Friday, July 13, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (July 14-20, 2018)

Summer is in full swing! Let's celebrate this season of fun in the sun by entering some giveaways! Check this page daily to see what new prizes have been added to the linky. Be sure to peruse my right sidebar, too, to see the giveaways I'm hosting. And if you've got some giveaways on your blog, feel free to share them with us in the linky so we can all enter. Thanks for visiting, and please tell your social media friends about this page!







Spotlight and Giveaway: "Stricken" by C.K. Kelly Martin


Naomi doesn't expect anything unusual from her annual family trip to visit her grandparents in Ireland. What she expects is to celebrate her thirteenth birthday, hang out with her friends Ciara and Shehan, and deal with her gran's Alzheimer's. What she finds is a country hit by an unexpected virus that rapidly infects the majority of the Irish population over the age of twenty-one.

Amnestic-Delirium Syndrome (ADS) starts off with memory loss, but the virus soon turns its victims aggravated, blank, or violent. Naomi and her friends must survive on their own, without lucid adults, cut off from the rest of the world, until a cure is found.

But there are whispers that ADS is not terrestrial, and soon Naomi and her friends learn the frightening truth: we are not alone.

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About the author:
Long before I was an author, I was a fan of books about Winnie-the-Pooh, Babar, Madeline, Anne Shirley and anything by Judy Blume. Throughout high school, my favourite class was English. No surprise, then, that most of my time spent at York University in Toronto was as an English major -- not the traditional way to graduate with a B.A. (Hons) in film studies, but a fine way to get a general arts education.

After getting my film studies degree, I headed for Dublin, Ireland, and spent the majority of the nineties there in forgettable jobs meeting unforgettable people and enjoying the buzz. I always believed I'd get around to writing in earnest eventually, and I began writing my first novel in a flat in Dublin and finished it in a Toronto suburb. By then, I'd discovered that fiction about young people felt the freshest and most exciting to me. You have most of your life to be an adult, but you only grow up once.

Currently residing near Toronto with my Dub husband, I'm an aunt to twenty-one nieces and nephews, and a great-aunt to two great-nephews. I became an Irish citizen in 2001 and continue to visit Dublin as often as I can while working on novels about young people.

My first young-adult book, I Know It's Over, came out with Random House in September 2008, and was followed by One Lonely Degree, The Lighter Side of Life and Death, My Beating Teenage Heart and sci-fi thriller Yesterday. I released Yesterday's sequel, Tomorrow, in 2013 and put out my first adult novel, Come See About Me, as an ebook in June 2012. My most recent contemporary YA books, The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing and Delicate, were published by Cormorant Books' Dancing Cat Books imprint in 2014 and 2015.

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Prize: Signed copy of Stricken by C.K. Kelly Martin (INT)

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Friday, July 06, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (July 7-13, 2018)

I hope you had a fun holiday week and are enjoying the summer! When you get a little downtime, I hope you'll join me in entering some giveaways! Check this page daily to see what new prizes have been added to the linky. Be sure to peruse my right sidebar, too, to see the giveaways I'm hosting. And if you've got some giveaways on your blog, feel free to share them with us in the linky so we can all enter. Thanks for visiting, and please tell your social media friends about this page!







Friday, June 29, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (June 30-July 6, 2018)

Let's celebrate Independence Day by entering some giveaways! Check this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added to the linky. You can also find many giveaways listed on my right sidebar. And if you're hosting a giveaway (or two or more), feel free to add it/them to the list below. Don't forget to share this linky on your social media pages so your friends and followers can enter. Happy 4th of July!







Saturday, June 23, 2018

Add Some Romance and Reading to Your Busy Life with a My Romantic Audiobook Rewards Box (Coupon Codes & Giveaway)

I wanted to let you know about a wonderful giveaway I'm offering on my Writing Blog because the My Romantic Audiobook Rewards Box is perfect for busy moms like you who deserve a little pampering or are seeking more time to enjoy your favorite books! And, dads, if you're reading this, this would make a perfect gift for the special woman in your life!

CLICK HERE to learn more and enter to win a My Romantic Audiobook Rewards Box from Marilyn Martyouze! (The picture above is a sample. The contents of your box will be a surprise!)

