Articles for the Month of March 2017

One Mother’s Journey: Creating My Family through In Vitro Fertilization by Jennifer Prudenti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For most of us women having a baby is something we naturally want, and assume it will just happen, sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.

In this frank and detailed book the author, Jennifer Prudenti, with timely insertions from her husband Marty, take us on their quest to be parents. Throughout, they lay bare their thoughts and emotions for us to read, in the hope that it will give others guidance and that it will help to full in some of the questions which others are wondering about, or may have forgotten to ask.

Jennifer’s story starts very openly as she explains how, as the daughter of a loving mother, all she wanted was a daddy, and how, like many before and since, she turned to boys to get the attention she craved from males. This yearning, and the consequences of it took her health and body down a tragic route which eventually led her to need In Vitro Fertilization, or as it is commonly known IVF.

Happily married, all Jennifer and her husband Marty wanted was a family, however, this was not to be – well not easily, as you will read. The path they took was a hard one, IVF. Jennifer explains in detail the various procedure, and tests which she endured, and the life she led dancing to the rhythm of her body clock, and the routines which had to be followed. The unfortunate disappointments, the emotional rollercoasters, and everything being swept aside by Jennifer’s strong feelings that she would be incomplete as a woman, and a wife, without being a mother, despite Marty’s protestations of the opposite.

Along with following traditional guidelines, she found herself trying alternative medicines and remedies. They changed clinics and doctors, done whatever they could until, finally she was carrying her babies.

For many, from then onwards is a natural path, set in stone, but for others (myself included), this is just the beginning of months of fears and worries. Unless you have experienced it no-one can understand the feelings you go through just to get to the magical 28 weeks when baby is ‘viable’, however the author does a very good job, as it certainly brought back memories for me.

As the title suggests this story does have a happy ending, but then as they say in films, this is only the beginning of Jennifer and Marty’s life as parents. I am a true believer that no-one can prepare you for parenthood, of course, the love you feel when you see your baby or babies for the first time, but also the emotional toll, sleepless nights, worries when they don’t sleep, the list is endless. As parents all we can do is our best, and of course hindsight is a wonderful thing.

This story is one which needed telling, not only because Jennifer and her husband thought so, but also to give hope, information, courage and the strength not to give up to the thousands of couples out there who strive to have a family of their own, whatever it takes….

 

About the Author: Jennifer Prudenti is a mother of two beautiful kids, Sophia and Michael. She lives in Albertson, New York, with her husband, Marty, their children, and the family cats, Smudgie and Sabrina. She is a mother, daughter, wife, friend, coworker. She is just like you, and her story could be anyone’s. She is a marketing professional who has worked in the music business, publishing, and television, and writing is her passion..

 

About the Book:  What if you thought you had it all figured out, and then just like that, nothing was as it seems? This is a story of determination, perseverance, and faith. This is a story about making your dream come true, despite the odds. This is my story.

 

Available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/One-Mothers-Journey-Creating-Fertilization/dp/1490883975/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490443834&sr=8-1&keywords=One+Mother%27s+Journey

Kindle https://www.amazon.com/One-Mothers-Journey-Creating-Fertilization-ebook/dp/B012CUOFEC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1490443834&sr=8-1

Hardcover https://www.amazon.com/One-Mothers-Journey-Creating-Fertilization/dp/1490883959/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1490443834&sr=8-1

and

Barnes & Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-mothers-journey-jennifer-prudenti/1122330018?ean=9781490883977

NOOK Book  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-mothers-journey-jennifer-prudenti/1122330018?ean=9781490883960

Hardcover http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-mothers-journey-jennifer-prudenti/1122330018?ean=9781490883953

 

Fearne Fairy and the Dandelion Clocks by Sarah Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This delightful Fearne Fairy adventure takes place on a beautiful March morning. With the daffodils swaying in the breeze, and bird song filling the air as young chaffinches practice their singing.

On such as super day, in her moss covered tree trunk home deep in the middle of Whimsy Wood, Fearne Fairy is in the mood for spring cleaning, however, it isn’t long before her tummy reminds her she hasn’t had her breakfast.

