Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Blog Tour: Star Passages Series by Clark R. Burbidge

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I have started indulging in book series, and this new fondness of book series has to be shared with my readers. Recently, I discovered the Star Passage Book Series by Clark R. Burbidge. I am fascinated by paranormal books and movies, and the Star Passage Book Series include not only paranormal activity but time travel, as well. The well-written books prove that Clark R. Burbidge dedicated a lot of time to research to satisfy his readers' thirst for adventure. These three books are great reads for the summer months.

I have included an excerpt from Book Three: Honor and Mercy. I think you will enjoy reading this book series once you read the excerpt. 

Star Passage Book Three Excerpt from Chapter One

Clynt felt a tremor of excitement buzz through his body. He had waited for over a century for this moment. Every sleepless hour he had plotted and planned for the opportunity to regain his physical life. It all pointed to this moment. He couldn’t believe he actually stood in the Present Time ready to claim the victory due him. Overwhelmed with a hundred years of blocked emotion, he hissed, “I’m free.” It hardly seemed possible. Standing triumphant over Tim’s sleeping form, he’d finally won. Revenge on the Carson family would be sweet, and nobody could stop him. “I’m free!” His words burst out this time in a greedy yell. “Get ready for the ride o’ yer life, boy.”He didn’t know how it worked yet, but he didn’t care. Nothing mattered except what happened in the next few seconds. Would it hurt? It don’t matter what it feels like. No pain’s gonna stop me from gettin’ my life back.Clynt hovered at the end of the bed. He closed his eyes and fell forward toward Tim, expecting something new and wonderful. Clynt’s ghostly shade met Tim’s body, causing Tim to stir. But Clynt’s form didn’t stop, continuing through like a child who lands in the water and sinks below the surface. Clynt felt nothing. “Strange. Shoulda done somethin’.” He opened his eyes and looked around in confusion, realizing he had passed completely through Tim, the mattress, and frame. Initially confused at what greeted his view, he stared at the beams that supported the bedroom floor.“What’s happenin’ here? I’m inside the floor,” he yelled and willed himself to rise back up into Tim’s bedroom. Clynt floated next to the bed. “Musta missed him.” He kept his eyes open this time and jumped onto the bed landing on Tim feet first.“Got ’em square. This time it’s gotta work!”His boots sank through into the floor leaving half of his body visible above Tim. Tim rolled over, eyes fluttering. “The boy feels somethin’. Gonna wake him up if I ain’t careful.” What’d I do wrong?He tried to think. Clynt felt his frustration building toward explosion. He tried to calm himself. I’ve waited so long. Everything depends on this working. The explosion won out. Clynt howled at the ceiling, rose up, and tried a third and then a fourth time, yelling in anger with each failed attempt. Beaten, he sat down on the floor in the bedroom, shaking his head.“Come on, Clynt ol’ boy. Think. What’s the problem here?”He swayed and moaned in such a way that, could it have been heard, it would have been a perfect haunting sound track from a Hollywood movie. But Clynt wasn’t fully part of the Present Time so his rage went unnoticed. After several minutes, Clynt looked at the bed again. Astounded, he froze immediately. Tim was sitting up, looking around the room.A panic-filled thought rushed through his mind like a runaway train. Does he know I’m here? Tim’s head swiveled back and forth. Clynt watched the boy closely for any sign of recognition.

Questions and Answers with Clark Burbidge

1.             What inspired you to create this series? A silver star at the top of my son’s family Christmas tree a couple of years ago. It was a beautiful setting as they placed it at the top and I commented that there was a good story there somewhere. The idea kept bouncing around in my head and then combined with the difficulties we experienced when I was growing up with what I now have come to understand was my Father’s struggle with PTSD from his experiences in the Korean War. Within a month the story was well underway. I wanted people, especially children who struggle to feel there is real hope that they can overcome family challenges and personal challenges. This book provides such hope and encouragement I believe.

2.             How would you describe the characters Bobby and Mike? Brothers and best friends. Bobby looks up to and idolizes Mike, his older brother. They are also competitive and both try to outdo each other especially at surfing. Bobby is devastated and guilty as a result of the accident and injury to Mike. He feels responsible. They struggle together as a team to move forward.

3.             How would you explain the dynamic between Bobby, Mike and the Carsons? How does it evolve through the book? Bobby first comes into contact with Tim and it is a very rough interaction at first. With a lot of work Bobby comes around and the Carsons meet Mike. Their relationships grow through experiencing passages together and surviving difficult trials together. The families grow closer as they learn through their shared experiences more about each other as well as themselves. 

