2020 Book Promo – DOG BONE SOUP by Bette A. Stevens – ONLY 99c / 99p for a Limited Time

If you haven’t read Bette Stevens Dog Bone Soup, now is the time. The Kindle copy is on sale through April 4th on Amazon. It is an amazing story and I loved every word.

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

True-to-life Americana

DOG BONE SOUP by Bette A. Stevens– ONLY 99c / 99p from March 29th through April 4th

“…adventures and misadventures to the likes of Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry

“As with all great literature, it is underscored with life lessons particularly memorable to this [Baby Boomer] generation…”

“DOG BONE SOUP is a fascinating literary study of poverty and family dysfunction in the 1950s  & 1960s. It is written in a fast-flowing, entertaining style that kept me turning pages, one after another.

“Despite the odds stacked against them, two brothers—Shawn Daniels and Willie—manage to survive, escaping the rants of a drunken abusive father and the hardships of rural life, cutting out on daily adventures and misadventures to the likes of Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry. DOG BONE SOUP is about making the best of what you have. It’s a story about survival, struggle, and the human spirit—rising…

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Hope on the Horizon: Pandemic Anxiety Management II~

This is the second post by Cindy Knoke on stress and anxiety management. Please visit her blog to read her tips. (I shared the 1st post on March 15).

I think this koala is sending a message to you and I about anxiety!

In the midst of darkness,

there is light.

Check out: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8115879/COVID-19-Australian-researchers-CURE-coronavirus.html

Good people are working,

to help.

Countering,

pandemic anxiety,

with realistic hope,

is powerful medicine.

Hope floats,

and flies.

Let’s move on with building our toolbox to manage pandemic anxiety.

ANXIETY TOOLBOX:

Self Talk Reframing (Cognitive Therapy)

Guided Imagination/Visualization

Exposure Management

Progressive Relaxation

Distraction in Action

Self Soothing

Spiritual Meditation/Prayer

Second Voice

Exercise, Diet & Good Health Practices

We covered the first three in the last post. Here are the next three.

I would love for you to add tools of your own that are, or have, worked for you. With your help we could build a truly awesome anxiety busting toolbox so people can pick and choose what is comfortable for them. If you have some tools that work let me know. It will…

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Keep calm and…

There are times when we need a bit of levity and these days of worldwide COVID-19 we often see that lacking in some people. Jane Dougherty’s post will supply just that.

Jane Dougherty Writes

In these times of incertitude and justifiable apprehension, we are all called upon to act sensibly and with solidarity. Some are doing just that, but there are others who are thinking about number one alone, and who will let nothing and no one prevent them facing the apocalypse with a clean bum.

There are many people now with several tons of toilet paper stocked in their garages and basements, under the sink, filling the attic. Many will be wondering how they can use it in the coming months and years or when their shopping habits go back to normal, whichever comes first. No need to worry about getting bored, though; toilet paper is extremely versatile. There are thousands of exciting recipes appearing on the Internet, as toilet paper replaces all the boring old staples like pasta, rice, and potatoes. Here are just a few of them.

Use the pure white…

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Anxiety Management During Pandemic Days~

With the constant bombardment by the news media about Covid-19, Cindy Knoke gives us some helpful advice for handling any stress or anxiety we may be feeling.

Many of us are experiencing emotional distress from the pandemic which can affect each of us in different ways, but often presents as increasing anxiety, worry, sleep disruption, feelings of helplessness, panic, and/or depression.

The shrieking headlines don’t help do they? So what can we do to manage these feelings and feel stronger emotionally and psychologically as we prepare ourselves to face the difficult days ahead?

As a psychotherapist who has practiced for many decades, I have some ideas that can help. So if you are interested, read on.

We are going to make a customized anxiety toolbox. One approach doesn’t work for everyone, pick and choose what feels right for you. Of course I’m including relaxing photos intermixed in this post because looking at positive images is an objective and powerful anxiety reducer. What you perceive influences how you think and feel.

