Articles for the Month of April 2019

Anuk: Book of Words by Suzanne Mondoux

 

Anuk: Book of Words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this author’s first book, The Adventures of Anuk: The First Leap, we meet Anuk on her 16th birthday. At the beginning of the story she is living with her adopted Mammal Beings Julea and Lucca, but she is an Assisi Human. For those who don’t know, Assisi Humans are very special beings, half animal half human, and they have a very important responsibility, and this is to keep the harmony between the humans and other Beings. However, on her birthday she is given a book of poems and two medallions with magical powers, and is told that she must follow her destiny and travel to her homeland of Roese.

This, the second book, opens with Anuk living happily on Roese Island, her home for several seasons. It is a time of great joy because she is celebrating her graduation. After causing a sensation on her arrival, now aged 23 she is an accomplished culinary explorer, and the islanders call her the ‘Island Chef.’ Talked about, and an inspiration to the young Being on the island, Anuk is very popular, is loved by her students, and is always welcome into their homes for the reading of poems.

Anuk meets with her Dragon friend Noga, and together they go to the graduation ceremony where Noga reads from the Book of Words. ”We are the last herd of Elephant Beings to walk the Orb.” The words are chilling, and everyone recognises that the book has a significance that no-one has realised before. Contained within its pages is a hidden map which reveals the location of Satao, the place where the last remaining Elephant Beings exist.

At The Round Table Council, Anuk is asked to read from the book. With mounting horror the council members discover how the Elephant Beings had to hide their tusks from the Etani, who were notorious killers of the Elephant Beings for their ivory tusks, and then about their massacre by the Poach under the command of the Empire.

Gradually Anuk understands the significance of the golden elephant tattoo which has been emerging between her shoulder blades. When she reveals it to the council it is complete, and she discovers that the Book of Words she was entrusted with aged 16 was actually written by the Elephant Beings, and it is her destiny to return to them, she is its one true guardian!

With this revelation comes another, the Empress has discovered the Book of Words is on Roese Island and is coming to retrieve it.

With the islands peoples in danger, Anuk is hailed as the ‘Change Maker’ and with Aye, Noga, Kinkajou, and EagleOwl as her companions, she embarks on her quest to return the book to Satao.

This spectacular adventure sees the intrepid troop facing real dangers, strange creatures and mythical beings, both friends and foes. However, together they stand united, listen to advice and have an heroic race against time to keep the Book of Words safe. But will they succeed in their quest, and reach their destination before the dreaded Etani or Poach?

The author’s incredible imagination and gift for writing has produced this second book in the Anuk series. Within, her readers have the opportunity not only to escape into a wonderful, magical, land, but also through its amazing characters to learn valuable life lessons about duty, giving to others and conservation.

About the Author:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suzanne Mondoux: A Voice For Animals
Explorer, Environmental Professional, Author.
French Canadian-born author and environmentally-conscious mining manager Suzanne Mondoux is dedicated to the protection of wildlife and the environment. “I am passionate about the well-being of animals.” In the Republic of Congo she wrote about her work with elephants. “The title of my first book ‘How I Became a Dragon’ refers to the tusks of elephants killed for the ivory that arrives in China, where the dragon is synonymous with Chinese culture.”
Mondoux wrote her second novel while working the Rep of Guinea –
Her second novel ‘Tragedy of the Moth’. Since then she has published The Adventures of Anuk: the first leap, and Anuk: book of words, and children series colouring and activity books (10) – I Believe series. She continues to work in Africa doing Biodiversity work.

Anuk: Book of Words is available from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Anuk-Book-Words-Suzanne-Mondoux/dp/1982225521/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1556617190&sr=1-1

and

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/anuk-suzanne-mondoux/1131194602?ean=9781982225520

Reach for the Sky (Super Speed Sam Book 2) by Monty J McClaine

 

Reach for the Sky (Super Speed Sam Book 2)

Can Super Speed Sam save the day?

Yet again my granddaughter was captivated by the wonderful adventures of Super Speed Sam, or Sam, as the loveable Basset Hound hero of this delightful story is called.