4.             What was the most rewarding moment you experienced in writing StarPassage: Book Two, Heroes and Martyrs? The experience of Bobby and Mike meeting their ancestor in person and (spoiler) saving his life. The moment when Grandpa Chris also meets his Father for the first time is also touching. There is another moment when Mike has the opportunity to turn the clock back and avoid the accident that paralyzed him and chooses not to do it. These insights were moving to me when they burst upon the stage of my mind. I hope readers will feel the spirit of these moments just as I did. The book is full of these kinds of moments.

5.             What was the biggest challenge you faced in writing this book? It’s always tough to write a squeal. It’s a satisfying challenge to develop the story and characters, introduce new characters and ratchet up the adventure and excitement. You can’t just do the same thing over again. The story needs to move forward as do the characters and as they do it opens doors to more excitement and meaningful experiences for the reader and the author.

6.             What does your writing process look like? I don’t really set an outline per se. I like to write as if I am experiencing the story as the characters do. This means I don’t know what I will discover when I round the bend. It makes it very exciting for me to write and I can hardly wait to get back to it. In a way it is like what I hope my readers experience when they put my book down, I hope they can’t wait to find out what’s next. This also keeps me from experiencing writer’s block.

7.             What type of research did you do?  Research for any book is critical. However, it is more complex when you involve the Present as well as historical settings. Researching the D-Day Parachute drops and the 101stairborne, the attack on the twin towers in 2001 and the interaction with the Riders were both interesting and touching. My interview with Creighton and Lisa Rider was a wonderful and touching experience. They are delightful to speak with and inspirational. I really hope that comes through in the book and encourages support for those courageous souls who battle disease or injury for which there is no clear cure. Life goes on and can still be incredibly meaningful and make a difference even though we are through curve balls. 

8.             What drew you to the genre of young adult fantasy adventure? I believe young adults and middle readers need exciting reading that also inspires and uplifts with strong well designed characters that can be identified with and respected. They are not superheroes but rather regular people that demonstrate the power each of us have within to bravely stand for what we believe, have hope and the faith that we are never alone. I believe my books can make a difference with young adults and help give them direction, purpose and a reason to become something more than they otherwise might have been.

9.  What is the key to attracting young readers? I believe they want to have a story that transports them to an adventure where the can find something of themselves in the characters and identify with the process and thereby absorb the lessons so they can apply them in their own life. It is not just about attracting, rather it is about holding attention with real stories that compel and inspire. Making them memorable and raising their expectations in life and their courage in stepping up to do hard things. I believe all young people are better off if they learn that they can accomplish hard things. Too much of writing in literature and on the screen has become lazy due to over-reliance on CGI and gratuitous violence, profanity, immorality or cheap crude humor. Young people respond better to a well written story, dialogue and good writing than anything else. A story and characters that draw them in and move them along make all the difference.

10.  What has been one of your own greatest adventures? By far my greatest adventure has been marrying my wife Leah which created a blended family of 10 children overnight. It has been wonderful and full of unexpected twists and turns almost daily. This wild ride of course continues. We have overcome great challenges along the way and have much still to accomplish but it has been something we have done together and we both cherish every day, every challenge and every joy. Oh and by the way…they just keep on coming…

11.  StarPassage: Book Two, Heroes and Martyrs continues with the relic guiding the Carsons to two brothers, Bobby and Mike, andthrough a series of dangerous adventures through time to solve the relic's riddles, save lives, and escape the ever-increasing Tracker threat. If you were able to travel back in time to any moment in history, which would you choose? I have thought a lot about that and always seem to come to one situation. I would like to stand at the tomb of Lazarus as he steps out having been raised from the dead by Jesus to a life where he is named public enemy number 2 just behind the Savior himself. I would like to get to know Lazarus and understand better his motivation and how Jesus changed his life and especially learn about what happened following the great event at his tomb and how he carried on after the Savior was Crucified and Resurrected.

12.  Which writers inspired you as a kid? Which writers inspire you today? As a kid I read a lot of Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury (Sci-Fi). In my 20’s and 30’s I enjoyed more of Tolkien and CS Lewis as well as history and historical fiction. Nowadays I am always reading a couple of books trying to appreciate good writing styles and discovering interesting parts of history.