ANXIETY TOOLBOX:

Self Talk Reframing (Cognitive Therapy)

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Little miracles

Sue Vincent’s post on The Silent Eye reminds us to take the time to watch the miracle of growth and rejuvenation that is happening in our gardens.

The Silent Eye

“It’s a wild violet. A bit scruffy… it has lost a petal… but still…” The tiny purple flower peeked out from between the stones we had piled up at the base of the weigela to cocoon the roots that had sprouted from its stem in the old raised bed.
“Where did it come from?”
“It self-seeded…”
“That’s amazing…”

My son, with his nascent interest in gardening, has a lot to learn and is learning fast. Every day, the garden offers new miracles, details that would pass unseen as part of the bigger picture of spring to anyone not inspecting each plant minutely and daily. Growth points and leaf buds are being monitored, unexpected colours are appearing and the mysteries of Nature are revealing themselves to eyes full of wonder.

Tiny,  scale-like leaves top each little branch of the heather, crowning last year’s faded flowers with pink and vibrant green. A…

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Author Interview at Strange Book Reviews: Sue Vincent ~ Of Myth and Magic….

Stange Book Reviews did a terrific interview with Sue Vincent on their website. Head over to Sue’s blog to find the link to the entire interview. She is an amazing person.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Reblogged from Strange Book Reviews:

Sue Vincent is a constant inspiration to me and I suspect to many, many, others. She writes and blogs probably more than anyone I know and I am always amazed by her insights and encouraged by her positive attitude to life no matter what happens – and trust me – Sue has not had an easy time of things along the way – as a quick read of her bio (below) will reveal.

I have had the honor of co-authoring a book with her in the form of the Mystical Hexagram. These days, she has partnered with Stuart France, to write many charming, revealing and magical books about the land of Albion – the land that she lives in and connects with. If you haven’t had a chance to read any of these, do me a favor and try them.…. or visit her…

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The Evolution of Blogging

Have you ever wondered how blogging came about and where it is headed?  Nicholas Rossis sums it all up in his post, The Evolution of Blogging.  He gives us a fascinating account of where the term blog comes from, the introduction of WordPress, the video blog (vlog), the future of blogging, and much more.  Click on the link above and learn more than you ever thought you’d know about how blogging evolved.

ABBY & HOLLY SERIES, BOOK 4 – THE HIDDEN STAIRWAY

By Janice Spina

Illustrations & Cover by John Spina

BOOK BLURB

Join the cousins, Abby and Holly, as they search for clues about who placed an urn up in their attic with the remains of a young girl who lived a century ago. Their old Victorian holds many secrets and the girls are determined to solve this mystery with the help of two ghost friends, Felicity and Minerva, who inhabit their home.

As the girls are searching for clues in their basement, they discover a hidden stairway. Upon entering the stairway, they find themselves unexpectedly catapulted back in time to a century ago. Will they be able to return with the answers to the mystery? If not, who will help them get back? Or, will they be forever lost in time?

 

My Review

Abby and Holly are cousins who have special powers, they can see and speak to ghosts, and in this book, they find they can travel back in time with the reassurance that should anything go wrong, they will get help from their ghost friends, Felicity and Minerva.  This opens an exciting new adventure for the girls, though it is quite worrisome for their mothers.

Once again, Janice Spina has created a riveting adventure for the cousins.  I couldn’t put it down and I’m sure middle-grade readers will get wrapped up in the story as much as I did. As with all of Spina’s books, there will be no objectionable language and there is always a life lesson–to be respectful to others, to be kind and considerate, to recognize and accept that there are differences in all of us. To parents, grandparents, and teachers, I recommend this be read aloud by children so you can have a lively discussion about the story and the lessons in ABBY & HOLLY SERIES, BOOK 4 – THE HIDDEN STAIRWAY.  This is positively a 5-star book.

I received a copy of this book from the author for an unbiased review.
I received no compensation for my review.