We all know that fairies are magical, and can do amazing things, but like ordinary people there are things they have problems with, and Fearne really does have trouble with her landings, and unfortunately on this day she crashes at the bottom of the stairs and hurts her head.

No worries, she thinks, I have just the remedy hidden in my conker cupboard, her special, sore-head-fixing dandelion drink. However, when she goes to the cupboard she discovers that there is no drink left!

What can she do! Well she must have a good think, and what better to help her than a crumpet or four? Just as she finds the solution, she hears a rumpus outside and discovers Bertie and Beatrice, the bunny twins fighting over a dandelion clock! Of course, like most fighting, it ends in tears and also poor Beatrice bumps her head. The situation is urgent, now there are two sore heads and no sore-head-fixing dandelion drink.

But will the bunny twins remember where they got the clock from, because, surely there will be dandelion leaves there, and hopefully there will there be enough for Fearne Fairy to make some of her magical drink.

It is time for a lesson Fearne decides, and so she tells the twins, after their fight about the importance of sharing, and about her family’s motto of ‘share and share a-like.’

But as to the spring cleaning, well…

This is a truly enchanting fairy tale, magical and yet with a little lesson about the importance of sharing woven in. I read it to my little granddaughter and she was captivated, loving both the story and the wonderful illustrations. I look forward to sharing more Fearne Fairy tales with her as we explore this exciting series together.

 

About the Author: Sarah Hill is a children’s author and a small animal Vet. She gained her Veterinary Medicine degree at Bristol University in 1999 and worked in practice for 10 years. At that point she had her second daughter and soon after, she decided to take a career break. She was writing her children’s series, ‘Whimsy Wood’, at home in Wiltshire (with her husband, their baby son, two daughters, two dogs, two cats and “a partridge in a pear tree”!) for a good 3 years, before her work was taken on by Abela Publishing, based in Sandhurst, UK.

There are 35 books in the Whimsy Wood children’s series for 5-8 yr olds. These are divided into 5 sets of 7 books. Each book is written specifically for a month in the calendar, so the flora and fauna within the wood, change as you read through the series. Finally, there is a proverb hidden within every story for the reader to find, giving it real meaning. Please note that 10% of book sales is donated to The Wildlife Trusts, UK.

Book 1, ‘Posie Pixie And The Copper Kettle’, was published in July 2013. Book 2, ‘Posie Pixie And The Lost Matchbox’, was published in November 2013. Book 3, ‘Posie Pixie And The Torn Tunic’, was published in February 2014. Book 4, ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’, was published in May 2014. Book 5, ‘Posie Pixie And The Christmas Tree’, was published in October 2014. Book 6, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’, was published in February 2015. Book 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’, was published at the end of June 2015. Book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, was published in March 2016. Book 9, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Chocolate Caterpillar’, was published in July 2016 and book 10, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Landing Lesson’, will be launched on November the 26th 2016.

Books 1-5 were all awarded the Readers’ Favourite 5 Star Seal in 2015. Books 6 and 7, ‘Posie Pixie And The Snowstorm’ and ‘Posie Pixie And The Pancakes’ respectively, were tied winners in The Royal Dragonfly Book Awards in October 2015. Both these books were also awarded the Story Monster Approved Seal again in 2015. Book 4, ‘Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party’, won the Chapter Book category in the international Children’s Literary Classics Book Awards in October 2016. Finally book 8, ‘Fearne Fairy And The Dandelion Clocks’, received an honourable mention in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in June 2016.

 

Fearne Fairy and the Dandelion Clocks is available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fearne-Fairy-Dandelion-Clocks-Paperback/dp/1910882674/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490097339&sr=8-1&keywords=Fearne+Fairy+and+the+Dandelion+Clocks

 and Hardcover https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fearne-Fairy-Dandelion-Clocks-Whimsy/dp/1910882666/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1490097339&sr=8-1

 

And from Barnes & Noble in Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fearne-fairy-and-the-dandelion-clocks-book-8-in-the-whimsy-wood-series-sarah-hill/1123529547?ean=9781910882672

and Hardcover http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fearne-fairy-and-the-dandelion-clocks-book-8-in-the-whimsy-wood-series-sarah-hill/1123529547?ean=9781910882665

 

Lessons from Shadow: My Life Lessons for Boys and Girls by Shadow Bregman

 

What a wonderful book for children. Not only is it cleverly written by a worldly black Labrador called Shadow, of course kindly penned by his human daddy Walter Bregman, but it contains some important life lessons for children to learn, and other dogs of course as long as their mummies and daddies read it to them. Because you see, as I already know, but many people don’t, dogs to understand us, and talk to us too!

