In the first book in The Wiggly Squiggly Princess series readers meet Princess Squeakers and her family, the Royal VonTootens.
Ages: 0 – 8
*Warning: This book contains fart jokes and may cause your children to giggle uncontrollably.
Princess Squeakers Fun Facts
1. Besides cheese and apple pie, I really like pizza and chocolate… and broccoli! Not together of course… that’d be gross.
2. I can do a cartwheel to the left, but not the right. (I’m left handed – lefties are the besties!)
3. I can figure skate forwards and backwards and do some easy jumps. I can’t do a triple-moo-cow, but I can bunny hop!
4. Until I was four years old, I believed my brother when he said my hair was orange from eating too many carrots.
5. My brothers and I race to see who can brush our teeth the longest. I don’t usually win, ‘cause the toothpaste is too spicy.
6. My favorite dolly is named ‘Miss Dolly’. I also have a duck stuffed animal that I sleep with every night named ‘Ducky’.
7. I can sing the ABCs forwards AND backwards.
8. I want a pet dragon.
9. I really, really want a pet dragon. Or a unicorn. Or a unikitty.
10. Even though I fight with them a lot, I really love my big brothers! When they aren’t being stinky, they are super fun to play with.
About the Author
Alissa lives with her husband, step-son, son and daughter in a sleepy little town in Ohio. She has learned there are many, many, many different versions of Power Rangers and that five year olds know the difference between all of them.In addition to many freelance writing projects, and she is the primary blogger on iequalsalissa.com.
Celia is bored. And with everyone in her family busy she doesn’t know what to do…until her dad gives her a task that leads to her best day ever; the day she meets Cedric and their yummy adventures begin!
After a rainy night Celia had a fun idea as usual. Who knew that what started out as mud and grass clippings would turn out to be the most delicious, delectable snack they or anyone else had tasted…yes, even her teenage brother, Jake.
Celia and Cedric meet a new friend! In this new adventure, they meet the little green dragon who becomes a fun playmate and an inspiration for a yummy new recipe. Celia and Cedric enjoy the Little Green Dragon’s smoothie and you can too!
Food is the fuel we run on but food also gives our body important information – did you know that?
Let me explain. We are composed of trillions of cells which contain a blueprint and our cells make us who we are depending on this blueprint.
The great news is that we have been given the power to control our cells and their blueprint because we have been given the free will to make choices which either foster good health or deter it. In other words, we have the ability to operate the ON/OFF control-switch which tells the good genes to turn on and the bad ones to turn off.
Yay! We are not victims of our genes, but masters of our fates, able to create lives overflowing with health and happiness, as Bruce Lipton Ph. D., scientifically explains in his book, The Biology of Belief.
How exciting is that? When we know better, we can do better!
It’s actually quite easy to give our cells spectacular data in order to build a healthy immune system; we can eat, The Super Hero Foods!
Let’s visit 10 of these Super Heroes and see what information they have to “turn on” our good genes.
Blueberries: are loaded with antioxidants and flavonoids which help prevent cellular damage. Kids love their round shape and yummy sweet taste.
Nut Butters: not the hydrogenated or sugars added kind. Most nuts are high in vitamin E and magnesium, which helps keep our cardiovascular system working well. Nuts also have healthy fats and antioxidants. Toast with nut butter and sliced bananas, anyone?
Beans & legumes: have high fiber which helps balance blood sugar by slowly releasing glucose for energy. This makes for better moods too – less mood swings, yeah! Hummus and crackers are loved by kids. Who doesn’t love to dip stuff, right?
Quinoa: is high in all 9 essential amino acids, which makes it a whole protein. Quinoa also has a lot of calcium. These little balls of energy are fun to chew. Use them in place of rice cereal, pudding, a stir fry and soups.
Sweet Potato: their pretty color gives us tons of phyto-chemicals responsible for fighting disease. Sweet potato fries? Yes, please!
Leafy Greens: are usually the hardest food to get kids to eat. It’s hard to find a child who loves spinach, for example. Yet, it’s an excellent source of iron, calcium, vitamins A and C and folic acid, which are all great for bones and brains. Solution? Check out the recipe for the “Little Green Dragon Drink” in the book “The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: Little Green Dragon” to easily get your kids going green!