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13.  When do you expect the next installment of the series to come out? I am working on Book Three of the series now. I am very excited where the tale is going and am about 2/3’s through. It is an adventure every day. I expect to submit it to the publisher this summer and have it available summer of 2018.  My wife, Leah, and I are also excited about our book on Blended Families that we are finishing together. We are looking for a great publisher that has interest in bringing something truly ground-shaking and inspiring to the ever-increasing world of the needs of blended families. Every person is touched in some way by what we call the “Family Blender”. We believe our 10 principles of a successful blended family will truly make a difference.

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Blog Tour: I Can Handle Him by Debbie Lum

For the month of July, I think that you will enjoy reading the book, I Can Handle Him by Debbie Lum. A romantic suspense novel, I Can Handle Him, is the perfect choice to add to your reading list for the summer.

If only it hadn’t rained.

Those five opening words in I CAN HANDLE HIM send a few important signals that some readers might miss. This scene sets the stage for Quinn and Tory to be arm-in-arm (showing their closeness), side-stepping puddles, when Quinn notices her frizzed-out hair in her reflection in a downtown storefront (showing her concern for her appearance.) Both of those traits, their closeness and Quinn’s insecurities with her looks, come up later in the book. But there is a deeper meaning in those five opening words. Much later, we find one of our characters back in that same parking lot, after a rain. But this character is side-stepping puddles alone. And she’s not gripping her best-friend’s arm; her hands are fisted in anger. There’s a chance that only serious, clue-hunting readers will pick up on something else too: the very, very important reason why I needed to have puddles of water on that parking lot. If only it hadn’t rained…

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Questions and Answers with Debbie Lum

  1. Where did you grow up /live now? Tampa, Florida and now I split my time between Florida and Texas. As the saying goes, I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!
  2. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? For me it was more of what did I NOT want to be, and that was a doctor, nurse or anything medical. I get dizzy even thinking of medical questions and even fainted at one of my kid’s doctor’s appointments. Interesting though, when I write medical scenes, it doesn’t bother me at all!
  3. What is your education/career background? I’m a proud graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa, with a B.A. in Mass Communications.
  4. Do you have kids and/or pets?I’m the mother to two impressive young men, one in law school and the other a recent college graduate.
  5. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Or what first inspired you to write? Writing was something I had only done for work, writing speeches or press releases, so I never imagined writing anything like a novel. It happened by accident as a way to get a story idea out of my head. After much research (and work), I’m now the author of five novels!
  6. Where/When do you best like to write? I’ve written three books in Virginia, and two in Texas, and those two in Texas were written in two different locations. So apparently it doesn’t matter to me where I write!
  7. Do you have any interesting writing habits or superstitions? After I get a story idea in my head, I begin a “scribble book.” My scribble books are simple spiral-bound notebooks where I capture all of my ideas. The scribble books are so handy when you need to go back to check on something you researched or want to change a character’s name and need to remember the first names that had come to mind.
  8. When you are struggling to write/have writer’s block, what are some ways that help you find your creative muse again? Flying on an airplane! That is where I do most of my story conceptualizing.
  9. What do you think makes a good story? Characters that make you wish you were them (and characters that make you thankful you are NOT them too!)
  10. What inspired your story? I wanted to write a story about two best friends at a turning point in their lives and the decisions they make.
  11. How does a new story idea come to you? Is it an event that sparks the plot or a character speaking to you? Story ideas come to me when I am flying, or when I’m on the treadmill listening to music. I let my mind wander and there is a sweet-spot in daydreams where stories are born.
  12. Is there a message/theme in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Believe in your friends, even when others around you are wanting you to question your friendship. Make your own decisions.
  13. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? How fun the research part would be! You begin by researching “X”  but during that research you uncover “Y and Z”
  14. On a Friday night, what are you most likely to be doing? My husband and I are creatures of habit, and we started getting barbecue to go from a local barbecue restaurant on Friday nights. Now, we’d much rather get our to go barbecue than go out to any restaurant on Friday nights!
  15. What do you like to do when you are not writing? Talk to my kids! I have been fortunate to have raised two young men who are big communicators. They love to tell me about their days (in law school and college) and I love to listen.
  16. Who are some of your favorite authors?Since I’m not a reader, I don’t have any favorites! I’m going to need to add “reading” as one of my New Year’s Resolutions and ask my fans for suggestions!
  17. Do you have a bucket list? What are some of the things on it?I have travelled from Russia to Italy to Turkey but I have never been to Australia or the orient. Add that to the list!
  18. What person(s) has/have helped you the most in your career?When I first began writing, I had kept it a secret. But one friend, Jill, pulled it out of me. She’s one of those friends who probes a little deeper, and then follows up with support and questions. She’s turned into my number one beta reader and is the first one I’ll tell when I am writing a new novel. She also sees the first draft. I appreciate her helps me through the not-so-enthusiastic times! 
  19. What’s the best writing advice you have ever received? Put your best foot forward. That was good advice from another friend and beta reader, Keri.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Top 10 Quotes about Books

Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.  -Mark Haddon

 "You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read." - James Baldwin

"If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books." - Roald Dahl

"A room without books is like a body without a soul." - Cicero

"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are." - Mason Cooley

There is no friend as loyal as a book. - Ernest Hemingway

"I regret all of my books." - Zora Neale Hurston

"If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You cannot open a book without learning something." - Confucius

"There is so much more to a book than just the reading." - Maurice Sendak

Friday, June 08, 2018

Guest Post: Five Benefits of Reading Life Quotes by Manish Kapoor

Five Benefits of Reading Life Quotes

Five Benefits of Reading Life Quotes
By Manish Kapoor

Life Quotes are very popular amongst peoples because of the benefits it offers to the individual. Apart from keeping you inspired and motivated, it changes your prospective about how you view life.

These are the Top 5 Benefits of Reading Quotes about Life:

1- Stress Reliever - Stress is one of the biggest diseases in the whole world right now. It is very harmful for an individual. It negatively affects your physical as well as mental health. Too much of stress leads to depression and can damage your heart also. Reading Life Quotations can drastically decrease the risk of this deadly illness.

2- Source of Inspiration - In order to achieve our personal and professional goals, we need something that can inspire us. We continuously need to inspire ourselves to be a better person and to reach even more lofty heights. Life Quotes are your source to unlimited inspiration and motivation. They are true words of wisdom that have power to activate the champion inside you.

3- Positive Attitude - Positive attitude is all you need to get everything in life. It is your ticket to get whatever you want in life. It helps you live life to the fullest extent rather than just living a mediocre life. Not only it helps you in your personal growth, but also produces positive energy making you more productive, more energetic and more likeable. Life Quotes kick out all the negativity from your life and allows your mind to think positively in every circumstance of life.

4- True Meaning of Life - Life is all about giving love and taking love. Those who understand this simple thing are living happy life. Those who don't are probably living unhappy life. Life Quotes are true words of wisdom that helps you know the true meaning of life.

5- Source of Laughter - I remembered a quote by e.e. cummings, "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." I certainly agree with this quote. We should laugh a lot everyday. It keeps us healthy physically and mentally. Several researches have showed that Laughter is best medicine. Some life Quotations are extremely funny that gives you ton of laugh.  These funny life quotes are extremely hilarious and sure to get you chuckle.

These are some of the benefits of reading Life Quotes. A simple search on Google can take you to hundred of thousands of Quotations websites which are absolutely free.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Blog Tour: Saving Each Other by Stacy Mitchell

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May is Family Support Month and I think that I have the perfect book for you to read: Saving Each Other.  Recently published, Saving Each Other is a must-read for the summer. This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, and Saving Each Other should definitely be in your beach bag or travel bag. 

About the Book: 
Two hearts, two souls. Devastated by loss, united through destiny. 

The rules: Communicate only through text messages and never reveal our real names or other personal details. 

My name is Ean Montgomery. After the drunk driving accident that killed my wife, son, and unborn daughter, I was forced to see a grief counselor. In an unconventional move, she gave me a private cell phone and the first initial of the name of a woman who had been widowed by the same accident. I had no intention of ever texting her but with all hope and the will to live gone, I found myself quickly slipping down the rabbit hole. Desperate, lonely, and unbelievably sad, I reached out to her and she became my everything. 

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My name is Dani Adams. I was married to my college sweetheart, the love of my life. Together we were raising our four-year-old daughter and running a successful business. Then the accident happened and life as I knew it ended in the blink of an eye. I didn’t want to answer his text but I was barely hanging on by a thread and he was in tremendous pain, so I replied. And once again, my world was forever changed. 

Over the course of a year, through texting alone, we bond. Friendship blossoms into something deeper. We were never supposed to meet, but fate had other plans, and in this world of loss and despair, something amazing began to grow… But can the passion we’ve found sustain itself with the deep, soul-twisting pain that never seems to fade? 

