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Monday, May 23, 2022

Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host K.N. Smith and her new book, “Discovery of the Five Senses,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $75 Visa eGift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with K.N. Smith and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Discovery of the Five Senses

The Urban Boys Series

by K.N. Smith

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GENRE:  Young Adult Action-Adventure, Young Adult Thriller, Urban Fantasy, Mystery / Thriller

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BLURB:

A suspenseful incident in a forbidden preserve heightens the senses of five friends. But furious battles confront the boys as they try to understand their sensory super powers in a race to save mankind. With light beings and mysterious strangers complicating their plight, will the boys be able to defeat the evil Druth before it’s too late?

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EXCERPT THREE:

Soft swirls of light rose, dissipating as they spoke.

“The others are capable, but they need our help. Peace will not come easily. We must give them strength.”

“Druth will destroy our home. He will hurt the gifted ones if the nectar finds him.”

“They will not survive him.”

“The others must seek the will for survival. They   must understand their own power.”

A transient suspension held the beings in the preserve. Faint flecks of light dotted the landscape.

“In these two worlds, our ideas converge, yet collide.”

“He must be stopped!”

“It is true.”

“Naculea must endure.”

“It is chosen.”

Now resting upon the succulent, running rich with the life-giving nectar, the beings absorbed its energy, glowing as bright as the sun.

Thirst became a distant need yet again.

“We must warn… the one.”

“The one who sees.”

“The one who sees and hears much.”

“It is the only way.”

Final clicks faded into silence.

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

This book is fun, exciting, entertaining, and jam packed full of thrilling action scenes!!

Many young readers are sure to quickly connect with the brave superhero’s and become captivated by the fast, daring, action fighting; enticed by the curious, mysterious, and thrilling adventure; inspired by the courageous acts of goodwill; and enriched with valuable life lessons.  This book has so much to offer, it’s sure to be a favorite!!

While this book clearly screams for the young adult reader and undoubtedly would offer strong appeal to the 11-18-year-old age range; it also found to be quiet an intriguing read for this “older” adult reader.  While I frequently enjoy reading books that cross age lines and bend genre barriers, as to me, a good book is often more about the author’s storytelling ability and their skills in keeping the reader fully engaged, regardless of what the typical targeted reader audience is.  I am happy to acknowledge that this book did just that with its cleverly crafted story lines, intriguing plot points, and enjoyable characters.

I was quickly swept away by the story line concept of five high-schooler aged boys acquiring unique sensory superpowers and teaming up together to make a difference in their community.  This book felt like a local, hometown version of all the best superhero’s, rolled into a more somewhat convincing, down-to-earth, less glitz and glam, champion of the people kind of story.  The real underdogs that you’d root for and cheer on their success.

Without a doubt, this book radiated encouraging, inspirational, and motivational messages that expressed real heroism, self-discovery, and positive images while also delivering important life lessons that are sure to resonate with young readers.

I enjoyed that the author gave uniquely distinctive character traits to each of the boys, further promoting inclusivity, and allowing a vast array of readers to easily relate with at least one character.  However, I feel there was still much to be desired in the character’s development and story arcs.  While these characters were likable, I really wanted more from them.  Perhaps because this book features a larger cast of main characters there was less room for each of these characters to fully grow and reach their potential?  Perhaps because these characters are high school students that level of openness to express their feelings isn’t fully established yet?  Perhaps because the main characters are boys, and they are less likely to speak candidly and share their deep inner thoughts and emotions?  I think the author only barely scratched the surface with these characters and could easily add-in more personal, candid traits to create stronger, multidimensional characters.

There are some predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few very unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming but will enjoy watching unfold!!

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it!!  I think all action-adventure, urban fantasy, mystery, and thriller book fans – especially readers that fall into the MG, YA, NA, and adult fiction genres will like this book too!!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations**

Did you find this review helpful???

