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

Click here for more information or purchase on Amazon, and Goodreads.

 

LB Omilla

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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Good Luck! Winner will be chosen 4/20/18. Shipped to U.S. and Canada residents only.

Restoring Resilience in Teens: Spotlight on Shadow’s Edge

Restoring Resilience in Teens Spotlight on Shadow's Edge

Guest Blogger, Garth Sundem from Digging Deep

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Shadow’s Edge is the first FREE game designed to build resilience in teens with serious health conditions. In the game, teens 13+ are transported to the city of Shadow’s Edge where they have an opportunity to revive a city left dark and disrupted by a storm. It’s the players’ quest to find and write on journal pages and to express themselves by making graffiti. Through their self-expression, players bring vibrancy back to the city. Along the way, they have help — the Guardians of Disruption, Disillusionment and Discovery, who send players on missions to look inside themselves for answers to tough questions and discover wisdoms hidden in the city. As players heal the city, they heal themselves. And through in-game community, players can share their words and art with others, building camaraderie and understanding that they are not alone in their struggles. Reviving the city alone, teens can explore the issues surrounding their illness. Together, they can spread what they learn. At the end, they can look back to see how truly far they have come. That is Shadow’s Edge.

Learn more about the game at Digging Deep and Shadow’s Edge sites!

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GIVEAWAY!!! V.I.P. Hospital Productions

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Happy child life month! Let’s celebrate by giving away 5 V.I.P. Hospital Productions books to 5 lucky winners!

I am excited to introduce you to Hannah Doty, the founder of V.I.P. Hospital Productions

V.I.P Hospital Productions is an organization that designs specialty activity books and movies to help kids and teens interact with their medical team—and have FUN doing it!

As a child diagnosed with cancer, I spent a lot of time in the hospital. I used my interest in creative activities to occupy my time and began to ask medical team members to look at my drawings, sign my scrapbook and take pictures with me. I discovered when I initiated these fun interactions, I felt more in control of my situation and was less anxious about meeting new doctors and nurses.

In 2014, I founded V.I.P. Hospital Productions to help other kids and their medical teams interact easily. I designed these specialized activity books based on the type of resource I wish I would have had as a patient.

I believe as kids and teens feel empowered to ask questions and connect in a fun way with the medical personnel around them, the trust that is built helps them honestly communicate their health needs, go through treatment/procedures with less anxiety, and leads to an improved hospital experience for patients, family and caregivers alike.

These specialized activity books are available for individual purchase on our website, www.viphospitalproductions.org. Child Life professionals and other medical personnel should email us to receive quantity discounts or ask about piloting the books in their facilities. Information about our movies can also be found on our webpage. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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We will be giving away 5 Star Treatment Books to 5 lucky winners.

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5. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy, Like and tag a friend in the post

Good Luck! Winner will be chosen 3/7/18, shipped to U.S. residents only.

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