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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Book Review - Practicing Mindfulness: Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo's Activity and Coloring Book for Kids by Kim Larkins



Let Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo and her friends help your child learn and practice mindfulness skills in this highly interactive activity and coloring book. Emma Lou, with the help of Gigi the Ginormous Giraffe and all her friends, want to help children remember ways to be mindful. A variety of activities will help children sharpen their mindfulness skills. Children will: 
  • Follow a maze to Gigi's house 
  • Color in pictures to go with each lesson 
  • Learn a breathing technique 
  • Practice being present 
  • Try a crossword puzzle about feelings and much more! 
  • Have fun and remember to be mindful from start to finish! 
"This book will be a helpful tool for the therapist or school counselor who uses directive approaches. The activities are easy to introduce and scaffold mindfulness opportunities for children and their families. It can be used as a standalone intervention or integrated with other therapeutic approaches." --Theresa Fraser, CYC-P, CPT-S, MA, RP, RCT, CT, trauma, loss and attachment clinical specialist

"Through a variety of fun and insightful exercises, Kim Larkins' Practicing Mindfulness offers children the gift of cultivating awareness and the beautiful magic that awaits them in the present." --Aimee Ruland, author of Float: A Guide to Letting Go 

"An important and engaging resource! This book is a must-have for therapists, caregivers, teachers and anyone who hopes to share with children the gift of mindfulness. With playful, succinct dialogue and delightful drawings, this book will be cherished by children and adults alike!" --Jillian Kelly-Wavering, LCSW, RPT-S, author of My Grief is Like the Ocean 

"The Practicing Mindfulness activity book follows a progression of knowing how to become present, how our body sensations communicate with us and how to create compassion for ourselves and others. The simplicity of the activity book makes it accessible for different age ranges and is a space for creativity to shine. " --Lindsey Frank, M.Ed., president of the Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully (COSEM), author of The Superpower of Your Heart 



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Our Book Review
This one is a must have for any young child, especially the way mental health is playing such a high role in the younger generation. On top of which, the characters are absolutely delightful, and the activities are really fun too.

The author explains mindfulness, staying in the present, and focusing on yourself, your feelings, and sensations, in small easy steps that a child can understand, and will want to learn more about. As well as the importance of being kind and caring towards yourself and others. My favourite section was filling in the sun rays and dancing like nobody is watching ;-)

I also found this to be a great conversation starter for parents and carers if they wanted it to be.

I would definitely recommend this for a fun, feel good factor book for a child that also benefits their thoughts and perspectives. 

Our rating
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the author
Kim Larkins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice. For the past thirty years, Kim has dedicated her career working with children and families in the mental health and human services field. Most recently, Kim has worked in educational settings focused on the development of mindfulness skills in the classroom. Research shows that mindfulness in education improves attention, emotional regulation, compassion for self and others, and overall well-being for both students and teachers. Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo will introduce parents, therapists, educators and children to some of the many benefits of a mindfulness practice. 

Kim has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maine. She is also licensed in Maine where she works and lives. Kim has two adult children, Sarah and Theron and two grandchildren, Guyer and Giavanna. She enjoys travel, music, quilting, and the serenity and pleasures found in nature. You can contact her by email at kimlarkinslcsw@gmail.com or on Facebook @kim.larkins.author.
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Friday, November 25, 2022

Book Review: The Girl Who Escaped by Mark Nolan


One month ago, four college girls were abducted. Three were brutally murdered. One girl escaped. 

Angie Taylor was traumatized and shocked speechless. 
The police think she killed her friends, and then had a mental breakdown. 
Her psychiatrist believes she has an emotionally unstable personality disorder. 
Can she ever speak up and describe the killer’s face to a police sketch artist? 
Is the murderer stalking her right now, eager to finish what he started? 
Everyone in the city is on edge, fearing the worst, not sure what to believe. 

A visit from a determined FBI agent shakes things up and raises the stakes. FBI Special Agent Brenda Reynolds of the VSRT must investigate whether the mysterious silent girl is a victim, a killer, or has gone insane. 

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Readers are saying... 
"Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start."

 "This was the first Mark Nolan book I have read and it will not be the last. This was a fast-paced, thriller, with an amazing plot and great character building."

 "Great plot; wonderful cohesive characters; talk about action packed; thriller,... oh yeah from page one through the end! Once you start this book you CANNOT put it down - trust me. "

"I have not read a good mystery thriller in such a long time. The Girl Who Escaped was AMAZING! 5 stars AMAZING! Mark Nolan kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time."

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Here we go again on another adventure with our favorite duo, but this story shows the full workings and understanding of how a service dog goes about their business in gaining the trust of vulnerable people. 


The storyline again is bang up-to-date in dealing with the horrific trade of people for other people's evil intentions and the lengths they will go to in order to protect their empire and wealth.


The characters, scenarios and storyline are totally believable and take the reader to a place of fear, domination, and greed. It shows the kinder side of the service dog, in the way that he has to show compassion and loyalty to the alleged culprit, and how he wins her round to help her remember what happened and to make them feel confident in relating their story.


The chemistry between all of the main characters is one of compassion, sympathy, empathy, and care just showing the more delicate side of investigative work. 


As usual, the reader will fall in love with Cody and will want a pet just like him and hopefully, if you have not read any other of the Mark Nolan books will make you want to read them.


Yet again another good novel from an author who has demonstrated his research and knowledge in producing another novel well worth a read.


Our rating 4.5 stars!


About the author
Mark grew up on the California coast and has lived in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. He enjoys being close to the ocean and has enjoyed boating, fishing, scuba diving and exploring in Florida, Mexico, California, Hawaii, etc. His first novel, Dead Lawyers Don’t Lie was a Top 20 Bestseller in the Amazon Kindle Store and a Kindle Unlimited All-Star.

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Monday, November 21, 2022

New Book Tour Sign ups - Jan 17th onwards Beachcombers: A Clementine the Rescue Dog Adventure by Kyle Torke

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Beachcombers: A Clementine the Rescue Dog Adventure by Kyle Torke (Author), Barbara Torke (Illustrator) 

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Join Clementine and all her friends for a rollicking adventure along the coastline! Help build sandcastles and play in the surf, or admire starfish and seagulls while also learning about how to care for the oceans and the environment. After a wonderful day spent in the sand and waves, enjoy a picnic under the stars and fall asleep dreaming about all the fun you had. Let Clementine be your guide on her greatest adventure so far-to the beach! 

What a beautiful, diverse world we inherited, a planet simply bursting with innumerable wonders to enchant and delight us. At the core, Beachcombers is a children's book about gratitude and the need to both contribute in practical ways to an environment we should protect and to imagine the fullness of our origins, so we can shape an equally bountiful future. The story names birds, fish, fauna and other animals as a way to weave a tapestry of specific creatures whose ecosystems need care, and the sounds and rhythms of their pronunciations when spoken aloud will entertain and mesmerize young readers. The children, and their dog, lead us and teach us: we should enjoy the mysterious and fanciful world all around us, but we should also act as caretakers for our environment. After we work and play, we are inspired to indulge our imaginations and learn to dream. After a full day, we rest in our dreams of the future. 

"As seen through the eyes of adolescent children, Beachcombers is an enchanting story of responsibility and captures the impact humans have on our environment. Clementine and the young people teach us that we have the ability to change the world for the better--one piece of plastic, and one friendship, at a time." --Javier Rivera, GearUp advisor and educator 

Book #3 of the Clementine the Rescue Dog Series. Be sure to read Ice Breaking (book #1) and Hiking the Grand Mesa (book #2)


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