If so, please, please, please mark it as helpful on Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R3N7MYQEWR0YG2

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AUTHOR BIO:

K.N. Smith, winner of the “Best of” in the category of “Outstanding Young Adult Novel” at the Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards, is an author, screenwriter, and passionate advocate of literacy and arts programs throughout the world. She inspires people of all ages to reach their highest potential in their creative, educational, and life pursuits. She lives in California with her family. Visit K.N. Smith at www.knsmith.com.

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CONNECT WITH K.N. SMITH:

Website:

https://www.knsmith.com

Newsletter:

http://www.eepurl.com/hQ-0MT

Email:

kn@knsmith.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/authorknsmith

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/knsmith_author

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/knsmith_author

BookBub Author Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/k-n-smith

BookBub Book Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/books/discovery-of-the-five-senses-by-k-n-smith

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14431555.K_N_Smith

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58655684-discovery-of-the-five-senses

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/3LK3TW6

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/39PBZJG

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/34J4GWC

All Other Amazon International Countries Short Link:

getbook.at/theurbanboys

Apple Books eBook:

https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1621072744

Barnes and Noble Nook eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/discovery-of-the-five-senses-kn-smith/1139618809

Google Books eBook:

https://www.google.com/books/edition/Discovery_of_the_Five_Senses/uoFaEAAAQBAJ

Google Play eBook:

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=uoFaEAAAQBAJ

Kobo eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/discovery-of-the-five-senses-1

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

K.N. Smith will be awarding a $75 VISA eGift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those fabulous community outreach projects and awesome giveaways on here**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The New Enchantress by Sunayna Prasad - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Sunayna Prasad and her new book, “The New Enchantress,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Sunayna and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!


The New Enchantress

Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions

Book Three

by Sunayna Prasad

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GENRE: Middle Grade Fantasy

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BLURB:

Cursed by a sorcerer’s hex, Alyssa McCarthy finds herself in a fight she can’t afford to lose, or everything she knows will be lost!

After she finishes her final year of junior high, fourteen-year-old Alyssa faces an uncertain future in more ways than one when a sorcerer casts a hex that leaves her with involuntary magical powers that are too dangerous to remove.

Unable to control her newly gained abilities Alyssa’s end-of-middle-school sleepover ends in disaster when she knocks her friends unconscious when her powers go out of control. If Alyssa can’t learn to master her magic soon, she will be cursed to forget her loved ones and serve as the warlock’s slave for all of eternity.

Her only hope is to focus on controlling her emotions if she is to break the curse. However, the difficulties of adolescence, along with the perils and growing disasters she faces, make Alyssa struggle even more. From putting her friends’ lives at risk to losing their trust, she continues to fear what will become of her if she fails.

Will Alyssa be able to break the hex and become the enchantress that she was meant to be, or will she become enslaved to the sorcerer forever?

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EXCERPT ONE:

Alyssa played the video she’d made for the upcoming teen film festival. If she submitted it, she would earn five extra points to add to her 70 in math. That would allow her to drop the mandatory extra-help class for students with final scores less than a 75.

She watched the clip, experiencing watery eyes when she heard herself discussing losing her parents in a car crash when she was seven and other tragic events in her life. It concluded with how those times had shaped her into the person she was today, Friday, June 10th, 2011. She exported the project and would upload it to the festival’s site later. The deadline was not until Monday, 7 P.M. So, after this, she could focus on the end-of-middle-school sleepover that would happen today.

But the screen froze, and a small popup stated, “Cannot export file.”

“Huh?”

How could a two-month-old device encounter issues already? Alyssa had had to wait until her last birthday, in April, and needed to maintain good grades at school to get her own computer. She recalled what her godfather, Alex, had told her in February after her math substitute had informed him about her scores dropping. “Alyssa, if you don’t get your grades up in math, you might not earn that laptop.” He loved and cared for her like a daughter yet shared no blood relation to her family members. She’d lived with him since turning thirteen last year.

