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“The Adventures of Joey Who Would Not Sleep” by Denise McCabe

The best bedtime stories are the ones that help children relax, and give them wonderful dreams. “The Adventures of Joey Who Would Not Sleep” is certainly one of them, especially since it was written for children who don’t like sleeping in their own room. The author, Denise McCabe, is the mother of two small children, and she knows exactly what kind of problems parents usually encounter. She has decided to help them solve these problems with the help of bedtime stories. Joey’s adventures in dreamland will not only help children understand why they should get used to sleeping alone, but they will also teach them about friendship, family, and why it is important to follow some rules.

Joey is a young boy who always wants his mother to stay with him until he falls asleep. The problem is that once his mother lies down on the floor to keep him company, Joey starts talking about everything he did that day, and he can go on like this until morning. So, his mother finds a solution: she gives Joey a magic dust that takes him to Alphabet Island, where a band of pirates are trying to find a lost treasure. Joey must help them find the missing letters of the alphabet in order to reach the treasure, but while he’s on this exciting adventure, he realizes how difficult it is to be around people who never sleep. This is a great lesson for him, and Joey will never keep his mother awake again.

Paula Curran’s beautiful illustrations will draw the children’s attention and make them curious about the story. “The Adventures of Joey Who Would Not Sleep” is perfect for the age level 2-6, and the little ones will want their parents to read it to them every night. They will easily relate to Joey, and they will immediately fall in love with Captain Awake Head and Captain Asleep Head, two of the main characters. Then, there’s their adorable parrot that talks all the time, eventually making Joey so tired that the only thing he wants is to sleep.

“The Adventures of Joey Who Would Not Sleep” has amazing reviews on Amazon. Here is what one customer said: “I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The idea of the book is a very original one, and told in a very clear and well-thought-out way. The illustrations do a good job of supporting and enhancing the story. It really is an easy book for parents to read and for children to enjoy and understand.”

Find “The Adventures of Joey Who Would Not Sleep” on Amazon.

“All Quiet on Nassau Lake: A Rhyming Animal Bedtime Story” by Maria Schell Burden

“The moon’s on the rise over Nassau Lake
And the animal parents know…
Their babies need rest, but they will protest
So they murmur soft and low…”

This is how Maria Schell Burden’s adorable children’s book begins. What follows is a lovely story of how all the baby animals around Nassau Lake go to sleep after a long day of fun and games. “All Quiet on Nassau Lake” is the perfect bedtime read for children who are full of energy and don’t want to go to sleep when it’s time. Saying “goodnight” to their favorite characters will surely help, and parents will also enjoy the beautiful, soothing rhymes and the hand-painted watercolor illustrations. If children will love the story and the pictures, parents will love the book because it will remind them of those they had when they were little.

“All Quiet on Nassau Lake” is a new classic, written and illustrated in the unique tradition of Beatrix Potter and Robert McCloskey. Maria Schell Burden is a very talented painter, and her baby animals are absolutely adorable. Children will say “goodnight” to the baby otters, then to the little turtles, ducks, squirrels, frogs, bunnies, little swallows, and finally, to the little child who falls asleep in his cozy bed.

The book is perfect for ages 0-5. It will make children sleepy in a matter of minutes, but it will also teach them about the various animals that live around a lake. The illustrations are amazingly accurate, so the little ones will learn exactly how the animals they read about look like. They will later be able to recognize them on TV or in real life, if they have the chance. So, “All Quiet on Nassau Lake” is not only an enjoyable, soothing bedtime story, but also a great tool to teach children about a great number of animals.

Find it on Amazon.

“The Clean Eating Dinner Cookbook & Diet Plan: 14 Simple Eating Clean Dinners for Weight Loss & a Healthy Lifestyle” by Kent Burden

Because we live in a world where everything happens very fast and we are busy all the time, dinner has become the most important and consistent meal of the day. History shows things haven’t always been this way. In the Introduction of his newest Clean Eating book, bestselling author and wellness expert Kent Burden explains how in the past people had dinner in the middle of the day, and only a light supper in the evening. Of course, with our current schedules it is impossible to go back to those ideal habits, so what he does is show us how we can improve our diets by choosing to eat only healthy, fresh, natural food that is grown as organically as possible.

