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Here’s a review of one of Wanda’s most awesome books, A Turtle’s Magical Adventure…
5.0 out of 5 stars Rooted in Tried-and-True Children’s Lit Choices
By Carolyn Howard-Johnson VINE VOICE on March 5, 2017
What more could a parent want in a read-aloud book for children in an age range (guessing here!) anywhere from two to eight? This little turtle adventure is an introduction to chapter books and it has plenty of symbolism and metaphors for parents to discuss with their tots. It is a mix of fantasy and nature and incorporates a bit of Norwegian troll influence and wizardry from the Gawain era of English lit. That makes it a nice introduction to more advanced classic stories found on the bookshelves of any good library.
Just so I don’t mislead, eight-year old’s may be able to read “A Turtle’s Magical Adventure” on their own.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
Wanda Luthman has her M.A. in Mental Health and Guidance Counseling and has worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Adjunct Professor, and Hospice Counselor for teens. She’s currently a High School Guidance Counselor. She has published 4 children’s books (The Lilac Princess, A Turtle’s Magical Adventure, Gloria and the Unicorn, and Little Birdie Grows Up). She belongs to the National Pen Women Organization; the Florida’s Writers Association; Space Coast Authors; and Brevard Authors Forum. She resides in Brevard County, Florida with her husband and 2 dogs. To download a free ebook, visit her website www.wandaluthmanwordpress.com
The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: A Daughter’s Memoir
by Mary Hiland / C 2017
E-book: $3.99 / Paperback: $11.95 (209 pages)
Available from Amazon, Smashwords, and multiple other online sellers.
As a blind only child, the author enjoyed the single-minded love and devotion of her parents. So when her mother, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, was going blind and deaf and needed to move into assisted living, it was time for Ms. Hiland to assume the duties and role reversals required for her mother. She wrote her book with the hope of being helpful to others in this tough place in life.
Just one of the many glowing review quotes that accompany the book: “Most of us have faced, or will face, the problems of dealing with an aging parent, but Mary Hiland did it blind. Her book The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living captures the frustration, rewards, and incredible complications of the ordeal with feeling and humor. I was impressed that Mary handled it so well—and thankful that she tells us about it so vividly!”—Daniel Boyd, author of ’Nada and Easy Death
For a longer synopsis, author’s bio and photo, cover photo, text preview, full review quotes, and buying links, please go to: http://www.dldbooks.com/maryhiland/
Across Two Novembers: A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile
by David L. Faucheux / C 2017 / 510 pages
In e-book ($4.99) and print ($19.95) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.
What the book is about:
Friends and family. Restaurants and recipes. Hobbies and history. TV programs the author loved when he could still see and music he enjoys. The schools he attended and the two degrees he attained. The career that eluded him and the physical problems that challenge him. And books, books, books: over 230 of them quoted from or reviewed. All in all, an astonishing work of erudition and remembrance.
More details, cover photo, 10% text preview, author bio, review quotes, and more: http://www.dldbooks.com/davidfaucheux/
A Happy Reader Review!
From the very beginning of Faucheux’s book, with its touching dedication to the author’s guide dog, Nader, who once “helped chase away some of life’s aloneness,” to the very end of this one−year journal, readers will find their emotions stretched and eyes opened to what life is like for a person without sight. Superbly written, Faucheux’s account details the daily ups and downs he faces as a blind man with honesty, insight—and oftentimes, a delightful dose of humor.
I felt his frustration waiting for the Paratransit van to arrive, understood his fear of being stranded, and empathized with the instances where he found himself alone or disoriented. All is not grim, however—not by a long shot. Faucheux loves getting together with his family and friends, enjoys lectures like the ones on Henry VIII at the library, and is always game to try a new hobby or craft that can occupy his hands while listening to a book or podcast.
Throughout his journal, Faucheux also delights readers with a stream of trivia and colorful commentary on his favorite meals, often those from a popular local Thai restaurant, or the Cajun dishes, like cracker custard and pralines, made by his grandmother, or those cooked by a blind neighbor, including her cabbage casserole and corn maque choux, which Faucheux instructs is pronounced “mock shoe.”
Despite enormous challenges, Faucheux has conquered technology on many fronts, and his many book reviews, included in the book, are full of brightly written and insightful comments. The quotes he sprinkles throughout his journal are stellar, including this one from Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives, by Dan Millman: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Thank you, David Faucheux, for your spirit and tenacity, your lovely writing, and this inspiring journal.
Priscilla Cummings, author of 23 children’s books, including the young adult novels Blindsided, A Face First, and the Red Kayak series.
The Misadventures of Mistletoe Mouse
by Susan Bourrie
In print ($7.95) and e-book ($3.99) from Amazon, Smashwords, and other online sellers.
For Pre-K through 4th Grade—and children of all ages.