Coobie Bras: Comfort and Beautiful Style for Every Woman


I hate underwires! I’m always on a quest to find bras with no underwires that still give me the support and “oomph” factor I’m looking for. That’s where Coobie bras come in! They call them the “World’s Most Comfortable Bra” for good reason—no uncomfortable underwires and yet they still provide plenty of support and sex appeal. They’re even more comfy because they don’t have hook and clasp closures. I was sitting in a meeting the other day wearing a bra that was not made by Coobie, and the back of the chair hit me right at the back of my bra. The metal hooks kept digging into my back, and I was extremely uncomfortable. That would not have been an issue if I’d been wearing my Coobie bra.

Coobie bras also come in a variety of styles to fit every taste and outfit:

Scoop neck: Comes with removable padding and adjustable, removable straps. One size fits most, but it also comes in a full size. This is my favorite bra. I normally wear a size 36C, and the regular scoop neck fits me perfectly.

Lace bralette: This comes in three sizes (S, M, L), and adds a touch of beautiful stretch lace.

V-neck with lace: The V-neck is perfect for low-cut sweaters or dresses. It has a bit of lace, too.

Coobie also sells sports bras, nursing bras and even sticky bras for a great backless look!

I love that most Coobie bra styles come in many pretty colors. I have a pink and a red bra, both of which make me feel sexy underneath my sensible work clothes! Look at how many colors and patterns the Scoopneck bra comes in!


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Friday, June 22, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (June 23-29, 2018)

Welcome to summer and this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! I hope you'll join me in entering some great giveaways! Check this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added to the linky. You can also find lots of giveaways on my right sidebar (like gift cards?). And if you're hosting a giveaway, feel free to add it to the list below. Don't forget to share this linky on your social media pages so your friends and followers can enter.







Monday, June 18, 2018

Spotlight and Giveaway: "The Nanny Manual: How to Choose & Nurture the Perfect Childcare Partner" by Alyce Desrosiers

About the book
What’s the secret to hiring the right nanny? This is the question posed by clinical social worker, nanny consultant and author, Alyce Desrosiers, in her informative new book, The Nanny Manual: How to Choose & Nurture the Perfect Childcare Partner (Chirp Publishing, May 2018, $12.95). The thought of leaving your child in the care of a stranger can seem daunting—but it doesn’t have to be that way. With compassion and clarity, The Nanny Manual takes parents on a journey of self-discovery through their heart, soul and mind to help them with one of the most important hiring decisions they’ll ever make. Whether investigating the viability of choice for working mothers, debunking the myth of perfection that is Mary Poppins, or exploring the minefields of emotions, values and the hiring process, The Nanny Manuel prepares parents for that important day when they leave their child in the care of another.

"If you’re worried about hiring a stranger to care for your child, this book is for you!" —Kate Purmal, CEO, CFO and COO, entrepreneur, author, mother and nanny employer

Excerpt

When Wishful Thinking Meets Reality: The Elusive Search for Mary Poppins
It should come as no surprise that many parents feel conflicted as they decide whether to continue to work or stay home after their child is born. Shouldn’t a mother be home to nurture and raise her child just as her mother did? Isn’t that her role as a parent? If mothers decide to return to work and hire a nanny, are they abdicating their role and sending the wrong message to the next generation? The myth of Mary Poppins perpetuates the idea that the perfect nanny is not only available but exists in the first place. These outsized expectations crash into reality when parents start the process of looking for a nanny, and can crop up repeatedly as the ongoing relationship with a nanny is forged. Having realistic expectations going into the process can save parents a world of time and heartache.

Following is a list of the things parents wish for—and the reality they discover.

An easy, simple and quick search
Post a few ads online, receive a few applications, and voilĂ ! The perfect nanny is found. This scenario, though unlikely, is what many parents imagine and wish for when they think of hiring a nanny. The harsh reality can be quite the opposite. The challenge for parents, whether doing a self-search or using the services of a nanny placement agency, is how to choose a stranger who has all the ideal traits of Mary Poppins while recognizing that the market comprises a vast assortment of women, many of whom have these skills and many more who don’t.

