Welcome, Barbara Becker Holstein!

91cw+RmKDJL._SL1500_A warm welcome to fellow author, Barbara Becker Holstein! We’re here celebrating her tween book, The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween!  The title alone invites interest!

If you’re intrigued – like I am – here’s the blurb:

“I hate Angela and I wish she would move away tomorrow!”

“I get so worried when I hear my parents fighting at night.”

“My mother thinks my crush is silly. I know I am in love!”

“I have so many questions about growing up. Who will answer them?”

“I feel so awful when Jake makes fun of me.”

“When I grow up I going to remember how to have fun with my kids and never look away.”

Growing up is tough. Adults don’t always understand you (even though they were once kids), and children today face increasing pressure to be, look, or act a certain way. Written in the voice of a girl on the cusp of becoming a teenager, The Truth provides young girls with an opportunity to see how a girl, who is in many ways like themselves, handles her toughest problems and most personal thoughts. Each new page brings forth a discussion to help girls handle everyday problems: How do you survive a bully? How do you handle a crush on a boy?

What can you do about relentless teasing by your peers? What really matters as you grow older? In a positive and supportive diary-entry format, Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein encourages tween girls to carry the most precious parts of themselves into adulthood. A great book for mothers and daughters to read together, The Truth is aimed to improve communication, understanding, and self-esteem for young girls as they enter the rocky road of teenager-dom.

And some fun news:

Barbara will be awarding $20 Amazon or B/N Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. (Enter near the end of this post!)

Here’s an excerpt for you to enjoy:

Date: July 7

Dear Diary:

I feel so lonely. I can’t believe my parents made us move. Don’t they understand how awful it is for me? I don’t have anyone to share secrets with. I talk to Angela on the phone, but it isn’t the same. Sometimes when I’m on the phone with her I get the feeling that she is on her computer at the same time or maybe just thinking about other stuff. I don’t feel that closeness with her anymore. I want to feel it, but I don’t know how. I’m afraid to ask her if she is playing a game on the computer or chatting on Facebook at the same time as she’s on the phone with me.

The only good thing that happened is I asked Angela if she wants to send selfies back and forth to each other. My phone is old and I don’t have FaceTime, but I can still take pictures and send them to her. She loved the idea, so I spent hours yesterday sending her pictures of me in different rooms in my house and in the backyard, too. It was a lot of fun. I dressed up as if I was putting on a play and each room was a new scene. I wore a velvet scarf and one of my mom’s fancy hats and put on an old long petticoat I used to dress up in as a kid and then I went outside and stood on the swing that is hanging from a tree. It was hard to keep the swing still enough to get a good Selfie, but finally I did, and I sent it to Angela. She sent back a selfie of herself dressed up like a Flapper girl from the 1920s, posing with a long stick as if it was a cigarette in a holder. We laughed and laughed on the phone, and it was the best I have felt since we moved. The best part was that if felt like we were together again even though we are apart!

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Here’s where you enter the drawing!! (I love it when my readers WIN!) 

Enter to win a $20 Amazon/BN GC

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I have been a positive psychologist in private practice for the past thirty years. In the course of working with my clients, I originated the idea of THE ENCHANTED SELF(R), a positive psychology therapy where I teach people how to recognize and utilize their strengths, talents, skills and even lost potential. I have developed a number of methods, including using our memories to rediscover what is right about ourselves and our lives, rather than what went wrong, helping people to overcome adversity, experience positive emotions and live the good life!

Since developing this concept, I’ve been able to use many tools to bring the Enchanted Self to everyone, particularly women and girls. I’ve written many books, starting with THE ENCHANTED SELF, A Positive Therapy, and then Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU! My books for girls are very popular, as they are great fictional reads and also help deal with many of the questions that trouble kids as they move into the tween and teen years. The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween and Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen are the first two books in this series.

I really love to teach and educate about happiness and how to benefit from positive psychology in ways that let us lead lives of meaning and happiness. You can find me all over the place on the web. In particular, www.enchantedself.com, www.thetruthforgirls.com, on Facebook at Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein: Psychologist & Author, and on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/barbarabeckerho/ and on You Tube. Just look for me on You Tube via Barbara Becker Holstein.

Order Barbara’s book by clicking on the image above or by clicking here!

I’d love to hear from you! Do you have any ‘tweens in your life?