Her breathing caught at the popup—a new model should not have a virus already. But she told herself, I’m fourteen and am going to start high school this fall. I can fix this.

The computer turned itself off, closed itself, and crushed Alyssa’s fingers.

“Ow!” she cried.

The device slid off her lap and under her bed. She looked underneath it—without warning, dust blew onto her, covering her petite body.

She coughed as the soot settled. Then she brushed the dirt off her black shirt and its straps on her narrow shoulders, followed by her short shorts and skin. She shook bits out of her straight, pale-blonde hair, which fell a few inches below her hips.

She’d dealt with enough sorcery already, once last year in March and again this past fall. However, neither she nor anybody in her life possessed magic in their blood. From age eight until two springs ago, she’d believed that magic hadn’t existed.

She had interacted with a few magicians when dealing with supernatural situations that no one as young as she should have to experience.

She planned to find that idiot who just ruined her summer by stealing her laptop. A folded piece of paper appeared on her bed and seemed to include the word, laptop, so she read it.

Alyssa,

Your laptop is going to become a new brain-domination computer. The International Magic Control has disabled all the existing ones and has banned any magic from transforming enchanted technology into mind-managing devices. But your laptop is needed exclusively for my particular process.

Also, don’t remove your new magic powers. If you try, you might die.

Anonymous

The note vanished into thin air. Alyssa touched her forehead and breathed since wizardry shouldn’t work on standard technology. Possibilities advanced over time, but they still had numerous everlasting limits.

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GUEST POST:

Where I Find Inspiration for My Books

Many authors use their own life experiences and interpret them into their stories (although they will usually make some minor changes to them). A lot of them also base characters off of people they know. I, however, differ.

My personal life experiences rarely occur in my books. And if they do, they are very minor situations. An example would be a specific dinner served in the first installment of my book series.

As for characters they are never based off of people I know. They are usually inspired by fictional characters from other creations, or are unintentionally produced for plot convenience.

That being said, some of their traits and personalities are based off of people I know. For instance, one of my protagonist’s friend’s developments was inspired by one of my cousins when she was younger.

But just like where I find inspiration for many of my characters, fictional sources inspire much of the content in my stories.

A couple of movies inspired certain elements in my series, such as “Frozen” and “ParaNorman.” But the “Harry Potter” series was the biggest inspirational source of all. In fact, lots of reviewers have compared my books to “Harry Potter.” It was not just the content, though, but also a few characters.

It is obvious that other fictional works have inspired my stories and characters. I did not think much of what happened in my life was either interesting or relevant to my book plots. This is where I stand out. However, there are times I blend in, as well.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Sunayna Prasad enjoys writing fantasy books for children, as well as cooking, creating artwork, watching online videos, and blogging. She has also written The Frights of Fiji and A Curse of Mayhem. She is passionate about modern-day life in fantasy stories, worldbuilding, and even humor. She is constantly brainstorming new ideas and using her creativity.

Sunayna graduated from college in 2017 and lives in New York.

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CONNECT WITH SUNAYNA:

Website:

https://www.sunaynaprasadbooks.com

Email:

Sunayna.Prasad@yahoo.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Sunayna-Prasad-468868846787369

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/SunaynaPrasad

BookBub Book Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-new-enchantress-alyssa-mccarthy-s-magical-missions-3-by-sunayna-prasad

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5002639.Sunayna_Prasad

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57412894-the-new-enchantress

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/322LU6H

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/3li33U9

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/3FNJKvv

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Enchantress-Alyssa-McCarthys-Magical-Missions-ebook/dp/B08R5L55TG

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Enchantress-Alyssa-McCarthys-Magical-Missions/dp/B093C51C88

Apple Books eBook:

https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-new-enchantress/id1546127220

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-new-enchantress-sunayna-prasad/1138513244

Kobo US eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-new-enchantress

Kobo CA eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-new-enchantress

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Sunayna will be awarding a $25 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card (Winner’s Choice!!!) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those fabulous community outreach projects and awesome giveaways on here**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Mermaid and the Unicorns by L. T. Getty - Book Tour - Book Sale - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host L. T. Getty and her new book, “The Mermaid and the Unicorns,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Online Bookstore Gift Card of Winner’s Choice!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with L. T. and to increase your chances of winning!!