Yogurt: is a source of protein and calcium. It also has good bacteria to promote Immune System Function and healthy digestion. Get plain yogurt and add your own fruit and sweetener. Try blending yogurt and frozen fruit for a treat!
Avocado: contain good fats for proper growth, fiber to help prevent constipation and 60% more potassium than bananas. Try guacamole with veggie and cracker dippers, as well as Avocado Chocolate Pudding: Simply blend soft avocado with some milk of your choice and add a bit of sweetener. Voila! Instant, nutritious Chocolate Pudding! Even picky eaters will gobble this!
Chia: a little ball of energy packed with complete protein, loads of fiber, calcium, potassium, magnesium and good fats, particularly, omega 3. Just 1 Tbsp. (15ml) has more calcium than a glass of milk! It also contains boron for strong bones and helps balance blood sugar for good moods. Now what parent doesn’t want that?
Strawberries: Buy organic because they are high on the list for pesticide use. Strawberries are one of the top antioxidant berries and are high in iron. Kids love them because they are sweet and easy to eat. For a fun family treat, melt a 70 – 85% dark chocolate bar and then dip your berries into it, fondue style. Mmmm….good!
Look for these Super Hero Foods in the NEWLY RELEASED book series: The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: A Read & Bake Series. You and your kids will enjoy reading unique, adventurous stories and making Nutrilicious™ snacks! Go to www.celiaandcedric.com to buy now!
It is my pleasure to read and review The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric by mother and daughter team Erin Kurt, B.Ed. and mom, Laara Exsnar, B.Ed, RHN.
Erin Kurt and Laara Exsnar have managed to combine both information and entertainment in one really fun series for children. My test subject, my nearly five-year-old granddaughter, Dani, and I spent an afternoon reading, and re-reading The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric. Her favorite of the three books was, without a doubt, Eat Dirt Balls, and we are going to spend some time this week challenging ourselves to “cook” the recipe for Dirt Balls.
The language was simple and colorful and the characters were very engaging to a young mind. I must admit the best part for me was the smiles and giggles from my assistant reviewer as we read and the wonderful adventures that we are going to be creating in “gramma’s” kitchen.
Dani and I will both be looking forward to more of these yummy adventures and highly recommend you pick up a set of books for fun with your youngster!
Dani gives these books five purple babies (her favorite toy) and I offer my five cups of hot, but not too hot for children, cups of Room With Books hot cocoa instead of coffee.
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Mother and daughter team Erin Kurt, B.Ed. and mom, Laara Exsnar, B.Ed, RHN, have joined forces to write fun, adventurous stories with their little characters Celia and Cedric. Erin, a former school teacher and mother of two young kiddies, and Laara, a retired school teacher and now nutritionist, have a passion for families, health and yummy food. Bringing their combined experitise together they’ve created a Read and Bake Series they hope will bring families continuous hours of fun and enjoyment.
If a painting in the home of your perfect man reflects your dreams of doom, do you run, or do you dare to embrace love?
While Lizetta lives a life of compassion, childhood bullying over a few extra pounds have caused this sparky woman to lose sight of the beauty of her soul. Jensen’s recent past is filled with substance abuse, shady morals, and loose women. A brutal wake up call forced him to find his way back to the gentle soul he once was; however, there are some whose futures depend on the return of the demon.
Souls can heal, but how long can they fight the forces that seek to destroy them? If one of those forces is the person who shattered your self-image, and she is determined to take down the one you love, could you still believe that everyone deserves a second chance?
Why I Wrote Something To Dream On
By Diane Rinella
Someone once told me that there is truth tucked into every joke, every comment, and every piece of fiction. Thus, fiction and reality go hand in hand.
After releasing Scary Modsters … and Creepy Freaks, I had a hard time getting traction on a new story. I strive to be original, which is in no way easy, and it felt like every time I sat at my computer the same old love story popped out. Maybe I just wasn’t inspired, or maybe the universe had not yet spoken. Then one day the universe screamed.
