Sunday, December 29, 2019

Seymour Ubell's The Birth Mother': An Interview with the Author and A Review



The Author:
Seymour Ubell
Seymour Ubell is not a professional author. In fact he never went to college. His father died when Seymour was seventeen years old and suddenly had to get a job and help support the family. Seymour was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He has lived in Manhattan for the last 40 + years. He is the chairman of an American packaging company with offices in New York, China and Europe. At eighty-eight, the author’s daily routine includes working out every other day at 7:AM in  a local NYC gym, breakfasts with friends and arrives at his office each day around 10am. By 3pm he heads home to his wife and continues his research and writing. His weekends are spent  enjoying the cultural arts of Manhattan, including the theater the Philharmonic, movies and his family. He is currently writing two more novels. The first, almost complete historical novel about his family business which goes back to early 1880 with his great grandfather in the original family shop in Poland. And continues into 2019 in the USA and the rest of the world.  His other novel is entitled, Second Love. About people who divorce, lose their partners from a health problem, an accident or even suicide...and find a second act in love and togetherness.

An interview with Author Seymour Ubell:

1.    What is your favorite travel spot?

Back to the old neighborhood in Brooklyn

2.    What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you?

Michael Douglas, the actor was sitting next to me at the Philharmonic. As we left the theater, he told me how pleased he was that no one bothered him in New York City…it was a great private visit. I turned to him and sad, “Mike, look up at the balcony, there are two thousand people up there. Do you have any idea as to what they are saying as they see us?”  He replied, “No, I do not.”  I responded, “Each and everyone is saying, Who’s that guy with Seymour Ubell?” He almost fell over with laughter.

3.  What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

My most courageous experience was having a child at the age of 56 years old.

4. What made you write a book about adoption

 It came from an original experience of almost adopting Anglo Asian twins.

5.    There are many books out there about adoption….What makes yours different? What advice would you give budding writers?

I have not read any other BOOKS ON adoption.. A good writer is always writing…even as he or she thinks. All thoughts should be written down…otherwise you will forget the ideas that come to you on a daily and even hourly basis.

6.    Your book is set in China, the USA, and Europe. Have you ever been there?

I have spent 25 years of my life going to China on a monthly basis. And Europe as well

7.  Which was the hardest character to write?

Shan Di’s biological father. It was difficult for me to imagine the feelings of a father selling his daughter. The easiest?The feeling of the adoptive father was the easiest.

8.  If you could put yourself as a character in your book, who would you be?

I am all the characters

9.  If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be?

I would like readers to remember about me, is I do not make up my stories. I write from an actual experience and fictionalize it.












A fiction book that portrays a lot about life's realities and human
The book,
'The Birth Mother'
survival.

There is much in this story that struck me emotionally. The characters in the story have their own intimate experiences that caused them to change and emerge into better versions of themselves. I guess they owe it to their adopted families who understood and supported them as well as influenced them in a positive way.

How painful is it for parents to sell their children for money? I was moved by the anguish of Shan Di's mother and the decision her father has to take in exchange for money needed for her older brother's hospitalization. He had no other choice. He knew that anything can happen to his daughter which he no longer can control nor be there for her when bad things happen. Then, after years of separation from their daughter, they have gradually become estranged. It was a sad fact.

The story too, has a big impact to parents, children, and women especially who belong to poor families who had to go through the same experience of handing over their children to work for strangers because of their dire need for money, or in other cases, for adoption due to lack of it. It gives us an awareness of how these children can suffer and suffer alone.

As the story moves from one family to another, one adoption to another and takes us from China to Europe and America, we get a glimpse of the different cultures that exist between Hi Bo's family and Daryl's family. In the end, the author managed to close the story beautifully through Shan Di, the birth mother, coming to terms with her twins whom she too gave up for adoption many years ago.

