Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends: Spotlight and Giveaway

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Guest Blogger, L. B. O’Milla 

The protagonist in my book is a girl, but there is an equal collaboration between girls and boys that help the teens to reach their goals. Dealing with their enemies the main characters find non-violent and peaceful solutions and compromises. The group of friends in the book consists of the foresters and humans, who do not only look different, but also come from totally different cultural backgrounds. Nevertheless, the teens embrace their differences and use them to their advantage in helping each other and those in need.

The story is entertaining, uplifting, humorous, and gripping. It’s an easy read, yet, its language is rich and poetic. The book teaches lessons of friendship, kindness, and determination and shows readers that “old-fashioned” values of trust, care, teamwork, acceptance, and love are still as important as ever, because they are the building blocks of the thriving and humane societies.

Little Yaga, is a main character of my book, Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends. She is a teenager who lives with her old hag of a grandmother. Their house is situated on top of a chicken leg, deep within the Enchanted Forest. Little Yaga is troubled by her appearance. While all the other Forest creatures have magnificent fangs, thunderous roars, and bony legs, she looks like a human. She even wears custom crafted dentures to give herself fangs. In her quest to fit in with the Foresters, Little Yaga listens to her great-aunt, an old enchantress, and travels to the human world where she meets a group of teenagers on the run from an evil sorcerer. Together with her new friends she returns to the Forest.

Scraggard the Immortal, the ruler of the Forest, sustains himself on human energy to remain immortal. When he captures Ashley, a human girl, Little Yaga takes pity on her. She gathers a group of both old friends and new to help Ashley escape from Scraggard and save the Forest from his malevolent reign.

As Little Yaga discovers the secrets of her forest home and her own origins, she comes into contact with creatures and settings straight out of Russian fables and mythology.

Best fit for readers: Middle grade/YA Fantasy/Adventure

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Author Bio:

B. O’Milla was born in Kiev, Ukraine (back then a part of Russia), and loved to read and write from an early age. Her dream was to become a writer, but due to the religious and ethnic persecution she faced, she was unable to pursue that dream in her motherland. When she was 26 years old, she with her husband and daughter fled the country. They wound up first in Vienna, Austria, then in Rome, Italy, until finally coming to America as refugees.

In the US, she graduated from NYU and worked as a physical therapist all while raising her family, but she never gave up her love of writing. Having grown up in a family that exposed her to literature, the arts, and music, O’Milla enjoyed Russian folklore and its characters. She worked very hard to learn English, so she could write in English, the language of her new country.

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Children’s Book, “Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32” Spotlight and Giveaway

 

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Guest Blogger, Kelsey Butts

Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 is a new children’s picture book, written by award winning author B.C.R. Fegan and illustrated by Lenny Wen. It is set to be released in March 2018, published by TaleBlade press.

Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 takes young readers on a journey through the magical Hotel of Hoo, a mysterious place with some very unusual occupants. As readers explore the strange hotel, they are invited to experience everything it has to offer with just one warning… don’t ever look behind door 32.

Behind each of the doors in the Hotel of Hoo, leading up to Door 32, readers meet and greet a bevy of characters who have taken up residence at the hotel, from ghosts cooking roasts, to paintbrush-wielding elves, tea-drinking monsters, miniature giants, and more.

This imaginative picture book aims to take children beyond the first ten cardinal numbers, and introduces them to the patterns of counting in a fun and accessible way. With rooms to explore and unique objects to count, children will enjoy lingering on each page as they make their way closer to the forbidden door. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.

What Readers Are Saying:

“B.C.R. Fegan combines the whimsical spirit of a Dr. Seuss book with the spine-tingling mystery of a haunted house in his picture book Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32.”

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“Fegan and Wen are, book by book, mastering the kid lit genre. With each successive book, their plots and accompanying illustrations take on more depth and even more vibrant characters. From the very first pages, this one has the feel of a classic in-the-making.”

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BCR Other BooksClick here to check out B.C.R. Fegan’s additional children’s books.

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Gifts and the Ungrateful Child: 4 Tips to Improve Your Holiday Experience

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Guest Bloggers, Joanna Faber and Julie King from How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen

Have your kids been known to announce, upon opening a gift, “I already have this!” or angrily declare, “I don’t like it!” or even burst into tears, causing great distress to the startled giver and great embarrassment to the hapless parent?

It’s hard not to be horrified by such behavior, or to question our own parenting, worrying that we’ve brought up greedy, spoiled brats. The urge is to lecture them about all the less-fortunate children in the world, or to punish them by suspending future gift-giving until they learn to show some gratitude. However appealing these tactics may seem, none of them tend to create the grateful child of our dreams.

As we head into the potentially hazardous season of gift exchange, now is a good time to start preparing children to be gracious gift recipients and head off hurt feelings and mortification. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1) Start by Acknowledging Feelings

At a neutral time, talk with your kids about getting presents that are disappointing. You can share memories from your own childhood when you were disappointed, or even offended, by a present you received – the toy that was “too babyish,” or the sweater that was downright ugly. Talk about how hard it is to be polite when you expect something wonderful and get something you don’t want. This is a good time (when your child is not in a state of emotional distress) to point out that, after all, the gift giver was thinking of you and trying to please you, and it’s important not to make that person feel bad.

2) Problem Solve with your Child

Devise a plan with your kids for how to handle a disappointing gift. Can your child have a special signal he can give you to let you know he’s disappointed? What will he say to the gift giver? Perhaps a simple, “Thank you so much!” or, “It was so nice of you to bring me a gift!”

3) Make it a Game

Practice for the big moment by playing the “Present Giving Game.” Your child can find something thoroughly unappealing to wrap and give to you (a rock, a spoon, a cup of dirt.) Now your challenge is to unwrap it and say something nice (“Oh, look at this beautiful rock. It’s so hard and smooth, I’ll use it as a paperweight…” or “Wow, what a shiny spoon. I can’t wait to stir my tea with it…” or “This dirt is just what I need to plant my flower seeds.”). Now reverse the challenge and wrap something icky for your child to open.

Here’s a variation on the theme — you can give a “terrible” response: “Oh no, not another dirty tissue; I already have so many of these.” “I hate this kind of broken crayon. You wasted your money!” “I wanted a different color; why didn’t you buy me a green one?” “Ok, thanks. What else did you get me?” Your child can have a laugh at your expense and then she can instruct you on what you should have said!

4) Adjust your expectations

Try to reduce the frenzy of anticipation. Living with shiny, wrapped presents under the tree for days can be too much for some youngsters. A child’s imagination can go wild trying to guess what is in that box. The reality often cannot measure up. All the wondrous possibilities suddenly disappear! Some children do better when told ahead of time what they are going to get.

Another way to take the pressure off of gift giving is to emphasize special activities such as cookie baking, games or making holiday crafts. Some kids do better when the emphasis is on making gifts for other people in their family. Then you can model the behavior you hope to see in the future from your child (“Ooh, what a colorful picture! I’m going to put it next to my bed, so it makes me happy when I open my eyes in the morning.”)

We’re not trying to take the joy out of celebrating with gifts. Your child’s ability to handle anticipation and appreciate surprises will blossom with age. In the meantime, do whatever works best for your family!

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Joanna Faber and Julie King are internationally acclaimed experts on communication between adults and children. They are the authors of the best-selling book “How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7″ and have recently co-authored Parenting Hero which is a new iOS app developed by MythicOwl. Parenting Hero helps parents form joyful relationships with their kids by role-playing many common situations, viewing the hand-drawn animated comics and choosing their responses to the problems.

Click here to learn more about the Parenting Hero app.