Teaser Tuesday: Guest Post, Wanda Luthman

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wanda Luthman has her Masters of Arts in both Mental Health Counseling and Guidance Counseling from Rollins College located in beautiful Winter Park, Florida. She has worked at the local Community Mental Health Center, the local Community College, Hospice, and is currently a Guidance Counselor. Her calling in life is to help others be their best selves. She writes magical, whimsical, adventure books that delight and inspire children. She has always loved reading and writing and wrote many books and poems as a child growing up in Missouri. She presently resides in Brevard County Florida with her husband of 21 years and 2 dogs.
Books available on Amazon (www.amazon.com/author/wandaluthman)
The Lilac Princess
A Turtle’s Magical Adventure
Little Birdie Grows Up
 
Magazines
Merritt Island Now
Swell Life Magazine
Follow me at
Twitter–@wandalu64
GUEST POST
Do you have a child with a disability? Do they struggle to fit in? Then, they will probably relate to Gloria, the main character in Gloria and the Unicorn. Gloria was born with a droopy cheek on one side of her face.
In addition, her Mom died giving birth to her and her Dad gave her to a children’s home. She had a rough start in life. However, the owner of the children’s home, Miss Libby Langdon, is incredibly loving and kind and has given her a nice home.
Miss Libby doesn’t send Gloria to school though because she wants to protect her. You have probably felt that too. It’s hard to send your little one out into the big world and trust that things will work out okay.
But, Gloria wants to go to school and learn like the other kids. Kids today take getting an education for granted but imagine if getting an education wasn’t available to you. That’s how Gloria felt.
Then, a fabulous thing happens, a unicorn named Sir Louie shows up. He helps Gloria to accomplish her dream by first teaching her to read. Do you have a child that needs help learning to read? It can be such a challenge but they feel so victorious when it finally clicks and they sound out their first word!
Now Gloria has to face school. It doesn’t go so well. In addition, she has magical powers from Sir Louie’s sparkly dust that he leaves behind after each visit and she can travel into the books she reads. However, the Wicked Wizards of Malcardore don’t like that idea very much.
The Wizards capture Sir Louie and it’s up to Gloria to figure this out and then make a life-altering decision. Will she risk her life to save her friend’s?
Come along on the journey of Gloria and the Unicorn. You can even read this to your child and enjoy the story together. It encourages treasuring education, empowering children to be themselves and facing one’s fears.

Teaser Tuesday Guest Post: Irene Monique

A true story. Cancer is real. Be aware. Be honest with yourself. Your health matters.
Part 1
It became real for me in October 2014.
I’m 34 and I have cancer. I’ve never been married or had a child. But I’m facing my mortality through this diagnosis. I haven’t lived yet. There are so many unfulfilled dreams and successes unrealized. Maybe they will never be…
OK, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic. Cancer is no longer a death sentence right? Yet during the time of my diagnosis I notice in the headlines that a young woman in her 30’s and a man in his 50’s have been taken by this disease.
Sure there have been a lot of great advancements in the past 10 to 20 years when it comes to fighting cancer but it’s risky. The treatments alone, deadly chemicals and radiation contact are required in most cases, let alone a surgical procedure to remove it, if needed.
When I found out I had cancer, in the back of my mind I knew I had it. A lump showed up and it wasn’t looking good. My biggest challenge was trying to get medical help. I went to a free clinic and applied for health care twice. The second time I was accepted. But this whole process took over two months. By then my tumor had become very large, very fast. My breast had deceived me. I had lumps in that breast already. I had become accustomed to them. Getting a mammogram a year earlier I was told there was no cancer but I should keep an eye on it. So  I thought I was in the clear. The last thing I needed or wanted was cancer. There is the devastating worry, plus the fact I had no insurance to provide me with care. It seemed like an automatic death sentence for me.
You don’t know how much I thanked God for that letter in the mail, telling me I was accepted for the Healthy Michigan Plan through President Obama’s administration. There was a chance for me to end this cancer, a chance for me to live.

Tuesday’s Tales: Bonnie Ferrante

I believe a positive attitude is essential for happiness. This includes being mindful and grateful. In Buddhism, there is a saying, “We make the world with our minds.” I could write an entire book on what that means but basically what we focus on influences the internal and external world in which we live. I keep this in mind in my writing for adults, young people and children. I was a grade school teacher for 33 years, 10 of those years as teacher librarian. I believe it is important to create picture books that help them develop interpersonal skills and internal strength.

