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“The Extraordinary Life of Chowder the Field Mouse” by Maria Schell Burden

Family is the most important thing in the world, and Chowder, the little field mouse, knows this better than anyone. He lost his real family when his home in the garden was accidently destroyed. However, he was lucky enough to be saved by a loving human family, who brought him into their own home and raised him. This is how Chowder also got a brother – Copper, the dog. Now, he is happy, grateful to be part of a wonderful family, and ready to explore the world.

“The Extraordinary Life of Chowder the Field Mouse” by author Maria Schell Burden is an adorable book for children of ages 3-5. It tells the story of a little orphaned creature who gets a second chance at love and happiness. While the text is fun and easy to read, the illustrations drawn by Katelin Cole are brightly colored and engaging. They render the story very well, and the younger readers will spend hours looking at them. The book is perfect as a bedtime read, and it offers parents a great opportunity to spend quality time with their children, read the story and look at the pictures together, then discuss about the lessons they have learned from the story.

Chowder and Copper are two fun characters kids will love from page one. They go on exciting adventures together, and they discover the world and learn about the most important things in life: family, friendship, and trust. The way they interact teaches children they have to love and appreciate their brothers and sisters if they have them, because not everyone is lucky enough to have a sibling. They should always share, offer them the best things they have, support them and, most importantly, be there when they need them. This is exactly how the relationship between Chowder and Copper works, and it is perfect.

“The Extraordinary Life of Chowder the Field Mouse” was actually inspired from real life. As strange as it may sound, both Chowder and Copper are real. The author wrote this story after her own grown son told her he had saved a baby mouse and took him home. Now, the real Chowder has his own exercise ball and even goes on vacations with his new family. When he wants to wake up Copper, he bumps into him, and when his mother and father call him, Chowder actually runs to them. Children will adore the story of the little field mouse, and they may want a pet of their own if they don’t already have one.

“The Extraordinary Life of Chowder the Field Mouse” can be found on Amazon.

“Who Are the Fear Fighters?!: Say Goodnight to Fear” by Bradford W. Scripps

Children’s books are important not only because they teach young readers to love literature, but also because they educate them and help them understand the world and how it works. This is exactly what author Bradford W. Scripps has managed to do through his book: address an important issue which children face every day, and teach them how to manage it. “Who Are the Fear Fighters?!: Say Goodnight to Fear” is a captivating, clever book that tackles the problem of childhood fears and encourages the little ones to discuss about them. Only by admitting to being afraid of something can someone take control of the situation, and this rule applies here as well.

Devin is a little boy who is afraid of two things: the dark, and wild animals. Instead of facing his fears, he chooses to ignore or hide them when he can. However, when they take him by surprise, he is unable to control them. Things get very complicated when he goes on a class field trip to the zoo, and his classmates see that he is very afraid of the animals. Some of the kids start bullying him, and after the incident, Devin gets dared to go back to the zoo at night to prove that he is not scared. Accepting the challenge is the worst choice he could have made. At least, that’s what Devin thinks. He asks his best friend, Aiden, to come with him, and this is how their extraordinary adventures begin.

Devin and Aiden end up making new friends and learning a lot about wild animals. Their experiences at the zoo, in the middle of the night, are heart-pumping and adrenaline-surging. The best thing is that they learn how to take control of their fears, eventually ending up enjoying their little adventure. Now, no one will dare bully Devin again, or tell him he is a coward. His life is changed forever, and the lessons he learns at the zoo will help him in the future, when he will need to apply them in other difficult situations.

Bradford W. Scripps has managed to write a lovely book that will immediately draw the readers’ attention. The brightly colored illustrations help render the story well, and the children will love to follow them as they read the text. Parents and grandparents will want to get this book for their little ones, as it will offer them the perfect opportunity to discuss with them about their fears, find out what they are, and build a strategy to fight them together.

“Who Are the Fear Fighters?!: Say Goodnight to Fear” can be found on Amazon.

