Monday, June 28, 2021

Book Highlight: Cheyenne Summer by Terry Mort

The Battle of Beecher Island: A History 

Pegasus | $27.95 | Hardcover | 352 pages | 6 x 9” | 9781643137100 | July 6th, 2021

"Mort bases his detailed, page-turning account largely on recollections by Forsyth and by Cheyenne warrior George Bent, creating a nuanced portrayal of a battle that epitomizes the struggle to settle the Plains. A rich addition to the popular military history of the late-18th-century frontier." 

KirkusStarred Review

About the Book

During the morning hours of September 17, 1868, on a sandbar in the middle of the Republican River in eastern Colorado, a large group of Cheyenne and Sioux soldiers attacked 50 civilian scouts, signaling the start of one of the hardest fought battles in the annals of the American frontier. In Cheyenne Summer - The Battle of Beecher Island: A History (Pegasus | July 6th, 2021), a navy veteran and acclaimed author Terry Mort presents a stunning, detailed account of this untold chapter of American history, the Battle of Beecher Island.   


In the years after the Civil War, the completion of a railroad connecting the states on both coasts was a national priority. At the same time, the railroad - and the settlements along its route - posed a direct threat to Indigenous people. The Army, drastically reduced in size since the end of the war, was charged with keeping the peace, prompting General Phillip Sheridan to hire civilian frontiersmen to supplement his forces. After a week of scouting, a group of these frontiersmen, finding themselves at the limit of their supplies, were attacked by a force of as many as six hundred Cheyenne and Sioux warriors. 


When the smoke cleared after four days of fighting, half of the scouts and nine Cheyenne warriors were killed or wounded, including the famous fighter, Roman Nose. The commanding officer, Major George Forsyth, was finally able to send two scouts back to the nearby Fort Wallace on foot while the rest held out on the island for nine more days. All were on the verge of starvation when the 10th Cavalry—one of the Army’s two African American units nicknamed the “Buffalo Soldiers”—came riding to their rescue with a field ambulance and medical supplies. 


Though the Battle of Beecher Island was a small incident in US history, its story is exemplary of the Western frontier—exhibiting the heroism of warriors on either side of the dramatic conflict.  

“The Wrath of Cochise is compact, crisply written and provocative. Simply as a narrative of Western warfare, Mr. Mort's lucid, often beautifully written book is a pleasure to read. But he also poses questions that take his story to a deeper, morally challenging plane.”  

– The Wall Street Journal 


 “A well-done chronicle of a harsh war fought in a harsh environment.”  

– Booklist 


 “Meticulously written. Mort makes a fascinating read of every subject he takes up.” 

 – The Associated Press 


 “A unique biography of Ernest Hemingway’s decision to volunteer to hunt German U-boats in the Gulf Stream—it was this quest that would shape much of The Old Man and the Sea.  A rewarding read about the inner workings of an artistic mind.”  

– Kirkus Reviews 


 “Epic in scope. Terry Mort tells the story of a little-known period in the life of one of America’s greatest novelists.”  

– Philip Caputo, author of A Rumor of War 

About the Author

Terry Mort did his undergraduate work in English literature at Princeton University and his graduate work at the University of Michigan. After school he served as an officer in the navy, specializing in navigation and gunnery. His service included a lengthy deployment to Vietnam. He is the author of five novels, a book on fly-fishing, and most recently The Hemingway Patrols, a non-fiction account of Ernest Hemingway’s anti-U boat patrols off Cuba during WWII. He has also edited works by Mark Twain, Jack London, and Zane Grey. He lives in Sonoita, Arizona, and Durango, Colorado. 

Friday, June 25, 2021

Virtual Book Tour: The Grumpy Frumpy Croissant by Mona K

A Sip of Milk and 10 Deep Breaths: Anger Management for Kids

Cute kids book to help calm angry minds and soften misunderstandings

About the Book

Croissant isn't happy, and he's taking it out on the breakfast plate! Toast, Scone, and Milk think he's being mean, but Croissant thinks they’re being mean to him. A sip of Milk and ten deep breaths help everyone calm down and talk to each other.
The Grumpy Frumpy Croissant is a children’s picture book with fun and colorful hand-drawn illustrations that teach a lesson about misunderstandings any child can grasp. Croissant learns how to let anger pass, and that yelling hurts others’ feelings. It's a simple story for parents to introduce ideas of managing feelings to children, illustrated by Korey Scott. 
The book also features a delicious croissant recipe that parents can make with their children, and full-page coloring activities featuring the characters in the book (kindle and e-reader compatible too!).

Book Specs

      Publisher: Canoe Tree Press (Dartfrog Books)
      ISBN: Hardcover: 978-1735930800, Paperback: 978-1735930824
      Pub Date: Hardcover: November 2020, Paperback: January 2021
      Price: Hardcover: $13.99, Paperback: $7.99
      Age Range: Age range: 0-7
"A quirky and engaging breakfast tale that stresses conflict resolution." - Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Mona K is a statistician by training and loves to weave stories with numbers in her day job as a health services researcher. She is also a children’s book author who believes that picture books are a source of both wisdom and silliness. Mona loves to bake in her free time, and her love for croissants and meditation inspired her to write this debut children's picture book. She lives in New Jersey with her seven-year-old son and husband. 


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Twitter: @monaswhimsicalbooks


Book Tour: Indestructible: The Hidden Gifts of Trauma by Krista Nerestant

The Memoir That Will Disrupt Society’s Perspective On Trauma

Instead of wincing from pain, readers will be empowered in recognizing the hidden gifts of trauma


Indestructible: The Hidden Gifts of Trauma is a child survivor’s shocking narrative expertly woven through the perspective of the adult self, who is ultimately healed. This is the fascinating personal story of a traumatized overachiever bound by the cultural and societal limitations of her home country, who endures multiple traumas as a child in the Philippines and as a young immigrant in the United States.