A must-read novel that would surely provide striking lessons about life, love and family♥️


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Bianca Schulze's Don't Wake the Dragon: The Most Anticipated Book of 2020



For: Ages 2-6 years old
Publisher: Clever Publishing
Publishing Date: May 19, 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1949998641







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About the Book
Don't Wake the Dragon Picture Book

Written by Bianca Schulze
Illustrated by Samara Hardy

Synopsis:

Shhh! Be very quiet. The rascally dragon is finally asleep. But, when the page turned, the breeze blew the door shut with a BANG! Did it wake up the dragon? Create a fantastic bedtime experience by reading this interactive story featuring a reluctant-to-sleep dragon - a character that children will surely relate! Designed to be read aloud, parents will take pleasure in the playful text as much as children will enjoy hearing it. When the story finally comes to an end, and the gentle lullaby is repeated, the dragon - and your child! - are encouraged to drift off to sleep.

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THE AUTHOR

The Author:
Bianca Schulze

Bianca Schulze is the founder and editor of The Children's Books Review - a resource devoted to children's literature and literacy. Bianca is also the bestselling author of 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, an Amazon "Book of the Month" in 2016. She is a reader, reviewer, mother, and children's book lover. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Bianca now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Lian Sommer's Cats vs AiPets Blog Tour


Digital gadgets have taken up most of our day to day activities especially our children.

Cats vs AiPets book on tour today on my blog in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Lian Sommer. A book that would help teach kids to balance their digital activities from real-life experiences.

Our GIVEAWAY♥️

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Six (6) winners receive:
๐Ÿ‘‰A copy of Cats vs. Ai Pets
Giveaway begins December 16, 2019, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends January 16, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
(Open to legal international residents and legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are thirteen years of age or older in their state or territory of residence at time of entry.)
About The Book

Cats vs. Ai Pets

Written by Lian Sommer
Publisher’s Synopsis:
Anna is a normal girl living in 2087. She loves to play, she loves to learn, and she loves her Ai Pet, Ron. The only problem is that she loves the digital world, above all. Until one day, her parents surprise her with Celine, a real-life cat.

Follow Anna’s journey as she discovers how to balance her modern digital life with real-life experiences and learns to enjoy the moment and be present.

Ages 4+ | Salinya Uhde | 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-6164977082
Available Here: https://amzn.to/362Kl9C

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
Born in Gรถttingen, Germany, Lian Sommer remembers spending a lot of his childhood outside, discovering the parks, streets, and playgrounds of the small city in which he resided. Raised as a free thinker, his parents sent him to schools that encouraged that. He loved the late 90s. Although he played many video games, he never lost touch with real life the way he did in recent years.
After graduating from communication design studies, he ended up working in a tech startup in Lisbon, Portugal. This took its toll as he looked more at screens than at people’s faces. It felt unnatural, so he quit and made this book. A book that should act as a reminder to you and your kids to find the right balance between having real experiences and the endless stream of distraction that technology offers.
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Friday, December 6, 2019

My Friend Moose'r McDan Tour: An interview with Sky Danley


My Friend Moose'r McDan stopping today on my blog in partnership with The Children's Book Review and Sky Danley Productions.

Written by Sky Danley
Illustrated by Alli Coate
Publisher’s Synopsis: An aggressive hunter bear meets a gentle moose who is looking for a new friend. The moose is so friendly that the bear decides to drop his gun and stop hunting altogether. Instead, the bear learns that it’s more fun to just hang out with a new friend, playing games and enjoying nature. However, after the fall colors change, it’s time for the bear to go back home. The gentle moose is sad because he lost his play friend, so he is again looking for a new one. He invites whoever is reading the book to become his new friend.
Ages 5-6 | Publisher: Sky Danley Productions | October 8, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-0997345100
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An Interview with the Author, Sky Danley

1. What inspired you to write the book My Friend Moose'r
The Author: Michael 'Sky' Danley
McDan?
Seeing all the violence in the world, all the aggression, all the pain it causes and imagining that there's a better way. I was inspired mostly by the concept of pacifism, similar to the ideology of John Lennon's song. Such as, imagine a world with no violence. How would you get there? It would have to involve the concept of friendship, the innate brotherhood of man.