A known entity: Someone we can trust
In the U.S., literally anyone can post a notice online, on a church bulletin board or through word of mouth that they want to care for children. Compare that to someone working in a childcare center who must present proper credentials in order to get the job. A working mother begins her nanny search in this frightening arena, entering a market of unlicensed and unregulated caregivers, many of whom should never be caring for children in the first place. The most worrisome issue a mother confronts as she begins the search process for a nanny is finding someone she can trust.

Wisdom and knowledge: Someone who knows intuitively how to care for kids
Mr. and Mrs. Banks didn’t have to tell Mary Poppins what to do. In fact, they were barely involved at all, and yet this magical nanny took perfect charge of everything from loving and caring for each of the children to cleaning their rooms and overseeing their bedtime routine. Mary Poppins never left a messy kitchen, dirty children, clothes unwashed or a reheated takeout meal on the table. She didn’t require a checklist or daily reminder about the children’s schedule or prioritization of responsibilities. This type of nanny is every mom’s dream. In the 21st century, the expectation that chaos turns into order effortlessly has become a magical notion that colors the world of childcare.

This nanny is an apparition, but a real person as well. She has a mission to keep the children safe and the home fires burning. Mary Poppins makes the children feel secure because she can contain their aggression and balance their frustration and gratification, while remaining unflappable and powerful.

Boundaries: She knows her place
Mary Poppins knew when to take charge of a situation as well as when to step away and let the family have private bonding time. At the end of the Disney film, Mary’s magical umbrella speaks to her, saying, “You know, they think more of their father than they do of you.” Mary replies, “That’s as it should be.” Parents want to ensure their role is primary, both as an employer to their nanny and as parents to their children.

While the modernized concept of “boundaries” wasn’t part of the early-20th-century vernacular, Mary Poppins never overstepped them. She seemed to have the understanding that it is a mother’s role to provide safe, responsible, nurturing and loving care for her child. Giving that responsibility to someone who is a virtual stranger is not easily done, and when a mom does hand it over, she does so with the unspoken expectation that her nanny doesn’t step into her territory and usurp her role as mom. A good nanny understands the mother’s concerns and acts accordingly.

Affordability: She works for love, not money
Mary Poppins worked 24 hours a day, every day, for as long as the Banks family needed her. She didn’t receive a paycheck or benefits. It was assumed she worked for love—not for money.

Paying someone to love your children can seem counterintuitive, but that’s exactly what parents do when they hire a nanny. The feminist economist Nancy Folbre, who focuses on economics and the family, questions this odd exchange in her book The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values. As an employer, how can a parent know what she is paying for? A nanny is paid to be attentive, loving and caring. Is it possible to itemize and quantify the kind and amount of caring acts she provides? Do the cold, harsh rules of commerce apply?

Should we expect nannies to leave and stop loving a child if a better offer comes their way, if the responsibilities are too great or if the demands of the child seem impossible to manage? When you pay a nanny to care for your child, you are faced with challenging your most basic assumptions, made explicit by the Beatles’ song “Money Can’t Buy Me Love.”

A nanny is the modern-day version of Mary Poppins. She is someone who fits in seamlessly with a family to make the difficult work of parenting easier. Are today’s parents prepared for this new paradigm in parenting? In both emotional and practical terms, the data suggests they may not be. Also, unlike parenting in the 1960s, today the vast majority of mothers work and the role of fathers is no longer relegated primarily to “bringing home the bacon,” but requires them to take a greater role in the care of the children. Many choose to be a stay-at-home dad and take on the daily responsibilities for raising their children.


About the author
Alyce Desrosiers is a licensed clinical social worker and the founder and managing director of Chirp Connecting Families and Nannies LLC. For over 20 years, Chirp has helped San Francisco families find, hire and employ nannies that are the right fit for their needs and lifestyle. In addition to her latest book, The Nanny Manual, she is the author of two previous books, Finding a Nanny for Your Child in the San Francisco Bay Area and Nannies for Modern Moms. Alyce is also the founder of the non-profit, The Institute for Families and Nannies, with the mission to educate, inform and support the relationships between parents and nannies to further the development of young children. For more information, visit www.tiffan.org.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (June 16-22, 2018)

Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! I hope you'll join me in entering some great giveaways! Check this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added to the linky. You can also find lots of giveaways on my right sidebar (like gift cards?). And if you're hosting a giveaway, feel free to add it to the list below. Don't forget to share this linky on your social media pages so your friends and followers can enter.