I was chatting with a friend online—a grown woman—who was being bullied over her physical attributes—by a grown man. Worse, the guy thought he was being clever, or maybe he wanted to be indiscreet, and did it in code—on Facebook, right on his wall, using the public setting—for her and the rest of the world to see. He spoke of a group she was a part of and the friends she had. He even directly spoke of our activities. His friends joined in—friends who were also grown men and women. Their childish behavior, and who it was aimed at, could not have been more obvious.
Fortunately, my friend is a survivor who knows how to roll with the punches. She could have fought back, and while I do feel there is a time and a place for it, it was clear that these people just wanted someone to pick on—someone to make them feel superior. In the end, she felt it best to ignore the idiots. Naturally, when she failed to fight back, they called it quits. After all, what fun is it for a bully when his victim doesn’t play along?
That incident drove me to start writing, and while it took a lot of other elements to make Something To Dream On something other than an average story about bullying, the fire had been lit. Something To Dream On is my way to show people that they can be stronger—be they victims or bullies. We can all overcome our insecurities and use our passions to make the world a better place.
So in getting back to the truth in fiction, Something To Dream On came out of a real event that was brought on by someone being a real jerk and a friend who took the high road, thus making the world better by not feeding the bully machine. Sadly, the guy who did the teasing still seems to be an ass; however, the person he attacked taught me how to be a better person. For that, I will always be grateful.
About the Author
Enjoying San Francisco as a backdrop, the ghosts in Diane’s 150-year old Victorian home augment the chorus in her head. With insomnia as their catalyst, these voices have become multifarious characters that haunt her well into the sun’s crowning hours, refusing to let go until they have manipulated her into succumbing to their whims. Her experiences as an actress, business owner, artisan cake designer, software project manager, Internet radio disc jockey, vintage rock n’ roll journalist/fan girl, and lover of dark and quirky personalities influence her idiosyncratic writing.
An interconnected stand-alone adult contemporary romance series.
Release Date: May 14th
When your past and present collide, can love surpass it all?
When Leslie Lincoln, a spunky, red-headed American, suffers an awkward moment with an arousingly-sexy British man—she thinks her life can’t get any more pathetic.
She’s done with men.
She doesn’t need them.
She especially doesn’t need their muscular thighs.
No siree, she’s going to forget all about the brooding, complicated, and seductive “Theo” who captivated her on the dance floor of a London nightclub.
Keep telling yourself that, Lez…..
Immersing herself into a new type of romantic cleanse, Leslie thinks she’ll never lay eyes on Theo again. But somehow, he’s managed to bulldoze his way back in—her cheetah-print onesie pajamas be damned.
He wants more.
She wants to run.
But he can’t seem to let her go.
Both of them have a past—and neither want to share.
How can love possibly survive in darkness?
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Interview with the Author of the London Lovers Series
Welcome all. Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing, Amy Daws, author of the London Lovers Series and the upcoming new release, London Bound.
Hi Amy, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Congratulations on the cover reveal!
Thank you! I’m really excited about releasing London Bound. Leslie is a heroine unlike any other I think.
The cover is gorgeous, who are the models?
The girl is from my hometown actually. Just a small town in Iowa. My first two covers featured a girl from my hometown too so I think I’ve started a trend here without even knowing it! That author, Jake Kerouac said the prettiest girls in the world are from Iowa! So I’m just taking a page out of his book!
London Bound is the third book in the London Lovers Series, correct? Do readers have to read the first two?
Definitely not. I wrote them to all be interconnected, but still able to stand on their own. Books one and two are told through my heroine, Finley. Those are nicer to read in order I suppose. But this with London Bound, it’s a different heroine, Leslie. Leslie was Finley’s best friend in books 1 and 2, so you’re getting a completely different story.
What’s Leslie like?
Oh goodness. Leslie is that kooky, crazy, hilarious best friend that everyone wishes they had. She’s a fiery red head with a creative side and a heart of gold for her friends. She’d do anything for her friends and actually does a lot for Finley in books one and two.
How did you decide to give her her own book?
Probably the biggest reoccurring compliment I got in reviews for books one and two was how awesome my secondary characters were! It was crazy! Everybody loved them! I think with a lot of books, secondary characters are almost annoying to readers because all they care about are the leading characters. But somehow, I write great secondaries! So I’m grateful to be able to capitalize on that! It’s fun to see the funny girl get her HEA.