When Shadow’s mummy and daddy decided to take him home from the rescue centre Shadow had already learnt a lot of good, and bad things. Sensibly they took their other dog Betsy to say hello to shadow before they made a final decision, but they didn’t need to worry, they quickly became friends. Betsy did like to be the boss though, and could be a bit of a bully some times, but the story behind that is in one of the lessons.

Shadow’s lessons cover many subjects. In the first one, Shadow admits to being very greedy, (like most dogs) and tells of the mischief which can be caused if the pantry door isn’t closed, especially if dogs pinch the chocolate!

As we settle down to enjoy the tales Shadow tells, it is fun to look at life through his eyes, taking a dogs eye view of life and situations. For instance, escaping is fun, the bigger the fence the better, until you get to the other side, and discover you want to go home! Then things can be pretty scary!

Family life is varied and sometimes sad, and Shadow explains in his own sensitive, wise way, how he and his daddy coped with sad times in their lives, and the loneliness which affected them after.

Of course the world is sometimes confusing for a dog. In the chapter called lessons, we discover some of the things which we, as humans, don’t really understand about dog communication, and some of the things which puzzle them. Shadows summing up of this lesson is priceless, but you will have to read the book to find out what it is.

If you love dogs, whether you are young or old, you will find this book enchanting. For those of us who love our dogs, it is affirmation that they do understand us, and can teach us so much. The chapters in this book cover very important issues for children, and guide them sensitively in the right direction, to enable them to deal with various situations.

I loved this book! Shadow is a very wise dog and I hope he and his daddy write some more so I can enjoy learning more about their lives, and the important lessons they have to share.

About the Book and Author: Shadow Bregman, a twelve-year-old rescue dog, passes on to six- to ten-year-old boys and girls the life lessons she has learned. This book can be read by a child alone and is also ideal as a teaching book. Shadow will ask every child what lesson is learned before it is revealed. Because of its short chapters and charming illustrations, it is an ideal bedtime book.
This book has been kindly translated for Shadow by Walter Bregman his Daddy.

Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Shadow-Life-Boys-Girls/dp/1524673749/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1490098836&sr=1-1

and Hardcover https://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Shadow-Life-Boys-Girls/dp/1524673757/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1490098836&sr=1-1

and from

Barnes & Noble as a Nook Book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lessons-from-shadow-shadow-bregman/1125876477?ean=9781524673734

Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lessons-from-shadow-shadow-bregman/1125876477?ean=9781524673741

Hardcover http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lessons-from-shadow-shadow-bregman/1125876477?ean=9781524673758

 

Diary of a Drug Addict by Stephen E Crockett

 

You see them on street corners, hiding in doorways, furtively watching, waiting for their next fix, selling drugs, or perhaps they have just had a shot.

When you see drug addicts or alcoholics on the streets, or in the dark corners of bars, do you ever wonder why, and how, they became addicted?

What made this person take that particular route through life, and at what stage couldn’t they say no?

Perhaps you walk by pitying them, looking on with distain, smugly thinking that you will never be in their position, you would never become an alcoholic, or a drug addict. If you do, just stop and think. Who are you to judge? There is a very true saying “You cannot judge a person until you have walked a mile in their shoes.” As we go through our lives we make decisions, some very minor, or so we think at the time, however, everything we do comes with consequences. The face we put on to the world is not necessarily the person within, many of us hide behind masks. Sometimes this is done in the knowledge that we want to be deceptive, mislead, and bend a person to our will. However for many others it is a necessity, the only way to deal with the demons within, self-preservation.

Stephen Crockett life changed at a very early age, when he could no longer endure being surrounded by religious fanaticism, made to attend church, and being beaten if he asked questions.