“The Clean Eating Dinner Cookbook & Diet Plan” is the most thorough and complete Clean Eating guide on the market. It is packed with information you will not find anywhere else, and it offers over 50 simple recipes for delicious and nutritious dinners. The food pictures are absolutely amazing, and they help readers decide exactly what recipe they want to try in the evening, after a busy day, when all they wish is to cook something that doesn’t take much effort. Forget about frozen meals and highly processed foods. Kent Burden will show you exactly how to stock your pantry so you’d always have the basic ingredients for your Clean Eating dinners.

First of all, readers need to understand that Clean Eating is not a diet plan. It is a lifestyle. It has nothing in common with those restrictive diets that cut out your favorite food from your plate. On the contrary: once you adopt this lifestyle, you are allowed to eat anything you want, as long as you pay attention to the products you use. The author teaches his readers how to read and understand food labels, so that they’ll finally be able to make well-informed choices. Removing refined sugar, GMOs, chemicals, pesticides, hormones, and overly-processed foods is crucial, because these are the things that affect our health and lead to complicated diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and various forms of cancer.

Combine Clean Eating with daily exercise, and you’ve found the key to success. Kent Burden helps his readers achieve the body they want, improve their health, energy, and self-confidence. Because dinner is the most important meal of the day for us, he teaches us how to cook it fast and easy without spending too much time in the kitchen. “The Clean Eating Dinner Cookbook & Diet Plan” is the book you need if you truly want to change something and become the best that you can be.

Find it on Amazon.

Dinner 2
Spinach, Apple & Feta Salad with Rosemary Baked Chicken and Potatoes

If you don’t do a lot of cooking from scratch but want to start, baking chicken is a good place to get your feet wet. The baking process itself is pretty simple. Add the chicken to a hot dry oven and wait for the internal temperature of the chicken to reach 165 degrees and violá, you have baked chicken. Chickens’ mild flavor tends to lend itself to a variety of marinades, glazes and spices and by simply experimenting you can find the one you and your family like best. This meal is simply delightful and incredibly healthy. It is packed with Vitamin A, K and folate as well as lean protein, omega 3 fatty acids, potassium, copper, iron and fiber. You can bring gourmet flair to your dinner by replacing the red potatoes with fingerling potatoes or a combination of Yukon gold, red and purple potatoes (often packaged as red white and blue potato combo). The spinach apple & feta salad is a great healthy starter that combines sweet apples with creamy feta (goat cheese works well too) and gives the whole family the fruits and veggies they need to stay healthy.
Spinach, Apple & Feta Salad
Dressing Ingredients:
•    1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
•    3/4 cup olive oil
•    1/4 tablespoon wild honey
•    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
•    1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
Salad Ingredients:
•    6 cups fresh baby spinach
•    1/2 cup chopped walnuts
•    1/4 cup crumbled feta
•    1/4 cup sliced apples
Directions:
Put vinegar, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper in a bottle and shake well to combine. Toss spinach with nuts, feta and fruit. Give dressing another shake and drizzle over individual servings right before you serve dinner.
Rosemary Baked Chicken and Potatoes
Ingredients:
•    2 tablespoons olive oil
•    1 tablespoon paprika
•    1 1/2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
•    1 teaspoon sea salt
•    1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
•    2 cloves garlic finely chopped
•    6 bone-in organic free range chicken thighs and legs (about 2 pounds)
•    1 1/2 pounds small red potatoes, halved
Directions:
Preheat oven to 425°F. Mix oil, paprika, rosemary, sea salt, pepper and garlic in large bowl. Add chicken and potatoes; toss to coat well. Arrange potatoes in single layer on foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan that has been buttered.  Bake 15 minutes. Push potatoes to one side of pan. Place chicken on pan.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes longer or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender, turning potatoes occasionally. Serves 4.

