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was a great year for readers and authors. We’d like to take this

opportunity to thank all writers who participated in last month’s Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) Competition! Whether you won or not, your next novel is on its way! Congrats to you all! A special thanks to our readers who faithfully subscribed to and read every issue of The Books Magazine! Congratulations to the readers who participated in the 2013 Reading Challenge! We hope that you tremendously enjoyed reading outside your genre, we know we did! We also hope you will continue reading with us in the New Year! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from all of us at DB-R Designs, DBR Books, and The Books Magazine!

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uthor Dawnette BlackwoodRhoomes’ new book release, Love Unhinged is a collection of short romantic stories. Now available!

Excerpt from The Woman on the Bus: "Later, she found him in his office in the English Department, knocked on the door and went in. She flung the roll of money in his face, and stormed out of the office, slamming the door with such force, the wall vibrated and the frames of the photos on it rattled." Excerpt from A Matter of Pronunciation: "My fourteen year old cousin, Luanna, was crying at her wedding, just hours before the ceremony began. She jumped when I entered the room. Her veil was removed, and tears smeared her makeup. When she saw me, she pulled me inside the room and made me promise, that I’d never tell her parents or mine what I had seen. I soaked her handkerchief in a basin of water nearby, and wiped her tear stained face." Now available in print and ebook versions! Other books by author Dawnette Blackwood-Rhoomes:  The Women of Jesus;  The Woman on the Bus;  The Secrets of Aunt Norah’s House;  Why Should I Believe You? [Press Release written by DBR Books Blog] 4

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once were two bears. The big bear was always angry and the little bear was always happy. The little bear had wisdom to impart to a very grumpy big bear. The little bear recognized emotions such as frustration, anxiety, and anger, and he knew how to change the course of events by changing one’s attitude and response. Sounds like a mouthful for a little book? Well, here’s the short version of it: happy little bear meets big grumpy bear; and little bear teaches big bear how to work out his problems and deal with his feelings. Either way, long or short version, the book The Little Bear and The Big Bear written by Monica Dumont is designed to help kids’ ages 3 to 7 deal with feelings of frustration and anxiety. It’s a practical demonstration on how to identify negative emotions such as anxiety and sadness; and it is also an effective guide in helping kids to deal with their feelings one step at a time. The book is also designed to help parents and caregivers recognize and assist kids with negative emotions. Author Monica Dumont notes that ‘the exercise (of taking one small step at a time) is meant to help parents bond with their child[ren] as well as to help their child[ren] develop new skills at dealing with everyday life. It is not meant to be used as a form of therapy.” One should note also that the book encourages kids to share their 6

feeling and help their peers to overcome negative emotions by recognizing the root cause of the crises. In verbalizing these emotions, kids are able to identify with them and deal with situations eventually on their own, which are good practical skills to acquire and develop. The Little Bear and The Big Bear by Monica Dumont is available in soft cover paperback. Other children’s book titles by the author are: ·

Blueblah The Sleepy Raccoon


Emma The Bumble Bee


Alex and the Rabbit [Book Review written by DBR Books Blog]


Books Magazine interviews Monica Dumont, author of a children’s personal development series.

1. Is The Little Bear and The Big Bear a part of a series? Yes, it’s one of four books from the children’s personal development series. 2. Tell us a little about yourself as a motivational trainer. As a motivational trainer I really enjoy the process of creating and teaching my workshops. It is so nice to see what I have learned in theory work for a room full of people. And for me, the best part is to see the excitement on their faces because my work had created a positive change in them. 7

3. What inspired you to write books that are designed specifically for personal development in kids? I’ve made my career in helping people because I am inspired in seeing people become empowered. However, I’ve always had an affinity for children, and in this series I applied my skills in helping and teaching young children how to develop leadership skills that they will be able to use throughout their lives. 4. Explain an exercise that helps to deal with frustration and anxiety. Within the story of The Little Bear and The Big Bear I incorporated various techniques children can use to change their state of mind when facing a frustrating situation that might lead to anxiety. At the end of the book, I’ve also integrated a simple and yet effective exercise for caregivers and children to do together. This exercise trains children to notice when they begin to feel frustrated, stop what they are doing, look at what is making them feel this way, and see the situation not as a big picture, but as something that can be solved one easy step at a time. 5. What are you currently working on? Well; have you ever wondered what is the secret to obtaining happiness? The story I am working on right now is about a dog from D.D. Doggie world who decides to travel to the human world in order to find happiness, but finds out through her adventures that the secret was always inside her. [Interview done by The Books Magazine]


DBR ‘s WISHLIST books for December 2013!