It was in his 18th year however, just before graduation that his drug and alcohol abuse really took hold. Stephen had tried drink and marijuana before, however, whilst his fellow class mates were getting ready for the graduation photo, Stephen was sitting in the car park, passed out drunk. He missed his graduation ceremony because he was in hospital, recovering from asphyxia, and acute alcoholic poisoning.

Missing that ceremony seems to be a turning point, in his own mind he became invisible, unworthy, from then on he began his quest to blending into the background, suffering tremendous feelings of disappointment in himself, and depression.

His decision to leave the countryside for the town opened his eyes to a whole new world, and he became addicted to Heroin, the mother of all illegal drugs, which claims more lives than all the others put together. Stress and depression become his monsters in the closet, as trapped in his miserable existence he turns to drugs and alcohol. Soon he becomes part of the underground scene, dealing drugs, and living from fix to fix, in a drugs and alcohol induced haze.

This book, and its companion ‘Black Tar’ has opened my eyes to a world I knew nothing about. Stephen has a very frank way of writing, and in his own unique no holds barred style, he talks openly about the addiction he has had for decades.

What will the future hold for you if you go down the same route? Well, as Stephen so graphically explains, you will lose everything – no not just physical things, but yourself, self-worth, friends, and so much more.

So what has become of Stephen now?

Is he drugs free, and if so how did he do it?

Find out by reading his compelling story – I guarantee you it will be an eye-opener!

 

.From the Author: I have been writing for publication since 1996 and published the Bible based “The Prophet Code” in 2001. I followed that with “Bible Prophecy” in 2006 and then turned my attention to autobiographical truth-based fiction novels. My subjects and themes are drawn from many sources and each is blessed with its own sense of psychological horror. For your benefit, I am going to list my books in publication date order starting with “The Dark Man” which was published in 2010. “Black Tar: For the Love of Heroin” was published in 2012. “Ocular: The Monster in the Mirror” was published in 2013 and “Knob Hill: The Grey House Murders” was published in 2014. “The Island” was published in 2015 while “Ouija: The Devil’s Doorway” and “Diary of a Drug Addict” were published in 2016. “The Puppet Master” was published in 2017. All of these books are available on Amazon.com in the Kindle bookstore as Kindle ebooks. Just use your Kindle Fire or other reader and do a search on Stephen E Crockett. Download e-books at rock bottom prices.

About the Author:
The books authored by me and presented here represent my work in the adult horror genre. I believe that one of the writing requirements that sets me apart from other authors is my desire to write about subjects that are drawn from real life experiences. Every story is drenched with its own truth. Its own pain and loss, and on certain levels these stresses are horrible to deal with. I have always been willing to take the steps necessary to make sure the truth is never forgotten.
I have sacrificed everything to write. Friendships, relationships, marriages. Physical jobs that would lead to more creature comforts than I have enjoyed in the past. You’ve got to be a little possessed to live like this. But all artist are willing to endure these sacrifices. I’ve heard it said that writers are like doctors. We don’t have a plan B. Writing is how we are going to spend our lives and we know it from an early age.
When you start early, write all the time and save everything you write, you never lose anything. You may not know how your subjects are going to develop but everything you have captured stands ready to be a part of one story or another.
Eventually, characters from one file are joined with dialogues from another, backgrounds and environments from yet others, all coming together on the blank pages of a manuscript and that is where the magic happens. Writing has been an obsession that I have fed every day of every week, month in and month out, for as many years as I can remember.
I have been blessed with a keen sense of imagination and creativity and I thank the good Lord daily for blessing me with these skills and giving me my entire life to perfect them. I allow them to work their magic with the material I am always collecting. They draw from my reservoir of pain and loss to create story’s that are compelling, dramatic, mysterious and in some cases deadly. All of them are available as ebooks for you to read on your Kindle reader right now. Enjoy.

Available from Amazon in Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Diary-Drug-Addict-Stephen-Crockett-ebook/dp/B01MYX17O0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1488910986&sr=8-3&keywords=diary+of+a+drug+addict

To find out more about this author, his life, and books follow this link http://www.englishinformerintheuk.com/full-article/Interview-with-Stephen-E-Crockett to his exclusive interview in the English Informer in the UK  magazine.