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

P.S. If you have little ones, why not snuggle up together and read Scaredy Cat?  🙂

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Random Acts of Kindness Day

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Greetings, Friends!  Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day!

I have to confess that I didn’t even know there was a dedicated day for random acts of kindness. My mind is whirling now with possibilities of what I can do today to surprise and hopefully delight some of the people in my life.

To help all of us get in the mood, here are a few quotes on kindness:

  • Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain
  • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~Aesop
  • Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. ~Scott Adams
  • Kind words and actions can seem so small, but their effects are truly endless. ~ Author Unknown

I learned that The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness. 

This special day originated in New Zealand, where it is celebrated on September 1st. It is recognized by others on various days throughout the year; however, doing random acts of kindness is something that can be done everyday of the year.

May you have an amazing day of kindness today! Thank you for being the wonderful people that you are! I’m sending happy, kind thoughts your way! I am grateful for you!

Let me know what you decide to do today or how kindness has affected your life! I love hearing from you!

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

P.S. Tiff sure could have used some kindness in The Return. Nothing was turning out the way she’d hoped.

 

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Welcome, Nancy Pennick!

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Greetings, Friends! I’d like to give a warm welcome today to fellow author, Nancy Pennick! She has written a new YA historical romance, Broken Dreams. So, for those of you who love romance and history, this one’s for you! Nancy is offering an Amazon or BN gift card of $20 to a lucky reader! You can enter below. (I love it when my readers get the prize!)

Here is the blurb for Nancy’s story:

Two friends…
Blood sisters till the end…
Until they’re not.
     One cold night in a boarding school dorm, two fourteen-year-old girls make a blood sister pact. Friends forever. As young schoolgirls, they’re determined to find true love, learning the hits and misses along the way. As graduation nears, the girls have different outlooks for the future. Lucinda longs for adventure. Anna chooses city life and marriage. Finding their way back together, the girls head west for an experience of a lifetime until a handsome cowboy bursts into their lives, changing the course of their friendship forever.

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 And here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite!

Anna tentatively put the other foot on the ice. “I’m doing it!” She grinned widely for a second until her body slipped out from under her.

“Anna!” Lucinda grabbed for her, but it was too late. Anna lay a few feet away from the boy who still struggled to get on his feet.

“Come on.” Lucinda seized Anna by one arm and the boy by the other and marched them to a bench. “Watch and learn.” She daintily walked away on her skates and slipped slowly back onto the ice. She caught up with her sister. Arm in arm they disappeared into the crowd.

“Hello, I don’t think we formally met.” The young man stuck out his hand. “James Trent.”

“Anna. Anna Douglass.” She shook his gloved hand. He had a nice smile, auburn hair and golden brown eyes. A few freckles were sprinkled across his nose.

James smoothed his hair back and replaced the cap he probably lost during the fall. “I’m a sophomore over at Lake Forest.”

“This is my first year at Ferry.” Anna gazed down at the snowy ground, suddenly nervous.

“First time on skates?” He laughed and snorted at the same time.

Anna relaxed and looked him in the eye. She saw a faint redness creep up his neck and knew he was embarrassed. “You couldn’t tell?” She giggled, hoping he noticed she forgave the snort.“Well, I’m not giving up. I hope you won’t either. What I mean is I hope I see you here again.”

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A little bit about Nancy:

Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Nancy currently resides in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and son, plus a delightfully entertaining lovebird. Her writing is influenced by all the years of working with young people as a teacher and raising her own son. When not writing, Nancy loves to travel with her husband and enjoys a good cup of tea. Broken Dreams is a stand alone companion piece to her young adult Waiting for Dusk series.

BUY LINK:  Publisher- Fire and Ice

Links to Nancy:

Twitter

Facebook Fan page

WordPress blog

Amazon Author Page

Goodreads

Links to other books:

Waiting for Dusk

Call of the Canyon

Stealing Time

FREE short story:

Taking Chances: A Waiting for Dusk Story

Remember to enter the drawing for an Amazon/BN gift card! Enter to win a $20

That’s it for today, friends! Feel free to leave a comment – I love to hear from you.

And as always, thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

P.S. If you want to escape to the ocean, try this: Cornered

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He’s TOO Cute!!

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Hello Friends! Last night we had a Christmas Cookie Decorating Party with the grandkids! FUN times! My youngest grandson had just learned the Lord’s Prayer, and he was eager to show off his skills!