My first book, The Amida Tree, is a rebuttal of Shel Silberstein’s The Giving Tree. While compassion is a major part of Buddhism, it only creates problems if it is not balanced by wisdom. The boy/man in The Giving Tree continually took from the tree without giving anything in return leaving it a devastated stump. At the end of the book, he still was unfulfilled and unhappy. In my book, a girl grows in balance with a wild apple tree. They have a relationship of give and take, mutual support. Because of this, both grow to have a rich and fulfilling life. It is sure to encourage discussion on our treatment of the environment and relationships with others.

We all know a individual or family that constantly gripes. They’re never happy with what they have or what the experience. Rayne Shines humorously features a frog family that has developed a pattern of complaining, until a new family moves in next door. Rayne is fascinated by the fact that they are constantly smiling even though they own very little. She studies and emulates Sunny whose wholesome and fun personality eventually brings out the best in Rayne.

While Too Quiet, Too Noisy was not specifically written for children on the Asperger spectrum, it has been favored by their families. It can just as easily relate to people with auditory processing difficulties, introverted children, and anyone who finds either continuous noise or long-term silence to be grating. Lily’s home is overwhelmingly loud and her grandparents’ home is boringly quiet. Through communication and problem-solving, she creates a more balanced environment in both houses.

While “be careful what you wish for” is a common theme in picture books, No More Red also teaches children not to judge superficially. Because of three negative experiences, Amy decides her world would be better without the color red. She learns it has far more importance and she realized. The book also teaches children about the myriad of ways red appears in our environment and that we need to be appreciative of our beautiful world.

I’ve always been interested in the motivation of villains. Why did Rumpelstiltskin want the Queen’s baby? Was he an evil warlock who wanted to use him for nefarious purposes? Did he want to enslave him? Or did he simply want a child of his own? If so, why would he go to such elaborate and dangerous means to acquire one? In Rumpelstiltskin’s Child, the themes of ostracizing, bullying, and loneliness are explored. The book reminds us that people often become angry outsiders because they have never been welcomed in.

My newest picture book, Then the Tooth Fairy Won’t Come, is written and drawn in a comedic style. Dion has a loose tooth and is worried he will lose it. Timo offers increasingly silly methods to remove it but Dion has an even bigger imagination. The tooth is bound to go missing in bizarre and elaborate ways if Dion takes Timo’s advice. Between laughs, the story shows how worry and fear can make us indecisive and stressed. (Don’t worry. The tooth fairy does come.)

About the Author

I’m Bonnie Ferrante, a hybrid author. My short stories, newspaper articles and columns, and novels have been published traditionally. I have begun simultaneously self-publishing novels and picture books and am doing my own illustrations. During the long cold winters of Thunder Bay, in Northern Ontario, I spend most of my time writing and drawing. Since developing Parkinson’s Disease, I have switched from illustrating with acrylics and pencil crayon, to digital format but as this becomes more difficult, I am slowly changing to photos instead. I was a grade school teacher for thirty-three years, ten of those as a teacher-librarian. I am a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist lay leader, which shows up in unexpected ways in my writing. I also have a blog where I review books, give writing tips, and run contests. Beginning in August, I will be interviewing and author or illustrator every Wednesday. In addition to questions about their work, they will be asked Three Random Questions such as, “If you could have the original of anything in the world, what would you want it to be?” Comment on the writer’s work, their writing tips, or answer the random questions yourself. Http:// http://bferrante.wordpress.com/

 Works by the Author

Picture books:

The Amida Tree – Wisdom and compassion are the greatest gifts.

Rayne Shines – Develop an attitude of gratitude and be happy.

What’s Missing: Faces – Toddlers learn about senses and faces while observing closely.

What’s Missing: Clothes – Toddlers learn about clothing while observing closely.

Too Quiet, Too Noisy – How can a little girl cope with sensory overload?

No More Red – Even a colour has importance.

Rumpelstiltskin’s Child – Was he a villain or misunderstood?

Tell Me Where: Animals and Babies – Laugh out loud learning for your toddler. NEWEST

Sing the Planets: An I’ll Remember That Book – Move, sing, and learn the planets. NEWEST

 Young Adult and New Adult Books

Terror at White Otter Castle – Based on a true story.

Nightfall: Dawn’s End Book 1 – It begins with a secret quest.

Poisoned: Dawn’s End Book 2 – Evil grows in the dark.

Outworld Apocalypse: Dawn’s End Book 3 – Is it the end of humanity?

My Ass – A cheeky play on words about donkeys.

Leya: Sphere of Vision Book 1 – One green eye and one blue, double power or double disaster?

 Short Stories

Bouquet – Buddhist themed stories previously published in magazines.

Inhale – Contest winners.

Check out Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/user/Bonnie0904 for book trailers and author read-alouds.

Website – BonnieFerrante.ca

facebook – Bonnie Ferrante – Author

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twitter – @BonnieFerrante