Journey of 200 is an adventure thriller with some dark themes. What were some driving ideals behind Guillaume’s character’s development?
The people who were on his side, like his sisters, or friends. They treated him well. His enemies impacted his character, by abuse and mistreatment. New events also changed his character.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
The important themes were companionship and hope. It was hope that drove Guillaume on this journey, along with companionship that helped Guillaume succeed.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
Currently I’m not writing a second book, until this book succeeds.
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You Belong Too follows a young girl as she navigates being the new kid in school. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
The inspiration for the set up to this story was to teach children the importance of including others and accepting one another despite differences.
The art in this engaging picture book is fantastic. What was the art collaboration process like with Carrisa Harris?
The art collaboration process with my illustrator, Carissa Harris, was phenomenal. She is extremely talented. We worked well together as a team and she was very open to and patient with all of my suggestions, changes or additions I wanted.
What made you decide to write a children’s book on empathy and kindness?
I decided to write a children’s book on empathy and kindness because I believe these qualities will empower todays children to become impactful leaders and changemakers of the future. As well, there is always room for more kindness in our world.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
The next book I am working on is about two boys and their adventures sailing the North Channel, but it is still in progress while I enjoy sharing this one.
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When a young hunting dog and a crow decide to be friends, the dog pack does not know what to think. They hunt birds, yet a crow wants to hang out and be friends with them. Willie, the crow, is undeterred by the gruff hunting dogs and enjoys playing with the puppy Patch. While playing, Willie flies over the pool, and Patch, not paying attention, falls in. Turns out Patch does not know how to swim. None of the dogs know how to swim. They run to find the Labrador Newt thinking he can swim, but he is terrified of the water. Finally, through some encouragement from family and friends, he jumps in to save Patch.
The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow: A Hickory Doc’s Tale, written by Linda Harkey, is a creative picture book about the friendship between two unlikely animals. The pack of dogs is concerned that a puppy hanging out with a crow is wrong, and they try to convince their senior dog Doc to put an end to the friendship. Doc, however, is a thinker; he looks at the situation and, rather than jump to conclusions, evaluates the benefits. He backs up his decision by pointing out that Willie the crow has worked with them to save Patch rather than just flying off and leaving her to drown. The message of inclusion and acceptance makes this children’s book a great addition to any book collection.
Illustrator Mike Minick has done an excellent job capturing the emotions of the dogs and Willie. Each page is vibrant and engaging. Even without the text, the story is clear from the marvelous drawings. Children will laugh as they learn a valuable lesson about friendship and family.
The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow: A Hickory Doc’s Tale is a captivating tale about friends, family, acceptance, working together, and believing in yourself. Parents and educators will love having this picture book to read to children in and out of the classroom.
Pages: 38 | ASIN : B07LCKSXSW
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Sammy Skunk lives on a farm, Animal Acres. One night he wakes up from his nap to a strange sound. Finding his dinner, he looks up and sees a strange animal, a raccoon. Sammy has never met a raccoon before and notices how they are different, but this does not deter him from making a new friend. After inviting the strange animal over to share his dinner, they end up spending the night together playing and exploring.
What do a skunk and a raccoon have in common? Both love to explore and play at night, and both have stripes. While their stripes go in different directions, they still manage to become friends and go on an adventure together on the farm. Animal Acres by Colby Becknell Hardison is a cute picture book that doubles as a children’s coloring book.
Sammy Skunk and Rocky Racoon quickly become friends over a shared meal. They share stories about their lives, Sammy from the farm and Rocky from life outside the farm. They realize that being different is not harmful and can lead to great adventures exploring their friend’s world.
This creative story is more than just a picture book; children can color the pages as they read along with the story, which makes it more memorable. Learning that just because they are different doesn’t mean they can not be friends is valuable lesson for young kids. This imaginative story will allow children to explore the idea of friendship and adventure. The drawings are not overly detailed, making them great for younger children to color that may not color fine details yet.
Animal Acres is an amazing coloring picture book and is perfect for children and adults that are young at heart. The fun drawings add to the story, and readers will have to add their own flair to their adventures as they color the pages.
Pages: 24 | ASIN : B08NT884F3
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Lilbeebye is a young girl with a secret. She appears normal on the outside, but in reality, she has secret powers. She can change into a superhero bee that stings honey love into the hearts of those who are bullies. Lilbeebye believes that everyone can be good and kind they just sometimes need some encouragement. When her friend Sally becomes the victim of a bully Lilbeebye rushes into action to sting the bullies and restore peace to the school playground. Later that day her older sister gets into a fight with her friends and Lilbeebye must spring into action again and sting them all to restore the love and goodness inside them.