Do did you have any idea Leslie was going to get her own book when you started writing this series?
I did not. I’m a fly by the seat of my pants writer and I didn’t even know I was going to give Leslie a love interest in A Broken Us, but all the sudden, I was writing it. And it was a hilarious first impression! I thought I was done but then, alpha Theo got under my skin. He’s a bruiser of a man who’s very sensitive but in a caveman sort of way. He’s sexy as hell and I wanted to see how Leslie got on with him!
What are you most excited about in London Bound?
The comedy element for sure. Leslie is the funny girl! And her best friend Frank is a fantastical gay man who says the most out-landish things. I’m really pushing the funny factor in this romance as much as possible.
But it’s not going to be a totally light hearted book. There’s a really deep, dark tragedy that I’ve written that will bring a huge juxtaposition to the lightness and silliness of Leslie. I think it’ll be a really interesting contrast for readers.
Will there be more books in this series?
Yes! Liam from A Broken Us was such a sweetie pie! He needs his love story told. I have lots of ideas him.
Any other WIPs we should know about?
My memoir series is still in progress. Chasing Hope released last May and Chasing Peace will hopefully come out before the end of the year.
Thanks for your time today.
Thank you for having me! And sorry about not having a presale link for this new book yet, but that’s why I dropped book one to 99 cents this week, it’s something for readers to feed that #oneclick addition!
Looking forward to it. Thanks again.
Such a sweet and realistic college love story that turns out to be more than a fling. I’m so excited to read A Broken Us (the next book in the series)! There was a little sneak peek at the end of Becoming Us and those first chapters … I NEED MORE! –Laura W rated it 5 of 5 stars
The dreaded friend-zone…
The last place I ever want to be with college basketball God, Jake LaShae.
I am losing my mind trying to figure out what this gorgeous and confident man wants from me. I need to break through his walls.
What is it about me that makes him not go there? What am I lacking?
When a mind-blowing betrayal knocks the wind out of me, and I think I can’t feel any lower…Brody stumbles into my path—barefoot no less, and sexy as hell. His direct and mouth-watering swagger is a breath of fresh air. The feelings this man gives me are like nothing I’ve ever experienced.
But Brody has a past.
A past that makes it nearly impossible for him to trust me and let us become us in whatever capacity that may be.
Just when Brody and I truly connect, just when I think that finding my soul-mate in college isn’t a total joke, Jake comes back into my life…and messes things up…possibly for good.
An epic love story, to say the least. I’m always looking for a good fast read and this book was EXACTLY what I was looking for. From the second I started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down…. I actually found myself thinking about the characters when I wasn’t even reading!!! – Amcaskey rated it 5 of 5 stars
The moment those words come out of the doctor’s mouth, I feel sick. So sick. The life I have dreamed of…obliterated. And Brody. God, Brody. How will he look at me? How can he accept me? He’ll know what I hid from him. He’ll know everything. It’s over. It’s completely over. I can’t tell him “I love Us” anymore. Even though I do. Even though it will kill me. I can’t tell him anything. Everything is ruined. Pummeled. Broken. I have to leave him. I have to give up us. I know he’ll come after me. I just have to do something to make him not want to.
Amy Daws lives in South Dakota with her husband, Kevin, and their miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy’s first book, Chasing Hope, and her passion for writing. On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake’s theme song or stuffing themselves inside children’s-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn’t do for their little miracle.
My past ravaged me once. Tortured me a long time. Sleepless nights, a withering soul, horrors. But I endured. I stayed the course, and it almost cost me everything.
So this is my reckoning, flawed perhaps, but I beat back the demons. I lived.
Share my steps as I trudge through knee-deep snow to a stupid day job. Live in a rusted out junk of a car for a summer, with mosquitoes whining in your ear. Walk out of a neighborhood library with me, penniless, except for the stolen donation box under my coat.
Joys, hopes, troubles and sins delivered with such prose you’ll wonder why it took so long to find this book.
And why it took so long to forgive yourself.
Ever feel less than good enough?
Like your life isn’t going as planned?
We all do sometimes.
Come with me as I travel back in the hopes of letting go.
About the Author
Michael Romeo was born August 12, 1980 at 1:17 a.m.