Excerpt from from Saving Each Other

The place D and I have been forced to go for counseling is called “OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center” and is about a half an hour away from my home. My mom insisted on driving me. And while she hasn’t read anything about the accident, she spent the entire ride, before my first session, alternating between trying to force me to read the articles flooding the Internet and trying to persuade me to attend the court proceedings. I’m not going to read what some scumbag has to say about my family and I’ve made everyone promise they won’t either. I’m also definitelynot going to the trial. The minute I see the man who murdered my family, I’ll lose my shit and that wouldn’t be good for anyone,especially me.
“OUR HOUSE” usually holds group sessions, but because our sessions are court-mandated and high profile, D and I were able to meet separately with our counselor, Elizabeth Macintyre, on a one-to-one basis.
Since we’re both barely hanging on by a thread, Beth did something very extreme and veryrisky. She came up with the idea that connecting us with one another could help us get through the grieving process. Her thinking was that since we’re both going through the same thing, we could potentially help each other. She explained to us—that to her—this was worth the potential loss of her license.
She gave us each a new cell phone that contained only each other’s new phone numbers along with the first letter of our first names. She wanted us to have a dedicated line to one another and her only stipulations were that we only communicate through text message and never reveal our real names or other personal details. This I agreed to because I had absolutely no intention of evercontacting her.
Except today. Today I have to. So I turn on my phone and type:
D, this is E.
I can’t believe I’m actually doing this. I don’t see how it’s going to change anything but I can’t stand this anymore. I’m at my breaking point. I’m in constant pain. It feels like a huge band is crushing my chest and getting tighter every day.All I do is cry!Everybody’s been trying really hard to help get me through this, I know that. I just don’t have it in me to give a shit.
I lost it with my mom yesterday. Said things no son should ever say to his mother. All she did was ask me to move in with her, and I lost it. It got so bad that she ran out of the house crying with a very mad Riley on her heels. Sure she’s asked me before, but that’s no excuse. My dad laid into me, took Po, and left. I’m now truly alone; being sucked into an inescapable vortex of grief.I’m so lost.
They haven’t been by yet today and I hope they don’t come by at all; this way I can die in peace. I’m falling down the rabbit hole very quickly and that’s why I needto contact D, the only other person who could possibly understand what I’m going through.
So I continue.
I wasn’t planning on contacting you, but here I am. I’m sure you feel the same way since you haven’t reached out to me and I don’t blame you if you don’t respond. It’s been almost a month since my world ended, and let’s just say, unfortunately, suicide isn’t an option. Even though I really wish it were.
I push aside my tears but not my pain; it refuses to leave. I take a deep breath and keep typing.
I’m dying. With each second that passes, I keep dying more and more. I never leave my house, I just sit near the door waiting for their return. So yeah, I’m contacting you. Are you going through the same thing? Why did this have to happen? How am I ever supposed to move on or whatever the hell that even means.
Through my agony I type the plea that just might save my life.
I know I said I don’t blame you if you don’t respond, but at the same time, I really need you to text me back. I’m scared, sad, lonely, and extremely desperate.

About the Author:

Stacy Mitchell was born and raised in Los Angeles, and lived in the South Bay for 20 years before moving to the Conejo Valley. She lives with her husband of 29 years and is the mom of two grown sons. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading, hiking in the Santa Monica mountains or enjoying a glass of cabernet.

Fifteen Random Facts About Stacy:

I’m not a picky eater…most of the time. I hate coconut but I love macaroons. I hate salmon but love lox. And, unlike Ean, mushrooms are one of my favorite foods. I prefer candy over chocolate, cake over pie and frozen yogurt over ice cream. I hate water, unless I’m really thirsty, and hate sweet drinks. Especially when it has fake sugar in it…shudder.

I am completely ambidextrous but was only able to carry my kids with my right arm.

I can read a full-length hardcover novel in five hours, but if you hand me the same book in paperback, it takes me five days.

I couldn’t watch the new Will and Grace until I saw all eight seasons of the old one. So I’ve been on a five-month binge. Same goes with books. If I see a book that looks interesting, and it’s part of a series, I always have to start at the beginning—even if it’s a standalone. 

I absolutely hate biographical movies. I loved the Titanic until the boat hit the iceberg. It ruined the whole story. What’s the point in seeing one if you know how it ends?

