Book Review Pearls and Tools of Wisdom for Parents & Children

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coverTitle: Pearls and Tools of Wisdom for Parents & Children

Author: Donna Gardner

Genre: Children’s Book

Rating: B+

Do you want to raise a child that is WISE?

As adults we are charged with protecting our most precious commodity… our children. The greatest protection we could offer them is to provide them with guidance on attaining wisdom. Within the pages of this book you will read the pearls of wisdom offered in God’s word. As well as learn tools that you and your child can apply to everyday life. May Pearls and Tools of Wisdom for Parents and Children be a blessing for you and your family as it provides guidance on the importance of listening, praying, learning, being positive, being good, working, and persevering.

A cute children’s book with an actual message, both for parents and children. The book talks about pearls of wisdom, offered in God’s word, and the tools parents and children can apply to everyday life. The illustrations are cute too, and kids will love them.

Author Interview Pearls and Tools of Wisdom for Parents & Children

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Author Interview

How long have you been writing?
I have always found power in the pen, as early as elementary school when my mother bought me my first Diary! My childhood was a hodgepodge of writing activities including submitting poems for a local anthology, penning letters to God, and writing love letters to persuade my mother to reduce enforced punishments for excessive talking in school.
What was the most challenging part about writing your book?
Writing often feels like embarking on a new discovery. All great discoveries often come with a sense of the unknown that can be scary and somewhat intimidating. As a new author, the most challenging aspect was convincing myself that “you can do this!”
What do you enjoy the most about being an author?
When writing, there is an insatiable urge to get the work down on paper. You’re so engrossed that you don’t really stop to appreciate it. However, once it’s complete, there is that moment when you sit back and think “wow, I did that!” That’s the best feeling. The second greatest moment comes when a reader opens your creation and shares “I love it. This is awesome!”
Will this book be part of a series?
The book Pearls and Tools of Wisdom was created to be a stand-alone book. However, my next project will be a series of children’s books.
Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?
I once had a mentor tell me that a good writer is always writing! I am currently working on a few projects. The first being my memoir, which chronicles my personal struggles with depression and anxiety, and my journey to follow the adage: “physician, heal thy self”. The second project is a series of children’s book that will explore the ideas of multiculturalism and resiliency.

About the Book

coverTitle: Pearls and Tools of Wisdom for Parents & Children

Author: Donna Gardner

Genre: Children’s Book

Do you want to raise a child that is WISE?

As adults we are charged with protecting our most precious commodity… our children. The greatest protection we could offer them is to provide them with guidance on attaining wisdom. Within the pages of this book you will read the pearls of wisdom offered in God’s word. As well as learn tools that you and your child can apply to everyday life. May Pearls and Tools of Wisdom for Parents and Children be a blessing for you and your family as it provides guidance on the importance of listening, praying, learning, being positive, being good, working, and persevering.

Author Bio

Dr.-Donna-GardnerDr. Donna Gardner earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Binghamton University, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees in School Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. She is in possession of a Georgia certification in School Psychology and a Georgia license in Psychology. She has over 15 years experience working in Pre-K -to-12 schools, and other clinical settings such as foster care and community based mental health agencies. Her areas of expertise include assessment, intervention, consultation, and counseling.

In addition, Dr. Gardner has over 8 years experience teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses for institutions such as Long Island University, Argosy University, University of Phoenix, Saint Leo University, and Iona College. She has published several articles in peer reviewed psychological journals and has presented at various national conferences. Dr. Gardner is a native New Yorker, now residing in Atlanta Georgia.

Currently, Dr. Donna is in the process of publishing two additional books: the first a memoir/self-help book on coping with mood disorders, the second a children’s book on multicultural resiliency.

When not engrossed in psychology or writing, Dr. Donna enjoys dancing, practicing Bikram Yoga, traveling, sampling new restaurants, doing community service activities with her sorority, and spending time with family & friends.

You can find Dr. Donna on:

Her Website – www.donnadoctora.com

Facebook for the book – https://www.facebook.com/pearlsandtoolsofwisdom

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/drdonnagardner

Twitter – @donnadoctora6

Instagram – Dr. Donna Gardner

Buy the Book: https://www.createspace.com/5653183

Website: www.pearlsandtoolswisdom.com

Release Day Party Solace

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About the Book

Solace_CVR_LRGTitle: Solace

Author: Angela Smith

Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella

In the summer of 1969, when the first man has landed on the moon and the world is wrought with war, a small town in Texas finds their hope in an engagement between a bookstore owner and her loan officer, two individuals who aren’t right for each other; especially because one is already married.