About the book:
After Mistletoe Mouse befriends a doll that has been left behind in Santa’s workshop on Christmas Day, he experiences a year of adventures and misadventures. With the help of Molly Dolly and an express reindeer, he works to make terrible Christmases terrific. Together, they tackle every challenge with energy and imagination.
About the author:
Susan Bourrie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is a certified teacher/librarian who taught children’s literature, reading, and writing courses at several universities in Michigan.
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Breaking it Down-and Connecting the Dots: Creating Common Ground Where Contention Rules
In this book of compact essays, Peter Altschul, MS, explores topics ranging from psychology, sports, and diversity to family life, politics, and Christianity. Peruse this book, and you’ll find personal stories, political analysis, and satire. You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll think. You might find connections you’ve never seen before and common ground where you think none is possible. And perhaps you’ll be influenced to behave a little differently in order to make things a little – or a lot – better.
Peter Altschul, MS, assists groups and organizations to become better at influencing people, resolving conflicts, managing diversity, and planning for the future. A published author and composer, he lives with his guide dog, Heath, in Columbia, Missouri.
Information and review from Peter’s first book…
Altschul, Peter. Reading time: 6 hours, 50 minutes.
Read by Jack Fox. Disability
Autobiography of blind musician, composer, and social worker Altschul. Describes his youth in New York state, education at Princeton University and the New England Conservatory, and career and marriage. Also discusses his experience obtaining dogs through the Guiding Eyes for the Blind. 2012.
Breaking Barriers by Peter Altschul – Reviewed by Patty Fletcher
Happy didn’t quite qualify me. I downloaded, and read the entire thing in a day and half. It was wonderfully spectacular!
Reading about Peter, and learning all about his life, was a treasure.
When you read someone’s book, especially if it is one they’ve written of themselves, you really get a look inside, and get to see what makes them tick. Turned out, some of what I thought of Peter, wasn’t quite on the mark, and once I read him, I understood him some better.
As I finished his work, and filed it away, I wondered, “So, when he read my book, Campbell’s Rambles: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life, did he understand me any better?”
I like to think that is the case. Here, in the case of Peter’s book, I have to say, I understood him way lots, and to the good.
I enjoyed learning of his hit and miss romance, job search etc. It made me feel better to see that someone who seemed to always have it together, and was so very smart, could have troubles and trials, like the rest. I loved also, reading of his attending a convention, and how he dealt with things.
I enjoyed the descriptions of his Guide Dog experience. I enjoyed learning the similarities, and differences we have as Guide Dog handlers. That’s just how I am. Some people like to compare cars, I like to compare dogs. Why not? That’s what I drive… 4-On-the-Floor, and slick for sure!
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This review was recently published in the ‘Indie Publishing News Magazine’
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DOZEN: The Best of Breath and Shadow
Edited by Chris Kuell / C 2017 / 365 pages
In e-book and paperback on Amazon and other selling sites.
From the back cover:
Breath and Shadow is a literary journal of disability culture, written and edited exclusively by people with disabilities.
In this collection, editor Chris Kuell presents the best writing from the magazine’s first 12 years. This collection of our best essays, poems, and short stories shines a light on the many gifts, ideas, and voices of writers who are disabled and removes many of the hurdles faced in mainstream publications.
100% of the proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go back to Breath and Shadow, allowing us to increase contributor payments and reach a wider and more diverse audience.
To learn more, visit us at: www.abilitymaine.org/breathh
Brief portraits of the Halperts’ Books
Abracadabra Moonshine, Stephen Halpert’s first short story collection is an opportunity for the reader to enjoy his unique, original imagination and the characters and situations that evolve from it. His chief intention is to tickle the funnybone and shiver the spine of readers everywhere. Most of the stories are short and quick to read, each one a unique jewel in a sparkling collection. Readers report that they find them entertaining and original, and in some respects reminiscent of the old Twilight Zone TV series.
Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life by Tasha Halpert is a book to inspire comfort and Joy. It combines poetry, essays and simple spiritual exercises to present a positive way of looking at and coping with everyday life. Tasha Halpert uses examples from her own life to illuminate a positive way for others to see theirs. Her poetry, one poem for each short essay, reflects her poetic view of life and all that goes into making it joyous. The exercises that accompany each chapter can be helpful in creating more positive feelings for the reader.
To purchase copies, send $17. to cover postage and handling to Tasha Halpert, PO Box 171, North Grafton, MA 01536 and if you wish an autographed copy please let us know to whom to dedicate it. Copies are also available on Amazon, Tasha’s book is available for kindle as well, and on order from Barnes and Noble.
by Shelley McMullen / C 2016
In e-book and paperback from Amazon and other online sellers.
November 1996 through May 2000 was a very dark time for the author. This book details her challenges, the people involved, and their lasting effects. In hindsight, the author sees herself as having been driven by determination and pride, rather than allowing herself to be guided by God. Now she can see that those years helped her to change and grow, to learn anew how to trust in and go with God.
