Tour and Giveaway for Dragons Don’t Dance

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet by Jennifer Carson

Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  36 pages

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

Publisher:  Vinal Publishing

Release date:   December 8, 2020

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

Esmeralda Dragon works the spotlight at the Metropolitan Ballet, but what she really wants to do is dance. Encouraged by her friend Harold to audition, Esmeralda takes a leap of faith only to discover that she doesn’t quite fit in with the other ballerinas. But Esmerelda isn’t ready to give up–and neither is Harold! Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet is a whimsical picture book that challenges body image expectations and encourages little ones to go for their dreams.

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Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet by Jennifer Carson is a really cute but kinda different book because Esmeralda the dragon really wants to dance Ballet. But she is a dragon. She is bigger than all of the other ballet dancers, she towers over them and she will get in their way. But Howard the janitor knows just how Esmeralda can dance because he watches her every night after her job is finished working the spotlight at City Ballet. And he encourages Esmeralda to try out. But it seems to not go so well. But you really need to get a copy of this sweet and beautiful book to read for yourself and see what happens.

Jennifer Carson does such an awesome job of writing this special book. I love the story because it is teaching children that they can do anything they want to do, and encourages the try whatever it is they want to do. Even when other don’t agree, or don’t think they are qualified, teach your child to go for and set their minds to do what they want. The illustrations by Eric Afuso are amazing and captures the tone of the story so well. The colors are absolutely beautiful and the characters are the most adorable. I just love and adore Esmerelda! The hardcover book with its dust jacket is very good quality. I love everything about this book and will be keeping it for my new grandaughter! Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet is a special book that belongs in every daycare, preschool and elementary school library. And it would make the most adorable book for your child’s library. I encourage you to check this book out. And this one gets a solid Five Stars from me. Wish I could give it more. I sure hope you and your child/children will love this book as much as I do.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Author: Jennifer Carson

Book: Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet

Author Guest blog:

Perseverance. It is defined as “persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.”

Perseverance is one of the best things we can teach our kids, along with imaginative thinking, and these are two things that I believe are missing in the public educational system today.

When common core became the program of every public school in the United States, teachers lost the time to encourage creativity. When we don’t have imaginative thinkers, people who can think out of the box, then we lose the ability to come up with new solutions to problems and for children who never struggled, the gift of “sticking to something until you get it right” is never received.

I didn’t set out to write a book with the message of persistence and creative thinking, but it is just one of the lovely messages that can be gleaned from Esmerelda’s story. Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet, is a love note to all the unique people in the world who bang their drum to their own beat and might just sing a little off-key.

Meet the Author:

Jennifer Carson lives in Michigan with her husband, four sons and many furry friends. She grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and Renaissance faires and would occasionally be caught reading under the blankets with a flashlight. Besides telling tales, Jennifer likes to create fantasy creatures and characters and publishes her own sewing patterns. Her artwork and patterns can be seen online at thedragoncharmer.com.

Jennifer’s work has been featured in national magazines including: Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Faerie Magazine, Soft Dolls and Animals, Teddy Bear and Friends, and Dolls United.

connect with the author:  website ~ facebook ~ goodreads

 

Tour Schedule:

Jan 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway

Jan 18 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway

Jan 19 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway

Jan 19 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

Jan 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Jan 21 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway

Jan 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway

Jan 25 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / guest post / giveaway

Jan 25 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview

Jan 26 – Instagram: All Booked Up Reviews – book review

Jan 26 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Jan 26 – One Frugal Girl – book review

Jan 27 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway

Jan 27 – Amy’s Booket List – book review / giveaway

Jan 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Jan 29 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway

Feb 1 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

Feb 2 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway

Feb 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Feb 3 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review / giveaway

Feb 3 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway

Feb 4 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway

Feb 4 –Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Feb 5 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

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Tour and Giveaway for A Valetine’s Proposal By Kim Findlay

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A Valetine’s Proposal (Cupid’s Crossing #1) By Kim Findlay Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 227  Pages February 1, 2021 by Harelquin Heartwarming

