Sip Sip Hooray 2022 Giveaway Hop! {Ends 7/31/22}

Jul 15, 2022 | 3 comments

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For this stop, we are offering a Priint copy of 1 Adult/YA non-fiction and 1 Elementary/Middle School age chapter book! (U.S./Can.only.If winneris outside those areas, an ecopy of the books will be provided)

This first book,  In Our Blood by Caitlin Billings is a memoir and also an interesting new approach to mental illness and healing. A podcast on my sie with this author and more about the book will be posted Monday, July 18th.

Book Details:

In Our Blood by Caitlin Billings

Pub date: July 12, 2022
Publisher: She Writes Press
Genre: Memoir / Mental Health
Price: $16.95
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-64742415-2
Page count: 280

Book Description:

Caitlin Billings thought she could neatly walk away from her past. After finding support in her adoptive father and overcoming an eating disorder in college, she thought she had worked through her own pain enough to provide support for others. In her work as a mental health professional and role as a mother, she felt tremendous pressure to be perfect and present stability.

But a hold-up at gunpoint breaks her carefully balanced world apart. Suddenly, Caitlin is trapped by frightening mental health issues while raising two young children, and just when she feels in control of her newfound bipolar disorder, her elder child shows similar depressive symptoms. Convinced she is to blame for her child’s pain, Caitlin is determined to be perfect, to provide stability for her family—until an allegation of sexual assault in their home makes her question her fundamental ability to protect her children. Amidst a relapse and overwhelming internalized shame, her elder child comes out as transgender, forcing Caitlin to reconsider her own tolerance and understanding.

Part coming-of-age, part reckoning of motherhood, In Our Blood is a therapist’s honest account of professional and personal struggles and an intergenerational story of acceptance, self-love and fluidity.

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Meet the Author:

Caitlin Billings wants to open up a dialogue with the world and encourage everyone to be vulnerable.

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California, she specializes in deep trauma therapy and is pursuing EMDR Therapy certification. Caitlin owns her own private practice and works as a clinical supervisor for two bay area non-profit organizations that provide treatment and healing for families of intimate partner violence and mothers overcoming substance use disorders. Despite initially receiving an undergraduate degree in dance and movement studies, she was drawn to social work for a better understanding of the human psyche and to inhabit social change. She intended to heal from her past as she helped others to do the same. Her initial pursuit of acting and dance stemmed from a similar fascination with deep emotion and embodying others’ sensitivities.

Throughout her career, Caitlin has worked with court-mandated groups for domestic violence offenders, partial hospitalization programs, substance use programs, residential rehabilitation services, family support services and as a birthing doula. She has also contended with abandonment from her biological father, an eating disorder, a deep-set need for perfection, post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorder. Despite involuntary hospitalizations and an initial refusal to accept her bipolar diagnosis, Caitlin reclaimed her life and sanity, successfully establishing herself as a professional and a supportive mother to her gender-fluid elder child.

Caitlin is honored by her work, sitting with individuals as they process their trauma and step toward healing. Everyone has some cognition of “I don’t matter; I’m worthless” due to society’s expectations. She aims to prove that people can build a depth of understanding and acceptance if they embrace imperfection and self-love. By sharing her memoir, “warts and all,” she hopes to change the lives of others with her message, “You matter. You are no other. You are not alone.”

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The second book Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue by Steve Searfoss is an elementary/middle grade chapter book about an innovative direction a young boy established to earn money. It is educational and entertaining, too!

Book Details:

Twelve Weeks to Midnight Blue by Steve Searfoss

ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08P7X95D5
Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 27, 2020
Language ‏ : ‎ English

Book Description:

Chance Sterling launches a pool cleaning business over the summer. Join Chance as he looks for new customers, discovers how much to charge them, takes on a business partner, recruits an employee, deals with difficult clients, and figures out how to make a profit. He has twelve weeks to reach his goal. Will he make it? Only if he takes some chances.

KidVenture stories are business adventures where kids figure out how to market their company, understand risk, and negotiate. Each chapter ends with a challenge, including business decisions, ethical dilemmas and interpersonal conflict for young readers to wrestle with. As the story progresses, the characters track revenue, costs, profit margin, and other key metrics which are explained in simple, fun ways that tie into the story.


Meet the Author:

I wrote my first KidVenture book after years of making up stories to teach my kids about business and economics. Whenever they’d ask how something works or why things were a certain way, I would say, “Let’s pretend you have a business that sells…” and off we’d go. What would start as a simple hypothetical to explain a concept would become an adventure spanning several days as my kids would come back with new questions which would spawn more plot twists. Rather than give them quick answers, I tried to create cliffhangers to get them to really think through an idea and make the experience as interactive as possible.

I try to bring that same spirit of fun, curiosity and challenge to each KidVenture book. That’s why every chapter ends with a dilemma and a set of questions. KidVenture books are fun for kids to read alone, and even more fun to read together and discuss. There are plenty of books where kids learn about being doctors and astronauts and firefighters. There are hardly any where they learn what it’s like to run small business. KidVenture is different. The companies the kids start are modest and simple, but the themes are serious and important.

I’m an entrepreneur who has started a half dozen or so businesses and have had my share of failures. My dad was an entrepreneur and as a kid I used to love asking him about his business and learning the ins and outs of what to do and not do. Mistakes make the best stories — and the best lessons. I wanted to write a business book that was realistic, where you get to see the characters stumble and wander and reset, the way entrepreneurs do in real life. Unlike most books and movies where business is portrayed as easy, where all you need is one good idea and the desire to be successful, the characters in KidVenture find that every day brings new problems to solve.


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