This eBook is on SALE for ONLY $0.99 during the book tour!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

The Mermaid and the Unicorns

by L. T. Getty

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GENRE:  Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure

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BLURB:

Daphne’s a typical mermaid, and at least according to her, that’s a problem. She’s courageous and has a beautiful singing voice, but lacks the power of an elemental, the ability to command water with the sound of her voice. Jealous of her best friend, she makes a deal with a sea-witch, only to be betrayed, in place of her beautiful tail and flukes Daphne’s left beached with a pair of human legs. The spell keeping Daphne looking human will become permanent, unless Daphne can hunt down and bring the scheming Lorelei a unicorn horn before the next full moon.

Unable to reach her friends and family for help, Daphne doesn’t know how to walk, much less where to find a unicorn or how to catch one. Even if she’s successful, Daphne’s still not sure if she can trust Lorelei and her pint-sized kraken to keep their end of the bargain and let her return to the sea.

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EXCERPT ONE:

Echor explored a small rocky cave before he chattered. I saw a fish I'd never seen before. He was orange and white!

"You'll see lots as you travel from place to place," Daphne told the small dolphin. "Come, your mother won't forgive me if I let you roam from the pod."

Why hurry? Echor asked as he swam, spinning around different plants and sponges that grew along the rocks, before focusing in on a vibrant snail. It was not a very old reef, though it was well inhabited by many vividly-colored, small fish. The young dolphin seemed to take pleasure in disturbing them and watching them scurry into their small hiding crevices and among the anemones. You're so lucky that you get to stay in your town all the time. This part of the sea is so beautiful!

"I think it would be neat to see so much of the ocean," Daphne said, thinking of her small town of Thranda. Unlike the dolphins, who often travelled long distances in a single day, most merfolk lived in towns unless they left their communities to hunt or travel to another community. She had known members of his family since she was a little mermaid, and only got to see them a few times a year when they passed through her home to feed in a nearby bay. She heard a series of warnings behind her—the other dolphins had detected something with their echolocation. Unless it was something exceptionally large, they should have been safe within the pod, but Echor was very young. "Echor, let's return to your family." The young dolphin had wandered off while Daphne had turned her head, chasing a seal that had left her bob, trying to swim away from Echor.

"Echor!" Daphne called, swimming after him. She caught up to him, then looked over her shoulder as she heard a familiar sound. An orca! Daphne suppressed a shudder. It was large, but far enough away for her to find a hiding space. Still, killer whales almost always travelled in groups. The killer whale dove when he spotted her. She knew the others would want to help, but they were no match for an orca. He swam quickly towards her and Echor. Daphne knew she would be hard pressed to out-swim the large creature.

Hide! the orca told her.

Daphne then saw the immense shadow and wooden keel of a ship following the orca. The killer whale dove deep, though the water was too clear and shallow to truly hide his massive form. A harpoon followed him, missed, and was quickly pulled back to the surface by a rope. Another harpoon plunged into the water, and then another. The rough waters churned green and grey in the ship's wake, and Echor's warning chatter only told her that there was another human vessel. It came from Daphne's left, and it dragged a net behind it.

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

This book is an intriguing, enchanting, charming fantasy read filled with important life lessons and engaging story lines!!

Mermaids and unicorns and a sea witch, oh my!!

This book follows Daphne, a young mermaid with a deep jealousy streak that triggers her to strike a deal with a mean sea witch, putting her on the trail of a seemingly impossible task of retrieving a unicorn horn.