Their engagement is pretend Cupid has other plans…

Wedding planner Mariah Van Delton has a plan to save the charming small town of Carter’s Crossing—by turning it into a romance destination! All Mariah needs is a very public Valentine’s Day proposal. And her only option? A fake one between her and the handsome town veterinarian and wedding hater, Nelson Carter. But a little charade between adversaries might just be the start of something undeniably real…

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Just in time for Valentine’s day, Harelquin Heartwarming line has just the book for romance fans. Set in the sweet little town of Carter’s Crossing, Valetine’s Proposal By Kim Findlay, has plenty of swoon worthy kisses that will warm your heart. But wait, they are fake kisses that will soon lead up to the fake proposal between Wedding planner Mariah and the not so happy about weddings, the town veterinarian Nelson Carter. Or is it fake? Findlay has cooked up a romance that will stay with you long after the big romance day of the year had ended.

I love Harlequin Heartwarming romances because they are clean reads that romance lovers can read and swoon over all they want. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this interesting and sometimes comical Valentine read. The small town setting is perfect and the characters found their way into my heart early one. And even though this whole ordeal is fake, I was really cheering on this special couple. Who seemed to be opposites. Kim Findlay describes the town of  Carter’s Crossing so well that I really wanted to be there with these characters. This is one read you don’t want to miss as we near the sweet Valentine’s day. I give this one Four Stars! Run out and get this one to read!

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

About the Author

Kim Findlay lives in Toronto, Canada, with her very handsome husband, two strapping sons, and possibly the world’s cutest spaniel. When she can get time away from her accounting business, Kim can be found traveling, sailing, reading, or writing, depending on the season, time of day, and her energy level. You can find her at kimfindlay.ca, @missheyer74, or on Facebook.

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Tour and Giveaway for Dear Brave Friend by Leigh Ann Gerk

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Join us for this tour from Jan 18 to Feb 5, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Dear Brave Friend by Leigh Ann Gerk

Category:  Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (8 to 12) ,  49 pages

Genre: Self-Help

Publisher:  Golden Harvest Publishers

Release date:   August 2019

Content Rating:  This non-fiction, self-help book is rated G. Appropriate for all audiences.

Book Description:

This gentle and heartwarming story captures the love between a boy

and his dog, and the sadness that follows after his cherished dog

passes away. Written in the form of a letter from the dog to the boy,

the letter shares relatable, real life examples of how the boy (and

therefore anybody who has lost a dear pet) may be feeling and

suggestions on what he can do to help himself get through this most

difficult time. The letter also touches on simple acts of kindness that

can follow the reader throughout his or her lifetime. The message in

this story is applicable to young and old, girl or boy, and to any

family pet that has stolen your heart. Story starters, drawing pages,

and a place to add pictures of your own beloved pet are also included in

the back of the book.

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Dear Brave Friend is a much needed book for both kids and adults to have after loosing a pet. For those of us who have always had pets in our homes, we all know how they become an important part of our families. We have lost many dog furry friends that we miss dearly. We had one little black pomeranian for about 15 years. He and my son grew up together. People always told us we raised him to be human. And that’s how he acted. It broke our hearts in to when we had to put him to sleep. And now, my son and his wife have a little black chihuahua that’s the same way. That dog is as close to human as any, ever. A book like this would have been helpful during those times we lost our furry friend. Of course we don’t know what really happens to them, but we need to read encouraging things to help us grieve.  I appreciate author Leigh Ann Gerk for writing this precious book. And the sweet illustrations by Trish Murtha are just perfect for each page of the story. I love the soft pastel colors that gives the calming feeling while you are reading this sweet book. If you, or someone you know has lost a pet recently, this is a perfect book to read. And why not keel one on hand to have for a gift when you need it?
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Be Creative When Helping Your Child

Grieve GUEST POST FROM THE AUTHOR 

Children grieve differently than adults do, but some of the same strategies can offer them relief.  First of all, get your child outside.  Actively participating in any fun activities will not only distract them from their grief, but will offer them an opportunity to work through it in a very healthy way.  For example, if your pet passes away in the throes of winter, a child who has a wonderful day of sledding, building snowmen, and making snow angels with friends or family members will probably be better prepared to process and deal with their sadness. Research supports that being in nature is healing.  Depending on the season, take your child on a hike, or fishing, or spend all day in the garden.  Our job as parents includes teaching our children how to grieve, and this includes learning to get on with their life even when they must do it without their best friend.  I once read our job as parents is to give our children “roots and wings.”  Teaching them how to grieve now, while in your care, will help them form the strong, solid root structure they will need throughout their lifetime. You, as their role model, will feel more comfortable when they spread their wings knowing that you have taught them a valuable life skill.