In this unique inspirational and teaching memoir, Krista weaves the past and the present seamlessly to incite many emotions—hurt, love, joy, excitement, empowerment, etc. She transforms each trauma into gifts—courage, resilience, forgiveness, and more—succeeding and healing throughout her journey, leading her to become a trauma coach and inspirational leader to her community.

In Indestructible, she shares how she learned to extract life-healing lessons while overcoming a violent past, with the hope of inspiring and teaching survivors to approach personal wounds as a gateway to unleashing their own self-actualization. Crossing over spirituality and self-help genres, Indestructible disrupts society’s chosen perspective on trauma. Instead of wincing from the pain, readers will be empowered in recognizing the gifts it will present.

Krista’s story will stimulate readers mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually―but most of all, it will lead them to start their own journey of self-discovery and uncover their very own hidden gifts of trauma.

Praise for Indestructible: The Hidden Gifts of Trauma

“Her gift to readers: effective guidance to creating a healthier, more fulfilling life. A true story that may be useful to anyone seeking emotional healing.”―Kirkus Reviews

“Indestructible is a powerful memoir about resilience and forgiveness.”―Foreword Clarion Review, 4 stars

“In moving, unsparing prose, Krista shares the incredible, heroic journey of her life, and along the way turns her struggles into powerful lessons that can help anyone. Despite the unbelievable obstacles she’s faced, Krista shows that it’s possible not just to survive but to thrive, so long as you never stop nurturing compassion.”―Jeff Campbell, writing teacher, editor, and author of Daisy to the Rescue

Krista Nerestant is a practicing life coach, educated and certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and The Satir Method of Transformational Systemic Therapy to heal family dynamics and trauma, and an advocate for women and children. She hosts a podcast, Self-Care Tuesdays, that is dedicated to encouraging, empowering, and elevating the journey of self-care. She’s teaching women it’s OK to be “Self-ish”!

Question/Answer Session with the Author

    What inspired your story? I was inspired by my need to practice what I preach as a facilitator at I am like a broken record in repeating the mantra of SELF-accountability, responsibility, and awareness. The need for championing trauma survivors who are living on survival mode and encouraging them to survive rather than just thrive. Indestructible: The Hidden Gifts of Trauma encourages and teaches individuals to use their personal power to live their best life in all levels--mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

    What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book? It was the most therapeutic experience. I laughed, cried, angered, and certainly squirmed in re-living the past but it healed me and allowed me to gain an objective perspective to extract life healing lessons to share with the community.

    On a Friday night, what are you most likely to be doing? Decompressing and relaxing with my hubby and daughter with family time whether that’s through a home-cooked dinner or take out and watching a movie. 

    What do you like to do when you are not writing? Yoga, meditation, hanging out with my friends, salsa dancing, and bouncing off entrepreneurial concepts with my husband. 

    Who are some of your favorite authors? Lee Child, Nora Roberts, David Baldacci, Emily Griffin, Harlan Coben

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    Friday, June 11, 2021

    Guest Post - The Teensy Weensy Virus by Sherri L. Rose - Virtual Book Tour

    "One day, a teensy-weensy virus came along."

    This line was important to me. I feel like “blaming” a country for the origin of a virus is totally irresponsible. Do we truly know that it is not lurking in other corners of our world?

    …or in countries where they eat “wild animals”?  Don’t we do this in the United States? 


    I don’t like to “blame” anyone. Unfortunately, the hatred that this has caused is now being evidenced by many “Anti-Asian” acts of violence. There’s way too much hate in our world right now.  


    When I attempted to go to sleep last summer, I realized how grief-stricken I was because I had not been able to hug my youngest grandson for months. I was devastated. Yes, there were already some children’s books published for children about COVID, but I needed one from a health care perspective to read to my grandson – to explain why I tried to hug him through large pieces of saran wrap (really!) or through a large, thick blanket. It was uncomfortable, awkward, and unpleasant, and confusing for him, as it was for me. I had to write this book.  


    I was so blessed to find a local publishing company that supported self-publishing authors! Brandylane Publishing Company/Belle Isle Books from Richmond, Virginia has been truly outstanding in assisting me with this venture. 


    It was a simple book to write; as I had so much experience in Pediatrics and with young children. They are quite easy to talk to, but you need to consider what you say and the emotional impact that can occur. This is such a new topic that we don’t ordinarily discuss with children, so there were some challenges. I made sure I was within the correct “zone” by having a clinical psychologist review my book. We both agreed discussing death at this young age was inappropriate. There are also other wonderful books about explaining death to children that could be used if the child had unfortunately had that experience.  

    About the Author

    Sherri Rose grew up in Richmond, Virginia. As a retired pediatric and family nurse practitioner, as well and a hospice and palliative care nurse, she recognizes the critical importance of helping children understand what is happening during this pandemic that is currently sweeping our globe. COVID-19 has created so much stress, anxiety, grief, and loss for adults—imagine what children must think but be unable to express! 

    Inspired by her concerns for the smallest among us—as well as by her own significant grief over not being able to hug her children and grandchildren during quarantine—Sherri began to write this book to help preschoolers understand what is going on and why all of us must follow new rules. As a mother of three daughters and three stepdaughters, as well as a grandmother to many, she hopes that the resources found in this book will be useful to all the readers all over the world. Sherri is having six translations created to spread the importance of basic safety guidelines with this very smart virus. She wrote the lyrics to the little song at the end of the book to have something light and happy after reading about a serious topic. 

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