While Daphne faces an all-too-common dilemma we’ve all been guilty of at one time or another – wanting what you don’t have and/or being envy of someone who does have said coveted characteristic, this book shows the great length someone will go to in search of obtaining the unattainable.

While this book bears a strong resemblance to Disney's famous mermaid tale, "The Little Mermaid," the author was able to cleverly create a unique and refreshing take on a timeless favorite.

This book encompasses so many valuable lessons and morals that are sure to teach, inspire, and resonate with young readers.

Although this book does have many interesting and engaging scenes, unfortunately, I occasionally found some of these passages to be on the slower paced side.  While the author excelled at quickly sweeping the reader off into an intriguing, fantasy world, some overly detailed and lengthier scenes caused moments of disengagement and disconnect from the story.

There are some predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few very unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming but will enjoy watching unfold!!

This book is not currently listed as part of a book series.  It can easily be read as a standalone.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it!!  I think all fantasy and adventure book fans – especially readers that fall into the MG, YA, and NA genres will like this book too!!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations**

Did you find this review helpful???

If so, please, please, please mark it as helpful on Amazon here:

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AUTHOR BIO:

L. T. Getty is a rural paramedic from Manitoba. She enjoys writing science fiction and fantasy and generally being creative.

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CONNECT WITH L. T.:

Blog:

http://www.ltgetty.ca

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6479207.L_T_Getty

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60006465-the-mermaid-and-the-unicorns

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/3LBJXUN

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BOOK BUY LINKS & BOOK SALE INFO:

**The Mermaid and the Unicorns eBook is on SALE for ONLY $0.99 during the book tour!!!**

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/3KXJ5Zs

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/3ynVK58

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Mermaid-Unicorns-L-T-Getty-ebook/dp/B09F2MRB9N

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Mermaid-Unicorns-L-T-Getty/dp/1777698022

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-mermaid-and-the-unicorns-lt-getty/1140115966?ean=9781777698034

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-mermaid-and-the-unicorns-lt-getty/1140115966?ean=9781777698027

Kobo US eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-mermaid-and-the-unicorns

Kobo CA eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-mermaid-and-the-unicorns

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

L. T. will be awarding a $50 Gift Card to an Online Bookseller (Winner’s Choice!!!) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is made, I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those fabulous community outreach projects and awesome giveaways on here**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

My Mummy After Our Baby by Namita Mahanama - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Namita Mahanama and her new book, “My Mummy After Our Baby: A Journey of Hope and Healing,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $15 Amazon OR Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Namita and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

My Mummy After Our Baby:

A Journey of Hope and Healing

by Namita Mahanama

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GENRE: Children's Fiction – Family and Relationships

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BLURB:

My Mummy After Our Baby: A Journey Of Hope and Healing is a beautifully written and illustrated story, about the reality of post-natal depression setting in after the birth of their perfect little baby.

It is a gentle, soft, perfectly put together story, filled with an abundance of emotion and heart to explain what is happening at home, for all children who may be feeling lost and confused about what is happening to their Mummy after becoming unwell.

It is written by a mother who experienced this twice herself and vowed to create a beautiful explanation and tool, in order to provide hope, solace and strength for other families, that she wished was available for her children.

This beautiful book is written in the hope of educating, as well as to be a connective and bonding tool, at a time when a family needs it the most. It is gently and eloquently written, with the most amazing illustrations, that will form the basis of a vital healing tool in the home of everyone who is going through this harrowing chapter.

The author has brought the prospect of hope in a perfect package here and is her gift to you and your family, to navigate through this chapter with as much peace and lightness as possible.

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EXCERPT ONE:

Once upon a time in a far-away town called Knocksville, there lived a little boy called Aydan. He was a very kind, fun, smart and sweet boy full of so much energy and brightness!

Aydan made friends with everyone that he met and he was always the bright spark in every room that he walked into.

Aydan lived with his Mummy and Daddy and they loved spending time together. They played golf, loved going to the beach or running around the park with their little doggy Rupert.