Full details: http://www.dvorkin.com/smcmullen/
My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds by Abbie Johnson Taylor / C 2016
For sale in e-book ($3.99) and print ($11.95) on Amazon, Smashwords, and other buying sites.
In September of 2005, Abbie Johnson married Bill Taylor, who was blind and 19 years her senior. Three months later, Bill suffered the first of two strokes that paralyzed his left side and confined him to a wheelchair. In My Ideal Partner, Abbie Johnson Taylor, once a registered music therapist, uses prose and poetry to tell the story of how she met and married her husband, then cared for him for six years despite her own visual impairment. After she made the painful decision to move him to a nursing home in September of 2012, he seemed to give up on life and passed away a month later.
About the author:
Abbie Johnson Taylor lives in Sheridan, Wyoming, where she writes full time. She holds a BA degree in music performance and worked for 15 years in a nursing home as an activities assistant. This is her fourth published book. Her others are a romance novel and two books of poetry. Her work has appeared in Serendipity Poets Journal, Emerging Voices, and Magnets and Ladders. For details, please visit her website: http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com
By Claire Plaisted
Meet the Characters who will keep the human world safe from the Shadow Realm.
They thought they were human…and though their DNA was similar and they each had human ancestry their lives were about to change…so you could live.
Farron – Bul’ith – British living in America
Praxel – Bul’ith – American with Egyptian Ancestry
Briar – Bul’ith – American
Ruben – Human American with European heritage
Fleur – Bul’ith – French Canadian
Mitsuoshi – Bul’ith – Japanese heritage
Maxwell – Bul’ith – New Zealander with British & Maori Blood
Bunita – Bul’ith – Indian
Meet their Trainers and the Animals they will be matched with.
Qwain and the Wolf
Quawn and the Falcon
Ngaire and the Cheetah
Avron and the Black Bear
Avrain and the Anaconda
Nikau and the Komodo Dragon
Kendrall and overall leader and the Wild Boar
Meet the Shadow Master and be careful of his minions…They are daring and act quicker than most can move. Their claws could grab your ankles at any moment and suck your soul
The Shadow Realm had found a gap in space and time, a place where they could observe the Human world before they claimed it as their own.
Farron is one of six, chosen to embark of an epic adventure against the Shadow King and his evil Realm; but how can six Humans fight against the perils of the Shadows of Death?
Because they’re not really Human…
First born sons and daughters of the Bul’ith, Farron and the others must accept the truth and the animal energies they inherit, heed the words of their trainers and defeat the Realm of the Shadow King.
if they ever wish to restore their world
Claire Plaisted lives in Rotorua, New Zealand with her family. Rotorua is one of the main tourist stops for a cultural Maori experience with lots of things to do, be it walking, cycling, museums, spa days etc.
Claire is an Multi Genre Indie Author, with side lines in genealogy where she researches and formats family history books for clients. Claire also developed a business to help Indie Authors self-publish, assisting over thirty clients so far
Claire has published twenty-six books. Two are short stories, six are part of a series which is called ‘Garrett Investigation Bureau.’ She has one adult fantasy, one children’s mythical story. Along with six contemporary romance novellas under her pen name ‘Beth Bayley.’ Claire has a children’s book series called Girlie Adventures. The first three are now available. ‘Girlie and the War of the Wasps,’ ‘Girlie and the Quest for Pedi’s Family and ‘Girlie’s Circus Adventure. They are adventure story for children from four years upwards. Each one sold gives 40% to a charity. The first book is, in essence about healthy eating and the book will help raise funds for ‘Chasing a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes.’
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Review By Patty L. Fletcher
If you like a fantasy book with a fast-paced action-packed suspenseful tale, this book is for you.
Enchantments grabbed my attention from sentence one, and it did not let me go until the end.
I’d started the book earlier in the month, as a beta reader, and was side-tracked by circumstance beyond my control, so when I picked it back up just a day or so ago, I began again at the beginning.
I sat down in my favorite chair, and began to read. I was immediately pulled into the story, and I did not put it down until the very last words had been read.
The hint of romance, gave this most awesome book a sweetness, and charm, that, only served to make the whole thing more desirable.
The ending will leave you yelling for more, and I understand from the author, that there is, most assuredly more to come sometime in the future.
I was given a copy of this book, for the purpose of a review, and I’m certainly a fortunate soul for having been picked to read this most magnificent story.
The character development is spot-on, and even though this is a quick read, it only took a moment for me to become completely involved in each and every one of their lives.
The concept of animals giving energy to beings to help them fight the Shadow Realm was brilliant, and I found myself wishing that there were truly such beings as are described here, in our world.
To me, the Shadow Realm, represented evil, beings that would, if allowed, destroy the very fabric of society as the inhabitants of earth know it, and so the possibility of the Bul’ith sounded pretty awesome to me.
I cannot say enough about this book, and I’m not at all doing it justice. My suggestion? Buy this book today! You will not at all regret it if you do.
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