Great Stocking Stuffers!

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews

The Christmas Story by Jane Werner Watson

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Luck Jeff Kinney


DBR Books’ Reviews You’ve asked for it! Here it is! A list of some of the reviews we’ve done that you might have missed!

Robby’s Quest Series by Don and Cathy Rush

One More Candle Forgiveness by Merry Susiarjo Never by Charlene Gutzmore

Posie Pixie and The Lightkeeper’s Ivy Secrets The Copper Ball by Colleen by Jean Stone Kettle by Sarah Coble Hill

All I Want by Chanz’e Witcher

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen

Captain No Beard Series by Carole P. Roman

The Sword of Demelza by J. E. Rogers

JJ the American Street Dog by Diane Rose-Solomon

Blue Ocean Bob Project Mulberry A Journey Begins by Linda Sue by Brooks Obry Park

More of our reviews, plus author interviews, can be found on our Blog and on Examiner! Do you have a recently published children’s or YA fiction book you would like us to review or promote? Then, write to 10

What We’re Reading Now! This book is our last read for 2013 Reading Challenge, of which readers are challenged to reading outside their usual genre! We hope that you were able to reach your goal for the year! Thanks for participating!

The Power To Transform by Chris Majer Book Description: What if you could design your future instead of having it just happen to you? The Power to Transform teaches you the strategies corporate, military, and sports leaders have used to do just that for themselves and their organizations! Yes, you can have the life of your dreams—here’s how. In The Power to Transform, Majer tailors his program to you the individual, sharing the methods he has developed over two decades that have made him one of the leading innovators in the field. The book distills complex philosophical and linguistic concepts into easy-to-use practices that produce transformational change. Readers have reached a plateau in their personal or professional lives know that there is something more to life. They are committed to real change will find considerable power in:     

Building the practices for authentic learning. Seeing that learning isn't about "knowing and understanding," it is the development of "embodied competence". Learning how new action, not new thinking, is the cornerstone of change. Facing down the most daunting challenges and making consistently powerful choices. Building a practice that will enable you to stay calm while the world around you swirls in confusion. 11

Now available! Parents & Teachers Activity Guide A free new companion to the early chapter book The Adventures of Blue Ocean A Journey Begins by Brooks Olbrys! Get your copy today!

Now available! If You Were Me and Lived in Norway by Carole P. Roman The most recent in the If You Were Me and Lived in‌. series of illustrated children’s books on learning about other cultures! Purchase your copy! 12

Book Reviews | A Tale of Two Turtles & A Whale’s Tale by Richard Marman


ritten and illustrated by Richard Marman, A Tale of Two Turtles, and its sequel A Whale’s Tale, are fun educational reads for kids ages 5 to 8. Both books provide an effective teaching guide for parents and teachers to help kids know more about different species of fish and marine life found in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The books are illustrated by Richard Marman and they are simple, yet imaginative and creative. The illustrations help depict the reality of daily life for all marine species in these waters, some of which are thought provoking and insightful. The illustrations also help to convey to the reader, the message of environmental responsibility and awareness. With an expressive style of digital airbrushing and watercolor techniques, the pages come alive with color and vibrancy which kids will certainly appreciate when reading the stories. A Tale of Two Turtles follows the life story of a young female turtle named Wave, and a young male turtle (Web) who later became her friend, and the adventures they both face as they navigate tropical waters and encountered both natural and man-made hazards which are unfortunately typical to earth’s marine life. A Tale of Two Turtles gives insightful tidbits about the turtle’s perilous life and the odds they face of even one in a batch surviving. The story is broken down successfully in order to educate kids about marine life and their responsibility in helping to keep the ocean safe. For example, Web’s chilling tale of chomping on a plastic bag thinking it was a jellyfish, is an effective way of getting the message across to kids and adults that littering the beach with hazardous waste material like plastic bags is certainly not a good thing. In A Whale’s Tale, Wave and Web met a humpback whale (Davo) who shares his story and experience of his annual migration from Antarctica to the warm tropical waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Davo’s adventure provides insight about the dangers humpback whales face from human predators that, despite the law, still practice whaling as a sport and for consumption. Readers will be educated on the dangers of whaling, and hopefully this thought-provoking read will motivate children and adults to take a stand against such practices, and eventually one day it will cease altogether. Other books by Richard Marman are McAlister’s Way, McAlister’s Hoard, and McAlister’s Spark. See our Press Release on these books and visit with the author on his website for more information. [Book Review written by DBR Books Blog] 13