Chapman Springs, Texas, brims with possibilities, but many of its citizens struggle to adapt when confronted with progressive social ideas and the changes wrought by the Vietnam War. Brooklyn Williams is at the forefront of change, owning and running a successful bookstore, but the town only tolerates her position because of her purported engagement to her loan officer. When her estranged husband returns from the war, and the town begins to turn on her, she must fight to save her livelihood and her friends, and decide if her love for Leath can bring trust and peace back into her life.

Leath Williams lost more than his arm in Vietnam. He lost Brooklyn’s heart. When he returns home, he opens Solace Ranch as a haven for other war-torn soldiers, and struggles to resolve his own inner demons in the process. He hopes to reunite with Brooklyn, but someone wants to put him out of the picture for good. Can Brooklyn and Leath overcome their fears, defeat the enemy without losing the fight, and save their love?

Author Bio

Angela(2)During her senior year in high school, Angela Smith was dubbed most likely to write a novel, and that has been her dream ever since her mother read ‘Brer Rabbit’ to her and her sister so often that they were able to recite it back to each other before they learned to read. Ever since then, she hasn’t stopped reading or writing. A certified paralegal, work gives her perfect fodder for mixing suspense with her romance stories. When not caring for her small farm or spending time with her husband of two decades, she enjoys creating, Jeeping, reading, and dreaming of the places she’ll visit one day.

Links

Buy on Amazon: www.amzn.com/B013Z8L318.

Author site: www.loveisamystery.com

Book Review Fanatics

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Fanatics_WeberTitle: Fanatics (A Brooklyn Crimes Novel)

Author: Richard Hilary Weber

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

For fans of Kathy Reichs and Linda Fairstein, Richard Hilary Weber’s new Brooklyn Crimes Novel follows police detective Flo Ott as she crisscrosses the borough’s mean streets and lands in the crosshairs of a highly skilled assassin.

NYPD detective Flo Ott has rotten luck. First she’s put on bodyguard duty for U.S. Senator-elect Cecil King after a ultra-right-wing terror cell announces plans to assassinate him. Then she’s saddled with investigating the homicide of a hip-hop mogul. Ballz Busta was fatally rapped on his head outside his mistress’s Park Slope condo. The two jobs couldn’t be more different. Finding Busta’s killer takes Flo into the outrageous livin’ large margins of the Brooklyn music scene. Keeping Senator-elect King alive requires constant vigilance as well-trained assassins could strike anytime, anywhere. It’s only when these cases explosively collide that Flo realizes she’s finally caught a break.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s lit a fanatic’s fuse and now he has a new target: the woman cop with the nerve to try and stop his murderous schemes.

What an amazing, well-crafted, suspenseful read. I loved Flo. She’s intelligent, witty, and brave. I could connect with her very easily. The plot was great too, and I enjoyed the writing.

Author Interview Become You

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How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing on and off since I was a child. But I recently started writing regularly on my blog at www.tonekaetienne.com, and am a Huffington Post contributor. I made the decision to write the book in February 2015 and finished the book in August.

What was the most challenging part about writing Become You?
The most challenging part of writing Become You are the mindset shifts that I personally struggled with. For me, it wasn’t the actual act of writing, but how are people going to view my book. I went through several periods where I thought no one would care what I have to say and I was worried that people would think it was horrible! It was making the decision to share my story because I had to be confident that what I had to share with my readers could impact them in a profound way.
What do you enjoy the most about being an author?
I enjoy the creative process most, I enjoy the process of having a concept or idea in my head and then bringing it to reality. There are no rules when it comes to writing, in my opinion! I am free to be me and express myself however I choose.
Do you have any works in progress you’re working on? 
As a true creative, I’m now exploring all the parts of me that I have left dormant for so many years. I have discovered a love of the spoken word just recently, and have plans to turn my book into an audio version. In addition, I’m interested in creating products and programs to inspire and encourage women to own their truth and step into their destiny. 

About the Book

Front Book Cover FinalTitle: Become You

Author: Toneka R. Etienne, Ph.D.

Genre: Self-Help, Personal Development

Ready to create lasting transformation in your life? Become You reveals a practical lifestyle blueprint for the modern day woman. Begin your deep dive transformation by turning an honest, but loving mirror on your belief systems, habits, and spiritual life. This book will help you create a balanced lifestyle so that you can passionately pursue your goals and dreams without losing yourself in the process.