2. What message does it have for children who have read the book?
The message is straightforward: that friendship is more fun than aggression. Deep down, children want to have fun, they are programmed to play, and I firmly believe they will choose fun over aggression if given a choice.

3. Do you prefer writing children's books, and why?
Yes, for two reasons. First, children are very visual, and I admire the art of visuals. Second, children are very imaginative, and I absolutely love the concept of imagination because you can't change the world if you can't first imagine it, and I'd like to change the world, make it better.
I should note that in this endeavor, I try very hard to make my stories childlike, not childish, but childlike, which involves visual imagination.


4. Were there inspirations why you chose animal characters for your books?
I was living in rural Maine at the time, and there were many moose and bear in the adjoining woods. Additionally, it's based on a real-life conflict between an aggressive Russian Bear Bomber and the American Moose Jet it met.


5. What message do you have for parents or teachers who intend to encourage children to read?
I think you should make reading fun by allowing the child to be a child. As adults, we tend to want children to sit down and focus on the task until it's done, but a child's mind, the child's imagination, is programmed to wander. I say let it wander, which makes the task more fun, which encourages more reading. As a general rule, the more you do of something, the better you get.


You can follow the author on his official links:




Guess what, we also have a GIVEAWAY just for you
Enter for a chance to win a copy of My Friend Moose’r McDan and a plush moose!

Click on the link to this giveaway page๐Ÿ‘‡

Three (3) grand prize winners receive:
๐Ÿ‘‰A copy of My Friend Moose’r McDan
๐Ÿ‘‰A plush moose
Giveaway begins December 6, 2019, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends January 6, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Brit Lunden’s Holidays are for Grown-Ups Too Blog Tour

Bulwark books by Brit Lunden♥️

In partnership with The Children's Book Review and sponsored by Carole P. Roman, we're giving away this Bulwark Anthology.

Enter for a chance to win a set of Brit Lunden’s Bulwark books, as well as a $100 gift card!
One(1) grand prize winner receives:
๐Ÿ‘‰An autographed copy of Bulwark: A Paranormal Thriller
๐Ÿ‘‰An autographed copy of The Knowing: A Bulwark Anthology
๐Ÿ‘‰An autographed copy of The Devil and Dayna Dalton
๐Ÿ‘‰A $100 Amazon gift card
Three (3) winners receive:
๐Ÿ‘‰An autographed copy of Bulwark: A Paranormal Thriller
๐Ÿ‘‰An autographed copy of The Knowing: A Bulwark Anthology
๐Ÿ‘‰An autographed copy of The Devil and Dayna Dalton
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*Giveaway begins December 6, 2019, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends January 6, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
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About The Books
Publisher’s Synopsis:
Clay Finnes is the
sheriff of a small town in Georgia called Bulwark. Recently separated from his wife, all he can think about is what went wrong, and will Jenna ever come back to him. He’s troubled by a bothersome reporter trying to build a story from what he thinks is a normal day in his life. Clay has to admit that the fantastical stories, told by an accident victim as well as unusual sightings of wolves, things are getting a bit strange. A visit to the ominous Gingerbread House makes him realize that his life as he knows it will never be the same.
Ages 18+ | Publisher: Chelshire, Inc. | January 12, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1947188914
Publisher’s Synopsis:
Bulwark- a wall or
stockade that protects or sometimes hides the truth from the outside world. Bulwark, Georgia, isolated, hidden. Who knows what strange things can happen when the rest of the world can’t see you? JB Stratton is alone in the world, and all he has left are the memories of his beloved Ellie. Dirt poor JB and wealthy Ellie feel an instant connection that is as intense and primal as the blood-red earth of their home. Unseen roots connect them, pulling them into an impossible relationship. Will the memories of past lives help or hinder the path of their love? Based on the original novella Bulwark, by Brit Lunden, The Knowing continues the story of a town isolated from the rest of the world where the impossible becomes plausible, and logic is determined by reality.
“The Knowing: A Bulwark Anthology: Volume 1 is a fast read that will certainly creep into your heart (filling it with both sadness and happiness) and leave you pondering the greater meaning of the story.” — The Children’s Book Review
Ages 17+ | Publisher: Chelshire | March 13, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1947188990
Publisher’s Synopsis:
Reporter Dana Dalton’s reputation has been
ruined since birth. The daughter of wild child, Becky Dalton, is expected to follow her mother’s footsteps; never given a chance to prove she’s different. Dana’s been in love with Clay Finnes since she was a teenager. Her unrequited love for Sheriff Finnes leaves her empty. He’s happily married and unavailable. Instead, Dayna finds herself stuck in the revolving door of bad relationships. But this is Bulwark, Georgia, a town where strange things are always happening. Dana is doomed to this loveless life until she can find someone who will appreciate the depth of her character. Can she overcome her fears and look beyond her own perceptions to accept a greater love? *Contains Sexual Content*
Ages 18+ | Publisher: Chelshire | September 30, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1950080021