“HOA Wire” (“A Brent Marks Legal Thriller”, Book 3) by Kenneth Eade is Available for Pre-Order

If you’re a huge fan of legal and political thrillers with a lot of courtroom drama, then you will love Kenneth Eade’s newest novel in the “Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series”, “HOA Wire”. Critics and reviewers have said that Kenneth Eade is the next John Grisham, as his books reminded them of the bestselling author’s first crime novels. It’s quite obvious that Kenneth Eade is on the right path to success. He’s amazing when it comes to writing complex, intriguing stories, and creating relatable characters readers can easily root for. He is a master of suspense, unexpected twists, and surprising endings.

“HOA Wire” follows lawyer Brent Marks as he gets involved in a murder case without even realizing it. When his client contacts him the first time, he is absolutely sure he’s going to deal with a routine foreclosure defense. The problem is that the president of the Orange Grove Homeowners Association was murdered, and everyone who lives in Orange Grove is a possible suspect, including Brent’s client. When she is accused of killing the HOA president, the lawyer understands he’s got himself into a terrible mess. He doesn’t even know if his client is innocent or guilty. He needs to make the right decision, but that is impossible until he knows for sure who the real murderer is. Courtroom drama explodes, but things are even more chaotic outside of the courtroom.

Readers will love Brent Marks, who is a well-developed, believable character. His work is strongly based on ethics and morality, so he is determined to find out the truth and solve the case as fairly as possible. He’s not going to allow his feelings and emotions to influence his actions. Readers have already met Brent Marks in Kenneth Eade’s previous novels, “A Patriot’s Act” and “Predatory Kill”, so they know his methods. Through the conflict he creates, the author invites his readers to try and solve the puzzle together with Brent Marks. However, some of the clues might be misleading, and there are some completely unexpected twists that will confuse the good guys even more.

“HOA Wire” is a fast-paced, suspenseful legal thriller that will remind fans of the genre of pulp thrillers. Crime, betrayal, thought-provoking questions related to ethics and morality – this novel has everything it needs to become a must-read for any lover of true crime literature. The conclusion to Brent Marks’ adventure will take readers by surprise and make them look forward to the next book in the series.

“HOA Wire” will be released on February 28, 2015, and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.

“Sold to the Alpha” – New Paranormal Romance Serial by Cara Wylde

Cara Wylde is a new paranormal romance author who writes sizzling hot stories about dominant Alpha males and their sassy mates. “Sold to the Alpha” is her first serial, and the first two books have recently been published on Amazon.

“Trapped in a Gilded Cage” introduces the readers to a fascinating universe where the shape-shifters have finally signed a peace treaty with the humans. However, the peace is not exactly in the humans’ favor. They have to provide the shifters with young brides to give them heirs and ensure the perpetuation of their species. All over the world, there are special boarding schools that take girls from orphanages and educate them to become the perfect brides. The heroine, Avelyn, is a curvy 24-year-old student at Alma Venus Boarding School, who has done her best to stay away from shape-shifters. If no one buys her by the time she turns 25, then she will be kicked out of school. Her plan is to run to Italy and start a new life. Things are turned upside down when rich and sexy Alpha werewolf Max Blackmane buys her and makes her his bride. Now, Avelyn’s only chance to regain her freedom is to run away before he locks her up in his luxurious castle.

Readers will love the chemistry between Avelyn and Max. The first book is filled with tension and suspenseful scenes. Avelyn manages to run away, but Max finds her and brings her back. Will he punish her for her disobedience? Things get even more heated in the second book, “The Other Bride”. In order to escape, Avelyn decides to gain her husband’s trust. She tries to seduce him, only to realize that she’s falling into her own trap. Max is the perfect gentleman, and offers her everything a woman could ever ask for: love, protection, long nights of lust and passion. By the end of book two, Avelyn might not even want to leave him anymore. But Max is hiding a terrible secret that can break them apart. Will Avelyn give him a chance to explain himself, or will her love turn into hate?

“Sold to the Alpha” is an exciting story with a complex plot, well-developed characters, a feisty heroine, and a hot Alpha wolf-shifter. Cara Wylde is amazing when it comes to world-building, and readers will be curious to find out more about the five shifter factions: the Wolves, the Foxes, the Bears, the Dragons, and the Eagles. The next four books will be published in February and March 2015. All installments will be free with Kindle Unlimited.

Find the first two books in the “Sold to the Alpha” serial on Amazon:
“Trapped in a Gilded Cage”
“The Other Bride”

“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.