My Hero, My Dad The Nurse children’s book series by Dr. Maggie Thurmond-Dorsey, RN


Hero, My Dad The Nurse series, authored by Dr. Maggie Thurmond Dorsey, RN now debuts its third book My Hero, My Dad The Nurse Knocked Out Cancer. To date the series is a set of three books which tells of a boy’s (Michael David Daniels) pride for his Dad who is a nurse, even amidst popular views of his peers that men should not be nurses. My Hero, My Dad The Nurse is a series of three books written by Dr. Maggie Thurmond Dorsey, and illustrated by artist Lorenzo Williams. • My Hero, My Dad The Nurse • My Hero, My Dad The Nurse Played Football • My Hero, My Dad The Nurse Knocked Out Cancer In My Hero, My Dad The Nurse, the series begin with Michael David Daniels’ confrontation of a sensitive subject matter - the matter of male nurses. And when asked what he wants to be when he is older, Michael shocks his classmates with his announcement that he wants to be a nurse. In the wake of a class debate that men can’t be nurses, Michael made it his mission to show his class that men can indeed be nurses. Appropriately written for kids’ ages 7 to 10, the book inspires and encourages young children, especially boys, to consider nursing as an option when choosing a career path. 14

The series continue with My Hero, My Dad The Nurse Played Football, in which Michael wants to sign up for city recreational football but his Mom opposes. His Dad, his hero, came to his defense to reiterate the benefits of football. He supports his son’s decision in an almost poetic prose to show that football was not just another ‘silly sport’. By the end of his poetic banter showing football was as “essential as sweet apple pie”, Michael’s Mom was sold on the concept of recreational football. The beauty of the story is all wrapped up in his friend’s (JJ) remark that “nurses don’t play football” and Michael came to his father’s defense that he was indeed one of the best players of his time. The book breaks up stereotypical beliefs about male nurses and dispels the myth that because a man is a nurse he has no athletic ability. In her third book, My Hero, My Dad The Nurse Knocked Out Cancer, Dorsey uses her expertise as a nurse educator to tell the story of Michael’s Dad and his preparation for a colonoscopy. Though it’s a gory subject matter to talk about, Dorsey was successful in discussing the preparation procedure and give pertinent details in an age appropriate manner, with several instances of humor and fun. Dorsey’s series may be used as a guide for parents and teachers to help kids to understand more about nursing as a career and to dispense insightful information on benefits and responsibilities. Young readers will be educated on nursing, and hopefully these informative reads will motivate children to consider nursing as a career. Hardcover versions and CDs of author readings are available, email to get your copy: [Book Review written by Children’s Book Examiner]

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Title & Author: My Hero, My Dad The Nurse by Dr. Maggie Thurmond-Dorsey, RN Softcover Paperback: 36 pages Publisher: Book Surge Publishing (June 9, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 1419694766 ISBN-13: 978-1419694769 15

2013 Reading Challenge Join in the FUN!

b00k r3vi3ws invites you to participate in its 2013 Reading Book Challenge! So you want to read books by authors you’ve never read before? Well here’s your chance to do it!

Then here's what you need to know about b00k r3vi3ws 2013 Reading Challenge: 1. Read as many books as possible, by authors that YOU haven't read before. 2. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. 3. Books read may be any form (audio, print, e-book). 4. The books can overlap with other reading challenges. 5. Post your links to your reviews each month to share with other participants. 6. The challenge runs from January 1, 2013 to December 1, 2013. Its never too late to Join In! Challenge Levels are: Amateur : Choose to read 1 - 10 New Authors Lover : Choose to read 11 - 20 New Authors Expert : Choose to read 20 - 25 New Authors Fanatic : Choose to read 25 or above New Authors To know more about this Reading Challenge and to join in with countless readers and authors, sign up for free on b00k r3vi3ws website and begin today! 16

Reading Challenge Books you might be interested in!


The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan


The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult


The Gifts of Imperfection by Brenè Brown


George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade



is a list of newly released books to keep your kids busy! These are now available in our local libraries nationwide or anywhere books are sold:

For Ages 8 to 12: 1. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins 2. Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja by Marcus Emerson 3. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

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For Ages 3 to 7: 4. What Does The Fox Say? by YLVIS 5. Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo by John Lithgow 6. Gross Gus’s Rotten Christmas by Kally Mayer

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The Books Magazine - December 2013  

A book magazine featuring helpful book reviews, author and illustrator interviews, and book sales for children's and YA fiction books.

The Books Magazine - December 2013  

A book magazine featuring helpful book reviews, author and illustrator interviews, and book sales for children's and YA fiction books.