THE AUTHOR 
Brit Lunden is also known as prolific children’s author, Carole P. Roman. She has published over fifty books. Whether it’s pirates, princesses, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children. She hosts two blog radio programs and is one of the founders of a new magazine, Indie Author’s Monthly. She’s been interviewed twice by Forbes Magazine. Carole has co-authored a self-help book, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. Bulwark is her first book of adult fiction.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

History Books by Carole P. Roman Giveaway Tour


Make learning about history interesting with these history books for children!
Have a Blast with the Past  blog tour in partnership with The Children's Book Review and Carole P. Roman.


GIVEAWAY
Enter for a chance to win the Carole P. Roman ‘Introduction to Civilizations Around the World’ prize pack—includes a $100 gift card!

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One (1) grand prize winner receives:
  • An autographed set of the If You Were Me and Lived…Introduction to Civilizations Around the World series (10 Books)
  • A $100 Amazon gift card
Three (3) winners receive:
  • An autographed set of the If You Were Me and Lived…Introduction to Civilizations Around the World series (10 Books)
Giveaway begins December 2, 2019, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends January 2 2019, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
ABOUT THE BOOKS


In Carole P. Roman’s award-winning If You Were Me and Lived in … An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time series, she delivers educational pieces that allow readers to imagine themselves in the book and time period. Her background as a social studies teacher has provided her with a knack for making the educational aspect of these books delightfully digestible. Each book is always filled with colorful illustrations that bring extra insight to propel the reader along with a visual journey. With each book, readers learn about things like dwellings, lifestyles, food and diet, what people wore, and the occupations and interests that people partook in.
In each of the books, it is typical of Roman to ask questions of the reader to encourage an examination between the historical period and our current times, creating deeper thinkers and heightening the learning experience. The end pages include a list and brief biography of famous people, and a glossary of foreign words.
Ideal for children ages 7 and older, each of these books will help inspire global citizens and young history buffs. Carole P. Roman’s love of history shines through on every page and every book in this series. Where to next? Wherever it is, readers everywhere will be looking forward to traveling there.
Books in the Series:
Ages 7+ | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Available Here: https://amzn.to/2EFz6ut

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
Carole P. Roman is the award winning author of the nonfiction series of children’s books, If You Were Me and Lived in … . The first title in the collection, If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico, won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Nonfiction in 2012. If You Were Me and Lived in…Russia and If You Were Me and Lived in…France were finalists in the Indie Fab Foreword Review Book of the Year. Norway and South Korea have also been named as Book of the Year with Rebecca’s Reads and Children’s Reader’s View Book of the Year. Roman has also found success with her Captain No Beard children’s books. Her debut, Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life, was named a Kirkus Best of 2012, received a Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award in 2012. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and very near her children.

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Born Slippy by Tom Lutz: A Review

Title :  Born Slippy: A Novel Author : Tom Lutz Genre : noir, thriller Publish date : January 14, 2020 Publisher : Repeater/Peng...