Giveaway Hop! Life is a Beach! (ends 5/17/17)

May 3, 2017

Welcome to another great Giveaway Hop! I am offering two Super books for ONE Lucky U.S./Canada Winner!




I want to thank our Hosts… & The Mommy Island

The first book provided by its author, is a wonderful non-fiction book which examines the “plight of women in society” 

Between the Pages: Where trials become TRIUMPH!

Authored by Thais Sherell J, Consultant editor R.M. Trenkler-Thomson, As told by Joyce Ann McDonald

ISBN-13: 978-0981477473

ISBN-10: 098147747X

BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Women

Between the Pages examines the plight of women in society, past and present, and suggests a path for a better tomorrow. To offer a new vantage point, the manuscript accounts the life of HIV/AIDS advocate and artist, Joyce Ann McDonald, as she transcends from a life of low self-esteem and drug & sexual abuse to artist, chaplain, and renowned speaker and artist.

Joyce is the oldest sister of best-selling author Janet McDonald, an American writer of young adult novels as well as the author of Project Girl, a memoir about her early life in the Brooklyn projects and struggle to achieve an Ivy League education. Janet’s Spellbound was named as the American Library Association’s Best Book for Young Adults in 2002.

As for me. there is much I could say; however, in a nutshell – I have served as spokesperson for women and families for decades. My writings have been published in countless magazines and newspapers. My work in advocacy has been celebrated in newspapers, television interviews and on radio broadcasts worldwide, even attracting the attention of Oprah Winfrey’s staff in 2006.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: (per her website)

Thaïs is a licensed educator and has taught in both public and private schools for over 20 years. She maintains the following licenses from New Jersey’s Department of Education: English, Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-5, and Teacher of Students with Disabilities.
The guiding principle in her teaching encompasses the idea that teachers should seek to empower students with the necessary skills to take control of their own learning and enable them to learn holistically while emulating the behaviors they expect their students to acquire.
Each child is unique and needs a caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is her desire to help students achieve their fullest potential in these areas by providing a creative learning environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that she believes are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child’s natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for the learning process of others.
First, teachers should take charge of their own individual development. The activities we are engaged in have a significant impact on our work and students. Rather than view the development of teaching as the mastery of prevailing principals and theories, we must devise our own workable teaching models based on experience. In this, the teacher acts as a guide who promotes the life-long learning process.
Equally important to guided learning is the opportunity for students to study things that are meaningful and relevant to their lives, self-discovery. Developing a curriculum around students’ interests fosters intrinsic motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. This can be achieved through the allowance for students to dialogue about the units of study. Provided this opportunity, students will often generate ideas and set goals that enrich activities in a way that were not considered as an option.
Given a level of ownership in the curriculum, students feel respected, empowered and are motivated. They come to respect the learning process of both themselves and others. They work hard and master the skills necessary to keep moving forward in order to reach their goals.
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This second book, provided by STRATEGIES Literary Public Relations (760) 448-1128 is a fun Children’s book about a fiasco experienced in New York!

Max & Charlie by Zack Lieberman, Louis Neubert (Illustrations)

Hardcover, 136 pages
Published September 15th 2016 by EXIT STRATEGY new media
0996929819 (ISBN13: 9780996929813)
MAX & CHARLIE is a graphic novel adventure through the chaos of New York City! We follow our reluctant young hero (Charlie!) as he chases his silly beagle pup (Max!) through a beautiful dreamed day in the city. But there’s something a little strange about this place… and we hope you read the book to discover what’s what!


ZACK LIEBERMAN has a professional background in design, film, web, and interactive development, and was instrumental in the launch of numerous high-profile projects as a Senior Producer at MTV; he most recently spent his days leading digital media production for a acclaimed Sony Pictures Television property and won an Emmy Award as part of this team.

Zack also co-created the award-winning series The West Side ( and was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film; the magazine heralded The West Side as “ingenious low-budget independent filmmaking that just happens to be viewable only on the Web.” The series captured worldwide acclaim and won the 2008 Webby Award for Best Drama Series.

He co-founded the multi-media production company EXIT STRATEGY ( and has led the design, development, and art direction for its publishing, media production, and interactive/web units. He’s been head of product and lead developer for all sorts of fun and complex multi-platform integrations and has overseen the design, development, and launch of a various interactive experiences.

Zack has most recently released his debut book, the vibrant graphic novel “MAX & CHARLIE,” which he wrote, directed, produced, and published. He’s also leading technical development for a new cutting-edge interactive publishing platform for ebook publishing to iOS, Android, Xbox, Playstation, and virtual reality — stay tuned, this is gonna be awesome!

You can follow Zack and see more of his photography, video, and stereoscopic 3D work at

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  • Tina Alexander May 4, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    My life resemble a beach activity because even whe Ifeel like I’m drowning I keep afloat. Life is ups and downs but the ball keep rolling, Life is truly a beach!Sometimes the waves are calm sometimes not.

    • LAWonder10 May 5, 2017 at 4:03 am

      Tina, What a perfect analogy!
      Thank you!
      Lu Ann

  • Judy Cox May 5, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Yes, I agree with Tina!! I guess I would say a beach, especially when I am really feeling grainy (like sand)!!!!

  • Richard Brandt May 6, 2017 at 4:23 am

    My life is like a beach because there’s sand in all the wrong places.

    • LAWonder10 May 7, 2017 at 9:13 am

      I can appreciate that, Richard!
      Thank you!
      Lu Ann

  • Sharon B May 6, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    My life is a beach because with a 2 and 5 year old who love to play in the mud, I am always stepping on sand either in my house or outside.

    • LAWonder10 May 7, 2017 at 9:11 am

      LOL! I can totally relate, Sharon!
      Thank you!
      Lu Ann