Articles for the Month of July 2018

Miles for Bonnie: Finding our Family by Irene Helenowski

 

A heart-warming and inspirational adventure story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a truly inspirational story which takes you on the rollercoaster which is Dave’s life.

Who is Dave? Well Dave was just your average man who runs a diner and gets on with life. That is he did, until his beloved wife Bonnie dies. Now he is a broken man, going through the motions, with a big house and business, but no sparkle in his eye. He has known his waitress Tammy for a long time and she has had her own fair share of misery, but she is a mother and must get on with life, with kids to feed and work she just gets on with things, there’s no place for self-pity.

Then, one evening just before Christmas, at the end of a busy day a client called Nicholas stays to natter, and his parting words have an incredible impact on Dave, taking him down a pathway he could never have imagined.

From that day he changes his life completely, and remembering his dear Bonnie’s words he decides to travel and help people…

As the reader joins Dave on his journey we meet people from all walks of life, each with their own story to tell, and Dave intuitively seems to know what they want, be it a shoulder to cry on, tough love or support. In return he receives love and respect from those who get to know him.

However, home is home and when the yearning for the diner becomes too much he returns. During his absence many alterations have been made to the place, and even bigger plans are afoot. Yet just after his homecoming Dave discovers he is not immune to disaster, and when it strikes he learns he needs help too. Encouraged to write his story, he finds peace in its telling, and then discovers that there are yet more adventure to be had…

With twists and turns, this amazing story simultaneously both pulls at your heart strings and fills you with inspiration. A great read and one which people from all walks of life will enjoy.

 

About the Author:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irene Helenowski would like to be a writer when she grows up but also loves her current day job, being a biostatistician at Northwestern University in Chicago. She has received a Master’s in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Illinois – Chicago. She hopes to follow her trilogy with a series of fairy tales and additionally writes poetry and is attempting a screenplay based on her trilogy. Irene also enjoys travel, going to concerts and museums, and other activities with friends and family. Spreading the love of math and science to minority groups has also become a passion of hers.

 

About the Book:

For the longest time, he was just going through the motions. And then a stranger came into Dave Simpson’s diner, setting him on a journey to find what he and his late wife always wanted. It was not long before he would find their family.

Available from Amazon in Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Miles-Bonnie-Finding-our-Family-ebook/dp/B07FC2885J/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531728777&sr=8-1&keywords=irene+helenowski

 

Toby’s Tails – A Kitten’s Tale by Susan Keefe

 

This is the true story of a little abandoned kitten who was adopted by a Border Collie called Toby…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The unconditional love we experience with our pets is a wonderful thing, however, when Toby the Border collie noticed that the cats who were already resident at Fantasy Farm ignored a tiny kitten who arrived there, he decided that he would befriend it. As the friendship developed the author realised that she had to capture this wonderful relationship in pictures and eventually in this lovely children’s book.

Scared and lonely the kitten gradually became more confident, and with Toby’s guidance he learnt about many of the different animals and wildlife around him.

There are lots of sweet little incidents in this enchanting book, for example, one time the kitten brings a mole into the house to find out from Toby what it is, and then wonders why the author wasn’t impressed. When he discovers that humans don’t like wildlife in the house, he typically cat like puts his head in the air and stalks out, as you do when you are only months old.

Life lessons for him abound as the seasons past, and children reading it will not only learn about the special bond which develops between the kitten and Toby but also that acceptance and love can be found in unusual places.

A true story, and one which will be loved by any child who loves animals.

 

About the Author: 

Award Winning Children’s Book Author, Susan Keefe has written the Fantasy Farm Tales series for children who love animals. The books offer a wealth of information about family pets and the natural world. The star is Toby her Border Collie, and all the animals live on or near her smallholding.

There are 9 Fantasy Farm books at the moment. Toby’s Tails – A Kitten’s Tale has just been released, and Toby’s Tails – Easter at Fantasy Farm won the Favorite Holiday Book category in the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards.

Some of the Fantasy Farm series are also available in French and Spanish.

Toby’s Tails – A Kitten’s Tale is available from Amazon.co.uk in Paperback https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tobys-Tails-Kittens-Fantasy-Tales/dp/1987754875/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1531470456&sr=8-2&keywords=susan+keefe

and Kindle Format https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tobys-Tails-Kittens-Fantasy-Tales-ebook/dp/B07FK1RZ65/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1531473575&sr=8-5&keywords=susan+keefe

and Amazon.com in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/dp/1987754875/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1531470467&sr=8-2&keywords=susan+keefe

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.com/Tobys-Tails-Kittens-Fantasy-Tales-ebook/dp/B07FK1RZ65/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

It is also available free with Kindle Unlimited.

Tricycle and Friends by Lester Aradi

 

A lovely story about a wonderful place where all kinds of animals find hope, kindness and happiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This wonderful children’s books is about a three legged retriever called Tricycle who is adopted by a family, and goes to live at their farm.

Once there, he meets Buckaroo, the miniature donkey. The two quickly become friends, and Buckaroo introduces Tricycle to some of the other animals. Many are adopted too. He soon discovers that there are all sorts, not only other dogs, but horses, llamas, chickens, and honey bees.

Every one has their own story to tell, and no one cares that Tricyce has only three legs, in fact they are interested to know how he lost it, and if it bothers him. He in return discovers that all his new friends have their own stories to tell, and that the farm is a magical place where they can all live together in harmony.

Through the talented storytelling of Lester Aradi, and the wonderful illustrations of Darwin Marfil, children learn in a very gentle way, through the experiences of Tricycle and his friends, how being different is okay, and as the book progresses they learn about bullying, the importance of adopting animals, and many other things.

That this beautiful Golden Retriever and the farm, with its animals actually exist is the icing on the cake – one day perhaps I will be lucky enough to visit!

 

About the Author:

Lester Aradi retired and moved to the north Georgia mountains where he and his wife, Diane, opened a rescued animals sanctuary. To help cover the expense of animal care, they operate a one bedroom farm stay bed and breakfast, “Horse Creek Stable Bed and Breakfast,” from which they do not draw a salary. All proceeds, after expenses, go to the care and feeding of the rescued horses, llamas, alpacas, miniature donkey, dogs, and of course their Golden Retrievers Tricycle and Romeo. “Tricycle and Friends” is their true life children’s book story.

 

About the Book:

Based on a true story, Tricycle and Friends shares the heartfelt tale about a group of rescued animal friends and their journey of serving as therapy animals for children with special needs.

When Tricycle, a rescued, three-legged Golden Retriever arrives at his new home, he gets the attention of the other animals who live there. They want to know what happened to his missing leg, and they wonder if it hurts and if it slows him down.

As Tricycle gets to know the other residents of the farm, he learns there are lots of different creatures who have a wide range of abilities and interests. He enjoys meeting the other animals and loves the peaceful quality of his surroundings.

Based on a true story, Tricycle and Friends shares a story about a group of rescued animal friends and their real-life journey of serving as therapy animals for children with special needs. Through story and pictures, it addresses topics such as adoption, bullying, dealing with physical challenges, death of a companion, and friendship.

 

Tricycle and Friends is available from Amazon in Hardcover https://www.amazon.com/Tricycle-Friends-Adventures-Three-Legged-Retriever/dp/1682617610/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531238226&sr=8-1&keywords=tricycle+and+friends

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Barnes & Noble in Hardcover https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tricycle-and-friends-lester-aradi/1127951418?ean=9781682617618