“Job U: How to Find Wealth and Success by Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need” by Nicholas Wyman

We all know how difficult it can be to get a job today. It is especially difficult for high school and college graduates who have no experience, because companies are actually looking for people who already have the skills they need. But, how is a fresh graduate supposed to acquire said skills if no one is willing to take the time to teach them to him/her? Whether we see it or not, the main problem is that higher education, of which we are so proud, doesn’t actually help when it comes to teaching us the actual skills that we need in order to build a career. Everything we learn in college is purely theoretical, which helps so little when we want to find a job and realize than we have no practical training. This is where author Nicholas Wyman comes in with his amazing book: “Job U: How to Find Wealth and Success by Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need”.

Nicholas Wyman is the CEO of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation. He decided to write this guide because he knows that so many people need a solution to unemployment and underemployment. The problem is not that there are no jobs, but that the people who want those jobs are not prepared for them and don’t know how to prepare. The author comes with some incredible ideas that can truly help readers choose a career they want to have, learn the practical skills it requires, and then obtain the job and start on their way to success and financial freedom. The best thing is that Nicholas Wyman talks from his own experience, which means that the solutions he offers have been first tested by him. In the Introduction, he tells his story and explains why he believes that college does not actually offer the opportunities students and parents hope for. Does this mean people should stop going to college? No, but they should think very carefully before making a decision: do they want to learn only theoretical things they might never use in life, or do they want a real job which can give them the chance to make their contribution to society?

The author presents a series of educational options that provide the technical, vocational, and soft skills on demand in today’s workplace. All readers need to do is to think about what they would like to do in the future and choose the option that fits them best: professional certifications, associates degrees, apprenticeships, or occupational learning. All these are fairly easy to obtain, and they don’t take more than two years. The greatest advantage is that, in these two years, a person can learn a completely new set of skills. Even though learning how to do something new might sound intimidating at first, the truth is that the only condition is for the person to like the job and want it. Skills can be easily learned, while loving something you’re not passionate about is just a waste of time and energy.

“Job U: How to Find Wealth and Success by Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need” is not only aimed at high school and college graduates. Of course, it is also aimed at their parents, who usually have a say in their children’s career choices, but it is also meant to offer solutions to those who want to change their job, to people who have just lost their job, or to those who haven’t been in the workforce for a long time and don’t know where to start.

It can be found on Amazon.

“The Immigrant: One from My Four Legged Stool” by Alfred Woollacott

Passionate about history and genealogical research, Alfred Woollacott, III decided to turn his hobby into something more after he retired from KPMG in 2002. Thus, he started doing serious research into his family’s genealogy, and this eventually led to the creation of the website My Four Legged Stool, and his debut novel, “The Immigrant”. At first, the author was only interested in the facts, but when he realized that the lives of the ancestors he discovered offered complex stories and invaluable insight into the times they lived in, he decided that presenting them through lists of dates and events was not enough. So, he used his imagination and writing skills to bring to the public captivating, plausible stories of real people. “The Immigrant” is an amazing example of historical literature that offers invaluable historical information, but also tells a compelling story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

John Law is the author’s seven-greats grandfather. In 1651, he left Scotland under terrible circumstances. At 15, he fought for his country in the English Civil War, and was captured by Cromwell’s forces. After he survived the death march to Durham, England, John Law was shipped to colonial America aboard the ship Unity, along with other 150 prisoners of war from different Scottish clans. He ended up in Massachusetts Bay Colony, where he tried to rebuild his life. He was an outcast, and life was hard for him and everyone like him. He became an indentured servant working as a public sheep herder for the community of Concord, and he tried to make the best of what he had. Eventually, he married an English woman, had children, and acquired land.

“The Immigrant” is a must-read for anyone who is interested in colonial history, as Alfred Woollacott did a great job at portraying society as it was in the seventeenth century. The Puritan theocracy, the problems between colonists and Native Americans, and the hardships of colonial life, all these elements are shown and discussed in the novel. The main character, John Law, is very believable and relatable. Even though the author introduced a lot of research into this story, he also managed to breathe life into it.

Readers will root for John Law from the very first pages of the novel. The only things that keep him strong and determined are his own faith, his wife, and his growing family. He misses his country a lot, but he is also willing to adapt to the new world and build a future in America. He has no choice but to move on, survive, and thrive, which makes him a great role model to anyone who reads the book.

“The Immigrant: One from My Four Legged Stool” can be found on Amazon.