Lilbeebye Stings Bully by author Theresa Shields is written on a level for older elementary-level students. The first half of the book is a fun story about Lilbeebye’s superpowers and how she helps people learn to be kind and good. There are colorful and engaging illustrations that introduce the topic of bullying to children. This half of this imaginative story would be great for early elementary students to help open discussions of bullying as well.
The second half of this book is much more serious and better suited for older children, eight to twelve-year-olds. The second half of the informative book is not illustrated and brings up topics such as cyberbullying, emotional abuse, and even suicide. There is good information on social media bullying, posting pictures and texts that are embarrassing or hurtful. Shields explains how these things are not harmless teasing and how hurtful they can be to people.
While this complex children’s book uses the church as a way to present ideas of community and sharing of information it is not overly religious and could be used by secular groups to start conversations on bullying.
Lilbeebye Stings Bully is a thought-provoking children’s book. Educators and parents will find this to be a useful book for opening up discussions on bullying to children in elementary school and provide a chance to discuss deeper topics of bullying with older elementary students especially those getting ready to enter middle school.
Pages: 29 | ASIN : B085PW2YX5
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Willie the crow wants to eat the pack’s dog chow. The problem is he promised to not eat it from the kennel, and the other bowls are in the house with the Food Giver. To get to the bowels he must enter through the dog door, and this turns out to be harder than expected. Willie nearly drowns and gets stuck in a plant. After being rescued by Patch twice he makes it inside. There he taps on the refrigerator door and the Food Givers arrives and give him a small packet of walnuts and he flies out the window before the pack gets in and sees him. Willie keeps his special treats a secret from the pack
Doc, Willie, and the Pack: Secrets, Gifts, Family written by Linda Harkey returns readers to the Lazy Dog Hacienda. Willie the crow is part of the family that lives here. Willie however has a secret, he gets special treats from the Food Giver and is afraid to tell the pack about them. Instead, he brings the empty wrappers to Zeke as gifts making up stories about where he found them. Eventually, the truth comes out thanks to a newspaper article that was done on Willie that the pack saw.
This entertaining picture book talks about family, keeping secrets, and friendships. Young elementary-age children will love the colorful illustrations of Mike Minick and the expression all the dogs have. This light-hearted story has a great message about friendship and family that they will be able to relate to. The adventures of Willie trying to get into the house will have children and adults laughing and asking, can crows get glasses, because clearly, poor Willie needs them.
Doc, Willie, and the Pack: Secrets, Gifts, Family: (A Hickory Doc’s Tale) is an engaging read for classrooms, libraries, and parents to read to children. It will make a great early reader for children learning to read with the vibrant artwork to help tell the story.
Pages: 52 | ASIN: B07XLHR2SZ
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Wild Colts Make the Best Horses- The Intrepid Life of Abigail Adams by Mary Rae Watry is an epic biography of an accomplished woman of American history named Abigail Adams. The former First Lady lived in an era when women were considered second-class citizens. But she armored herself with so much grit and passion and defeated all odds with flying colors. First, as a counsel to her husband, President John Adams, and later as a guru to her son John Quincy Adams, Abigail established herself as a leading lady in American politics.
Author Watry puts together beautifully every little detail of Abigail’s life; every major event is presented in such a way that the reader never has a dull moment connecting the dots. Watry has done a thorough job of detailing Adams’s family history by providing actual conversations, letters, and photographs. As a reader, it is effortless to navigate through the writer’s words and get a sense of the early years of American independence. Watry does a great job compiling, writing, and presenting facts in a straightforward manner.
Wild Colts Make the Best Horses- The Intrepid Life of Abigail Adams is filled with extraordinary details of Abigail Adam’s life. The writer has done her justice by presenting the information in a way that feels honest and relatable. The author’s hard work is visible as you read and think about such a great historical figure. Readers will appreciate that this awe-inspiring biography keeps the chapters manageable. The chapters are short, making it more appealing to tackle in piecemeal reading sessions; as in a classroom setting. Don’t get fooled by the number of pages; you will be amazed at how fast they finish.
For readers who want to know more about the personality, character, and compassionate life of Abigail Adams in the era when women had no say to anything outside the kitchen and their family, this book will provide details often left out of the history books. Like they say, there is a woman behind every successful man, which is so true in Abigail Adams’s life.
Wild Colts Make the Best Horses- The Intrepid Life of Abigail Adams With will appeal to readers of women’s history, political history, and women’s biographies.
