insidemikeysworld.com      

 

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Diggy by Calee M. Lee


 Diggy has lots of work to do in this calming construction book for toddlers


Meet a little digger with a big job. Diggy is simple and calming construction book for babies and toddlers. Featuring short sentences and enchanting artwork, Diggy is a nap time and bedtime book for even the most wiggly of listeners.
Babies, toddlers, preschoolers and beginning readers will love Lee's book Diggy.  Diggy is full of easy to read action words.  It is a wonderful book to help build new readers confidence in reading.  Short, fun easy to read pages.  The illustrations are big, bold and colorful. They compliment the text in every way. 


Calee M. Lee is the author of more than 15 children’s books and the owner of more than she cares to count. She lives with her husband, 2 children, and Catty the cat in Southern California. She wrote Diggy for her son who couldn’t say “digger” much less “excavator” at 2 years old.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Ten Thankful Turkeys by Angela Muse


Title: Ten Thankful Turkeys 
Author: Angela Muse 
Illustrator: Ewa Powdles 
Publication Date: October 4, 2014 
Publisher: 4EYESBOOKS 
Pages: 32 
Recommended Ages: 2 to 8 


Summary: This colorful autumn tale follows ten turkeys as they get ready for an important celebration. This story teaches about gratitude. There are also fun turkey facts in the back of the book.


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This adorable, festive book is bound to capture your child.  Preschoolers and beginning readers are sure to enjoy this rhyming Thanksgiving tale.  Easy reading and colorful pictures will keep any child turning the pages of Ten Thankful Turkeys; and is likely to become a must read tradition for years to come. 

Angela Muse was born in California to a military family. This meant that she got used to being the “new kid” in school every couple of years. It was hard trying to make new friends, but Angela discovered she had a knack for writing. In high school Angela began writing poetry and song lyrics. Expressing herself through writing seemed very natural. After becoming a Mom in 2003, Angela continued her storytelling to her own children. In 2009 she wrote and published her first rhyming children’s book aimed at toddlers. Since then she has released several more children’s picture books and released books in her first young adult romance series, The Alpha Girls, in 2013/2014.
Her husband, Ben Muse writes suspense/thriller books that can also be found on Amazon.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

“Too Loved to be Lost” Kindle HDX Giveaway and Facebook Party with Debora Coty!

About the book: In Too Loved to Be Lost (Barbour Books, October 2014), you'll find simple, practical steps for healing, refreshment, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith. Whether you're struggling with issues related to trust, depression, patience, relationships, hurts, or hopes. . .this humor-filled volume will deliver a much-needed smile and equip you with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the kind of guidance and belonging you crave---the kind that can only be found in the unconditional love of Papa God.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/CSJKG

 
Too Loved to be Lost is a inspirational, devotional you'll want to really set down and spend time reading.  It isn't your five minute food for the thought, gotta run book.  It's a quiet time need to meditate on this type of book.  A book that will help deepen your relationship with God.  Here are just a few things you're bound to find in this book:
  • new herspective, confidence and discernmwent
  • how to avoid burn out
  • rebooting for a fresh start
  • relinquishing control and developing trust
  • overcoming depression
  • curbing anxiety
  • dealing with difficult people
  • healing hidden hurt
  • recognizing everyday miracles
  • restoring hope for the future
Each chapter in the book has some questions to think on perfect for your own personal time or to use as group discussion.
You'll never tire while reading this book. Debora intertwines stories, scripture and humor to keep us all alive, alert and awake.  She's practical and very down to earth.  She speaks from experience. 

About the author: Debora M. Coty is a popular speaker, columnist, lifelong Bible student, internationally published freelance writer, and award-winning author of numerous books, including Too Blessed to Be Stressed, and More Beauty, Less Beast. She's also an orthopedic occupational therapist, writing instructor, and tennis addict. Mother of two grown children, Debora lives and loves in central Florida with her husband, Chuck, and desperately wicked pooch, Fenway.

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Learn more about Debora M. Coty and Too Loved to Be Lost at www.deboracoty.com

In our world a woman’s acceptance so often seems contingent on her looks, behavior, or talents. This can lead to fearing loss of acceptance, trying to outperform one another, and a warped view God as a ruthless, judgmental, stern entity just waiting for us to crash and burn. Debora M. Coty's new book, Too Loved to Be Lost: Discovering God’s Intentional, Unconditional, Without-Limits Loveoffers women simple, practical steps for finding healing, security, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith.

Celebrate being "Too Loved" by entering Debora Coty's HDX giveaway and RSVPing to her Facebook party on November 6th.

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Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 6th. Winner will be announced at the Too Loved to Be Lost Facebook author event on 11/6. Join author Debora Coty for a humorous and encouraging evening centered around God's unconditional love. Debora will be hosting a fun chat, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at her next book, and much more!

So grab your copy of Too Loved to be Lost and join Debora and friends on the evening of November 6th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)
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