Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I Love You More … Than Chocolate: An Author Interview and a Book/CD Giveaway!

I’m pleased to announce that Susan Heim on Parenting is a stop on the blog tour for the lovely children’s book and accompanying CD, I Love You More … Than Chocolate, by Melanie Milburn. Following is an exclusive interview with an author, a video of her singing the song, and a giveaway so you can win a copy, too!

How did you get the idea for this book?
When my daughter was a little girl, I would read to her every night. This was always a very special time for us. It was a time to simply focus on her and get in some precious cuddle time. When we had finished reading, we always played the “I Love You More” game. It only had 2 rules: It had to be something that rhymed (always the teacher) and it had to be something we loved. For example, “I love you more than a day at the zoo, I love you more than the color blue,” etc. I would always end it with “Well, I love you more than … chocolate!!” My kids knew I was a chocoholic so they knew they were really, really loved. Later, the nightly ritual became a song, and then about a year and a half ago, I thought, “You know, this song would make a really sweet book.”

I understand that this book includes a CD with you singing this book as a song. Which came first -- the song or the book? [Check out the video at the end of this interview to see Melanie singing this song!]
The song came first. This is my first book, but I have been writing songs for over 20 years.

How important is it that children feel truly loved by their parents?

It is very important. Studies have shown that children need human touch and interaction to develop properly. Newborns who are not held, cuddled, and loved do not thrive. When children feel loved, they feel secure. When children feel secure, they grow in their self-confidence. When children feel confident, they grow up to be successful. When children feel loved and secure, they also grow up not feeling afraid to show their love to others.

How can parents use this book to communicate with their children?
The book is about a mom’s love for her children, but it is also about the mom’s love for chocolate. Because most children love chocolate, it is an easy way for a child to understand the meaning of love and an easy way for parents to express their love.

Do any other authors or songwriters inspire your work?
Many songwriters inspire me. I love songs that are simple and get stuck in your head. I also love songs that speak to my heart. As a preschool teacher, I love books that are fun, but also teach.

What are your future plans?
I will continue to be the Director/lead teacher at New Horizons Educational Environment for now. I also hope to write several more children’s books, and I love to travel with my amazing husband, Joe, and share my songs with children and families.

Where can we purchase your book or find more information?
You can go to my web site, www.melaniemilburn.com, to purchase my book or any of my 4 CDs. You can also purchase my book on Amazon.com, Maria’s Bookstore in Durango, Colorado, or email me!



[Email subscribers, please click on the title of this post to view the video online.]

GIVEAWAY

One lucky person will win a copy of the book and accompanying CD, I Love You More … Than Chocolate, by Melanie Milburn! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner: sandy1955!



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30 comments:

  1. For the past twenty years, Melanie has been teaching preschool at New Horizons in Durango, Colorado

    felecia@twinoaksfl.org

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  2. I learned that Melanie lives in Durango, CO.

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  3. I learned that the Melanie original songs are about real life experiences such as letting go of your children, healing from a miscarriage and falling in love with Jesus.

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  4. Each son has a real story about what she was going through at the time
    sandy1955 at comcast dot net

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  5. I love the Use-Good-Manners.mp3.

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  6. I have learned that Malenies songs are bout what had happened to her in life.

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  7. i learned that Melanie is an award winning songwriter

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

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  8. i learned that each of the stories is about a real life experience by the author

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  9. Each of the her songs has a story about the real life stuff she was going through at the time
    mverno@roadrunner.com

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  10. Learned that you can purchase her cd's for $10 :)

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  11. love to hear Songs for the Children CD

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  12. I like the Songs for the Children CD

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  13. Melanie lives in durango, CO and besides being a great musician she is a preschool teacher.

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  14. Songs for the Children CD.

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  15. I think it's cool that she's doing a book blog tour - great idea!

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  16. songs for the children cd and even doing a blog tour

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  17. BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com11:17 PM

    I like that her stories are about real life experiences.
    BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  18. I really like that her stories are based upon real life experiences!

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  19. I love her idea for heart songs and the definition is so perfect

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  20. I love her explanation of heart songs

    theresa_heppner at yahoo dot com

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  21. I Love You More Than Chocolate was
    originally a song

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  22. Anonymous9:07 PM

    "Songs For The Children"!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  23. Anonymous9:20 PM

    I have voted.

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  24. I learned that she is a musician, a songwriter, and a preschool teacher.

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  25. I learned she lives in Colorado
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  26. Anonymous10:55 AM

    I like that she is a teacher
    sarah hinhart

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  27. When not writing songs, performing concerts or teaching preschool, Melanie can be found living in beautiful Durango, Colorado with love of her life, her husband, Joe.

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  28. Jennifer Sykes3:08 PM

    I was suprised she was a teacher, I wish I had a teacher that cool when I was in preschool.

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  29. I learned she was a preschool teacher!

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  30. She is a preschool teacher that lives in Colorado with her husband

    thransom@gmail.com

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