Suzanne Wind’s Book Project, “The SMART Playbook”, Celebrates Its 1 Year Anniversary

Exactly one year ago, author Suzanne Wind published “The SMART Playbook: Game-Changing Life Skills for a Modern World”, an activity book that has helped hundreds of parents teach their children social skills and appropriate manners which are of extreme importance to their development and their future. Currently, this amazing project has been recognized with ten awards, among which must be mentioned The Mom’s Choice® Gold Award, Creative Child Magazine 2014 Book of the Year, and the Mr. Dad Seal of Approval. “The SMART Playbook” is an absolute “must-have” for parents, grandparents, or teachers who work with children ages 6-12.

The main goal of Suzanne Wind’s activity book is to provide parents and educators with everything they need to teach children good manners and social skills that would later bring them success, popularity, friends, and personal achievements. The author decided to write it after she spent several years searching for games, activities, and methods that would help her offer her three children a better education. She realized that today it is more difficult to educate children than in the past. It’s not only the fact that parents are usually too busy working to provide for the family, but also that children tend to be distracted by other things. Video games, the Internet, e-mails, mobile phones – all these determine the little ones to spend a lot of time trapped in a virtual world in which there is no way they can interact properly and form face-to-face social skills. The problem is that they will need these skills later, when they will have to apply for a job and make a good impression on an interview.

“The SMART Playbook” is structured in a very clever way. Parents take the role of coaches, and children become the players. The first part of the book contains the rules of the game, while the second one provides over 100 games and challenges to choose from. The best part is that some of these activities do not require the presence of an adult. Children can use the book together and learn new skills as a team. Suzanne Wind has made sure that the games allow them to discover many things by themselves. In fact, this is a very effective way of learning: the moment the child has a revelation while doing an activity is the moment when he/she gains confidence. Moreover, they will never forget something if they feel they contributed with their own creativity and involvement.

The author has chosen to address 5 SMART topics. These were especially designed to ensure the children’s success in life:

Social Basic Skills – The Principles of modern manners
Mealtime Manners – A guide to mealtime manners
Art of Conversation – Eloquent face-to-face conversational skills
Restaurant behavior – The finer points of restaurant conduct
Technology talk – Internet safety and responsible usage

It’s no wonder that “The SMART Playbook” is still a bestseller after 1 year from its release. It is a life-changing book that can help parents prepare their children for the real world, where success can only be achieved if one has great social skills and impeccable manners.

The book is available for purchase on the official website.

“Chasing Lightning” by Rachel York – Kindle Countdown Deal

If you’re looking for a fast-paced, yet sweet and romantic LGBT story, then “Chasing Lightning” by author Rachel York is exactly what you need. The good news is that the author has scheduled a Kindle Countdown Deal that offers her readers the chance to get the book at an exclusive price. The promotion will run from January 22 through January 25 – more precisely, until 11 PM –, and the price will go down to $1.99.

Scarlett Faye Turner is a young woman who lives in a small town in Pennsylvania, a place that she can’t wait to part with. Her plan is to build a successful future for herself, find happiness and freedom. A big city is the only place that can offer her the liberty to be herself, love who she likes, and never bother with what other people might think about her choices. She is in senior year, so she will soon leave Dillinger behind and start a new life in college. However, her plans are turned upside down when hot, sexy Gina Jamison shows up and steals Scarlett’s heart. For the first time, Scarlett gives into her desires and learns what true love feels like and what it can do to someone.

Gina and Scarlett are eventually forced to part ways and build separate lives. Scarlett goes to a women’s college in West Virginia, then she travels to the magical desert of New Mexico, and eventually reaches the sexual liberation of Paris in the 1960s. She will never forget Gina, and she hopes that one day they will meet again and get their “happily ever after”. But, until then, Scarlett focuses on her career and tries to experiment as much as possible. She lives her life to the fullest, not regretting a single choice she makes. When they do meet again, both Scarlett and Gina are grown-up women who have gone through a lot, explored their own limits, and learned what they are truly made of.

Rachel York is amazing when it comes to character development, and readers will immediately fall in love with Scarlett and Gina. They are complex, believable, and relatable. Everything they experience can happen to anyone, and the love they feel for each other is timeless. Readers will enjoy the historical details of the 1960s, but, at the same time, they will appreciate the universality of the story.