The self-appointed guardian of the whole family, Sam’s quiet demeanour and big brown eyes hold a secret, Sam has hidden powers. My granddaughter and I discovered how, and why he got his secret powers in the Christmas Super Speed Sam book, Santa’s Rescue Dog. However in this, the second book in the series we discovered how he used these powers to protect his young master Jack, save the day, and all without revealing them to his loving family.

You see, mysteriously Molly’s favourite rag doll Ted has disappeared, normally it never leaves her side, and Molly always sleeps with it. Where it had gone was a mystery which her mum really wanted solved.

Playing in his bedroom with his train set was Jack, Molly’s six year old brother. He is in trouble, he is being punished because of naughtiness a few days before, and of course he thinks it is quite unfair. As his frustration rises at his inability to complete a task without the things he needs, his desperation leads him into a dangerous situation. Luckily Sam, who appears to be slumbering in his bedroom notices, and saves the day. However, the big question is, will Molly’s rag doll reappear, or will it be lost forever? To discover the answer you must read the book.

This series of books are wonderful for young children. Each one is beautifully illustrated, and they are a perfect length to capture a child’s imagination and attention.

About the Author: 

Proud winner of the 7th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards (2018) in the “Environment” category for The Rescue Elves – The Plastic Pollution Adventure.

Proud winner of the 5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards in the “Holiday” category for Super Speed Sam – Santa’s Rescue Dog.

I feel that some of the natural interactions between family and friends are gradually eroding, if not already completely worn away for some. And I was reminded of a C.S.Lewis quotation –

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”

It also feels like the simple joy of laughing or crying among family and friends is being replaced by beeps, bops and demands to ‘add new features’ or ‘why doesn’t this work?’ or ‘who’s hogging the Wi-Fi?’.

So I set out to create a fun and exciting series of children’s short stories, with lots of adventure and splashes of humor, all paced to hold children’s attention whether reading or listening… at least that’s my hope!

Stories that will delight both boys and girls, the young and old, and, of course, moms and dads! Tales that allow a return to simpler values, kid-like imagination for both children and adults and, I sincerely hope, bring families closer together.

About the Book:

Join your favorite loveable basset hound as he once again answers the call to save the day! When Jack plots to steal and ruin his little sister Molly’s favorite rag doll, the family pup is called into action! Summoning his super secret speedy powers, Sam transforms into everyone’s favorite super pup, Super Speed Sam! With Molly’s doll in trouble from her scheming brother, there’s no time to waste! Now, Sam must save the day without revealing his hidden powers in this hilarious new adventure as he faces his most impish opponent yet!

 

Available from Amazon, in Paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook formats https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ECP5UXA?pf_rd_p=2d1ab404-3b11-4c97-b3db-48081e145e35&pf_rd_r=TVWG1TF272FQZQB7JF0R

 

 

Your Body’s Environmental Chemical Burden: A Resource Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Toxins by Cindy Klement

 

 

The title of this book caught my attention as a health conscious, environmental aware mother and grandmother.

Reading the preface I discovered that its content, and publishing was as a result of the author attending a lecture in the fall of 2013, where the presenter used the term ‘body burden.’ This choice of phrase piqued her interest and being a professor, with good access to the university online library she discovered that the body’s environmental chemical burden was something she needed to know more about.

Considering herself a ‘healthy and health conscious eater having been virtually organic since the late 1970’s, in March 2014 she asked her friend and personal physician Dr. Lev (Ed) Linker to run a toxicant profile on her. The results of these tests both surprised and horrified her. Determined to discover more she read countless studies and her findings made her increasingly concerned for the health of future generations, as a result of worldwide environmental chemical contamination.

As I read on, I discovered at the turn of every page interesting and quite frankly extremely worrying facts about the chemical contaminants found in our food, products, and environment. This chemical exposure is present quite simply every moment of our being, dare I say it, even before we are born. What’s more, despite all the ‘agencies’ and ‘labelling’ in place to ‘protect’ us, many of these chemicals simply don’t have to be declared.