Remember that the pandemic is hard on children, too.  Children are feeling as discombobulated as adults are, if not more so.  In many cases, they are no longer going to school, but doing their classes and lessons online. They miss their friends and the routine of the school day all week followed by the weekend with family activities. Being home full-time has presented many children with the responsibility of feeding and walking their pets, and younger children often include their pets in playing school, reading stories to them and “teaching” them the lessons they’re learning. If these activities come to a sudden halt, children can feel completely lost, and possibly angry, confused, or other negative emotions.  Sometimes simply having a stuffed animal to snuggle and play with can help ease their troubled heart.

With older children who are able to write, many find writing a letter or a series of letters to their dearly departed pet cathartic.  By writing letters, they can describe their frustrations and loneliness, or they can tell the pet about their efforts to make new friends or keep busy with a new hobby. Expressing their loneliness, sadness, confusion, or anger helps children work through these feelings. Many children enjoy writing stories about their best friend or chronicling fun times they’ve had together. Some children enjoy writing plays that have their pet play the leading role. Depending on their age and skill level, writing or drawing about their pet can be very healing for children.

Also, children benefit from stable routines. If possible, try to keep the same mealtime and bedtime schedules.  Especially during times of transition when your child no longer has to walk and feed their pet, it is okay to leave their beloved pet’s bowl and toys out where they’ve always been; just the presence of their things can offer a small degree of relief.  Hanging pictures of their pet in their room is often comforting.  Remember that your child is struggling to understand feelings that are probably unfamiliar, so little elements of familiarity can be very comforting.

One thing is certain – there are no rules for grieving. Especially during these difficult times, each family must be creative to determine what efforts bring a degree of peace, comfort and familiarity to their children.

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 Meet the Author:

Leigh Ann Gerk MA, LPC has been in the counseling field for over

eleven years. She is certified in Pet Loss & Grief Companioning and

the founder and owner of Mourning to Light Pet Loss providing individual

and family counseling for anyone grieving the loss of a pet. She

currently offers 3 free pet loss support groups in Northern Colorado and

is excited to branch out and offer more. Having grown up on a farm,

Leigh Ann’s childhood playmates included baby calves, horses, bunnies,

dogs, and 32 cats that set up house in a boxcar that also served as her

playhouse. This upbringing introduced her, at a very young age, to the

human-animal bond and instilled in her a deep understanding of, and love

for, this extraordinary relationship. Leigh Ann and her husband, Andy,

live in Loveland, Colorado, and are the proud parents of identical twin

daughters, Heather and Heidi. Their family is made complete by their

first grandchild and their cherished therapy dog, Gracie. Visit Leigh

Ann online at MourningToLightPetLoss.com.

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Tour Schedule:

Jan 18 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway

Jan 19 – Book World Reviews – book review / author interview

Jan 19 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway

Jan 20 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway

Jan 20 – Carpinello’s Writing Pages – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Jan 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post/ giveaway

Jan 22 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

Jan 25 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway

Jan 26 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway

Jan 26 – The Momma Spot – book review

Jan 27 – Reading is My Passion – book review

Jan 27  – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway

Jan 28 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway

Jan 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway

Feb 1 –Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

Feb 1 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews  – book review

Feb 2 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway

Feb 2 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway

Feb 2 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway

Feb 3 – Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway

Feb 3 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway

Feb 4 – Pawesome Wisdom – book spotlight / giveaway

Feb 4 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway

Feb 4 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

Feb 5 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

Feb 5 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review / giveaway

Feb 5 – Because I said so and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway

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