Forgive my bragging, but I think he’s the cutest two-year-old ever!

Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas!

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

P.S. If you need a last-minute gift, books are the best! 

 

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Go Ahead, Take that Hour!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, Friends!

Amidst the holiday bustle, why not give yourself a short 99 cent break! You deserve it!

Grab a copy of Seeking Christmas and take a short adventure across the state line with Tiffany. Is she in for another devastating disappointment? Or can Christmas really be merry, like everyone says?

For less than one dollar, you can find out! Grab it today, put your feet up, and pamper yourself with a fun escape.

Like I said, you deserve it!  🙂

Happy Holidays!

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

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I’m Grateful for You!

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My warmest wishes to all of my friends in the United States for a lovely Thanksgiving Day! May your day be overflowing with gratitude and blessings and special moments with your loved ones.

I am so grateful for your friendship, your support, and your wonderfulness! (Pretty sure that’s not a word, but it’s true!) Please know that you are appreciated no matter where you live!

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

P.S. Here are three major reasons for my gratitude today (and always)!  My beautiful grandkids!

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Welcome, Angella Graff!

Friends, please help me extend a warm welcome to fellow author Angella Graff! Today, we’re celebrating the release of her middle grade book, Alexandra Fry, Private Eye. (Now, doesn’t that title intrigue?)

Be sure to enter the Angella’s Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a $10 Amazon/BN gift card. I love it when my readers win!  🙂

Here’s the blurb for Angella’s new book:

Now an 8th grader and the senior of Sage Brush Middle School, Alexandra Fry is looking forward to having a nice, calm, mystery-free year. But her hopes are dashed when she’s visited by none other than the famous boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamun who has a very special request: to find the carved jade crocodile that once belonged to the mummy of his unborn child. With a fight brewing between Alexandra and her two best friends, Penelope and Jack, this case won’t be as easy as it seems.

New friends, a first crush, and a new threat from the spirit world, Alexandra must use everything she’s learned to uncover the mysteries in this case. Who is the bad guy this time? Who can she trust? And above all, what is the Shadow Man?

It’s up to Alexandra, her friends, and possible new allies to save the day in the thrilling new tale of Alexandra Fry, Private Eye.

And now to enjoy an excerpt:

“No!” I said, feeling angry now. “I mean, I don’t agree with them keeping it from you. I was really upset when I found out and I told your mom I didn’t want to do it, but she begged me. But Penelope, I like your mom, and so does my dad. They make each other happy, and I thought you could be happy for them.”

“I can’t even believe I’m hearing this. How can you take their side over mine!”

“Maybe because you’re being totally unreasonable!” I was frustrated and the words slipped out before I even realized I’d said them. I instantly regretted it.

Going pale, Penelope narrowed her eyes and took three steps back. “Maybe I am,” she said, her voice low and furious. “And maybe you and I aren’t friends anymore.” She stormed toward the door, but before she opened it, she turned back to me. “And maybe don’t expect me to save your stupid butt again next time some crazy person tries to kill you. It’s no wonder Jack’s using you for adventure. It’s all you’re good for.” With that, she went in, slamming the door behind her.

Her last words hit me like a blow to the gut. Tears instantly sprang into my eyes and I sat down right in the middle of the grass. How did it get so messed up? For the first time in my life, I’d had friends, friends who knew my secrets and accepted me for them. Friends who cared, who were there for me. Then one small mistake and everything fell apart.

Here’s a bit about the Angella: Angella Graff was born and raised in the desert city of Tucson, Arizona. She married and became a mother very young, and after getting started with her family, began her University studies where she found her passion for creative writing, history and theology.

She now resides in Tucson with her husband Joshua, three children, Christian, Isabella and Adia, and their three cats and three dogs.

Links to stay in touch with Angella:

angellagraffbooks.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/AngellaGraffAuthor

@pantsarefancy

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Angella-Graff/e/B009GLDA9C

And here’s where you can buy her book!

Buy the book at Amazon

Now to enter the giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friends, I hope you enjoyed hearing about Angella’s book and will want to grab it for yourself and your middle graders.

How is everyone doing this getting-colder-by-the-minute November? I actually dragged out my winter coat yesterday, and boy, did it feel good. Ha! Have a lovely week, everyone.

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

P.S. Looking for a fun Thanksgiving book for your little ones? Here’s one you’ll like:  (Click on the cover!)

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