“Chasing Lightning” can be found on Amazon.

“Infinite Worlds” (“I, Human”, Part 6) by Vito Veii

So far, the “I, Human” series by science-fiction author Vito Veii has been one amazing ride. Now that the sixth book is finally out, fans of the series can enjoy a set of new, exciting adventures, following their favorite characters as they explore space and alien planets. It might be a subjective opinion, but “Infinite Worlds” is definitely the best installment so far. Suspense, well-developed characters, fast-paced action, alien artifacts – it has all the right ingredients to keep any science-fiction fan glued to the pages.

The book contains chapters 45 to 51, and it continues the adventures of Captain Magnusson, Padre, Vlen, Astra, and the entire crew. Chapter 45 introduces Corporal Democritus Nobody, a character that readers will love from page one. He is strong, intelligent, and absolutely excited about his new mission: he is to land on a new, unexplored planet together with his platoon. The main goal is to investigate the planet and figure out if it is ready for colonization, but, at the same time, the platoon has to protect the team of scientists who will study an alien artifact. Needless to say that the alien artifact, which will actually prove to be some kind of portal to another world, will be the first thing to grab the readers’ attention and make them turn the pages as fast as possible.

Vito Veii is incredible when it comes to building suspense. His descriptions are very detailed, and readers will find themselves paying attention to every word and clue, in an attempt to learn more about the alien machinery and what it does. Once they land on the planet, the scientists and the soldiers have one adventure after another, and their discoveries are mind-blowing. It’s easy to see why “Infinite Worlds” is so difficult to put down once you start reading it.

What is wonderful about the “I, Human” series is that it is so much more than a science-fiction work that explores interesting ideas and futuristic technology. It is a piece of speculative fiction that has so many elements of philosophy, metaphysics, psychology, and hard science-fiction that it appeals to a broad audience, offering its readers a great opportunity to think and discuss about some very thought-provoking hypotheses. If you’re a “Star Trek” fan, you must pick up this series and read the books in order. You won’t regret it.

Find “Infinite Worlds” on Amazon.

“The Titan Drowns” by Nhys Glover Is Permanently Free on Amazon

The sixth book in the “New Atlantis Time Travel Romance” series by Nhys Glover won the SFR Galaxy Award in 2013, and for good reason. One of the judges said: “Heroism and true romance set inside one of the most heart-rending tragedies of all time? Oh, yeah, that deserves an Award!”. However, those who haven’t read the first five books in the author’s series, should know that they are all standalones, so they can start with whichever they like. “The Titan Drowns” is a perfect start, especially since it is permanently free on Amazon.

The premise of this time travel romance novel is absolutely brilliant: a team of people who want to make a change in the world travel back to the past, on the Titanic, and their goal is to save all children by bringing them to the future. The three members of the rescue team couldn’t have been more different: Pia Rogaland is shy, insecure, and her only desire is to save the children, Elish Cork is feisty and loves adventures, and Karl Ontario is a lab geek who would rather spend the rest of his life in his medical facility. The fact that they are nothing alike makes them work together so well.

Their mission is by no means an easy one. Aside from the fact that they need to first identify the suitable targets, they also have to come up with a good explanation for their insane attempt of taking them to the future. It’s difficult to convince so many people that the unsinkable Titanic is nothing but a tragedy waiting to happen. Things get even more complicated when Pia falls in love with a man she is not allowed to save. Their romantic relationship plays out in a few, fateful days, and the fact that they are so perfect for each other makes the inevitable separation even more heart-breaking. What was supposed to be a rescue mission might turn into a death sentence for everyone involved.

Even though there have been so many books written on the Titanic theme, author Nhys Glover manages to bring something new and fresh to her story. Certainly, the best part is the romance, and fans of this genre will immediately fall in love with Pia and her lover from the past. There’s nothing more compelling in a novel than an impossible love story, and Nhys Glover has managed to take this theme to a whole new level. Readers will root for the characters and hope that a miracle will allow them to avoid the tragedy, and live happily ever after.

