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5 Ways to Get Creative to Reduce Holiday Stress

The winter season is a time for people to visit with friends and family and enjoy winter festivities. Though this time of year is filled with joy and excitement, it can also be overwhelming and stressful. Holiday anxieties are common and may impact…

When Transferring Your Child to Another School is Already Necessary


To transfer or not to transfer?

Oftentimes, your kid will show signs of tardiness, desire to quit school or stress that can burn them out. But not all scenarios of wear down can be a reason to suddenly look for another school. Most of the time, these school-related stress…

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Mayra Calvani's Blog – October 2012 Archive (6)

New Historical Romance Set in New Orleans

Arlette Gaffrey’s Behind the Columns is a well-written, compelling historical novel about the romance between a young Creole belle and a handsome, charismatic New Yorker.

New Orleans, 1847.

Having lost both her parents at an early age, Désirée Bordeaux lives with her grandfather, a man with a weakness for drink and gambling. When he suddenly…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on October 28, 2012 at 2:42pm — No Comments

A Conversation with Children's Author Beverly Stowe McClure

When Beverly was a child she hated to read. Even though her eighth-grade teacher sent her poem “Stars” to a high school anthology and it was published in Young America Sings she hated to write. In spite of her rocky relationship with books, she managed to graduate from high school then attended Midwestern State University, where she read more books than she could…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on October 24, 2012 at 9:18am — No Comments

A kick-ass heroine and high-speed adventure in Phoebe Wray's latest sci-fi novel, J2

In 2008 I had the pleasure of reviewing JEMMA7729 , by Phoebe Wray. Now, four years later, the author has finally come out with the much-awaited sequel, J2

J2 begins with immediate action at the trial upon which Jemma, who was captured and arrested at the end of Book 1 after rebelling against the oppressive…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on October 19, 2012 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Short Story Review: “Redemption for a Rogue,” by Jennifer Conner

Romance author Jennifer Conner’s latest historical short story, “Redemption for a Rogue,” is an utterly romantic, sexy and sweet tale about a handsome lord and a young widow. 

 

Old Lord Mitchell pushes his son John to partake in the running of the family’s mill and estate on a daily basis, but how can John run a factory successfully when he can barely read? After…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on October 16, 2012 at 10:53am — No Comments

The Doll Violinist now with sound/voice on iTunes

I'm kicking off the fall season with an exciting announcement for my children's picture book, The Doll Violinist. Through my publisher, Guardian Angel Publishing The Doll Violinist is now available in iTunes for iBooks. Enhanced with real aloud sound, The Doll Violinist is available for download on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on October 15, 2012 at 9:18am — No Comments

Review of Tracks in the Snow, by Sandra H. Esch

Amber Leaf, Minnesota, 1942.

In spite of the hardships of war, young Jo Bremley lives in considerable happiness with her husband and 7-year old daughter. Then one night, influenced by his best friend, Jo’s husband announces that he has decided to join the war. Before he gets a chance to, however, he’s the victim of a snowstorm accident. Now a young widow, Jo tries to make ends…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on October 3, 2012 at 12:15pm — No Comments

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