Every day felt like it was filled with so much joy and happiness.

Every night they always shared turns in saying three things that they were thankful for.

Most nights, Aydan would say that he was thankful for food in his tummy, a roof over his head and for having a family who loved and cared for him as much as all of the stars in the sky.

This always made his Mummy’s heart shine brighter, grow bigger and she would hold him tight until he fell asleep.

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GUEST POST:

My Favorite Scene in This Book…

I wrote this children’s book as a resource that I wished our family had access to, when I fell to my knees with postnatal depression.

We had a beautiful 4-year-old son Ari, and were all so excited to welcome our second son Kaiyaan (meaning the universe) into the world. Yet, on day 5 after giving birth, I fell into the darkest and most gut-wrenching postnatal depression…which completely rocked our world and it felt like our whole life was crumbling apart.

I wrote this book as a way to gently explain what is happening within the home, in a soft, beautiful and emotive way. I wanted to help bring some lightness, hope and beautiful optimism into the hearts of everyone within the home…and the strength to keep holding on.

We felt so alone in our journey. This book was birthed so that all other families no longer need to suffer in silence and isolation as we did…and to utilise this resource as a source of explanation and connection between parent and child.

This story is an exact portrayal of our experience and what our family went through. It goes through my excitement during pregnancy, a beautiful birth, the tremendous fall into depression…and also the walk towards recovery…and the amazing life and light that returned to me and within the home upon my recovery.

My absolute favourite scene, is the one, where Aydan (my Ari) crawls into bed with me, the morning that I ‘sparked back to life’ as I call it. He came after I had slept for the first time in 11 weeks, and sang me a beautiful Noongar (Indigenous song) that Ari had learned at school and performed at a Mother’s Day event just a few months earlier.

He came and held me, and sang ‘Baby you are my heart…Baby you are my heart…Baby you are my heart…you are my star, my love, my life.

This actually happened the moment that I had returned, and I remember holding him as if I had never felt him before, with warm tears streaming down my face. I was filled with so much joy, relief, connection and love for this beautiful boy!

He somehow knew that I had returned in that moment, without me saying a word!

I get goose bumps writing about it now…because the power in that moment, is something that I will never ever forget.

It is symbolic of his power of love, that never gave up hope for me, that never gave up his unconditional love for me.

The road was difficult for all of us, but Aydan (my Ari), gave me reason to keep fighting another day! He gave me my ‘WHY’, and I fought every day to walk towards my recovery…and when I had arrived, he was right there waiting for me.

That moment felt divine. It felt so unbelievably sacred and I liken it to a moment of an awakening of some sort.

He saw and felt me in that moment, and I felt the connection to all of life and joy in that moment also.

His unconditional love, makes him my hero and the favourite character in this book!

I want his character to touch the hearts of other small children who may be feeling so hurt and lost with their mother falling ill. Yet, I want to shout the message of HOPE from the rooftops, that she WILL get better and to keep holding on for the light to return.

For when it does, it will shine in abundance and they will feel a connection, bond, joy and love like never before.

This is my hope for writing this book…and I hope that it reaches the hearts and homes of all those people who need to hear this.

The silver lining of our suffering.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Namita is a mother of two boys and draws upon her heart-wrenching first-hand experience of post-natal depression, after the birth of both of her children. She is creating a myriad of support tools for women and their families, to navigate through their journeys of PND with as much ease and grace as possible.

Namita is a registered pharmacist who has qualifications in Ayurveda and Ayurveda Yoga teaching, as well as being a PMC (paediatric massage consultant) and CIMI (certified infant massage instructor). She draws upon her professional knowledge as well as her own experience, to be the support lifeline at a time when families need it the most.

Her intention is that she can be a beacon of hope and shine much-needed light, on the road towards the mothers and the entire family's healing and recovery. She hopes to inspire and uplift you through this chapter in your life.

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