“The Titan Drowns” is one of those books which readers will want to reread and recommend to family and friends. It is one of a kind, and it is permanently free on Amazon, so don’t forget to download your copy.

Find it on Amazon.
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“Fetish: What’s Yours?” – A Love Story in the Heart of Darkness by L.M. Reker

I believe we can all agree that what makes a thriller novel even more terrifying and exciting is the knowledge that it is based on real events. L.M. Reker’s newest novel, “Fetish: What’s Yours?”, is one of those books whose story was inspired from real life, which gives readers a sense of terror and realism. The author has combined fact with fiction so well, that it will be difficult to tell which parts of the story are real, thus making the book even more compelling and intriguing.

FBI Agent Augustus Drummond is the head of a special unit assembled to deal with the most horrible crimes imaginable. His team is well-trained and very efficient, and they are always ready to take on the most difficult cases. They investigate everything with a sharp eye, a clear mind, and just enough cold blood to be able to live their lives normally after all the horror they see during their missions. Agent Drummond is the best of them, and his insights are partially due to his brutal childhood. Instead of crushing him, the violence he had to endure opened his mind and taught him a lot of things about the world. He draws his power and understanding from his dark past, and he has never failed before.

Things are turned upside down when Sonia Connelly, a gifted agent, is added to Drummond’s team. The latest case they have to solve is very complicated, and it might just lead them to the darkest corners of a criminal’s mind. Will they be able to solve the puzzle and save innocent lives without letting themselves drawn into this world of the taboo and the unthinkable?

“Fetish: What’s Yours?” is a real page-turner that will keep readers guessing by offering them clues and inviting them to solve the case along with the characters. It is one of those books that are more than must-reads: it should be reread just to make sure that you got everything right. L.M. Reker is brilliant when it comes to building suspense, and readers must be warned that they are in for a couple of unexpected twists and turns. At the same time, he is very good with character development, which means that anyone will find it easy to relate to Agent Drummond and Sonia. While Sonia is very intelligent, talented, and determined, Augustus Drummond is continuously haunted by his violent past. Eventually, they make a great team and they prove to be the only ones who can solve the terrible case.

You can find “Fetish: What’s Yours?” on Amazon and on Barnes & Noble.

“Redemption” (“Heaven on Earth”, Book 2) by Reana Malori

Vanessa Baldwin has made it a point to avoid men who work in the Military. Her husband died far away from her, leaving her a widow with a young son, and Vanessa will never be able to get over the loss. All she wants is to raise her son well and build a peaceful future for both of them. However, her life is turned upside down when she meets Ethan Dickerson. He is everything she has ever wanted in a man: he is strong, romantic, protective, and he loves her son. His only flaw is that he is a Navy SEAL, which make his off limits. She’s not about to start a relationship with another man who is willing to risk his life to save others.

Ethan chose to become a Navy SEAL because it seemed to be the perfect job for someone like him, someone who lived to protect those who are not able to protect themselves. Tragedy was always part of Ethan’s life. As a child, he had to deal with domestic violence, and this changed him forever. The moment he meets Vanessa, he is fascinated by her resilience in the face of tragedy and loss, but, at the same time, he realizes that she is vulnerable and in need of love and protection. He makes it his mission to conquer her heart and spend his life making sure she and her son will never have to suffer again.

“Redemption” is the second installment in Reana Malori’s interracial romance series “Heaven on Earth”. It follows the story of two characters readers have already met in her first book, “Escape to Heaven”, and the author once again manages to tackle the issue of domestic violence in a unique way that aims to empower and encourage. Readers will immediately fall in love with her characters. Both Vanessa and Ethan are very relatable and well-developed. Reana Malori took her time to develop Ethan’s backstory, which gives the character depth, making readers understand him and root for him. Vanessa is also a strong female character that shows how women are powerful enough to survive any kind of tragedy.

Fans of interracial romance novels will want to remember Reana Malori’s name, as she is one of the most popular writers in this genre. Her “Heaven on Earth” series is a must read, as well as her other over 20 novels and novellas she has published thus far. Complex plots, fast-paced action, intriguing characters, and sweet love stories – her works have everything they need to make readers addicted to her writing.

Find “Redemption” on Amazon.

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