 

About the Author

Janice Spina is an award-winning author with 12 children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (won Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), Lamby the Lonely Lamb (won the Silver Medal from MOM’S Choice Awards), and Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose (won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), and Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, and Colby the Courageous Cat (Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe (Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series (Book 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) is a middle-grade/preteen series and Abby & Holly Series Book1 1, 2, 3 (Books 1 & 2 won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards). Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone (won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and an Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite Awards). Book 2, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, also won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 5 won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Janice’s other books have also been Finalists in Red City Review Book Awards and Authorsdb First Lines Contest.

Her logo is JEMSBOOKS for all ages on which is her motto:
“Reading Gives You Wings To Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks!”

Janice’s and John’s joint goal is: To encourage children of all ages to read and to instill this love of reading in them to carry them throughout their lives and thus giving them ‘wings to fly!’

Author Bio is from Amazon and Goodreads.

Book Cover, Author Photo, and Book Blurb are from Goodreads.

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Fragments of Light

A beautiful and thoughtful post from Sue Vincent.

The Silent Eye

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I was talking with my son about the way life works out. The daily round of events and occurrences great and small that seem to be scattered, like pieces of broken glass, across the table of time. Some events hit your life with all the destructive power of a truck at full speed. Caught in the emotions of the moment it is hard to see beyond the pain, the fear, or the grief. Some are joyous rays of light casting bright pools of colour in the shadows. Most are the simple small-doings of everyday.

Taken individually, like pieces of a puzzle, they can be difficult to interpret… a patch of featureless blue or indistinct green may be hard to place within the image… especially if you don’t know what the picture is to begin with. Yet with a little patience, the pieces can begin to fit together. A detail here…

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Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 1 – Drystan and Durward Save the Day

By Janice Spina

Illustrated by John Spina

 

Book Blurb

This is a magical series about Drystan the dragon and his friends. These dragons are colorful, engaging and fun to read about. They teach children the importance of friendship, caring for one another, being kind to others, and it’s okay to be different. All dragons are of different colors and their names begin with the letter ‘D’ – a fun way for young children to learn the letter ‘D’ and colors.
In Book 1, Drystan makes a new friend, Durward, who invites him to visit the Land of the Rainbows. While they are there they have an adventure. Find out what the dragons do to save the day.

My Review

Drystan and his new friend, Durward, are off to have an adventure, but along the way, they stop to help some little birds.  Who doesn’t love dragons!  And they come in different colors!  Drystan is red and Durward is blue.  Find out what happens when the dragons are happy.  Why are they flying to the Land of Rainbows?  This story is about the importance of having friends and helping others.  It is a wonderful tale written in rhyme that will appeal to young children, whether someone reads it to them or able to read themselves.  Janice Spina has clearly remained true to her belief that books for children should be wholesome and teach life lessons.  Her husband, John Spina, beautifully and colorfully illustrated the book. I highly recommend Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 1 Drystan and Durward Save the Day.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and reviewed it without compensation.

About the Author

Janice Spina is an award-winning author with 12 children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (won Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), Lamby the Lonely Lamb (won the Silver Medal from MOM’S Choice Awards), and Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose (won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), and Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, and Colby the Courageous Cat (Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe (Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series (Book 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) is a middle-grade/preteen series and Abby & Holly Series Book1 1, 2, 3 (Books 1 & 2 won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards). Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone (won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and an Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite Awards). Book 2, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, also won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 5 won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Janice’s other books have also been Finalists in Red City Review Book Awards and Authorsdb First Lines Contest.

Her logo is JEMSBOOKS for all ages on which is her motto:
“Reading Gives You Wings To Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks!”

Janice’s and John’s joint goal is: To encourage children of all ages to read and to instill this love of reading in them to carry them throughout their lives and thus giving them ‘wings to fly!’

Author Bio is from Amazon and Goodreads
Book Cover, Author Photo, and Book Blurb are from Amazon

 

CONNECT WITH JANICE SPINA

Blog

Website

Facebook

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PURCHASE BOOK

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