Happy Campers by Audrey Monke

“Happy Campers is a joyful and wise parenting book. Drawing on her lifetime of experience as a camper, camp counselor and camp director, Audrey Monke shows us what is most important in the lives of children. She then takes the next step and teaches parents how they can recreate the magic of camp in their own homes. I have never read a more optimistic and well-grounded guide to parenting.”
-Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D., best-selling author of Raising Cain

Enter for a chance to win one of five signed copies of Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults by Audrey Monke.

Why are kids more optimistic, resilient, independent, and competent
after just a few weeks at summer camp?

Why do they feel less depressed, anxious, and disconnected at camp than they do anywhere else?

Why are so many campers heartbroken when it’s time to go home?

Happy Campers introduces a framework of intentional strategies to help parents create the same kind of transformational culture that kids experience at camp. Instead of raising a generation of kids who are overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and unable to function as independent and responsible adults, parents can create an environment at home that promotes the growth of important character traits and social skills that kids need in order to have meaningful and successful lives.

The Secrets of Lost Stones by Melissa Payne

A soul-stirring novel about the bonds between mother and child and the redemption that comes with facing the past and letting it go.

Thirty-two-year-old Jess Abbot has lost everything: her job, her apartment, and—most heart-wrenching—her eight-year-old son, Chance, to a tragic accident. Haunted by memories and grief, Jess packs what’s left and heads for the small mountain town of Pine Lake, where she takes a position as caregiver to an eccentric old woman.

A rumored clairvoyant, Lucy is strange but welcoming and immediately intuits Jess as a “loose end” in need of closure. But Jess isn’t the only guest in Lucy’s large Victorian home. There’s also Star, a teenage runaway with a secret too painful to share. And the little boy with heart-shaped stones, who comes with a hope for reconciliation—and a warning.

Soon Jess learns that she’s not the only lost soul running from the ghosts of the past. She and Star have been brought together for a reason: to be saved by the very thing that destroyed them.

To Be to Is to Was by Stephen C. Bird

Sunnie Deelite and Isabella Gloucester forge their creative identities while fending off the torments of unrequited love. Disillusioned, they say goodbye to Fascibook and polarized Isolamicka and travel to Planet Gorp, where they study synesthesia and meditate with Bastet the Egyptian Cat Goddess. In the Androgynous Galaxy, four intergalactic witches battle for supremacy while back on the Blue Green Planet, Turmerico Inflammatorio wreaks havoc as the leader of turbulent Isolamicka.

Short stories featuring a mix of genres. Alternates between stream of consciousness, linear and non-linear prose. This work incorporates dialogue, monologue, inner monologue, satirical poetry and devices of blatant satire. The text moves back and forth between realism, surrealism and dream-like scenarios. Characters morph in and out of absurd, fantastical and over-the-top situations. Specific themes, concepts and idea fragments are interwoven throughout its chapters. While at first glance not appearing to be linked, ultimately these short stories meld together, lending an informal sense of unity to this book.

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The Wonder of Now by Jamie Beck

Moving on has never been harder—or so perfectly unpredictable…

Peyton Prescott would give anything for the carefree life she knew before breast cancer changed everything. But instead of using her second chance to move forward, she’s stuck promoting the memoir her brother convinced her to write, thus reliving the very battle she wants to forget. If she hopes her European book tour will allow her to enjoy revisiting her favorite travel-writing destinations, she’s wrong: her PR whiz is too consumed with his own goals to consider her needs.

Mitch Mathis has relied on discipline to achieve his goals, and with his new firm’s success riding on Peyton’s book launch, he must keep her on task. They’re here for business, not pleasure. And Mitch won’t let unbridled desire harm his professional reputation—not again.

When frustrated expectations and attraction throw the tour into chaos, it challenges everything Mitch and Peyton believe about themselves, life, and love, forcing these opposites to consider whether they can embrace the change they need to grow.

The Price of Grace by Diana Munoz Stewart

Enter for a chance to win one of 20 copies of THE PRICE OF GRACE the second book in the Black Ops Confidential series by Diana Muñoz Stewart.

Washington Independent Review of Books called the series’, “original, impressive” a “rollicking good ride” and “high-octane.”

Of her series Publishers Weekly said, “Stewart plays adeptly with the reader’s emotions” and of book 2, "Stewart’s talent shines in this suspenseful story.”

Of book 2 Kirkus Reviews said, "Layered personalities, shifting motivations, and a smart, twisty plot push this thrilling romantic suspense series into high gear.”

Patricia Gussin, New York Times Best-selling author of Come Home praised the second book in the series, “The dynamics in The Price of Grace are instant and intense and hot. The pages will burn your fingers.”

Of THE PRICE OF GRACE, out Sept 24, 2019, Steve Berry New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author said, “Diana Muñoz Stewart knows how to deliver what a reader wants. A brilliant and complicated heroine, an equally flawed hero, and tight suspense that unfurls almost lyrically. Poignant in places, nail-biting in others, there’s plenty of sizzle and emotional clout. An electrifying ride.”

Cat Breed Guide by Stephanie Warren Drimmer

ADOPT, DON'T SHOP, but do your research!
Enter to win a copy of National Geographic's Cat Breed Guide! From Russian Blues and Munchkins to Maine Coons and Persians, this comprehensive guide gives an overview of 71 different cat breeds. Each profile includes the breed's "cat stats": country of origin, size, coat color and pattern, grooming difficulty, and cat-titude. With the help of veterinarian Dr. Gary Weitzman and cat behaviorist Mieshelle Nagelschneider, kids will also learn how to choose the right cat for them, how to take care of their new feline friend, and how to understand its behavior. Fun feature spreads cover cats in popular culture, prehistoric cats, and the house cat's wild cousins. This comprehensive guide is perfect for the cat-crazy kid and is an excellent reference for families who are bringing home their first four-legged family member.

Finding Beauty by Patrick Lindsay

Enter for a chance to win one of five first edition copies of Finding Beauty by Patrick Lindsay.

“A beautiful book. Each page is a meditation of gratitude for so many of the things in life that we sometimes forget or take for granted. Thank you for the reminder to ‘be.'” —Doe Zantamata, author of the "Happiness in Your Life" book series


"Finding Beauty is highly recommended reading for anyone looking to uplift heart and mind. It provides a warm series of reflections perfect for cultivating mindfulness, combating depression, and identifying wellsprings of splendor in the world." ―D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

When negative forces stir up hatred and ugliness, let beauty be your guide. Beauty can lift us up and set us on the right path.

In FINDING BEAUTY, Patrick Lindsay guides us through meditations on the beauty to be found in our daily lives, helping us to pursue truth, cherish our planet, care for others, and simply look at our neighbors and see the humanity in the eyes looking back at us.

It’s never too late to live the life we’ve always dreamed about or be the person we’ve always aspired to be. When we honor that with beauty, we really can make the world a better place.