This book is very well structured. The information within is easily assimilated by non-academic readers,  and it is presented in such a way that they are not only given thorough information about the chemical contaminants the author features in the book, but also much more, by highlighting pertinent subjects under subheadings such as human exposure, dietary exposure, and occupational exposure. Throughout, warnings are given on occupations and where exposure to contaminants can be excessive. Throughout the book there is advice on how we can empower ourselves, and the author suggests other resources if the reader wishes to pursue a particular subject in more detail. At the back of the book there is a comprehensive Appendix and Glossary.

I found this book extremely interesting and one which I strongly feel should be read by all. Our environment, how we live and what we put in our bodies is in our control. In this modern world well researched and factual reference books like this should be read, and available on the bookshelf of every home.

About the Author: 

Since the late 1970s, Cindy has shared her expertise with thousands of people working as a nutritionist, health educator and herbalist. Cindy is a board-certified nutritionist and a certified Master Health Educator by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Eastern Michigan University teaching the graduate-level course, Functional and Integrative Medicine. A long-time health program writer and presenter, Cindy is a sought-after speaker and author.

About the Book:

We live in a Tox-Sick World.
The chemicals you are being exposed to on a daily basis are slowly shortening your life span and wreaking havoc on your body.They are literally everywhere – furniture, cleaning supplies, make-up, Teflon pans, plastic bottles, storage containers, fuel exhaust, solvents, paints, detergents, photocopiers, fax machines, laser printers, computers, fragrances, dryer sheets, cigarettes, adhesives, moth balls, nail polish, hair dyes, marking pens, art supplies, charcoal fluid, microwaves, disposable cups and plates, Styrofoam, vehicle exhaust, magazines, toothpaste, food, candles, incense, building and renovation materials,  and so much more.

The pervasive effects of environment chemicals and the consequences on your health are serious.

This book gives you the tools, resources and education you need to eliminate toxins from your body and teaches you how to minimize your exposure to these chemicals and toxins.

Scientists found an average of 287 chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborns including pesticides, flame retardants, consumer product ingredients, and industrial pollutants. And that’s just the beginning. Exposure to contaminants continues thereafter on a daily basis creating a “body burden” or, simply put, an accumulated slurry of chemicals stored in our bodies.

The author, Cindy Klement, has a Master’s degree in Nutrition, is a credentialed Master Health Educator, an Adjunct Professor at a Michigan university, and has been in private practice in functional and integrative health since 1983.  In the six years it took to research chemical contaminants she accumulated over 1,500 studies on the topic of the body’s environmental chemical burden. The information was so powerful she decided it needed to be shared with the public, and has published this book.

In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that 13% of disease is attributed to the environment from cardiovascular disease, neuropsychiatric disorders, and cancer.  Exposure to environmental chemicals is rarely even mentioned in initiatives to combat chronic diseases.

Unfortunately, chemicals are here to stay and we have to learn to co-exist with them.  We can’t avoid every one of them, but we can use the tools and resources at our disposal to reduce our exposure.  We can also detoxify the body as best we can with what we know now.

Here’s some of what you’ll learn in this groundbreaking book:

  • The Most Common Chemical Contaminants In Our Environment, Where They Are Stored, What They Are Used For and How We Get Exposed.
  • The Effects Of Chemical Contaminants On Our Health.
  • Banned But Persistent Pesticides.
  • Chemicals Used In Plastics Manufacturing.
  • A Checklist On How To Empower Yourself with Action Steps To Avoid Chemical Contaminants And Toxic Exposure.
  • Why All Children Are Born With A Toxic Load and How To Minimize It.
  • High Risk Occupations For Chemical Exposure.
  • Personal Care Products You Should Avoid.
  • A Step-By-Step Arsenal Of Tips To Reinforce Your Protection Against Contaminants.
  • The Detoxification Process And Programs.
  • And So Much More
This book is “The go-to toxin reference for the 21st century – something every home should have!” – Dr. Deanna Minich, 4x best-selling author.

If you’re ready to arm yourself against chemical contaminants and take your health in your own hands, hit the BUY NOW button and let’s take this journey together.

Available from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Your-Bodys-Environmental-Chemical-Burden/dp/1732704961/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_pdt_img_top?ie=UTF8

and

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/your-bodys-environmental-chemical-burden-ms-cns-klement/1129806699?ean=9781732704961