I hate walking on sidewalk, love walking on dirt. I can hike for three miles and love every minute of it, but if you put me on the street, I’m complaining after only three blocks. And don’t get me started on running! I don’t see the allure, after three yards I’m in a snit.

I believe in ghosts and want to develop my sixth sense so I can talk to them. BN Toler’s Where One Goes, is one of my all-time favorite books. 

Karma is my religion. How people treat you is their karma. How you react is yours. Going back to BN Toler, I like To Have It All, as much, if not more than Where One Goes

My favorite room in my house is my bedroom. If I could live there 24/7, I would.

I run fast and far from a spider and a bee, but can hold a snake or a mouse with no problem. 

I'm a night person, I'd rather stay up late and sleep in the day. The only way I like to see the sunrise is if I've been up all night. But when I do have to wake up early, it usually takes me a good hour to find myself. My friends call it aimless wandering or the Stacy shuffle.

I’m a city girl through and through. I couldn’t live anywhere that shuts down early. I usually don’t eat dinner until 9:00pm.

Markets soothe me; I never bring a list. It’s much more fun to just wander up and down each aisle. Whenever I go to the market to get a couple of things, it ends up being more and I always end up going from a hand held basket to a cart.

I’m incredibly spontaneous. I hate scheduling things, and when I do, I usually don’t make it. I was also born two-weeks late and have never changed. My friends call it Stacy time and usually pad our meeting time.

My favorite type of restaurant is a hole in the wall. I love traveling, and when I do, those types of restaurants are usually what I search for. There’s nothing worse that eating at a chain restaurant when an amazing family owned restaurant is just around the corner. That’s why I include real restaurants in my books.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Book Review: Just Breathe by Mallika Chopra

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Book: Just Breathe
Author: Mallika Chopra
Format: eBook
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I was immediately interested in reading  Just Breathe by Mallika Chopra because she is the daughter of Deepak Chopra. I was curious to see what information was provided that I could share with my 12-year-old daughter to help her maneuver through life. I liked how straightforward and simplistic the breathing exercises and guided meditations are for children. 

Recently, a research study highlighted that suicide is rising among children. This alarming fact proves that books like this one, which provides numerous techniques on how to deal with stress and anxiety, its necessity. I believe that this book can be used as a bonding tool between children and their parents. 

I enjoyed how Mallika Chopra managed to make the book relatable to children and explain the significance of each technique that is being introduced. I would recommend this book for children, who are unfamiliar with using meditation and breathing in their lifestyles. For children, who are familiar with the lifestyle, they may become uninterested in the book.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. I shared with my daughter and son, who is 10. Children are exposed to so much more than when I was growing up. Having a book like Just Breathe could save a life and assist a child in effectively managing the ups and downs of life. 

About the Book:

For kids ages 8 to 12, this is an accessible and fun meditation and mindfulness how-to book filled with full-color illustrations, written by Mallika Chopra and with a foreword by Deepak Chopra.

Just Breathe is a fun and accessible, fully illustrated go-to meditation guide written by none other than Mallika Chopra, wellness expert and the daughter of Deepak Chopra. For kids ages 8 to 12, this book is full of specific exercises to help deal with day-to-day challenges and tips to lead a healthier, happier, and more connected life. 

The book includes practical advice on breathing techniques and guided meditations for a number of topics and scenarios, including: dealing with stress,  getting to sleep, building self-confidence, focusing on school/tests/other work, and ridding oneself of anxiety. 
Beginners will learn the basics of meditation and how to get started, and those more experienced will learn how to improve their practice. This book will also teach kids how to prepare their own meditation spaces. Just Breathe is the go-to book for kids who want to learn more about mindfulness and meditation.  

A Note From the Publisher

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mallika Chopra is a mom, media entrepreneur, public speaker, and published author. Her first book, 100 Promises to My Baby, published in 2005 and has sold 20,692 copies on Bookscan. She is also the author of two additional books: 100 Questions From My Child and most recently Living with Intent. She is the founder of, a website and app focused on personal, social, and global wellness. She also helped launch the Heal The World Foundation with Michael Jackson in the 1990s. She is the founder of The Chopra Well, a premiere YouTube channel with 173K subscribers. She teaches a course at Columbia University, where she is also obtaining her Masters in Psychology. She has spoken on her passion for Intent at TedX SanDiego, TedX Berkeley, Ideacity, Business Innovation Factory, LOHAS, and women's conferences around the US, as well as speaking regularly at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

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