Pages: 698 | ASIN : B0932JXZNG
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Organic eMotions provides readers with a powerfully emotional collection of poetry. What inspires you to write poetry?
Thank you for reading Organic eMotions, Poetry for hUmaNITY. This collection was a work of passion as I reflected on my emotional intelligence during the pandemic events during the summer of 2021. The creative surge flowed through me as I tapped into the collective energy vortex. I permitted myself to dive deep into all the feelings of melancholy, the anger over human atrocities, the sadness over the blame and division within the spiritual community, the cognitive dissonance, the tyranny experienced around the world, feeling unsafe, afraid of the future, and being misaligned. I wrote over three hundred verses consisting of ballads, free verse, villanelle, ekphrastic, haiku, and limerick poems divided into four parts. The book takes the reader through the journey of state of mind, emotional vortex, clarity, and purity as it guides back into personal truths, deep resonance and understanding of the gift provided by the catalytic events transforming humanity into a state of empowerment, purity and bliss.
This anthology provides activating poems with elements of a nostalgic, narrative, lyrical form of healing philosophies that aim to increase awareness within the deeper layers of the human psyche and emotional body, the vortex of autonomy. The verses capture both the transient and the prevailing feelings through a vulnerable lens, using a powerful and electrifying nuanced artistic expression. It is a rejuvenating, poignant reflection of trauma liberation and quantum healing during humanity’s evolution. These verses are a culmination of my lived experience of self-actualization, awareness, and profound presence. Within me, I have found the unlimited space of peace, wholeness, validation, belonging, joy, home, and true freedom. This emotional freedom is a continuous journey inward through the turbulence of duality, emancipation from fear, anxiety, and the programmed narratives of the past as I released all judgemental views and guilt.
These poetic sonatas creatively guide the resonance of self-healing modalities. By feeling and healing our individual childhood wounding, we alchemize the density and rise as collective energy in motion while hUmaNITY exposes the collective shadows, past traumas, and our combined density through the process of transmutation, illuminating our organic global light on its existence.
Your book is currently the #1 new release in Amazon’s Epic Poetry category. How do you feel about this accomplishment?
I am so thrilled that the metaphysical poems resonate with so many incredible souls. I feel humbled, grateful, and fulfilled to be in the company of other incredible poets. It is an honor to contribute to the rhythmical art of harmonics created with words. If my poems inspire more people to read the classic creations of EE Cummings, Maya Angelou, or Walt Whitman, we will bring poetry back into the mainstream. Some of my favorite verses that inspired me growing up were “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou, “Stopping by Woods On a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost, “A Dream Within A Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe, “Among School Children” by W. B. Yeats regarding mortality and worth of life, and quite recently, any Spoken Word poetry by Amanda Gorman, to name a few.
What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
My intention behind every publication, be it fiction or nonfiction, is that if my words inspire and empower even one person on their healing and transformative journey, I have fulfilled my objective. The messages and energy of self-realization poems in Organic eMotions aim to assist the reader to reflect within themselves rather than depending on external forces for emancipation. It is my belief that each of us has the power, strength, and capability to connect to our higher self and to remember that we are an aspect of the Divine’s expression, experiencing life through the human form. We don’t need a third party to commune with a higher presence of Source, or to identify with our thoughts, emotions, fears, or past traumas, when we realize that our consciousness is indestructible when we flow in pure wholeness and aligned with our sovereignty. We are all powerful alchemists born with free will and the ability to choose our every present moment when we are fully aware of our personal truths. If we can rise above the negative polarity and duality of the matrix, come together with respect, honor, and inclusivity, we realize that when we choose organic love, kindness, compassion, and autonomy, we contribute to the magnetic energy of the quantum field of existence. This is how we transform our planet and choose a unified world that doesn’t focus on perpetuating the separation consciousness of divide and conquer. We advocate for innocent children, the vulnerable, our planet, and all living creatures, with radical accountability, intentions, integrity, freedom, and hope for utopia.
Do you have plans to publish more works of poetry?
Since I work full time, I try to balance my publications and self-actualization priorities. I am currently writing the third and final book in The De-Coding of Jo, Ascending Angel Academy YA SFF series, to be released in late 2022. I have another work in progress that I will also like to devote my time to writing, a psychological thriller that is part of the Heart of a Warrior Angel trilogy. When the creative flow strikes me to write more poetry, I will focus all my energy to transmit the healing and uplifting sonnets much like my hardcover, full color art and poetry anthology, The Joy of I.T. (Infinite Transcendence). Thank you so much for this opportunity to share, I’m very grateful. Many blessings of peace, joy, and harmony for all.
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