Author Bio

Book Tour PicToneka R. Etienne, Ph.D., is a Psychologist, wife, mother, Huffington Post contributor, and creator at http://www.tonekaetienne.com. Toneka is a self-love advocate encouraging women to balance their daily lives with the ambition to continually pursue their dreams. Her calling is to fully support women as they call soulful purpose and intention into their life and business connected to their deepest and most authentic selves. When she’s not holding sacred space for women’s transformation, Toneka can be found doing her favorite things: spending time with her husband and two daughters, traveling, reading, connecting with like-minded visionaries, and looking for divine inspiration.

Links

www.tonekaetienne.com

www.instagram.com/tonekaetienne

www.facebook.com/tonekaretienne

www.periscope.tv/tonekaetienne

Author Interview Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory

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Author Interview

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for several years now. It’s only been my “job” for the last two though.
What was the most challenging part about writing Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory?
The most challenging part was the ideas came out too quickly. I just kept at it until the whole
story was told though and lost quite a bit of sleep in the process.
What is your favorite part of being an author?
My favorite part about being an author is telling stories. I love making my living doing something creative.
I also love that I get to share those stories with my little girls.
Will this book be part of a series?
Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory is Book 1 in a series of 6. The other books are:
Who the Heck is Harvey Stingle?
Beware of the Basement
Operation W.iG. C.H.eeS.e
Two Months in Atlantis
The Brethren
Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?
I’m working on my third romantic comedy right now. The first two hit #1 bestseller in their genre and
#3 is in the works.  She Sins at Midnight (my first rom com ) just won the silver medal in The Reader’s Favorite Awards in chick lit.

About the Book

Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory ebook (1)Title: Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory

Author: Whitney Dineen

Genre: Middle Grade / Paranormal Mystery

Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory is Book 1 in the Willy and Tommy Adventure Series. Wilhelmina Snodgrass and her family move to the Willamette Valley, Oregon, against her express wishes. Not only is she sure her life is over, but she’s convinced she won’t make any friends. That is until she meets her eccentric blue-haired neighbor, Thomasina Andretti. Willy and Tommy become involved in a s conspiracy to reopen The Willamette Wig Factory, with their unsuspecting friend, Georgianna Carbunkle. The plot, however, is orchestrated by three of Willy’s ancestor’s, from beyond the grave. Scrapes, mishaps and the unforeseen occur; including becoming sworn enemies with Tiffany Peterson, the most popular girl in the seventh- grade, a crush on super-stud, Jamie Armstrong and a mysterious carousel. Willy and Tommy have it all-mystery, revenge and romance. Monteith, Oregon, becomes the stage for adventure beyond their wildest dreams!

Author Bio

authorWhile attending the University of Illinois in Chicago, Whitney Dineen was discovered by a local modeling agent and began an unexpected career as a plus-size Ford model. She modeled in New York City before moving to Los Angeles with her husband.

When she wasn’t modeling, she was in the kitchen, baking delights to share with friends. Soon, her friends began asking her to send baskets of her wonderful candies and cookies to business associates, agents and production studios. Word spread like wildfire, and the rest, as they say, is history. Whitney’s sensational creations are still in great demand by her loyal celebrity clientele.

During “The Hollywood Years,” Whitney was bitten by the writing bug and started creating characters that are inspired by strong women with a great sense of humor.

In addition to her love of chick-lit, Whitney has also written a series of adventure books for middle readers The first of which, Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory, is now available.

Whitney and her husband, Jimmy, have recently relocated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to raise their children, chickens and organic vegetables.

 

Links

Twitter

Facebook

Amazon

http://whitneydineen.com/

Release Day The Ivory Staff

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About the Book

The ivory staff book coverTitle: The Ivory Staff

Author: M. Lachi

Genre: New Adult Fantasy

How was young Samiyah to know that her simple grace, wit, and beauty—exceptional traits given her peasant class—would land her in the middle of a chessboard of high-level political turmoil or that the love that blinds politics, the hate that blinds brotherhood, and the lust that blinds love would flip that chessboard on its side? Rife with passionate dialog, edgy suspense, and epic conflict, this Dark Fairy Tale follows our heroine as she journeys to heal a nation broken by the internal prejudices of class warfare, armed with nothing but stark determination.

Author Bio

M. Lachi is a published author and an award nominated songwriter and composer. Her resume includes features on Oprah Radio, CBS Radio, The CW, Oxygen, and the E! and Style Networks among others. M. Lachi lives in New York City and enjoys reading, composing and catching live performances.

Links

Amazon Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/na97ur7

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26311689-the-ivory-staff?from_search=true&search_version=service

Website: www.mlachi.com

Twitter: twitter.com/mlachiauthor

Facebook: facebook.com/mlachiauthor